December to Remember

Young Living is at it again! These December Promos are incredible! YL is aways so giving and knows exactly what we need to have a physically and emotionally healthy month!

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Oh DiGize, you’re our faithful oily friend!!

Two days ago my hubby wasn’t feeling great. He was experiencing some digestive discomfort even though he has been exercising and eating pretty decent. Like most guys he is not a swooning oils fan BUT when I suggested he use DiGize for digestive wellness support, he gave it a try. He placed 1-2 drops of DiGize in his hand and then put the oil on his abdomen.

The next morning he was feeling better. We used the DiGize again last evening and he has shown more improvement.

I scan for this oil blend quite often. I’m not sure whether it’s simply being over 45 (!) or because I’ve gone through colon cancer and treatment. Either way, this gem of a blend is a staple in our home and in my purse.

DiGize comes in Premium Starter Kits when you join Young Living because it works. It doesn’t SMELL delightful to everyone, but those who have experienced the incredible MAGIC of DiGize don’t even notice the aroma. (My husband would, in this case, agree!)

DiGize is a powerhouse blend of Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Lemongrass, Anise and Patchouli. I can’t tell you just HOW many times this oil has SAVED me on long road trips, after eating just a bit too much at dinner and more.

This oil goes with me everywhere — literally everywhere. Traveling is hard on the digestive system, so you will want to have this one for sure. I love when tummies are happy, and I will fight to keep them that way! DiGize helps me to do just that.

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Cancer Survivor? How About a Scan You Won’t Dread.

This month is the fourth wedding anniversary of my precious older daughter and her husband. What a joyful celebration their day was for all of us!!

August is also the fourth anniversary of my CT Scan at Memorial Sloan Kettering that came back with the stunning results, “Your body is normal.” This, after a traumatic journey through stage 3 colon cancer, colostomy, chemo, radiation, ileostomy, reversal, healing, and the return of stage 4 colon cancer a year later, juicing and raw foods, more moderate chemo and radiation, return to juicing and raw foods for four months, a scan showing an amazing 90% reduction of the mass, and then, August 2013, the scan showing nothing. Nothing? “Nothing.”

August is the seventh anniversary (seven?!) of settling into our new home and swimming in our pool and watching the trumpet vines blossom and seeing leaves turn color while swimming. Swimming towards a November 2010 surgery because a gyn ultrasound in August 2010 gyn found something not-normal growing inside my body.

I keep looking backwards because it often helps me move forward. I have no complaints that really matter. I’m here. So many people have lost loved ones to cancer! Their loved ones are not here. August makes me think a lot about things like looking backwards and swimming forward.

Are you a cancer survivor? Do you feel like there is some kind of gap between the end of cancer treatment and the carrying on with life? Waiting for the other shoe to drop? Released from medical care with no real compass about what life is supposed to look like in the days and weeks and months and years ahead?

itovi wellness scans binghamtonI’ve given myself permission to walk forward deciding what I will be comfortable with in my body and what I will not, in regards to medical procedures. One of the things I’ve been re-learning is to rest in the things that nurture my body and soul and spirit, and avoid the things that don’t. Sometimes we don’t have an option; many times, we DO.

One of the things that is nurturing me right now is the addition of essential oils into my personal routine. I’m concerned about things I put in or on my body, and oils are powerful, so I’ve chosen a company that I have researched and am comfortable trusting for oils. Quality matters when it comes to nurturing a body battered by surgeries, chemo and radiation, and more surgeries.

If you’re a cancer survivor I would love to share with you how essential oils have empowered me to feel more in control of what happens in my body. I also have a scanner that causes me no angst! It’s called an iTOVi scanner and uses bio-impedance to match up frequencies of essential oil products with the frequencies in my body. You could say it’s helping me identify and naturally cover some of those personal wellness gaps that I have wondered about since coming through cancer and cancer treatment. However, I do NOT endorse using this scanner if you do not use YL products. I cannot validate the quality of other oils and the  iTOVi scanner is intended to support my wellness via Young Living essential oils. It makes me feel good to know that iTOVi trusts Young Living as one of their partner companies.

What does August mean to YOU? If you’re interested in starting a new wellness scan tradition with iTOVi, or to begin the journey of enjoying essential oils personally, email me at goodhopebloggers [@] gmail.com for more info.

Lemon is a kitchen superhero! 🍋 Here are 5 reasons you should keep it on hand from the Young Living blog:

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Lemon and Lemon Vitality ™ essential oils are superheroes in the kitchen. They can combat an endless variety of kitchen catastrophes with their bright, freshening power. We’ve put together these all too familiar situations to help you see just how they can save the day:

Lemon Essential OilBeat bad smells

You’ve just arrived home from a weeklong family trip. You open the door from the garage and are met with the aroma of low tide on a 98-degree day in New Jersey. The culprit? That tuna casserole you threw in the trash bin and forgot to take outside before you left. Before you reach for the kerosene and matches (the house is obviously doomed at this point), you remember the bottle of Lemon essential oil you keep next to the sink. You take the trash out, open the windows, and add a few Lemon-saturated cotton balls to the bottom of the bin. Not only is the smell gone, but now you’re not sure if you’re in a kitchen or a blossoming orchard of lemon trees.

Choose the right refreshment

On a hot summer night, nothing sounds better than a refreshing cold treat. In the freezer, you have a carton of your favorite tropical-fusion ice cream, but you also have all the ingredients to make homemade fro-yo that will be a lot kinder to your waistline and wellness. You combine frozen coconut yogurt, mangos, oranges, a kiss of honey, and a couple drops of Lemon Vitality in a blender, and in no time, you have a warm-weather treat you can feel great about.

Brighten your mood

It’s 7 a.m. on a rainy Monday. You’re in the kitchen pulling out bowls and spoons for cereal, and you hear the kids running around upstairs fighting over who knows what. You didn’t get to bed until way too late last night because you had to finish the last episode of your favorite show, and you’re filled with regret. You’re tempted to just walk upstairs, hop back into bed, and let the children fend for themselves. As a final, last-ditch effort, you add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to your diffuser. You pause and inhale slowly and deeply. A warm, bright aroma fills your senses. You feel your spirits rise, and you’re able to greet your kiddos with a smile (or at least not a scowl).

Save your sink

The kitchen sink is doing that thing again. The first time you smelled it, you checked to make sure the family hamster was safe in its cage because it smelled liked something had died. Then you realized—though hard to believe—it was just the smell of normal food buildup. Luckily, you know exactly how to tackle this without any bleach or other harsh chemicals: first baking soda, then vinegar, rinse it all down with water, and finish with a dozen drops of pure Lemon essential oil. In less than five minutes, that putrid smell is replaced with the lovely, fresh scent of pure lemons!

Create divine desserts

Lemon VitalityYour in-laws are coming over for dinner for the first time tonight. You’ve spent the last four hours getting everything prepped for the perfect dinner, and now you’re trying to decide what to make for dessert. You want to finish the night off with a confection to remember, one that will lock in that great in-law reputation for good. You pull out your secret weapon, Lemon Vitality essential oil, and go on to make the most vibrant and flavorful lemon pound cake that you—or any of your guests—have ever tasted. Who knew you could win brownie points with lemon cake?

YL Post contributor: Kristina Barbee

Ready to order? Click Here to purchase your Premium Starter Kit, and save 24% on all products for LIFE. Lemon Vitality comes with the Premium Starter Kit with ten other oils AND a diffuser!

A Guide to Purification

Whether it’s a stuffy office, the lingering odors of last night’s dinner, or a gym bag forgotten in the car for a few hot days, dealing with bad smells is no one’s idea of a good time. If those musty or stale smells aren’t going away on their own, reach for Purification®, a perfect blend of essential oils for bad odors.

We’ve got a newly adopted rescue dog and diffusing Purification is a great way to deal with any odors. Check out this Young Living graphic guide!

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Interested in learning more about essential oils? Comment below or Click Here to grab your Premium Starter Kit!

8 Amazing Facts About Essential Oils

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I’m always looking for natural ways to support my well-being. Surviving cancer has taught me many things, and one of the most important things is that we need to take care of our bodies. One way we can do that is using natural (100% pure) products. Essential oils makes sense for my lifestyle. The more I learn, the more I realize how important they are for my personal goals. I came to the conclusion that Young Living is a logical and important next-step for me and my family after finding help for symptoms from chemically-induced menopause in 2011 from going through chemo and radiation for colon cancer.

I believe there are other women who may have gone through a similar challenge and need to hear what I have to share.

So now I am incorporating essential oils in our home and loving these plant-based alternatives to chemicals. I want to share a few facts with you about essential oils and Young Living.

#1: Essential Oils Support Every System in the Body

In humans, essential oils provide support for every system in the body – from the endocrine system, to the circulatory system, to the muscular system. They support brain health, a healthy weight, are wonderful for supporting your emotional health, and are even great for sprucing up your libido! If you’ve gone through chemo and radiation, you understand the challenges these medical treatments can cause in the name of saving one’s life – let alone menopause! The uses for essential oils are endless.

#2: Essential Oils Are NOT New

Some of the oldest cultures on earth used essential oils. The Egyptians used essential oils for beauty and embalming and they were used in communal bath houses in Pakistan and Rome. There are 188 references to the use of essential oils in the Bible. Today, essential oils are considered by many to be the leading edge of natural products. Old things do come back in style!

#3: Essential Oils Can Be Used in Different Methods

Oils can be applied to skin (topically – this is the way the English typically prefer), diffused in the air (aromatically – this is the way Germans tend to enjoy), added to your bath, and Young Living’s Vitality line can be added to food and drink (the French tend to use essential oils more in cooking). When I was in a hospital bed after surgery to reconnect my colon a friend came to pray for me, visit, and massaged my feet with lavender essential oil. It was a lovely and refreshing blessing when I was feeling very low. Today? I love  Lemon Vitality oil or Lemongrass Vitality oil in my water bottle with a few drops of stevia. Water is so important to our bodies – and this is a great way to drink more water!

#4: Essential Oils Are POWERFUL!

Essential oils are the most powerful part of the plant. They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, rinds, resins, and herbs. Oils consist of over 100 different natural, organic compounds.

#5: essential oils Are Absorbed Easily by the Skin

When they are applied to skin, they are absorbed easily and carried by the bloodstream to every cell in the body within minutes. They can increase oxygen uptake, enhance absorption of nutrients, enhance longevity, and help our bodies detox. Inhaling therapeutic grade oils can uplift our mood and increase our feeling of peacefulness and well-being.

Tests have shown that essential oils reach the thyroid, liver and heart in three seconds when inhaled. They were also found in the bloodstream in 26 seconds when applied topically. A normal and healthy body metabolizes essential oils in about 3-5 hours.

#6: Essential Oils Are Very Concentrated

60,000 rose blossoms provide only 1 ounce of rose oil, making it one of the most precious and expensive oils on the market. However, Lavender is abundant – 220 pounds will provide 7 pounds of oil. The amount of plant material required for distilling explains why some oils are more expensive than others. And yet, since we only use a small amount of essential oils at a time, even oils that are expensive are often considered to be very economical. They last a long time!

#7: Purity Is highly Important!

In the United States there is no true rating system for essential oils. The closest we get is an FDA requirement that in order to label a bottle of essential oils “pure” or “therapeutic grade,” the contents of that bottle must contain at least 5% of essential oils. When using essential oils as a natural alternative to support health and wellness, purity is absolutely critical. 95% of the world’s essential oils were created for industrial use. Many of the oils found on the market and in local stores are of low quality. You will want to know the source of your oils. That’s one reason I trust Young Living.

Young Living offers a Seed to Seal Guarantee – and this spoke volumes to me as a cancer survivor. Young Living grows their own plants, owns their own fields, works closely with partner farms who abide by the same policies, and controls the entire process from planting all the way through until bottling. If I am going to go the extra step of using essential oils in my home, I want to be using the very best. The Seed to Seal Promise means each plant is hand-weeded (oh my heart… all that weeding?!), there are no pesticides used, no chemicals, and no weed killers. The plants are harvested at their peak and vigorously tested. They go directly from the farm to my home! You can read more on Seed to Seal here.

#8: Essential Oils Offer Incredible Health Support

Using therapeutic grade essential oils and oil-enhanced products every day can help us lead happier and healthier lives. God did not create us to just survive – He created us to thrive and live life to the fullest! I feel that essential oils add an exciting natural resource in my personal wellness tool-kit.

How have you incorporated essential oils into your life? If you haven’t yet, perhaps you are curious? Click Here to learn more! Let the adventure begin.

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March 2017 Promotion from Young Living

There is a SWEET new Young Living promotion for March 2017 I’m here to tell you all about!!!

As a reminder about how the monthly promotions work, if the PV (the point value of your order) of a single order reaches one of the tiers (100, 190, 250, or 300PV), you will receive the items at that level FREE with your order.  Any items designated as ‘Essential Rewards Exclusive’ are only available on monthly Essential Rewards orders.

March 2017 Young Living Monthly Promotion

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100PV

If you order at least 100PV through the Essential Rewards program in March, you will get a FREE 5ml Lime Vitality essential oil!  We LOVE adding a drop of Lime Vitality to our guacamole!!!  Yum!

190PV

  • Thieves Fruit and Veggie Spray
  • 5ml Blue Cypress – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Lime Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

250PV

  • 15ml Lavender
  • Thieves Fruit and Veggie Spray
  • 5ml Blue Cypress – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Lime Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

300PV

  • 15ml Frankincense
  • 15ml Lavender
  • Thieves Fruit and Veggie Spray
  • 5ml Blue Cypress – Essential Rewards Exclusive
  • 5ml Lime Vitality – Essential Rewards Exclusive

If you still have not taken the plunge into the essential oil world and ARE READY TO (WOOHOO!), hands down the Premium Starter Kit is the best way to get started and to save 24% on all your essential oils and oil-infused products.

Happy March!!  It will be SPRING in just a few short weeks!!!!!!!

*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Read the full disclaimer here.