It's not just an oil, it's a start to a healthier and toxin-free lifestyle. In this class taught by mom of twins, business owner, certified Aroma Freedom practitioner, and wellness educator Dory Doyle, you will learn all about how you can make some positive changes to you life and home today.
None of the information is meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is not approved by the FDA. In fact, I would encourage you to take this information just as a jumping off point for your own education and research.
Why are you here?
The average woman applies over 300 chemicals a day to her body through soaps, makeup, shampoos, and hair care products. 80 of those products are applied every day before breakfast!
Just because it is something we can’t pronounce doesn’t automatically make it bad. But many of them are.
Hormone imbalance. Lack of energy. Cancer. Susceptible to illness. Migraines. Lack of sleep. Agitation. All of these are very common symptoms that can be directly traced to the use of chemicals in our home and household products.
If you turn over just about every home cleaning product, beauty product, or lotion, you will most likely find the term "fragrance." You don't want that.
And this comes from the girl who used to pick her shampoo by smell. Not anymore!
There are an AVERAGE of 14 chemicals not listed on the label whenever the term "fragrance" is used.
But what can you do instead? Keep going! You'll find out!
I wish I could say that I knew as much when I was pregnant with my twins as I do now. I fear that, even though I tried to be careful with what I was putting in and on my body when I was pregnant, I just didn't know better.
"But I did that when you were younger, and you turned out just fine."
In some cases, yes. But with awareness and education comes the opportunity to change the status quo, and to get back to a natural body balance.
The No No List
There are several ingredients that you want to stay far away from. These are just some of the ones that are considered absolute no-no ingredients. But the sad thing is that many of these are hidden ingredients, so you really have to know what you’re searching for.
- Benzalkonium chloride: a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found in: sunscreens, moisturizers
- BHA and BHT: synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may cause liver damage. Found in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics.
- Coal tar hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients: a byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. It is used as a colorant and an anti-dandruff agent. Found in: hair dye, shampoo.
- Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA): a chelating (binding) agent added to cosmetics to improve stability. May be toxic to organs. Found in: hair color, moisturizers.
- Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA): surfactants and pH adjuster linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. Found in: hair dyes, mascara, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens, dry cleaning solvents, paint, pharmaceuticals.
- Formaldehyde: used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), and several other preservatives are listed. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
- Hydroquinone: a skin-lightening chemical that inhibits the production of melanin and is linked to cancer, organ toxicity, and skin irritation. Found in: skin-lightening creams.
- Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone: chemical preservatives that are among the most common irritants, sensitizers, and causes of contact skin allergies. Found in: shampoo, conditioner, body wash.
- Oxybenzone: sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorber linked to irritation, sensitization and allergies, and possible hormone disruption. Found in: sunscreen, moisturizer.
- Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.
- Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): a class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects. Found in: synthetic fragrance, nail polish, hairspray, and plastic materials.
- Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds): PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens. Found in: creams, sunscreen, shampoo.
- Retinyl palmitate and Retinol (Vitamin A): a nutrient that may damage DNA and speed the growth of skin tumors when used topically. Found in: moisturizer, anti-aging skincare.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES): SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation, which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
- Synthetic flavor or fragrance: an engineered scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets and therefore can remain undisclosed. Found in: all types of cosmetics.
- Toluene: a volatile petrochemical solvent that is toxic to the immune system and can cause birth defects. Found in: nail polish.
- Triclosan and Triclocarban: antimicrobial pesticides toxic to the aquatic environment; may also impact human reproductive systems. Found in: liquid soap, soap bars, toothpaste.
SOURCES: National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, CosIng, Health Canada, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
A Sobering Fact for Stay at Home Moms
The following was written by mama Madison Vining, who also educates on health topics and the benefits of natural products (especially Young Living):
"Stay at home moms and women who work from home are 54% more likely to die from cancer than women who don't work from home."
Let that sink in. This stat has me like 😳😡
We are home working hard cooking, cleaning, taxiing kids, keeping people alive and trying to stay sane. All the while, we're slowly killing ourselves with the toxins we've brought into our homes and the stress that we feel to measure up. Mamas, we have a seriously hard job and SO many choices to make! We are all just doing our best! I know it's easy to 🙄 the whole movement of living "clean" and eating organic, to take aim at the mama who goes to great lengths to avoid toxins and processed foods. She's crazy or paranoid or trying too hard. Hey, maybe you cheer her on but it just isn't your thing! There is no shame in this mama game however it is that you roll, but doing better for our kids needs to be all of our thing.
When they lower their standards for the products that can be sold, we have to raise the bar on educating ourselves and making informed choices! We have to know better and do better for ourselves and our kids. In one study, over 800 of the nearly 3000 (tested) chemicals we find in our personal care products (that we rub all over ourselves and our kids every. darn. day.) were found to be toxic. This is an uphill battle! These chemicals are straight-up banned in other countries.
Here are just a handful of things these toxic chemicals may cause:
+ interrupt our hormone production
+ cause acute toxicity
+ cause biological mutations
+ skin and eye irritations
+ respiratory issues
+ cause cancer
Here are just a few places you'll find these things in your home:
+ household cleaners
+ shampoo, conditioner, baby wash
+ lotions and creams
+ sunscreen and bug spray
+ scented candles
+ make up
It's scary how normal it's become to slap buzz words like "clean" or "organic" or "natural" on toxic-soup products just to market them to mamas who are trying to do their best!
So what do we do? We educate ourselves!
+ Get the ThinkDirty app and scan all your products. See how they score in terms of toxicity and start replacing the worst offenders!
+ Save a list of the Dirty Dozen and be sure to buy only organic of those things.
+ Make it easy for yourself and look into ALL the things Young Living offers.
It's SO much more than oils and I am forever thankful that I can get my cleaners and personal products from YL in my monthly wellness box and never worry that they are anything less than the best! They've got us covered for cleaning ALL the things (with ONE cleaner), laundry, dishes, bathing, moisturizing and pretty much everything else. It doesn't get easier or higher quality. See all the goodness here: https://issuu.com/youngliving/docs/yl_productguide
Empowered mamas are the best kind! I am cheering you on, friends! You owe it to your kids and yourself to stick around. You don't have to be a statistic. Be a warrior and fight for your health before it's too late!
Greenwashing is Not Just a Paint
The Beauty Bunch
The Problem Products that You May Use Daily
Am I qualified to give you this information? I’m a mom. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and a Master’s in Teaching. So the teaching part? Yes. But beyond that, this is not new information. It’s out there. I just have a passion for learning about it and passing on what I learn. I love to help other people get empowered. If you are a member of our One Breath at a Thyme team, you will know how passionately I share about these products and toxin-free living. It’s not just a series of 500 products in a catalog. For us, it’s a lifestyle and a mission to make our families as healthy as possible. It’s a community and a support network. I’m learning and teaching every day. And our members are taking steps are quickly or slowly as they feel comfortable. We want you to feel comfortable in our community, so we can do as little or as much hand-holding as you want.
How Do I Start?
That’s as hard as going to youngliving.com, clicking on Become a Member, and putting in the ID number that I can give you, and filling out the online form. Or, I've made it easy for you: bit.ly/OBAATSignUp
It's Not Just Oils
Look around you: Chipotle is cutting all their GMOs. Panera has placed signs in their restaurants that they’re cutting all the chemicals from their salad dressings. Kraft Mac and Cheese has cut their dyes. Heinz has cut all corn syrup from ketchup. People are starting to flip over the backs of the bottles from what they put on their skin, eat, clean their homes with, and they are saying “no more.”
That’s where oils come in. Can you live a completely toxin-free life? No, but you can minimize your exposure. You can take control of your laundry soap, dish soap, cleaning products, supplements (all of which are included in the Young Living lifestyle catalog). The catalog has well over 10,000 uses, from cleaning your home to emotional balance to personal care to toothpaste and deodorant to fitness.
There are 4 ways that you can take that step towards saying goodbye to chemicals RIGHT NOW:
- Good Option: Become a retail customer and pay the full retail price. You are getting the absolute BEST products on the market, you don’t have to shop around, and you know that you are supporting an amazing community.
- Great Option: Becoming a wholesale member and being a part of that amazing community while also saving 24% off of anything else you want for the rest of your life.
- Premier Option: Become a wholesale member and also enroll in Essential Rewards, our monthly wellness box program. This is a MUST for anyone who is really serious about making this positive change. While you are swapping out the chemicals and supplements in your home a few every month, you are also getting points back (10%, 20%, and then 25%) that you can spend on product in our catalog. And since you are going to be drinking NingXia Red, then of course you will be doing this! If you are looking for the best bang for your buck right now, it would be to add the Thieves Essential Rewards kit with your membership, because you are getting the oils and our most versatile cleaning/care products.
- Giving Back Option: You are a wholesale member, on Essential Rewards, and passionate about helping your friends also make these positive changes. You can do it as a hobby or business (like me), but you just can’t help sharing what you love and you get paid for it... or at the least, your oils are paid for.
Which of these is right for you?
I started this journey with YL 2.5 years ago with a YL starter kit and never looked back. We use the oils every single day in our home Every oil you use is a chemical you’re not using.
You matter. Your family matters. You friends matter. And you can take control of your own health. Kick the chemicals and toxins out of your life and start living clean.