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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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Hi there.

Sorry for the late post but it is getting closer to Thanks Giving and there is a lot that we’re working on here at the house. That said I do have an update on the next show, “The Happy Ones” will be part of a collaborative show with Phil and Jenny, in February most likely at the El Dorado Lofts lobby.

I don’t know if you have seen the inside of the El Dorado Lofts (currently under construction) but it’s a historic jewel in Downtown Los Angeles. It touted to be the largest deposit of Batchelder tile in the world, and it is studded with these little pieces throughout the lobby.

The happy ones continue to come along. I present to you today’s piece, remaining untitled.

The photo is a little dark but following the same formula I’m more excited about what can be created and brought out. Color. Shape. Frost. Light. Oh and the essential oils I am using for this group are the following:

  • Thieves: for it’s antifungal properties. We don’t want the paper mache to sour. Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.*
  • Joy: 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.
  • Three Wise Men: 3 Wise Men™ promotes feelings of reverence and spiritual awareness with a blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils formulated to open the subconscious. This blend, considered a gift by many, enhances emotional equilibrium as it soothes and uplifts the heart.
  • Peace & Calming: 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.

“The Happy Ones” was inspired by the incredible response I received about the painting Frosti (“A Hidden Place, sold) pictured below.

I’ll update you on Phil and Jenny’s work as it progresses, in short we’re looking at photography and sculpture. There is still a lot of planning to do but that’s to be expected.

If you are interested in keeping in contact for the upcoming show you can join add me on facebook, or stay tuned at the blog.

I will probably be skipping my next two posts because of the holiday but I will be sure to update you with all of the fun recipe’s that we are preparing for the day of Thanks.

Be well,

Scott K Smith

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*This statement (see Thieves) has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Excerpt: Article: Essential oils may prove beneficial in flu fight

As another line of defense, also consider diffusing pure essential oils in your home. Essential oils are made of volatile oils through the process of distillation and many have natural anti-bacterial/viral properties. Essential oils are absorbed by the mucous membranes of the nose and sinuses, going directly into the bloodstream, making direct contact with the bacteria that reside on the mucous linings of these passages. Pure essential oils are therapeutic. They should not to be confused with unnatural synthetic fragrance oils, which do not have the preventative and healing qualities of aromatic oils derived from plants.”

News-Record & Sentinel: Essential oils may prove beneficial in flu fight (20091117).

Then later the writer mentions some helpful oils such as Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Thyme and Tea Tree.

I recommend Thieves.

When you considering preventative solutions to colds and flus, Thieves or Thieves products such as lozenges, hand care and house cleaning products, I consider to be effective choices.

We brush out teeth every day with a drop of Thieves oil and I add about 6 drops to a spray bottle, along with Cedar, Lemon, Citrus and Lavender. We use the spray bottle on clothing while ironing and mist the bed, pillows, blankets, carpets, tub and sink basins, and ourselves daily.


Clove† (Syzygium aromaticum), lemon† (Citrus limon), cinnamon† (Cinnamomum verum), Eucalyptus radiata† and rosemary† (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol).

Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oil.

Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.*

Thieves® oil blend is an integral ingredient in Thieves® Household Cleaner, Thieves® Spray, Thieves® Wipes, Thieves® Lozenges, Thieves® Dentarome Plus™ and Thieves® Dentarome Ultra™ toothpastes, and Thieves® Fresh Essence Plus™ Mouthwash.

Item No: 3423
Preferred Customer Price: $36.76
Customer Price: $41.78

(Thieves Information Booklet. Click English: lit-thieves_booklet or Spanish: es-lit-thieves_booklet )

You can order Thieves at Young living.
My member number is 896306. Feel free to email me any questions you may have about Thieves, Essential Oils or EO Products.

Sign up for Young Living today: Here.

Scott K Smith

New products are out from Young Living!

If you weren’t able to make it to convention this year like me, I’ve been told that we missed incredible workshops, great networking opportunities, and the following new products. 

No worries, we can still learn about the latest products, click on any of the images or links below. 

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Essential Oil Softgels
Stress Away™ 
Essential Oil Roll-On
Essential Oil Roll-On
Ocotea Essential Oil
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Home Diffuser Economy Size
Thieves® Foaming Hand Soap

Stress Away Essential Oil Roll-On

YL_StressAway_WebsmIntroducing Stress Away™ Essential Oil Roll-On—the perfect on-the-go solution for everyday stress relief!

The new Stress Away™ Roll-On is the first product to feature the relaxing combination of Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG) lime essential oil and vanilla absolute! With an invigorating scent, Stress Away’s unique aroma includes lavender and copaiba essential oils to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium, while key naturally-occurring constituents cedrol and eugenol reduce nervous tension*. A splash of Ocotea essential oil—Young Living’s newest oil from Ecuador—adds an exotic touch.

Did You Know?

  • The take-anywhere portability of the Stress Away Roll-On allows you to manage stress even when on the go*.
  • The vanilla in Stress Away doesn’t contain water, like most absolutes on the market.
  • Regular lime oil, like most citrus oils, contains coumarins that are potentially photosensitizing and damaging to the skin. YLTG lime essential oil is coumarin-free to minimize skin sensitivity, especially when in the sun!

Pick up Stress Away for a natural solution to everyday stress!

For more information, see the Stress Away product Information page.

RutaVaLa™ Essential Oil Roll-On

YL_RutaVaLa_Websm*I LOVE THIS STUFF! ~Scott*
Now all the benefits of RutaVaLa™ essential oil blend are available in a portable roll-on! 

Young Living’s proprietary blend of Ruta graveolens (rue), lavender, and valerian essential oils can help you relax and get a good night’s sleep wherever you are! RutaVaLa™ Essential Oil Roll-On is unique to Young Living, and can be used for its ability to soothe the body and mind. Lavender and valerian essential oils are both renowned for their sedative properties, but the less well-known rue essential oil combines with lavender and valerian to create a specialized formulation ideal for countering stressed nerves and revitalizing passion*. The RutaVaLa Roll-On also contains coconut oil to allow for enhanced topical application.

Did You Know?

  • RutaVaLa is an integral part of Gary Young’s auricular therapy technique.
  • RutaVaLa can reduce inhibitions and minimize stressful situations*.
  • RutaVaLa acts as a relaxant and has been known to induce quality sleep*.

Pick up a RutaVaLa Essential Oil Roll-On today and enjoy the benefits of this unique blend any time!

Learn more on the RutaVaLa Essential Oil Roll-On product page.

Ocotea Essential Oil

YL_Ocotea_WebsmOcotea Essential Oil—Young Living’s newest oil from Ecuador—has a warm, spicy aroma, plus the highest known levels of alpha-humulene.

Wild-crafted and distilled at Finca Botanica Aromatica—the Young Living farm in Ecuador—ocotea is harvested from a tree found in the Amazon Basin. Ocotea is used for its antiseptic and antidiarrheal properties*. 

Traditionally, natives used ocotea’s sweet, cinnamon-based scent to aromatize sweets and cakes, but ocotea’s therapeutic properties differ from traditional cinnamon. Containing one of the highest levels of alpha-humalene of all essential oils, ocotea can be used to balance the body’s internal response to irritation when applied topically or taken internally as a dietary supplement*.

How To Use

  1. Topical application: Dilute 1–4 drops with V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex or olive oil. Test on a small, inconspicuous area of skin to observe sensitivity; apply to desired area as needed.
  2. Dietary supplement: Dilute 1–4 drops with V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex or olive oil. Place in a capsule and take one daily or as directed by a health professional.

For more information, see the ocotea essential oil product page.

Home Diffuser

YL_HomeDiffuser_WebsmYoung Living’s Home Diffuser  is an amazing essential oil atomizer that’s perfect for diffusing all of your favorite essential oils! And Young Living’s diffuser line-up is even better with the introduction of the new Home Diffuser! Combining cutting-edge diffuser technology, the Home Diffuser features the latest in ultrasonic innovations. By breaking up a mixture of water and essential oil into a microfine mist, the Home Diffuser disperses millions of microparticles into the air, activating an essential oil’s powerful constituents. You can diffuse any of your favoriteYoung Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG) essential oils, just use 10–15 drops to fill your home or office with aromatic benefits!

Tips for Diffusing

  • Change your mood: Diffuse an invigorating essential oil in the morning before heading to the gym or enjoy the aroma of a soothing oil before bed.
  • Go natural: Remove chemical fragrances and fresheners from your home and replace them with naturally-deodorizing essential oils.
  • Protect your health: Certain essential oils, like Thieves® and Purification® essential oil blends can help purify the air by removing harmful toxins.

Safe, attractive, and easy-to-use, the Home Diffuser is the perfect addition to any room in your home!

For more information, see the Home Diffuser product page.

Thieves Foaming Hand Soap

YL_ThievesCleaner64oz_WebsmThieves® Foaming Hand Soap is now available in a convenient economy size! 

Thieves® Foaming Hand Soap will cleanse, defend, and condition the skin with the therapeutic-grade essential oil blend Thieves, pure lemon and orange essential oils, aloe, Ginkgo biloba, and vitamin E. Dispensed as a rich foam, Thieves Foaming Hand Soap contains gentle ingredients so it can be used often without drying or stripping the skin. 

And now you can order your favorite Thieves Foaming Hand Soap in a new 32-ounce economy-size bottle! Pick yours up today—with recyclable packaging, the new economy-size Thieves hand soap cuts down on packaging waste and production emissions, and gives you more of what you love! 

For more information, see the Thieves Foaming Hand Soap product page.

If you would like to sign up to begin ordering YL Products Sign up at Young Living here:

When you begin be sure to enter my Young Living Distributor Number: 896306

Be well,

Scott K Smith

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