Dry Brushing

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Dry brushing is a newly recognized and effective technique used to promote healthy skin, circulatory system, and lymphatic system. The technique is often used in spas, but can be done easily at home.

Using a dry brush in long strokes toward the heart, starting from the feet and hands and moving inward, can help to promote healthy circulatory flow. The brushing also helps to exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft and healthy. The exfoliating brush removes excess dead skin cells, clears out the pores, and helps lymph nodes and vessels to drain of toxins.

The practice is not only good for the skin, heart, and lymph system, but is said to help get rid of cellulite deposits as well. Testimonies of dry brush users claim that the reduction of cellulite was noticeable within weeks of starting to use dry brushing. Some have linked the draining of the lymph system to the cellulite reduction, although there is not much concrete evidence to support this claim.

Dry brushing is also said to give energy boosts, due to the benefits to the circulatory system. It is best done before showering in order to get rid of remaining dead skin cells. Some users have used essential oils on their dry brush in order to help the lymphatic drainage. Others have tried alternating shower temperature between hot and cold to further the circulatory advantages. Overall the technique is beneficial to many body systems, and can be used for relaxing and energizing, done right in your home!


Wells, Katie. “Dry Brushing for Skin: Benefits & How to Do It the Right Way.” Wellness Mama®, 23 Jan. 2019, wellnessmama.com/26717/dry-brushing-skin/.

Sutherland, Lee. “Why You Should Start Dry Body Brushing Today.” Mindbodygreen, Mindbodygreen, 6 Oct. 2017, http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7955/why-you-should-start-dry-body-brushing-today.html.

Lemon Oil

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Lemons have such a bright and uplifting color and aroma. The essential oil is often used for cooking, cleaning, skincare, and hair care (Young Living). It is a key ingredient in Young Living’s Thieves Oil blend, among other popular Young Living oil blends, and had become a favorite of many for aromatic diffusing.

The antibacterial properties and lovely, citrus smell make it a great addition to your household cleaners. Live Renewed’s essential oils enthusiast and writer, Emily McClements, discusses in her article “Green Cleaning with Lemon Essential Oil” the wide variety of cleaning uses for the oil. Lemon oil is not only a good, natural replacement for cleaners with harsh chemicals, but according to McClements, it is also great for everything from a “Goo-Be-Gone alternative” to “Carpet Cleaner” to “Spot and Stain Remover” for the laundry.

Lemon Oil is also good for the skin and hair. With an added carrier oil (such as coconut, almond, or avocado oil) it can be added as an astringent to your skincare routine. Although lemon essential oil does not contain citric acid (Tisserand Institute), the oil can still “cause photo-sensitivity”, according to Young Living. This shouldn’t discourage its use, however, as it is a great skincare product. If you intend to use it as a skincare product, simply remember your sunscreen as well!

Another benefit of lemon oil is that it can help to reduce anxiety and stress. A study by “Brain Research” indicated that the exposure to lemon oil reduces an anxiety-inducing stress hormone called corticosterone (Cathy Wong). It is also thought to have pain-relieving properties. Weight loss is another health benefit of using lemon in your cooking and beverages. Lemon has long-term weight loss affects because it helps to stimulate certain hormones in the body that “signal ‘fullness’” (Staughton).

Many people use lemon to freshen up the room by burning lemon candles, using lemon scented air fresheners and cleaners, or even putting lemon peel down the disposal. But next time you need a refreshing, invigorating, and energizing air freshener consider diffusing lemon oil. The anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties of the oil make it an affective air freshener and cleanser.

There are many benefits to using lemon essential oil, and even more than discussed in this article. Lemon oil has been used for years by some and is a new discovery for others. Whether you’re new to the use of essential oils or an “old-time”, the benefits are just as affective and the oil just as refreshing. So bring out your lemon oil and get to carpet cleaning, cooking, hygiene boosting, laundry freshening, or simply diffusing!



“Lemon Essential Oil.” Essential Oils for Beauty | Young Living Essential Oils, Young Living Essential Oils, www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/lemon-essential-oil?gclid=Cj0KCQiAzKnjBRDPARIsAKxfTRDXya-ycZeHEsG_yBOLCV-eIV-OjNJosyaeUrDR93mbhUbeQGktKyQaAuGNEALw_wcB.

Wong, Cathy, and Richard N. Fogoros. “The Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil.” Verywell Health, Verywellhealth, 18 May 2018, www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-lemon-essential-oil-88784.

McClements, Emily. “Green Cleaning with Lemon Essential Oil.” Live Renewed, 21 Dec. 2015, www.liverenewed.com/2013/08/green-cleaning-with-lemon-essential-oil-green-in-365.html.

“Citrus Juice: Essential Oil Constituents in Citrus Juice.” Tisserand Institute, tisserandinstitute.org/learn-more/citrus-juice/.

Staughton, John. “8 Impressive Thieves Essential Oil Benefits & Uses.” Organic Facts, Organic Facts, 3 Jan. 2019, http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/thieves-essential-oil.html.

A History of Thieves Oil


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Thieves Oil is a very popular essential oils blend consisting of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils. While this blend has been used by many to support the immune system and promote overall health, how many of us actually know the blend’s origin?

During the major outbreaks of the bubonic plague in medieval Europe many different remedies were explored and put to use. Doctors and priests used many different mixes of herbs and medicines to ward off the bubonic plague, even administering it to deceased patients in order to prevent it from spreading. It was in France that one particular remedy was created, called the “Marseilles Vinegar” or “Four Thieves Vinegar”. This aromatic vinegar was said to have been used by four thieves (hence the name) that used the concoction to boost their immune systems while they robbed plague victims during a major outbreak in Marseilles.

While this blend was said to be used long before the bubonic plague outbreak across medieval Europe, its use was made known by stories of the Four Marseilles Thieves. The blend of spices, herbs, and vinegar was not only originally a vinegar mix, not an oil blend, but many similar blends emphasized the use of garlic. Some priests and physicians would carry garlic in their pockets, French priests even ingested plain garlic, in order to protect against themselves the plague.

After centuries of use with different blends of spices and herbs, it was not until French herbalist Dr. Jean Valnet retold the story of the Four Thieves around 1920 that the story of the essential oils blend became well-known. The herbalist told the story of the thieves being caught robbing deceased victims of the bubonic plague near Toulouse, France around 1628-1631. The thieves were resistant to the plague, to the court’s surprise, and the blend of spices, herbs, and vinegar that they had used in their masks was cited as the reason they stayed healthy.

After years had gone by the story of the four thieves and their immune boosting blend of spices and herbs had died out. However, in 1977 Dr. John R. Christopher, an American herbalist, released an issue of his newsletter that discussed the health benefits of garlic and brought the story of the thieves back to life. Dr. Christopher included the story of the Thieves blend along with a recipe for it that was also garlic heavy.

But how did we get to the homeopathic essential oils blend that we know today? Dr. Gary Young (the founder of Young Living) was introduced to the homeopathic benefits of essential oils when he was practicing medicine in his clinic in Mexico, and started researching their use. Dr. Young did extensive research on their medicinal value and discovered that the high concentration of the essential oils helped to support the immune systems of his patients.

After some years of using essential oils, work with other doctors, and even more research; Dr. Young started the Young Living company. Having read many different accounts of the story of the four thieves and the immune boosting blend of spices and herbs that they used, Dr. Young decided to create his own version of the remedy with essential oils. The oils blend excluded the vinegar and garlic used in earlier recipes, but now included Eucalyptus Radiata for extra immune support. The oils blend is now very popular and has been made into many different products for everyday use such as cleaner, personal hygiene items, and even lozenges. While the Thieves medicinal blend originally start with a rather cynical purpose, it has persisted through the years, and Dr. Young has brought it to a new and positive light through the use of essential oils.


Admin. “Four Thieves Vinegar: Evolution of Medieval Medicine.” SecretOfTHIEVES.com, 28 July 2016, secretofthieves.com/.


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