Unfortunately we live in a world full of toxins and it is crucial for us to educate ourselves about what a toxin is and how it enters our body so that we can make well informed decisions about what we can do to change our environment and our habits, in order to reduce the toxic load on ourselves and our families. The skin is the largest organ and the conduit for toxins to move in and out of the body. Because most of what we put on our skin ends up in our bloodstream, it’s important to know about the potentially harmful toxins in consumer products and their effects on our health. The average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals. Manufacturers argue that in small amounts these toxic ingredients aren’t likely to be a problem, but when we’re exposed to them routinely, and in combinations that haven’t been studied, it’s impossible to accurately gauge the risks.
The most common chemical ingredients found in deodorant and antiperspirants are parabens, triclosan, phthalates (softens plastics and help scents and chemicals bind together), propylene glycol and aluminum. Research has linked these ingredients to several medical conditions including certain types of cancer and reproductive development issues. As a pesticide, triclosan is used to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. Many consumer brands add the substance to deodorants to kill bacteria. Combined with water, triclosan can create the carcinogenic gas chloroform. Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s and breast cancer. Phthalates are plasticizers also found in children’s toys, fragrances and lotions. Exposure to phthalates has been associated with lower IQ levels. Phthalates can be found in shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, hair sprays, perfumes, colognes, soap, nail polish, shower curtains, medical tubing, IV bags, vinyl flooring and wall coverings, food packaging and coatings on time-release pharmaceuticals. These chemicals have been linked to asthma, ADHD, breast cancer, obesity, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development, male fertility issues and many more problems. Parabens are also used in many personal care products. This preservative has been shown to mimic estrogen in the body’s cells, interfering with the way your body produces hormones .
Organophosphate pesticides (PDF) are a class of neurotoxic chemicals used as warfare agents in the 1930s. Let’s just take a pause and process that information for a minute… Today these pesticides make their way onto crops that we use as food sources. Areas that spray pesticides heavily, such as farms, may find higher rates of exposure. The EPA (Enviromental Protection Agency) banned most residential uses of organophosphates in 2001, but their agricultural use, as pesticides on fruits and vegetables, is still permitted, as is their use in mosquito abatement in public spaces such as parks.
Then there are the chemical pollutants outside of our home that we can’t control – Air pollution from burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil or gas is usually associated with respiratory issues. However, these pollutants can also include nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde and benzene. The World Health Organisation considers exposure to benzene a major public health concern. A car emits carbon monoxide when the carbon in fuel doesn’t burn completely. A car’s exhaust emits hydrocarbons, a toxic compound of hydrogen and carbon. When fuel burns, nitrogen and oxygen react with each other and form nitrogen oxides (NOx). Particulate matter, which are small particles of foreign substances in the air, contribute to atmospheric haze and can damage people’s lungs. Oh and I haven’t even mentioned the toxic chemicals in household cleaning products! Sheesh, right now, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with all of this toxic information, aren’t you?
So what the heck are we gonna do??!!
Thank goodness there is hope in this toxic crazy world we live in, and that we have the power to take control of our environment and reduce our exposure.
Essential oils 101: Beginner’s guide
From a Lavender-infused bedtime routine to a cleaner-smelling Lemon-y kitchen, Young Living have the tips and tricks you need to start using essential oils. Read on for ways to go from beginner oil user to supreme oil enthusiast!
Essential oils are highly aromatic oils derived from plants. They can be pulled from any botanical matter and are typically extracted from flower petals, citrus peels, grasses, tree barks, and resins. The oils are extracted through a variety of methods, including cold pressing and steam distillation.
How should I use essential oils?
Essential oils are best known for their aromas, which can help create an environment to suit your specific needs. In addition to adding them to cleaning products and beauty staples, you can infuse the air directly with your favorite fragrance by using one of Young Living’s many diffusers. These handy aroma atomizers can be placed anywhere you crave a fresh scent.
Many essential oils have skin-enhancing benefits and can be applied directly to the skin or added to your existing beauty products. You can also combine them with a carrier oil or your daily moisturizer for easy application.
Did you know that many essential oils can be taken internally? YL’s Culinary line is specifically labeled for internal use, making it easy to add a splash of flavor to food and drinks or to take oils in capsules as a dietary supplement.
Essential oils to start your collection
New to oils and don’t know where to start? Here are some of Young Living’s favorite oils and their top uses!
1. Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil was the first oil produced at Young Living and is a favourite for its calming, floral aroma.
- Diffuse the soothing scent at bedtime to enhance your nighttime relaxation routine.
- Add a few drops to lotion or moisturizer for a classic aroma and a more youthful complexion.
- Create a luxurious bath experience.
2. Peppermint essential oil
A cooling, minty scent with a familiar sharpness, Peppermint essential oil offers an energizing aroma that combines well with citrusy, spicy, and woodsy oils.
- Add 5-10 drops to DIY cleaner for a fresh and uplifting scent.
- Diffuse with Orange, Citrus Fresh™ , or Lemongrass for an invigorating experience.
- Dilute with a carrier oil and apply to muscles for a cooling sensation after a tiring or physically engaging day. Add 5-10 drops to DIY cleaner for a fresh and uplifting scent.
3. Lemon essential oil
Lemon essential oil frequently makes an appearance in cleaning products, and with good reason! Its bright, comforting scent makes everything feel fresher.
- Add a few drops to a cotton ball and put in the car, the bottom of a trash can, and inside stinky shoes for an uplifting scent.
- Use it to remove pesky labels and adhesives.
- Diffuse to create an uplifting atmosphere and a more focused environment.
4. Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense essential oil has been popular since ancient times, but it’s making a comeback due to its earthy, grounding aroma and skin benefits.
- Add Frankincense to your moisturizer to highlight your natural beauty and promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin and even skin tones.
- Invite elevated spiritual experiences every day by diffusing this oil while studying, during yoga, or while quietly reflecting.
- Diffuse to promote feelings of relaxation and tranquility.
The three pillars of Seed to Seal.
The non-negotiable benchmarks for delivering a product that you can feel great about are multifaceted and exacting. Young Living Essential Oils are proud to offer an extensive line of essential oils and essential oil-infused, plant-based products that represent the best of nature—through the standards of their Seed to Seal program. Young Living embraces a rigorous quality control standard to help ensure their products meet strict specifications. Seed to Seal is their set of standards that helps ensure that with every pure essential oil and Young Living product your family uses, you’re enjoying the benefits of their global resources, industry leadership, and over two decades of innovation. The result? A pristine final product that you know has been created with conscientious Sourcing, Science, and Standards—the three pillars of Seed to Seal.
As the leader of the essential oils movement, Young Living is paving the way for every other essential oil company to improve processes that protect our planet and ensure the highest quality standards. The non-negotiable benchmarks for delivering a product that you can feel great about are multifaceted and exacting.
Products are sourced from carefully vetted corporate-owned farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified suppliers and tested extensively. If their exhaustive tests show that a product doesn’t meet their standards, they don’t buy it, or they reject the batch. The Young Living Essential Oils Sourcing Standard helps ensure a high level of quality and authenticity of essential oils while encouraging responsible practices of production and processing at all stages in the supply chain.
Science is the cornerstone of what Young Living do. Their trained scientific staff employs cutting-edge methods to develop new products, as well as to help ensure the quality of all of their products. Both the D. Gary Young Research Institute and Quality teams, led by Chief Science Officer Dr. Michael Buch, work in state-of-the-art labs with some of the most advanced scientific equipment available.
Replacing toxic cleaning products and personal care products with healthy, life giving Essential Oils
From lavender and lemon to orange and peppermint, there’s a plethora of essential oils from which to choose, allowing you to fill your home with pleasant scents as you sanitize it. Their uses also extend far and wide. Lemon essential oil, for example, can be mixed with olive oil to polish your wood, and Thieves oil has cleaning power and an irresistibly spicy scent. Young Living offers it as an essential oil blend and as an important ingredient in a full range of home cleaning and personal care products, from dish soap to toothpaste.
How to Use Essential Oils
You can access the power of essential oils many ways, but the most common practices include aromatic diffusion, topical application, and dietary consumption. These methods bring the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals to your home, family, and life.
Purify Your Home
Enjoy peace of mind when you polish countertops, wash sticky hands, and take care of laundry with the effective cleansing power of essential oils and Young Living’s Thieves® line of products.
Refine Your Beauty Routine
Eliminate harsh ingredients from your personal care products and let your beauty shine through. You’ll fall in love with the wide range of essential oils that help keep skin looking clear, boost moisture, and give you that youthful glow! Essential oils can even help make your locks look luscious! Using naturally derived ingredients, our advanced skin and hair care solutions make it easy to enjoy the beautiful benefits of essential oils every day.
How to get these life changing oils for you and your family
With a Young Living membership, you’re on a path to a different type of lifestyle—one with the potential to earn free products, the freedom to transform your financial future, and the opportunity to bring life-changing solutions to homes around the world.
Young Living have grouped members into two categories: Retail Customers and Wholesale Members (business builders). YL Retail Customers want to enjoy the products without participating in the business opportunity. Young Living Wholesale Members receive all the benefits of Young Living’s generous compensation plan by sharing the YL lifestyle and enrolling others in Young Living.
By purchasing a Premium Starter Kit (PSK) and enrolling as a Wholesale Member, you have 11 of YL’s most popular essential oils to help you get started; your personal journey with Young Living will help you organically find your path as a Wholesale Member. Plus, only one qualifying order per year after enrolling with a PSK gives you lifetime access to wholesale pricing and other benefits!
But being a Young Living member goes beyond simply being a Retail Customer or Wholesale Member. You’ll also enjoy extensive networking opportunities, exclusive hands-on experiences, and a strong sense of community. Check out the benefits membership offers by clicking on the link below! If you decide to choose your purchases at retail prices, simply choose “no thanks” once you enter the link below!
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