Dive In with Wellness & Essential Oils
We live in a world surrounded by the latest in medical technology, a quest for youth and vitality, spend far more than other developed countries on healthcare yet continue to fall behind in infant mortality, obesity, life expectancy and other chronic diseases. The question remains...Why and what can we do to prevent this cycle?
My husband and I began to take our health seriously almost 4 years ago. Up until then we would have considered ourselves pretty average. Try to eat healthy, buy whole wheat bread, eat salads when we remembered, try to exercise and don't eat TOO much fast food. We could tell eating healthy made us feel better but didn't really understand why. Around this time a friend introduced me to using essential oils as a way to support our immune system and to help stay above the wellness line. I'll be honest, I really didn't think much of essential oils or see the whole value in reducing the toxins in our homes and but I liked and trusted my friend and thought, "what the heck why not we'll try it." Fast forward 2-3 years and we kinda dabbled in aromatherapy, began to learn to read the labels on our foods, focused more on the farm to table approach and ditched a whole bunch of CRUDDY FOOD in our cupboards. At this point we thought, "hey we're eating mostly organic, we do our green smoothies, haven't we reached the pinnacle of wellness?"
In our minds we assumed it didn't really matter what chemicals we were using on our skin or cleaning with because we weren't consuming them. It's not like I was making a salad with Windex, 409 or my favorite scented lotion, right? However, according the Environmental Working Group adults on average apply 126 unique chemicals to their bodies daily and many of those chemicals have been linked to infertility, respritory issues and are known carcinogens!
During this time we also learned that pure essential oils have the ability to cross the blood brain barrier and have been effective in supporting the body detox from the chemical exposures we have been thrust upon! According to the Essential Oil Desk Reference, in 1997 Weber State University in Ogden, UT conducted Studies that, "showed the antibacterial effectiveness of the Thieves blend against airborne microorganisms. One study showed a 90 percent reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 20 minutes of diffusing, the kill-rate jumped to 99.3 percent. Another study against the gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.6 percent after just 12 minutes of diffusion.”
And then there was the research from the research publication site NCBI writing that, "Only 5–10% of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90–95% have their roots in the environment and lifestyle."
After reading this study and others similar we decided HAD to make the jump to going chemical free. Sadly our family and friends have felt the disastrous effects of cancer, mental illness, diabetes, heart disease and infertility just to name a few. We knew there were effective chemical free options to cleaning, boosting our immune systems and striving to live above the wellness line. A couple of friends suggested using the EWG app to help see what products in my house were safe and which ones needed the push out the door. We started scanning and reading labels and rounded up a large box of shampoos, dish soaps, body lotions, make-up, perfume, baby products and laundry soap all filled with endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and respritory issue causing substances. So so gross!
Since then we cracked back open our original diffuser and essential oils from Young Living, purchased a brand new set and have drove head in! We have replaced our household cleaners with a few microfiber clothes and a bottle of Thieves Cleaner. We now have an arsenal of favorite oil blends (there's an oil for everything) from calming down hyper toddlers (Frankincense, Lavender, Cedarwood and Stress Away) are a few top choices in our house, sleepy time oils to help this pregnant Momma sleep well at night, oils to boost the immune system, improve focus and alertness, reduce anxiety, depression and more!
For the first time during this pregnancy my nausea was miniscule compared to my previous pregnancies thanks to Citrus Fresh, Lemon and Peppermint. I was also able to ditch my 1st trimester 2-3 hour daily naps with a shot of the immune booster antioxidant superfood drink Ningxia Red. To say the difference this lifestyle has made would be an understatement. I'm not going to lie and say we never get sick but I will say our whole family feels so much better! From energy, emotions and immune system our lives have have been changed.
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~Alyssa, Young Living #1900260~