Along with autumn pleasures of crunchy leaves, fluffy socks, and hot chocolate, each November in the U.S. affords us the opportunity to reflect on our blessings. We’re thankful this Thanksgiving season for the privilege of transforming people’s lives through our products; for our visionary founder and CEO, D. Gary Young, who leads the charge; and for our members, who are the lifeblood of our company.
We’re also especially thankful for our Member Services employees, who provide impeccable service to our members through live chat, email, and phones. They truly keep this company running smoothly! We asked some of our Member Services employees to share what they’re thankful for—from jazz music, to family, to great coworkers! Get to know some of the people who help answer your Young Living questions!
Katy P.: U.S. Team Lead
“I am thankful for the color pink! Foxy singers like Ella Fitzgerald. The holidays, mostly Christmas. The fortune of having access to organic, natural foods. The best job in the whole entire world and even better co-workers. People who have the ability to make you laugh. The opportunity to go to school and learn. The ocean. Unicorns. Living close to magnificent mountains—I will always be a mountain girl. Books! Glorious books! Twinkle lights. The love of my life and the beautiful example he is to me. And beautiful music! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!”
Alita Q.: Canada Phone Support
“I am thankful for my family. They are the most important thing in my life. I am also thankful for my job at Young Living. I love what I do. It is really rewarding, and there is never a dull moment. The members are awesome!”
“I’m thankful for the lessons I have learned from my mother, who celebrated her 85th birthday this month. She is a wonderful example of service. She raised us to be respectful of others and to look for the good in everyone. She has cooked meals, dressed wounds, settled arguments, chased away boogey men, and has always provided a warm and loving environment. Her potato salad is the best, even though she doesn’t think so. This Thanksgiving season we are so very thankful to have her in our lives.”
“We are all thankful during the whole year, but sometimes we forget to voice it at times other than during the holidays. I’m so thankful for my family! They’re always there for me when I need them and always willing to help in any way possible. My life would not be the same without them! I’m very grateful to work at such an amazing company with amazing people. I have learned so much about the wonderful products and also learned a lot about myself since I started working here. I hope everyone can be with their family and have a wonderful holiday!”
Had a great experience with one of our Member Services representatives? Post your thanks in the comments!
As the newest addition to the Everyday Oils™ essential oil collection, expectations are high for Melaleuca Alternifolia. Because only the most useful and popular products make their way into Everyday Oils, we know that our members are going to love the way this oil fits in with classics like Lavender, Lemon, Thieves®, and PanAway®!
Commonly known as tea tree oil, Melaleuca has long been valued for its cosmetic benefits, especially for its natural skin-cleansing benefits. Melaleuca’s intrinsic properties cleanse away dirt, toxins, and dead skin, giving you healthy-looking and feeling skin.
Qualities like these have led Young Living to include Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil in formulations such as Purification® blend, our Animal Scents™ products, and in Melaleuca-Geranium Moisturizing Soap.
Looking for ways to use Melaleuca Alternifolia? Here are some suggestions:
- Use a cotton swab to apply Melaleuca Alternifolia directly to the face.
- Add a drop to your shampoo to support a healthy-feeling scalp.
- If you forget to transfer your laundry to the dryer in a timely manner, run another washing cycle with a few drops of Melaleuca Alternifolia added to the water.
- Add a drop of Melaleuca Alternifolia to soften the skin around a splinter before removing it.
- Freshen and deodorize your rugs. Combine a few drops each of Melaleuca Alternifolia and Lavender with ¼ cup baking soda. Leave mixture overnight to let the oils absorb into the baking soda, and then sprinkle over rug and vacuum immediately. (As a bonus, your vacuum will smell fresher, too!)
- Diffuse Melaleuca Alternifolia to purify the air in your home or workspace.
Are you discovering Melaleuca Alternafolia for the first time? Are you a long-time fan? Let us know why you’re looking forward to getting Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil in your Everyday Oils collection in the comments!
Our mind creates powerful connections between scent and our emotions, surroundings, and memories. Diffusing essential oils is a simple but effective way to access those connections. It can also help build new and positive memories and experiences.
Because diffusion distributes essential oil molecules into the air so effectively, it is an excellent way to maximize the beneficial properties of essential oils. There are lots of different ways to diffuse, so let’s talk about the most effective methods. It’s important to note that overheating essential oils using aroma lamps or candles can render the oils less beneficial, so we’ll focus on different cold-air diffusion methods.
You may simply open a bottle of essential oil and inhale or put a few drops of oil on the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale. You can even add a few drops of oil to a bowl of hot (not boiling) water and inhale the vapor.
Young Living’s Travel Fan Diffuser introduces convenience and portability to essential oil diffusion. The Travel Fan diffuses by blowing cool air through the essential oil pad, releasing beneficial essential oil molecules into the air.
Ultrasonic diffusion combines the advantages of a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one by breaking a mixture of essential oils and water into millions of microparticles and dispersing them into the air. Young Living has several ultrasonic diffusers with features our members love, such as:
- The new Rainstone™ Diffuser: Beautifully designed with a robust feature set including 1, 2, 3, 6, and 8 hour settings with automatic shutoff; 5 soft LED light settings (blue, yellow, purple, alternating each color, and off); a negative ionizer; and a remote control.
- USB Orb™ Diffuser: Small, new, and easily portable with an egg-shaped design, it is spill proof, making it ideal for the car, office, or at home.
- Bamboo™ Diffuser: Elegant design, LED light, and timer settings for 1–4 hours of continuous diffusion.
- Rose Home Diffuser: Ambient light control, settings for alternating on/off or continuous diffusion, and automatic shutoff.
- Aria™ Ultrasonic Diffuser: Elegant and décor-friendly design, multicolored LED lights, remote control, built-in speakers, ambient music, and audio input.
Atomizing technology transforms essential oils into a vapor of millions of microparticles, dispersing the powerful, undiluted plant constituents found in Young Living essential oils into the air with no water added. Young Living’s new AromaLux™ Atomizing Diffuser includes an array of features and settings, including our highest vapor output, our most customizable volume and run time settings (with automatic shutoff), and a quiet motor.
What’s your favorite Young Living diffuser? Share how you diffuse your favorite blends in the comments!
—Heidi Jeanfreau, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Manager
Young Living products always make great gifts. To add an extra personal touch, try our newest DIY: Hand-carved Young Living soaps. These soaps are a thoughtful and creative way to share Young Living and make great gifts for friends and neighbors!
- Any Young Living bar soap
- Cuticle pusher, nail file, or other small carving tool
- 3 pins
1. Choose your soap and design.
Lemon Sandalwood Cleansing Soap™ and Thieves® Cleansing Soap are my favorites, so I made a gift out of each: one for my neighbor and one for me! For the designs, I made a “T” (for my neighbor’s last name) and the Young Living logo. I measured the soaps (the top face is approximately 3 inches by 1 5/8 inches) and created a simple design on paper to fit. Here are some templates you can use to get started:
To use a template, copy and paste the image into your preferred word-processing program. Make sure the outside square has the right dimensions (3 inches by 1 5/8 inches) and print.
Use two pins to hold your design in place, inserting the pins into an area you plan to carve out later. Use the third pin to prick through the paper around the border of your design, creating an outline. If the design outline doesn’t seem clear enough after the paper is removed, feel free to go over it with a pen or pencil. You can remove the marks when you’re done carving.
3. Carve your design.
Don’t worry about buying any special tools. I used items I had around the house to carve my designs: a cuticle pusher and a nail file. When you’re done carving, remove any pen or pencil marks with a cotton swab dampened in hot water. You can also use this method to help smooth out the carving lines.
When you’re cleaning up, don’t throw away the soap shavings. I put the leftovers of each soap in their own organza bag, and then used them as loofas in the shower. They created a great velvety lather, and I was grateful I didn’t waste any of the soap!
I added a simple ribbon to the box for embellishment, and then presented the “T”-carved soap to my neighbor, who loved it!
If you have ideas for exciting designs or any suggestions on how to best use the soap shavings, please give us your thoughts in the comments. Enjoy your personalized bar soaps!
Gloria Russo—International and Portfolio Brand Manager, Personal Care
Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young has dedicated his life and countless personal sacrifices to creating essential oils that surpass every quality standard. His motivation? The belief that pure essential oils have the power to touch and change lives. Young Living Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Jared Turner shares his thoughts below on what sets Gary and his approach apart:
Gary Young is currently building a new Young Living farm up in cold British Columbia, Canada. As I think about this great personal sacrifice, I’ve been considering all the things people say about him, both good and bad. Some call him “crazy.” Others call him the “maverick” or “guru” of the modern essential oil movement. As with most leaders of movements that change the world, Gary Young seems to elicit a variety of opinions.
One title I love that describes the spirit of what D. Gary Young represents is that of “shokunin.” A traditional Japanese title, “shokunin” (or “craftsman”) could well encapsulate all the best of Gary. Shokunin are individuals who care deeply about their craft; however, even this literal description doesn’t fully express the full meaning of the word. Shokunin care passionately, even spiritually, about their work—to the point of utmost personal sacrifice. They don’t care for money; they care only to improve the world through the perfection of their craft. In this way, the world is better because of them. They see what they do as an art form that must be perfected every day, faithfully. They never rest and are rarely tired because they are doing what they were meant to do: living their purpose through their work.
Japanese artist Tasio Odate elaborates further:
“The shokunin has a social obligation to work his best for the general welfare of the people. This obligation is both spiritual and material, in that no matter what it is, the shokunin’s responsibility is to fulfill the requirement.”
Gary Young is the true craftsman of the art of the cultivation, distillation, and quality testing of essential oils. He is comparable to none. He excels at his craft not only because he’s done if for decades but also because it is as natural to him as flying is to an eagle or swimming is to a fish. It is what he is meant to do.
Recent demonstrations of his shokunin spirit include the personal physical sacrifices he is experiencing in Canada. Gary recently told us that he is never warm. The only time he’s able to “thaw out” is a couple of hours after he tucks in his bed late at night after a long, arduous day at the farm. And it’s not just the brutal cold: he has cuts and bruises all over his body as a result of his drive to beat the deep winter clock and get people the oils they love.
I tell you this only to show you what we have in D. Gary Young; his dedication to his craft is immeasurably valuable to all of us. Remember: he loves what he’s doing and is meant to do it.
As recipients of this shokunin gift, it’s incumbent upon us to tell the story, to connect others to the Young Living “why” and continue the revolution in wellness that Gary Young started decades ago. We strive to help you tell this story through our emphasis on Young Living’s Seed to Seal® promise, as evidenced in our farm-centric events, the ongoing rebrand, and our marketing materials (check out SeedtoSeal.com).
Our detractors, including competitors, are attacking on all sides. They know that they are shadows of what we are and what we stand for—and they don’t like it. They know that they can’t compete with our original, authentic and rich narrative, so they attack the source of that narrative: Gary Young. We continue to tell our story despite this, and will defend our virtue as the originator and leader of the essential oil movement. Gary Young created a culture and ethos of wellness and empowerment that has lasted for decades—and it will last for decades more.
The bottom line is that whatever our competitors want to call Gary, they can’t call him a copycat. They can’t call him an imitator. At a minimum they can hopefully acknowledge that he’s the real deal and has taught them everything they know about essential oils. Maybe instead of attacking, it’s time that they give credit where credit is due. But guess what? Gary won’t be listening to any apologies; he’s too busy working in Canada to make the world a better place, one drop at a time.
And in case you still want to call Gary Young “crazy,” well, that may not be so bad either. Just ask Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple:
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes…the ones who see things differently—they’re not fond of rules…You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things…they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.”
We are grateful for the pioneering vision and tireless dedication of our founder. How has Gary’s work touched your life? Let us know in the comments!
As the holiday season quickly approaches, many of us are already decking the halls and planning our celebratory meals. Traditional dishes bring fond memories of past holidays—along with excess calories and refined sugars. Today we want to share a few variations of classic recipes that incorporate Young Living products and provide an extra boost of nutrition!
Agave Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Blue Agave
- 4 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil
- 1 drop Black Pepper essential oil
- Fine sea salt (to taste)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, mix Blue Agave, olive oil, Cinnamon Bark essential oil, Black Pepper essential oil, and salt to create a glaze. Add the sweet potatoes to the glaze and stir until evenly coated. Arrange the sweet potatoes onto a large rimmed baking sheet. Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and roast for approximately 25–30 minutes, turning the sweet potatoes halfway through.
Garlic and Thyme Creamy Mash
- 1 ½ lbs. cauliflower florets
- ¼ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 3 roasted garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped
- ½ scoop Power Meal
- 2 drops Thyme essential oil
- 1–2 drops Black Pepper essential oil (to taste)
- Fine sea salt (to taste)
Steam the cauliflower for approximately 6–8 minutes, until the florets are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain the steamed cauliflower and transfer to food processor. Combine remaining ingredients and process to your desired texture.
We love new, innovative recipes! Comment below and share with us the ways you are incorporating Young Living products into your holiday meals.
—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate
If you’ve loved checking out all our new online Product Guide has to offer, just wait until you see it in print! Shareable, comprehensive, and with a new look you’ll love, the print edition is a sharing and education must-have. Order your copies beginning December 1 to experience:
- New sharing tools: The Product Guide comes with six handy and shareable tear-away sheets. One side gives an at-a-glance look at the benefits of joining Young Living, while the other gives step-by-step instructions on how to enroll! Sharing just got a whole lot easier.
- A look at our beautiful new brand: Get a sneak peak at our fantastic new look.
- Information about the new Everyday Oils™ collection and Starter Kits: The new Everyday Oils collection will include Stress Away™ and Melaleuca Alternifolia in place of Valor® and Peace & Calming™. Because Stress Away will appear in the Everyday Oils kit, Citrus Fresh™ will replace it in our Starter Kits. This change is designed to allow our members greater access to Valor and Peace & Calming, two of our most popular blends!
- Helpful new product categories: Check out products in Essential Oils, Diffusers, Personal Care, Healthy & Fit, and At Home—five updated categories that fit your lifestyle! They will replace the former categories: Balance, Beauty, Wellness, and Home.
- Alternate products: Because our production process is so deeply tied to the cycles of nature, some products may become unavailable at times during the year. When this happens, our alternate product suggestions will help you find new favorites!
Order the new Product Guide beginning December 1 or check it out online at YoungLiving.com! What new feature are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!
Love the Everyday Oils™ collection? You’re in good company! Packed with some of the most practical essential oils and blends we offer, Everyday Oils has always been a top pick. But get ready: Beginning in just a couple of days, it’s getting even better, and we couldn’t be more excited to share these changes with you!
We’re updating this kit on November 17 with two new products and a gorgeous new look. Two Everyday Oils products—Valor® and Peace & Calming®—will be replaced by two new additions: Stress Away™ and Melaleuca Alternifolia. This will create more availability for top-selling Valor and Peace & Calming, while allowing more people to discover the great new additions.
Never used Stress Away or Melaleuca Alternifolia? There’s lots to love with these versatile oils:
- With a great balance of Lime essential oil, Vanilla absolute, and more, Stress Away is a sweet replacement for Peace & Calming, as it has similar properties and benefits.
- Melaleuca Alternifolia is highly regarded for its wide range of daily uses and benefits to the skin. It’s the perfect addition to any beauty regimen!
This change will also affect Premium Starter Kits that include the Everyday Oils collection, as well as the Starter Kit pack, which will now include Citrus Fresh™ instead of Stress Away. What won’t this change affect? Pricing and value. You’ll still receive 10 equally valued, must-have essential oils, without a price increase!
Remember, this kit is available beginning the 17th. If you want to order the classic version, be sure to place your order through the 16th. In the event you receive the wrong collection, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! Simply contact Member Services and request an exchange; we’ll be happy to help.
Have you tried Stress Away or Melaleuca Alternifolia? What are your favorite uses? Let us know in the comments!
As we wrap up our 20th year of groundbreaking success, Young Living, the World Leader in Essential Oils®, is celebrating with a limited commemorative edition of one of our most popular products, NingXia Red®! Here’s a closer look at the amazing NingXia Red Chrome Collection.
The highlight of this collection is a special bottle of NingXia Red (750 ml). Through a unique process, this collectible glass bottle has a sleek, chrome-like finish. It’s perfect for displaying in your home or at Young Living meetings, even after you finish the delicious, essential oil-infused NingXia Red inside.
This versatile carrying case not only protects NingXia Red, essential oils, and shot glasses on the go, but it also makes an excellent display case for your exclusive chrome bottle. With a plush interior, 20th anniversary commemorative plaque, and custom Seed to Seal® zipper, this classic piece will last for years to come.
Red Shot Essential Oil Blend
Formulated by D. Gary Young, Red Shot is exclusive to the Chrome Collection. The exotic taste of Tangerine, paired with the mild sweetness of Cassia essential oil, provide the perfect complement to the berry top notes of NingXia Red. This blend is exclusive to the NingXia Red Chrome Collection, so don’t miss your opportunity to try it with your NingXia Red.
We’ve also included a 15-ml bottle of Peppermint essential oil with a limited edition chrome label. Use it to add a refreshing twist to your daily serving of NingXia Red or to liven up a glass of water.
Both functional and decorative, these two NingXia Red shot glasses are the perfect way to drink your daily serving of NingXia Red.
Not only does this collection commemorate one of our flagship products and 20 years of pioneering the industry, but it also delivers excellent value. A single, standard glass bottle of NingXia Red, the Red Shot blend, and Peppermint essential oil would cost more wholesale than this entire collection. With the carrying case and shot glasses included, this limited-supply collection is valued at over $100 but is available for only $67.75 wholesale!
As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we are giving away 10 NingXia Red Chrome Collections! All you have to do is share this post on social media and leave a comment on the blog telling us why you would love to win this collection. Winners will be posted here on Wednesday, November 19. Good luck!
Congratulations to our NingXia Red Chrome Collection winners!
- Teresa C.
- Cynthia F.
- Karen K.M.
- Tansey H.L.
- Trisha S.
- Carmen T.
- Natalia M.
- Alexandra K.D.
- Erin K.
- Andrea T.
Winners will be contacted by email. Thanks to everyone who entered!
—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate
Have you ever had a question about the best, safest way to use an essential oil? You’re not alone! Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young has heard member questions; and following the 2014 International Grand Convention, he began working on a comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide for using essential oils correctly.
Teaming up with Young Living Director of Global Education and Health Sciences Dr. Lindsey Elmore and other product experts on the Young Living team, Gary has created a helpful guide that will ensure you are getting the most out of your essential oils! This helpful guide will provide questions to answers like “What is a carrier oil and why should I use it?” and “What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation?” and many others. This guide is an excellent tool for member education and can also help when sharing essential oils effectively!
Check the guide out now on YoungLiving.com!