“essential oils”

What is Myrrh?

I used to wonder that, too!

Most people hear the phrase “frankincense and myrrh” and think of Matthew’s gospel account of the magi that presented gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the young child Jesus.  Interestingly, those expensive gifts may have come at just the right time, since Jesus’ family—evidently of little means—were soon forced to flee to Egypt.  (Matthew 2:1-15)

These gifts were very practical:

Gold:  When traveling, having money is a necessity and a protection because you don’t know what kinds of situations will come up.

Frankincense:  This resin and the oil that was produced from it was well known for its healing properties. In fact, it was reportedly used for everything from “gout to a broken head”.

Myrrh:  a very powerful resin and oil from ancient times. It was used for many skin conditions, such as chapped skin and wrinkles.  The burned resin served as an insect repellant and promoted physical and emotional well-being.  The resin was also finely ground and made into ointments and added to wine as a preservative.

No doubt, the gold, frankincense and myrrh were provided at exactly the right time.

Here are some more facts on myrrh:

A relative of frankincense, myrrh is a short thorny tree found in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and in the Arabian peninsula.  When the bark is cut, it produces a reddish oily resin which hardens into nuggets which are harvested.

It was one of the ingredients in the divinely formulated holy anointing oil used by priests ancient Israel.  Myrrh was considered a highly spiritual oil/resin and was a prized commodity throughout the Middle East.

Egyptians carried cones of fat on their heads containing myrrh that would melt in the desert heat and keep their bodies bathed in myrrh and other oils.

Today, many appreciate myrrh for its skin supportive properties and add it to their skin care routine by gently smoothing their wrinkles and dry areas with myrrh before proceeding with their chosen skincare protocol.

Down through history, myrrh has been used by women during their childbearing years.  It may help maintain skin elasticity when applied topically.  When diffused and inhaled during labor, myrrh’s fragrance may prove to be a calming breath of fresh air.

When combined with other essential oils, myrrh prolongs the scent of the other oils, making it a favorite among perfumers. In fact, it was blended with so many perfumes and ointments in Biblical times that in the Gospels the Greek word for myrrh, “muron,” was sometimes translated as “ointment” without revealing that its content included myrrh.

Sunshine In My Pocket

Could you use a ray of sunshine to brighten up that occasional “cloudy day”?  When I started using essential oils, I soon discovered that they helped me stay on an even keel emotionally.  On the odd day when I am “out of sorts”, just inhaling essential oils can quickly calm and uplift my spirits.  Cool beans! (Or should I say Cool OILS! 😉

The reality is, most authentic essential oils are uplifting to some degree because their aromatic molecules reach and support the limbic system, the part of the brain that regulates our emotions.

There are a lot of oils that help us maintain emotional balance.  My suggestion is to select one or two oils (or a blend) to use and find out what works best for you. Write down your experiences so you can recognize and remember what resonates with your body.

Just to keep things simple, here are a few of my favorite “happy oils”:

Valor:  Drop 2 or 3 drops in your non-dominant hand.  Stir the oils with your other hand.*  INHALE,  then put the oils on your feet and hold with your opposite hands –  left hand on right foot & right hand on left foot.   Hold for a minute or so until you a balanced, energetic pulse in both feet.   OR if you are in a hurry, apply Valor to your wrists and hold together for a minute or so with the intent of supporting your body’s energetic balance.

Joy: This blend is true to its name by bringing joy to the heart!  Apply a drop over the heart/thymus area.  Inhale.  This floral blend provides lymphatic support.

Stress Away:  Apply wherever.  The predominant scent of this roll-on blend is vanilla and lime.  Lime oil is naturally uplifting.  In addition, this blend also contains lavender, cedarwood and ocotea, all supportive to the nervous system.

Peace & Calming:   The oils in this blend are calming and relaxing.  It has the “happy” citrus oils tangerine & orange, and balancing ylang ylang oil.  The blend is completed with calming patchouli and blue tansy.  Wear as a perfume or cologne.  Inhale or diffuse.  Apply to navel, feet or back of neck.

Neroli:  This beautiful oil from orange blossoms is naturally calming and supports overall wellness.  Apply & diffuse.

Present Time has neroli, spruce and ylang ylang in it…all beneficial for maintaining emotional balance.  Apply and diffuse.

Hope:  The oils in this blend may help us maintain feelings of strength and stability when used aromatically.   It contains melissa, myrrh, juniper and spruce. 

Citrus Oils:  Last but not least, most citrus oils are uplifting and promote feelings of happiness.  These include bergamot, orange, tangerine, lemon, lime, neroli (orange blossoms), grapefruit and petitgrain (bitter orange tree leaves).

Essential oils are highly effective when distilled with knowledge and respect.  That’s why I recommend Young Living Essential Oils. They are authentic essential oils.  Many oils on the market are perfume grade, diluted, adulterated with pesticides, distilled with chemicals or even synthetic.

*Actually, do this with ALL of your oils because it activates the oil molecules and allows them to harmonize with your energy.

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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.

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.