April 23, 2014

Perfume Ingredients You Won’t Believe + A Better Way

I’m not a huge perfume girl, but I like to smell nice as much as the next person. I’ve found myself getting overwhelmed by perfume-y scents lately – in the grocery store, at church, even in meetings sometimes. So I decided to start looking into perfume ingredients, just out of curiosity. What I found absolutely repulsed me.

Unbelievable perfume ingredient #1:
Poop. That’s right, animal poop. Just what I always wanted to spray on myself. The World Society for the Protection of Animals reports that civet cat feces have been used by Chanel, Cartier, and Lancome in their products. Gag.

Unbelievable perfume ingredient #2:
Genital sac emissions from beavers, European beavers in particular. So gross I can’t hardly type it.

Unbelievable perfume ingredient #3:
Sperm whale vomit or poop. Endangered whales, no less.

Unbelievable perfume ingredient #4:
Baby poop. Not as gross to me, since we’re now on baby #3 at our house. That doesn’t make it ok as perfume and begs the question of sourcing.

Unbelievable perfume ingredient #5:
Musk from a male musk deer, also hunted to near extinction.

Least you think I have suddenly turned satirical, the British news source, The Guardian, lays it out for us more explicitly than you may care to read.  Just think pheromones, combined with the British ability to be unashamedly straightforward.

If you can get past the animal poop, vomit, and emissions, we haven’t even touched on the chemicals like parabens and phthalates!   Fragrances recipes are considered trade secrets, and therefore their ingredients don’t have to be disclosed.  It’s estimated that 75-90% of perfumes contain parabens.  Look for labels that say paraben-free to steer clear.

I will never look at perfume the same way again.

Thankfully, (I always try to find the bright side!), I’ve been using a wonderful alternative that not only smells good, but can be a booster to my immune system!   Essential oils are my perfume of choice, and it only takes a drop or two rubbed on my wrists to improve the olfactory experience at my house.

A few of my favorites, made by Young Living, include:
* The oil of Joy!
* Stress-Away
* Valor

Replace your perfume!


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* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read our testimonial disclosure under our Disclosure tab. I am an independent distributor for Young Living. #1325257
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Online Essential Oils Introductory Class – Free!

Curious about essential oils?   Join us for a free introductory class online on Friday, Jan 16 at 7pm CST!

Tomorrow evening (Friday), Cherie and I are co-teaching an ONLINE introductory essential oils class!

Join us and invite your friends!  It’s free and begins at 7pm CST!   The link for the class is: http://www.spreecast.com/events/essential-oils-introductory-class


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* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read our testimonial disclosure under our Disclosure tab. I am an independent distributor for Young Living. #1325257

How to Kick the Flu, Naturally!

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Is your Facebook feed as jolly as mine?  I see lots of stories about people with the flu, the stomach flu, or yucky colds.  Bleh!

A good friend shared with me about how her dad kicked the flu OVERNIGHT, just using oils, and so I asked her if I could pass it along to all of you!  She graciously said yes, so keep reading for the regimen she suggested to her dad.   (Remember that we are moms, not medical professionals.   This is not intended as medical advice.) 

My friend, Cherie, shared that her dad, who is 72, was told that he had Type A flu yesterday afternoon. They started using the oils immediately.  He’s very medical minded and always listens to his doctor.   She asked him to give me 24 hrs and gave him a regimen to do.  When she checked on him this morning, he was clear as a bell with no congestion and said he slept great!  He finished by saying he is now a believer in the oils!

Her Regimen
Cherie had him mix up 1 tsp coconut oil w/ 2 drops each of lemon, lavender, peppermint.  He applied this mixture every 30 mins on his chest and neck until bedtime.   Then he put a few drops of Frankincense up his spine.  He put a few drops of Thieves on the soles of his feet, repeated every 1hr until bedtime.  He diffused Frankincense and peppermint.  She also had him take 1 drop of Thieves & lemon in a tsp of raw honey hourly until bedtime. Cherie’s motto: hit it hard!!!!

Please remember to only use Young Living oils internally.  Other oils, especially from grocery or health food stores, may be contaminated with petrochemicals, synthetics, or additives and are not safe to use.  

Be armed:  get your starter kit (with all the oils Cherie used to fight the flu) before the flu threatens your household!  

And, if you order your premium starter kit by Jan 31, I’m offering a special promo of $20 off and a FREE 460+ page reference book!

 


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Join us for a live essential oils class in Kansas City, Dallas, or Houston! Contact us to find a class near you!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read our testimonial disclosure under our Disclosure tab. I am an independent distributor for Young Living. #1325257

Get a Healthy Jump Start on 2014: Become More Medically Independent!

2014 ought to be an interesting year in the health care field.  I hear reports, like that 70% of doctors in California aren’t getting on board with Obamacare, and that many are thinking about retiring.   I read other reports like the one about the superbug MRSA on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on Dec 17.   Otherwise healthy people are picking up MRSA outside of the hospital, and they are going into organ failure just hours later.  Scary stuff.

Those and other reports like them make me stop and think.  I am thankful for the medical field.  Many, many people wouldn’t be alive without it.   But many more, to the tune of 100,000 a year, have died from using pharmaceutical drugs.  And they didn’t die from overdosing or the like.  They died from side effects of using the medicine properly.   Ugh.   Another 20,000 died from ERRORS in the hospital.

I want to be as independent as practically possible.  A number of people think about this in terms of food – growing their own, and in terms of power – going off the grid and using solar power, for example.   I think about it now in terms of medical care too.  I want to be able to take care of the normal things we run to the doctor for, at home, with safe and powerful natural remedies.

Independence
What does this look like for me?

Currently, it looks like continuing to revamp our diet.  If the germs don’t have a good place to take root and grow, then our bodies can defeat them and we can avoid getting sick in the first place.   We are beginning to experiment with drastically reducing or eliminating grains and sugar.  We’ll be adding lots of fruits and vegetables instead!  (Our aquaponics unit is going to be busy!)

Independence also looks like learning to take care of a lot of things at home.   One of the main tools in my arsenal now is essential oils.   Over the past year and a half, my family has been growing in our knowledge of using them, and we just love them.   We’ve used them on all sorts of things including colds, flu, kidney stones, allergies, hives, asthma, spider bites, fevers, rashes, and other things I’ve forgotten.

I have a great reference book that’s over 460 pages long, and I can look up which oil to use and how to use it.  I’m also part of a couple of awesome Facebook groups where other oil users help each other learn.

If you’d like to become more medically independent, I have a special end-of-year offer for you:

Young Living has put together an awesome starter kit.  It comes with 11 different 5ml bottles of essential oil AND a diffuser.  It’s a power-packed box.

Now through Jan 2, I am offering a $20 off voucher for each new person who joins Young Living with a Premium Starter Kit.  I will also send you one of those awesome 460+ page reference books, and introduce you to the oh-so-helpful Facebook groups!

To get this deal, follow these instructions and join Young Living:

THEN, send me an email letting me know you joined with a Premium Starter Kit, and I will add the $20 credit to your account!  I’ll also get a reference book in the mail to you!


Want to learn more or get stated using essential oils? Learn more or join today!
Join us for a live essential oils class in Kansas City, Dallas, or Houston! Contact us to find a class near you!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read our testimonial disclosure under our Disclosure tab. I am an independent distributor for Young Living. #1325257

Get a FREE Citrus Oil & Reference Guide When You Join Young Living (before 12/1)!


Young Living essential oils are amazing.  Have you tried them yet?

I was super skeptical at first and now I’m a believer.  I think they are a MUST for every home.  And, if you know me, you know I’m not normally that forthcoming with my opinion.  We use these oils instead of over-the-counter meds, all the time.  For allergies, colds, fevers, burns, and all sorts of other things.  You can read some testimonies here.

I’ll share one quickie:  my neighbor had been trying to kick a sinus infection for almost 3 weeks.  He thought the oils were rather hooky, but since he’d tried EVERYTHING else, why not try the oils?  He used a blend called R.C. and came knocking on my door a few days later.  He reported that he was better in a day and a half, and he now believes the oils work!  I love it!  So many people start out wary, but to have an alternative to pharmaceuticals is AMAZING.

These oils are the best.   And these starter kits never go on sale.  But, for the next couple of days, I’m personally offering a special deal!  

If you join Young Living with a Premium Starter kit, I will give you a citrus oil of your choice AND a free 400+ page reference book!

Young Living has strategically put together a Premium Starter kit to give us a great set of oils to get started with.  YL offers over 70 single oils and 70 blends.  That’s a lot to choose from!  So they picked 11 of those oils to bundle together and sell at a huge discount.  90% of what people run into on an everyday basis can be addressed using these oils.  And by the way, there’s nothing in the bottle but oil.  No petrochemicals, extenders, solvents, or anything else.)  The shelf life is incredible.  We’re talking hundreds of years.  (Oils are found in excavated tombs, still in great shape).

I like this kit so much that I recently purchased it again.  ahem.

In a kit, you get:

A diffuser ($75 value right there)

Eleven (11) 5 ml bottles of oil:  Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Thieves, Purification, Frankincense, Valor, Panaway, Peace & Calming, Stress-Away, and Joy.

You also get two samples of NingxiaRed, and lots of good info.

AND, I’ll send you a 400+ page Reference Guide.

AND, you can join our Facebook group that’s dedicated to helping us learn how to use the oils.  I don’t want you to get a set of oils, and then have pretty bottles sitting on your shelf that you’re not sure how to use!  In this group, you can post questions, and read other questions & answers that other people have posted.  I love reading all the testimonies too!

AND, if you enroll before midnight MST on Saturday, Nov 30 2013, I’ll send you a free bottle of a citrus oil of your choice!  (Send me an email and let me know which one you’d like!)

So, are you ready to jump in with the oils?

You can get started here: Join Young Living. 

1. Select that you want to enroll as a new distributor. (You have zero obligation to distribute anything, but this gets you the wholesale price.  If you’re interested in a solid business opportunity, there is lots of potential here though!)

2. Input my sponsor and enroller number (if it’s not pre-populated for you).  #1325257.  Then you’ll be in my group!!

2. Select the kit you’d like.  (You’ll get the best value in the Premium Starter Kit.)


Contact me on Facebook by sending me a PM or send me an email if you have any questions or need any help signing up! Want to see some FAQ’s?


Want to learn more or get stated using essential oils? Learn more or join today!
Join us for a live essential oils class in Kansas City, Dallas, or Houston! Contact us to find a class near you!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read our testimonial disclosure under our Disclosure tab. I am an independent distributor for Young Living. #1325257
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Young Living Specials for Black Friday! {Live Now!}

This year, Young Living is offering Black Friday specials, straight from their Christmas catalog!  The deal lover in me is especially excited because some of their Christmas catalog offerings were already less expensive than buying them separately!  Now we get to add even deeper discounts!

This is a great opportunity to share the oils we love with people that we love, as well as stock up for use at home!

The deals are good beginning at 12:01 a.m., MT, on Thursday, November 28, and end on Saturday, November 30, at 11:59 p.m., MT.

Nourishing Lip Balm Collection (Item No. 4488)  - $10.12
(Reg $11.25 but $12.50 if purchased separately)
Young Living’s all-natural lip balms soften and rejuvenate lips to make them extra kissable. Each balm is enhanced with pure essential oils to soothe and protect during the winter months. Includes lavender, Cinnamint™, and Vanillamint lip balms in an attractive holiday gift box.

Dental Care Collection (Item No. 4948) - $13.27
(Reg $14.75, not available separately)
Back by popular demand, this collection features two all-new products: Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste and the new Thieves Dental Floss. With improved taste and texture. AromaBright is free from harmful additives. The new Thieves floss is now longer, stronger, and features more essential oils. The collection also includes a Young Living toothbrush and convenient travel zipper pouch.

Seasonal Wellness Mini Oils Collection (Item No. 4780) - $26.77
(Reg $29.75, not available separately)
Keep your family protected and your home smelling fresh with the great immune support and clean scents of Thieves, Purification, and R.C. essential oil blends. Collection comes with one 5-ml bottle of each blend in beautiful gift packaging.

Roll-On Collection (Item No. 4783) - $37.58 – Great Deal!  $5.92 savings!
(Reg $41.75 but $43.50 purchased separately)
Our roll-ons provide an easy, mess-free way to use our essential oils on the go. Deep Relief soothes muscles and joints, while Stress Away combines lime, copaiba,and vanilla to uplift and dissolve tension. This collection includes a 10-ml Deep Relief and Stress Away Roll-On in a beautiful holiday gift box. Now featuring our patent-pending roller ball technology, which allows for application at any angle!

Exotic Oils Kit featuring Plectranthus Oregano (Item No. 4660) - $215.77
(Reg $239.75 – Limited Edition Oils!)
Our 2013 convention Exotic Oils Collection is back while supplies last! Includes 5-ml bottles: Amazonian Ylang Ylang, Yuzu Hong Kuai, Biblical Sweet Myrrh, Xiang Mao, Plectranthus Oregano, Exotic Oils Passport

Wintertime Wassail Collection (Item No. 4937) – $39.15
(Reg $43.50)
Inspire holiday cheer when you share a cup of wassail with friends and family. Left to simmer on your stove, this classic holiday drink also fills your home with the festive scents of citrus and spices. This collection includes one 5-ml bottle each of Cinnamon Bark, Clove and Tangerine, a wassail recipe card, and a 16-ounce mug set in a gift box. Dishwasher safe.

Holiday Balance Mini Oils Collection (Item No. 4758) – $35.77
(Reg $39.75, not available separately)
Stay connected to the joy of the season and create an inviting, stress-free atmosphere in your home with 5-ml bottles of Idaho Blue Spruce from our St. Maries farm, Lavender, and Citrus Fresh- all in special gift packaging.

Home Spa Sampler (Item No. 4668) – $31.50
(Reg $35.00)
Treat yourself with a luxurious collection of our most indulgent, essential oil-infused personal-care products. The Home Spa Sampler includes two ART Beauty Masques, plus Lavender Bath Salts and two ART Chocolate Masques (two 20g bars) with special gift packaging. *A holiday 2013 exclusive!

Slique Sampler Kit (Item No. 4642)  - $31.50
(Reg $35.00)
Kick off the new year with our specially priced Slique Sampler Kit. This kit includes four Slique Tea packets, two Slique Slim Cap twin packs, one packet of Slique Gum, one 5-ml bottle of Slique Essence, two of our satisfying Slique Bars, and a custom glass Young Living water bottle.

Wellness Collection (Item No. 4665)  - $53.77
(Reg $59.75)
Our Wellness Collection is designed to help you stay energized so you can enjoy all that this special season has to offer. This collection includes one box of new Slique Bars, one box of NingXia Nitro, and two NingXia Nitro shot glasses. This collection comes in a organza bag.

Holiday Sharing Collection (Item No. 4429) – $30.37
(Reg $33.75)
Featuring four packets each of our new Lavender, Lemon, Thieves, Peppermint and Peace & Calming Essential Oil Sample Packets and a handcrafted ceramic diffuser necklace, this kit is perfect for sharing the power of essential oils.

NingXia Nitro – $34.87   
NingXia Nitro™ combines 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils with naturally powerful ingredients to lift mental clarity and focus while also providing a surge of energy when needed. Each box contains 14 single-serve tubes (20 ml each).

Primary Benefits: *Increases mental fitness, cognitive alertness, and physical acuity* *Enhances athletic performance and endurance* *Boosts energy and serves as a daily pick-me-up*

To get in on this sale, log in to your Young Living account.  If you’re not yet a wholesale member, join here:
Get Started With Young Living or contact your Oily Renaissance who introduced you to the oils!


Want to learn more or get stated using essential oils? Learn more or join today!
Join us for a live essential oils class in Kansas City, Dallas, or Houston! Contact us to find a class near you!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read our testimonial disclosure under our Disclosure tab. I am an independent distributor for Young Living. #1325257

Restoring the Thyroid: Cherie’s Journey

If you wrestle with thyroid disease, it can feel like a never-ending cycle of medication adjustments, and lots and lots of management.  Cherie Schnieders has been on an amazing journey of finding restoration for her thyroid through natural means.  She offers hope for many women across the world – join us today at 12:30pm CST on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 for a live stream where she will share her experiences with us.  (If you miss the live stream, the video recording will be available through the same link, hosted on YouTube.) View live stream: Restoring the Thyroid: Cherie’s Journey

When I was 33 and had a miscarriage, I learned that I had an underactive thyroid. At the time, I   knew very little about what that meant as I had been living relatively carefree from any health concerns.  Now, the doctor had my attention. This started a very long and complicated journey over the next 3 years to try to get it normalized. I was on Levothyroxine, Synthroid, and Armour at several different doses.

Did I ever feel better?   I’m sad to say nope, I never did. 

I do now!

Almost 2 years ago I was introduced to Young Living’s 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. I used them for many things but when I realized they could support my endocrine system, it was a whole new world. I have used them to work on my hormones, adrenals and thyroid which are all so closely linked.

Gone are the regular blood tests to test my TSH levels.

I’m no longer the woman who is ALWAYS cold and so tired.

I have found thru my journey that the thyroid has to be treated like a baby. Fed, nurtured and loved on and when it is, watch out!   You feel like a different person!

Join me as I share my testimony and journey of restoring my thyroid:  Restoring the Thyroid: Cherie’s Journey 


Want to learn more or get stated using essential oils? Learn more or join today!
Join us for a live essential oils class in Kansas City, Dallas, or Houston! Contact us to find a class near you!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read our testimonial disclosure under our Disclosure tab. I am an independent distributor for Young Living. #1325257

Video: Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue Using Essential Oils

Enjoy our first live-stream video recording on recovering from adrenal fatigue using essential oils!
(Sorry for the poor quality for my portion – I’ve added an external mic to the shopping list!)


Want to learn more or get stated using essential oils? Learn more or join today!
Join us for a live essential oils class in Kansas City, Dallas, or Houston! Contact us to find a class near you!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read our testimonial disclosure under our Disclosure tab. I am an independent distributor for Young Living. #1325257

Are Your Adrenals Dragging?

Join us for a live stream, beginning tonight, Wed 10/9, at 8pm!  Live Stream: Are Your Adrenals Dragging?

I don’t know how many times I have asked my doctor, talked to a friend, read a book, or searched the internet for ways to help my adrenals.

Our adrenals are small but busy glands producing hormones that regulate our body systems.  Their most important role is helping us deal with stress.

Dr. LeAnne Deardeuff , author of Taming the Dragon Within, says that, “The adrenal glands of a person who lives a stress-filled life are constantly secreting cortisol in an effort to deal with the stress.”   This can wreak havoc on both our hormones and immune system.

Adrenal insufficiency can cause hormonal imbalance and extreme fatigue.

That was me.   I lived in a state of stress for a long time – I would get up each day and by lunch time I wanted to go back to bed.  My hormones were way off and I had zero libido.  I’m sure a lot of you ladies can relate!

So recently I found a key for me.   Interestingly enough, one of the answers looks just like an adrenal gland.

Nutmeg essential oil!   I always find it amazing when the answers are so easy!  

So, how does nutmeg help? It has corticosteroid activity and therefore supports the adrenal glands and helps them heal.   I use nutmeg essential oil from Young Living and apply to the vita flex points on my feet as well as take it internally. Dr. Deardeuff also recommends Super B and Mineralessence as essential components to healing your adrenals.

Want to hear more about Cherie’s journey in healing her adrenal glands and regaining her energy?   Join us for a LIVE stream on Wednesday, Oct 10 at 8pm CST.  Listen for a fun announcement at the end of the feed!   I will update this post with the link as well as post it on Facebook on Wednesday.

Cherie, of HowToBeOily, was born in Ohio but now lives in
Grapevine, TX with her husband, 2 stepsons and son. She
has a passion for health and wellness and enjoys educating
others.

Want to learn more or get stated using essential oils? Learn more or join today!
Join us for a live essential oils class in Kansas City, Dallas, or Houston! Contact us to find a class near you!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read our testimonial disclosure under our Disclosure tab. I am an independent distributor for Young Living. #1325257

Why Cleanse?

“True health is self-made”.

Have you heard that before?   Can we personally affect our health, or is a pill our only option for allergies or infertility?

I’m going to challenge the status quo, and ask, “What if it’s not our only option after all?”

Don’t get me wrong, doctors are an asset and the medical field is much needed. If you are in a car wreck, you need a hospital. If your little one breaks a bone, you need a doctor. And there are certainly medications out there that are absolutely necessary. Doctors are a blessing. And so are alternative options, whenever possible.

What does Dr. Leanne Dearduff, author of Inner Transformations Using Essential Oils, mean by “self-made”?  True health begins from the inside out.   Because we are perfectly made, we have the potential to run at full capacity.

The big question is, How?

It takes work.  Work that I see as an investment in your health (and so well worth it!)  What we eat, what we drink, what we think, and where we spend our time all determine our gauge of health.

Some of the main causes of disease and dysfunction are the result the multitude of toxins and waste that have accumulated in our bodies and therefore prevent it from working properly.   As a result, elimination and cleansing become extremely important for people that desire good health. 

A toxic body combined with poor nutrition can lead to such illnesses as allergies, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and infertility to name a few.

Right now it is allergy season in full force. Did you know that one of the best ways to begin fixing allergy problems is to do a colon and liver cleanse? As much as 90% of allergies will clear up with a colon and liver cleanse!

Cleansing does not need to be an awful process. With clean water, the proper cleansing foods, and daily supplements, cleansing can be the key to optimal health.  Essential oils can be a key asset in cleansing, because they offer perfect support for each organ.   I am about to embark on this cleansing journey and would love to share it with you.

Where do we start?  The first step is cleansing with the colon in the fall season.  Stay tuned!

Here is to better health!

Cherie, of HowToBeOily, was born in Ohio but now lives in
Grapevine, TX with her husband, 2 stepsons and son. She
has a passion for health and wellness and enjoys educating
others.

Get started with Young Living and become a member today!


Want to learn more or get stated using essential oils? Learn more or join today!
Join us for a live essential oils class in Kansas City, Dallas, or Houston! Contact us to find a class near you!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please read our testimonial disclosure under our Disclosure tab. I am an independent distributor for Young Living. #1325257
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