Dishwasher Soap

Switching from toxic dishwasher pods has been one of the hardest transitions to the natural side as far as household products go. I’ve tried a few recipes that didn’t work. After spending time and money on ingredients that ended up wasted, I still had dirty dishes. I gave up and returned to toxin filled pods (fragrance, triclosan and sodium hypochlorite which can cause hormone disruption, asthma, reproducitve toxicity, infertility, thyroid imbalance, antibiotic resistance and organ system toxicity). I know they are bad for our bodies but I have stuff to do and at least they work, right?!

The other day, after roasting some veggies on a silicone baking tray that had been washed in the dishwasher, the veggies actually tasted like dishwasher pods! Just ewe.

There has got to be a better solution. After searching my Essential Oil FB groups, I came up with this recipe. It was easy to follow, it smells good and after washing a few loads, it seems to work well!

I’m so excited! It’s toxin free, cheaper and works!! I promise to update you here if I change my vote. I also have a couple friends trying it out to see if it works for them but so far, I think I could be in love!

What you’ll need!

  • 3 Cups of Hot Water
  • 3 Tbsp Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronners Unscented)
  • 1 Cup Washing Soda
  • 15 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 2 Capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 3 – 4 tsp Guar Gum

Heat water in stainless steel pot on stove top until it’s almost boiling, remove from heat and stir in washing soda until completely dissolved.

Once the mixture has cooled, mix castile soap, thieves cleaner, lemon essential oil, and guar gum in a separate bowl until an even consistency is achieved (you can add some extra water here if you need to) then add to the water and washing soda mixture!

Let sit for about an hour mixing every so often until mixture has a uniform gel-like consistency. Store in a glass sealed container.

I use 2-3 tbsp per dish washing cycle on heavy wash. Sometimes, I also add 1 Tbsp baking soda to the pre wash (I did this with the pods too. It helps cut even more junk)

Are you gonna try it? Let me know what you think!

Essential Oils & Kids Safety Post #1

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?02

If you aren’t familiar with essential oils, you might be wondering what in the world ARE THEY!? You’ve probably heard your friends talk about them, so let’s break it down!

Essential oils are the aromatic, volatile liquids distilled from plants. The oil can be obtained from the roots, seeds, shrub, flowers, leaves and trees and bring health and healing to the body. The chemistry is extremely complex and may consist of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. EO’s were mankind’s first medicine and are in fact mentioned throughout Scripture. The oils are very complex and very powerful which is why they are able to reach every part of our bodies on a cellular level.

The fragrance of the oils work on the limbic system in the brain where emotions are stored and can help relax and clear the mind as well as release emotional trauma. They can have profound physiological and psychological effects which you heard a bit about in our intros. The EO’s from Young Living are all therapeutic grade oils that can be diffused, applied topically or ingested. An all-natural way to help your body stay healthy, the way was intended to be.

ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY

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Safety is important when it comes to using essential oils. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the information available, but using common sense and starting gradually will help ease any sort of intimidation you might feel as you begin using essential oils in your everyday life, on yourself and your family. Due to the fact that Young Living’s purity and grade of oils is so high, they should be used with knowledge and respect. It is important — so important! — that we protect our kiddos and use oils properly.

I personally have chosen to use oils during my pregnancy, postpartum recovery and for Gavin since the beginning, even with his tiny body and all his considerations. I have had zero problems and lots of benefits but I also educated myself first and then made that call as his mom. You’ll need to decide what works for you and your kiddo’s! If you are diffusing around children or applying oils topically you need to understand and research what oils are safe to be used around kids and what dilution ratios you need to use. This is quite simple as most oils are fine to be used on and around kids and there are a lot of great references out there that can help you too!

Generally, once a child hits 10 years old they are able to process any oil an adult can. Prior to 10 there are oils that need to be used with caution, and dilution will be your best friend!

Here’s a few of their suggestions…

  1. When storing essential oils (EOs), it’s important to keep them in a cool, dark place with lids tightly closed (and always out of reach of children). You’ll also want to keep carrier oils (like coconut, olive, vitamin e, sweet almond oil, etc.) on hand for dilution. Always use and store EOs in glass containers, especially when drinking them in water, since most plastic products contain chemicals that can be broken down by the oil. Ingesting oils properly does not harm your body because we are made of organic cells, not toxic material.
  2. Most EOs are generally safe for use during pregnancy, but need to be used with common sense. As with any health program, you may want to consult with a health care professional beforehand. A great resource is the book Gentle Babies. I love this book!
  3.  Citrus oils are photosensitive and when applied to skin, they may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to UV rays or direct sunlight within 1-2 days after application.
  4.  Keep EOs away from eyes and never put them directly into the ears. Should irritation or accidental contact with eyes occur, never use water to clear the EO (they are not water-soluble). Instead use a V6 vegetable oil complex or other carrier oil (such as coconut oil or sweet almond oil) to cleanse the area and reduce discomfort.
  5. Epileptics and people with high blood pressure should use extra caution when using EOs with high ketones like basil, rosemary, sage, or tansy.
  6.  For people with allergies or sensitive skin, it’s best to test a small area (like the inside of the upper arm) then wait 30 minutes before applying to other areas. In general, the bottoms of the feet are safe for topical application.
  7. Direct inhalation (not the same as diffusing) can be a deep and intensive application method, particularly for respiratory congestion and illness. This method should not be used more than 10-15 times throughout the day without first consulting a health care professional.
  8. When adding EOs to bath water, start with 5 drops first mixed with Epsom salt to help disperse the oil. Never use more than 15 drops in one bath. If a dispersing agent is not used, serious discomfort can be caused because the oil tends to float undiluted on top of the water.
  9. Young Living states right on the bottles if an oil is able to be consumed as a food additive or not. They have a separate line called the Vitality line which is all safe for consumption. The Vitality line oils all have a white label and it is also OK to ingest an oil that is part of the vitality line but does not have a white label. (For example, Lemon oil with a yellow label is the same oil as lemon oil with a white label). DO NOT use any Essential Oil internally that is not specifically indicated for that purpose.

 

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE YOUNG LIVING?

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We care about what we’re putting IN our bodies so shouldn’t we care just as much about what we’re putting ON our bodies? Young Living owns their own farms to grow their own plants all over the world. Most of the other oil companies buy from farmers. Young Living distills 100% of their own oils. That means YL can stand by their quality from beginning to end. They call it the “seed to seal” guarantee, which means a lot if I am going to be putting them on my body and my kids’ bodies. They can say with a 100% guarantee that they know what is in those precious little bottles and that they are 100% pure. From the time the seed is sourced until the oil is sealed in the bottle, they apply the most rigorous quality controls possible to ensure that you are receiving essential oils exactly the way nature intended. YL has been around for over 20 years and they are clearly the leader in the industry. So they have had the opportunity to learn from mistakes or change what isn’t working.

YL is more expensive compared to other brands and oils you can purchase at Whole Foods or on Amazon. Aromatherapy has become quite a fad, and an ever-growing number of marketers, seeing its money-making potential, have jumped on the essential oil bandwagon, looking for an easy way to make a lot of money. They’re finding innovative ways to sell anything they can call aromatherapy. Mostly, what you find are cheap imitations: some sort of oil base to which they’ve added synthetic chemicals to create a fragrance.

If you buy cheaper oil, chances are you’re not even getting what you pay for. You must remember that aromatherapy is about more than just the smell. The $5.00 to $10.00 bottle of Frankincense you get at the health food stores might smell fine to you, but there’s no way it will provide you with the therapeutic benefits of YL’s Frankincense oil. And I guarantee you there will be an expiration date on that bottle but not on any of Young Living’s bottles. Pure oil does not expire.

While some of these so-called aromatherapy products present a pleasing fragrance, can cover unpleasant odors, and may have some limited value in relaxation, they have no real value for true aromatherapy. In some cases, these products can create serious health problems, from allergic reactions to irritations to chemical burns and they should definitely not be ingested.

There are at least 200 different companies marketing essential oils in North America. However, there are many grades of essential oils, and most essential oils available in the United States are of the lowest grade and quality. Only when using Young Living 100% pure-therapeutic-grade oil will you see significant benefits.

 

How to place your Young Living order after you have already become a member!

There are a two different ways that you can place your young living order after your initial sign up. You can either place an Essential Rewards Order (ER) or you can place a Quick Order (QO). Both are designed to benefit you differently, according to your needs. The most important thing is getting you your order, the way you want it and I’m going to help you get the best benefits along with it!

Ordering on Essential Rewards for the first time? Most wholesale members enroll in a program called Essential Rewards (ER). This makes a ton of sense for you if you are ditching all the toxic products in your life and switching to a more healthful lifestyle, if you are going to place an order at least once a month or if you just like to get free stuff!

Ordering on ER truly is the best bang for your buck. You get a percentage of what you spend back in points to redeem for more products. I earn 25% back on everything that I buy which means that I can use the young living products I know and trust in place of most of the household products that I would normally be buying anyways! Transfer buying, as they call it!

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How to place an order on Essential Rewards:

  1. Sign into your virtual office account using the login info that you choose when you became a member.
  2. On the left hand side, click Essential Rewards and then click join now.
  3. Add the products that you want to order and click save monthly order.
  4. Check your total personal volume (PV), NOT your total dollars spent and make sure it is what you need it to be in order to qualify for the promos you want (if you want any this month!)
  5. Select your payment/shipping method and DONE!

It really is that simple! Your customized order will ship on the same day each month and you can choose/change it at your will.

When you are enrolled in the Essential Rewards program you get a monthly box of whatever products you choose. There is a minimum order of 50 PV per month required to stay active in the program. PV value is different than dollar value. Each product has a PV value but generally speaking, the PV value and the dollar value are about the same on most products.

As an Essential Rewards Member, you:

  • Get reduced shipping rates
  • Qualify for free monthly promos
  • Get discounts on products that are exclusive to Essential Rewards members.
  • Earn reward points which you can cash in for free products (this alone is like gold to me)!
  • Can cancel it anytime, for any reason
  • Have no membership fees
  • Get additional loyalty gifts, based on how long you are enrolled.

If you are ordering as a wholesale member then there is literally no reason not to jump on this program. Even if you don’t plan on ordering monthly, you have nothing to lose some pretty cool things to gain! (you do have to call and cancel if you decide you want to- but that’s easy)

PV Assistant:

Once you are enrolled in the Essential Rewards program, I highly recommend that you turn on the PV Assistant. It’s a tool that allows to you to set the minimum PV that you want to hit each month. It helps you by adding products of your choice to your order, should you go under your preset minimum PV. This is helpful in the case that something in your ER order goes out of stock before your order is shipped. This has happened to me before and it is very sad. It will lower your PV which could affect any promotions you were planning on getting that month and if you go below 50 PV then it will take you off essential rewards all together, causing any reward points that you have accrued in the past to disappear.

PV Assistant is located in your Virtual Office on the left hand side under Essential Rewards. Just set your PV assist to send you whatever items you tell it to as replacement items. It will not change, add or replace anything you have in your current ER order unless something goes out of stock!

I personally like to fill mine up with everyday must have oils that have a variety of price points. I also like to add common oils that I can give away as gifts but let’s face it, I’ve never received anything that I didn’t want to keep for my self 😉

Changing your ER order each month:

  1. Login to your virtual office account using the login info that you choose when you became a member.
  2. Go to Essential Rewards, my monthly order, change order
  3. Choose the products that you want, save monthly order
  4. Check your PV total, NOT your total money spent and make sure it is what you want it to be in order to qualify for the promo’s that you want.
  5. Select your payment/ shipping info and done!

Reasons to order on Quick Order:

  • If you are not enrolled in Essential Rewards.
  • You are redeeming your Essential Reward points.
  • You want to place an additional order in the same month that your ER order has already been placed. (people might do this if they forgot to order something, if there is a sale or if they want to qualify for the monthly promotional items twice!)

To place a Quick Order:

  1. Login to your virtual office account using the login info that you choose when you became a member.
  2. Choose the products that you want
  3. Check your PV total, NOT your total money spent and make sure it is what you want it to be in order to qualify for the promo’s that you want.
  4. Enter payment/shipping info and done!

You can still qualify for promotional items based on the total PV that you order in your quick order so watch for the monthly promotions!

I hope this was helpful, please let me know if you have any other questions!

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