Healthy living across the globe: 5 lessons we can learn from other cultures

Around the world, people want to know how to stay healthy. From mastering healthy eating tips to balancing work and play, there’s so much to learn from worldwide cultures in your journey to learn how to get healthy. With help from Young Living Education Events Presenter and Registered Nurse Ed Dailey, we’ve gathered some of our favorite simple health tips from regions all over to help you discover how to live a healthy lifestyle that works for you. See what you’re already doing and what you can implement today!

Start Healthy Habits Young

Ikaria, Greece

In Ikaria, healthy habits are established from an early age—especially in the kitchen. Children start cooking with their families very young, learning to prepare food without modern appliances and discovering traditional cooking methods and recipes.

Lemon Vitality essential oilFun fact

Olive oil is a staple in the Ikarian diet, and people from this region consume about 4 tablespoons of it every day! They also include potatoes, fermented cheese, and wild greens—like arugula and dandelion—in their diet.

YL tip

Ikarians love lemons! Get inspired by adding a drop of Lemon Vitality™ to your water, tea, or cuisine.

Maintain lifelong relationships

Okinawa, Japan

Relationships are such an important part of health and happiness in Okinawa, Japan, that the culture institutes social support groups called moai. The tradition began with farmers who would work together to help and support each other even if their crops failed. Now, a moaican offer social, emotional, and even financial support, so everyone has someone in their corner when they need it.

Oola Friends essential oil blendFun fact

In addition to healthy relationships, the people of Okinawa also focus on healthy eating. Some common foods in their diet are sweet potatoes, turmeric, garlic, and seaweed, which contains folate and iodine.

YL tip

Diffuse the positive, uplifting aroma of Oola® Friends™ while repeating the affirmation “I am blessed with empowering, healthy relationships” to remind yourself of the value of lifelong bonds.

Seek authentic happiness


The D. Gary Young Young Living Foundation Malaria Center in UgandaReported to be one of the world’s happiest countries, Denmark has a culture rooted in choices that bring true joy. Instead of things that can be bought, the people of Denmark focus on creating strong social ties—which are especially important in times of trouble—and on participating in charitable efforts.

Fun fact

While Danish winters are known for short days and dark, cold nights, the country puts a positive spin on the harsh winters by practicing hygge, a cultural mentality that focuses on coziness, love, and relationships.

YL tip

See how it feels to share your blessings with others by supporting a charitable organization such as The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation. Whether you share a few dollars or participate in an event, helping someone else can make you more grateful for your own blessings.

Go back to basics

Sardinia, Italy

Simplicity is at the foundation of the Sardinian way of life, and it icharitable organization,s part of what makes the area so healthy and happy. People in the area source most of their food themselves and many are shepherds. Because of this lifestyle, goat milk and cheese are common at the tables of Sardinian homes, where both family and a cast of loved ones gather. Social ties and relationships are also another simple yet rewarding aspect of Sardinian life.

Fennel Vitality essential oilFun fact

Grains make up almost 50 percent of the Sardinian diet, while dairy takes up about 25 percent. Additionally, chickpeas are popular for their fiber and protein, while tomatoes provide vitamin C and potassium. Sugar makes up only 3 percent of their diet.

YL tip

Fennel is a popular food in Sardinia, and it’s often used for its medicinal properties. Add Fennel Vitality™ to your own wellness regimen for digestive support and to help support a healthy outlook during PMS.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Get moving throughout the day

Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Young Living Cool Azul Pain Relief CreamHumble and hardworking, the people of the Nicoya Peninsula integrate an active lifestyle into everything they do. Instead of including moments of physical activity into a sedentary way of life, this culture finds joy in the hard, physical labor of everyday tasks and chores. When your lifestyle is built on staying active, you don’t have to worry about making time to get moving!

Fun fact

Nicoyans’ active, outdoor lifestyle helps them get healthy amounts of sun as well, which helps them get enough of the vital nutrient vitamin D.

YL tip

Don’t shy away from physical chores. Instead, celebrate the opportunity to move your body and accomplish something worthwhile. Keep a bottle of Cool Azul™ Pain Relief Cream at home, so you have one less excuse to keep you from moving the furniture, pulling weeds, or sweeping the floor.

What’s your favorite healthy habit from around the world? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 of the best back-to-school tips for your elementary schooler

Ready to face the back-to-school battle? Between first-day outfits, school supplies, lunchbox prep, and after-school activities, you and your kids have plenty on your plates. And it doesn’t make it any easier when the kids don’t want to go to school. To make this back-to-school season the most fun and least challenging yet, we’ve compiled some of our favorites to help the whole family get through the day, from breakfast to bedtime.

Kidscents MightyZymes Young Living Master Your Morning

Make the most important meal of the day shine with a good, healthy breakfast. Our Gluten-Free Yogurt Waffles with Lemon-Lavender Syrupare a filling and tasty way to start the day, or you can opt for our Einkorn Wolfberry Muffins for a hearty treat to go! Serve the meal with KidScents® MightyZyme for relief from fullness, pressure, bloating, and more,* so they’re ready to have their best possible day.

Tip: After breakfast, take a first day of school picture before sending them off!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

kidscents_geneyes_5ml_us_silo_2016Conquer the Carpool

Whether you take just your little ones to school or you share a carpool with all the neighborhood parents, car time is a great opportunity to pump up the kids for the day. Give a quick pep talk before they head out of the car or use your USB Diffuser or Orb™ Diffuser to infuse the trip with an essential oil such as GeneYus™ or Stress Away™. Not driving your children yourself? Write them a letter to read on the bus or the walk to school.

Tip: Make a special playlist for the first days of school. A little carpool karaoke will help take their minds off any first-day jitters and add some fun to the back-to-school season.

NingXia Red Single Healthy Drink from Young Living

Prep Lunch with Love

Second to recess, lunch is the highlight of the school day. Make it memorable with a nutritious lunch that will make other kids eager to trade! Pack a chilled NingXia Red® single, a Wolfberry Crisp Bar, and the kid kabobs featured in our Think Outside the Lunch Box post for a balanced, fun meal.

Tip: Write a sweet, comforting, inspiring, or silly note on your child’s napkin to help him or her make it through the rest of the day.

Peppermint Essential OilMake the Afternoon Awesome

The final school bell may have rung, but you and your kids know there’s still more to pack in before bedtime! Whether they’re at music lessons or study sessions, help kids maximize their time with help from essential oils. Diffuse Peppermint or GeneYus while they practice their instruments, do homework, or work on their art projects.

Tip: Instead of shuttling back and forth between home and activities, stop at a park or café near your kid’s practice venue. You can unwind with some alone time or whip out your laptop to get work done!

Kidscents Sleepyize Essential Oil Blend for Kids

Settle into Sleep

After a long day, bed is the only place you want to be—but sometimes the kids feel differently. Help signal that it’s bedtime with a nightly routine that gently transitions into quiet, peaceful rest. Diffuse SleepyIze™ in the bedroom to create a relaxing environment or draw a warm bath infused with Peace & Calming®. A gentle foot or back rub with Relaxation™ Massage Oil is also a great reward for getting to bed on time!

Tip: Refresh stuffed animals with Thieves® Laundry Soap and any other favorite essential oils to make them extra loveable and cuddly!

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Learn & Love: All About Valor

There’s a reason Valor® is so popular. Its aroma is like no other: refreshing yet comforting, grounding yet inspiring, sweet yet spicy. And, of course, people love its vivid blue color! Check out this infographic to learn more about why Valor is one of our most beloved blends.

Young Living Valor Infographic

Interested in learning more about YL essential oils and oil-infused products? Check out our All About Cedarwood and Joint Health Supplements: What Should You Look For? infographics.

What are your favorite Valor uses? Let us know in the comments!

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Hug in a bottle: An essential oil guide to uplift and inspire

It’s been one of those days. Your presentation at work didn’t go as hoped, traffic was terrible, it’s raining, your to-do list is 10 pages long, and someone ate the last of the leftover takeout you were planning on for dinner. All you want to do is crawl into bed with a blanket over your head and call it a day.

We all have days that feel overwhelming, hard, sad, or exhausting. Whether you’re feeling lost, overwhelmed, lonely, or homesick, the pure, gentle aroma of essential oils can help you reset, reflect, and spiritually rejuvenate. Here are a few of our favorite essential oils for when you’re down in the dumps.

Valor Essential OilValor®: A hug for courage

It’s easy to identify the things we want to change about our lives, but it’s much harder to have the courage to actually take action. Fear of obstacles, embarrassment, and failure can leave us in a constant state of analysis paralysis. When you find yourself with a high-stakes day on the horizon, the aroma of Valor essential oil blend can help invite feelings of courage and strength.

Usage tip: Establish a daily practice of reciting self-affirmations in the mirror while inhaling this grounding blend to promote feelings of self-love and confidence.

Sacred Mountain Essential Oil BlendSacred Mountain™: A hug from Mother Nature

There’s nothing like spending time in nature to clear the mind and uplift the heart, but it’s not always easy to slip away from your busy day. This blend of Ylang Ylang and three different conifer essential oils evokes the sanctity of nature wherever you are—no hiking boots needed. Use it to promote feelings of strength, empowerment, grounding, and protection.

Usage tip: When you need a quick escape but can’t get away, rub 2–3 drops of this blend between your palms and inhale deeply.

Gathering essential oilGathering™: A hug for connection

In such a fast-paced world, it can be easy to get lost in the chaos of everyday life and forget the important things. Essential oils are a great way to remind yourself of life’s little joys and reconnect back with nature and your true self. With Lavender, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and six other essential oils, Gatheringessential oil blend is the perfect way to do just that.

Usage tip: Diffuse while spending quality time with friends or family to create scent memories that will transport you back to times of peace and joy during hard times.

Release essential oil blendRelease™: A hug for liberation

As we go about our day, we pick up emotional baggage—a hurtful comment, a negative thought, a troubling news article—and after a while it can start to build up and weigh us down. It’s critical that we take time each day to unload and free ourselves. The balancing aroma of Release essential oil blend can help you let go of negativity and lighten your spirit.

Usage tip: During a difficult conversation with a family member or loved one, diffuse this blend to help you stay open-minded and positive.

Present Time essential oilPresent Time™: A hug for gratitude

It’s easy to find yourself focusing so much on the regret of yesterday and the anticipation of tomorrow that you forget about the gift and beauty of today. Diffuse Present Time and practice mindful meditation to help yourself embrace and celebrate the present moment. Let its aroma remind you to slow down and notice life’s little joys—the mesmerizing beauty of raindrops streaming slowly down a windowpane, the sound of birds singing in the morning. There is beauty and wonder all around if you just take the time to look for it.

Usage tip: Diffuse this blend while tackling a mundane chore like laundry or dusting to help you stay mindful and grateful even during less-pleasant tasks.

Hope Essential Oil Blend - Young LivingHope™: A hug for optimism

No matter how much we try to avoid it, everyone faces moments of hardship and heartbreak. During these difficult times, the most important thing is to never lose hope. No matter how thick the darkness gets, there is always a light ahead. Sometimes it’s faint, but it’s there. You just have to look for it. With this kind of understanding, you can overcome anything. Hope essential oil blend is here to gently support you on your journey, with comforting and calming essential oils such as Melissa, Juniper, and Myrrh.

Usage tip: Diffuse this blend during times of sadness to help restore your faith and find greater strength and stability.

What oils do you turn to when you’re in need of a pick-me-up?

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Serious Veggie Pizza: Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe [Video]

Sometimes it takes some creativity to get your recommended five veggie servings per day—especially when pizza is calling your name and you’re all out of healthy dinner ideas. Check out our easy, essential oil-infused, gluten-free pizza recipe for cauliflower crust to fill your comfort food craving while packing in extra veggies.

Basil Vitality™

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, whipped
  • Pizza sauce
  • Desired toppings
  • Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
    2. Wash the head of cauliflower and break off all florets.
    3. Grind in a food processor until texture becomes rice-like.
    4. Place on parchment paper on a baking sheet and roast for 5–8 minutes, watching carefully. You don’t want the cauliflower to brown, just to become soft.
    5. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
    6. Combine cauliflower in a bowl with all the other ingredients. Clean hands mix the best!
    7. Place parchment paper on baking sheet and oil it.
    8. Pat down the cauliflower mixture until a flat circle.
    9. Bake for 8–10 minutes or until golden.
    10. Remove from oven and cool.
    11. Once cool, evenly spread sauce over dough.
    12. Add desired toppings.
    13. Cook for 15-20 minutes.


    For essential oil-infused pizza sauce, blend: 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 medium tomato halved, 2 drops Oregano Vitality™, 2 drops Basil Vitality™, and 1 drop Thyme Vitality™.

    If you’re interested in more essential oil-infused recipes, check out our delicious Cinnamon Apple Chips or Homemade Thai Soup!

    What’s your favorite healthy pizza topping? Let us know in the comments!

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