In today’s world, some of the most dangerous things that affect our health are things we willingly expose ourselves to on the daily. And 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 the very things that are contributing to why we’re sick, why we have health problems, why we struggle emotionally, and why we are not living a life full of wellness, purpose, and abundance.
Friends, I GET IT. I get the feeling of being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. Even being a little skeptical. At first, I thought this was all kind of a rouse to get us to buy more. However, when I REALLY started looking into it, what I found out was scary. What I love the most about Young Living is their sense of stewardship. They really do want to provide the very best for us and our families. I was skeptical too. Please know, I'll meet you where you are.
When we use toxic ingredients in products on ourselves and our children on a daily basis, the toxins build up and accumulate within our bodies – a process called “bioaccumulation.” This means that the more we expose ourselves to these toxins, the harder it is for our bodies to break them down. Because of this build up, it causes both minor and major health issues, that otherwise could be prevented if we simply quit using those toxins. Even if these issues aren’t apparent right now, they will be apparent later on down the road.
But, I already choose safe products
Maybe you’ve made an effort to select safer products! That’s awesome! What I realized -- those 'safe' brands I thought I was getting? NOPE. Not so safe. They are full of known carcinogens and known hormone disrupters.
Do not be fooled by brands that claim 'Organic', 'Free and clear', 'Gentle', or even 'All Natural'. I used to buy some of the 'naturally leaning' and 'organic' brands. I thought I was doing pretty well! Until I started scanning the products in my bathroom. And was FLOORED.“Greenwashing - disinformation disseminated by an organization so as to present an environmentally responsible public image.”
Let’s talk about what this means ☝🏻 ☝🏻 ☝🏻 ☝🏻
Basically companies can trick you into thinking their products are all natural and safe by making the appearance of the product LOOK more “natural” or organic etc. You'll notice that a lot of "natural" or "organic" products have a lot of green, white, clean-looking labels. They might even have "natural" or "organic" on the front but have asterisks in the ingredients to show that only a few ingredients are truly natural or organic. It's all a marketing ploy to make you think you're buying something that's safer for you and your family.
Here's a great example of an “all natural” baby wash. Check out the ingredients of a best-selling brand. It contains:
☠️Sodium Hydroxide - is used in drain cleaner, detergents, and to manufacture pulp and textiles. It also causes burns in all tissue that it comes into contact with, specifically the eyes
☠️Phenoxyethenol - is stated by The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) that it can cause skin and lung irritation. It notes that toxic effects can occur though inhalation, skin exposure and ingestion
☠️Fragrance (plant) - ok, so it sounds good because everyone would definitely prefer fragrance that comes from a plant vs a synthetic one. BUT, how are they getting the fragrance out of the plant? Are they using solvents that leave chemical by-products that will absorb into your skin or that you'll breathe throughout the day from the lotion, shampoo, laundry detergent, or dryer sheet that you used? Are they distilling to get the oil out of the plant? If they are, are they distilling in medical grade stainless steel vs aluminum, which will then be a by-product that not only absorbs into your bloodstream but passes through the blood brain barrier INTO your brain. 😲
Greenwashing can give us a false sense of security when it comes to what we use on our bodies ESPECIALLY when the industry doesn’t require companies to disclose what by-products are in the products we use. We think we're buying safe products for our family to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals we're exposing them to but we're really not if we're buying into the greenwashing marketing ploy.
Know what is in your products. Read the ingredient lists. Use the EWG app to scan the SKU of your products to see how safe they really are.
Resources where you can do your own research:
EWG Skin Deep Database https://www.ewg.org/ – search for products, brands and ingredients to see health and safety information.
The Federal Register https://www.federalregister.gov – search for products, brands, ingredients to see cases brought forward or rulings made.
Google Scholar, Pubmed are also good things to use to search ingredients!
Sooo, what can I use instead?
You want to find a company that sets very high standards and holds themselves to it. You know I’m a researcher, so trust me when I say I’ve done my homework on this.
Since I discovered Young Living, I get all of my household cleaning, body care, skin care, dental care, hair care, makeup, supplements, sunscreen and essential oils from Young Living because they ensure that EVERY product fulfills our Seed to Seal Guarantee--that from the dirt, seed, water, processing, bottling, etc, there are NO toxic chemicals, no GMOs, no nanoparticles, no preservatives, or by-products that are harmful to me, my family, my dog and my house. With all of Young Living’s products, their ingredients have levels that rank nothing higher than a 1 or a 2 in the EWG rating scale.
While they are an essential oil company, they are also a fully-equipped natural products company. They have supplements, beauty products, household cleaning products, stuff for kids and babies, home purifiers, bath and shower products, oral care, and yes - even makeup! They make this whole switching out products, what we like to call “Switch & Ditch” super convenient. You can simply use your current products and replace them with something Young Living has. And these aren't sub-par products, people. They are top notch.
I am SO grateful that we have high quality safe and non toxic options that support our bodies vs leave a toxic chemical footprint that can wreak havoc in our bodies.
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UM, Yeah, But Natural Products are Expensive...
Let’s think about the VALUE of taking care of your family. Have you ever heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” We can stop treating symptoms and start supporting systems by investing in our health, eliminating toxins and chemicals in our life, and flooding the body with nutrients and plant-based ingredients instead. While I am definitely NOT saying you should quit taking medications and going to the doctor (modern medicine is amazing and absolutely holds a vital place in this world-- I may not be alive if it weren’t for diagnostics and interventions that I received!), I am simply saying that a mindset focused on proactive wellness rather than reactive healthcare will serve you and your family better in the long run, and surprisingly might have a better impact on your wallet as well.
Let’s actually look at some numbers, shall we?
Inventory how many bottles of various cleaners you have under your kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, and garage and how much they each cost per bottle.... got an estimate in your head?
Now, here's the deal: It is likely that you can replace ALL of those with ONE bottle of Thieves household cleaner. And it will do the job effectively. I'm serious.
One 14.4oz bottle of Thieves household cleaner will make over 30.BOTTLES. of normal-sized multipurpose spray solution. That’s $0.75 per bottle. You won’t find that at the grocery store.
This one bottle will last the typical family of 4 who does normal daily cleaning with weekly deep cleaning about 3-6 months.
Retail: $29.61 USD
Wholesale: $22.50 US
I mean, there has to be a catch, right?
No catch - good news for you! The truth is I have a very active child. I have to be concerned with what is used to clean every surface of my home. Why? Because what is on the floor gets absorbed through his delicate skin and goes into his blood stream. So yeah, I would rather have a natural, effective, product without all of the hormone disruptors, without all of the “crap” that can affect my son (and myself!).
But is it effective? GoogleScholar the essential oil ingredients, or event “thieves essential oil blend”. PubMed the same thing. Because I am a distributor, I can’t share the research I have found with you - but I can tell you as a mother and auto-immune disease survivor, there is no other cleaner I feel confident in having on every surface of my house.
Our home is a safe, clean space where I feel confident I am making the best choices for my family when it comes to cleaning products!
So, is it worth the price? Absolutely.
Is it expensive? Absolutely not. I’ll remind you - $0.75 per multipurpose spray. Plus if you purchase on Essential Rewards, you are making 10%, 20% or 25% of the pv back for FREE stuff, like more Thieves Cleaner, and how can you beat free!?
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