Frequently Asked Question… June 2022

Frequently Asked Question… June 2022

Is it true that Copaiba oil enhances the effect or function, when used in combination with other oils?

To answer this question, you should know that Copaiba is distilled from the resin of the Copaifera tree, which grows in the northern part of South America, and mainly in Brazil. Oils distilled from trees include sesquiterpene, compounds with a higher molecular weight, which means they do not evaporate as quickly.

Other essential oils contain components such as monoterpene, with a lower molecular weight, which often evaporate ( vaporizing ) faster. So by mixing Copaiba or applying it on top of another oil, you ensure that the lighter constituents also have the opportunity to get into your skin, blood and cells.

The other piece of the myth is that there is also another sesquiterpene in Copaiba called beta caryophyllene. This compound (which is also found in CBD oil in lower amounts, by the way), can work very well with the CB2 receptors of the (mainly) immune cells in your body.

Conclusion: Copaiba does not enhance the functioning or the effect, because enhancing would mean that you turn an ordinary person into a superhero… When Copaiba is combined with another oil, you give that oil the chance to do its own work better, faster or more efficiently.

Frequently Asked Question… April 2022

Frequently Asked Question… April 2022

What are enzymes and what do they do?

Enzymes are crucial to the Digestion and Absorption of food and play a key part in promoting gut health. Undigested food causes true havoc in the body, causing a sprawl of yeast, fungi, parasites, bacteria and microorganisms, which are the start of illnesses and inflammation in the body. Enzymes are natural catalysts, made of proteins, that speed up chemical reactions and release the vitamins, minerals and amino acids in food.

Enzymes are very specific, and each type of enzyme will only ” breakdown” one type of “food.” Fats are broken down by an enzym called lipase, and this process takes place in the mouth. Lipase is found in your spit. Proteins are broken down by enzymes called protease (pepsin) and this process takes place in the stomach. Carbohydrates (also called starch) are broken down by enzymes called amylase and this process takes place in the small intestines. See below for an example of the process.

Enzymes cannot work without co-factors, and each enzyme is designed to work with a particular co-factor. You’ve heard of these co-factors – they’re called “minerals.” Unless an enzyme is accompanied by its co-factor/mineral, or a substitute co-factor/mineral, it simply won’t do anything. There are eighteen co-factors/minerals in the human diet.

Unfortunately, today’s modern diet often creates an imbalance of both minerals and enzymes. That’s why supplements are important: they can help us restore nutritional balance so we can get the most nutrients from our food. Young Living has 4 supportive enzymes, Essentialzymes-4, Essentialzyme, SulfurZyme, and Detoxzyme, plus a product specifically tailored to kids, Mightyzyme.

Frequently Asked Question… March 2022

Frequently Asked Question… March 2022

Where does the name THIEVES come from?

The story behind Thieves goes back many centuries in history. And more importantly, it is important to first understand that the use of essential oils and aromatics goes way back in ancient times….

… back to the time of the Middle Ages and trade along the Silk Road. Back to the time of the Romans, who in turn brought the oils from Egypt, where Cleopatra wielded the scepter and took care of herself with the help of all kinds of essential oils, and even centuries before that the Greek philosophers were already taking oils and knowledge from that same Egypt! But much further before that, the shaman (herbalist, priest, oracle, witch, sorcerer, or simply healer) used the juices of certain plants, trees, flowers, fruits, etc. as early as 2000 BC to treat tribal people who had physical or spirit-induced ailments. These people were held in very high esteem within their tribe, people or region.

How did Thieves get its name?

In the 14th and 15th centuries, the dreaded black plague killed citizens of all walks of life across Europe. The medical profession was powerless – they had no cure and no prevention. All people could do was stay as far away from plague victims as possible. The plague continued to make regular appearances until the 18th century.
Yet there was an intrepid gang of thieves who robbed the plague victims and their graves of all their jewelry and valuables. Incredibly, the thieves themselves never contracted the highly contagious disease. This was unheard of.

How did they do it? What protected them?

One day, as fate would have it, the brazen thieves were caught anyway. They received severe punishments for their crimes. Death by hanging! Public opinion, however, demanded to know their secret. However, if they were hanged, no one would ever find out!

So under enormous public pressure, the judge in question had to make a deal with the thieves. Would they really share their secret how they protected themselves from the plague in exchange for a less lenient sentence?
The thieves accepted the deal.

During the negotiations, it turns out that the robbers were not ordinary thieves. No, they were spice traders and perfumers who had traveled the Silk Road. Because of their knowledge of essential oils and spices, they learned exactly which oils to smear on their bodies to protect themselves from the germs of the plague. The court clerk on duty recorded their composition of the concoction during the trial and stored it in the court archives.

Of course, retrieving documents from the 15th century is no easy task, let alone court archives. D. Gary Young managed to unearth these important documents after an exhaustive search; and thus the contents were revealed.
Young Living’s Thieves® essential oil blend is based on this long lost recipe and named after the thieves who first used it. When using Thieves® oil, these ingredients synergistically combine the benefits of general wellness and the support of a healthy immune system.*

And while there are other companies trying to manufacture a product similar to Thieves®, no company may use the exact recipe and no other company consistently uses 100% therapeutic grade oils of the highest quality that is found in Thieves®.

* Due to different laws in various countries, e.g. not everywhere the Thieves® Waterless Hand Sanitizer may advertise “kills 99.99% of germs”.

Frequently Asked Question… February 2022

Frequently Asked Question… February 2022

How do essential oils affect hormones?

Essential oils and the active ingredients found in essential oils effect electrical impulses that feed the hypothalamus, and the hypothalamus is very important for balancing hormones.

Because the Hypothalamus is located centrally in the brain and right next to the cavities, which are most easily accessed through the nose, smelling is one of the ways in which the Hypothalamus is reached most easily and quickly. Also, due to its central location in the brain, the processing of this stimulation is transmitted directly.

Several studies show that aromatherapy with lavender is a simple way to relax, boost mood and reduce anxiety and depression, which can be useful in stimulating sexual desire, for example.

Essential oils such as Cardamom, Sage, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose and Ylang-Ylang are all popular aphrodisiacs known to have been used throughout history to increase libido. Cleopatra was highly skilled with the use of essential oils in her daily regimen, and I don’t just mean her beauty rituals…

Frequently Asked Question… December 2021

Frequently Asked Question… December 2021

You have talked about Terpenes before, but what are they really?

Otto Wallach won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1910 by isolating the chemical group we now know as terpenes.

When his fellow professor at the University of Bonn discovered a forgotten cupboard of essential oils and asked Wallach to study their properties, he studied most nights under candlelight and was the predominant pioneer of essential oil molecules for more than a decade.

He was able to study the molecular structure of EO’s by separating components of various oils by repeatedly distilling then and then studying their physical properties.

Over 150 papers he has written on terpenes. He would be amazed to know that you can now do a quick search in PUBMED on terpenes and come up with almost 350,000 articles.

Pretty amazing right?