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March 8, 2018
by Abundant Health™

The 2018 Reference Guide for Essential Oils Is Here—and Better Than Ever!

We proudly update the Reference Guide for Essential Oils—first published in 1996—to keep pace with how people use essential oils, what scientific research has revealed, and which new Young Living® products have made their debut. This latest edition is our most beautiful, accessible, and authoritative book to date.

Expanded to 704 pages, the Reference Guide is a comprehensive resource for both new and experienced essential oil users.  A revamped design—with many explanatory photos, images, and charts—organizes the content in a fresh way that is easy to learn and teach to others.

New Sections

The table of contents has 2 new and exciting entries: “Introduction to Essential Oils” and “Essential Oils In Depth.” We’ve subdivided, streamlined, and reorganized all the information for both of these background sections.

Introduction to Essential Oils

The new introduction is a complete “EOs 101” course. It covers where essential oils come from, what they are, how they benefit us, and ways to safely and effectively apply them. The emphasis is on the many approaches for practical use. Important points are highlighted, explained, and illustrated.  Even Vita Flex therapy and the Raindrop Technique are outlined with step-by-step photographs.

Essential Oils In Depth

This section will appeal to experienced users who want to broaden their knowledge base. After expanding on some introductory topics, the section zeroes in on scientific foundations: essential oil frequencies, the how-to of blending, and breakdown of chemical constituents with their therapeutic properties.

600+ Personal Guide Entries

At the heart of the Reference Guide is the Personal Guide section. This is where most oil users go most of the time. Here you’ll find which single oils, proprietary blends, supplements, and personal care products can help your health concerns. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual topics are all covered. Application methods are included, along with selected recipes, tips, and testimonials.

100+ Single Oils

Everything you want or need to know about each essential oil is here. You’ll identify the botanical family, extraction method/origin, chemical constituents, properties, common primary uses, folklore, historical uses, other possible uses, body systems affected, aromatic influence, application methods, internal use as a dietary supplement, safety data, blend classification, and best oils for blending.

80+ Oil Blends

Fulfill Your Destiny™ is the newest of so many supportive blends for overcoming, enjoying, and achieving more in life. You’ll learn the single oils and their purpose in each blend, body systems affected, aromatic influence, application, safety data, companion oils, frequency, and more.

Personal Care Products

Along with existing items, this section highlights new Young Living® product lines for the whole family! Shutran™ for men. Savvy Minerals™ makeup for women. Seedlings™ for baby. Every product entry includes all ingredients, essential oils and their purpose, suggested use, and body systems affected.


AminoWise™ and Super Cal Plus™ have joined the outstanding collection of essential oil–infused supplements for a long and healthy life. You’ll know your supplements inside and out with extensive information on each. Identify ingredients, essential oils and their purpose, suggested use, safety data, body systems affected, companion products, companion oils, and frequency.

Notes & New Products

As you use oils, blends, personal care products, and supplements, you can keep a personal reference record of new discoveries. You might also note suggestions and tips from others to try.


The appendix pulls it all together with super-synthesized charts of salient information. You’ll return to this section again and again as you increase your knowledge and expand your experience with essential oils. Again, where applicable, the emphasis is on everyday use. Included charts: body systems, single oil summaries (including products that contain them), blend summaries (including single oils in them), taxonomical division of plant families, and research references. Finally, an extensive index has been manually verified and redacted to reflect only the most relevant material.

With the 2018 Reference Guide, you’ll get all the great benefits you can from pure, therapeutic essential oils!

Abundant Health™, LLC, is a true third-party company that does not profit from the sales of essential oils and is not sponsored by, affiliated with, or endorsed by any essential oil company. We present this material as a third-party, unbiased presentation about oils and products sold by one of the leading essential oil suppliers and producers in the world. Product names in this post are trademarks or registered trademarks of Young Living® Essential Oils. Abundant Health™ is not sponsored by, affiliated with, or endorsed by Young Living®.

March 6, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Deodorizing Tabs

Nobody likes stinky trash or a smelly fridge. These deodorizing tabs are a super simple solution! Baking soda absorbs unpleasant odors, while the essential oils leave a refreshing smell in the odors’ place. Oils that we liked include lemon, orange, Protective Blend, eucalyptus, and peppermint, but you can try any oil that you like. These tabs are effective for 1–2 weeks a piece, and you just throw them away when they lose their smell. They’re easy and clean, and they leave everything smelling wonderful!

Deodorizing Tabs

  • Servings: Yield=24 tabs
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 cups (400 g) baking soda
  • 6–8 Tbsp. (90–120 ml) water
  • Essential oil of choice


  1. Add essential oils to the baking soda until you reach your desired smell. We added 30–40 drops of orange oil.
  2. Slowly add in water while stirring until the mixture begins to feel like wet sand and holds its shape.
  3. Pack the mixture firmly into silicone molds, and let dry for at least 24 hours (more depending on size).
  4. Once completely dry, pop the tabs out of the molds and place in the fridge, garbage can, shoe cabinet, bathroom, or anywhere else you’re hoping to fight harsh odors.
  5. Store the unused tabs in an airtight container such as these PET jars until needed.

We tried using plastic ice cube trays, but the mixture doesn’t dry well in the solid plastic mold. If you want to use them anyway, try letting the tabs dry for 48 hours, popping them out onto a paper towel, and letting them dry another 24 hours there in order to solidify completely.

If they crumble, they may not have dried long enough, or you didn’t add enough water. No worries—sprinkle the crumbs into your trash bag to help with the stinky trash smell!

March 1, 2018
by Abundant Health™

EO Tips for Life: Boost Cleaning Power

Due to the antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties of many essential oils, adding them to your natural cleaning sprays will enhance the cleaning power and provide a little extra boost. Try adding several drops of lemon, sage, or grapefruit essential oil to a spray bottle of vinegar for a natural all-purpose cleaning spray.

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray with Vinegar

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (240 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 15–20 drops disinfecting essential oil(s) such as lemon, sage, or grapefruit
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 8 oz. glass spray bottle


Drop essential oils into the glass bottle. Add vinegar, and then fill the rest of the bottle with water. Screw on the spray top, and shake to combine. Shake before using.

For more essential oil suggestions for cleaning and disinfecting, see Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition.

February 27, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Essential Oil Spotlight: Black Pepper

Black pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum) is steam-distilled from the berries of the plant. This oil is known for its strong, spicy, musky, warm fragrance with herbaceous undertones.

Historically, black pepper was used for thousands of years for malaria, cholera, and several digestive problems. Pepper was used by the Egyptians in mummification, and Indian monks were known to eat black peppercorns to help maintain their incredible stamina and energy.

Black pepper essential oil is most commonly used for fainting. This oil may also increase cellular oxygenation, support digestive glands, stimulate the endocrine system, and increase energy. Other possible uses of this oil include addiction, chills, colds, constipation, coughs, diarrhea, flatulence, flu, nausea, poor circulation, sprains, vertigo, and vomiting.

This essential oil contains analgesic, anticatarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aphrodisiac, expectorant, laxative, rubefacient, and stimulant health properties. Black pepper primarily affects the digestive and nervous systems of the body. The aroma of this oil is comforting and stimulating and is good for the crown chakra.

Safety Data: Black pepper is recognized as safe by the FDA for consumption, but is not for children under 6 years old, and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years and older. This oil can cause extreme skin irritation when used topically if not diluted properly. Test on a small area of the skin before applying directly. If irritation does not occur, you can continue use.

Ways to Use Black Pepper Essential Oil:

  1. Roll-on blends are a great way to apply oils directly to your skin without making a mess. You can apply the blend to the area of concern or to the neck and wrists to allow the oil to quickly be absorbed into the bloodstream for maximum benefits. Simply place the desired oil blend in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill to the top with your favorite carrier oil. Here are some easy roll-on blends for you to use!
    Aches & Pains
    2 drops black pepper
    2 drops Roman chamomile
    2 drops marjoram
    1 drop lavender
    3 drops black pepper
    3 drops lime
    3 drops orange
    3 drops frankincense
    Reaching Nirvana
    6 drops grapefruit
    2 drops peppermint
    1 drop black pepper
    Sore Muscles
    5 drops eucalyptus
    4 drops peppermint
    2 drops ginger
    1 drops black pepper
  2. Black pepper has some great aromatic properties, making it a great component in a diffuser blend! Because of how strong the oil is, you may not want to directly diffuse this oil alone. For that reason, we’ve created a fun diffuser blend for you to try out!
  3. Black pepper oil is great for cooking! The flavor tends to be very potent, so use it in small amounts. Start by dipping a toothpick in the oil, and add more until the desired taste is reached. Here are some of our favorite recipes we’ve made using black pepper essential oil!
  4. Create a massage oil to help increase your circulation by combining 6 drops black pepper, 3 drops marjoram, and 3 drops rosemary with 2 tsp. (10 ml) fractionated coconut oil. Lightly massage into the hands, arms, feet, and legs.
  5. Make some romance-boosting bath salts by combining 4 drops ylang ylang, 4 drops orange, 4 drops bergamot, 2 drops sandalwood, and 2 drops black pepper with 1 cup (250 g) epsom salt. Pour 1/2 cup (125 g) of the mixture under warm running bathwater.

Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, p. 124.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson.

February 22, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Emotions & Essential Oils

Essential oils have a great impact on the emotions due to their ability to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and affect the hormones. Maintaining emotional balance is an important part of both mental and physical health. Emotional balance allows the mind to focus and the body to heal faster.

Although there are many different emotions, and it can seem impossible to keep them all in check, there are some easy things you can do to balance them. Some great oils to help with overall balance include balsam fir, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, orange, Roman chamomile, sandalwood, and vetiver. This may seem like a lot of options, but just experiment to find the ones that work best for you. You may be drawn to certain aromas and feel indifferent to others. Pay attention to how you feel when you diffuse the oils, as your body is trying to tell you which ones it needs!

While you are working toward emotional balance, you may need to target more complex emotions such as the following:

*Anxiety is the body’s way of preparing itself to deal with future stressful events. The symptoms can be both physical and mental, but they can be eased with essential oils. Some oils that are good for anxiety are lavender, orange, lemon, and frankincense.

*Depression is a condition marked by excessive sadness, energy loss, feelings of worthlessness, irritability, sudden weight loss or gain, trouble sleeping, and loss of interest in activities normally enjoyed. Oils that help with depression include lemon, frankincense, lavender, bergamot, rosemary, and grapefruit.

Fear causes the blood vessels to tighten, restricting the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can reach the cells. Some oils that help to calm fear are bergamot, clary sage, cypress, fir, geranium, juniper, and marjoram.

Grief and Sorrow tend to follow the loss of something or someone dear. Oils can calm your sadness and lift your spirits, all while helping your mind and body adapt. Some oils that help with grief include bergamot, clary sage, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, and Roman chamomile.

*If you experience chronic anxiety or depression, visit a healthcare professional. Although essential oils can benefit many conditions and ease symptoms, they are not meant as a substitute for professional medical advice.

There’s nothing more amazing than a feeling of complete emotional balance and stability—and with essential oils, this can be possible!

Abundant Health offers some great products that can supplement your research on essential oils and emotions, as well as your teaching efforts. These awesome tear pads about emotions, anxiety, and depression are a great place to start. They include information on what oils work best and how to use them. Click here to learn more!

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition.

February 20, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Addiction & Essential Oils

Addictions of every kind are increasingly common in the world today, and many are struggling to overcome them. Addiction recovery is not an easy journey; however, adding essential oils into your routine can aid you on the path to recovery. Essential oils can’t cure addictions, but they can relieve emotional pain as well as dependence, stress, and withdrawal symptoms.

In the Reference Guide for Essential Oils, addiction is defined as “an obsession, compulsion, or extreme psychological dependence that interferes with an individual’s ability or desire to function normally.” When we hear the word addiction, we tend to immediately think of alcohol and drugs, but an addiction can be a dependency on any number of things. Many addictions are simply caused by an emotional instability that forces the body to fill it with something else. Other addictions are caused by heavily addictive substances entering the body. In both cases, essential oils can help a person refrain from addictive behaviors and may even help heal the brain and body.

Essential oils are not intended as a replacement for medical attention and other rehabilitation efforts. We encourage anyone struggling with addiction to seek out support groups, consult with a medical professional, participate in recovery programs, avoid triggers, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and distract him- or herself with other activities. Recovery is all about finding yourself, so it’s important that everyone gets the individual help that they need.

Essential oils can help one relax, which is extremely important, as stress is one of the most common triggers for addictive behavior. Oils can also help with mental clarity, lack of sleep, mood regulation, anxiety reduction, etc. Below are some oils that can be a great help on the path to addiction recovery.

Grapefruit is commonly used to help with withdrawal, depression, appetite suppression, mental stress, anorexia and bulimia, and drug addictions.

Black Pepper can be used to help with increased energy, addiction (especially to tobacco), appetite loss, and nausea.

Clove in commonly used to help with tobacco addictions (relieves desire to smoke), muscle aches and pains, metabolism balance, and nausea.

Lavender is used to relieve anxiety, increase alertness and mental clarity, treat insomnia and nausea, and relieve tension, stress, depression, and pain.

Lemon is used to increase concentration, relieve anxiety, depression, stress, and anemia, improve clarity of thought, energize, relax, and help with overeating.

Orange can be used for fear, obesity, anxiety, relaxation, and withdrawal symptoms. It is emotionally uplifting.

Peppermint is commonly used to calm breathing, increase concentration, relieve cramps, headaches, heartburn, nausea, fatigue, and muscle aches, energize, improve memory, and treat shock.

Roman Chamomile is used for anxiety, shock, soothing and clearing the mind, calming, cleansing the blood and liver, depression, insomnia, relieving stress, and promoting peace and patience.

Rosemary is used to help with alcohol addictions, muscle cramps, headaches, low blood pressure, mental fatigue, nervous exhaustion, and stress.

These are only some of the oils that can aid you on your path to addiction recovery. To learn more about essential oils for addiction, consult the Reference Guide for Essential Oils. Remember that the journey to recovery is difficult and long, but not impossible! Addiction recovery is possible if you have a strong support system and goals in place. Now go take your life back!

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition.

February 15, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Essential Oil Spotlight: Patchouli

Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin) is steam-distilled from the leaves and flowers of the plant. This oil is recognized by its earthy, herbaceous, sweet-balsamic, and rich aroma. Patchouli primarily affects the skin.

Patchouli contains anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic, antitoxic, astringent, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, insecticidal, stimulant (digestive), and tonic health properties. Aromatically, it is sedating, calming, and relaxing, even reducing anxiety in some cases. Patchouli may also have an influence on sex and physical energy.

Anciently, patchouli was used by Asians to fight infection, cool fevers, tone the skin, and as an antidote for insect and snake bites. Today, common uses of patchouli include allergies (skin), bug repellent, dermatitis/eczema, hemorrhoids, insect repellent, jock itch, snake bites, and wrinkles. Other possible uses include acne, appetite, cellulite, congestion, dandruff, depression, hives, skin conditions (chapped; tightens loose skin), water retention, weight reduction, and wrinkles.

Safety Data: Patchouli has been approved by the FDA as safe for human consumption and can be used as a flavoring agent. It is safe to use during pregnancy and with children over 6 years old when diluted.

Ways to Use Patchouli Essential Oil:

  1. Bath salts are a great way to relax while absorbing the benefits of essential oil. Add 10 drops patchouli, 7 drops cypress, and 3 drops rose to 1 cup (250 g) epsom salt, and mix thoroughly. Add the salts to your bath by mixing under the running tap of warm water.
  2. Roll-on blends make applying oils so simple! Just add the oils, and fill the remainder of the bottle with your favorite carrier oil. Here are some blends using patchouli that you can try out! These blends should be mixed with 2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil and placed in a 10 ml roll-on bottle.
    Calm the Nerves
    5 drops patchouli
    4 drops rose
    2 drops neroli
    Emotional Balance
    5 drops patchouli
    4 drops orange
    2 drops geranium
    4 drops orange
    3 drops tangerine
    2 drops patchouli
    Sweet Dreams
    4 drops lavender
    3 drops neroli
    2 drops patchouli
    1 drop ylang ylang

  3. Patchouli is amazing in lotions, creams, and massage oils because of its powerful effects on the skin. Try some of these recipes to get you started.
    Calming Massage Oil
    3 drops patchouli
    2 drops orange
    1 drop frankincense
    2 tsp. (10 ml) jojoba oil
    Combine the essential oils with the jojoba oil, and lightly massage into your skin.
    Anti-Itch Foot Cream
    6 drops patchouli
    2 drops lavender
    2 drops tea tree
    1 oz. (25 ml) fractionated coconut oil
    Combine these ingredients in a 1 oz. plastic bottle, and rub onto feet whenever necessary.
  4. Patchouli has some great aromatic benefits, making it a diffuser essential! Its great ability to help us calm dawn and relax makes this diffuser blend complete. Simply diffuse this around bedtime to help you and the whole family get more of that beauty rest!
  5. Create a room spray to enhance your meditation by adding 6 drops lavender, 6 drops cedarwood, 4 drops frankincense, and 4 drops patchouli to 1 oz. (25 ml) water and 1 tsp. (5 ml) witch hazel. Place these ingredients in a 1 oz. spray bottle, and shake to combine. Spray around the room, and begin your meditation and relaxation routine.

Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, p. 123.
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson.

February 13, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Mini Heart Pies

Looking for a cute Valentine’s Day dessert? These mini heart pies are super simple—and adorable! We’ve also included some of our favorite pie filling recipes that use essential oils. You can enjoy these delicious pies any day of the year, not just on February 14.

Mini Heart Pies

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 refrigerated or homemade pie crust
  • Pie filling (recipes below)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) milk
  • White sugar
  • 3–4″ (7.5–10 cm) heart-shaped cookie cutter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Using cookie cutter, cut the pie dough into several hearts. You should be able to make 8–10 pies (16–20 hearts total).
  3. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat, and place half of the hearts on the pan.
  4. Whisk egg and milk together, and wet the edges of the hearts with this mixture.
  5. Place a small amount of filling in the center of each heart.
  6. Cut a small x in the center of each remaining heart, and place on top of the filled hearts.
  7. Using a fork, crimp the edges of the hearts together.
  8. Brush the sealed pies with the egg wash, and dust with white sugar.
  9. Bake the pies for 14–16 minutes, or until the crust is browned.
  10. Move pies to a cooling rack, and allow them to cool.
  11. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Strawberry Lemon Pie Filling

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 4 cups (600 g) fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup (200 g) white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. (25 g) cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) water
  • 5–10 drops lemon essential oil (to taste)


  1. Cut the strawberries into small pieces, and crush 1/4 of them.
  2. In a pot over medium heat, cook the crushed strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, and water until the mixture thickens up. Chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Combine the cooked mixture with the fresh strawberries and lemon oil. Fill your mini pies with this sweet-tangy mixture.

Apple Cinnamon Pie Filling

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 4–6 apples, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) water
  • 3 Tbsp. (25 g) cornstarch
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil


  1. Place sugar, water, cornstarch, and oils in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add apples, and simmer on medium heat until mixture thickens and apples soften.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes before adding to pie crusts.

February 8, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Enhance the Romance Diffuser Blend

Many essential oils are known to help enhance a romantic mood. With Valentine’s Day approaching, we could all use a little more romance in our lives. This diffuser blend can act as an aphrodisiac and will undoubtedly help to relax and energize your body, not to mention enhance your romantic feelings and desires.

In need of a new diffuser? Click here to learn about some of the incredible diffusers we offer!

February 6, 2018
by Abundant Health™

EO Tips for Life: Make Fake Flowers Real

Do you have fake flowers that you wish smelled real? Well, they can—just add essential oils!

You’ll want to use floral-scented essential oils such as rose, geranium, lavender, ylang yang, or neroli. Add your chosen scent (or mix a few of the oils) to a small spray bottle. Add a little water (the more you add, the lighter the scent), shake, and then spray on your fake flowers. Feel free to recharge by spraying it some more whenever you want to breathe in a real floral scent!

To learn more about the aromatic influence of these floral essential oils, see the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley.

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