What are essential oils & how do they work?

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The ancient plant wisdom contained in pure essential oils has been used for thousands of years to balance the body and support wellness. There is an enormous amount of research on the plant kingdom, and approximately 40% of prescription drugs in the United States are based on compounds found within plants. “Essential” refers to the unique volatile fluid coursing through each plant form (seeds, roots, flowers, bark, leaves, peels, rinds) that gives it therapeutic properties. We like to think of it as the “soul” of the plant, or its life force.

During a low-heat, slow-steam distillation process, the microscopic molecules that make up essential oils become highly concentrated. Because these molecules are so incredibly small, they are able to penetrate every cell in our body, and can even cross the blood-brain barrier.

There are approximately 40 million trillion molecules in one drop of essential oil. These molecules are made up of compounds, the most common being phenols, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. These compounds, which are found in certain essential oils, have the ability to clean cell receptor sites, which help to support a healthy body, deliver oxygen to cells and tissues, and can de-program miswritten codes in cellular memory (Stewart, 2005).

Ok, so why Young Living?

The Joyful Oilers are very particular when it comes to which products we use in our homes and what we feed our children. We read labels and want to know the source. This also applies to how we choose which essential oils to use. Quality matters. Young Living cultivates, harvests, and distills oils on farms that they own or partner with so they have the unique ability to verify purity and quality at every step of the process. We appreciate the extensive laboratory testing and third-party audits, and it’s no wonder they have routinely exceeded industry-leading quality standards since 1993. They are global stewards of our planet.

There are many brands of essential oils available, and while there are other reputable brands, we only use Young Living (YL) in our recipes. YL uses non-GMO seeds and sustainable farming practices (no chemical pesticides or fertilizers). We appreciate that we can visit their farms across the world. We know their oils are unadulterated and they don’t use fillers, toxic extenders, or synthetic materials. YL only uses first distillation oils for maximum potency (i.e. when you use a tea bag for a strong cup of tea, instead of re-using it to make a second or third weaker cup.) Thus, it may require many more drops from another brand, to achieve what a single drop of YL oil can do. They are pure enough to use on our children, and we don’t take that lightly!

YL follows and tests every batch of oil from when the seed is planted in the ground through the seal being placed on the bottle before it is sent out. They are the only company that offers a SEED to SEAL guarantee. Learn more by watching this video:

When you’re ready to join the Young Living family, contact your favorite Joyful Oiler to help get you started. For more information on the best way to get started, click here, or if you already know you’re ready to roll, click here to buy the Premium Starter kit. Happy oiling!

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Do I really NEED all the oils in the PSK?

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So, a question I get a lot is this: “Do I really need the whole kit?”  And the short answer is, “Yes. Yes you do.”

I started out trying oils and blends here and there from a friend and it was fine—for a while—but having my own account has been priceless. Especially when I want an oil that is limited to 1 bottle per month. But I digress.  When you buy the kit you become a wholesale member, which means when you run out of precious oils and need to buy more you get 24% off of the retail price. Forever. And no, there are no membership fees. You buy  a kit, and BOOM! You’re a member. Just like that.

“Ok,” you say, “That’s great. But I don’t think I’ll have use for 11 oils. I just want lavender.” Fair enough. But you see, that’s what I thought too.  I thought “I don’t want to spend the money and then not end up using the other 10 oils.” Lucky for me, I bought my oils through a friend who is part of a large group of oilers called The Lemon Droppers, and they showed me HUNDREDS of ways I could use oils in my home, and because they have replaced so many of the things I was buying from the store, I am actually saving money. Not to mention these are much, much healthier than what I was using before.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Premium Starter Kit is the best value since it is $325 worth of products for only $160 (plus tax & shipping.)  It includes 11 bottles of essential oil, a high quality diffuser, 2 packets of NingXia Red antioxidant infusion drink, 10 samples of some of Young Living’s most popular oils, 10 glass mini bottles so you can make a to-go kit or share oils with your friends, 10 business cards (in case you decide you want to try your hand at “doing the business”—totally optional), a roller fitment so you can turn one of your bottles into an easy-to-apply roller bottle, a beautiful product guide, Essential Oil magazine and more. Plus, it makes you a wholesale member automatically so you get 24% off of all future purchases. Sweet!

So let’s talk about those 11 essential oils. I am going to go through each oil and give you just a small sampling of ways you can use them. Are you ready? Ok, here we go!

lavender

Lavender Essential Oil Uses:

  • Treat yourself to this well-loved aroma by adding a few drops of oil to lotions, shampoos, and skin care products.
  • Create a spa-like retreat by combining 1 cup Epsom salt and 4 drops oil and adding to a hot bath.
  • Make a basic homemade body scrub with coconut oil, sugar, and Lavender essential oil.
  • Unwind with a Lavender-infused neck or back massage.
  • Use Lavender as part of your evening routine. Rub oil on the bottom of your feet before bed or spritz your pillow with distilled water and Lavender mixed in a spray bottle.
  • Create a DIY room freshener with Lavender or diffuse it to banish stale odors.

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Frankincense Essential Oil Uses:

  • Invite elevated spiritual experiences every day by diffusing this oil in your home or office.
  • Add Frankincense to your daytime lotion or night cream for a custom moisturizer that highlights your natural beauty and helps diminish the look of scars and wrinkles.
  • Incorporate Frankincense into your yoga ritual by diffusing this oil during your routine and following up with a post-practice massage.
  • Rub on to the base of your neck before doing things that cause you occasional stress or worry.

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R.C. Essential Oil Uses:

  • Rub on your chest and back of the neck before an early-morning workout to support your respiratory system.
  • Use with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex for a foot or back massage after your gym routine, outdoor adventure, or yoga practice.
  • Place a few drops in a hot bath or shower. The warm water will calm and soothe you, and the oil will diffuse with the steam for an invigorating and empowering experience.
  • Brighten your outlook during early-morning errands by applying R.C. oil to your chest and wrists.
  • Diffuse to support your respiratory system during a cough or other times when you would like to breathe easier.

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Panaway Essential Oil Uses:

  • Dilute with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex and use as a massage oil to soothe muscles and joints after a vigorous workout or after a long day of work.
  • Alleviate occasional minor head tension.
  • Rub on to bruises.
  • Apply to soothe any minor discomforts on your body.

purification

Purification Essential Oil Uses:

  • Add a few drops to laundry to give your wash a great-smelling boost.
  • Place a few drops on cotton balls and stash them wherever necessary: the car, closets and drawers, air vents, or stinky gym shoes.
  • Use in the car with a USB or travel diffuser to eliminate lingering scents of fast food trips or the soccer carpool.
  • Refresh linens with a spritz of Purification, diluted with distilled water.
  • Create an on-the-go air freshener with a spray bottle, distilled water, and Purification. Keep it in your bag to freshen up offices, public restrooms, hotel rooms, and cars.

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Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil Uses:

  • Add to your daily dietary supplements as overall support for healthy digestive system comfort. Simply add 1–2 drops in a vegetarian gel capsule and take daily or as needed.
  • Include a drop in a tall glass of cool water for a refreshing start to your morning.
  • Blend with your pre-workout drink for an energizing start or wind down after your workout with a mint-infused chocolate or vanilla protein shake.
  • Use in baking and in a wide variety of desserts, or include a drop in a glass of water if you want to avoid sugar cravings.

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Lemon Vitality Essential Oil Uses:

  • Add to a tall glass of cold water for a fresh drink to start your day and help support a healthy pH level in your body.
  • Add 1–2 drops to a vegetarian gel capsule and take daily or as needed for increased mental focus and clarity.
  • Get rid of household dirt and grime the healthy way. Use it on sticky residues from stickers, crayons etc.
  • Create custom vinaigrettes or marinades to add a bright taste to summer salads and grilling.
  • Add it to tea, baked goods, homemade preserves, and other treats.
  • Add 1 drop in plain or vanilla yogurt. Top with fresh berries.
  • Combine with savory foods such as chicken, fish, shrimp, and vegetables and with sides such as noodles, rice, or pasta salad.

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Thieves Vitality Essential Oil Uses:

  • Add 1–2 drops to a vegetarian gel capsule and take daily or as needed as a dietary supplement to support healthy immune function, especially when others around you are not feeling 100%.
  • Put a drop or a swirl of Thieves Vitality essential oil in your morning juice, tea, or coffee. The spicy, sweet flavor will also give your morning beverage a flavor boost.
  • Gargle to support oral health.
  • Take a shot of NingXia Red with a drop of Thieves Vitality for a quick, spicy boost to your daily NingXia Red shot.
  • Use it in your DIY hand sanitizing and foaming hand wash recipes. Spray door knobs, shopping cart handles etc during times when germs are being spread around rapidly.

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Copaiba Vitality Essential Oil Uses:

  • Add a drop to a spoonful of raw honey to help soothe a sore throat.
  • It promotes healthy skin. Apply to your face as an all natural moisturizer. Bonus, it can help smooth the appearance of wrinkles!
  • Take in a veggie capsule to support the respiratory and digestive systems.
  • Layer it on top of other oils, such as Panaway, to drive the oils deeper into your body and help support your body’s natural anti-inflammatory response

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DiGize Essential Oil Uses:

  • To help you wind down for the evening, diffuse DiGize essential oil to enjoy its relaxing aroma.
  • The Earthy, relaxing scent of the essential oils in DiGize makes it a perfect fit for diffusing in the home or even the car to help your kids feel calm during long rides.
  • DiGize essential oil is one of YL’s most unique essential oil blends, combining Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli oils for a spicy, exotic aromatic blend. DiGize oil also includes Fennel essential oil, the use of which dates back to ancient Egypt. This blend is excellent for supporting digestive health. Have a drop in some water or in a veggie capsule before or after a heavy meal.

stress away

Stress Away Essential Oil Uses:

  • Young Living’s Stress Away essential oil blend is a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. Stress Away is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of lime and vanilla pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Add a drop to a glass of water to help you feel more relaxed.
  • Stress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Add your roller fitment to your bottle to use as a tropical smelling perfume for those times when you desire to feel more calm.
  • Featuring powerful plant constituents, such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension. Put a few drops into your diffuser to promote a calm, relaxing environment in your home, car or office.

So those are the 11 oils that come in your kit, and just a small fraction of what you can use them for. When you grab a kit through me I will walk you through the unboxing of your kit and share other ways you can use your oils. Plus I will show you how to use your diffuser, how to apply your roller fitment to the oil of your choice and I will give you a handy essential oil guide to help get you started. If you are on Facebook, I will also introduce you to thousands of other oilers in my secret essential oil education groups where we share essential oil recipes, DIY tips, tips on supporting your wellness and emotional well being and so much more. And if you ever decide you might be interested in checking out the business side of things in a non-threatening and no-pressure way, I have groups for that too.

So, if you want to grab a kit from me, what are you waiting for? Click here for instructions on how to become a Joyful Oiler, or if you feel like you have more questions feel free to contact me. 🙂 You can email me at thejoyfuloilers@gmail.com or you can friend me on Facebook. I am always happy to help! Remember, once you’re a member I will send you your free essential oil guide and I will personally walk you through your kit, either online or in person if you’re local. Happy oiling!

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Curious about becoming a Joyful Oiler?

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Oh, hey you! I’m so glad you’re here. I’m assuming you want more info on how to become a Joyful Oiler, so first let’s chat about what that actually means. The Joyful Oilers are a tribe of Young Living essential oil enthusiasts. We are all about spreading JOY, LOVE and, of course, sharing our essential oils. Some of us “do the business” because it helps us to help people (and bonus: it pays for our oil obsession) but that is never EVER a requirement to be a Joyful Oiler.

If you do what most of us have done and buy a Premium Starter kit that just means you get to take advantage of wholesale pricing. Yes, it also means you’re *eligible* to “do the business”, but again, we will never pressure you to do that. Ever. Also, please don’t worry. Buying a kit and becoming a member does not obligate you to a monthly shipment. You don’t have to buy a certain dollar amount every month and there are no hidden membership fees. Buying a Premium Starter Kit automatically makes you a wholesale member, so you get to save 24% off of the retail price. I dunno about you, but I love saving money!

So what do you get when you buy a Premium Starter Kit? Check out the photo above. It includes:

  • A Dew Drop diffuser so you can create a spa-like environment in your own home
  • 11 bottles of the most popular essential oils including Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Frankincense, Copaiba, Thieves, PanAway, DiGize, R.C., Purification and Stress Away
  • 2 packets of NingXia Red, Young Living’s powerful nutrient infused berry juice
  • An Aromaglide fitment so you can make your own oil roll on
  • 10 sample packets to share with friends or keep in your handbag
  • 10 business cards (in case you decide later you want to try the biz—again, optional)
  • 10 mini glass bottles to share oils or make your own travel kits
  • A beautiful product guide and product price list
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge, a publication by Young Living
  • Member resources
  • Exclusive access to wholesale pricing (24% off) for this order and all future orders from the world leader in essential oils.
  • Peace of mind that you are truly getting the highest quality essential oils on Earth. They are grown organically. No harmful chemicals or cheap filler here!
  • Over $300 worth of amazing stuff for only $160 (plus tax and shipping.)

When you grab a kit from me I will introduce you to a large and loving community of essential oil lovers and you can learn and grow along with us. I will be there to hold your hand, to chat oils with you, to go through your kit with you when you get it (either in person or via Skype if you’re far away) and to answer any questions along the way. You’ll get my personal email address and cell phone number. I am always happy to talk with fellow Joyful Oilers. I also throw in an essential oil handbook to help get you rolling. It will come after you’re all signed up. Eep! I’m so excited! You’re gonna love it. 🙂

Here are some detailed instructions on how to order a kit. It can feel a little overwhelming for some, but I am happy to walk you through it. 

I HIGHLY recommend that you grab a Premium Starter Kit for $160.  It is the best kit to get you started on your oily journey, and at only $160  it offers you THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.  As I mentioned above, it comes with 11 bottles of essential oil including 5ml bottles of Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, Thieves, Purification, PanAway, DiGize, RC, Copaiba and Stress Away.  Individually these oils run $15-$73 each so purchasing the kit saves you a ton of money. Got it? Ok, here we go!

 

Step 1: CLICK HERE TO ENROLL AND ORDER THE KIT

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Step 2: Choose “Member” to receive a 24% discount on all Young Living products.  Remember, there is NO requirement to sell a Young Living product, ever, and there is no minimum to buy each month as a member. Important: If you choose “retail customer” a kit is not available to you and you will have to pay full retail price on all of your oils.

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Step 3: Make sure my member numbers are in the Sponsor ID and Enroller ID fields (they should be put there if you entered with that link in step 1 – 3471989. (See photo above.) After you click “continue” this box will pop up and you will know you’ve done it right. 🙂

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Then…

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Step 4: Choose your starter kit and diffuser. The Premium Starter Kit with the Dewdrop or Home diffuser will be selected by default, so if that’s what you want you can proceed, otherwise, upgrade to the diffuser that you prefer. Scroll down.

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Step 5: Next they will ask you about a monthly auto ship, Essential Rewards. (See pic above.) This is NOT, I repeat NOT a requirement, so feel free to ignore this and click continue. If you want to sign up for Essential Rewards (ER), more power to you! I love love LOVE ER because it earns me free oils every month on orders I’d be placing anyway, but again, this is totally optional! If you ignore the box, this message will pop up:

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If you don’t want a monthly auto ship, then click the “Proceed to Checkout” button on the right.

Step 6: Finally we come to the membership information page. Fill out your personal information. Create a username, password (with at least 1 uppercase, 1 lowercase and 1 number) and 4 digit PIN number. It’s very important that you write these things down so you can remember them as they will be needed to contact customer service and log in to place additional orders in the future.

Step 7: Select your tax information choice. For most people it will be “Individual.” Fill out your info. Please note, they will ask for your SSN. The reason you are asked to list your social security number is for tax purposes. If you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law. Young Living will never share this info with anyone. This information will only be used if you decide the business side of Young Living is something you want to do. Again, the Joyful Oilers will never pressure you to do that and it is never a requirement to keep your 24% discount. Agree to the Terms and Conditions and then click “Agree and Continue.”

Step 8: Select your shipping method. If you need your oils to be shipped faster than the carrier, you may indicate that here by choosing the faster method. Please note that choosing faster shipping does not rush the packing of your items and shipping can take up to 10 business days. It is usually faster but we want to make sure you know what to expect. Fill out your billing information, address etc. Click “next.”

Step 9: Double check that all the info is correct and then click the button that says “Activate and Checkout.” Your account will not be created until that button is clicked. See the photo below. 🙂

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Step 10: You can add additional oils if you want, but otherwise you’re all done.

Congratulations!  You’re now a Joyful Oiler! ::high five:: I remember how excited I was to receive my starter kit.  It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Your membership will stay active as long as you spend at least $50 in a calendar year.  You do NOT have to continue to “renew” your membership.  That kit was a one time thing and you will remain a member as long as you spend that $50 a year, which trust me, after falling in love with your oils will never be a problem.

When you grab a kit through me I will be notified and I will reach out to you so I can help you navigate this essential oil world. I will share with you recipes, my personal experiences, tips, tricks and tons of resources. You will also have the option to join my secret essential oil groups on Facebook where you can learn a ton and meet other oilers, and I will send you a free essential oil handbook in PDF format. Prepare to be completely smitten. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya. 😉

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A Joy filled Sunday (and a cookie recipe!)

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Today was pretty great.  I love Sundays anyway, but today was extra special because 1) we got some much needed rain followed by some surprise sunshine 2) we had a family potluck at church 3) I baked some chocolate chip cookies from scratch (I’ll post the recipe below) 4) the drummer in our church jazz band turned 94(!!!) years old today and 5) I wore some Joy essential oil as an all natural, non-toxic perfume.

Let me tell you about Joy. Joy is a luxuriously exotic blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose essential oils. These oils harmonize beautifully for a sweet, uplifting aroma. The Joyful Oilers love this blend because it creates magnetic energy and literally brings joy to our hearts. Not only does it smell divine, but it can also help to support emotional healing so you can be the inspired, THRIVING, joyous person you were created to be.

If you want to know more about Young Living’s Joy essential oil blend, shoot me an email and I’ll get back to you. If you want to get some at the wholesale price, follow my instructions on how to grab a kit and become a Joyful Oiler. If you go directly to Young Living, be sure that my member number is in the enroller and sponsor fields, 3471989. But enough about that. I promised you guys a cookie recipe! 😉

Super Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

INGREDIENTS

3⁄4 cup real cane sugar sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
3 cups all-purpose, unbleached white flour
3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
3⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped or 1 cup pecans (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream sugars and butter.
Add vanilla and eggs and mix well.
Combine dry ingredients together and gradually add to creamed mixture.
Stir in chips and nuts.
Roll into 1 1/4″ balls and place on non-stick cookie sheets, about 2″ apart.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

This recipe yields about 6 dozen cookies (depending on the size), perfect for a sweet addition to your next potluck or gathering. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Hello, lovely.

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Hello Lovely

Thanks for stopping by! Grab a cuppa tea and stay a while, won’t you? Welcome to The Joyful Oilers. We’re a tribe of ladies (and some gentleman—all are welcome) who love ourselves some Young Living essential oils. We are all about spreading JOY and LOVE and all things that are good and beautiful. We are all inclusive. We love spreading the word about our oils because they are seriously amazing. Life transforming even. They help us maintain our good health. They help us feel less stressed out when life gets a little cray. They help our skin look gorgeous without a bunch of harmful chemicals. They even stop our other halves from snoring at night. (No, seriously!) Not to mention they smell ah-MAZING. They put joy in our hearts, and for some of us, money in our bank accounts. They are a way of life and we want everyone to know about them. This blog will offer you a glimpse into my oily life (and the lives of a few of my dearest friends!) I hope you enjoy your visit, and please come back soon!

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