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First, you will want to start with a healthy-for-your-skin wrinkle cream, such as Boswellia™ Wrinkle cream -or- the ART Day Activator cream and the ART Night Reconstructor cream from Young Living.
What each of these 3 wrinkle skin creams offer, pick one(s) right for your skin:ART Skin Creams and Boswellia Wrinkle Cream
- Boswellia™ Wrinkle Cream – Boswellia™ Wrinkle Cream nourishes the skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance. Its primary ingredient methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) supports collagen to improve skin firmness and minimize fine lines. Essential oils geranium, myrrh, sandalwood, and ylang ylang soothe and soften the skin, while frankincense and wolfberry oil enhance collagen formation. This cream is a bit heavier texture, so use ONLY a small dab for best results.
- ART® Day Activator (anti-aging skin cream) – An extraordinary day cream, the ART® Day Activator contains the superior Photolyase enzyme that uses visible light on damaged DNA. This light-bodied, water-based face and neck cream absorbs quickly and is perfect for wearing underneath makeup and sunscreen.
- ART® Night Reconstructor (night recovery moisturizer) Cream – The Night Reconstructor is a powerful night recovery moisturizer that contains the unique endonuclease enzyme. This medium-bodied, water-based face and neck cream contains enhanced moisturizers for maximum hydration.
- ART® Gentle Foaming Cleanser – This unique foaming cleanser was designed to clean the skin by gently removing oil, dirt, and makeup. Gentle Foaming Cleanser is formulated from naturally occurring sugars and contains ingredients that penetrate the epidermis to remove unwanted oils and impurities. This cleanser also includes a quartet of pure therapeutic-grade essential oils that were specifically selected for their skin-enhancing benefits, including DNA recovery.
More info on the entire line of ART® Skin Care products (booklet).
Note: All of the Young Living creams are very concentrated, you will only need to use a very small amount per application – Do not use gobs like you would with other brands of wrinkle creams!
The 2 Extra Special Wrinkle Ingredients
After selecting one of the skin creams, mentioned above, the next thing you will want to do is…
- Go to the store and buy some ‘Green Thompson’ seedless grapes! The Green Thompson seedless grape is one of the ingredients found in the expensive wrinkle creams that gives those creams a boost.
- Optional: Order a 15ml bottle of Young Living Frankincense essential oil. I personally love including therapeutic-grade Frankincense oil to my skin creams, like the addition of the Green Thompson grapes, Frankincense puts my wrinkle care regime over-the-top! The addition of the grapes and Frankincense has a synergistic effect with any of the above anti-aging/wrinkle creams that makes me feel that I have not only the best wrinkle busting products on hand but that they also give me the results that would normally put such results way out of the ball park for most of us. Please do not use other brands of Frankincense essential oil, they are not the superior pure oil you wish to apply to your skin; if you cannot afford this super-pure essential oil right now you will be better off skipping this step until you can order a bottle, the last thing I want you doing is applying an adulterated oil on your skin!
Money Saving Tip: When you join Young Living consider becoming a wholesale customer, and to save even more while being a wholesale customer also consider joining the Essential Rewards program – particularly if you are reading this during February 2013, there is a special offer occurring! Read the details at the Young Living Circle blog (our group blog).
The Wrinkle Smoothing Regime
- Wash face with the ART Gentle Foaming Cleanser morning and night.
- Cut one of the Green Thompson grapes in half and gently crush it on your face and neck. Make sure that you get the “crows-feet” area and the fine lines around your mouth. Leave it on for twenty minutes, then rinse with tepid water and pat dry.
- Put 2 drops of the Frankincense essential oil in one palm, with finger tips dab the Frankincense oil onto face and neck (avoid getting into eyes). This step is for those who want an even greater boost to their wrinkle smoothing program.
- Next: Seal in the goodness and moisturize by applying either the Boswellia Wrinkle Cream, or the ART Day Activator, or the ART Night Reconstructor. Note: Boswellia Wrinkle Cream is luxurious and very rich, you’ll only need a small dab to do your entire face and neck!
Repeat regime daily and before you know it… those wrinkles and fine lines will be hard to find!
Money Saving Tip: When you join Young Living consider becoming a wholesale customer, to save even more consider joining the Essential Rewards program.
8 Actions to Compliment Your Wrinkle Smoothing Skin Care Program
- Drink Water! Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Use your own tap water and get a filter that removes poisonous fluoride. Buying bottled water is not a good drinking water choice, nor is it sustainable.
- Eat Local / Seasonal Produce. Eat plenty of ‘locally grown’ seasonal organic fresh fruits and veggies. As much as possible, stick with local and seasonal produce, this will provide you with greater nutrition that your body needs and craves. Check out Local Harvest to find locally grown foods near you.
- Improve Your Digestion! Try the Young Living Life 5 probiotic, this is the first probiotic I’ve used that gives my digestion superior results, fast.
- Eat Fresh Wild Fish 2-4 Times a Week! The health and skin benefits from pure wild cold-water fish that is handled properly, and their omega 3s and 6s, cannot be beat. This is the only place I ever get seafood and fish; it is by far the best and comes recommended by leading natural health practitioner’s.
- Eat Grass-raised Meats! When you eat meats and chicken, only eat that which comes from grass-raised animals. This is a very important difference. The meat from animals that are grass-raised their entire life provide us with nutrients and health benefits that are not found in organic meats! This is where I get grass-raised meats, they are superb and super healthy to eat – they are a whole different animal!
- Alkalize Your Body! Our diets and bodies have become too acidic. When we are acidic it allows all kinds of illness and disease to gain hold of our physical health. Cancer, yeast, and most other diseases cannot grow in an alkaline system! Info on alkalizing your diet. Two things that you can do to become less acidic are: a) drink a cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice upon rising in the morning, and b) take a bath in 1 cup of Baking Soda 2-4 times a week.
- Avoid Sugar and Sugar Substitutes! Americans consume way too much sugar which is contributing to a decline in health. The usage of sugar substitutes is not a healthy answer, as a matter of fact, sugar substitutes are shown to cause many health issues, obesity, and disease. When you want sweeteners, choose one of these options: raw sugar, raw honey, or Young Living’s Stevia (an all-natural no calorie sweetener that doesn’t cause illness and disease).
- Get Outdoors and Take a Walk! Spending time outdoors in the sun (without a sunblock/sunscreen) for 30-60 minutes a day (build up slowly to avoid sunburn though) does wonders for your skin and provides valuable free Vitamin D, which is not the same as a Vitamin D supplement. Most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D and we can get it for free simply by spending more time outdoors daily! Vitamin D from the sun may also prevent 16 types of cancer, including cutting breast cancer by 77 percent – get outdoors more often and take a walk, it’s beautiful out there!
To make this Rosemary and Roman Chamomile (essential oil) Super Deep Hot Oil Treatment you will need:
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. almond oil
- Tbsp. jojoba oil
- 1 tsp. evening primrose oil
- 5 drops Young Living Rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops Young Living Roman Chamomile essential oil
Melt coconut oil in a double broiler on low temperature. Add other carrier oils and allow to cool. Add essential oils. Apply to hair and wrap in a towel for 30–45 minutes. Shampoo.
Tip: I only use therapeutic-grade essential oils in my recipes because of the superior quality and because I know that they have not been adulterated or contain harmful chemicals (more).
7 Hair Care Tips
- By treating your hair to these hot oil treatments, your tresses will not only survive winter, but will also be beautiful and healthy come springtime. The Lavender and Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment is one of my favorites: Let me know which one works for you! And if you’re looking for additional cold weather hair protection, try implementing the following tips into your daily hair care routine:
- Wash your hair with lukewarm water. Hot water can strip your hair of moisture, and during the winter you need all the moisture you can get!
- Use a quality conditioner. If you have dry hair to begin with you may want to look for a hair conditioner that is made for dry hair, such as Young Living’s Copaiba Vanilla Moisturizing Conditioner.
- Use styling tools designed to lock in moisture. Using hair tools such as ionic hairdryers and ceramic-plated straighteners will style your hair without drying it.
- Don’t go outside with wet hair. If you expose wet hair to cold winter weather, you risk the possibility of your hair freezing, which leaves it prone to breaking and getting severely damaged.
- Use a deep conditioner or hot oil treatment at least once a week. Your hair needs this extra attention to help repair and undo winter damage. Check out the end of this post for some essential oil-enhanced recipes for home hair treatments!
- Wear a hat or wear your hair up as much as possible. Choose a hat that will not flatten your hair completely, but one that will just cover up most of your hair. Fortunately, there are lots of cute style choices that can make this attractive as well as functional. Wearing your hair back and up will also help reduce exposure to the cold. Just remember: This doesn’t have to be the typical ponytail. Experiment with cute up-do’s or sleek chignons to help protect your hair.
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Therapeutic-grade Frankincense is useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering. Frankincense has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. More recently, it has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research. Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks.
I personally also enjoy using the Young Living Frankincense essential oil as an addition to my skin care regime which consists of adding 2 drops of Frankincense essential oil to either the Boswellia Wrinkle Cream (#5141) or the Wolfberry Eye Cream (#5145). This essential oils is one of my favorites regarding skin care!
How To: Frankincense Aromatherapy Bubble Bath
Mix drops of Frankincense with Young Living’s Bath & Shower Gel Base, then use the mixture as a bubble bath, or as a shower gel. Here’s how…
You will need:
- Bath & Shower Gel Base (item #3751)
- Frankincense essential oil (item #3548)
To make enough for “one bath”
In a small dish, add 3-4 drops of Frankincense essential oil to 3-4 TBSP Bath & Shower Gel Base, stir, pour mixture under running bath water, soak for 20 minutes.
To make “a bottle” of Frankincense Bubble Bath
Add 25-30 drops of Frankincense essential oil to your Bath & Shower Gel Base, stir with a chopstick to incorporate the ingredients, remember to write on your base bottle that this is Frankincense. You can also use this as a shower gel too!
Experience Frankincense and 8 Other Essential Oils
If you would like to get Frankincense oil and save 24 percent off retail prices on all of your Young Living purchases, consider the Start Living with Everyday Oils kit. It contains these therapeutic-grade single essential oils: Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender (2), Peppermint (2), and these essential oil blends: Purification, PanAway, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Valor.
Plus, there is a mail-in $40 off a diffuser coupon in the kit.
Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that has made it a romantic favorite. Flowers are picked early in the morning to maximize oil yield and are steam distilled. The highest quality Ylang Ylang oil is drawn from the first distillation and is known as ylang ylang complete. The last distillation, known as the tail, is of inferior quality and is called “cananga.”
Ylang Ylang means “flower of flowers.” The flowers have been used to cover the beds of newlywed couples on their wedding night. Traditionally used in hair formulas to promote thick, shiny, lustrous hair.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is balancing to male-female energies, enhances spiritual attunement, helps combat anger and low self-esteem, helps increase focus of thoughts and filters out negative energy, anxiety, anti-parasitic, anti-spasmodic, and anti-inflammatory.
Ylang ylang is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation, and it may help with releasing feelings of anger, tension, and nervous irritability. Ylang Ylang also has a long history in skin and hair care products, particularly in Asia, where it is used to promote thick, shiny, luxuriant hair. Buy Ylang Ylang here.
How to Use Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
For aromatherapy, dietary, or topical use.
Supplement: Dilute 1 drop Ylang Ylang in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat or rice milk.
Topical: Mix 2-4 drops Ylang Ylang with 2 TBSP V-6 Massage Oil for a full body massage.*
Diffuse: Diffuse Ylang Ylang according to your diffusers instructions. Diffuse for 15 minutes a day up to 3 times a day.*
Aromatic Bath: In a bowl, mix 1 cup Epsom Salts or Sea Salt with 4 drops of Ylang Ylang, stir well, pour under running tap water, soak for 20 minutes.*
Perfume: Put one drop on pulse points, wrists, or neck.
*Caution: Use sparingly if you have Low Blood Pressure.
A Troubling Trend, the most troubling indication that the synthetic chemicals in cosmetics and shampoos may be leaching into our bodies was provided by the government-funded Human Adipose Tissue Survey (Bock, 1996). According to this study, almost every person tested showed measurable levels of petroleum-based, carcinogenic chemicals, such as toluene, benzene, and styrene, in their fatty tissues.
This is why increasing numbers of health professionals are recommending personal care formulas that are completely natural and free of synthetic or petroleum-based ingredients–which is nearly impossible to find, even in brands that claim to be all-natural.
“To stay healthy, people have to do more than just exercise and eat healthy,” states Denver physician Terry Friedmann, M.D. “Consumer should also avoid personal care products that contain toxic synthetic ingredients that can penetrate the skin and accumulate in their tissues. In some cases, these products can have a greater impact on health than either diet or exercise.”
Young Living skin care products contain wolfberry seed oil, a costly and unusual ingredient that makes important contributions to healthy skin (see box). Along with wolfberry seed oil they contain MSM, an essential nutrient that has an unsurpassed ability to strengthen the skin.
“MSM is absolutely dynamite for the skin,” says international fashion model Teri Williams, who was a cover model for Vogue Magazine. “In my experience, it is the single most important nutrient to support healthy skin and hair.”†Ronald Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. agrees. “The importance of MSM for healthy skin and hair cannot be overemphasized. In my clinical practice, I have seen the difference that MSM makes. It is outstanding whether applied topically or taken as dietary supplement.”
In addition to wolfberry seed oil and MSM, the Young Living skin care products also contain therapeutic-grade essential oils that have a long history of use in skin care. Pure myrrh, sandalwood, geranium, rosewood, frankincense, and Roman chamomile essential oils have been used to preserve the health of the skin throughout recorded history. The Young Living skin care line of products also include a proprietary blend of antioxidant herbal extracts, such as Ginkgo biloba, orange blossom, witch hazel, cucumber, horse chestnut, and aloe vera gel, as well as special blends of pure vegetable oils such as almond, jojoba, avocado, and rose hip seed oils.
“They feel fabulous on my skin,” raves Kay Cansler, a former Director of Educational Diagnostics. “Without question, these are products for the new millennium. I’ve been using them for six months, and I can feel and see a huge difference. I am very, very impressed.”
Regenolone™ – is a moisturizing Cream that contains herbal extracts known for their nourishing skin benefits along with pregnenolone, a precursor for progesterone. Wild yam, progesterone, and black and blue cohosh are added, along with a special blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils, to enhance skin penetration and overall effectiveness.
Orange Blossom Facial Wash™ – is a gentle, nonabrasive, free-rinsing cleanser that removes dirt and makeup without stripping skin of natural oils. It contains MSM to promote healthier and clearer skin, wolfberry seed oil to hydrate, and essential oils to soothe with aromatic benefits. Added botanicals protect skin from free radical damage.
Lavender Hand & Body Lotion – Bring life back to your skin with this all-natural lightweight moisturizer infused with skin-loving lavender essential oil. Added nutrients such as wolfberry seed and jojoba oils fortify your skin’s natural moisture barrier to maintain long-lasting hydration.
A·R·T® Skin Care System – Age Refining Technology – is a superior concept in skin restoration that combines the advanced technology of DNA recovery enzymes with a proprietary anti-aging Peptide Complex to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, diminish age spots, even skin tone, and increase the elasticity and density of skin. Recognizing the incredible power of essential oils, Young Living added frankincense and sandalwood to this unique formula to reinforce DNA renewal. Add the legendary wolfberry seed oil, known for its superior moisturizing and skin conditioning properties, and you have the formula for a truly unique and effective skin care system.
A·R·T Skin Care System includes Day Activator (30 ml), Night Reconstructor (30 ml), Gentle Foaming Cleanser (100 ml), and an instructional booklet.
Young Living Hair Care Products
Lavender Volume Shampoo™ – gently cleanses and volumizes fine hair while nourishing and restoring balance. Long known for its ability to improve the appearance of hair and skin, lavender oil works its fragrant magic to enhance the natural beauty of your hair. Added botanical extracts, vitamins, and essential oils remove buildup that comes from commercially sold hair products while maximizing body. Renewing and invigorating, Lavender Volume Shampoo contains MSM, a sulfur compound that is known for strengthening hair.
Lavender Volume Conditioner™ – gently conditions and volumizes fine hair. A fabulous follow-up to Lavender Volume Shampoo, it is formulated with MSM, milk protein, and vitamins to strengthen limp and weak hair. Essential oils are added to ensure that nutrients penetrate the hair follicle and leave the hair clean and perfumed.
Lemon Sage Clarifying Shampoo™ – is designed for all hair types, but is especially beneficial for oily hair. It is fortified with botanical extracts, vitamins, and essential oils to remove the harsh effects of hard water, chlorine, trace metals, medications, environmental pollutants, and product buildup, leaving hair shiny, healthy, and manageable.
Lemon Sage Clarifying Conditioner™ – nourishes without weighing down the hair. This rich, creamy conditioner provides proprietary vitamin complexes and proteins and is great for oily hair. Use Lemon Sage Clarifying Shampoo with Lemon Sage Clarifying Conditioner for clean, fortified hair.
Rosewood Moisturizing Shampoo™ – gently cleanses dry or damaged hair. The botanical herbal extracts, vitamins, and essential oils remove buildup from commercial hair products while maximizing body and supplementing moisture.
Rosewood Moisturizing Conditioner™ – deeply moisturizes, protects, and de-frizzes hair with natural vegetable fatty acids, MSM, and milk protein. Designed specifically to complement Rosewood Moisturizing Shampoo, this rinse nourishes damaged and over-processed hair.
“What I enjoy most about the Young Living shampoos and conditioners is that over the past 10 years they are the only shampoos and conditioners I’ve had to buy. Unlike in the past when I had to change brands every single month because of build-up on my hair. Since using the Young Living shampoos and conditioners my hair is in lovely condition and I never even have to consider switching brands – I think that’s because of the better quality ingredients and the non-toxic formula.” ~ Evelyn Vincent
James Cook Ayer began selling pills and potions in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1843. By the early 1870′s he was a multimillionaire. One of his most popular products, though not exactly promoted as a medication, was “Ayer’s Hair Vigor.”
Ayer’s Hair Vigor was first bottled in 1867, sold in a beautiful cobalt blue bottle with a glass stopper. The accompanying literature, while not making direct claims of restoring hair or preventing grey, broadly hinted at such benefits while throwing in an occasional disclaimer.
An interesting feature of the descriptive literature is that it not only names the ingredients, (required in 1906) it also gives a brief rundown of the “possible” benefits of each, while encouraging the user to review the information with his own personal medical practitioner. The particulars are printed in English, French and Spanish (indicating this hair product was sold widely).
By the time that “Hair Vigor” was being widely advertised, people had just begun to learn of the “germ theory of disease” established by Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch in 1870. Though the theory was not yet well accepted or understood, it seems that many medicine promoters were quick to use this new scientific discovery to promote their wares, by attributing almost any symptom to “germs.”
For instance, Hair Vigor included:
- Sulphur – “destroys the dandruff germ and the germ which causes falling hair”. (Though sulphur is sometimes used in dandruff medications today, it is not specified for the “falling hair germ”).
- Glycerin – “for soothing and healing and a positive and distinct food value aiding nature in producing abundant luxuriant hair – food to the hairbulbs – destroys germ life.”
- Quinine – (Benefit not specified, but was most often used to treat. Malaria)
- Sodium Chloride – “for cleansing and healing” (table salt)
- Cantharides – “Arouses into full activity all the glands of the scalp.” (Formerly used as a counter-irritant for skinblisters, a diuretic and and an aphrodisiac. It is now an illegal substance in most countries)
- Alcohol – “preservative and valuable antiseptic” (and in this case, not meant to be ingested)
- Water / Perfume – “lavender, lemon and nerol.” (this must be some form of diluted down essential oil or possibly the hydosol from distillation of the essential oils)
This product’s promoters had an interesting way of proclaiming wonderful benefits to it’s customers without making any actual promises. The informational insert says it:
“Makes hair grow because it increases circulation of blood in the scalp and directly nourishes hair bulbs. But it will not do impossible things. It will not work contrary to any law of nature. We wish we could honestly say that Ayer’s Hair Vigor will grow hair on a bald head. But we cannot so state. No power in the world can make hair grow on an old thin shiny scalp. But if there is any life left in the hair bulbs it will stimulate them to do all they possibly can. Therefore we can only say that Ayer’s Hair Vigor will sometimes, but not always, make hair grow on bald heads. The only way to know is to try.”
Having covered the problem of balding, the pamphlet goes on to address graying hair and if not improving the condition, it at least makes you feel better about it, saying:
“While it prevents premature gray, it certainly will not prevent the gray and white hair which nature has declared should be a crown of beauty and dignity for ripe old age.”
The Ayer’s Co. had several other products including Cherry Pectoral, The Ague Cure, and Sarsaparilla which appeared around the mid 1800′s. Like many such companies the Ayer’s Co. promoted itself with almanacs that were filled with handy hints and profuse advertisements for it’s line of items.
Hair Care: What We Are Faced With “Today”
Unlike days a century ago, the average woman today can wear on her body over 500 chemicals every single day according to a recent study in the UK.
Even though today’s hair products do not contain Cantharides and Quinine we are still faced with ingredients that are very harmful to our health.
The UK study showed that of the 2,016 women polled, more than 70 percent said they were not concerned about the number of chemicals they put on their skin and only 1 in 10 opted for chemical-free products.
Additionally, more than 1/3 of the women in the study were unaware of the ingredients in their personal care products. And, only 9 percent were aware of most of the ingredients.
Although the study covered all kinds of personal care products (from deodorant to make-up, and lotions to hair products) I want to focus on hair care in this weeks newsletter so it’s more manageable. Hey, we all have to start somewhere, right!?
While we will never be able to completely eliminate every toxic chemical from our lives we can certainly ‘minimize’ them and their negative impacts to our health.
Moms will most likely want to be aware of this… the EWG (Environmental Working Group) tested 10 newborn babies for 413 chemicals, pollutants and pesticides (The Pollution in Newborns) and learned that the newborns were born polluted with hundreds of chemicals. This means that ‘we’ are carrying these toxic compounds in our bodies, whether we’re pregnant or not, female or male (men actually carry more in their bodies because of the types of work that are most associated with men).
The good news is that we do NOT have to have some of these toxins in our bodies at all, if we are conscious of what we’re doing and using – and – our exposure to others can be severely minimized with a little conscious effort.
I want to give you some homework this week, I want you to go into your bathroom and read the ingredients on the label. I know, it sounds like a drag and like I’m being a pain, especially if you think you know that your brand is natural and good for you… you’ll be shocked.
Have Hair Care Products Really Gotten Much Better? The Ingredients List…
- Parabens (Methyl-, ethyl-, propyl- and butyl-parabens)
- Coal Tar Colors (FC&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5 & 6, D&C Red 33)
- Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA, TEA and MEA are related ingredients that can be contaminated with DEA)
- Nonoxynol or nonylphenol ethoxylate, phthalates (can be listed as DEHP, DHP, or DBP5 or hidden in “fragrance” Red 33)
- Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA, TEA and MEA are related ingredients that can be contaminated with DEA)
- Nonoxynol or nonylphenol ethoxylate
- Phthalates (can be listed as DEHP, DHP, or DBP5 or hidden in “fragrance”)(Phthalates are carcinogenic and hormone disruptors. Their purpose in products is to help lotions penetrate and soften the skin and are essential to scented products, and help fragrances last longer)
- DMDM hydantoin
- Sodum lauryl and laureth sulfates (in toothpaste too, yup, even all-natural ones – just look at the label!)
- Formaldehyde (considered a probable carcinogen by the U.S. EPA)
- Fragrance / Perfume (these consist mostly of chemicals called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs) (Calvin Klein’s Eternity by an independent lab, commissioned by Environmental Health Network (EHN), revealed that the perfume contained over 800 compounds)
- Anything with “glycol” or “methyl” as part of the name
Hidden Chemicals – Buyer Beware!
Just like companies are hiding MSG in processed foods (yes, even in natural and organics), personal care product companies are hiding their chemicals now too. For instance, Phthalates are rarely listed on labels, but when the EWG tested 72 products which did not list Phthalates it was discovered that almost 75 percent DID contain Phthalates.
What’s in the personal care products you’re buying?
Phthlate Exposure Impairs Testicular Function (feminization of boys)
Aggregate Exposures to Phthalates in Humans (PDF Report) (there’s little doubt in my mind that phthalates are the likely cause of reproductive problems in birds, reptiles, frogs and fish too. I suspect the only reason this chemical is not banned is because of the industry, it’s a very popular and commonly used ingredient)
As you may already know, we have tons of super easy recipes at our team blog on how to make all of your own household cleaning and personal care products using common kitchen ingredients and your essential oils – it is incredibly easy to make your own… not to mention EMPOWERING!
The Best Solution for Hair and Build-up on Hair, my testimonial
“By far the best shampoo and conditioner I have found is Young Living’s. My entire life I had to switch shampoo and conditioner brands every single month due to the residue and build-up they left n my hair.
It wasn’t until I tried Young Living’s Lavender Shampoo and Lavender Conditioner over 10 years ago that my switching brands monthly came to an end. That’s right, I went from an entire lifetime of switching brands every month to using the exact same shampoo and conditioner for over 10 years!” ~ Evelyn Vincent
The Benefit to Us
- NO undesired chemicals to ruin our health!
- NO synthetic fragrances – only Young Living Essential Oils scent these
- NO MORE switching brands every month – YAY!
- So concentrated that I have to add a little water to them
- Extremely economical – I have long hair and I have never used any other brand of shampoo or conditioner that lasted so long. I go through one bottle of shampoo about every 2 months – and – the conditioner, I buy 2-3 bottles a YEAR! I cannot tell you how much money I save by using the Young Living shampoo and conditioner – it adds up to a small fortune! if you’re not yet a wholesale customer I highly recommend that too, learn the facts about the advantages.
If you haven’t tried the Young Living shampoo and conditioner I highly recommend trying them now – you will be one step closer to getting some of those chemicals out of your life, a step closer to saving a small fortune, and a step closer to having really beautiful hair! You have no idea what you’ve been missing out on if you aren’t using these.
Lavender Volume Shampoo
Lavender Volume Conditioner
Lemon Sage Clarifying Shamoo
Lemon Sage Clarifying Conditioner
Rosewood Moisturizing Shampoo
Rosewood Moisturizing Conditioner
First, what does mean – FREE Vitamin D… we get it from smartly exposing our bodies (skin) to sunlight (without sunscreens or sunblocks, which are perhaps entirely responsible for higher cancer rates). Smartly exposing skin to sunlight, from which where our bodies can make the vitamin D, requires: going into the sun for short periods of time, increasing the length of time slowly. The objective is not allow your skin to turn pink or get sunburned (which does NOT have toxic sunsreen or sunblock applied). It’s free, it’s healthy, you’ll look a lot better, you’ll have a healthier complexion, you’ll save money on make-up (which is also full of toxic chemicals and just plain bad for the skin), you’ll be helping to decrease your risk of man types of cancer, sleep better, be less depressed – just to name a handful!
Here’s the scoop…
It is thought that over 95 percent of U.S. senior citizens may be deficient, along with 85 percent of the American public. The evidence is overwhelming, and the solution is incredibly simple. One way to drastically reduce your risk of cancer and countless other chronic diseases is to optimize your levels of vitamin D either by safe sun exposure, tanning in a safe tanning bed or by taking a high-quality supplement.
Dr. Garland, interviewed in this video, is regarded as the top epidemiologist on vitamin D and its relation to health. He led one of the latest studies on vitamin D for cancer prevention and his results, which were published in the Annals of Epidemiology, were nothing short of astonishing…
“It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40 to 60 ng/mL (100–150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three fourths of deaths from these diseases in the United States and Canada, based on observational studies combined with a randomized trial. Such intakes also are expected to reduce case-fatality rates of patients who have breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer by half. There are no unreasonable risks from intake of 2000 IU per day of vitamin D3, or from a population serum 25(OH)D level of 40 to 60 ng/mL. The time has arrived for nationally coordinated action to substantially increase intake of vitamin D and calcium.”
“It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D [vitamin D] level to 40-60 ng/ml would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three quarters of deaths from these diseases, in the US and Canada.”
Further, the study proposed a new model of cancer development — dubbed DINOMIT — that is centered on a loss of cancer cells’ ability to stick together. The model is a departure from the older model of cancer development, which centers on genetic mutations as the earliest driving forces behind cancer. According to Dr. Garland:
“The first event in cancer is loss of communication among cells due to, among other things, low vitamin D and calcium levels. In this new model, we propose that this loss may play a key role in cancer by disrupting the communication between cells that is essential to healthy cell turnover, allowing more aggressive cancer cells to take over.”
The longer this information goes largely unnoticed, the more people who will die unnecessarily from potentially preventable cancers and other diseases.
The D*Action Project: How YOU Can Make a Difference
GrassrootsHealth has launched a worldwide public health campaign to solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic in a year through a focus on testing and education with all individuals spreading the word.
And you are all invited to join in this campaign!
With Dr. Garland at the helm, The D*Action Project will be monitoring, for five years, the health outcomes of individuals who get their vitamin D levels to the levels of 40-60 ng/ml.
GrassrootsHealth D*action is on a mission to get the word out and solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic … in just one year’s time.
Eliminate the vitamin D deficiency epidemic – join the D*Action Project https://www.grassrootshealth.net/questionnaire-welcome?c=1&js=1
New Research by D*action Member Dr. Cedric Garland Suggests Role Low Levels of Vitamin D Play in Cancer Development
Reprinted with permission from PRWeb
Coming on the heels of the publishing in the Annals of Epidemiology of a new study led by Dr. Cedric Garland, on the preventive measures of vitamin D, GrassrootsHealth D*action Project is calling on physicians, health clinics and groups throughout the country to recognize the need for determining vitamin D levels and to ensure the public have their blood levels of vitamin D tested. According to research from the newly published study by Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H., FACE, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and Moores Cancer Center of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), “It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three quarters of deaths from these diseases, in the US and Canada.”
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 25, 2009 — Coming on the heels of the publishing in the Annals of Epidemiology of a new study led by Dr. Cedric Garland, on the preventive measures of vitamin D, GrassrootsHealth D*action Project is calling on physicians, health clinics and groups throughout the country to recognize the need for determining vitamin D levels and to ensure the public have their blood levels of vitamin D tested.
According to research from the newly published study by Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H., FACE, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and Moores Cancer Center of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), “It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three quarters of deaths from these diseases, in the US and Canada.”
Led by Dr. Garland, one of the GrassrootsHealth D*action panel of 30 scientists, the new study proposes a new model of cancer development that hinges on a loss of cancer cells’ ability to stick together. The model, dubbed DINOMIT, differs substantially from the current model of cancer development, which suggests genetic mutations as the earliest driving forces behind cancer.
“This new research study in the Annals of Epidemiology, shows the vital nature that vitamin D deficiency can play in the development of cancer,” said D*action’s Carole Baggerly. “There is no question that many of these cancers can be prevented with adequate intake of vitamin D3 and calcium. Our mission at the D*action Project has been to get individuals to know and increase their blood levels of vitamin D. We feel this study will put a greater emphasis on medical clinics and groups to embrace this campaign and ensure that their patients attain proper levels of vitamin D.”
In December of 2008, GrassrootsHealth announced the establishment of the D*Action Project to monitor, for five years, the health outcomes of individuals who get their vitamin D levels to the recommended levels of 40-60 ng/ml. Dr. Garland is the lead investigator of this project. Elements of the program include:
Getting participants to join D*action, complete a health questionnaire and have a blood spot test. Receive test results and take action as necessary, ideally in consultation with their health care professional Encourage other people to join D*action.
“We will be tracking the incidence of many diseases, from cancer to diabetes and muscular function as well as pain levels to see what effect the higher vitamin D levels may have,” says Baggerly. “We expect to see a significant reduction in the incidence of breast cancer (and its recurrence), colon cancer, diabetes and myocardial infarction, compared with the general population. With the expansion of the project by individuals, we could substantially reduce this epidemic in a few years!” Physicians, medical institutions and groups are encouraged to contact Baggerly at email@example.com to discuss how they can participate with their health plan participants.
Garland, an epidemiologist and a professor of family and preventive medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine attributes the first event in cancer to a loss of communication among cells due to, among other things, low vitamin D and calcium levels.
“In this new model, we propose that this loss may play a key role in cancer by disrupting the communication between cells that is essential to healthy cell turnover, allowing more aggressive cancer cells to take over,” said Garland in a press release on the study issued by the University of California, San Diego.
According to the study, such cellular disruption could account for the earliest stages of many cancers. Garland says previous theories linking low levels of vitamin D to certain cancers have been tested and confirmed in more than 200 epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological basis stems from more than 2,500 laboratory studies.
“While more scientific studies need to be made, proper supplementation with vitamin D3 and diet can provide major assistance in preventing cancer development,” said Baggerly.
An interview with Dr. Garland regarding his new publication in the Annals of Epidemiology is currently posted on www.grassrootshealth.net
The new study is posted online at www.annalsofepidemiology.org. It is scheduled to appear in print in the June 2009 issue of Annals of Epidemiology.
Garland and his colleagues have published epidemiological studies about the potential preventive effects of vitamin D for two decades. As early as 1990, his team showed an association between deficiency in sunlight exposure, low vitamin D and breast cancer. In previous work, they showed associations between increased levels of vitamin D3 or markers of vitamin D and lower risk for breast, colon, ovarian and kidney cancers.
Other authors on the study include Edward D. Gorham, Sharif B. Mohr and Frank C. Garland, all of UC San Diego.
GrassrootsHealth, a non-profit public health promotion organization which launched the D*action Project to solve the vitamin D deficiency crisis is based in San Diego. The D*action Project is a consortium of scientists, institutions and individuals committed to solving the worldwide vitamin D deficiency epidemic. More information is available at www.grassrootshealth.net
Other interesting and simple possibilities for staying healthy:
In addition to keeping your fingernails and toenails looking great for summer, proper hand and foot care has a variety of perks. One such perk is when you incorporate therapeutic massage into your pampering routine you’re promoting numerous health-enhancing benefits.
9 Easy Steps for Hand and Foot Care
1. Remove Nail Polish: leaving nail polish on for extended periods of time can result in damage to the nail bed. Before beginning any hand or foot care routine, it is important to remove any nail polish on fingernails and toenails.
2. Soak Hands and Feet: submerge hands and feet in water infused with therapeutic-grade Frankincense essential oil. Frankincense is renowned for its skin-enhancing benefits, soaking hands and feet in oil-infused water will condition the skin while prepping cuticles for trimming.
Tip: limit soaking to no more than three minutes for hands and no more than five minutes for feet to soften the nails without weakening them. Read the rest of this entry »
by Catherine Ebling, RN, BSN
All the talk of the last decade has been about avoiding the sun and avoiding skin cancer. We slather ourselves with sunscreen full of chemicals and think we are doing the right and prudent thing. After all, who wants prematurely aging skin and melanomas?
Now many health advocates are questioning the safety of total sun avoidance, and study after study now point to the importance of sun exposure and vitamin D. A lack of sunlight can put you at risk for a vitamin D deficiency, and increase your susceptibility to a number of diseases-many of them life-threatening.
So the dangers of skin cancer and sunscreen versus the benefits of the sun and vitamin D, leave the average American confused about the contradictory messages. Avoiding the sun altogether will protect the skin from aging and some skin cancers, but lead to deficits in vitamin D, which leads to other serious health issues including cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and depression, to name just a few. Where is the happy medium? Read the rest of this entry »
Since the age of 12, upon hearing Ralph Nader on the radio (mid 1960s) speaking about pesticides and processing of our food I took on what would be a lifelong hobby for me – keeping up on what exactly is happening with our food. When I heard Ralph Nader speaking on my nifty little Panasonic clock radio that day it forever changed the way I see government, the FDA, USDA, and a host of others who I had, up until then, naively believed were agencies and people looking out for us, looking out for “our” health and well-being.
I was shocked! I could hardly wrap my young brain around “why” the people who did have control, say so over what happens, and what doesn’t, were not even interested in protecting “us” from things that can make us sick, diseased, and cause us to die prematurely. As children, I believe we need to know that we are being protected in the right ways, not some of this silly type of protection that’s so common today (which oftentimes seems so superficial compared to what should be done). Read the rest of this entry »
Essential oils are not simple substances, they are mosaics of hundreds – or even thousands – of different natural plant chemicals, natural plant chemicals that our bodies have evolved with over centuries. Any given essential oil may contain anywhere from 80 to 300 or more different constituents. When we walk through a herb garden, and brush against a lavender or thyme plant, for instance, that delightful aroma which fills the air is the essential oil is far more than nice scent.
An essential oil like lavender is very complex with many constituents occurring in minute quantities – but all contribute to the essential oil’s therapeutic effect to some degree. Each constituent in a plant (or a food for that matter) is there for a reason. This is why I am such a stickler about all of my food and products have to be completely “in-tact.” I want all of the parts to be there and to be whole. Read the rest of this entry »
When we talk about skin, we usually think about the epithelium, the covering of our bodies. But skin can also be the endothelium, which is the “skin” that lines our arteries and they’re essentially the same type of cells that do the same things. And, when they’re injured they secrete pretty much the same chemicals.
Our bodies, containing some ten trillion cells, has to coordinate their communication and when there is a breakdown in that coordination things can go awry and cause disease – it’s always the communication that needs to be corrected, i.e., the fixing of the instructions is what we want to deal with ultimately.
If our external skin, heart, arteries, kidneys, brain, etc. are related and can produce the symptoms of the underlying disease of aging, it’s good to take a look at the mechanisms that have to do with nutrition and what we allow our bodies to be exposed to. Aging can be slowed down. Studies over the past ten years in many different species of animals have shown that the rate of aging can reduce the rate of aging by 10, 20 and up to 400% – amazing! And, we know that this is done through nutrition, mechanisms that relate to insulin, leptin, and nutrition.The symptoms of aging are wrinkled skin, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, etc. all of which are related to the rate of aging.
It’s been a crazy year, don’t you think!? If you’re like most, the economic events of this past year have been like a monster roller-coaster ride and have wrecked havoc on our emotions and our Energetic Fields (i.e., Chakras and Aura). But did you know that there are body systems and glands associated with our Chakras and Auric Field that can impact the quality of our life and our health? We can do something to empower ourselves and help get back into shape and functioning better…
The 12 Young Living Essential Oil blends used in this protocol are amazing on their own, but when combined and used as is stated in the protocol… WOW!
Energy Centers of the Chakras and the Associated Glands
Crown Chakra – Thought – Color: Violet
Pineal Gland: controls cerebrum, right brain hemisphere, central nervous system, right eye.
3rd Eye – Light – Color: Indigo
Pituitary Gland: controls endocrine system, left brain hemisphere, left eye, nose, ears, sinuses, and parts of the nervous system.
Throat – Ether/Sound – Color: Blue
Thyroid Glad: controls jaw, neck, throat, voice, airways, upper lungs, nape of the neck, arms.
Heart – Air / Touch – Color: Green
Thymus Gland: controls heart blood circulation, immune system, lower lungs, rib cage, skin, upper back, hands.
Solar Plexus – Fire / Sight – Color: Yellow
Pancreas: controls the liver, digestive system, stomach, spleen, gall bladder, muscles, automatic nervous system, lower back.
Sacral – Water / Taste – Color: Orange
Adrenal Glands: controls all solid parts – spinal column, bones, teeth, nails. Also, blood and building of cells, kidneys and bladder.
Base / Root – Earth / Smell – Color: Red
Reproductive: controls pelvic area, sex organs, potency, and fluid functions.
In the Essential Oils Desk Reference is a terrific essential oil protocol for helping us get our aura and chakras feeling good, shining bright, and in spinning wholeness shape.
Emotional Clearing Protocol Using 12 Young Living Essential Oil Blends:
Psoriasis is a non-infectious skin disorder that is marked by skin patches or flaky skin that can occur in limited areas – such as the scalp – or that can cover up to 80-90% of the body. The overly rapid growth of skin cells is the primary cause of psoriasis. In some cases, skin cells grow four times faster than normal, resulting in the formation of silvery layers that flake off.
Treating Psoriasis with pH Balance
Psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, dry skin, allergies, and similar problems indicate an excessive acidic pH in the body. The more acid in the blood and skin the less you will see a therapeutic effect from therapeutic-grade essential oils. People who have a negative reaction to therapeutic-grade essential oils are usually highly acidic.
An alkaline balance must be obtained and then maintained in the blood and skin for the essential oils to work the best.
Young Living’s supplements AlkaLime and MultiGreens are both helpful for this balancing and knowing effective ways to restore the body to an Alkaline pH. If you also have fungus issues you will see improvement regarding that problem as will when you begin making your body more alkaline. Read the rest of this entry »
Essential oils are considered mankind’s first medicine and have been used around the world for centuries. Essential oils and other aromatics have been used in religious rituals, to treat various illnesses, and for other physical and spiritual needs.
Research dates the use of essential oils back to 4500 BC. Ancient Egyptians were the first to discover the potential of fragrance, and records demonstrate that oils and aromatics were used for treating illness and performing rituals and religious ceremonies in temples and pyramids. In fact, three oils that are still commonly used today—cedarwood, myrrh, and frankincense—were used in the embalming process.
According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics (the image to the right depicts essential oils being poured from an alabaster urn) and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians used oils thousand of years before the time of Christ. There are more than 188 references to oils in the Bible, and some precious oils like frankincense, myrrh, clove, rosemary, cassia, and cinnamon were used for the anointing and healing of the sick. Additionally, biblical prophets recognized the use of essential oils as protection against disease.
The reintroduction of essential oils into modern medicine first began during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since that time essential oils have been used traditionally to kill harmful germs, as well as spiritually to balance mood, lift spirits, and dispel negative emotions. Get an idea of the variety of ways we can use Young Living oils in A to Z of Aromatherapy Essential Oils, ways that you cannot apply other brands of essential oils.
Fortunately, today we have Young Living Essential Oils that provide us with the best quality essential oils for a number of applications such as: aromatherapy, topical, inhalation, diffusing and as dietary supplements (ingesting and cooking). So whether you’re looking for relief from muscle discomfort, wound healing/First Aid, fighting germs and viruses, air freshening (not masking odors!), nutritional supplementation or flavoring in cooking, to use instead of toxic dryer sheets, as an aromatic bath or foot soak, to get rid of those pesky tiny ants, or to use as an all natural perfume – you have access to the purest essential oils available to date. Natural plant remedies that our bodies have evolved with over thousands of years. Why choose Young Living Essential Oils?
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Article by Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Independent Distributor. Healing plant enthusiast helping others empower themselves for happier, healthier lives. Contact Evelyn at: http://TheVeryEssence.com to learn more or to place an order.