The question of what to buy after you’ve explored and enjoyed your Premium Starter Kit from Young Living is one I often get asked. The world of Young Living can be very overwhelming and it can be hard to know what to buy after the Premium Starter Kit. I will be adding to this post shortly to include some of Young Living’s wonderful personal care and home care products, but for now, I’ll stick to the oils.
What to Buy Next: Single Oils
Cedarwood (Item #3509, 15 ml $11.25) is extracted using steam distillation and (of course) follows Young Living’s unparalleled Seed-to-Seal process. Cedarwood is comprised of alpha-cedrene, beta-cedrene, cedrol, widdrol, thujopsene and a group of sesquiterpenes and contribute to its many beneficial effects. Cedarwood is a relaxing oil, and promotes healthy brain function. When applied topically with a carrier oil, cedarwood can help keep the hormonal teen face clear and can also help with the older skin’s appearance and hair growth. Cedarwood helps support healthy joint function when inhaled or applied topically. Rub a few drops onto your abdomen to support your digestive health.
(Cedarwood oil as treatment for refractory acne March 2016 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine; Randomized trial for essential oils; successful treatment for alopecia, Archives of Dermatology, 1998; the sedative effects of cedrol inhalation, Planta Medicina, 2003; Effectiveness of Cedarwood against mosquitoes, J Ecol Entom, 2007)
Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (Item #4746, 5ml $94.75) Along with Frankincense, this is the oil I recommend most frequently. I consider it a staple essential oil. It has a nutty, woodsy aroma which is just heavenly. Young Living has a superb source for its Sandalwood in Hawaii at a 2800 acre farm called Haloa Aina (if you’re curious, visit The Confident Mom’s blog where she talks about her visit to the farm in 2014). In Chinese medicine, Sandalwood and Frankincense are known as Tan Xiang and Ru Xiang. In Chinese medicine, Tan Xiang harmonizes the stomach, disperses cold in the abdomen and relieves stagnation. Ru Xiang moves Blood and Qi, relaxes the sinews, reduces swelling and enhances healing. With both these herbs, one must take great care if pregnant.
Differential effects of selective frankincense (Ru Xiang) essential oil versus non-selective sandalwood (Tan Xiang) essential oil on cultured bladder cancer cells: a microarray and bioinformatics study, Chinese Medicine, July 2014; Cytotoxicity and Genotoxicity Assessment of Sandalwood Essential Oil in Human Breast Cell Lines MCF-7 and MCF-10A, Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, May 2016); Antiviral activity of sandalwood oil against herpes simplex viruses-1 and -2, Phytomedicine, May 1999)
Geranium (Item #3554, 15 ml $41.25) was used by Egyptians for healthy and radiant skin, and is still used today in that capacity. It has a calming and relaxing scent and can help promote healthy sleep. It is a wonderful support for women going through menopause as well.
(Rose geranium as tick repellant, Journal of Agric and Food Chemicals, 2013; Geranium oil as anti-inflammatory agent, Mediators of Inflammation, Feb 2004. This site has a lot of great information on Geranium essential oil.)
Clary Sage (Item #3521, 15 ml $47.50) is wonderful for women going through menopause, and has a calming and uplifting effect when diffused. I use this oil monthly and notice a big difference in my mood and symptoms. It is also wonderful for wound healing and supporting the body when suffering from skin infections.
(The effect of clary sage oil on staphylococci responsible for wound infections, Advances in dermatology and allergology, Feb 2015; Changes in 5-hydroxytryptamine and cortisol plasma levels in menopausal women after inhalation of clary sage oil, Phytotherapy Research, Nov 2014; Anti-depressant effects of Clary Sage, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, July 2010)
Lime (Item #3074, 15 ml $11.25) has a wonderful, summer-y and uplifting scent which lifts my mood immediately. It is invigorating and refreshing and geat to diffuse in the mornings when you’re feeling sluggish. I blend it with a few drops of peppermint and voila–ready to go! It’s also thought to be helpful in maintaining a healthy weight. Like lemon essential oil, it is photo-sensitive, so be careful when applying topically before going out into the sun.
(Essential oil from Citrus aurantifolia prevents ketotifen-induced weight-gain in mice, Phytotherapty Research, Dec 2010; Volatile composition and biological activity of key lime Citrus aurantifolia essential oil, Natural Product Communications, Nov 2012)
What to Buy Next: Essential Oil Blends
Believe (Item #4661, 15ml $37.50) This is my current favorite blend (and yes, my favorite does change as I try different blends, but for now, this one comes out on top.) I simply adore the scent, first and foremost. It contains Idaho Balsam Fir, Coriander, Bergamot, Frankincense, Idaho Blue Spruce, Ylang ylang and Geranium, so it is an uplifting and positive oil which engenders feelings of hope and belief in oneself and one’s abilities. When I diffuse this oil, I feel stronger, more capable and more confident.
Citrus Fresh (Item #3318, 15 ml $15.25) This contains all the citrus oils: Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon and Mandarin in addition to Spearmint, and is a bright and refreshing scent. If you have animals, this is a wonderful blend to diffuse, along with Purification (which comes in your PSK).
Grounding (Item #3348, 5ml $17.75) Ah, Grounding…I always have this in my purse. Great for those moments when your life seems out of control or chaotic, when you feel like you’re running in 5 different directions and get unmoored. Grounding contains the essential oils of White fir, spruce, ylang ylang, pine, cedarwood, angelica and Juniper.
Forgiveness (Item #3339, 5ml $52.50) contains an aroma that supports the ability to forgive yourself and others while letting go of negative emotions, an important part of personal growth. I always have an extra bottle of this oil in my collection, for fear that Young Living might be out of stock when I need it most. Forgiveness contains a wide-range of different oils, including the rare and coveted Melissa, geranium, frankincense, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood oil, coriander, angelica, lavender, bergamot, lemon, ylang ylang, jasmine, Helichrysum italicum oil, Roman chamomile, palmarosa and rose. If you look up the actions of each of these oils, you will note that the majority of them are calming oils which promote spiritual enlargement and thoughtfulness. Angelica is also a protective oil, so the blend can protect you from negative influences.
Valor II (Item #5326, 5ml $22.75) is an offshoot of Valor, another wonderful blend but often not in stock due to demand. I was skeptical that Valor II would be as wonderful as the original Valor, but to be honest, I almost like it more. It contains Ylang ylang, Coriander, Bergamot, Northern Lights Black spruce, Matricaria, Idaho Blue spruce, Frankincense, Vetiver, Cistus, Cassia, Davana and Geranium and supports you in moments of fear or anxiety by promoting courage and bravery to move forward. My kids enjoyed this particularly at the start of their new school year when they were nervous about meeting new teachers and new kids.
To be honest, there are so many other blends and oils that I just love, it was really hard to narrow it down to the selection above. And for each of us, the choice of what oils and blends resonate is very, very personal. But I have found in my practice that when I diffuse the above selections, I get the most positive responses not just to the aroma but also to how they make my patients feel.
What are your favorite, must-have oils and blends which you purchased after your initial investment in the Premium Starter Kit?