Sharing historical uses of Essential Oils can help us better know what we might like to try! Our oil blends for mental health support are powerful. Learn what's in them, and how they help. Let's talk about Motivation, Highest Potential, Valor, Acceptance, & Envision.



Motivation oil blend

Dab a drop of Motivation behind your ears at the start of any endeavor that is even slightly daunting. Or slather it over your whole body! If you have very sensitive skin, just use it with a little carrier oil. Diffusing this blend while you cross things off you list will keep you going! 

To increase the benefits of this oil it may be helpful to take notes, keeping track of when you procrastinate -since procrastination seems to be the opposite of motivation! Does it have to do with the time of day? Or maybe your procrastination button is pushed when you’re intimidated by a task? Or, do you feel demotivated when in the presence of certain people? Whatever the reason, Motivation Essential Oil blend can be helpful. Roman Chamomile, Black Spruce, Ylang Ylang, and Lavender are known to relax a stressed mind giving you the ability to think clearly and take action. 
 

Essential Oils in Motivation:  

The calming and medicinal uses of Chamomile date back thousands of years. It is one of the oldest medicinal plants known to man.  "As a traditional medicine, it is used to treat wounds, ulcers, eczema, gout, skin irritations, bruises, burns, canker sores, neuralgia, sciatica, rheumatic pain, hemorrhoids, mastitis and other ailments."1

Many ancient cultures have used Spruce for spiritual and meditation purposes. The earliest medicinal purposes date back thousands of years. Ancient cultures would make a tea out of spruce to drink when fighting a fever, persistent cough, and other respiratory ailments. It, along with other tree oils has proven benefits.2

Historically, Ylang Ylang was thought to be highly beneficial for calming the body during PMS and boosting feelings of love and relaxation, in turn, helping with libido. Originating from the Philippines, ancient healers used the flowers to make salves and ointments for cuts, burns, insect and snake bites. Recently a study on nlm.gov showed, "The present results demonstrated that the inhalation of Ylang-Ylang oil significantly decreased the SBP and DBP levels."3

Lavender has long been a well-loved aromatic plant, with its medicinal uses first being documented more than 2500 years ago! It has been used for calming, to make infusions for skin ailments and to disinfect wounds. The current research makes lavender an easy and effective choice for many mental health professionals.4


Highest potential OIL blend

No matter where you dare to dream, take Highest Potential with you. Add an AromaGlide Roller Fitment (roller ball) so you can swipe it on whenever you need inspiration. All by itself, or infused into your body lotion, the floral scent of Highest Potential will make you want to reach for the stars. Highest Potential harnesses the uplifting and inspiring power of these essential oils:

ESSENTIAL OILS Highest potential:


Traditionally known for grounding, Blue Cypress (also called Mediterranean Cypress)5 has been used to help with feeling of uncertainty or instability. It has been used to moisturize dry skin and it's pleasant, woodsy aroma made it popular for use in perfumes. Interesting facts: it's high is sesquiterpenes and polyphenols and Blue Cypress wood is termite resistant making it popular in some places as a building material.6

Historically, Ylang Ylang was thought to be highly beneficial for calming the body during PMS and boosting feelings of love and relaxation, in turn, helping with libido. Originating from the Philippines, ancient healers used the flowers to make salves and ointments for cuts, burns, and insect and snake bites. Recently a study on nlm.gov showed, "The present results demonstrated that the inhalation of Ylang-Ylang oil significantly decreased the SBP and DBP levels."3
 
Egyptian dynasties, Chinese emperors, and kings of Afghanistan, Nepal, and Persia were all said to keep Jasmine flowers in their royal gardens. Historically, Jasmine was used as a sedative, as well as to soothe stomach aches and liver pains. An ancient Arabic proverb said, “Smell the scent of Jasmine and forget your troubles.”7

It is believed that Cedarwood was one of the very first extracts that man ever used. Early historical texts tell us that cedarwood oil was used as a sedative and a medicine. There are even texts explaining how cedarwood oil was relatively difficult to extract, but yet they used copious amounts. According to this article on nlm.gov (at 3.3 in the article) Cedarwood essential oil is often used in nervous disorders like anxiety and stress.8

The use of Geranium as an aromatic plant is known to have existed for thousands of years and goes all the way back to the early days of the Egyptians. The upper class typically used it to improve and beautify their skin and to help relieve anxiety by making serums and salves with the petals of the flower. Current research suggests the use of Geranium to help with inflammation.9

Frankincense (FREO), like all essential oils, is known for balancing, regulating and normalizing.
Many credible studies support that claim, "The results show a robust effect of FREO on regulating human genes, with many genes being upregulated and many others being downregulated."10

Recognized as a valuable medicinal since ancient times, history tells us that Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Israelites all used Frankincense as part of their worship and spiritual practices. It was also used for cleansing and purifying - especially after a baby was born.



Valor OIL blend

Think "victory!" When you put on valor, you put on courage. As you are challenged daily to grow in strength and love, or crafting your personal brand, wear fresh, woodsy Valor as cologne or perfume to remind yourself of how capable you are. Diffuse it when you are prepping for a presentation or learning something difficult. And, at the end of a long day of hustling, add Valor to Young Living’s Bath and Shower Gel Base as you brainstorm new ideas for tomorrow. 

Valor is one of our most popular products and for good reason! Its woodsy, positive scent comes from a blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, and Frankincense.

Essential Oils in Valor:

Frankincense (FREO), like all essential oils, is known for balancing, regulating and normalizing.
Many credible studies support that claim, "The results show a robust effect of FREO on regulating human genes, with many genes being upregulated and many others being downregulated."11

Recognized as a valuable medicinal since ancient times, history tells us that Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Israelites all used Frankincense as part of their worship and spiritual practices. It was also used for cleansing and purifying - especially after a baby was born.

Tanacetum vulgare better known as Tansy has some of the most amazing properties and has been proven to reverse even the worst of things!11

The ancient Greeks were likely the first to cultivate Tansy for medicinal purposes, using it to treat intestinal worms, rheumatism, digestive problems, fevers, and to soothe sores.

Many ancient cultures have used Spruce for spiritual and meditation purposes. The earliest   medicinal purposes date back thousands of years. Ancient cultures would make a tea out of spruce shoots that they drank when fighting a fever, persistent cough, and other respiratory ailments. It, along with other tree oils has proven benefits.2

The fragrant Camphor tree has been coveted since ancient times. Having a rich history of traditional use, it was particularly used as a fumigant during the era of the Black Death and considered as a valuable ingredient in both perfume and embalming fluid.12

Camphor has been widely used as a fragrance in cosmetics, as a food flavoring, as a common ingredient in household cleaners, as well as in topically applied salves and tinctures for the treatment of minor muscle aches and pains.

The use of Geranium as an aromatic plant is known to have existed for thousands of years and goes all the way back to the early days of the Egyptians. The upper class typically used it to improve and beautify their skin and to help relieve anxiety by making serums and salves with the petals of the flower. Current research suggests the use of Geranium to help with inflammation.9


acceptance OIL blend

We work hard to change what we can. But sometimes we need to accept what is. Relaxing and letting go of what we think should be and adapting to reality isn't always easy but letting go of fear and the need to control can help us deal with the uncertainties of life and deal with the things we just don't like! 

The delightful bouquet-like aroma is wonderful for diffusing and wearing! You can also add a drop to a washcloth and put it near, but not in, the stream of water as you shower. Let the scent rise, inhale deeply, and be inspired to be accepting. Containing Coriander and Geranium essential oils, Acceptance encourages feelings of self-worth when used aromatically.


Essential Oils in Acceptance:

Coriander is one of the oldest medicinal plants on record, dating back to 5000 B.C.! Traditionally it was used for digestion including upset stomach, loss of appetite, hernia, nausea, diarrhea, bowel spasms, and intestinal gas. More recently it has been used to help people release control and be more flexible. It is rich in linalool and bio-actives making it effective in "a wide array of pharmacological activities"13

Bergamot's name is said to have come from the place where it was first sold, the Italian city of Bergamo. The citrus aroma made it popular in perfumery for European royalty in the 18th century. Maybe because of the delightful smell, but likely because they felt their burdens lift and began to enjoy the moment with clarity and positive perspective.14

Spearmint was once macerated and added to milk because it seemed to lengthen the shelf-life of milk and kept it from curdling. It was also recommended for use by people with delicate constitutions or young children with ‘feeble digestive powers’. One herbalist in the 17th century listed more than 40 ailments that spearmint was good for! Current research supports that claim!15

The robust history of Rose includes an especially important place in Chinese and Native American Medicine. In medieval times roses were cultivated more for their medicinal value than their beauty. In North America, the different tribes used Rose for many different medicinal purposes. Salves and tinctures for eye infections and nosebleeds, dressings for wounds and burns, and lotions for painful muscles are just a few of the ways they tapped into the power of Rose. They also understood the powerful effects it could have for those suffering with anxiety.

More recently, clinical studies have found that “Different therapeutic properties of rose oil have been investigated in human studies and the most important of them are analgesic and anti-depressant activities. No side effects have been reported from rose oil in investigated human studies.”16


Envision OIL BLEND

Make scents of your to-dos! Envision contains scents that stimulate feelings of creativity and resourcefulness, encouraging renewed faith in the future and the strength necessary to achieve your dreams. Before you write down the baby steps you need take to eventually reach your goals, place a drop of Envision at the top of the page. Breathe in every time you review your next steps. Add Envision to a cotton ball and place it in your car vent so any time you inhale this scent, you’ll visualize your dreams coming true.

Essential Oils in Envision

Many ancient cultures have used Spruce for spiritual and meditation purposes. The earliest   medicinal purposes date back thousands of years. Ancient cultures would make a tea out of spruce shoots that they drank when fighting a fever, persistent cough, and other respiratory ailments. It, along with other tree oils has proven benefits.2

The use of Geranium as an aromatic plant is known to have existed for thousands of years and goes all the way back to the early days of the Egyptians. The upper class typically used it to improve and beautify their skin and to help relieve anxiety by making serums and salves with the petals of the flower. Current research suggests the use of Geranium to help with inflammation.9

In studies found on pubmed,17 Orange was found to work well for people that needed mental health support. Herbalists everywhere have used the rinds of Oranges as medicine for numerous maladies. Traditional Chinese medicine has for 1,000s of years treated nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, and things like cancer, and cardiovascular disease.18

Lavender has long been a well-loved aromatic plant, with its medicinal uses first being documented more than 2500 years ago! It has been used for calming, to make infusions for skin ailments and to disinfect wounds. The current research makes lavender an easy and effective choice for many mental health professionals.4

The effects of Sage have been measured on the Bond-Lader Mood Scale.19 Participants experienced improved mood, increased alertness and calm among other good things! From a historical standpoint, from 742 AD to 814 AD, Charles the Great ran a reputable medical school. Sage was one of 100 plants grown on the school's property. He appreciated sage most of all and even today, it is grown at most monasteries. It was known as the “Salvation Plant” originating from the world “salvarem,” which means “cure.” It was used on wounds to stop bleeding, for ulcers, and as a tea for sore throats and hoarseness.  

The robust history of Rose includes an especially important place in Chinese and Native American Medicine. In medieval times roses were cultivated more for their medicinal value than their beauty. In North America, the different tribes used Rose for many different medicinal purposes. Salves and tinctures for eye infections and nose bleeds, dressings for wounds and burns, and lotions for painful muscles are just a few of the ways they tapped into the power of Rose. They also understood the powerful effects it could have for those suffering with anxiety.

More recently, clinical studies have found that “Different therapeutic properties of rose oil have been investigated in human studies and the most important of them are analgesic and anti-depressant activities. No side effects have been reported from rose oil in investigated human studies.”16

Tangerine (rind) has a rich history in Chinese medicine. Citrus scents have been recognized to be uplifting but Tangerine was also commonly used to treat indigestion, diarrhea, vomiting, and other forms of digestive weakness or upset, as well as hiccups and certain types of coughs (specifically, wet coughs involving excessive production of phlegm). 
Interestingly, measured brain wave activity showed Tangerine to be effective for people with sleep issues.20



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