Ancient Mayan Use of Lemongrass

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)is also known as “fever grass” to Mayan healers today. Rosita Arvigo writes that she has learned from Mayan healers not to be afraid of fevers. She says they are Mother Nature’s way of fighting off invading organisms. On page 67 of her book, Rainforest Home Remedies, she …

DIY essential oil bath jellies

Splish, splash, slide into the bath! These fun and adorable bath jellies make shower or bath time a party full of whimsical wiggles, fabulous fragrances, and playful pigments—and it’s easy to make them yourself with ingredients you may already have around the house. Add a dash of body glitter for …

How to take care of your diffuser

Whether you’re creating new blends that remind you of your favorite places or firing up your old standbys like Lavender, Lemon, or Peppermint to create a familiar aromatic ambiance, chances are your Young Living diffuser puts in a lot of hours. Cleaning your diffuser is important, since oil residue can …

Ancient Mayan Wisdom

Byrsonima crassifolia,the locust tree used in healing by the ancient MayansPhoto by Franz Xaver, GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0 Byrsonima crassifolia is commonly known today as nance or nanche. This tree was called chi by the Mayan people. In the book Medical Ethnobiology of the Highland Maya of Chiapas, Mexico, the …

Acne treatment and essential oils

How many times have you woken up to a new pimple or another sign of stressed-out skin? It always seems to happen at exactly the wrong time; but let’s face it—there’s never really a good time for a bad breakout. Luckily, we have a few tricks up our sleeves that …

Mayan Health Use of Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Earaches for children are an age-old problem. Traditional healer Rosita Arvigo learned from Mayan healers to gather fresh leaves of either oregano, thyme, or basil. She warms the herbal leaves over a low flame until the leaves are limp but not burned. When cool, she then squeezes …

Which essential oils are safe to ingest?

It’s a common question and one you’ve probably had yourself: Which essential oils are safe to ingest? It can be hard to know if ingesting essential oils is safe; from Pinterest to YouTube, you’ll find thousands of different answers. We know how important essential oil safety is and that nothing …

Cedarwood obsessed: Over 5 ways to use it

Want to know a not-so-secret secret? We’re pretty obsessed with Cedarwood essential oil. It can help us get lustrous-looking hair like a sea goddess, a luxurious shave with a divine smell, an even-looking skin tone, deliciously soft skin, and the dreamiest bedtime routine—not to mention the fact that we add …

Mayan Interaction with Plants

The Chiapas shade cuphea, one of the rainforest’s exotic flowers. Photo by Dick Culbert (CC BY 2.0) The ancient Mayan people believed that all plants and trees were sacred conveyors of the life force. They called this life force Chu’lel. We would say this is similar to the Chinese Qi or …

Mineral sunscreen: Protecting your skin, protecting the earth

You can be sitting in the sweltering summer sun or getting refracted rays off snowy slopes—no matter how you’re playing in the sunshine, one thing is vital: protecting your skin. Having a natural sunscreen you can count on means more fun outdoors without worrying about sunburn or the intrusion of …

The Heart of Mayan Medicine: Plants

Anthropologists wrote this 500-page book on Mayan herbal remedies. Anthropologists Brent and Eloise Berlin with Mayan colleagues cataloged the Mayan medical uses of plants. Their 500-page book on treatments for just gastrointestinal ailments alone was published by Princeton University in 2015. The authors said Mayan knowledge of health and plants …

Roll with me: 5 DIY roll-ons

We love that there are so many ways to use essential oils. You can add a few drops straight from the bottle for your favorite diffuser recipes, add an infused bath bomb to your nightly soak, or sip a refreshing drink with your favorite Vitality oil blend mixed in! For …

36 ways to use a bottle of essential oil

There are so many creative ways to use all the drops of essential oil in each amber glass oil bottle. In this post, we want to show you how to use essential oils in ways that benefit your daily routine and hopefully help you discover something new. Check out the …

An Exotic Flower Shown as a Mayan Headdress

Flowers from the pseudobombax tree are pictured as part of a Mayan headdress. Photos by K.C. Nixon/Justin and Barbara Kerr. The unique flower of the pseudobombax tree (Pseudobombax ellipticum) was the inspiration for a headdress worn by Mayan nobles as depicted in Mayan art. The unique flower of the pseudobombax tree …

7 essential oil tips for weight management

Managing your weight can be a challenge; we know there are long-term health benefits to eating well and moving our bodies—no matter what the scale may say—but it can be discouraging if you’re working hard and not seeing results. Infuse your weight-management plan with these essential oil tips to boost …

How to get mermaid hair with essential oils

All types of hair need tender love and care—and what better time to start than during summer? Give your hair the treatment it deserves with our DIY mermaid hair serum and spray! It’s packed with herbaceous, sweet scents that’ll keep it shiny and silky even in the dry heat! DIY …

Grab your gear: 7 camping essentials for your summer adventure

Nothing says summer fun like days playing in the sun and nights sleeping under cool, starry skies. Whether you’re packing your bags for beachside camping or hiking into the hinterlands, you won’t want to leave home without a camping kit ready to handle anything your summer adventure throws at you. …

Citronella: 4 reasons why it’s summer’s sidekick

Fireflies, lemonade, and wild adventures into the great unknown—summer is finally here! From baseball games and woodland campouts to backyard family barbecues and theme park vacations, do you have any Citronella essential oil in your summer step? Known for its bright, lemony scent and frequent appearance in insect repellent, patio …

The Sacred Ceiba Tree as Art

A Mayan artist used the thorn-studded ceiba tree trunk as inspiration for this ceramic pot. Photos by Justin and Barbara Kerr/Charles Zidar The ceiba tree (Ceiba pentandra) was believed by the Mayan to stand at earth’s center. They thought it was the sacred world tree or the axis of the earth and …

Todo Sobre Thieves

Cuenta la leyenda que, en el siglo XV, las autoridades francesas ofrecieron clemencia a un grupo de ladrones a cambio de su mezcla aromática secreta. Se creía que su formulación de poderosos botánicos los protegía mientras saqueaban comunidades. Siglos más tarde, sabemos que su mezcla secreta de clavo de olor, …