Updated: Apr 25
Essential oils can be a huge part of your everyday routine - from health to cleaning to emotions to skincare. They have some really incredible health benefits (and always multiple ones!), make your space smell welcoming and inviting, give you tools for issues you may have, take the place of conventional cleaning options, and save you some money in the process!
These are some of the products my family uses daily. The ones we reach for when we wake up, when we don’t feel well, when we’re emotional, and when we go to bed. I want you to have these tools that have changed the game for our family so you can experience the hope we have felt knowing there’s always something right at your fingertips for every need.
Sleep Well - Lavender, Peace & Calming
Oh the life changing magic of sleep. Our bodies need sleep to function physically, to make decisions, to handle all the day can throw at us! But when sleep is elusive, it can be frustrating. Luckily, there are lots of oils and YL products that can help us, and two of our favorites are Lavender and Peace & Calming!
Lavender has been used for its calming and relaxing properties for centuries! It has been put into pillows and mattresses, wrapped up with clothes, added to handkerchiefs (hello, diffusers) and used in aromatherapy for sleep and relaxation. It can be as simple as a diffuser filled with Lavender or applying Lavender to the chest, neck and feet before bed.
Lavender is like a kind, gentle, loving grandmother. She’s there whenever you need her, strong and steady and welcoming. She calms emotions and racing thoughts, soothes bumps and bruises, even helps restore us when we’re feeling down physically.
Lavender is a must have for every home! In addition to sleep, Lavender is what we grab for soothing bites or scrapes, helping calm the respiratory system (especially when the pollen is flying!), soothing skin that saw a bit too much sun, and more. Peace & Calming is a lovely, slightly sweet blend of Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy that will surely become a favorite for relaxing the body and calming the emotions. This oil blend can signal overtired and overworked body systems that it is a safe space to release stress and defenses - even if that is just a quick sniff and belly breath in the middle of the day!
Because of its lovely aroma, Peace & Calming is a great choice for daily perfume, especially during times of stress or for little ones needing some calm before or during their school days.
Lifestyle Refresh Habits
Use Lavender or Peace & Calming as part of a bedtime routine by rubbing it on the bottoms of your feet and diffusing it next to your bed. Dilution is only required for most delicate skin or if desired.
Help little ones calm down for bedtime with gentle massage. Mix 1 Tbsp carrier oil with 5 drops of Lavender or Peace & Calming and gently massage legs, arms and back.
Add 10 drops of Lavender or Peace & Calming to 1 cup of magnesium flakes or epsom salt to a bath to create a relaxing environment.
Make a pillow spray. Add 10 drops of Lavender or Peace & Calming and a splash of witch hazel to a glass spray bottle and then carefully top with water.
Diffuse Lavender and/or Peace & Calming at bedtime and while you sleep.
Pamper Your Skin - Lavender, Frankincense
Healthy, glowing skin… maybe it’s botox, maybe it’s Lavender + Frankincense!! When we say that Frank is our BFF for skincare there is a good reason for it. Frankincense is an antioxidant powerhouse, making it an incredible health tool and a wonderful skincare choice!
Our skin is our largest organ, and the skin on our faces takes the most hits - sunshine, wind, things floating around in the air, exposure to cosmetics and skincare products, and the natural process of aging. Our skin simply drinks in all the rich natural antioxidants of Frankincense essential oil. Fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and color - Frankincense helps with all these things.
Lavender is another skin-loving oil - both for beauty and for first aid! Lavender is gentle and calming to the skin and can help promote our skins’ natural regeneration and healing. This makes Lavender a key player in our wellness kits! We apply it after being in the sun, if outdoor pests get the best of us, if we grab a hot pan, or anytime our skin needs to be soothed.
Maybe you noticed that Lavender was mentioned in our sleep section too. Like we said above, these oils have multiple health benefits!
Adding these oils to your skincare routine can be as simple as making a daily glow serum - a 2 oz dropper bottle with 20 drops of Lavender and 30 drops of Frankincense with jojoba or argan oil as a carrier. Use it morning and evening!
Lifestyle Refresh Habits
Make a daily glow serum to use morning and evening.
Dilute Frankincense and apply to the forehead or add to your current moisturizer.
Make a DIY lash growth serum with Lavender - to an empty mascara bottle add 5 drops Lavender and castor oil. Use before bed daily.
Make a Skin Soothing spray to use daily or for acute skin needs (someone grabs a hot pan or gets too much sun!) - to a 2oz glass spray bottle add 20 drops each Lavender, Frankincense and fill with fractionated coconut oil. For skin that is too warm, you can add 10 drops of Peppermint as well.
Soothe tender skin with a bath soak! To 1 cup of epsom salt add up to 20 drops total of oil, either alone or in combo.
Breathe Easy - Raven, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint
Raven, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint - these oils are a literal breath of fresh air! Whether you’re struggling with seasonal air quality lowering, are feeling a little stuffy or just want to open and support the airways, these four oils are going to help!
Raven is an amazing essential oil blend that contains camphor - the active ingredient in over the counter chest rubs! (Sadly the OTC rubs contain synthetic camphor. We however have the good stuff - real and natural!). Raven combines Ravintsara (Camphor), Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon, Peppermint, and Wintergreen oils and is crisp and refreshing! This oil is our go-to for when we need to breathe easy.
Say hello to Lavender again! As we said, this oil is calming and soothing - also to the respiratory system! For this use, think of Lavender as calming all the chemical messengers that are on fire and running around your body. They need to be soothed, and Lavender does just that!
Lemon is a great addition to your DIY chest rubs, diffuser blends and rollers when you want to breathe easy. Lemon is a natural mucolytic, so it helps to break up all the stuff that settles in our chests when our defenses go down or the air quality lowers.
When you need the feeling of a crisp, cool breeze, grab your bottle of Peppermint! This minty oil is cooling and cleansing, helps open and soothe the airways, and feels lovely when applied to warm skin. Peppermint makes a great addition to your DIY chest rub if you need an extra boost or some cooling when skin temperature is elevated.
Lifestyle Refresh Habits
Make a simple chest rub with 1 cup solid coconut oil and up to 60 drops of essential oils - Lemon, Lavender and Raven is a great combination.
Add up to 20 drops of oil to 1 cup epsom salt and soak in the tub. This is a great way to support the airways and the body overall when things are heading south!
Keep a Breathe Easy roller on hand - in a 10mL roller bottle add 15 drops each Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint and 20 drops Raven plus carrier oil.
Add a few drops of Raven or Peppermint to the shower floor and let the oils and shower steam open the airways.
Diffuse these oils alone or in combination. Diffuse at night while you sleep. Diffuse during the bath listed above and let the steam and oils work their magic together.
Create a steam pot by heating water, adding a couple drops of oil, then leaning over it with a towel over your head and breathing deeply.
Get Well Soon - Thieves, DiGize, PanAway
These three oils are the trifecta of our health tools - immune support, digestive support and tension/pain support! These three oils are in the starter bundle for good reason. They need to be a key part of your wellness arsenal.
Thieves is the go-to oil for kicking the ick - in our bodies and in our homes. This germ-fighting blend combines Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cinnamon Bark and Clove. Each of these oils has cleansing and purifying properties, making Thieves a powerhouse for immune health. Diffuse it, apply it, ingest Thieves Vitality - get this oil in, on, and around you!
The Thieves blend was formulated based off of research recorded in the archives of the British Museum library about a group of 14th century European perfumers and spice traders who rubbed oils on themselves while they robbed the dead and dying. One sniff (or quick PubMed search!) is all it takes to fall in love with this blend!
DiGize is your digestive support blend. Keep this tool at the top of your toolbox! Full of well-known digestive herbs like Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli, this blend soothes any digestive issue. Whether you’re needing to get things moving, to soothe digestive upset, or for daily digestive health, this is the blend to choose!
When you’re needing a little TLC from tension, aches, muscle or joint needs or just the sheer weight of exhaustion, PanAway is your friend! This cooling and alerting blend of Clove, Helichrysum, Peppermint, and Wintergreen rivals any over the counter muscle rub you can find (and only includes the best nature has to offer, no chemicals needed!).
Lifestyle Refresh Habits
Use a Daily Wellness Roller on everyone in the family morning and evening. In a 10mL roller add up to 50 drops of oil (Thieves, Lemon, Frankincense). You can also use it more frequently for acute needs (every minute for 10 minutes, every 10 minutes for an hour, every hour thereafter).
Add a drop of Thieves Vitality to hot tea.
Make a Wellness Tea with raw honey, a drop each of Lemon and Thieves Vitality and hot water.
Keep a Happy Belly roller on hand for when digestive needs arise or to use before/after each meal 0 in a 10mL roller add 15 drops each DiGize, Lemon, Peppermint and carrier. Apply around the belly button.
Diffuse PanAway on early mornings or when you are feeling emotionally weary.
Add 5-10 drops of PanAway to 1 cup epsom salt for a bath soak.
Dilute and massage PanAway onto tense shoulders, the back of the neck, and over the temples for soreness and stress (make sure to avoid your eyes).
Refresh Your Spaces - Citrus Fresh, Lemon
When it comes to keeping our homes crisp, clean and smelling cozy, these two oils are perfect! Citrus oils in general are bright and uplifting, cleansing and purifying, and calming to the emotions. Use these two oils in DIY cleaning recipes, for simple DIY sprays, in your laundry and dishes, and in the diffuser.
Diffusing is an incredible health habit! Not only will your home, office or car smell amazing, you can support specific needs or body systems at the same time. Use Citrus Fresh or Lemon in the diffuser to make your home smell like you just deep cleaned (even if you didn’t!).
Lemon is bright, fresh, and purifying - like a ray of sunshine! Like other citrus oils, it is also high in limonene, a constituent that loves the immune system, making it a great choice for kicking the ick while cleaning!
Citrus Fresh is a crisp citrus blend of Orange, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Tangerine, Lemon, and Spearmint, and it’s the perfect diffuser and cleaning companion. The citrus oils are cleansing and happy, and the slight hint of mint feels fresh and crisp. We love to add a few drops of this blend to our laundry soap, wool dryer balls, linen sprays and Thieves Household Cleaner!
Lifestyle Refresh Habits
Diffuse these oils alone or in combination with each other, Lavender, Thieves or Raven to refresh your space.
Add up to 30 drops of Lemon or Citrus Fresh to your all purpose Thieves Household Cleaner.
Use these oils on dryer balls and ditch dryer sheets. Simply add a few drops of oil to each dryer ball, throw them in an empty dryer and turn it on for a few minutes before adding your clothes.
Make a simple DIY Cleaning Scrub - 1 cup baking soda, ½ cup coarse salt, 10 drops Lemon essential oil. Use to clean sinks, commodes or any other area you desire. You can also use this same recipe as a carpet and rug refresher! Simply sprinkle onto carpets, let sit for 15 minutes or so and then vacuum.
Make a simple linen spray for crisp, fresh sheets and blankets. In a 2 oz glass spray bottle add 30 drops of Citrus Fresh or Lemon, a splash of witch hazel and fill with filtered water.
Calm The Mind - Valor, Stress Away
Essential oils are a great way to help reset our emotions! They work with the physical body to release stored emotions and also can be used aromatically to shift our mood via the limbic system of the brain. It can be as simple as diffusing oils, applying them throughout the day or even breathing directly from the bottle. Two of our favorites for this are Valor and Stress Away!
When we have an emotion that we consistently push down and don't release, it can be felt and stored somewhere in the body. We can inhale oils and also apply oils to these areas to help!
The next time you feel stressed or anxious or overwhelmed, notice where you feel that in your body. Stop for a minute and check in with your physical body. Sometimes you may feel a knot in your stomach, a clenched jaw or tension in your shoulders.
Grab your bottle of Valor and apply it to the area of your body where you feel tension or discomfort as you breathe in deeply.
We can also proactively center our emotions! Take a few minutes to identify what your emotional ruts are, journaling them out if you choose, and practice inhaling Valor and Stress Away oils while meditating and practicing the opposite emotion. Do this daily to create new habits!
For example, if you feel nervous to go out of the home, grab Valor and inhale it while you picture yourself being brave and comfortable outside your home. If a situation makes you feel anxious or stressed, grab your Stress Away and breathe deeply as you mentally walk through the scenarios.
Our brains are a complex and beautiful system where visualization + essential oils can help make new pathways in the brain and open you up to more freedom in responding to stressful things!
Lifestyle Refresh Habits
Take a few moments each day to sit quietly and breathe in Valor or Stress Away. Imagine a situation that causes you a highly emotional reaction. Visualize yourself as calm, confident in that situation as you breathe deeply.
Diffuse and apply Valor and/or Stress Away frequently throughout the day, especially before situations that cause you stress. You can even diffuse in your car, at work, or use diffuser jewelry to keep the oils on you.
Add these oils to epsom salt for a soak. You can use visualization here too!
Create a habit around repeating a mantra or verse to yourself while you breathe in Valor or Stress Away each day.
Energize Your Day - Peppermint, Ningxia
If you are tired of dragging through the day, if coffee and sugary sodas aren't helping (and just providing extra calories and nasty afternoon crashes), then this is for you! These two favorites can go a LONG way when it comes to energizing our days. If you need a little help on your early morning drive, to not zone out when working on a computer or just a little sensory experience to focus your attention, grab your Peppermint! A little dab of Peppermint on the back of the neck has the most wonderful alerting effect. The scent is crisp and cool, and the gentle tingling helps bring the mind and body back into connection.
You can also diffuse this oil to give you a boost of morning energy or during your afternoon slump. It is great with Lemon or PanAway or Citrus Fresh!
We also cannot talk about energy without mentioning NingXia Red. This supplement is so important for our energy levels that we ran an entire health challenge around energy & NingXia Red!
NingXia Red has some amazing health benefits! It supports energy levels, immune and hormone health, and is the highest known protection against the dangerous superoxide free radicals. It has the antioxidant power of…
4 Pounds Carrots
2 Quarts Carrot Juice
1 Pint Orange Juice
2 Pounds Beets
2 Cups Beet Juice
3 Cups Raspberries
2 Cups Blueberries
In short, NingXia is a daily must!
Lifestyle Refresh Habits
Diffuse Peppermint in the mornings, in your car, and at your desk to get an energetic start to the day!
Apply a drop of Peppermint (dilute if desired!) to the back of the neck for focus and alertness.
Keep a Peppermint roller on hand to apply to the chest, temples, neck and shoulders for alertness, energy and to ease tension that creeps in throughout the day.
Add NingXia Red to your daily routine! Many like to have their NingXia in the afternoon to help get past the slump without caffeine or other stimulants. We also love adding Vitality oils to our daily red!
Diffuse the Situation - Desert Mist, Aria
Diffusing is quite possibly one of the easiest health habits to start! Not only will your home, office or car smell amazing, you can support specific needs or body systems at the same time! Needing some respiratory TLC? Give your space spa vibes and open your airways with Raven, Lemon and Lavender. Feeling a little stressed? Break out the Peace & Calming or Stress Away. Having troubling calming your thoughts before bed? Frankincense and Lavender will transform your room into a zen space.
We’ll talk to you about two of our favorite diffuser options when getting start with your oils!
Say hello to the queen of all diffusers - The Aria. This diffuser is one of Young Living's most popular products because it is beautiful, functional, and elegant! Crafted from American maple and beautiful glass, the Aria is a vibe all its own!
The Aria is a stylish way to bring the benefits of essential oils into your space without sacrificing your aesthetic. The beautiful design combined with the option for music or ambient sound plus the benefits of the essential oils makes the ultimate sensory experience!
Our other favorite diffuser is the Desert Mist. This diffuser is a tried and true companion. It is beautiful, functional and even a great option for creating fun, seasonal decor! (Just take off the top cover and place the base in a galvanized pumpkin, a tin house, even a basket, and run the cord up/out the back!).
The design of the Desert Mist diffuser features a romantic Moroccan trellis pattern and a lovely white and gold color scheme, so it fits any style. It functions as a humidifier, atomizer, and aroma diffuser in one simple-to-use product and has multiple settings so you can customize your experience! This diffuser is a great one for anyone just starting out and is a fan favorite for those who have been using oils for years - you can't go wrong with the Desert Mist!
To diffuse you just need your diffuser, your favorite YL oils, and water! Add water to the fill line on the diffuser. Depending on the diffuser you have, add 8-12 drops (Desert Mist) or 15-20 drops (Aria) of essential oil to the water. Replace the cover, turn it on and you’re all set!
If you join Loyalty Rewards today, when you place your second qualifying order, a free Desert Mist Diffuser will arrive in your box!
Lifestyle Refresh Diffuser Blends (double amounts for the Aria)
Goodnight Moon: 6 drops Lavender, 5 drops Peace & Calming
Zen Space: 4 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Lavender, 4 drops Valor
Breathe Easy: 4 drops Raven, 3 drops Lavender, 3 drops Lemon, 2 drops Peppermint
Full Focus: 4 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Lemon, 2 drops PanAway
Lemon Cookies: 5 drops Stress Away, 4 drops Lemon, 2 drops Peppermint
Be Well: 4 drops Thieves, 3 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Lemon, 2 drops Raven
Fresh Laundry: 4 drops Citrus Fresh, 5 drops Lemon, 3 drops Lavender
Beach Vacation: 5 drops Stress Away, 2 drops Lemon, 4 drops Lavender
Happy Little Surprises - Hand Sanitizer Sachets, Thieves Spray, Roller Fitments
Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer is hands-down (no pun intended!) our favorite on the go sanitizer. While washing our hands is great, it’s not always possible. This hand sanitizer will clean your hands without leaving them dry or stinging. Powered by plants and the Thieves essential oil blend, this is a product we keep on hand at all times!
Thieves Spray is a fast and convenient way to clean and freshen surfaces at home and on the go! Think steering wheels, restaurant tables and menus, airplane trays and arm rests - anything you want to clean before you touch it! It also makes an easy way to clean your hands in a pinch and is the perfect way to clean things like remotes, e-readers and kids toys.
Let’s also talk about the roller fitments. These handy little things will turn an oil bottle into an instant roll-on! We suggest adding one to your bottle of Stress Away and one to Valor or Peace & Calming.
Lifestyle Refresh Habits
Keep your Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer in your purse, car console, lunchboxes, and backpacks for clean hands powered by plants!
Use Thieves Spray to clean your steering wheel, dashboard, gear shift, etc. in your car.
Use Thieves Spray when out and about to clean tables, high chairs or boosters, menus, or any other icky thing you need to touch.
Grab your favorite stress-relieving oil (helloooo Stress Away!) and pop a roller fitment on it. Apply liberally and frequently for instant beach vibes.
Add a roller fitment to a bottle of Lavender to keep in your wellness kit for all the literal bumps in the road!
Grab a discounted bundle with all of these oils!
The Premium Starter Bundle is your introduction to a fresh, new lifestyle free of harsh chemicals and products! This starter bundle is packed with some of our favorite essential oils, your choice of diffuser, roller fitments, hand purifier and more. This bundle includes:
Desert Mist or Aria diffuser
Frankincense essential oil, 5 ml
Lavender essential oil, 5 ml
Lemon Vitality essential oil, 5 ml
Peppermint Vitality essential oil, 5 ml
Citrus Fresh Vitality essential oil blend, 5 ml
DiGize Vitality essential oil blend, 5 ml
Thieves Vitality essential oil blend, 5 ml
PanAway essential oil blend, 5 ml
Peace & Calming essential oil blend, 5 ml
Raven essential oil blend, 5 ml
Stress Away essential oil blend, 5 ml
Valor essential oil blend, 5 ml
2 AromaGlide Roller Fitments
10 Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer Sachets, 0.1 oz. each
2 NingXia Red Singles
This bundle is the perfect way to get started because you can hit so many different areas of your life with this collection - sleep, skincare, emotions, immune, digestive and respiratory health, cleaning, AND MORE. It’s a great jumpstart to creating an environment of health!