Reduce Toxic Overload in Your Hand Sanitizer

We avoid hand sanitizers with isopropyl alcohol,methanol, 1-propanol, benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal, 1-propanol, benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal. These are incredibly hazardous when absorbed through the skin or inhaled. Repeated use makes it even worse! Companies use it because it's cheap. But the FDA continually updates their lists of toxic hand sanitizers from China, Mexico, and other places.

Young Living's Thieves Hand Sanitizer kills 99.99% of harmful germs and bacteria, but since they only use alcohol denatured with Peppermint essential oil, it's safe! It's also infused with aloe vera so it won't dry out your skin.

Best of all, we don't worry about Thieves Hand Sanitizer absorbing in our skin or inhaling the fumes!! No matter how often we use it.

Like all Young Living products, a teeeeeny dab goes a long way so it lasts way longer than our old (toxic) stuff. Perfect for backpacks, pockets, purses, and briefcases. And you can get a large refill bottle! How cool is that? 

Tip: I've discovered all Young Living products are good for multiple things. So what else can you use the Thieves Hand Sanitizer for? Deodorant, blemishes, flyaway hairs, and getting permanent marker off surfaces... 

Never leave home without it

Reduce Toxic Overload Nail Polish Remover

I knew nail polish remover was toxic, but I figured I'd wash my hands right away and I'd be fine. But then I went for hyperbaric oxygen treatments and realized that was woefully inadequate.

Hyperbaric guy: Have you used nail polish remover in the last 3 days? 

Me: A couple of days ago, but I washed my hands like 85 times since then.

Hyperbaric guy: It stays in the nail bed for three days. It's flammable, and you are NOT going in the chamber. 

Me: Wait, what?!?!

Want a nontoxic polish remover option (especially for kids)? Lemongrass*!

Let it sit on your nails for a couple of minutes, and then wipe it off. It works best on less toxic polishes (like Ella+Mila or Zoya). You'll need to let it sit longer for gel or one-coat polishes.

Lemongrass* essential oil is also great for our ligaments and tendons (my knees and Jay's elbow love it). But adding Cypress gives it an extra punch! We also use it on our dryer balls for a clean scent without toxic fragrances.

*Be careful with brands of essential oils. A label can say "100% pure, natural, and organic" on it and the essential oil in there might be, but the additives and fillers are not. Or it can be without an additive or filler and still be distilled with harsh chemicals that are in the bottle in a concentrated form. Contact me for more information on what to beware of when using essential oils.

Tips and Tricks with Essential Oils!! Eating Your Oils

Oils from most other "pure and natural" brands are distilled with chemical solvents, not distilled in a sanitized way, and are NOT edible! There is no federal regulation regarding essential oils (even those labeled "organic"), so you have to know your company!

Young Living's oils are made without harmful chemical solvent, in stainless steel vats, and made under food-safe conditions! You gotta love that!

Young Living's Vitality line has FDA GRAS status. 

GRAS oils have a documented history of safety and: 

•  Are recognized as safe by well-trained experts.

•  Safety is scientifically proven, passing toxicology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, metabolism and pathology tests.

•  FDA knows the intended use.

The Vitality oils are EXACTLY the same as Young Living's non-Vitality oils of the same name. They just have different labels to keep the FDA happy. 

Ideas for Vitality oils:

Add Citrus Fresh or Peppermint to your water

Mix two scoops of Young Living's Vanilla Spice Pure Protein Complete + water or milk + 5 drops of Orange = a Dreamsicle shake! Or add Peppermint to Chocolate Delux Pure Protein Complete.

A drop Thieves + coffee + a Tbsp of honey = immune-supporting "Christmas Coffee." My husband drank this every day at the fire station.

When I'm feeling under the weather, I make immune-supporting tea in warm (not boiling) water:

Add a drop (only one, because they're potent!) of Oregano, Basil, Thyme and/or Marjoram Vitality oils to spaghetti sauce or scrambled eggs. So good!

10 Tips for Immune Support and Health

Staying in good health is incredibly important these days. We made sure we're stocked up on things that support our immune system in incredible ways.

This drink is chock full of antioxidants which protect your body from free radicals. It seriously boosts your immune system! Blueberries measure 33 on the ORAC scale while Ningxia Wolfberries measure 303!😲😲😲 Ningxia wolfberries are also high in fiber--higher than buckwheat! They help your digestive system flush out toxins and waste. That’s a great thing since gut health is key to overall health. They're also high in protein. The Indian wolfberry and Chinese wolfberry are not the same thing because the water source and soil is different. The most powerful wolfberry is from the Ningxia region so make sure it says Ningxia wolfberry to get all the benefits. For daily immune support, we drink 2-4 oz a day. However, we do 1-2 oz every 4 hours when we want extra support!

Hand sanitizers are like gold! But we know that keeping our hands clean is key to prevention. Young Living’s Thieves Hand Sanitizer is amazing! They are currently producing 7,000 units of the large bottles and 25-30,000 of the 1oz bottles a day! 

If I truly want to stay healthy everything I put on my body matters. Most hand sanitizers are actually full of toxins like triclosan, fragrance, and alcohol that's denatured with harsh chemicals. Those things might clean our hands but they absorb through our skin and break down our immune system. Doesn’t that seem counterproductive? 

Thieves Hand Sanitizer is full of clean ingredients. Our alcohol is even denatured with Peppermint oil! It leaves my hands feeling moisturized. Best of all, it kills the bad bacteria while supporting our immune system!

Google ‘benefits of vitamin c”, and you will find a ton! Our body does not create it, so supplementing is key! 

Our Super C is really incredible because it is fortified with rutin, citrus bioflavonoids, and minerals to balance electrolytes and enhance the effectiveness and absorption of vitamin C. The essential oils that are added also increases bioflavonoid activity. Yes, yes, yes! 

For typical immune support, 1200-2500 mg a day is a good place to start. When we're fighting something, an adult can take around 2500 mg every 4 hours with their Ningxia Red. Since the body doesn't store it, you'll have loose stool if you're taking too much. Otherwise, you're body is thanking you!
I used to make my own immunity capsules of oils. It cost $1.84 per capsule, so if I made 30 of them, it cost me $55.20. Then I learned about Inner Defense! It works better than my homemade capsules and cost less than $30 for 30 capsules!!

Inner Defense gel capsules are full of powerful oils ilke Oregano, Thieves, Lemongrass, and Thyme. It also has some coconut oil to slow the absorption down in the stomach. So powerful!! We always have 3 backup bottles of this. 

At the first sign you're feeling "off," take one! Then take another one at night. When you need extra support, take every 4 hours along with Ningxia Red and Vitamin C!

Speaking of Thieves being in Inner Defense, this oil is also one I keep 10 or more bottles of at a time because it’s a must! It’s a blend of Clove, Lemon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary, and Cinnamon Bark.  

We apply Thieves frequently on our spines and the bottoms of our feet...but most of all, we use it to make Immune Rollers, Thieves Spray, Laundry Soap, Dish Soap, DIY Cleaner... so many things! 

When trying to intentionally prevent, apply 1 drop 2x a day. If needing extra support, apply every 1-4 hours as needed. Or make Thieves "tea." Ask me for the recipe!

"Probiotics. Let me say that again. Probiotics.  Why are probiotics essential? Most people, including doctors, do not realize that 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system, making a healthy gut a major focal point if you want to maintain optimal health.” Dr. Mercola

The bowels are the source of health and vitality. They are where nutrients are absorbed into the blood stream. They are also the command center of the immune system and eliminators of waste products. If the bowels are not working properly, optimal health is impossible and the body is vulnerable to a great number of conditions.

Probiotics deliver healthy, immune fighting bacteria back to our damaged digestive systems. They help our body fight off the bad stuff! Life 9, specifically, is a high-potency probiotic of 17 billion live cultures from 9 bacteria strains that promotes healthy digestion for overall support of a healthy immune system.

Some people think, "The more strains the better," but not all probiotics play well together. You need specific strains that work with other strains, and Life 9 has the most potent combination we could find!

For daily use, take 1 capsule a day before bed. For extra support take 2 a day.

One of the top products for a reason is Thieves Cleaner! 👏🏻👏🏻 Why do we clean? To stay healthy right? To keep our bodies from getting infected with bacteria & viruses, right? But have you ever thought about the fact that ingredients in our cleaners have an impact on those things as well? They absolutely do! So we use this cleaner because it is toxin free and plant based, meaning it’s cleaning our homes WHILE actually supporting our bodies. We use this to clean everything from our countertops, to our floors, to our toilets. EVERYTHING. So use this each day to keep your environment clean & stay healthy!

These things are magic! So we already talked about Thieves and how incredible it is for our immune systems, right? Well, let’s chat real quick about these Thieves infused cough drops! They taste good, deliver Thieves slowly to your body, are soothing to coughs, and can break down mucus! Sound like something we all need right now? Yup!! I love these because if I need extra support (especially if I'm out in public), I just keep one in my mouth all day.

This may be a supplement you haven’t heard of, but it is a hidden gem! Immupro contains melatonin to help sleep and reset because often time that’s enough to allow our bodies to heal. It also contains reishi, maitake and Agaricus blazei mushrooms, which contain some of the highest sources of immune supporting polysaccharides. Yessss! But there’s also contains wolfberry powder--Wolfberries not only support a healthy immune system but provide a high level of antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals. Antioxidant activity helps to reduce the damaging effects of oxidative stress from free radicals. Lastly, ImmuPro is enhanced with calcium, zinc, selenium, and copper, all needed for proper immune function. And with no added fructose. This is such a good one to have on hand and take as directed when you need some rest! 

Okay, last tip! Let’s cover some must have oils, and I highly recommend you researching the benefits of these the rest of today! in order of importance:

Exodus II
These are all key oils we use. For daily use, apply 1-2x day diluted 1:1 ratio. For extra support, apply every 1-2 hours diluted 1:1 ratio to spine or bottoms of the feet. You can also grab you the vitality oils to add to empty veggie capsules! 5-10 drops per capsule and take as needed! 💡 TIP: for some, Exodus II is extremely hot, so test on skin before applying freely.

Tips and Tricks with Essential Oils!! Turn Your Empties into a Roller

Save your empty bottles! Buy a pack of Young Living's roller fitments and make your own roller blends. (Yeah, it took me an hour to find them because "fitment" was not in my vocab!) 

Take the label off of your empty bottle. If it's still sticky from the label, get the goo off with Lemon essential oil neat ("neat" means without a carrier oil.). Use the lid to pop off the plastic orifice reducer. (I show you how to do that halfway through this video.)

Rinse the bottle inside and out with rubbing alcohol (remember, soap won't remove oil residue) Young Living's roller fitments work on both their 5 ml and 15 ml bottles. 

Place the fitment in the opening (it will feel loose) and screw the black lid on until you hear a click. 

Then you know your roller fitment is on all the way! Go to your cart before you forget and add those AromaGlide Fitments!

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