Melissa Boice


Maintaining Focus with Highest Potential

Wow.  This summer has flown by!  How about yours?  Are you scratching your head,  wondering where it went?

This is great time of year to regroup and focus on what is important and how to get it done.   It’s probably a throw back from the excitement and nervous energy that I always had when starting a new school year.  Every year,  I looked forward to succeeding and learning new things.  I also remember how hard it was to shift gears from summer mode to listening to teachers and doing homework mode.

I am remembering that today,  actually.  I’ve been so busy this summer with OTHER things that consumed my focus and time that I chose to take a semi-vacation from the internet.

Today,  to support my mental focus,  I am diffusing HIGHEST POTENTIAL.  It is an essential oil blend that helps me gather my thoughts and maintain focus on the task at hand.    It contains a couple of Young Living blends and a few single oils,  too.

Here’s why I chose to diffuse this oil:  (Well,  obviously…I wanted to reach my highest potential!)

Australian Blue is made up of oils that are uplifting,  grounding and stabilizing.

Gathering,  another of my favorite blends,  helps me gather my scattered brain particles and focus on my game plan.

Jasmine clears mental blocks and is mentally and emotionally elevating,  inspiring creativity.

Ylang Ylang helps on an emotional level,  helping us regain confidence and balance.

How cool is that?!!  I’m breathing in four oils in one!  As well as being cost efficient,  I know I am receiving multiple benefits:  a key oil in Australian Blue is very supportive to the immune system and Gathering has several oils that are calming and uplifting.  Ylang Ylang and jasmine are both relaxing while supporting focus.

Going back to school would have been so much easier if I had wonderful oils like Highest Potential and Gathering back then.  If you want to try any of these oils,  go to my HOW TO ORDER page.  You’ll find everything you need there!

All the best,

Melissa Boice


Lemon Oil Uses

Lemon oil is another essential oil that I use on a daily basis.   I keep it on my kitchen counter so it’s handy when I need it.   I add it to my drinking water, diffuse it, and use it for cleaning all sorts of things.

But wait,  there’s more…

Genuine lemon oil is anywhere from 65 to 72% d-limonene, a molecule found in nature that supports overall health and may support normal immune function.

Its refreshing aroma is invigorating,  enhancing,  and warming.

Lemon oil has been widely used in skin care to cleanse skin and reduce wrinkles.

More uses:

  • Use 6 drops of lemon oil and 6 drops of Purification oil in a squirt bottle mixed with distilled water to use in the bathroom as an air freshener.
  • Use 1-2 drops of lemon oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
  • Use 1 drop of lemon oil to add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
  • For homemade lemonade,  ream 1/2 an organic lemon,  add 2 drops of lemon essential oil,  stevia or agave to  taste;  add 2 cups of pure water.
  • To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit,  fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of lemon oil.  Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir.
  • Add a drop of lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle.
  • Rub a drop of lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.
  • Rub a drop of lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces.
  • Put 10-15 drops of lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and brighten the rug.

Of course,  when ingesting essential oils,  only use authentic,  unadulterated essential oils.   For that reason,  I use and recommend Young Living essential oils.

**Safety Data:   Avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after use.


You Get What You Pay For

Earlier this week, I went out in search of black mulch for my landscaping.  What should I get??  BAGS  or a truckload of BULK mulch?

Of course I figured everything out every which way, as I like to do.  I was leaning toward purchasing in bulk because that figured out to be a little more cost efficient, albeit MESSY.  Anyway, I went to the local mulch vendor and lo and behold…..

BLACK MULCH FOR 99 cents a bag!  That was WAY cheaper than buying it in bulk!  WooHoo! The sales lady said the mulch was wet and heavy, so they wanted to get rid of it.

“Hmm…I am no weakling!  I can lift the bag…NO PROBLEM.”  I said to myself.  So I purchased 20 bags and went home, happy as a clam. (I am not quite sure what that means…maybe clams are happy before they get steamed?)

I didn’t have time on Tuesday to do the mulch, so I got everything ready to get up bright and early Wednesday morning to spread that mulch.

Sometime in the middle of the night, in my half-asleep ruminations, it hit me:  WET and HEAVY in PLASTIC bags = MOLD!

And that’s exactly how it was. Each and every bag of my 99 cent Absolute Black Mulch was laced with white mold.  Lovely.

Since for me, half the project was getting the mulch and unloading it, I did go ahead and spread the mulch.  I wasn’t about to load up the 20 bags and take it back!

Overall, my front landscaping looks good and the white moldy mulch is overshadowed by the absolute black mulch.

It might be a good idea to pour some undiluted Thieves Household Cleaner in one of those MiracleGro spray feeders and water my landscaping. It certainly wouldn’t hurt!

OKAY, Here’s what I was thinking about when I was spreading that moldy mulch:

Sometimes my friends and potential customers will check out the prices of Young Living’s authentic essential oils and then compare them with those of other companies.  Some of those companies even compare themselves to Young Living and have names of oil blends that they have obviously copied from Young Living.  Often the price is less, so it is seemingly a good deal.

Others run to Ebay and see what kind of deals they can find there.  Usually the oils are from kits that are purchased by the seller and then broken apart so the buyer is getting a 5 ml bottle for a bit cheaper that Young Living’s 15 ml bottle.  Tricky but true.  News Flash:  The reason they are selling on Ebay is to make money!

Well, folks, cheaper prices mean cheaper products. If you don’t mind not knowing what you are getting, go for the lowest price.

Here’s what I know about Young Living:

Young Living carefully grows and cultivates their crops to ensure we have the highest quality plants to distill.  The plants are harvested at just the right time of day and distilled at exactly the right temperature, pressure and length of time to produce the optimal levels of beneficial essential oil constituents.

Did you know that an organically grown crop distilled at the wrong temperature is has NO health supportive value?  But a company can still sell it as “organic” and may even pass it off as premium quality to an unsuspecting consumer.   Each and every batch of essential oil Young Living produces is carefully tested to verify their authenticity and purity.

The same goes for the oils that Young Living purchases from contracted vendors.  Young Living representatives, sometimes Gary Young himself, goes to the location of the farm and distillery to inspect the growing conditions, practices, collect samples, etc.  The oils we receive from vendors are tested for quality and authenticity.

At Young Living, each essential oil must pass extensive testing to ensure an optimal  bioactive profile.  Young Living uses its own internal labs, as well as third-party testing, to validate the purity and potency of essential oils.

All of these things take money.  Just like it takes money to produce, bag, transport, and sell QUALITY black mulch, it takes money to ensure quality essential oils.

In the big scheme, I don’t really care if my mulch has little white specks through it, as long as I stay healthy and my plants don’t die.  Was it the quality I thought I was going to get?  Nope.  Did I get what I paid for?  Absolutely.


Citrus Fresh

Citrus Fresh is one of the essential oil blends I use all of the time.

I love to put 4 or 5 drops of Citrus Fresh in my water. It makes a delicious, refreshing drink for hot summer days.  If you like citrus and mint then you will absolutely love this blend. It contains five different citrus oils plus spearmint essential oil for that minty after taste.

As with all of Young Living’s essential oils, we reap a variety of benefits from using this oil blend.

First of all, it is an excellent addition to any cleaning routine. Its cleansing properties make it perfect for cleaning surfaces and purifying the air when diffused.  If you have those hard to remove black scuffs on the floor, they will easily wipe up with a drop or two on your cleaning rag.

On a physical level, Citrus Fresh supports the immune system and lymphatic system.  This energizing blend was designed to be taken as a dietary supplement.

Citrus Fresh, along with grapefruit, orange and tangerine oils, is a blend that we should be using often.

What is in Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Blend?

Lemon Oil has cleansing and immune supporting properties. It is energizing and uplifting.

Mandarin Oil is uplifting to the mind and body. When used in the evening, it is relaxing and supports normal sleep cycles.

Tangerine Oil has an uplifting, pleasant aroma and is supportive to the lymphatic system.

Orange Oil is known as a “happy” oil, nurturing feelings of joy and peace.

Grapefruit Oil is uplifting and helps maintain a calm spirit.

Spearmint Oil is energizing and mentally uplifting.

If you would like to try a bottle of Citrus Fresh or any of Young Living’s pure essential oils, find out how to order them HERE.


Quick and Healthy Protein Drinks

Do you ever find yourself pressed for time and run out the door hungry?  I hate it when I do that to myself.  That’s when I am tempted to grab fast food (Chipotle or Panera) or the worst is going to the grocery store while hungry.  Never do that! It’s not a good plan!

It’s important to give your body good nutrition every day and Young Living’s meal replacements are one of the quickest, easiest ways to get balanced nutrition.

Young Living has created three types of meal replacements to meet a variety of needs. Power Meal is a vegetarian option that’s high in protein, while Pure Protein Complete is a good, basic vanilla whey protein powder.  Balance Complete is an ideal everyday choice that can be used as a complete meal replacement.

Here’s what I do for quick nutrition:

I just add a few ounces of NingXia Red and 2 scoops of Pure Protein Complete to my shaker cup and top off with water.  Shake, shake!  I am good to go and out the door!  If I have more time, I blend frozen berries, almond milk or water, Pure Protein Complete, and sometimes, a handful of spinach.  That combination is delightful and very satisfying.

So, how do you know which meal replacement is right for you?

Use the comparison chart below to help you decide which one is best for you.

 

Power Meal Balance Complete Pure Protein Complete
Serving Size 52 grams 52 grams 45 grams
Usage Vegetarian solution for a filling snack or as a complete meal replacement For use as a filling snack or as a complete meal replacement Ideal for use as a snack or to supplement protein intake
Protein Sources Brown rice Whey (dairy derived) Whey (dairy derived)
Protein Per Serving 20.6 grams 11 grams 20 grams
Fiber Per Serving 7.1 grams total3.2 grams insoluble 11.02 grams total2.27 grams insoluble 5 grams total0.1 grams insoluble
Meal Replacement Yes Yes No
Total Fat 3.32 grams 6.17 grams 2.85 grams
Saturated Fat 1.1 grams 2.78 grams 1.27 grams
Carbohydrates 24.2 grams 26.11 grams 16.68 grams
Vegetarian/Vegan Yes No No