Tips for Chemical Free Living

TIPS FOR CHEMICAL FREE LIVING

I was up until almost two in the morning on Sunday watching YouTube videos about the harmful ingredients in our personal care and household products. Yes, seriously - 2 AM! I guess learning about the horrifying substances that my husband and I have been allowing our bodies to soak in for the last thirty something years will do that do you. My-oh-my! The more I learn, the more I am justified in my push towards a chemical free lifestyle. Why? Because supporting an already healthy body is a heck of a lot easier than trying to fix an unbalanced one – trust me, I know! I am not going to summarize the dangers of aluminum, parabens, triclosan, lye, ammonia, phenols, and MANY other ingredients. You can research that stuff for yourself because it would take several blog posts for me to summarize it for you.

I do, however, want to show you that you too can begin supporting your health by bottle swapping. Bottle swapping is the practice of replacing your harmful personal care and household products with non toxic alternatives. Some of you may begin tossing and replacing all of the harmful products all at once, while others might do what my husband and I have been doing – slowly replacing them one by one.

When you are ready, here are some bottle swapping tips you might find helpful:

  • Visit EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database and EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning and do a search for your current personal care and household products (or specific ingredients in your products). You will be given an A to F environmental and health rating for each searched product (or ingredient). Then, you can decide if you want to continue to use that particular product or if you will bottle swap it.
  • If you have an item that you would like to bottle swap, you can also search for non toxic alternatives also by visiting EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database and EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning. You should be able to find items that you can purchase at your local retailer. You might also want to consider purchasing some personal care and household alternatives from Young Living. Because they reward my loyalty, I manage to get all of our Young Living products for free!

Our household bottle swap journey:

  • My husband and I ditched our air fresheners for essential oil diffusers.
  • We have replaced our store-bought moisturizers. I make my own chap stick, lotion bars and body butter with essential oils and a few simple ingredients, while Scott chooses to moisturize and soothe his skin with essential oils and V-6 oil (a carrier oil that Young Living sells).
  • Scott and I are slowly replacing our harmful cleaning products with homemade cleaners (some made with essential oils) and safer household products from Young Living.
  • I have decreased the amount of over the counter acne cream I use by applying essential oils to my face.
  • We now use essential oils to remedy occasional and minor issues such as sore muscles, nausea, upset stomach, etc.
  • Scott and I have not bottle swapped our toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, or deodorant…yet. I am excited to eventually order some of these safe items from Young Living.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here. Follow Sarah Biskobing on Google+!

Help! I Got Essential Oil In My Eye!

Today when I was getting ready, I grabbed the Young Living Frankincense essential oil bottle because I wanted to apply some to my face (because Frankincense oil is good for your skin and complexion). Good idea? Yes! However, my not so brilliant idea was to take the bottle and drop the Frankincense oil directly on my forehead (versus putting a drop or two on my finger tips and then rubbing that on my face). As you can probably guess, the essential oil went straight into my eye! And yes, it stung! However, I want you to know that panicking isn’t necessary. I simply took a little carrier oil (like Young Living’s V-6 oil or olive oil) and massaged some of that around and in my eye. All better! No blindness, no blurry vision, no redness, no puffiness, and no more discomfort. :) For more detail, it’s all explained in the short video below.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here. Follow Sarah Biskobing on Google+!

Young Living Essential Oils and Pet Health

ESSENTIAL OILS AND PETS

Did you know that essential oils aren’t just for people? It’s true! We frequently use Young Living essential oils on our two dogs, Reggie and Pepperanne! In fact, Young Living recently came out with a whole product line dedicated to natural pet care called Animals Scents. I haven’t gotten my hands on the entire Animal Scents line. I have, however, used a few Young Living essential oils and the Animal Scents ointment on our dogs. I typically refer the “animals” section in my Quick Reference Guide when I want to use essential oils on our dogs (there are also several other third-party animal specific oiling books on the market for purchase as well). Below are just a few of the ways that we naturally care for our dogs with Young Living products.

To relax and calm our dogs down —>

I love it when the dogs zonk out next to the diffuser when we diffuse Peace and Calming oil. Applying a drop of Peace and Calming oil to their collars or the back of their neck also has a nice relaxing and calming effect.

To support our dogs’ immune system —>

The very first time I used my Young Living essential oils on our dogs was in a desperate attempt to avoid having to take Pepperanne to the vet (not only because it is expensive, but also because she behaves HORRIBLY when there). Pepperanne’s nail broke up in her paw last winter and I immediately grabbed the Thieves and V-6 oil. I diluted a drop of Thieves in a pump of V-6 and applied the mixture to her paw a few times. We never did have to go to the vet! I have continued to use Thieves oil when I feel like Reggie and Pepperanne’s immune system could use a little extra support. I have also used Young Living Animal Scents ointment for the same immune supporting purpose. The nice thing about the Animal Scents ointment is that it doesn’t need to be diluted before application to the skin.

To soothe our dogs’ skin —>

I’m always working hard to keep Reggie’s skin healthy (specifically his ears and jowls). I use Young Living’s Lavender essential oil and/or Animal Scents ointment almost daily to soothe Reggie’s skin in the late spring, throughout the summer, and during the first few weeks of fall. Sometimes I apply Animal Scents ointment to Reggie’s ears, while other times I use a drop of Lavender oil diluted in a pump of V-6 oil and apply that to the inside of each ear (it is never recommended to drop oils into the ear canal, however).

Reggie hates it when I use Lavender on his jowls because he can taste it, but the Lavender does such a good job of soothing his skin that it’s worth it. To apply Lavender to Reggie’s jowls, I put a couple of pumps of V-6 oil and a couple of drops of Lavender oil on a wash cloth and dab his jowls with it.

To ease our dogs’ occasional discomfort —>

To ease our dogs’ stiffness and occasional discomfort, I mix a few pumps of Young Living’s V-6 oil with a couple drops of Peppermint oil and apply to their hips, legs, and joints. Our dogs typically enjoy this because it feels like a massage!

Other animal oiling tips and safety info I’ve learned —>

Animals respond much more quickly to essential oils than humans do. Therefore only 1-2 drops of essential oil is necessary on animals. A carrier oil, like Young Living’s V-6 oil, can be added to 1-2 drops of essential oil to extend the essential oil over larger areas. I never stress about how much V-6 oil I use…I just use however much I need to spread 1-2 drops of essential oil to the desired area.

Cat physiology is very different from humans and other animals. Many pet owners care for their cats with essential oils. However, it is recommended that you exercise caution and refer to a reference guide for cat specific oiling info. When diffusing essential oils, be sure your cat can freely move to a different room if it feels it needs to. Note that Melaleuca (or Tea Tree oil) as well as oil blends containing Melaleuca (i.e. Melrose) should never be used on a cat as death can result.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here. Follow Sarah Biskobing on Google+!

To all the men out there…Christmas shopping made easy for the woman in your life!

OK ladies…if you have been eyeing up the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, the holiday gift giving season would be a perfect way to get it! Just start leaving hints for your husband that will lead them to this blog post and have him read below! :)

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR WOMEN

The Premium Starter Kit is $150 (plus tax and shipping).

Guys…if would like to buy your wife the Young Living Premium Starter Kit for Christmas, click the “enroll here” button and follow the step by step directions below:

Click here to enroll

Step 1

  • Click the “enroll here” button above. You will be taken to the Young Living website. Leave my Enroller and Sponsor ID # on the form (# 1583415).
  • Fill in your wife’s name. Check the box titled “add a co-applicant” and add your name to this section (guys, this gives you the ability to contact the Young Living customer service department in the event of an unforeseen issue such as the Premium Starter Kit being damaged during the shipping and handling process).
  • Enter the permanent address where you and your wife both reside (to keep your gift a surprise, you will have the option to change the shipping address later on in the ordering process).
  • Enter your wife’s social security number. Young Living requires the primary person on the account (i.e. your wife) to provide their social security number because there is an option to earn commissions. As a result, it is required for tax purposes. Rest assured that Young Living does not share social security numbers with anyone. I do NOT get access to your wife’s social security number. Your wife is not required to sell products or refer people to Young Living. You can simply sign your wife up to get the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, the free reference guide, the free support (a free membership to Oil Moxie), and a 24% discount on all future purchases from Young Living (she doesn’t have to buy anything else, but the discount is there is she wants it). There are seriously no catches! If you have questions or concerns though, don’t hesitate to contact me!
  • Guys, please enter your email address versus your wife’s email address so as not to ruin the surprise (as I send out a “welcome email” and Young Living also sends out emails from time to time). Your wife can easily change the email address at any time.
  • Write down the username, password, and PIN number that you create for the account. Make sure you hang on to this and give this info to your wife at some point (you might want to tape it to the Premium Starter Kit once it arrives).

Step 2

  • Choose the Premium Starter Kit. It is the first Starter Kit that is listed and looks like the picture below.

4672 - YL Premium Starter Kit

Step 3

  • Once you choose the Premium Starter Kit, you will be asked if you would like to enroll in Essential Rewards. Essential Rewards is an optional monthly auto-ship program, which includes reduced shipping rates and an opportunity to earn points back to spend on other products. You can choose the “no thank you” option. Your wife has the option to enroll in this program at any time.
  • Enter the payment information.
  • Click “next.” If you would like to add any other products to your order, you can do so on the next page. Complete your order and you are all set! Don’t forget to change the shipping address if you want to keep this gift a surprise!
  • Please allow about 2-3 weeks for arrival. The Premium Starter Kit will likely come MUCH sooner. However, I suggest allowing extra time just in case an item is on back order or the shipping companies are bogged down with holiday deliveries.
  • To be sure no surprise is ruined, guys, please email me right after you purchase the Young Living Premium Starter Kit for your wife. Please email me from the same email address on file with Young Living (so that I know that everything is legit). Please let me know that you purchased the Young Living Premium Starter Kit as a gift for your wife. I will then be in touch with you via email as to where you would like me to ship the Quick Reference Guide (i.e. if you would like it sent to an alternate address so as not to ruin the surprise). My email address is: sarahbiskobing@theoilessentials.com

Having trouble?

Sometimes when people sign up on an iPad or other mobile device, the screen goes blank or there can be an error message when hitting the “submit” button. If this happens, you can contact the Young Living customer service department at 1-800-371-2515. I would suggest the call back option to avoid a long on hold wait time (wait to be disconnected after typing in your phone number before hanging up yourself – this is to be sure your place is saved). Or, instead of calling, you can follow these simple steps…

  1. Go to https://www.youngliving.org/ and log in with your username and password you created.
  2. Go to the “order” tab on the left side of the screen.
  3. Find the Premium Starter Kit (item # 4672) and add it to your cart.
  4. Pay to complete your order.

That’s it! Easy right?! Let me know if you have any questions. I am here to help! –Sarah

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here. Follow Sarah Biskobing on Google+!

Banana Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie – YUM!

Banana Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie

Oh my gosh…I made the most delicious smoothie! Banana pumpkin spiced….it tasted sooo good AND it is sooo good for you! My hubby said this was his favorite out of all the smoothies I have made him. If you like Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte, you need to try this. Here’s the recipe (makes roughly 2 cups):

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk (or vanilla soymilk; or regular milk with a small amount of vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup 100% canned pumpkin
  • 1 drop Young Living Nutmeg essential oil
  • 2 Tablespoons flaxseed (optional)
  • a little swirl of agave nectar (to taste)
  • 3-5 ice cubes
  • sprinkle of cinnamon on top (I tried using Young Living Cinnamon Bark essential oil one day, but even one drop was too strong so stick to regular cinnamon spice)

If you have a terrible working blender like I do, you may need to add 1-2 ingredients at a time or you will clog it up! I so need that Nutribullet thing everyone is talking about!

GET YOUR OWN OILS

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here. Follow Sarah Biskobing on Google+!

Exciting opportunity! I am offering essential oil “make and take” and basic aromatherapy classes!

I have some exciting news! I’m stepping out from behind the computer and I’m offering to do essential oil classes! So gather up your family and friends, put out a few drinks and/or snacks, and I’ll come to you (within a reasonable distance, of course) with supplies to do a “make and take” and basic essential oils how-to class. Each person will make three or four items in the class: an essential oil lotion bar, an essential oil sugar scrub, an essential oil roll-on, and an essential oil foaming hand soap. I will teach everyone how easy it is to use Young Living essential oils and how simple it is to start living a chemical free lifestyle. I’ll show everyone how to feel like an essential oil expert without any prior knowledge of essential oils. Sounds kind of interesting and fun, right?!

ESSENTIAL OIL CLASS WISCONSIN

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do you require people to purchase essential oils at the class?

A. I do not require people to join Young Living and purchase essential oils at the class. People can simply come to the class to participate and learn. However, most people will probably want to buy oils (because they are THAT great)! For those people who are interested in buying essential oils, I’ll get those people set up with their own Retail or Wholesale Young Living account so they can purchase essential oils whenever they want (just as they would purchase something from Amazon).

Q. How long does the class last?

A. We can work the exact time frame out, but the class will likely last between 1-2 hours. I’m organized, but pretty laid back, so it depends how many oiling questions you and your guests have.

Q. What area do you travel to and what days of the week will you do a class?

A. I am from West Bend, Wisconsin. I will travel within a 60 mile radius to do a class (for very large classes, I may travel further). I am available to teach a class on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Q. Does the class cost anything?

A. I may (or may not) charge a small fee to each attendee for supplies only (this is something we can discuss and work out). Generally speaking, I am available to teach essential oil classes to those who are beginner essential oil users and to those who do not already have a different person as their essential oils distributor. Because of this, I do not charge for my time to do the class. :) I may require a small deposit for my time and travel. This deposit will be returned to you in full as long as the minimum required guests (which we can discuss) show up and attend the class.

Q. I’m interested! How do I schedule a class?

A. If you are interested in scheduling a class, please contact me via the contact form below and I will touch base with you shortly! It will be a great time…I promise!

 

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here. Follow Sarah Biskobing on Google+!

Changes to the Young Living Everyday Oils Collection and Premium Starter Kit

THE NEW YOUNG LIVING PREMIUM STARTER KIT -CHANGES

If you haven’t heard the latest Young Living essential oils news, here it is…

On November 17, the Young Living Everyday Oils Collection will be tweaked and updated (this change only affects the United States). Peace & Calming and Valor will be replaced with Melaleuca Alternifolia and Stress Away oil. This change will also affect the Premium Starter Kit (as the Premium Starter Kit contains the Everyday Oils Collection). Additionally, the Stress Away that currently comes in the Premium Starter Kit will be replaced with Citrus Fresh (since Stress Away will now be part of the Everyday Oils Collection). The cost of the Everyday Oils Collection and the Premium Starter Kit will remain the same. This change is still one heck of a way to start your essential oil journey. Stress Away is a natural replacement for Peace & Calming, as it has similar properties and benefits. Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree oil) is highly regarded for its wide range of daily uses and its benefits to the skin. This change should improve the general availability of Valor and Peace and Calming essential oil blend. We will now be allowed to purchase two 5-ml bottles each of Valor and Peace & Calming per account, per month. Wahoo!

*When this change launches on November 17, there will be some overlap in the supply of classic and new Everyday Oils Collection as well as the classic and New Premium Starter Kit. This means that you may receive one or the other until the classic collections have run out. As the item numbers will be the same, you will not be able to specify which collection you would prefer to receive.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here. Follow Sarah Biskobing on Google+!
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