Tuesday, April 17, 2018

TAX DAY Refund for You!

Taxes.......we could all do without them.  Keeping track of certain expenses is a royal pain.  Trying to balance the paying of taxes against what will truly be owed is a balancing act that many of us don't do well.  Sometimes you owe but sometimes you get a refund!!  (yeah for refunds) 

Were you one of those who ended up with a tax refund?  We did.....not much but just a little. So, what are you planning to do with yours?  I know that many people opt to use it for vacation.  Some use it to pay off the bills.  Then there are those who decide that their money can be used for wellness!

How would you spend your tax money on wellness? 

  • Get a gym membership.
  • Buy a block or series of massages.
  • Start a vitamin regimen.
  • Start your journey with essential oils for wellness!
I think you can see where I'm going, right?  Well, today through Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 9pm PT, your tax dollars will go a little further.  I'm giving a little refund of my own to help you start your journey.  It is a $25 account credit when you get the Premium Starter Kit (PSK). Woo Hoo!!  That is much better than Uncle Sam, isn't it?

So, let's talk about how the kit can start your wellness journey.  The essential oils in the PSK can be used to support all kinds of body systems and create wellness. Check out the graphic below for examples. Don't let 9pm on Wednesday pass by without taking advantage of the refund!  You can contact us either here on the blog or on Facebook.  

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Dirty Dozen - Cleaners

Last week we talked about the Dirty Dozen of Cosmetics.  I hope you got a chance to read through it and go to your bathroom and check your own stash of products to see if they contained the bad stuff.

Well.....today we will talk about the Dirty Dozen of Cleaners.  Actually there are WAY more than a dozen Toxic chemicals in your cleaners.  You shouldn't have to use protective eyewear, rubber gloves and a mask when you clean.

Recently I found the attached article from the Environmental Work Group about some of the worst cleaners you can have in your home.  Let me tell you that I was shocked to see some products on the list that I thought we okay!!  You can see that list HERE.  They call it the Cleaners Hall of Shame.

Before we start to talk about the Chemicals in y our cleaners, get on your phone and download the app called Think Dirty.  It is has a database that is growing everyday.  You can scan the barcode on your products and it will rate it from 1 - 10 on a toxin level.  10 is the worst.  You are also able to click on the ingredients of a product and see the individual ratings of each ingredient.  Baby Shampoo......rates around a 9!!  Dish soaps like Dawn are also rated high.  Many times because of the fragrance!!  So, in the picture to the left is a starter list for you.  10 Dangerous Chemicals that you really need to BAN from your home!  Go to your cupboard and grab the cleaners that you are using.

Now here is the most scary part...........look at the picture to the right.  If you think the FDA has your back, think again.  Many of the chemicals that they allow in our cleaning products have been banned in other countries.  It makes you wonder why we are in the dark ages.  I mean, 1976 was a long time ago and there are thousands of chemicals that have been added to the list since then.  Don't think they are working for you, because they are not!

If 84,000 sounds like a large number, IT IS!!  There were only 10 listed above.  Here are another 15!

Now you know what I'm going to say next, right?  After all, this is a blog that loves essential oils and the products that contain them.  This post is no different.  If you have been wondering what in the world you can use to clean your home when there are so many chemicals in the products that you always use, think no more.  I've banned almost all those products and replaced them with the Thieves cleaning products.  The ingredients in Thieves Household Cleaner is all derived from plant based ingredients which makes them more safe for you.  I got my first bottle of it and then it sat on my shelf........not to be used for a YEAR.  Why?  Because I was afraid.  Yup.......I thought that dilution chart was too hard to understand (it isn't) and I thought that it wouldn't be nearly as good as the cleaners I was using.  I was soooo wrong.

If you are on Facebook, there is a cool event group called 30 days of Spring Cleaning with Thieves Cleaner.  It doesn't cost you anything to join and there are a lot of ideas of how to use it.  Tell me to add you.

So.....did you grab a cleaner from under your sink?  Did it have toxins in it?  Do you feel good cleaning your counters with it and putting food immediately on top of it?  If you answered yes to the first two questions and No to the last question then you are ready for a change and Thieves is that change.  Don't delay.  Tell us today that you are ready to kick the chemicals to the curb.

After you have the Thieves Cleaner, you can also look at the Thieves laundry soap, Thieves dish soap, Thieves dishwasher soap, Thieves fruit wash and so much more!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Extra love right from YL

Stress Away Relaxing Bath BombsI'm so glad to be connected with a company that not only has a pure and effective product line but one that loves on their members too!  How?

Well, from April 7–14, any new  member who enrolls with a Premium Starter Kit and enrolls in Essential Rewards with a minimum 50 PV order (about $50) will get a free pack of Stress Away Relaxing Bath Bombs. That’s sure to make a splash in your day!

I know what you are thinking right now......what is Essential Rewards?  Well, if you are familiar with programs like Stitch Fix or Ugly Produce, you get a sense of what it is.  But this program is even better!  Essential Rewards is a monthly wellness box (we all need more wellness, right?) that you receive every month.  So, how is this different from others?  Not only can you change the contents of the box whenever you want and change the delivery date, you also get a 'rebate'!!**  

Months 1 - 3 that you participate you are rewarded 10% of your box point value.  The $50 minimum usually has a point value of 50.  So, every month your order earns you at least 5PV to spend on YL product!!  

Month 4 - 24 that reward jumps to 20%.  I don't think other reward programs do that, do they?  

Then to make it even sweeter, at months 3, 6, 9, and 12, you are sent a free oil.  Now I KNOW other companies don't do rewards like this!!

So, now that you are chomping at the bit to start your collection of wellness, how do you do it?  You start by talking with Leah or Ann and tell them you want the Premium Starter Kit.  They will help you sign up for the wholesale account.  During that process, you sign up for ER (Essential Rewards) with an additional order of about $50 and you're on a great start to creating wellness in your home and body!  

Make sure you do this by the 14th to get the Stress Away Bath Bombs.  AND to sweeten the deal, Leah and I have a few new member bonus items to send you.  

**Essential Rewards has no contract to sign and you can stop the program anytime you wish.  But if you are like me, you'll want to continue.  I'm at month 36 and I get 25% back in points on all my ER orders!
Be like Ann!  ;-)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Dirty Dozens - Cosmetics

For the next couple of posts we are going to talk about the Dirty Dozen chemicals in several items we ALL use! 

I know that as a female, I use lots of skin care products.  (yes, I know, guys use them too!) As women, we always seem to be fighting the progression of age and gravity.  Right?  Many of us use makeup as well.  Most all the skin care and makeup products available to you in the big box stores or department stores are FILLED with chemicals from the dirty dozen list below. 

So, I have a challenge for you.  Grab some of your skin care and makeup bottles or boxes and read the ingredients.  Compare those ingredients to the list below.  Did your products have any of those chemicals in them?  If they did, comment below or on my facebook post which ones you found and tell me when you are ready to get rid of them!

The Cosmetic DIRTY DOZEN 

Found in lipsticks and moisturizers, among other types of cosmetics, BHA and BHT are classified as possible carcinogens. Long-term exposure to these ingredients has been linked to liver, thyroid, and kidney problems.
On ingredients lists, these will show up as “P-phenylenediamine” or “CI” followed by a number. P-phenylenediamine is a coal tar dye found in hair dyes, while CI (or Color Index) numbers are used to identify coal tar dyes in a variety of pigmented cosmetics like lipstick. Derived from petroleum and composed of many different chemicals, coal tar dyes are recognized as a human carcinogen and have been linked to brain damage.
This ingredient helps make cosmetic products creamy or sudsy and can be found in products like facial cleansers, shampoos, soaps and moisturizers. In the short term, DEA can cause moderate skin and eye irritation, while sustained exposure has been linked to liver, skin, and thyroid cancers.
Dibutyl phthalate is a plasticizer commonly used to prevent nail polish from becoming brittle. Consistent use of DBP has been linked to hormonal disruptions and developmental defects in fetuses, as well as liver and kidney failure.
Look for ingredients like DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These preservatives are used to increase the shelf life of a variety of cosmetics and they work by continuously releasing small amounts of formaldehyde – a known human carcinogen.
An estimated 75-90% of cosmetics contain parabens, making them the most widely used preservative in makeup and skincare products. The ingredient has been linked to hormonal disruptions, breast cancer, increased skin aging, and DNA damage.
About 3,000 different ingredients are used in fragrances, though these will show up as one word on ingredient lists – “fragrance” or “parfum”. Used in more than just perfumes, these smell-enhancing substances can be found in almost every type of cosmetic product. Many unlisted ingredients in fragrances have been linked to health problems like asthma, allergies, and even cancer.
Common in cream-based cosmetics, PEG compounds are used as thickeners, solvents and moisture-carriers. Depending on how they are manufactured, these ingredients can get contaminated with carcinogenic substances like ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Even when not contaminated, PEG compounds have been shown to cause skin irritation.
Petrolatum is a petroleum jelly that is used in hair products to add shine and in lip balms, lip sticks, and moisturizers as a moisture barrier. The ingredient is often contaminated with PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), a known carcinogen, and can cause skin irritation and allergies in smaller doses.
Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone”, which are found most commonly in hair products and deodorants. Many of these ingredients have been found to impair fertility and cause hormonal disruptions.
This foaming agent can be found in cosmetics like cleansers, bubble bath, and shampoo and toothpaste. Many commercial varieties are contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane – known carcinogens.
This ingredient is found in antibacterial cosmetics like deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers. The ingredient is said to cause skin and eye irritations in the short run, and conditions like antibiotic resistance and hormonal disruptions with sustained use.
Does Young Living have an answer.......yup!  They have a full line of skin care products which I use all the time that do not have toxic chemicals.  They now have a line of mineral makeup which I love and feel so light on your face you don't even know it is there.  So tell us that you are ready to start your chemical free living today!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Analyzing the Lavender/Tea Tree studies

Lots of buzz has been going around about Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils causing young boys to have swollen breast tissue.  You should really do some study of these studies before you throw out the baby with the bath water.  Here are several videos that can give you more information.  THEN after listening about whether researchers really did their do-diligence you can make your own decision.  My decision.......Not an issue.  The big takeaway.  Use personal care products that are free of phalates, endocrine disruptors, parabans and other bad toxins.  You should also remember that essential oils have been used by millions of people without this problem.

You can read more about the person in this video.
Dr. Scott A. Johnson is the bestselling author of 13 books and a leading expert on the evidence-based clinical use of essential oils.http://authorscott.com/

THEN....the information below is from Lindsey Elmore, pharmacist who has talked about this study numerous times.  Here is her recent information about the new study.  I like her last statement which says:  Let's shut off the panic mode and be reasonable people.  EXACTLY!
When you review the new data that claims that lavender essential oil causes breast swelling in young boys. . . 😵
There are several things that I take issue with on this new information. 

1. To the best of my knowledge, this study is NOT out yet; it is just an announcement of the study from the authors at a conference. I scoured PubMed and Google Scholar looking for it. If you have it, please send it over to me. Since the study isn't out yet, I have no way to assess the dose that was used. It is possible that the dose is massively larger than what humans use on a regular basis. This is exceptionally common in cell and animal research.

2. The study used essential oil constituents, not a true essential oil. The study did NOT look at a complete oil, only extracts of eucalyptol, 4-terpineol, dipentene/limonene and alpha-terpineol, linalyl acetate, linalool, alpha-terpinene and gamma-terpinene. In my practical experience with oils, I have never applied a fraction by itself.

3. The authors then applied the oil fractions to human cancer cells, NOT healthy cells. Interestingly, some of the authors from the 2007 NEJM article are also on this study and in both instances cancer cells were used to test estrogenic activity. I have already posted on my blog that cell cultures are not the gold standard test for estrogenic activity. My guess is that this new article will take similar criticism to the 2007 article because they still failed to include a uterotrophic assay as part of the study methods. Cancer cells, especially breast cancer cells used in the 2007 study, respond differently to estrogen than normal cells do. Therefore, this is not an accurate presentation of the average human use.

4. This panic that is going around was NOT prompted by any child actually getting gynecomastia. The authors of the new study state that the hormonal changes they observed were "consistent with endogenous, or bodily, hormonal conditions that stimulate gynecomastia in prepubescent boys." But the fact still remains. . . no child actually suffered from gynecomastia. . . this is ALL theoretical evidence. Yes, there are some case reports of children acquiring breasts from lavender oil, but I am skeptical of this evidence too, and cover it here: https://lindseyelmore.com/lavender-oil-and-breast-swelling…/

From a practical standpoint, I still do not consider lavender oil of high risk for causing breast swelling in young boys. And can vouch that it definitely doesn't work for grown women. While we may have some high profile case reports and articles, the overall number of children who acquire gynecomastia from products containing essential oils pales in comparison to the number of children who actually use essential oils.

Let's shut off the panic mode and be reasonable people.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Join our Challenge!

Spring is literally days away...Are you ready for SPRING CLEANING!!?!  

Jump start your cleaning with a special challenge!  Join us for the 30 Days of Thieves Spring Cleaning Challenge!

Everyday in April, in a Facebook group called "30 days of Spring Cleaning with Thieves Cleaner", we will post a cleaning recipe, tip or trick to help you get your home ready for summer using Thieves Household Cleaner.  And yes, Thieves Cleaner has THAT many uses and more!

Are you with me?
#1 - Tell us you want to be added to the Facebook group by commenting below or contacting us through Facebook.
#2 - Make sure you have Thieves Concentrated Household Cleaner to participate.
#3 - Get ready to have fun cleaning!

  • If you are already a Young Living member, make sure you order or have Thieves Cleaner in your hands by April 1st.
  • If you are NOT a Young Living member, make sure you order the Cleaner from Leah or Ann before the 19th of March (Monday) to have it in time for the challenge.  We can give you a discount off the retail price too!

Cost:  Discounted price is $24.75 plus tax and shipping for the 14oz bottle.   If you are local, Ann or Leah will cover the shipping cost and there is no tax in Oregon.

Facts about Thieves:
NO toxic chemicals, plant based
Safe around animals and kids
Safe on all surfaces
It's super concentrated and just one capful makes a whole bottle of cleaner.  (normal dilution 30:1)
And it smells SO good.

Did you see our post on the Thieves cleaner last week?  Click HERE to see it.  Make sure you do and watch the AWESOME video on Thieves Cleaner.  After hearing the stories, you won't want to use anything else, we don't!.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Where to get the good stuff.

The answer isn't very simple.  You really do need to do your own research.  But, there are lots of suggestions that help you find the company that will best fit you.  Is Young Living the ONLY company with awesome pure oils?  Probably not.  It would be foolish for us to say that.  BUT we am confident that Young Living is providing the purest oil to us through their business model called Seed to Seal.  You can read about their sourcing and more HERE.

You can also read how to research on your own through specific questions you can ask the company you are looking at.  A very in-depth process is described here by Dr. Eric Z.  His article gives you the tools to do this yourself.  He does not give you a list nor does he recommend any particular company.    Click HERE to read that article.

Another resource that I would like to point you to is Jen O'Sullivan and her company comparison list.  Not only is it very detailed but helps you on your way to be diligent in your research.  She personally contacted each company on the chart to get the answers listed there.  You can see it HERE!

So......do you want to know why I put in a picture of Peppermint oil here.  Because it is a very telling oil.  It should smell like a freshly crushed peppermint leaf and NOT like a candy cane.  If it does smell like a candy cane, it is because it is over processed.

Then, there is ACTION.  What is action?  That is "how the oil works".  So, if you find that a certain oil really does something good for you, go ahead and try it from different companies.  Monitor how you react to each brand and choose the brand that works the best for you.  This also means that you will want to see how many drops it takes to give you the same reaction.  Just because you used 4 drops of one brand doesn't mean you need 4 drops of another.  Test it out for yourself.