Peppermint deserves so much more than a blog post.
That's why I did this video! It tells you many ways that peppermint is awesome and I really hope you give it a shot. Peppermint is also one of the samples I will be giving away at my first information session as a well as one of the epsom salts I will be giving away too!
SIt back, relax, and enjoy.
I had no idea there would be such an amazing community supporting me when I decided to embark upon my young living journey. When my up line and I met, she added me to many groups about business building, testimonials, and just excitement about the oils. I connected with her up lines and many other young living enthusiasts and started creating a little community of my own.
This post isn't very long because the picture about says it all: how can I help change your life?
Now let's get a little geeky. As you may have noticed on the about page and above, there is this strange paper thing that resembles me. It's called a foldable me! You can customise a foldable paper to look like you. Click the link above to check out the website. My boyfriend got these for us for our first valentines day together (he is kind of a joker). He then got us Christmas versions of ourselves and I look like a little elf. They are pretty cute and I will probably be using them for a lot of my pictures for this blog.
Now, i'm going to go get some frankincense, rub it on my temples and stop this headache before it starts because it is starting to snow outside... sigh. The first snow of the season. Ciao for now!
Today, I didn't feel like typing too much as I'm pretty busy packing for a wedding in Edmonton so I decided to make a video instead. Enjoy!
And it was terrifying.
My panic attacks came back in full force, my body kept trying to get me to sleep in when I had to get up (especially when the child's routine changed and I had to be there for 830 or worse, 745), and I felt like I was distancing those around me because I was just a ball of emotion.
In comes Young Living. I gravitated to this oil right away when I opened up the starter kit. When you order the premium starter kit you get the diffuser, everyday essential oils (10 5-ml bottles) and the starter kit which comes with samples of ningxia ningxia, thieves, peace and calming, peppermint and lavender, and a 5ml bottle of stress away with convertible roll on lid. I smelled it, I rubbed it all over my body, I wondered where it had been all of my life. You know that saying 'if stress made you lose weight, I'd be a supermodel?' Well, if that were true, I'd probably be in the hospital because I would be paper thin. I don't do stress well.
Stress away is a blend of vanilla, lime, copabia, cedarwood, ocotea, and lavender. It can be diffused to help stress away your room, or it can be applied topically. When I first applied this it went on my wrists. I'd look strange in public smelling my wrists, but if it got to that point, I would not care. I was stressed enough already. Some days I will put it on the back of my neck so that I can smell it a bit easier too. Stress away is also a key part of the 'anxiety trio' which consists of valour on the back of the neck, joy over the heart, and stress away over the wrists. And, as are most of the oils in the starter kit, it is in my diy sleep cream (a lot of oils I know, but it works!)
Personally when I first opened joy, it did not make me joyful. It kind of smelt like fleecy laundry detergent. Which, you know, is nice and all but laundry doesn't make me joyful. It reminds me of the 2 separate flights of stairs I have to take a heaping laundry basket down to the basement from my room, and the 1-2 hour wait I need in between loads. Not so joyful.
So I did my research. And I found out joy was a part of a trio used for anxiety. Valor on the back of the neck, joy on the heart, and stress away on the wrists. So I tried that instead of diffusing joy or rubbing it just anywhere on my body (when you're new to the kit, this is a tendency). After a week (anxiety is a tricky thing. You can't really tell until it has been some time) I started feeling more like me, more relaxed, and increasingly able to think more in the present than in the past or future. Eventually, joy became one of my go-to oils for happiness because the more I used it for anxiety, the more I appreciate it for what it was and it's benefits. It is also good as a perfume, great to diffuse and lift up the mood of the bedroom, and it's just a great refresher.
Another cool thing about joy is it is this months promo for the Canadian virtual office! If you spend 190 PV (points value) on young living products (that's about $200 dollars) you get joy FREE. You get a 15ml bottle valued at about $40 dollars FREE. And young living does promos like this every month! Also, the US and Canadian promos are different, so if you like both, you can get both by purchasing the minimum PV. I don't know about you but I like the word free.
Yes, the above is true. But if you put a few drops of the oil in your glass first and then add the oil, the water still tastes like lemons and does wonderful things for your body. It may look a bit 'oily' for lack of a better term but it does taste good. I thought it was kind of weird the first time I tried essential oils in my drinks but it is super cool and yet another way to get the best benefits from your oils.
Lemon also helps me be productive. When I need to clean my room (or the house...) I diffuse 3-4 drops of lemon in my room and let it permeate around the house to keep me productive and happy while I clean (I actually like cleaning but I need that kick to get me started, know what I'm saying?). Lemon is also lovely for meditating. If you have trouble, like I do, sticking with a mantra and not having random thoughts (sometimes I have the best thoughts and ideas during meditation when I'm not supposed to even have them) lemon can work as a trigger to help bring you back to the mantra. On my busier days, I diffuse peace and calming and lemon together to help me relax and focus during my meditation or even while I'm relaxing.
Lemon is also great on colds. When I was stuck at home with a sore throat, kind of cranky, I did some research and decided to boil some hot water and make myself some essential oils tea. I used 2-3 drops of thieves and 1-2 drops of lemon (I estimate because sometimes there is always a drop that gets out faster than you'd like), mixed it in the hot water and felt so much better after just one sip. I was able to go back to work the next day and didn't even look like I was sick. My throat wasn't as sore, but as we all know, after the worst comes the healing and you kind of lose your voice. I had a job interview for that portion of my sore throat adventures. Let's just say the receptionists had a good laugh at my misfortune.
You can also add lemon to your recipes, iced tea, drinks, a bath (mix with epsom salts and voila!) whatever! This oil is 100% lemon; no additives or anything else than lemon. And of course, is 100% organic; another great feature of Young Living. Since they control seed to seal, you can be assured you get the best quality.
Valor (which sadly isn't printed as 'Valour' in Canada as most Canadians would spell it) was one of the bottles I was a bit 'meh' about when I first got my premium starter kit. I didn't know anything about it, it smelled pretty strong and it was blue.
From my understanding, shouldn't these things be clear???
But, not only is it awesome because it is blue (tardis blue, and that's rad), but because it is a fine example of Young Livings care for quality control.
In the Canadian store, there is a limit of ONE 15ml bottle per order. ONLY ONE. This isn't because they're being mean, it's because the spruce crop for spruce essential oil didn't quite make the cut for Young Living. Spruce is one of the main ingredients in this fantastic blend but instead of using what they deemed to be 'less than ideal', they decided to use only what was good and make their customers got the best bang for their buck. How often do we hear of stores doing stuff like that (please refer to produce sections of grocery stores galore to see how well they control quality over quantity)? I do wish though that Young Living would have sold the 'not so great' Valor for a fraction of the price because I would still buy it.
At first I was super sceptical; how does this help? Sure it smells pretty but how does it help your family? And isn't it a bit expensive? It took me about 2-3 months to finally warm up to young living and start thinking seriously about purchasing anything young living brand. One day, around the time when I started meditating again, she stopped me before I left and gave me a sample of peppermint, thieves, lavender and peace and calming. I thanked her and didn't think much of it for a while. To be quite honest, I didn't even touch them for a week! I believe I forgot them in my purse and then when that got cleaned out they were somewhere on my office desk for a few days. Then eventually I felt like I was in a rut with my meditation; sure it was helping me calm my mind down but only for a few minutes. So I thought I'd try out some peace and calming. I Google it and one of the sites I found said put it on the outsides of your ears and inhale.
Boom. And so started my love affair for young living.
It took my meditation practice to a whole new level. Sure meditating is all about removing yourself from possessions and just focus on being, but peace and calming helped me find my being. I went from just sitting with my legs crossed listening to guided meditation in the one giant mind app and thinking about the rest of my day and mind wandering, to being centred, quieting my mind and actually relaxing from my meditation. My anxiety decreased, I slept better and I started my path to happiness with meditation and young living.
About a week after I got signed up with the premium starter kit and I haven't looked back since. I freak out just a tiny bit when I'm out of peace and calming because it relaxes me so much and I also rub it on my chest when I have anxiety and panic attacks. It has helped me in ways you wouldn't believe. I've added it to my DIY sleep cream, put it in the diffuser when I got to bed, even wake up to it in the mornings during meditation. I'll put some on my chest when it feels tight, I'll rub some on the back of my neck when I'm getting set for a big day. It doubles as a perfume, and works overtime as an anti-depressant. Who knows how much of a wreck I'd be without peace and calming. And apparently the patchouli in the oil is found in some shampoos and may remind you of a significant other (when showing my oils to a friend she said it reminded her of her long distance boyfriend. So lovely to have made some sort of connection!).
So I ask you: how did you start with young living? Or, how can I help you start your journey with young living?