Welcome to your oily journey! You're in for some fun and inspiration...now that you've received your kit, many people are unsure where to start, so I created this fun 14-day challenge to take you through all of the oils and learn, one step at a time! Check them out below and enjoy!
Also, in case you forgot, here's another slide to remind you the difference between the white vitality label and the regular label. I know it's showcasing lemon oil, but it still stands true for ALL of the oils - white label is Vitality (may be taken internally), regular label is topical/aromatic. In a pinch, if you're confused, all you need to do is peel the label back and it will tell you the safest way to use it.
Oil #1 for Day #1! Peppermint is one of my top DAILY oils! I love diluting one drop with a carrier oil of your choice (sweet almond oil, jojoba, etc) and putting it on the back of my neck to help me cool down. I also love adding the vitality peppermint oil to peppermint brownies, diffusing it for a clean, fresh scent, and inhaling to support my breathing. It's very uplifting too! A nice oil to diffuser when you're working out at home to put a pep in your step! What are your favorite ways to use it?
Oil #2 for Day #2: Lavender! I love Lavender for so many uses. I love rubbing some on my feet at night for a better sleep. I also love making sleepy time roll ons for friends with lavender, cedar wood and orange. The vitality Lavender can also be used internally and I love making lavender lemonade or if you're into baking, think lavender shortbread cookies? It also is probably the most purchased YL essential oil (for those of you who took the quiz!). It's called "the swiss army knife" of oils since it can do so many things! I also love adding it to my skincare routine. But the simplest and most fun ways to use it is simply to diffuse.....it brings such calm and comfort!
Oil #3 for Day #3: Lemon essential oil!
Diffusing lemon is the way to go if you're looking for a clean, fresh, uplifting aroma (smells divine!). I love keeping lemon vitality by the kitchen sink for adding to the water I drink throughout the day. Also, did you know you can replace lemon juice or zest with the lemon vitality oil? Think lemon bars! Or raw vegan lemon goji energy truffles! Add a couple of drops to your salad dressing too. Plus it's great for cleaning. I love adding a few drops to the washing machine. One of my favorite diffuser blends (you have to try it!) is lavender, lemon, and peppermint (2-3 drops each)...As a side note: lemon essential oil can also get rid of that tricky sticker glue! SO many uses. What's your favorite?
Oil #4 for Day #4! The fact that Young Living put frankincense in the kit speaks volumes - this is such an incredible essential oil! I don't even know where to start! First, I simply love using it to meditate or ground me during yoga with its relaxing aroma. I put it in all things DIY for the face and skin, and also love making my own roller ball bottles along with lavender and orange (this combo is super calming so I love putting it on the bottom of my feet before bed), or in a relaxing pillow spray (1 ounce bottle, add some drops and then fill up with distilled water). For spiritual purposes, it's my #1 - when I'm feeling in a funk, or need to carry my meditation through the day with me, I love inhaling it and it instantly brings me back to my practice. I could go on and on and on! Frankincense and I are inseparable! How do you use it?
Oil #5 for Day #5! Whenever I open up a bottle of Copaiba, someone in a class ultimately says they've never heard of it and my response is "it's a secret gem of an oil", since it truly it! It's almost as versatile and useful as lavender, but not as well known. It's distilled from a resin (tree is grown in Brazil) and is in the same family as Myrrh and Frankincense, so the qualities are quite similar. I love adding it to my beauty face serums, skin salves or massage oils, and I'm finding out, it's the secret oil in blends that end up being my favorite blends ~ like Stress Away and Breathe Again roll on! I also love adding a drop of Copaiba Vitality to a mug of warm almond milk and a few drops of stevia for a nourishing night-time drink. How do you love it?
Oil #6 for Day #6! Digize for the win, when you want to support your digestion! I carry this with me when I travel, and love rubbing it into my belly or on the bottoms of my feet. I also love using it with peppermint, for digestive support, and together they make a wonderful pair! I'm spoiled at home, where I get to eat food that I'm used to, but in visiting family, eating out, sometimes tummy troubles are inevitable. I love having Digize vitality at a moment's reach for any digestive support I may be seeking!
Oil #7 for Day #7 ~ Thieves! This for me was the gateway oil (while for the rest of the world it's probably lavender!) As some of you know, I'm also a music teacher and many years ago, I was looking for immune support since all of my kiddos were coming in with all sorts of bugs! A friend of mine had Thieves hand spray (which I highly recommend) and I started to spray my piano with some of it. And here we are, years later. I still use it every single day, but now I use the diluted concentrate in a spray bottle (and I carry the hand spray in my purse). LIFE CHANGER! All kinds of wonderful immune support plus it smells divine - I love diffusing it, adding it to my DIY, and even making "Coke" with the Thieves vitality oil using: seltzer, 2 drops Thieves vitality oil, 2 drops tangerine vitality, and some maple syrup or stevia (it's AWEsome good!)...but I have to mention the Thieves cleaner since Thieves is a WHOLE line of amazing products, like toothpaste, mouthwash, hand spray, cleaner and so much more! Toxins out, chemicals out, health and wellness in!
Oil #8 for Day #8 - I simply LOVE this oil! RC is a blend of three types of eucalyptus and is fresh and invigorating. I love applying a little with a carrier oil to the back of my neck before and after a workout, and love making my own salve with aloe vera gel and sweet almond and a few drops RC to rub on the chest for some respiratory support. It's also my go-to when creating inhalers with organic cotton round inserts, for any type of respiratory and breathing support.
Oil #9 for Day #9 - Panaway is always ready to soothe! I love diluting it with a carrier oil to massage my muscles after a good workout, plus it smells incredible with the wintergreen and clove! An excellent oil to carry with you to the gym!
Oil #10 for Day #10. OK, I know I say this a lot but this is one of my FAVORITE oils! It's a gorgeous, refreshing blend that contains citronella, lemongrass, rosemary and myrtle, among others. It's one of my favorite oils to add to my outdoors spray so I can enjoy the summer outdoors when I'm hiking, and soothe my skin! Also, I love adding purification to dryer balls and which both scent the laundry in amazing ways and also cut out static. No chemicals in our laundry room! And the clothes come out smelling incredible! Also a great oil to put on a cotton round and place in an air vent when traveling - sometimes hotel rooms smell icky to me, and this refreshes the room in wonderful ways!
Oil #11 for Day #11 ~ oh, Stress Away. This one never leaves my side. It's my #1 diffuser blend to chill out, especially in the middle of the day when stress can be quite high! With vanilla and lime, it's super comforting and is also one of my favorite ways to wear "perfume"! Add it to bath salts for an incredible experience as well. I've found myself in an interesting pattern lately... when I'm sitting in the car at any point - at a red light, at the bank, picking someone up, Stress Away always comes out of my bag and I rub it on the back of my neck and wrists. Waiting becomes a pleasurable experience!
Day 12 - Ningxia for the win! I love drinking my Ningxia serving (1-2 ounces will do it!) around 3:00 pm when my energy slumps and I crave a little something....it's also in my bag after a hike, or on road trips for some super good nutrition!
On day 13, we learn about Essential Rewards ~ It's your prestige rewards membership in a customizable wellness box! Think Amazon meets Costco meets your cash-back credit card! I love being on ER since it's CONTINUED learning - you can't use what you don't have, right? You can choose oils to learn, past the premium starter kit, but remember YL is a wellness company. You can add toothpaste, mouthwash, chemical-free make up, soap, shampoo, lotion, doggie treats, goji bars, Ningxia, anything you can think of that promotes the healthy lifestyle that we're all reaching for! But instead of going to a store (and not being sure what you're getting), you buy from the best AND you get some serious perks while doing so: Free bundles at different payment tiers, chosen monthly, Discounted shipping, You earn points back on all of your YL purchases (10% back for the first 3 months, 20% back for months 4-24, 25% back for 25+ months), Free gifts at months 3, 6, 9, an Exclusive “Loyalty” oil at month 12 (not for purchase otherwise). All this from buying things we already need. Your local pharmacy doesn't give you all of these perks! So it's not about purchasing more, it's about making your normal purchases with Young Living instead! One last thing - those percentages back are no joke! I made a purchase last month for $150 that was completely free, paid for the credit I accrued over the past few months. How awesome is that?
Thank you so much for joining us on this journey! This is day 14, and by now, you are much more educated on all of the wondrous oils you are holding in your hands! But this is just the beginning. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions...I'm always here to support you!