Lavender is a beloved flower known for its beautiful purple blooms and calming aroma. Not only is it used in a variety of beauty products, but it also has several benefits for your health and well-being. In fact, lavender essential oil is derived from the lavender plant, a member of the mint family native to the Mediterranean. At Young Living's Lavender Farms and Distilleries in Utah, Idaho, and France, the plants are carefully cultivated to create high-quality essential oil. It takes about 27 square feet of lavender plants to produce just one 15 mL bottle of lavender oil.
But what makes lavender oil so special? For starters, it can help create a restful environment for sleep and soothe dry skin when applied topically. Its calming scent can also promote relaxation and improve overall well-being. There are many ways to incorporate lavender oil into your daily routine. For instance, you can diffuse it at bedtime, add a few drops to your skin care routine, or use it to create a calm atmosphere in your home. Lavender oil is also great for soothing sunburned skin, adding a floral aroma to DIY projects, and enhancing the health and appearance of your hair and complexion.
In the kitchen, lavender oil can add a unique and sophisticated flavor to your dishes. You can also mix it with peppermint oil for a cool, tingling massage that promotes tranquility.
Additionally, lavender oil can be used to support a healthy respiratory system, and it may even help alleviate occasional stress and tension.
With so many uses and benefits, it's no wonder lavender oil is such a popular choice. Whether you're looking to relax, soothe your skin, or add a touch of floral aroma to your home, lavender oil is a versatile and indispensable oil to have on hand.
To summarize, here are 10 reasons why we think lavender essential oil is so great!
To learn more about Young Living essential oils, start your essential oil journey today!
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts known for their therapeutic and aromatic properties. They are widely used in aromatherapy, cosmetics, and natural remedies, and many swear by their effectiveness. However, like all-natural products, essential oils have a shelf life and can oxidize over time. Oxidation means the oils slowly break down over time as they are exposed to oxygen.
So, do essential oils go bad? The answer is yes. Essential oils eventually lose their potency. The shelf life of an essential oil depends on a few factors, including the type of oil, the extraction method, and how it is stored. Some essential oils can last for several years, while others may only last a few months. We at Sha-Faun want you to get the most out of your Young Living essential oils. Here are some things to consider when it comes to making your essential oils last.
Factors Influencing Essential Oils Shelf Life
One factor that affects the shelf life of essential oils is the extraction method. Essential oils can be extracted from plants using steam distillation, solvent extraction, or cold pressing. Steam-distilled essential oils tend to have a longer shelf life than those extracted using other methods, as the high heat used in the distillation process helps to preserve the oil. On the other hand, cold-pressed essential oils tend to have a shorter shelf life.
The type of oil also plays a role in its shelf life. Some essential oils, such as tea tree oil and peppermint oil, are known for their long shelf lives and can last for several years when stored properly. Others, like citrus oils, are more prone to oxidations and should be used within a few months of opening.
Prolonging the Life of Your Essential Oils
Proper storage is key to ensuring that your essential oils stay fresh and potent for as long as possible. Essential oils should be stored in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight and heat. They should also be kept in airtight containers to prevent exposure to air and moisture. At Sha Faun Enterprises, we prefer glass bottles with a dropper or roller top. Glass bottles with dropper tops or roll-on applicators are an excellent choice for storing essential oils, as they allow you to dispense small amounts at a time without exposing the oil to air.
How can you tell if your essential oils have gone bad?
There are a few signs to look for:
If you notice any of these changes in your essential oils, it's best to discard them and purchase a fresh batch. The good news is that this gives you permission to use your essential oils regularly, so you can be sure to use them before they oxidize on you!
Essential oils do go bad. Proper storage and using them during their prime can help to preserve their potency and effectiveness. Pay attention to storage best practices to ensure you get the maximum benefit from them.
To learn more about Young Living essential oils, start your essential oil journey today!
That cool, perhaps slightly tingly sensation you feel when you run a peppermint oil roller on your wrist is what makes oils like peppermint so helpful when you have a headache. That same tingling sensation is the same reason you always use a carrier oil and rarely use oils neat (without a carrier oil).
Essential oils are concentrated oil extracts from plants. Because they are highly concentrated, they can cause sensitivities or skin reactions, especially when used without blending into a carrier oil first.
To help you avoid strong reactions to essential oils, we’ve put together a list of things you should know to prevent essential oil reactions.
Sha Faun’s Tips for Avoiding Essential Oils Reactions
1. Many, if not most, essential oils require dilution with a carrier oil.
When buying essential oils, you should always check the labels to see if you’re using pure or pre-blended oils (meaning they already have a carrier oil). When using essential oils with your kiddos, be extra cautious and use more carrier oil than you would with yourself. Their young skin is not war-torn and aged like ours, and they are more sensitive to most things, not just essential oils.
2. Be aware of photoreactive oils.
Some oils react strongly when exposed to light, especially sunlight. Many citrus oils are photoreactive, meaning they will cause an almost sunburn-like reaction on your skin after exposure to the sun. Here at Sha Faun Enterprises, we light to stick to using those more photoreactive oils in the evenings so, by the time we wake up, we’re safe to go out into the sun!
3. Use only high-quality oils.
Essential oils have grown so much in popularity that you can find them on the shelves of many stores. But not all essential oils are the same. Lower-quality ingredients, fillers, and synthetic fragrances plague essential oil shelves, and you must be careful by reading the labels before buying. Look for trusted brands like Young Living that use only the highest-quality ingredients sourced from trusted relationships that Young Living has built over the years. The labels should always include the scientific name of the plants the oil is derived from and not much else as far as ingredients go.
4. Test your skin for sensitivity.
As excited as we are to have you join us on this essential oil journey, no two bodies are the same. What works for our skin could cause irritation or sensitivity to your or your children’s skin. Always patch-test a small amount of your recipe somewhere, like the inside of your elbow, before slathering an oil roller all over yourself. As you use more and more oils, you’ll figure out if you’re sensitive to any and be able to avoid those oils. While true allergies might be rare, they can and do happen — these are botanical compounds, after all.
5. If you experience a reaction, don’t reach for water.
Oil and water don’t mix, meaning water won’t do a very good job diluting an essential oil if you experience a reaction, such as a mild tingling or burning sensation. Instead, grab your carrier oil or your bottle of olive oil from your kitchen cabinet to dilute the essential oils on your skin.
As the say goes, “Too much of a good thing is still too much.” Essential oils complement your home, health, and beauty routines, but we want you to know all the information so you can use Young Living essential oils safely to get the best results.
For more ways to learn about Young Living essential oils, start your journey with us today!
Learning how to store your essential oils properly will help you preserve your oils for longer and ensure you can use your Young Living essential oils down to the very last drop. To get the most out of your favorite essential oils, we’re sharing Sha Faun’s tip for keeping your essential oils safe!
Sha Faun Enterprises Essential Oil Storage Tips
Let’s start with the bottle.
You’ll notice that your essential oils often come in a dark glass bottle (or, at least, they should!). There are two reasons for this. First, your oils are susceptible to damage from exposure to the sun. The dark glass bottles help block out sunlight preventing damage to your essential oils.
The second reason for the glass bottles is that plastic degrades over time, especially with some of our “hot” essential oils like cinnamon or clove. One important takeaway with glass bottles is when you’re creating homemade oil blends or different products with your essential oils, try and store those in glass bottles and containers.
Keep your lids closed tightly.
No matter how frequently you use your essential oils, it’s important to ensure you’re closing them tightly each time you use them. Essential oils start to oxidize the day you first break that seal. Tightly closing your bottles can help preserve your oils and slow the oxidation process.
Where to store your essential oils
A dark, cool storage place is ideal. Cabinets work great for storing your essential oils in a cool, dark location. If you want to display your essential oils on a cute wall shelf, that’s perfectly fine. Just be sure you keep them out of direct sunlight.
Is cold storage okay?
Essential oils don’t NEED cold storage, but they also won’t be harmed by cold storage. The benefit of putting your essential oils in the fridge is the temperature consistency that the refrigerator provides. If you know you won’t be using your essential oils for a while, feel free to store them in your fridge, which will keep a constant temperature all year.
What about freezing?
Freezing is the same thing for your oils — consistent temps. Not a necessity, but it also won’t damage your essential oils. A cool massage using some cold essential oils sounds great right about now!
What about traveling with essential oils?
Many of us at Sha-Faun Enterprises love to bring some of our favorite essential oils with us when we travel. That oil roller of peppermint oils helps when that jet lag headache kicks in!
A fully enclosed zipper or toiletry bag is perfect for storing your oils while traveling. One word of caution: Don’t place your essential oils in your check bag, especially if traveling between climates. The storage area of airplanes is not temperature controlled, and you don’t want your essential oils going through rapid temperature changes —which can damage your oils.
To learn more ways essential oils enrich your life, start your Young Living essential oil journey with us today!
Just because summer is over doesn't mean the outdoor fun has to stop. Back to school time is challenging for many parents. Between meet-the-teacher nights, working 9-5, and evening extra curricular, you run out of time to spend with your families, or dare we say, relax yourself!
Here at Sha-Faun enterprises, we know this time of year goes by quickly. We wanted to give you a fun and easy activity you can do with your kids while the weather is still nice enough to get your kids outside— DIY Sidewalk Chalk!
DIY Sidewalk Chalk with Essential Oils
What better way to get your kids involved with the basics of aromatherapy than letting their creative juices flow with some homemade sidewalk chalk that smells just as beautiful as their art looks?
We love the idea of making things at home with your kids. The conversations you'll have with your kids while you teach them to mix and pour while making home crafts are priceless. Here's a way to start adding the basics of aromatherapy to the conversation by using Young Living essential oils while you craft with your kiddos!
DIY Essential Oils Sidewalk Chalk:
Special Note: This recipe is meant for one color. If you're making more than one color, repeat this recipe with new cups and spoons!
For best results, allow your chalk to dry in the molds for 24 hours.
Make sure you mix slowly at first. Otherwise, the plaster powder will go everywhere! At Sha-Faun, we tend to make this chalk outdoors, so we don't have to worry about big mess clean-ups inside.
Like any store-bought sidewalk chalk, this chalk washes away with rain or your hose so that your kids can create their art again and again!
To learn more ways to get creative with essential oils, start your Young Living essential oil journey with us today!
No matter how often we tell ourselves that our kids won’t be picky eaters, some things are beyond our control. From sensory processing problems to motor delays, sometimes eating is difficult for kids. But nutrition doesn’t have to be.
All this and more are why we want to share our new favorite children’s product from Young Living...MightyVites!
Because despite eating challenges, you want to know your kids are getting the nutrition they need to grow and thrive!
Here’s the deal with MightyVites!
They are a nutritional supplement packed with food-based vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that taste good!
Young Living knows how difficult it is to get kids to try something—or anything!
Either it looks funny, tastes weird, or is the wrong shade of purple. We’ve all been there. That’s why here at Sha Faun Enterprises, we recommend to all the parents in our lives that they try MightyVites.
Created with kids in mind, MightyVites delivers the nutrients your kids need so you don’t have to succumb to the parent mealtime guilt trap.
In a perfect world, there would be enough time and energy in your day to create nutrient-dense dishes that your kids would happily eat at every meal. But we all know that our time and energy grow thinner by the day, especially with young kids to look after.
Parenting is hard enough.
MightyVites is designed for kids from ages 4-12. Each bottle has 120 wild berry flavored tablets—a 30-day supply.
Young Living was inspired by the popular adult version, Master Formula. Nutrition is important at any age, but especially during those years where the most growth and development happens.
We wanted to take a break from our regular essential oil programming to share this exciting product with you. Help your kids glow from the inside out deliciously and easily!
We know eating doesn’t come easy for all kids. Even adults struggle to find the time to get proper nutrition.
Young Living makes whole foods nutrition accessible for any child. With MightyVites, you can be confident that your child is getting the vitamins and nutrients they need, so you can slow down and focus on getting them to enjoy foods without worry.
How to use MightyVites:
Each serving is four tablets. You can give them all at once or break the dose up throughout the day. At Sha Faun, we usually recommend giving two to your child at breakfast and two to your child at dinner.
Young Living has essential oils and so much more to help you create space for wellness in your life. To learn more, begin your Young Living Journey with Sha Faun Enterprises today!
They say what is on the inside is what really matters. This is true. Your kindness and humanity make you absolutely gorgeous. But did you know what is on the inside also influences what happens on the outside?
If you’ve ever subscribed to the phrase, “you are what you eat,” you’re going to love Young Living’s new Inner Beauty Collagen. Healthier hair, skin, nails, and even gut are a glass of water away with a scoop of Inner Beauty Collagen.
Here at Sha Faun Enterprises, we start our day with a glass of water, and now we start it with a glass of collagen water, and we couldn’t be happier!
Why Young Living Inner Beauty Collagen?
Not all products are made equally. Companies take shortcuts to try and make their products cheaper, especially now when everything is so expensive. But we know AND trust Young Living essential oils, and that brand trust is why we’re so excited to share with you this new product.
Young Living sources only the best ingredients for its products, and Inner Beauty Collagen isn’t any different. Each scoop contains five grams of marine collagen.
Seafood is a healthy and delicious way to get lean proteins and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but there’s a lot left behind to get those beautiful filets on your plate. Young Living’s Inner Beauty Collagen is sourced from the fish skin and scales left over from processing seafood.
They even make sure the suppliers can source their fish back to the ocean so we can ensure that you’re not getting any fillers, harsh chemicals, or unwanted ingredients.
Our world’s oceans offer some of the healthiest food and supplements available. Young Living is bringing that marine magic to you with Inner Beauty Collagen.
Odorless, tasteless, and dissolves easily.
You can mix this into water, your morning coffee, or even a glass of juice, and you’ll taste nothing but your beverage.
With no added sugars, sweeteners, colors, or flavors, you have a clean flavorless product that will boost your beauty from the inside out.
Why Young Living Chose Marine Collagen
Unlike other sources of collagen, marine collagen has a better amino acid profile. It’s easier to digest, and your body can absorb it better.
Marine collagen can help you achieve healthier hair, skin, and nails. And it’s keto friendly!
Benefits of Inner Beauty Collagen.
How to use Inner Beauty Collagen
Simply add one scoop to 8 ounces of your favorite liquid every day.
Add it to:
At Sha Faun, we love to add it to a smoothie for a protein boost that leaves our hair, nails, and skin glowing from the inside out.
Hair and skin care have never been so easy with Young Living. Join us here at Sha Faun Enterprises for more ways Young Living products can help you reach your health and beauty goals!
Diffusers and diffuser blends are among our favorite things to talk about around the Sha-Faun offices. Diffusing essential oils is easy enough for beginners and has many incredible benefits.
Diffusers come in all shapes in sizes, from jewelry diffusers to car diffusers and home diffusers—there is a choice for everyone.
Aromatherapy goes back thousands of years. It's a practice steeped in tradition and backed by research.
Above all, what we love most about diffusing essential oils is how easy it is to get started.
So, without further ado, here is your ShaFaun Enterprises guide to creating your own diffuser blends.
Let's make it easy for you.
To start, pick out your favorite diffuser. Once you have your diffuser set up (using distilled water, hopefully), it's as easy as setting a few bottles of your favorite essential oils next to your diffuser.
You can match your oils to your moods, the season, or even your favorite foods. There are so many oils to choose from, so we will start with just a few categories.
The key to diffusing oils is balancing the oils to create a harmony of aromas. Some oils are base notes, middle notes, and top notes. An easy recipe is to choose one oil from each category.
Base Notes: Base notes add depth and richness to your blends. This scent fades last.
Middle Notes: Middle notes are the heart note or perfume notes since they don't evaporate very quickly. Middle notes stick around in your nose a little longer than top notes.
Top Notes: Top notes are your first impression or what you smell first when you breathe in. Top notes are the first thing your senses detect, but the aroma of a top note fades rather quickly. Citruses are the most common top-note oils.
After learning more about oils, you can start to balance oils based on other categories such as earthy oils, fruit/citrus oils, florals, spicy oils, minty oils, woodsy oils, and so on.
Stick with 3-5 oils per blend and simply count your drops as you add them to your diffuser. There's no pre-blending necessary when it comes to diffusing oils.
Most Young Living essential oil diffusers recommend 5-25 drops of essential oils. The more drops you use, the more potent the aroma at first. But the longer the scent lasts in your room as well.
Let's go with 15 to start.
You could go with an even number of drops across the board, such as 5x5x5. Or you could balance them based on their category: 6 top notes, five middle notes, and four base notes.
No matter your goals with adding essential oils to your life— diffusing essential oils is a great place to start. Your home will smell amazing, and your mental health will get a boost!
We're excited to be your guide on your Young Living essential oil journey! Get started today!
Safe and effective cleaning products are challenging to come by these days. A different product for each surface of your home is impossible to keep track of! With all the different places in our homes that can scratch or get scuffed, we must be careful what we use to keep our homes fresh.
One of our favorite products here at Sha Faun is Thieves Household Cleaner!
Young Living offers Thieves in various products from straight oil to cleaning products, soaps, dish detergents, and more! Thieves is a powerful product that can help you keep your home clean and your family healthy.
Thieves is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary. The combination creates an amazing scent that can help boost your mood and clean your home.
Here are all the ways you can use thieves products to deep clean your home!
Deep Clean your Fridge!
After a long winter, those fridges can get yucky! Using Thieves Household Cleaner, you can create a cleaning spray you can use to wipe down all the surfaces of your fridge. At Sha Faun Enterprises, we take all the stuff out of our fridge every spring and deep clean it to get it sparkling like new again.
Simply mix one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with two cups of hot water. Using a spray bottle makes it even easier. Use this cleaner to clean the inside and outside of your fridge. We like to empty EVERYTHING out of the refrigerator. That way, we can find the old, expired salad dressings hiding in the back of our fridge and start the season with a beautifully clean and organized space!
Make it more concentrated for the hard-to-clean spots.
Up next are the tough cooked-on stains. This time, add one capful of Thieves Household Cleaner to one cup of hot water for a strong cleaning product that will scrub off the stains and dried food debris from your stove, oven, and microwave.
You might have to spray your thieves cleaning spray on those tough dried-on stains and leave it for a few minutes before wiping them down.
Thieves for cleaning your entire house
We love using thieves for a light dusting spray to give our windowsills and baseboards a good shine. You can use one capful diluted into five quarts of water for a general household cleaner—the more potent the concentration, the stronger the cleaning power. That's the best part! One product can do light cleaning to deep cleaning while avoiding abrasive cleaners and harsh fumes.
You can use thieves to clean:
Since you're deep cleaning anyway, clean out that kitchen cabinet of all your almost empty cleaning products and get one bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner to do your work for you.
For more ways to keep your home healthy and happy, start your Young Living essential oil journey today!