It can be a real challenge keeping balanced and on track when someone you love is going through a painful time and you become the caregiver. It is a challenge for both the person in need of care and the caregiver. Therapeutic grade essential oils can be very helpful in a variety of ways.

This is what my husband Mark and I have been going through lately. I have had to step into the role of caregiver. It’s not the norm for us at all. Mark usually does 90% of the cooking and 50% of the cleaning. He loves to cook and just don’t. 😉 I run 90% of our home business, he runs most of the household duties. Well, things have changed a bit over the past year but dramatically in the past couple of months. Mark has 3 bulging disks pressing on the nerve in his spine. It is VERY painful. Lately it is so bad he has been bedridden most days. He can get up for a few minutes but can’t take sitting or standing for very long. He has an appointment with a neurosurgeon next week. Hopefully some help soon.

I thought I would share a bit of all of this with you because you may have need of this information now or sometime in the future. Lots of things can happen to put someone in need of care, even young people.

Take Care of YOURSELF While You’re Taking Care of Others


It is a blessing that I am able to be working from home with Young Living Essential Oils. It allows me to take care of Mark but also have all kinds of oils and supplements that are helping support both of us through this stressful time.

Some days I need a little Clarity oil to get focused on things I need to to. I am running back and forth from my office to our bedroom to check on Mark and care for his needs, plus cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. Shifting back into a business mindset after being in caregiver mode can be a challenge. I used Young Living Clarity oil to get my mind focused on writing this article today. I love Clarity oil blend on normal days but really thankful I have it during this time.

Stress Away is an essential oil blend that is wonderful during times when things are going on. I find myself getting hyper when I have things to do and the interruptions keep coming. Just put some Stress Away on your hands and inhale deeply.

Lately I find myself using a LOT of Young Living Joy essential oil blend. Things have really changed for us. It makes me kind of sad when I see Mark suffering. Well, that’s an understatement. He can’t do the things he loves to do. He also feels discouraged about that. Joy is an oil that can help emotional support for both the one cared for and caregiver.

Sacred Mountain is another oil I find myself drawn to lately. When I use it I feel strong like a tree. Sacred Mountain is a blend of Ylang Ylang and conifer oils that promotes feelings of strength, empowerment, grounding, and protection when diffused. I diffuse it but I also wear it like a perfume. I love the smell.

Valor or Valor II – Use on the bottom of your feet to feel more balanced and confident as you go through the process of helping your loved one through this difficult time.

Harmony – Use on each of the energy center points of your body. There are seven of them along the body: tail bone/root, naval, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown (top of head). Helps with balance.

Peace & Calming
– The name says it all. 😉

Sleep can be an issue when a person is caring for someone with a health issue. Sleeping next to Mark, I can hear the painful outcries in the night. It is really difficult to sleep knowing your loved one is suffering. The problem is, you need your sleep so you can have the energy to take care of them.

Lavender and Cedarwood are my favorites for relaxing before bed time. Other options are Roman Chamomile, Stress Away, Valerian, Tangerine, RutaVala and Peace & Calming.

DIY Relaxing Bath Salts
4 cups of Epsom Salts
12 drops of Lavender
6 drops Cedarwood
Glass Jar

Directions:
1. Pour Epsom Salts into the jar and drop essential oil on top of the salts.
2. Seal and Shake to blend well.
3. Add 1/2 to one cup of the salt mixture and add under warm running water.
3. Soak for 20-30 minutes.
3. Drink plenty of water after enjoying your relaxing soak.

DIY Bedtime Linen Spray

4 oz glass spray bottle
2 tablespoons witch hazel or vodka
6-10 drops lavender essential oil
6 tablespoons water

Directions
In the spray bottle, combine the witch hazel or vodka and the lavender essential oil. Place the top on tightly and shake well for 15-20 seconds to combine the oil and witch hazel or vodka. Then take the top off and add water so the the essential oil distributes into the water. Replace the top and shake well again. Spray a bit on your hand to test the smell. If you want the scent stronger, add a few more drops of essential oil.

Shake well and spray on linens or other fabrics as desired.

Night Time Body Lotion
1/2 cup shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops Stress Away or Cedarwood
Melt Shea Butter and Coconut oil together. Then add almond oil. Cool until almost hardened. Whip with mixer while adding essential oils. Continue mixing until completely mixed. About 5 minutes.
Use before bed time.

When caring for someone, you sometimes can find that you have worked a little too hard and need a little soothing for those tired muscles.

Muscle Roll On
20 drops Wintergreen
20 drops Copaiba
20 drops Peppermint
Mix in 10 ml roller bottle fill to top with coconut oil.

Soothing Relief Recipe 1
10 drops basil
8 drops wintergreen
6 drops cypress
3 drops peppermint

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or or Base Recipe below.

Soothing Relief Recipe 2
3 drops lavender
4 drops cypress
3 drops wintergreen
4 drops marjoram
5-6 drops Roman chamomile
4 drops peppermint

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or Base Recipe below.

Base Recipe:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Beeswax, Shea Butter, or combination of the two:
SOFT: Use 2 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
FIRM: Use 4 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
EXTRA-FIRM: Use 6 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
HARD: Use 8 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture

SOFT – This is a good one if you are wanting something closer to a lotion.
FIRM – A little more firmness.
X-TRA FIRM – this version would be a good choice for a foot or elbow balm.
HARD – Good for a lip balm or deodorant.

DIRECTIONS
Place coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil and beeswax and shea butter in small glass jar. Place jar into pan and fill with approximately 2-inches of water. Heat over medium-heat, stirring mixture in jar until everything is melted. Remove pan from heat. Using a clean kitchen towel or wash cloth, carefully remove jar from pan and place on cutting board to cool. While cooling stir with knife to make sure contents stay well mixed.
Before adding your choice of essential oils, let the mixture cool a little but not too much. Letting the mixture cool helps to preserve and protect the delicate chemical constituents in the essential oils. You can speed the process by gently stirring with a clean knife. Add the essential oils while stirring and mixture is just starting to turn opaque and beginning to harden.

Supplements to support balance: Super Cal, Super B, Mineral Essence, OmegaGize, NingXia Red, NingXia Nitro, NingXia Zyng

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school-young-living-essential-oilsIt’s back to school season again. With that comes more exposure to whatever will be going around this season. You will want to support your family’s healthy immune system all seasons, but especially during the school year. NingXia Red and Thieves products are a great way to start.

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.

Thieves Products
Thieves essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils. Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals used while robbing the dead and dying, this blend is a main ingredient in all the Thieves products.

All of the Thieves Products are essential to have on hand all year but especially when you have a bunch of kids in close contact. Diffusing Thieves oil and rubbing it on the feet in the morning before going to school and at night before bed is a great way to support healthy immune systems. Thieves Vitality can be consumed internally as a supplement in capsule, in NingXia Red or other beverages.

Keeping hands clean is an important part of protecting your immune system. Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier , Thieves Bar Soap and Thieves Foaming Hand Soap are powerful tools for keeping hands clean.

Washing your hands with soap and water isn’t always an option. Kids can carry Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier to school in their back pack for a gentle, skin-friendly way to clean their hands with the power of Thieves oil!

Thieves Household Cleaner – An all-purpose, environmentally friendly cleaner with lemon essential oil for added cleaning power. Keeping surfaces clean is important when defending a healthy immune system.

Thieves Spray – comes in a convenient, 1-ounce, take-anywhere spray bottle. It is ideal to clean surfaces where multiple hands touch.

Spritz on countertops, lunch tables, door handles, armrests, mouse and keyboards, toilet seats, and any surface that needs
cleansing to protect from dust, mold, and undesirable microorganisms.

Thieves Wipes are also wonderful for cleaning surfaces as well as keeping hands clean.

Citrus oils such Lime help support the body’s natural defenses. Plus, the fresh, vibrant citrus scents can also help boost your mood.

Support respiratory health with Breathe Again Roll-On.

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.

Stress Away Roll-On 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.

Clarity supports alertness and clear thinking when studying and taking tests. Put a couple drops on your hands, rub hands
together, cup your hands over your nose and deeply inhale, then add a drop to each temple. You can also diffuse Clarity.



Back To School Focus Roller
15 drops Cedarwood
15 drops Lavender
15 drops Vetiver
1 TBS carrier oil – grapeseed or coconut oil mix oils together in a roller bottle.



GeneYus is a sweet blend of Spearmint, Peppermint, Tangerine, and other essential oils that’s great for young minds that are focusing on projects. Apply GeneYus to your child’s wrists or back of neck before he or she heads off to school to encourage their efforts.

Joy 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. Start the morning off on a good note by diffusing a little Joy essential oil blend in the morning as children are getting ready for school.

Motivation may help with 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.

You could also drop add a couple drops of essential oil onto a diffuser necklace for your child to wear while at school. Clarity, Motivation, Joy, Stress Away are a few options.
Here are a few nice diffuser jewelry items I found on Amazon:
http://aromanotes.com/diffuser-jewelry

Healthy Snacks:

Wolfberry Crisp Bars – Includes whey protein crisp and pea protein crisp, einkorn flour, grains, fruits, nuts and whey coated in chocolate.

NingXia Zyng – Skip the vending machine snack and sip a chilled NingXia Zyng and a Wolfberry Crisp Bar.

Swap NingXia Zyng for conventional carbonated beverages in your office refrigerator. You won’t miss the soda fix! Keep
NingXia Zyng chilled for an extra-invigorating way to start the morning.

Add a tube of NingXia Nitro to your can of NingXia Zyng for a sweet twist that supports cognition.



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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


Young Living Convention just wrapped up and as usual there was lots of oils and health education.
As usual we have several new products. Some are available now and some are coming soon. Here are a few details about the new products more will be available soon.


New Products From Young Living Essential Oils Convention 2013:


New Young Living Products 2013



NingXia Nitro – Energy shots with a proprietary blend of pure black pepper, nutmeg, vanilla, chocolate, yerba mate, spearmint, and peppermint essential Oils. NingXia Nitro also includes Bioenergy Ribose which improves physical performance, speeds up recovery, and increases overall energy reserves. Other supportive ingredients, such as B Vitamins which includes B12 and B3 and B6, green tea extract, choline and Korean Ginseng.


New Believe oil – Reformulated to include Idaho Blue Spruce & Ylang Ylang from the Young Living farm in Ecuador.


Slique Bars – These are a nice addition to the Slique line of weight management products. Each bar is full of fruits, nuts and other nutrients that will help you feel satisfied.


Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste – All-natural toothpaste is made with genuine essential oils, including the cleansing and protective benefits of Thieves essential oil blend. Its safe and effective formula provides a fortress of support for healthy gums, strong teeth, and a confident smile.


Essential Oil Samples – Each pack contains samples of Thieves, Peace and Calming, lavender, lemon, peppermint. Easy to carry in your purse or pocket. Each sample is filled with 0.25 ml of oil, an amount perfect for a single usage experience.


These products will be available soon.