Essential Oils, Lifestyle

New Year Naturally

We all know the dangers of pollution in our air, but do we pay much attention to pollution in our homes? This month we are taking a look at every day products that contain known toxins and how we can swap them to a toxin free alternative.

One of the biggest toxins within the home is fragrance. We love to smell good, we love our clothes to smell good and we want our homes to smell good. But the price we pay for our synthetic scents can be devastatingly high. Studies have shown that synthetic fragrance and other chemicals in perfumes and beauty products are linked to infertility as well as foetal development, asthma, eczema and more. It is perhaps no coincidence that the rate of increased miscarriage and difficulty conceiving is directly proportionate to the rise of the use of phthalates, parabens and other preservative in our products since the 1950s.

Since 2017, we have been on a journey to create a non-toxic home for our family and friends. One of the first things we got rid of was scented candles, and the difference this made to our children’s respiratory health was huge! We replaced our candles with essential oil diffusers, and for the first time in 8 years. that winter we didn’t have a trip to A&E to have nebulisers and steroids administered to our boys. We then removed fabric conditioner from our laundry routine and replaced it with essential oils on wool dryer balls or in our ironing water to naturally fragrance our clothes.

We began flipping over the bottles of products under our kitchen sink, in our bathroom cabinet and my make up drawer. So many of them contained SLS, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, parfum etc, and were literally poisoning us from the inside out. These toxins are endocrine disruptors that threaten to cause chaos in our bodies, disrupting and disabling our hormones. Our hormones are chemical messengers that tell our cells what to do, so when disrupted, our cells can’t get the right messages.

Discovering the hidden dangers lurking in your home can be a daunting prospect, but I am a firm believer in the saying, ‘When you know better, do better.’ Month by month, we began replacing our toxin filled perfumes, fabric softeners, air fresheners, moisturisers and make up with clean, green products. As we have gone further into our toxin-free journey, we have then begun to look at the packaging of our products and how this is affecting our planet. It has become important to us that looking good and feeling good should not be at the earth’s expense, so we are trying to replace plastic in our homes, create less waste and be more mindful about where are products come from and where they end up when we are finished with them.

If you want to know more about replacing shop bought, preservative filled products with clean, green, natural options, click here or drop me a message today.

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Essential Oils, Lifestyle

Fall in love with fragrance

It is the first of October and I am officially drinking nothing but Pumpkin Spiced Lattes until January 2020. Anyone else? I am also equally obsessed with having my home smell like fall, but this year without the toxic chemicals.

During Autumn/Winter the air quality in our homes plummet as we close the windows, crank up the heating and crack open the scented candles. Yes even your favourite mulled wine ones.

Why? Because candles, reed diffusers, plug ins and aerosol air fresheners release synthetic fragrances and petrochemicals into the air. Because we are ventilating our homes less in the colder months, these chemicals fill our homes, fill our lungs, penetrate our fabrics and are absorbed into our blood stream. They enter ever fibre of our being, often affecting children, the elderly and animals the most.

Chemicals cause chaos in our bodies, sending our skin, our respiratory system, and our hormones into a tail spin as our body deals with the toxicity. And all for the sake of a sweet fragrance in the hallway.

When we know better, we do better, and I want to share with you how you can freshen your home effectively with nature.

Since 2017 we have been ditching and switching everything from cosmetics to cleaning supplies, and we have never felt better. We replaced my much-loved scented candles with a diffuser also replaced our bleach and surface sprays with plant based products.

We control what comes into our homes and onto our bodies, and onto our loved ones. If you want to know more about going chemical free please message me I would love to help you ditch the junk for good.

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Lifestyle

Hinch your home without harming your health

This week marked our second week of potty training. I’m not gonna lie, having done this twice before, I was dreading it. I really wasn’t sure I wanted to add washing clothes and scrubbing floors every five minutes to my endless to do list. Fortunately for me, my girl smashed it, but even so, every parent knows that floor mopping, bottom wiping and hand washing increases ten fold when potty training. This time round I had Thieves and I was so crazy grateful for it.

When I potty trained the boys I was heavily reliant on Zoflora, Dettol and Domestos. All three are highly toxic, highly irritant and considered poisons, yet I would spray, soak, wash and wipe every surface of my house with these religiously.

Synthetic fragrance is a silent killer

The biggest problem with these products is synthetic fragrance. I though I was doing the best thing for my children, but in fact I was filling my home with cancer-causing chemicals. It is no coincidence that they both struggled with irritated skins and respiratory symptoms throughout their early years.

When we know better, we do better.

Chemicals in our homes, both for personal care and in our cleaning products have been scientifically linked to many health conditions, including cancer. But we can reduce the risk by reducing our exposure to chemicals in the home.

Since we started using essential oils in 2017, our family has embarked on a wellness journey which has led us to remove chemicals wherever possible from our home. Rather than have a cupboard full of chemicals, we now have one natural, plant based cleaner in our home – Thieves Household Cleaner. It is completely non-toxic and contains a powerful blend of oils that effectively cleans your home. We use it on floors, walls, windows, bathrooms, everywhere, and one super concentrated bottle lasts us about 6 months. Oh and it smells like Christmas.

Don’t risk your health for the sake of a ‘clean’ home

Want to hinch your home without harming your health? I cannot recommend Thieves Household Cleaner enough for chemical free cleaning that WORKS. We also use the Thieves hand soap which we split into three dispensers and top up with water as it is soo concentrated!

Check it out for yourself and grab your free membership account here to get wholesale prices.

Don’t risk your health for the sake of a ‘clean’ home, harness the power of nature instead.

Happy cleaning friends!

R x

Photo Credit: @younglivingeoeducation
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Why you need to KonMari your chemicals

If you regularly ask yourself ‘does this spark joy?’ then you will know the KonMari method. We owe a debt of gratitude to Marie Kondo for helping us to effectively organise our home, but isn’t it time we KonMari our chemicals too? Yes, your cupboards may be alphabetised and colour-coded to within an inch of their lives, but what about the chemicals within them? Would spraying your child’s highchair with toxic chemicals spark joy for you? If not, it’s time to get rid.

Household chemicals are attributed to the rise in asthma, eczema and other common childhood conditions, many of which continue well into adulthood. These products contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that literally interrupt and stop the function of our bodies on a cellular level. I loved nothing more than a good bleaching session to make my house sparkling clean, but I would be coughing all the way through it. I would antibac my surfaces like there was no tomorrow, not stopping to think what carcinogenic chemicals were in the residue left behind.

We are the gatekeepers to our home. When we know better, we do better.

Check your cupboard contents. I can guarantee you that a large proportion of mainstream cleaning products will bear the labels ‘toxic, corrosive, keep out of reach of children, harmful if swallowed’ for their ingredients. Many of these ingredients are feature on the poisons list, and if ingested the person must seek medical advice immediately.

So having a pretty KonMari cleaning cabinet isn’t enough. You need to make sure that the contents are clean too. And don’t get me started on the greenwashing we are seeing across mainstream products. Companies are switching tack and promising you an eco-friendly, ‘all natural’ product for the most sensitive skin, in a bid to get your business. But a green label and clean advertising doesn’t mean a chemical free product.

A green label and clean advertising doesn’t mean a chemical free product.

Synthetic fragrance, or parfum, is one of the biggest irritants to our skin, lungs and indeed our whole body. Yet you will find it in the household detergents that promise to look after delicate newborn skin. Parabens and phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and carcinogens, yet they fill our cleaners, creams and cosmetics.

So what can we do about it? Ditch and switch. We have been transitioning our personal care products and cleaning products to clean, green brands to protect our home and preserve our health. Here are some of the switches we made:

Antibacterial Spray – Thieves Household Cleaner
Floor Cleaner – Thieves Household Cleaner
Bathroom Cleaner – Thieves Household Cleaner
Bleach – Thieves Household Cleaner
Hand Soap – Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
Shower Gel – SoapDaze soap on a rope
Hair Products – Giovanni EcoChic range
Deodorant – Salt of The Earth Deodorant
Toothpaste – Flouride Free EcoDenta Black Whitening Toothpaste
Makeup Remover – Solid Coconut Oil, Lavender, Frankincense and Purification Essential Oils
Moisturiser – Sukin Facial Moisturiser

There are still items we have yet to replace, but we have felt the physical and emotional benefits of making these changes already. Our skin is happier, our breathing is easier and our bodies are more rested. If you want to follow our journey you can do so over on Facebook and Instagram at @thelittleoillife. I am a Young Living distributor, so if you decide to create a free Young Living account and try some of our chemical-free products for yourself, please click this link to buy through me and bless my family.

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The hidden dangers in your home

There is nothing like the waft of a mulled wine scented candle at Christmas. As the self-confessed candle queen, my home was filled with powerful scents in every single room.

That was until I realised I was slowly and steadily poisoning my whole family.

Scented candles, air fresheners and fabric softener are the top three poisons in our homes. My husband and my kiddos never liked my candles, often complaining about the smell and claiming it was overpowering. I thought they were just over sensitive, but turns out it was their body’s way of telling them to get the heck away from the products.

I don’t know why I’m surprised at their toxicity. Have you ever noticed that you get a tickly cough, sneezes, itching eyes or headaches when in a candle shop or cosmetics shop? This is because of synthetic fragrances that interfere with our health and wellbeing.

We all love scents. We go out of our way to smell good and make our home smell good. But very often the things we use to make a pleasant smell is a synthetic chemical blend known as fragrance or parfum. Many of these blends contain hundreds of chemicals.

Synthetic fragrances are hormone disrupters which means they hamper our body processes on a cellular level. In a nutshell, perfumes are making people ill. They contain phthalates which have been linked to asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, migraines, obesity, autism, ADHD, cancer and infertility.

Synthetic fragrances are found in air fresheners, candles, cosmetics, laundry detergent, perfumes and more. Because some are worn or soaked into fabrics, the individual acts like a walking diffuser, polluting the air of everyone around them. What is worse, during the winter we close our doors and windows to reduce ventilation, crank up the heating to dry our scent filled clothes, then light all the scented candles. Basically cocooning ourselves in a synthetic smog every evening.

But what about the natural fragrances products? Those infused with essential oils?

Well first off, well done for reading the packaging and seeking out more natural alternatives. But please know this: a label stating pure essential oil need only contain 5% pure oil in order to gain that title. It can also contain solvents, alcohol and fillers. This is why I only trust Young Living Essential Oils because they offer the unique Seed to Seal guarantee on all there products.

Now we know the risks we are not willing to put our health in jeopardy. We have now replaced our air fresheners and scented candles with child friendly diffusers in every room and we only use Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. We use Young Living essential oils to support our immune health, our emotional health and our physical health.

Since ditching the fabric softener and scented candles our chests are clearer, we haven’t had the annual trip to A&E with croup, we rarely have colds, our skin has improved and my cycles are more regular. It is incredible how the removal of a few chemical filled products has transformed our family life. We have more energy and are far healthier.

Instead of synthetic scents, we now diffuse authentic, 100% natural essential oils that fill our home with fragrance that calms, strengthens, invigorates, energises or motivates us.

Want to find out more? Message us for information, or better still create your free Young Living member account to ditch and switch the chemicals this Christmas and beyond.

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Essential Oils, Lifestyle

Happy Half Year!

July 1st marks the half way point for the year. Think back to January 1st, when the new year was full of promise and potential. When you opened your diary and ran your fingers down the centre spine of the pristine pages, getting ready to kick start the new you. What did you wish for? A new job? A new baby? A new home? A new lifestyle?

More importantly, as you find yourself half way through 2018, are you on the way to achieving or have you achieved what you wished for?

For us, the New Year marked a new chapter for us as a family. Not only had we expanded but we were also starting to embrace a new lifestyle, and for me, a new career. After literally stumbling upon Young Living Essential Oils in September 2017, we have been on a radical journey. My eyes have been opened to the toxins I have been putting onto and into my body and my family through detergents, fabric conditioners, scented candles, synthetic fragrances, shampoos, shower gels, cosmetics and more. Needless to say, the more I have learned the more horrified I have become, and the more determined I have been to make a change.

Now that I know better, I can do better.

Every momma wants to do the best for her family. The problem is that many of us don’t even realise the dangers we have in and around our home on daily basis. Chemical laden products fill our cabinets, and exposure to chemicals can cause cancer, asthma, allergies, respiratory disease, eczema, digestive upsets, headaches, behavioural issues and more.

I am not trying to frighten you or guilt trip you. But I do want to educate you and empower you to make an informed choice. Essential Oils can replace every single chemical in your home. From your deodorant to your detergent, from your scented candle to your surface spray. No longer do your babies have to crawl around on floors that have been washed with chemicals, absorbing them through their delicate skin. No longer do you need to rely on candles to fragrance your home with a cloud of petrochemicals and synthetic perfume. No longer do you need to have chemicals against on your body all day long because they were washed with fabric conditioner. No longer do you have to accept being unwell, low in mood, low in immune function.

Essential oils WORK. They are the lifeblood of the plant that regulate, repair and restore. What the oils do to support plants, they can also do for us.

Essential oils support our bodies on a cellular level, to help our body systems to do what they were designed to do.

They can help bring us on or above the wellness line, which means we are healthy and happy, not sick or suffering.

Do you want to sleep well? There is an oil for that.

Do you want to reduce anxiety? There is an oil for that.

Do you want to breathe easier through the seasons? There is an oil for that.

Do you want to boost your immune system? There is an oil for that.

I am so amazed by the power of these little oils and I want to share it with everyone I know. If you want to change your life, change your health and change your home then I urge you to get your hands on these oils.

You can get started with essential oils with me, and the best value way to do this is with a Premium Starter Kit which includes 12 therapeutic oils to support every body system, plus a diffuser to fill your home with lush natural fragrances. You also receive samples of Ningxia Red which is an epic antioxidant and 1oz has the equivalent of 59 florets of broccoli! And best of all you get free membership to Young Living which gives you 24% discount on all products and you get to join an oily community where you can learn more about The Little Oil Life!

Premium Starter Kit

I would love to get you hooked up and make the second half of your year even better than your first. Your Little Oil Life welcome pack is waiting!

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Essential Oils, Faith

Why I love Essential Oils

Okay, so if you’ve been following any of my social media platforms in the last 6 months or so then you will know I have become slightly obsessed with essential oils. But do you know why? Let me tell you.

Last summer my life turned upside down in the most beautiful way, however with it came the weight of responsibility, unwanted anxiety and days of despair such as I have never known.

But Jesus. Oh, I have a Saviour who cares so much about ALL things, and He set about using my brokenness to set me up in business.

Jesus set about using my brokenness to set me up in business.

For God works all things together for the good of those who love Him. Romans 8:28

So, as I sat mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, trying to distract myself from my thoughts, I came across the lovely Lucy Wilman. I had been following Lucy for a few months through a mutual friend and she often talked about how she used essential oils at home with her family. I always thought of them as a ‘nice to have’ luxurious way to fragrance your home, but Lucy talked about them as if they could actually affect how you feel.

I usually added her posts to my list of ‘things-I-will-buy-when-I-finally-make-it-in-life’ and carried on scrolling, but one day a post struck a chord.

Lucy was sharing a Tired Mumma Survival Kit, and whats more, she was giving some away. I commented to enter and lo and behold, I won! Now the kit was actually designed to help restless babies settle down for the night, but it was my own struggles with sleep that this kit appealed to.

Tired Mama Kit

I received a sleepy balm containing Lavender + Frankincense essential oils in coconut oil, a sample of Peace & Calming essential oil and a roller bottle containing En-R-Gee essential oil and sweet almond oil for during the day.

I duly followed the instructions; rubbed the balm on my chest and added a drop of Peace & Calming to my pillow before bed. I laid my head down expecting the usual couple of hours of staring into space, followed by fitful bursts of sleep. The next thing I knew my iPhone alarm was going off and the children were chatting excitedly as they came into my room.

I had slept. All night.

I messaged Lucy asking her what wonder drug she had sent me. The reply came that these were no drugs, they were the pure essential oils, distilled and bottled by Young Living. Lucy told me that plants contain chemical constituents that can support every single system in the human body, physically and emotionally, with the power of nature alone.

As a keen nature lover and aspiring eco-warrior, I was all in. I saved for two months and bought my Premium Starter Kit. I then began an incredible journey learning how to maintain my children’s physical wellness, support my emotional wellbeing and how to rid my home of toxic chemicals.

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Since my kit landed on my doorstep last September, I have lived a healthier, happier life. Is it completely stress-free? Heck no. Have all my anxieties lifted? Nope. But they are few and far between, and when trouble does strike, I now have an arsenal of natural remedies to help support us through any event. From minor bumps to mental clarity, restful sleep to respiratory support, teething to tummy trouble; there is an oil for that.

Want to try essential oils for yourself? You can. Because not only am I a passionate oily mama, I am also an oily educator.

Jesus set about using my brokenness to set me up in business.

You see, not only did Jesus give me a natural way to support my health and my families health, He also gave me a business to build. I am now training in aromatherapy and sharing my knowledge with others. I am still at the start of my journey but am so crazy excited for my future. I would like to have you along for the ride, it is going to be epic!

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