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Compliance issues

Hi folks,

You will have noticed the paucity of postings and articles on this site (Last article was May 1st) this year. To cut to the chase, because of grumblings from the FDA in the U.S. vis-a-vis Young Living, there are strict limitations on what we can say about different essential oils. We cannot discuss which oils are beneficial to any given ailment or medical condition. According to Young Living, we are to focus on essential oils supporting good health and wellbeing, rather than sickness.

At present Young Living are in the process of laying out what can be said with respect to each of their products, so that they remain compliant with FDA guidelines. To make things even more complicated (from a blogger and distributor’s perspective), each market (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc) will have somewhat different guidelines. For example, Young Living have a number of oils that are classified as dietary supplements. In Australia YL essential oils are generally classified as fragrances, not dietary supplements. See what I mean?

As we’ve always used Young Living essential oils (and want to continue using them)we intend to honour Young Living’s request of its distributors. Unfortunately it means that until we get some more clarity on what we can tell you about these amazing oils, I’m not going to be posting too much information on essential oils. It’s just too complicated and risky at the moment. This also means we cannot field any kind of questions re: what oils to use for specific conditions.

I will be putting up at the earliest convenience, a list of reading materials you can go to and do your own research.

Hopefully we will be able to resume writing about the essential oils again in the near future.

Till Next time



Essential oils of the Northern Forests

Balsam Firs

Balsam Firs being planted in Young Living’s new Highland Flats tree farm in Idaho

The great coniferous forests of North America and Europe have always stirred my imagination. To the Native American Indians, these forests not only gave them their life’s necessities; the forests were their medicine chests and temples. These are the Cedars, Firs, Junipers, Pines and Spruces. And in this article, we look at a number of essential oils that are made from these trees, many of them sourced from North America, but a number also from Europe.

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlanticus)
Cedarwood was used by the North American Indians to enhance spiritual communication. It’s other properties include: anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, insect repelling and sedative.

Blends with: Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper, myrrh, rosemary

There are many possible uses for this oil but here are a few:

  • Is calming and eases tension. Apply topically to the forehead, brow and back of the neck. Alternatively inhale or diffuse it.
  • Help prevent hair loss (alopecia areata – inflammatory hair loss disease). Apply topically.
  • Can help reduce cellulite. Apply topically.
  • Beneficial against tuberculosis and urinary tract infections. Apply topically
  • Use during meditation or yoga. Diffuse in the room for at least 30 minutes

Safety data: Pregnant women should use with caution.
Be sure to also have a read of previous articles where Cedarwood has been featured:

Read more…


Oil blend: Valor™

ValorA happy 2013 to you all folks.
In this post we begin a regular feature in this blog, where we take a close look at an oil blend. Last year, I wrote a blog for Wellbeing, entitled The magic of essential oil blends. In it I pointed out, that when we mix 2 or more essential oils together to make a blend, you end up with almost an entirely new essential oil; a potent essential oil that is ‘greater than the sum of it’s parts’, if you like.
So kicking off this new feature, I’m going to discuss what is probably one of my favourite oil blends – Valor™

Valor™ for confidence
Developed by Gary Young, Valor™, it contains the oils of Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense and Almond oil as the carrier oil.  It’s based on a recipe found in the Roman ruins of Herculaneum. The Romans would apply this blend on their soldiers and gladiators before battle to instill them with confidence and courage – hence the name Valor. Gary developed this blend for a similar reason. This is the blend to use before that interview, important meeting or stage performance. My father recently used it before giving a eulogy at a funeral and it certainly helped him. I use it each morning before work, as an alternative to after-shaves and eau de colognes, because I love the smell; but I’m certainly aware of the power of this oil. Any time you are about to face a difficult situation that has you feeling afraid or uncomfortable use Valor™.  You can certainly diffuse it or inhale it, but I tend to apply 2-4 drops in my hand and rub it on my shoulders and back of the neck.

Valor™ to balance and align your body
Valor™ is also known as the “chiropractor in a bottle” for good reason. Valor™ helps re-align and balance the skeletal part of the body as well as the electrical energies within the body.[1] Just six drops rubbed into the soles of the feet or along the spine. It has even been known to help with scoliosis, and to change anaerobic mutated cells back into aerobic normal cells. If you are a massage therapist, try rubbing a few drops on the feet of your patient 5-10 minutes before you start your massage. Then rub 5-6 drops along the back. Chiropractors will find that this technique assists them in carrying out a skeletal alignment.

Here is technique you can apply to your partner before you go to sleep at night. It takes about 10-15 minutes, but you will have an amazing night’s sleep:

  • Remove any jewellery or watches (person being balanced and the balancer).
  • Apply three drops on to the sole of your hand and rub your hands together 3 times clockwise (This apparently re-aligns the molecules.
  • Rub the oil over the soles of the feet.
  • Hold the soles of the person’s feet with your palms – right palm to the left sole, left palm to the right sole.
  • You will feel something akin to a pulsing or heat in one foot. When you feel the same sensation/s in the other foot, the person has been balanced.

Valor™ experiences
Here’s what some other people had to say about Valor:

Valor promotes a feeling of confidence
Wanda Stachowski
WY, United States
I am so excited about using Valor! As a small business owner in sales, I often experience anxiety in approaching new contacts or making my follow-up calls. Using Valor has helped immensely! It gives me a feeling of confidence which projects in my demeanor. Using Valor in this way helps me to focus on my client rather than my insecurities. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

A good night time oil
Ann Barrante
CT, United States
We use Valor on my daughter every night. It has helped her sleep more peacefully and she has no more night terrors. We tried lavender well as Peace & Calming and neither seemed to bring her the peace she finds from Valor. She asks for valor every night and now has her own bottle. She applies it to her big toes, her wrists and her temples. Then she inhales and thinks of a happy thought.
We also found Valor decreases my husbands snoring a lot. It has not gotten rid of it but has softened it to a tiny noise. Valor is a good oil to have on hand. Sweet dreams!

Valor aligned my spine
Corry Heinrich
NY, United States
I have had 2 back surgeries in 5 years. My body hadn’t been aligned for a long time before them and certainly wasn’t after them. I started using the oils for the pain in my back and down my leg. I applied them every hour in the beginning. It is my belief that valor was key in aligning my body. I used valor every morning. I put it on the bottom of my feet. The reflex points for your spine are along the inside of your foot. About half way in to the second bottle of valor is when the shift happened (about 3 months). I was walking down the stairs one morning and my body had a shift. I felt my hips drop in to place and I felt every disc in my back line up. A huge weight was lifted that morning and I have felt more centered ever since.

You can send questions to the people above or read other people’s testimonies here

If you have any further questions regarding Valor™, we’ll certainly try and answer them for you. Just drop us an email. If you’d like to order some Valor™, just click here, then click on Join Now and select Retail Customer. You will then be asked to fill in a once off membership form, before putting in your order.

Till next time

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

[1] Gary Young made this observation when he first developed Valor: “Valor has a very low frequency of 47 Hz, which works with the skeletal frequency of the bones. The bones have an electrical frequency of 45 Hz. These frequencies together allow the muscles and tendons to relax and the bones and vertebrae to move and self-correct the skeletal alignment.” Young, D Gary ND. Aromatherapy: the Essential Beginning, Essential Press Publishing, 1996

Happy holidays!!!

We’ve been off air since November, but certainly not idle. Here are some topics we covered in Wellbeing magazine’s blog that may be of interest to you:

The wonders of peppermint oil  We look at some of the amazing uses for Peppermint oil.

The benefits of citrus essential oils The citrus oils – grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange and tangerine – are pretty potent. They contain a compound – Limonene – that is showing much promise against tumors.

Essential oils for the summer Ok, probably of more use to those of you in the southern hemisphere, but for those of you who are, there are some great tips.

We wish you all the very best for the festive season. We will be back in the New Year

Take care



Twenty ways to use Lavender oil

Lavender oil is one essential oil you should definitely have in the first aid kit. I just wrote a post on Wellbeing blog – 20 Ways to use Lavender oil – in which I give you some tips on how to get the most out this wonderful essential oil.

Till next time



Dorado Azul (Guayofolis officionalis) is another essential oil from Ecuador, that works quite well to provide respiratory support.
Gary Young came across the plant, while he was searching for suitable land to grow plants for essential oil production. It was the aroma given off by the plant that drew Gary’s attention and led to him doing research on it. Until Gary’s discovery the plant had been officially regarded as a weed (It’s also known as Goldenweed).  The indigenous population have been using it for hundreds, possibly thousands of years in the following ways  :
  • Facilitate wound healing
  • Assist people with arthritis and asthma
  • A daily beverage
  • Against Cancer
The tree itself grows very quickly. to a height of around 14 feet and yields up to 8 tons of plant per acre.
The essential oil is high in eucalyptol and includes the following medical properties: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial and respiratory stimulant.

Essential Oils of Ecuador – Eucalyptus Blue

Phew!! It’s been a while since our last post. It’s taken longer than expected, but we are back. For those of you who have been enquiring about what we’ve been up, we’ve set up a page on this site giving some details on the charity work we’ve been involved with.

But getting back on to the subject of oils from the Amazon region and Ecuador…In this post we check out Eucalyptus Blue.

Eucalyptus Blue is harvested from trees found deep in the Guayaquil jungle in Ecuador and the leaves are then taken to to the Young Living farm, also in Guayaquil, to be distilled for their oil. Eucalyptus Blue (or Eucalyptol Natriol Azul if you want the scientific name) is high in Eucalyptol, Limonene and Alpha-pinenes. Apparently it is a cross between two other species: Eucalyptus Citriodora and Eucalyptus Globulus. [1]

An interesting feature of this oil is that unlike many eucalyptus oils, it does not cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to Eucalyptol. It also won’t make your eyes water, like many other types of eucalyptus oil.

So what can it do for us?

The native people of Ecuador traditionally used Eucalyptus Blue leaves to cover wounds and to repel insects.

Some of you will have guessed that because of its Eucalyptol content, this oil will be handy for dealing with respiratory conditions. Well that’s spot on. It’s included in the Breathe Again Roll-on, a powerful blend of oils made up to support the respiratory system.

It’s listed in the Essential Oils desk reference as having anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. At a 2009 conference, Gary Young related an experience he had with Eucalyptus Blue:

When we were filming in the Middle East on my recent trip, I was fighting a terrible candida-related cough (it could have been mould spores or something). It became pneumonia, and I was filling up with fluid. … I had my Eucalyptus Blue (which I was going to give away as gifts). I put 10 drops of Eucalyptus Blue in my mouth – wow, I was blowing smoke rings!!! It was so remarkable, for the next few days I’d put 3-4 drops in my throat, let it run down, then a couple of drops under my tongue. It opened my lungs and respiratory tract, and the coughing stopped within 2 days. I’ve never had those results with any other Eucalyptus…..So use 1-2 drops of Eucalyptus Blue in your mouth, use it in Raindrop fashion up the spine, rub it on your kid’s feet. It’s a natural antibiotic. You can add it to the Thieves oil. I’ve sprayed my throat with the Thieves spray, then added a drop or two of Eucalyptus Blue under my tongue. Eucalyptus Blue gives a greater permeation in the buccal and nasal cavity – more so than with Thieves. You can even try Eucalyptus Blue with Peppermint.”

Applying Eucalyptus Blue

We’ve just seen how Gary Young took the Eucalyptus Blue internally. If you’re not comfortable with that there are alternatives. In terms of its fragrance, Eucalyptus Blue has a fresh and invigorating aroma. Try adding it to a diffuser and placing it in your bedroom, your living area or even a workspace, and see what a difference it makes. Even just inhaling it from the bottle will help. You could even try applying it around the chest area, if for example you’re suffering a chest infection.

Here are some examples, from, of how other people have used Eucalyptus Blue:

Sinus infection cleared up, Tiffany Dowell, WI, United States

Eucalyptus Blue for sinus pain , Janice Erhart, WY, United States

If you would like to obtain this essential oil, visit our product site. Contact us if you have any questions concerning it or you would like to join our mailing list. Next post we look at Dorado Azul.

Till Next time



Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

[1] p 2.34, Chapt 7, Essential Oils Desk Reference, 5th Edition








Essential oils of Ecuador – RutaVaLa

Young Living farm in Ecuador

The YL farm in Guayaquil, Ecuador where Ruta Graveolens is grown and distilled for the RutaVaLa oil blend.

Welcome back. Last time round we had a look at Palo Santo. This week we look at a blend – RutaVaLa. – made up of Ruta, Valerian and Lavender. I’m sure you all know people around you who are stressed, anxious, depressed or find it difficult to sleep at night. This oil blend will interest you.

The oil Ruta (Ruta Graveolens) has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities, which explains why they use Ruta as a flavouring agent in cheese – it prevents mold.

It also contains Alpha Pinene and Eucalyptol. Alpha Pinene is anti-tumoral, while Eucalyptol is beneficial to people with chronic respiratory stress. It’s also beneficial to people who suffer from Maladaptive Stress Syndrome. This disorder results in what Gary Young refers to as stress allergies. When the body is under stress, allergies manifest (usually food allergies) because the digestive system is compromised and proteins can’t be digested. RutaVaLa helps to alleviate stress allergies. RutaVaLa will lower cortisol and anxiety levels.

Gary Young added Lavender and Valerian. Lavender contains aldehydes and esters which are calming and sedative. Valerian has been investigated for its tranquilising properties. Its key components – Valerenic acid and Valerone – have a calming effect on the central nervous system. The Lavender and Valerian also give the blend a pleasant fragrance, as Ruta on its own has a very strong and not too pleasant odour. So the Lavender and Valerian balance it out.

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Essential oils of Ecuador – Palo Santo

Welcome back !!! And a Happy New Year to you all.

We have a lot of great information to share with you in the coming weeks. We mentioned in our last post, that Gary Young had given a conference call covering topics such as cancer, hormonal inbalances and yeast infections. More recently he gave a conference call talking about Palo Santo and the blend RutaVala.

Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) and Ruta (Ruta graveolens), one of the constituent oils of Rutavala, are both harvested and distilled in Ecuador. So we thought this would be a great opportunity for us to introduce you to the essential oils of Ecuador.

Bursera graveolens

The Frankincense of Ecuador

Palo Santo (which means “Holy Wood”) has many similarities to Frankincense and is used in a similar fashion by the peoples of Ecuador and Peru. Like Frankincense it’s considered a spiritual oil, and the locals use it to drive away negative energies.

Its constituents are similar but Palo Santo has a much higher level of limonene (55-65%), and is high in 1.8 Cineole and Carvacrol. What does that mean for you and me? Palo Santo has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral and immune-stimulating qualities.

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Essential oils for pregnancy – stretchmarks

After our short article on essential oils for pregnancy several weeks ago,  a number of questions were raised by some readers and so this article is a follow up.  Are stretch marks from pregnancy a concern for you? Or perhaps you’re concerned that you may have to undergo an episiotomy after delivery? Well essential oils can and have helped women with these problems. Today I’m going to talk about  about two remarkable essential oil based products known as ClaraDerm and TenderTush.

ClaraDerm is made up of the essential oils of Myrrh, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree), Lavender, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile and Helichrysum in a base of fractionated coconut oil. Gary Young developed this blend for his wife, Mary, who was expecting at the time. She sprayed it around her vaginal area after each elimination, for up to two months before she had her baby.

Mary also rubbed on TenderTush (also created by Gary for her) on her tummy. Tender Tush ointment consists of Virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter, pure bees wax, Wheat germ oil, Organic olive oil,  Almond oil and the essential oils: Sandalwood, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Cistus, Blue Tansy, Lemon, and Frankincense.

The end result was that Mary had no stretch marks and no need for an episiotomy.

ClaraDerm is also fantastic for skin irritations, rashes and yeast infections such as Candida.

The following are some of the testimonials I found for ClaraDerm. If you click on the link it will take you directly to their testimonial. In the first example you may contact them if you have any questions.

ClaraDerm Spray after childbirth
Nancy Ziganti (may be contacted if you have any questions – Gavina)
Parma, OH, United States

I have two daughters who have each recently gone through childbirth. They
each delivered
without any medication, but unfortunately each required an episiotomy.

I watched the doctors stitch them afterward and they should have been
miserable from
that procedure. However, they had both decided to use ClaraDerm spray.
Each used
it from the first time to the bathroom and then for several weeks
afterward. Neither had one
single bit of discomfort, let alone pain — no swelling, itching,

And they never had to use any of the things provided by the hospital.

Claraderm works amazingly for itch
Author: Gulie Molkenthin
Location: Kimmell, IN, United States
Posted: 2008-07-27

This may sound gross to anyone who has not suffered the itch of Candida.
I’m detoxing from arsenic poisoning and the arsenic flooding out has
my ph VERY acidic. I have NEVER been so acidic in my memory! The
result is Candida and irritation of ‘delicate tissues’. In fact the itch
driving me NUTS. I tried
Melrose splashes, yogurt, apple cider vinegar,
garlic paste and maybe a few other things I can’t recall.

This AM after my shower, I splashed on some Claraderm. I ordered it
since it was going to be discontinued and discovered that it healed some
‘toxic bumps’ that came up on my nose because of the arsenic detox, so
I just grabbed it this AM. Instant relief and it has lasted for hours.

For Tender Tush, visit this link to the testimonials site. You’ll also find other testimonials for Clara derm.

We’ll back be in the New Year. We have lots of info to share with you after a recent conference call with Gary Young from Ecuador.

Both I and Anthony would like to take this opportunity to wish you all, and your families, much peace and joy in this festive season.

See you in 2011.


Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.