DIY Essential Oil Face Mask

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Want a clean slate for your face? This lemon-infused peeling mask helps even skin tone and texture by removing dead skin. Plus, Lemon essential oil may help reduce the appearance of blemishes!*

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop Cedarwood essential oil
  • Directions

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg whites, lemon juice, and essential oils until frothy.
Apply the mask evenly to your face.
Let the mask sit for 15–20 minutes or until it’s dry.
Slowly peel off the face mask.
Wash your face with warm water and apply a light moisturizer.

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8 Reasons to Love Clove

8 reasons to love clove

Here’s a great post on clove from YoungLiving

Imagine this: You’re inside, it’s dark out, the fire is on, you have a cup of hot chocolate in your hand, a fuzzy blanket on your lap, and your Diffuser is diffusing a magical and cozy aroma with Clove essential oil. Sounds like a great way to unwind from your day, doesn’t it?

With its spicy, warm scent, Clove essential oil is the perfect companion for celebratory moments at holiday gatherings, and we want to help you enjoy this comforting aroma all season long. Read on for tips on how to make your holidays even more inviting and meaningful, including insightful facts and practical uses. With its unique scent, Clove essential oil has the power to set the perfect tone for any fall or winter day. It will instantly put you in the holiday spirit, ready to enjoy some hot apple cider

  1. The clove flower bud and plant stem are steam distilled to produce Clove essential oil.

2. Clove is a potent essential oil and is used often for topical application such as in massage oils and personal care products. We recommend adding a drop or two to your hand lotion to keep your skin moisturized during the drier winter months.

3. Clove essential oil’s inviting aroma pairs amazingly with other oils such as Cinnamon Bark, Grapefruit, Orange, and Nutmeg.

4. It’s an important ingredient in Young Living’s Thieves® and ImmuPower™.

5. On days when your toes are cold and you can’t seem to shake the chill, draw up a warm bath and add a few drops of Clove for its soothing aroma.

6. Add 3–4 drops to water in a glass spray bottle and use it for a homemade air or linen freshener to ready your bedrooms for holiday guests.

7. Combine it with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex and rub it into your neck and back for a rejuvenating massage and uplifting aroma.

8. Combine 2 drops of Clove with 6 drops of Orange and 4 drops of Cinnamon Bark in your diffuser* for a quiet night full of relaxation and gratitude.

Now you are ready to show off during the holiday season with your Clove expertise!
*Check your diffuser’s oil drop count recommendations and change as needed.

Patchouli – Young Living Essential Oil

patchouli plant

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™.

More information.

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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Jasmine

Jasmine Essential Oil

Jasmine belongs to the Genus ‘Jasminum’ and includes over 200 species of plants, most of which originated in tropical and sub-tropical areas.

Its name comes from the Persian word ‘yasmin’ meaning gift from God.

Jasmine aroma

Flowering in Jasmines takes place in summer or spring which is usually six months after planting. The Jasmine flower releases its fragrance at night after the sun has set and especially when the moon is waxing towards fullness. Jasmine flower buds are more fragrant than the flowers.

Jasmine Essential Oil

 

Jasmine originated in the tropical regions of Asia but is now grown worldwide. While tropical Jasmine will not survive in temperate regions, some modern varieties do.

Cultivated versions are also sold as houseplants. Many gardeners add jasmine to flower gardens or grow them in pots on the deck or patio to scent the night air.

Jasmine Essential Oil

Jasmine is used as a fragrance in perfumes, soaps, and lotions and is even used to add its rich scent to jasmine tea. Jasmine tea isn’t really made from jasmine. The tea is brewed from green tea, and then infused with the fragrance of jasmine.

Jasmine is believed to be both an antidepressant and an aphrodisiac making it a popular scent in the bedroom. Jasmine is also thought to be a sedative and sleep aid.

Young Living Cinnamon Apple Crisps

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Ingredients

  • 3 apples

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Vitality™

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 225⁰ F.

  2. Use Thieves® Fruit & Veggie Spray to clean the fruit.

  3. With a mandolin or knife, thinly slice apples from top to bottom.

  4. In a small bowl, combine honey and Cinnamon Bark Vitality.

  5. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and place apple slices on top. Drizzle honey mixture over apple slices.

  6. Cook in the oven for 90 minutes.

  7. Remove cookies sheets from heat and place apple slices on cooling rack.

  8. For best results, store apple chips in an airtight container and eat them within 24 hours.