Spring Cleaning Challenge – Essential Oils

Alright – so lots of you asked for information on how to use essential oils around the house. I am participating in a “SPRING CLEANING CHALLENGE” – and I thought I would share how it goes with you!

In 1976, Congress passed the Toxic Substance Control Act which grandfather in between 63,000 – 100,000 chemicals that were on the market. These chemicals were grandfathered in, without any testing, and are simply unregulated. Today, only about 50% of the chemicals on the market have been subject to any chemical testing at all. Under this act, manufacturers are protected by trade secret laws, so that they do not even have to post what ingredients are in their products. If you go look at a bottle of household cleaner, you may be surprised to see that they only list a small percentage of the ingredients in the bottle.
There are so many ingredients to be aware of due to carcinogenic properties: Alcohol, Aluminum, DEA/TEA, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, TALC, Parabens and more. These are found in so many common household products and should be avoided as much as possible for more healthful alternatives.
“Fun Facts”
– Quality of air inside homes is 5-7 times more toxic than outdoor air quality.
– It takes 26 seconds for chemicals in your personal products to enter your bloodstream.
– Consumer Householding Cleaning Product Sales was over $7.3 Billion in 2007
– Thanks to consumer awareness, the sales growth is slowing down! – This could be due to the push in chemical free cleaning, and DIY, natural cleaning, like Essential Oils!
Scary, huh?

Don’t worry! We are going to show you how to replace household conventional cleaning products with scary ingredient lists with DIY, natural, products, using essential oils!
Join me, won’t you, in replacing this toxic crap little by little, month by month, step by step – either with ready-made YL products or with things we can make ourselves with oils. Things that are not only NOT HARMFUL for our babies, but BENEFICIAL FOR THEM. We have that option!

Come on, y’all. Instead of $100 at Target on things that poison our families, let’s spend that money on good things that we know is right for our tiny people!

Our team had an idea to encourage each other to get our homes in tip-top condition this Spring… Naturally, we will be doing it completely toxin free. I can’t wait to share with you all.

Here’s what I’ll be using for the challenge:

Thieves Household Cleaner (stocking up – we use this ALOT!)
Lemon Essential Oil
Purification Essential Oil
Rubbing Alcohol
White Vinegar
Baking Soda
Castille Soap
Glass/Stainless Spray Bottles
Your favorite YL Oils to diffuse!
Thieves Laundry Soap
Wool Dryer Balls & Lavender

Let’s do this, people!

Interested in joining the challenge? Shoot me an email at Happyoilerhaines@gmail.com and I will get you started!

I will post the updates as they come here:

 

(stay tuned!)

 

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What’s in your cupboard?

“Making the jump to toxin-free”

So – I had a couple days off this last week to celebrate my wedding anniversary and lets just say “You know you are an adult when you choose to stay home and catch up on cleaning/laundry instead of go anywhere”… … …Well that got me thinking about how many times I’ve been asked recently about the cost of switching all of our household products over to non-toxic young living brands- I made this handy little graphic below to help highlight it. At the end of the day- the fact that the known toxins and chemicals in the store brands can be so incredibly toxic and disruptive to our limbic, neurological and endocrine- makes the decision easy. None of that for my family- we have enough issues as it is! 😉 I wouldn’t put a price on keeping my family healthy however, when it comes to swiping that debit card – the numbers check out. What’s in your cupboard?

Get your own “thieves cleaner starter kit” here. Then, check out these other posts for more information on getting your home started toxin free.

What are Essential Oils? / Ways of Using Essential Oils

DIY Recipes for Essential Oils

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DIY: Roller Bottle Blends

One of my favorite ways to use my oils is through Roller Bottle Blends!  Here are some of my favorites. Get some glass roller bottles with the roller filaments – I get mine on Amazon – add 5-10 drops of each oil below, fill the rest of the bottle with your carrier oil. Throw is your purse and take ’em with you!

Check out more: DIY Recipes for Essential Oils

Get more info one some of the most common oils here!

Get your very own Essential Oils Kit here!

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MOTIVATION BLEND: black pepper, lime, orange, frankincense

ALLERGY TRIO: lavender, lemon, pepperming

LIFT UP &  CALM DOWN: sandalwood, cypress, ylang ylang, bergamot, black pepper

SLEEPY BLEND: lavender, cedarwood

LIQUID XANEX BLEND: lavender, stress away, patchouli

IMMUNO BLEND: thieves, RC, lemon

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Gluten Free on the Go

So.. if you have been following my posts- you might know that I recently switched my diet for health reasons to no soy, no dairy, no red meat and no gluten! For anyone that knows me – the gluten and dairy game is the WORST! I am the biggest bread and cheese or pasta advocate ever born. But alas, my body doesn’t agree with my heart 😦

In addition to the recipes I am personally cultivating for a gluten free life (check them out!) I also use the following alternatives to supplement my daily gluten free game – check them out if you need assistance or motivation switching to Gluten Free!

  1. The CrossRoads Baker– Gluten Free cooking demystified and perfected: Recipes here!
  2. The Love with Food Box Subscriptions – they ship junk free and gluten free snacks to your door once a month AND each box ordered donates a second box to a hungry child in the US! If you’d like 50% off your first box – use this link here!

Good luck!

Chelsea

Transition to Organic

I have decided to write this post to keep track of my journey moving to organic foods and other healthier food options. You see, recently I was told to remove gluten, dairy, soy and red meat from my diet altogether for medical reasons. My first question was the same as everyone else’s- what’s left to eat?  Honestly- at first- I was stumped. When you work full time and have a 45 minute drive home, how do you keep food in the house, get to the grocery store, cook real food at home and make sure it fits within your diet?!  I was certain there was no possibility I could do this.

Luckily- as I started pushing through the inevitable challenges of change I came across a few tricks:

  • Meal Prepping – for example: I buy twice as much fish at a time, prep it, marinate it in a Ziplock back and freeze it. This way I have pre-prepped fish at anytime. You can see one of my recipes here: Lemon Honey Garlic Salmon.
  • Fresh fruits and Veggies – believe it or not, if you eat the right foods, you will honestly be ok eating less. The real nutrients in the real foods fill you up and keep you full much easier and much longer than processed items. Not too mention, they are way better for you than those genetically modified/chemical filled food items. yuck!

But again you ask- how do you get all of this done every night? The truth is – I’m not perfect, and I have become quite fond of the app – DoorDash to deliver food to my hosue from local restaurants on those nights that I just don’t want to cook. However, on the flip side- I found that by buying the right foods and keeping them in my house on the regular – Its really not too hard to keep things quick and healthy at home.

One of my favorite tricks is using “Farm Fresh” organic food delivery service. We have two alternating packages- one of veggies and fruits and the other of just organic fruits to snack on, I also have them deliver my cage free eggs.

Every 2 weeks a box is dropped off at my doorstep in the middle of the night so I have fresh produce available for in my fridge without ever having to go to the grocery store. Its amazing. If you are interested in trying – you can use this promo code:

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When life gives you lemons..

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade… OR… when life gives you dietary problems you turn to Young Living! and the best part…. this whole order was FREE!?!?!

Young Living gives us points for our monthly order of all the items we used to by elsewhere AND I cashed in for almost $200 in product for free!!

  • Young Living’s Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix. The original unprocessed grain!
  • Ningxia Dietary Supplement- all the goodness and nutrition packed in one bottle!
  • AlkaLime and MultiGreen supplements to keep the body strong!

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