In Memory of Gary Young

My words have been in a muddle since I found out about Gary but here is an attempt to share my heart:

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On May 12th Gary passed away due to complications following multiple strokes. Saturday was a bittersweet day. We had just completed our team’s third Spring Expo as the news came through on our phones.

Spring Expo is our team’s way of coming together and sharing the knowledge we have with our members. It is a celebration filled with friendship, fun, giving, sharing, dreaming, and wellness. I share these details, because the idea for the expos was sparked by Gary’s modeling of care and concern for his members and the value he placed on teaching and learning. He took great pride and responsibility in teaching us all as much as he could about everything he knew.

After meeting him once, I knew he was the “real deal” as my husband calls him. Gary was humble and warm and filled with knowledge that he gained by being available, observant, and receptive, to every detail his life had to offer. With his hands in the dirt, he learned. With a passion for more, he sought after plants and farms and lands that could provide us with the best oils in the world.

My favorite memories of Gary were not from the flashy conventions when he came in on a trapeze rope, or when he was dropped by helicopter, nor when he jousted with a dark night; however, those are some good ones too! Still, my favorite memories are the simple ones.

Listening to Gary tell stories at the farm was a gift. I remember one hot day, his birthday in fact, we sat from lunch until way past dinner time and listened to him teach about how to use oils and what his work entailed, and on to details about the new Northern Lights Farm in Canada. I wrote and listened and wrote and listened.

Those notebooks are my treasures. His teachings are precious to me, and I am grateful to have been one of the lucky ones who got to sit at his boots and learn.
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Today is Gary’s memorial. This is not just an end of a precious life, but also an end of an era. Young Living has grown exponentially in the last few years. Growth is a beautiful thing for this means that Gary’s vision for reaching the world with the amazing benefits of essential oils is taking place. However, with that growth, less personal contact with the original YL teachers is a sad reality. With Gary in heaven, I know the times at the farm will be different too. This is where my sense of loss begins.

I pray that those of us who had the chance to learn from Gary will continue to share his wisdom with every willing ear. I hope we will continue to tell our stories of Gary, our journeys, our oily testimonies, and our victories.

I have few regrets in life, for with each mistake came a lesson; but, I do wish I had stepped forward sooner and joined Young Living the first time my dear friend shared Thieves oil with me. This would have meant more days at the farm learning from the only person in the world who could tell those important life-giving stories. Still, I am eternally grateful for the time and experiences I had in the presence of this amazing teacher.

Rest well, Gary. Thank you for providing so well for us! You will be greatly missed.

To honor Gary with a gift to the YL Foundation, click here.

The Young Living Feelings Kit

Feelings Kit

I highly recommend adding affirmations to your oil application. Here are some suggestions for each oil in the Feelings Kit.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)

Valor II-

Courage

  • Let the weak, say I am strong. Joel 3:10
  • I push through fear and do it anyway.
  • I am fearless.
  • Kind heart. Fierce mind. Brave Spirit.
  • Be strong and courageous. Joshua 1:9
  • Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created. Esther 4:14
  • Rise up. Take Courage, and do it. Ezra 10:4
  • When you go through deep waters. I will be with you. Isaiah 43:2
  • What good are wings, without the courage to fly?
  • Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. – Nora Ephron
  • “A ship is always safe at the shore but that is not what it’s built for.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” Mark Twain
  • “Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” Winston Churchill

Harmony-

Peaceful Assurance

  • Have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8
  • I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.
  • My mind, body, and soul are in harmony.
  • Live in harmony with one another. Romans 12:16
  • When compassion is stronger than ego. Harmony.
  • “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” Doug Floyd
  • Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.
  • “Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • Ego says: “Once everything falls into place, I will find peace.” Spirit says: “Find peace and everything will fall into place.”
  • Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:1

Forgiveness-

Pardon

  • Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. Psalm 103:2-4
  • The past is gone. I live only in the present.
  • I am forgiving, loving, gentle and kind and am safe in the knowledge that God loves me.
  • I have heard your prayer and seen your tears I will heal you. 2 Kings 20:5
  • Trust God to use bad for good. Romans 8:28
  • Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God is Christ Forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
  • “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got.” R. Brault

Present Time

Stay

  • God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
  • I am grateful that I can let go and enjoy the present
  • I accept that I can only live in the present moment
  • Do not be anxious about anything. Philippians 4:6
  • wherever you are be all there…
  • “Be present in all things, and thankful for all things.” – Maya Angelou
  • The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
  • If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present in the present… gratefully.
  • Present over perfect

Release

Let it Go!

  • Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
  • I release my chaotic money mind. My mind is clear of distractions. I am focused.
  • I breathe freely without constraints.
  • Notice how the trees do not cling to their leaves fall is about releasing the old to make way for the new.
  • Yet, not I but the grace of God within me. 1 Corinthians 15:10
  • Forgive, as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
  • When you enter His Presence with Praise, He enters your circumstance with Power.
  • Replace what you don’t know about the future with what you do know about God!

Inner Child

Begin Again

  • I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
  • Every day I understand myself better.
  • I accept every experience in my life as a path to growth and development.

Close with Valor to walk with courage in your new understanding and realizations.

Medicine: the good, the bad, and the ugly.


I have been off the grid a couple of weeks dealing with a strange but semi-serious issue. I have also gone back and forth about sharing this issue with our Young Living community. Mostly, because it’s personal, but also because the nature of the issue isn’t generally appropriate for social media. With that said, you have been warned, this may be TMI.

13 years ago, after the birth of my daughter I had an IUD inserted. Immediately following insertion, I knew it was a bad idea. I wanted it out, but I waited until the 6 week follow-up appointment, to see if I would change my mind. I had not.

However, when the doctor attempted to remove it, she could not find the strings. I was scheduled for a procedure to locate it in the uterus; it was not in there. The doctor’s final word was that the device must have fallen out.

I still felt like something was not right, but had no medical proof or means to do anything about it. I had discomfort, even through another pregnancy, and hormonal irregularity, for years to follow.

Last week, 13 years following that procedure, I went to the ER with pain in my right side, that had replaced the previous discomfort. A CT scan revealed that missing IUD attached to an inflamed appendix. The doctor removed both. A few days later, I was re-admitted with further complications, and had a 3 night stay to correct the situation.

Yes, really.

So why am sharing all of this?

I regularly teach about the importance of listening to our bodies. This is a great example of why this is so very important. I didn’t know enough thirteen years ago to advocate for myself or demand better answers.

I do now.

Every step of the way, this time, I have asked questions and been involved in my care. I am using my oils for my immune and emotional support. Overall, I am just really relieved that the discomfort in my side was not in my imagination.

I am puzzled as to why my medical professionals, dismissed it for so many years. But I am absolutely more confident in my ability to assess when something is not right with my body.

At one point, I even began avoiding the doctor and finding alternative ways to heal. I’m glad this happened, because I have learned a lot about nutrition and supplements to support my body. However, there are times when I need a doctor and the fact that I hesitate to seek treatment is probably unsafe.

So, I write this post to urge you to always listen to your body. As an oiler, I am not anti-medicine. I have been surrounded by good caring medical professionals the for the last two weeks and I am grateful beyond measure.

I do believe we should all be educated consumers, who work to find doctors who will value our questions and requests regarding our healthcare. We need these professionals on our sides.

However, I will never blindly trust any food, drug, or FDA approved medical device. Anything I put in my body or in my family’s body will need to be researched and ultimately approved by me. If you’re wondering if my issue is a rare one, just google IUD lawsuits. It’s a sad but real problem. These devices are still on the market and used by people I love.

I can also tell you that it is very easy to get medication in hospitals and at doctors offices. But the benefits long-term are not always what we need. With each prescription, I sit pen in hand, asking about the side effects and necessity of each. I have said no to several drug suggestions that were not pertinent to my recovery but merely for resting. I replaced my resting meds with my oils and have done well.

Over the years, I had to learn to discern the difference between healing meds and symptom stoppers. I am grateful to be a part of a community that makes wellness and education a priority. Otherwise, I may have accepted the false diagnosises, meds, and side-effects, for my condition which was actually a foreign object.

I appreciate your prayers as I heal and get back out there!

Chemical Free Skin Care

Have you tried Young Living Essential Oils for your skincare needs? If not, you are missing out on a luxurious, chemical-free experience! These oils have been used throughout history to keep skin healthy and radiant.

The skin is our largest organ. This means unhealthy skin is often a result of illness or toxic overload inside the body. Likewise, everything that touches our skin also has the potential to enter our bodies. So, due to our bodies natural give and take relationship with the world around us and it’s portrayal of our internal health, good food, hydration, chemical free environments, moisturizing, and cleansing, all contribute not only to healthy skin but healthy living. Hormonal balance and stress reduction will also improve the appearance of skin.

Take a look at some of the skin benefits of the oils featured above:

Frankincense- anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-aging, and scar prevention.

Patchouli- tightens loose skin, prevents wrinkles, UV protection, and reduces puffy appearance in the skin.

Myrrh- helps with wrinkles, chapped, cracked, and inflamed skin.

Geranium- blemishes, eliminate toxins, may balance sebum, and improves the look of pale skin.

Carrot Seed- wrinkles, sunburn, and dryness.

Manuka- chafing, rashes, oily skin, and mild sunburn.

Thankfully, in addition to supporting the skin, essential oils support all of the systems in the body for whole body health. Products that are filled with toxic chemicals disrupt the endocrine system, overload the liver and kidneys, and are often carcinogenic. Curious if your products contain these types of toxic ingredients? Take a look at the label and look for aluminum, alcohol, DEA/TEA, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Talc, or Parabens (Poepping, 2015).

Young Living Oils are also a cost-effective way to care for your skin. Each 15 ml bottle of YL oil contains approximately 250-300 drops of the highest quality oil you can buy. One drop a day in your palm and dispersed over the skin with a drop of warm water would means 9 months of skin care. Some of the more valuable oils might seem pricey, but at $73.50 for a bottle of Frankincense, the cost would be less than $9 a month. Serums can be blended for even less. Generally, a serum is 10 ml of quality carrier oil and 15 drops of YL essential oils. There are recipes all over Pinterest and in The Chemical Free Home books by Melissa Poepping, for exploring.

The YL formulated skincare line is also fantastic and last for months due to their concentration. My daughter and I share the Sherlume moisturizer and it has lasted us about 5 months. I simply add one to my Essential Reward order every 6th month, get 20% back on that product, bringing it to $5.42 per person per month. If I didn’t share it would last 10 months! Super affordable and clean skincare!

The ability to change my daily skin routine, if the need arises, is incredibly valuable to me. Stress, traveling, food choice, weather, and pollution levels, change daily, and all affect my skin, so I am grateful for my YL oils and their versatility to support my skin care needs.

 

 

 

 

References:

Higley, A. & C., (1996-2010). Quick reference guide for using essential oils (12th ed.). Spanish Fork, UT: Abundant Health

Poepping, M. (2015). The chemical free home. Essentially Sweet Health, LLC.