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Blog 6 – Going All Natural with Essential Oils

 So, if you’ve read my first five blogs, you probably have a better understanding of what these essential oils can do for your overall health, but it doesn’t end there…as if THAT wasn’t beneficial enough! Nope, you can pretty much replace most of the items in your medicine cabinet with essential oils (see below) to help avoid all the nasty chemicals and toxins found in over-the-counter first aid products – while benefiting your health, at the same time! Now, if you’re like me, you are probably thinking, “Really? This seems too good to be true!” Nope. It’s nature…it’s what God intended to be available for us!

In addition, with all that is going on with me (medically), I started researching the true dangers/consequences of using all of the “everyday” products (both household and personal care) that we buy without a second thought. We think they’re completely safe because they’re sold at CVS or Target or wherever…and even though there are a zillion studies showing all of the negative consequences of using these products/ingredients, we continue to be exposed to and harmed from them, unknowingly, simply because the United States refuses to ban them like many other countries do.  These dangers have been proven in studies, again and again, but it all comes down to profit. Yupp, it’s all about the benjamins, and big companies, and big politics, and money. Did I mention money? Seriously though, you REALLY need to educate yourself on all the harm that these synthetic chemicals and toxins are doing to our bodies! They are a complete and total danger to us!

Ughhh!  It’s crazy what “they” don’t tell us/share with us and how many people are suffering because of the constant exposure to all of the unhealthy ingredients.  Even worse, there are companies out there who have found ways to cover up (disguise or change the name of) their unhealthy ingredients, so be careful! Well, I – for one – made up my mind to research even more, and to eventually ditch the “bad stuff!” And, for anyone who knows me, they know this took a huge amount of will power, because I’m a girly girl, when it comes to my skin care, make-up, haircare, perfume…the list goes on and on. But, once I made up my mind, I took everything that didn’t score well on EWG’s Skin Deep website and threw it in a box and got rid of it!

My 14 year old son says I’m going  crazy…especially when I told him he’d be using my homemade deodorant, but little does he realize, I’m saving him from absorbing/being exposed to all of those toxins!  And once he realizes this, he will thank me for it later!  No…I’m not going crazy. I’ve just had time to finally research it all…and suffice to say, it is no longer acceptable to me for people to say…”Oh, but everything causes cancer,” or “You only live once, you might as well enjoy yourself.” Nope…that’s a cop-out…and one that could bring unwelcome consequences and/or medical issues. I will NO LONGER subject myself to them, as much as possible, anyway! Not with what I’ve learned!

Luckily for me, there are SO many wonderful recipes online – for both household and personal care products (using only safe and natural ingredients), that it was a much easier transition for me than I thought it would be.  I was pleasantly surprised because what I kept seeing over and over, was the use of essential oils in these products! I didn’t think it was possible for me to be even MORE excited about Young Living, but it’s pretty amazing that I can replace just about every household product and personal care item, imaginable, in order to completely cleanse my body and make the entire ENVIRONMENT more healthy, not only for me, but for my family, and pets, too!

I’ve had some friends say, but it’s just too much work/it’s too time consuming. It’s really not. Don’t rule out DIY recipes out until you’ve tried a few. Once you do, they become easier and easier! 

I mean, if you would’ve told me, even a year ago, that I’d be on this “all natural”  kick and would even be making a lot of my own products, I would’ve laughed in your face. Ain’t no one got time for that, right? Wrong. I easily found all the recipes online, copied and pasted them onto Word documents, then printed them out or wrote them out…and with some basic purchases on Amazon, I then tried them out. Wallah! Let’s just say, I try something new every weekend. And once you go this route, you’ll never want to go back. It’s such a clean, clear, all-natural feeling! I could literally “eat” most of the stuff I make and be just fine…okay, you know what I mean! Maybe I am going a little crazy…lol!

Currently, with those basic “staple” items I’ve purchased on Amazon, I now make my own laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, window/glass cleaner, floor cleaner (yes, now even my cat and dog are no longer exposed the toxins of my “old” floor cleaners), dish detergent, dishwasher detergent, hand soap, hand sanitizer…I know I’m forgetting some things. And then for personal care items…Wow, what HAVEN’T I replaced with a DIY recipe?!?!  I make my own shampoo/conditioner, dry shampoo, body soap, anti-aging serum (for eyes and face), eye and face lotion/cream, sunless tanner, cellulite cream (shhh!) lipstick, lip balm, deodorant, body/hand lotion, bath salts, pain cream…and I’ve just started experimenting with making my up make-up!  And if I haven’t started making it myself, I will ONLY purchase products if they score well on that wonderful EWG: Skin Deep website. Their app “Healthy Living” is pretty cool, too (thanks, Kristen)…as you can scan products to see their “score” while you’re right there in the store before you purchase them! The peace of mind it has brought me, each time I switch to something more healthy, is PRICELESS!  But, what’s crazy is, these products end up saving me a TON of money, which I didn’t anticipate! It’s SOOOO much cheaper to go the natural route! “Healthy & Financial Empowerment” are the words that come to mind when I think of where this journey is taking me!  Long story LONG (sorry), I am 100% into this life of “natural living” with my essential oils and will never go back to that cloudy world of chemicals! Cough, cough!

If you haven’t already seen them, yourself, there are TONS of  DIY recipes online that work! Why expose yourself and your family to these toxins for another day, week, year(s)? Make the change!