Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Premium Starter Kits are discounted!!!!

UPDATED:  Some kits sold out.... see below. 

If you have been thinking of joining the essential oil lifestyle, NOW is the time to do it.  For the first time in over two years the premium starter kits have been discounted!!!!  I urge you to join us in living a chemical free lifestyle starting with your kit!  The discount is available only until May 25th at 11pm MT and there are six Premium Starter Kits that are 10% off.  That makes an already great value even more valuable!!   AND for those getting a kit during the sale, we will give each of you a $20 credit on your YL account to get more oils on your next order!  Then, you are also eligible to be a member of our Facebook group called A Drop A Day with over 2300 members.  You'll get two weeks of special emails from us teaching you about your oils AND a monthly newsletter.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

The following two Essential Oil Premium Starter Kit’s are available for $144 through May 25th
*Premium Starter Kit with Dewdrop™ Diffuser $160 on sale for $144 (not shown)

*Premium Starter Kit with Desert Mist™ Diffuser $160 on sale for $144 (Ann's favorite diffuser)

Each essential oil kit comes with ELEVEN 5ml of our favorite oils PLUS a diffuser and some samples. The retail value of this kit is over $330 which makes the oil kit an over the top deal!!


The following four Savvy Minerals Makeup Kits are available for $135 through May 25th

*Savvy Minerals by Young Living® Premium Starter Kit – Cool 2 $150 on sale for $135
ALMOST SOLD OUT

*Savvy Minerals by Young Living Premium Starter Kit – Dark 1 $150 on sale for $135

*Savvy Minerals by Young Living Premium Starter Kit – Dark 4 $150 on sale for $135

*Savvy Minerals by Young Living Premium Starter Kit – Warm 2 $150 on sale for $135
SOLD OUT

Each MakeUp Kit comes with a foundation brush (super soft and perfect for mineral makeup), misting spray, lip gloss, one foundation color, one blush color, three eye shadow colors and a 5ml of Lavender essential oil.  Each set has a pre-picked grouping of colors.  You choose the foundation color best for you.  The retail value of this kit is about $260........that makes it almost 50% off retail!

Here's the details:
Quick Orders only
No Limits
While Supplies Last
Starts now, ends May 25th at 11pm (MT) 

If you are ready for your kit, contact us through this page or through our facebook accounts.

Monday, May 21, 2018

BC and BM vs SM by YL

I know...the title is a little strange.  BC is Beauty Counter a popular makeup brand.  BM is Bare Minerals. SM is Savvy Minerals makeup and YL is Young Living who sells Savvy Minerals Makeup.  All you have to do is look at the ingredients and you can see that SM is on the lowest side.  Just the minerals and none of the bad stuff.  But aside the ingredients, let's talk about price between the two.  AND if you read at the very end, you'll see that SM is even better because of the Essential Rewards benefits!!  I've been on ER for almost three years.  I don't know of other companies that rewards you like that.  I get 25% back to spend on product on every ER order!!  So.....let's get on to the comparison.  This information was saved from a different blog.  

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Ok, so we all like savings 💰 right? Sometimes we talk ourselves out of spending 💰 on things because we THINK we are spending a lot.  Whether you are a couponer or a price matcher or not, let's compare and contrast the cost of Young Living's Savvy Mineral's makeup with a few other leading companies.

Here are some interesting finds for the basic things we all buy when we think of makeup and how Young Living fares!

Young Living Savvy Minerals (Wholesale Price):
💧Eyeliner-15.75
💧Foundation-44.00
💧Eyeshadow (one color)-15.25
💧Lip Gloss-27.50
💧Lipstick-22.75
💧Blush-27.75
Total=$153
(w/out Lipstick-$130.25; w/out Lip Gloss-$125.50)

BeautyCounter Makeup (non-consultant price):
💄Eyeliner-$23
💄Foundation (powder)-$41
💄Eyeshadow-$34
💄Lip Gloss-$29
💄Lipstick-$30
💄Blush-$40
Total=$197
(w/out Lipstick-$167; w/out Lip Gloss-$168)

Bare Minerals Makeup (Retail-only option):
🐻 Eyeliner-$17
🐻Foundation-$28.50
🐻Eyeshadow (Palette)-$45
🐻Lip Gloss-$18
🐻Lipstick-$20
🐻Blush-$24
Total=$152.50
(w/out Lipstick-$132.50; w/out Lip Gloss-$134.50)

So, as you can see:
1. Young Living's makeup is NOT as expensive as you think!
2. Hello, INGREDIENTS??? 🙂 I mean, the stuff I can trust is really no more then the stuff I can't trust. Maybe you get a tad more (like multiple eyeshadows or a duo blush pack) but I am happy to get quality over quantity. 🙂

AND BEST POINT OF ALL: Neither of these other 2 give me POINTS BACK when I order!!!! With my YL order I can add these to my ER order, get up to 25% back (if you're just starting you will get 10% and work your way up) which is $38.25 back on an order of $153!!!!! So, who does that?
Does Target? Ulta? Amazon?
Nope,  none.

Just something to chew on. 🙂 Feel free to share this. 🙂
End of math lesson! 👨‍🏫"

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What's the difference?

This information was provided by Young Living Education!  My favorite of the three is Globulus....it really reminds you the most of the Euc you smell in over the counter products.  After that I like the scent of Radiata.  Milder and great for the kids in your life.  If you want to try any of the three, you can add your order to mine which goes in by the 22nd of May!  Enjoy!!


Young Living distills three different varieties of Eucalyptus essential oil. That is, 3 of the 700 known varieties existing in the world! Needless to say, we think these three are pretty special!
Every one of the many varieties of eucalyptus share some common characteristics. For example, every member of the eucalyptus family flowers, and they can all be classified as trees or shrubs. While the whole population shares root origin, they are grown around the world and have differences.
Eucalyptus has been of special interest to people since ancient times and has been used for everything from fuel to fragrances. Most species can survive over 250 years, and in the right conditions, many live up to 500 years. Eucalyptus trees can also survive wildfires! Deep inside the tree and roots, these plants have dormant shoots that germinate only under the trigger of heat by flames.
Eucalyptus trees are known for high yield of oils. When the weather is warm enough in eucalyptus forests, they release their oils into the air creating a smog-like mist; and that’s how the Australian Blue Mountains got their name! All three essential oils YL carries are steam distilled from just leaves.
Let’s look at each of Young Living’s three Eucalyptus oils, what blends they can be found in, and some of the characteristics that make them unique.
Eucalyptus Radiata
Eucalyptus Radiata is sourced from Australia and has a bright and pungent, citrusy scent. Eucalyptus Radiata is milder than Eucalyptus Globulus, with a sweeter and more citrus scent. Its cooling, refreshing, and energizing aroma makes it a popular choice to use. It is found in three of Young Living’s popular blends, including Thieves, R.C., Raven, and Ortho Ease.
Usage Suggestions
• Turn your shower into a spa by adding 5¬–10 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata in the bottom of your shower. You can also try adding it to a warm, damp washcloth and placing it just out of direct contact with the water before showering. It will create a cool, refreshing experience—perfect for a post-workout pick-me-up!
• Boost the power of your next foot rub by adding a few drops to Ortho Ease Massage Oil and give your toes a little calming and relaxing love.
• Rejuvenate and recharge in your home or office when you create an inspiring getaway by diffusing Eucalyptus Radiata.
• Kick the stale odors out of closets, attics, and anywhere else they may loom with a DIY room refresher spray powered by Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil.
Eucalyptus Globulus
This variety is sourced from China and has a rich, bold, and earthy scent. Eucalyptus Globulus is the strongest and most intense of the eucalyptus oils. It also has the highest amount of eucalyptol and has a very strong, sharp, and green scent to it. It is popular in personal care products, spa treatments, and DIYs for its cleansing and refreshing properties. It can be found in R.C. and Ortho Sport Massage Oil.
Usage Suggestions
• Embrace the cleansing benefits of Eucalyptus Globulus by adding a drop or two to your favorite facial cream! Be cautious around the eye area, as it can produce a tingling sensation.
• Breathe fresh! Enjoy an uplifting experience by inhaling Eucalyptus Globulus directly or rubbing it on your chest.
• Create a refreshing atmosphere for your next workout! Diffuse Eucalyptus Globulus before or during your next at-home sweat session.
• Give your muscles a break by adding Eucalyptus Globulus to V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex and using it for a relaxing massage.
Eucalyptus Blue
Eucalyptus Blue is a cross between Eucalyptus Citriodora and Eucalyptus Globulus and has a distinctly herbaceous and calming scent to it that makes it a key ingredient in Breathe Again Roll-On. This exotic single is grown at Young Living’s farm in Ecuador.
Usage Suggestions
• Cool down after a hard workout by adding a few drops of Eucalyptus Blue to your neck.
• Wake up your afternoon by diffusing Eucalyptus Blue in your home or office.
• Diffuse this oil to create the perfect environment for boosting your spirits.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Just for your mom!


For all of you who love to love on your mamas on Mother's Day, here are essential oil ideas that will be sure to please. AND, your mom will love that she can pamper herself!

I know that many of you will send your mamas flowers for mother's day but how long do they last?  Some of those flowers will be fading after about a week, some will last two but then the only thing left is the cheap florist vase.  Here is an idea where you can spend about the same amount of money as that big bouquet and have a long lasting fragrance with added therapeutic value.  A Diffuser and one oil!!  We have many different floral oils, each at different price points.  We'll be able to help you pick one to stay in your budget.

If you are thinking of actually making mom something to thank her for being a great mom, what about Soothing Bath Salts?

Give mom the ability to relax to her heart's content with some bath salts.  Put them in a cute little glass jar and decorate it with a cute label, direction tag and

ribbon.

USE:

  • 1/3 cup epsom salt
  • 1/3 cup Himalayan pink salt
  • 5 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • To make the mix look colorful, you can add in some dried flowers, like Lavender buds.
Direction:
Stir all ingredients in a glass or stainless steel bowl.  Pour into a decorative glass jar.  They can be stored in the glass jar for a long time.  Attach a cute tag with direction on how to use:  Pour 1/2 cup of bath salts in your bath and swirl around with your hand to dissolve the salts. Climb in the tub and soak for as long as the wine lasts!  ;-)

If you want to make up different smelling bath salts, you might try the following combos.

#1 - 
Floral & Citrus

  • 4 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 4 drops Orange essential oil
#2 - Old English
  • 6 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop Rose essential oil
#3 - Spice and Tang
  • 4 drops Lime essential oil
  • 4 drops Lemongrass essential oil
#4 - Oriental bliss
  • 6 drops Jade Lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops Jasmine essential oil
If the diffuser and oil idea sounded good to you but you wanted a little more, treat your mom with a Premium Starter Kit.  She will love you forever with the multitude of DIY's she can do with her new kit.  It is easy to get no matter where you live since it will ship directly to her!  

I'll even send you a cute little card that you can print out and give to her telling her about her new gift.  

Don't delay....Mother's Day is just around the corner.



Get ready for the ticks!

Last summer there was a video going around showing this woman using an essential oil on a tick to get it to remove itself from her leg.  

PLEASE!!  DO NOT DO THIS!!  

Trying to remove a tick in this manner will cause the tick to potentially inject you with Lyme or a tick born illness.  Safely remove a tick and then you can use your essential oils to soothe the bite area.  Here is a cool graphic that talks about safe removal!

What essential oils would I use on the bite area.  Why Lavender, of course!  You could also use Tea Tree.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Dangers of Terpenes

Sometimes people read something online and then it becomes their mantra.  Let's take a constituent of essential oils for instance.  Terpenes.  Now before we talk specifically about terpenes, let's talk about constituents:  There are hundreds of constituents in the oils but many are grouped in general groupings.  Pure essential oils like Young Living oils can be subdivided into two distinct groups of chemical constituents; the hydrocarbons which are made up almost exclusively of terpenes (monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and diterpenes), and the oxygenated compounds which are mainly esters, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, phenols, and oxides.  

Now the subject of this post is about Terpenes.  Why?  because I saw a question come up recently in a group I follow about the safety of terpenes.  I know they are safe in essential oils but wanted to know where this idea of them being unsafe same from.  If you search on Google, all kinds of posts come to the top of the search about using cannabis with added terpenes.  Many of those websites are saying how bad terpenes are for you.  Ahhh......

There are something wrong with the connection between adding terpenes to your cannabis and using an essential oil with terpenes.  

  • When you remove one constituent from its normal source and add it to something else, like cannabis, you are affecting the ability of that constituent to correctly interact with other ingredients.  THAT could indeed be bad for you.
So....are terpenes everywhere bad for you.  NO!  They are a primary building block of plants, foods and many vitamins.  Take rain for instance.  Terpenes are released into the air and make rain.  Beer.....beer has a lot of terpenes.  All sex hormones have terpene.  Add rubber tires to the list and it is impossible to avoid them.

Terpenes in essential oils include Monoterpenes.  These are present in almost all essential oils. According to The Reference Guide to Essential Oils, the action is to inhibit the accumulation of toxins. Monoterpenes also enhance the therapeutic values of other components and are the balancing portion of the oil. They restore the correct information in the DNA of the cell once the sesquiterpenes and and other constituents have done their job. 


What Essential oils that have a High Percentage of Monoterpenes?
Grapefruit, Orange, and Balsam Fir contain high amounts of monoterpenes.

Sesquiterpenes – Delete bad information in cellular memory and are present in almost all essential oils. The chemistry of essential oils tells us that they are the largest group of terpenes known naturally in the plant and animal kingdom!  They are larger than monoterpenes and are very viscous (less volatile) so they are often used as fixatives in the perfume industry. Viscous oils have a longer half-life and blend well with lighter, more volatile oils.

What Essential oils that have a High Percentage of Sesquiterpenes?
Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Myrrh contain high amounts of sesquiterpenes.

Below is a cool graphic that shows the constituents and their abilities.  Enjoy!








Monday, May 7, 2018

Cinco de Mayo continues!

May the 5th is gone but you don't have to stop with the goodies!  Here are some cool bars you might like.  They use Lime Vitality essential oil.  Yum!!!

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This recipe is so easy and pleases a crowd. Bring some zing to your fiesta and enjoy this flavorful dessert!

Crust:
1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups of flour
Dash of salt

Filling:
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup flour
2 cups of sugar
15 drops of Lime Vitality

Garnish:
Fleur de Sel
Zest of one lime

1. Combine all of the crust ingredients and mix well
2. Press into a 9x13 inch pan
3. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes
4. For the filling, combine the flour and sugar. Mix in beaten eggs and Lime Vitality.
5. Pour into the cooled crust.
6. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes
7. Let cool and lightly sprinkle with the Fleur de Sel and lime zest.

(Store in the refrigerator)

Friday, April 27, 2018

Smell-O-Vision!

Remember in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie where they had Smell-O-Vision TV where you could smell what you saw.  Wasn't that just the most fun idea ever?  Well......Leah and I are having our own version of Smell-O-Vision but this time, you'll get to smell essential oils just like you were sitting here beside me!  We have perfected our smell packets to prevent cross contamination so if you attended the class once before and want to do it again, you can!!  Our class will be conducted on Zoom which is a video conference call where everyone can see the participants as well as Leah and myself and ask questions real time. 

In our Smell-O-Vision class, you'll learn how essential oils can be used for wellness.  We've used them to trade out toxic chemicals in our daily routine.  It has been our passion for about three years to eliminate chemicals from our homes and we want everyone to be able to have the same freedom and wellness that we have! 

It doesn't cost anything for you to attend the class or receive the smell samples.  The class is on Thursday night, May 10th, at 6:30pm Pacific Time.  It will be approximately 60 minutes long. 

So, tell us you are coming to join the fun and we'll get your smell samples in the mail right away.  The last date to give us confirmation is May 5th.  That way Mr Postman can get your samples to you in time for the show!  The link to the Zoom conference call will be sent via email....it can be viewed on a desktop computer OR your phone!  Easy!!


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 
12 INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN COSMETICS


1.  BHA (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE) AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUEN)
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.
2.  COAL TAR DYES
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.
3.  DEA (DIETHANOLAMINE)
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.
4.  DBP (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE)
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.
5.  FORMALDEHYDE-RELEASING PRESERVATIVES
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.
6.  PARABENS
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.
7.  PARFUM (OR FRAGRANCE)
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.
8.  PEG COMPOUNDS
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.
9.  PETROLATUM
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.
10.  SILOXANES
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.
11.  SLS (SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE)
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.
12.  TRICLOSAN
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.
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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!
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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.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

It replaces soooo much!

Toxins are all around us.....they are in our cleaners.....and they can cause hormone disruptions.  Think about this....you clean your floors and then you or your children walk barefoot on the freshly cleaned floor.  Yuck!  All those toxins are on your skin and absorbing into your system.

What can you do?  Well......we have an answer for that!  See that little bottle to the left.  That is THE answer.   That bottle may look small (14oz) but it packs a big punch.  Why?  Because the normal dilution is 30:1!  That makes each bottle you make less than $1.

Would you like to learn more about this?  Please listen to
Dr Bob Haggerton talk about toxins in your cleaners and how they disrupt the hormones in your body.   You can start the video at about the 1:30 min mark.

Your kids NEED you to watch this video.





Tuesday, March 6, 2018

We ain't got none of THAT!!

When I first started with essential oils, one of my reasons was to get chemicals out of my life!  When I first started to be aware of toxic chemicals, it was Sodium Laureth Sulfate.  I was shocked to find this in many of the products that I used on a daily basis.  I said to myself "This has GOT to stop!"  It was time to stop myself from letting those products into my house.  I AM the door keeper. 

From those first five products in my bathroom, I started to remove and replace with the toxic free versions.  So......now instead of 112 chemicals assaulting me every morning, that number is now ZERO!!!   Yes, you can do this too! 

Want to read about sodium laureth sulfate and it's dark background?  Click HERE to read on the Environmental Working Group's page on this cancer causing agent.

So, what is a person to do when they want to ditch the chemicals and switch to a better option?  Here is where Young living can step in and save the day!  Click HERE to read an awesome article on the ingredients that we DO NOT have in our products! 

Convinced yet?  I hope you are.  When you are ready to jump on the Ditch and Switch train, you let us know and we'll be able to help you out!!  AND not only do we have oils but our Thieves Cleaning products are perfect for getting rid of most of the products you have under your sink as well as dental and dish products.  Since I have been using the Thieves Aromabright toothpaste, I've had the best dental checkups EVER!!

Don't wait......start your path to a better life today.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

NEW kit, NEW diffuser, PERFECT for you!

TODAY is a great day!  Why?  Because we just released the long awaited Premium Starter Kit that features the Desert Mist diffuser. 
I can hear you saying......"What is the big deal?"  Well......many of us have been enjoying this diffuser because it has so many more functions than all the others.


  • Eleven different light settings!
  • Three different time settings up to 10 hours.
  • The Desert Mist is can be added to practically any existing décor and is very stylist.
If you would like to see it in action, CLICK HERE!

Now......to add to the fun, our Premium Starter Kit oils have been updated and we love the changes.  You can see the contents of the kit below.  

AND in addition to that, you are eligible to be a member of our private Facebook sharing group called A Drop A Day.  This 2,000+ member group is full of sharing and question answering for lots of learning.  

AND......you get us!!  We are always teaching about new oils and are available to help you in your journey to wellness!

So, let us help you get started on your wellness journey today!

Your Premium Starter Kit Includes:
  • Dew Drop Diffuser or the Desert Mist diffuser (we highly recommend this one!)
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection;
    • Lavender 5-ml
    • Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Frankincense 5-ml
    • Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Citrus Fresh® 5ml
    • Raven® 5-ml
    • DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
    • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Sample packet of Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge newsletter

Sunday, February 11, 2018

10 Diffuser Mistakes!

I know that this video will benefit many of you.  Jen O'Sullivan has a wonderful facebook page called JenOSullivanAuthor.  You can see sooo many wonderful videos that teach.  BUT I know that many of you are not on Facebook so wanted you to see this important teaching!

Thank you Jen for your willingness to share.