A Healthy Home

A Healthy Home

There once was a time when the safest place on earth for a person was home.

Today, we live in an environment that is fundamentally different than that of 50 years ago. In many ways the world is better. Children live longer, healthier lives than the children of any previous generation. Thanks to safe drinking water, better education, decent housing, and modern medicine children no longer face polio, smallpox, measles, yellow fever, cholera, and the other infectious diseases – Infant mortality is greatly reduced.

But we have our own issues.

Whether we like it or not chemicals are all around us and are increasing, in places we would have never imagined.  Chemical substances are part of everyday life and are a major part of our economy, our communities, and our homes. While chemical substances provide some benefits, they also have harmful effects if not properly managed. There are some places where toxic chemicals are causing serious problems. Our homes are filled with chemicals.  In our cleaners, our personal care products, our cosmetics, our pots and pans. These can negatively impact our health and environment. 

Let’s be clear.   Yes, we are made up of chemicals, essential oils are chemicals, but I’m not talking about those chemicals. We are talking about the harmful chemicals, that can negatively impact our health and our environment. Whether we like it or not chemicals are all around us, in places we would have never imagined.

Let me introduce you to “The Dirty Dozen” 

These are toxic chemicals commonly found in personal care products. There are a lot of chemicals listed but let’s just introduce you to some of the names and at a very high level where they are used and when they are suspected to do to our bodies and our environment. 
1. BHA and BHT:  Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Also, harmful to fish and other wildlife.
2. Coal Tar Dyes - Artificial colors - also found in processed foods, lipstick.  Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products colors listed as "CI" followed by five digits. The U.S. color name may also be listed (e.g. "FD&C Blue No. 1" or "Blue 1").
3. DEA-related ingredients:  Used to make cosmetics creamy or foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Also acts as a ph Adjuster. Also found in sunscreens, soaps, cleansers, and shampoo. Acute toxicity to aquatic organisms and potential for bioaccumulation
4. Dibutyl phthalate (pronounced thal-ate), or DBP, is used mainly in nail products as a solvent for dyes and as a plasticizer that prevents nail polishes from becoming brittle. Phthalates are also used as fragrance ingredients in many other cosmetics, but consumers won't find these listed on the label. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients (see also Fragrance/Parfum). DBP is also commonly used in polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC) to render it flexible.
5. Parabens:  Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions. Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They are also used as fragrance ingredients, but consumers won't find that listed on the label.
6. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives:  Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer. These formaldehyde-releasing agents are used as preservatives in a wide range of cosmetics. Other industrial applications of formaldehyde include production of resins used in wood products, vinyl flooring and other plastics, permanent-press fabric, and toilet bowl cleaners.
7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance):  Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics — even in some products marketed as "unscented." Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife.
8. PEG compounds:  Used in many cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer.  PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases.
9. Petrolatum - aka mineral oil or petroleum jelly:  Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. The European Union classifies petrolatum a carcinogen and restricts its use in cosmetics. PAHs in petrolatum can also cause skin irritation and allergies.
10. Siloxanes:  Look for ingredients ending in "-siloxane" or "-methicone." Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. These silicone-based compounds are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth, and moisten. They make hair products dry more quickly and deodorant creams slide on more easily. They are also used extensively in moisturizers and facial treatments.
11. Sodium Laureth Sulfate:  Used in foaming cosmetics. It is common in shampoos, shower gels and facial cleansers. It is also found in household cleaning products, like dish soap. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate
12. Triclosan - Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disrupter and the extensive use of triclosan in consumer products may contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Canadian Medical Association has called for a ban on antibacterial consumer products, such as those containing triclosan.

FOR FURTHER RESEARCH DOWNLOAD - THE “DIRTY DOZEN” BACKGROUNDER
which reviews “INGREDIENTS INVESTIGATED IN THE DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION SURVEY OF CHEMICALS IN COSMETICS “

Source:   http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals

These chemicals are a proven risk to our health and environment.
Today people face hazards that were unheard of a few decades ago. We are at risk of exposure to thousands of new synthetic chemicals. More than 80,000 new chemicals have been invented since World War II. Most of these chemicals did not previously exist in nature and they have been circulated widely into the environment.

Why are these chemicals a threat?

  • Easy absorption - Synthetic chemicals can enter the body by ingestion, inhalation, or through the skin. Infants are at risk of exposure in the womb and through breast milk.
  • Mass production - Over 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the nation's environment each year, including 72 million pounds of recognized carcinogens.
  • Too little testing - Only a fraction of chemicals have been tested for toxicity and more studies are needed.
  • Heavy use of pesticides - Over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used in the United States each year and approximately 5.6 billion pounds are used worldwide. The US Department of Agriculture has estimated that 50 million people in the United States obtain their drinking water from groundwater that is potentially contaminated by pesticides and other agricultural chemicals. These chemical pesticides are used on lawns and gardens, and inside homes, schools, day-care centers and hospitals.
  • Environmental Persistence - Many toxic chemicals will persist in the environment for decades and even centuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200 high-volume synthetic chemicals can be found in the bodies of nearly all Americans, including newborn infants. Of the top 20 chemicals discharged to the environment, nearly 75 percent are known or suspected to be toxic to the developing human brain. From the moment a child is born, over 200 courses through their veins.

So how do we know what to replace them with? Which products we can trust?

This is where YL is here to help. Young Living is known for its large selection of pure, authentic essential oils and essential oil based products. We have a wide selection of safe, naturally derived, plant based products for the whole home! YL has great alternatives to harsh cleaners, personal care products and cosmetics filled with chemicals.  

Young Living cares deeply about people and integrity.  It cares about Wellness and has created some of the highest quality, most effective and purest products to help people just like us to reduce the risk of toxic chemicals. You can get started by saving 50% off with the Thieves or Savvy Minerals Makeup Premium Starter Kit today, both come with a Young Living membership which allows you to save 24% off all future purchases. You can orders today here!

I want you all to think about 1 or 2 products you would like to replace right away.  What are they?  Write them down right away, make a written commitment to yourself to start today.

Have you heard of Young Living’s Loyalty Program Essential Rewards (ER)?  An average family spends $130 monthly on household products.  Join ER and replace those toxic products with money you are already spending.   (and earn points towards free product!)

By replacing just a few products each month, within a year you will significantly reduce impact of toxic chemicals in your home.  It’s about small simple changes! By consistently replacing a few products each month you can easily reduce the impact of toxic chemicals. You can impact someone’s entire life with YL and we can make this world a safer place with just small, simple changes.  What are you waiting for? A year from now, you will wish you had started today. Click here to begin your journey!


References

Donaldson D, Kiely T, Grube A. Pesticide's industry sales and usage 1998-1999 market estimates. US Environmental Protection Agency; Washington (DC): Report No. EPA-733-R-02-OOI. Available from: http: //www.epa.gov/oppbead/ pesticides/99 pestsales/market-estimates.pdf. [Ref list]

United States Environmental Protection Agency. Chemical Hazard Data Availability Study: What Do We Really Know About the Safety of High Production Volume Chemicals? Washington, DC: Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, 1998. https://noharm-uscanada.org/sites/default/files/documents-files/915/Chemical_Hazard_Data_Availability_Study_1998.pdf

United States Environmental Protection Agency. Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program. Washington, DC, February 21, 2008. https://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/dc57b08b5acd42bc852573c90044a9c4/79d9d094603ce156852573f6007bdf33!OpenDocument

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals Atlanta (GA): CDC, 2005. http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/center-for-excellence-in-environmental-health-tracking/Third_Report.pdf

http://www.mountsinai.org/patient-care/service-areas/children/areas-of-care/childrens-environmental-health-center/childrens-disease-and-the-environment/children-and-toxic-chemicals

Essential Oils are pricey! But they don't have to be

Essential Oils are pricey! But they don't have to be

Oils are pricey!

Rose oil runs about 200 dollars a bottle. GLF—a liver cleanse—about 160 a bottle. Jasmine and Melissa are just under 100 dollars a bottle. When you look at the price, it can be pretty deterring to use essential oils! So let’s break it down into bite sized pieces- I’m going to give you 15 tips on how to make your oils more affordable.
First off, all those oils I listed above are in the minority. 80-90 percent of Young Living oils are below 35 dollars a bottle—and most bottles are 15 milliliters, meaning you get 250 drops out of them. You don’t use oils by the bottle—you use them by the drop. That’s 250 applications for a 30 dollar bottle of oil, or it costs you 8 cents a drop.

But still—that 30 bucks can be hard to come by. Why pure essential oils? Why does it matter? Let’s talk about the importance of not oils shopping at Wegmans or Amazon. There’s no rating system in the United States, so the closest we get is the FDA requirement that a “pure” oil be 5 percent oil in each bottle. Young Living’s rating system is:
Grade A: therapeutic medicinal, organic fields, distilled at low temps
Grade B: food grade—but can contain synthetics, pesticides, carriers, chemical extenders
Grade C: perfume oils, typically extracted with solvents—like hexane, which can cause cancer
Grade D: floral water, a byproduct of Grade A distillation; no medicinal benefit

Every bottle of Young Living oil is Grade A and researched to get the most therapeutic value. You can read more about the research that goes into our distillation process here.

When you eat an apple sprayed with pesticide, you get just the single apple. But when it takes 60-thousand rose blossoms to make one ounce of rose oil, it’s like eating the entire apple tree sprayed with pesticide. It’s dangerous. You don’t want to use adulterated oils on your skin, you don’t want to diffuse them and give them access to the limbic lobe of your brain, you don’t want to soak in them in the bathtub and you definitely don’t want to take them internally.

Here are 16 tips to get the most out of your oils stock.

  1. Always use a carrier. I’d make it a matter of point just to use it—unless you don’t feel that it’s doing anything. Then I’d up the dosage and lay off the carrier for that one ailment. You can make a bottle of oil last a very long time—even if a family—if you’re diluting it. One drop of oil contains 40 million trillion molecules—that’s a 1 with 19 zeroes after it—and it only takes 8 molecules to enact change in the human body. We as Americans love to slather things and super size them—but do it with the carrier oil, not your precious essential oil. You’ll still get the benefit.
  2. Kids love to get into oils! (Teens do too!) I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across my oils selection and found the peppermint nearly gone—or my frankincense—goodness! To get past this, especially with older kids, I make them their own roll ons. Then I can control the amount of oil they’re getting, and they still feel special—like they have their own oils like mom and dad.
  3. Really make good use of the Quick Reference Guide or the Life Science Publishing guide. If you flip through it, it may list 20 different oils for sleep. If I’m on a tight budget, I’ll make a list of all the oils for an ailment—then look them up on the Young Living site and price them out. Why try $60 dreamcatcher—if $22 dollar lavender—or better yet-- $11 dollar cedarwood—may work just as well? Try some of the other suggestions!
  4. Attend an oils class! Many members on the Oily Concepts team generate their own oils stores. It’s a great way to pick up a cream with a half dozen oils in it without having to come up with 80 dollars for each bottle of oil to assemble your own cream. That cream can last for years, depending on how often you’re using it.
  5. Contact your upline and borrow a dram! If you’re a Young Living member, you were signed under someone else. Many times, the people above you may have an oil you don’t have—that you really want to try—without dropping 50 dollars. A good example of this is progessance plus. When working with oils to support the endocrine system, there are quite a few oils that work—dragontime, lady sclerol, progessance—ask your upline for a dram so you can try it for a few days, and see how your body responds to that specific oil.
  6. To save on shipping, combine with other moms essential rewards orders. Or better yet, if you want to earn free oils, ask other people what they need! Essential rewards is my favorite way to earn free oils. If you spend 190 PV, you get 2 bottles of oils free. If you spend 250 PV, you get 2 free oils and a cash incentive—like free ER points. If you spend 300 PV, you get 2 free oils, a cash incentive, and a free supplement or care product like shampoo or NingXia Red. You also get 10 percent back in free oil for the first 6 months, 15 percent from months 7-12, and 20 percent after a year. If you’re spending 100PV, that’s 20 dollars in free oil! That’s a full bottle of lavender or 2 bottles of lemongrass or jade lemon. It’s totally worth it. When I first started using essential oils, I’d just throw up on facebook and ask if anyone needed anything before my order went in. That’s how I’d hit 300PV every month—it wasn’t just my order. But I’d get 30 dollars in free oils from the order to pick out new oils for my family. It’s GREAT!
  7. Another way to get your oils for free is to share the oils with family and friends. It sounds daunting, but you have fallen in love with the oils—and want to get more of them in your home. You want your friends to have the same things in their home—and start moving toward a chemical free house. Consider hosting a class. Did you know if 3 of your friends get a kit—you get $50 per kit—and your kit was basically free? Or you can restock it if you’re running low! One class could literally pay for all your oils every month.
  8. Once you’ve done that, get your friends signed up on essential rewards. That’s a way of having residual income every single month without hosting classes. It pays for your oils for free. For the first 3 months someone is signed under you, you get 25 percent of all they spend. After that, you get 8 percent. If they place a 100 dollar order—that’s 25 dollars in free oils for you in the form of a Young Living paycheck.
  9. Other tips for stretching your dollar: share your oils order! Get with a friend and decide what your two top oils are in common. Each of you pick one up, then share it in roll ons. It’s a cost effective way of trying new oils.
  10. If you have no good resources close to you—contact ME! I’m more than happy to help out!!!
  11. There’s more then one way to dilute. You’ve heard of putting oils in fractionated coconut oil in a roll on bottle. I put about 12-15 drops per bottle. But you can also put 6-10 drops in a 2 ounce cream base. You can put 10 drops in a 4 ounce massage oil. You can put a cap of thieves cleaner in a full spray bottle—and that costs just a quarter. It’s about 6 dollars a bottle for organic cleaner! Thieves is so much more cost efficient. The Shampoo, conditioner and body wash can be split into thirds and filled with water!
  12. Look at how you’re using the oils. You can put a drop of oil in honey to soothe your throat—or you can diffuse 6 or 8 drops in a diffuser. 1 drop is more cost efficient. Find the most effective way of using the least amount of oil—is it topical, internal, or diffusing—depending on what you’re working with?
  13. Finally—weigh the overall cost. Look at products in your home you can swap for oils or oils infused products instead—laundry soap at the store for thieves laundry soap, or thieves dish soap or fruit wash or cleaner— the cleaner only costs $1 a bottle. When you price it out versus what you’re already using, and budget it in instead of what you hit up at the store—you’ll find it’s affordable.
  14. If you want to know where to start using essential oils, I recommend a Young Living premium starter kit with a rainstone diffuser. It’s the only thing off Young Living’s site that’s half off. Just the frankincense and the diffuser are worth the value of the entire kit. That’s a very practical, cost-effective way of stocking oils—without buying them each individually.
  15. It’s cheaper to restock with kits! If you get another full starter kit, you just restocked your diffuser and basically got 11 oils for 70 bucks—that’s 6 dollars a bottle!! The Golden Touch kit has some stellar oils in it—thieves for immune system support in the winter, Melrose for your skin, endoflex for endocrine support, that’s your thyroid,—there are liver support oils, and even digize—which I take internally to soothe my digestive system. When you get the kit, it averages to 11 dollars a bottle. You are basically buying your oils in bulk.
  16. This one works for large families—buy the 15mL bottles. Lavender is much more affordable in the larger size—those 15mL bottles are 3 times the size of the 5mL bottles—and sometimes, they’re not even double the price. A 5mL has 90 drops; a 15mL has 250 drops. Pay attention to the size of what you order.
Hopefully that helps you save a few dollars on your oils!

xoxo,
Jax & Nessa