Ditch and Switch: Toothpaste

Back at it again with another Ditch and Switch post. Here on this blog we prioritize what we put on our bodies and what products we use. I started this blog because it was so difficult to find all the answers I was looking for. I want this to be a place where you can come find answers. When you find out what is hiding in our home products, our skin care products, our cleaning products, our soaps…. the list goes on and on… once you find out what is really in these products, if you are anything like me, you won’t stop until you replace everything with sustainable, green, animal friendly, all natural, chemical free products. I am here to help you on that mission. Enter, Ditch and Switch.

This week we have, drum roll please….

Ditch: Traditional Toothpaste

Switch: Young Living Thieves All Natural Toothpaste

 

Why you should ditch-

Have you paid attention to what is in your toothpaste? You most likely know that there is Fluoride in your toothpaste. Your dentist has probably preached to you your entire life about the importance of Fluoride in your toothpaste. But you probably haven’t been told that Fluoride is a neurotoxin.

Poison control will even tell you that toothpaste is toxic and cause problems when ingested. But they follow up by telling you that it is safe to use as directed. What I don’t understand is why they aren’t concerned about this neurotoxin being absorbed through your skin.  Plus, side note, they don’t call it a neurotoxin on their website. Just saying.

Even though small amounts of fluoride in toothpaste, using as directed, won’t give you a fever, like it can if ingested, you are still absorbing small amounts of fluoride every day. This blog post by Ursa Major the explains this process extremely well and does so in a non-biased way. You not only are absorbing it through your skin, you are also swallowing small amounts everyday, even if you rinse well.

What is a neurotoxin? According to Encyclopedia Britannica the definition of a neurotoxin is… “Neurotoxin– substance that alters the structure or function of the nervous system.” “The substances include a wide range of natural and human-made chemical compounds, from snake venom and pesticides to ethyl alcoholheroin, and cocaine.”

“Neurotoxins are absorbed through inhalation, ingestion, skin contact, or injection and can have immediate or long-lasting impacts by causing neurons to malfunction or by disrupting interneuron communication. Slurred words or poor coordination due to toxic effects on neurons from alcohol consumption, for example, are temporary, whereas cognitive damage caused by lead exposure is irreversible. Certain neurotoxins are highly potent and have been developed into chemical weapons. The nerve agent sarin, for example, is an organophosphorous compound that is classified as a weapon of mass destruction; sarin gas can kill a person within 10 minutes of exposure.” – Encyclopedia Britannica

Essentially, a nuerotoxin affects your nervous system and could negatively affect you and your body in a number of ways….. No thanks.

Traditional toothpaste also has Triclosan in it. Triclosan has been reviewed by the FDA recently and they required the removal of Triclosan in soaps because “New data suggests that the systemic exposure to these active ingredients is higher than previously thought, and new information about the potential risks from systemic absorption and long-term exposure is now available” among other reasons. To read the new rule click here. However, they have not required that it be removed from toothpaste, read here. Three things jump out at me here: 1. Systemic Absorption, 2. Long-Term Exposure, and 3. They only required removal from soaps. These don’t add up for me. Why would it not be important to remove it from any body product? If you don’t think that systemic absorption and long term exporsure is a real risk with any product that has Triclosan in it, think again. This is just proof that we cannot rely on the FDA to keep consumers safe. Read more about Triclosan here.

There are many other reasons to switch from traditional toothpastes. One being that they train consumers with their commercials to think you need a lot of toothpaste. Consumers use more toothpaste and then consequently they make more money. I could go on but these are enough reason for me to ditch my traditional toothpaste.

switching to actual all natural toothpaste-

I have been using the Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste for over a year now and I love it! I am so grateful I found a company that I trust fully. I don’t need to second guess that they are sneaking some ingredient in, while still labeling it “Natural” or “Simple Ingredients”. One great resource for seeing false advertising is The Food Babe on Instagram. She mainly focuses on food false labeling and ingredients but many major body product companies do this as well.

Young Living’s Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste is actually made with ingredients that I trust including coconut oil and essential oils. Coconut oil is used by many people for oil pulling and is a great addition to the ingredient list. Plus, this toothpaste doesn’t have that weird after taste that many natural toothpastes have. Which by the way, read the ingredients on Tom’s toothpaste…  SLS is listed as an ingredient. And on some of their toothpastes sodium fluoride is listed as an ingredient. So much for their “natural” label. 

The essential oils in the Aromabright toothpaste are:

  • Peppermint EO
  • Spearmint EO
  • Clove EO
  • Ocotea EO
  • Cinnamon EO
  • Lemon EO
  • Rosemary EO

All of these essential oils will help support a healthy mouth. Plus, they make the toothpaste taste amazing. You don’t even have to worry about swallowing it. What a concept.

If you are ready to make the switch, click here to get started with actual all natural Thieves products.

Thank you for reading and I hope this helps clear some things up about something many, many people use every single day. You can go your whole life without knowing something but the moment you learn, it is what you do with that knowledge that will make the difference in your life.

On this blog we talk about all things essential oils and yoga, plus a little more. Sharing the oil love is my passion, not just my job. If you are interested in using Essential Oils you can contact me with questions or check out this post. Or both!

Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

 

Thieves Premium Starter Kit

Hello again! If you have found this page it is because you are interested in the Thieves line. The Thieves Premium Starter Kit is out of this world and perfect if you are wanting to overhaul your home. Get rid of those nasty, cancer causing chemical filled cleaning and home products and replace them with Thieves!

Thieves is life changing and Young Living makes it so easy! Trying to find products that work that don’t have all the crap we want to avoid is hard! Until you meet the Thieves line. Stop searching. You have found the answer to all your needs. Clean your whole house and take care of yourself with the all natural Thieves line. If you’re ready to purchase your Thieves Premium Starter Kit click here!

What comes in the thieves premium starter kit?

Two Condensed Thieves Household Cleaners:

One bottle of this condensed formula of Thieves Cleaner can make 14 spray bottles(30 ounces) and each bottle would cost you less than a dollar. This is because of the discounted price of this Starter Kit. Read all about this cleaner on my blog post Ditch and Switch: Household Cleaners.

Two Thieves Foaming Hand Soaps:

The best hand soap I’ve ever used. Cleansing, moisturizing, and lasts forever. I don’t even have to use a full pump.

Two Thieves Waterless Hand Purifiers:

I never have liked hand sanitizers. They gave me migraines and dried out my hands. Not this one! I always keep this in my purse. Some of the hand soaps in public restrooms are the worst. Can you say “Tricolsan, Sodium laureth sulfate, Fragrance, Yellow number 5, and Red number 4”. What I say to that, “No thanks”.

Two Thieves Spray

Like having the Thieves Household cleaner on the go! Another item to keep in your purse. Handles for the grocery cart, cleaning your keyboard at work, and even spraying the handle when someone sick leaves your office.

Thieves Mouthwash and Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste

Tell the alcohol and flouride goodbye. Don’t worry, you won’t miss them. If you want to, google Flouride Neurotoxin to find out for yourself.

15mL Thieves Essential Oil

The amazing oil that started it all! Check out the history and the many uses for Thieves on this blog post: Featured Oil of the Week Thieves.

Stress Away Essential Oil with Roller Top

Stress away is a bonus oil that comes with this kit. It smells heavenly! First thing you should do when you open this kit is put that roller top on and start rolling! Roll it on your wrists and your jaw line.

Two NingXia Red Samples

Yummy, antioxidant super power juice! Well, almost. This amazing stuff is made from the wolfeberry or gofi berry, which has an amazing amount of antioxiandant power, amino acids, and fatty acids. Check out this article on the berry itself. I drink it every single day.

Sample EO Packets

So you can try out some of Young Living’s most popular Essential Oils!

Plus, Ten Mini Oil bottles for sharing

 

Thieves is an amazing thing. It has changed the way I live my life. It has completely overtaken my house and I couldn’t be happier about it. Chemicals in my bathrooms? Nope. Chemicals in my toothpaste. Not anymore. Chemicals in my cleaners? Heck no. Chemicals in soap? Nah.

Ditch the chemicals and switch to Thieves! Are you ready? It’s never been easier to switch to an all natural lifestyle.

If you are ready to make the switch, click here.

 

There is also an Oils Premium Starter Kit that has essential oils, including Thieves EO, and a diffuser. It is another way of starting your path to a healthier lifestyle. Click to check it out.

Please contact me if you have any questions! I am more than willing to help. Subscribe to this blog for more posts on how to use Essential Oils to live naturally. Thank you for tuning in.

Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

Featured Oil of the Week: Tea Tree

A hoard worthy oil. I probably have at least 3 unopened bottles of Tea Tree because the idea of not having it is unacceptable to me. I love my Tea Tree Essential Oil(EO) and it is one of the oils I have on my person at all times. I use it for many reasons but there is one in particular that is the main cause of my emotional attachment.

Uses for Tea Tree essential oil:
  • Add one drop on top of your Thieves Aromabright toothpaste and brush away! Tea Tree is excellent at supporting gum, tooth, and mouth health. Do this about once a week in addition to your regular routine.
  • Use in a scalp rinse to promote a healthy scalp. Pour about 3 oz of witch hazel in the bottom of a small spray bottle and add 20 drops Tea Tree EO, 20 drops Rosemary EO, and 20 drops Cedarwood EO. Fill with water. Spray on scalp. Do not wash out. If you can leave it overnight!
  • Supports healthy skin! Use diluted to help keep your skin healthy, anywhere on your body.
  • Mix with Beeswax and Lemon EO to create your own cuticle cream! Or for a liquid, use sweet almond carrier oil instead.
  • Fall changing of weather- Apply two drops of Tea Tree EO and one drop of Oregano EO in a palm full of coconut oil and apply to the bottoms of your feet to help support a healthy immune system. Put socks on to keep it in place!
  • Diffuse to scrub the air and help you breathe cleaner
  • Drop two drops in your laundry to give it a boost, perhaps when you wash the dog bed or wash sheets after someone has been sick
  • Clean mold in your home/shower/etc by ‘bumping’ your Thieves cleaner with Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • FAVORITE USE for Tea Tree EO: Dab under my nose to prevent smells like perfumes from entering my nose. This may seem strange but for me it works and I know of others who have used it successfully this way. That is how I learned about it. I am extremely sensitive to smells. That may seem counter-intuitive to the fact I’m telling you I dab Tea Tree EO right under my nose because Tea Tree is a hella strong smelling oil. BUT Essential Oils are natural and don’t give me migraines. Fake smells that have synthetic perfumes and smells in them give me some of the worst migraines I get. I can smell that lady three isles down who can no longer smell her own perfume so she sprays 5 sprays so she can, okay. I hate it. Now that I have my oils, when I smell anything synthetic I rip out my Tea Tree as fast as I can and put it under my nose. I always, always have Tea Tree on me at all times.
  • Second Favorite Use: It goes in my all natural deodorant recipe! Don’t worry I will be sharing my recipe on here soon. Subscribe so you don’t miss it!

 

Thank you for reading! On this blog we talk about all things essential oils and yoga, plus a little more. Sharing the oil love is my passion, not just my job. If you are interested in using Essential Oils you can contact me with questions or check out this post. Or both!

Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

 

Premium Starter Kit

What is the Premium Starter Kit?

A kit put together by Young Living to make it easy, and cheaper, to get started using Essential Oils. And not just dip your toes in. Really get your feet wet and start using Essential Oils. Click on any of the images to read more about that one item!

What does the Premium Starter Kit come with?

11 5mL bottles of Essential Oils-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A diffuser of your choice-

2 samples of Ning-Xia Red(size that comes with kit are the packets shown) –

One Roller Fitment (turns a bottle into a roller bottle!) –

Sample packets (you get two of each) –

Plus, you get 10 mini bottles for sharing or traveling.

Ready to jump in? Click here!
why you should jump in with both feet…

Young Living has the highest quality Essential Oils out there. There are plenty of people out there that will argue with me but I have done my research. AND I use them every single day and they work. They really work. It still to this day blows my mind how well the work. For more info on why Young Living click here.

The Premium Stater Kit is how I first got started using Essential Oils and I truly believe it is the best way to start. It gives you enough, but not too much, to really get your feet wet and start learning how to use Essential Oils to better your life. It not only gives you everything you need to get started on a healthier path, it packages it all up together to give you a cheaper price. Depending on the diffuser you pick, you will spend less than 180 bucks total. You get everything mentioned above and a membership with Young Living with no commitments.

The membership with Young Living gets you wholesale pricing without having to commit to purchasing anything further. You can order your kit, be a member, and never order again. Even though you have zero commitment to order again, you most definitely will  but it will be because you love your oils and how they are changing your life. When you do order again, you will pay the wholesale cost.

Zero commitment membership + wholesale pricing = newfound health and wellness.

The Premium Starter Kit is the way to go or I wouldn’t recommend it. All my peeps get started this way and not one has regretted it. I love my job because instead of selling a product just to make a living, I am spreading health and wellness to my NamastayOiled community. Are you ready to start using essential oils? Click here and join me on the oil train. A train where community means everything, you get a real life person to answer your questions, and we prioritize real health and wellness. You’re worth it and so are the oils.

A Note on the Vitality Line

The Vitality line with Young Living are Essential Oils labeled for dietary use. They are the bottles above with the white labels. Young Living came out with this line because the FDA regulated that essential oil companies cannot put Aromatic, Topical, and Internal uses on the same label. That is when the vitality line was born. All vitality oils through Young Living are labeled for internal use. You can put these oils in your water, Lemon EO yes please! You can use these oils in cooking or they can be taken in a capsule.

Please, please read your label if you do not use Young Living. Not all oils are created equal and many state on the label do not consume or for external use only. Others even state not for topical use! Yikes. For more on this topic check out this blog post here and scroll down to Essential Oil grades.

Get on the oil train with me here! 

 

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Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

 

Much of the information within my essential oil posts I have learned in my course study with The School for Aromatic Studies and from personal usage.

Oils 101- 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Using Essential Oils

Hello there! There are a few things that I have learned over the last few years by using Essential Oils(EO). The more I use them, the more I learn. In this post I will share some of the tips and tricks I have learned that I wish I knew when I first started using Essential Oils!

  1. First Rule- Do NOT put EOs in eyes or ears. Just don’t do it. Ever. Around your ear- good. Around your eye bone- good. Not inside.
  2. Plastic and Essential Oils don’t mix. If you want to add a drop of Lemon Vitality* EO (or any other vitality line EO) to your water or drink, it needs to be in a glass or stainless steel cup. You might say well…how come diffusers are made out of plastic then? Diffusers are made from a specific grade of plastic that will not deteriorate with Essential Oil use. Your average cup is not made from this quality of plastic. BPA free plastic doesn’t count. Don’t put your oils in those either.
  3. Start Low and Slow: When you just start out with using Essential Oils, start Slow (diluting them 50/50 with a Carrier Oil) and then apply the combo Low (to the bottoms of your feet).  Even though Essential Oils and Carrier Oils are both called oils, they are very different. A Carrier Oil is a fatty oil, not derived by the distillation process, and most people are familiar with them. You can find fatty oils in your kitchen- Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, etc. Carrier Oil Options to get you started: 
  4. Don’t touch the top of the dropper. Skin cells and particles, called epithelials, will get inside the bottle and lower the effectiveness and frequency of the oil. Hold the dropper sideways until oil drops out. No need to shake the bottle to get oil out, you’ll just end up wasting your EOs! If you’re saying, “Wait a minute! What about roller bottles? Those touch your skin.” Yes they do! Make sure you make small batches of roller bottles that you will use within about a month. Clean your bottle and start over. You don’t have to do this….BUT try making a roller bottle out of clear glass one time and see how the color changes after a couple weeks. You will be able to see little floaties too, depending on the color of the essential oil. Perhaps then you’ll see my point. It’s like drinking the last of the water your toddler was just drinking out of…. Bleh.
  5. Always store your bottles right side up. This will prevent oil from leaking into the cap and causing them to stick. If you want a few oils in your purse I recommend getting a little soft case to carry them with you.
  6. Don’t over-tighten your bottles. If you’re storing bottles right side up you don’t need to worry about tightening tightly. This can cause the caps to break. Not good!
  7. Where to apply topically? It will depend on the EO you are using. Good places to start are:
    1. bottoms of your feet (look up vitaflex points)- any and all oils can be used in this way for any and all uses!
    2. tummy- apply in a clockwise motion for supporting your digestive system
    3. back of your neck and down the spine- great for sleeping or anything related to supporting your nervous system
    4. lymph nodes on your neck- great for supporting multiple systems including endocrine and immune
    5. wrists- similar to applying to neck area, I love to put oils I want to use aromatically on my wrist because I get whiffs of the oil throughout the day. Side Note- why do you think women put perfume on their neck and wrists? The perfume is absorbed into the circulatory system making you smell more like the perfume. Instead of using perfume in this way(it’s poison!), use your Essential Oils in this same way to, not only smell good, but have the essential oils absorb into your system! If you haven’t read one of my Ditch and Switch blog posts about ditching chemicals and switching to safer alternatives, it talks about how our skin is a sponge absorbing whatever we put on it. Check it out here!
  8. Start diffusing All The Time! Seriously. When first starting out you may not know what to use for everything. Diffusing everyday will give the benefits of Essential Oils to everyone in your home! Easy peasy.
  9. Keep reading about them and ask questions. Subscribe to this blog so we don’t loose touch and be informed about new educational blog posts just like this one! Education and sharing the oil love is a main goal on this blog. I always keep it real and try to avoid fluff you don’t need to know. Another great resource I always tell people is go follow The Human Body and Essential Oils on Facebook. Jen is a wealth of knowledge and many things I know I learned from her!
  10. And finally, just start using them! The more you use them, the more you’ll learn what you love. And then you’ll start ditching and switching products left and right!
*The Vitality line with Young Living are Essential Oils labeled for dietary use. Please, please read your label if you do not use Young Living. Not all oils are created equal and many state on the label do not consume or for external use only. Others even state not for topical use! Yikes. For more on this topic check out this blog post here and scroll down to Essential Oil grades.

Subscribe to this blog for more Essential Oil posts, Ditch and Switch posts, and yoga posts. Please get in touch with me through the Contact Me page if you have any questions or click here if you are ready to jump on the oil train!

Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

Before starting your journey with Essential Oils(EOs) please do more research and have someone experienced with EOs help you out. If you do not have anyone you know with EO experience, you can message me through the Contact Me page.

Much of the information within my essential oil posts I have learned in my course study with The School for Aromatic Studies and from personal usage.

Ditch and Switch: Bathroom Products

Ditch and switch is a health series on this blog revolving around making your home chemical free. I’ll be listing the products I have switched to with success!

We are exposed to hundreds of chemicals throughout our day and our bathroom products are extremely concerning because we put them on our skin! Our skin is like a sponge and most of those chemicals get drawn into your body. Yuck! In the hopes of limiting the amount of chemicals in my body I have slowly started ditching the chemical filled products and switching to alternatives. You can check out the last Ditch and Switch blog post here. I wrote about one of the main items in our bathrooms that are filled with chemicals: Makeup. If you want to find out some of the natural products I use please keep reading!

Coconut Oil: tons of uses! Have you been on Pinterest lately?

  • Use it as your shave cream! I have a little jar I keep filled with coconut oil in my shower to shave with. It works better than shave cream and there aren’t any harsh chemicals. My skin has never been more hydrated and soft. You might think that this is more expensive BUT if you think about how expensive that bottle of shave cream is…it evens out. Buy bulk coconut oil…use it for everything. I use a little glass jar but fair warning you might want to use plastic.
  • I use it in my deodorant recipe! LOVE it.
  • Hand cream/Foot cream- rough spots? Coconut oil to the rescue.
  • Use it as a carrier oil for Essential Oils.

Norwex Body Cloths: I use these to remove my eye makeup! They are amazing. Just get them damp, hold over your eye for 10 seconds, and then rub gently. Boom. No chemicals here and a reusable product! Wham bam.

Essential Oil Beauty Serum: An amazing Young Living  serum that has Cedarwood EO, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Blue Cypress wood oil, Lavender EO, Myrrh EO, Clove flower bud oil, Wolfberry seed oil, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood EO, plus other great ingredients.

  • Add two to three drops in Argan Oil for my hair. Use less for shorter hair. I get complimented on how amazing my hair smells regularly.
  • I also use this in hair masks!
  • Add one drop in your moisturizer before bed.

Art Trio: Gentle Cleanser, Toner, and Moisturizer- all from Young Living. What they do have: Essential Oils! What they don’t have: Parabens, Synthetic colors, Fragrance, Phthalates, Triclosan, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), Formaldehyde, or Toluene! Read more on their blog here.

  • Gentle Foaming Cleanser: the name gives it away, this cleanser is very gentle, still does it’s job, and doesn’t dry your skin out. It feels amazing on my skin and smells so good!
  • Toner: I had no idea what I was missing before using this toner. I will never go without toner again.
  • Moisturizer: this light moisturizer does wonders without clogging my pores (on days when I am feeling a bit drier I add one or two drops of the Young Living Essential Oil Beauty Serum to my moisturizer)
  • Beauty Hint: I use it all 3 of these on my face, neck, upper back, chest, and shoulders. A little goes a long way and I don’t notice I have to reorder that much more frequently to do this. Besides, women spend literally hundreds of dollars on products with secrets to anti-aging. These products have EOs in them and are less pricey AND I use them all over. Boomski.

Toothpaste: Did you know fluoride, that thing your dentist and the government has been telling you since you were 5 that you need, is actually a neurotoxin? Google fluoride neurotoxin. In my opinion, I don’t want to use fluoride in my toothpaste or in my water. Feel free to not listen to me and make up your own mind. If you have the same reaction I did when I found this out, “WTF”. Then Young Living’s Aromabright toothpaste is for you. I love it! It doesn’t have a strong, weird taste that other natural toothpastes have. And I have had the best check ups in my life since using this toothpaste. Plus I floss more too.

If you’re interested in finding out what chemicals are lurking in your bathroom, I would suggest downloading the ThinkDirty App. It doesn’t have every single product but gives you a good idea about whats bad and what isn’t. Hashtag not an ad. I started scanning all my products and freaked. I slowly have been trading out all my products and wanted to share my successes. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to ditch and switch too!

Subscribe to this blog for more Ditch and Switch posts, essential oil posts, and yoga posts. Please get in touch with me through the Contact Me page if you have any questions or if you are ready to jump on the oil train click here!

Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

 

Much of the information within my essential oil posts I have learned in my course study with The School for Aromatic Studies and from personal usage.

Oils 101 – What are Essential Oils

Welcome to Oils 101! This will be another regularly occurring series on this blog where we will discuss how Essential Oils can add to your health and wellness! A question I get asked often is “What are essential oils?” More than ever before people are hearing the term essential oil. Essential oils are even available at your local stores. In this post I will be outlining what essential oils are and the grades of essentials oils.

Essential Oils 101
Essential Oils 101

Essential oils(EO) are tiny molecules that are found in plants and those molecules are extremely small and light. I would encourage you to look up essential oils and the blood brain barrier. You can check out this article by David Stewart, Ph.D.,R.A. by clicking here. With essential oils being extremely lightweight, they are categorized as volatile. This doesn’t mean they are going to explode. It means that because they are so lightweight they literally jump into the air. That is why when you open a bottle of EO you can smell it from across the room; the molecules are literally jumping into the air and you are breathing them in!

Essential oils move throughout a plants circulatory system and many people call essential oils the life blood of a plant. They are similar to how our blood, and the things it in, help to keep us healthy. Essential oils can have many different purposes within a single plant and essential oils differ from plant to plant. Some of the main purposes of essential oils are:

  • to attract pollinators
  • Allelopathy- preventing plant competitors from growing in the area
  • to defend themselves against insects and other animals
  • to protect themselves from microbes, bacteria, and fungi
Extraction

How essential oils are collected from plant materials and the part of the plant collected from varies from plant to plant. The 2 main ways EOs are extracted from plants are:

  • Steam Distilling: The most prevalent way EOs are extracted from plant material. EOs are extracted through highly controlled steam and pressure. The process Young Living uses is an exact science that varries based on the plant to ensure the most therapeutic grade EO is extracted.
  • Cold Pressing: Used for many of the citrus EOs by cold pressing the rind of the fruit in order to extract the essential oils. Cold pressing is essentially squeezing the EOs out of the rind. Citrus EO are not extracted from the pulp or juice.
Grades

There are 4 grades of EOs today:

  1. Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils (pure, plant produced essential oils containing all desired therapeutic compounds)
  2. Natural Organic and Certified Essential Oils (may not contain any or just a few therapeutic compounds)
  3. Extended or Altered Essential Oils (fragrance grade)
  4. Nature Identical or Synthetic Essential Oils (created in a labaratory)

Chemists can synthetically copycat the constituents of a pure essential oils in a lab. These oils may even be labeled as 100% pure therapeutic essential oils. BUT there are no laws regulating the definitions behind those terms. “CPTG®: Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” is actually a copyrighted trademark that is owned by a company and not an actual certification given by an outside quality review board. It is a marketing term owned by one company with the goal of making money. Another one is “Certified Pure PharmaGrade – CPPG™”. Let that sink in. There is no certification given by an outside quality review board for an essential oil company to put on their label 100% pure therapeutic grade. And no other oil company could use their exact trademark or copyright. That is why I listed two different ones here. One can’t use the other’s. That makes trusting companies much more difficult to do. 

Essential oil health and wellness

Organic labels have some merit to them but not as much as you’d think. Young Living doesn’t put the Organic label on their products because it actually would be a down grade for them. The only way you can know for sure you are getting the best grade of oils is to see it with your own eyes. Seeing the seed the company puts in the ground to seeing the seal they place on the bottle. You can go to Young Living farms and experience the entire process. They aren’t diluting EOs to make extra dough. You can go see it with your own eyeballs. If you don’t believe me go see another company’s farm….oh wait, you can’t!

I also know they hold their standards extremely high and never cut corners because products go out of stock. If a company was operating solely to make money they would never, ever let a product go out of stock. Young Living has ethics, okay peeps. They would rather have a product go out of stock in order to ensure that their crops are sustainable and their therapeutic qualities are never compromised. That is the kind of company I trust and I find that no matter what industry most companies are not as transparent as Young Living is.

It is important you trust the company you use to uphold standards within their company, since no third party is currently doing it for them. If you are buying Essential Oils from your local health food store and your goal is to use them to increase your health, you won’t see good results. Synthetic and altered essential oils can be harmful to your body and health instead of beneficial. They aren’t any different than the chemical filled products you are trying to replace them with.

The main reason I use Young Living oils is because of the action they perform. They work. It is truly amazing. I use YL Essential Oils every single day to increase my health and wellness. I hope this summary helped you understand the basics of essential oils and why it is important to use a brand you trust! I’m not claiming to be all knowing either so research for yourself. And keep tuning back into this blog for more Essential Oil posts! You can subscribe so you don’t ever miss a post wink wink.

Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

Before starting your journey with Essential Oils please do more research and have someone experienced with EOs help you out. If you do not have anyone you know with EO experience, you can message me through the Contact Me page. If you are ready to get started using Essential Oils click here.

Much of the information within my essential oil posts I have learned in my course study with The School for Aromatic Studies and from personal usage.

Ditch and Switch! Your Makeup Bag

Hello there! Today we have a ‘Ditch and Switch’ blog post. This will be another regularly occurring series on this blog where we discuss some of the chemicals in our homes and what to replace them with! This week our topic will be ‘Your Makeup Bag!’

 

About a year ago I took a class with one of my Facebook oil groups. It was all about chemicals in our homes and I was shocked at the information. I knew some things like harsh cleaners probably weren’t good for you and that’s why my mom used to yell “put gloves on!!” when she saw me cleaning the tub…. But I had no idea at the extent of horrible chemicals filling our homes and how readily available, with no warnings, these products are. Aisles upon aisles of chemical filled home, cleaning, and beauty products at our local stores. And no one (okay some people have known forever, but most of us) has any clue. That is where this series comes in!

Check out some ingredients that are most likely in your makeup bag:

TALC, PARABENS, PHTHALATES, BISMUTH, LEAD, MURCURY, FORMALDEHYDE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, TRICLOSAN

Some of the terms associated with these chemicals are carcinogen, short term toxicity, long term toxicity, linked to miscarriages, lung disease, liver and kidney cancer, and a whole mess of others depending on the chemical. And that is just a list of the most frequent chemicals that have gained some notice in the health world lately. There are literally thousands of chemicals in, not only your make up bag, but throughout your home. Many ingredients in makeup within the US are banned in European and other countries. I would encourage you to read the article below. The EWG(Environmental Working Group) is a great organization that helps keep us up to date on items like chemicals in our lives. This is not an ad peeps, I just like their info…. Hashtag not an ad.

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/2004/06/15/exposures-add-up-survey-results/#.WZ3o0z6GO70

 

We are exposed to an astonishing number of chemicals everyday. (As for you scientists out there… I know everything is made up of chemicals. I am referring to harmful and/or man made chemicals when I write ‘chemical’ in this post.) Especially us women with our loads of bathroom products. Sorry I’m not sorry for taking over the bathroom honey…. 🙂 Depending on what article or study you go by we put between 100 to over 500 chemicals on our bodies everyday. We have shampoo, conditioner, shave cream, hair spray, face wash, toner, moisturizer, primer, eye cream, lotion, scrubs, and tons of different make up products all with their own unique slew of chemicals. That adds up fast. When I went to the Young Living Health and Wellness event here in Phoenix Haley, Jensen called this the chemical blender. We just throw all these different chemicals in our bodies, hit high speed, and hope for the best.

Okay, let me ask you this… Do you think your skin protects you from the world? If you said yes, you are right. That is what we grow up thinking. BUT our skin is also a sponge and much of what we put on it gets absorbed into our bodies. You wouldn’t think so but in some people’s opinion what you put on your skin is more important than what you put in your body. I think both are important.

When I found out about all these chemicals I had just started getting into beauty. Youtube opened up a whole new world of beauty products that I all of a sudden needed….me. the girl who never wears makeup… Anyways, I was super disappointed that all these beauty wonders were making my skin a toxic waste land. Then the clouds broke, the sun came out, and a rainbow appeared…. Young Living announced their Savvy Minerals line at the 2017 convention. Okay, that might have been a bit dramatic but that’s how it felt! Searching for non toxic beauty products that actually worked was ridiculous. I tried and failed. Nothing was 100% good for you and not one product worked for me.

Savvy Minerals is

  • formulated without talc, bismuth, parabens, phalates, petrochemiclas, or synthetic fragrances
  • ideal for sensitive skin
  • vegan friendly (the lip sticks and mascara have beeswax- everything else is vegan!)
  • not tested on animals (these last two are extremely important to me!)
  • made with mineral based ingredients
  • long lasting all day wear

When I tried the YL Savvy foundation I was in love. Not only is it 100% great for my body, it is easy to use and makes me feel fabulous. Confession- I am just not the get up an hour early to do my hair and makeup. I’m just not. That’s why I love the Savvy line, you can do a quick less than 5 minute routine that gets you ready to go or you can dress it up, take a little longer, and look Friday night ready.

Ready to purchase? Click here, send me a message saying “I want that Makeup please!” and I will help you color match to get your very own set of Savvy Minerals!

I am also stoked that YL is coming out with a Lavender EO infused mascara this fall! Then my makeup routine will be completely chemical free! If you have any questions for me or would like to purchase some YL Savvy Minerals products please feel free to contact me! I hope you start ‘Ditching and Switching’ some of the chemicals in your makeup bag for a safer alternative!

Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

 

Featured Oil of the Week – Thieves

For the LOVE of Thieves! This oil right here is why I got hooked on Essential Oils! Peppermint might have been my first love but Thieves is life. 100% die hard, head over heals, will never be without, hooked. Dead serious.

So, let’s get in to it! Let us start with the story of the name behind Thieves, because if you are unaware the name Thieves might throw you. But yes, it is Thieves like thief. Thief of my heart…. Okay that was lame. Moving on.

Rewind! Circa 15th century. The Black Plague is rampant.  Everyone around you is dying. Great fun right. There was a group of 4 thieves who took advantage of the situation. They were robbing the dead and not catching the black death! They were supposedly apothecaries that would arm themselves with a concoction of vinegar, herbs, and other spices in order to not catch the plague. The story varies based on the storyteller but the consensus is that one way or another (whether they offered to give up their recipe or the judge ordered them to give it up rather than be sentenced to death) they gave up the recipe. And Thieves EO is inspired by that recipe! If this story really interests you because 1. you like history or 2. you’d love to argue with me, there are a couple books that talk about these thieves that you could read. And no, I won’t argue with you. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about stories from hundreds of years ago.

No matter the version of the story, I LOVE Thieves EO in real present time!

Some of the amazing reasons why I love Thieves EO-

  • Diffuse Thieves solo in your cold water diffuser to scrub the air of your home. Do it often.
  • Dilute in carrier oil and apply to the bottoms of your feet to help support a healthy immune system. Bump it with some Oregano EO when seasons change is coming. Dilute more for children
  • Add one drop of Thieves Vitality* to a spoon full of Honey and stir into hot tea. Your throat will go ooohhh, aaaahhhhh (if you aren’t used to it, you might not enjoy the taste. It will be worth it though)
  • Add a few drops of Thieves Vitality to a capsule, fill the rest with carrier oil and take to help support healthy immunity (If you’re a seasoned oiller, do one drop sublingual, under your tongue)
  • Add a few drops in your dishwasher, especially when someone in your house is sicky

*The Vitality line with Young Living are Essential Oils labeled for dietary use.

Some of the other amazing Thieves Young Living products I cannot live without (I will do an entire Ditch and Switch post about these products in the future!)-

  • Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Thieves Hand Purifier
  • Thieves Toothpaste
  • Thieves Mouthwash
  • Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
  • Thieves Dish Soap
  • Thieves Fruit and Veggie Cleaner

I would have to say that Thieves EO and NingXia Red(a YL supplement) are the two health and wellness products that have made the biggest difference since starting my journey. I can feel the difference when I use them and especially when I don’t use them.

Subscribe to this blog for more posts on everything from oils to yoga! If you want to get started with essential oils click here. There is even a Thieves Kit you will have to have! Contact me for more. You know you want more.

Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

Before starting your journey with Essential Oils please do more research and have someone experienced with EOs help you out. If you do not have anyone you know with EO experience, you can message me through the Contact Me page. And of course keep tuning in to this blog for more EO information!

Much of the information within my essential oil posts I have learned in my course study with The School for Aromatic Studies and from personal usage.

FriDiary – Cleansing with Essential Oils

Hello Again! FriDiary will be a regularly occurring post on this blog, although it won’t be every Friday. This Friday’s Diary will be about the cleanse I am currently doing! I am on a strict gluten free diet BUT just because someone is gluten free doesn’t necessarily mean they are healthy. And I have been slipping lately. Like eating bad food way too often. I’m human. But because of this I haven’t been feeling so hot. The worse I feel, the less I do yoga, and the worse I feel. It’s a vicious circle. So I decided to do a gentle cleanse with Young Living Cleansing Trio and essential oils. After all…..

“All Disease Starts in the Gut” – Hippocrates

 

There is more and more research coming out about how important gut health is. I guess Hippocrates knew what the heck he was talking about. The Cleansing Trio is geared towards gut health and stimulates your digestive system. I am in no way a gut expert. I have only begun research so please do not think I am claiming to be an expert here. Once I started reading about leaky gut that is when I decided I wanted to do a cleanse, especially because I have been failing on the food front lately.

The Cleansing Trio is a set of three supplements by Young Living that work well together: Comfortone, ICP, and Essentialzyme. Young Living states that this kit cleanses your system and eliminates waste.

I started off with Comfortone by taking one pill in the morning and one at night for two days and then increased to two pills morning and night. I did really well about staying on top of this! After about a week of this I added in ICP and started to drink it once a day (….except for the whole it was my birthday on a weekend and didn’t follow this at all…..oh well! It still has been working!) ICP is a powder that you add to water(or juice) and drink. It doesn’t taste great so I plug my nose and chug. It isn’t the worst and some people even like it. It is just very earthy. The packaging states to drink it right away after you mix it with liquid because if it sits too long it becomes thick. The goal is to keep taking the Comfortone and start drinking ICP 3 times a day….but I am horrible at structure. Even with me failing to drink it as often as it says I still am feeling a difference! At the same time that I started taking the ICP, I started taking Essentialzyme on an empty stomach about an hour before each meal. Except for breakfast because I eat right when I get up most of the time. They say taking this on an empty stomach is the most beneficial way to take it.

Throughout the entire process I have upped my water intake quite a bit. My goal is 88 fluid ounces a day. I haven’t been hitting my goal every day but I’ve been doing pretty good. When I am not doing a cleanse I shoot for about 60 ounces a day. The rule of thumb I follow is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces or more, every day. So, half your body weight and the drink that number in ounces every day. That in itself will start to cleanse your system. I have been adding Lemon EO to my water as well. And a few times throughout this cleanse I have taken a capsule with a couple drops of Peppermint EO. 

So far I love this cleanse! It is much more gentle than some of the detoxes and cleanses that are out there(from what I hear, I haven’t ever done a major one). I didn’t feel low energy, like you might from only drinking juice. No hate on a juice cleanse, it just ins’t my style. Especially because I work full time and my metabolism is like a butter bullet. I don’t have time for that right now. I didn’t have any moments where I had a panicked rush to the restroom.  My stomach has definitely been making some crazy noises though. Essentially, it just got things moving and grooving and doing what they were supposed to already be doing! And I suck at following the rules and haven’t been as regular with it as I should be and it still is working! That is what I love about Young Living products- they work with your body and support your body systems. They don’t override your systems or block your neurotransmitters(many prescription drugs do this). They work in harmony with your body to help you naturally feel better. I’m sure if I was better about taking everything how I am supposed to it would work even better. I’m going to work on that for the last half of the cleanse and try to step it up. If you’re the kind of person that can follow structure then 1. this will work great for you and 2. I’m jealous. If you’ve been thinking about doing a cleanse I definitely recommend this one!

Disclaimer- I am not claiming that essential oils or these products treat or cure symptoms. I do believe they work in harmony with your body to support bodily systems naturally.

If you decide to try out this cleanse please read and follow the instructions per Young Living. If you are concerned at all I recommend contacting your doctor.

Namaste,

Paige

NamastayOiled

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