podcast, Wellness, Young Living

Podcast Episode 3 – My Next Top 5 Oils

Hi! And welcome to the Cultivating Abundant Life Podcast! I’m Kait Palmer, and I am passionate about helping mamas cultivate better lives physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

As mamas we are usually the caretakers of those in our family. We kiss the bumped heads and wash and bandage the skinned knees. We clean the dog’s ears and tolerate–I mean nurse–our husbands when they get the dreaded man cold. Somewhere in there, we try to exercise, stay up to date on current events but not be consumed by them, keep the romance alive in our marriages, continually pick up the house, feed our families healthy and sustainable and locally grown food, stay on top of the laundry, mow the lawn, organize the garage, help our kids grow mentally and emotionally, work on growing good friendships, and occasionally take time for ourselves. 

We are overwhelmed. But we still love those around us and what we get to do! Over the past 9 years I have learned that essential oils are the best way to help us be those caretakers in every area. 

When I first began to look at ALL of the essential oils there are I was overwhelmed! All I wanted was PanAway–that was the one that worked for me so why did I need anything else? 

I was VERY glad that back in 2013 the only way to get your 24% membership discount was to get a starter kit. I quickly learned that those oils are your basic Oily Toolkit! Last week I told you my top five oils to have if I was stranded on a deserted island would be lavender, peppermint, Thieves, PanAway, and Valor. If I was airdropped a survival bag with five more essential oils…what would those be? 

First, a Young Living product I’ve been especially thankful for this week is Purification. And guess what–it’s one of my next top 5 oils as well! We have a 16 year old lab/German shepherd mix big dog who has had a bad week as far as bodily functions go. I’ve had to wash him, blankets, rugs, mop the floors…it’s been a doozy! But Purification has played a big role in helping because it neutralizes odors. I’m not kidding–pop some in a diffuser and see for yourself! I first became aware of how awesome this oils was on a road trip back from Branson, Missouri,  to Edmond, Oklahoma where we were living at the time. My oldest was 3 years old and we had allowed her to have way more treats than normal on our last day of vacation. She proceeded to spew up said treats around midnight on the drive home…with absolutely no where to stop for a good 45 minutes. That poor baby had a puddle in her lap and the smell? Oh Lord…it was bad. I was afraid my mom and I would start gagging being in the car with it for so long. I had my mom get out Purification and sprinkle it all over the back of the car…and we were AMAZED at how quickly it worked! No further upchucks ensued! At boxing this week a gal commented how stinky her gloves were, I had the great idea to make a spray bottle with water, witch hazel, and Purification to spray into my gloves between workouts. This spray is also great for stinky shoes, garbage pails, laundry piles…the list can go on! This blend is also great for keeping those outside annoyances at bay! Before a hike (if I don’t have one of the Insect Repellent wipes on hand), I’ll wipe or spray my ankles and exposed skin. When my dog was hiking with us I would spray him down as well! I’ve even used this oil in a soak for his collar to make a homemade…annoyance…repelling…collar. This is also a handy oil for occasional scrapes and boo boos and even if a lovely pollinator decides to not be so nice. We keep this oil in our car first aid bag and our hiking first aid bag! I may have also used this around–not in–eyes and ears for various things. 

OK, a quick recap that you can use oils aromatically, topically, and the Vitality label oils internally. Do you remember the difference between the vitality label and regular label? Nothing! Yay! Want more detail on that, listen to Episode 2 of the podcast! Without further ado, here are my next 5 oils I would pick on my deserted island. 


This was my second experience with a Young Living essential oil was with good old Frank. I had been to my first class where the teacher told us all these great things essential oils did–this was before big brother narrowed down what we could say despite peer reviewed and published studies, but I digress. I was still the utter skeptic, and highly dubious. After the class I approached the teacher and asked if there was an oil for a dog with a golfball-shaped…thing…on his shoulder. She recommended frankincense. I, being a snotty and critical 20-something year old asked, “You mean like baby Jesus frankincense?” She laughed graciously and said yes. 

Being young and broke I figured it was a cheaper option than going to the vet, so I gave it a try. I poured frankincense on it a few times a day until it broke open and got all nasty. Then I would take him outside, hose that area off, dab it dry, and apply more oil every day. In three weeks the scab fell off and the skin was smooth underneath. That was almost 9 years ago and nothing…unusual…has ever shown up in that area again!

The book of Isaiah 59:20 and Isaiah 60:6 foretells the birth of Christ and even the gift of frankincense (incense was mistranslated –in Hebrew it is “lebonah” which is frankincense). Mary would have known to massage this oil on the young Jesus to keep him healthy, and it’s scent was most likely a real comfort during a turbulent and frightening time. 

What’s so great about Frankincense? 

  • It promotes the appearance of healthy-looking skin.
  • It may help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tones.
  • It has a sweet, honey-like, and woody fragrance that’s very uplifting.
  • It can create a safe and comforting environment when diffused.
  • It can enhance your spiritual and meditative practice.
  • It is perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness.

The scent of frankincense can lift your emotions, increase spiritual awareness, promote meditation, and improve your attitude. Whether topically or diffused, this oil is a great one to break out before studying the Word, meditation, yoga practice, or even a relaxing bath. This is also a great one to rub on “the girls” daily. I use it on my face every night, especially in the summertime!

Frankincense also comes in a Vitality version (remember–same oil, different label). It contains properties that can help support overall well-being and a healthy immune system when taken internally. It also supports the respiratory system and the integumentary system.


So Raven and R.C. are both blends that have very similar properties. You can exchange one for the other, and I keep both on hand. RC was very instrumental in the health of my grandma who is currently 79 years old. She started smoking back when the “science was settled” that smoking was totally safe and helped curb cravings and clear up your oily skin…ha…ha…ha. She was lighting cigarettes for her aunts at 5 years old! As you can imagine that wreaked some havoc on her body that she is still dealing with, but RC has been a huge thing for her. She does not leave home without it and I’ve seen it work amazingly well for her! Now, everyone is different and RC might not be your thing, but it’s a great one to have on hand! 

Raven is a cool, refreshing combination of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon, and Wintergreen essential oils.

What’s so great about Raven? 

  • It creates a cooling sensation and provides a comforting aroma when applied topically to the chest and throat
  • It provides a refreshing aromatic experience when diffused or inhaled directly.
  • It may be used as part of your exercise routine to help promote the sensation of deeper breathing.
  • It may give you that boost of energy and motivation you need to conquer the day! 

Easy Uses: 

  • Diffuse in any stuffy environment for a fresh, crisp atmosphere.
  • Add a few drops to a wet washcloth and set outside the stream of water during a hot shower for an invigorating experience.
  • Add a few drops to Young Living’s carrier oil, V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, and create a relaxing massage oil. 
  • Add a few drops to some coconut oil and stir for a quick chest rub. 

DiGize Vitality 

This oil is a powerhouse for the digestive system. Seriously – it works in seconds flat (at least for me it does). DiGize Vitality is a blend of Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli essential oils. Put your googling fingers to work and do a little research to find out how amazing those oils are for your body! You’ll be amazed. You can take this oil internally with a veggie capsule (personal favorite), in food or drink, or directly under your tongue.

What’s so great about DiGize Vitality? 

  • It helps support and cleanse the digestive system.
  • It’s a great companion to Young Living’s enzyme supplements when taken with meals to support your wellness regimen.
  • It includes antioxidant properties.

One more thing, this one comes in a solid-label bottle too. That means it can be diffused or applied topically as well. Remember – same oil, different label.  I like to apply DiGize on the tummy and rub in a clockwise motion, too (I’ll dilute a bit for my kiddos using this method). Whether things aren’t moving at all, or moving too much, DiGize helps bring things into balance.

Personally, I think this blend smells like black licorice so I prefer the internal use the best. You get to decide what works best for you!


My last oil? It’s a classic. The original name for it I heard was Love. But you might know it as Joy. This was one of those hippie emotional oils I wrote off when I got my kit because seriously, how can an oil help you feel joy? 

One MAJOR way is your limbic system. Your limbic system of the brain plays a vital role in interpreting and channeling intense experiences, particularly memories of fear or trauma. Two parts of the limbic system that play a major role in emotional processing–the amygdala and the hypothalamus–are located less than an inch away from the olfactory nerve. When you inhale essential oils, the molecules stimulate receptors in the olfactory bulb that send messages directly to your limbic system. They also can directly affect your endocrine system, which is responsible for your hormones, metabolism, and growth.

Not only this, but did you know they are discovering smell receptors all over your body? Your skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, testes, colon–all of these are found to have smell receptors as well, which I find so crazy! Essentially, they are specialized chemical receptors. These are stimulated by certain chemicals (like…you guessed it! Essential oils!) to transmit messages to the organ. Next week I’m going to talk more in depth about emotions and how we store them in the body and how essential oils can help, but once I learned there was an actual scientific reason behind the reason a blend like Joy might help your mood and emotions, I was much more open to it. 

After the birth of my second daughter I was feeling like my fuse was much shorter. I had a two year old at the time and felt my frustration just shoot through the roof at the slightest thing. My baby was nursing every 45 minutes, and I was just drained. I was speaking at a class when she was 3 weeks old and someone else had a Zyto scan there. A zyto scan is a medical device that uses galvanic skin response to basically ask your body questions electrically and obtain a response and see what things you need to bring your body into balance. Again, I was totally a skeptic the first time I used it but it was so accurate I was impressed. During this scan, I scanned for Joy, Ningxia Red, and Young Living’s multivitamin called Master Formula. Basically I was sad, depleted, and had no energy. YEP! I had been using Joy over my heart when I would feel at the end of my rope, and it helped, but after that scan I became really intentional about using it in the morning and evening. After about three weeks of doing this I felt a shift emotionally. I’m not sure how else to describe it other than that, but I was no longer quite at the end of my rope. 

Four years later when we sold our home in Oklahoma that same baby was having a very hard time with it emotionally. I began to use Joy on her as well, and she called it her “pink” oil since the label was pink. Even she recognized how much it helped her! 

I could go on and on with stories about this oil and the difference it has made in people I know. That’s why I love my job–getting to hear stories like this and the change it can help people accomplish. So if you have a story, I’d love to hear it! Honestly–drop me a line at kait@cultivatingabundantlife.com because I’m a junkie for testimonials like this!

So those are my next five–Purification, Frankincense, R.C. or Raven, DiGize, and Joy. Add that to my top five–Lavender, Peppermint, Thieves, PanAway, and Valor…and you’ve got an amazing oily toolkit that can cover you from head to toe. 

I think this is why Young Living offers their amazing starter kits. Because you might just want one or two oils and a diffuser, but it’s literally like half the price of buying things individually if you get a kit! And so in my kit–almost nine years ago–I got nine oils, most of them I listed in my top 10. No diffuser, no samples, no bonus oils! And in the nine years they’ve changed oils and added two more AND a diffuser the price has only increased by $25! Say WHAT? I’m sorry but I think that’s crazy, and why when I want to buy another diffuser I buy another premium starter bundle! 

If you’re ready to give essential oils a try, you can head to CultivatingAbundantLife.com and click the “Get Started With Young Living” button on the right hand side. You’ll get to join my oily team and get access to ALL the classes I offer both via text and online, AND, coming soon I hope, a Vault of classes and private forum to discuss all things oily! If you’re in the Southern Oregon area, too, you get free Zyto scans! Yep, after having so many scans be scarily accurate my husband and I decided to invest in our own zyto scan and have had one for the past 7 years. We scan everyone in our family about once a week just to see what our body could use to get into balance. There’s also a free classes section on my website if you’re just dipping your toes in the oily water and wanting to learn more–just head to CultivatingAbundantLife.com and look at the menu at the top!

Thank you for taking this time to learn about some of my favorite oils. It’s my honor to get to serve you in this manner, and I hope you take away some practical ways to use oils, as well as maybe piqued your interest in doing some research for yourself on what these awesome oils can do. I’ve been doing this for 9 years and still have those “wow!” moments! Remember, there’s no wrong way to oil–you might find that DiGize works for some neck tension and RC helped lift your spirits!

Until next time, be well, and I hope you cultivate an abundant life this week. 


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