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A bit of promotion from Lifencompass / Young Living.

Among my many favorites from YL Essential Oils I found some great little combo-packs on the holiday market.

Essential Oil Mini Relax Collection

Includes one 5 ml bottle each of Valor®, Peace & Calming®, and peppermint to give you a boost this stressful season. Comes wrapped in an elegant cream-colored gift box with a turquoise bow.

Valor info. Peppermint info. Peace and Calming info.

Item No. 4493
Whsl. $35.00 / Pref. Customer $40.53 / Retail $46.53

Essential Oil Mini Winter Collection

Includes one 5 ml bottle each of Thieves®, Purification®, and R.C.™ to purify and cleanse your home. Comes wrapped in an elegant cream-colored gift box with a red bow.

Purification info. Thieves info. R.C. info.

Item No. 4492
Whsl. $35.00 / Pref. Customer $40.53 / Retail $46.05

Essential Oil Mini Home Collection

Includes one 5 ml bottle each of lavender, lemon, and grapefruit to create an inviting atmosphere and lift holiday spirits. Comes wrapped in an elegant cream-colored gift box with a purple bow.

Lemon info. Lavender info. Grapefruit info.

Item No. 4491
Whsl. $27.50 / Pref. Customer $31.84 / Retail $36.18

There are other great gift ideas in the Season Essentials catalog (pdf) and, of course, I’m around facebook and twitter for Q&A. You can also check out the complete product catalog here by clicking “pages.” (PDF download).

ORDERING YOUNG LIVING

If you are interested in ordering this or any essential oil you can sign up at Young Living, or contact a distributor in your area.

If you are not a Young Living member there are several levels of participation to choose from when exploring Young Living. You can sign up for email updates and join me at Young Living as a:

  1. Customer: beginning to reap the benefits of the YL Product line.
  2. Preferred Customer: signing up for a customizable monthly “auto-ship” program, you gain a discount on the cost of your oils and begin to receive free learning materials and essential oil rewards.
  3. Distributor: Visit the distributor page for more information.

Start by visiting Young Living’s website:

https://www.youngliving.com/signup/custType.faces

Enter Referral Information

If my member number isn’t automatically entered in the referral field, kindly enter the following number.

Sponsoring Distributor Member Number: 896306

You will then create a user name and password, account, etc and then you can begin ordering Young Living Essential Oils.

If you have further questions or want more information please send me a note.

I’m in the Downtown Los Angeles area and I’m happy to include your order in our community order here at Santee Court. You must be local, please email me for details.

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Welcome back to Essentials.

In a continuing investigation we’re delving into the components and properties of Young Living (YL) Essential Oils, specifically their formulated blends. Designed with many purposes like emotional healing, attracting abundance, and lifting our vibrational frequencies, to name a few, we find that YL oils are far from simple air fresheners, and take aromatherapy to a new level of healing and use.

I also had some thoughts on the use of herbs magickally versus aromatherapeutically. Is there a difference? Does a plant essence create a different effect when used in Aromatherapy, versus traditional magickal purposes? There are, in some instances, many uses and folklore on herbs that are similar.  The primary focus of YL essential oils is aromatherapeutic. There does seem to be large shared purposes in both magickal practice and aromatherapy.

Which brings us to these posts, welcome to the Essentials.

We’re going to go through the blends first, they contain various essential oils, blended for a purpose. If I like the process, and IF it turns out that people enjoy the comparison, then I may dig into the single blends.

We continue our exploration with Acceptance.

Acceptance

Lately it seems that everything has become a process or resonance, for me the world is an emotionally and energetically tactile place if you feel it, if you accept what it is. Over the past few years of study this has sometimes proved difficult to digest. Parts  of me held on to… I don’t know, numbness, or a lack of “complete vision.” I don’t feel I was actually seeing the world even tho I was looking at things. Make sense?

Now it is as if most things I connect with can be accessed like a library, if I really take the time to resonate with it, the being of people, places, and things.

Acceptance is one of the many doorways. I want to say keys but it is more than a lock turning mechanism, it is part of the living experience. Do I have the words to justify the experience? I believe that this statement is true because it is practical when applied, and so it works, so whether I have the vocab or not it’s functional and in my book, “If it works, then it’s good.”

There is a concept that relates to this and I found it along the way, during the Journey, and that overwhelmingly was another realization that who I thought I was as an Individual, was in fact a part of a larger organism of life. In Buddhism this is called Anatman (Sanskrit), Anatta (Pali).

Arising from this, or in some Qabalistic thinking that we realize that these concepts do not rise one of out of the other but simultaneously existing and manifesting in the larger reality; What I am speaking of is our connection to all things: Oneness. It is the real blossom of compassion, perfect love and trust, because our acceptance, our door through to the sensual world brings about the openness to resonate and experience the great ‘self’ that is all that we experience, encounter, touch, taste, and smell, feel and know. What we will know. What we have known.

What does this have to do with an an essential oil? How can this benefit us with the concept of Acceptance? Through resonance and attunement.

With almost all things, including EO’s, I believe in working with the spirit or vibration first. Getting deep with myself and extending my senses into the essence, asking that it work for the betterment of my life, and through that life around me, and with the intent I wish to the essential oil for, in this case: Acceptance which would be my seed thought. This sets the stage for the working, naturally you should have already decided what you were attempting to accomplish in the degree that it most comfortable for you now.

Setting intentions, crafting affirmations, meditation, and prayer to focus yourself on your goal and inner-wisdom are all good tools. From there you can begin to explore the concept of acceptance through scent, touch, feeling and exploration using the essential oil as a catalyst -and a nicely scented on at that- to create the changes that are for your greater good.

Pushan Mudra Give and Take Gesture. By Phylameana lila Desy, About.com Guide

Mudra’s are a way to utilize our mind body connection, like the Witches Trigger, they can induce a state of mind that encapsulates the idea we are cultivating. Combined with breathing, focused meditation, and regular use Pushan can help us cultivate acceptance through contemplation of the give and take of life, and our self.

We can start with an oil, or many things but the important thing to remember is that tho we work witha method, the method is not the  meaning, that is found by our seeking self, individually. No oil, object, or person (IMO) can give you the answer, it is only found in the experience of living. Living is found in a lifetime and the things along the way, when we are attuned to our deeper self, become significant when we understand our connection to them, to us, that wholeness that is the entire being.

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*From the Essential Oils Desk Reference,  Chapter 8, page, 94. Essential Science Publishing.

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Cover of Essential Oils Desk Reference

(Acceptance) Stimulate the mind, compelling it to open and accept new things in life, allowing one to reach a higher  potential. It also helps to overcome procrastination and denial.

(Acceptance™ stimulates the mind with oils specially blended to promote feelings of accepting ourselves and others, regardless of perceived barriers).

Ingredients

Rosewood, almond oil base, geranium, frankincense, blue tansy, sandalwood and neroli.

Neroli (orange blossom) Thought to heal the mind, body, and spirit in ancient times. Neroli both strengthens and stabilizes the emotions and uplifts and inspires feelings of hopelessness, promoting confidence, courage, joy, peace, and sensuality.

Related to Neptune, fertility, love, with religious uses (historically), favored of Apollo, Gaea, and Hera. Paul Beyerl notes that the oranges have been associated with modern quests, used to strengthen the seeker or to reward the victorious. Blossoms can be used in weddings, having the magick of romance, and fertility. (Comp. Herbal Magick, Pg. 282)

In a sense the Neroli oil can be thought to bring the emotional body into a stable place.

From our post on Abundance:

Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil has a rich, fruity scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence on the body. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind.

In addition to their fertility property, oranges have been used for luck, divination, and you guessed it, money. The list of folklore and uses of orange could probably fill a library considering they found all over the world.

Sandalwood (Santalum album) has a rich, sweet, warm, and woody aroma that is sensual and romantic. Used traditionally as incense in religious ceremonies and for meditation, it is uplifting and relaxing. It is valued in skin care for its moisturizing and normalizing properties.

According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, the fragrant influence of sandalwood enhance peace (sleep, relaxation). It stimulates the pineal gland and limbic system of the brain, the center of the emotions.

Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum), helps cleanse the liver and lymphatic system helping to overcome anger and negative emotions. Promotes a feeling of self-control. (E.O. Desk Reference, Pg. 94).

There are notes for older magickal uses in several tomes, including Tansy-associated funeral rites, asperging, and women’s mystery  rituals, celebrating womanhood. Several sources indicate that Tansy can be used in offensive magick, repelling insects, powers, and energies.

Could it be that Tansy is part of the mixture to “banish” or exorcise negative emotions.

Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), is said to be empowering and emotionally stabilizing and used in a variety of blends like Acceptance, Joy, Harmony, and White Angelica. Similar to Ho Wood it offers a scent that brings about these emotional triggers.

Thought to boost the immune system and used in other mixtures to alleviate headache, and pain as an amplifier.

Rosewood connected to the heart, and love magick, (being South American), there is a relation to love but also boundaries, in it’s association with Venus and Saturn. I add tidbit because we’re talking about an essential oil that is to “open us to new things” and Saturn, “the great restrictor” finds a useful influence in this particular EO. Opening boundaries.

Rose Geranium.

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Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) relates to memory and the nervous system, specifically in the release of tension and negative emotional memories. It’s fosters a sense of peace, well-being, and hope. (Aromatherapy). It’s anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antitumoral, to name a few. The Healthy Haven notes a use in Aphrodisiacs.

It is a rose scented herb, corresponding to the feminine, related to water, and the planet venus. Tho the color of the flower (parts) can be used for other purposes, there is a strong love association.

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years.

Seems to be another uplifting spiritual herb used to stimulate the mind and energize the energetic field. Frankincense and Myrrh have long been used together and as base for other incense.

Beyerl writes that Frankincense is associated with the Sun and used, as is Myrrh, with consecration, and in ceremony and ritual. There are other uses such as protection and purification, ritual working for “success” if the practitioner is balanced  in the spiritual and daily life.”

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Having a cleansing quality on the Astral Self, or energetic body, used in combination with the other oils I’m thinking we might view the blend(Acceptance), as having multiple uses, but predominantly it could be used in healing emotional trauma through accepting what has happened, in relating with “difficult” people (family, relationships, etc), and broadening our mind to explore facets of our life that could be beneficial to our growth; places where we have closed doors on opportunity, love, growth, and forgiveness.

Application

Naturally Aromatherapy creates benefits through our sense of smell, stimulating our mind-body, but there are other methods of applying essential oils to ourself, and for magickal/energetic purposes.

For aromatic use. Diffuse or apply over the heart, on the wrists, behind the ears, on the neck and on the face.

Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age.

In the past I’ve used other essential oils in our home, in the office, and around the halls of where we live. Spraying the essential oil around, mixing (roughly) about 6-10 drops of EO to a large spray bottle and generously spreading it around the area in the mix, can be a great immediate shift in the energy.

For example. Let’s say you were going to be doing a meditation or hands on healing for yourself or client. You could use Acceptance, along with other essential oils, to set the tone of the working. Water being related to healing, essential oils having a Yesod connection (and therefore the psychic/energetic framework connection), is an immediate and practical working tool that can be used to infuse the air with a vibration for opening to the work being done… especially when blocks are encountered.

I’ve used essential oils like this in the past to amplify a Reiki Attunement, working with Peace & Calming, Three Wise Men, and White Angelica to center, open up the spiritual paths, and strengthen the aura and attunment as it was passed. For the record it was probably one of the most intense attunements I’ve ever passed. You can read about that attunement here at Lifencompass: Easing Spiritual Blocks with Aromatherapy.

Again this is not an air freshener, and though the scent can stay in the air for hours I feel that it is more effective to wear the oil itself and/or diffusing the blend in the air with a proper essential oil diffuser (non-burning).

You can also use Acceptance in other ways such as in a small vial within a pouch or bag you have designed to open you to new ways of relating, new experiences for personal growth, or even in relationships that have become stagnant, challenging, or affairs where you are seeking to accept others. You can anoint candles for spell or ritual, baths, or just diffuse the oil into the air of your home.

A cost saving  method is to mix it with a base oil, lotion, or body spray that you prefer, these are highly-concentrated blends and a little does go a long way.

*Please read instructions carefully when using ANY essential oil.

Ordering Young Living

If you are interested in ordering this or any essential oil you can sign up at Young Living, or contact a distributor in your area.

Acceptance 5ML.
Item No: 3303
Preferred Customer Price: $40.24
Customer Price: $45.72

You can find Acceptance at the Young Living website, or check out the complete product catalogue here by clicking “pages.” (PDF download).

If you are not a Young Living member there are several levels of participation to choose from when exploring Young Living. You can sign up for email updates and join me at Young Living as a:

  1. Customer: beginning to reap the benefits of the YL Product line.
  2. Preferred Customer: signing up for a customizable monthly “auto-ship” program, you gain a discount on the cost of your oils and begin to receive free learning materials and essential oil rewards.
  3. Distributor: Visit the distributor page for more information.

Start by visiting Young Living’s website:

https://www.youngliving.com/signup/custType.faces

Enter Referral Information

If my member number isn’t automatically entered in the referral field, kindly enter the following number.

Sponsoring Distributor Member Number: 896306

You will then create a user name and password, account, etc and then you can begin ordering Young Living Essential Oils.

If you have further questions or want more information please contact me here.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith
http://lifencompass.com

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I found this while crawling around on the web. I’ve been reading for hours so forgive my short commentary, at the moment.

A neat article on the power of essential oils, Thyme, and Cinnamon.

((ARTICLE EXCERPT))

Professor Yiannis Samaras and Dr Effimia Eriotou, from the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands, in Greece, who led the research, tested the antimicrobial activity of eight plant essential oils. They found that thyme essential oil was the most effective and was able to almost completely eliminate bacteria within 60 minutes.

The essential oils of thyme and cinnamon were found to be particularly efficient antibacterial agents against a range of Staphylococcus species. Strains of these bacteria are common inhabitants of the skin and some may cause infection in immunocompromised individuals. Drug-resistant strains, such as meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are extremely difficult to treat. “Not only are essential oils a cheap and effective treatment option for antibiotic-resistant strains, but decreased use of antibiotics will help minimise the risk of new strains of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms emerging,” said Professor Samaras.

via Essential oils to fight superbugs.

Scott~
Youngliving

Welcome to Essentials.

It’s been awhile since I’ve written in any detail about essential oils and there are two reasons for that. First I had a few discussions with some (unfortunately) misinformed clients. Young Living Essential Oils are not air fresheners.

You could use them as “air fresheners” but honestly, it’s a bit expensive.

I also had some thoughts on the use of herbs magickally versus aromatherapeutically. Is there a difference? Does a plant essence create a different effect when used in Aromatherapy, versus traditional magickal purposes?

From these two thoughts came the idea: Write about the Essential Oils, compare their use, record the results.

Welcome to the Essentials.

We’re going to go through the blends first, they contain various essential oils, blended for a purpose. If I like the process, and IF it turns out that people enjoy the comparison, then I may dig into the single blends. We begin with Abundance.

Abundance

*From the Essential Oils Desk Reference,  Chapter 8, page, 93. Essential Science Publishing.

Increases the attraction of abundance and success. It enhances the frequency of the energy field that surrounds us through stimulation of the somatides. Somatides transmit frequency from the cells to the environment when stimulated through fragrance and thoughts. This frequency creates the “law of attraction,” a harmonic magnetic energy field around oneself.

When focusing on issues of abundance and inhaling this oil, a memory link of the RNA template is created where memory is blueprinted and permanently transcribed.

The Aromatherapeutic properties of the blend Abundance can help focus the mind to create the awareness of our power to “attract” what we want into our lives.

The “Law of Attraction” is really just fancy marketing wrapped around ancient principles: Magick. The Law of Attraction, derived from the Hermetic Principles, and has a modern living from the late 1800’s. My point being, many of these new practices are old practices and you find that they are often missing key elements or core principles that explain and educate.

All that said, I have used Abundance in a few ventures, including at the day job to increase various energies. Abundance doesn’t = money. It can be an abundance of anything unless the proper herbs / oils are brought together.

In this case that is my question, how is Abundance blended? Let’s see how this blend is put together.

Ingredients

Myrrh; Cinnamon Bark; Frankincense; Patchouli; Orange; Clove; Ginger; Spruce.

The EO Desk Reference has an encyclopedic list of essential oils and their uses. I’m going to go through each EO and cross-reference to some other herbal sources to see how Abundance adds up. Note I’m skipping “medical” uses unless blends / EO’s are recommended for medicinal uses.

Myrrh

Commiphora myrrha tree, one of the primary tre...

Commiphora myrrha tree | Image via Wikipedia

(Commiphora myrrha) Promotes spiritual awareness and is uplifting. It has sesquiterpenes wich stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of memory and emotions) and the hypothalamus, pineal , and pituitary glands.

So what we’re looking at here, from Young Living’s standpoint, is that the vibration of Myrrh is uplifting and carries a “spiritual frequency”.

Myrrh, according to Paul Bereyl has both masculine and feminine qualities. Related to the Sun, Moon, Adonis, Aphrodite, Cybele, Demeter, Hecate, Juno, Rhea, and Saturn. Used to Consecrate, in magick and spiritual practices to mark occasions such as funerals, rites, and ceremony.

Broadening our perception of energy, how it flows, and deepening our potential to connect to the mysteries.

Could that be a potential for connecting to the mysteries of “attraction?”

Frankincense

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years.

Seems to be another uplifting spiritual herb used to stimulate the mind and energize the energetic field. Frankincense and Myrrh have long been used together and as base for other incense.

Beryel writes that Frankincense is associated with the Sun and used, as is Myrrh, with consecration, and in ceremony and ritual. There are other uses such as protection and purification, ritual working for “success” if the practitioner is balanced  in the spiritual and daily life.”

Patchouli

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), sometimes called “the scent of the sixties,” has a musky, earthy, exotic aroma. In Eastern cultures, it is commonly used around the house to provide general support for health and to help release negative emotions. It is a relaxant that clarifies thoughts, allowing the discarding of jealousies, obsessions, and insecurities.

I love patchouli as it does have a cleansing property to it, however it can be quit dank.

Patchouli resonates with Pluto and Scorpio, and strangely appears to be used in spells for love, and as an aphrodisiac. However burnt it can be used to attract money, and promote “fertility”. Here we begin to see the “abundance” properties of the blend.

Orange

Meise (Belgium), National Garden of Belgium - ...

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Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil has a rich, fruity scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence on the body. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind.

There is a link here with happiness and attitude. So not only is the blend including money in the properties of the oil but “happiness” as well. So the feeling of Abundance increases the power of the blend by stimulating the mind with the cheerful scent of orange.

In addition to their fertility property, oranges have been used for luck, divination, and you guessed it, money. The list of folklore and uses of orange could probably fill a library considering they found all over the world.

Clove

(Syzygium aromaticum) doesn’t seem to have a YL listing for abundant usage but does show that it stimulates a feeling of protection and courage, “stimulating” being a key word.

Magickaly speaking clove appears to have association with money magick, as well as attracting lovers and insight through visions, and dreams.

Ginger

(Zingiber officinale)

Photographer: Frank C. Müller

Ginger | Image via Wikipedia

 

Young Living lists ginger as another stimulant with qualities associated for potency (fertility).

References abound for ginger but it does seem to have been used in both attraction and money magick.

Paul Beyrel notes a resonance with Mars and that the herb is strongly associated with one’s health, with uses in magick that both strengthen and empower consecrated items.

Spruce

(Picea mariana) “Spruce (Picea mariana) is softer and sweeter in aroma than other evergreen oils. It is refreshing, invigorating, and strengthening. It also has a long history of use in the sauna, steam bath, and as an additive to baths or massage oils. It is supportive of the respiratory and nervous systems.*”

Spruce is included in one of my all time favorite EO blends, Valor. I use valor soap and I apply the oil to my feet and temple after bathing. It’s SO stabilizing, lifting up the vibration while encouraging as sense of being grounded.

Well it seems that I don’t know a hill of beans about spruce, and it doesn’t seem (upon searching various sites) that I was able to find any spell related qualities of the evergreen. I personally feel that it (spruce) is related to the earth, the lungs (breath, air), grounding (manifesting), and cleansing.

I’ll take a weigh-in by anyone familiar with usage of Spruce for spells / magick, naturally.

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So when I do add up the ingredients magickal vs. aromatherapeutic, it seems that Abundance is formulated for the very purpose of attracting money, wealth, and to lift the energy of one’s personal field by invigorating the mind, body and spirit.

Application

Naturally Aromatherapy creates benefits through our sense of smell, stimulating our mind-body, but there are other methods of applying essential oils to ourself, and for magickal/energetic purposes.

For aromatic use. Diffuse or wear on wrists and behind ears as a perfume.

With almost all things, including EO’s, I believe in working with the spirit or vibration first. Getting deep with myself and extending my senses into the essence, asking that it work for the betterment of my life, and through that life around me, and with the intent I wish to the essential oil for. This sets the stage for the working, naturally you should have already decided what you were attempting to manifest. With Abundance we would be looking for more money, income, or business (resulting in income) and be clear about the direction you would like for this to appear.

In the past I’ve used Abundance in the office, as I said then we anointed stones by the door, and sprayed the essential oil around the office mixing (roughly) about 6-10 drops of EO to a large spray bottle and generously spreading it around the area in the mix.

Again this is not an air freshener, and though the scent can stay in the air for hours I feel that it is more effective to wear the oil itself and/or diffusing the blend in the air with a proper essential oil diffuser (non-burning).

You can also use Abundance in other ways such as in a small vial within a pouch or bag you have designed to attract more money. You can anoint candles for spell or ritual. You can trust your intuitive tug while and experiment with new ways to attract more money and “Abundance” into your life.

*Please read instructions carefully when using ANY essential oil.

Ordering Young Living

If you are interested in ordering this or any essential oil you can sign up at Young Living, or contact a distributor in your area.

Abundance 5ML.
tem No: 3091
Preferred Customer Price: $34.74
Customer Price: $39.47

Abundance 15ML.
Item No: 3300
Preferred Customer Price: $36.76
Customer Price: $41.78

You can find Abundance at the Young Living website, or check out the complete product catalogue here by clicking “pages.” (PDF download).

If you are not a Young Living member there are several levels of participation to choose from when exploring Young Living. You can sign up for email updates and join me at Young Living as a:

  1. Customer: beginning to reap the benefits of the YL Product line.
  2. Preferred Customer: signing up for a customizable monthly “auto-ship” program, you gain a discount on the cost of your oils and begin to receive free learning materials and essential oil rewards.
  3. Distributor: Visit the distributor page for more information.

Start by visiting Young Living’s website:

https://www.youngliving.com/signup/custType.faces

Enter Referral Information

If my member number isn’t automatically entered in the referral field, kindly enter the following number.

Sponsoring Distributor Member Number: 896306

You will then create a user name and password, account, etc and then you can begin ordering Young Living Essential Oils.

If you have further questions or want more information please contact me here.

– –

Be well,

Scott K Smith
http://lifencompass.com

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I thought I’d post a few of my favorite blogs this Friday on health, and food.

This blog spotlights the many uses of Eucalyptus Essential Oil.

Young Living carries five types of Eucalyptus Oil.

http://youngliving.com/en_US/searchresults.html?q=eucalyptus

Check out the Healthy Haven and read up on how this essential oil may assist you in your healthy living.

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Centuries ago, the eucalyptus tree was thought to cleanse the environment, so the frail and sickly would choose to live in areas where these fragrant trees grew, hoping for recovery from their ailments. While just living under the trees might not be the cure people hoped for, the tree does indeed offer healing. The Australian Aborigines applied crushed eucalyptus leaves to wounds to promote healing. They also used eucalyptus leaves to fight infection and relieve muscular pain. In India, eucalyptus is used to cool fever and fight contagious diseases. Even Western surgeons recognized the benefits of eucalyptus, and have used a eucalyptus solution to wash out operation cavities. Today, eucalyptus is used in many different types of pharmaceutical products, from vapor rubs to cold remedies. Even veterinarians and dentists use eucalyptus in their practices. Its sweet, menthol, woody scent coupled with its proven healing abilities makes it a favorite essential oil in aromatherapy.

Therapeutic uses:

Antibacterial, asthma, arthritis, chicken pox, coughs, decongestant, fever, insect repellent, measles, migraine, muscle pain, rheumatism, shingles, sinusitis, sprains and throat infections.

via Suggested Uses for Eucalyptus Essential Oil « The Healthy Haven.

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You will then create a user name and password, account, etc and then you can begin ordering Young Living Essential Oils.

If you have further questions or want more information please feel free to email me at:

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In our home my partner and I have personally felt and benefited from the use of essential oils. In their purest form to mixing in food, bath salts, in the diffuser and directly applied Young Living has created a beautiful and balanced product that has measurably improved our lives.

Be well,

Scott K Smith

It seems that Bed Bugs are a hot topic lately because of their recent virility and population boom in beds, homes, hotels and retails stores across the states.

The LA Times writes:

The Bedbug cam — an idea whose time has come.

July 26, 2010

Bedbugs are more common than they used to be: Read this L.A. Times article about bedbugs from 2007, for example. That article quotes a fellow from the National Pest Management Assn., the same organization that just saw fit to alert the press today.

Another season, another press release from a pest-control association warning us that bedbugs are baaack in the United States! (We can’t think what they have to stand to gain by reminding us of this.)

Full article here.

Now I don’t want to promote a fear band wagon mentality. There is no reason to go ape-crazy on your house and family for no reason. Sprays and chemicals are expensive and time-consuming, disrupting our whole home life in the process. It’s good to get into center and think about topics like this from a balanced, practical, and calm perspective.

Don’t get swept up!

Young Living has given us some alternative prevention techniques using their pure essential oils. Some of these tips and recipes are great for travel and home. So if you are on an extended stay at a hotel, or you want to proof your home from invasion here are some natural tips to do just that.

Bed Bugs Be Gone

Bed bugs are escalating because of global travel; the increase of homeless and underground communities; the popularity of “Flea” markets and 2nd-hand store merchandise. The escalation of bed bugs is alarming and people should be aware of the problem, how difficult it is to be rid of them, yet not be too discouraged, because there are natural, safe, chemical free ways to have those bed bugs be gone.

Essential oil lovers prefer the Eco-friendly approach, and research shows that tree oils work best against parasites and menacing insects. Gary Young touts the praises of Palo Santo oil as the first choice for insect repellent. Palo Santo comes from an Ecuadoran tree which develops a resin to protect against infestation and it is from that resin that Young Living distills the Palo Santo oil.

Eucalyptus has been used historically for bed bugs, and Eucalyptus Blue is the first anti-viral Eucalyptus Oil . Native American Indians relied on pine needles and Cedarwood chips in their mattresses to ward off ticks and fleas.

Young Living essential oils are the essential oils that are being recommended for the following suggestions, as these essential oils are high quality therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Bed Bug Spray

  • 10 drops of Palo Santo
  • 6 drops of Eucalyptus Blue
  • 5 drops of Cedarwood

Combine with 4 oz. Distilled Water in a dark glass Spritzer bottle.

via Bed Bugs Be Gone.

There are a few more things you can do listed at the Young Living Circle blog for you to try as well.

Spray on Bed Between Linen Changes: Thieves Spray

Palo Santo Oil: Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) comes from the same botanical family (Burseraceae) as frankincense, although it is found in South America rather than the Middle East. Like frankincense, PaloSanto is known as a spiritual oil, traditionally used by the Incas to purify and cleanse the spirit from negative energies. Even its Spanish name reflects how highly this oil is regarded: Palo Santo means “holy wood” or “sacred wood.” The resin forms only after the tree is down for 5 years, and this resin from which the oil is extracted, protects the tree from various parasites.*

Eucalyptus Blue Oil: Eucalyptus Blue has a fresh, invigorating aroma that supports normal breathing andsoothes tense muscles. This essential oil is grown and harvested in Ecuador. This is the first form of Eucalyptus that is also anti-viral. This essential oil contains high levels of the powerful constituentseucalyptol and alpha-pinene, and follows in the same tradition as a repellent to insects.*

Cedarwood Oil: Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) has a warm, balsamic, woody aroma. It is relaxing andsoothing when used for massage, and has long been used as a beneficial ingredient in cosmetic preparations for oily skin.*

Purification® Oil Blend: Purification® is a powerful blend of Therapeutic Grade A Melaleuca (Tea Tree oil); Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Lavandin and Myrtle essential oils. Purification® can be used directly on the skin to cleanse and soothe insect bites, cuts, and scrapes. When diffused, it helps to purify and cleanse the air from environmental impurities including cigarette smoke and other disagreeable odors.*

Thieves Household Cleaner: Experience the wonder of Thieves® Household Cleaner, as tough stains andproblem areas in your home become simple and easy to clean without using harsh or abrasive chemicals. Thieves Essential Oil is legendary as was proven at Weber State University to exhibit a kill rate of 99.96% against all airborne bacteria including MRSA, Staph, Strep, e-Coli and Toxic Black Mold. While bacteria can be dangerous, some industrial cleaners on the market pose an even larger threat to your health. Thieves Household Cleaner is a safe all-purpose “green” concentrate that can be used in every room in your home, without the harsh chemicals. Dilution ratios are listed on the label for your convenience.

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…Favorite blogs.

I’m a little low energy this weekend and I got nothing accomplished. On Friday night I went to a birthday and took a tumble in The Mezz bar (Downtown Los Angeles) over a dark little step that wasn’t roped off or lit well. Long story short, I walked through the front door and while marveling at the old-style architecture, cornices, and other details, I failed to see the step/stage in the middle of the floor. Brandon pointed out that while he was looking at me the lights were right in my face and it made it almost impossible to see the step. Which I hit with my foot causing me to loudly and painfully fall right on my upper chest, hands, and arm.

I’m still in a good deal of pain but the second day isn’t as bad as the first. This week will be interesting as I attempt to do my normal routine. At this point getting out of bed is an interesting maneuver in avoiding pain while wiggling down to the edge to lean off the mattress and onto my feet. Bear with me, please. Send some healing (for my greater health and healing) if you would like. An harm none.

Any-who-who, I need to do a little shout out to some of the blogs I read, often. These are the blogs that give me some food for thought (listed alphabetically). On days like today they are essential reading. Homebound and sitting around a lot can get monotonous. It’s not like this world cup game is any entertaining.

Without further adieu…

Blogs.

101 Cookbooks

Heidi Swanson (aptly  named don’t ya think?) creates some of the most yummy looking and tasty dishes. Often simple, with natural whole grains, vegetables and good foods.

http://www.101cookbooks.com/

Chatishin “Life/Art/Life”

Chati Coronel brings art to us as a provocative spiritual practice. It’s breathy, inspiring, and transformative. Once our neighbor, Chati, her husband and Edber, and beautiful little daughter Mecha have moved but you can follow along and explore her latest journey through her blog.

I find her poetic process of creation most interesting.

http://chatishine.blogspot.com/

East Village Boys

Great photography, writing, and often some awesome beats to go along with the flavor of the week, East Village Boys has been the spotlight of all sorts of amazing creative folk. Sexy, funny, dirty, real, entertaining.

http://www.eastvillageboys.com/

Food Renegade

This is another new site for me, introduced by Carla Golden. The Food Renegade is not just about food on the “eating level” but what is IN your food, why it could be controversial and / or unhealthy and how to shift our perspective. From the site:

Everyone has an idea of what “healthy” food is. Vegans, vegetarians, Paleo dieters, Atkins-for-lifers. You. Me. For most of us, this food worldview takes shape unconsciously as we go about our lives absorbing the not-so subtle messages of food marketers.

Most of us grew up thinking fat was evil. Food manufacturers paraded a host of low-fat options in front of consumers. Margarine was supposed to be “healthier” than butter; skim milk was supposed to be better than whole milk. People picked up low-fat versions of their favorite junk foods and felt wise and healthy.  Saturated fats were the devil incarnate. Avoid red meat! Chicken is king! Cholesterol is bad; avoid eggs. But as a nation, we still grew more obese and sickly.

When the Atkins diet became the rage, breadmakers went out of business all across the country. Low-carb became our new mantra. Even if we didn’t jump on board the Atkins bandwagon, we still probably hold some residual low-carb prejudices.

The average person’s food worldview is a wild and often contradictory mix of popular nutritional mumbo-jumbo.We walk through the supermarket and are inundated with marketing messages left and right — all of which make some sort of health claims. We pick up on these hints, add them to our conflicted understanding of what is and is not good for us, and wait for the next nutritional expert to tell us how to eat.

But what we eat shouldn’t be determined by diet dictocrats. It should be determined by history, culture, and traditional cuisines.

We have lived for thousands of years on this planet. Every native community has a highly developed food culture — what food to eat when, how it should be prepared and eaten, what it should be eaten with, and what foods are taboo and should be avoided.

http://www.foodrenegade.com/

for the love of yum

Another great food blog. Although it isn’t always “vegi” I think that the food prepared and presented has been simply delicious. We’ve dipped into FtLoY a few times for parties, dinners and snacks. This blog, like many food blogs that I consider great, draws me in through the food, photography, and the personal stories that come around them.

http://fortheloveofyum.wordpress.com/

Herbivoracious

I think it was iHerb who turned me onto to Herbivoracious. I’ve only just started to receive the blog and recipe’s in my rss reader. So far, so good! From the blog, “Herbivoracious is all about reinvigorating vegetarian cuisine with modern techniques and bold, authentic flavors.”

http://fortheloveofyum.wordpress.com/

Runeworker

Christopher is a great and informative teacher of the Runes. His daily draws and explanation combine ancient verse and meaning for meditation on the Runes.

I have to say that his class over at Points of Light, in Long Beach, is AMAZING. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m glad I signed up.

http://blottytinesrunemagic.blogspot.com/

Strategic Sorcery

Hours of entertainment. This guy is a brain. His “ask me anything” blog has had me going ‘huh?’ a few times and caused several nose dives into books, research, and internet scavenging to learn more.

http://strategicsorcery.blogspot.com/

The Healthy Haven

The Healthy Haven is the iHerb.com blog. An informative read about foods, supplements, herbs, oils and uses. I picked up the Quinoa recipe through the Healthy Haven!

http://thehealthyhaven.wordpress.com/

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Here’s hoping you enjoy the reads and are having a good Sunday!

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Interesting little tid-bit that popped up in my google searches the other day that I thought you might like. Well at least our aromatically inclined holistic types. 🙂

Scott

((ARTICLE EXCERPT))

Aromatherapy to ease labour pains

Friday 21st May 2010

Women in labour are being offered relaxation and massage with essential oils as a natural pain-relief technique by midwives trained in aromatherapy at North Bristol NHS Trust.

The techniques help ease labour pains, sickness, muscle aches and anxiety, and are being offered by a group of 24 midwives at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital’s birth suite, as well as to those who choose home births.

Midwives have been taught how to mix oils and use their properties to relieve symptoms. Bergamot, clary sage, jasmine, lavender, peppermint, frankincense and grapefruit are the seven basic oils the midwives use, which are then mixed to a base oil.

Up to three oils can be included in a mixture as appropriate to relieve the symptoms and can be applied through a drop on the hand, a compress to the skin, in a foot bath or by infusion through inhalation.

Read the full article via Nursing in Practice – Aromatherapy to ease labour pains.

…on things to come…

Talking with Nancy Stenn about an upcoming project. Meditation on Dainichi Nyorai, the concept of No-Time-No-Space. Details to come, stay tuned.

Scott

DAINICHI – Various English Translations

  • Cosmic Buddha, Buddha of Cosmic Life
  • Great Illuminating One, Great Universally Illuminating One
  • All-Encompassing Buddha, All-Encompassing Lord of the Cosmos
  • Life Force That Illuminates the Universe
  • Spreader of Light in All Directions
  • Great Solar Buddha of Light and Truth
  • Great Sun Buddha, Resplendent One
  • Radiant Preacher, Luminous One
  • Identified with Birushana Buddha (Skt. Vairocana). Indeed, Dainichi is the translation of Vairocana, while Birushana 昆盧遮那 is the transliteration of Vairocana. The direct translation of DAINICHI BUDDHA is “Great Sun Buddha.” The Sanskrit term Vairocana means “luminous one” or “embodiment of light” or “belonging to or coming from the sun.” Vairocana represents the essential spiritual body of Buddha-truth (akin to light pervading everywhere).
  • Especially important to Japan’s Shingon Sect of Esoteric Buddhism
  • Central deity among the Five Tathagata (Jp. = Godai Nyorai); these five appear frequently in Japanese mandalas, with Dainichi positioned in the center, surrounded by the other four, with each representing one of the cardinal directions.
  • Dainichi’s messengers are the Myo-o; also see Fudo page
  • Guardian of People Born in the Zodiac Year of the Sheep and the Monkey.
  • Who is Your Patron Deity? Click Here to Find Out.

via Dainichi Nyorai, The Cosmic Buddha, Japanese Buddhism Photo Gallery.

Naturally we play a lot with the Young Living Essential Oils. Finding ways to stretch their use, and experimenting with the effects. I love Thieves not only for its smell but for its naturally antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties. At home and at the office I have little bottles that I use to spray phones, handles, and other high traffic surfaces.

I think I found a new and wonderful combination. For the last two weeks I’ve been using a mixture: Believe, Joy, and Peace & Calming. Use a small spray bottle, we have an 8 oz spray bottle and add 4 drops of Joy, 4 drops of Believe, and 4 drops of Peace & Calming. Slowly pour in some medium hot water, being careful not to overfill and lose the oils, cap, shake vigorously, and spray.

It smells fantastic.

What I’ve noticed, aside from the welcoming smell that the blend creates, is that our vibe lifts. These three oils in combination create a stabilizing, uplifting and “exciting” reaction. Over the last few weeks I’ve seen and felt the effects of this combination, at home and at work. As I’ve noted before Peace & Calming has the desired effect.

“Peace & Calming® is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest.”

Joy and Believe, one of my new favorite blends, together create an essential optimism. The two together are “Light” in a tangible way.

I’m so excited for the blend I’m thinking of launching a little charged batch of the bunch! (Stay tuned).

About the Essential oils

Peace & Calming
Tangerine (Citrus nobilis), orange (Citrus aurantium), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) and blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum).

Peace & Calming® is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day.

Joy

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), lemon (Citrus limon), mandarin (Citrus reticulata), jasmine (Jasminum officinale), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), and rose (Rosa damascena).

Joy™ is a luxuriously exotic blend with uplifting overtones that creates magnetic energy and brings joy to the heart. When worn as cologne or perfume, Joy exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.

Believe

Idaho Balsam Fir (Abies grandis), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) and frankincense (Boswellia carteri).

Believe™ is an uplifting blend of essential oils that has a steadying, balancing effect on emotions, helping you to overcome feelings of despair and move beyond them to a higher level of awareness. It helps release the unlimited potential everyone possesses, making it possible to experience health, happiness, and vitality more fully. Believe can also provide feelings of strength and faith.

And I’m thinking, after a Lunar-Charge on the Altar, this might be a lovely thing to produce… Limited batches, but good none-the-less.

If you are interested in more information about Essential Oils or ordering from Young Living, see my Aromatherapy page.

See ya soon!


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