The Destruction of Mayan Written Records

Diego de Landa, a Spanish bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Yucatán, burned most of the Mayan codices. 1524-1579. United States Public Domain photo. Why are there so few Mayan records? Because they were intentionally destroyed. Against instructions from Spain, Bishop Diego de Landa instituted the methods of the …

The Codices: Mayan Written Records

Plates 10 and 11 of the Dresden Maya Codex.  Photo credit: Lacambalam – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 The written record of the Mayan people is called a codex. The Mayans made their version of paper from the inner bark of wild fig trees, amate (Ficus glabrata). Mayan codices were made …

How to own your Dragon Time

**We love Young Living essential oils and blends. They change our lives for the better, and they inspire us to have fun! We’re playing a bit here, but the suggestions are serious! Enjoy!** If you can’t stop crying after your friend sent you the cutest video of a baby kitten, …

The Gumbo Limbo Tree and Its Cousin

Like frankincense trees, the gumbo limbo tree has a reddish, peeling bark. Photo by Ryan Sholin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 The gumbo limbo tree (Bursera simaruba) is from the same family as our frankincense varieties: Burceracea. I wonder if it shares any of the same benefits as frankincense. …

Essential oils 101: Beginner’s guide

Can essential oils change your life? They sure have changed ours! From a Lavender-infused bedtime routine to a cleaner-smelling Lemon-y kitchen, we have the tips and tricks you need to start using essential oils. Read on for our ways to go from beginner oil user to supreme oil enthusiast! What …

Young Living Essential Oils: Value in Every Drop

Pop quiz! For fresh fish, would you pick: A) something you found in the refrigerator case at a gas station 1,500 miles inland, or B) a fillet served at a long-established restaurant on the coast? We hope that for the sake of your stomach you chose B. Now think about …

How to Use Essential Oils

Maybe you’re unpacking your Premium Starter Kit, you were gifted a bunch of essential oils—you lucky dog—or, like some of us, you dove head-first into essential oils because you knew there was something special about them. Now you’re overwhelmed by how to use the dang things. Have no fear, friend, …

The Mayan Gumbo Limbo Tree

The gumbo limbo tree was used and admired by the Mayan people. Photo by Louise Wolff (darina) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 The gumbo limbo tree (Bursera simaruba) grows from southern Florida, through Mexico and Central America, in the Caribbean, and throughout Venezuela and Brazil. Mayans believed the gumbo …

The 11 most popular essential oils and their superpowers

What’s the secret ingredient to unlocking your superpowers? When you hit a lull, you may wish you had a wand, alien rocks, or even radioactive spiders to win the day. If you’re looking for a super boost that will help you feel motivated to accomplish heroic feats, then it’s time …

Breathe in; breathe out: Our 5 essential oil picks for recharging

There are countless ways to use essential oils. Applying them topically can bring a range of benefits, and we love using our Vitality line in favorite essential oil recipes. When we need a boost, there’s no denying that one of our favorite ways to recharge is simply enjoying the aromatic …