The Basics Facts about Grapefruit Essential Oil

The Basics Facts about Grapefruit Essential Oil

How much do you know about Grapefruit essential oil, besides its pleasant smell?

Background

Grapefruit (Citruis paradise) essential oil is one of the citrus essential oils, along with oils such a lemon, orange, and tangerine.  It’s aroma has been described as sweet, bright, and, of course, citrusy.  It is cold pressed from the rind of grapefruits, and is typically grown in South Africa and California.

Chemistry

The main chemical constituents of grapefruit essential oil are limonene (at 88% to 95%) and myrcene (at 1% to 4%).  According to WebMD, limonene (whose chemical structure is shown to the right) has a variety of uses including that begin with flavoring.  Limonene also helps ointments and creams better penetrate the skin and can be used to promote weight loss.

Scent

Grapefruit is consider a top note in perfume, and is described as having a clean, fresh, slightly bitter, citrusy scent.  When diffused, it has a reputation for encouraging emotions such as joy, contentment, and playfulness.

Typical Uses*

It has a reputation for aiding in cleansing and detoxifying your body while also acting as a diuretic.  It also supports a healthy cardiovascular system and when used on the skin it helps to combat the natural effects of aging, such as loss of toning.  It is believed to help reduce anxiety as well as and boost natural immunity.  When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, grapefruit taken internally can help support your weight management plan.

Many essential oil enthusiasts believe that grapefruit essential oil helps burn excess fat during weight loss and both apply it diluted directly to the areas of concern and mixing a drop with drinking water or a similar beverage.  It can be diluted and applied to your skin for a smooth, healthy looking glow.  Grapefruit essential oil can be combined with other essential oils to create a skin-toning massage oil or sugar scrub.

It’s also used in a variety of Young Living products, such as Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil for firming and toning the skin, the Citrus Fresh essential oil blend, and the Slique Essence weight loss blend.

Proper Usage

Experts recommend a 1:1 dilution of grapefruit essential oil with a carrier oil, such as Young Living’s V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex.  It can be diffused up to one hour 3x a day.  Grapefruit oil can be directly applied in diluted form to the skin.  It can also be inhaled directly or even taken as a dietary supplement.  When taken as a dietary supplement, a few drops can be added to water (much like infused water) or drops can be added to a vegetarian gel capsule and taken once daily.  You can also add it to drinks like iced tea, or add it to Ningxia Red.

 

 

Side Effects and Warnings

If you apply it to your skin, be aware that it can make you more sensitive to sunlight, so avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours.  Keep it away from your eyes and mucous membranes.  Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.

If you have a reaction to it, or get it in your eyes or mucous membranes, don’t apply water!  Use the V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, a fatty vegetable oil, whole fat milk, butter, or even coffee creamer from a restaurant.  Again, don’t use water and don’t try applying another oil on top of it to soothe it.

*The information is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

4 Things You Need to Know about Inner Defense

4 Things You Need to Know about Inner Defense

As you know, there are many essential oils that can be safely taken internally.  However, there are also essential oil blends designed specifically for internal use, and Inner Defense is one such blend.  In this blog post, we are going to discuss 5 things you should know about Inner Defense.

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What Is Inner Defense?

Inner Defense is a 100% all natural essential oil supplement that supports your body’s natural defenses and promotes a healthy immune system.  It comes in the form of soft gels to be taken by mouth daily.

 

 

What Does Inner Defense Do?

According to Young Living, Inner Defense provides the following benefits*:

  • Reinforces your body’s system defenses
  • Promotes a healthy digestive system
  • Creates an unfriendly environment for yeast and fungus
  • Supports healthy respiratory function
  • Promotes a healthy lifestyle regimen
  • Supports a healthy immune system

In addition, Inner Defense has been used for a variety of health issues, including canker sores, easing some of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, supporting healthy thyroid function, aiding the body in the fight against infections, and dealing with stress.

What Does Inner Defense Contain?

Thieves essential oil blendInner Defense contains potent essential oils like oregano, thyme, and Thieves (which are rich in thymol , carvacrol, and eugenol) for immune support. It also provides antioxidant support.

The active ingredients of Inner Defense include the Thieves essential oil blend, which itself contains a proprietary blend of Clove, Lemon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary, and Cinnamon. Inner Defense also contains the O3 super blend of Oregano, Thyme, and Lemongrass. The carrier oil used in the soft gels is virgin coconut fruit oil.

Several of the essential oils contained in Inner Defense have a reputation for antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal effects. All the essential oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade and safe for consumption according to the recommended dosage.

How Is Inner Defense Used?

The recommended dosage is one soft gel daily in the morning, or 3 to 5 times daily when needed. Many people increase their dosage when they feel an illness coming on.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Good News Regarding Compliance and Thieves OTC Cough Drops

Good News Regarding Compliance and Thieves OTC Cough Drops

Young Living’s First OTC Products

At the Young Living Grand Convention this week, there was some good news in the area of compliance for two YL products:  Cool Azul pain relief cream and Thieves Cough Drops.  This news came from Young Living’s Facebook page for Conduct and Education.  In this blog post, we are going to focus on the Thieves OTC cough drops.

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Thieves Cough Drops

The Thieves Cough Drop are considered over-the-counter drugs, and are labeled and marketed distinct from the Lozenges, which will still be available.  They differ from the lozenges in that they contain natural menthol.  Note these are among the first OTC (over-the-counter) drugs that Young Living has on the market, and Young Living is the first essential oil company to market OTC drugs.

What are OTC Drugs?

OTC, or over-the-counter drugs, have been found safe and appropriate for use by individuals without requiring the supervision of a health care professional, and can be purchased without needing prescription.

What Can We Say about Thieves Cough Drops?

Like any drug, there are very strict rules about ingredients, guidelines, dosage, labeling, and … marketing.  As far as what you can say about the Thieves cough drops, Young Living advises that we stick to what the labeling says about the product.  Here’s the brochure, with everything you need to know about them, and a product summary.  We can say things like they provide cough and sore throat relief, cools nasal passages, relieves coughs, and soothes sore throats.  We can’t say, however, that the cough drops support a healthy respiratory system.

Conclusion

The introduction of OTC products is great news for Young Living and its independent distributors, and keep in mind that the Thieves Lozenges are just one of these OTC products.  When marketing them, our best bet is to stick to what the Young Living labels and brochures have to say about them.

Young Living Essential Oils and Compliance Issues: What You Can Say

Young Living Essential Oils and Compliance Issues: What You Can Say

Essential Oils:  What We Can Say

As discussed in a previous blog post, FDA rulings have affected what Young Living Independent distributors can and cannot say about the uses and applications of essential oils.  In this blog post, we are going to focus on what we can say!

Specific Essential Oils Claims We Can Make

So what kind of claims can we make?  Well, It is okay to make claims regarding age-related conditions, natural body functions, and occasional emotional states because they are not diseases.  We can also make claims backed up by scientific studies, but those studies can’t specifically or directly refer to Young Living or its products.  When referring to scientific studies, we need to make sure we don’t paraphrase, interpret, or selectively cite the study

Essential Oils as Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements can play a role in supporting, affecting, and maintaining overall wellness, the cardiovascular system, joint function, the immune system, the nervous system, and skin wellness.  You’ve probably noticed these phrases appearing in essential oil product literature from Young Living, especially for the Vitality dietary supplement essential oils.  A good guideline on what we can say regarding these oils is the Young Living catalog descriptions for them.  The FDA has different rules for what can be said about dietary supplements as opposed to topical and/or aromatic essential oils.

Essential Oils and Structure Function Claims

When discussing systems of the body keep in mind to avoid making structure-function claims about aromatic and/or topical products.  A structure-function claim is a product claim describing the role of a nutrient or dietary ingredient included in the product and intended to affect the normal structure or function of the human body.

A structure-function claim may only be used only in connection with a dietary supplement product and only if…

  • the claim is truthful and not misleading and
  • the claim is substantiated by adequate scientific research

Essential Oils Claims Regarding Non-Disease Conditions

We can also make claims for non-disease conditions.  These include things like hot flashes, mild mood changes, age-related memory loss, and bloating.  The FDA has no issue with making claims regarding these types of conditions.

Examples of non-disease conditions essential oils

Additional Young Living Compliance Resources

You can find a Spring Cleaning Checklist to help you go through all your social media, blogs, and advertising to make sure that you are in compliance with the Young Living Policies and Procedures.  In addition, there is a Young Living Conduct and Education Department page on Facebook that discusses these types of issues and provides you with an opportunity to ask questions from both fellow distributors and Young Living experts.  Through your Virtual Office you can access suggested product claims.

Young Living Essential Oils and Compliance Issues:  Using the Wrong Words

Young Living Essential Oils and Compliance Issues: Using the Wrong Words

FDA Warning Letter to Young Living

On May 13, 2015, Gary Young wrote a letter to the Young Living family to clear up some issues concerning compliance issue and the FDA regulations involved.  In that letter, he highlighted two major problem areas:

  • Distributors creating their own products using YL blends and singles, then presenting them as if they were manufactured by YL
  • Distributors making what are termed “disease claims,” where essential oils are presented as treating or curing diseases or abnormal functions of the human body (or animals)

Both of these issues had resulted in a warning letter to Young Living from the FDA in 2014.  The warning letter focused primarily on the second issue, as did Gary’s letter.

Statements that Attracted FDA Attention The majority of the trouble was caused by 8 independent distributors, and below are some extracts from the FDA letter describing some of the statements that caused concern:

 “Viruses (including Ebola) are not match for Young Living Essential Oils”

“Thieves is highly anti-microbial … it could help against Ebola

Ebola virus cannot live in the presence of cinnamon bark (this is in Thieves) nor oregano”

Cancer protection…According to a study . . . Myrtle inhibited prostate and breast cancer cells along with Sandalwood at very low concentrations. Sandalwood essential oil ranked number one for inhibiting growth of breast cancer at 98.1% and Myrtle was at 95.2%.”

Oils for the Autism Spectrum! . . . Many have found a protocol of essential oils and supplements have helped ease the symptoms of autism-related issues . . .”

“One of the many #YoungLiving New Products the Freedom Sleep & Freedom Release kits. Help 4 Vets that suffer PTSD

“Thieves oil is a blend of cinnamon, rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, and lemon oils that has been shown in university studies to obliterate bacteria and viruses, as well as mold …

“Peppermint oil has so many more uses … asthma, autism, brain injury … Crohn’s disease … multiple sclerosis, paralysis …”

Young Living Policies and Procedures

These statements not only distressed the FDA but violated Young Living’s Policies and Procedures — specifically Section 5.3.1, product claims.  This section of the P&P is shown to the right, and you might note that violation can result in having your sales organization terminated.  Don’t think that Young Living doesn’t take these rules seriously!

Young Living’s 25 Hot Words

To help its distributor’s avoid violating policy, Young Living has developed a list of 25 Hot Words, shown below, which are to be avoided on all blog posts, social media posts, etc.

Young Living Policies and Procedures for Product Claims
Young Living's 25 Hot Words

Additional Young Living Compliance Resources

You can also find a Spring Cleaning Checklist to help you go through all your social media, blogs, and advertising to make sure that you are in compliance with the Young Living Policies and Procedures.  In addition, there is a Young Living Conduct and Education Department page on Facebook that discusses these types of issues and provides you with an opportunity to ask questions from both fellow distributors and Young Living experts.