Young Living Essential Oils

Almost seven year ago, our family took a huge step in our wellness journey.

I had already been shopping at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, ate organic, local when possible, and avoided GMOs. I had also been learning about the extent of the dangers lurking in my home that were making me sick... Then I got married, had kids, and began to learn SO much more...

There are ingredients in everyday things like baby lotion, air fresheners, dish soap, dryer sheets… all linked to cancer, infertility, and disease. We just didn’t know.

We slowly but surely took a trash bag through our home and began to read labels. Into the trash bag went candles, over the counter drugs, shampoo — anything that was setting us or our kiddos up for failure with our health. We didn’t learn it all overnight, but we made little steps each month. As we made these steps, our family’s little health issues disappeared before our eyes. Skin issues were gone. That groggy, tired, lifeless feeling was gone. We began to truly feel healthy in a way we hadn’t before (and we were considerably healthy people). 

We came to found out that even some of the things we were buying from Whole Foods, for example, contained toxins we didn't want to expose ourselves too... plus they were expensive AND it was 40 minutes to our local Whole Foods!

Then, in February 2017, we found a company we trust who uses the purest ingredients around, and we began slowly replacing things each month with their products. The company is Young Living. Over the course of this last year, month by month, little by little, our home now looks completely different.

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We began to use essential oils for a whole lot of things (you’d be surprised what they can do, and the science behind them is fascinating) but Young Living is so much more than oils. Dish soap, laundry soap, baby products, beauty products, men’s products, kids’ products, supplements, household cleaning stuff… we get it all directly to our front door from Young Living, and we don’t have to stress or think twice. (No more trips to Whole Foods!) It’s been one of the most relieving things to happen along our wellness journey. And the results have been truly incredible. It has taken what seemed like an overwhelming task and made it such an awesome experience.

Today, we use essential oils for everything in our home, from seasonal irritations outdoors, to first aid type of things, to helping regulate hormones and emotions and all that good stuff, and of course restful sleep! They’ve blessed our family so so much. It’s hard to remember cleaning, parenting, or going about our day without them.

Things we used to “have to” do for our family’s “health” …we don’t rely on those things now. Haven’t needed them once. In fact, our medicine cabinet could not look more different than it did nine years ago. To think that we haven’t relied on toxic “medical supplies” is pretty impressive. Before, we just didn’t know there were other options, or that there were so many side effects and dangers that just weren’t worth it.

Know better, do better! and be a light!

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The concept of putting good things into our body and getting goodness out… it now seems so simple. You can’t poison the body into wellness. And there’s no sense in treating the body horribly and then dealing with sickness when it inevitably arrives. Instead, we can care for our bodies everyday by fueling them right, and we get to avoid sickness altogether! It’s been such a more peaceful way to live.

The way we initially got started is the way I’d recommend any family interested in embarking on their wellness journey get started: the Premium Starter Kit.

As a wholesale member, you also get 24% off everything, always, which is hugely beneficial when you’re like me and you want to dip your toe into slowly transforming your home little by little.

The starter kit comes with:
-11 of the most widely used essential oils
-A diffuser of your choice
-Sample packets of our favorite antioxidant drink
-Cute little glass bottles
-Learning literature
-A spot on Derek & I’s “team” (which doesn’t mean you have to be involved in the business side, no worries) and endless support on how to get the very most out of your oils, plus overall wellness education. Basically, a big fun oily family.

You can grab your starter kit on our team HERE.

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Once you’re all good to go, let me know via the contact tab, because I will:
-Friend you on facebook!
-Get you plugged into our Happy Oiler groups!
-Send you $10 back ($20 if you sign up for Essential Rewards at time of sign-up!)
-Celebrate with you!

After seeing so many families take charge of their health and turn it around, we’ve become so incredibly passionate about getting these oils into as many homes as possible (and getting the harmful stuff out!) We are so happy to chit chat about Young Living with anyone who wants information. 

To learn more about the Premium Starter kit & why using essential oils daily/consistently will benefit you and your family, click HERE for a click through of educational graphics & a free audio class. 

∾Michelle

How to make Green Smoothies

It’s all about taking small steps in making smoothies! 

One must start with acquiring the habit of eating Green Smoothies more regularly, if not daily in the mornings. The body is ready to absorb tons of nutrients in the morning and so, if any, it’s the best time to eat a smoothie.

The basics you’ll need

A blender: We had an Oyster Blender that was about $50 for a couple years. After daily use for those 2 years, we decided it was time for a Vitamix Blender which we purchased from Costco. Vitamix usually has a 7 year guarantee, but Costco offers a lifetime guarantee.

Greens: Start with Kale (organic if possible from Trader Joes, Whole Foods, or a local organic farm). You’ll need about 3-5 bunches of kale a week if you’re going to be eating 1 smoothie a day. (If you get to the end of a week and find you didn’t need as much, either up the amount of greens going into your smoothie, make a meal out of the leftovers, or even freeze the leftovers. Frozen Kale can be used in smoothies. So no need to waste extra kale.)

Bananas: Again, organic is best, but bananas are sprayed with less chemicals and absorb less than other fruits so you can go either way on this. Bananas are best when completely ripe with brown spots as their full nutrient content is available at that point. (Plus, they taste yummier and sweater.) During the winter I buy a case of bananas at a time and whatever starts getting too ripe before I finish the box, I freeze. At Whole Foods, whenever you buy a case of a product, they give you a 10% discount off the case. But for the summer, I can not leave the bananas in my back-hallway that is usually cold during the winter because it’s too warm. Thus, I’ve just been buying 20-30 bananas a week. Fortunately, bananas are one of the cheaper fruits, so it’s not a big loss on the discount I don’t get for a few months. And really, I could still buy a case of bananas during the summer but I would have to freeze it much quicker, which again would be fine. A case of bananas last 3 weeks for us (eating about 4-5 bananas a day).

Those are the basics for smoothie making. Bananas and Kale are the foundation in most of my smoothies. Also, unfiltered organic apple juice by Lakewood can be added for a little extra sweetness (but the less sugars the better).

Other things that can be added to smoothies are:

  • Raspberries
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice (make sure you fresh squeeze it (by hand or through your juicer) because the kind you can buy already squeeze, organic or not, is inflammatory to the body).
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Maca Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper or Turmeric
  • Mangos
  • Berries of any kind
  • Greens of any kind
  • Fruits & Veggies of many kinds
  • Honey Propolis
  • Raw Almond Milk (homemade)
  • Spirulina
  • Stevia (fresh or tincture)
  • Maple syrup (Grade B)
  • Unfiltered Organic Apple Juice (fresh made juice is best!)

But for now, start with this basic foundational recipe:

1 cup Water

1 Banana

Fill the blender with greens (at least 4-5 leaves….i usually do 75% of the blender container with green)

4 cubes of ice (optional)

And right now I’ve been adding 1/4 cup of frozen organic raspberries. But thats not for everyone…for example, my neighbor tried that and did not like it. She likes JUST the water, banana, and greens. Plus she puts in 1-2 tablespoons of sweetener to help to sweeten it. But again, if you have to start with a sweetener like Organic Unfiltered Apple Juice or Stevia or Grade B Maple syrup, thats okay…but slowly take it out as your palate gets used to the taste of greens in the smoothie.

And remember, the riper the banana, the sweeter the smoothie. Sometimes I have to add a little sweetener to my smoothies to make it a tad sweeter on those days I don’t have a banana that is sweet/ripe enough. But usually, I plan ahead and buy a bulk of bananas to always have some around. If they get TOO ripe, I just take off the peels and throw them into the freezer!

For further resources on recipes and smoothies you can visit:

Smoothies are high in fiber and nutrients. They are going to give your body what it needs nutritionally, while cleaning out the junk that your body doesn’t need, thus freeing you of that added undesirable weight, giving you more energy and a happier you!

Raw Oatmeal Recipe

If you are looking for a raw, gluten free* meal that is cheap, yummy, easy, and quick to prepare try this Raw Oatmeal Recipe! (*look for gluten free labeled oats if you need them gluten free)

>>No cooking necessary!<<

Raw Oatmeal Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Dry oats (usually I buy Bob’s Red Mill Organic oats or his gluten free option…rolled oats or quick oats…I alternate between the two)
  • 2 tablespoons Chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, buckwheat (optional)
  • Small handfull of raisins
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1-2 tablespoons Grade B Maple Syrup (Grade B is actually most nutritious) or Organic Raw Agave Nectar
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon of cinnamon (I LOVE cinnamon so I shake quite a bit on!)
  • Pour enough water or home-made almond milk to moisten everything. and let sit for 5 minutes.>> (I do not buy my own milk because it has too many additive and dairy milk will kill the absorption of nutrients and not let the fiber in the oats do it’s cleaning work in your gut)<<

Other toppings…Organic Dried Cranberries, walnuts.

 

Why use Natural & Organic Hand Soaps / Sanitizers?

(banner photo) The Kirk Estate organic bar soap.

FOR OVER 6 YEARS MY FAMILY HAS BEEN USING NATURAL AND ORGANIC HAND SOAPS & SANITIZERS.

What I learned to look for when purchasing (or making my own) hand soap or sanitizer:

  • a Certified Organic symbol on the label or some Certified Organic ingredients on the ingredient list (the more the better). Some companies will put that they are 70% organic on the front of the label, for example, but what about the other 30%? is the other 30% of ingredients close enough to organic to be considered healthy? Read the label, research ingredients, and decide for yourself what's healthy for you and your family.

  • EWG.org (Environmental Working Group) is "a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment".  You can research hand soaps, body soaps, hand sanitizers, household cleansers, air fresheners, and much more for ingredient ratings on whether they are a threat to your health. Here's a link to to EWG's SkinDeep site where you can search for the ratings for soaps/sanitizers.  

Two common products used on the skin that have moderate to high health hazards in review of ingredients by EWG.org are Dial Hand Soap and Purell Hand Sanitizer:

Dial Hand Soap -> has a 5 out of 10 rating saying that it's a moderate health hazard. For Dial's Antibaterial Hand Soap, Gold with Moisturizer, we find it says this "HIGH concerns: Contamination concernsIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)MiscellaneousOccupational hazardsPersistence and bioaccumulationOther MODERATE concerns: Endocrine disruptionOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive)Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorptionCancerData gapsEcotoxicology".

Purell Hand Sanitizer -> has a 4-8 out of 10 rating saying that it's a moderate to high health hazard. "HIGH concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sourcesIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)MiscellaneousOther MODERATE concerns: Contamination concernsOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive)Occupational hazardsOther LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorptionBiochemical or cellular level changesCancerData gaps, Ecotoxicology, Endocrine disruption, Neurotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation".

So, as you can see, there are moderate to high health risk factors with These two very commonly used products: Dial Soap & Purell.

So what do we do about this? Well, it's easy to control what's going on in our own home by make sure we read ingredient labels and searching for the closest thing to pure, wildcrafted, and organic as possible - but what about when we are out using the bathroom at a grocery store or at another public location? 

  • Decide to bring your own alternative in your purse. Choosing to carry your own travel sized soap or hand sanitizer may seem silly (maybe not for the sanitizer) - but this can benefit your health - based off the resource above. 
  • Influence education about this subject to your local/online community. 
  • Stop supporting the companies that don't make healthy products - choose healthier alternatives. 

 

Natural & Organic Hand/Body Soaps

Aren't antibacterial soaps more beneficial than plain old soap?

According to several sources, such as Dr. Mercola, NPR,  phys.org, and Wellness Mama (to name a few), plain soap is just as effective as antibacterial hand soap in removing germs/bacteria. 

In fact, Dr. Mercola (along with several others) state that there are actually harmful effects in the use of antibacterial hand soaps affecting hormonal imbalance and much more because of the chemical triclosan found in some antibacterial handsoaps.

Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey has called for strict limits on the use of triclosan. “Despite the fact that this chemical is found in everything from soaps to socks,” said Markey, “There are many troubling questions about triclosan’s effectiveness and potentially harmful effects, especially for children.”

One study showed that the chemical can alter hormone regulation. A number of other studies have demonstrated that bacteria exposed to triclosan could potentially become resistant to antibiotics.
— Dr. Mercola

Here's a video from CNN (from 2010) on this subject of the possible harm of triclosan:

Where to purchase soap? How to make it myself?

  1. Oils of Shakan offers a line of hand/body soaps made with all natural pure essential oils some of which are organic. I use their products and for the ingredients that are not organic, they are pure & natural and I feel safe using them for my family. These products can only be purchased locally in one of their retail locations in Connecticut.
  2. Vermont Soap Company has been a leader in the natural & organic soap industry for some time. They offer personal size to large sized bulk containers of their soaps and have a wide variety for sale online. I have purchased their 1 gallon sized castile soap and used that to make my own foam soap (see Wellness Mama's recipe)
  3. Call or visit your local health food store for options.
  4. To make it yourself, see Wellness Mama's recipe.

 

Natural & Organic Hand Sanitizers

DIYNatural.com gives a recipe for a homemade hand sanitizer and talks about the risk to commonly used hand sanitizer's on the market and compares them to natural alternatives, including a recipe to make your own. If you look on Pub Med, you can see the research that backs this up. Here's link to >> Tea Tree research and here's the link to >> Lavender research. These oils, DIYNatural.com, says are considered to have these "beneficial properties: antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal". 

Pub Med says that tea tree oil has been found in clinical studies to kill most types of bacteria at a concentration of 0.5-1% (so to make sure you adjust recipes to follow this concentration). 

Amoung the claims made for lavender oil are that it is antibacterial, antifungal, carminative (smooth muscle relaxing), sedative, antidepressive and effective for burns and insect bites (Grieves 1931, Gattefosse, 1937).

Where to purchase Hand Sanitizer? How to make it Myself?

  1. Oils of Shakan offers a hand sanitizer that contains similar ingredients to that of DIYNATURAL.com's recipe. There is a 1% amount in tea, 1% in lavender, and 1% of lemon in Oil's of Shakan's hand sanitizer. It can be purchased in one of their retail store locations in Connecticut. 
  2. EO Products offers an Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizer Spray
  3. Call or visit your local health food store for options. 
  4. To make it yourself, see DIYNatural.com's recipe
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