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Drops and Diapers

Here at YL Family, Inc., we love our little ones.  We love everything about them, except the dreaded diaper pale.  You know, the thing that you keep in the least used room of your house for fear that someone might succumb to its torturous contents.  Let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter what kind of diaper pail you have or how much you spent on it, they just stink. 


So, what to do about it?  Do we “free-range” our children until they’re old enough to be potty trained?  Perhaps.  Do we toss the oddly-expanded, tenuously-wrapped messes into our neighbors’ yards?  Depends on the neighbor.  Do we buy a new diaper pail instead of risking opening the lid that you barely shut because you just “had” to put that last diaper in there?  That gets pretty costly. 


Here is what we do in our home regardless of the pail that in which you placed your last hopes.  When there is a fresh bag in the pail (i.e. no diapers), sprinkle a fair amount of baking soda into the bottom of the bag.  Then add several drops of lavender and peppermint (you can use whatever oils you want but remember that some oils like lemon can potentially eat the bag).  Voila!  You now have a diaper pail that doesn’t require a WWII gas mask from your prepper friend’s basement to open.  Don’t be afraid to repeat this process as you fill the pail.


On a side note, we also discovered that the new Seedlings wipes not only leave your children with smoother and cleaner derrieres, it also helps the diaper pail too!  An unexpected, but extremely effective side benefit!     

It’s heeeeerrrrrreeee!

Today we are departing from our normal blog to bring you something that has been in the works for quite some time and for which we are VERY excited. 


Many years ago, YL Family (then just Vicki) wrote something that changed the landscape for countless builders in Young Living.  Heart Centered Sharing (HCS as it is lovingly called) was something that stood alone; a tool to help those build a successful business in the way Vicki did, strategically and methodically sharing from the heart.  Prior to writing HCS, Vicki also published Harmony, Joy, and Abundance as the “What do I say?” primer for our Young Living businesses.  Vicki placed all her knowledge and wisdom earned from her experience in reaching the rank of Royal Crown Diamond into these two works. 


But here we are, over two decades into this extraordinary lifestyle, and we’re not done.  Today we announce to you something new, something familiar, something younger, something with equal wisdom, and something complete.  We, Vicki and Chris, are proud to announce our new co-authored book, Essential Sharing: A Building System for the Young Living Lifestyle


This book is more than just a combination of Harmony, Joy, and Abundance and HCS.  It puts a modern twist on those works while adding more detail, a discussion of overcoming challenges, tips for optimizing your success, scripts, and so much more.  This is a workbook that will not only guide you, but transform the way you share.  We’ve included our best knowledge and information to help this complete business system take you where you want to go in your Young Living journey.


When and how can you get it?  This book is published and offered exclusively through Life Science Publishing (the same publisher of The Essential Oil Desk Reference).  It will be available next week at the Grand Convention!  If you’re not able to attend the Convention this year, you will still be able to order yours online. 

Let this book, this workbook, this system, be your new beginning.  Let this help you achieve your goals in Young Living.  Welcome to the Young Living Lifestyle!



Oily Life Hacks #2 – Rollin’ Diffuser

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So, you’ve left your USB Diffuser plugged into the side of your laptop, at the office, up thirty flights of stairs.  You have a bottle of Stress Away in your pocket and you’re getting ready to go sit in traffic for a few hours as part of your daily commute.

You’ve just found your bags at a new airport.  You’re tired, but this vacation promises to be awesome.  You take the shuttle to the rental car lot where you pick out a car that will surely optimize your trip.  Good stereo.  Sporty.  Good on gas.  But then you open the door, only to to smell something that can only be described as what it must be like when an air freshener vomits in the car.  You’ve left your diffuser at home . . .   

You’re on your way home from a long road trip with the family.  You look over to your partner.  They’re asleep.  Kids in the back seat? Asleep, one of whom still has remnants of that after dinner snack on their lips.  It’s up to you to get the family home safely.  You’re tired.  You have your trusty Peppermint oil, but no diffuser. Do you douse a paper towel to the point of being sopping with your oil and throw it in the car?  You could if you have another bottle on your ER because that’s how much it’s going to take.  Do you try to finagle plugging your Aroma Lux?  Hopefully you have an extra seat.

Instead, simply turn your car into a rolling diffuser.  Here’s what you do:

  • Take a tissue, paper towel, or even a piece of paper if you’re desperate and grab it in the center, fluff it like you imagine your grandfather (or a magician) would with a hanky creating a flower-like shape.
  • Drop some of your favorite oil into the center of the flower (a little will go a long way)
  • Take the base of the flower and gently wedge it in your air vent in your car. Be careful not to push it in too far; just enough so that it stays.
  • Turn on the air fan so that air is moving over the tissue flower.


You’ve just MacGyver’d a diffuser with your car, some tissues, and a few drops of your favorite oil!  Always put your oils on, as our bodies are the best diffusers, but this little Oily Life Hack can help in a pinch.    

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Oily Life Hacks #1

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Most of us enjoy the Young Living Lifestyle.  We have the Thieves Foaming Handsoap in every bathroom, we diffuse oils throughout our home, and we greatly enjoy the supplements from YL.  Pretty good right?  Absolutely!  But, what if we could do it better?  What are those little things that you want to know to enhance your YL Lifestyle? 

You are reading the first installment of Oily Life Hacks.  This series is designed to help you get the most out of YL every oil-loving day.  So, where do we start?  Do we talk about travel?  Not today, check in for a future installment for that one.  What about enjoying our oils with our kids?  Well, that could be a whole series in and of itself. 

What if today we can help you solve a problem that you will absolutely encounter if you use oils for any length of time?  What do we do with all those empty bottles?  Do you throw them away?  No!  Do you recycle them?  Yes, but not right now. 

If you’re like us, you end up with a bunch of empty bottles that you don’t’ want to get rid of.  We become oil bottle hoarders.  “What if there is another few drops in there?”  “What if I can’t get that oil anymore and I don’t want to forget the smell of it?”  “I’m sure there are a few molecules left. . .”  “I had some fond memories with that oil . . .”  Okay, the last quote you’re probably not thinking about with DiGize!  But what about something as simple as lavender?

Here is what we suggest that you do:

  1. Soak the bottles in purified room temperature or cold water (hot water will cause the oil to evaporate). Don’t be afraid to leave the dropper orifices and tops in there as well. 
  2. With clean hands or clean kitchen tongs, remove the bottles and, orifices, and tops after they’ve had a chance to sit for a while. Make sure to swish them around a little as you’re taking them out.
  3. Pour the water into a clean sealed container or water bottle (preferably glass) or simply straight into your diffuser.
  4. You can also pour the water into a mister/small sprayer for an awesome bedspread spray or simply something to spray around a room.
  5. If you just soaked one of your favorite bottles and like the colors, graphics, etc., put one of the roller stoppers in the bottle that comes in your Premium Starter Kit. You now have a happy vessel for a happy blend that you may want to create.  We use Harmony, Joy, White Angelica, and Valor (Yes, that’s a touchy subject) to create our “Happy Oil Blend.”
  6. You can also use the bottles for other thinks like storing seeds for the spring, etc. Get creative!
  7. With the bottles that you don’t want, that you don’t’ want to use for a roller, a blend, or anything else. Simply recycle them.  The planet will thank you and so will your spouse because your recycle bin will smell a lot better!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this first installment of Oily Life Hacks.  Stay tuned for more and feel free to leave a comment with suggestions on what you’d like to know about! 



YL Family, Inc. 

What’s in your pocket?

Chris was recently teaching a series of YL business seminars in Japan and one of the questions that get got was, “What oils or products do you always have on you?”  Chris, being the lawyer that he is, responded with the infamous lawyer words “It depends.” 


Sometimes Chris will have the coveted valor in his pocket or a roll-on blend that we make ourselves here at YL Family consisting of Valor, Harmony, Joy, and White Angelica; a blend we call our Happy Oils because it is just so hard to have a bad day when you’re wearing them.  But one oil blend that Chris will pretty much always have on him is Stress Away. He got accustomed to having that on or around him at his old job.  Now he, of course likes what it does for him, but even more so, it’s a great introduction for other people.  Everyone always likes that lime-vanilla-lavender smell.  So, it’s a great oil to share when someone asks, “What’s that smell” or “What do you do for a living?”  Plus, Stress Away is a great lifestyle oil.  Remember that the YL Lifestyle is our YL products working for us. 


So, what’s in your pocket?

Oils for the Holidays

Charles Dickens wrote, “Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!”

Christmas in our house isn’t really Christmas without Young Living. Sure, we put up our tree, string our lights, and hang up our stockings, but it doesn’t feel like Christmas until we send that wonderful aroma of Christmas Spirit twirling around the house.

Growing up, we had a big rolling home humidifier that was some combination of a fan, sponge, and bathtub. We would use this all winter, but right after Thanksgiving, we’d start sprinkling in Christmas Spirit or Thieves. The warming aroma would fill the house and it made us at home.

Even today, we always make sure that we have plenty of Christmas Spirit on hand as we approach Christmas. As my fingertips cross the keys of the keyboard creating words for this article, a gentle fog carrying that wonderful smell is flowing out of our Aria Diffuser.

So, Christmas Spirit is an obvious one for the holidays, but what else? Thieves is a great blend for this time of year as it still has that nice cinnamon-clove aroma but can also help keep the outside, well, outside. Nutmeg, orange, and Cinnamon Bark are great oils to have on hand for those days when hot apple cider is a must.

So what oils make great gifts? First, we can’t forget about Frankincense and Myrrh and their special connection to this time of year as two of the first gifts given. Although we use Frankincense everyday, it’s woodsy aroma isn’t always everyone’s favorite when they first start enjoying oils. Lavender and Stress Away are great gifts this time of year. They can both help to bring a sense of calm to our otherwise hectic holidays. Finally, don’t forget about our bath and personal care lines; sometimes people need a little help in pampering themselves while they are generous to others.