Natural Living

In today’s world, some of the most dangerous things that affect our health are what we willingly expose ourselves to on the daily. Some of these things might not be what you expect! In fact, you might be completely oblivious to the fact that the products we use on ourselves, in our home, on our children, and in our everyday lives, could be what are contributing to why we’re sick, why we have health problems, why we struggle emotionally, etc.

Let me begin by saying there is NO JUDGEMENT HERE! The products I’m about to describe to you I used all the time, on myself and my kids. Once I educated myself on the toxicity of what I was using in our home, and once I ditched & switched over to plant based products, I felt it necessary to educate anyone I can on these invisible toxins in their homes too! Thank you to Cusp Essentials and Rose Gold Wellness for this information!

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Commercial Product Ingredients

The main ingredient in candles and home sprays is formaldehyde, which is the #1 cancer causing chemical. It is said that inhaling scents from candles or sprays is equal to inhaling second hand smoke, which is more dangerous than smoking a cigarette itself.

Household cleaning products contain 2-butoxyethanol, which is a toxin known to cause sore throat, narcosis & severe liver and kidney damage.

Laundry detergents & dryer sheets contain alpha-terpineol, benzyl alcohol, and camphor, which are all toxic ingredients that cause central nervous system disorders, loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, headaches, nausea, and vomiting.

Soaps contain sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), a toxic chemical used to get car grease off garage floors. That’s some pretty heavy stuff! SLS can be damaging to the skin and disruptive to immune & hormonal health.

Shampoos, both for adult & kids contain phthalates, a toxic chemical that has been banned in toys, but is still found in body cleansing products. It is known to be an endocrine disruptor and hard for the body to break down when used consistently during bath time.

Many baby products contain the listed ingredient “fragrance,” which is a broad category that hides thousands of toxic chemicals behind that word itself. Companies are not required to reveal the actual chemicals that are within the “fragrance” category, therefore keeping us in the dark about the true toxicity of the products we use on our little ones.

Overall Effects

Did you know that women apply over 300 chemicals to their skin per day? This includes talc, bismuth, parabens, lead, mercury, and mineral oil. These chemicals are in commercial skin care & makeup products, which can disrupt the endocrine system, are highly carcinogenic, and have even been found in tumors.

When we use these products on ourselves & children on a daily basis, the toxins build up & accumulate in our bodies – a process called “bioaccumulation.” The more we expose ourselves to these toxins, the harder it is for our bodies to break them down. The build up causes minor & major health issues, which can be prevented if we quit using those toxins. If these issues aren’t apparent now, they will be down the road.

Being Cautious of Organic Labels

What’s even scarier is some of the most popular “organic” products can still contain some of the ingredients I just listed. You may think you’re making a better decision about going organic, but there is still a possibility that the organic product is still highly toxic for yourself or your little ones.

Don’t believe me? Visit the Environmental Working Group website at ewg.org, plug in the ingredients of your products, and see how high it is rated in toxicity. Alternatively, download the app called “Think Dirty” & look at the toxicity levels. The results will absolutely shock you.

Also, read up on this: Babyganics August 2018 settlement

So What Can I Use Instead?

Young Living has products with NONE of the chemicals I mentioned, is even better than the “organic” label, and only contains the purest plant based ingredients.

While they are an essential oil company, they are also a fully-equipped natural products company. They have products for household cleaning products, makeup, personal care, children and babies, and even pets!! This makes it easy to ditch the products you’re currently using and replace it with something Young Living has instead. It is your one-stop-shop for all the things you need, for your home, self, children, and health!

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About Young Living

For 25 years, Young Living has been the world leader in 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils & plant based products.

Their “Seed to Seal” promise places them in a category higher than others. Basically, what it means, is from the time the seed of the plant is sourced, until it is put into an essential oil bottle or a plant based product, Young Living applies rigorous quality controls to ensure that you are receiving the product exactly the way nature intended it. Simply put, the only thing inside is the plant or plant based ingredients itself – no additives, fillers, synthetic fragrances, preservatives, or dyes (which is NOT the same for store bought essential oils, making them dangerous and toxic).

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How Do I Know What Products to “Ditch and Switch”?

Since Young Living basically has everything you’d ever want or need when it comes to products for your health, home, or family, it can seem overwhelming at first. I’m going to briefly break down some of these options for you and you can decide for yourself which ones you need the most! All of these options are viewable online in your Virtual Office when you create your member account, and can be seen in the Product Guide. Let’s talk about them!

Essential Oils

Young Living has hundreds of essential oils to choose from. For those who are new to the oil world, Young Living has compiled a Premium Starter Kit with 11 of the most popular essential oils. This kit is perfect to get started on your oily journey, and exactly what you need to have in your wellness arsenal. This starter kit also contains a diffuser, which acts as your natural air freshener, home purifier, wellness supporter, and emotions calmer.

There are a ton of uses for each essential oil in this starter kit, however, to give you an idea of some of their most popular uses, here’s a brief overview for you: Diving Into Essential Oils with the Premium Starter Kit

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At Home

Young Living has an entire line of home cleaning products, which contain the powerful Thieves essential oil blend. One of the most popular products is the Thieves Household Cleaner. It is a concentrate, so all you need to use is only one capful of the cleaner mixed with water in a large spray bottle. With this, you can use it to clean your countertops, floors, toilets, mirrors, tubs, everything in your home. On top of that, it is safe to use around your babies, kids, animals, and elderly family members, without toxins and harsh chemicals that could be damaging to the body.

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Not only is the Household Cleaner extremely popular, the Thieves line also contains more chemical-free options: Foaming Hand Soap (also in Lavender), Spray (travel size), Hand Purifiers, oral care, Dish Soap, Fruit & Veggie Soak & Spray, Laundry Soap, and more!

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Switching your household cleaning products over to the Thieves line is the perfect way to ditch the toxins and switch it with something that will not only cleanse and purify your home, but support your wellness at the same time. There is also a Thieves Starter Kit to make your chemical-free journey easier as your start your new journey in using plant based products. Once you are on ER, you can also get the Thieves Kit discounted!

As I mentioned, Young Living also offers makeup, and products for personal care, children and babies, and even pets!!

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How Do I Get Started?

  1. Order Your Starter Kit
  2. Choose a Premium Starter Kit (Essential Oils, Thieves, Savvy Minerals) or the Basic Starter Kit.
  3. Optional: Add on additional items; get on Essential Rewards, so you can start getting rid of the toxic products in your home every month, and replace them with chemical free Young Living options instead! You’ll have fun customizing your monthly box, saving money, earning points, and experiencing a new healthy lifestyle.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out!

XO,

Kate

Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information represents what I, an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

Information found on this site is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. It should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or courses of treatment. Individual articles and information on other websites are based upon the opinions of the respective authors, who retain copyright as marked.


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