Why Your Brain Links Smells To Memories and How To Release Negative Emotions

Hey friends! Ever wonder why a smell can take you back to a moment in time? Well,  I’m gonna drop some science on you today! My freshman year of college I learned that the limbic system of the brain plays a major role in interpreting and channeling intense experiences, particularly memories of fear or trauma. This is super basic Psych101 stuff.

The amygdala and hippocampus are 2 parts of the limbic system that play a huge role in emotional processing, and they just happen to be situated less than an inch away from the olfactory nerve. This is why the smell of churros can shoot you back to that childhood trip to Disney or a certain cologne reminds you of your crazy ex boyfriend. 

Olfaction (smell) is the sense that is physically closest to the limbic system structures of the amygdala (which is involved in experiencing emotion and influencing behaviors and activities) and the hippocampus (which encompasses memory—working and short term.)

The amygdala is a key player in storing and releasing emotional trauma, and aromas can have a profound effect on both. Essential oils in particular can be very powerful tools in releasing emotional trauma you may not even be consciously aware of.

Young Living oils, because they’ve been properly distilled from clean plants—contain biochemicals, like sesquiterpenes, that increase blood oxygen levels in the brain. This oxygenation coupled with the power of aroma stimulates and affects the amygdala in ways that facilitate the release of stored emotional blocks, both in the subconscious mind and in our body systems. Incredible, right?

I have been using Young Living’s “Feelings kit” to aid in my emotional release, among other empowering things like feeding my mind and stepping up my spiritual practice. Release oil has had such an impact on me that I’d say if you can’t spring for the whole Feelings collection right now, at least get Release oil into your tool box. Diffuse it when you sleep, rub it over your liver area, or just breathe it straight from the bottle. Just do it a few times a day consistently and see what happens. 

P.S.- If you’re not yet a Young Living member and don’t have a person you know and trust to guide you, feel free to join our tribe of Joyful Oilers. You can use this link to sign up now or visit this page for more information on getting started. Bye for now!

Home Diffuser Premium Starter Kits 10% off through October 19th, 2016


Hey friends!  I just wanted to hop on real quick to let y’all know about this awesome sale Young Living surprised us with this weekend.  Now through Wednesday October 19th, 2016, the Home diffuser Premium Starter Kits are on sale 10% off!  This is for new and existing members, so if you already have your kit, you can totally do a quick order and grab a second PSK for your office, upstairs or where ever.  If this is your first time ordering a kit, you also get a bonus 12th oil with your kit, oregano!  Oregano is amazing for supporting the immune and respiratory systems as well as the muscles and bones.

Since we got our Premium Starter kit, our family sleeps so much better and we have more energy.  Our moods have been enhanced, we have been able to breathe easier when the air is thick with pollen, we have stronger immune systems, we are calmer, we are more focused, we have a healthier way of relieving minor aches and pains and we have replaced many of the toxic things in our home with healthier alternatives.  So many good things!  Plus, we get the wholesale price on all of Young Living’s offerings, and it’s not just essential oils.  It’s non toxic dish soap, laundry soap, all purpose cleaner, toothpaste, shampoo, skincare products, after shave, nutritional supplements, weight loss supplements, pet care products, so many great products!

So why start with a kit?  First off, it’s by far the most economical choice because  you get a diffuser, 11 every day essential oils, travel sized bottles, samples, 2 packets of Ningxia Red juice, a wholesale membership (save 24% off everything) and more for just $160 plus tax and shipping.  Except that until October 19th, they will take an additional 10% off automatically when you grab your kit!  So you’re getting over $325 worth of stuff for just $144 plus tax and shipping, AND you’re getting a bonus 12th oil, oregano.  If you were to sign up retail and buy everything separately you’d be paying more than double, so you signing up wholesale is the way to go.

When I do classes or talk to people about oils, the top two concerns are 1) I want wholesale prices but I don’t want to sell anything and 2) I want a kit but I don’t want to have to order every month. The awesome news is that 1) selling is totally optional and the joyful oilers will never ever pressure you into doing that and 2) automatic shipments are not mandatory, so you can have a kit without signing up for that and that is totally OK.  Please note: We do offer something called Essential Rewards, which is a monthly wellness box that gives you points back on the stuff you buy, but it is not mandatory and only happens if you purposely opt in for it, so no worries there. 🙂

Currently, the 11 oils that come in your Premium Starter Kit are

  • Lavender- relaxation, sleep, skin, hair growth, “swiss army knife” of EOs
  • Frankincense- relaxation, meditation, cellular health, brain health, spiritual connectedness
  • Copaiba- an enhancer/magnifying oil, great for skin & hair, cellular health
  • Purification- air purifier, boo-boos, skin health, natural deodorant, great for the outdoors
  • RC- respiratory comfort, great for the lungs, a must have during winter
  • PanAway- post-gym muscles and joints, bone health, helps with occasional head pressure
  • Stress Away- smells like key lime pie or a tropical vacation and does exactly what it says
  • Thieves Vitality- another winter staple. Great for immune support and smells like Christmas!
  • Lemon Vitality- Detoxifier, cleans cells, supports healthy weight, removes greasy stains, etc.
  • Peppermint Vitality- sugar cravings, energize, revitalize the mind, great for circulatory system
  • Digize Vitality- supports the digestive system, the kidneys, the liver etc.

This month you also get a bonus 12th oil:

  • Oregano- powerful immune support, cleans the blood, warts/moles/skintags, smells like pizza

The 10% off deal only applies to Premium Starter Kits with the home diffuser, which is the diffuser that looks like a rose.  This diffuser is great because it’s one’s of the few cold mist humidifiers that offers an intermittent setting, meaning it can run a few minutes and pause, run a few minutes and pause, over and over for many hours, which is great for the terrible sleepers in your life.  (Is that you?)  This allows you to run it longer, ie: while you’re sleeping at night.  The light can be kept on or shut off.  The plastic inside is medical grade, unlike many diffusers at the stores, so you don’t have to worry about your citrus oils pulling toxins out of the plastic and blasting them into the air and into your lungs.

Cool?  When you grab your kit from me between October 15th and October 19th, I am going to mail you a bonus 13th oil, no matter where you live on this planet, and you are going to get exclusive access to the secret joyful oilers Facebook group where you will get to watch our exclusive videos and read all about your brand new oils, in much more detail than I get on this blog. 🙂  So, what are you waiting for?  Go grab your kit from me right now and find out what you’ve been missing out on all these years.  I can’t wait to connect with you, friend!

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Young Living Essential Oil Promos September 2016


Hey friends!  I realize that there are only two days left in the month and that perhaps I should have written this post like 4 weeks ago, but here it is nonetheless.  I want to share Young Living’s promos for September 2016!

So for those of you who aren’t familiar with Young Living’s promos, each month Young Living generously gives away free essential oils and oil infused products as a thank you for hitting certain PV amounts. “PV” in this context just means “point value”, and in most cases $1=1 PV.  There are usually 3 tiers for the promo, 190 PV, 250 PV and 300 PV, so the more you buy, the more free product you get.

This month’s freebies are geared towards the active life.  Let’s break down the promos by PV amount, shall we?

When you order 190PV, you also get…  (freebie retail value = $106.25)

15mL Wintergreen
This oil is the key ingredient in the Cool Azul Pain Cream, Deep Relief and PanAway and is known for its cool, tingling sensation.  It’s great for the muscles after you’ve been lifting weights or lugging around heavy children.

5mL PanAway
Panaway is one of my favorites and one that I have to reorder often, since my husband and I use it nightly in coconut oil for massages. It also helps with occasional head pressure, everyday joint and muscle discomfort, and for cramps during “that time-of-the-month.”  (Ladies, you know what I’m talkin about.)  This is a must-have, which is why it comes standard in the Premium Starter Kit, but that little 5 ml won’t last you forever and it is one of the pricier oils, so the fact that it’s free this month is kind of amazing.

15mL Oregano (ER orders only)
Oregano is a fantastic support for the immune system.  I like to put Oregano Vitality in veggie capsules when I am feeling a little under the weather, and it is a must for my immune boosting roll-on blend.  Note: This one is only free if the order is done on your Essential Rewards (ER) order.  (Essential Rewards is a subscription service in which you earn points back on your orders which you can exchange for even more free product.)
When you order 250PV, you also get… (freebie retail value $137.50)

the 190PV promos, plus…
5mL Northern Lights Black Spruce
Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil comes from Young Living’s new Northern Lights farm in British Columbia, Canada. It has an amazingly rich, woodsy aroma that is invigorating but also grounding.  My kids think it smells like Christmas trees, and I would say that’s a fair assessment. So if you have a fake tree in your house and you miss that glorious smell, put this in your diffuser! It’s the best thing ever!
300PV (freebie retail value = $183.22)

You get the 250PV promos, plus…
Ortho Sport Massage Oil
I actually just tried this product for the first time a couple weeks ago.  My husband and I make our own massage oil from coconut oil and PanAway, which we’ve been fine with, and the only reason I ended up trying this was because I got it for free in this month’s promo.  Anyway, GUYS, this stuff is AMAZING.  This massage oil is packed with powerful oils including Wintergreen, Peppermint, Thyme, and Oregano to relieve muscles from a tough workout or even a sore back from sitting at a desk all day.  As well as our DIY PanAway coconut oil concoction works, I think we’ve just found a replacement.  The pump bottle is really convenient for massages, and it doesn’t feel terribly greasy on the skin.  Plus, a little goes a long way, so we’ve barely put it a dent in it even though we’ve been using it a ton!

So those are the September 2016 promos!  Additionally, if you are brand spankin new and haven’t ordered a Premium Starter Kit yet, this would be an excellent time to hop on the train because brand new wholesale members signing up this month will also receive a free bottle of Thieves laundry detergent with their kits.  That’s pretty awesome, right?!  Young Living isn’t just essential oils.  Young Living has tons of essential oil infused products that can replace the toxic things that may be lurking in your home currently.


Now, if you are brand new and wanting to grab your kit, you can still qualify for the above promos in addition to your free laundry detergent if you want by adding an additional 90, 150 or 200 PV to your Premium Starter Kit (PSK) order.  PSKs are worth 100 PV, and hitting those promos by replacing what you’re currently using with YL products is easy to do.  I get all of my toothpaste, face wash, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, body wash, hand soap, even my dietary supplements through Young Living.  It’s amazing stuff.  Do you have questions for me?  Please feel free to connect with me through any of my social media accounts, listed below, or give me a call if you want.  I could talk oils all day.  Thanks for reading, friends! Until next time…

Love, Crystal

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20 Diffuser Recipes For Fall

20 diffuser recipes for fall

Hey friends!  I hope you guys are enjoying fall so far!  Me?  Well, I’m just going to have to pretend for now because San Diego hasn’t gotten the memo that it’s supposed to be fall and we’re in the middle of a crazy heat wave at the moment.  But that’s ok, because I can create my own sweater weather in the meantime with my a/c and I can trick my subconscious mind with all the autumn smells wafting through the air courtesy of my diffuser.  Yay for autumn smells!

If you follow me regularly you may recall a recent blog I wrote on scented candles and why you should avoid them like the plague.  Think cancer, asthma and many other terrible things you don’t want for yourself or for your family.  Long story short, most scented candles are highly toxic and release undesirable chemicals into the air, which you then breathe in and take into your lungs and into your blood stream.  It’s not worth it, friends.  Just say no to toxic scented candles!

But smells are such a huge part of our lives, aren’t they?  Especially during this fun and festive time of year?  What’s a girl to do?   Forego dreamy autumn scents in exchange for healthy lungs?  Well, guess what friend.  You can have your dreamy autumn scents and keep your lungs healthy at the same time.  This is where essential oils come in, obviously.  🙂  Today I am going to share with you my top 20 diffuser recipes for fall.  These essential oil blends will be sure to delight you and your house guests, and bonus, they will simultaneously support your health and well being.  So without further ado, I present to you my top 20 diffuser recipes for fall:

  1. Pumpkin Pie– 5 drops cinnamon bark + 1 drop clove + 1 drop nutmeg
  2. Pumpkin Spice Latte– 4 drops cardamom + 2 drops orange + 1 drop cinnamon bark + 1 drop clove + 1 drop ginger
  3. Sweater Weather– 3 drops eucalyptus globulus + 2 drops juniper + 1 drop sage
  4. Mulled Cider– 4 drops orange + 2 drops nutmeg + 1 drop cinnamon + 1 drop clove
  5. Autumn Hike– 4 drops cypress + 2 drops Idaho blue spruce + 2 drops sandalwood
  6. Spiced Chai– 3 drops cardamom + 2 drops cinnamon bark + 2 drops clove + 1 drop ginger
  7. Woodland Walk– 3 drops frankincense + 2 drops Idaho blue spruce + 1 drop cedarwood
  8. Falling Leaves– 5 drops orange + 1 drop patchouli + 1 drop ginger
  9. Orange Pomander– 3 drops orange + 2 drops clove + 2 drops rosemary
  10. Snickerdoodle– 5 drops Stress Away + 3 drops cinnamon bark + 1 drop nutmeg
  11. Thanksgiving– 4 drops Christmas Spirit + 3 drops clove + 3 drops lemon
  12. Cozy Flannel– 4 drops bergamot + 4 drops orange + 4 drops Stress Away
  13. Cider & Donuts– 6 drops Stress Away + 3 drops cinnamon + 2 drops orange + 1 drop nutmeg
  14. Freshly Baked Cinnamon Rolls– 5 drops Stress Away + 3 drops cinnamon bark
  15. Apple Cider– 4 drops Thieves + 2 drops orange + 1 drop nutmeg
  16. Trick-or-Treat– 3 drops grapefruit + 2 drops orange + 1 drop lime
  17. Harvest Time– 3 drops tangerine + 2 drops cinnamon + 1 drop clove
  18. Apple Pie– 2 drops cinnamon bark + 2 drops clove + 1 Stress Away + 1 drop nutmeg
  19. Thanksgiving Joy– 3 drops cypress + 2 drops Northern Lights black spruce + 2 drops sandalwood
  20. Grandma’s Stuffin in the Oven– 3 drops rosemary + 2 drops thyme + 1 drop sage + 1 drop lemon

Choose your favorite combination from above, add water to your diffuser, drop your Young Living essential oils into the water (order them from me right here), and enjoy the warm  fragrance of fall.  I’m really diggin “Cider & Donuts” at the moment.  Ahhhhh….so good.  Have you tried any of these blends for fall yet?  Which one is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments below!  Was this your first time visiting?  Welcome, new friend!  Be sure to check out some of my other blogs and connect with me through any of my social accounts, listed below.  Have a fantastic fall, y’all!

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Gentle Baby Essential Oil – For Sleep, Skincare and more during Pregnancy, Infancy and Beyond


When I was pregnant with my Jeffrey bean (after struggling a bit and miscarrying) I wanted to make sure I did everything “right.”  In my research I learned some disturbing facts about personal care products, and I was surprised to learn that many products marketed to mommies for babies (like baby lotions) contain some pretty yucky ingredients.  I’m talking things like propylene glycol, parabens, triclosan, 1,4-dioxane and ethylated surfactants. You may recall some of these from my recent post on deodorant.

Back then I was still using grocery store essential oils because I didn’t know any better, and as far as baby products went, I bought the safest stuff I could find at my local health food store.  If I could go back in time I would find 20-something-year old me and say “Hey, girl!  Here’s some Gentle Baby essential oil blend and cold-pressed, organic coconut oil.  You’re welcome.”


Gentle Baby is profoundly comforting to both pregnant women and babies alike, and I so wish I had found it sooner.  Its soothing aroma is great for relaxation and stress management during pregnancy, and many babies (and children) love it for sleep.  My 5 year old daughter loves this one at bedtime, or anytime she needs comfort.  I have used it in my diffuser for sleep too, when I’ve run out of lavender.  It smells divine, like a freshly bathed, snuggly baby.  It’s a lovely oil to diffuse during a baby shower and, for me and many others, it powerfully evokes the memory of our own cuddly babies.  I don’t know how they got a mix of a bunch of flowers to smell so much like babies, but it seriously does.  So if you catch the “baby fever”, don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉

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The scent magically transports me back to when I was a brand new mommy, with my squishy, cloth-diapered newborn in his Yellow Submarine themed nursery.  We talked about why smells can do that to us in a previous post.  Essential oils go to work on the limbic system, the emotional processing center of the brain.  The olfactory bulb has intimate access to the amygdala, which processes emotion, and the hippocampus, which is responsible for learned associations, so certain smells can instantly call up memories and evoke powerful emotions or reactions.  I have to be honest here.  Looking at these pictures of my now 7 year old son as a cloth-diapered baby while smelling Gentle Baby for inspiration completely reduced me to a blubbering puddle of tears; my husband came downstairs while I was writing that last paragraph and I think I kinda freaked him out.  If you’re reading this, sorry babe.  I’m ok now. 😉


Sigh…they grow up so, so fast, but I digress…

Gentle Baby is also wonderful for skin support.  I initially bought it to reduce the appearance of my post-baby stretch marks and wrinkles, and many mamas I know use it as an all natural solution to soothe diaper rashes and dry, chapped baby skin.  For babies, dilute heavily with coconut oil or other carrier oil of choice and apply as needed.  Remember, therapeutic grade essential is highly concentrated, so a single drop goes a long way.

Any doulas reading this?  This essential oil is perfect for women to have during pregnancy, labor and delivery.  Mamas-to-be love this oil (when mixed with a carrier such as V-6 or coconut oil) during prenatal massage for relieving stress and anxiety, and it can also help create an atmosphere of serenity.  Bonus, it can help prevent scarring.  Before and during labor it can also be massaged on the perineum to help it stretch for easier birthing.

Gentle Baby is an essential oil blend combining geranium, rosewood, lemon, lavender, jasmine, Roman chamomile, bergamot, ylang ylang, palmarosa and rose essential oils.  Geranium has been used in skincare for centuries because of its ability to support skin tissue and nerves.  Rosewood is also soothing and nourishing to skin and can enhance the skin’s elasticity.  Lemon is a great support to the circulatory and lymphatic systems of the body, and its fragrance is invigorating.  Lavender is considered the “Swiss Army knife” of essential oils because it’s beneficial to most of our body systems, including the skin, plus it is relaxing and grounding.  Jasmine is great for sensitive skin and exhaustion and Roman chamomile combats restlessness.  Bergamot is both calming and uplifting and fabulous for melting away stress.  Ylang ylang is also relaxing, restoring confidence and equilibrium.  Palmarosa is moisturizing to the skin and helps to reduce nervous tension.  Rose can reduce scarring and promotes elasticity of the skin, which is why it’s been used to beautify skin for thousands of years.

Please note: this essential oil blend does contain lemon and bergamot—photosensitive citrus oils—so it can cause the skin to be more sensitive to sunlight.  To be safe, it is best to avoid direct sunlight while wearing this blend or thoroughly washing it off before exposing the skin to UV rays.

For more information about Gentle Baby essential oil or to learn more about the safe use of essential oils during pregnancy, labor, infancy and beyond, I highly recommend reading the book Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern.  It would make a sweet gift for a mama-to-be, along with a Premium Starter Kit (which you can buy here.)  Trust, every mama needs oils in her tool box.  Anyway, thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me.  I hope you learned something new!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me any time.  Until next time.

Disneyland Adventures: Lavender essential oil to the rescue!


Don’t you hate it when you’re in your hotel room at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel making last minute butterfly hair accessories for your Ella Disneybound and you accidentally get scalding hot glue on your fingers?  Yeah, me too.  I am SO glad I had this little travel-sized dram of Young Living lavender essential oil in my purse.  Take that, hot glue gun!  Lavender is awesome for skin support of all kinds, so I’ve also been using this on my sun-kissed face after these long, hot Disneyland days.  And—as if it couldn’t get any better—I’ve also been putting it in my diffuser to help my kidlets relax into sleep while we’ve been on vacation.  (It’s not always easy falling asleep when you’re a little kid staying at the Disneyland Resort!)  Three cheers for lavender essential oil!  

Young Living Essential Oils Vitality Line


Earlier this year, Young Living launched the new Vitality line, a line of dietary supplements that can be used in a number of delicious and nutritious ways.  The essential oils in this line are the same pure, therapeutic grade essential oils as before, but they come with a distinctive new label that makes it more obvious that they can be ingested.  Plus, many of the essential oils that were previously only offered in the 15 mL size can now be ordered in the 5 mL size.  Just look for the the Vitality version of some of your favorite oils!

Additionally, the Premium Starter Kit has been updated to include the Vitality versions of a few of the everyday essential oils.  Your PSK will now include Peppermint Vitality, Lemon Vitality, Thieves Vitality, Copaiba Vitality and DiGize Vitality.

As of the January 18, 2016 launch, there are 27 different oils in the Vitality line in 4 different categories, and there are plans for more oils to be added in the future!  Read on to learn what the 4 categories are and which oils are included in the collection.

Herb Vitality dietary essential oils
These oils are great for adding a flavor boost to some of your favorite recipes! Oils included in this collection are:
Basil Vitality
Lemongrass Vitality
Oregano Vitality
Rosemary Vitality
Thyme Vitality
Lavender Vitality
Peppermint Vitality
Spearmint Vitality

Spice Vitality dietary essential oils
Want to wake up your taste buds? Try using some of the oils in the Spice Vitality collection. The oils include:
Black Pepper Vitality
Cinnamon Bark Vitality
Clove Vitality
Ginger Vitality
Carrot Seed Vitality
Celery Seed Vitality
Dill Vitality

Citrus Vitality dietary essential oils
Brighten up some of your favorite dishes with a burst of citrusy freshness. Oils in the collection are:
Bergamot Vitality
Citrus Fresh Vitality
Grapefruit Vitality
Jade Lemon Vitality
Lemon Vitality
Lime Vitality
Orange Vitality
Tangerine Vitality

Supplement Vitality dietary essential oils
Support your body’s natural processes with any of these oils in the Supplement Vitality line:
DiGize Vitality
EndoFlex Vitality
Frankincense Vitality
Thieves Vitality

What are some of your favorite oils from the Vitality line?  Which ones are you excited to try?  Let me know in the comments below!