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Must-Have Essential Oils for Summer Travel

My man and I recently got back from a trip to the Mendocino coast where we stayed in an adorable hideaway called Colt Cottage IMG_0299on a private bluff overlooking the ocean. The cottage itself is rustic (it’s not going to win a home decor award any time soon), but charming in a homespun, Little House by the Seaside kind of way. It  also has a full kitchen and wood-burning fireplace that we put to good use in the cool evenings. The main attraction is no doubt the deck off the living room that looks out onto the bluff; the grounds somehow feel enchanted and the view is extraordinary.

IMG_0296We enjoyed our sunsets with some lovely wine each night, and rhythmic sound of the waves lulled us into a peaceful, restorative sleep.

I usually make sure to pack an arsenal of oils whenever I split town, but this time we were both busy with work right up til the moment we left. I just grabbed a few that were on my kitchen counter and tossed them into my overnight:

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OmegaGize is beautiful supplement that is rich in Omega-3s, CoQ10 as well as clove, German chamomile, and spearmint essential oils that all work together to support brain, heart, eye and joints. As a bodyworker, it’s been a miracle remedy for any joint pain in my wrists. Frankincense is my all-time favorite essential oil — excellent for the immune system, wonderful for helping me find my center during meditations, and brilliant for a host of other conditions. Peppermint works well for aches, pains and digestive issues. And I use both myrtle and EndoFlex to keep my endocrine system feeling sweet and sassy.

However, within the first 24 hours of our stay, I wished put more thought into what I brought. Earlier in the week, I’d developed a kink in my neck that persisted throughout the trip. I was craving Panaway to blow that muscle pain out of the water. We also discovered that previous guests were not especially  enthusiastic dish cleaners; several pots, pans and coffee mugs had a few remnants from bygone feasts. Lemon essential oil would’ve helped to release some of the peskier bits (I know, gross) and due to its antiseptic properties, it would’ve helped to disinfect the items, which would’ve given me extra peace of mind. :)

IMG_0322There was a perfect little spot for meditating further down on the bluff. The path was a little wild, which I loved, but some stray branches caught on my bare legs leaving my skin slightly scratched. Lavender would’ve soothed the scratches and immediately taken away the irritation.


The complete list of essential oil must-haves for summer travel would include:

Peppermint – as a natural anesthetic, it’s ideal for aches and pains, soothing to sore or tired feet after day hikes, and its anti-parasitic properties work beautifully for digestive issues or just plain nausea.

Lavender – it’s a natural antihistamine, so it helps with allergies; it works well to soothe sunburns, scratches and scrapes; it also helps to soothe achey muscles and encourage a restful night’s sleep.

Lemon — lemon’s antiseptic properties would’ve been handy during my kitchen experience on this trip, but it also helps to scoot toxins out of cells and relieve digestive issues.

Panaway — this blend is a household and travel must-have. It contains helichrysum which works with nerves; clove is highly antioxidant and has a warming/numbing quality to help relieve pain; wintergreen works with joints & bones and is considered a natural cortisone; and peppermint. The combined synergy of oils in this blend would’ve helped work out my neck kink quick.

Frankincense — an immune stimulant; works with the glands in the brain that produce hormones which help elevate our spirits and lull us to sleep (in case your vacation destination does not include the sound of waves gently crashing on the shoreline).

Purification — contains lemongrass (antifungal), lavadin (strong antiseptic and tissue regenerator), rosemary, melaleuca, and myrtle (may support immune function in fighting colds, flu, and other infectious disease), and citronella which helps ward off pesky bug bites. If you happen to get bitten before you’re able to apply this blend, one drop will almost immediately reduce the sting and irritation. Additionally, this blend + your travel diffuser  is wonderful way to help neutralize odors and bring healing antibacterial properties into your environment.

IMG_0325Lastly — and this is not about essential oils — but if you should HAPPEN to spill a little red wine on a wood deck while you’re vacationing, distilled white vinegar works wonders! ;)

It also comes in handy as a general cleaning agent for counter tops and stoves after cooking things like hamburgers, breakfast sausages or bacon.


Order Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils for summer travel here.


These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease.



Seasonal Essential Oil Workshops in Sacramento November & December 2013

We’ve just added three new essential oil classes to finish out the year!


Saturday, November 23rd 11:00 am to 1 pm

apothecary image 1Essential Oils have been used for centuries to heal the body, mind and emotions. Come learn which oils will help strengthen your immune system, support healthy joints and bones, soothe sore muscles, alleviate pain and inflammation, support healthy digestive functioning, repair damaged DNA, rejuvenate your skin texture, alleviate headaches, allergies, insomnia, cold sores, as well as assistance with emotional balance.  $20

This will be held at a private location. For more information and to register for this class, email: 

beauty workshop imageDIY Skin Care for the Young at Heart (Anti-Aging Skin Natural Care)

Wednesday, December 4th 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op

Anti-aging products often contain harmful, synthetic chemicals that can contribute to your skin’s demise. Join Kat and learn how to whip up your own homemade moisturizers, rejuvenating face masks, eye balms, and body scrubs that help heal your skin and slow the aging process. Or give the gift of beauty and health this holiday season with homemade products crafted from natural ingredients such as honey, beeswax and healing essential oils. Together we’ll uncover the mind-body connection and how it affects the aging process as well as make samples that you can take home or give as a gift.    $25

You must pre-register for this class.  Just click here.


Saturday, December 4th 11 am – 1 pm

Frankincense and myrrh are considered both magical and medicinal oils that were valued more than gold in ancient times. Healing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, the oils were traded by the ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks, and Romans who used them in spiritual rituals as well as for their highly anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-viral, analgesic and immune-boosting properties. Frankincense and myrrh essential oils also have a centuries-old history in skin care, and are currently being studied for their ability to eradicate cancer cells.

Come join this festive class and learn how you can apply these ancient, precious oils to create greater health and well-being in your life. Nibbles and seasonal refreshments will be served!  $25

This will be held at a private location. For more information and to register, email:

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Five Effective & Inexpensive Anti-Aging Essential Oils

Natural beautyBefore we get to these five fabulous oils, I want to quickly express how much fun it was at the Day on the Farm event at Soil Born Farms this month where I was invited to give a presentation on herby, anti-aging essential oils! The farm was overflowing with rows of booths; among the vendors, I got to taste the absolutely delicious guacamole from Edible Sac High (recipe can be found in the link) and visit friends at the Sac Food Co-Op food stand.

For anyone who missed the anti-aging presentation, this post will give you the highlights, which come from Dr. Sabina DeVita’s “Saving Face: The Scents-Able Way to Wrinkle Free Skin” — HIGHLY recommended to anyone interested in learning about essential oils for skin care.

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  • Hormonal changes
  • Processed foods
  • Harmful chemicals in food, water, personal care products and household items
  • Stress; the length of time we hold onto negative emotions like disappointment, sadness, anger, resentment and regret

In his book, “Grow Younger, Live Longer,” Deepok Chopra said, “Agitation in the body and mind creates dis-ease and accelerates aging.”  The mind-body connection plays a huge role in how we age.


  • Balanced emotions & hormones
  • High quality organic food, water, personal care, products and household items
  • Wellness in our thoughts, feelings and actions
  • Letting go of unhealthy habits


Essential oils have been around for thousands of years. The Egyptians were the first “cosmetic chemists.” They used oils to preserve not only the flesh of their pharaohs, but to enliven the skin of the living, as well as to help balance thier emotions and encourage creativity. The Greeks and Romans also used essential oils in cosmetics and to inspire romance! And what could be more youthfying than how uplifted we feel when we’re in love?

Valerie Ann Worwood’s written several books on aromatherapy, and she summarized what essential oils can do for your skin like this:

  • they stimulate skin cells into reproducing at a quicker rate, reducing the lag time between new skin growth and the elimination of oil cells, helping to reverse the aging process
  • essential oils penetrate and moisturize deep skin layers
  • they heal skin that’s been damaged by sun, wrinkles, and even burns
  • they prevent congestion of toxins and expedite the elimination of petrochemicals, which improves lymphatic flow
  • reduce puffiness and inflammation
  • help relieve the stress and tension that can lead directly to aging
  • help regulate and balance hormones and emotions
  • their nutrients and proteins work as a restorative building block to keep your collegan and elastin in good condition

Essential oils are also lipid soluble, which makes them ideal for scooting out petrochemicals from your cells. And some of their molecules are small enough to penetrate the nucleus in order to reprogram misinformation on DNA.

Now for the list!



  • stimulates circulation
  • revives dull-looking skin
  • improves skin tone
  • create a rosy glow
  • helps control acne
  • serves as an excellent nerve tonic; both relaxing and uplifting


  • wonderful for the skin; has been used for centuries in skin care
  • great for all skin types
  • helps revitalize skin tissue
  • speeds the healing of acne
  • helps regenerates new cells
  • soothes dry or sensitive skin
  • gives a youthful, radiant glow
  • stimulates both the lymphatic and circulatory systems (which makes it helpful for cellulite where petrochemicals tend to gather)
  • balances overproductive oil glands
  • helps smooth wrinkles — has been said to slow the aging process

Geranium is also great for stress — it’s been known to work with the adrenal glands (which can overproduce cortisol, “the death hormone,” during times of stress). It can help relieve anxiety and depression. Also blend nicely with lavender!


  • great for all skin types
  • an adaptogen: both relaxing and stimulating
  • calms irritated skin including rashes, eczema, psoriasis, acne
  • stimulates circulation
  • wonderful for healing burns
  • dandruff
  • hair loss
  • allergies
  • insomnia
  • menopause
  • PMS
  • scarring


  • great for sagging skin
  • helps eliminate wastes
  • HIGH in antioxidants
  • great cleanser for oily skin
  • strengthens vascular walls
  • tones and regenerates connective tissues
  • promotes lymph flow
  • anti-inflammatory


  • known for stimulating new cell growth
  • can benefit all skin types
  • helps regenerate and nurture the skin
  • eases lines and wrinkles
  • nourishes the scalp
  • heals  wounds
  • improves circulation
  • clears acne

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Scents and Sensuality: Oils for Romance

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Ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks had rituals for wellness, as well as for love. Bathing in scented water was not only for cleansing the body, it was considered a ritual cleansing of the spirit, offering a renewed sense of peace and harmony within oneself.

Today, earthy folk may relish the ripe, natural scent wafting off their partner after a long, sweaty day of yard work. However, it’s likely that most of us prefer using essential oils as a powerful prelude to sexy times!

Scent plays a spunky role in stoking the flames of love. The amygdala is the part of our brain that stores emotional memories. It’s also the hub for our sexual desires, and it can only be stimulated through our sense of smell.

Our state of mind and emotions can either enhance or decrease our sexual appetite. Let’s face it — it’s kinda hard to get in the mood when we’re entertaining a merry-go-round of obsessive thoughts about problems. And we know irritability never makes for a great aphrodisiac.

Essential oils work with our amygdala to help restore our sense of harmony, producing a state of relaxation, confidence and upliftment. When we connect a scent with erotic enjoyment, that scent can trigger heightened sexual responses. Woohoo!

Below is a list of oils that have been used throughout the centuries to inspire romance and sensuality. Enjoy.

Rose  has the highest frequency of all the oils. It creates a sense of balance, harmony, and well-being and helps to elevate the mind. Its frequency creates a magnetic energy that attracts love and brings joy to the heart.

Bergamot helps balance hormones, calm emotions and relieve anxiety, stress and tension. Likewise, Mandarin has hypnotic properties and can help combats stress and irritability. Ylang Ylang increases relaxation; balances male and female energies, and helps restore confidence.

Lemon is stimulating and invigorating. A study showed citrus fragrances to induce relaxation and reduce depression.

Geranium stimulates the nerves and helps release negative memories so that joy may be attained. Jasmine exudes an exquisite fragrance that revitalizes spirits, bringing feelings of love, support, and joy. Palmarosa is stimulating and revitalizing, enhancing both the nervous and cardiovascular systems. And Rosewood is high in linalool, which has a relaxing, empowering effect; it gives the feeling of being grounded, stable and strong.



joy diffuser

You can use any of the oils individually, but what really rocks is there’s already a blend containing all of them. JOY! Literally.

The first thing I did on Valentine’s morning was switch on my diffuser with Joy. It’s wonderful for changing the vibe in your home (and bedroom).

You can also add a few drops to your bath water, and enjoy a romantic soak for two. Or apply it over your heart, temples and wrists, and wear it like a perfume. It’s especially sexy when used with a carrier oil to create a sensual body massage.

*Descriptions of oils come from the Essential Oil Desk Reference.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease.

Why Could Frankincense Be the Best Anti-Cancer Essential Oil?

This past June, I got to hear a lecture given by Dr. Mahmoud Suhail called “Frankincense Research — Unlocking the Secrets of a Precious Ancient Oil.”  Dr. Suhail shared his findings from studies involving frankincense (Boswellia Sacra), which have been underway for a while (BBC News reported on his research in 2010). He said, “The observation is that Boswellia Sacra exhibits anti-cancer properties,” adding that the oil also “appears to be anti-proliferative”, and provides a “protective effect for normal cells”.

Is this great news or what?!

Dr. Suhail explained that frankincense molecules can cross the entire cell membrane, including the blood brain barrier, which is significant; it means that it can actually reach the DNA and reprogram cancerous cells. According to Dr. Suhail, the blood brain barrier is a persistent challenge to the pharmaceutical industry; fewer than 5% of drugs can cross it.

What’s even more fascinating, is that most anti-cancer drugs on the market are from plant origins. Take taxanes, for example, a semi-synthetic drug used to treat cancer that comes from the Pacific yew tree. To create the drug, they separate some of the properties from the essential oil, producing a 10% dilution of the substance.

He explains that when you have improper extraction methods, you lose the bioavailability and tissue redistribution, which means the substance is incapable of getting where it needs to go in order to heal the cell.

Dr. Suhail says that Frankincense, in addition to exhibiting anti-cancer properties, has demonstrated tissue regeneration properties, which is great news for skin cancer, as well as mature skin. And because it’s highly anti-inflammatory, it’s demonstrated the ability to help with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, immune diseases and ulcers. It’s even demonstrated improvements with degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, according to Dr. Suhail.

But maybe the most impressive findings he shared were in the area of brain tumors. He showed a slide of a brain tumor that was treated with frankincense in Germany. After 70 days, there was NO evidence of the tumor. ZIP.

If frankincense is capable of healing cells that are in great states of imbalance, imagine what it might be able to do to protect a healthy body.

An article published in Natural News in March (“Cancer industry trying to co-opt most recent potential natural cure – frankincense”) also discussed Dr. Suhail’s findings. Author Paula Fassa writes, “This research is considered preliminary within mainstream medical authority and FDA guidelines.” She goes on to explain that Dr. Suhail’s research could “…benefit Big Pharma, enabling them to create a profitable patented cancer drug based on frankincense after years of testing.”

However, the cover story for Big Pharma “is that they want to make sure they have the right ingredient or ingredients and to eliminate unnamed allergenic agents that are not actively involved with killing cancer cells. In Oman, however, where many use abundantly grown frankincense, there are no cancer patients in either of the two hospitals. Also, there are no serious allergic reactions among them. Conversely, there are many adverse side effects from pharmaceuticals and chemotherapy…. Profitable FDA approved patented medications require laboratory synthesis. Natural solutions can’t be patented,” says Fassa.

Needless to say, these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease.

You can order Sacred Frankincense here.

The Healing Power of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

Happy Summer!!

I’m back after a hiatus and have lots of juicy info to share!

I’ve been with this essential oil company for nine years and have never been more impressed with them than now. I was able to attend a three-day conference last month where panels of world renown researchers, doctors and scientists lectured on the extensive health benefits of Young Living’s oils because of the rigorous standards each batch must meet in order to ensure the purity, integrity and medicinal benefits in every bottle of oil.

I was blown away by the clinical research that was shared in the areas of cancer, spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer’s, glandular function, hormone balancing, emotional balance, skin care and cleansing toxic bioaccumulation. Knowledge IS power!

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting much of this info for your reading and healing pleasure!

How to Heal Mosquito Bites

I’ve rediscovered my love for Purification after I received my new diffuser; it makes my home smell like a delicious insta-spa. But I’d forgotten about its healing properties until I was ambushed by Black Ops mosquitos at an outdoor party last weekend.

I’ve used several drops of Purification on my skin in the past and was able to successfully ward off those bloodsucking snipers, but I didn’t have any in my purse. The next day my feet were polka-dotted with pretty intense-looking red splotches that burned like nuts.

I’ll spare you the pics.

I knew Purification had antiseptic and insecticidal properties. I thought it would help get that sting out, so I put a drop on each bite. It instantly took away the burn, and by the end of the day the bites were 50% diminished in appearance. THAT I wasn’t expecting.

I haven’t been super disciplined about it either — just one drop in the morning — and now the scars are almost invisible.  So I was inspired to look up the healing properties in the desk reference. Purification contains:

Citronella – antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal, and insect repelling.

Lemongrass – has strong anti-fungal properties. Tends to be purifying and antibacterial.

Lavandin – anti-fungal, antibacterial, a strong antiseptic, and a tissue regenerator.

Rosemary – antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial. May be beneficial for skin conditions and dandruff. It helps fight candida and is anti-infectious.

Melaleuca – also known as a tea tree, is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory.

Myrtle – antibacterial and may support immune function in fighting golds, flu and other infectious disease.

In Guadalajara, Gary explained that Purification can be used for snake bites, scorpions, bees, black widows and mosquitos. It will neutralize the venom in a snake bite if you can get it on there immediately.

As we enter mosquito season, I figure it’s not a bad thing to have around the house!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease.

I Heart Grapefruit Essential Oil

I mean, how succulent does that look?

Now imagine it in its concentrated essence. The smell alone is uplifting. Especially in a bath.

I even love adding a couple drops to drinking water. It’s refreshing and sweeter than you’d expect.

It’s also deliciously cleansing for the body.

Remember the “grapefruit diet“? Turns out there is a lot of validity to the health benefits of grapefruit.

According to the Essential Oil Desk Reference, the medicinal properties of grapefruit are:

Metabolic stimulant, detoxifying, cleansing for kidneys, lymphatic and vascular system. Rich in limonene (limonene comprises 88-95% of its key constituents) which has been extensively studied for its ability to combat tumor growth in over 50 clinical studies.”

A study in 1995 at Mie University found that citrus fragrances boost immunity, induce relaxation, and reduce depression.

Grapefruit has also been used for fluid retention, liver disorders, obesity, anxiety and cellulite. Pretty nice gamut.

And it’s one of the least expensive therapeutic grade essential oils around.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease.

Inspiring Blends, Nourishing Creams, & Fat-Burning Supplements Containing Frankincense

Frankincense is used in face creams to help repair damaged DNA, and supplements that help support the glandular and immune systems.

Frankincense is also used in a wide variety of healing oil blends that are helpful for encouraging emotional balance and inspiring higher wisdom.


Acceptance*: this delicious scent “stimulates the mind with oils specially blended to work with the glands in the brain that may help to produce feelings of accepting ourselves and others, regardless of perceived barriers.”**

“It contains Neroli (stabilizing & strengthening to the emotions, promotes peace, confidence, awareness), Sandalwood (stimulates the pineal, may help release negative programing from cells), Blue Tansy (helps clean the liver and lymphatic system assisting one to overcome anger and negative emotions), and Frankincense (helps overcome stress & despair).”**

Harmony*: is a gorgeous blend that “promotes physical and emotional well-being by bringing harmonic balance to the energy centers of the body. The liberating, balancing, and calming essential oils in this blend open us to new possibilities while contributing to an overall feeling of well-being.”**

It contains 17 different essential oils including Frankincense (used to combat depression), Orange (a University of Mie study documented the ability of citruses fragrances to induce relaxation), Rosewood (high in linalool which has a relaxing, empowering, strengthening effect) Ylang Ylang (balancing to make and female energies), Rose (has the highest frequency among oils; creates balance, well-being and elevates the mind).

Highest Potential*: this exotic blend smells like heaven in a bottle. “It combines the uplifting and inspirational qualities of Australian Blue with the power of Gathering to help bring greater unity of purpose. Jasmine is added to enhance self-confidence, while Ylang Ylang calms, soothes, and harmonizes.”**

The blend Australian Blue contains Blue Cypress (anti-viral & anti-inflammatory), Cedarwood (stimulates the pineal which releases melatonin, thereby improving thoughts, cognition, and memory), and White Fir (creates a feeling of grounding, anchoring and empowerment). Gathering is a super-charged blend of oils that help increase the oxygen around the pineal and pituitary gland, bringing greater harmonic frequency to receive the communication we desire. It includes Galbanum (when combined with Frankincense and Sandalwood its frequency increases dramatically), Frankincense (stimulates limbic part of brain helping to overcome stress and despair), Sandalwood (high in sesquiterpenes which stimulate the pineal and limbic region, the center of emotions & memory), Rose (creates a sense of balance, harmony & well-being), and Lavender (relaxing and grounding).

Immupower*: a powerful blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils that create a protective haven while increasing positive energy. It contains Frankincense (stimulates the hypothalamus and pituitary to amplify immunity), Oregano (one of the most powerful antimicrobial oils), Idaho Tansy (anti-viral, anti-infectious, anti-bacterial, fights colds, flu, and infections), Cumin (amplifies immunity and DNA repair) and Clove (one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet).

Inspiration*: “includes oils traditionally used by the native peoples of Arabia, India, and North America for enhancing spirituality, prayer, meditation, and inner awareness. It creates an aromatic sanctuary for those seeking quiet meditation and spirituality. It contains Frankincense, Cedarwood, Spruce, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Myrtle, Mugwort.”**

Valor*: “an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body. It contains Rosewood, Blue Tansy, and Spruce.”**


ART Skin Care Creams & Cleanser*: this is hands-down the best skin care line I have ever used. “It combines the advanced technology of DNA recovery enzymes with a proprietary anti-aging Peptide Complex to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, diminish age spots, even skin tone, and increase the elasticity and density of skin.

“It also contains Frankincense and Sandalwood to reinforce DNA renewal. Add the legendary wolfberry seed oil, known for its superior moisturizing and skin conditioning properties – the formula for a truly unique and effective skin care system.”**

Boswellia Wrinkle Cream*: A delicious-smelling cream that “nourishes skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance. In addition to Frankincense, it contains and ingredient that supports collagen to improve skin firmness and minimize fine lines. It also contains essential oils Geranium, Myrrh, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang soothe and soften the skin, while frankincense and wolfberry oil enhance collagen formation.”**

Wolfberry Eye Cream*: Eases eye puffiness and dark circles and promotes eye tightening. Along with avocado oil, shea butter, rosehip, and the Ningxia wolfberry it contains Lavender, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense and Geranium.





CortiStop*: “designed to help the body maintain its natural balance and harmony. When under stress, the body produces cortisol. When cortisol is produced too frequently, it can have negative health consequences such as feelings of fatigue, difficulty maintaining healthy weight, and difficulty maintaining optimal health of cardiovascular systems. CortiStop supports the glandular systems of women.

“It contains Pregnenolone, Black Cohosh, DHEA, along with essential oils including Fleabane (reduces cortisol levels), Peppermint (hormone balancer), Frankincense (hormone balancer), Fennel (combats excess cortisol), Clary Sage (increases estrogen balance and blunts the effects of excess cortisol.”**

Longevity Soft Gels*: “A potent blend of fat-soluble antioxidants. Longevity is as essential as a multivitamin and should be taken daily to prevent the damaging effects of our modern lifestyle. One of the most powerful supplements available, this formula provides 700x the antioxidant power of carrots.

“It contains Thyme leaf (preserves fat from degradation in brain, heart, liver and kidneys; raises antioxidant levels), Orange peel (DNA protecting, antitumoral, anticancerous attributes), Clove (decreases joint pain and swelling, inhibits the destruction of the fatty outer layer of human red blood cells), Frankincense (supports normal cell regeneration and healthy immune function).”**

ThermaBurn*: “combines proven ingredients such as yerba mate, licorice root, theobromine, and guarana in a unique formula designed to help maintain healthy weight by providing support to the body’s metabolic and energy systems.

It is the only herbal, fat-reducing supplement to contain liver cleansers and defatters to increase metabolism and prevent oxi
dative damage from excess fat-burning.”** It also includes Frankincense (a thermo-genic antioxidant), Nutmeg (supports adrenals, stomach and liver protectant), Myrtle (helps increase thyroid functions and is elevating), and Peppermint (ability to directly affect brain’s satiety center, trigger a sense of fullness after meals).

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*Please note that the posted prices are retail prices. For those with wholesale memberships, deduct 24% from listed price.

**Descriptions of products are taken from the Essential Oil Desk Reference, Fourth Edition

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease.

Tis the Season: The Significance of Frankincense!

Earlier this year, Young Living founder Gary Young went on an incredible journey to retrace the legendary Frankincense Trail – the historical route from Oman to Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel. Over the course of his life he has been to Egypt many times and the Middle East over 15 times on a quest to research this important oil.

He says, “I asked many questions as I studied the history that kept me following different leads, stories, and legends to so many different places. The desert, the mountains, the ruins, the villages, and the old people all gave me clues, besides what I found in the libraries, museums, and universities.”

He was excited to discover Boswellia frereana in the market in Cairo. That strain was known as “The King of Frankincense” because ancient royalty prized it for its sweet scent and wore it as perfume. However, when the species was analyzed in a lab, it was found to carry none of the healing or regenerative compounds frankincense is known for.

Young writes, “It was most interesting that the frankincense taken out of King Tutankhamun’s tomb resembled the frankincense species of sacra or carterii, not frereana. All the legends from ancient prophets indicate that sacra or caterii were the only species used to anoint and heal. Frereana was never used.

After a 15 year history of building relationships with people in Oman and acquiring their trust, Gary was able to realize his long-held dream to build a distillery in Oman, which would enable him to the very first to distill Boswellia sacra in literally hundreds of years.

Frankincense has been called “possibly the most significant healing and spiritually expansive substances on the planet.”*

Why is that?

Over the next few posts we will take a look at the healing properties and various uses of frankincense!

According to Young, “Boswellic acids are some of the main compounds found in the frankincense species of sacra and caterii that science is claiming to be anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory. Boswellia sacra has the highest amount of boswellic acids at 42%; carterii has almost as high an amount with 40%!”

Young’s travels took him to a market in Salalah, Oman where he purchased this incense burner to the right. The people of Oman burn frankincense resin in their home to both freshen the air and welcome guests.

Young Living recently created their own frankincense burner, styled after the original. I immediately snapped one up and have found the scent to be deeply relaxing, calming, and restorative. And or those of you who dig burning sage to dispel funky energy in your home – in my experience – frankincense is a much more formidable force against negativity.

Here are a few more ways Young Living suggests you can use this important oil in your every day life!

Diffuse: Frankincense can be used for congestion and voice loss, as well as to calm the mind, reduce mental strain, cultivate internal peace, and place past obsessive states into perspective.

Massage: Frankincense can be blended with massage oil or diluted in the bath for circulatory support, respiratory support, exhaustion, and nightmares. It also has a good astringent effect on the skin; perks up older, more mature skin; and may assist the body in healing itself of wounds, sores, and ulcers.

Creams and Lotions: Frankincense can be added to a base cream or lotion to help with general skin tone and condition while reducing oily skin, rejuvenating more mature skin, and at the same time helping wounds, ulcers and sores heal.

Wash or Compress: To assist the body in healing and to lessen the appearance of scars from wounds, add a few drops of frankincense to the water when washing a wound. For other applications, apply diluted oil directed onto the affected area or use as a compress.

*Annette Ahlers

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