Toxin-Free Living

Travel Like A Boss

WOW!  I’m not the only one that brings their diffuser on trips!  I run a little motel in southern RI called The Anchor Motel and we just noticed that customers are starting to bring their diffusers with them to help them relax on vacation!

Diffusing in a hotel room or camper or boat cabin or tent ..whatever your travel preference maybe…personally I can’t stand tents..i know you’re thinking “You are a essential oil diffusing hippy, how could you not love getting back to nature in a tent??  But sleeping on the ground with the insects chewing my blood all night just isn’t as appealing as it used to be when I was a kid…  Anyways, where was I???  Oh yes, diffusing while you travel is a great idea!  It can help you relax and help you sleep like you are at home or BETTER.

Last mini vacation we went on, we slept in my in-laws RV (now that’s camping! ;)) and I brought Lavender & cedarwood essential oils for night time and some citrus oils to wake me up in the morning.  There’s nothing like waking up to the sun in your face, a working Keurig by your bed and the smell of lemon and tangerine diffusing through the room.  Ahh. The life.  If only I hadn’t also woken up with my daughters foot in my rib cage every morning….🤪

I also bring Thieves essential oil too because staying healthy while traveling is so important!  MUCH immune system support needed!!

So diffusing on vacation = quality sleep, better mood, and good health 🥰

So that’s how you vaca the right way.  Glad to see people are starting to catch on ;). Happy travels!!

Christine

Toxin-Free Living

What exactly is an essential oil??

You may have heard the word essential oil passed around more and more lately (likely between the more earthy crunchy mamas on the playground or some hippy holistic doctors), but what exactly is an ESSENTIAL OIL??

Well, essential oils are basically the “life blood” of the plants they come from!  The oils are cold-pressed or steam distilled from plant material (bushes, leaves, flowers, etc).  Lavender essential oil is pressed from Lavender flowers and Lemon essential oil is pressed from Lemon rinds. Simple right?  But why do we want these??

ANSWER:  Essential oils are volatile (meaning super small molecules that evaporate quickly) and can get into the body through even the tightest of membranes like the skin and the blood brain barrier quickly.  Essential oils are ORGANIC, like people are ORGANIC, as in NOT MAN MADE, so rather than altering our body’s rhythms like medicine, they conform to the body to regulate it.

Feeling sad or angry?  Open and bottle of Lemongrass Essential Oil and breath its scent in deeply for 2 minutes, then tell me how you feel.  It’s that easy.

Love feeling well?  Essential oils like Young Living’s Thieves Vitality Blend (clove, cinnamon, lemon, etc) will remain in your body (when ingested through tea or in a veggie capsule) LONGER if you need it.

Awesome right??  Now I’m not saying don’t take your medications, but I AM saying that using essential oils can be a good ADDITION to your routine and may even keep you above the wellness line!

Essential oils have been used for THOUSANDS of years.  It’s only recently that man has “forgotten” about them with the rise of chemical medications and man-made cleaners becoming more prevalent.  Heck, even the Bible mentions essential oils directly and indirectly over 1,000 times!  Essential oils (especially Myrrh and Frankinscense) were just for the wealthy back then but today anyone can get them if they want to!  Just be sure not to run to your local grocery store for them…who knows what kind of synthetics are in those (since essential oil labeling is not regulated) *yikes*.

Only buy from a company you can trust, a company that will show you their ENTIRE process from seed, to cultivation, to distillation, to sealing the oil in the bottle.  If you can’t see it, don’t use it.  In case you were wondering, I trust Young Living!  Anybody can visit their farms and in January of 2018, I got to go!!  From what I could see, Young Living’s standards for its plants are even HIGHER than those required to be certified organic.  What an awesome company!!  Why would they do that??  Some people just CARE about the health of others and Young Living always chooses health over wealth.  I’ll tell you a story about that another time.

Anyways, when you’re ready to be happy, healthy and feel great, click here!  Choose Member (for 24% off) and pick out an awesome Premium Starter Kit.  Want to just learn more about essential oils?  Keep on following my blog or visit my Facebook Page called UltraOily.  And as always, I love answering questions so ask away (but don’t forget that I am not a doctor)!

Time to go put a drop of Lavender Essential Oil in my kids’ diffusers so they can sleep through the night tonight!! Bon Soir!

Recipes

DIY Deodorant: Don’t be scared of sweat!

Did you know??  Sweat is 99% odorless and basically just water leaving our bodies.  Why is everyone so scared of sweating?  Probably because when sweat can’t quickly evaporate (clothes holding it in, armpits not airing out, etc) our bodies get nervous and send out bacteria to get rid of the sweat..and the bacteria is what smells.

So we end up running to the store and slathering on all kinds of nasty harmful aluminum-filled deodorants to try to prevent the sweat when all we really need is something that will prevent the bacteria and give the sweat more time to evaporate.  Most store bought deodorants are filled with toxins that seep into our skin and travel through our delicate lymph nodes.  Aluminum has been linked as a possible cause of cancer, yet we still slather it on our armpits EVERYDAY in fear of sweat!

Did you know?? The yellow stains on our white t-shirts aren’t from sweat, but from the aluminum seeping back out of our armpits onto our clothes?? Yuck!  Time to stop slathering on the cancer sticks and make our own simple DIY deodorant!
DIY Deodorant Recipe:

2 Tablespoons Betonite Clay  (great for detoxing)

1 Tablespoon Baking Soda  (optional but great for absorbing odor)

1 Tablespoon Arrowroot Powder  (wicks away wetness)

1 Tablespoon Shea Butter  (moisturizing)

2 Tablespoons Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil  (moisturizing)

1/4 cup Beeswax  (makes the deodorant WAY easier to apply)

10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil  (our odor eater!)

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil  (great for the skin!)

10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil  (optional just for a fun scent!)

Melt down the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in a glass measuring cup that’s sitting in boiling water, remove from heat and mix in all the other ingredients. Pour it into an old deodorant container or jar, and apply twice a day!

Simple, right!?
Now, at first, your body will need to go through a detox from all the harsh chemicals you’ve been putting through your armpits so it may take up to 2 weeks before your new DIY deodorant starts to really work well.  Give it time, it is SO worth it in the end.  It feels great to sweat, but not smell bad, and know that NO CHEMICALS are being sent through my lymph nodes every day!  I can even allow my 4-year old to put some on her armpits (on days that she insists she is a grown up too) because I can rest assured that she is not applying chemicals to herself!  Harsh chemical free children = happy mommy.  Now go throw out those nasty toxic deodorants and whip up some of your own!
IMPORTANT: Don’t have essential oils yet?  DON’T BUY GROCERY STORE ESSENTIAL OILS.  They might not work as well because they don’t have the same chemical constituents as high quality essential oils.  Plus there is the potential that they are laden with chemical solvents (hence why they are often less expensive than Young Living oils).   What’s the point in replacing yucky deodorants with a healthier deodorant that’s laden with yucky oils??  Don’t do it.

I only trust Young Living essential oils and you can get them easily by clicking here.  Choose your starter kit which comes with a diffuser and 11 of the most popular essential oils.  If you are ambitious, go ahead and sign up for essential rewards by adding Tea Tree EO, Grapefruit EO and a bottle of amazing Thieves cleaner to your order.. You’ll start earning free oils to make all kinds of DIY recipes right away!  I will be here to give you recipes and answer questions every step of the way.  Message me anytime and thank you in advance for supporting small business!!

Recipes

Peppermint Infused Chocolates!

Isn’t it exciting when you discover something super HEALTHY that actually tastes AWESOME??  That’s what these are and they can be altered to your liking!

No processed sugar and super easy to make!  This is my go to healthy dessert after dinner when I need to satisfy the mean sweet tooth I inherited from my mom ❤️

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Organic Unrefined Cold-pressed Virgin Coconut Oil

1/8 cup Honey 🍯

1/4 cup Organic Cacao Powder

5 drops YL Peppermint Essential Oil (for flavor and digestive support!) – only use high quality essential oil here (especially important since you are ingesting them and Young Living is the only brand with essential oils FDA approved for consumption). If you don’t have any yet, visit http://www.myyl.com/reposa and scroll down to click Enroll Today!  Grab a starter kit (which includes Peppermint EO) and lots of other fun oils to try!

Optional Ingredients for additional health benefits!:

1 Tbsp Collagen powder (great for supporting the connective tissue in our body, as well as our skin and bones!)

1 Tbsp Organic Protein powder (plain, vanilla or chocolate flavor) YL makes some awesome power packed protein but I just used Grass Fed Whey Protein this time!

1 Tbsp Organic Raw Agave (or just more honey but I’m a big raw agave fan)
Mix everything in a bowl and taste for sweetness before adding extra honey or agave to the mixture. If you love peppermint, feel free to add a few more drops of Peppermint EO but taste as you go!

Scoop mixture into a zip lock bag and cut off one corner so you squeeze out little drops or swirls of candy to around the size of a Hershey’s kiss onto a tray or pan.

Refrigerate or freeze until hardened (only takes a few minutes) and enjoy!  (Coconut oil will melt at room temperature so keep these candies in a container in the fridge once hardened.)

Let me know if you try these out!

Toxin-Free Living

Organic Plants = Happy Bodies

I know you’re probably thinking organic is just too expensive but with some fruit and vegetables, not buying organic could cost you some major health bills down the line after years of exposure to pesticides and herbicides. Some fruit like bananas have less toxicity but others with thin skin that are more difficult to grow, like strawberries, are highly contaminated and should always be purchased organic.

Organic farms rock! They spend extra money to hand weed, protect their crops from neighboring herbicide spraying farms and do all the paperwork to get that organic USDA certification. We should totally be supporting them by buying their food! And we are doing a great job because there is more and more organic produce in the grocery stores every other time I go in there so stores are realizing the demand for healthy, non chemically enhanced food! 👍🏻👍🏻

This all goes to same for our essential oils. Grocery store essential oils are likely pressed from nonorganic plants laced with chemicals…but in this case its even MORE important to buy organic because its not just one lemon in a bottle of Lemon EO, is 75! That’s 75 loads of herbicide or other chemical solvents!! YUCK! Why replace your household chemicals with chemical laced oils??. That defeats the purpose.

That’s where Young Living comes in. Totally organic, all hand weeded, never sprayed plants. All distilled or cold pressed at the exact moment that medicinal benefits are at a maximum. You can even visit their farms to see for yourself!  I buy all my essential oils from Young Living and you can too by visiting http://www.myyl.com/reposa and scrolling down to the bottom to click Enroll Today!  Wholesale memberships are FREE and come with 11 of the most popular essential oils and allow you to choose your diffuser, all at half the price it would cost to buy them individually!  All Young Living oils are from organic plants and are of the absolute highest quality possible. I use them in place of all my household cleaners and toiletries.  I even use them in cooking!  Win, win!
Anyways, that’s why I eat organic food 🌱 and use Young Living essential oils ❤️❤️❤️ but the choice is yours 😊