How do I know if a product is toxic?

More and more companies put products on the shelf that appear to be safe and read “all natural,” but are they really all that safe? I don’t know about you but I need help deciphering all that labeling jargon and I certainly don’t want to pay extra for a product that isn’t even good for me! Also, keep in mind that just because something is “natural,” doesn’t mean it’s good. Ex: It is totally natural to get a sunburn when you are in the sun too long, but sunburns are NO BUENO!

Go to your app store and download the app called “Think Dirty.” Sign in and let it take you through the tutorial on how to use the app. Healthy Living is also a great app!

The Think Dirty and Healthy Living applications are both tools that you can use to scan products and see how they rate in terms of safety. If anything rates a six or higher, I don’t touch it with a ten foot pole. If it rates between a 3-5, I check out the ingredient/s that are making it rate that high and also look them up on the The Environmental Working Group website to see why that ingredient is given a higher rating. If that ingredient is the LAST ingredient listed on the product label, I know there is only a small amount in the product. Then I make my own judgment call on whether I want to use the product or not. Products rated 1-2 are completely safe and are my top picks.

If that feels uber time-consuming, it is a great idea to find a company that has your health in mind and is committed to producing products that are safe and effective. Enter Young Living.

For example, we all use household cleaners, so let’s start there…

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization focused on environment and public health, recently came out with their Cleaners Hall of Shame list. The list includes common products you use to clean your home. These products contain ingredients containing carcinogens, asthma instigators, and poisons, which mean some sparkly cleaners, might come at a high price. Here is a snapshot of the list’s number one offender.

Check out the rest of the list here:

Click to access cleaners_hallofshame.pdf


Many of the generic cleaners contain Phthalates which interfere with hormones and are carcinogens.

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Wondering what you SHOULD use? Thieves cleaner does NOT contain those big bad Phthalates. Instead of Phthalates, Thieves Cleaner by Young Living contains two different sulfates that are derived from coconut oil and sugar. These all-natural and safe sulfates that are considered surfactants, which contain a molecule that loves water and a molecule that hates water. That means the Thieves Cleaner sticks to the surface and grabs the oil and then washes away easily with water. #ScienceIsCool

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Worried it won’t disinfect? There are several petri dish studies done comparing its effectiveness to bleach and it’s proven to clean just as well as bleach! Without the toxic chemicals! I’m literally still amazed by this on a regular basis!

It can be used on many different surfaces: counters, bathrooms, floors, toys, clothes, carpet, mirrors, windows, and more. It’s actually the only cleaner I use for my entire house!

This cleaner is also insanely cost effective. It is highly concentrated so you only need about a capful (1/2 oz) of this all-purpose cleaner in about two cups of water. With this ratio, one small bottle will yield you about 29 16 oz spray bottles of safe all-purpose cleaner. That means it’s under $1 for one spray bottle. Can’t beat that price! Time to #DitchAndSwitch all your household cleaners for the Thieves all-purpose cleaner. Living above the wellness line and saving money at the same time. Double bonus! Order Here!

The Thieves cleaner comes in a small or large bottle and you can even get a convenient spray great for shopping carts, public tables, and so much more.
Thieves Household Cleaner 14.4 fl oz or 64 oz (concentrated solution)
Thieves Spray 1 oz
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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 “Out of the Mouths of Babes” & Bedtime Favorites! Post #3

THE PREMIUM STARTER KIT OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES

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When it comes to essential oils, there is fun for everyone! The Happy Oilers group asked some Little Happy Oilers to tell us how they use their favorite oils. And it’s a really good time.

Without further ado, we present to you….. Kids Say the Darndest Things: Premium Starter Kit Style!
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PEPPERMINT:

(Vitality for internal use)

“If you played too hard, and your tummy feels funny, you could put it on.”

“In the heat, sometimes our heads feel tight from all the water and sun. So we make sure to have Peppermint with us all the time.”

“If you’re in Disneyland or something and do too many teacups, you might get nauseous. But use Peppermint for it. That’s all “

“For school, maybe if your parents let you bring some oils to school (or when you’re doing your homework), you could use Peppermint to help you focus.” –

“If you’re going somewhere fancy, you could use peppermint to freshen your breath!”

“If you’re holding in your farts at school, and you don’t want to embarrass yourself by farting, just use some Peppermint.”

“Helps keep the spiders out of our house. We should put it outside too!”

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THIEVES:

(Vitality for internal use)

“Thieves helps keep us healthy.”

“You could use it for cleaning cuz it’s really good at cleaning. On the walls, the toilet, the floors, the sink, the windows, the toys, the TV, the shelves, the doors, the dishes, the laundry…anything!”

“Thieves helps our immune system. And our immune system helps us to stay healthy. If we don’t stay healthy, then (gasp!) our teeth will break. Just kidding, but we will miss out on school. And missing out on school is bad.”

“Thieves helps our respiratory system too! Respiratory system is how we breathe. And, well, if we don’t breathe, we’ll die.”

“We put it on our feet, because it’s safe for kids there. And then it goes through our skin, into our blood, and all through our body to help us stay healthy!”

“Helps you stay healthy and also feel better. You can spray it in your mouth.”

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DIGIZE:

(Vitality for internal use)

“It supports our digestive system. That’s why it’s called DiGize. It helps us to digest our food…..which is kinda gross.”

“If you can’t poop sometimes, that’s called constipation. I think that’s very gross. But DiGize helps you poop regularly, which is also gross.”

“It also helps you have a healthy tummy, which is awesome.”

“DiGize is really good for our immune system, and that’s important so we can stay healthy.”

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FRANKINCENSE:

(Vitality for internal use)

“You can rub it on your feet to help when you’re doing something new.”

“Doctors are learning a lot about its health benefits.”

“It was given to the baby Jesus when he was born in the manger!” 

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“I rub it on my chest to help me breathe good, and it helps me feel brave!” 

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LEMON:

(Vitality for internal use)

“Lemon is my favorite oil. It’s good for my — what’s the word, mom? — nervous system! It cleans our body and is good for our noses, too. And my mom cooks with it and drinks it in her water.”

“It smells good. It tastes good in my red juice.” (Ningxia red). 

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COPAIBA:

(vitality for internal use)

“It would help if you get hurt by making your body do what it does best.”

“Copaiba helps remind your body to fight when you get sick.”

“If you don’t have Stress Away, you can use Copaiba to help get your stress AWAY!”

“It helps you look younger on the outside if you swallow Copaiba, the Vitality kind.” 

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LAVENDER:

(Vitality for internal use)

“Lavender makes where you are smell really good.”

“It helps you calm down before bedtime so you aren’t wild.”

“Put it in the diffuser and it’ll help you calm down and feel comfy.”

“Put it in hair gel, body wash, conditioner and shampoo and lotion to help you smell good.”

“Put it in the diffuser and it’ll make it not smell yucky anymore.”

“You can use it for lots of different things.”

“Lavender is really awesome on my skin after I play outside!”

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PURIFICATION:

“Purification makes the air smell good.”

“It can help you feel happy and concentrated.”

“If you have dry skin sometimes.”

“It can make stuff smell good even with the toughest stink.”

“Use it to wash your dirty face.”

“Put a few drops in shoes to make them smell not so stinky after playing soccer or sports.”

“Put some on a cotton ball and put it in your air conditioning in the car, especially if you have baby diapers in there.” 

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STRESS AWAY:

“I put Stress Away on my wrists before bed to help me sleep good and not have bad dreams. If I don’t put it on, I wake up a lot. It smells good too!”

“My mom needs Stress Away a lot because I think having kids is kinda tough sometimes. But that’s okay!” 

“Stress Away smells delicious! And it works real good!” 

“It makes you not stress!”

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PANAWAY:

“PanAway helps you feel good after exercise and football and scoring touchdowns.”

“It helps to keep you feeling strong after you play baseball.”

“It helps your legs after you run fast or ride your bike a lot.”

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HEALTHY HOME FAVORITES

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Having little ones means exposure to more yucky things! We want to help our kiddos stay healthy and feeling great so they aren’t always missing school and we aren’t missing work! Young Living offers oils and household products to help you with just that!

Because healthy kids are certainly the most fun! We’ve put together a few recipes to boost immunity and stay as healthy as possible. Let’s dive right in!

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IMMUNE BOOSTING & PURIFYING:

Recipe #1

4 drops of Thieves*

4 drops of Purification*

4 drops of Lemon*

Combine in a 10ml roller bottle, fill the rest with carrier oil and shake well. Apply to bottom of feet and down spine each morning and at bedtime.

Recipe #2

20 drops of Thieves*

10 drops of Lemon*

2 oz distilled water

1 oz witch hazel

2 tsp Vitamin E

Combine in a 4oz spray bottle and shake well before each use. Spray on anything that needs a little sanitizing!

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SEASONAL SUPPORT:

5 drops of Lemon*

5 drops of Lavender*

5 drops of Peppermint*

Combine in a 10ml roller bottle, fill rest with carrier oil and shake well. Apply to bridge of nose and behind ears.

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RESPIRATORY SUPPORT:

4 drops of Lemon*

4 drops of Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)**

Combine in a 10ml roller bottle, fill rest with carrier oil and shake well. Apply to back of neck and upper back.

OR 

8 drops of R.C. blend 

Combine in a 10ml roller bottle, fill rest with carrier oil and shake well. Apply to back of neck and upper back.

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HAPPY TUMMIES:

Mix 5 drops of DiGize* or Peppermint* in 10ml roller bottle, fill with carrier oil and shake well. Apply around belly button. You guys, this is a game changer for my family!!!

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FOR BIG KIDS AND MOMMIES (Daddies, too!):

Thieves & Lemon Tea:

In a mug, add one drop of Thieves or one drop of Lemon to a tablespoon of honey. Pour 8-10 oz. of hot water over the honey mixture. Stir together and enjoy with your favorite snack!

BEDTIME FAVORITES

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To, it’s super important for parents and kiddos to get some restful sleep! I know from personal experience what happens when you don’t…

These are our favorite ways to use oils to encourage great sleep for moms and kiddos. AKA – we know you’re desperate and we are here to give you a virtual hug and a helping hand. You’re welcome in advance!

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SLEEPY CREAM

-3-4 T virgin coconut oil

-8 drops Lavender essential oil

-8 drops Peace & Calming essential oil

-In a small glass container with a lid (like a small Ball canning jar) whip the coconut oil with a fork. Add lavender and Peace & Calming essential oils, whipping well after each addition. At bedtime, give your sweeties a gentle foot rub with their special sleepy cream.

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NIGHT NIGHT SPRAY

-3 oz distilled water

-1 oz witch hazel (can be purchased at local drug store or shopping center in the health and beauty section)

-3 drops Lavender

-3 drops Gentle Baby

Mix all of your ingredients together in a 4oz glass spray bottle. Shake well. Just before bedtime, spray one or two sprays on pillows, blankets, or crib sheets. This is a great one to let bigger kids try for themselves and teach them about the importance of having great sleep.

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MONSTER SPRAY

-3 oz water

-3 drops lavender

-10 drops valor

-mix in 4 oz glass spray bottle

-shake before each use

-spray under the bed, in closets, and on pj’s

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Secret weapon for moms: Having a rough day where your head hits the pillow still swirling with thoughts even though you’re exhausted? Add three drops each of Lavender and Stress Away to your diffuser and let it run throughout the night. Sweet relaxation!