There are a lot of things that can disrupt a good night’s sleep. This is especially true during busy stressful times of the year. Tight schedules, rushing here and there to get things done, people are stressed out in general these days. After a busy day running around, you have tense muscles and to top it off, these stressful, busy days are the times when you may grab quick foods that aren’t the best option. All of this can interfere with a good night’s sleep.

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 sleep problems 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.

Here are some natural tips for a good night’s sleep during stressful times:

Keep your bedtime routine consistent.

Remove televisions, computers, phones, and unnecessary lighting.

Eliminate Caffeine and Sugar after 12 noon.

Add essential oils to your routine. Here are a few ideas:

Take a Lavender Bath – a few drops of Young Living St. Marie’s Lavender essential oil in your tub!

Put essential oils on your feet before you go to sleep. I keep Cedarwood and Lavender essential oils next to my bed so I can apply it before I go to sleep.

Layering the essential oils of Raindrop Technique on the bottom of your feet before bed time can be a nice support for restful sleep.

Since you end up going 6–8 hours without any liquid at all, drinking water throughout the day and before you hit the sack is essential to keeping yourself hydrated. Try adding Young Living Lavender Vitality essential oil to your water or herbal tea for a calming influence. Aim for an hour before bed, so you aren’t waking up in the middle of the night for a bathroom trip.

Young Living Sleep Essential Oils

Take Young Living SleepEssence 30-60 minutes before bed time. SleepEssence combines Lavender, Vetiver, Ruta and Valarian essential oils with melatonin to support a good night’s sleep.

Make a Relaxation Roll-On:

Mix 25 drops each of Valerian, Vetiver, Cedarwood, and Geranium essential oil in an empty 15-ml bottle, then fill it to the top with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or other carrier oil, then add the roller top. You can buy roller tops from Young Living. AromaGlide Roller Fitment (ITEM # 4578)

Diffuse Young Living Lavender, Stress Away, or your favorite blend of essential oils with comforting aromas as you prepare for bed. Rubbing a couple drops between your palms and brushing them over your pillow can also boost the relaxing aromas and can make jumping into a cloud of pillows and blankets feel extra luxurious.

Diffuse your favorite Valerian infused essential oil blend in the evening before retiring for bed.
Here is a diffuser blend I love:
4 drops Valerian
3 drops Lavender
3 drops Tangerine

Treat yourself to a soothing massage with Valerian essential oil after an exhausting workout or a long day at work. Valerian’s grounding aroma is also perfect for relaxing while you massage sore muscles, achy feet, or a tight neck.

Marjoram is an wonderful essential oil for relaxing muscles – and relaxing the brain. Apply 1-2 drops over the brainstem (the soft semi-circle at the base of the skull in the middle at the back) and on the temples and cup hands over nose, inhaling deeply 6-8 times.

Make a home made linen Spray by combining water and a few drops of your favorite calming essential oil in a glass spray bottle. Spray over sheets. Lavender, Peace & Calming, Tranquil are a few possibilities.

Add some relaxing oils to your nightly moisturizing routine. Combine Valerian with your favorite skin-care products for a natural yet bold scent.

Add one drop of Cedarwood and one drop of Valerian oil to a pump of body cream before applying to dry areas of the body.
Create a homemade dry-skin face serum with one drop each of Valerian, Rosemary, and Lavender, and a few drops of jojoba—or your favorite light carrier oil. Rub into your face at night to help alleviate dry skin.

Relaxing Whipped Body Butter

1 cup organic coconut oil
1 cup organic solid cocoa butter (do not use lotion)
15 drops of your favorite essential oil – Cedarwood, Lavender, Frankincense, Valarian, Tangerine, Peace & Calming, Tranquil are a few possibilities.

Warm a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, then add coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt until completely liquefied, about 4–5 minutes.
Pour into a glass mixing bowl and place in refrigerator for 30–45 minutes to cool and just set but not harden.
Stir in essential oils.
Using an electric hand mixer, whip until firm peaks form, about 10 minutes.
Gently transfer to a seal-able jar or container. Store at room temperature to avoid melting or solidifying.

Lavender Cedarwood Essential Oils Sleep

We live in a fast paced and stressful world in which it can be a real challenge to maintain a happy and stress free life. Too many demands on our physical, mental and emotional selves can drain our energy. Essential oils can be a big help during those busy, stress filled times of year. Here are 3 essential oil blends from Young Living that you should have on hand during stressful seasons.

Young Living White Angelica Essential Oil

White Angelica is an excellent blend to support your energy field from all of the bombardment of chaotic energy. This oil helps protect you from negative energy. It is calming and soothing and brings a feeling of protection and security. White Angelica is a good one for times when you are going to be around a lot of people who may have negative energy. It is a good one for health practitioners, therapists, social workers, coaches, etc. Also good to use before family gatherings. 😉

How to use: For topical or aromatic use. Diffuse or wear in your diffuser jewelry, rub on top of shoulders, along spine, on crown of head, wrists, behind ears and on the back of the neck. Put a few drops in our palm, rub in a circular clock-wise motion 3 times to build the energy, then do a “sweep” from head to toe, front and back, then down the sides. This creates a protective shield around the body. This can be useful for everyone at any time, but is especially valuable for practitioners who work with those who are ill or carry negative energy.

Joy essential oil is a blend of Young Living’s most inviting oils, formulated to invite a sense of romance, bliss, and warmth. It is very mood uplifting. Joy oil has Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Jasmine, Palmarosa, and Rose essential oil, giving it a fresh, floral aroma with notes of citrus from the essential oils of Bergamot, Lemon, and Tangerine. Joy essential oil blend is a good one for diffusing or applying topically.

Joy Oil Uses
Apply Joy essential oil blend to your wrists and back of neck before going out the door for a fresh floral fragrance.
Place 2–3 drops on a damp cloth and throw it in the dryer to help freshen your laundry.
Put a few drops in a warm bath for a spa-like experience and to enjoy its relaxing aroma.
Diffuse it to bring an environment of joy throughout your home that is perfect for family gatherings and celebrations.

Joy essential oil blend is balancing, calming, mood uplifting, eases nerves and promotes a feeling of peace. A good one for stressful busy times.

Gathering features a blend of aromas that invites you to overcome the chaotic energy of everyday life and keeps you on the path to higher achievement. Contains essential oils of lavender, frankincense and Northern Lights Black Spruce, oils that help promote a calm atmosphere.

Years ago, at a Young Living training, Gary Young talked about Gathering essential oil blend. He said that Gathering was specifically formulated for focusing. Gary told us to apply Gathering on your left temple by rubbing it in a clockwise motion three times and then move across your forehead to your right temple and rub clockwise at the right temple to connect the left and right brain.

If you are strong on the left brain (being mathematical, logical), then you rub it on the left temple clockwise three times and then come across to the right side of the temple and rub it three times. What this does energy-wise is to help integrate the left brain with the right brain. If you are in your right brain and you are feeling so creative that you can’t balance your checkbook, then put it on the right temple and go three times and then bring it across to the left side because you are bringing the energy of the right brain and integrating it with the left brain and creating that balance..and then go three times on the left temple. You can repeat that as many times as you desire.

If the left brain is too active, you put 3 drops on the left temple, turn it 3 times, then drag that finger across the forehead to the other side, turn again 3 times on the right temple.

The “Great Day Protocol” that Gary Young gave at a Young Living training many years ago is another favorite. It includes two of the oils in this month’s PV Promo.

Great Day Protocol
Valor – rubbed on the bottoms of the feet, or a drop put on one wrist, and I hold the other wrist to it. (This is what I usually do because it’s more convenient.)
Harmony – a single drop, rubbed over the solar plexus area (above the belly button).
Joy – a single drop rubbed over the heart.
White Angelica – a single drop in one hand, rub the hands together, and brush over the head (lightly touching the hair, over the face, onto the shoulders, the chest, brushing all the way down the body, lightly touching the body, right over the clothes, as though applying an “angelic shield.”

Young Living Valor Harmony Joy and White Angelica Essential Oils

Mineral Essence is one of the supplements from Young Living Essential Oils that I have had on my monthly for over 15 years. I heard Gary Young say, “If you are constantly needing to oil up to lift your mood, you need minerals.” That month I added it to my monthly Essential Rewards – autoship order. Mineral Essence makes me feel AMAZING!
Young Living Mineral Essence

Ingredients in Mineral Essence


Mineral Essence is a broad spectrum supplement that combines sixty two ionic minerals in a base of royal jelly as well as cinnamon, lemon and peppermint essential oil.

Ionic trace minerals in Mineral Essence includes Calcium, Magnesium, Chloride, Sodium, Potassium, Sulfate, Lithium, Boron, Bromide, Carbonate, Fluoride, Silicon, Nitrogen, Selenium, Phosphorus, Iodide, Chromium, Iron, Manganese, Titanium, Rubidium, Cobalt, Copper, Antimony, Arsenic,Molybdenum, Strontium, Zinc, Nickel, Tungsten, Germanium, Aluminum, Scandium, Vanadium, Tellurium, Barium, Tin, Lanthanum, Lead, Yttrium, Silver, Cadmium, Uranium, Gallium, Bismuth, Zirconium, Cerium, Cesium, Gold, Beryllium, Hafnium, Samarium, Terbium, Europium, Gadolinium, Mercury, Dysprosium, Thorium, Holmium, Lutetium, Thulium, Erbium, Ytterbium, Neodymium, Praseodymium, Niobium, Tantalum, Thallium, Rhenium, Indium, Palladium, Platinum. The essential oils enable the ionic mineral complex to be absorbed at the cellular level more easily.

Royal jelly – Is rich in amino acids, minerals and Vitamins B6 and B5. May support healthy endocrine system.
Honey – contains antioxidants, amino acids and vital minerals and vitamins including B vitamins.

Benefits of Young Living Mineral Essence


Broad Spectrum – With 62 trace minerals, Mineral Essence is one of the most complete trace mineral supplements available.

Balanced Synergistic – Not only does Mineral Essence contain an incredibly wide spectrum of different minerals, but each mineral component is precisely proportioned in relation to the others. This is important because too much or too little of one mineral can can disrupt the body’s absorption of minerals and other nutrients.

Enhanced Bioavailability – The minerals in Mineral Essence are ionic – a chemical form which maximizes mineral absorption in the intestines. Minerals in an organic or colloidal state are not as readily assimilated. The essential oils included in Mineral Essence further enhance mineral absorption – besides providing other far-reaching benefits.

We Need Minerals

Ionic trace minerals are the most fully and quickly absorbed form of minerals available.
• Without minerals, vitamins and nutrients cannot be absorbed and assimilated by the body.
• Without them, we would lose electrolyte balance in our cells, which would contribute to premature aging.
• Minerals control the acid/alkaline balance (pH) of the tissue fluid.
• Adding minerals alone to the diet has resulted in many cases of regeneration.
• Minerals are the catalysts that make enzyme functions possible.

According to two time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling PhD. “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” Ionic minerals are the most fully and quickly absorbed form of minerals available.

Benefits of Certain Trace Minerals

    • Calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth, and it assists in blood clotting, muscle contraction, and nerve transmission.
    • Chromium assists in the metabolism of glucose and regulates blood sugar.
    • Cobalt promotes the formation of red blood cells.
    • Copper promotes normal red-blood cell formation and connective tissue formation. By storing and releasing iron, copper contributes to hemoglobin formation; it also contributes to central nervous system function.
    • Iodine supports a healthy thyroid and metabolism.
    • Iron is important in red blood cell formation and brain function.
    • Magnesium supports nerves and muscles and activates over 100 enzymes.
    • Molybdenum contributes to growth and development.
    • Phosphorous, together with calcium, contributes to healthy bones and teeth.
    • Potassium regulates heartbeat, fluid balance, and helps muscles contract.
    • Selenium is an essential component of a key antioxidant enzyme as well as being necessary for normal growth and development.
    • Sulfur is required for muscle protein and hair.
    • Zinc is a mineral found in every fluid, tissue, cell and organ throughout the human body with high concentrates in the brain. Inadequate intake can effect over 200 enzymes involved in digestion, metabolism, reproduction and wound healing.

Mineral Essence Ingredients

How to Use Mineral Essence

Take 5 half-droppers (1 ml each) morning and evening or as needed as a mineral supplement. May be added to 4-8 oz. of distilled/purified water or juice before drinking.

Some people don’t like the taste of Mineral Essence. I personally like the taste but even if I didn’t I would find a way to get it down. My body just loves it. I add 5 droppers in a tall glass of water and drink it down in the morning with my Sulfurzyme. All set for a wonderful day. 😉

If you find the taste of Mineral Essence unpleasant, try this idea from Lindsey Elmore:

    “Minerals are critical to enzyme function, hormone production, bone building and breakdown, creating long luxurious hair and nails, and transmission of nerve signals.
    There is only one caveat. It tastes disgusting. Like a weird oily, cinnamon concoction that can easily make you gag. So taking it can be a challenge. Some people put it in capsules, but it takes a lot of capsules. Some people put it on their skin, but it is super sticky. Some people just grin and bear it, but some just can’t.

    Over the weekend, I heard the best tip on how to use Mineral Essence. Put it in your bath. Yep. Minerals are well absorbed across the skin, so you’ll still get the benefits of them without having to stomach the funky flavor.”

Great idea!

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A really exciting thing has happened and it has caused me to have a new PASSION for Young Living’s Sulfurzyme product. I have been using it for well over 15 years for supporting healthy joints. Sulfurzyme also supports healthy hair, skin and nails but that was not my reason for using it. I just love how I feel when I support my joints.

Well, I am getting older, 59 now, and there has been a need to increase the dose. Young Living has both Sulfurzyme Capsules and also Sulfurzyme Powder. Over the past 3 years I have increased to 20 Sulfurzyme capsules a day. A couple of really cool things have happened. My hair used to be straight but since using Sulfurzyme, my hair has become curly. I used to get a perm for a bit of curl to add body to my hair but I haven’t had to get a perm in several years. These days I have been wearing my hair straight so I have to blow it out and flat iron it when I want to straighten it.

But wait, there’s more. The part that’s even more exciting is what has happened to my gray hair. It’s been disappearing! I used to get lowlights in my hair to hide the gray. I would be able to tell when it was time to get a retouch because I could see the regrowth. As a former cosmetologist, I know what regrowth looks like. My last retouch was over 3 years ago. That coincides with the time I upped my daily dose of Sulfurzyme.

I am loving Sulfurzyme for hair growth. My hair is strong and healthy and BLONDE! People often want to touch my hair and I get lots of comments on how beautiful it is. I think it has helped my skin too. Well, I am 59 and clearly showing some age but people often comment on my skin as well. My hair looks better than it did when I was in my 20s.

Over the years I have heard some great Sulfurzyme testimonials and I have had my own but now I love this added twist to a product I had already fallen in love with.

OH, and there is another benefit of using Sulfurzyme for hair. It is saving me a LOT of money in perms and hair color. Not to mention saving my body from all those harsh chemicals!

Check out my pictures below.
Young Living Sulfurzyme For Hair and Skin

Symptoms of Sulfur Deficiency

  • Hair loss and slow growth of hair
  • Premature aging of skin
  • Skin problems like rashes, dermatitis & eczema
  • Brittle nails and hair
  • Inability to digest foods and fats
  • Poor growth of fingernails
  • Joint problems
  • Skeletal & growth problems
  • Fatigue and sluggishness
  • Blood sugar problems
  • and MORE

Sulfurzyme

  • Supports joint health
  • Supports healthy hair
  • Supports healthy skin
  • Supports healthy nails
  • Supports recovery time associated with exercise
  • Provides sulfur to the body

Wondering what makes Young Living Sulfurzyme so effective?

Sulfurzyme is an MSM supplement that helps to support normal joint health by providing building blocks for strong collagen and strong cartilage. It also helps to normalize responses and recovery time after exercise.

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a natural sulfur-bearing nutrient that occurs widely in nature (found in everything from mother’s milk to fresh vegetables). MSM supplies this vital building block nutrient to your cells. Sulfur is so important for healthy hair, skin, nails, and connective tissues. In fact, it is a key building block of every single cell membrane in your body.

The key ingredient that makes Young Living Sulfurzyme so effective is the pharmaceutical-grade MSM combined with Chinese Wolfberry. With over 18 amino acids and 21 ionic minerals, the wolfberry is one of the most nutrient-dense foods known. Few people realize that in order properly metabolize the sulfur in MSM, the body requires minerals like molybdenum. When these are missing, MSM does not work as well. This is why wolfberry is so important, because it contains the necessary minerals for optimal absorption of MSM. These ingredients make Sulfurzyme a great support to the immune system and also almost every major body function, and forestalling an array of degenerative conditions. I am ever more appreciating this as I am in my late 50s and noticing the effects of age. 😉

When our bodies are aging and are chronically shortchanged of key minerals like sulfur and MSM, the bonds between our cells become increasingly rigid and brittle — a condition that can lead to a loss in skin flexibility and contribute to skin wrinkles. The internal manifestations of this cellular brittleness are far less visible but have a far greater negative impact on the body. MSM’s ability to reintroduce flexibility into cell structures, therefore, can have widespread restorative effects.

According to Dr. Ronald Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., co-author of “The Miracle of MSM”, MSM works to restore flexibility to cell membranes and slow down the breakdown of cartilage.”

MSM is a natural sulfur that helps build the amino acids responsible for protein building and muscle formation. MSM has the ability to equalize water pressure inside of the cells. This is helpful to support healthy joints and tissues.

Chinese wolfberry, has been used in Asia since ancient times for its benefits against aging and for supporting healthy vision, kidney, and liver function. Wolfberry is higher in vitamin C than ascorbic acid, higher in beta carotene than carrots, and higher in amino acids than bee pollen. Wolfberry is very high in antioxidants.

Where do I buy Young Living Sulfurzyme?  Click HERE to order

A little over a year ago I stopped using Young Living shampoo and started using one from another company. I know, really dumb idea. I did it because I wanted my husband to try a product they had for hair loss. I was buying the product for Mark so, why not try their shampoo? It was totally natural so I thought I would try it. Well, in the past few months I have been noticing the “old person smell”. I am familiar with the smell because of being around several elderly people over the years. I am approaching 60 but I really don’t want to smell like that.

I kept getting a whiff of the smell and I knew it was ME! Where is that coming from? I started sniffing and trying to track it down. It wasn’t anywhere else on my body but, it was really strong in my hair.

I decided to do a Google search on “old person smell” to try and figure out what causes that smell. I learned that, as people age, there is an increase of a chemical compound called nonenal in the body. The process typically begins around age 40, and occurs in both men and women. As adults are maturing past this age, the skin ages, causing its natural antioxidant protection to decrease. This ultimately results in greater oxidation of fatty acids. As women mature and reach the stage of menopause, hormonal imbalances and changes can also effect the production of nonenal.

As I was reading the information on nonenal, I noticed that there was a Japanese product with persimmon extract that dissolves Nonenal. I also learned that the nonenal compound is waxy and it takes weeks of using the persimmon soap to totally get rid of the smell. Interesting! I have also noticed a waxy feel in my hair. It felt like a residue that wasn’t getting washed out. I assumed the shampoo was leaving a residue, but now I realize it was just the shampoo not doing as well on the nonenal as the Young Living shampoo I had been using.

That got me thinking about why the smell was in my hair but not anywhere else. That’s when I realized the reason my hair smelled but not my body is because I had stopped using Young Living’s shampoo with essential oils in it. Still using oils all over everywhere else.

I am now back using Young Living shampoo and conditioner, both with added orange essential oil to speed up the removal of the gumminess and get that smell out of my hair. First time shampooing it was much better but I could still smell it. The thing I really noticed is the gumminess was gone right away. YAY!! My silky hair has returned. It has been a few weeks now and the smell is totally gone. If I hold the hair up to my nose I can’t even get a hint of the smell. I will keep adding some citrus oils to my shampoo to make sure the waxy substance is gone and not returning. I’m sure I don’t really need to add the extra citrus oils but I am a little paranoid. 😉

Citrus oils are great for dissolving gummy substances like what is often leftover when you remove price tags and labels. It is no surprise it worked so will removing the gumminess from my hair.

I use Thieves Bar Soap in the shower. I think that is why I didn’t have that smell anywhere but in my hair. It was a lesson learned and it helped me all the more appreciate Young Living’s Essential Oil infused products.

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