For the last couple years I’ve been dabbling in essential oils, but went hardcore into Young Living after being introduced to Thieves (my gateway drug) last winter by my friend Keely.
When I lived in Austin, pretty much the majority of my life, I suffered every fall & spring with allergies, so much so that I would get steroid shots in my tush to knock the allergies out of my system. Austin is a great outdoor lifestyle city, but it is a huge hub for allergies. Ugh. About seven years ago I moved to the Houston area, & low and behold, my allergies disappeared! Y’all, I thought I won the lottery…until about two years ago. I was lucky enough (eyes rolling all the way back inside my head) to develop new allergies.
So, while babysitting Keely’s boys I had the sniffles, but told her not worry that it was just allergies. She quickly suggested diffusing a concoction of oils while I sleep to help get rid of them. I just as quickly thanked her & promptly blew her off…until I stopped being able to sleep due to said allergies.
I ordered an oil diffuser from Amazon & some essential oils. The oils I ordered were not anything special and helped maybe only slightly. I was also “guilty” of buying oils from the grocery store. At this point I was not fully onboard with the whole essential oil trend, but ordered Young Living lavender & peppermint from Keely. Side note: with quality oils, lavender + peppermint + lemon + eucalyptus is the magic blend for allergy sufferers. I encourage everyone with generic lavender to get a bottle of YL lavender & just smell the difference…it is a game changer.
Last winter I got really sick with the flu, like I was down for two weeks. I had chills, aches, the fever tears (you know when your eyes leak hot tears). Keely came by my house & dropped off a 3-pack of Thieves spray – it is THE oil to use for immunity. At this point, I was already too sick for anything but antibiotics to help me. Yes, you read that right, medicine still has it’s time & place. Once I was better, I used Thieves every night on the bottoms of my feet. Y’all, I haven’t even had drainage, a cough, a sniffle, nothing since New Years. We are now at November 20th, let that sink in.
To this day, my nightly routine is:
- Wash face, put on glow serum (made from oils).
- Diffuse lavender + cedarwood + frankincense – best combo to sleep like the dead.
- Spray Thieves on the bottom of my feet.
- Lights out, sweet dreams.
Okay, let me tell you a little about what oils are, etc.
What are they?
Essential Oils are the aromatic, volatile liquids distilled from plants. The oil can be obtained from the roots, seeds, shrub, flowers, leaves, & trees and bring health & healing to the body. The chemistry is extremely complex & may consist of hundreds of different & unique chemical compounds. They are able to reach every part of our bodies on a cellular level.
Ways to use them:
Topically: apply to your skin or use a carrier oil.
Aromatically: diffuse using a Young Living ultrasonic diffuser or inhale directly from the bottle.
Internally: place oils in a vegetable capsule, fill with a carrier oil, & take like a supplement, add oils to food or drinks, or place directly in your mouth.
Oils reach the brain within 22 seconds.
Within 2 minutes, they are found in your bloodstream.
And within 20 minutes, they will affect every cell in the body.
Are essential Oils safe?
Essential oils have been used to support our bodies for thousands of years across the world; therefore, we have thousands of years of history & research behind what they can do. Although is may that essential oils are trendy, rest assured that they have been used for a long time. In the spirit of the Holiday Season, two of the three Wisemen brought Frankincense & Myrrh to the manger.
With that said, it’s important to get your oils from the right place to ensure you are only getting the pure oil & no other additives such as fragrance & fillers. Unfortunately, there is no FDA regulation for essential oils; so many companies are claiming to have pure, therapeutic grade oils but testing shows they are not. These can actually be dangerous, & many times when you hear stories about pets or people being harmed, it’s usually not the oil, but the additive.
Scary Information About Everyday Products:
There is no federal regulation on chemicals in household products. In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.
The average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals, per environmental experts. We’re exposed to the routinely, from the phthalates in synthetic fragrances to the noxious fumes in oven cleaners. Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption, & neurotoxicity. Chronic exposure adds to the body’s “toxic burden,” the number of chemicals stored in its issues at a given time.
Words to Know:
Found in: many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, even toilet paper. Because of proprietary laws, companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their scents, so you won’t find phthalates on a label. If you see “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present.
Found in: Dry-cleaning solutions, stain removers, & carpet and upholstery cleaners.
Health risks: Perc is a neurotoxin, according to the chief scientist of environmental protection for New York Attorney General’s office. And, the EPA classifies Perc as a “possible carcinogen” as well.
Found in: Most liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps labeled “antibacterial.”
Triclosan is an aggressive antibacterial agent that can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Other studies have now found dangerous concentrations of triclosan in rivers & streams, where it is toxic to algae. the EPA is currently investigating whether triclosan may also disrupt endocrine (hormonal) function. It is a probable carcinogen.
Quats (Quarternary Ammonium Compounds):
Found in: Fabric softener liquids & sheets, most household cleaners labeled “antibacterial.” Quats are another type of antimicrobial, & thus pose the same problem as triclosan by helping breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
They’re also a skin irritant & are suspected as a culprit for respiratory disorders.
Found in: Window, kitchen, & multipurpose cleaners.
Health risks: 2-Butoxyethanol is the key ingredient in many window cleaners & gives them their characteristic sweet smell. It belongs in the category of “glycol ethers,” a set of powerful solvents that don’t mess around. Law does not require 2-Butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. According to the EPA’s website, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high levels glycol ethers can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, & severe liver & kidney damage.
Found in: Polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks, & jewelry; also in glass cleaner. Because ammonia evaporates & doesn’t leave streaks, it’s another common ingredient in commercial window cleaners. Ammonia is very dangerous to elderly people with lung issues & breathing problems & people who get a lot of ammonia exposure, like housekeepers, will often develop chronic bronchitis & asthma. Ammoinia can also create poisonous gas if it’s mixed with bleach.
Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which creates highly toxic benzene & toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens). In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.
So, why did I choose Young Living?
- It is the only company that has FDA approved oils for ingestion. That’s right, you can cook with these oils, or spray Thieves in the back of your throat to suppress a cold.
- Over the next 5 years, YL will take their global operations to zero waste status. I love this so much!
- I am now basically my own apothecary. I’ve made the following so far: glow serum for my face, body butter, “soft scrub,” household cleaner, hair detangler, bug spray, spider spray for the house, under eye serum…that’s all I can recall at the moment.
Some of my Young Living favorites:
NingXia Red: NingXia provides natural energy support, promotes glowing skin, powerful antioxidant, supports healthy blood sugar levels, contributes to overall wellness, & provides an immune boost.
One serving of NingXia Red has the antioxidant equivalent of: 73 strawberries, 100 oranges, 85 pounds of spinach, 22 carrots, 34 onions, 59 heads of broccoli, 93 apples, 33 pounds of almonds, & 814 blueberries.
Super B vitamins: B vitamins are the only vitamins that the body doesn’t naturally reproduce, so we have to replenish them daily. Two of these a day gets the job done! Full disclosure, take them with food or a flavored beverage if you are sensitive to smell.
Thieves household cleaner, foaming hand soap (I hated foaming soap before), & laundry detergent. I’m trying to use up all my dishwasher detergent & dish soap before switching to Thieves.
Pretty much everything else I make with the oils I get. My next endeavor will be in the laundry room: stain remover & EO “bleach.” I also have some fun treats coming up for the gals coming to my birthday wine weekend in December!
I’ve thrown out all of my candles & now exclusively use my diffuser. I’m not crazy, or a hippie – this is an investment. It is not inexpensive. I recommend slowly easing your way into getting rid of the toxins in your home. replace the bad with the good. Figure out what your gateway drug will be.
If you are interested in Young Living or ahve any questions, you are welcome to get in touch with me. If you get nothing else out of this, I hope you now have some
food oils for thought…