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Restore Balance in body and mind with The Raindrop Technique

26th January 2016

As you may know, I am a firm believer in the power of essential oils from Young Living.  Their potency, purity and power is proven daily in my home.  In the past 12 months, my family has gone through huge transformations toward a cleaner home, body and mind.  This will be a lifelong process with plenty of interruptions for the sometimes necessary Friday night pizza nights and let’s not even get into all the holiday baked goodies.  Yikes!  But, regardless of where we are in the process of cleaning and tuning ourselves, we have found that integrating oils into our lives can help us find greater balance in all areas of life.  Plus, balance is kind of my favorite.  I’ve never been big on extremes.  So read along and bear with me on this lengthy post.  I promise it’s worth your time. 

I enthusiastically welcome you to the Raindrop Technique.

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Therapeutic Grade essential oils can be applied to the body in many different ways.  The Raindrop Technique, developed by Young Living founder, Gary Young,  covers both topical and aromatic applications and is a fantastic way to realign your body and mind, leaving you feeling both alive and relaxed at the same time.  That’s a pretty good way to live, if you ask me.  Here’s a testimony from one of our team members who tried it last week at our Raindrop Technique Class.

I was blessed to be able to experience Young Living’s Raindrop Technique last weekend.  Throughout the application of the oils,  I felt my body and energy shift into a deep state of relaxation.  My body began to align, becoming more of a single unit, as the oils were rubbed into my back and feet. I became aware of my stresses, my pains and my discomforts leaving my body.  As the oils dispersed throughout my back and absorbed into my skin, a comforting feeling of both coolness and warmth lead to an even deeper state of relaxation creating an inner balance.  Each oil, and message technique, lifted me up to a higher state of awareness to my body and mind.  The Raindrop Technique continued to work throughout the afternoon and into the evening.  I was able to work through daily life with a more of a positive outlook, secure state of mind, and a feeling of complete body cleanse.  Young Living’s Raindrop Technique is a true gift to your body, spirit and mind.

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I truly believe this technique will change your life, if you choose to try it.  And the BEST part about it is that it is super easy to learn and apply to anyone so if you’re feeling a little sluggish or under the weather, ask a friend or partner to give you a few minutes of their time to help address common imbalances and get very quickly on the road to relaxation and recovery.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy.  The oils do 90% of the work all by themselves so even if you’re on your own, you can get most of the benefits by simply dropping the oils on your skin.  Just follow some basic instructions and you’re golden.

Here's our very own Raindrop Class from January 10, taught by Jonathan Tripodi

Here’s our very own Raindrop Class from January 10, taught by Jonathan Tripodi

So how does it work?

It all begins with the feet!  As demonstrated by the licensed therapist who taught our recent class, Jonathan Tripodi (more on my ever talented brother in-law further down), application of oils to the feet is an especially effective way of delivering the benefits of essential oils throughout the body.  You can learn more about Vita Flex here but basically, this pressure point therapy, helps access thousands of points on our bodies and may be helpful in releasing many kinds of tensions, stresses and imbalances.  Beginning here allows the person applying the oils to establish a calming and therapeutic energy connection with the receiver.  Vital to this step is the magical unicorn of essential oil blends, Valor.  This proprietary Young Living blend has a reputation for its effects on electrical and energy alignment in the body.  Many call it “chiropractor in a bottle” for this reason.  Of all the oils in the Raindrop Kit (Yes! There’s a kit! Read on…), this is the most important.  Once this step is complete, the treatment moves to the spine and here is why.

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The spine is a prime spot to apply oils because it is the part of our body where our immune system is the weakest and viruses love to hide there awaiting for our immune system to become vulnerable.  Most of us are living with stress, tension, lack of sleep and at least a few unhealthy habits that are hard to break, thus our systems become compromised and when we don’t function at our best, it becomes easier for these dormant viruses to leave the spine and attack our other systems.  Not only that, the back muscles are where many of our tensions get stored and can begin to affect our alignment, among other things.  This Raindrop method is so named because it involves dropping essential oils directly onto the spine from about 6 inches above the body.  The oils are then worked into the spine with some light massage strokes, stimulating nerve impulses and delivering the oily goodness along the entire nervous system.  This is meant to bring about greater alignment and balance in the energy centers of the body.  In fact, in about 20 minutes, the oils area absorbed into the body and begin to create therapeutic effects. 

But no matter how much time you spend massaging the oils into the spine and back muscles, the oils continue to work in the body for a week or more following treatment.  It is recommended, for more depleted systems, that a repetition of the treatment over 3-5 days be done in order to consistently restore balance and create a more lasting effect.

Which oils are used in this technique and why?

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The oils that are recommended for maximum benefit from the Raindrop Technique and that are included in the ever popular Raindrop Kit are: Valor, Thyme, Basil, Wintergreen, Cypress, Peppermint, Oregano, Marjoram and Aroma Siez.  Carefully selected for their many properties, these oils may help with everything from mental and muscular fatigue, joint discomfort, digestive health, mental accuracy, immunity, calming the nerves, respiratory function, relaxation and stress relief.  It is important to note that because all body chemistries are unique, everyone reacts somewhat differently to essential oils.  It is crucial to utilize Valor, Oregano and Thyme in the Raindrop Technique  After that, the remaining oils can be customized for the specific needs of the person receiving the treatment.

Resources for further study and specifics on how to apply!

Possibly the most useful reference for essential oils is the handy Reference Guide for Essential Oils, which you can purchase from Abundant Health.  This amazing book contains detailed instructions for applying the Raindrop Technique and information on the science behind it.  If you’re looking for something with a little more jazz, you can always check out Gary’s instructional DVD or find him on YouTube here.  Our local Young Living team was fortunate enough to learn this incredible technique in person from a body work therapist who has been practicing the technique for 15 years with countless happy results from his many clients throughout the years.  Jonathan Tripodi demonstrated how this simple application method of essential oils can not only stimulate the receiver of the treatment but also the giver.  The aromatic effect of the oils in the room became a therapy in itself for everyone present and gave the entire experience a true sense of wholeness and healing.  Meet Jonathan and learn all about his work here!

By now you’ve stuck with me through the longest blog post of all time but trust me, it’s worth every word I wrote and many more.  Now you just have to experience this for yourself.  The Raindrop Kit is available through the Young Living website.  It comes with 9 essential oils and two large bottles of carrier oil.

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If you are not already a Young Living wholesale member, I would recommend that you become one by purchasing a Premium Starter Kit.  This will allow you to receive the best pricing available on the Raindrop Kit as well as all other Young Living products.  For more information on Young Living and becoming a wholesale member, check out a recent blog post on this or email me at sathya@westernoils.com!

Have you ever experienced the Raindrop Technique?  Share your comments with us!

Must have essential oils for business travel

29th September 2015

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According to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, there are over 87,000 flights that crisscross the United States every day.   Some of us travel for pleasure, some for business and some of us try to make business travel as pleasant as possible and just enjoy the ride.  That is, until we catch a dreaded bug on the plane, experience flight delays, sleep deprivation (jet lag, anyone?), and stress of all kinds. You name it, the business travelers of our day are struggling with it.  As for me, it’s been several years since I traveled on business but I am married to a man who is gone around 40% of the time.  He used to come home exhausted, frequently sick and totally stressed out.  Now he has oils. Here is a list of some oils you’ll want to keep handy on your next trip.  You’re welcome!

1. JUST LET ME GET SOME SLEEP!

Close the laptop and get some sleep!

Close the laptop, apply your oils and get to bed!

Whether you’re spending the night on a red eye or a hotel, you will have to try to take any opportunity you can to sleep.  The problem?  Many of us don’t sleep well when we’re away from home.  Not only that, if you’re dealing with a time change, you could find yourself wide awake in the middle of the night and then dozing off in that important meeting the next day.  Cedarwood to the rescue!  Cedarwood may help support your limbic system in the natural production of melatonin, the hormone that sets us up for falling asleep and staying awake at certain times of day.  All you need to do is dilute 10 drops of Cedarwood with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil and add it to a 10ml glass roller bottle such as this.  Apply a few loving swipes to the back of your neck, temples and bottoms of your feet, concentrating on your big toe 10 minutes before bed (or take-off).  You can also add 10 drops each of Lavender and Peace & Calming, which can promote a restful sleep but Cedarwood alone should do it!  My husband now tells me he has to remember to set his alarm so he can wake up from his  “Cedarwood Sleep”.  Hmm… sounds like one of those good problems.

2. MY FLIGHT WAS JUST DELAYED. AGAIN.

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If you’ve ever been stuck on a flight to somewhere far from home and all you can think of is, “Dear God, get me off this plane.”, you need Stress Away.  Young Living wasn’t fooling around when they created this blend of relaxing oils that are meant to help you ease your normal stress and tension.  While there is nothing normal about being encapsulated in a giant metal tube and stuck on the tarmac for 6 hours, the stress you’re feeling is.  Pop a roller filament right on the bottle and roll a little bit of Stress Away on your temples and back of neck or place a drop of this bad boy under your tongue for immediate relief.  Throw in a little serenity prayer and chances are you’ll start to feel the tension roll right off before you know it.

3. IT MUST HAVE BEEN SOMETHING I ATE (FAMOUS LAST WORDS). 

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Maybe you just ate a less-than-fresh “salad” that was literally your only choice on the menu or maybe you made it through the day on only Starbucks and a bag of chips.  It’s okay, I get it.  Starbucks makes me feel great too, until I’m not.  Now your tummy is the one wondering how this was ever allowed to happen.  You need Di-Gize.  Again, Young Living brought you an oil blend so perfectly concocted that you will never want to leave home without it.  No matter the trouble, your tummy will thank you.  Di-Gize supports all aspects of your body’s own digestive system.  Just add one drop to a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage onto abdomen in a clockwise motion or place one drop under your tongue for 100% absorption and more immediate relief.  This oil does have a strong smell but you can handle it.  You’re a grown up.

4. GERMS. EVERYWHERE.

If you’ve ever wondered how many potential diseases you’re exposed to while breathing the stale, recycled air on your 8 hour flight, you need Thieves, Lemon and Oregano.  We call this our Wellness Blend and here’s the recipe:

Add 10 drops each Lemon, Oregano and Thieves to a 10ml amber glass roller and fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil. 

You’ll want to roll this along your spine twice a day, as this is the place where viruses and bacteria love to hang out, rent free.  You can also add one drop of Thieves to a cup of lemon and honey tea to soothe a scratchy throat.  To be used both a preventative and a first line of defense, these powerful oils give your immune system a boost and may help you stay healthy through it all.  I also highly recommend carrying a Thieves Spray with you at all times.  It’s the most effective way to quickly purify the air and surfaces around you.  

5. ALL. THE. SMELLS.

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ONE WORD. Purification.  Put 10 drops in a 2oz glass spray bottle diluted with distilled water and a pinch of epsom salts.  Spray liberally all over your hotel room or even your arm pits!  It’s soothing to the skin and helps to neutralize odors.  Two birds, one stone.

6. FROM LAYOVER TO HANGOVER

This the part is where you’ll really thank me.  If you’re heading out of town for a trip that will likely require some elaborate client or team building dinner, you’ll want to to keep these three oils well within reach.

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ORANGE
PEPPERMINT

Add 3 drops each to a cool glass of water. Bottoms up!
Another neat trick: close your shower drain and add one drop of Peppermint to the shower floor right before hopping in. Breathe it in!

Peppermint is incredibly refreshing and will wake you right up while helping to get your digestion back on track so you can feel like yourself again.  Lemon and Orange may also help with alertness and detoxification.  I recommend you bring these oils in small glass dropper bottles like these so you take up almost no space and always have the oils you need! 

I’ll admit, I’m a big advocate of carrying around as many oils as possible but I know most of us dread checking luggage so this list is as compact and carry-on friendly as I could make it.  All of these should fit safely in your little baggie and leave plenty of room for your mini toothpaste! 

Another benefit of taking some of your favorite oil remedies on the road is that it gives you a sense of control and routine that we sometimes lose when we’re away from home.  If there is an oil that you routinely use, take the extra effort to bring it with you.  I’ve found that too often, it’s the little things that turn out to be the biggest help when I’m away from home.

I wish you all the best on your next business trip and would love to hear some feedback on how these oils helped or which are your faves for travel.  Bon Voyage! 

Presenting The NEW Premium Starter Kit from Young Living

26th July 2015

Oil newbies!  I have some good news for you!  Learning about essential oils and incorporating them into your daily life does not have to be overwhelming!  For many people it becomes that way because they either lack support from a team or time and motivation to research which oils to start with and how to use them. Signing up for a wholesale membership by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living is the best solution to both of those hurdles.  Behold! 

STARTERKIT

I speak from experience when I tell you that this kit was put together in a way that provides the best start in your oil journey.  From supporting immune function, to uplifting mood and replacing chemicals in your home, the oils in this kit can benefit you and your family in many, many ways.  Learn more about the uses and benefits of essential oils in my previous post.  In this post, I’ll outline what’s currently included in the kit and highlight the main benefits of each item.

So what’s in your kit?

Eleven of Young Living’s most versatile and popular oils, also knows as the Everyday Oils.

These come in 5ml bottles, which contain approximately 85-90 drops each.  Oil usage varies greatly from oil to oil and person to person so while you may have a bottle of one oil last you several months, if you are including another in your daily routine for more than one use, you may run out in just a few weeks.  A 5ml bottle of pure therapeutic grade essential oil will get you a long way, as these oils are very potent and you do not need to use very much.  In fact, just one drop of Peppermint oil is equivalent to 40 cups of tea.  

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LEMON

  • May help support the immune system
  • May help energize/stimulate the body and mind
  • Can be used in skincare recipes
  • Helps clean, degrease and disinfect surfaces
  • May act as an appetite suppressant

PEPPERMINT

  • May help increase alertness
  • May help support healthy digestive function
  • May help open up a stuffy nose
  • May help relieve tension related aches and pains
  • May help support healthy lung function
  • Can be used to flavor teas and recipes

LAVENDER

  • May help promote relaxation and a peaceful night’s sleep 
  • Use in your favorite skincare recipes
  • May soothe minor skin irritations
  • May minimize seasonal discomforts
  • Use to deodorize closets and drawers
  • May help minimize scar tissue or wrinkles

THIEVES

  • Best choice for fighting germs
  • Use to clean and disinfect surfaces
  • May support healthy immune function
  • Diffuse to help purify air
  • May help minimize teeth and gum pain and aid in supporting oral health

PURIFICATION

  • May be used to cleanse and soothe skin
  • Helps purify the air from odors
  • May help relieve itch from bug bites
  • May be used as insect repellant
  • Use to deodorize closets and drawers
  • May minimize ear pain
  • Can be used as deodorant

COPAIBA

  • Promotes overall wellness
  • May help support muscular and nervous systems
  • When added to other essential oils, may increase potency

DI-GIZE

  • Helps support digestive system
  • May soothe upset stomach
  • Never leave town without it!

FRANKINCENSE

  • May help reduce appearance of aging – use in your favorite skincare recipes! 
  • May help reduce nervous irritability
  • May help support the immune system
  • Diffuse for a comforting aroma

PAN AWAY

  • May help relieve muscle pain after exercise
  • May help alleviate minor aches and pains
  • May soothe sore joins
  • May soothe tension related head and neck pain

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  • May help support respiratory health
  • Rub on chest and feet before exercise to uplift and inspire
  • Diffuse or use during massage to create a comforting environment

STRESS AWAY

  • May help reduce occasional nervous tension
  • May help calm and relax
  • Diffuse to promote peaceful relaxation and reduce normal stress

COLD MIST HOME DIFFUSER (four options to choose from!)

This new and improved starter kit offers you the option of choosing between four beautiful diffusers.  Diffusing oils is the best way to get the goodness of your oils into the air and create a space for aromatherapy in your home.  Starter kits are priced according to the diffuser you choose.  They are: 

Home ($160)
Dewdrop ($160)
Bamboo ($170)
Aria ($260)

Make the right choice for your home and view a comparison chart here

You’ll also receive sample packets of Thieves, Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender and Peace & Calming to share with friends and family (or keep for yourself!). 

PLUS: Product guide, Seed to Seal literature, sample bottles and cards for sharing and 1 stainless steel rollerball filament. 

At this price range, you are not only getting a treasure trove of wellness benefits, but a terrific value as well!  And from now until August 14, 2015, Young Living is offering the Premium Starter Kit at a $10 discount for new members so there’s no better time to go for it!  

To sign up as a wholesale member with Young Living and receive your very own starter kit, contact me at sathya@happyhandful.com for detailed enrollment instructions or visit www.youngliving.com/signup and use the member number 2600385 under both SPONSOR and ENROLLER.  Becoming a wholesale member DOES NOT obligate you to sell anything, ever.  By signing up this way, you will receive a 24% discount on all purchases.  The only requirement to maintain your membership is that you spend $50 per year.  Yes, that’s PER YEAR.  Also, by signing up, you get way more than this kit.  You will be supported along the way by myself and the entire Essential Families team.  We will give you resources and guidance as well as new and exciting ways to get the most benefit from your oils.  So, seriously, what are you waiting for?   Join the family today or visit www.youngliving.com for more information.