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Vita Flex Feet and Hand Chart


North Grove MarketingHere’s a chart that details the Vita Flex points on our hands and feet. Why should you download and study this chart? Because the Vita Flex technique originated in ancient Tibet (even before the Chinese codified and wrote down their medical knowledge), so it’s been used and perfected over many, many generations. And, using the Vita Flex technique adds an extra dimension of energy to your use of essential oils. And, the technique is excellent to use with kids (dilute the oils, please). And, learning more about HOW to apply EOs is always fascinating.

Download the charts here:

Vita Flex Hand and Feet Charts



Oil Substitutes (Official News From Young Living)


mississippi riverJust saw this in a Facebook group I belong to (YL Essential Oils Basic 101 for Beginners, run by a great lady, Debbie Dennison). There have been some challenges with out-of-stock oils and while some folks are patient, others are getting itchy. Here are Gary Young’s suggested substitutes for out-of-stock oils.

Deep Relief: PanAway and/or Relieve It
Melaleuca (Tea Tree): Palo Santo and/or Melrose
Myrrh: Mountain Savory
Sclaressence: Clary Sage
Breathe Again: RC and/or Blue Eucalyptus
Valor: Highest Potential and/or Harmony
Stress Away: Tranquil
Blue Tansy: German Chamomile or Roman Chamomile
Melissa: Lemon Myrtle
Ledum: GLF
Wintergreen: Palo Santo and/or Dorado Azul
Grapefruit: Tangerine
Clove: Cassia and/or Ocotea
Lady Sclerol: Clary Sage

Also noted: YL is thinking of incorporating info on substitutes right next to the product descriptions in their next catalog. Brilliant! This change will give distributors more chances to educate on the various oils and their properties, allowing you to broaden your knowledge and have suggestions right at your fingertips. More information on this excellent change will become available in the next few months.

Pass this information on to your own YL community by using the Share buttons on this post. This is good news!


What’s my story?



trainingNext Tuesday, May 20, I’ll be holding my newest online webinar, “Marketing Intensive: Your YL Business Biography.” The story of a person’s business is an incredible marketing tool because it lets your community get to know and understand you, and people just really love stories. So I figured I should tell you the story of how I got into this YL angle of my own business.

My husband, Jake, woke up one morning in March 2014 and decided it was time to kick his Young Living thing into gear. After using the oils for ten years, the opportunity to grow a distributorship came up and decisions were made. I’ve been a marketing teacher for about four years, working with heart-centered solopreneurs in a variety of businesses (artists, filmographers, teachers, health coaches, and even one yoga instructor) so I’m keenly familiar with the challenges and triumphs of going into business for yourself.

Heck, I’ve been a solopreneur myself for more than a decade. I couldn’t work a time-clock job and build my own house, so in 2002 I quit the world of regimented lunch breaks and shoes with heels and juggling my daughter’s schedule with my bosses’ schedules. Threw my wristwatch away. Slept in a tent all summer until the roof was on in the fall. Worked all winter copywriting and started building the addition when spring came again.

In October 2003, my house burned to the ground. Spent that winter in a massive depression, then started to rebuild in the spring of 2004. I’m sitting in house number two at this very moment writing about marketing for YL businesspeople, enjoying the sound of rain on the roof and the occasional snore from my canine coworkers.

I love my job. I get to teach passionate people amazing things. Most of what I know about marketing is self-taught, as with many other areas of my life: Did I know a darn thing about plumbing before laying the DWV system in my house? Nope. I read a couple of books and got help from someone who knew just slightly more than I did, and the DWV system functions like a rock star.

I’m not so good at taping and mudding drywall, though. Should have asked for more help in that area.

Because I’ve learned from my experiences that asking for help is a good thing, and asking experts for help is even better. It’s possible for you to teach yourself how to do marketing, and you might just hit it spot on and get a lot out of your efforts. You might make mistakes, too, or suddenly discover there was a better way to do things the whole time, if you’d only known.

When my awesome husband turns to me 32 times a day and asks, “How do I do this” and “How do I do that” about marketing, I feel good that I can help him. Same with all my students; the little questions and the big questions and the questions you didn’t even know you should ask—I have a lot of answers. I’ve persisted through a lot of struggles, experienced the whole range of emotions business-wise and personal-wise.

That’s a pretty good story, wouldn’t you say?

So, like I said, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 is the day I’ll be holding my webinar, “Marketing Intensive: Your YL Business Biography.” It’s a free webinar and open to anyone who wants to learn more about telling your story as a marketing tool. Get on the notification list by clicking here: http://10000seeds.com/northgrovemarketing/intensive/

Yes, there will be a replay of the webinar available, so if you’re reading this after the event just go to that page and I’ll send you the replay link.

See you on the other side!


Helpful Training: Tough Love Social Media Teleclass by Karen Clark



sunshine and daisiesI just got done listening to a free webinar produced by Karen Clark, social media trainer for direct sales representatives (like you as Young Living distributors). I highly recommend this training call because she goes over some social media mistakes she sees people doing, and she’s funny and bright and knowledgeable. You do need to opt-in to her site to receive access to the recordings, but I think it’s worth sharing your email address.

Why should you share your email address with Karen Clark and listen to this free teleclass? She talks about:

Event spam, like starting a Facebook event that’s not really an event. Events must have a start time and end time and be hooked to a particular day and location (virtual or real-world), like a teleclass, webinar, in-person class, video or business launch and so on. The “February Specials” type of event isn’t really an event and constant announcements about it irritates everyone who’s invited because it goes on and on.

Poaching, also known as cross-recruiting. We must be very careful about this disrespectful practice. Before you post, comment, invite to groups, like a page or network during a real-world event think carefully about whether the comment will be perceived as poaching. Inviting people to private message through social media is walking a very thin line, so be clear you’re not cross-recruiting. If a potential customer offers to buy something from you or join Young Living, carefully and gently return that person to the person who was their first contact.

Offending people. Using foul language, no matter how minor (stupid, shut up, that sucks); political and religious discussions or posts; whining, negative posts, personal dramas, and discussing negative incidents that happened with customers or other distributors can all be offensive. Keep conversations positive and try to eliminate negativity from your social media.

Pushing, especially end-of-month sales or meeting-goals-posts. Asking for help is OK, but make sure you post regularly and build relationships all along the way. Keep promotional posts to a minimum and only ask for action once in a while. Pushing shows desperation and can be perceived as begging. Be a resource first, and allow people to discover your business organically most of the time.

Over-posting (posting too many posts too fast). Use scheduling tools to space your thoughts out rather than blasting people’s feeds. Also avoid posting all day long, even if you have a comment about everything you see in a group or on a page. Discussions are OK, but don’t over-post on many things at once.

That’s just an overview, and of course she has a lot more to say about each one of these social media mistakes. Opt-in and access the recordings through this link:

Tough Love Social Media Teleclass by Karen Clark

When you’re finished listening, leave a comment here or jump over to the open North Grove Marketing Facebook group to start a discussion about social media mistakes you’ve seen:



Primer On Popular Carrier Oils



coconutsproutSimply put, a carrier oil is any cold-pressed, unrefined vegetable, seed or nut oil used to dilute full-strength essential oils.

Now, what does that really mean?

Coconut Oil

If you Google coconut oil, you’ll be met with a million articles about how it can cure everything and make you look like you’re 20 years old. It is some pretty good stuff, and it smells delicious, too. Because it absorbs into the skin more slowly, coconut oil makes a good carrier when you want to enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of your essential oils a little longer (as in, when you make a eucalyptus oil rub for a chest cold). Coconut oil solidifies at 76 degrees, so when you’re mixing up topical treatments, warm it a little, add your essential oils and mix thoroughly. It melts beautifully later when you apply to skin.

Avocado Oil

Got achy joints? Avocado oil plus PanAway. Got achy teeth or problems with your gums? Avocado oil plus Thieves oil. Need a good carrier oil for a sensual massage? Avocado oil plus jasmine essential oil. Sunburn? Wait for it… Avocado oil plus lavender. Plus, it’s super-good in salad dressing. If you have sensitivities to nuts, this may be the carrier oil for you. As with anything, test a little on your wrist before going all the way.

Olive Oil

Yeah, we hardly need to discuss the benefits of olive oil, right? Most of us have a big bottle in the kitchen already, making it easy to mix with essential oils. Look for extra virgin, cold-pressed oil because it’s worth the money. Olive oil is one of the slowest to absorb into the skin, so it makes a great carrier oil when mixing up oils for babies and kids. If you’re feeling brave and don’t mind rinsing out the shower afterward, mix ¼ cup used coffee grounds, 1 tablespoon EVOO and five drops of rosemary essential oil and give your scalp a good scrub. Yep, it’s messy, but try it and see how you feel.

Jojoba Oil

The chemistry of jojoba oil closely mimics human skin oil, making it the go-to choice for people who suffer from acne or flaky skin. Be patient—it can take a week or two to see results from any new skin regimen. Southwestern Native Americans used jojoba oil as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory for skin wounds, too, so keep that in mind when you’re mixing oils together. It keeps well at room temperature, but you should still try to buy just what you need rather than storing it for a long time. Best part? A little goes a long way because it spreads so nicely. (By the way, it’s pronounced ho-HO-ba.)

Almond Oil

Lots of vitamin E and protein make almond oil a nice choice as a carrier oil. Those who suffer from psoriasis and eczema may prefer it over other choices. If you like to put oils on your feet, try mixing them with almond oil to give those rough spots a little extra TLC. If you’re mixing capsules to take internally, almond oil adds just a touch of trace minerals that may help your body heal faster. Every little bit counts! Gentle for babies, too. If you’ve been using baby lotions, try a nice massage with almond oil instead. Almond oil typically absorbs quickly, so when you mix it with essential oils the properties of each oil go into your skin right away.

Shea Butter

If you’re making home-made beauty products with essential oils and want the best carrier oil, shea butter might be the one. Or, maybe it isn’t—depends on the results you want from your DIY adventures. Shea butter is water resistant, meaning it creates a protective barrier that keeps water away. Good for hand moisturizing if you tend to wash your hands frequently (say hello to all the nurses and day care providers in your life!). However, this also means the shea butter stays on the surface of your skin after the essential oil has been absorbed. It’s a toss-up, and you should decide after trying various carrier oils for various purposes.

Grapeseed Oil

For those who find other carrier oils greasy and unpleasant, grapeseed oil may be the answer. It’s quick to absorb and leaves behind a silky feeling. When you’re mixing essential oils with a carrier oil for kids, it can be hard for them to be patient until the oil absorbs into their skin, so grapeseed oil might be the perfect carrier. Read labels and study brands very carefully, though. Grapeseed oil is often extracted using chemicals and traces of bad stuff can be left behind after processing, so look for expeller-pressed oils that are crushed using mechanical processes rather than chemistry.

And of course, there’s always V-6, which you can order directly from Young Living.

No matter what kind of oil you use, try to get organic, non-GMO brands. If you’re trying to be healthful by using essential oils, you might as well go all the way, right? Please take care of your oils, too. Many can be stored in the refrigerator to prolong their shelf-lives, and some can go in the freezer and remain liquid. If your oil has been in room-temperature storage for a few months, smell it—if there’s any hint of “off” odors, just throw it away and start over.