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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Quickie DIY Organic hand sanitizer


Most people aren't thinking back to school yet, but here in Arizona some are starting next WEEK! So I'd like to share something helpful for back to school. This is how easy it is to make your own chemical free hand sanitizer. #SRSLY No more excuses!!





Send your kids back to school with a safe option that YOU made for less money. O love that we can take corporate greed out of corporate hands AND do GOOD for the environment. You don't need all those endocrine disruptors! If you need a tutorial video, check this out:




The links below go to Amazon in case you'd like to purchase products I use or recommend. I DO recommend adding the optional moisturizing oil in here, such as the fractionated coconut oil pictured below or vitamin E oil, but the possibilities for essential oils---are pretty endless. I'm loving the combination in the picture. 





12 - 2 oz squeeze bottles (7$ @ time of post) 







32 oz organic whole leaf aloe gel ($8 @ time of post) 







optional tsp organic FCO






And of course, should you need Young Living Essential Oils (and you do!) start here.



Don't forget to make your DIY pretty. :-) That's just duct tape and ribbon! 








This video wasn't made by our organization, but our causes and our messages are the same - Take a look - it's very powerful.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Alternative deodorant choices: post 1


Yep! Yes, that IS toothpaste. Lol. Mmhm! Y'know how necessity is of the mother of invention? Well, on a vacation recently one of my kids forgot their deodorant. It was my 12 year old son.



I've used this before and had my 'wow' moment already. I've been meaning to blog about it, but it was such a big deal to have YL come to the rescue for my son I have to tell you now! Just like anybody else, people need to see over and over--these things WORK! And sometimes WE need to see things through somebody else's eyes to realize how wonderful they are...

So if you haven't heard of this before, you will need a few minutes to let this sink in. YES, it's TOOTHPASTE. YES, it works as a DEODORANT! (I know! Weird! Cool! And refreshing in the pits, too!)
I use a pea-size dab of Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste - the one with the blue logo - and most times I add an oil, like Purification :-) and split that between my two pits and it works really well. My son is SOoOoO impressed!


It dries really nice too--kind of clayish? And that helps a little with the anti-perspiration part as well.

Take a look at what nutrition.com says about ingredients that are commonly found in commercially made deodorants: Since our skin is our largest organ, we need to take measures to ensure that what we put on it is as natural as possible. Here are five harmful chemicals found in deodorant that can play a part in the diminishment of our health.

1. Aluminum Compounds: Aluminum compounds are added to deodorant to block the pores from sweating. Aluminum, like other heavy metals, may interfere with the ability of estrogen receptors to correctly process the hormone and are linked to breast cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. (Yay! Who wants man-boobs?!?)

2. Parabens: Parabens are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. This chemical disrupts hormonal balances and can lead to early puberty in children and hormone-related cancers in women and organ toxicity. The belief that parabens build up in breast tissue was supported by a 2004 study, which found parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors. (Uh, I'm good...)

3. Propylene glycol: When this chemical is paired with other chemical additives, it can be extremely dangerous. This ingredient causes damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart. Even in small concentrations (2 percent or less), propylene glycol provokes skin irritation in those with sensitive skin. Moreover, some manufacturers have made deodorants with 50 percent propylene glycol content. Believe it or not, you’re likely to find this in many “natural” deodorants. (But the FDA says it's safe!)

4. Triclosan: Triclosan is classified as a pesticide according to the FDA. Although the FDA uses are not regulated under pesticide law, EPA considered these exposures in the aggregate risk  assessment. In deodorants, triclosan is used as an antibacterial agent and preservative, and reacts with tap water to create chloroform gas, a potential carcinogen. This chemical can also possess endocrine disrupting properties that has shown up in human breast milk and blood. (Eh, no thanks...)

5. Steareths: Usually listed with a number (like steareth-15), these additives come from a cheap process that makes harsh ingredients more mild. The process (known as ethoxylation) produces carcinogenic 1,4-dioxanes during manufacturing. (But, I don't LIKE carcinogens...)


There are a bazillion reasons why we KNOW we should not be using this stuff! Especially so close to our breasts!

So, YES, I was very excited about this idea, and it worked great, but for me the excitement only lasted for a few days. Some people in my group were able to completely swap out our YL toothpaste for their deodorant. For me, by about the 3rd or 4th day it didn't work as good anymore. I'd get sweaty, frustrated, and give up and go back to poison deodorant. :-/ Then I'd feel guilty, and at some point be inspired to give it another try and I end up using this concoction about 30% of the time. (That's probably why I didn't blog about it. Hah! Caught myself! On my own psychological couch!!)

But, the Young Living lifestyle not about guilt. Believe me when I say--negative emotions have REAL affects on our health, so celebrate if you end up using LESS poison commercial deodorant! 
Plus, we're big fans of making small changes wherever possible and not pushing to go '100% natural' in one fell swoop. That's stressful, if not impossible. Therefore, sometimes I am skipping poison deodorant and using this instead and I am CELEBRATING that!! :-)

And there's more to the story... 

I didn't give up, I made more progress and I have more tips to share in the next few posts. You be ready to clean off 'matter splatter' when your minds blow after hearing what else I use as a natural alternative deodorant!





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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Quickie lemon infused vodka :-)

 I stumbled upon this deliciousness at Mom4real.com and would love to share this idea with you! I had been looking for infused vodka ideas and this one is so QUICK, we just have to try it! Our favorite flavor combinations are going to be so fun to figure out. (Ehrmegerd, Jade Lemon?!?) Here's her article:

Summer is coming soon, right? Time for cocktails on the patio and fun with friends! My husband is a fan of citrus flavored vodkas, so I wanted to try and make my own as a surprise for him. I read a ton about making your own lemon infused vodka, and most of them take weeks to get the right flavor. I am not so patient, so I had a thought. What if I used my lemon essential oil to make some on the fly? I gave it a try on a small scale so I wouldn’t waste too much of anything, and WOW! It turned out amazing!!!


For my lemon infused vodka, I used Kirkland brand vodka from Costco (guys, it’s so good and so affordable), a few fresh lemons (more for looks than flavor), and lemon essential oils. I filled the jar up 3/4 of the way with vodka. Next, I added 25 drops of my lemon essential oils.




Finally, I sliced 3 lemons into wedges and added them to the jar. I gave it a good shake to mix all of the flavors together, and added a cute little label.


Cute, right? Matt loved it, and said I should make more to give to some of our friends as gifts! I’m so pleased with the way it turned out! Because there are no chemicals or preservatives, I am keeping ours in the refrigerator.

If you’d like to make your own and use the label that I made, you can click on the link below and print out your own! I printed mine on sticker paper, but you can totally print it on regular paper, cut it out and attach it to your jar using double sided tape!


How adorable is the printable label! How fun! I LOVE cocktails with benefits! Pfffft...this is therapeutic grade! A big thanks to Mom4real!

If you can't see the bright side, polish up the dull side - with some Young Living Lemon Essential Oil. :-)


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Quit Sticks & other Stop-Smoking Tips



Wow! I love this idea! We posted a while back about toothpicks with benefits, (and a totally cute toothpick holder! Hee hee!) but this is a great idea for a possibly HUGE benefit.

I am a former 20+ yr. smoker (except for the occasional "Whoops, I cut off my bangs" LOL, or a twice a year girl's night out) and I first went from cigarettes to the E-cig. I knew I wanted to get off of that when I realized my red nicotine e-liquid was made in China. (Eeek) So, I made a decision. That's how changes start ;-)

In a blog I posted in November of 2015 about changing up my protein shakes while on a cleanse, I just briefly mentioned at the end, that it was a great tool to help me break bad habits, including the e-cig. I think now, it's more significant than that. Now I know what everyday life feels like without that motion of putting some form of nicotine up to my mouth in it. It doesn't have to be THAT cleanse, but I would say that if you're trying to break a bad habit like smoking, a cleanse is a very, very helpful tool...



In the past I had used Chantix, and it worked. Twice. :-) It was friggin awful, though. The hallucinations were the worst. Just when I talked myself into not giving in to believing the 'thing' I could see coming out of my wall--out of the corner of my eye, was real... I was literally saying to myself out loud, "Don't look. Nothing's there. It's just another hallucination. Don't even look! You're OK. You are FINE." And that was when there was REALLY was something there--a scorpion--trying to get out from behind the thermostat on the wall! I can still see his crispy
little legs reaching for me... Lol. It broke the habit for a while, but there was a lot of 'chemical cost' obviously, and Chantix wasn't doing anything to fix a major part of quitting for me, which is replacing 'the habit' with several healthy (and opposing) habits. 

By opposing habits, I mean things that don't go with smoking, like exercising, for example. I probably did go through a period of time when I, yes--yes, I did... when I'd go for a run and come home and have a cigarette! But that always felt so wrong. When I did finally quit, I had that good habit of exercising already firmly in place and that's the habit I would not give up. Success in lifestyle changes is all about patiently and diligently making better choices a little at a time and that's where Young Living had helped me prepare me well, without me even knowing it.

The idea to quit was there and I was working on it, but it didn't come to fruition until I made the decision to do it and set up my environment for success. Because I was consistently living a lifestyle that supported good health
it just took that cleanse to break the nicotine addiction and then I broke free! 

The gradual process of taking on the 'Young Living Lifestyle' is a huge part of a stable foundation for healthier living. I have learned more about my body and it's systems, more about what is IN the products and foods we consume every day and more about emotional health than I EVER could have learned without it. There are so many ways Young Living helped me achieve this goal, with support and education being number one. Taking Young Living Oils internally helps me with 'the urge' and I don't even think about smoking very often at all anymore. Smoking tastes yuckier to me with those nice clean oil flavors in my mouth. Even diffusing can help me curb the craving. Mmm, and I want me some Stress Away and Peppermint, right now!

Before Young Living there was just a lot of useless guilt... I know from experience that our kids do what they SEE us do, rather than what we tell them to do, and mine are too darn important to me!

Plus, smoking causes wrinkles. LOL! So if guilt won't sway you, maybe vanity will! Here are some other ways people use Young Living Essential oils to help them kick the habit in the butt! Pun is totally intended. :-) PS - black pepper tastes a little bit like a cigarette, and with a touch of peppermint tastes like a menthol....maybe try that on a quit stick.




(If anyone knows who created that graphic, message us so we may give them proper credit!)

Here's what I posted on my personal page in November 2015 that helped push me from E-cig to (almost) no cigs. "I just learned about a free app called 'Quitter' to help remind people @ the great benefits of quitting smoking. Isn't that great? A P.S. to this is - don't EVER feel bad about spending money on taking care of yourself!"

That's how I still feel. I'm glad I invest in my health now, instead. YES I WAS one of those people who complained about the price of organic foods while buying cigarettes!!

The 'Quitter' app is free and it tracks how much money you saved by quitting smoking, so it's a great motivational tool and it might even give you an idea of what you can afford to do if you quit! It can not, however, show you the damage you are saving your body from, and our health = quality TIME which I'm sure you'd agree is absolutely priceless.

Now, my whole family is interested in better health in so many aspects. Our lives have really changed for the better since I found this community of people helping people in Young Living Essential Oils. If you're new to essential oils, I encourage you to click the link below to learn why Young Living is the only brand you should trust. (Do NOT ingest essential oil from another company!!)




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Friday, July 8, 2016

Some more summer diffusing ideas...




At Young Living Convention 2015 Gary Young let us know that Harmony is THE most important oil for us to use right now, and a year later I can see why. Gary says some really powerful things that make me think and one of them is that 99% of life’s decisions are made from feelings. Think about that...we must be feeling some serious stuff right now as a whole. Let's bring about harmony, and we start that right in our own homes, first with ourselves.

According to the Raindrop Messenger Archives (hint--look...that...stuff...up!) the Harmony blend balances the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems which, in turn, gives us progressive creativity and feelings of confidence. “The biggest sin is not having confidence in yourself,” says Gary, “He who lacks confidence lacks life.” 




Northern Lights Black Spruce oil is pretty special to me. It's grown and distilled at Young Living's Northern Lights tree farm in British Columbia, Canada. I heard Gary Young describe what makes this oil so unique at Convention 2015 and it was a very moving experience.

Let's take a quick look at an explanation of what aurora borealis is from the site "Sciencekids"

Aurora is caused by the collision of energetically charged particles with atoms in the high altitude thermosphere within our atmosphere. Auroras are associated with the solar winds that flow past Earth. These winds flow out from the Sun and contain plasma particles (ionized gas) which gets pulled into the Earth's magnetic pole fields. As they accelerate towards the Earth, collisions occur between these ion particles and nitrogen and oxygen atoms in our atmosphere, releasing energy in the form of amazing aurora lights. (This is similar to how a neon light works)

The aurora often appear as "curtains" of folding light constantly changing shape. Old folktales have suggested that the aurora can create brief and faint noises such as claps, static, or crackles heard on rare occasions by those on the ground. Recent scientific research has shown that this could in fact be true with clapping sounds recorded during an aurora display.

So obviously, there is some serious energy happening there, right?

The trees are bathed in and grow under that energy. Gary explained at Convention, the trees contain that energy, and the essential oil we get from them IS that very energy, the life of the plant and each Young Living Essential Oil has a measurable electrical frequency. I also learned that Lakotas - Native Americans, used Black Spruce oil for everything from physical needs to spiritual renewal and clarity. And besides that--it smells FANTASTIC!

So, yes, diffuse, diffuse, diffuse! And be sure to spread some kindness out into the world. 
And then, have a cocktail. LOL!


And diffuse some more. Enjoy these!




















If this works in a spray bottle, it will work in the diffuser! 

 





















Start your day with a bright zip: :-) 








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Ear candles - For entertainment purposes only :-)


This post came up as a memory on Facebook and made me think maybe I should be blogging instead of gigantic-posting. This blog post is for entertainment purposes only. ;-)


July 2015-This weekend my son Sebastian couldn't get water out of his ear after swimming, so I ran up to our new health food store, Sprout's, ❤ and bought some ear candles. I'd done that in the past with success and if you have ear trouble and have never done this, you might want to look into it. You, of course, must check with your doctor first!
If it's something you decide to try, prepare to be equally grossed out and amazed at the same time.

I used a candle according to the instructions and I'd say we got a burnt umber crayon out of there! Then we put Young Living's Purification oil (Mmm!) on a cotton ball and gently tucked that in the ear. He laid down and out the water came! ☺
It worked and that's great, but I'm posting because of the shock I got when I read the instructions inside the ear candle box. I thought we had it bad at Young Living. LOL! Look what the FDA did to this label..."FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY".


What??? How stupid is that?! Who does this for entertainment? That's a pretty sad evening if you ask me. LOL! How's that go? "Hey Jim, you wanna go to the movies tonight?"

"Nah, we're going to put some wax-covered cheesecloth in Bubba's ears and light 'em on fahhhhr!" 

Seriously! Ancient people have used this wonderfully simple idea (it's physics, people) for centuries. Successfully. 

Geez, FDA...do something worthwhile. If you're not going to take the endocrine disrupting chemicals out of hand sanitizer and hand soap, how about you fix that 4 hour erection?



On a serious note, Purification Essential oil can help support our ears. The oil doesn't go IN the ear, but it can go on a cotton ball. Also, rubbing diluted oil around the ear can help ears that hurt- both big and little.

I also must share that the comments on my page in regard to this post had a couple horror stories of people catching things on fire in an attempt to ear-candle, including their hair! There were also successes using simple rubbing alcohol. Again - for entertainment purposes only!

Purification has a plethora of EXTREMELY valuable uses and can replace many common household toxins as well as personal care products. There are a few links below. Purification is one of 11 essential oils included in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, and is a blend masterfully created by Gary Young.

 
     Natural Fabric Softener -  natural bug repellent  - alternative deodorant #1

   



               wrinkle release -  multi purpose power powder - poo-pouri


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Monday, July 4, 2016

Hurting Head? :-/


Asking the question on our Facebook page, "Does your head hurt?" elicited a big response. Suggestions kept coming and we've put these ideas into a blog post! So--have you ever tried a few drops of Cedarwood applied to the back of your neck?!? It helped me!




Because of the oxygenating effects Cedarwood has, it's understandable why it helped me. Also known for oxygenation and often used to help a hurting head is Peppermint. (I heart you Peppermint!!)




Here are a couple other tips:



~Have you ever tried a drop or two of Thieves on your thumb pressed to the roof of your mouth? ;-)


~Ooh, and maybe layer some Copaiba on that?!?
If you didn't know, Copaiba is a fabulous "enhancer" of other essential oils and it has very little taste to it. It's main chemical constituents are alpha humulene and beta caryophyllene. If you have not checked out what those constituents do, you will probably flip your lid after researching that. DO IT!!!! This is something you can take without any prescription or card, and it is THE ONLY FDA approved dietary supplement of this nature. ;-)
~Imbalanced hormones can also cause heads to hurt. Especially if that kinda creeps up in the afternoon.


Progessence™ Plus serum is a pure, harmonizing serum that is designed specifically for women. Along with wild yam and vitamin E, Progessence Plus is formulated with Frankincense, Bergamot, and Peppermint essential oils for optimal results in supporting hormone balance.

~Don't forget to hydrate! I've heard that our brains are 80% water, and when we become dehydrated brain tissue can shrink and actually pull away from the skull. (Doh!!) This triggers pain receptors around the brain.


Dehydration also causes your blood volume to drop which in turn lowers the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. In response the blood vessels in the brain dilate leading to swelling and inflammation, worsening the headache. Yadda, yadda, yadda...sip on it all day!

~Depending on WHY your head hurts, the video in the following blog may offer you help. If not today, it will another day. If you haven't seen this one, it is a MUST!! Lymphatic drain massage: (click it ---->) Does your head hurt from time to time? Learn a new way to 'make some room' in there!  With essential oils or not - everyone should have this information!




Other ideas mentioned in the post comments were RC applied to the forehead and down the bridge of the nose (AKA 'Megan's exorcism'-LOL!) and lots of mentions of Deep Relief, Panaway as well as M-grain. Stephanie said this, "For the bad ones, I put a drop of Panaway on my temples, on my forehead from my hairline to the bridge of my nose, and the back of my neck. I then layer with a drop of Valor in the same places and a drop of Copaiba. I also put Peppermint on the soles of my feet and a drop of Thieves on the roof of my mouth. Works like a charm for me." Isn't that awesome? :-) And Young Living's blends were created by the absolute master of essential oil blending, Gary Young, who has dedicated his LIFE to learning and sharing God's gifts in plants with US! ;-)


~And finally...if you did not know, this is DOCUMENTED research...some of us may just need a lil...Marvin Gaye! Mmmhm. #SRSLY!! "I have a headache" is no longer a valid excuse! Check out this news article! 
(and just try to get that song out of your head...LOL) Weer, weer, weer....

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