Wednesday, November 12, 2008

i think i'm in love

So, my friend Bev invited me over last week to attend a meeting about living with essential oils. She told me a little about it and I was instantly intrigued. I'm all about bettering myself, my family, and the planet.

Living with essential oils is all about removing all the toxins in your body and purifying your enviornment for living a healthier, happier and longer life. And seriously, who doesn't want that?

There are essential oils you can ingest (a drop or two in water) and you can rub on your skin in target areas to help elievate symptoms and improve overall help. There is so much to it I can't even begin to skim the surface here. So, contact someone in your area associated with Young Living Essential Oils. Its amazing.

They also make everyday supplies out of the essential oil called thieves <- read the history of thieves. They make a household cleaner, handsoap, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and even a waterless hand sanitizer. Of course being all natural and harvesting, manufacturing, and producing locally in Lehi, Utah- the stuff is a little pricey. So, I was a little leary about spending money on a product I didn't know if I would like. So, Bev made up a bottle of the cleaner for me to try (you use about 2 capfuls and dilute it in water in a spray bottle) And let me say this product is amazing!

Let me tell you why:
- i have certian things in my house i have not been able to get as clean as i wanted and a little of this sprayed and wiped up made the surface look practically new!
- i don't have to worry about using it when pregnant or parker getting near something i'm cleaning
- i don't have to worry about 'suiting up' to clean with gloves/masks
- the smell is refreshing and light
- one spray bottle replaces about 4 other cleaners
- the thieves properties make it antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal
- finally, its theraputic to clean =]

<-- Now, the concentrated cleaner can be used for SO MANY things:
-light degreasing
1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 3¾ cups water
-medium degreasing
1 capful Thieves Cleaner to a little less than 2 cups water
-heavy degreasing
1 capful Thieves Cleaner to a little less than 1 cup water
-hand cleaner
½ cup Thieves Cleaner to ½ cup water
1 capful Thieves Cleaner in the bottom of the dishwasher
½ capful of Thieves Cleaner to 3+ cups water
1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 6¼ cups water
1 capful Thieves Cleaner to a little less than 2 cups water
1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 2 cups water
-washing machine
Depending on size of washer, use 1–2 capfuls Thieves Cleaner with each batch.
1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 6¼ cups water
1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 5 quarts water

Food for thought:

AIR FRESHENERS Air fresheners interfere with your ability to smell by releasing a nerve-deadening agent. Known toxic chemicals found in an air freshener; Formaldehyde: Highly toxic, known carcinogen. Phenol: When phenol touches your skin it can cause it to swell, burn, peel, and break out in hives. Even a small amount of this commonly known cleaning agent can cause cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma, and even death!! At all costs keep this chemical away from you and your loved ones. AMMONIA A very volatile chemical, it is very damaging to your eyes, respiratory tract and skin. BLEACH Strong corrosive. Irritates the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. Vapors can cause fluid in the lungs which can cause coma or death! WARNING: Never mix bleach with ammonia or other acids, even vinegar, the mixture causes DEADLY fumes!

CARPET & UPHOLSTERY SHAMPOO Designed to overpower the stain, they accomplish the task by using highly toxic substances. Some include: Perchloroethylene: Known carcinogen, damages liver, kidney and nervous system. Ammonium Hydroxide: Corrosive, extremely irritable to eyes, skin and respirator passages.

DISHWASHER DETERGENTS Most products contain chorine in a dry form that is highly concentrated; and is the #1 cause of child poisonings (poison control center statistics).

DRAIN CLEANERS Most drain cleaners contain lye, hydrochloric acid or trichloroethane. Lye: Caustic, burns skin and eyes. If ingested will damage esophagus, stomach. Hydrochloric acid: Corrosive, eye and skin irritant, damages kidneys, liver and digestive tract. Trichloroethane: Eye and skin irritant, nervous system depressant; damages liver and kidneys.

FURNITURE POLISH Petroleum Distillates: Highly flammable, can cause skin and lung cancer. DANGER! Phenol: (see Air fresheners. Phenol) Nitrobenzene: This chemical, easily absorbed through skin, is extremely toxic. Known reaction to skin contact can cause skin discoloration, shallow breathing, vomiting and death. Repeated exposure can cause genetic changes, birth defects, cancer, liver, kidney, heart, and central nervous system damage. Remember, once this stuff is on your furniture it will continue to give off residual fumes.

OVEN CLEANERS Next to drain cleaner: oven cleaners are some of the most toxic chemicals in your kitchen. If you read the label carefully you would probably be afraid to even pick up a can, let alone use it. Its lingering affects can sometimes be smelled days or even weeks after use. Not to mention that fine aromatic taste it leaves on your food after it comes out of your newly cleaned oven!! Sodium or Potassium Hydroxide (Lye): Caustic, strong irritant burns to both skin and eyes. Inhibits reflexes, will cause severe tissue damage if swallowed. These products come in aerosol spray containers. These sprays send thousands of tiny droplets of ammonia or lye, into the air that land on your skin or in your eyes, and of course they are easily inhaled. Oh, and another thing unless you have six foot arms. I'm not sure how you can clean your oven with these highly toxic substances without putting your head in the oven, so you might as well get a gas mask too!!

DISHWASHING LIQUID & ANTIBACTERIAL CLEANERS The new concern is salmonella. While this can be a potentially deadly bacteria, we think a little common sense would stop it from affecting you or your family. Typical cleaners claiming to inhibit salmonella might be worse than the problem itself! Triclosan: Absorption through the skin can be tied to liver damage. Some artificial dyes (included in some dishwashing liquids) used in food products are allowed, even though they are a known cancer causing agent. Not to mention the hazard of soaking your hands in these products many times over your lifetime.

LAUNDRY ROOM PRODUCTS Numerous products are used in our laundry rooms to clean our clothes, but what types of toxins are we using at the same time? Sodium or calcium hypocrite: Highly corrosive, irritates or burns skin, eyes or respiratory tract. May cause pulmonary edema, vomiting or coma if ingested. Contact with other chemicals may cause chlorine fumes which may be fatal. Linear alkylate sulfonate: Absorbed through the skin. It has been known to cause liver ailments in test animals at comparatively low dosages. Sodium Tripoluphosphate: Irritates skin and mucous membranes. Causes vomiting. One of the problems with most of these chemicals is that they are absorbed through the skin. As we continue to wash our clothes in these products, residue builds up in the fibers. As we wear our clothing these rub against our skin and these noxious chemicals are absorbed through the skin.

TOILET BOWL CLEANERS Hydrochloric acid: Highly corrosive irritant to both skin and eyes. Damages kidneys and liver. Hydrochloride Bleach: Corrosive, irritates or burns eye, skin and respiratory tract. May cause fluid in the lungs leading to coma or death. Contact with acids causes fumes which may be fatal. Take control of your own life, create a chemical FREE home!


Beverly B. said...

Have I created a monster?:) See ya tonight.

Shelby & Brian said...

I tagged you HoL...

Austin & Crystal said...