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)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hug in a bottle

Not many people have a “great day,” every day.  This YL blog has good suggestions when you need a little help - and all of these are on my list of favorites!  Do you use any of these?  What are your go-to’s?

Hug in a bottle: An essential oil guide to uplift and inspire

It’s been one of those days. Your presentation at work didn’t go as hoped, traffic was terrible, it’s raining, your to-do list is 10 pages long, and someone ate the last of the leftover takeout you were planning on for dinner. All you want to do is crawl into bed with a blanket over your head and call it a day. We all have days that feel overwhelming, hard, sad, or exhausting. Whether you’re feeling lost, overwhelmed, lonely, or homesick, the pure, gentle aroma of essential oils can help you reset, reflect, and spiritually rejuvenate. Here are a few of our favorite essential oils for when you’re down in the dumps.

Valor Essential OilValor®: A hug for courage

It’s easy to identify the things we want to change about our lives, but it’s much harder to have the courage to actually take action. Fear of obstacles, embarrassment, and failure can leave us in a constant state of analysis paralysis. When you find yourself with a high-stakes day on the horizon, the aroma of Valor essential oil blend can help invite feelings of courage and strength.

Usage tip: Establish a daily practice of reciting self-affirmations in the mirror while inhaling this grounding blend to promote feelings of self-love and confidence.



Sacred Mountain Essential Oil BlendSacred Mountain™: A hug from Mother Nature

There’s nothing like spending time in nature to clear the mind and uplift the heart, but it’s not always easy to slip away from your busy day. This blend of Ylang Ylang and three different conifer essential oils evokes the sanctity of nature wherever you are—no hiking boots needed. Use it to promote feelings of strength, empowerment, grounding, and protection.

Usage tip: When you need a quick escape but can’t get away, rub 2–3 drops of this blend between your palms and inhale deeply.



Gathering essential oilGathering™: A hug for connection

In such a fast-paced world, it can be easy to get lost in the chaos of everyday life and forget the important things. Essential oils are a great way to remind yourself of life’s little joys and reconnect back with nature and your true self. With LavenderNorthern Lights Black Spruce, and six other essential oils, Gathering essential oil blend is the perfect way to do just that.

Usage tip: Diffuse while spending quality time with friends or family to create scent memories that will transport you back to times of peace and joy during hard times.



Release essential oil blendRelease™: A hug for liberation

As we go about our day, we pick up emotional baggage—a hurtful comment, a negative thought, a troubling news article—and after a while it can start to build up and weigh us down. It’s critical that we take time each day to unload and free ourselves. The balancing aroma of Release essential oil blend can help you let go of negativity and lighten your spirit.

Usage tip: During a difficult conversation with a family member or loved one, diffuse this blend to help you stay open-minded and positive.



Present Time essential oilPresent Time™: A hug for gratitude

It’s easy to find yourself focusing so much on the regret of yesterday and the anticipation of tomorrow that you forget about the gift and beauty of today. Diffuse Present Time and practice mindful meditation to help yourself embrace and celebrate the present moment. Let its aroma remind you to slow down and notice life’s little joys—the mesmerizing beauty of raindrops streaming slowly down a windowpane, the sound of birds singing in the morning. There is beauty and wonder all around if you just take the time to look for it.

Usage tip: Diffuse this blend while tackling a mundane chore like laundry or dusting to help you stay mindful and grateful even during less-pleasant tasks.




highest potential essential oil blendHighest Potential™: A hug for confidence 

The old adage is true: You can do anything you put your mind to. But in a world where we’re constantly being told that we don’t measure up—through marketing, social media, and even personal relationships—it’s important to remind yourself daily of just how capable you are. With Blue Cypress and 20 other essential oils, Highest Potential has an invigorating and inspiring aroma that can help your thoughts stay positive and focused on a bright future.

Usage tip: While studying or planning for the future, diffuse this oil to enjoy an aromatic reminder of the strength and tenacity inside of you.



Hope Essential Oil Blend - Young LivingHope™: A hug for optimism

No matter how much we try to avoid it, everyone faces moments of hardship and heartbreak. During these difficult times, the most important thing is to never lose hope. No matter how thick the darkness gets, there is always a light ahead. Sometimes it’s faint, but it’s there. You just have to look for it. With this kind of understanding, you can overcome anything. Hope essential oil blend is here to gently support you on your journey, with comforting and calming essential oils such as MelissaJuniper, and Myrrh.

Usage tip: Diffuse this blend during times of sadness to help restore your faith and find greater strength and stability.



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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Wash your hands!

Our blog this month is from Healthy Lifestyle Arena. It's all about how a simple, but extremely beneficial, habit plays an important role in your health. Also, don't forget to register for my spring classes! You can view the schedule here.

Washing Hands Plays Key Role in Nursing Home Health

When I was in college, I worked as the night orderly on the intensive care of a reputable and clean nursing home. I saw a number of older people in various stages of their last days or in a condition where they were no longer able to care for themselves.
There are several residents that I have not and never will forget, even though this was over 40-years ago. Compared to most nursing homes in the area, the one I worked at had a lower than average death rate and lower than average of required hospitalizations. Some of the others in the area were dirtier, poorer staffed and required more patient to hospital transfer and more deaths, when compared to the number of residents.
I often think it was because of the staff at the one I worked at cared for the residents and treated them with respect as if they were members of our own family, even they were so out of it that they had no idea who we were or where they were.
I look back on it now and realize that cleanliness played a major factor in our good reputation. The floors and rooms were kept very clean and we were constantly reminded to wash our hands every time we left one resident to care for another. Gloves were only worn for the really messy cases, but as a rule, we didn’t wear gloves (this was before all of the safety issues we see today).
Our parents tell us to wash our hands all the time and with the flu season upon us, we are reminded about keeping our hands washed everywhere we turn.
But does hand washing really make that much of a difference when caring for others, like in a nursing home environment?
Check this out:
“Infection prevention practices centered on hand hygiene (HH) protocols can save lives across all healthcare facilities, not just hospital settings. This includes nursing homes, according to a new study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).”
“Researchers reviewed the impact of implementing a multicomponent HH program among nursing homes (NH). They found that incorporating consistent measures that prompt staff, residents, and visitors to wash hands can lower mortality and antibiotic prescription rates, and increase overall hand cleaner use. This study is among the first to assess HH practices outside of the hospital setting through a randomized controlled trial.”
The researches listed their results:
  • The intervention group that incorporated HH measures reported lower mortality (2.10 in the intervention group vs. 2.65 in the control group, per 100 residents per month) and antibiotic prescription rates (5.0 vs. 5.8 daily doses per 100 resident days). Notably, researchers recorded a 30 percent lower mortality rate in the intervention group in January-March 2015,
  • To note, while the study resulted in a lower mortality rate among the intervention NHs, the study leads flagged that the impact was not sustained after the HH intervention ended (2.53 deaths per 100 residents in the last three months of the study, as compared to 2.87 deaths per 100 residents in the three months after the study concluded).
Additionally, they reported that the number of antibiotic prescriptions in the intervention group were lower than the control group indicating that regular hand washing helped prevent the spread of illnesses and infections.
If you have any loved ones in a nursing home, share this with them and insist that follow strict hand washing protocols. It can and will make a difference in how long your loved one OR YOU, will live.


With that in mind, Young Living has great products that we can use on the go and at home to keep our hands clean:

Lavender Foaming Hand soap
Lavender Foaming Hand Soap cleanses and conditions your hands without leaving dryness or irritation. Infused with Lavender essential oil, vitamin E, and aloe, this soap is effective and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin.

Lavender Oatmeal Bar soap
With a relaxing floral scent and luxuriously creamy formula, our Lavender-Oatmeal Bar Soap leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, and refreshed. Oats offer gentle exfoliation and remove excess oil while moisturizing botanicals such as coconut, jojoba, and wolfberry seed oil and five therapeutic-grade essential oils prevent over-drying. With its
100 percent vegetable-based formula, this bar is vegan-friendly. It’s also hypoallergenic and made without synthetic dyes or colorants, parabens, petrochemicals, or sulfates, so it’s gentle enough for all skin types.

Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
Thieves Foaming Hand Soap makes it easy to lather, rinse, and get on your way! With a plant-based, instant-foam formula, skin is left feeling clean and refreshed but never over-dried. Plus, you’ll love the lingering citrus-spice aroma of our proprietary Thieves® blend of Clove, Lemon Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary.

Thieves Cleansing Bar Soap
Thieves® Cleansing Soap offers cleansing benefits, plus the power of pure essential oils. Containing the legendary Thieves oil blend, this bar soap is ideal for purifying the skin.

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier
Long-lasting Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier is enhanced with natural Peppermint oil to cleanse and purify hands. Use as often as necessary. Apply a nickel-sized amount to the palm of hand and rub until completely absorbed.

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