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

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 toxic 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

The Story of Thieves Oil

Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend was created based on the historical tale of four thieves in Europe who protected themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing the dead and dying. When captured, they were offered a lighter sentence in exchange for their secret recipe.


Young Living’s proprietary Thieves oil blend includes clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon, and Eucalyptus radiata and has been specially blended to offer the same kind of defense as it did in the fifteenth century. Thieves has been university tested and found to be highly effective in supporting a healthy immune system. Clove oil, an ingredient in Thieves, has an ORAC score of over 10,000,000. Clove oil is the highest rated antioxidant in the world.

Thieves essential oil blend is highly concentrated, a drop or two works wonders.


A Few Ways to Use Thieves Oil


1. Put a drop of Thieves on your hands and rub together to clean your hands after touching doorknobs or shopping cart handles or other surfaces in public places.

2. Put a drop on your hands, rub them together, then cup your hands loosely over your nose and mouth while inhaling.

3. Rub 1 drop onto the bottoms of your feet before heading out for the day.

4. Purify the air by diffusing Thieves in your home and office. Diffuse only 10 minutes a.m. and p.m.

5. Put 4-5 drops on a wash cloth to and tumble with the laundry in the dryer freshen laundry.

6. Drop on stubborn adhesives, such as glue and chewing gum, to remove from surfaces.

7. Drop 4-5 drops on a tissue and attach to an air vent to freshen a hotel room.

8. Add a drop or two of Thieves to mop water to add extra cleaning power and a fresh scent.

9. Make a deep-cleaning scrub by combining baking soda, Thieves Household Cleaner, and 2 drops of Thieves to form a thick paste.

10. Add a few drops of Thieves to your DIY deodorant recipe for an aromatic boost.

11. Make a deodorizing room and linen spray by combining 4 drops of Thieves with water in a spray bottle and spraying around the house.

Thieves Vitality


Try these simple suggestions to incorporate Thieves in the body for extra support.

12. Add 2-3 drops of Thieves into an empty vegetarian gel capsule and take internally.

14. Add 1-2 drops into a spoonful of Young Living’s Blue Agave for a little support for your healthy immune system.

15. Add 1-2 drops of Thieves Vitality to your herbal tea for a little support for your healthy immune system.

16. Add a drop to your toothbrush before brushing for an even fresher experience!


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Have you used essential oils in the laundry?


Ditch the toxic dryer sheets and switch them for something natural and chemical free! Wool dryer balls dry and soften your clothes faster, without using chemically loaded dryer sheets or fabric softener.


Did you know that dryer sheets are loaded with toxic chemicals? Sure they make your clothes smell nice but that scent is actually synthetic and could contain up to 200 different chemicals. Dryer sheets have been linked to asthma, allergies and even respiratory issues and skin problems. Not to mention, the ingredients found in chemical softeners and dryer sheets are not environmentally friendly and can be quite harmful.

Dryer Balls with Essential Oils
You will LOVE the toxic free way wool dryer balls will fluff your clothes and you can use them to infuse your laundry with essential oils!


To help with static, use white vinegar and 2 metal safety pins.


Using white vinegar in the dryer is great trick for eliminating static. You can simply spray a clean washcloth, sock, pre-cut piece of cloth, or dryer balls with vinegar and a few drops of Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot, or other essential oils. This item is then tossed into the dryer with everything else.


You can also pour about 1/4 c. of white vinegar into the fabric softener dispenser on your washing machine. You can’t smell the vinegar.


Another trick to help cut down on static is to pin two safety pins on two different items in the dryer. I have seen people attach the safety pins to 2 of the wool dryer balls.


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