Natural Deodorant from Young Living

Did you know there is a difference between antiperspirants and deodorants?  I never really put much thought behind it.  I figured if you put it under your arms it was going to do it’s job. Turns out there is a big difference.

Deodorants are what makes you smell nice – summer rain, spring breeze, fresh scent etc.  They help to neutralize the odor but do not offer any wetness control.

Antiperspirants typically contain aluminum in some form and is what prevents your underarms from sweating.  While that may sound like a good thing, there are questions about how dangerous that aluminum can be and whether or not there is a link to breast cancer.  The National Cancer Institute has addressed this question and stated this:

Because studies of antiperspirants and deodorants and breast cancer have provided conflicting results, additional research is needed to investigate this relationship and other factors that may be involved.

So the aluminum in my antiperspirant may or may cause breast cancer.  I’m not exactly comfortable with that.  In addition, some brands out there contain Triclosan, Parabens and Talc – all of which have received an incredible amount of bad press about health concerns lately.

Besides that, our bodies were designed this way for a reason.  We were DESIGNED to sweat  as a cooling mechanism.  The aluminum in the antiperspirant clogs the pores under my arms and interrupts that natural process.  So that’s why I decided to try Young Living’s deodorants.

Young Living’s AromaGuard® Mountain Mint™ deodorant and AromaGuard® Meadow Mist™ deodorant are natural deodorants that are an aluminum-free alternative to commercial products.  They mostly contain the natural skin-soothing properties of coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E and are infused with essential oils.

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Do my armpits get wet?  Yes, yes they do.  But, like anything else, you get used to it and it becomes the new normal.

Do I have more body odor?  Surprisingly no.  The sweat and the odor are actually 2 different things.  The deodorant takes care of the odor.

Does it leave a white residue on my clothes?  Nope.

Is Young Living deodorant right for you? I don’t know.  It depends on many things including your body chemistry, your diet and how much you sweat.  If you are concerned about what goes on under your arms, then I think it’s worth a try.  Just give it time.  Give it at least a couple of weeks so that you body AND your mindset can adapt.

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Ginger essential oil

Ginger

(Zingiber officinale)

topical aromatic

Ginger essential oil is used aromatically and topically  while Ginger Vitality essential oil is a dietary oil and therefore can be ingested.

Ginger has a warm, energizing aroma that works well in a variety of diffuser blends.  Taken from the root of the plant, the therapeutic benefits of ginger come from gingerols, the oily resin from the root itself.

How to use: For aromatic or topical use.  Diffuse, inhale, or add to bath water.  Apply to crown of head, back of neck, behind ears or inside wrists.  Possible skin sensitivity.

  1. Add Ginger to Ortho Sport® massage oil for a soothing massage after workouts
  2. Diffuse Ginger with Orange and Ylang ylang for a tropical flare
  3. Make a sugar scrub with 3/4 sugar, 1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil (or olive oil) and add 4 drops Cassia oil, 4 drops Clove oil and 4 drops Ginger oil.
  4. During long car rides, diffuse or place a few drops in the palms of your hands and inhale.
  5. Dilute and apply over abdomen for a soothing massage.

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Inner Defense™ supplement

Inner Defense™

On the whole, our immune system does a great job protecting us from unwanted microorganisms.  But sometimes, when our defenses are down or our immune system is stressed, we get hit.   Some of the things that can stress an immune system are:

  • smoking
  • lack of sleep
  • stress
  • poor diet
  • lack of exercise
  • increased exposure to other people

Sound familiar?   Of course, we all try to eat healthy, exercise daily, get adequate sleep, wash our hands etc, but we aren’t perfect.  As tempting as living in a stress free bubble may sound, it’s simply not practical.  Taking Inner Defense from Young Living can reinforce those defenses so you can focus on more important things.

Young Living’s Inner Defense™ reinforces systemic defenses, creates unfriendly terrain for yeast/fungus, promotes healthy respiratory function, and contains potent essential oils like oregano, thyme, and Thieves® which are rich in thymol, carvacrol, and eugenol for immune support. The liquid softgels dissolve quickly for maximum results.

How to use: Take 1 capsule daily in a.m. or take 1 capsule 3-5 times daily when stressed. For best results, use Life 5™ probiotic 8 hours later.

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Present Time™ essential oil blend

Present Time™ essential oil blend

topical aromatic

“Dwell in stillness and to observe without reacting and without judging.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

Concentrating on the past or worrying about the future can be counterproductive.  Present Time essential oil blend has an empowering scent that heightens the feeling of “being in the moment”.

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Present time is a blend of just 3 oils:

  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
  • Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata)

Mindfulness Meditation (noun) : A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Mindfulness meditation is stopping the glorification of busy.  Stop looking at your cell phone when you are eating breakfast.  Stop multitasking. What do you see? What do you hear? What are the tastes, smells, textures around you?  There is no judgement, there is no right or wrong.

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Mindfulness meditation has Buddhist roots, but has  entered the American mainstream in part due to the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his book  “Wherever you go there you are”.  Google “Mindfulness Meditation” for a wealth of information that is beyond the scope of this blog.

To allow ourselves to be truly in touch with where we already are, no matter where that is, we have got to pause in our experience long enough to let the present moment sink in; long enough to actually feel the present moment, to see it in its fullness, to hold it in awareness and thereby come to know and understand it better.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are

How to use: For aromatic or topical use.  Diffuse, inhale, or add to bath water.  Apply to crown of head, back of neck, behind ears or inside wrists.  Possible skin sensitivity.

  1. When diffused, Present Time™ helps you focus on the here and now, so you can get beyond the past and move forward.
  2. Rub a few drops of Present Time over the back of the neck. Leave the past and come into the present moment. Feel the power you have. Focus on the here and now; enjoy the new you.
  3. Put Present time on the back of neck and behind your ears and go for a walk.  Focus on your steps, the sounds of leaves crunching beneath your feet.  Focus on the shapes of the leaves and the smells around you.
  4. Diffuse Present time while meditating.  Sit in the lotus position and just focus on the here and now.  There is no past, there is no future, there is no right or wrong.  Do a “body scan” – focus on your feet to the top of your head.  Body part by body part.  Do not try to change it or control it.  There is just this moment.
  5.  Visit this page for 6 quick mindfulness exercises by Alfred James.  Diffuse or inhale Present Time to bring you to the moment.

What have you done today to be in the present moment?

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Royal Hawaiian™ Sandalwood

Royal Hawaiian™ Sandalwood

(Santalum paniculatum)

topical aromatic

Royal Hawaiian™ Sandalwood has a rich, sweet, warm, and woodsy aroma that is sensual and romantic. Used traditionally for meditation, this oil is uplifting and relaxing and is valued in skin care for its moisturizing properties.  It is a popular oil for aromatherapy and massage due to it’s grounding properties.  The main constituent in Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood is santalol.  Google this constituent to learn more!

Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood is a tree native to Hawaii and is found nowhere else in the world.  They can grow over 50 feet high with a canopy diameter of over 30 feet.  Young Living has partnered with Háloa Áina farm on the Big Island of Hawaii to bring this fragrant and popular oil to us.  There is a sad history of overfarming, invasive vegetation, and cycles of nature that make Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood scarce.  Young Living and the Háloa Áina farm are committed to environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood tree so that we can all continue to enjoy it’s benefits.

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How to use: For aromatic or topical use.  Diffuse, inhale, or add to bath water.  Apply to crown of head, back of neck, behind ears or inside wrists.  Possible skin sensitivity.

  1. Applying sandalwood to the skin can help promote a smooth complexion
  2. To enhance your mood, apply one to two drops of Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood to the palms of your hands.  Then cup your hands around your nose and inhale.
  3. Diffuse Sandalwood in your bedroom after a long day or during meditation to promote an uplifting atmosphere.
  4. Had a long weekend fixing up the house or dealing with unruly children?  Add a few drops to some Epsom salt and then add to bath to promote relaxation.
  5. Promote restful sleep by diffusing or rubbing a few drops on the back of your neck before bedtime.
  6. DIY Hair Highlights:  Create your own highlights with the Citrus Fresh, Frankincense, Ylang ylang and Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood.

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Why you need enzymes

What are enzymes?

Enzymes are proteins that act at catalysts and help complex reactions occur within the body.  Say you eat a piece of meat.  Will that piece of meat break down by itself?  Nope, you need enzymes for that.  Is it the same enzyme that helps to break down carbohydrates?  Nope, your body needs lots of different enzymes for lots of different purposes.  There is a specific enzyme for every chemical reaction in the body.

For example, if someone is lactose intolerant, they lack the ability to produce Lactase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose.

Why are enzymes important?

Enzymes are a catalyst, which means they speed up processes in the body.  Without enzymes, these reactions would occur too slowly to keep you alive.  So, I’d say that’s pretty important!!

My body has all these enzymes already, so I’m good, right?

Not so fast.  It’s true you produce enzymes on your own and you can get more enzymes by eating a healthy diet.  However, the high heat required to cook food can destroy enzymes.   Also, everyday actions such as poor diet, exercise, air pollution, and aging can all destroy necessary enzymes leading to fatigue, lethargy and mood swings.

Ack! So what do I do?

Young Living has provided us with FIVE different enzyme products to help us replace necessary enzymes, helping our body work more efficiently.

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  1. Essentialzyme™ (animal based): Time released caplet that contains tarragon, peppermint, anise, fennel, and clove essential oils to improve overall enzyme activity, reduce pancreatic stress, and support healthy pancreatic function.*  Take 3x daily in between meals.
  2. Essentialzymes-4™ (animal and plant based):  specially formulated to aid the critically needed digestion of dietary fats, proteins, fiber, and carbohydrates commonly found in the modern processed diet.* Essential oils Anise, Rosemary, Ginger, Tarragon, Lemongrass and Fennel also support digestion.*  Take two capsules (one dual dose blister pack) two times daily with largest meals (four capsules total).
  3. Allerzyme™ (Vegetarian):  Time released capsule that contains 8 essential oils –  tarragon, peppermint, ginger, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli essential oils.  Also contains alpha-galactosidase enzyme which helps to break down beans.*   Take 1 capsule three times daily just prior to all meals or as needed.
  4. Detoxzyme® (Vegetarian): Combines a myriad of powerful enzymes that complete digestion, help detoxify, and promote cleansing.* Essential oils Cumin, Anise, and Fennel further support digestion.*  Take 2 capsules three times daily between meals or as needed.
  5. KidScents® MightyZyme (vegetarian): Chewable tablets designed to help children combat the negative effects of enzyme depletion. MightyZyme chewables address each of the digestive needs of growing bodies and assist normal digestion of all foods, including proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.* Also contains Alfalfa leaf, carrot root, and Peppermint essential oil.  Take 1 tablet, three times daily prior to or with meals.

 Note: Please read warning labels.  Most enzyme products, with the exception of KidScents Mightyzyme, are not appropriate for kids under 12.

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The benefits of using natural Soap

Why use a natural soap?

It’s a good question.  Ever wonder why commercially sold soap has things such as “Beauty Bar”, “moisturizing bar” or even “body bar” on their label?  Because they are more of a detergent and less of an actual “soap”.  And even if they do label their product as soap chances are they are laden with harmful chemicals.

These beauty bars add lathering agents, artificial colors, artificial fragrances and other harsh chemicals to their product.  The skin is the largest organ in (or on) our body, is very porous and will absorb these chemicals readily.  Organic soap limits your exposure to these chemicals and can save your skin from irritations and reactions from these unnecessary agents.

Not to mention that these detergents are very DRYING to the skin.  Glycerin is a natural skin softener that attracts moisture.  During the soap making process, commercial companies process out the glycerin and sell it or use it in their lotions and creams.    It’s almost as if store bought brands want to  you buy TWO products instead of one….nah, that can’t be it.

There’s been a firestorm regarding antibacterial soap for a while now.  Please read the FDA press release posted Sept. 2, 2016 that discusses the FDA’s ban on marketing soap as  antibacterial because there is no evidence that they are more effective than soap and water.   Actually, it may be worse!  This final rule applies to consumer antiseptic wash products containing one or more of 19 specific active ingredients, including the most commonly used ingredients – triclosan and triclocarban.  Google triclosan and you’ll see why.

Young Living soaps only contain the finest ingredients and contain NO synthetic ingredients.  No artificial colors, no artificial fragrances, no triclosan, no parabens, no pfthalates- nothing.  And the ingredients are organically grown in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990.  The scents are provided by 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils and therefore may be less irritating to your nasal passageways.

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Benefits of Young Living Soaps:

  • 100% vegetable based formula
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Contain fatty acids (such as vegetable oils) and glycerin that combat over-drying
  • Infused with 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils
  • Formulated without synthetic ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, glycols, sulfates, synthetic dyes or colorants, EDTA, or animal-derived ingredients.
  • Organically grown ingredients
  • Actually labeled as SOAP

Young Living has many different bar soaps in its arsenal.

Lemon-Sandalwood – The Lemon essential oil in Lemon-Sandalwood Cleansing Soap has clarifying properties to thoroughly cleanse the skin, while Sandalwood combats dryness.

Melaleuca-Geranium – The Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) and Melaleuca Ericifolia essential oils in Melaleuca-Geranium Moisturizing Soap are among the most powerful natural compounds for clarifying the skin, and Geranium is known for its soothing properties.

Morning Start – Morning Start™ Moisturizing Soap contains Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Juniper oils that revitalize and awaken you each morning.

Peppermint-Cedarwood – Offering the power of pure essential oils, Young Living’s Peppermint-Cedarwood Moisturizing Soap cleanses and invigorates the skin.

Sacred Mountain – Sacred Mountain™ Moisturizing Soap soothes dehydrated skin with the uplifting aroma of Sacred Mountain essential oil blend.

Valor – Containing Young Living’s popular Valor® oil blend, this bar soap helps moisturize and rejuvenate the skin.

Lavender-Oatmeal – With a relaxing floral scent and luxuriously creamy formula, our Lavender-Oatmeal Bar Soap leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, and refreshed. Oats offer gentle exfoliation and remove excess oil while moisturizing botanicals such as coconut, jojoba, and wolfberry seed oil and five therapeutic-grade essential oils prevent over-drying.

Thieves – Thieves® Cleansing Soap offers cleansing benefits, plus the power of pure essential oils. Containing the legendary Thieves oil blend, this bar soap is ideal for purifying the skin.

 

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