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Essential Oils for Summer

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FUN IN THE SUN: BUG OFF!

 

Good morning, Good Night & All Points in Between,

Sweet, sweet summer – how we have missed you! But whoever referred to “the lazy days of summer” must not have faced acres of unruly plants, juggled playdates amidst summer camps, or cleaned muddy pawprint after muddy pawprint from the kitchen floor after multiple visits to the creek. So, while essential oils can support all facets of this active time of year (from gardening to emotional support, from our furry family to green cleaning), this month’s blog is going to focus on one main topic: insect repellent.

The enjoyment of longer days often brings some undesirable visitors to our campfires and cookouts. As the pests invade, many head to find the long forgotten, often chemical based repellants in the hopes of deterring unwanted guests. Yet there are many safety concerns related to both human and environmental health with the use of synthetic chemicals to control insects (Bug Repellent: What’s In it?). Commercial bug repellants are comprised of active ingredients, which are required on the labeling, as well as inert ingredients (such as fragrance, preservatives, and solvents), which are not required to be listed. While some studies have been done regarding the efficacy of bug repellants, studies have NOT been carried out to fully understand exactly how each chemical repels insects and more importantly, how they may affect our bodies and the environment, let alone what the impact may be of the myriad ingredients in combination (Environmental Health Perspectives). Federal law protects companies’ rights to keep inert ingredients confidential because they are considered trade secrets. This can result in chemicals of concern finding their way into bug sprays and ultimately into our bodies.

Going back to April’s Blog, it is imperative to remember that what we put ON our bodies goes IN to our bodies. The United States regulates insect repellants as pesticides because the active ingredients in those repellants ARE pesticides. There is growing evidence that pesticide exposure is linked to a number of diseases including asthma, cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and more (Beyond Pesticides, Disease Database).

What if we could ensure 100% that what we put on our skin is indeed chemical free? Making your own bug repellant products utilizing dōTERRA essential oils is not only affordable and environmentally friendly but a sure-fire way to know that what you are putting on your body will not be toxic to your body. For centuries, essential oils have been traditionally used throughout the world to ward off insects. Modern scientific research has validated the traditional use of essential oils as natural repellants. Furthermore, a product based on a mixture of essential oils is often more powerful than one based only on one oil (doTERRA Essential Science: Bug Off).

Many essential oils (including Arborvitae, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Thyme, to name a few) have known repellency properties. doTERRA takes the guesswork out of what combination to try through the Terrashield Outdoor Blend, which combines the repellent properties of Ylang Ylang, Tamanu, Nootka, Cedarwood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Arborvitae, and Vanilla Bean Absolute into one bottle that can be used by every member of the family, outdoors and throughout the home. All these oils contain specific chemical compounds known to protect against unwanted summer guests. Toss those candles and instead, add 3-4 drops of Terrashield to a diffuser or a few drops to cotton balls and place around your picnic tables. Utilize the blend topically before outdoor activities. A great trick is to simply combine a few drops of Terrashield with doTERRA’s unscented hand and body lotion and apply to arms and legs, then follow with the Terrashield spray or a combination of the aforementioned oils in your own DIY spray.

(**Please take note: while essential oils provide many options for effective natural insect repellents, if you still get bitten, please remove harmful parasites through proven, conventional methods such as those found on the Center for Disease control’s website).

To learn more, PLEASE JOIN US FOR A CLASS (Click Here to Register) on utilizing Essential Oils for your Summer Fun. All attendees will be entered in a class giveaway. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation

Remember, all it takes is one small drop to create a ripple that can lead to a cascade of possibilities.

emma

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7btq8eYavY
dōTERRA: www.mydoterra.com/emmadiehl
Email: realdiehls09@gmail.com

 

About Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation

Headquartered in New Oxford, PA, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); the Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 16,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.



Common Household Items That Contain Harmful Toxins

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Toxic chemicals can impact our health and the environment. However, there are many everyday household items that contain these toxins to some degree. Although most of us will never feel the full impact of them, there can be some health issues associated with their use. In this article, we look at some of the most commonly occurring toxins found in the home.

Cleaning Supplies

Although incredibly convenient, commercial cleaning products are full of toxins known as volatile organic compounds. Present in a wide array of products, these compounds have some significant health risks. Many can irritate the respiratory system, eyes, and prolonged exposure can even cause cancer. Thankfully there are alternatives to store-bought, harmful cleaners that can reduce the exposure to these harmful toxins for you and your family. The green cleaning trend is gathering pace, as people prefer using natural and readily available ingredients such as white vinegar instead of harsh chemical cleaners.

Plastic Containers

Plastic is widely used in the food industry, from food containers to plastic wrap, to water bottles. However, little is known about the long-term impacts of using these plastics. It is understood that plastic chemicals leach into food. This is particularly true when food is heated in plastic containers, or when salty or acidic foods are stored in plastic. There is not enough data to say how safe or unsafe this may be, but you may be best trying to limit how much you use plastics in your day to day life.

Dust

Dust is certainly annoying and unsightly, and the battle against it can seem constant. However, there is often more than just dirt in household dust. Recent studies have shown the potentially toxic chemicals can be readily mixed in with dust. Chemicals from cleaning products, beauty products, and chemicals from outdoors can all settle in dust. This mix of dirt and toxins will become airborne when disturbed and could be potentially harmful. Vacuuming and mopping floors is a good way of minimizing your exposure to dust.

Pesticides

Many of us wouldn’t consider pesticides a household item as such, but they’re more prevalent in our lives than you may think. Whether it’s in pest control products, fruit, and vegetables, or gardening products, pesticides are frequently used. There are some fairly significant dangers associated with pesticide use, and many people aren’t aware of this. Try to avoid introducing such toxins into your house by using non-chemical methods of pest control and buying organic, pesticide-free foods when you shop.

Non-stick Cookware

Teflon is a substance that has made cooking more convenient for some years now. However, such non-stick cooking products are made using highly toxic materials. Worryingly, there has been a range of health complaints linked to the use of these products. When pans that use them heat up, a compound known as PFOA is released. There are alternative products that you can use to avoid exposure to this toxin, including pans made from ceramic and cast iron.

There are various toxins that come from seemingly innocuous household items or products. By knowing about them, you can take steps to minimize your family’s exposure to them

 

Guest Blogger: Kelli Gardener, Groom and Style



Essential Oils: From Head to Toe

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Good morning, Good Night & All Points in Between,

“April showers bring May flowers,” although, for many throughout the East, I’m not so sure that the saying meant snow showers. Mother Nature’s fickleness aside, let’s shift gears to a different type of shower – the one many of us experience multiple times per week or even day – and the products we put on our bodies as part of that process.

Our skin is our largest organ, serving as a protective barrier, helping to stabilize our body temperature and allow us our sense of touch. The average consumers, particularly women, use about 9 products containing 126 different ingredients every single day on their bodies (Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database). The US government does not require health studies or pre-market testing on personal care products even though just about everyone is exposed to them. Consequently, the use of seemingly benign conventional cosmetics for our hair, skin, and nails can easily result in an exposure to thousands of chemicals, potentially putting you at risk for everything from respiratory issues to yes, cancer. Putting this into perspective, the US bans 11 chemicals for use in cosmetics (anything from shampoo to lip balm from lotions to sunscreen), while the European Union bans 1,328 (Campaign for Safe Cosmetics). Aside from the drastic difference in regulations, why should we care? Well, put very simply, what you put ON your skin goes INTO your skin and ultimately into your bloodstream and on to your organs, including your brain. Our skin can absorb up to 60% of what we put on it, with the more sensitive areas around our faces and armpits absorbing anywhere from 2 to 6 times more than other areas of the body. Many of the toxins and chemicals that we put on our bodies will make their way into your body and essentially become “stuck” there since the body lacks the means to break them down. This toxic load, in turn, becomes a significant contributing factor to health problems and serious diseases, especially for those whose healthy diet and exercise habits may be lacking. Bottom line, you should be just as aware of what you put ON your skin as you are with what you put IN your mouth.

Even plant-based ingredients can be harmful — think poison ivy— and should meet the same safety standards as those derived from petroleum, mines, or animals. Personal care products are a $500 billion industry in the United States with consumers seduced daily by flashy packaging, enticing aromas, and promises of everlasting youth. Red flags should immediately fly when products are marketed as “natural”, “clean,” “green,” “non-toxic” or “organic”. Do your research and check those ingredients as there are no skincare industry standards unless the USDA National Organic Program certifies the product.

What if we could ensure 100% that what we put on our skin is indeed safe? Making your own skin and hair care products utilizing dōTERRA essential oils or, at the very least, knowing you can rely on the company who is providing those products to do so with your health and wellness in mind is not only affordable and environmentally friendly but a sure-fire way to know that what you are putting on your body will not be toxic to your body. There are several properties – including cleansing, purifying, soothing, and nurturing - that make essential oils useful for our skin and hair care.

As you start incorporating essential oils into your daily skin care routine, you will find that some oils are better for the skin than others. First, make sure that the oil you intend to use on you is approved for topical use. Also, consider safety - should you dilute? Then, consider the kind of benefits you want for your skin. Do you need moisture and hydration? Consider cedarwood, geranium, myrrh or sandalwood. Do you want to promote an even skin tone? Consider juniper berry, geranium, or cypress. Are you trying to get rid of a pesky blemish, or soothe an irritating area? Consider melaleuca, lavender, or patchouli. Trying to fight the fine lines of aging? Consider Frankincense, Rose, or Ylang-Ylang. In addition to using single essential oils in your skincare routine, you can also access the benefits of essential oils for skin by using doTERRA’s skin care products that already have essential oils in them, making it all the more easier to use essential oils daily.

The same rings true for our hair care. Due to their moisturizing, soothing, and enriching properties, essential oils have been used for years in hair care routine throughout the world. Rosemary, geranium, peppermint, melaleuca, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood are just a few of the dōTERRA essential oils that can be incorporated to help our hair without all of the toxic baggage. In addition, doTERRA also has an entire hair care system that utilizes dōTERRA essential oils, gentle cleansers, and botanical ingredients that keep the hair looking clean and healthy without taxing our systems internally.

Needless to say, the benefits of incorporating essential extend far beyond the surface. From the uplifting scents of wild orange and lime for our hair or the purifying and invigorating scents of melaleuca and peppermint for our skin, the properties of essential oils can support us emotionally as well.

Can it be that simple? Once again, yes, it sure can!

To learn more, PLEASE JOIN US FOR A CLASS (Informative class AND/OR DIY class) on how incorporating essential oils into your skin and hair routines can support us both physically and emotionally. All attendees will be entered in a class giveaway. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation

Remember, all it takes is one small drop to create a ripple that can lead to a cascade of possibilities.

emma

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7btq8eYavY
DoTerra: www.mydoterra.com/emmadiehl
Email: realdiehls09@gmail.com

 

About Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation

Headquartered in New Oxford, PA, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); the Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 16,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.



Essential Oils: Spring Cleaning

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Good morning, Good Night & All Points in Between,

Ahh with Spring comes the joy of longer days, warmer nights, and budding flowers as well as for many perhaps a less happy thought – Spring Cleaning. In addition to the dust and muck of being sealed up for the winter, the insides of our homes are growing increasingly polluted by toxins from a variety of sources. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that a growing body of scientific evidence reveals that the air inside our homes can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air even in the largest cities, devoting an entire website sprinkled with numerous links to other websites devoted to improving Indoor Air Quality (“The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality”). While some risks are simply unavoidable, such as dust, pollen, animal dander, building material, or overwhelming to even consider how to change, this month’s blog focuses on something that can be simple, effective, and is 100% doable – DIY cleaning products.

First, let’s look at how “clean” the standard cleaning product really is. Statistics show that the average U.S. home uses over 40 pounds of cleaning products a year. Unlike pharmaceuticals or pesticides, industrial chemicals do not have to be tested before they are put on the market. While 85,000 industrial chemicals are registered with the EPA for use, only about 2% of those have been tested for their effects on the human body (“Think Those Chemicals Have Been Tested?” and “Under New Safety Law 20, Toxic Chemicals EPA Should Act on Now”). The Environmental Working Group’s investigation of over 2,000 cleaning products on the US market found that many contain substances linked to serious health problems, including asthma and other respiratory issues we commonly contribute to “allergies” as well as cancer. According to the study, 53% of cleaning products under their review contained lung-harming ingredients, while several contained well-known carcinogens. A recent Newsweek article sums it up through its title alone “Impact of Cleaning Products on Women’s Lungs as Damaging as 20-a-Day Cigarette Habit”. When we clean, many use caustic cleaners that require us to hold our breath, open a window, and wear gloves to protect ourselves from labels blaring “CAUTION”, “WARNING”, “CORROSIVE”, “FLAMMABLE”, and “POISON.” More alarming, most of the products warn “Keep out of Reach of Children” and most consumers believe that if our children do not ingest them, they will not be harmed by them; however, the most common methods of exposure are through the skin and respiratory tract. Thus, children are even more susceptible to these toxins because of their thinner skin and increased exposure to “clean” floors, surfaces (high chair trays, tables), and “disinfected” toys. Pound for pound, children’s exposure levels are higher than adults because while the amount of exposure remains the same, children’s bodies are smaller so the concentration is higher in a body that’s still developing. Part of the problem is debunking the common misconception that using chemicals equate to a cleaner surface. As consumers, we are driven to trust marketers that “industrial-strength” will make our homes cleaner but what that should trigger is industrial strength tells us that the cleaner is so strong, it should not be used in our homes. If these products could potentially be harmful to you, your family, your pets, and ultimately the environment, should we really be utilizing them in our cleaning of where we eat, sleep, and live?

What if we could make household cleaning less burdensome by using products that not only counteract the toxins that we cannot control but support our health and uplift our emotions while we wipe, scrub, dust mop, and wash? Making your own cleaning products not only allows you to know exactly what is going into your products but are affordable, environmentally friendly, easy to make and just as effective (if not more so) than store-bought cleaners. Although dōTERRA essential oils may not suddenly make cleaning a pleasure for everyone, adding these to those DIY cleaners provides some great side benefits to accompany the non-toxic process of getting your home clean. Combine some baking soda with a few drops of lavender essential oil to use as a carpet or mattress sprinkle that not only sanitizes and deodorizes but can support a restful night’s sleep. Add a few tablespoons of white vinegar with water to a glass spray bottle and add a few drops of wild orange or lemon dōTERRA essential oil to use as a multipurpose cleaner than not only disinfects but can energize and uplift your mood. For more simple DIY recipes, please check out doTERRA’s Essential Oils for Cleaning: doTERRA’s Best Cleaning DIYs.

The following provides a list of just a few of the inexpensive and natural products you can utilize to clean your home safely and affordably. While these non-toxic suggestions are pet and human-friendly – you want to be sure to exercise common sense and follow all safety instructions when handling!

Baking Soda: Scrubs, whitens, cuts grease and absorbs odors.

White Vinegar: Kills germs, cuts grease, deodorizes, and dissolves mineral deposits.

Castile Soap: Versatile, all-natural vegetable-based genuine soap which takes its name from the region of Spain where it originated that forms a great base for your DIY dish soap, laundry detergent, or garden spray.

dōTERRA Essential Oils: These include but are certainly not limited to: On Guard (a powerful combination of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, wild orange, and rosemary), Lavender, Arborvitae, and Lemon. In addition, citrus essential oils are known not only for their purification qualities but for their ability to increase energy and uplift the mood.

In addition to the ingredients above, one of the simplest ways you can start detoxifying your homes is to toss out all those synthetic air fresheners, including your plugins, candles, and sprays. Consider adding about 10 drops of dōTERRA essential oils of your choice to your air filter the next time you replace it; utilize a diffuser in your living room or bedroom, or attach a cotton ball with a few drops of dōTERRA essential oil to your air vents. By using dōTERRA essential oils aromatically, not only are you helping to purify the air inside your home but incorporating essential oils can also help to boost your mood, energy levels, provide emotional support, and support a healthy immune and respiratory system.

Can it be that simple? Yes, it sure can!

To learn more, PLEASE JOIN US FOR A CLASS (Informational or DIY) on how incorporating essential oils into your spring (and ultimately daily) cleaning routine can support us both physically and emotionally. All attendees will be entered in a class giveaway. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation

Remember, all it takes is one small drop to create a ripple that can lead to a cascade of possibilities.

emma

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7btq8eYavY
DoTerra: www.mydoterra.com/emmadiehl
Email: realdiehls09@gmail.com

 

About Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation

Headquartered in New Oxford, PA, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); the Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 16,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.



Essential Oils: 101

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Good morning, Good Night, and/or All Points in Between (depending on when you are taking the time to read this….)

Welcome to the inaugural CCRF "Back to the Essentials" Blog - This begins what I hope will be a long relationship together where I will be addressing all sorts of topics, tips, and tricks in the hopes to detoxify your body, your home, your life. I recently had the great pleasure of meeting the new CCRF Executive Director in a class that I was teaching, learning about the phenomenal things that CCRF does, wanting to find a way to volunteer, and realizing that they were located right in my backyard. So long serendipitous story short…voila!

Now bear with me, I must confess up front – I am not a doctor by any stretch of the imagination. My Master’s Degree is in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, and as a Historic Preservation Specialist, I deal with the building environment every day. But it’s not such a stretch from architectural historian to wellness advocate, for if we don’t take care of ourselves, “preserve” ourselves if you will, how can we then take care of each other and the world that surrounds us? In the same vein, we can learn so much from the past and those who came before us - who lived centuries, millennia - before us.

For the first time in history, the life expectancy of our kids is lower than our own; and this is true ONLY in the United States (http://ow.ly/hwau30i5ATO). Politics aside, the statistics are startling when you compare just how the US ranks in overall healthcare as well as the toxins we allow into items that we use EVERYDAY. To put it plainly, we are exposed to more chemicals and toxins in one day than our grandparents were in their lifetimes. To some this may not be newsworthy but to all it should be, especially when you realize that such exposure affects everything from our energy levels, to our weight, from our emotional wellbeing, to yes, our overall life expectancy.  To me, as a parent of two very young boys (as well as a herd of various pets and farm animals) that is horrifying and unacceptable.

And it’s to that point where my journey began. I have a desire to empower myself and my own family to proactively take charge of their own health and environment – controlling what they CAN control – turning to natural solutions first, asking questions, sharing with their friends regardless of what they think they do or do not know. My desire has grown and morphed – through phenomenal teachers, medical professionals, and an incredible support network—from a personal revelation to a lifestyle revolution that I just want to share with everyone – including you.

The intent of these monthly blogs is not to alarm you but ideally to motivate you to do your own research, empower you to know there are alternatives, and inspire you to make changes. My story is not atypical or even blog worthy but trust me, we all have (or will have) our Eureka moment - Come find yours.

RSVP to the Essential Oils: 101 Class here.

Emma

 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7btq8eYavY
DoTerra: www.mydoterra.com/emmadiehl
Email: realdiehls09@gmail.com

 

About Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation

Headquartered in New Oxford, PA, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); the Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 16,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.