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Adulterating and extending of essential oils to increase profits is common practice in the essential oil and aromatherapy industries, yet few consumers of these products are aware. While at first glance this may seem somewhat insignificant I can assure you that it means the difference between you knowing what you’re spending your money, being misled, and being unaware that the product you’re buying is likely adding toxic chemicals to your body, your families bodies, your pet(s), and to the environment.
If you’re the type of person who tries to live consciously, more Green, natural, and if you’re trying to stay healthy and reduce eventual diseases and health costs caused by toxins; this is very significant news you certainly do want to know.
In this economy, I don’t want to waste my money, I’m sure you don’t either. And I certainly do NOT want to be compromising the quality of my life or health. It only makes sense to buy and use the things that actually have benefit and contribute to staying healthy. Here’s what you need to know about aromatherapy and essential oils so your finances and health are not compromised…
Have you seen this printed on labels of essential oils?
- “100% essential oil”
- “Wild crafted”
- “100% Pure”
Do you know that any of those words is not a guarantee of true purity, that in fact you may believe you’re buying a high quality essential oil when in fact you are not?
The fact is, there are hundreds of ways the essential oil, even if it has an organic label, is adulterated and extended. Most people aren’t aware of this and honestly believe they are getting something that’s high quality.
Definition of Adulteration
To render (something) poorer in quality by adding another substance, typically an inferior one: from Latin adulterated – ‘corrupted.’
Effects Adulteration has on an Essential Oil
When an essential oil is adulterated its naturally occurring constituents and synergistic components destroy the essential oils therapeutic benefits.
Organically raised plants are terrific and desired, but… just because the plant is grown and/or certified organic never means that once the plant has been harvested that it has not been adulterated. Thus, the words “organic” is absolutely worthless on an essential oil label. Who cares if it was grown organically if the essential oil was ruined in the distillation process, or just prior to being bottled. The term “organic” is meaningless.
During any point, after the plant is harvested, any number of human interventions that destroy the delicate beneficial molecules contained within an essential oil can and commonly do occur. Primarily because of the perfume and food industries. Both the perfume and food industries require consistency in ingredients; that consistency they require never happens in nature.
Things such as: the amount of rainfall, temperature, the time of day the plant was harvested, where and how the plant was grown, how long the harvested plant material sat in a truck in the blazing summer sun; all of these things have an impact on the essential oil, long before the plant material reaches the distillery. All of these things also have an effect on the smell and flavor of the plant that particular year. The food and perfume industries can’t have such a thing happening! So what do they do? They either add the chemical constituents that aren’t so high so that there is consistency, or they formulate in a lab (using chemicals) the ‘scent’ that a particular plant is known to and expected to possess.
At the Distillery
Once the harvested plant material arrives at the distillery other undesirable things can occur. Like,
- Toxic chemicals can be used to extract the most essential oil possible out of the plant material
- Extreme heat can be applied to extract the largest possible amount of essential oil from the plant material
- Extreme pressure can be applied to extract the largest possible amount of essential oil from the plant material
- Profits are maximized when the distiller extracts the greatest amount of essential oil using the least amount of time and energy
All of these severely degrade the quality and benefit of the essential oil. As a matter of fact, the quality is degraded so much that there is very little, if any, therapeutic benefit remaining. Sure, these oils may smell ok to the untrained nose; but the fact remains, they have most or all of their life-force energy and synergistic components stripped.
Adulteration at the Hand of the Distiller
Some distillers will actually add a chemical to their distilled essential oils, which also includes plants raised organically, so that when the essential oils are tested for purity the essential oil appears to be of a higher quality than it actually is. Higher quality essential oils are expensive, as such it is common practice for chemicals to be added to make the essential oil appear better than it is; most companies do not have the proper equipment to analyze and test an essential oil brought in by a vendor to determine if it has been corrupted or not.
Most simply take the word of the vendor, or send the essential oil out for testing, such as Gas Chromatography (GS), Mass Spectroscopy (MS). Yet are unaware that these two tests fall way short and can easily be tricked, they are no guarantee of purity.
Do you see where this is going? Scary, isn’t it!?
Every single inch of the way the essential oil is in different hands being handled differently. Even the farmer who has spent the season raising the plants organically can give no assurance that the product he intended to provide you with is in fact anywhere near organic… and we’re not even at the point yet where the essential oil is on the store shelf yet!
In the Hands of the Vendor
This can be, but isn’t necessarily, the next set of hands the essential oil falls into. The vendor, also wanting to make more profit can add chemicals to make the essential oil appear better than it is, or they can simply fudge the test GS and MS results. And once again, the aromatherapy company or other type of business who needs an essential oil can easily be tricked… oh, and they are, all the time.
This is where the value of what Young Living does makes a huge difference. First, they grow a lot of their own plants (organically); the distillers actually sit in the fields so the plant material is in the distillers within 30 minutes after being harvested. There’s no going through other hands.
Additionally, each and every different type of plant has been studied to determine what is the optimal amount of heat, pressure and length of time necessary to produce an essential oil so that all of its beneficial properties remain in tact. There’s no rushing the process! If a particular plant requires 18 hours in the distiller at X pressure and heat, it’s stays in there for that length of time. Young Living is far more interested in producing the best, rather than producing the most within the shortest period of time.
This is where it gets even more interesting…
Even though Young Living has over 4,000 acres of farms / land and grows the plants, they still have to work with and buy from farmers and vendors the plants they don’t grow. When a vendor brings in an essential oil, it goes through a battery of tests on state of the art equipment that is not seen at competitors.
Guess what happens to the essential oils Young Living rejects because the quality isn’t there, or when it has been detected that a distiller or vendor has adulterated? It goes onto the open market where other essential oil and aromatherapy companies can purchase them. It is those essential oils that you find in stores, with labels containing print like the list I began this article with. I think it’s interesting how those rejected essential oils are good enough for those terms but they’re not good enough for Young Living and its customers.
In the hands of Companies
Now, the essential oil has moved even closer to the consumer. This is the last stage before it gets bottled and put onto store shelves. Consider this…
Have you ever bought and used an essential oil and found that you use a lot of it?
Have you ever bought an essential oil and found that it turned bad within 6 to 12 months?
Have the essential oils you bought felt greasy and/or left greasy type stains on your fabrics?
There’s a reason why that happens. It’s because still more profits need to be made. What happens is this, in a 15ml bottle there’s probably between 10-20 drops of essential oil, the rest is a cheap carrier oil.
Using the example of Lavender essential oil let’s see what you’re getting…
Let’s say, XYZ company has their essential oil on shelves at your local health food store and the price for a 15ml bottle is $10… first, if the label also says “Not for Internal Use” you can be 100% certain they are NOT using real lavender but in fact they are using an essential oil that is far less expensive, called Lavadin; which by the way has a high camphor level and if you were to use it on a first degree burn you will more than likely end up in the hospital with a third degree burn because camphor burns the skin.
Real lavender, Landula angustifolia, does not contain any camphor because it’s a different plant species. Also, Lavendula angustifolia is an edible plant; therefore I ‘should’ be able to use that lavender in cooking and as a dietary supplement. Thus, if the label states it’s “For External Use Only” I know right away that the essential oil is very low quality!
But that aside, let’s assume the company is using a lavender which Young Living rejected. Now they’re adding a carrier oil to it, known as an extender. If you’re paying $10 for a 15ml bottle, you are paying an extremely high price, many more times higher than you’d pay for a Young Living lavender. You’re using that essential oil by the handful because it is primarily a cheap carrier oil and doesn’t even contain 15ml of lavender.
Whereas if you were to buy at wholesale a 15ml bottle of Young Living lavender you would be buying 15ml of Lavendula angustifolia for about $20, no carrier oil included. And you would be using it by the drop, not by the handful!
The savings is enormous! Not to mention you are buying a superior quality essential oil that actually is beneficial.
Did you know that only 2 percent of all essential oils sold to consumers in the entire world are superior quality, and that Young Living makes up most of that 2 percent?
Did you know that France, the largest exporter of lavender oil, exports 100 times more lavender essential oil than they distill?
That means there is a lot of junk being sold and used in products that have very little real lavender in it, if it has any at all.
Learn about how to buy Young Living Essential Oils at wholesale pricing.
There is a reason why Young Living sets the world standard in essential oil quality… they are super picky. Which is perfect for me, I don’t like spending my money on junk or on anything that’s not what it should be, it’s wasteful and expensive in the long run. I also do not like to use products that have been corrupted, adulterated, extended, or that fall short of my personal standard of what truly organic and all-natural.
Children swap toys, books, games, and even germs. Then, they come home from school or daycare and they bring more than just artwork for the refrigerator—oftentimes they bring home unwanted colds and germs.
Teaching children the ABCs of hand hygiene with Young Living hand soaps can help keep those bugs at bay while keeping your kids safe from harmful and disease causing chemicals found in soap products.
Studies have shown the importance of encouraging children to wash their hands.
At Trombley Elementary School in Gross Pointe Park, Michigan, a group of first- through fifth-grade students washed their hands a minimum of four scheduled times daily: when they arrived at school, before lunch, at recess time, and before leaving school for the day. The control group continued hand-washing practices as usual. After one month, the kids who washed their hands at least four times had 24 percent fewer missed days from cold and flu, and an astounding 51 percent fewer sick days due to gastrointestinal symptoms.1
It is not advisable to use antibacterial handsoaps, microorganisms will grow a resistance to the antibiotics and this contributes to organisms mutating into forms that are much more difficult to fight. We have seen this occur in medicine, resistant strains of bacteria and organisms to antibiotics. This little critters are fairly sophisticated and what we have been doing does not outwit them, learn more about how they communicate between species and resist antibiotics, and how a common house fly can spread antibiotic resistant bacteria.
So, what can parents, grandparents, and caregivers do?
Teach good hand hygiene habits at home so your children know what to do at school. And set an example by doing it yourself, you too will have fewer sick days!
Three Young Living Products Kids Love to Use
- Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer (PDF fact sheet)
- Thieves Foaming Hand Soap (PDF fact sheet)
- Lavender Foaming Hand Soap (PDF on lavender essential oil)
Kids especially love Young Living’s Thieves® and Lavender Foaming Hand Soaps, which can be used often without drying or stripping the skin. One suggestion is to pump a handful of foam into their hands and then have them sing a song such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” while they wash to make sure they take enough time to kill the germs. When they learn these good habits at home they will be more likely to apply them at school – particularly if they’re using Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer.
Therapeutic-grade essential oils are naturally antibacterial, aromatic plants make and use essential oils to protect them from bacteria and fungi; as such the essential oils are extremely complex compounds. A therapeutic-grade essential oil will have all of its beneficial compounds in tact, whereas a lower quality essential oil may only smell nice but not be able to address any beneficial properties you’re desiring.
Because essential oils are extremely complex bacteria and microorganisms have not and cannot grow any resistance to the essential oils. The difference between chemical anitbiotics and essential oils is that antibiotics are extremely simple compounds, which makes it super easy for little creatures to communicate back and forth and within a few generations become entirely resistant to drug treatments.
Be mindful though that all essential oils are NOT created equal. I have yet to find a high quality essential oil in any store, health food stores included. This makes sense though because only 2 percent of all essential oils produced in the entire world are high quality. Young Living Essential Oils is the majority of that 2 percent.
Thus, do not think when a store bought product lists essential oil as an ingredient that you will get a high quality essential oil in that product. As a matter of fact, you CAN assume there is a 100 percent chance that an aromatherapy product has the poorest quality essential oil in it; they’re concerned with price point, people want products at a cheap cost, the comppany will NOT put a god quality essential oil in their product as it will eat away at their profits.
For this reason, I never buy any kind of aromatherapy product (unless it’s from Young Living). I don’t even buy scented candles, they too use low quality essential oils; the last thing I need is to be putting more chemicals into my indoor air by burning a candle that has cheap essential oils that contain hazardous chemicals! Instead I buy bees wax candles and for scent in the air I simply turn on my diffuser which contain my Young Living essential oils. Doing this gives me the ambiance I’m looking for and the scent I desire without putting chemicals into my air.
I’ve gotten off track here a bit but its important to me to provide information that helps my readers learn more about what’s in the products they’re using so they can make educated choices that are right for them and their families. Besides, I hate it when companies lie directly or through ommission; both result in ‘us’ paying for it in the longrun through health issues and healthcare costs.
Yes, you and your kids can get the same germ killing benefits by using a plain, all-natural, unscented bar soap (remember to sing Twinkle-Twinkle so you’re doing it long enough to be effective though). I personally prefer to use my Young Living soaps and Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer because there is a ‘lasting’ benefit; the essential oils will linger on my hands, thus between washings it’s as if I have a protective barrier or protective glove on my hands. That is why I choose my Young Living hand products over all others.
1. Master D, Hess Longe SH, Dickson H, “Scheduled hand washing in an elementary school population,” Fam Med. 1997 May;29(5):336-9.
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
Have you ever taken the time to notice the typical toothpaste warning printed on the label/box:
“Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”
Typical mouthwash caution printed on the label:
“In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional assistance or contact a poison control center immediately. Do not use in children under six years of age. Supervise children over six.”
These warnings ARE on every brand of toothpaste and mouthwash I have seen!
When a warning is on a product it does mean it is and can be fatal.
In the case of oral care products, the most toxic ingredients are:
Alcohol, SD Alcohol
Artificial food dyes & colors
- D&C Yellow #10
- FD&C Green #3
- FD&C Blue #1
- FD&C Yellow #5
- Poloxmer 403
- Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
- Synthetic Glycerine
- Benzoic Acid
- Polysorbate 80
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
Triclosan (read more about Triclosan)
One tube of ordinary toothpaste can literally kill two children if ingested. One tube can kill an adult if ingested. This is serious stuff!
The ingredients highlighted in “red” are the ingredients that would be responsible for fatalities. The other ingredients would be a slower accumulation of poisons becoming lodged in tissues, organs and fat cells.
Visit the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website, type in any of the above ingredients or ingredients in your personal care products that you have at home right now to find out just how toxic the products are – this is a very useful database for those who care about products they buy and use!
Researchers in the US found that the chlorine added to water in Britain reacted with triclosan to produce chloroform-gas. They found that it was possible for the chloroform produced when soap containing the chemical mixes with chlorinated water to be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. This means it’s a very good idea to read the labels on soaps you buy too, this stuff is not only in dental care products, it’s all over the place. Read more…
Fluoride’s Neurological Effects: studies show there may be grave implications for Alzheimers, Dementia, Attention Deficit Disorder, reduced IQ in children, read more…
Thieves™ dental hygiene and personal care products never have and never will contain triclosan!
If you want to get up to speed on fluoride you can check out these: Fluoride Action Network, and the Fluoride Deception with Christopher Bryson an excellent and historical informative video (below) and book!
Dollar store toothpastes may contain up to 10 times the fluoride – an extreme health hazard!
It only makes sense to not use toxic dental care products, especially when it comes to our kids.
Young Living has KidScents Toothpaste which has no poisons or chemicals – yes, it is edible and also has the benefits of our fabulous essential oils!
Young Living also has 3 different toothpastes for adults (and perfectly suitable for kids, some kids prefer the adult toothpaste) the Thieves Ultra Toothpaste I think is the best – all of which have the amazing benefits of our Thieves essential oil and all are free of poisons and chemicals too – yes, it’s edible!
According to industry estimates, on any given day an average consumer may use as many as 25 different cosmetic and personal care products, including shampoo, nail polish, aftershave and lotion, containing more than 200 different chemical compounds.
A common assumption within the cosmetics industry is that 70% of what is applied to the skin is absorbed into the body. It is not surprising, then, that many dangerous chemicals have gotten into our bodies, our breast milk and our children. Some of these chemicals are linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems that are on the rise in the human population. Read the rest of this entry »
1. Use the right product for the right hair type. No hair care product—regardless of its quality—works for all types of hair at all times. Hair that is naturally curly requires different hair treatments than those that are permed. Similarly, Asian hair (which tends to consist of thicker and rounder hair follicles) needs different hair care than does African hair (which tends to be very fine and frizzy). This why the Young Living Essential Oils AromaSilk hair care line of products is segmented into three different lines:
• 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.
• 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. Read the rest of this entry »
Making your own home spa products can be a great way to get that lovely pampered feeling and refreshing radiant skin. Even with all the right spa recipes, you still need to find the ingredients to make your own products. If you’re trying to get results that create change and promote wellness you will want to make certain that your recipe ingredients are top notch.
Many of ingredients – such a sea salt or sunflower oil for body scrubs are available at your local supermarket or health food store and the quality is pretty much the same, provided the sunflower oil is organic I should add.
There are other more unusual items, such as jojoba oil, liquid soap base that you will usually find at your local health food store.
Then there are the rarer more difficult to find ingredients, such as the essential oils.
OK, you might be thinking, “ha, essential oils aren’t rare at all why even Glade is using them in their air freshener products these days!” WRONG!
Choosing the purest of the pure essential oils, i.e., “therapeutic-grade” is the only type of essential oil that “should,” in my humble opinion, be used in the creation of any aromatic product whether it is applied to the body in a cream or oil, inhaled passively, or used to help heal a wound. Read the rest of this entry »
These days more than ever it’s a good idea to become a “Label Reader” – in that teeny-tiny fine print on the label manufacturers do list ‘some’ ingredients (I say ‘some’ because it’s ‘not’ mandatory, by the US government, for companies to list all of the ingredients – and some products don’t list any ingredients, which you can be 100% certain contain some of the worst toxic chemicals).
Between advertising, less than honest companies looking to capitalize on a study done by someone who has a “special interest,” and the fact that new chemicals and slight variatons of old ones comprise a larger than ever percentage of ingredients we can very safely assume that these products are nothing more than a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing.” So, these companies lead us around like bull’s with rings in our noses and we are expected to follow like ‘good little sheep’ and never question them or resist.
Here’s a list of ‘some’ of what is commonly found in the products you use daily (I say ‘you’ because I don’t spend my money on products that contain these and other toxins) – look at the labels on the personal care products in your home right now and see what’s in them. It’s better to be a label reader now, than to pay for it dearly later! So get out those reading glasses and have a look-see…
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Our country is facing serious times. On the heels of sky-high fuel prices this summer, a massive financial crisis has sent the economy into a tailspin. As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, do consumers ever wonder what goes into producing all of those items that we go into hock for and what happens to their stuff from holidays past?
Consumer mania may have been born from the post World War II era, but economic manipulation has driven consumerism to where it is today and the condition of the environment. From the limited life cycle of personal computers to changes in footwear fashion, products are either designed to be regularly replaced or to convince consumers that their stuff needs to be upgraded. This notion of planned and perceived obsolescence drives the machine of American consumerism year round.
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How we can invent and invest our way out of the pollution-based grey economy and into the healthy new green economy?
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In the book, The Green Collar Economy, acclaimed activist and political advisor Van Jones delivers a real solution that both rescues our economy and saves the environment. A New York Times best-seller The Green Collar Economy is not a dire warning but rather a substantive and viable plan for solving the biggest issues facing the country–the failing economy and our devastated environment. From a distance, it appears that these two problems are separate, but when we look closer, the connection becomes unmistakable.
Stacy Malkan’s groundbreaking expose’ about toxic chemicals in personal care products has won a top award from the independent publishing industry. Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (New Society Publishers 2007) received a 2008 Silver IPPY from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the category of Health/Medicine/Nutrition. The contest honors the best independently published books of the year in 64 categories.
It is for all the reasons above why I’ve taken the time to learn about Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils and create this blog… so that I might help others make a difference in their lives and in the world. If you’re interested in some of the ways I use essential oils in place of common over-the-counter medicines and toxic household cleaners visit my page on Making the Switch.
I was just reading an article on CNN about how there could be things and products in your home that are causing you to have allergies and allergy type symptoms such as itching, sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. And while I agree with their 11 ‘sneaky allergy suspects’ the comment on essential oils is just wrong and I’ll tell you why. The article reads…
“You can’t be allergic to essential oils — which make candles smell like autumn leaves or dune grass — but their odors can inflame your nasal cavities, according to James Wedner, M.D., chief of allergy and immunology at the Washington University School of Medicine.
Healthy, vibrant, beautiful skin starts at the liver - Young Living Essential Oils can help. As one of the most important detoxifying organs in the body the liver has the greatest number of functions – known to have over 5,000 chemical functions per day affecting every cell in the body, with over one liter of blood passing through the liver every minute. When the liver is taxed from toxins, the skin excretes these toxins and poisons in the body… yuck! What we eat is reflected in our face. Cleaning up the diet will show on your face, I know I have seen it happen on myself!
What does the liver have to do with Cellulite?
A lot! Those cellulite fat dimples, they contain toxins that are in your body. Toxins that were never eliminated by the liver. Read the rest of this entry »
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found a fire retardant chemical used in electronics, toys, and furniture in children’s blood at triple the levels found in their mothers. The EWG is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit group that studies environmental toxins.
It conducted a pilot study of 20 families, taking blood samples from mothers and young children up to the age of four. They were looking for PBDEs or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, a hormone-disrupting pollutant that builds up in the body. Because children are generally more at risk from exposure to harmful chemicals, their organs are still developing and lower concentrations of toxic chemicals can have a disproportionate effect on them, the findings are cause for some concern.
PBDE stands for polybrominated diphenyl ethers, a class of related chemicals each with slightly different uses and potential health risks. Europe and some U.S. states have banned the use of some PBDEs, which are in such wide use in part because other flame retardants have been banned because of their toxicity. Promoters of PBDEs point out that reducing fire risk from consumer products, like furniture and electronics, has saved many lives, and the risks of toxic exposure or hormonal disruption is small or unproven. Read the rest of this entry »
Back-to-school season is upon us, that means kids are going to be exposed to more cooties than usual. I was just doing a little reading about some of these hand sanitizers that are all over the place these days and one ingredient in them stood out - Isopropyl alcohol. Do you know what Isopropyl alcohol is? I didn’t until I checked Wikipedia. I also found an article on WebMed on how some people think that because hand sanitizers can have as much alcohol as Vodka that some people drink the hand sanitizer… what these people don’t realize is that Isopropyl alcohol is not the same kind of alcohol!
I wouldn’t want my kid using any products that are that toxic, maybe you feel the same way???
So… before you stock up on Purell you might want to read this first…
Purell and other hand sanitizers contain Isopropyl alcohol, here’s what you need to know: Read the rest of this entry »
Are Young Living essential oils expensive or a bargain? The simple answer is… you get what you pay for. Sure, you can go into a health food store and pay less for an essential oil BUT you cannot use it the same way you would a Young Living oil because it’s not pure enough and it is dangerous to your health if you do.
New aromatherapy products are flooding the market daily. The thing is, most of them don’t even have any real essential oil in them. They are scented with either perfumes and scents made from chemicals that smell similar to an essential oil by the untrained nose, or they contain a tiny amount of a poorly crafted essential oil that has been adulterated. Not a single one of them use a therapeutic grade essential oil – not even the products you find in the health food stores.
Because there is no government regulation in the US stating what exactly constitutes a truly pure essential oil I could go into a lab and mix up something with chemicals that smells like frankincense, or any other number of essential oils, and put a label on the bottle of the finished product that reads, “pure essential oil” and it would be legal. How convenient for all the megga companies out there who don’t give a hoot that the chemicals used in formulating those products are going to give you or your kids cancer. Read the rest of this entry »
Each day I shake my head and wonder… “how is it that companies are allowed to concoct, manufacture and sell such products that are so harmful to human health and the health of the environment.” Every single day I can find at least a dozen articles and studies on the very toxic ingredients in the personal care products we and our children used every single day of our lives.
What gets on my nerves is that the ads and TV commercials for these products are so pretty, cool, happy and down right deceptive about the glorious product they’re spending billions promoting. They make claims that their product will restore that youthful shine and bounce in your hair – right, but at what expense to our health!? The manipulation and deceit is so terribly unethical yet many seem oblivious to being flat out lied to. I think even that too was a part of the big conditioning plan.
Let’s take plain old hand/body soaps, what if the problem with them, toxic chemicals, is giving you a health problem?
This article is from the University of California Davis…
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