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Summer is almost here and we are already firing up the grill and enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. Why not try some of these recipes with your grilling this summer.

Each marinade recipe is sufficient for 1-2 lbs. of meat or your protein of choice.

Cilantro-Lime marinade
2 limes, juice of
1⁄3 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 cup fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 drops Black Pepper Vitality essential oil
2 drops Lime Vitality essential oil

Quick and Easy Cilantro Lime Marinade
1 cup cilantro, lightly chopped
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice (or juice of half a lime)
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
1 jalapeno lightly chopped (for un-spicy remove the seed)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 drops Black Pepper Vitality essential oil
2 drops Lime Vitality essential oil

Orange Lemon Citrus Marinade
3/4 cup olive or other oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
tablespoon grated onion
Juice of 1 lemon
2 drops Orange Vitality essential oil
2 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil
1 drop Ginger Vitality essential oil

Mediterranean Marinade
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 drop Oregano Vitality essential oil
2 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil
1 drop Black Pepper Vitality essential oil

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back to school essential oilsIt’s that time of year again. The kids are heading off to school. With that comes more exposure to whatever will be going around this season. That is one reason I always have Thieves essential oil blend with me as well as all the Thieves products.


Thieves Oil Blend was created from research about four thieves during the 15th-century covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing the dead and dying. Thieves is one oil that is wonderful for diffusing.


NingXia Red is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree and a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils. Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion.


There is often anxiety on returning to school at the beginning of a new year. There are always many changes: New teachers, new classes, peer pressure, worries about fitting in, bullies, studying for tests, and the list goes on.


The next three oils may be helpful to ease the stress of going back to school.


Stress Away Roll-On – This unique blend of vanilla, lime, copaiba, and other pure essential oils relieves daily stress, encourages relaxation, and reduces nervous tension. This oil can be used in the morning before heading off to school or after school to unwind from a stressful day. Apply generously to wrists, temples, neck, or any desired area as needed.


Peace & Calming is a gentle, fragrant blend specially designed for diffusing. It promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace, helping to calm tensions and uplift spirits. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest. This is important for kids in school.


Brain Power is especially designed essential oil blend rich in sesquiterpenes. Use it to clarify thought and support concentration. Apply over the back of the neck, on the temples, on the soles of the feet, and under the tongue.


Valor helps balance electrical energies within the body, giving you courage, confidence, and self-esteem. It has also been found to help the body self-correct its balance and alignment.
How to use: Apply on bottoms of feet and to throat, wrists, chest, and the base of the neck. When using a series of oils, such as in Raindrop Technique, apply Valor first and let it work for five to ten minutes before applying other oils.


Clarity promotes a clear mind and alertness. The rosemary and peppermint found in this blend have been used for years for mental activity and vitality. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati discovered in a research study that inhaling peppermint oil increased the mental accuracy of the students he tested by 28 percent.
Clarity is one oil I like to use when I am writing. It helps me think clearly so


Cedarwood – contains the highest level of sesquiterpines. When inhaled, sesquiterpines have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, after which they can provide more oxygen to the brain! Place Cedarwood on your thumb and the roof of your mouth to release blocks to learning!


Peppermint – Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy. Inhale Peppermint oil while taking a test to improve recall.


Joy – This oil is very mood uplifting. If the children are feeling bummed out because the summer is over and they have to get back into the grind of the school schedule, Joy oil may be helpful in lifting their spirits.


Motivation may enable a person to surmount fear and procrastination and stimulate feelings of moving forward to accomplish new things. This is always a good one when starting a new school year or any other project.



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smoothieSmoothies are a great way to get more veggies into your diet. Let’s face it. In this fast paced lifestyle, most of us don’t get enough vegetables in our diet. Smoothies can help. especially if you have family members who don’t love their vegetables. Add fruit and it’s a flavorful way to enjoy more vegetables. Try some of these smoothie recipes.


Ginger Protein Smoothie


2 handfuls of spinach or kale
5 stalks of raw asparagus
ginger root – I like my smoothie very strong in ginger so I add a piece about 3 inches long.
1/2 banana
1 cup whatever fruit I have on hand
2 scoops Young Living Pure Protein Complete
1 tbsp flax seeds
1-4 ounces NingXia Red
1 cup water
4 drops tangerine or other essential oil – Slique Essence is AWESOME in smoothies!


Directions: Combine ingredients in blender or NutriBullet. Fill liquid to the line. Blend until you reach the desired consistency. I like to freeze peeled bananas so they are like banana ice cubes. I cut them in half and put them in ziploc bags.


Blueberry Almond Smoothie
2 handfuls spinach or kale
1 cup blueberries
1/2 banana
2 scoops Young Living Pure Protein Complete
10 almonds
optional: ginger root – I LOVE ginger root in almost all smoothies. I can’t get enough of it! 🙂


Directions: Combine ingredients in blender or NutriBullet. Fill liquid to the line. Blend until you reach the desired consistency.


NingXia Peach Smoothie


1/2 c. frozen peaches
1/2 c. frozen strawberries or blueberries
2 scoops Young Living Pure Protein Complete
4 ounces NingXia Red
Water (whatever amount to the line on your NutriBullet cup)
4 drops Orange or Tangerine essential oil


Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. In NutriBullet, fill liquid to the line. Frozen fruit gives the smoothie a cold, thick consistency but can be replaced with fresh fruit. Makes one serving.


Here are two smoothie recipes I found on Young Living’s Product Blog:


Nitro and Protein Smoothie


This protein-packed treat is the perfect way to refuel after an intense workout or as an on-the-go meal replacement. Formulated with Korean ginseng and B vitamins, NingXia Nitro delivers sustained amounts of energy and alertness. Pure Protein Complete™ and avocado add nearly 15 grams of protein and a boost of omega-3 essential fatty acids to support muscle repair. Plus, the bright taste of fruit and pure Lime essential oil will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed!


Ingredients:
1 tube NingXia Nitro
1 scoop Pure Protein Complete
4 drops Lime essential oil
1/2 c. coconut water
Handful of spinach
1/2 c. diced pineapple
1/2 c. diced mango
1/2 c. sliced banana
1 avocado, pit and skin removed
1 tsp. flax seed
1/2 tsp. Blue Agave
1 cup cubed ice (optional)
Shredded coconut (optional)


Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until you reach the desired consistency. If smoothie is too thick to blend, add additional coconut water.


Sunrise Nitro Smoothie


If protein and workouts aren’t your focus, the Sunrise Nitro Smoothie is a delicious way to start the day. By providing the necessary nutrients for sustained energy, this delightful beverage is the perfect alternative to your morning cup of coffee. In addition to alertness, this smoothie combines the hydrating effects of coconut water; fiber and omega-3 fatty acids from chia seeds; and the antioxidant properties of green tea extract. It’s the perfect way to start an impactful day!


Ingredients:
1 tube NingXia Nitro
4 drops Orange or Tangerine essential oil
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1 peeled navel orange
1/2 tsp. chia seeds
1/2 cup cubed ice (optional)


Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until you reach the desired consistency. If smoothie is too thick to blend, add additional coconut water.


Young Living Products used in these recipes:
#3644 Tangerine oil
#3602 Orange oil
#3291 Pure Protein Complete
#3042 NingXia Red
#4586 Slique Essence
#3064 NingXia Nitro
#3074 Lime oil
#3221 Blue Agave


We have all the felt the effects of sleep deprivation: that zombie-like feeling that consumes us the moment we roll out of bed. Our eyes are heavy, we can’t think straight, everything in a blur. Like mechanical robots, we go about our day not fully comprehending what is going on around us.


The negative effects of sleep deprivation are quickly becoming an alarming issue. According to a recent poll, 58 percent of adults in the US experience symptoms of insomnia several nights a week.


Sleep-deprived individuals find it hard to concentrate or feel productive during the day. Perhaps worst of all, more and more are driving drowsy. In fact, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 of reported crashes occur as a result of drowsiness.


Getting a good night’s sleep is important for mental health and normal functioning, but it’s pertinent for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Single essential oils such as valerian, spikenard, and lavender are known for their ability to relax, calm, and emotionally ground a person. RutaVaLa, Peace & Calming and Gentle Baby are soothing essential oil blends that have similar effects. These oils can be diffused, inhaled, massaged into the feet prior to retiring to help ease tension and settle the mind.


DURING THE DAY:

  • Consume less or no caffeine, particularly late in the day.
  • Avoid alcohol and nicotine, especially close to bedtime.
  • Exercise, but not within three hours of going to bed.
  • Avoid naps, especially in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Establish a regular sleep schedule; don’t try to make up for lost sleep.

BEFORE BEDTIME:

  • Take a warm bath using a few drops of lavender in the water to soothe away stress and tension before retiring at night.
  • Rub a drop of essential oil such as lavender on your palm and smooth over pillow to aid with sleep.
  • Apply Peace & Calming or another soothing oil to the feet before bedtime to promote relaxation.


Young Living’s SleepEssence contains four relaxing essential oils in a softgel vegetarian capsule for easy ingestion. Combining lavender, vetiver, valerian, and Ruta graveolens essential oils with the hormone melatonin.



Essential Oils For Sleep

With summer coming up we tend to get out and be more active with gardening, yard work, hiking, sports and other activities. There are so many fun things to do we often find ourselves having a little too much fun. It’s times like that I am really appreciating the use of essential oils.


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