How Are You Feeling?

This is the time of year, especially in the South, where the changes back and forth from blazing hot to icy cold bring on all manner of respiratory ills. Try this DIY Vapor Rub to soothe those stuffed up noses. Safe and effective!

Peppermint Eucalyptus Vapor Rub

1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 heaping TBSP Beeswax
30 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
20 drops Peppermint essential oil
15 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

Fill a medium sized pot 1/2 way full with water.
Place a glass pyrex bowl with a spout in the water and add your coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax.

Once beeswax is melted remove double boiler from heat and add essential oils.

While the mixture is still liquid pour in a 4 ounce jar.

Allow to cool.


(Graphic and recipe courtesy of Meredith Sears Brantley at The Mix.)

What are You Supposed to Be?

I’m assembling a team.

Nope, not the Justice League.

Nope, not the Avengers.

I’m assembling a team of women (and men) who are passionate about helping others become the person she (or he) was born to be.

What the World Needs Now…

Sometimes it’s really hard to love other people. The world–especially the U.S.—seems really tense and scary these days, to the point where it’s a whole lot easier to write ’em all off and just blanket-fort it. I have to confess that I frequently say, “People suck,” usually during or after a newscast. But what if people suck because they aren’t feeling their best? I sure get cranky when I’m not feeling well. What if they suck because they aren’t the person they are meant to be?

But that’s why we need to spread the word (and the scent) about oils. Wouldn’t it be great to diffuse Stress Away in the middle of Congress? Maybe we can’t do that, but a better world starts with one person and one action at a time.

Jesus commanded us to love, even (especially) our enemies. That is hard, I won’t lie. No matter what your religious beliefs, love is a central tenet. If we don’t consider the wellbeing of others, we get insular and just focus on ourselves. That deprives the world of our unique talents. People are crying out in need–and they need YOU.

Just the Essentials

I’ve spent the past six months studying essential oils, and specifically Young Living. I believe in the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness the products can–and do–bring. That’s why I’ve chosen to devote significant time sharing with you. It’s not some dodgy company or a get-rich-quick scheme. I genuinely care about using my talents to help you become the person you were meant to be through a fuller, healthier life.

Wanna Join?

The point of a team is that we’re all pulling together for the same goals. I want a team because I can’t do it alone. And I want to help you with your goals.

Besides helping others, joining the Young Living team can help you earn an income commensurate with the work you put into it. As I said earlier, you won’t get rich quick, but you’ll have a group of people to help you. I’ll talk more about the monetary aspects in tomorrow’s post.

For now, here’s how to join Team Joyful Oil Life.

  1. Go to
  2. Click Continue
  3. My name should appear on the next welcome screen. If so, click Continue
  4. Choose your diffuser
  5. Customize your Essential Rewards box (optional, but recommended) and click the Confirm checkbox.
  6. Click Next
  7. Fill out your membership info and sign-in info. (Make sure you remember your username/password/PIN. This will be used to login to your Virtual Office.)
  8. Click Agree and Continue.
  9. Finalize your order, shipping and payment.
  10. Welcome to Young Living and Team Joyful Oil Life! You’ll receive a welcome email from me very soon, but feel free to contact me with any questions!

Sharing from the Heart

In my series “15 Days of Essentials,” I’ve talked about the contents of your premium starter kit, from diffuser to NingXia Red and all the oils in between. But before I wrap it up, I want to talk about a very important ingredient–YOU.

Purchasing a kit starts you on the road to wellness. But if you’re like me, you get so excited about the possibilities within those eleven little bottles, you want to share it with others. Three items come in the premium starter kit to help you do just that:

  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles

The sample packets allow you to share the scent of the most beloved oils with a friend. The tiny oil bottles are for dropping a few drops of an oil in for someone to try, and then pair it with the sample business card so they know what to do with it.

Don’t keep it to yourself. Learn about the uses of the oils, apply them in your life, and help others on the path to wellness. You can even make it a lucrative career, earning money and free oils along the way.

Ready to buy your very own starter kit? Visit today! You’ll thank yourself every day.

NingXia Red: Magic in a Bottle

One day recently when I was rhapsodizing about the wonders of this product, my friend said, “Wow, you literally have drunk the Kool-Aid.”

Yep, I cannot deny. I am in love with this stuff. The premium starter kit comes with two 2-ounce pouches of NingXia Red. Don’t do what I did. I thought, “Eww, what is that stuff?” I resisted it for a long time. I am not a fan of artificial sweeteners, and when I read on the pouch that it contains stevia, the blecch factor went up.

Until I tried it. I’m not even sure what prompted me to, except that I’d gotten quite serious about the Young Living lifestyle.

Oh, and oh, I loved it. NingXia Red is made of a whole host of antioxidant-rich ingredients: Chinese wolfberry, plum, aronia (aka chokeberry), cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts. Plus pure vanilla extract and Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils. Two to four ounces a day of this wonderful drink will set you up with all kinds of wellness support. Oh my goodness gracious. Yum.

So be sure you drink up your pouches of NingXia Red.

If you want to know more about the scientific research behind wolfberries (also known as Lycium barbarum), check out this 2014 article from Drug Design, Development and Therapy.

How do you use NingXia Red? Share in the comments!

Ready to buy your very own starter kit? Visit today! You’ll thank yourself every day.

Thieves: Nothing Sneaky About It

First off, why on earth is it called “Thieves”? This essential oil blend was created from research based on legends of a group of 15th century thieves who rubbed botanicals on themselves to avoid contact with the plague when they robbed the bodies of the dead. When they were apprehended, they were forced to tell their secret, and disclosed the formula in exchange for more lenient punishment.

A dark beginning for such a sunny combination! Thieves is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary, and is used extensively for its cleaning power and spicy scent. A long list of Young Living products include Thieves, including dish soap, laundry detergent, toothpaste, dishwasher detergent, foaming hand soap, mouthwash, waterless hand cleaner, and the ever-popular household cleaner. I combine a capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2-3 cups of water in a squirt bottle for a safe substitute for cleaning countertops and spills. For degreasing, use the same amount of cleaner with less water. Economical, and best of all, it’s safe to use around my cats.

I could go on all day about the virtues of Thieves. Here are Young Living’s instructions:

Topical: Dilute 1 drop with 4 drops of V-6™ or olive oil. Test on small area of skin on underside of arm. Apply to desired area as needed.

Aromatic: Diffuse up to 10 minutes 3 times daily.

Recipe of the Day









How do you use Thieves? Share in the comments!

Ready to buy your very own starter kit? Visit today! You’ll thank yourself every day.