Frankincense for the Holidays

by Lynn Kwitt on November 14, 2014

Frankincense, from the French franc meaning pure or free and the Latin incensium, to smoke, is derived from a small tree. The bark is cut, the resin seeps out, crystallizes in the air, and after a week is ready to be crushed into powder and steam distilled.

Not all Frankincense is alike. There are 5 grades from a brownish resin to sacred white. Young Living’s is of the highest quality. Young Living’s Frankincense comes from Somalia and Ethiopia.

Frankincense is mentioned at least 22 times in the Bible.

In ancient times the Frankincense trail extended from Oman to Petra, a 90-day journey, and then on to Jerusalem. It was referred to as manna for its ability to sustain life. In Egypt Frankincense was recommended for everything from “gout to a broken head,” which basically means it was good from head to toe.

Frankincense is considered the most important aromatic ingredient in all of history. Egyptians used it as a fumigant and as incense for ritual purposes. It is one of the 4 main ingredients that make up Jewish ceremonial incense.

Frankincense gum was charred to produce the black powder Kohl, which Cleopatra used as a cosmetic to paint her eyelids.

Frankincense oil may be inhaled, applied topically and taken internally. The resin itself may be burned as incense. Diffused, it is known to eliminate many diseases. Legend has it that burning the incense causes evil spirits (diseases) go away by the next moon.

Dr. Gary Young’s pursuit of the history and healing powers of this miraculous substance directly led to the genesis of Young Living.

Frankincense is recommended for almost everything from arthritis to cancer, cuts and bruises to the common cold, pain and inflammation, relieving nervous tension and nervous exhaustion.

Frankincense stimulates the immune system and is considered a very effective anti-cancer agent.

The chemical constituents, among which are sesquiterpines, are able to work at a subcellular level  by easily crossing the cell membranes and the blood/brain barrier, facilitating oxygen transfer and removal of malevolent substances, organisms and toxins. Frankincense deprograms and erases erroneous information from cellular memory to help normalize cells. Thus the conclusion that has been reported to retard the growth of cancer by as much as 60%.

Spiritual: The oil works directly on the nervous system to revitalize. Frankincense works directly with the pineal gland (crown chakra) to help one connect to spirit. It has the duo action of relaxing and revitalizing at the same time thus it grounds one. Like Sandalwood it can be used easily to calm, center and clarify to transcend in meditation.

Mental: All oils derived from trees have the ability to empower, Frankincense especially so. It is always associated with calming the nerves.

Emotional: Whenever one is feeling mentally or emotionally “stuck” Frankincense will get things moving. It smoothes the flow of stagnant energy (chi) whenever an accumulation of stress has led to irritability, restlessness and insomnia, therefore enabling one to become more congenial. As a mild tonic it has antidepressant properties that can uplift spirits and balance mood swings.

Physical: Frankincense possesses expectorant properties. It is said to deepen the breath and relieve tightness in the chest. It is good for asthma, especially when associated with nervousness, sinusitis and laryngitis.

It has pain relieving properties that ease rheumatic, menstrual and epigastric pain

It balances hormones and cortisol levels.

Frankincense builds the immune system.  It has anti-tumor properties with the ability to actually reduce or eliminate cancerous growths. It has been used on even the most aggressive cancers to stagnate growth.

Other uses include: athletes foot fungus, yeast infections, flu, and sore throats.

It is especially good for aging skin as well as skin conditions such as boils, acne, and pimples.

When in doubt you are safe with Frankincense.

This month Roman Chamomile is 10% off

ROMAN CHAMOMILE – 5ML Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) has a warm, sweet, herbaceous scent that is relaxing and calming for both mind and body. Its gentleness makes it especially valuable for restless children. Soothing to all types of skin, it is used extensively in Europe in skin preparations. Roman chamomile is also beneficial when added to massage oil for relief of muscle discomfort after exercise. Roman chamomile was one of the Saxons’ nine sacred herbs.   (From the Young Living Catalog)

Excerpts from Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay and ”Healing Oils of the Bible” by David Stewart PhD were used for this article.

Many thanks to Frangelica for her editorial contributions. Contact her at


Young Living Lavender Oil

by Lynn Kwitt on November 6, 2014

Young Living Lavender Oil

Lavender is my all time favorite oil. Ever since my father gave me a small bottle of Yardley English Lavender perfume I have fond memories of lavender. My love for oils probably stems from that.

Did you know that Lavender comes from the Latin word lavare, meaning to wash? This is because in ancient Rome lavender was used as a ritual bathing herb. Lavender was recognized for its healing qualities and for washing. It was added to baths to scent the water and was thought to restore the skin. Baths were very important for the Romans who spent several hours at the bath houses daily. Lavender essential oil has long been known to offer emotional benefits that are so sought after in today’s world: Balancing, Calming, Uplifting Taken from the Young Living website lavender farm blog 

According to Gary Young additional emotional benefits include providing strength, overcoming nervousness, decreasing stress and irritability. The A-Pinene and linalool/lynalyl in Lavender have a sedative effect.

Lavendula Augustifolia, therapeutic-grade Lavender, is an equalizer and enhancer, meaning it blends well with other oils to create a pleasant fragrance.

Lavender is the only oil universally approved to be applied without dilution.

The numerous varieties of Lavender can vary in grade enormously. Low-grade lavender (officinalis agustaflora) has at least 221 commercial uses other than cosmetic. Hybrid Lavendin can’t be reproduced and is used in most American lavender oils today. It is cheap and easy to dilute. It only takes 35 lbs. to produce one ounce of oil, compared to the pure Lavender formula below. It is used chiefly in the perfume and cosmetic industry.

It takes about three years for lavender plants to be mature enough for distillation.

1 oz of pure Young Living Lavender oil requires 200-300 lbs. of plant material distilled for an hour-and-a-half at 200 degrees at zero lbs. psi .

Many of you already know the story of French scientist Rene Gattefosse’s discovery of Lavenders ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing when he severely burned his arm in a laboratory accident and unknowingly put his arm in Lavender rather than water producing rapid healing.

During WWII, Jean Valnet, a student of Rene Gattefosse, used Lavender and other essential oils to treat soldiers when they ran out of antibiotics on the battlefield. The antibacterial properties of the oils helped the soldiers heal not only faster but better!

My personal medicinal experiences with Lavender include applying to an amputee with no legs who had fallen out of bed. She had massive bruising on her upper torso and shoulders. I applied Young Living Lavender topically on the bruises. The next day, to my complete amazement, there wasn’t even a hint of bruising! That is when I really became a believer!

My other Lavender story is about a client who had rosacea on her face. I recommended applying Lavender, undiluted, directly on the affected area. It was the only thing that worked. A note of caution, if using lotions or cosmetics, the Young Living Lavender will try to eliminate the chemicals in those products and you may end up with something worse than the original skin condition. Make sure the skin surface is naturally clean before applying directly to the skin.

Uses of Lavender:

To calm and relax–best at nighttime to release workday stresses.

For a full body massage–5 drops of Lavender oil in 4oz of vegetable oil is excellent for well-being and relaxation.

For a quick fix–best place to apply Lavender is the nape of the neck and shoulders.

Here are some relaxation formulas and testimonials from the lavender farms blog

Quick tips for including Lavender essential oil in your daily personal care routine: Keep a bottle in the shower and add a drop or 2 while shampooing your hair. Take deep breaths while massaging the scalp, then rinse. It’s a great way to start your day!

  1. Get your beauty sleep with the help of Lavender linen spray. Add 4-8 drops to 4 oz. of distilled water in a spray bottle. Lightly mist your pillows and bed before going to sleep.
  2. Skin soothing at-home spa treatment–Lavender bath fizzers. In a small bowl mix 2 TBS. baking soda and 2 tsp. citric acid. Add 8-10 drops Young Living lavender essential oil and 1-2 sprays of water into mixture. Stir and repeat sprays of water until mixture sticks together like clay when compacted. Press small amounts into candy molds or into small balls. Allow to sit for 2 minutes, turn molds over and release fizzers onto wax paper. Let dry until hardened all the way through. Drop into warm water and enjoy a soothing soak in the tub!
  3. Pretty pedicure time with our exfoliating Lavender foot scrub. Stir together 1/4 c. Dead Sea salt or epsom salt, 1/4 c. Young Living V-6 Oil or unscented massage oil, and 3-6 drops Young Living lavender essential oil. Mix well, pour into container. Place a small amount in hand and scrub feet that have soaked in warm water. Rinse and apply Lavender lotion. (Painting toenails a pretty pink is optional, but highly recommended!)

From Lynn: Lavender applied neat quickly cleared up infected sores on my scalp that no other prescription cream or product helped at all. Only a few days of Lavender and my scalp was healed and healthy.

I also use Lavender in my fabric storage area to gently scent the fabrics for doll/toy making and bandannas.

From Karla: Many of you may know that the Thieves Spray will take off permanent marker instantly, however, did you know that Lavender oil applied neat does just as good of a job?!!! We were delightfully surprised!

From Brenda: From feet to sheets and everything in between! Reading the comments on Lavender and its infinite abilities bring memories rushing back in!

As a Practitioner who works from home, my clients are greeted by Zoe the dog and O the cat. Those with severe allergic reactions to animals have yet to react in my care – as Lavender is applied to their feet soon after their arrival. Their need of medication is quickly forgotten – what a testimony! Lovely Lavender how we enjoy thee!

Lavender is beneficial to the skin.

It is one of the most effective immediate responses to burns. (It must be high quality Lavender According to Daniel Peneol in his book Natural Home Health Care using essential oils a good synergistic mix would be lavender with Melaleuca alternifolia(Tea tree) for cell renewal. Again, only a high-grade tea tree should be used.

Lavender also minimizes scarring, acne, dandruff, diaper rash, hair loss and stretch marks. It helps with boils, bruises, carbuncles, eczema, psoriasis, rashes and wounds. I personally use it to cleanse cuts and the wounds heal much quicker and without leaving a trace.

Lavender combined with numerous other oils enhances each and every one beyond their own capabilities:

Lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties, combined with mellaleuca is even better for Respiratory ailments such as asthma, whooping cough, influenza, bronchitis, tuberculosis and pneumonia.

Combine Lavender with Ravensara and Mellaleuca for ear infections–gently massaged around the ear to ease the pain.

Other complimentary oils include helicrysum, cypress, peppermint, purification, Melrose, Panaway

Lavender also is recommended to increase visual acuity. Massage gently around the eye.

Lavender blends well and is complimentary to many oils:

For emotional benefits, blend Lavender with orange, blue chamomile, frankincense or ylang ylang

For high blood pressure, marjoram, cypress, rosemary, Aromalife

For fluid retention: tarragon, cypress, tangerine, fennel, Citrus Fresh, Aromalife, Endoflex

Hair loss: Ylang Ylang, clary sage

Flu: Lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, frankincense, oregano, thyme, Melissa

Fever: Peppermint, lemon

Rheumatism: Birch, basil, rosewood, marjoram, cypress, Panaway, Aromasieze

Digestion: Patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, tarragon

Yeast infection/Athelete’s Foot: Mellaleuca, frankincense, rosemary, thyme, geranium, tarragon, Melrose, Purification, Endoflex

Nervousness: Marjoram, geranium, peppermint, Peace and Calming, Valor

Irritability: Marjoram, chamomile, frankincense, rosewood, ylang ylang orange, lemongrass, lemon, juniper

Mood Swings: Blue (German) Chamomile, frankincense, clary sage, bergamot, orange, spruce, birch, Dragontime, Mister, Valor, Peace and Calming

Strength, empowerment: Spruce, fir, cedarwood, sandalwood, cypress, frankincense, Valor, Sacred Mountain, Three Wise Men

As with all oils, Lavender is to be used in minute quantities. Using too much diminishes its effectiveness, not frequency of use.

Quite surprisingly Lavender and Peppermint mix well to uplift and calm at the same time.

And finally here is the wonderful Young Living recipe:

Lavender Farm Restaurant   Lavender Lemonade

7 lemons, peeled and juiced
2 limes, peeled and juiced
14 cups water
1 ½ c. Blue Agave Nectar
1 drop Lavender essential oil
Mix all ingredients together and chill. Add more water or Blue Agave, depending on the size and tartness of the fruit.

As Brooke Walker, the show’s host, mentions, there are more and more products appearing on store shelves. But an important point that consumers need to be aware of is that although the label says “lavender,” most contain very little and are frequently full of harmful chemicals. There is a big difference between perfume-grade and Young Living’s therapeutic-grade Lavender. Perfume-grade is diluted, adulterated and synthetically produced in chemical laboratories. Young Living’s therapeutic-grade Lavender is all natural, the purest, most potent form of Lavender essential oil available. To learn about the care and testing involved in the distillation and production process, please visit this website and click on the tab “Seed to Seal.”

To order Young Living Lavender Oil, visit our website and search for Lavender in the Product Catalog. 


Young Living Peppermint Oil

by Lynn Kwitt on November 6, 2014

Young Living Peppermint Oil

My Peppermint Stick from CanTeach.Ca.

Oh, I took a lick of my peppermint stick,
and I thought it tasted yummy.
It used to be on my Christmas tree,
but I like it better in my tummy.

As I write this, I am reminded just how much peppermint evokes Christmas. It brings back the sights and smells of that time of year.

You can recreate that feeling just by adding a drop of peppermint to your tea.

By the way, 1 drop of Young Living Peppermint Oil is equal to about 30 cups of peppermint tea. That should tell you the power of these oils.

Very little is needed to bring about a powerful change.

No wonder it is incorporated into so many Young Living blends

Now that we have completed cleansing, the body is prepared to digest. Peppermint is a great digestive aid. It can act quickly and agreeably for the stomach, intestines and gall bladder. It relieves difficult digestion, overeating and stomach discomfort. It helps pass food taken in excess or in the wrong combinations.

It works particularly well to calm painful stomach spasms.

It can be used topically, or internally in tea or water.

Peppermint Oil works on multiple body systems, including digestive, muscles, bones, nervous, respiratory and skin.

Peppermint Oil has been used for centuries to relieve colic, gas and heartburn.

One of the best uses is for headaches. Apply in small strokes on the forehead, temples and behind the ears. Also massage the nape of the neck (alternate with Young Living Lavender)

For nausea or motion sickness just inhale.

For a stuffy nose – If you can’t smell the oil put three drops of peppermint oil on two tablespoons of good honey (not too liquid). Mix the aromatic mixture well and put an amount the size of a pea on the tongue. The molecules will go behind the pharynx and into the nasal cavities decongesting and opening up the passages.

For hiccups - put a trace of peppermint on the 5th cervical vertebra. To find it touch the large vertebra at the base of the neck and go up three notches. Put the oil on each side without trying to massage and the hiccups will stop in a short time.

For pain relief – from a sudden injury or blow. Use immediately and the pain will subside quickly. Also can be used around a cut or sore for the pain. It also has anti-trauma action so it should be in your aroma emergency kit.

From “Natural  Home Health Care Using Essential Oils” by Daniel Penoel M.D., Rose- Marie Penoel

Concentration and focus for writing, giving a speech or taking a test (increases accuracy). I recommend 1 drop of Peppermint Oil on the third eye (middle of the forehead) benefiting from the lingering feeling of it there. It is usually so powerful, directly focuses attention. It is also purifying and stimulating to the conscious mind.

After doing a reflexology session with my clients, I use peppermint either straight or in a cream to pep them up and revive them after being so relaxed. I don’t want any accidents on the way home because someone fell asleep at the wheel.

Peppermint Oil is good for the nerves and nervous system. I use Young Living peppermint oil to help regenerate damaged nerves from my childhood stroke. It helps elevate and open the sensory system.

I have to say it has been a good stimulant to my system.

To curb appetite- inhale 5-10 times a day

Cool the body by adding a drop to drinking water or tea.

Further uses: Anti-inflammatory (prostate and nerves), sinus problems, asthma, bronchitis, shock, candida, reduces fever, hot flashes, itchy skin, hives, tuberculosis, arthritis, rheumatism, liver problems, colic, diarrhea, food poisoning, morning sickness, toothaches, flu, fatigue, hysteria, depression  and anger.


 A little goes a long way. Young Living Peppermint Oil is very potent. Keep away from the eyes.

If you get it in your eye use another oil (massage or vegetable) to cleanse and neutralize the sting.

DO NOT use oils rich in menthol for children under 3, some recommend under 6. Use with caution and dilute well for children 6 years and older.

Do not use before bedtime. It is very stimulating, and will pep you up in the morning if you use it on your feet.

Use caution during pregnancy

Use caution if dealing with high blood pressure

Peppermint varieties and qualities vary widely, due to, climate, altitude, growing conditions, etc. The same variety, grown in a cool, mountain climate is preferable to those, grown in hot, poor soil conditions. (Corn or field mint, a varietal of peppermint, is NOT for therapeutic use).

Without knowing the origin of most commercial peppermint oils, it is impossible to tell if they have been extracted from plants that are best for therapeutic purposes.

To order Young Living Peppermint Oil, visit our Product Catalog and search for Peppermint.


YL Joy Essential Oil Relieves Depression

by Lynn Kwitt on March 19, 2014

Since we are just finishing up the winter doldrums depression could have set in. Please take out your Young Living Joy Essential Oil and use it every day (on your feet). It will shift your mood and get you feeling good again. I had a client who was on an antidepressant a few years ago. She was able to get off of it completely just by putting joy on her feet twice a day. This was a gradual shift monitored by her doctor. Lessening medication over time and continuing the joy twice a day proved beneficial enough to release the drug within a couple of months and then applying the Joy regularly until you no longer feel the need for it. Joy is quite powerful. The rose oil in Joy oil (320 MHz) gives it a very strong vibration helping you to raise your vibration above illness in any form.

(This oil can be a little overwhelming, especially if your body is filled with toxins. (If you don’t like an oil, the more you use it, the more your body will become acclimated to it and your vibration will rise).

When I first smelled Joy it was too strong, I didn’t like the smell and it gave me a headache. I was just starting to use the oils. My body was out of balance and filled with toxins. Years later I decided to try it again and now can’t get enough of it.

After the depression has subsided here is the next use for this fragrance.

Joy is a blend of many different oils. As it has a feminine fragrance, it is commonly worn as a perfume. Put on wrists, neck and temples. Joy inspires romance.

Joy contains:

Lemon- Cleansing, revitalizing and invigorating. Citrus oils are very uplifting.

Mandarin- Another Citrus oil, promotes happiness.

Bergamot- Specifically used for depression, it relieves anxiety, stress and tension. It balances the endocrine and hormonal systems of the body.

Ylang Ylang- Meaning “flower of flowers,” this oil is known to balance male and female energies. It has long been considered an aphrodisiac.

Rose- Has the highest frequency of all the oils, may enhance the frequency of every cell, attracts love and brings joy to the heart. Like Ylang Ylang it promotes self love.

Geranium- Helps to release negative emotions; it fosters peace, wellbeing and hope. Physically it revitalizes body tissues, supports circulatory and nervous systems, and detoxes the liver.

Jasmine- Meaning fragrant flower, this oil has been used for romance and attraction for centuries. It creates a feeling of confidence, euphoria and optimism.

Roman Chamomile-Minimizes nervousness and irritability, especially in children.

Rosewood-Relaxing to the mind and body.

Palmarosa- Moisturizes and speeds healing.

Rose, Rosewood, Jasmine, Palmarosa, Geranium and Roman Chamomile are all excellent for the skin. These oils are soothing, regenerating to the tissues and enhance skin elasticity.

More stories:

Years ago I had a roommate who was depressed. During a reflexology session I used Joy on her feet. Although she claimed to not like the smell, later that evening she was dancing in her bedroom. Now that’s a testimonial.

I once ate a bad egg that upset my stomach. The only oil I had in my purse at the time was Joy, which I put directly on my stomach. Within seconds the discomfort was gone. Joy would have been my last choice if there had been others to choose from.

NEVER discount an oil or blend just because of its recommended uses. The properties of these oils are multi-dimensional and may have a surprisingly good and unexpected effect on many things not indicated.

When I do Health Fairs diffusing Joy is my oil of choice. Other oils are too dramatic or recognizable. I want something more subtle that will create a positive mood.

Remember ladies this can be worn as a perfume. Diffuse it in the bedroom to create a romantic mood and dissipate any anger or frustration that may be lingering from the day. Click here to see all Young Living products and essential oils or to order.

{ 1 comment }