Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Spice up your cooking with essential oils

This month we are sharing a blog from Nancy Sanderson containing several yummy recipes for holiday dishes using Young Living essential oils. I can’t wait to try some of these! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Spice up your cooking with essential oils
by nancy sanderson

Think essential oils are just for aromatic or topical purposes? Think again! With Young Living’s Vitality™ essential oil line,* you can go from home cook to culinary artist with easy, elevated dishes! Create mouth-watering recipes that’ll have your family and guests coming back for seconds!
Tips to get started
A small amount of essential oil can make a huge impact on flavor in any dish. Keep in mind the following tips when using essential oils in your recipes:
  • Essential oils can be great substitutes for fresh herbs, citrus zest and juice, and spices such as oregano, lime juice, or ground clove.
  • Essential oils are potent. We recommend using only 1-2 drops at first, or even the toothpick method when cooking with essential oils: Stick a toothpick through the oil dropper to absorb the oil, then swirl the toothpick through wet ingredients. Give it a taste and gradually add more flavor to your liking.
  • Knowledge is key to a successful recipe. Always read the essential oil label before creating your tasty dishes.
Cook smart in the kitchen
Cooking restaurant-quality dishes can be time-consuming and expensive—but it doesn’t have to be that way! Spend less time in the kitchen and enjoy your flavorful meal using Vitality essential oils and these helpful tips:
  • Replace hard-to-find ingredients with a Vitality oil. For example, instead of buying coriander from the spice section, use Coriander Vitality™ essential oil.
  • Get the most bang for your buck. You need only small amounts of Vitality essential oils in your recipes, so you can recreate or concoct dozens of new dishes from the same bottle!
  • Spend less time cooking and more time savoring every bite. Cut down your prep time, including washing, chopping, and slicing ingredients, and add oils instead.
  • Savor the fresh flavor with each essential oil use. Have you ever made a dish that calls for a single sprig of rosemary, but grocery stores only sell fresh herbs in bulk? Dried herbs and spices quickly go stale, while Vitality oils retain their powerful flavor.
10 simple ways to use Vitality oils
Ditch the hours spent Pinterest-ing eventual recipe fails and go with these delicious dishes. These vibrant, flavorful recipes will leave your taste buds tingling!
  1. Turn lemonade from a summer staple to a gourmet beverage by adding Lavender Vitality™ to your ice-cold pitcher.
  2. Start your day the healthy way with a few drops of JuvaCleanse® Vitality™ in your green smoothie.
  3. Feeling French cuisine under a moonlit night? Experiment with meat marinades using Tarragon Vitality™.
  4. Cozy up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa flavored with a hint of Nutmeg Vitality™ or Cinnamon Bark Vitality™. For a relaxing evening, try our Lavender hot chocolate recipe.
  5. Spice up your store-bought pasta sauce with Basil Vitality™ or Thyme Vitality™ essential oil for an extra zest.
  6. Indulge in our guilt-free Peppermint brownie recipe for the whole family to enjoy.
  7. Sweeten up your day with a few drops of Grapefruit Vitality™ in your water.
  8. Infuse Chinese dishes with the fresh, bold flavor of Ginger Vitality™.
  9. Experience a burst of flavor with Orange Vitality™ in your pancake or waffle batter.
  10. Cool off your palate with the zest of Citrus Fresh™ Vitality™ in your plain yogurt.
Explore our vast range of Vitality essential oils!
Now that you’re familiar with Vitality essential oils, try our pizza recipe and other holiday recipes on the blog.
*Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use. Not intended for use with infants.

This blog was reprinted with permission from the Young Living website.

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

Monday, October 15, 2018

Young Living Supplement Bottle Colors & What They Mean

Reminder: sign up for fall classes 
Click here for more information.
Young Living October Promotions & New Holiday Catalog

Young Living Supplement Bottle Colors & What They Mean

The question has been asked what do the different colors on our supplements mean?

Orange Color as shown on our ImmuPro.
Featuring carefully selected ingredients and essential oils, these targeted solutions are formulated to support your specific nutritional needs. Young Living has developed many products that target species needs, from heart and brain wellness to digestive support.

Lime Green stands for CLEANSING NUTRITION:
Many don't realize the importance of GI tract health. Young Living has developed many solutions, with enzymes, probiotics, and other specifically formulated products to keep your digestive system in proper order.

Vitamins and minerals are two of the foundations of a healthy diet. However, diet alone can't always provide sufficient amounts of these important nutrients. Our convenient multivitamins supplements solution feature bioavailable food-sourced vitamins and minerals that contain an infusion of powerful essential oils to give you the support you need.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information provided here is in now way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with your doctor.

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Where should you apply your oils? Plus, NEW fall class line up and how to help with the hurricane relief effort!

My thoughts and prayers remain with those affected by Hurricane Florence these past few days. Please stay safe out there and let's look forward to brighter fall days ahead. And, please, if you feel so inclined, consider making a donation to help with the relief effort. Charity Navigator has posted a list of highly-rated charities providing aid and support in the Carolinas.

New fall classes just announced!
Click here for more information.

Reminder: Young Living Meeting
When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time:  6:30 to 9:00 pm
Where: Holiday Inn & Suites (near Crossroads Shopping Ctr.) 5630 Dillard Drive, 
Cary, NC 27518-9225 (Check front desk for meeting room info)
Local Cary, NC contact: Joyce Phelps Stephens (joycepstephens@gmail.com919-270-5868)

There is no cost to attend this gathering but we would appreciate an RSVP because space is limited. Attendees will receive a 2018 product guide and other supportive literature regarding uses of Young Living essential oils. Click here for details.

Where to apply essential oils on your body
Nancy Sanderson, sister of Young Living founder, Gary Young, recently shared this YL blog post. It's great information for getting the most out of your oils:

Anytime you apply, rub, or massage essential oils into your skin, your experience starts with sensory receptors. These receptor cells are all over your body, and they do some pretty powerful stuff. Let’s talk about what these human body receptors are and why they’re so amazing!

What is a receptor, and how does it work?

Receptors are protein molecules that have binding sites on them for different types of molecules. When an external molecule finds a binding site it fits in, it communicates with your brain through electrical signals. These signals can go to your muscles, organs, or—in the case of your olfactory receptors—the amygdala, which is involved in the emotions you experience.
Some familiar receptors are your taste buds. When you eat, the food or drink interacts with saliva, and molecules bind to the taste receptors in your mouth. These receptors come in contact with nerve cells, which communicate a particular flavor to your brain.
Another example of receptors in action is Cool Azul™ Pain Relief Cream. When you apply it to your skin, it triggers receptors and sends cooling signals to the brain. That’s why you can feel the tingling sensation all over your skin! Learn more about how this over-the-counter cream works in our video “The Science Behind Young Living’s Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream.”
Your body has these amazing receptors all over, so there are plenty of places you can apply essential oils. Check out our handy infographic below to see where you can get started!

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

DIY Bath Crayons and Back-to-School Favorites

DIY Bath Crayons and Back-to-School Favorites

I enjoy reading Young Living’s monthly newsletter, The Essential Edge, that comes with my monthly order. It includes all kinds of interesting information such as updates on their charity projects, new products, food recipes and more.

This month there was an article about DIY Bath Crayons! You can make these at home with a few simple products and no messy clean-up. What a good idea to get your kids looking forward to their bath! Click here for the instructions.
Speaking of kids, what are your favorite Young Living essential oils and products for back-to-school? Do you have an oil or oils that you faithfully use every day? Thieves and Purification are two that come to mind when I think of warding off germs. The KidScents oils (like GeneYus for focus and concentration and SleepyIze for that all-important restful night's sleep) aim to keep kids at the top of their game. Have you tried MightyVites or MightyPro for support from the inside out? Share your tips and tricks for back-to-school on my Facebook page!

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

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dr. D. Gary Young's Great Day Protocol

Originally published by me in August 2012, I happened to run across this blog again this past week. It's a terrific tribute to Gary Young and a great way to start your day. Enjoy!

Dr. D. Gary Young's Great Day Protocol 

I have seen Dr. Gary Young at several Young Living conventions, and I once took a Raindrop Technique class that he conducted. I have used his reference books and materials extensively for treating my clients and myself. You cannot help but admire this man when you feel his energy and excitement about essential oils. He has dedicated his life to researching and providing the purest essential oils available. That is why Young Living is the world leader, with farms and distribution centers all over the world. This month I would like to share his "Great Day Protocol."
Start each day with Gary's simple routine—and then discover how happy and confident you feel!

  1. Place one drop of Valor on the inside of your left wrist. Hold the inside of your right wrist to your left wrist for a few minutes. This step balances the body.
  2. Apply a drop of Harmony to your solar plexus (the area just above your belly button) to calm your mind and promote positive feelings.
  3. Apply one drop of Joy to the area above your heart. This step helps bring happiness to your mind and body.
  4. Place a single drop of White Angelica in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together. Lightly brush both hands over your head, face, shoulders, chest, and down the rest of your body as though applying an angelic shield.
Then have a wonderful day!!

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

Friday, June 15, 2018

The manly man’s guide to essential oils

Please enjoy this month's timely blog, originally posted by Young Living...

The manly man’s guide to essential oils 

Welcome, gentlemen, this one’s just for you. Ladies, since you’re already here, you can check it out, too. Incorporating essential oils into your life isn’t just easy—it can also put a manly spring in your step. Pretty soon, you’ll be chopping down trees with your bare fists and wrestling bears to a draw, all thanks to these simple tips.
Check out these three categories in your life that can benefit from a few drops of pure awesomeness:
*Essential oils are indeed powerful, but please don’t try punching down trees and wrestling bears. Just use these essential oils as directed to enjoy their awesome scents and benefit from their therapeutic-grade purity.


Keeping in shape is one of the pillars upon which manliness is built. No matter if you’re crushing some bench presses, tearing up the fairway, or hiking high enough to high five an eagle, you’ll want to keep these basics in your gym bag to help you get the most from every workout:
Treat those aches and pains
​Massage Cool Azul™ Pain Relief Cream into your skin after a workout for a cooling sensation that provides relief from minor muscle and joint
aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. Backed with our Seed to Seal®promise of purity, this pain cream will have your muscles thanking you for ditching the synthetic ingredients.

Take care before and after exercise
Apply Deep Relief™ Roll-On to your neck and chest before working out to inspire you to push harder or apply it as part of a post-activity massage to target areas that need it most.

Boost your boring water

Reach for Lime Vitality™Tangerine Vitality™, or Orange Vitality™ instead of sugary sports drinks to stay hydrated! Just a drop or two in your glass water bottle will keep you coming back for more.

Personal Care
Grooming sounds like such a primitive term, making it perfect for manly men like us. Separate yourself from the pack by looking great and smelling like nature itself with these essential oil-infused solutions:
Smell good without perfume
Supposedly, perfume is called “cologne” when it’s for men, but let’s skip the nomenclature and ditch it altogether. Start with Shutran™PatchouliCedarwoodBergamotNorthern Lights Black Spruce, or Black Pepper to see what works best with your body’s chemistry, then create a combination that’s all yours. Dilute with a smidge of carrier oil and apply a drop or two to your wrists and neck for a masculine scent that lasts all day.
Keep that burly beard in check
Give those lovely locks a healthy sheen with some homemade beard oil. Check out our handy beard oil blog post for some blends from the guys who know best—Young Living employees! Bottom line: If your beard is oil-free, it’s just not living up to its potential.

Treat your face to Shutran

If you truly must shave, make sure you’re
at least doing it with the best stuff. Shutran™ Shave Cream is full of hydrating ingredients and pure essential oils that’ll give you a close shave with a great fragrance.

Good eating

You like food. You like flavor. So why haven’t you been super-charging your healthy cooking with the intense flavor of essential oils? Check out these ways to get more essential oils into your diet:
Spice up your life
Perfect for boosting flavor in almost anything you’re cooking, essential oils are like a flavor bomb compared to dried herbs. Add Lemon Vitality™ to fish, Black Pepper Vitality™ to steak sauce and marinades, and Basil Vitality™ to Italian. Get creative—your taste buds will thank you for it.

Put some Zyng in your step

Add a splash of hydration to your routine by keeping NingXia Zyng™ handy. Or if you’re in a real rush, reach for NingXia Nitro® to keep your athletic performance and cognition at its peak. Both are delicious, convenient as heck, and infused with essential oils.

Try a brand-new recipe

Still not sure where to start? This blog is a great resource that’s frequently updated with recipes that incorporate essential oils in innovative and delicious new ways. Check out our Vitality-infused marinadesVitality-infused chicken enchiladas, and 20-minute game-day recipes to get going!
What essential oils do you look to for a manly boost? 

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tribute to Gary Young

I was saddened to receive the email below a few days ago regarding Young Living founder, Gary Young.  Although I never met Mr. Young in person, I considered him an exceptional man with a very deep spirituality.  He gave so much to the world and will always be an inspiration to all of us.  I would like to share this tribute with all of you from someone who knew him well. 

To our valued Members, employees, partners, and friends,
It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that my mentor and friend, our beloved founder Gary Young, passed away peacefully today (May 12) in Salt Lake City, Utah, surrounded by his closest family and friends due to complications resulting from a series of strokes.
Even though he wouldn’t want us to feel this way, everyone at Young Living is heartbroken by this loss. We take solace in remembering the special man who was such an iconic pioneer and messenger for essential oils and their benefits to people around the world.
Gary was the undisputed leader of the global essential oil movement. He spent 35 years studying the benefits and perfecting the extraction of essential oils, while building a billion-dollar plus global business designed to share what he deemed “the gift” of essential oils with millions of people.
His commitment to physical and emotional well-being, combined with his lifelong love of nature, drove him to learn everything about essential oils – from how they are produced to their wellness benefits. He was passionate about providing all of our members with only the highest quality oils, sourced from our own farms and Seed to Seal-certified suppliers and partners across the globe, so that millions can enjoy the full benefits of these amazing natural gifts today.
Those who knew Gary understood that no man ever had a bigger heart or was more devoted to the betterment of humanity. His love for others, empathy, and forgiving nature were always on display across his roles as a husband, father, farmer, researcher, leader, explorer, innovator, mentor, philanthropist, and more. Gary’s “maverick” spirit, unfailing work ethic, and passion for life inspired everyone around him to be better, bolder, and kinder. He not only pioneered and created the product category of high quality essential oils as a mainstream wellness solution, but he also raised the bar for quality standards and created a purpose-driven movement that continues to sweep the globe and change millions of lives for the better.
Mary, the executive team, and I have worked side-by-side with Gary and have had many discussions about his vision for the future of the company. We are completely committed to carrying on his legacy and mission of providing Young Living essential oils to every home in the world.
Mary will continue to serve as the CEO, and I will continue in my role of president and chief operating officer. In recent years, Gary and Mary have recruited and developed a world-class executive team. This talented group has diverse expertise across industries, from operations and manufacturing to research and marketing. This team has grown the business 800 percent over the last five years.
Our corporate staff is committed to “take action” as Gary always guided, and we invite you to join us in honoring his memory by striving every day to live by his philosophy:
“To truly accomplish our vision of taking the priceless benefits of our essential oils and oil-infused products to every home in the world, every possible effort is required. We seek ways to take positive, powerful action every day in every way. Ours is a proactive culture—never a reactive one.”
From a personal standpoint, I will miss Gary very much. He played an instrumental role in my life, helping me grow as a leader but more importantly as a man. Gary was from humble beginnings, and even as Young Living grew and experienced success, he never lost sight of his passion for helping others. Having the opportunity to work by his side for the last six years has taught me lessons about determination and the importance of relationships. I will honor our friendship by always asking myself, “What would Gary do?” to help me make important decisions. My family and I are indebted to Gary for bringing us into this amazing journey of sharing “the gift” of essential oils with millions of people.
Mary, Jacob, and Josef thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. Mary will be sharing more information later this week.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the Young family has asked that donations be made to the nonprofit Gary started—The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation
Jared Turner
President and Chief Operating Officer
Young Living

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