Ancient Mayan Use of Lemongrass

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)is also known as “fever grass” to Mayan healers today. Rosita Arvigo writes that she has learned from Mayan healers not to be afraid of fevers. She says they are Mother Nature’s way of fighting off invading organisms. On page 67 of her book, Rainforest Home Remedies, she writes, “Fever fights off infection, invaders, and viruses by raising …

DIY essential oil bath jellies

Splish, splash, slide into the bath! These fun and adorable bath jellies make shower or bath time a party full of whimsical wiggles, fabulous fragrances, and playful pigments—and it’s easy to make them yourself with ingredients you may already have around the house. Add a dash of body glitter for an even lovelier lather. Let’s get jiggly with it! DIY …

How to take care of your diffuser

Whether you’re creating new blends that remind you of your favorite places or firing up your old standbys like Lavender, Lemon, or Peppermint to create a familiar aromatic ambiance, chances are your Young Living diffuser puts in a lot of hours. Cleaning your diffuser is important, since oil residue can build up on the inside, affecting how well it works. …

Ancient Mayan Wisdom

Byrsonima crassifolia,the locust tree used in healing by the ancient MayansPhoto by Franz Xaver, GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0 Byrsonima crassifolia is commonly known today as nance or nanche. This tree was called chi by the Mayan people. In the book Medical Ethnobiology of the Highland Maya of Chiapas, Mexico, the authors write that the Mayan term for this tree was …

Acne treatment and essential oils

How many times have you woken up to a new pimple or another sign of stressed-out skin? It always seems to happen at exactly the wrong time; but let’s face it—there’s never really a good time for a bad breakout. Luckily, we have a few tricks up our sleeves that can help you rediscover clear skin! Here are some of …

Mayan Health Use of Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Earaches for children are an age-old problem. Traditional healer Rosita Arvigo learned from Mayan healers to gather fresh leaves of either oregano, thyme, or basil. She warms the herbal leaves over a low flame until the leaves are limp but not burned. When cool, she then squeezes out a few aromatic drops. She then adds a bit …

Which essential oils are safe to ingest?

It’s a common question and one you’ve probably had yourself: Which essential oils are safe to ingest? It can be hard to know if ingesting essential oils is safe; from Pinterest to YouTube, you’ll find thousands of different answers. We know how important essential oil safety is and that nothing is more critical than choosing the right products for you …

Cedarwood obsessed: Over 5 ways to use it

Want to know a not-so-secret secret? We’re pretty obsessed with Cedarwood essential oil. It can help us get lustrous-looking hair like a sea goddess, a luxurious shave with a divine smell, an even-looking skin tone, deliciously soft skin, and the dreamiest bedtime routine—not to mention the fact that we add it to so many diffuser blends! Still need more convincing …

Mayan Interaction with Plants

The Chiapas shade cuphea, one of the rainforest’s exotic flowers. Photo by Dick Culbert (CC BY 2.0) The ancient Mayan people believed that all plants and trees were sacred conveyors of the life force. They called this life force Chu’lel. We would say this is similar to the Chinese Qi or chi. Chu’lel was also the word for “soul.” Mayans believed …

Mineral sunscreen: Protecting your skin, protecting the earth

You can be sitting in the sweltering summer sun or getting refracted rays off snowy slopes—no matter how you’re playing in the sunshine, one thing is vital: protecting your skin. Having a natural sunscreen you can count on means more fun outdoors without worrying about sunburn or the intrusion of toxic chemicals into your bloodstream. How does sunscreen work? Sunscreen …