My Oily Labor Plan

clothes

Okay, October 3rd is quickly approaching and I am putting together my “labor bag” complete with a go-pro for Jerry to wear, comfy pjs, a hat or a bow for babe, depending on what gender this kid is, and of course my oils.


Packing//

Okay so I picked many a moms brains and I narrowed it down to the below.

You:
Oils/diffuser
Labor playlist
Chapstick and lavender face spray
Crappy flops for shower
Pillow and blanket
Cardigan
Your own towel
Snacks – mints to keep your mouth moist during labor
Shampoo, condition, lotion, etc.
Hair ties and headbands
Pajamas
Cotton t-shirt dress/nightgown
Sports bra for your sore boobies
Going home outfit (leggings and hoodie)
Comfy robe, socks and slippers
Extra long phone charger
Eye mask!
Wine for a victory cheers (and wine opener)
Water bottle with lid
Bowl (for a cool cloth during labor)

Partner:
Oils
Go-pro (for him to wear)
Pillows and blanket
Ipad for entertainment
Snacks
Mints so their breath doesn’t stink when they’re cheering you on

Baby:
Blanket
Going home outfit

Also – TAKE EVERYTHING FROM THE HOSPITAL

 


 

Lav & Peace+Calming//

Apply a few drops on your belly to help calm you and baby down. You can diffuse Peace + Calming or apply directly to your chest. I have my oil and roller form of P+C I’ll be bringing with me.

Use this combo if you are dealing with restless leg or if you simply can’t get comfy enough to snooze.

This routine not only calms you on the way to the hospital, it can even HALT early labor.

Alsooooooooo, these are to be used on baby when the little nugget is fussy as all hell.

lav and pc

 


 

Encouraging Labor//

Jasmine

This million dollar bottle is a freaking miracle. Once labor begins, apply this as a perfume or simply drop into hands and inhale. The smell will keep you calm and happy. It smells like a dream.

[ I have been wearing it as a perfume all week in hopes of labor about a week early ]

Jasmine has antidepressant and antibacterial properties. It is also known to be a sexual stimulant.

Already a YL member? You can use your reward points to grab this oil. It’s a bit pricey so treat yourself. SO worth it.

jasmine

 


 

Diffusing During Labor//

Okay so check with your hospital to see if you are allowed to diffuse in your room. I am delivering at Lankenau and have yet to check but you bet your ass I am bringing my Orb diffuser and hoping for the best. This little guy is small but powerful. If you don’t have it yet, add it to your ER because you are truly missing out. I currently use it in my car.

Anywho, here is your diffuser recipe to bump during labor …

(4 drops of each)
🌱 Lavender
🌱 Frankincense
🌱 Ylang Ylang
🌱 Roman Chamomile

diffuser orb.jpg

 


 

Labor Roller//

Mix the following oils with carrier oil in a roller for when labor starts. Massage into the your inner ankles, on little toes, little fingers, lower back, and abdomen. These oils will help regulate and keep you focused during the most amazing job you’ll ever have.

🌱 Helichrysum- 4 drops
🌱 Fennel – 4 drops
🌱 Peppermint – 2 drops
🌱 Ylang Ylang – 6 drops
🌱 Clary Sage – 3 drops

labor roller zoomed

 


 

Frankincense//

In my research I have found that this guy is a key player during labor. I mean I am obsessed with Frank anyway. This is my yoga oil. Centers and calms. I often drop frank into the palms of my hands and inhale deeply, then I rub it all over my face for wrinkle prevention.

So when you are going into labor, if you remember, one drop of frank around your vaginal opening. Your babe is going to come out zen AF.

I also recommend placing a drop on your newborns forehead to welcome he/she into the world.

franky

 


 

Valor//

Apply four to six drops on wrists, chests, and back (or bottom of feet). You’ll want to love on valor during transitional labor and pushing. This is no shocker to me as we all use valor to calm our nerves, anxiety and halt panic attacks.

**If you are feeling super anxious, directly inhale valor, breathing long and heavy, in and out. I don’t recommend diffusing it because it knocks my ass out at night for bed and I don’t want to feel sleepy when I’m supposed to be pushing.

 


 

Strength + Focus//

If you are pregnant – grab these now!

🌱 Brain Power: Apply two drops on neck and throat

🌱 En-R-Gee: Hate the smell of this oil so I am applying to the bottom of my feet. If you don’t mind it, apply to wrists and back of neck

🌱 Ylang Ylang: Apply to hands and feet to advance labor. Keeps your blood pressure from spiking through the roof. I friggin love this oil.

mental strength

 


 

Cool Down, Mom//

So from what I hear the pushing is going to make me cry, sweat, puke, and more and I cannot wait. LOL

I have these dry face masks from amazon I am going to use as neck and face cloths to cool me down during labor. Bring a bowl with you so your partner (give them something to do) can add cold water to it along with these masks.

This is what you want to add to your dry face masks.

(10 drops of each)
🌱 Jasmine – there it is again! Love you, Jas.
🌱 Roman Cham
🌱 Geranium
🌱 Lavender – I am using 20 drops of lav. Obsessed.

face cloth

 


 

The Afterbirth Blend//

Make yourself an afterbirth roller with the following oils and carrier oil to rub on your abdomen after birth. This will help expel placenta and tone the uterus. Who doesn’t want that?

Each of these oils are super uplifting too. You’ll feel amazing.

(10 drops each)
🌱 Geranium
🌱 Lavender
🌱 Jasmine

 


 

The Bon Voyage Kit//

This miracle bag of goods takes care of about 90% of my needs at the hospital. Check out everything it includes.

Amazing for travel too! I’ll use this no matter where I travel now. Add it right to your ER!

bon v

 


 

Immunity//

So I’m bringing this babe into the world right smack dab in the middle of flu season.

Thieves. Bring the oil, the spray, the antibacterial gel, the roller for you.

Don’t feel like a bitch when your aunt comes in and tries to kiss the brand new baby. Tell her to give it a little due to flu season. I’m sure she will understand!

Having the spray on hand is such an easy way to keep everyone on their toes as soon as they walk in the door.

 

 


 

Other//

🌱 Claraderm: I’ve been spraying on my lady parts since week 36 to prevent tearing during labor. This is also used after labor to help your lady parts recover.

🌱 Linen Spray: I want to make myself as comfortable as possible and there’s nothing that scream my bed more than lavender sheets and pillows.

🌱 Tender Tush: This is what I have been using on my stomach and bum to prevent stretch marks where my body is stretching the most. I’ve grown to love the way this deeply hydrates my skin and I now use it all over.

claraderm and others

 

Good luck, Mom! YOU GOT THIS.

Pregnancy + Oils

pregnancy and oils

YL is HUGE in prenatal care. I have been so, so thankful for my oils to help support my body while it’s working hard to create a child. There’s a lot out there when it comes to what is and isn’t recommended during pregnancy. You are the keeper of your body so you should do what makes you feel comfortable and create your own regimen. This is mine. I make my decisions based on science backed articles discussing Young Living oils specifically and only. We all know that essential oils vary greatly between companies, so please, please please do not use oils you got from amazon, the grocery store or the mall, it really wouldn’t be applicable to the quality of oils we get from Young Living and not even remotely as safe.

Progessence Plus: Okay, I love this. Grabbed this to use for hormone support especially for us trying to get pregnant. This is to be use as you are trying to conceive and throughout your first trimester as the combination of high estrogen and progesterone levels suppress further ovulation during pregnancy, (preventing miscarriage). Progesterone is a female hormone important for the regulation of ovulation and menstruation. If a pregnancy occurs, progesterone is produced in the placenta, and levels remain elevated throughout the pregnancy. The  Progesterone also encourages the growth of milk-producing glands in the breast during pregnancy. Use through first trimester may increase your nausea, headaches and moodiness but it is well worth it to have that support.

Lemon, Digize + Gentle Baby (Heartburn): Dilute Gentle baby and rub along your neck. Dilute Lemon on your breastbone.

Lavender, Peace + Calming II, Frankincense: Diffuse, rub, inhale. Drop of lavender on your wrists and collarbone. Drop of any of the oils above on the bottoms of your feet an hour before bed.

Spearmint and Aromaease (nausea): For those blessed with first trimester nausea, rub a few drops over your liver, sniff it, diffuse it. Ningxia and Super B were my game changers when it came to nausea.

Claraderm Spray: To soothe your vajeen area, sorry if TMI but 15 lbs of baby pressing on your parts does not feel good! This stuff also helps prepare your lady parts for birth, strengthening your downstairs to prevent tearing. Start spraying at 33 weeks a few times a day.

Clary Sage: Have this on deck for around your due date. This helps regulate contractions naturally. If you are late, this is a natural way to get the baby moving along. Diffuse during labor!

Body Butter: I made this for myself and my best gal through her pregnancy. Shae butter, cocoa butter, jojoba, frank, lav, and gentle baby to prevent cellulite and to soothe your baby all at the same time. All of these oils are great for your babe so rub away every single night.

NINGXIA. Cannot say enough about drinking Ningxia every damn day. Packed with nutrients and antioxidants to give you natural energy. Personally, I am not completely done drinking coffee, but I had to cut down my intake. Ningxia really helped me make it through while I was nauseous. SO good for you and the baby.

White Angelica + Valor: Emotions. Hormones. A lot of it during pregnancy and White Angelica keeps me so grounded. Diffused for sleep or during a bath or whenever!

Mineral Essence: drops in your tea at night. Crucial for our bodies in this time. Has a yucky taste but I played with it and found its best with hot tea at night.

Peppermint (headaches + nausea): This one is on the “use cautiously” during pregnancy list but I am so thankful for it! When an oil is on this list, it’s important to look at WHY it is there. Peppermint, when rubbed on the belly *can* flip the baby. Okay, so I’m not rubbing a bottle of peppermint on my belly every night, because, well why would I do that? When my hormone headache occurs, I rub pep on my temples and neck and instant relief!

Slique Bar (Tropical Berry Crunch): You might not be able to eat most things or any things EXCEPT for carbs. I was able to get these bars down, I actually looked forward to eating them. Your sweet tooth will be in full force so the little bit of chocolate in this really does the trick.

Einkorn Granola: Another snack you might be able to get down that is actually beneficial for you and your baby boo’s health. Add to some organic granola or munch on it alone! Me and my husband cannot get enough of this stuff.

Seedlings Line: Start stocking up now! Honestly knowing all of the chemicals in baby products (lotions, etc.) I won’t use anything but YL products on my kids. Super affordable, all last forever and can be diluted to last even beyond that.

Sheerlume: This is for the dark spots, also known as Melasma, that you tend to get on your face during pregnancy. This stuff is WILD. Works almost instantly.

Prenatal Supplements

VitaFusion Prenatal Gummies: Amazon! I get them shipped monthly and they’re cheap as dirt. Satisfies my sweet tooth craving as well. Conventional prenatals such as these don’t take into account that you are an individual and have different needs. This is where YL comes in. UPDATE: Trimester 3 and I am so over taking these.

Super B: You are going to be extremely fatigued so these are amazing support for drowsiness and nausea. Unfortunately, B vitamins are not stored in the body and they must be replenished daily. For pregnancy, you should insist on folate vs folic acid in your prenatal wellness regimen for the absolute best your babe can get and this supplement has just that.

Super Cal: Contains all of the calcium and minerals your baby needs to develop their teensy bones and teeth. How friggin cute. This supplement is amazing for the integrity and structure of your bones and teeth as well!

Super C:  All the vitamin C! Our immune systems are suppressed during pregnancy and I love having this supplement to keep me above the wellness line, free from the nasty headcold. You aren’t able to take antibiotics when you are sick so Super C it up!

Inner Defense: This is my everyday immunity supplement because you really can’t take much when you are pregnant so basically I am making my immune system a brick house. Now many do not take this every single day but I definitely am during this pregnancy. I mean let’s face it, I probably will forever.

Multigreens: You and your babe need your daily source of greens in this bioactive sea vegetable energy source for vitality. The combination of bee pollen and essential oil blend helps to increase assimilation of the nutrients with an excellent choline source for energy production. Some people dump 2-3 of these capsules in their morning smoothie.

Life 9: Pregnancy = irregular BM’s.Take this guy at night!Life 9 is a proprietary, high-potency probiotic that combines 17 billion live cultures from nine beneficial bacteria strains. You see, there are microbes in the lower intestinal tract that help us digest food, fight harmful bacteria, and regulate the immune system. But sometimes an imbalance of microbes occurs, leading to running to the bathroom… if you get my drift … and other health problems.

Olive Essentials: Heart health and overall well being. Each capsule of Olive Essentials has as much hydroxytyrosol as a liter of extra virgin olive oil, delivering a concentrated amount of this invaluable compound.

Illumineyes: So what they don’t tell you is that pregnancy leaves you blind. This capsule supports your eyes and skin with the powerful ingredients featuring lutein and zeaxanthin. Yhis proprietary formula helps reduce eye strain, protects eyes from damaging blue light, and maintains vibrant skin. IlluminEyes can also help support your eye health in the long-term—vitamins A and C both have properties that may help reduce eye health deterioration commonly related to age.

ImmuPro: Idk about you but I am doing whatever I can to avoid any illness going around. Seriously, carrying a child is enough effort in itself. These chewy tablets not only keep you above the wellness line, they’re BOMB for sleep. Take these at night because they deliver melatonin which encourages restful sleep by promoting the body’s natural sleep rhythm.

 

Oily DIY’s

hair serum

Alright, I rant about this so much I think it’s time to post. As I had said before, I got into oils to help me out with my anxiety (I was born high strung, not sure if it’s a gift or a curse). After weeks of researching I was like oh shit, I can use these to prevent wrinkles too? Hair growth? Eyelash growth? Uhm, yes. I live for a good home made face mask.

Before I share my current beauty hacks, please note that there are so many oils out there that promote the well being of your skin, hair, nails, etc. The following featured only the ones I have fallen in love wit thus far. I still have so many on my list of beauty oils. Check em out. Don’t have a kit? Sign me up baby!

 

Thieves Wipes

Grab some empty wipes off of amazon, add one or two cap full pours + lemon eo + tea tree eo

Dry Wipes

Bug Spray

20 citronella + 15 eucalptus + 15 lemongrass + 15 peppermint + witch hazel. Many recipes say to add water but I say no because water attracts flies. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Stain Remover

Thieves dish soap, thieves cleaning solution, lemon eo, thieves eo, water. I put mine in a roller and I have a large spray of it in my laundry room. Gold baby. Solid gold.

Hair Growth/Thickening Spray or serum (up to you!)

Everyday Spray// 20 drops of lavender + 20 drops of cedarwood + 20 rosemary + 15 clary sage + 15 peppermint + 15 thyme + witch hazel + distilled water in a spray bottle. Spray in dry or wet hair!

Serum// + 3/4 castor oil + 1/4 jojoba oil.  I can’t get over the benefits of this spray. What I do is apply as a hair mask before I get into the shower. Sometimes I will leave it on overnight. If you’re hair tends to get greasy fast maybe just a few hours while you clean your house!

Face Mask

Carrier oil + your fav face oils, mine are frank, lav, geranium, copiaba and ylang ylang + 16 oz of water. Mix to your own consistency! I place the masks in a bowl and add all ingredients, let sit for hours. Be your own judge here!

Kitchen/Bath Scrub

2 cups baking soda + 20 drops of lemon EO + 2 caps thieves cleaner + splash vinegar + little bitta wataaaa (h2o)

Pregnant Belly Butter//Stretch Marks

10 frank + 10 lav + 10 gentle baby, cocoa butter, shae butter and vitamin E oil. As your beautiful baby bump grows, so does your skin. Use this butter to prevent stretch marks and keep your baby feeling nice and relaxed in the womb. What a tiny miracle. 🙂

Facewash

20 ylang ylang + 20 frank + 20 lav + 20 lemon (add tea tree if you tend to break out) + 2/3 cup of castille soap + 1/3 cup of witch hazel + 2 tea spoons of vitamin E oil. Add all of this to a foaming soap dispenser. Peep My Finds for the goods. ALSO, if you do not have all of these oils feel free to make it your own. Instead of Ylang Ylang I use geranium which is amazing for the skin, lemon is as well. Do you child.

Makeup Primer

It took me a bit but I finally got a concoction down. 10 drops of each. Lav, Cedarwood, Geranium, Frank, Lemon. Rosewater and organic Rosewater. Peep My Finds for the rose sprays.

Face Moisturizing Everyday Cream

15 frank, 10 lav, 5 cedarwood. In a baby mason jar add raw shea butter and organic coconut oil, heat them until they’re soft, almost liquid. Add the oils, jojoba and sweet almond oil. Place in your fridge overnight and voillaaaaaa.

Eyelash Serum

Okay so you can either add lavender to your mascara or create the serum to use at night before bed. Mix lavender, cedarwood and rosemary with castor oil and sweet almond. I would use 6 drops of each and more sweet almond than castor. The castor oil tends to be thick.

Face Moisturizing Serum

This weather has been tough on my face so I made this overnight serum that packs a little more punch for the winter wind. 15 frank, 10 lav, 10 geranium, 7 ylang ylang. Fill the rest with jojoba and sweet avocado carrier oil. I had bad patch of eczema (self diagnosed) on my neck for like a month so I’m extra thankful for this serum. This bad boy should get your skin back to the moisture level of a Caribbean island overnight.

Hair, Body + Face Mask

Grab a jar of organic coconut oil, add frankincense, lavender, cedarwood and grapefruit. This will act as your hair, body and face mask. I use this every single night on my face and body and on as a hair mask when I’m relaxing, cleaning the house, etc. I made an under eye roller out of these oils as well, for morning and night use. Promise, you’ll never buy a CVS face mask again.

Dandruff, Pimples, Bumps, Athletes Foot, etc.

Tea tree works miracles. This anti-fungal oil clears unwanted dandruff and buildup, surprise pimples and so much more.

Friggin Lavender/Sleep Roller

Not only good for sleep! Add lav to your mascara, shampoo, condition and face products. Major improvement in all aspects. Lavender is used for skin rashes as well. Idk how people live without it, gotta be honest. For the sleep roller, add 10 drops of lav, 10 drops of stress away (I also add oregano oil which is great for calming as well). Add a carrier and roll this down your spine at night, under the feet as well.

Rosewater Spray 

Organic rosewater spray (My Finds), frankincense, rose, lavender, cedarwood and geranium. This I use all day, every day. This little homemade gem keeps your skin moist and refreshed at all times. Doesn’t F with your makeup either, if anything it sets it throughout the day. You know when you’re flying and your skin gets all dried out from the high altitude? Never again, guys. Never again.

Under Eye Roller

Lavender, cedarwood, frank, geranium, ylang ylang and copiaba. Mix with your favorite carrier oil. I used jojoba for my skin. Literally obsessed with this roller. UPDATE: I’ve added new oils that mix well with my skin such as blue cypress, royal hawaiian sandalwood, rose and jasmine.

Teeth Whitener

Orange eo + clove eo + baking soda and a smidge of water for consistency. Leave on your pearly whites for about 20 mins every other day.

I’ll keep this doc updated for my oils peeps out there. Got you guys. 

Geranium.

geranium

Did you know essential oils are used for mental and emotional support?

There are so many emotional oils that I love but I really want to introduce you to Geranium. Why? Because it is found in many of our feelings blends and serves so many other purposes that I think you need to know. No, I know you need to know.

You know that feeling when you are caught in a mood that you feel like you truly cannot snap out of? Apply Geranium to your neck and ankles. Inhale it deeply. This oil releases negative emotions, sparks joy and releases your happy hormones! Diffuse all day to release negative emotions so you have more time to focus on the positives in life.

As the weather gets warmer you will LOVE having your Geranium. Swimming this summer? Apply some Geranium to the bottoms of the feet after you’re done taking a dip. It helps with removing chlorine from the body which usually stays in our systems for days.

Oh the skin benefits of geranium. I originally grabbed Geranium for the skin benefits alone. Add to your moisturizer for radiant skin. I put it in all my skin recipes to help tighten and tone to prevent wrinkles!

And where are my dry brushers at? Let me tell you the secret to dry brushing… it is using Geranium on your skin before you brush!!

Perfume. The most delightful addition to my perfume is Geranium. Sometimes I will simply add witch hazel to my Geranium bottle as it gets low and use as my daily perfume. Detoxing your armpits? This can be used as a natural deodorant along with Patchouli in the interim.

 

The Oily (get you summer ready) Cleanse

beach body

Summer is around the corner and although I’ll have a beachball for a belly, I still want to maintain my figure as I have been “trying to” all winter. Obviously eating clean and exercising is the formula for a tight beach bod (sucks but it’s true). However, many of us are not where we want to be right now and here’s what I got for ya. Peep the cellulite scrub for those who have been going to town this winter. Go head ladies, nothing wrong with that baby!

Cleansing Capsules.

  • 3 drops peppermint/curbs sugar cravings
  • 3 drops grapefruit/supprts your metabolism
  • 3 drops lemon/helps to detoxify
  • Fill the rest of the capsule with a carrier oil of your choice.
  • Prepare in bulk, then freeze. Take 2 a day for 2 weeks.

Cleansing Beverage.

  • 3 drops peppermint/curbs sugar cravings
  • 3 drops grapefruit/supprts your metabolism
  • 3 drops lemon/helps to detoxify
  • Drop oils into 8 oz glass of water and drink twice a day.

Slique Tea.

  • A product of YL I came to love.
  • Contains polyphenols, which may be useful as part of a guilt-free weight-management regimen when combined with a healthy diet and physical activity. This unique blend is enhanced with 100% pure therapeutic grade Frankincense powder.
  • Bring 8 ounces of water to a rolling boil, let cool for 3½ minutes. Place one pouch in a cup, mug, or filter and add water. Steep for at least 3 minutes. Add your favorite Young Living essential oils as desired. Use daily before and after workouts, with meals, or any time you need a natural boost.

Coffee Cellulite Scrub. [Coffee scrubs exfoliate your skin your skin and stimulate blood circulation and lymph flow, while the caffeine has a tightening effect. Grapefruit EO contains large amounts of enzyme bromelain, which helps to break down the cellulite.]

  • 10 grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup of raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup coffee grounds (more if you wish, but it’s strong)
  • 3 table spoons of coconut oil

 

If you can eliminate toxins in your home, why would you not?

Guys, did you know that you are exposed to over a hundred harmful chemicals every morning even before leaving your home? From your perfume and makeup to the spray you wipe your vanity down with. Did you know that these chemicals lead to allergies, lung disease and even cancer? Swear. Did you also know that there are no federal regulations of chemicals in household products? What the actual fuck?

toxin

Unfortunately, these toxins that we are exposed to everyday are taking a toll on our bodies. For example, toxic cleaning products aren’t just tough on your respiratory function—they can absolutely destroy you and your home’s microorganisms. Environmental toxins are often endocrine disruptors; that is, they can block hormones or actually impair the production of hormones by the endocrine glands. Laments terms, they are effing with our moods, sleep, and production causing allergies, cancer and tumors. Guys, kids products. There’s Formaldehyde found in some baby shampoos, and body washes. Formaldehyde. I shit you not. The toxin they preserve dead people in that is linked to cancer and other allergies. That is horrifying.

Let’s look at some of the scary chemicals that are in SO many of the products that are used daily and even products that are “recommended for kids” ……

First and foremost, one of the most dangerous ones of all. Fragrance!

Fragrance: Whenever you see this word on a label, SAY NO. This is a MAJOR loophole in US labeling regulation that lets manufacturers include just about any ingredient they want in a product under the umbrella term of “fragrance.” It keeps you from ever really knowing what’s in your products. The EU took the sensible route of closing up this loophole altogether. FRAGRANCE = Chemical Nightmare. (Cancer, Infertility, Respiratory Issues, Allergies, Asthma, Skin disorders, just a few issues that “fragrance” causes. It’s no wonder these are all on the rise in todays world. It’s not a coincidence friends, it’s facts.)

Formaldehyde: “Formaldehyde,” you may say. “You’ll find formaldehyde most commonly in hair straightening treatments, as well as some nail polish and eyelash glue. It’s legal to include in US made cosmetics, however it is banned in Europe. It’s a known carcinogen and can cause breathing issues.

Petroleum: Petroleum is derived from the same stuff that fuels your car. It goes by a few different names, including mineral oil, petrolatum, and paraffin oil. Whatever gets into your body just kind of… sits there. What does that mean over the long term? Who knows! Which is likely why it’s not used in the EU. Keep your eye out for petroleum in moisturizing products for lips and skin.

Parabens: known by many different names (including methylparaben, isopropylparaben, pentylparaben, isobutylparaben, phenylparaben, and benzylparaben) are a preservative, they have a tendency to mimic estrogen in the body, wreaking havoc on your hormonal system. Their impact may even be enough to reduce fertility!!!! Parabens are extremely common in conventional skin and hair products, so keep a sharp eye out for them whenever you shop.

Triclosan: Steer clear of this ingredient in soaps and toothpastes. There are other ongoing studies that involve the safety of triclosan. One is a study investigating the potential of developing skin cancer after a long-term exposure to triclosan in animals.

Hydroquinone: This ingredient is found in products designed to brighten or lighten the skin. It’s also bad, bad news. Europe and Japan have outlawed it due to its cytotoxic nature. Hydroquinone kills cells and chromosomes if it is used too much, which sets the stage for some forms of cancer. While high doses of hydroquinone are banned in the US, prescription level amounts of 4% are readily available. There’s no evidence that this dosage doesn’t lead to cancer, so it makes the most sense to avoid hydroquinone completely.

P-Phenylenediamine: Otherwise known as PPD, this ingredient is derived from coal tar. It leads to (very severe) allergic reactions and can be found in a huge number of conventional hair dyes. The EU has banned it altogether, and I’d encourage you to ban it from your bathroom as well.

Quaternium-15: Manufacturers use this to help their makeup last as long as possible. Which is all well and good, until you realize that it can release formaldehyde. Yup, the same stuff that causes cancer and breathing issues. You’re most likely to find this banned ingredient in facial cosmetics, especially powders.

Talc: Talc shows up in cosmetics and hair care products that help get rid of oil (dry shampoo, powdered makeup, deodorants and even baby powder). It contains asbestos and increasing your risk of lung growths and mesothelioma. While there is strict quality control on talc in the United States, it’s much safer to take the route the EU chose and avoid it altogether.

And those are just a handful. There are THOUSANDS more. Ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. Ignorance isn’t bliss when it comes to your health. Sugar coating things isn’t helping either. This stuff is serious. It’s happening and it’s causing an epidemic of issues.

We are all just trying to get by in this life, right?

So it’s easy for us to just grab the cheapest body lotion that smells like yummy cucumbers or the glass cleaner that’s on sale without checking the labels. Windex is good right? Everyone uses Windex! Bleach? I grew up using bleach and I’m fine. Yeah, for right now I’m fine. I LOVED the smell of bleach growing up. Why wouldn’t I, it means a clean home right? CRUSHES your respiratory system, agitates your lungs, ears and eyes and you are advised not to inhale it when you are pregnant. Not concerning at all. Not concerned about my long term health at all. *Everything’s fine.*

Here’s a real kicker, if a cleaning product at your supermarket proclaims itself “green,” “natural” or “biodegradable,” that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s nontoxic. In 2010 the environmental consulting firm TerraChoice Group produced a report called “The Sins of Greenwashing.” In it the group found more than 95 percent of so-called green consumer products had committed at least one “greenwashing sin,” like making an environmental claim that may be truthful but unimportant. “CFC-free,” for example, is a common one, since CFCs are banned by law. Greenwashing is at an al time high. Companies are catching on. “Ohh let’s just put a leaf on our product and it will be more appealing and seem natural!”

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So what do you do?

Throw out the fragrance products. Anything that says fragrance, throw it the f$%^ out. It contains acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool and methylene chloride – usually in some combination. Many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, even toilet paper contain these. Because of proprietary laws, companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their scents, so you won’t find phthalates or any of the above on the label. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance these are present. Here is the issue, unlike the digestive system, the skin has no safeguards against toxins. Absorbed chemicals go straight to organs. Again, horrifying.

 

Know better, do better. Now that you know, research your products. You guys know I use Young Living for absolutely everything because I trust them. I will continue to use YL on myself and my family and my future children and my pupper and my loved ones. Anything I can do to protect from these harmful toxins, I will do.

Listen I am no saint and am far from perfect but my home is my safe place. A place where I let my hair down, relax, and recoup. You may be thinking, “okay Meg act like you’re all high and mighty, you crush red wine and rip heaters after 4 glasses”.  Touché, I am absolutely not perfect. Nobody is. But I am finding it really hard to ignore the fact that since I have switched and ditched all of my products my moods have been better, my anxiety has decreased. I no longer have to open the windows when I am cleaning my bathroom. I think I sleep better knowing that I have eliminated these dangers in my own home.

So I’ll ask you again. If you can eliminate toxins in your home, why would you not?

Skeptic? I get it, trust me.

To all of the oils haters out there, I totally get it.

 

All of the sudden you are seeing Young Living oils everywhere and wondering what the deal is. “This is such a trend.” “Who is paying these people to post these?” Here’s the kicker… they’re not a trend because they never went away. They have been used since the beginning of time, they’re literally mentioned in the bible on many occasions. Also, nobody is paying us, we are actually paying to buy them. A pretty penny at that. Why? Because they work. Because they are 100% pure oil compounds. Because our sleep is improving, our anxiety is decreasing, our skin issues are reducing. Our overall health is improving. So these people posting are actually just shocked and excited at how much their lives are improving and simply want to help improve yours as well. That is all. Nothing more, nothing less.

Why are they just blowing up now? Well, for one example we live in a world where doctors prescribe you 50 Percocet’s for a minor stomach burn (personal experience). Why? Because you will experience immediate relief. Little does that doctor know addiction runs in my family and I would be refilling that bad boy until I end up in rehab. Little does he care. We live in a world where your baby products contain friggin Formaldehyde. I am not kidding. Do your research and get back to me because I guarantee your jaw will be on the floor. There is such a lack of trust and regard for the long term. Sad to say but the money is the motive for these major companies and we are the ones who are suffering the consequences. For real though, why is it that when you clean your bathtub with bleach you have to open the windows to breathe? How is that normal? Why not control what you can? I use YL products because I know, trust and love them and I want the best for myself and my loved ones.

So if you still think these oils are a pyramid scheme (which is highly illegal btw) that is totally fine, you are entitled to your own opinions and I’ll love ya either way. Just don’t be surprised to see us years down the line still using our YL oils because I promise you we will be.