Eliminating Toxins from Your Home

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You exercise regularly, you eat healthy and done other things to clean your personal environment in your home including ditching BPA bottles, thowing out the Drano and stop using pesticides to kill spiders.  But, unknowingly, you may still be exposing your self to serious levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCS).  Research shows the EDSs can hijack hormonal systems in your brain and thyroid, putting you at risk for diabetes, unexplained weight gain, asthma and cancer.  A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, links exposure to EDCs called phthalates – found in beauty products, processed foods and plastics – to a 13 percent lower testosterone level in men ages 40 to 60.

According to Heather Patisaul, a biology professor at North Carolina State University specializing in EDCs, “we’re swimming in a soup of nealry 90,000 chemicals, most of which have not been tested for endocrine disruption or safety.  It is not something to panic over but simple lifesyle changes can cut exposure and reduce risks,”  using these simple strategies:

  1. Ditch Chemical Cleaners:  Most detergents and household cleaners are full of EDCs, which you inhale and absorb through your skin.  “Cleaning products are not required to list ingredients,’ says Caroline Cox of the Center for Environmental health, “so even if they’re marketed as ‘green’ or ‘natural,’ you don’t really know what’s in them.”  Choose products that carry the EPA’s Design for the Environment seal, which Cox says certifies that products are safe.
  2. Store food in metal or glass:  One major sourch of phthalates is plastic food-storage containers and plastic wraps.  “the longer plastic is in contact with food, the more likely EDCs are to migrate,” says Rolf Haden, director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University.  Microwaving makes the phthalates leech even more quickly.  Put your leftovers in glass or ceramic and pack lunches in stainless steel versus plastic bags.
  3. Use old-fashioned soap:  For your sink and shower, you want plain bar soap.  Antibacterial soaps and body washes often contain either triclosan, which mimics a thyroid hormone and can affect your metabolism, or triclocarban, which may interfere with testosterone, Haden says.  “Besides posing a health risk there’s zero proof synthetics clean any better than regular soap.”
  4. Limit packaged foods:  Anything mass produced and wrapped is suspect of containing high levels of phthalates.  It’s impossible to avoid packaged food entirely, so as much as you can “eat fresh foods that have undergone as little porcessing as possible,” says Joh Meeker, an EDC researcher and dean at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
  5. Upgrade your couch:  Furniture with foam is often treated with brominated flame retardants and one common type, called PBDEs, can impair thyroid function and brain development, says Gina Solomon, Deputy Secretary for Science and Health at the California Environmental Protection Agency.  Replace the foam lining in your mattress or couch cushions with fire retardant-free foam, or buy a new model and double-check the brand via the watchdog website http://www.greenscienceepolicy.org.
  6. Avoid synthetic fragrance:  Air fresheners, candles, hand lotion, if it’s scented, you can bet it contains EDCs.  “Phthalates are wonderful carries of fragrance,” Patisaul says.  “That ‘new car’ smell? That comes from phthalates releasing into the air.”  Eliminate all scented home and body products and look for brands that specifically say they’re phthalate-free, or that use natural, plant-based oils.

These are a few of many inexpensive and simple ways you can be detoxing your house today.  Take some time and look for ways to improve your living environment.  Besides, you don’t know what might be killing you.

Source:  Men’s Journal, November 2014

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Physicians Using Essential Oils

More and more physicians are using essential oils in their medical practices. Doctors are finding innovative ways to use natural elements to effectively treat their patients.  Essential oils provide a safe, pure and natural way to improve overall health and well being.

Every year at convention, a panel of physicians are featured who share how they use essential oils and offer practical advice for our use. If you missed the physicians panel at convention, you can catch here.  Please take a listen.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIe96KecmuU (Part 1)

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDBlMoE0Pu8  (Part 2)

Au Naturale Support Using Essential Oils

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I’m always looking for ways to incorporate natural options in my home.  This year, at our house with four active boys, I want to be prepared for anything.  With the help of my good friend Fran, she shared this amazing recipe that I prepared for our arsenal with this natural throat soother ready to use;   ingredients include:

8T Honey

8 drops Lemon Oil

8 drops Peppermint

8 drops Frankenscence

8 drops Wild Orange.

This concoction costs less than $3.52 to make and less than .35 per tablespoon dose plus its all natural.  I have found that using this compound offers soothing relief to a dry, scratchy throat.  This is one of several essential oil uses available.  Try it today and share with me your results on our Lavender Living Facebook page.

New Products Introduced at Convention

The essential oil company’s annual convention is a lot like Christmas, there’s always so much anticipation around new essential oil products rolled out during the event.  This year was no exception and after spending the last 30 days really trying them out, I’m happy to report that each new product is a hit!  There continues to be additional essential oil uses in 2014

So……here’s what’s new:

New oils:  Arborvitae

Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in therapeutic benefits. Arborvitae essential oil has a high content of tropolones, a group of chemical compounds that protect against environmental and seasonal threats, have powerful purifying properties, and promote healthy cell function. Hinokitiol, one of the tropolones in Arborvitae, protects the body from harmful elements while supporting normal cell activity. This compound also contributes to Arborvitae’s natural insect repellent properties. Thujic acid, another tropolone found in Arborvitae, has been studied for its ability to protect against common threats in the environment. Native to Canada, all parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for health benefits and for building vessels, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. Because of its natural preserving properties, Arborvitae prevents wood from rotting, which makes it popular in woodcraft and for preserving natural wood surfaces.

 

New Product:  Cardamom 

A close relative to Ginger, Cardamom is known as being the most expensive cooking spice and for being beneficial to the digestive system in a variety of ways. Cardamom is commonly used to help reduce indigestion and nausea, and to soothe stomach discomfort and promote digestion. Its distinct scent can lessen motion sickness while promoting a positive mood. Cardamom has profound effects on the respiratory system due to its high 1,8-cineole content, which promotes clear breathing and respiratory health. Native to Southeast Asia, Cardamom is added to traditional Indian sweets and teas for its cool, yet minty aroma and flavor. TōDERRA Cardamom essential oil is extracted from Cardamom seeds grown in Guatemala, using our strict CP testing standards. Through a collaborative and responsible sourcing arrangement, we are able to have a significant impact on the lives of local partners, ensuring that these farming communities enjoy improved livelihoods.

 

Product Update: Respiratory Blend with Cardamom

Enhanced with the powerful respiratory benefits of Cardamom, Breathe is a remarkable blend of essential oils that combine to help you breathe easier. A staple in the essential oil line, Breathe supports healthy respiratory function when seasonal threats are high and can be used safely by all members of the family to soothe airways and promote clear breathing. This proprietary blend consists of Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom essential oils, all known for their positive effects on the respiratory system. The Respiratory Blend can be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet, or diffused at nighttime to calm the senses and promote sleep.

 

New Product:  Respiratory Blend

Respiratory Blend is a long-trusted essential oil blend and has helped many with oils such as Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and now Cardamom. These type of issues are not fun and we all turn to anything that will help, but very little ever does. Respiratory Blend essential oil is a tried and true support to this age-old foe. Respiratory Blend all-natural drops are a blend of selected oils from Certified Pure essential oil blend mixed into a respiratory drop to make it more convenient to enjoy the benefits of these oils. Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Melissa, and Cardamom essential oils all help to clean and soothe airways and now they can be delivered straight to your mouth and throat in these great-tasting lozenges.

There’s much more products added but due to extremely compliance regulations, I am unable to share them here.  Please email me and I will get you more detailed information.