This is the 19th installment and the 19th week of the 99 Bottles of Oils on the Wall series. Each week, I’ve taken 5 essential oils or blends down from my oil cabinet and other hiding places, passed information around on the featured 5, and repeated the next week. Each week, I’ve also given 1 of the 5 featured oils to a lucky follower of Oils & Spoils on WordPress and, more recently, likes on the Oils & Spoils Facebook page. Your kind words and shared passion are amazing.
You might have noticed there are only 3 bottles of essential oils in the picture above. At 83 bottles of essential oils and blends, I am at the end of my oily stash. Mic drop.Ah, but fear not, I have a plan, which I’ll share in just a moment.
This Week’s Featured 3 Essential Oils
Angelica: After featuring White Angelica, aka “the poor person’s Angelica” and “patience in a bottle,” in 24 Bottles of Oils on the Wall, I decided to cash in some Essential Rewards points and try Angelica, known as “holy spirit root” or “oil of angels” by the Europeans during the time of the plague (1660). They chewed the stems of the plant to prevent infection and burned the seeds and roots in an effort to purify the air. Angelica is steam distilled from the plan’s seeds and roots. Always honest with you, when I took the cap off the bottle and took a big whiff, angels didn’t sing. And neither did my nose. There’s a school of thought that if an oil is stinky to you, then that means your body needs that oil the most. Where Angelica is concerned, it’s the truth for me, the me that’s almost always going Mach 3 with my hair on fire. When diffused or directly inhaled, Angelica’s aroma is calming and relaxing. If you love Young Living Essential Oils‘ proprietary blend Stress Away, you will love Angelica. Angelica can also help with respiratory, tummy and female issues and can be applied topically, diluted 1:1 (1 part essential oil with 1 part carrier oil). Angelia is found in the following Young Living Essential Oils products: Awaken, Forgiveness, Grounding, Harmony, Live with Passion, Oola Balance and Surrender.
Wintergreen: Wintergreen is steam distilled from leaves and bark. Among its early uses, Wintergreen leaves were chewed by Native Americans to increase their respiratory capacity for running and labor and by the children of early America settlers to prevent tooth decay. Wintergreen was also used as a substitute for black tea during the Revolutionary War. Because Wintergreen helps to reduce soreness and pain, it is found in the following Young Living Essential Oils products: BLM, Deep Relief Roll-On, Ortho Ease and Ortho Sport massage oils, PanAway, Raven, Regenolone Moisturizing Cream, SuperCal, and Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste. I keep Deep Relief and PanAway handy for aches and pains. When diffused, Wintergreen is stimulating and helps to create awareness. Wintergreen can also be directly inhaled and applied topically, diluted 1:2. Caution: Avoid use if epileptic. Anticoagulant properties can also be enhanced when Wintergreen is used with Warfarin or aspirin.
Ylang Ylang: Ylang Ylang, the essential oil with the name I have a hard time pronouncing, is steam distilled from flowers picked early in the morning to maximize the amount of oil yielded. Ylang Ylang means “flower of flowers” and is great for the libido and hair, as well as the heart, blood pressure and mood. When diffused, the sweet floral aroma of Ylang Ylang is romantic and relaxing. Ylang Ylang can also be directly inhaled and applied topically, diluted 1:1. Caution: Use sparingly if you have low blood pressure. Ylang Ylang is found in the following Young Living Essential Oils products: A.R.T. Creme Masque and Renewal Serum, Acceptance, Animal Scents Ointment, Aroma Life, AromaGuard Meadow Mist Deodorant, Australian Blue, Awaken, Believe, Boswellia Wrinkle Cream, Clarity, Common Sense, Dragon Time Bath & Shower Gel and Massage Oil, Dream Catcher, Evening Peace Bath & Shower Gel, FemiGen, Forgiveness, Gathering, Genesis hand & Body Lotion, Gentle Baby, Gratitude, Grounding, Harmony, Highest Potential, Humility, Inner Child, Inspiration, Into the Future, Joy, KidScents Lotion, Lady Sclareol, Lavender-Rosewood Moisturizing Soap, Magnify Your Purpose, Motivation, Oola Grow, Peace & Calming, Prenolone Plus Body Cream, Present Time, Relaxation Massage Oil, Release, Rose Ointment, Sacred Mountain Moisturizing Soap, Sandalwood Moisture Cream, SARA, Sensation (blend, Bath & Shower Gel, Hand & Body Lotion and Massage Oil), White Angelica, and Wolfberry Eye Cream.
No doubt about it, this week’s featured 3 essential oils will make you feel James Brown good. This week’s giveaway essential oil is a 15 ml bottle of Wintergreen. I’ll draw a lucky winner from Oils & Spoils WordPress followers and Oils & Spoils Facebook likes.
And so, we have reached the end of my stash of essential oils and blends, but not the end of 99 Bottles of Oils on the Wall. The 2016 Young Living Essential Oils Product Guide lists 85 singles and 83 blends, and there is the blend from convention, so at least 169 singles and blends. With 83 singles and blends of my own, it looks like I’m almost halfway to getting them all. I want all the oils! So, the 99 Bottles of Oils on the Wall will hopefully be like a beloved old friend who comes to visit on occasion, like when I acquire more oils.
Speaking of acquiring more oils, I mentioned early on in this novella, that I had acquired Angelica with my Essential Rewards points. If you’re a Young Living Essential Oils member and find yourself ordering $50 or more each month, consider joining Essential Rewards. You get points toward free oils. The percentage of points increases over the course of a year and tops out at 20 percent. I’ve received over $600 in free oils over the past year and a half. It’s an auto ship program, but you can change your order and processing date as much as you want up to the processing date day. I change mine frequently, because I want all the oils, lol.
In between visits from our old friend, 99 Bottles of Oils on the Wall, I’ll be reviewing Young Living Essential Oils products, as well as some my favorite non-YLEO products. I’ll also start a new Oils & Spoils series that chronicles my journey to become a certified aromatherapist. I’ve fallen off on this goal, and sharing my steps with you will help me to be more accountable. If you’d like to join me on this journey, I’m currently taking the French Aromatherapy certification course at The School for Aromatic Studies. After I am certified in French Aromatherapy, I’m going for full aromatherapy certification, which consists of 2 courses. I’d love for us to help each other reach our goals!
And what would Oils & Spoils be without Make and Break? I’ll be posting soon about my experience making essential oil soy wax baby jar candles. While I have no baby, I have a diabetic dog who is more inclined to eat her food with a little bit of chicken or turkey baby food on top. This is the only time I can give her the insulin shot she needs twice daily. This has also generated a ton of glass baby jars for me, which I’ve used mostly for Stress Away bath salts samples. Behold, my supplies for Holiday candles:
Until next time and in between visits from 99 Bottles of Oils on the Wall, Oh, the Pieces We Will Blog!
Oils & Spoils Update
Just one, a reminder that this is the final week for new Young Living Essential Oils members to get a free bottle of Thieve Laundry Soap with the purchase of a Premium Starter Kit. Click on any of the Young Living Essential Oils links in this blog and the Get Started link to order. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions or need any help.