Friday, May 12, 2017

Help for Summer Pests

Unfortunately, our beautiful spring and summer weather also brings unwanted pests to deal with. Essential oils can help!
To help repel mosquitoes, try Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, or Lemongrass. You can use topically or diffuse like I sometimes do on my patio.
I usually apply Purification (blend) to mosquito bites, which takes the itch away quickly and prevents swelling for me. You could also try Tea Tree, Lavender or Peppermint.
Other general insect repellents to try are Lime, Lavender, Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Geranium, Idaho Tansy, Rosemary, Patchouli, Citronella, or Thyme; and Purification, Thieves, or Melrose blends. As always, use what you have on hand!
To repel snakes, try a 50:50 mixture of Clove and Cinnamon Bark oils mixed with water in a spray bottle. Spray the areas you want snake-free.

I found a product (available at most hardware stores) called “I Must Garden,” which is based on essential oils. They have varieties for deer, rabbits, squirrels and more. The deer formula really helps in my yard; just remember to spray new growth, too – and it lasts through rain!

And for our pets – here are some ideas to help repel fleas and ticks. Yes, there are two different blends; use one in the morning and one at night.


Flea Blend

1/2 oz. base oil, like hazelnut or sweet almond
4 drops Clary Sage
1 drop Citronella
7 drops Peppermint
3 drops Lemon

Store in dark glass bottle. Apply 2-4 drops topically to neck, chest, legs, and tail base of the dog. Or add the drops to a bandanna or cotton collar.

Tick Blend

1/2 oz. base oil
2 drops Geranium
2 drops Rosewood
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Myrrh
1 bay leaf

See above for storage and application.

Cats are a different story. They are much more sensitive to essential oils, so I recommend you find a really good book and follow their instructions implicitly. The book I used for the flea and tick remedies is great and has information for all types and sizes of animals. Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals, by Kristen Leigh Bell.

And of course, I would only use Young Living products on my pets and myself!

Joyce Phelps Stephens, NCLMBT #2272
110 Iowa Lane, Suite 201
Cary, NC 27511

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sources for Info about Essential Oils

I’d like to share with you some of my favorite books and resources for using Young Living products.

I use my Essential Oil Desk Reference pretty much every day! There are several editions out there – I personally like some of the older ones.* There are smaller Pocket References as well; these make a great, inexpensive gift!

For books, my first choice is Life Science Publications. They have a great selection of books for pretty much any subject, from basics to children and pets. They also have accessories such as bottles and diffusers. They even have a daily blog!

Abundant Health is also a good resource company.

I frequently visit Oil-Testimonials, where you can search a topic to see what other people have tried and the results they achieved for that issue. Very informative!

The Young Living blogs have lots of recipes and great tips on all kinds of subjects. Click here to go straight to their food recipes; you can check out other subjects from here as well. (My newsletters now include a direct link to the YL blog as well.)

I’d love to hear about your favorite books and websites, please share!

*Sometimes you can find the older editions at

Joyce Phelps Stephens, NCLMBT #2272
110 Iowa Lane, Suite 201
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 270-5868 (YLEO#401605)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spring Tips

OK, I know it’s cold and yucky in the Raleigh area but this too shall pass and soon we’ll be dealing with the pollen again. A couple of easy things to try for those springtime allergies are Young Living Lavender or Chamomile essential oils. Carefully dot them around your sinus areas, avoiding your eyes. You may also want to try lymphatic massage to clear your lymphatic system, as it will be working overtime!

And for those of us thinking about swimsuit season (Ack!), Young Living has a wonderful
massage oil that I use frequently with my clients called Cel-Lite Magic. It has lots of Grapefruit essential oil, which not only helps to clear the lymphatic system, it also helps smooth away the dreaded cellulite! (As an added bonus, it smells wonderful!)

What are your favorite spring tips using Young Living products? As always, t
o purchase these or any YL products contact me or click here.

Joyce Phelps Stephens, NCLMBT #2272
110 Iowa Lane, Suite 201
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 270-5868 (YLEO#401605)

Friday, February 17, 2017

NingXia Red Power Shots!! Plus, an upcoming event!

Feeling adventurous? Blend NingXia Red with pure essential oils for a delicious power shot. Find five custom essential oil blends created by Club Red "bartenders" here. This powerful, whole-body supplement includes wolfberry and other superfoods designed to kickstart your day and support overall wellness.  

Conversely, if you need a burst of late afternoon energy, give NingXia Nitro a try. Designed to support body and mind wellness, this quick pick-me-up helps you get through the day without extra sugar or caffeine. Plus, the small, convenient packaging makes it a great addition to your office desk, gym bag or purse.
Special Event
Join Kaitlin* and Ceshele** Sunday, February 26, for Cocktails and Crystals! Enjoy a cocktail while you learn about crystals, chakra balancing and healing with essential oils. Handmade body products, crystals and real gemstone jewelry will be available for purchase. This is an open house event here at my office (110 Iowa Ln, Suite 201, Cary) from 3-6pm, but please RSVP so we know you’re coming.

During the open house, I will be offering Zyto Scans for only $5 (first time scans only, please). This non-invasive biofeedback technique helps determine which YL essential oils and products your body needs. It should be a fun afternoon!

*Kaitlin has been a licensed massage therapist for 9 years and loves every minute of it. She has worked with chiropractors as well as a physical therapist to help aid in clients' recovery. She then left the medical world and joined the spa life. Loving the Swedish and relaxation atmosphere, Kaitlin likes to incorporate both techniques into her massage sessions, as well as hot stones and aromatherapy. She has been sharing space with me for the last 3 years and loves making body scrubs for her clients to enjoy.

**Ceshele has been a licensed esthetician for twelve years. She got into the industry because she wanted to help women feel and see the beauty from within. For the past ten years, she’s incorporated crystals, Eastern remedies, and natural/ethereal body care into her treatments. She also uses her esthetic eye and vibrational knowledge to create handcrafted, unique and functional gemstone jewelry.

Joyce Phelps Stephens, NCLMBT #2272
110 Iowa Lane, Suite 201
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 270-5868 (YLEO#401605)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Using Essential Oils Safely

Let’s talk about essential oil safety this month, and let’s start with the most important guideline: only use essential oils and blends of the purest and highest quality. For me, this means Young Living and Young Living only. YL is truly the world leader for essential oils, blends and products, and there are many reasons for this distinction. The most important “resource” is Dr. Gary Young, the founder of the company, followed by the company’s worldwide network of farms (including co-op and partner farms) and qualified vendors. Every step of the way Young Living adheres to strict standards and extensive testing, both in house and with external labs. Check out the “Seed to Seal” process here.

I feel confident using YL products on myself and my clients. You can use them aromatically (inhalation), topically (on the skin) and internally (in a vegetable capsule, added to water/beverage, or when cooking).

When using on your skin, if you experience any irritation, DO NOT try to wash off! Just dilute the area with YL V-6 EnhancedVegetable Oil Complex or any pure vegetable/olive oil you have around the house. Also note that, for some people, citrus-based oils and blends may cause photosensitivity to the sun for a while after applying.

For internal use, Young Living is the only company I know of with an extensive dietary line of essential oils with FDA approval, called “Vitality.” If in doubt, check the product label for usage directions for any of their products.

Young Living even provides a helpful usage chart to help guide you in how to safely use their oils.

Do you have other questions? Contact me or let’s set up a fun party for you and some friends to further explore the world of essential oils! 

Joyce Phelps Stephens, NCLMBT #2272
110 Iowa Lane, Suite 201
Cary, NC 27511

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"Christmas Scent" Recipe

Happy Holidays!

I'd like to share one of my favorite holiday traditions, a recipe that I clipped from Southern Living magazine many, many years ago. It makes your house smell so good! This year I am going to try some new ideas – enhancing it with a few drops of Young Living essential oils: cinnamon, clove, orange and lemon; and making a blend of the oils for my diffuser instead of the stove-top version. Let me know what you think!

Christmas Scent

(from Marilyn Salinas, Fort Worth, Texas)

3 (4 inch) cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup whole cloves
1/2 lemon, halved
1/2 orange, halved
1 quart water

Combine all ingredients in a teakettle or saucepan, bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer as long as desired. Check often, adding more water as needed. Mixture can be stored in refrigerator for several days and reused. Yield: 4 cups.

Have a wonderful holiday and very Happy New Year!

Joyce Phelps Stephens, NCLMBT #2272
110 Iowa Lane, Suite 201
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 270-5868 (YLEO#401605)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Introducing Life 9

Young Living has an exciting new supplement, Life 9!

Life 9 is an improved version of Life 5, a probiotic. Probiotics help replenish the "good" bacteria in our gut. They help keep pathogens, or harmful bacteria, in check and support our immune system. They aid digestion and help our body absorb nutrients.

They can also help with diarrhea, Crohn's disease, and IBD, in addition to supporting women's urinary and vaginal health.

Although you can get healthy bacteria from food, I think it's important to add more with a good supplement. I'm excited to try Life 9!

Official Young Living Blog
Did you know that Young Living publishes an official blog? Whether you'd like to read the latest blog or search back through the archives, click here.

YL Classes
There are two classes left this year…don’t miss them!

Saturday, November 19 (Registration deadline: TODAY, Nov. 16)
11am - 5pm
Cost: $75 for instruction*

Learn the Raindrop Technique! First, I'll show you how to do the treatment and then participants will both give and receive treatments under my supervision. Linens will be provided. *You'll need a Young Living Raindrop Technique Essential Oil Collection, which you can either purchase through me or on your own; or you can use my oils for an additional cost of $20.

Tuesday, December 13 (Registration deadline: Dec. 7)
11am - 2pm
Cost: $40

As the holidays approach, I thought it would be fun to look at ways to make Gifts using Essential Oils. We'll look at gifts such as candles, bath salts and other personal care items, blends, etc. You will also make one or two items to take home.

Sign up today by clicking here.

*Please note you will need to pre-register and pre-pay for classes.
*All classes held at 110 Iowa Lane, Suite 201, Cary.
*There are no CEU's.
*Space is limited!

Also, I'm planning to teach my first Reiki I class in February!! Details coming soon!