Every afternoon during the school year, kids rush home and raid the kitchen in search of an afternoon snack. If parents aren’t careful, these snacks could fill their kids up with processed ingredients with little nutritional value.
Instead, here’s an alternative that combines the delicious and wholesome benefits of fruit, essential oils, and Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence™! Different from standard chocolate, Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence contains 70 percent cacao and offers high amounts of beneficial flavonoids. This snack is customizable, so you can adapt it for almost any age and even your pickiest eater!
- 4 bars Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence, chopped
- 2 teaspoons organic coconut oil
- A 2–4 drops of a tasty essential oil, such as Peppermint or Orange (optional)
- Sliced fruit, such as strawberries, bananas, pineapple, or pears
- Toppings such as sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, or coconut flakes
- Wax paper
- Double boiler or small pot and small metal bowl
- Tray or baking sheet
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil together in a double boiler. You can create your own with a stainless steel bowl placed over a small pot of boiling water. Stir often to prevent chocolate from burning.
- As soon as all of the chocolate has melted and combined with the coconut oil, remove from heat. Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence contains quinoa crisps and raw cacao nibs, so the melted chocolate will not be completely smooth. If using, mix in 1–2 drops essential oil.
- Dip fruit into the chocolate mixture using toothpicks or skewers and place chocolate-coated fruit on wax paper-lined tray or baking sheet. Stir chocolate occasionally.
- When all of the fruit is coated in chocolate, garnish with your choice of toppings. Place tray in freezer to help the chocolate set.
- Remove from freezer and enjoy!
This treat is perfect for sweet-toothed and health-conscious individuals alike! Comment below and tell us what combinations you would love to try.
—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate
This year I’ve had the privilege of attending Young Living’s Highland Flats tree farm for the Winter Harvest. What a joy it has been getting my hands in the soil, working with the Idaho balsam fir, and being a part of the Seed to Seal® process. If you haven’t been to a Winter Harvest yet, I recommend you try to go next year. It has been a wonderful experience!
As I was chatting with other Winter Harvest participants, I was invigorated by the passion our members and employees have for these amazing oils. Tyler, from Young Living’s quality control department, told me he loves to experiment with essential oils to create custom products. He shared some wonderful Valentine’s Day DIY gift ideas with me that I’d like to pass on to you.
Tyler’s “Blue Collar Meets White Collar” Aftershave
This aftershave blend is hardworking and masculine, yet has a gentle aroma. Apply immediately after shaving or before bed to moisturize and soothe the skin overnight.
Fill a 2-ml Essential Oil Sample Bottle with the following essential oils:
- 6 drops of Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood
- 4 drops of Myrrh
- 3 drops of Mister™, Hong Kuai, or Hinoki
- 10 drops of V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex
- 10 drops of witch hazel extract
Tyler’s Perfume for Her
Here’s a light, sweet, and long-lasting perfume. If you find it to be a little strong, mellow it down with a few drops of V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex.
Fill a 2-ml Essential Oil Sample Bottle with the following essential oils:
- 15 drops of a citrus essential oil such as Bergamot
- 3–4 drops of a floral essential oil such as Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Clary Sage, or Geranium
- 2–3 drops of a secondary floral essential oil listed above
Do you have any DIY products that you give as gifts for Valentine’s Day? Please share in the comments!
—Heidi Jeanfreau, Young Living International & Portfolio Brand Manager
Some of my favorite winter memories involve snowmobiling, sledding, skiing, and building snowmen with my loved ones then returning home to a toasty fire to reminisce about the day’s events. However, I found that my chapped and dry skin didn’t have as much of a good time!
Turns out that both the cold air outside and the warm air inside dry out your skin. Cold air holds fewer water molecules than warm or hot air, so when you are outside in cold weather, the extra dry air pulls moisture from your skin. When you head back inside, the warm air from indoor heating evaporates additional moisture.
During the holidays I tried four wonderful suggestions given to me by a dermatologist and several Young Living leaders. Let me share them with you.
1. Use Moisturizing Gels with Skin-Loving Essential Oils
Stock your showers with moisturizing shower gels that clean effectively without stripping your skin of its natural moisture barrier. Try adding the following oils to Young Living bath and shower gels for a moisturizing experience for every member of the family!
Men’s Shower Gel
Using Morning Start® Bath & Shower Gel, mix in 6 drops each of the following essential oils, adjusting as desired:
Using Lavender Bath & Shower Gel, mix in 6 drops each of the following essential oils, adjusting as desired:
2. Use Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizers with Skin-Loving Essential Oils
I want my family to use my favorite lotions and to use them often. I take my favorite Young Living lotions, with added essential oils for my own personal twist, and stash them in every room, purse, backpack, and car in our household.
Add the same custom essential oil blend as in the shower gel—Blue Spruce, Hong Kuai, Sandalwood, and Shutran—to Young Living’s Lavender Hand & Body Lotion, adjusting as needed to fit your preference.
Women’s Hand and Body Lotion
Start with Lavender Hand & Body Lotion and add 6 drops each of the same essential oils used in the shower gel: Geranium, Myrrh, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang, adjusting as needed.
3. Use a Humidifier: Set It and Forget It
If you’re looking for a simple, passive way to help your skin, try using a humidifier in your home. You can turn it on and forget about it as you go about your business, and the humidifier does the rest! I also love diffusing essential oils near my humidifier. The essential oil mist teams up with the humid air to create a pleasant atmosphere. I avoid adding essential oils directly to my humidifier because my model has plastic parts that are difficult to clean.
These aren’t the only ways you can fight the ravaging effects of winter air on your skin. Young Living’s products have a unique versatility that might surprise you. Recently, while sledding with family, I noticed that my little grandson’s nose and cheeks were starting to chap. I only had Lavender Lip Balm with me at the time, so I applied it directly to his face. It worked wonderfully!
If you’ve had similar experiences with Young Living products or want to share your own tips for keeping your skin moisturized in winter weather, leave us a comment!
—Gloria Russo, International and Portfolio Brand Manager, Personal Care
Bring the taste of Italy to your dining table with this easy-to-prepare dipping oil recipe! Serve as an appetizer, as a side at dinner, or anytime as a tasty snack.
In this recipe we’ve included the bold flavors of Oregano, Basil, Thyme, and Rosemary essential oils. Just one drop packs a full-bodied flavor since these essential oils are several times more concentrated than the original herb.
Have some fun with flavor and experiment with these other essential oil ideas!
Do you have any other great dipping oil combinations? Share your culinary skills in the comments!
Canada-based Adam Green is a record breaker. Adam recently achieved Young Living’s highest and most honored rank—Royal Crown Diamond—and, at just 25, is the youngest member in Young Living’s 20-year history to achieve this status. He’s part of a 30,000 member-strong organization called “The Green Team.” This NingXia Red® daily-doser said he owes a lot to Young Living, including paying off his house and meeting his wife, Vanessa, at a Young Living event.
We talked with Adam about his favorite products and usage tips, how he sparks conversations about Young Living, the best part of his job, and his advice to aspiring Royal Crown Diamonds.
Adam: My mother has been a Young Living member since 2000, and I’ve been using the products ever since. She was my sponsor when I became a member myself. In late 2011, I quit my job as a personal trainer to focus more on building my Young Living business. At the time of the 2012 International Grand Convention, I’d been a slow-moving Silver for three years, but then a presentation by Bob Proctor put a fire in my belly. I told everyone that I wouldn’t be coming back until I wasn’t a Silver anymore. I collected neck lanyards for Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Crown Diamond and took them back to home. I wrote specific dates on goal cards for each rank and hung the lanyards up on my wall to remind me constantly of my goals. I returned to the convention the next year as a Diamond, advancing three ranks in 11 months!
YL: What do you think helped you rise in rank so quickly?
Adam: It was a combination of changing my mindset and becoming self-motivated. Successfully achieving this rank is completely a team effort—it would be impossible otherwise. Because of that, it’s about what everyone can do together. It’s how we can duplicate leadership. For one, our team shifted to more home gatherings for intro events, as opposed to hotel events, and we grew exponentially. I am proud of my team that has grown with me.
YL: What’s next now that you’re a Royal Crown Diamond?
Adam: My focus will still be on empowering leaders and the team as much as possible. I’ll keep leading by example and work to provide a great example for the team to follow. The speed of the leader sets the pace for the team!
YL: What’s the best part of what you do?
Adam: I enjoy having the freedom to control my own life and my schedule. The best part is that my success isn’t just about me—it’s based on helping others achieve and become successful. The only way you can succeed and earn with Young Living is to help other people with their physical and financial health.
YL: What are your biggest learning takeaways since joining Young Living?
Adam: I’ve learned that it’s important to keep things simple and to not be the expert at the front of the room at introduction events. I sought out top leaders in our profession; there is so much value in finding people who have achieved what you want to achieve and modelling them. Duplication is the foundation for success in our business.
YL: Which products are your favorites?
Adam: I love NingXia Red and NingXia Nitro™ and drink them daily. I think one reason why I’ve been so healthy is because I’ve used supplements my entire life. A few of my favorites are OmegaGize³™, Sulfurzyme®, and Super B™. Deep Relief™ is my personal favorite. I’ve used it many times to introduce people to Young Living. I hoard Valor®, too. It smells so good! I’ve spent a lot of time speaking in public, and it has been a big help.
YL: Any tried-and-true usage tips you’d like to share?
Adam: I use Thieves® Household Cleaner for all my cleaning. It’s the most versatile household product and the only cleaner we use. I use oils no matter where I go, since wearing them helps generate curiosity and conversations with people. I even put Abundance™ on my checks, and bank tellers ask me about the smell. We’re lucky that our business is an aromatic company, while other companies offer products that don’t spark conversations so easily.
YL: What’s your best business advice for aspiring Royal Crown Diamonds?
Adam: It takes a concerted effort. Develop your team and leaders—they are the true commodity in your business. Find mentors, ditch the ego, be teachable and coachable, go in with a student’s mindset, and learn the skills you need. Even though you can start a Young Living business for $150, as opposed to spending $120,000 at school to learn business or marketing, you still need to treat it like a serious business. If you treat it like a hobby, you’ll get paid like it’s a hobby.
YL: What are you most excited for in Young Living’s future?
Adam: I love that we’re a growing, stable company with a great leadership team at corporate and in the field. Young Living really is a unique opportunity since we’re about creating success for other people and not just ourselves.
Congratulations to Adam for a stellar effort! Good luck from all of us!
When it comes to inspiring change, the New Year holiday is a top motivator for those who believe in making each day count and every year better than the last. If you felt freshly inspired as you rang in 2015, hang on to that fire—it’s the key to making lasting changes for a happier, healthier future!
Do you see yourself learning an instrument or language? Spending more time with your kids? Growing your Young Living business? Getting reacquainted with your artistic side? Chances are you’re not short on ideas for taking big steps forward. But before you start tackling your resolutions, it’s important to discover what is most important to you and what changes will have the biggest impact on your happiness and quality of life. Pause. Meditate. Journal. You might find it helpful to incorporate the essential oils below into your goal setting to help define and focus your aims:
- Hope™: Develop feelings of strength and stability.
- Transformation™: Empower uplifting thoughts.
- Surrender™: Address inhibitions limiting your potential.
- Inspiration™: Enhance spirituality and meditation.
Setting goals is one of the most crucial elements of creating a happy, full life. Be sure that the resolutions you make are substantial but achievable. The satisfaction you feel after meeting a goal will spur you on to further accomplishment, creating a positive cycle of achievement and fulfillment.
To keep achieving, review your goals frequently. Share them with those who will be supportive and help you achieve them. Don’t procrastinate, but be kind to yourself about your expectations. Also, be sure to create a plan for your goals. For example, don’t just set out to hit Gold rank by the end of the year; create a target of enrolling a certain number of new members per week, while creating a reliable system for yourself to contact new people and support your newest downline members. We suggest these essential oils to help you keep your confidence strong and commitment high:
- Believe™: Promote feelings of strength and faith.
- Harmony™: Create an environment of peace within your relationships and yourself.
- Highest Potential™: Support self-confidence and purpose in life.
- Envision™: Renew faith in the future.
- Gathering™: Maintain the path to higher achievement.
- Sacred Mountain™: Promote feelings of strength and empowerment.
- Magnify Your Purpose™: Enhance creativity and motivation.
- Motivation™: Take action.
What are your goals this year? What big steps does 2015 hold for you? Tell us in the comments!
The holidays are over, and so is the rushing, the schedule packed with get-togethers, and the last-minute baking and gift shopping. Ready to finally take a minute to breathe? We’re here to help you slow down, re-center, and get your 2015 on track with great essential oils for supporting your sense of calm and grounding. With your qualifying January Essential Rewards order, earn 5-ml bottles of Copaiba and Spearmint essential oils, along with a shareable $20 enrollment voucher, and SleepEssence™ capsules!
So how can Copaiba and Spearmint help you unwind? Here are a couple of ideas for relaxing, at-home spa treats with these must-have essential oils:
- The main ingredient in Stress Away™ essential oil blend, Copaiba can be used aromatically promote a sense of calm. For an all-natural hair masque that nourishes both hair and scalp, combine ½ avocado, 1 egg yolk, 2–4 drops of Copaiba essential oil, and 1–2 drops of Rosemary essential oil in a blender. Distribute through hair, massage into scalp, and wrap hair in a shower cap. Wait 5–10 minutes. Rinse out in the shower, and then shampoo and condition as normal.
- Sweet and minty, Spearmint, the cousin of Peppermint, has a softer aroma and is both refreshing and uplifting to the mind. For an easy, at-home spa treatment, soak clean feet in warm water with 5–10 drops total of Spearmint, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil for up to 15 minutes. Remove from water and pat dry with a towel. Combine 1 tablespoon of cocoa butter with 5 drops each of Spearmint and Peppermint essential oil and massage into feet, focusing on the heel and ball of the foot. The tingling mint sensation will soothe away fatigue, while the cocoa butter will nourish dry skin.
How would you use the free Copaiba and Spearmint essential oils in your qualifying January order to get your year started right? Let us know in the comments!
Fitting changes into our busy lifestyles is difficult. Many of us find ourselves committing to better nutrition and workout routines at the first of the year but are back to our bad habits after a few weeks.
With the start of the new year just around the corner, it’s time to try something better. The Slique™ in 60 Challenge is a more realistic approach to weight management and is specially designed to help you make lasting lifestyle changes. This unique program brings the power of Slique products—tried-and-tested combinations of naturally derived ingredients and pure essential oils—together with a simple and customizable diet and exercise regimen to help you develop better eating habits, more effectively manage your weight*, or both! Here are our Steps for Success:
Step 1: Commit to your weight-management program.
Any effective weight-management program should include a consistent routine of both exercise and healthy eating habits. Exercise not only helps you manage your weight, but it also improves mood, boosts energy, and promotes better sleep. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity. That’s only 25 minutes per day, 6 days per week, and can include activities like brisk walking, swimming, weight training, or tennis.
We also encourage you to create a meal plan. Eat wholesome, well-balanced meals and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Ensuring that your body receives all the nutrients it needs is an important component of a healthy lifestyle, especially if you are reducing your caloric intake.
We offer four different Slique collections, each with up to 10 percent savings, as part of our Slique line. You can choose from Slique Maintain, Slique Assist, Slique Advance, or Slique Complete and find the one that best complements your goals.
Step 3: Set a goal using the SMART system.
Apply the principles of SMART goal setting to maximize your chances for success:
- Specific: Choose a specific goal; e.g., exercise 30 minutes a day rather than “exercise more.”
- Measurable: Determine how you will measure your goal; e.g., days exercised or miles ran in a week.
- Accountable: Develop a way to be held accountable; e.g., share your goals with someone who will be supportive of you.
- Realistic: Make sure your goal is attainable; e.g., exercise 30 minutes a day rather than 2 hours per day.
- Timeframe: Establish a specific time in which you plan to accomplish your goal; e.g., 30 days, 60 days, etc.
Step 4: Evaluate your progress.
Maintain motivation by reviewing your goal on a regular basis. Ask yourself questions like “How am I doing with this goal?” and “Do I need to make any adjustments to my plan?” After this assessment, continue to move forward and use the Slique collection that best matches your goals. You may also customize and supplement with other Young Living products, such as NingXia Nitro™ and BLM™, to help you on your way to success!
Another wonderful benefit of this program is the Slique in 60 Pledge. If you don’t see a change for the better after 60 days of consecutive use, we will give you a product credit equal to the amount of your purchase. That’s how confident we are that this program will work for you!
To help kick-start your goals, we are giving away an entire Slique Complete collection! To enter, leave a comment telling us how you use Young Living products to help reach your health goals. We’ll announce the winner here on Thursday, January 1!
—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The product is intended for use in conjunction with a healthy weight-management plan and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Consult a physician before starting any weight-management or exercise program.
*** WINNER ***
Congratulations to Marina M., Young Living Star! We’ll be in touch via email to send you your prize!