Essential Oils & CBD

Essential oil infused CBD carries huge significance, and we’re going to break that down right here! Again, we’ll give you the cliff notes version with optional extra credit!!

Let’s talk terpenes.

Cliff notes version: 

The terpenes (a constituent of many essential oils) found in essential oils can also increase the overall efficacy of the CBD isolate, creating a synergy between CBD and essential oils! You get a 1+1=3 scenario. And the only place to find essential oil infused CBD is right here with Young Living!

Extra Credit:

If you’ve used essential oils before you may have heard this word. Terpenes are simply a chemical constituent of essential oils.... and CBD and hemp. In fact, cannabis and hemp contain over 200 terpenes! The terpenes found in CBD have been shown to enhance its effects, however, when CBD is broken down into an isolate (to remove the mind-altering THC from the extract) many of the terpenes are removed. Creating an isolate is the safest way to consume CBD while also ensuring purity and ensuring a lack of THC.

To improve the effects of the CBD isolate we want to add terpenes back in, and one way of doing this is by pairing the CBD with therapeutic-grade essential oils!
Many essential oils are high in monoterpenes, diterpenes, and sesquiterpenes (different molecules with a similar base structure). When added to CBD, the essential oil not only enhances the flavor but also the overall impact of the product creating a synergistic effect. 1+1=3! So all those common uses we listed before? Adding essential oils to the CBD will further enhance those effects!

In a nutshell, by adding the terpenes found in essential oils to a pure CBD isolate, you are increasing the overall efficacy of the product. That means that a SMART SPECTRUM product gives you a broader, more robust, purposeful terpene profile than CBD alone, meaning more benefits for you! Plus its backed by the same Seed to Seal quality commitment that backs all the Young Living oils and products you use and love! It’s a CBD oil you can trust.

*SMART SPECTRUM is a term trademarked by Nature’s Ultra. Nature’s Ultra is the first to combine and sell their CBD isolate infused with Young Living essential oils.
More to consider:
A September 2011 report by Dr. Ethan Russo in the British Journal of Pharmacology discussed the wide-ranging therapeutic attributes of terpenoids, which are typically lacking in “CBD-only” products.

Beta-caryophyllene, for example, is a sesquiterpene found in some essential oils and other edible herbs, as well as in various cannabis strains and in many green, leafy vegetables. It is gastro-protective (protects your belly!), good for treating certain ulcers, and offers great promise as a therapeutic compound for inflammatory conditions (arthritis, certain belly issues) and auto-immune disorders because it binds directly to the peripheral cannabinoid receptor CB-2. Terpenoids and cannabinoids both increase blood flow and enhance cortical activity, giving us even more therapeutic options for harnessing the power of essential oil infused CBD!
CBD Products
The CBD drops are infused with Young Living essential oils, giving it a great taste and making it a wonderful option for your health! They are available in a 500mg dose and a 1000mg dose and can be used topically or put under your tongue.
One of the best ways to absorb CBD oil is by placing drops directly under your tongue and holding them there! Why? You get better absorption!
When you swallow a pill, it has to go through your entire gastrointestinal tract, be absorbed in the intestines, and filtered through the liver (and sometimes is only active after being processed in this way). Only then is it sent to the bloodstream.
BUT when a substance is placed under your tongue, it readily absorbs through the mucous membranes found there. There is heightened blood flow beneath the tongue because of the concentration of capillaries, so you have a fairly direct route into your bloodstream. This results in the substance or medicine working faster, and often, better. This is also why using the CBD drops internally will typically give your better results!
To use: Place 1 dropperful under the tongue and let sit for 30-60 seconds before swallowing. Take up to 3 servings per day or as needed. 
For topical use: Apply to desired area and massage gently.
CITRUS CBD DROPS 500mg or 1000mg
The Citrus CBD drops are infused with Young Living grapefruit and orange essential oils, giving it a great taste and making it a wonderful option for your health!
Grapefruit Essential Oil:
  • High in limonene (88-95%)
  • Shown to reduce feelings of depression and induce relaxation
  • Cleansing and detoxifying to the kidneys and liver
Orange Essential Oil:
  • High in limonene (85-96%)
  • Helps improve circulation + boost immunity
  • Promotes relaxation and uplifts the mind
 CINNAMON CBD OIL, 500mg or 1000mg:
Cinnamon spice and everything nice for a boost when you need it the most! This variation of the CBD drops contains cinnamon bark essential oil for a splash of spice! It is warm, uplifting, and supportive.
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil:
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Supports circulation and digestion
  • Spicy and sweet taste is great for overall health
 COOL MINT CBD OIL, 500mg or 1000mg: 
This variation of the CBD drops contains peppermint and spearmint essential oils for a refreshing and uplifting boost! The minty-fresh scent and slightly cooling sensation both energizes and soothes!
Peppermint Essential oil:
  • Helps with focus and alertness
  • Highly regarded for soothing digestion
  • Supports the body during inflammation
Spearmint Essential oil:
  • Sweet and soft mint flavor
  • Calms digestive issues and supports normal digestion
  • Helps focus the mind and promote balance
CBD BEauty Boost
  • Infused with rose essential oil
  • Helps reduce the appearance of redness, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Helps calm and soothe skin
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Boosts skin's natural glow
  • Ideal for all skin types
  • Meets Young Living's Seed to Seal quality standards
Your skin is your largest organ, and the state of your skin can tell you a lot about your body's needs. Your skin is exposed to everything the day brings - heat, cold, sun, wind, environmental toxins, household toxins, and more. So we need to do everything we can to show our skin (and our bodies!) some TLC.
Sadly conventional products are chock full of synthetic ingredients that wreak havoc on the body, especially over time, disrupting hormones, causing allergies (often low-level so we barely notice!), and filling our systems with chemicals that cause damage over time. Switching from conventional, chemical-laden beauty products is a great, simple step in the right direction! Young Living products contain NO synthetic ingredients. NO hormone disruptors. NO artificial colorings. And you can bet that every ingredient used is of the highest quality.
Nature's Ultra CBD products are crafted using a blend of high- quality CBD isolate and Young Living essential oils. These world-class ingredients combine to form Young Living's exclusive Smart Spectrum CBD. CBD Beauty Boost contains a combination of pure, potent CBD, tamanu oil, grapeseed oil, and rose essential oil for a truly luxurious experience! In fact, it's so luxurious that each dropper of CBD Beauty Boost contains the essential oils from one full Damask rose.
This blend of CBD, rose essential oil, tamanu oil, and grapeseed oil works to maintain an even skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Just one daily dropper of this Smart Spectrum blend will moisturize your skin and promote a youthful glow. Nature's Ultra CBD Beauty Boost is ideal for all skin types, so no matter what your needs are, CBD Beauty Boost can help!
  • CBD: Pure, potent CBD with 0.0% THC
  • Rose Essential Oil: Beautiful, luxurious floral oil that beautifies, soothes, and moisturizes the skin to promote a youthful appearance
  • Tamanu Oil: Smooth, nutty oil rich in fatty acids to improve the appearance of the skin and promote an even skin tone
  • Grapeseed Oil: Oil rich in omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants to absorb quickly without leaving the skin feeling oily
Add 1-2 droppers to your hand and apply evenly to your face, neck, chest, or anywhere you could use a moisturizing boost! For best results, shake well before using and mix with your favorite Young Living beauty products.

Make a DIY Beauty Serum like the one below in the recipes section and use morning and evening!


Topical use of CBD is a great option! There are so many studies on how much our skin absorbs, and there are even drug delivery mechanisms designed to exploit this. Some studies state that 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream within 26 seconds. We want to be aware of the things that are bad for our health, but we can also utilize this for things we WANT to absorb -- like CBD and essential oils!
The Calm CBD blend is infused with essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus globulus, orange, frankincense, ylang ylang, and vetiver that help create a peaceful environment, relax and quiet your mind, and wind down before bed.
To use: Roll generously onto the neck, chest, and wrists as desired.


With a unique blend of Smart Spectrum™ CBD and Peppermint, Copaiba, and four Eucalyptus premium essential oils, Soothe CBD Roll-On has a comforting aroma that will help you find a moment of peace, especially during seasonal changes. Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Blue, Eucalyptus Staigeriana, and Eucalyptus Globulus combine for a refreshing breathing experience. 
To use: Roll generously onto the neck, chest, and wrists as desired.

CBD Muscle Rub
This is a crowd favorite for sure! From the mamas chasing kids all day to the dedicated athlete to those wanting relief from arthritis or muscle pain, so many individuals are loving the CBD muscle rub!

Topical CBD diffuses across your skin and reaches local targets, like muscles, inflammatory cells, and pain-perceiving nerves, and using essential oil infused CBD in a muscle rub can help ease the discomfort associated with sore muscles, aches, and pain.

The CBD Muscle Rub takes the hot-and-cold sensation of menthol and gives it a boost by infusing it with some powerhouse Young Living oils.  Popular over the counter pain relief creams, simply make your skin tingle so you forget about the pain underneath. Young Living’s CBD Muscle Rub actually penetrates the muscles to help relieve and repair what is happening!

To use: Massage onto tense or sore areas as needed. Do not apply to the face or broken or sensitive skin. 
Notes: if taking anticoagulant medications such as aspirin or warfarin, we recommend speaking with your healthcare provider before extensive use of the muscle rub.
Camphor Essential Oil:
  • A commonly used herbal remedy
  • Helps relieve aches and pain when applied to the skin
  • Cleansing and purifying to the body and mind
Clove Essential Oil:
  • Highest known ORAC value
  • High in eugenol
  • Anti-inflammatory and used in dentistry for numbing
Helichrysum Essential Oil:
  • Uplifting to the mind and body
  • Supports healthy circulation
  • Has powerful regenerative properties
Lemon Essential Oil:
  • High in limonene
  • Supports the immune system
  • Bright and uplifting aroma
  • Supports circulation and relaxation
Peppermint Essential Oil:
  • Cool, tingling sensation soothes the muscles, joints, and tendons
  • Helps focus the mind
  • Supports the respiratory system
Tea Tree Essential Oil:
  • Cleansing and purifying
  • Supports healthy circulation
  • One of the most widely used and researched essential oils
Wintergreen Essential Oil:
  • Extremely high in methyl salicylate
  • Highly anti-inflammatory
  • Supportive and soothing for muscles, joints, and tendons
Arnica Oil:
  • Helps boost circulation and speed up the healing process
  • Reduces inflammatory pain and swelling
  • Commonly used for bruises, sprains, pulls, muscle aches, and arthritis
Getting the most out of your CBD

It’s important to remember that what dose/route/frequency works for one person might not work the same way for another. Your results may not be exactly the same as someone else’s. Just as people react differently to medications, supplements, and essential oils, we all react differently to CBD. Here are a few things to consider:

Correct strength: It will take a little experimenting to figure out what dosage and strength you may need to feel your best.

Consistent dosing: It’s important to use your CBD daily for maximum results, especially if you’re working on more chronic issues. Missing a dose will lessen the amount of CBD in your system, thus decreasing its efficiency.

Pay attention to your body: If you feel off, consider cutting back your dosage, or if you are not getting the desired results, increase your dose, but pay close attention to your body. This is where keeping a journal will help guide you!

Spread out your dosing schedule: Depending on your health goals, it might work best to take CBD throughout the day, instead of one large dose in the morning or evening. You have to listen to your body and figure out what works best for you.
Be patient and kind to and listen to your body, alter your dose as needed, and you are likely to get the benefits you are looking for!
Research on CBD is still actively being conducted, and we are learning more every day, but we do know that CBD, especially essential oil infused CBD, can benefit many different areas of our health. Pain management is one of the most commonly touted benefits of CBD, so let’s start there!

In a recent interview, Dr. Houman Danesh, Director of Integrative Pain Management for Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, stated, “There are two main types of pain, musculoskeletal and nerve. There could be benefits with CBD for both conditions.”

Pain management can include managing (ie not curing) typical aches and pains like pain from aging, menstrual cramps, workout recovery, inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, joint aches and other neurological issues. Largely because of its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD carries huge potential when it comes to pain management.
Most of us know someone (or are someone) who struggles with mental health issues - most of America does - and even those who don’t suffer from long-term emotional issues usually experience occasional symptoms. This is a big issue to unpack, but let’s look at the role of CBD in managing emotions.

It’s not news to us that our physical well being also has a profound impact on our emotional health. Inflammation, psychological stress, and acute or chronic illness can actually cause your brain to shrink. The "sciencey" term for this is ‘hippocampal atrophy,’ and research is showing that CBD has some specific brain-healing properties.

Each of our thoughts creates a physical tract in our brains (neural pathways), and thoughts we visit repeatedly become physically ingrained in our brains. The good news is that it is possible for us to create new pathways and new nerve connections. CBD has specific properties that can help us rewire these tracts, especially when combined with other powerful tools like meditation, counseling, and essential oils.

Looking for a simple way to grab a peaceful night of rest or something to help settle your nerves? We love these adorable (and tasty) treats from clinical pharmacist Lindsey Elmore!

CBD NingXia Red Gummies Recipe
1/2 cup NingXia Red
1/2 tablespoon agar powder
2 tablespoons agave syrup 
6 mL (6 droppersful) 1000mg Citrus, Cinnamon, or Cool Mint CBD oil (see below for more about dosage)
OR 12mL (12 droppersful) 500mg Citrus, Cinnamon, or Cool Mint CBD oil
(This mold makes large 1″ bears. If you use a smaller mold, dosage will be different.)

Pour NingXia Red into a small saucepan. Add agar powder and whisk until completely dissolved. 

Turn heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer, whisking and scraping sides and bottom of pot frequently.

Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken and coat the spoon.

Turn off heat and add agave and CBD oil.

Keep the saucepan on the stove (with heat off) so that it doesn't cool too quickly. Using a plastic syringe or dropper (mine came with the molds), fill gummy molds.

As they begin to cool and contract, you can add a bit more of the mixture to top them off. Gently tap the mold on the counter to expel any air bubbles.

Carefully place mold in the refrigerator to set.

Store in a closed jar in the fridge for up to 3 months.

*Notes on dosage: 6 droppers full of 1000 mg CBD oil in this recipe yields about 240 mg of CBD per gummy. Some people may choose to take 2-3 gummies for desired results. If you have the 500mg CBD oil use 12 droppers full to equate the same 240mg per gummy. As always, use your best judgment for what is right for you. Start low and go slow with increasing dosage, especially if you are new to using CBD.
CBD & Skincare Recipes

One of our favorite weekly beauty routines, this face mask is amazing for your skin!
Bentonite clay 
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (with ‘the mother’)
2 drops lemon or geranium 
3 drops frankincense
2 drops patchouli
5 drops citrus CBD
Add water as needed to desired consistency
Mix well, then gently paint onto face with a clean makeup brush. Let dry (this is a great time to get in that CBD Epsom salt bath!), and then gently rinse off.
The ultimate facial serum that is more effective than any other beauty serum on the market!! 
Fill a 30mL glass dropper bottle most of the way with the skin loving oil of your choice. I love argan oil on my dry skin, you may prefer jojoba oil for mixed or rosehip oil for oily skin. Then add the following:
3-5 drops of blue tansy
10 drops sacred frankincense or frankincense
10 drops manuka (or sandalwood for dry skin)
5+ drops citrus CBD
2-3 drops rose oil
Apply over your face and neck daily for healthy, glowing skin! We love to do this before bed as most of these oils are calming and relaxing!
Note: When using photosensitive oils like orange, lemon, and other citrus oil topically, be sure to stay out of direct sunlight.

This is the ultimate in skincare and rivals any of the high-end beauty serums and products, yet it is completely plant-based and natural!
  • 20 drops Frankincense, Myrrh
  • 10 drops Blue Tansy
  • Optional: 10 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (for dry skin)
  • Optional: 5 drops Lavender (for oily skin)
  • 5 droppersful CBD Beauty Boost
  • Carrier oil of choice (jojoba oil for normal to mixed skin, argan oil for dry skin, hazelnut oil for oily skin.)
Ok, let’s start at the very beginning. What exactly is CBD??
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a plant-based compound found in hemp -- the same plant from which we get hemp seed milk (a yummy alternative to cow’s milk), fabric, and bird feed. CBD is not an essential oil (it’s thicker than an essential oil and extracted differently), but we can think of it similarly as far as how it can be used and how it can help support our health!
When you use CBD products, your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is affected, which is why CBD is called a cannabinoid. The way cannabinoids affect our bodies depends largely upon the way they interact with the CB-1 and CB-2 receptors in the ECS. We’ll talk more about this later, but the specific way that CBD interacts with these receptors is what makes it such a great therapeutic option! CBD has some wonderful properties that we will talk about in a bit!

So…. is CBD legal? In short, yes.
The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 legalized hemp-derived CBD that contains less than 0.3% THC. The Nature’s Ultra CBD from Young Living is 0.0% THC and, according to this act, is legal in all states in the USA. 
Marijuana-derived CBD is still illegal in all states (one of many reasons we don’t recommend using CBD from any other company). Some states have stricter laws than others, so we suggest checking your state’s specifications for more.
It’s also important to note that CBD is not allowed on military bases at this time, so we highly recommend checking the details of your particular situation.
CBD is considered “generally well-tolerated with a good safety profile” according to a 2018 World Health Organization report; however, you have to be extremely careful where you purchase CBD.
The greatest concern with CBD, however …  is quality control. In 2015, the F.D.A. found that many CBD-labeled products actually contained very little CBD.” - Moises Velasquez-Manoff, NYTimes

Getting your CBD from a trusted source with high quality control is incredibly important, and Young Living has the best quality control system in the industry.
Nature’s Ultra CBD is derived from hemp plants grown on their partner farm in Colorado without the use of any pesticides. This is hugely important! Because of the nature of CBD, it can enhance what’s around it, and pesticides are the last thing we want to be ingesting or spreading across our skin! Nature’s Ultra as a company is committed to organic farming practices and regenerative agriculture, a pledge that we appreciate as consumers.

All of the Nature's Ultra products have been subjected to rigorous laboratory testing to ensure the optimal amount of CBD without any heavy metals (a common contaminant in other brands of CBD). All of the products are tested in multiple stages of the manufacturing process for potency and purity, and their proprietary extraction method makes harsh chemicals unnecessary. All of this together results in the purest form of CBD available, and it’s right at our fingertips!

One of the biggest concerns that people have with CBD is that it would have psychotropic properties like marijuana. Let us ease your worries!! CBD does NOT have these! That means you can use Nature's Ultra CBD products without having to worry about the effects of THC or binge eating all the Einkorn granola in your kitchen!
Pure CBD, known as CBD isolate, contains no THC, which is the mind-altering chemical found in marijuana, making CBD a great option for therapeutic use!
“The 2 major phyto-cannabinoid constituents with central nervous system activity are THC, responsible for the euphoric and mind-altering effects, and CBD, which lacks these psychoactive effects.”   -- PubMed

As with any medication or supplement, it is best to start low and go slow because every person is different. You should plan to use your CBD consistently and frequently before gauging how much more you may need. As always, we suggest finding a medical professional you love and trust and working together with him or her on chronic issues!
The general recommendation for dosing is to start low and gradually increase the dose every five to seven days if needed. Because everyone is different, you may need to step up your dosage and/or strength after 30 days until you’ve reached your desired goals. Starting lower gives you room to add a higher dosage as needed and ensures you are using the least amount possible to see desired effects.

One of the best ways to absorb CBD oil is by placing drops directly under your tongue and holding them there! Why? You get better absorption!
When you swallow a pill, it has to go through your entire gastrointestinal tract, be absorbed in the intestines and filtered through the liver (and sometimes is only active after being processed in this way). Only then is it sent to the bloodstream.

BUT when a substance is placed under your tongue, it readily absorbs through the mucous membranes found there. There is heightened blood flow beneath the tongue because of the concentration of capillaries, so you have a fairly direct route into your bloodstream. This results in the substance or medicine working faster, and often, better. This is also why using the CBD drops internally will typically give your better results!
To use: Place 1 dropper full under the tongue and let sit for 30-60 seconds before swallowing. Take up to 3 servings per day or as needed. 
For topical use: Apply to desired area and massage gently.
Using anything, conventional or not, with your kids can be overwhelming, and we understand that! A few years ago, many families moved to states that legalized CBD usage first because they believed in its value that much, and the reports from these families are incredible!

While there are no studies on the long term effects of CBD usage in children, the current studies and testimonials speak volumes. Many popular uses doctors are seeing are the same as the adult uses discussed earlier -- pain management, ADHD, Autism, sleep support, seizures, focus, and more.

A great way to give children CBD drops is by adding them to Ningxia Red, a smoothie, yogurt, or even water. We highly urge you to discuss usage and dosing with a CBD-knowledgeable physician and start at the lowest dosage.
Like we said before, we want to start low (MILD on the chart below) and slowly increase the dose of CBD as needed. Here are some tips on how to read Nature’s Ultra dosing charts:
(1) Find your current body weight range
(2) Based on the health goals you are targeting, select your severity
(3) This is our strength of CBD oil
(4) This is your daily dose of CBD
50-85 pounds DOSE
Mild: 500 MG (1/2 dropper, 0.5 ML)
Moderate: 500 MG (1 dropper, 1 ML)
Severe: 500 MG (1 + 1/2 dropper, 1.5 ML)

86-150 pounds DOSE
Mild: 500 MG (1 dropper, 1 ML)
Moderate: 500 MG (1 + 1/2 dropper, 1.5 ML)
Severe: 1000 MG (1 dropper, 1 ML)

151-240 pounds DOSE
Mild: 500 MG (1 + 1/2 dropper, 1.5 ML)
Moderate: 1000 MG (1 dropper, 1 ML)
Severe: 1000 MG (1 + 1/2 dropper, 1.5 ML)

241-355 pounds DOSE
Mild: 1000 MG (1 dropper, 1 ML)
Moderate: 1000 MG (1 + 1/2 dropper, 1.5 ML)
Severe: 1000 MG ( 2 + 1/4 dropper, 2.25 ML)

356+ pounds DOSE
Mild: 1000 MG (1 + 1/2 dropper, 1.5 ML)
Moderate: 1000 MG (2 + 1/4 dropper, 2.25 ML)
Severe: 1000 MG (3 dropper, 3 ML)
CBD Studies

While CBD is still being actively researched, there are thousands of clinical studies that have already shown the benefits of usage! 

A PubMed search showed the following:
221 Studies: Cannabidiol displays anti-seizure properties
533 Studies: Regulation of nausea and vomiting by cannabinoids
1784 Studies: CBD suppresses pain
1168 Studies: CBD improves brain function 
295 Studies: CBD improves sleep
2042 Studies: CBD Helps Fight Cancer and Tumors
1368 Studies: Cannabidiol protects from inflammation
413 Studies: Anxiety relief with CBD
802 Studies: CBD helps fight neurodegenerative disease

There are wonderful implications for utilizing CBD to help with many chronic health needs, so we recommend talking with a healthcare provider that you love and trust about your specific situation and how essential oil infused CBD can help.


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