Are Your Household and Personal Care Products Safe?

ARE YOUR HOUSEHOLD AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS SAFE

Thanks so much for stopping by! I want to support you on your wellness journey by teaching you why you should become more aware of the products you use on a daily basis and how you can make better choices with the help of Young Living essential oils. First, let’s start with the why. I’m going to get into some scary facts, but stay with me until the end. I promise that you’ll eventually feel empowered and ready to take control! Ready? Let’s dive in!

The scary truth…

Did you know that the number two cause of death in the United States is cancer?1 In 2017 in the U.S., there will be an estimated 1,688,780 cancer cases and 600,920 cancer deaths.2 One third of cancer cases in the U.S. are directly linked to tobacco, alcohol, poor diet, physical inactivity, weight, infections, radiation, or chemical exposure.3 Only 5-10% of all cancer cases can be blamed on genetics.4 This means that of the estimated 600,920 cancer deaths expected in 2017, as many as 570,874 of them are preventable! It comes down to how we take care of ourselves and what we allow into our homes.

In 1989, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) analyzed 2,983 chemicals in our personal care products—and found 884 of them were toxic. 778 can cause acute toxicity. 314 can cause biological mutation. 218 can cause reproductive problems. 146 can cause tumors.5 Additionally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) identified 150 common household chemicals linked to allergies, high blood pressure, migraines, birth defects, cancer, and mental disturbances.6 While other countries around the world have banned many of these chemicals, they are still allowed in the U.S.—we’re talking about chemicals lurking in products that Americans use every single day!

The skin is the largest organ of the body. While the skin is enough of a barrier to keep fluids within our body (except for its controlled release of sweat), it readily absorbs many substances like a sponge.7,8 The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 ingredients every day.Scented soap, body wash, and facial cleanser contains DEA/TEA (a potential carcinogen), shampoo contains sodium lauryl sulfate (a skin irritant that is linked to eczema), conditioner contains phthalates (two of the phthalates used in the U.S. are banned in Europe), lotion contains parabens, phthalates, and petroleum derived mineral oil (all three of these are endocrine disruptors), feminine powder contains talc (a chemical that has been directly linked to ovarian cancer), toothpaste contains fluoride and comes in a bottle that says, “call Poison Control if swallowed,” perfume contains fragrance (which is often made up of unlisted trade secret, yet dangerous, chemicals), and deodorant contains aluminum (which scientists believe may be linked to Alzheimer’s and breast cancer). Even worse, each product often contains more than one dangerous chemical.7,8,10

The most hazardous chemicals in the home are found in air fresheners (ex: plug ins, candles, or sprays), chemical cleaning supplies, drain and oven cleaners, furniture polish, dishwasher soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, fabric softener, and fabric sheets.11 When cleaning products are used, those chemicals become part of our indoor air quality—it’s no wonder the air inside our homes is more toxic than outdoor air quality.11 Think about this—we wash our clothes in a neon colored and synthetically fragranced laundry detergent that has a long ingredient list we can hardly pronounce, it outgases in our closet all night long, and it eventually sits on our skin.12 Yikes!

The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 grandfathered in at least 55,000 chemicals currently on the market today.12 What does that mean to you? Simply put: these chemicals have not had any safety testing and we know very little information about their side effects.10 In June 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which updates the TSCA and requires all existing chemicals to be evaluated for unreasonable risks to human health and the environment.14 However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has years to complete this task, and we currently continue to be at risk.15 Toxic labeling is only required if 50% or more of the animals tested die.10,16 Additionally, while Europe abides by a “precautionary principle” that is based on the idea that harm to consumer health should not need to be established with “full scientific certainty” before corrective action is taken, the U.S. waits for ingredients in consumer products to cause harm to public health.7 To sum this up, we are our own experiment! Scary huh?!

It is expected that sometime during the 21st century, 40% of all Americans will get some form of cancer during their lifetime. In fact, in 2002, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) reported that they expect cancer rates to double by 2050. Additionally, according to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO), 80% of these cancers will be caused by environmental factors.11

What happens when your body is chemically burdened? You may see it in something as devastating as cancer. However, most of us experience it in other ways: lack of energy, poor motivation, inability to concentrate, memory difficulties, dizziness, trouble sleeping, chronic inflammation, trouble breathing, migraines, muscle aches, joint pain, nausea, skin issues, stress, nervousness, among others.11,12 If you struggle with any of these issues, it’s time to make changes and kick chemicals to the curb. YOU CAN DO THIS! It’s about taking small steps and saying, “NO MORE!” You can’t control all the places you are exposed—but you are the gatekeeper of your house and you can control what you allow in your home.11

There’s a better way…

Not sure where to start? It’s OK. I’m here to help. :) This is about small, simple, baby steps. Start by looking up your household and personal care products on the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, or the Think Dirty app (the app is my fave). Take it one month at a time and swap things out in your home. You can easily start swapping out many of your harmful products for some very simple DIY options made with essential oils or for some of the oil infused products that Young Living offers. DIYer or not, there are SAFE AND EFFECTIVE options for you!

The best way to begin…

To help you get started, Young Living offers a Premium Starter Kit and a Thieves Premium Starter Kit. The Premium Starter Kit includes an entire collection of essential oils (11 bottles, to be exact) and a diffuser. The Thieves Premium Starter Kit includes an entire collection of safe oil infused household and personal care products to help you easily kick harmful chemicals to the curb in one easy sweep (it also comes with two bottles of essential oil). Both of these kits will rock your socks off and give you a great start! Click the ‘get your own oils’ graphic below to learn more about these kits.

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References:

1. Centers for Disease Control. (2016, October 7). Leading Cause of Death. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm

2. American Cancer Society. (2017). Cancer Statistics Center. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://cancerstatisticscenter.cancer.org/?_ga=1.214902167.16823470.1484354491#/

3. World Health Organization. (n.d.). Cancer Prevention. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from http://www.who.int/cancer/prevention/en/

4. Anand, P., Ajaikumar, K. B., Chitra, S., Kuzhuvelil, H. B., Sheeja, T. T., Oiki, O. S., . . . Bharat, A. B. (2008). Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major Lifestyle Changes. Pharmaceutical Research,25(9), 2097-2116. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515569/

5. Boone, A. (2014, March 4). WHAT’S IN YOUR HOME PRODUCTS? Healthy Cells Magazine. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from http://www.healthycellsmagazine.com/articles/what-s-inyour-home-products

6. DeAndrea, R., MD, & Wood, J. (2010). A Holistic Living Guide: 13 Common Poison Zones in Your Life (1st ed.). Bangkok Books. Retrieved Janauary 14, 2017, from: https://books.google.com/books? id=WN92Ba51bhcC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q& f=false

7. Epstein, S. S., MD, & Fitzgerald, R. (2013). TOXIC BEAUTY: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health…And What You Can Do About It. Dallas, TX: Benbella Books. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://books.google.com/books? id=DBwrPX5MSMsC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f =false

8. Lukes, L. A., DC. (2015). Rediscovering Nature’s Essentials: A Simplified Essential Oil Desk Reference. Savannah, NY: KRE Publishing.

9. Exposures Add Up – Survey Resules. (n.d.). Retrieved May 20, 2017, from http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/2004/06/15/exposures-add-up-survey-results/

10. Poepping, M. M., CNHP. (2015). The Chemical Free Home. Essentially Sweet Health.

11.H. (2003, January 3). Unanswered Questions: The Health and Environmental Hazards Hidden In Traditional Household Cleaning Products. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from http://www.tc.umn.edu/~angv0004/HealthHazards.pdf

12.Harnisch, S. (2016). Gameplan: The Complete Strategy Guide to go from Starter Kit to Silver. Amazon.

13.Congressional Research Service. (2013, April 1). The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): A Summary of the Act and Its Major Requirements. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL31905.pdf

14.United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2016, December 15). The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/evaluating-risk-existingchemicals-under-tsca

15.United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2016, December 19). Evaluating Risk of Existing Chemicals under TSCA. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://www.epa.gov/assessing-andmanaging-chemicals-under-tsca/evaluating-risk-existing-chemicals-under-tsca

16.National Toxicology Program. (2013). The Dermal Up-and-Down Procedure: An Alternative Method for Acute Dermal Systemic Toxicity Testing. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/iccvam/meetings/sot13/posters/stokes.pdf

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Why Thieves Household Cleaner Rocks!!

Have you looked up your current household products on EWG’s cleaner database, the EWG’s Healthy Living app, or the Think Dirty app yet? If you have not yet done so, YOU MUST! It’s a bit scary, but quite eye-opening. Once the initial shock of what you learn wears off, I think you’ll feel empowered and ready to take control. When you’re ready to start swapping out for safer alternatives, just take it one month at a time, one product at a time. :) You can easily start swapping out many of your toxic products for some very simple DIY options made with essential oils -OR- for some of oil infused products that Young Living offers. DIYer or not, there are SAFE AND EFFECTIVE options for you! If you’re not sure where to start, you may want to consider the Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner, which is an all-purpose cleaner that is safe to use around everyone in your family, including children and pets. It is one of my favorite oil infused products from Young Living!! To use, add 1 ounce of Thieves Household Cleaner to 30 ounces of water in a spray bottle, and clean any surface of your home (think kitchen, bathroom, floors, windows, etc). One bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner makes 14 spray bottles of ready to use cleaner (at just $1.50 each)! This stuff is safe, more affordable, and just as (if not more effective) than your store-bought cleaner. Plus it smells amazing! You can purchase the Thieves Household Cleaner separately as a Wholesale Member or Retail Customer. If you’re really wanting to decrease a whole bunch of the toxic junk in one easy sweep though, you may want to consider joining Young Living as a Wholesale Member with the Thieves Premium Starter Kit! I posted details about it below. :)

PREMIUM STARTER KIT ORDER PAGE - FOR MEMBERS

The Thieves Premium Starter Kit is a major bargain and includes 2 Thieves Household Cleaners, 2 Thieves Waterless Purifiers, 2 Thieves Sprays, 2 Thieves Hand Soaps with a pump, 1 Thieves Toothpaste, 1 Thieves Mouthwash, a 15-ml bottle of Thieves essential oil, and a 5-ml bottle of Stress Away essential oil (plus a roller fitment and samples)! Plus when you purchase the Premium Starter Kit, you’ll automatically become a Wholesale Member, which means that you’ll save 24% whenever you sign in and order more oils or oil infused products at www.youngliving.com! You do NOT need to sell oils and you do NOT need to purchase product regularly. Last, but not least you’ll receive a welcome gift and become a member of our awesome Oil Moxie community when you purchase your kit from me!

MAY 2017 PSK SPECIAL (1)

The Thieves Premium Starter Kit is $160 + tax and shipping = $178! Investment? Yes! Well worth it? Yes! *Max one gift per new member. 

MAY 2017 GIFT FOR PREMIUM STARTER KIT TWO OPTIONS (1)

PSK-Ordering-Directions

  1. Click HERE – you will be taken to the Young Living website.
  2. Choose “Member” (NOT Retail Customer).
  3. Be sure the Sponsor ID and Enroller ID sections are filled out with # 1583415 (so you get the free gifts from me).
  4. Choose your country and  language (if you reside outside of the USA, please contact me prior to ordering as sales and/or welcome gifts may be different for you).
  5. Click the ‘Other Premium Kits’ tab and choose the Thieves Premium Starter Kit.
  6. Choose whether you would like to enroll in the Essential Rewards program. You are NOT required to join this monthly autoship program. You can opt in or out of this program at any time. Click HERE for details on this program.
  7. Add any optional additional items to your cart (you’ll receive the 24% wholesale discount right away). I suggest adding Thieves Household Cleaner onto your order.
  8. Fill in your personal information (name, address, email address, phone number).
  9. Create a username, password, and PIN number for yourself. WRITE THIS INFO DOWN! Hang onto this info for future logins and purchases at www.youngliving.com.
  10. The ‘Commission Processing Information’ section is optional (as selling oils is optional). I’d suggest filling this information out just in case you decide at some point to refer others to Young Living (Young Living Corporate would use this information for tax purposes), however, it is completely optional and you can skip this section if you’d like.
  11. Choose your shipping method and enter your payment information. Note: As of 5/12/17, I do not have any enrollment vouchers available to anyone – it is rare for a distributor to have one of these to give to a new member.
  12. Click HERE to receive your FREE WELCOME GIFTS!

Note: To receive the gift from me, you must purchase your Premium Starter Kit during the same month you begin creating your wholesale account.

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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.

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Simple Substitutions and DIY Solutions for Hidden Toxins in Your Home

The older I’ve gotten, the more concerned I’ve become with all of the terrible ingredients that are in the household and personal care products that I have been using the majority of my life. I think it’s because I’ve finally come to realize just how precious life is. I want to be healthy, happy, and around for the long haul! :)  The graphics below summarize the need to know info when it comes to the hidden toxins in your home and some simple steps (featuring Young Living essential oils and oil infused products) for what you can do about it! :)

Oil Infused Household and Personal Care Products # 1

Below is some info on the hidden toxins in antibacterial soap and toothpastes!

Hidden Toxins Soaps and Toothpaste

Check out a natural option for toothpaste and antibacterial soap – TRY THIEVES AROMABRIGHT TOOTHPASTE AND THIEVES FOAMING HAND SOAP!

Theieves Toothpaste & Hand Soap

Below is some info on the hidden toxins in laundry detergents and fabric softeners!

Hidden Toxin in Detergents and Softeners

Check out a natural option for laundry detergent – TRY THIEVES LAUNDRY SOAP!

Thieves Laundry Soap

Check out a natural option for fabric softener and static reducer – TRY WOOL DRYER BALLS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS!

DIY Fabric Softener

Below is some info on the hidden toxins in herbicide covered produce!

Dangers of Herbicides

Check out a natural option for effectively cleaning produce – TRY THIEVES FRUIT & VEGGIE SPRAY OR FRUIT & VEGGIE SOAK!

Thieves Fruit & Veggie Wash

Below is some info on the hidden toxins in household cleaning products!

Hidden Toxins in Cleaning Products

Check out a natural option for household cleaners – TRY THIEVES HOUSEHOLD CLEANER!

Thieves Household Cleaner

Check out a few DIY safe household cleaners – FEATURING THIEVES HOUSEHOLD CLEANER, VINEGAR, BAKING SODA, LEMON JUICE, OLIVE OIL, AND ESSENTIAL OILS!

DIY Cleaners

Below is some info on the hidden toxins in toiletries and beauty products!

Hidden Toxins in Toiletries and Personal Care Products

Check out a natural option for toiletries, beauty, and skincare – TRY YOUNG LIVING’S LOTIONS, SHOWER GELS, DEODORANTS, SHAVE OILS, SHAMPOO & CONDITIONERS, SKINCARE, LIPGLOSS, AND MORE!

Young Living Persoal Care Products

Below is some info on the hidden toxins in air fresheners and scented candles!

Dangers of Air Fresheners

Check out a natural option for a wonderfully scented home – TRY DIFFUSING YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS!

Diffusing Essential Oils

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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.

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DIY Hand Cleanser

My Fridays are dedicated to learning new essential oil facts, trying new essential oil recipes, and blogging about my Young Living essential oils. Today, I decided to whip up a batch of my DIY on-the-go hand cleanser and share the recipe with you. This stuff is perfect for keeping your hands clean when you are unable to wash them with good ol’ soap and water. There are a lot of variations out there so feel free to tweak this essential oil recipe to your liking. :)

DIY ON THE GO HAND CLEANSER

Ingredients and Directions:

  • 2 Tablespoons pure aloe vera. Aloe vera conditions and hydrates the skin.
  • 1 Tablespoon witch hazel. Witch hazel makes a great skin soother and cleanser. You can buy witch hazel that does not contain alcohol.
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil acts as a preservative. It also has skin moisturizing properties. 
  • 10 drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil (adjust the amount per your preference). I chose to use Young Living’s Purification essential oil blend. The bonus is that it comes in the Premium Starter Kit! :)

I combined everything a 2 ounce glass pump bottle I found at my favorite health store – these look like an exact match. Shake and use as needed for an on-the-go hand cleanser.

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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.

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Thieves Household Cleaner: More Affordable and Safer Than Other Popular Cleaners

SAFE AND NON TOXIC CLEANER

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a good deal! I was coupon crazed (some might say obsessed) for quite some time. Yes, I carried coupons with me at all times. Yes, I knew most store coupon policies better than the store clerks. Yes, I would wake up early to be sure I got certain items on double coupon day. Yes, I would do multiple transactions just to save an extra dollar. And, yes, I had a stock pile lol!

I’ve swapped out my coupon days for blogging (because there is only so much time in the day). I still recognize a good deal when I see one though and holy mackerel, do I have a good deal to share with you! Pssst…Young Living’s Thieves household cleaner (an essential oil based cleaner) is more affordable (and safer) than common store-bought cleaners!

Let’s compare the prices of 6 household cleaners:

Young Living’s Thieves household cleaner comes in two sizes: a 14.4 ounce bottle or a 64 ounce bottle. The 14.4 ounce bottle costs $22.00 (wholesale price). Don’t let the $22.00 price tag fool you though. You see, Thieves cleaner is highly concentrated. This means that a very small amount of the Thieves cleaner is diluted with water in a spray bottle and then used for cleaning. The 14.4 ounce bottle actually makes 432-720 ounces of ready to use cleaner (depending on the strength you want to make it) and costs only $0.03-$0.05 per ounce! Let’s see how Thieves cleaner stacks up to the price of some store-bought household cleaners:

  • MOST AFFORDABLE —>  Thieves household cleaner (diluted appropriately and ready to use in a spray bottle – I reused an empty spray bottle): $0.03-$0.05 per ounce (less when it is part of my Essential Rewards order)
  • Fabuloso Passion of Fruits all-purpose cleaner: $0.05 per ounce
  • Lysol Lemon Breeze all-purpose cleaner: $0.06 per ounce
  • 409 Lemon all-purpose cleaner: $0.09 per ounce
  • Mr. Clean Febreze and Citrus multi-surface cleaner: $0.11 per ounce
  • Green Works all-purpose cleaner: $0.11 per ounce

Just wait…it gets even better yet!!! When I order my Thieves household cleaner as part of my monthly Essential Rewards order, I earn 20% back that I can use to spend on other products. This means, that for every 14.4 ounce bottle of Thieves household cleaner that I purchase, I am getting $4.40 back to spend on another Young Living product. If you take this into consideration, I’m technically paying $0.02-$0.04 per ounce of ready to use Thieves cleaner! NOW THAT’S A GOOD DEAL! Quite frankly, knowing the coupon world, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal than this one!

Which of these 6 household cleaners is the safest?

I looked up each of the above household cleaners on the Environmental Working Group’s website. This Environmental Working Group gives an A to F health rating for cleaning products:

  • A = Few/no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment; good ingredient disclosure.
  • B = Low concern; limited potential for hazards to health or the environment; at least some ingredient disclosure.
  • C = Moderate concern; some potential for hazards to health or the environment; at least some ingredient disclosure.
  • D = High concern; llikely hazards to health or the environment; may also have poor ingredient disclosure.
  • F= Potentially significant hazards to health or the environment; or poor ingredient disclosure.

Here’s how the cleaners rank:

  • SAFEST CLEANER —> Thieves household cleaner is not ranked by the Environmental Working Group. However, I did look up each ingredient on their website. Alkyl Polyglucoside has a B rating. Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate (or Lauric Acid) has an A rating. The Environmental Working Group listed Disodium 2-Sulffolaurate in their cosmetic database and it was given a rating of O (low hazard). Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils (Thieves cleaner contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, and Rosemary essential oil) are generally agreed upon to be a safe alternatives to harsh cleaning chemicals. If you ask me, Thieves household cleaner seems to be the safest choice! :)
  • Fabuloso Passion of Fruits all-purpose cleaner: F rating
  • Lysol Lemon Breeze all-purpose cleaner: C rating
  • 409 Lemon all-purpose cleaner: F rating
  • Mr. Clean Febreze and Citrus multi surface cleaner: D rating
  • Green Works all-purpose cleaner: F rating

DING, DING, DING! Thieves household cleaner is the WINNER!

If you ask me, Young Living’s Thieves household cleaner is the winner! We use Thieves cleaner all the time. It is affordable, safe, and works amazingly well. Plus, it smells awesome and is biodegradable. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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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.

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Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils

WHY SHOULD YOU DIFFUSE ESSENTIAL OILS

What do you think of when you hear the word aromatherapy? Lighting a nice scented candle? Adding essential oils to a wax warmer? Using an air freshener? Either way, I bet you think of filling a room with a nice fragrance, right? Well, this isn’t actually true aromatherapy…it’s more like fragrancing. If you are using air fresheners (blagh!), perfume grade essential oils (blagh!), or candles (blagh!) it can actually be toxic fragrancing. True aromatherapy is so much more than just a nice scent. True aromatherapy can have profound effects on our health and well-being, body, mind, and emotions. To experience the many benefits of true aromatherapy, you need to use high-quality essential oils (like Young Living essential oils). You also need to disperse the essential oils into the air using an ultrasonic or cold air diffuser (as heating essential oils destroys the oils’ therapeutic properties).

*To clarify: You can use essentials oils in a wax warmer. However, please use a good quality essential oil versus a perfume grade essential oil. FYI… Heating essential oils will only make your home smell nice. Because heat destroys the therapeutic properties of essential oils, you won’t get any health benefits from putting essential oils into a wax warmer. However, diffusing essential oils will fill your home with an amazing scent and allow you to experience the true health benefits of aromatherapy. :)

Benefits of diffusing essential oils:

As stated above, diffusing essential oils can offer an abundance of health benefits. The benefits seem endless, but I summarized some of them below.

  • promotes a restful nights sleep
  • improves concentration and focus
  • stimulates secretion of endorphins
  • improves concentration, alertness, mental clarity, and focus
  • invigorates and energizes
  • freshens the air and neutralizes odors
  • deepens your spiritual connection
  • creates a spa like atmosphere
  • balances emotions and uplifts mood
  • supports the immune system
  • supports the respiratory system
  • soothes nerves and relieves occasional tension
  • and so much more!

My favorite essential oil diffuser:

Young Living offers many high quality essential oil diffusers. I diffuse my essential oils using the Young Living Home Diffuser (because this diffuser rocks and also because it came in the Premium Starter Kit). The Home Diffuser is a cold air diffuser. It combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one product that safely releases essential oils into the air. The Home Diffuser breaks the essential oils and water into millions of micro-particles, disperses them into the air, and activates the powerful plant constituents found in Young Living essential oils. The fine mist that comes out of the diffuser will actually sit in the air for hours, providing therapeutic benefits long after your diffuser has finished running!

How to use the Young Living Home Diffuser:

The Home Diffuser contains a water reservoir, which holds about 1/2 cup of water. Open the water reservoir by lifting the lid. Fill the reservoir to the fill line with room temperature distilled or purified water (distilled is preferred). Then add about 5-8 drops (adjust per your preference) of your favorite Young Living essential oil to the water (we usually use 5-6 drops). Replace the lid. Turn the diffuser on by pressing the button on the front of the diffuser (green light). Press the button again to put diffuser on the alternating 30 second on/off setting (red light). To turn the diffuser off, press the button a third time. To turn the ambient light off while running, simply press and hold the button for about 2 seconds until the LED light turns off. The diffuser will shut off automatically when out of water.

How often and how long should you diffuse essential oils?

I personally find it helpful to diffuse essential oils on a daily basis. My hubby and I usually run our diffuser until it runs out of water and it shuts off on its own. However, diffusing essential oils for even just 10 minutes, 3 times per day will support your health.

How do you know which essential oil you should diffuse for specific support?

Each essential oil offers its own set of benefits. You’ll definitely want to obtain a reference guide when you start using essential oils. A reference guide will tell you which oil to use for relaxing, energizing, etc. Here are a couple of places where you can buy reference guides.

Are you ready to start diffusing essential oils? Get your Home Diffuser, essential oils, just over $20.00 worth of oiling gifts, and access to Oil Moxie for support here!

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DIY Hand Soap with Young Living Essential Oils

DIY FOAMING HAND SOAP WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Remember the Tips for Chemical Free Living blog post that I wrote last month? Well, I am proud to say that Scott and I have continued our bottle swapping journey. Most recently, I swapped our store bought hand soap for a DIY hand soap (made with my Young Living essential oils, of course). All of the ingredients in my homemade foaming hand soap get an “A” rating from the Environmental Working Group. An “A” rating means that the ingredient (or product) possess few/no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment. You gotta love that!

You Will Need:

  • 1 foaming hand soap dispenser (reuse an empty dispenser or you can buy one from Abundant Health)
  • 2 Tablespoons of castile soap (from Abundant Health)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (from Abundant Health)
  • 10 drops of  your favorite Young Living essential oils (I like Purification essential oil because it comes in the Premium Starter Kit)

DIY Foaming Hand Soap Recipe:

  • Add 2 Tablespoons of castile soap, 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin, and 10 drops of your favorite Young Living  essential oil to your foaming hand soap dispenser. Fill the remainder of the bottle up with water, put the cap on, and ta-da!

Total Cost of Your DIY Foaming Hand Soap:

  • 1 foaming hand soap dispenser: $1.49. You can cut this cost if you have an empty bottle that you can reuse. If you do need to purchase a foaming soap dispenser, keep in mind that this is a one time purchase as you can refill it each time.
  • 2 Tablespoons of castile soap: $0.53
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin: $0.36
  • 10 drops of Young Living Purification essential oil: $0.75 (wholesale member cost).

—> First batch of foaming hand soap (if you need to purchase the dispenser) = $3.13

—> Refill batches of foaming hand soap (since you can reuse the dispenser) = $1.64

—> Did you know that you can make your own foaming hand soap for even less? Here’s how:

  • As a Young Living wholesale member, you can enroll in the Essential Rewards Program. The Essential Rewards program allows you to earn up to 20%  back, which you can cash in for free oils!

 Questions? Just ask! Want to get your own oils? Click here!

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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.

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