Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Thermogenic Potential of Citral

Earlier today I was thinking about essential oils that support weight reduction.  In the process of contemplation, my mind went back to last fall when Marc Schreuder, Young Living’s Director of Product Formulation, presented data he had compiled on weight reduction at a seminar in Michigan.
He talked about the thermogenic properties of the molecule citral and revealed that Lemon Myrtle is 90% citral!!
According to Marc’s research, here are the levels of citral found in certain essential oils:
One of the studies he cited expounds on the potential this molecule holds for weight management.  The study used lemongrass essential oil, which is an impressive 80% citral.
In the study, the researchers induced diet related obesity in 50 rats.  Later, they divided the rats into groups: a control group and groups that received varied dosages of a lemongrass oil/ethanol solution.   The three groups of rats that were fed the lemongrass oil all reduced their body mass as well as improved their insulin sensitivity.
I have excerpted some of the key points of the study.  You can read the study in full HERE
Effects of citral, a naturally occurring antiadipogenic molecule, on an energy-intense diet model of obesity
Department of Physiology, Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Citral-treated groups showed a dose-dependent reduction in body weight gain. They significantly had lower fasting glucose levels, improved glucose tolerance, lower fasting plasma glucose, higher metabolic rate, and smaller adipocytes after drug administration.
The findings suggest that citral increased energy dissipation (and also reduced lipid accumulation) consequently preventing and ameliorating diet-induced obesity. In addition it improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. In the current scenario of increasing prevalence of obesity and diabetes, citral may prove as novel agent in its management.
From this data, I have decided to conduct an experiment of my own.  I am going to ingest a two capsules each filled with 10 drops lemongrass and 5 drops lemon myrtle every morning for the next 30 days and see what happens. :)

The study did mention that the antimicrobial effects of citral could lead to diminished gut flora, so I’ll take my capsules in the same was Gary Young instructed us to take Inner Defense.  Take the oils in the morning and probiotics before going to bed.  (“Weed in the morning; Feed at night.”)  Young Living has a great probiotic called Life 5.
If you would like to experiment with Lemon Myrtle and Lemongrass essential oils, please remember that I only recommend Young Living Essential Oils for internal use.  Otherwise, you may not be getting true, therapeutic-grade essential oils that are safe to ingest.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Make this the Year of Transformation

Just as this baby girl has most of her life ahead of her, you have more than eight months ahead of you to make 2012 your year of Transformation!
We have been going through more than three years of a real economic crisis in the world, and some forecasters are telling us that 2012 is going to be worse. They’re saying that more people will be out of work, more homes will be lost, and more businesses will collapse. These forecasters are preaching a lot of doom and gloom.
However, I look around me and I don’t see the doom and gloom. We do have a tendency to see what we look for, so I look for excitement; I look for growth; I look for success; and I look for discovery, research, and accomplishments. If you’re busy looking at these things, it’s pretty hard to see the doom and gloom and the economic crisis. They will still affect us, but if we want to transform our lives, then we have to focus on transforming our attitudes–and that’s why I’ve chosen Transformation for the theme for 2012.
Part of that is transforming from the negative aspects of our attitudes and thinking to the positive ones. Now does that mean that the negative thoughts will go away? Not all of them. But they will certainly diminish and the positive thoughts will become your primary focus, so what you’re focused on will become your reality.
We have a wonderful oil blend called Transformation. Use this oil blend in a diffuser in your home to set up the frequency for transformation while you write down your goals for 2012—what you want to accomplish, where you want to be with your health, with your belief system, your attitude, or your financial condition. Maybe it’s even your marital status or your personal feelings. Just write down where you are now, where you want to be, and what you would like to become through this transformational year. You still have most of the year ahead of you, so start now!

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Jump-start your spring cleaning. Place a single order of 180 PV (point value refers to a product's wholesale, not retail, value) or more from April 1–30 and receive a Thieves® Household Cleaner, Purification® essential oil blend, and lemon essential oil absolutely free—a retail value of $65.47!
Thieves Household Cleaner: While bacteria and mold can be dangerous, some industrial cleaners pose an even larger threat to your health. (Click on the health link to watch a video about the health risks associated with commercial cleaning products!)  Thieves Household Cleaner is a non-toxic, biodegradable, all-purpose concentrate that uses essential oils as emulsifiers and germ killers.
Purification: Containing lemongrass, rosemary, melaleuca, myrtle, and citronella, Purification can be used to instantly deodorize and neutralize the air. Diffuse to remove unpleasant odors or to keep indoor air smelling fresh and clean.  Can also be used topically for insect bites.
Lemon: This versatile essential oil is also an amazing multipurpose natural cleanser. It works to shine and protect wood, remove hard water stains, and emulsify grease. Add a few drops to your Thieves cleaner bottle for an extra boost and fantastic aroma.
  • Offer is valid from 12 midnight MT April 1, 2012, to 11:59 p.m. MT April 30, 2012.
  • Limit of one free 14.4 fl. oz. bottle of Thieves Cleaner, 15-ml bottle of Lemon, and 15-ml bottle of Purification per order.
  • Offer is valid on orders of 180 PV  or more. Limit of five qualifying orders per month.
  • PV minimum must be reached in a single order. Partial orders placed throughout the qualifying month cannot be combined in order to receive the promotional product(s).
  • Offer is available to Young Living distributors and retail customers.
  • Offer is valid on phone, Essential Rewards, and web orders only.
  • Offer does not apply to Essential Rewards point redemption orders.
  • PV is not earned for free product.
  • Distributor is responsible for shipping costs associated with free product.
  • Offer is valid in the U.S. and all NFR markets, except where restrictions prevent promotional product(s) from entering your country.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

10 Ways to Detoxify Your Body

10 Ways to Detoxify Your Body

Body cleanse and detox diet tips for beginners
Three naturopathic physicians share insight on why and when to detox, what type of detox program is right for you, and 10 ways to start.
Feeling sluggish or out of sync? Having skin problems, aches and pains, or digestive problems? Straying from your healthier habits lately? Having trouble kicking off your weight loss? It might be time for a body detox.
Practiced for centuries by many cultures around the world — including ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems — detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.

"The body has its own natural healing system," says Peter Bennett, N.D., medical director of Helios Clinic in Victoria, B.C., and co-author with Stephen Barrie, N.D. and Sara Faye, of 7-Day Detox Miracle (Prima Health). "Detoxification enhances this system," he explains.

How does detoxification work?
Basically, detoxification means cleaning the blood. It does this mainly by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren't properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected. 

A detox program can help the body's natural cleaning process by:
¨      Resting the organs through fasting;
¨      Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body;
¨      Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin;
¨      Refueling the body with healthy nutrients. 

"Detoxification works because it addresses the needs of individual cells, the smallest units of human life," says Bennett. 

How do you know if you need to detoxify?

Bennett suggests that everyone should detox at least once a year. A short detoxifying program or whole body cleanse is generally safe; in fact, scientific studies show that a detox is beneficial for health. However, Bennett cautions against detoxifying for nursing mothers, children, and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis. Consult your health care practitioner if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you.

Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, "it's critical to detox," says Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D., the author of Detoxification (Healthy Healing Publications). Page recommends detoxing for symptoms such as unexplained fatigue, sluggish elimination, irritated skin, allergies or low-grade infections; bags under the eyes; a distended stomach even if the rest of your body is thin; menstrual difficulties; or mental confusion. 

Where do you begin?

First, lighten up your toxin load. Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process. Also, minimize use of chemical-based household cleaners and personal health care products (cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes), and substitute natural alternatives. 

Another deterrent to good health is stress, which triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system. While these hormones can provide the "adrenaline rush" to win a race or meet a deadline, in large amounts they create toxins and slow down detoxification enzymes in the liver. So it's a good idea to detox stressful life situations along with detoxifying your body. Yoga, Qigong and meditation are simple and effective ways to relieve stress by resetting your physical and mental reactions to the inevitable stress life will bring.

Which detox program is best for you?

There are many detoxification programs and detox recipes, depending on your individual needs. Many programs follow a 7-day schedule because, as Bennett explains, "it takes the body some time to clean the blood." His program involves fasting on liquids for two days, followed by a carefully-planned five-day detox diet to allow the digestive system to rest. He also advises supplements, herbs, exercise, and practices such as dry-skin brushing and hydrotherapy to enhance circulation. 

Page recommends a 3-7 day juice fast (drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and water) as an effective way to release toxins.

Other popular detoxing programs and natural body cleanses include:
·                                 Cleansing supplement packages, which generally contain fiber, vitamins, herbs and minerals. There are several safe products on the market, with easy-to-follow instructions.
·                                 A routine of drinking only water one day each week — an ancient practice of many cultures.
10 ways to help your body detoxify
After a detoxification program, you can cleanse your body daily through diet, supplements and lifestyle practices.

1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.  And drink at least two quarts of water daily.

2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.

3. Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.

4. Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.

5. Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions.

6. Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.

7. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.

8. Dry-brush your skin or try detox foot spas/foot baths to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores. 

9. What is the most important way to detoxify? "Exercise," says Bennett. "Yogaor jump-roping are good. One hour every day." Also try Qigong, a martial-arts based exercise system that includes exercises specifically for detoxifying or cleansing, as well as many other exercises with specific health benefits.

10.  Drink 2-6 drops of Young Living’s Lemon Essential Oil in water daily (it is also an excellent antidote for heartburn, and is a great antiseptic).
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Consult your doctor before using any health treatment — including herbal supplements and natural remedies — and tell your doctor if you have a serious medical condition or are taking any medications. The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is in no way intented as substitute for medical counseling.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

101 Uses for Thieves Oil

101 Uses for Thieves Oil

Do you know where YOUR Thieves is?WolfberryPhotos 005

Thieves essential oil blend Young Living's proprietary Thieves essential oil blend is a powerful combination of clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon, and Eucalyptus radiata essential oils. Proven effective against airborne bacteria, Thieves is the perfect oil to diffuse in your home, car, and office.  Named for the legendary thieves who would rob the graves during the Black Plague and not get sick.  Legend has it that when they were arrested, they were offered a lesser sentence if they would disclose what they were doing to protect themselves from the horrible plague.  They reported making cold compresses of the five herbs that are the same five ingredients in Young Living's Thieves Oil Blend.

 101 Uses for Thieves Oil (Compiled by one or more Young Living distributors. Whoever they are, thank you!)

1. Dilute with V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex and apply to cuts or open wounds to prevent infection and promote healing.
2. Mix with a tablespoon of water, gargle and swallow for a sore throat.
3. Apply undiluted directly to the skin of your upper chest and throat for bronchitis.
4. Place a drop on your thumb and apply to the roof of your mouth for a headache.
5. Put 10-12 drops in a size OO capsule undiluted and swallow daily for longevity.
6. For acne, take internally and apply to the skin diluted with Young Living’s V-6 carrier oil.
7. Put directly on the soles of your feet to protect you from colds and flu.
8. Breathe in the vapors when you have lung congestion.
9. Use to clean pet cages, creating a healthier environment for them.
10. Add to your dishwasher for cleaner dishes.
11. Add to your laundry cycle for cleaner clothes.
12. Add to your mop water for cleaner floors.
13. Mix with water to make a spray to repel insects on your flowers and plants.
14. Use to dissolve the gummy adhesive on price labels.
15. Apply to bee and wasp stings to neutralize the toxin and relieve the pain.
16. Apply to gums to prevent and treat gum disease.
17. Apply orally to maintain healthy teeth and reduce cavities.
18. Apply to gums and teeth for pain relief from toothaches.
19. Diffuse in homes or business to solve mold problems.
20. Add to orange juice and drink to reduce phlegm and congestion.
21. Apply to broken bones or joints for pain relief and to hasten healing.
22. Put a drop in your cup of tea for flavor and to maintain health.
23. Put on the tip of your tongue to help you stop smoking.
24. Put on cold sores and canker sores to make them disappear.
25. For warts, apply topically, inhale and ingest in capsules to make them disappear.
26. Rub on sore joints to relieve arthritis pain.
27. Drink a few drops in water or juice every three hours to stop a cold.
28. Place a drop on the tongue and a drop in a glass of water every day for herpes.
29. Rub on the bottoms of children’s feet for protection before school every day.
30. Diffuse in the house as your children come home from school every day to kill airborne bacteria.
31. Mix 50:50 with V6 vegetable oil and rub on daily for relief of shingles.
32. Apply a drop on wound of a cat or dog to enhance healing.
33. Diffuse in the home or office to stimulate a cheerful mood.
34. Diffuse in the office to increase concentration and work efficiency.
35. Diffuse in your place of business to ward off germs.
36. Diffuse in the classroom to reduce student sickness and absenteeism.
37. Put a few drops in your carpet steamer/cleaner to disinfect carpet.
38. Mix a few drops with honey or agave in a teaspoon for cough relief.
39. Breathe and apply for sinus headaches.
40. Put a drop on a pimple to make it shrink and disappear.
41. For laryngitis put a drop under your tongue to restore your voice.
42. Inhale for relief of allergy symptoms.
43. Take a capsule full every day for relief of Lyme disease symptoms.
44. Carry a bottle on every flight to protect you from germs on the plane.
45. Drop in the heat/AC vents of a hotel to rid it of airborne germs.
46. Mix with baking soda to clean bathtubs.
47. Apply undiluted to the toes and feet to combat fungus.
48. Apply to poison ivy rashes (may need to be diluted with vegetable oil) to relieve the itch.
49. Drop Thieves Oil Blend on a cloth to remove permanent marker stains.
50. Sanitize pierced earrings by cleaning with Thieves Oil Blend.
51. Rub on the big toe before retiring to help with proper vision.
52. Applying Thieves Oil Blend, diluted 1 drop oil to 5 drops V-6 Mixing Oil, may be helpful in soothing pinkeye
and other eye inflammations. (Do not get in the eye.)
53. Apply 1 drop of Thieves Oil Blend onto toothbrush to sanitize.

Special Antibiotic Formula: In a OO capsule combine 10-12 drops of ThievesEssential Oil Blend with 6-8 drops of Oregano, and 2 drops of Frankincense.WolfberryPhotos 006 

Thieves Household Cleaner Proportion Guide
One capful of Thieves Cleaner = 1 tsp. Best if used with purified water (do not use water that contains chlorine).
The GOAL is a Chemical Free Environment
A. All purpose Thieves Cleaner in a spray bottle: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 1 qt water
B. Light Degreasing: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 3 cups of water
C. Medium Degreasing: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 2 cups water
D. Heavy Degreasing: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 1 cup water
E. Window and glass cleaner: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 5 quarts water or 1/4 teaspoon to a quart of water for spray bottles
F. Hand cleaner: capful Thieves Cleaner to 1/2 cup water
G. Dishwasher: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner
H. Pot and Pans: 1 capful of Thieves Cleaner to 3 cups water
I. Floors: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 6 cups water
J. Walls: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to a little less than 2 cups water
K. Fabrics: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 2 cups water
L. Laundry: Depending on size of washer, use 1 to 2 capfuls of Thieves Cleaner
M. Carpet: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 6 + cups water

54. Use for bathrooms and toilets to sanitize and freshen.
55. Use to cut grease on kitchen counters and stovetops.
56. Use to mop floors to clean and disinfect.
57. Apply to hands to remove stubborn, sticky substances like tree sap.
58. Use to wash fruits and vegetables from the supermarket.
59. Add to the water in your vacuum cleaner/steamer to cleanse the air and disinfect the carpet.
60. Spray along ant trails in the house to keep them out.
61. Use to wipe chairs and furniture in school classrooms to cut down on student sickness.
62. Scrub old floors to remove old varnish and prepare for refinishing.
63. Clean upholstery.
64. Clean the upholstery and dashboard of your car.
65. Soak off burnt food in pots and skillets.
66. Wipe or soak garbage cans to get them clean, sanitary and smelling fresh.
67. For tough stains, pour it on as a pre-wash stain remover.
68. Use undiluted to clean and kill mold on walls and floors or degrease oven.

MOLD SOLUTIONWolfberryPhotos 006
Diffuse the Thieves Oil Blend continuously for 24 hours in the room
containing mold. Determining the length of diffusion time is directly
related to the severity of mold. Clean visible mold with Thieves Household Cleaner.
a) Diffuse Thieves essential oil
b) Eliminate leaks and moisture.
c) Clean thoroughly using Thieves Household Cleaner

69. Take with the first sniffle and signs of a cold or sore throat to ward it off.
70. Take prior to singing performances to keep the voice strong and to hit the high notes.
71. Use to hasten the healing when a cold or flu has been contracted.
72. Suck on one as you enter an airplane to protect you from germs onboard.

73. Rinse daily for clean breath and to keep teeth and gums healthy.
74. Gargle (and swallow) before a singing engagement to clear mucus.
74-a. Put 1/2 to 1 teaspoon in water pic.

75. Use as a healthy alternative to soap and water to sanitize hands.
76. Rub on hands to make them soft, fresh and smooth.
77. Apply to face to clear acne.

78. Rub on stains as a pre-wash stain remover.
79. Use as a deodorant or antibacterial hand soap.
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80. Spray on doorknobs in public restrooms to kill germs.
81. Spray in the throat to restore a lost voice.
82. Spray hands before and after shaking hands with a lot of people.
83. Spray in restrooms on airplanes to reduce airborne bacteria.
84. Spray on vegetables and fruits when washing them.
85. Carry for protection in countries with cholera, malaria or dysentery.
86. Use as an air freshener for cooking odors or other unwanted smells.
87. Take to the gym and spray all the equipment you use.
88. Take to the supermarket and use to disinfect shopping cart handles.
89. Use in the classroom for desks, tables and other items handled by children.
90. Spray in your mouth and throat at first onset of cold or bronchitis.
91. Spray on shower stalls and bathroom walls to kill and remove mold.
92. Brush every day to prevent cavities and gum disease.
93. Use when teeth have been damaged or broken to help them heal.
94. Use to prevent or heal gum disease.
95. Apply as an underarm deodorant.

96. Wipe doorknobs and other things touched by the public.
97. Wipe dirty piano keys to clean and disinfect.
98. Use to clean children’s hands when traveling.
99. Use on the steering wheel and gearshift of your vehicle.
100. Use on public telephones to remove germs.
101. Use on public computer keyboards and mice.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Importance of Quality

Many oils, touted as essential oils, are derived with harsh chemicals, diluted, or copied and produced in a lab. Cheap copies bring cheap results and have the potential to be toxic. Therefore, it’s important to choose high-quality essential oils.
Young Living offers the highest possible therapeutic-grade essential oils, essential oil blends, and oil-enhanced products. At Young Living, in-house and independent laboratory testing shows that Young Living essential oils meet high industry standards that qualify them as “therapeutic grade.” This means that health professionals choose them for promoting health and wellness.
Young Living is dedicated to producing essential oils from the highest-quality plants. Healthy plants and proper distillation produce superior essential oils with powerful benefits. Every oil is put through a series of rigorous tests before it is deemed qualified to bear the Young Living label. Our essential oils are then bottled in dark, thick, glass containers to protect the integrity of the oils. Under the lid is a fixed orifice that helps to measure dosages and to ensure safety, particularly for young children.
Leading the Way in Essential Oils
After personally witnessing the amazing difference between common aromatic oils and therapeutic-grade essential oils, D. Gary Young, Founder and President of Young Living Essential Oils, began a personal campaign to protect the legitimacy of the ancient healing art of essential oil therapy.
Gary’s vast experience, years of study, and guidance from world experts became a driving force to restore the proper use of essential oils. The results? Three herb farms, a unique distillation process in the nation’s largest therapeutic-grade essential oil distilleries, and a booming, worldwide company-Young Living Essential Oils.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How to order....

Maybe you would like to know how to order:)

It is simple!  Go to:  and select your country, then click on the Customer Tab, and set up an account for FREE!  You will need to enter my Member #1189662.  Then start shopping!  It's that easy!  And Young Living will send the oils directly to you front door...convenient.

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Sashya  Clark
Independent Consultant
Young Living Essential Oils