Gary’s Mustard Plaster Story

Many people alive today may remember the natural remedies of bygone years. Gary recalled getting a mustard plaster poultice when he was six years old. He said: I remember when I got sick once. I was six years old. I didn’t know that there was such a thing as sickness …

What Gary’s Clary Sage Journey Means for You

Young Living has grown clary sage for more than 25 years and distilled it into the finest Clary Sage essential oil for almost as long. What people may not know is how Gary fought to bring its herbaceous, floral, lifting aroma to the world and why his long-ago efforts can …

A History You May Not Have Heard Before

In 1984 a lady from Zurich, Switzerland gave me a portfolio about essential oils. “How much do you know about essential oils?” she asked. I said, “You know, I’ve used tea tree oil and have never been impressed.” She said, “There are a lot more essential oils than just tea …

Gary Young’s Five Steps to Empowerment

What empowers you? What imbues you with the feeling that you can do anything or the desire to reach for greater heights? Is it a member of your upline, a friend, or a particularly good podcast or TED talk you heard? Maybe you read a very good book on the …

Good Essential Oils Come From Good Seeds

Why is Young Living the No. 1 choice for essential oils in the world? It’s because here you will find the true, highest-quality essential oils, not just marketing hype. Where do quality and purity start? Do they start with the broker? With the vendor? With the marketer? With the sales …

Five Tips for Cultivating Gratitude From D. Gary Young

Gratitude was a way of life for D. Gary Young. He often said that a grateful person is a happy person and that challenges and setbacks are just opportunities to grow. Yet he had many reasons to be embittered—by the poverty he experienced as a youth, by the parentage of …

Adulteration in Essential Oils: What to Watch Out For

Why is Young Living the number-one choice for essential oils in the world? It’s because here you will find the purest, highest-quality essential oils. Where do quality and purity start? Do they start with the broker? With the vendor? With the marketing? With the salespeople? With the lab and chemists? …

Romancing the Negative

I see people fail all the time because they do not know what they don’t want. I’ve talked with husbands and wives for 30 years about their marriages, health conditions, and problems that have created challenges in their marriages. It was absolutely shocking to me, and it really opened my …

Five Tips for Developing Grit, as Taught by D. Gary Young

Is grit one indefinable trait or the combination of many? Is it just toughness or is it toughness, persistence, and hard work, with a little bit of hope mixed in? Gary Young seemed to think it was all of those things, as evidenced by the stories members and executives tell …

Six Tips for Living Your Dream!

Two weeks ago I talked about stopping your “excuse-itis” by writing your goals down and changing your paradigm. Last week I talked about specific things to write down. Now I’m going to talk about more of those things. If you want to change your paradigm, then find an answer to …

Know Your Roots

In adversity or bounty, we all have our defining moments, those times that commit us more deeply to the course that we’re on or propel us in a different direction. While Gary’s logging accident was definitely one of those, the moment he decided to pursue natural remedies to restore control …

Write Down How You Want to Change!

Last week Gary talked about how to cure ourselves of “excuse-itis,” resharing what he said at a 2012 Silver Club Retreat. This week, he dives deeper into what to write down and shares what you need to do today to get out of old, deep ruts of potential-blocking habits. WHAT …

Gary Young: Pioneer and Eco-friendly Farming Partner

Gary was a pioneer, not only in the way he began the modern-day essential oils movement but also in his modern distillation techniques and eco-friendly farming of essential oil botanicals. It was, in part, a love of nature that drove him to become that pioneer and innovator and that propelled …

DO YOU HAVE EXCUSE-ITIS? WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT IT?

Every one of us has habits. Every one of us has belief systems. But every one of us also has “excuse-itis.” When we don’t achieve what others tell us we could achieve, we have excuses for that, right? We say, “Well, I was busy raising kids.” “I had a difficult …

The Sandstorm

We conclude the series of excerpts from D. Gary Young’s novel The One Gift, the action-filled story of Shutran, a Bedouin caravan commander. Today we learn how Commander Shutran faces a rare danger: the deadly desert sandstorm. ~~~~~~~~ Shutran sends his captains to ride the outer flanks of the caravan to guide …

Melissa Essential Oil’s Storied History at Young Living

The essential oil of Melissa—more commonly known as lemon balm—has been used for over 2,000 years, starting with the Greeks and Romans, and then spread into Spain and throughout Europe. The early colonists of North America brought it with them, and it is recorded to have been among the herbs …

Pondering Back to the First Shutran

We continue with a series of excerpts from D. Gary Young’s novel The One Gift, the action-filled story of Shutran, a Bedouin caravan commander. Shutran’s descendant, named for his famous ancestor, now ponders his heritage and wonders about the original Shutran, who founded the family caravan dynasty. ~~~~~~~~ After reading …

10 biggest essential oil mistakes

From cleaning to cooking, sleeping to sports, essential oils have the power to improve whole-life wellness. The best way to access the benefits in those little amber bottles? Use essential oils correctly. Even the most experienced oil aficionado can use the occasional EO refresher. And while this list of 10 …

Melchior and Balthazar Greet Shutran

We continue with a series of excerpts from D. Gary Young’s novel The One Gift, the action-filled story of a Bedouin caravan commander named Shutran. We hear the Christmas story told by Shutran’s descendant, also named Shutran, as he meets three caravan commanders who will carry royal gifts to a …