Meet Sara Johnson

 
I've been a Young Living member since July of 2012.  I had never heard of essential oils until a good friend asked me if I had ever tried any.  Living below the wellness line, I was game to try anything natural.  That started my journey, which continues to this day, of understanding just what health and wellness means.  Is it possible to say you feel better in your mid-50's than you did in your entire 40's?  Well, I do.  And I have to say it wouldn't be the case had I not taken a chance to try Young Living products.

I love quilting, gardening, reading, raising chickens, tincturing herbs, and enjoying nature, along with partaking of various DIY projects (some of which I never finish).  I am one-half of a quilting design business, My Sewl Sister.  I preserve (canning) Ghost Pepper jelly and Salsa every year and enjoy sharing it with friends and family.  I've been known to sell a few jars of the Ghost Pepper jelly, as well.  In my spare time, I'm an avid Facebook lurker and Pinterest junkie.  I am also an avid researcher and try to find out everything I can about herbs, oils, and natural products.

I was born and raised in south Louisiana and am married to the same man going on 33 years.  We have three grown children and have lived in eight different states and two overseas' countries.  After my husband's retirement from the military, we chose Texas as our home. We have two dogs, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi-Demi- and a Korean mongrel-Abbie- (acquired while living in South Korea).  We also have three cats:   Who Dat?, Hyacinth, and Violet.  (Yes, Hyacinth and Violet are named after characters in the British sitcom comedy, Keeping Up Appearances.)

I love to putter in the garden, hang out with my chickens, spend time in quilt shops, and just enjoy all that God has blessed me with.  I'm very laid back and easygoing and enjoy a little wine every now and then and a whole lot of laughter.

I love to share Young Living.  I firmly believe we are put on this earth to help our fellow man.  And in that regard, I know these products change lives.  If you think you'd like to know more, drop me a line.


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Immune Support

Now that Fall is upon us and Winter is fast approaching, we all are geared up to support our immune systems any way we can.  So this month, I am going to discuss Young Living products that will help support your immune system.

The first product is Ningxia Red.  Ningxia Red is a whole body supplement full of antioxidents.  This is a supplement that I take daily (and have been using since 2012).  It has the following constituents:

  • Balanced ingredients make NingXia Red a whole-body nutrient infusion for health and wellness support.*
  • Energize/energy support*
  • Supports normal cellular function.*
  • Contains powerful ingredients that are involved in many natural antioxidant processes.*
  • Supports good health and overall wellness.*
  • Supports whole-body health support.*
  • Supports normal eye health.*
  • Delivers citrus essential oils containing d-limonene, a powerful component in citrus oils.
  • Powerful formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health benefits.*
  • Helps prevent against oxidative stress.*
  • Healthy daily supplement.*

  • *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
The next product I want to discuss is Inner Defense.  It supports healthy respiratory and immune systems and is rich in thymol, carvacrol, and eugenol.  Inner Defense supports the body's natural defenses and contains the following essential oils:

  • Clove Essential Oil (Syzygium aromaticum) promotes a healthy immune response, and may support overall wellness An important ingredient in Young Living's Thieves blend, its principal constituent is eugenol.
  • Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon) Lemon consists of 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant; and may be beneficial for the skin. It has cleansing and purifying properties. Jean Valnet MD estimated that it takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of oil!
  • Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (Cinnamomum verum)  The essential oil promotes a healthy immune response, and helps maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen.
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus radiata) may support a healthy respiratory system; and to soothe muscle discomfort after exercise.
  • Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis CT cineol) was one of the most broadly used plants throughout the ages. Supports a healthy lifestyle regimen and overall well-being. This oil provides a savory addition to many meats marinades, side dishes, and dressings. Rosemary includes the naturally occurring constituents eucalyptol and alpha-pinene.
  • Oregano Essential Oil (Origanum vulgare)  Oregano, when taken as a dietary supplement, supports a healthy lifestyle regimen. It is a key oil in the Raindrop Technique; and contains the naturally occurring constituent carvacrol.
  • Lemongrass Essential Oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus) Supports overall well-being, and may support the digestive system. This oil includes naturally occurring constituent geranial.
  • Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil (Origanum majorana) relaxes tense muscles after exercise. It is beneficial for occasional simple nervous tension; and is a key oil in the Raindrop Technique!
  • Thyme Essential Oil (Thymus vulgaris CT thymol) as a dietary supplement, it is one of the strongest antioxidants known to man. Thyme supports the immune, respiratory, digestive, nervous, and other body systems. Known since ancient times as a medicinal herb, thyme contains large amounts of thymol.
  • Oregano Essential Oil (Origanum minutiflorum) 
  • Oregano Essential Oil (Origanum onites)

  • This is a supplement I keep on hand and in my refrigerator year round.
Thieves Essential Oil and Thieves Vitality Essential oil.   This a blend that was developed to support the body's natural defenses.  You can use it by diffusing, applying to the bottom of your feet, making a gargle (Vitality).  The entire line of Thieves products are great to use for immune support (Thieves Cleaner, Mouthwash, Lozenges, Cough Drops, Hand Sanitizer).  It contains the following:**

Immupower Essential Oil is a great oil to have on hand to diffuse and support your immune system.  I like to use this oil along with Thieves Essential Oil, interchangeably.  I'll use Thieves a few days and then use Immupower.  I diffuse and/or 
apply to the bottoms of my feet morning and night. Dilute 50:50.   Immupower contains the following:**

  • Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia carteri) is high in sesquiterpenes which stimulates and oxygenates the limbic system of the brain which helps to elevate our mood and helps us relax.
  • Oregano Essential Oil (Origanum vulgare) The benefits of oregano oil go beyond cooking. Oregano Vitality, when taken as a dietary supplement, supports a healthy lifestyle regimen*; and contains naturally occurring constituent carvacrol.  It is a key oil in the Raindrop Technique.
  • Idaho Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum vulgare) has been used traditionally for supporting the digestive system*. Listed in E. Joseph Montagna's The Herbal Desk Reference on herbal formulas, tansy may support healthy skin.
  • Clove Essential Oil (Syzygium aromaticum) promotes a healthy immune response, and may support overall wellness*. An important ingredient in Young Living's Thieves blend, its principal constituent is eugenol.
  • Hyssop Essential Oil (hyssopus officinalis) supports a healthy immune system* and is noted for its purifying properties.
  • Ravensara Essential Oil or Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) is a cross between the nutmeg and clove plant. It has purifying properties and is highly regarded by the people of Madagascar.
  • Mountain Savory Essential Oil (Satureja montana) supports healthy immune, nervous, and circulatory systems*. It has been used traditionally used as a general tonic for the body.
  • Cistus Essential Oil (Cistus ladanifer) Traditionally used to support the respiratory system*, it has a honey like scent. It is a spiritual oil made famous by the Song of Salomon.
  • Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) may be supportive to a healthy immune system.
In the revised formulation 2016, Idaho Tansy has been replaced with:
  •  Dorado Azul Essential Oil (Hyptis suaveolens) or Bush Mint comes from Ecuador and it is in the mint family. Has a fresh and herbaceous aroma.  Contains 1,8 cineol or eucalyptol.
RC and Raven Essential Oils are great for supporting your immune system.  RC is a great oil to use for respiratory support and can be applied to your feet or chest/back and/or diffuse.  Dilute 50:50 when applying to chest/back.  RC contains the following essential oils:**

  • Eucalyptus globulus Essential Oil - is one of many eucalyptus essential oils.  It is primarily used to support the respiratory system; and to soothe muscle discomfort after exercise.*
  • Eucalyptus radiata Essential Oil (Black Peppermint Oil) or Black Peppermint Oil is one of many eucalyptus essential oils.  It is primarily used to for cleansing and purifying.
  • Eucalyptus citriodora Essential Oil (Lemon Eucalyptus) contains 40-80% citronellal and has several chemotypes. Although originally from Australia, the trees grow in Guatemala, Colombia, Egypt South Africa, India and China. The trees of Madagascar are high in phenols.
  • Myrtle Essential Oil (Myrtus communis) is supportive of the respiratory system, skin, and hair, it has been researched for its effects on glandular imbalances*. It is also helpful for meditation and lifting the spirit.
  • Pine Essential Oil (Pinus sylvestris) first investigated by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, pine is soothing for stressed muscles and joints when used in massage*. Eucalyptus globulus shares some of the same properties, and the action of both oils is synergistic when they are blended.
  • Marjoram Essential Oil (Origanum majorana) is beneficial for occasional simple nervous tension. It is a key oil in the Raindrop Technique!
  • Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) can help you relax, wind down before bed and even ease stress. Its balancing properties create a relaxing and harmonizing environment.
  • Cypress Essential Oil (Cupresus sepmervirens) Cypress is also beneficial for oily or troubled skin. Grounding and gets things moving!
  • Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita) is one of the most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comforts*. It is also a key oil in the Raindrop Technique.
  • Tsuga Essential Oil (Tsuga canadensiscomes) from the Canadian Hemlock Tree. The oil is distilled from the needles and twigs of conifer trees.
In the revised formulation 2016, Tsuga has been replaced with:
Raven Essential Oil is another great immune supporting oil, and it is a great oil to diffuse at night.  It contains the following:**

  • Ravensara Essential Oil or Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) is a cross between the nutmeg and clove plant. It has purifying properties and is highly regarded by the people of Madagascar.
  • Eucalyptus radiata (Black Peppermint Oil) or Black Peppermint Oil is one of many eucalyptus essential oils.  It is primarily used to for cleansing and purifying.
  • Wintergreen Essential Oil (Gaultheria procumbens) contains 85-99% of methyl salicylate the same active ingredient as birch and is beneficial in massage for soothing head tension and muscles after exercising. 
  • Peppermint Essential Oils (Mentha piperita) is one of the most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comforts*. It is also a key oil in the Raindrop Technique.
  • Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon) Lemon consists of 68 percent d-limonene. It has cleansing and purifying properties. Jean Valnet MD estimated that it takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of oil!

These are just a few of the products you can use to help support your immune system during the cold and flu season.  Let me know if you have any questions or want more information on these or other products.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Sara

Oils of October

I thought I'd take the time to choose one single oil and one oil blend to talk about this month.

The first essential oil is Angelica*.  This oil is also known as the "female ginseng"

Angelica arcangelica --  The oil is taken from the roots and the seeds of this plant.  

How did it get the name, "Angelica"?  It blooms around the feast day of the Archangel, Michael.  It is also known as the oil of angels.

The properties of this oil:  calming, relaxing, tonic.  It is supportive of the digestive system and is also used for its relaxation and calming properties.  Angelica is an oil that helps to open your heart chakra which helps you to increase your spiritual awareness and connect more deeply with your Creator.  It helps open your heart to decrease feelings of disharmony and pessimism.

Use it diluted 50:50.  Apply topically. Place a few drops in your hands, rub together circularly, inhale.  Apply to chakra/vitaflex points.    Diffuse (dilution not recommended when put in diffuser).

*Information provided from the website:  www.experience-essential-oils.com

The blend I would like to talk about today is White Angelica*.  White Angelica is a blend that contains 10 different oils which include the following:

Sacred  Sandalwood:  calming, emotionally balancing, used for stress and unwinding.
Bergamot:  calming, relaxing, balancing to troubled skin.
Myrrh:  antioxidant, supports healthy skin.
Geranium:  relaxing, supports healthy skin, supports circulatory and nervous systems.
Coriander:  supports digestive and circulatory systems, supports pancreatic system.
Ylang Ylang:  restores confidence and equilibrium.
Black Spruce:  emotionally grounding and releasing.
Hyssop: supports spiritual transformation, purifying.
Melissa or Lemon Balm:  strengthening, revitalizing, soothing, calming.
Rose Otto:  aroma eases stress. 

Sweet Almond oil is the carrier oil used in this blend.

The documented uses for White Angelica:  Abuse (protection or balance), anger, apathy, aura, awareness, emotional balance, clearing, fear, forgiveness, grief and sorrow, guilt, heart, jealousy, mood elevation, potential, protection from negative emotions and energy, resentment, spiritual (awareness, meditation, and prayer), trauma and wholeness. 

It's aromatic benefits include strength and protection.

White Angelica essential oil can be used to release the  negative emotions of greed, loneliness, rejection, shame and weakness,  allowing  protection and strength to reach to the spirit.

It helps with emotional clearing and also protects the wearer from absorbing the negative energies and emotions of those around them.  (important when doing release work because if we are picking up other energies, we are not facilitating transformation of others or ourselves. So it is important to stay centered and protected.)

It opens the root and sacral chakra (physically), and it opens the third eye and crown chakra (spiritually).

Use NEAT (undiluted).  apply several drops (2-4) on shoulders, ears, throat, spine, wrists, neck or feet; add a few drops to a bath; apply to chakras/vitaflex points; directly inhale; diffuse.


I hope you have enjoyed learning about these two essential oils.  Both contain "angelica" in their names, but as you can see, both have different uses.

I hope you are all looking forward to glorious Fall weather and are getting ready for a happy holiday season.

Sara

 
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