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THE ESSENTIAL EDGE - APRIL 2021

The April Essential Edge is here! Discover exciting articles and stay up to date on Young Living announcements.

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PAGE 4 HOME COMPOSTING AND PLANT CARE: HOW ESSENTIAL OILS CAN HELP Improve composting and houseplant care and even attract bees and butterflies to your garden With Earth Day coming soon, we want to share some tips we’ve learned as an industry leader in sustainable farming that you can apply in your own home. COMPOSTING If you don’t have your own garden, you may have never thought much about composting, but did you know it can help make your garden thrive? When food is dumped in landfills, it releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Composting at home helps organic material break down without releasing methane into the atmosphere, a huge help to our planet—and an enriching addition to your garden’s soil. Some people worry about the smell of composting, especially when done indoors. By diffusing Peppermint essential oil or sprinkling a few drops in or on your composter, you can give the planet a helping hand without having to hold your nose. You may also consider buying or building a compost-specific receptacle to keep a lid on all of that soilbuilding goodness. THIEVES IN PLANT CARE You can also give your houseplants a natural boost with Thieves ® . In a 16-ounce spray bottle, combine 10 drops each of Rosemary, Clove, Peppermint, and Orange essential oils, as well as a capful of Thieves Household Cleaner and water. Spray the mixture directly onto the soil to make harmful bugs feel unwelcome. You can also spray it onto your plants’ leaves and gently wipe them with a soft cloth to give them a polish. THE BUTTERFLIES AND THE BEES If you’re setting your sights outdoors, try using Lavender essential oil to attract butterflies and bees to your garden or window boxes. These little creatures can help pollinate certain plants and also add a vibrant, magical feeling to your space. Simply drop Lavender onto a wooden skewer or thin wooden stick and place the stick in plant pots or spaced evenly around your garden. Bees and butterflies will love it. By using essential oils and these handy tips, you can make a more beautiful home and help create a better world. For more tips on developing an eco-friendly lifestyle, check out The Lavender Life blog at YoungLiving.com/blog and keep an eye out for more Earth Day info from Young Living. ANIMALS, INSECTS, AND FARMS: HOW THEY WORK TOGETHER Sustainable farming with our animal friends Young Living farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified providers rely on a wide range of animal friends to produce our premium essential oils. Each farm’s unique soil, climate, and crops require the contributions of many animals, from tiny microorganisms to lumbering livestock, to achieve a natural balance. Maintaining this balance is what allows us to farm as naturally, productively, and sustainably as possible. FRIENDS YOU FIND UNDER A MICROSCOPE Our animals help feed our farm soil, keeping it healthy. Animal waste, compost, and mulch—with help from microbe-rich organic fertilizers—cultivate a healthy microbial population in the soil. These microbial citizens include bacteria, fungi, nematodes, protozoa, and others that break down organic carbons. The breakdown of organic matter yields nutrients, enzymes, and amino acids that nurture the crops, ultimately producing the premium essential oils we love. OUR HARDWORKING INSECT ALLIES Friends like ladybugs, beetles, and praying mantises protect the plants, especially from aphids and other insects that damage plants. Bees, butterflies, and moths also pitch in to pollinate the crops, which prompts many plants into their final steps to produce their oils. GOOD GLOBAL CITIZENS, FOUR- LEGGED AND OTHERWISE Larger grazing animals do their part for the planet by sequestering carbon. This happens when sheep, horses, bison, deer, elk, and others capture and store carbon by consuming and digesting the plants they graze on. When they trample the manure and excess plant matter, they trap carbon in the soil rather than releasing it into the atmosphere. ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL It takes a thriving ecosystem to produce premium essential oils. It’s our animal friends, large and small, that make sustainable farming possible. It’s their natural balance that makes it possible for us to create a healthy home for each of us and a healthy world for all of us. SILVER BOUND IS BACK Find out what the new and improved Silver Bound can do for you Silver Bound is back and better than ever. By updating the Silver Bound program, we expect it to create strong, sustainable success for you and your teams, so you can reach greater heights and build the business of your dreams. The new structure of the program makes the incentives more targeted, more focused on growth, and more sustainable—so you can continue making the most of this popular program. So how can you take advantage of Silver Bound? Head to the Virtual Office and read about the details to get your business booming! FIND YOUR BALANCE WITH THIS EASY BREATHING MEDITATION Reset your day and get back to your center Work. Child care. Chores. Commutes. Stress adds up quickly! When there’s simply too much going on, it can feel difficult to find your balance and hit the reset button, which is why we’ve provided an easy meditation for you to try. This meditative alternate-nostril breathing technique is an easy way to hit the brakes and get back on track. The sweet, floral aroma of Lavender essential oil is a grounding complement to this mindfulness practice. Place 1–2 drops of oil on your left hand, then activate the oil by rubbing it three times clockwise with the right hand. Cup your hands on your face, take a deep breath, and then apply the oil to your wrists and forehead, behind your ears, and on your neck. • Take a comfortable and tall seated position, making sure your spine is straight and your shoulders are comfortably rolled back, allowing your chest to feel open and expansive. • Relax your left palm comfortably upright on your lap and bring your right hand just in front of your face. • With your right hand, bring your pointer finger and middle finger to rest between your eyebrows, lightly using them as an anchor. You’ll be actively using your thumb and ring finger. • Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out through your nose. • Close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale through the left nostril slowly and steadily. • Close the left nostril with your ring finger so both nostrils are held closed; retain your breath at the top of the inhale for a brief pause. • Open your right nostril and release the breath slowly through the right side; pause briefly at the bottom of the exhale. • Inhale through the right side slowly. • Hold both nostrils closed with your ring finger and thumb. • Exhale through the left nostril. Repeat this process, alternating sides, for five minutes. When life feels like it’s speeding out of control, use these breathing exercises to slow things down, recenter, and take the time you need to get things back on track. Check out The Lavender Life blog at YoungLiving. com/blog for more meditation tips and find a wealth of other product tips on our YouTube channel at YouTube.com/younglivingessentialoils

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