7 Tips and Essential Oil Uses for a Balanced Life

1)Treat yourself.

All work and no play is a surefire way to throw off a balanced life. Wherever you’re logging your hours—at home, the office, the gym, or anywhere else—be sure to treat yourself when the work is done! Making time for yourself ensures that you feel cared for, so you can keep sharing your time, energy, and talents with others. Pursue a new hobby just for fun, spend a night binge-watching a show, or take an extra-long, steamy shower! It can be anything, big or small, that helps you refocus and recharge.

YL Tip: Grab a Stress Away™ Roll-On and check out our Treat Yourself—3 Steps to Make Time for Me Time blog post to get started!

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2) Take stock of your life.

When was the last time you thought about what you want and what it takes to get there? Knowing yourself and what makes you feel happy and fulfilled can help balance your life. Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle of daily life makes it almost impossible to passively discover yourself, and you can easily end up somewhere you didn’t intend to go. Balanced people regularly think about the life they want and then prioritize their time and energy to pursue it.

YL Tip: Take some time to breathe and rediscover yourself with help from Magnify Your Purpose™ and our Beginner’s Guide to Meditation post.

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3) Catch some Zzz’s.

People with a balanced life recognize that prioritizing their day takes energy. Sleep deprivation makes it difficult to check off all the tasks on your to-do list and to manage your mood. But when the neighbor’s dog barks all night or your 5-year-old has a recurring nightmare, getting your eight hours can seem impossible. Increase your chances for a restful night’s sleep by practicing healthy sleep habits like having the same bedtime and wake time every day, shying away from screens an hour before bed, and creating a nighttime routine that tells your body it’s time to sleep.

YL Tip: Integrate the calming aroma of Lavender or Peace & Calming™ into your nighttime routine by applying it to the bottoms of feet or diffusing it before bed.

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4) Think about what you eat and drink.

When your body doesn’t get adequate nutrition, it slows down and becomes inefficient. Practice mindful eating to make the most of each meal and snack. When you focus on getting fruits, veggies, and other whole foods, you ensure that your body is running at peak performance. And remember to stay hydrated! Dehydration can lead to fatigue, dizziness, and other symptoms that can slow down your day.¹

YL Tip: This week, try our Cinnamon-Apple Chips or Homemade Thai Soup instead of take-out or packaged food. And what’s a balanced life without occasionally treating yourself to something indulgent? Try our Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mousse for a sweet that’s also smart!

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5) Get moving.

Regular exercise benefits nearly every aspect of your life. Among other positives, exercise can improve mood, boost energy, and lead to better sleep,² meaning a happier, healthier, more balanced you. Whether you’re lifting weights, walking the block, or dancing with your friends, do something at least a few times a week to raise your heart rate and your spirits.

YL Tip: Relax after a tough workout with Cool Azul™ Pain Relief Cream. It relieves pain in muscles and joints with a cooling sensation and refreshing aroma.

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6) Give selfless service.

Offering service and compassion to others can bring a fresh perspective to your life, and the more time you spend caring for others, the more content and happy you feel. It could be something as simple as a visit to a lonely neighbor or a kind note to a struggling friend. Whatever it is, do something to get out of your head and brighten someone else’s day!

YL Tip: Share Gratitude™ with someone you feel especially thankful for. Drop it off with a thank you letter that tells how special he or she is to you.

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7) Let things go.

Free up your energy by letting go of things you can’t control. Part of life is allowing some situations to be what they are and not trying to force them to become something else. Instead of fixating on something you can’t change, use your power in places where you have control.

YL Tip: Apply or diffuse Surrender™ or Acceptance™ and spend some time letting go. Consciously acknowledging and releasing your feelings can help you redirect your energy.

For more ideas on living a balanced life, check out our Upgrade Your Morning Routine in 3 Easy Steps and Rest Your Mindset: Handling the Hustle blog posts.

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When no one is watching…

choose your life

 I’m teaching a course (Human Relations) in which a central theme is what motivates us.  Kids are taught (if they’re lucky) by parents who hold values and reward or punish their kids accordingly.  If we mature, we learn to internalize our values, and we don’t need external responses to validate them.

Are we performing for an audience over a lifetime?  With empathy, we are concerned about our effects on others, but being a people pleaser places our fate in the hands of others.  If you haven’t noticed, most people are operating on their own agendas, so pleasing people without consciousness can get us lost.

 All the current material about mindfulness and consciousness… What it means is living intentionally, with clear values and purpose.  This shows itself in what we do when no one is watching, when we’re getting no credit or blame for our actions. 

A thoughtful examination of what drives our choices, and a mindful reflection on the impact of those choices, keeps us on a meaningful path. 

With love, Rosanne

Patchouli – Young Living Essential Oil

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The earthy, complex nature of Patchouli essential oil makes it easy to rave about. Whether we’re using it on its own or in some of our favorite blends such as DiGize™ and Peace & Calming®, Patchouli oil is versatile in its uses and benefits. Its musky scent makes it popular for use in soaps and perfumes, either used as a distinctive aroma on its own or to blend with other complementary scents.
 
Free spirits have been drawn to Patchouli oil’s unique aroma for a long time. If you know anyone from the Woodstock era, see if the scent brings back any fond memories, or if you know anyone from the Napoleonic era, see if they recall it fondly from their favorite perfumes. (Just kidding. If you know anyone from the Napoleonic era, they’re probably ghosts.)

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There’s plenty more to know about Patchouli essential oil and its uses. These fun facts will give you all the Patchouli prowess you need!

1. Patchouli is part of the mint family, but it has a powerful, musky scent—meaning you probably won’t find anyone chewing Patchouli-flavored gum! Instead, it’s used topically and aromatically throughout the world.

2. Steam distillation helps us carefully extract Patchouli essential oil from the leaves of this low, bushy shrub that is native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia.
 
3. Yogis can get some of Patchouli oil’s benefits when they integrate it into their practice. Diffusing it or applying a few drops topically beforehand can help create a calming and grounding atmosphere. 

4. This complex oil contains the naturally occurring constituents patchoulol, bulnesene, and alpha-guaiene, which contribute to Patchouli essential oil’s versatility.

5. Looking to add some sultry scents to sudsing up? The deep, earthy aroma makes Patchouli oil soap incredibly popular, but to get even more Patchouli in your life, try using Patchouli oil in our DIY lotion bar recipe in place of the Lavender for an update on a classic. 

6. Use it as a woodsy base note when creating a personal perfume. Patchouli oil perfume will help you stand out, without drama. Try our DIY perfume tutorial to perfect your scent!

7. Get skin that will make your friends ask what your secret is! Patchouli oil may improve the appearance of dry and dull skin, so apply 2–3 drops to your face as part of your nightly regimen for a healthy, youthful glow. 

8. Patchouli essential oil can help your family wind down after a long day when you diffuse it to create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere.

9. Enjoy the benefits of Patchouli essential oil in other Young Living products such as Magnify Your Purpose™, Abundance™, and Live with Passion™.

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Spicy Potato Salad

Spicy Potato Salad

Courtesy of Young Living

Ingredients:

6 medium-sized gold potatoes, peeled
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 drops of Coriander Vitality™ Essential Oil
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp ground turmeric
4 drops of Lime Vitality™ Essential Oil
1 drop Black Pepper Vitality™ Essential Oil
1 cup dried Wolfberries
1 packed cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 packed cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 packed cup chopped fresh dill
Salt and pepper

Instructions:

1.Peel the potatoes and place them in a large pot of boiling water. Cook for about 10 minutes until soft, but not mushy.
2.Drain the potatoes, dry them, and cube them.
3.Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a cast-iron skillet on medium. Stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, and dried wolfberries. Cook for 2-3 minutes then add the turmeric.
4.Toss in the potatoes, and mix well to coat. Add the fresh cilantro, parsley and dill. Cook for 4 more minutes.
5.Remove from heat. Mix 2 tablespoon of olive oil with all the Vitality Essential Oils. Drizzle over the potato salad until fully mixed.
6.Add salt and black pepper to your taste.
7.Top with more red pepper flakes and the remaining fresh herbs.
8.You can serve this potato salad warm or at room temperature.

Ancient Oils

oils of the ancient scripture

The origins of myrrh and frankincense are traced to the Arabian Peninsula.

According to Herodotus (5th century BC): “Arabia is the only country which produces frankincense, myrrh, cassia and cinnamon…the trees bearing the frankincense are guarded by winged serpents of small size and various colors.”

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Myrrh is a resin, or sap-like substance, that comes from a tree called Commiphora myrrha, common in Africa or the Middle East. Myrrh is botanically related to Frankincense, and is one of the most widely used essential oils in the world. The myrrh tree is distinctive due to its white flowers and knotted trunk.

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Sandalwood oil is extracted from the woods for use. Sandalwood is the second most expensive wood in the world, right after African Blackwood. Both the wood and the oil produce a distinctive fragrance that has been highly valued for centuries.

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Onycha, spoken of in Exodus 30:34, was one of the ingredients of the sacred perfume. It consists of the shells of several kinds of mussels, which when burned emit a strong odor.

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Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of (E)motion

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For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction… Or simply said from the psychological perspective “You cannot touch without being touched!”

Back in the day my brother, five years older than I, took the physical science road and became a physics teacher, while I took the life science road and became a biology teacher.  It seemed like we were on opposites sides of the road.

As time passed, I moved from my biology platform into psychology, but still teaching in my own ways, both in practice and in college.  Last week, my brother shared Newton’s Third Law…”You cannot touch without being touched,” and I realized the more things appear different, the more they are the same.

When we touch another person’s life, we are touched in return.  Precious are these interactions and not to be taken lightly.  Vital is conscious awareness as to how our “touch” of another rebounds and has effect on ourselves.

I recently completed teaching a trimester in both Intro to Psychology and Human Relations at Berkeley College.  I realized, in our last class, that I had touched my students and they had deeply touched me. Every moment of interaction has its impact, a Universal impact. The laws of science and of interpersonal relations are one.

We humans move through life often semi-conscious and seeing things solely from our point of view. The ability to empathize, embrace the position of another person is our willingness to be touched.  The perception of isolation and individuality is a limitation, just as the idea that the laws of science don’t apply to all things.

So I’m glad I’ve lived long enough to see separation become connection. Thank you to my brother for his wisdom…

With love, Rosanne

Appearances

sign spiritual walk at the wall

There was a time in my life that “if it felt good, it WAS good, and if it felt bad, it WAS bad.”  I guess I was living like a member of another species!

What I’ve learned over time is what feels bad is sometimes good, and what feels good is sometimes bad.  This puts a whole new spin on things.  Now I have to discern what’s actually happening, regardless of how it feels.

This is probably what Pema Chodron, the great Buddhist nun, means when she says “lean into the sharp object.”  It’s counterintuitive to accept pain as part of life.  We spend a lot of energy trying to avoid it through various addictions and distractions. We desperately hope that something outside ourselves will save us from pain.  The truth… Nothing saves us from pain.  Our only choice is to get through it quickly through acceptance, or slowly through obfuscation and suffering.  The latter strategy results in blaming others and Life itself for our pain.

 The grace of acceptance looks like giving up, but it is actually the Path of the Spiritual Warrior.  There are times to fight, but they are much rarer than we think.  If we fight to avoid pain, it will accumulate and will be waiting around the corner in another form.

As I’ve come to this realization I can breathe.  I don’t feel like a cornered animal living on adrenalin.  I don’t think anyone is making a stained glass window in my image any time soon!  I’m just grateful to embrace a truth that lets me rest.

 With love, Rosanne