Alternatives to Valor

by Lynn Kwitt on June 18, 2015

Since Valor is in short supply due to Rosewood and Blue Tansy being hard to get, Young Living has recommended four other alternative blends. Today I am going to speak about two of those, Inspiration and Gathering.

In addition, I am going to highlight Sacred Mountain and Sandalwood as oils that will release negative thoughts. These oils can be used in conjunction with Gathering to amplify positive emotions.


This was Gary Young’s first blend. The oils in Inspiration were used by Native Americans to enhance spirituality, prayer, and inner awareness. Like Valor, it contains Rosewood, Spruce, and Frankincense. Inspiration relieves negative thoughts.

This is the only blend that has Mugwort in it. Mugwort increases psychic powers and can produce vivid dreams. Other oils in this blend are Sandalwood, which can remove negative programming from the cells, Cedarwood grounds and centers while stimulating the pineal gland and improving thoughts, and Myrtle, which is energizing, inspiring, elevating and euphoric.

I would recommend using this particular oil in place of Valor when doing a Raindrop technique session as it will allow the client to look within.

Apply on the left and right of the forehead, shoulders, spine or back of neck.


Another blend that Young Living recommends as an alternative to Valor is Gathering. Gathering brings thoughts, feelings and physical energy into alignment for greater clarity and focus. It prevents scattering of thoughts and helps one to become grounded, connected, and clear.

It supports and protects the body from outside attacks, especially when there has been a lack of sleep.

Gathering acts as an AMPLIFIER, so use caution because whatever you are thinking, be it positive or negative, it will increase the effect.

Like Valor, Gathering contains Frankincense and Spruce. This oil contains Galbanum, which is a low frequency oil that has been used to release anger, but when combined with Frankincense, Sandalwood or other oils, the frequency raises. Besides Frankincense and Spruce, this blend contains Galbanum, Sandalwood, Rose, Lavender, Cinnamon Bark, Ylang Ylang and Geranium.

In the 2004 Edition of Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils, Carolyn L. Mein suggests if you are overly analytical, swipe Gathering across your forehead, starting from the left temple, using two to three fingers on the right hand and breathe deeply. It will switch you from the left to right brain.

If you have trouble focusing or difficulty accepting yourself, reverse the motion using two to three fingers on your left hand and swipe across your forehead starting from your right temple and breathe deeply. It will help release your emotions and feelings.

Sacred Mountain and Sandalwood

Before using Gathering, apply Sacred Mountain on the crown to bring a person with a negative attitude to a clear space. Sacred Mountain contains all wood oils to empower and provide safety and protection, and find security within oneself.

Sandalwood is another oil that could be layered prior to using Gathering as it removes negative programming from the cells. Sandalwood stimulates the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, thereby helping one to relax and sleep. It calms, harmonizes and balances the emotions. Sandalwood has also been used to treat cancer.

Sources: Essential Oils Desk Reference, The Reference Guide for Essential Oils, and Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils.


What essential oil can I use instead of Valor?

by Lynn Kwitt on June 3, 2015

Young Living recommends several alternative blends including Magnify Your Purpose, Envision, Gathering and Inspiration.fIn my next newsletter I will go into the single oils in each of these blends and try to analyze why and how best to use each blend. My own personal single oil alternative is Ylang Ylang as it balances male/female energies. Valor is to balance energetically so it only makes sense to use another balancing oil.

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What is Raindrop Technique?

by Lynn Kwitt on April 9, 2015

Lynn Kwitt offers Raindrop TechniqueThe purpose of Raindrop Technique is to stimulate every organ, muscle and bone of the body at a cellular level-through the oils- supporting the immune system, bringing the body into structural/electrical balance and enabling the release of toxins or disease wherever they may be lodged- including those illnesses lodged in the mind and emotions.

Raindrop Technique is a non-secular art and science.

Essential oils are dropped (thus the name raindrop) from 6″ above the spine and gently feathered onto the spine stimulating the nervous system. The oils used are anti-viral, anti-microbial and immune stimulating in nature. The various oils relax both voluntary and involuntary muscles in the body while others support skeletal structure, ligaments, joints and nerves. There are a number of lymphatic stimulating techniques used to move toxic accumulation from the body. A hot, wet compress is used at the end to create a “chemical heat” to drive the oils deeper into the system for continued healing.

Measurements are taken before and after as the spine may elongate. Originally this method was used for scoliosis as it helps straighten the spine.

Lynn is the only CARE Certified Raindrop Technique Specialist in the North Bay Area of San Francisco. Contact Lynn to schedule your Raindrop session.




Myrrh’s Many Uses

by Lynn Kwitt on November 14, 2014

. . .Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold, frankincense and Myrrh. Matthew 2:11b

This month’s oil lover’s meeting highlighted Christmas Spirit, Frankincense and Myrrh. Since we have already spoken about Frankincense, we will talk about Myrrh now and Christmas Spirit next month.

Also known as The Oil of Gilead, Myrrh is reddish-

. . .Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold, frankincense and Myrrh. Matthew 2:11b

This month’s oil lover’s meeting highlighted Christmas Spirit, Frankincense and Myrrh. Since we have already spoken about Frankincense, we will talk about Myrrh now and Christmas Spirit next month.

Also known as The Oil of Gilead, Myrrh is reddish-brown and resinous from the dried sap of Commiphora Myrrha, a tree native to Somalia.

High quality Myrrh, which can be seen in Young Living’s “Essence of the Season” kit, is identified by the darkness, clarity and stickiness of the broken fragments. Anyone who has used Young Living’s Myrrh oil, at one time or another has probably had trouble opening the bottle attesting to its quality.

Unlike most other resins Myrrh expands and “blooms” when burned, instead of melting or liquefying.

The name Myrrh is derived from the Arabic “Murr,” meaning bitter, as the scent is pleasant, though sharp and somewhat bitter. In Chinese medicine Myrrh is warm and dry in energy.

Historically, Myrrh is mentioned 156 times in the Bible, although the name was frequently used as a general term to identify any gum or resin of the day produced from desert trees and shrubs. It was, and continues to be used as a fixative, increasing the longevity of the aroma of whatever fragrance it is combined with without dominating or overpowering that fragrance….from Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart.

Myrrh was used at both Jesus’ birth and his death, as it was commonly used as an embalming ointment. Nicodemus wound Jesus’ body in linen cloths and a mixture of aloes and Myrrh in keeping with Jewish custom. Burned as incense by the Ancient Hebrews to honor the dead, Myrrh was also added to wine to prepare for religious ceremonies by raising consciousness….from Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay.

Myrrh was a widely used toiletry in ancient times as it still is today. In fact Hebrews chewed the resin as a gum to prevent infection to mouth, teeth and gums. Myrrh is best used topically on location. It can be taken internally, and is a common ingredient in many items such as perfume, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotions and other modern toiletries.

Physical Properties: Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and a tonic. It can be used to heal scar tissue and stretch marks. For a newborn baby, Myrrh can be applied around the navel to protect against infection from sloughing off of the umbilical cord. The smell can also be soothing to babies when breast-feeding. It protects in the case of cough, sore throat, thrush, ringworm, gum infections, cuts and bruises. It improves digestion, helps in cases of diarrhea and dysentery, hyperthyroidism, thrush, ringworm and varicose veins. When combined with Frankincense, Myrrh is good for moving the blood while Frankincense raises Chi, helping with arthritic conditions.

A Special Note: Myrrh has the highest count of Sesquiterpenes (75%) of all the oils. Research shows Myrrh to be a powerful immune system stimulant and anti-inflammatory medication. Studies show the high sesquiterpine content in Myrrh to be toxic to certain types of cancer. Although not as strong as traditional chemotherapy drugs, it is less likely to be toxic to healthy cells and cause fewer bad side effects because its live, plant-based origin is of similar chemical makeup to humans.

Skin/Cosmetic Use: Good for chapped, cracked, aging skin, eczema and bruises.

Spiritual/Emotional Uses: Used in prayer and meditation, Myrrh is soothing, clarifying and grounding to the intellect. It can be used for over-thinking, worry and mental distraction. Spiritually it inspires inner stillness and peace, with the ability to ease sorrow and grief. It subtly helps to heal the wounds of loss and rejection and embodies the soothing power of solitude.


Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay

Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart

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