What’s in Your Personal Care Products?

  What chemicals should we avoid? Sodium lauryl sulfate. Found in: shampoo, body wash, foundation, face wash, mouthwash and toothpaste. … BHA Triclosan and triclocarban Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine (Coal Tar) Parabens Polyethylene/PEGs Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol Petroleum distillates AND MORE…. What ARE those things? Why do we think we need them in our personal care products? Those chemicals and others cause hormonal imbalance, toxicities, reproductive health problems, and even cancer. Instead of nourishing your skin, these chemicals will disrupt your skin and overall health. Read this. We don’t think much about those things until we or… read more…

Dilution – Learning How to use Essential Oils Topically

  There are 3 ways to use Essential Oils… AROMATICALLY INTERNALLY (doTERRA only – the purity is guaranteed, unlike other essential oil companies) TOPICALLY – and today we will talk about topical use with DILUTION.     DILUTION So what is it? It is a very common term used when talking about applying essential oils TOPICALLY. DILUTION means we add the essential oils to a “carrier oil” and then rub it, roll it or spray it onto our skin. There are LOTS of types of carrier oils. I mostly use fractionated coconut oil. It has a light emollient effect and is… read more…

Safe & Natural Sunscreen

Do you Burn or Tan? I can remember as a child going to the lake with my mom & dad. My mom, who had olive skin,  would be out in the sun and after 2 days would as tan as if she had spent all summer in the sun. My dad would sit at a picnic table under a tree. One hour in the sun and he would have nothing but a blistered sunburn! I am somewhere in-between, but I rarely get out in the sun enough to get tan anymore. (I just don’t like to get sweaty for no… read more…

Unexpected Uses for your Essential Oils!

My favorite? Elevation for Poison Oak for the WIN! Just another example of something to KEEP ON HAND. Do you have a stash of natural, pure essential oils to use when you or someone in your family gets sick? Our great-grandparents had all kinds of knowledge about home remedies. We have something far better available to us! I didn’t know anything about essential oils when I first heard about them, but I knew I wanted to learn. By the way, do not put essential  oils IN your eyes or ears and only ingest d o T E R R A… read more…

I woke up with a sore throat this morning…

  I don’t need OTC drugs for a sore throat! I’m turning to my toolbox of essential oils. After 4 years of using them, I know what they can do and how they will help me! Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found in plants. Yes, that means they are “herbal”! They have so many health beneficial properties. So when I woke up feeling a little bit scratchy in my throat and knew my immune system needed help to fight off this attack. “OnGuard” is a combo of 5 essential oils: Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Eucalyptus & Wild Orange. I keep… read more…

Learn How to Use It: Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is definitely one of my top favorite essential oils and one of my big go-tos! One of the most beloved of essential oils, Peppermint essential oils comes from a plant that is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. It was first described by Carl Linneaus in 1753. How can you be sure you are getting a therapeutic grade essential oil of the highest quality? A high menthol content distinguishes the best quality Peppermint from other products. Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral health, Peppermint also helps to alleviate stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function. Peppermint… read more…