Choose Kindness

Last week I went to the Cinema to see Wonder. A fabuous Movie based on a book by R.J Palacio. This book is all about bullying of a young Boy who was born with facial deformities. I read the book prior to the Movie and thought it was a good thing to do on a hot day in the school holidays. I also thought it would be good for my children to see the Movie and to then discuss the themes in the Movie. What I did not anticipate was how I was going to feel watching it.

My biggest fear as a parent is that one of my children would be a Bully. No parent wants that or for their own child to be on the receiving end. When I was 11 in year 6 at primary school, I was at a sleep over at what I thought were my friends house for a birthday party. I can’t write down what these grils did to me here as that is too confrontational but least to say my heart sunk that someone could be so mean and violting to someone else at such a young age. I did not tell anyone because I was scared of what they would do to me and I was embarassed to be on the receiving end. It was such a blow to my confidence. I wanted to ask the parent to call my mum and go home but I did not want to make a scene or act that it had offended me. To this day I still wonder what in the world could posess someone to be so mean to another. Why me?

As I sat in the movie theatre watching this Movie, it really highlighted for me that there needs to more more awareness of bullying. Parents need to step up, schools need to be consistent and not wash it over because it is not ok. As for workplaces, like a family behaviour is learnt from that which is modelled to them. The behaviour of those in management or seniour roles will be reflected through the whole organisation.

For many years I was fearful of these girls. I went to high school and did not continue schooling with many of these girls and for years struggled with being accepted and being good enough. But now I know that what they did was more about them than me. I hope they have found happiness.

Random Act of Kindness day was mentioned on my morning run last week. This is promoted at different times in different countries and I can’t help but notice the similarity in the letters to RUOK? What if we were all kind every day, would we even need the RUOK day? Life is hard and not everyone can be a captain of a team or win a prize and life should not be about that. Life is about meaningful relationships and connection.

Choose your words wisely. A saying I share with my children often is ‘quick to think and slow to anger’. Most arguements and disagreements I believe are often the result of poor communication and assumptions. If you have not heard the saying don’t assume- you will make as ass out of you and me, remind yourself of this one.

We are all good enough. Christmas is often a time of reflection and this year I have done a lot of reflecting before hand. Life is a journey, love your family and learn to listen because that truly is the way to better communication.

Choose Kindness and have a Merry Christmas

Belinda x


Home Made Lip Balms

A hand bag essential, lip balms keep your lip soft. A little while ago I checked out the ingredients in a store bought version and here is what I found

  • Oxybenzone- derived from petroleum is a UV absorber, associated with endocrine disruption, produces damaging reactive oxygen species upon exposure to sunlight
  • Mentyl Anthranilate- synthetic UV absorber not assessed for safety in cosmetics. produces damaging reative oxygen species upone exposure to sunlight
  • Fragrance- synthetic scent which contains phthalates
  • parabens- synthetic preservatives- suspected endocrine disruption, contact dermatitis and skin irritation in some people

(source: Info from the Chemical maze App)

I am not happy about any of these ingredients going on my lips or my families for that matter. Here is the good news. It is really easy to make your own and the recipes are good enough to eat. Chances are you will already have some of these ingredients in your pantry. Here are a couple of recipes and places I have sourced my ingredients from. These recipes are great for nourishing your lips and are quick to make.

Choc Mint Lip Balms ( approx 18 tubes)

  • 15 g beeswax
  • 15g Shea Butter
  • 15g Cacao Butter
  • 15g Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp cacao Powder ( or more)
  • 18 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Melt beeswax, coconut oil and butters in a glass pyrex dish over a pot of simmering water. Once melted, remove from heat and stir through Cacao Powder and Peppermint Essential oil. Use syringe to fill lip tubes and set in the fridge.

Lavender Lip balms ( approx 18 tubes)

  • 20g Shea butter
  • 20g avocado Oil
  • 20g Beeswax
  • 15 drops lavender oil

Melt beeswax, butter and oil together in pyrex dish. Remove from heat and stir in lavender Essential oil. Syringe into tubes and set in the fridge

Tips

  • Use a ramekin to stand your lip tubes in
  • pick up a syringe from your local pharmacy
  • decorate your lip tubes with washi tape
  • work fast before the lip balm sets. You can always re-melt
  • make sure lip tubes are wound down fully before filling

Supplies

  • Lip Tubes you will find online. I purchased mine from Aussie candle supplies
  • Butters and Beeswax try Biome
  • Oils from your local supermarket
  • Essential Oils from Young Living. Get started here with a Premium Starter kit (Lavender and Peppermint are in this popular kit)
  • Cacao pwder and other great wholefoods from The wholefood collective

Foaming Hand Soap

I make my own foaming hand soap and it is really easy ! Simply buy a bottle to re-use over and over again or re-purpose on old foaming pump bottle.  In my low tox journey I have been looking at ingredients and trying to avoid

  • skin irritants- think SLS
  • endocrine disruptors-triclosan- an anti-bacterial agent ( banned in the US but not in Australia for personal use), synthetic fragrance i.e phthalates, parfum
  • cheap preservatives- parabens, also a known endocrine disruptor which have other health concerns too.

With just a few ingredients you can make your own 

Foaming Hand Soap
Here is what you will need

  • Dr Bronne’s Castille Soap- I buy mine at Nourished life
  • Water
  • Essential Oils of Choice- I like Thieves or Purification, from Young Living
  • Olive or Almond oil
  • Foaming hand soap container: try here, or here

Fill soap pump 1/4 full with Castille Soap.

Add 1 tsp Olive or v6 (this is optional but provides great moisturing). Next add essential oils- for 250mls I use 10-15 drops. Swirl to combine.

Top with water leaving enough room at the top to attach the pump. If you like a thick lather increase the amount of castille soap.

This is seriously easy, will take you less than 5 minutes and you can even teach your kids to do it and better still they won’t be using toxins on their skin!

If DIY is not your thing, Thieves Foaming hand soap is ready to go smells delicious and will nourish your hands without the toxins. It can be purchased from Young Living as part of the Healthy Home Premium Starter Kit here


If you want to learn more about what is in your products I recommend the Chemical Maze app. You can buy the book or download the App.
Interested in the Healthy Home Premium Starter Kit and would like some more information, please send your inquiry below

 


Inspiring teens to make Better Choices

Last weekend I had the privilege of sharing with a group of teenagers how to make some essential oil Rollers/ real perfume and some infused Bath salts. I know that teenage girls love the beautiful scents that come in body products, I was one once. The aromas can make you feel good and boost your mood, thank you our amazing olfactory system!!

As a medical household we receive the Australian Medical Association magazine VicDoc. I was reading it the other day (October/November 2017) and came across an article ‘Endocrine disrupting chemicals and fertility’ I was so excited to find this! Now you might be thinking I don’t plan on having kids for awhile or I am done with kids or maybe you never plan to have them at all BUT these EDC’s can interfere with the body’s normal functioning in both men and women. This effects everyone! Finally this was being published in a medical magazine.

In regards to fertility EDC’s can have negative affects by mimicking and/or blocking oestrogen and testosterone. This can cause changes in hormone levels, decreased sperm and egg quality and damage to sperm DNA, increase risk of miscarriage and early menopause.

It is becoming more and more evident that Endocrine Dusrupting Chemicals (EDC’s) are damaging our bodies and can also accumulate and be passed onto the next generation. As there are many  EDC’s in every day products sometimes it is helpful to be armed with some info to help you sort though your cupboard and replace with better choices.

EDC’s can be found everywhere and it is hard to eliminate them but you can REDUCE your exposure. They can be found in air, soil, water and man-made products. Here are some EDC’s

  • Bisphenols (BPA/BPS/BPF)
  • Phthalates
  • Parabens
  • Pesticides, herbices amd insecticides
  • Heavy metals

Ok so you might look at that list and go where do I start. If you can choose organic food and/or produce from spray free farms. Phthalates make plastic flexible (opt for glass or stainless steel containers and drink bottles if possible) and amoung other things are found in synthetic fragrance. In synthetic fragrance, phthalates act as a solvent to make the scent last. As reported in the Syndey Morning Herald, there are increasing concerns on the use of synthetic fragrance due to the fact that it is a self regulated industry and you don’t actually know what is in it! Parabens are used as a preservative in personal care products, anti-bacterial products and cosmetics.

Essential Oils are pure plants ectracts which can be used in personal care products without the need for synthetics. They will lift your mood, promote relaxation and a quiet mind and lots of other great feelings. They smell great and your teens will LOVE them. Here are a few recipes that I know you will love and can use with your teenagers. A little bit of Essential oil goes a long way. Young Living oils are super concentrated and you don’t need much. If you don’t have Essential Oils yet, you are truly missing out!

Infused Bath Salts

Super easy. Mix  1 cup Epsom and 1 cup Himalayan salts with 1 cup bi- carb soda. Add 10 drops Stress-Away essential oils. Mix well. Store in a glass jar. Run a bath and soak. Great way to relax, wind down, increase your absorption of minerals (84 in the Himalayan salts) and magnesium.

Focus Roller

Rather than using s stimulant that can have negative affects on your body try this recipe. In a 10ml Roller, add 2 drops of Lemon, 2 drops Rosemary and 2 drops Lemon and top with fractionated coconut oil or Young Living v6 As I explained to the girls this is your study buddy or your homework helper. Apply to pulse points

Calm Roller

In a 10ml Roller bottle add 3 drops Lavender and 3 drops of Orange and top with fractionated coconut oil or v6. This is a great way to inspire feelings of calm and bright and smell great at the same time. Apply to pulse points

 

Let’s inspire teens to be the change, make great choices. All it takes is a little bit of education and awareness. Interested in running a workshop for teens? contact me directly to see how we can work together, Belinda

Links

https://www.blants.com.au/

http://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/endocrine-disrupting-chemicals

http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/the-serious-health-issues-linked-to-chemicals-that-give-products-fragrance-20170118-gttrua.html

https://www.youngliving.com/en_AU

https://yourfertility.org.au/

https://belindaforsyth.com/resources/

 

 

 


Homemade Granola

For some time I have been experimenting with making my own granola. Since ditching cereal out of a box, I wanted an alternative breakfast cereal that tasted delicious and was whole food based.

Making your own is easier than you think

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Oats (quinoa flakes for gluten free)
  • 1 cup Almonds chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup Cashews or any other nut of choice chopped
  • 2 cups Flaked coconut
  • 1 cup Currents
  • 1 cup Ningxia Wolfberries
  • 1/4- 1/3 cup Coconut oil (melted)
  • 1-2 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

Wholefood Collective has bulk wholefoods at great prices! (aff link)

Method

In a bowl combine oats, coconut, nuts, seeds.

Drizzle dry ingredients with coconut oil and roast on trays for 60mins at 120 degrees. A long slow roast will produce lovely crispy granola.

Once done return granola in mixing bowl add cinnamon bark essential oil and dried fruit. Mix well. Cool and store in glass jars.

For a plain granola omit the coconut oil and add dried fruit and you are done!

Store in Glass jars in the pantry and enjoy with your preferred milk and yoghurt.

This is a large batch and lasts our family of 5 at least a week. The great thing is that you can adjust the ingredients to your liking. Pecans and 1/2 tsp vanilla powder make a great addition too. It would however make a lovely gift!

Note

Ningxia Wolfberries (Lycium barbarum)

The wolfberries sourced for NingXia Red hail from the Ningxia province in Northern China. This superfruit has one of the highest percentages of fiber of any whole food and contains zeaxanthin—a carotenoid important to maintaining healthy vision. It also contains polysaccharides, amino acids, and symbiotic vitamin mineral pairs that when present together promote optimum internal absorption.1

There are a number of studies 2, 3 demonstrating the positive effects of the Ningxia wolfberry. Delaying optic nerve degeneration and reducing ischaemic brain injury by maintaining mitochondrial balance both confirm the long standing thought of the people from the Ninxia province in China for supporting our health

Young Living also produce a Ningxia infused drink Ningxia red, that is not only delicious but a easy method for the whole family to enjoy. A 60ml daily dose for adults and 30ml for children to provide an array of health promoting anti-oxidants.

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil a registered culinary oil. It is important you only use a very small amount as it is strong. 1-2drops are plenty. It has a delicous flavour and aroma when added to dishes. It should always be added at the end of cooking. For more great ideas using Essential oils in your cooking visit Young Living blog for a fabulous apple cinnamon chip recipe and Flavour of Joy website and follow Chef kate McAloon use these delicous oils in her recipes.

 

Get started with Young Living with a Culinary Essential Oil starter kit (basic $69 premium $244)  here

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Sources

  1. http://ningxiared.com/benefits/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28807155
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28808422

Want a Free Starter kit?

Ok so you have thought about buying a Premium Starter kit.. and you have not got around to it. It might seem overwhelming making changes. If I could show you how you make the most of the specials that Young Living offers, you could switch out many toxins from you home.

This is how you get a Premium starter kit for nothing and more…

Become a member with Young Living click here

After entering your details

Click an Essential Reward order- this is important to receive the free products

Purchase

Beauty Essentials ($249.00,  150PV)

ER Kit Includes: 1 x ART® Skin Care System (includes 1 x ART® Gentle Cleanser 100 ml, 1 x ART® Light Moisturizer 30 ml, 1 x ART® Refreshing Toner 118 ml), 1 x Grapefruit Lip Balm 4.2 g, 1 x Satin Facial Scrub™ – Mint 57 g, 1 x Wolfberry Eye Cream 14 g

What you put on your skin is so important!

Read about this fabulous skin care here

Ningxia Essentials ($193.00, 140PV)

NingXia Red® is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree—a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils. Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion. NingXia Red, has been cherished for centuries for its health, energy, and longevity benefits. Whole Ningxia wolfberries and other nutrient-dense fruit juices make NingXia Red the perfect choice for optimising wellness and stepping up to a whole new level of health.

Pack contains:
(1) NingXia Red 4 pk, (10) NingXia Red Singles 60 ml ea; GST free

add

Lavender Mint Daily Shampoo ($33.45, 19.75 PV)

Lavender Mint Daily Conditioner ($33.45, 19.75 PV)

Other fabulous products I would recommend are the Aromabright tootpaste and shower Gel range!

Free

For September 2017, Essential Rewards Members who order 320 PV or more also receive a Thieves® Household Cleaner Refill, Thieves® Laundry Soap, in addition to the Eucalyptus Radiata 15 ml essential oil and a Thieves® Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash. Value $236.50

Free

Premium Starter kit with dewdrop diffuser Value $259

  • 11 commonly used Essential Oil 5ml bottles. Oils are Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, Copaiba, Lavendar, Thieves, Purification, Pan Away, DiGize, R.C, Stress Away
  • Dew drop diffuser
  • product guide and information
  • 2 samples of Ningxia drink
  • Thieves waterless hand gel
  • aromaglide attachment

Total

$508   PV 329.50 (PV = product value)

Total free= $495.50

Just over $1000 worth of product for $508! If only I have known this when I started this is exactly what I would have done.

Diffuser to  purify the air in your home/office and make it smell amazing

Essential oils for a range of uses and to support a healthy body

Ningxia Red supply to provide the body with the highest anti-oxidant support of any fruit!

Beautiful skin care

Thieves laundry detergent, Household cleaner and Mouthwash. Eucalyptus Essential oil, perfect to help support your respiratoty system, add with some vinegar to your rinse section to help clean and freshen your clothes.

Just a note about the Thieves range- fantastic and a best seller. Completely plant based which I love and the laundry detergent lasts for 2-3 months. I have a friend who has noticed that since using the detergent and household cleaner, her son’s skin irritation has reduce significantly. Win win!

There are many health benefits and  you will eliminate nasty synthetic fragrance that is really not doing you any good. Go on do your own research! Did you know companies are not required to disclose what is in their synthetic fragrances?

The website can be a bit tricky and if you are ready to take advantage of this great offer with Young Living, I will guide you through the website. Don’t worry I will teach you how to use the cleaner and send you some bottles to help you use it.

Oh and another thing as a continuing essential rewards customer, you will earn points for free product!!

This offer can be cutomised to suit your requirements. I have just put together a great selection of products that will help you create a chemical free home!

Now essential oils have become super popular of late and for good reason. Before they were popular Young Living were producing and developing  their products and have been for over 20 years. Like to learn a bit more about the lengths Young living go to in producing pure products. Click here

 

NB. A new member will receive the free Premium Starter Kit with Dewdrop Diffuser (300 PV promotion) when they reach 300 PV or more with their first Essential Rewards order, provided there is no Premium Starter Kit already on the order.

NB. the calulations I have done in this post are to the 320PV value to take advantage of the free itmes available in September.

 

Yes I want to get started right now!

I need some help! Fill in the contact form below and I will be in touch

Belinda

These products are for the Australian market, but as Young Living is a Global company I am sure I can help you where ever you are!

 


Is your cleaning causing more harm than good?

How many times have you started coughing when cleaning the bathroom or simply opening the laundry detergent? Does walking down the cleaning aisle of the supermarket smell really strong to you and cause you discomfort? Well when you discover what is in these products it can be a little alarming.

I recently had a chat with Alison Palmer form Health Connection Ballarat, you can listen to the podcast here

In Australia ingredients in cleaning products do not have to be listed on the label. You can ask for a material data safety sheet, which you may be able to find online, but even then it will only include what the toxic ones are according to the Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA). (source) You don’t have to look too far to see ‘ warning’, and ‘poison’ signs on the back of many products sold on the supermarket shelves in Australia.

Kidasfe Victoria report that the major cause of injury and hospital admission is unintentional poisoning, including cleaning products, bleach, cosmetics and more (source)

Ingredients in cleaning and also some personal care products that are potentially damaging to your health include

Sodium Hypochlorite otherwise known as bleach can cause iritation in the eyes, mouth, lungs and skin. Bleach is also very reactive with ammonia and other acids. Bleach is used in many bathroom cleaners that comes with some serious health effects. A study looking at the exposure of school age children demonstrated that passive exposure of bleach cleaning can increase the risk of respiratory and other infections. (source)

Triclosan (in anti-bacterial soaps, detergents and toothpaste) is an anti-bacterial that has now been banned in the US for domestic use. Triclosan accumulates in fat and can build up over time and has suggested that is can disrupt the thyroid hormones. (source) Triclosan  has been reported to decrease oocyte  and embryo quality source, making it a damaging agent to reproductive health.

The Florence statement is a consensus of 200 scientists and medical professionals who have concluded based one extensive research that Triclosan and triclocarban are environmentally persistent endocrine disruptors that biaccumulate and are toxic to aquatic and other organisms. source THe FDA in America has stated that anti-bacterial soaps are no more effective than using plain soap and water (source)

Phthalates A widely used group of chemicals that can interfere with hormones in the body, posing risks to reproductive and thyroid systems. Not only are these a contaminant in humans but are also widespread in the environment and wildlife as well ( source )

Phthalates are most commonly found in cosmetics and body care products. The most common use is as an ingredient in ‘fragrance’ The Phthalate acts as a solvent to synthetic fragrances allowing them to bind together and last for a long time. Many cleaners and most importantly laundry detergents and fabric softeners will have fragrance included in them. Don’t really fancy having that around my kids!

Sodium Hydroxide– a corrosive alkali- found in oven cleaners. It can irritate the skin, cause  respiratory problems and has concerns for vision (source)

Butoxyethanol (2-BE) used in cleaning products and surface cleaners, floor strippers, window cleaners, spot cleaners. Is a scheduled poison! Exposure by inhalation, swallowing or direct contact can cause, headaches, irritation to the eyes and nose, nausea and triedness (source)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate– a widely used inexpensive foaming substance in body wash, hand soap, toothpastes and soaps. May cause skin irritations. It has been recommended by the international journal of toxicology that concentration levels of no more than 1% in products with prolonged use, however cleaning products can have sls levels of between 10-20% (source)

Cleaning your home naturally can be a lot simpler and easier than buying multpile cleaning products from the supermarket. It just requires a new approach,  learning about what to use and when.

Bi-carb soda: a readily available powder that is useful in making scrubs, cleaners that need a little bit of extra scrubbing action

Vinegar- has high acidity allowing it to loosen mineral depposits and dissolve soap scum. great also for removing excess soap off washing when used in your rinse section of your washing machine. It is also great for softening the water too ( ditch the fabric softener!)

Essential Oils- add a  natural scent and allow you to clean naturally. My top picks are lemon ( refreshing), Tea tree, Thieves and Purification (odour eliminator) and Eucalyptus. Make you own air freshener using water, essential oils and a dash of witch hazel. Better still, you can use a cold water diffuser with essential oils to not only frangrance your home but purify the air too.

Castille Soap- I love Dr bronner’s and is the main base for my foaming hand soap that I use in my bathrooms.

Lemons- have a lemon tree? use a half cut lemon and some bi-carb to clean your sink or glass in your shower. Add half a lemon to your dishwasher for extra cleaning. Add 1/2- 1 cup of lemon juice to a load of washing for whiter whites.

Salt-I use this in my homemade washing powder. Great for removing stains

Thieves Household Cleaner– This is a plant concentrate that I literally use for my whole home. It is made of plant based ingredients and that is it. No synthetics, no fillers and it really does work. As it is a concentrate is is super cheap to use and cheaper than any other cleaner you will buy in the supermarket. Your bathroom will love it and so will your skin! Did I mention that is is safe for your children to use too? You can read more about how I use this cleaner here.

Overhauling your laundry products may be one of the best ways to reduce exposure to synthetic fragrances and other synthetic ingredients  (which are really hard to find out what they are as they are often not listed). Have a think about it, every time you wash clothes are potentially being exposed to synthetic ingredients and fragrances- especially if you use fabric softeners. Those clothes are then worn on your body all day.  You sleep for long periods of time in the sheets laundered in the washing powder too. You can try my recipe for home made here, or you can speak to me about using Thieves Laundry soap which I now use as it is excellent and lasts a really long time and let’s face it, I don’t always have time to make it!

Changes I have noticed since removing some of these toxic products

  1. No more worry about having unsafe things in my home!
  2. No coughing when I clean the bathrooms- infact the scent now smells invigorating. Essential oils will do that for you.
  3. Reduction in dry flaky skin
  4. No more bleeding gums- I now use a sls free toothpaste

There is so much more I could write about but that might be enough information for you to think about and make a few changes. Your awareness is the only thing in between you and the products you use.

Young Living Healthy Home Premium Starter kit might be just the thing you need to get started and ditch the toxic cleaners for good. Get started straight away, you won’t regret it. Young Living products come with a money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose. please chat to me for more details.

 

Belinda


Enhancing Memory and Learning

Memory and learning, something we do for our entire lives. The older I get the more I realise there is to learn rather than the schedules of learning required of students studying at school or university.

Learning is our ability to get and process new information and memory is our ability to store it for future purposes. Every day we are required to use these aspects of our brain function. As a mother of 3 kids, creating an environment that helps not only myself be efficient and productive, but also for my family, is something that I feel a sense of responsibility for.

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The sense of smell is not always considered in a learning environment however is also powerful. The use of aromas produce similar effects to music in the learning environment. Both can energise, set or change a mood, relax, reinforce memory and make the surroundings more pleasant and welcoming.1

Lemon*, Peppermint* and Rosemary Essential oils have been studied for their effectiveness in supporting our memory and learning.

Lemon essential oil has a clean crisp scent. It scent promotes clarity and is invigorating and enhancing. Lemon has been shown to have an anti-stress effect and can improve cognitive function. 2,3

Peppermint has been found to enhance memory and increase alertness. 4

Rosemary essential oil has produced a significant enhancement of performance for overall quality of memory and resulted in an increase in perceived contentedness. 5, 6

These three essential oils are a great tool to use in the classroom, office, home to stimulate a productive environment. Did I mention thay they actually smell great too?

Now you know which oils you can use, let’s help you work out how to use them.

Diffuse

2-3 drops each of Lemon, Peppermint and Rosemary. In any area of the home/office or workplace.

Roller Bottle

Using a 10ml Roller bottle (or re-use your old essential oil bottle with Aroma Glide attachment and adjust depending on bottle size) is a great way to have your essential oils on hand to use during the day. When using the roller bottle apply as needed to pulse points- inside wrists, back or side of neck.

For 6-15yrs use 1-2 drops each of Lemon, Peppermint and Rosemary and top with a carrier oil (any vegetable oil like Young Living v6 or grapeseed)

For 15+ years, add 4-5 drops each of Lemon, Peppermint and Rosemary topped with carrier oil

Another option would be to make your own personal inhaler! Buy blank ones from ebay.

* Essential Oils in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit

Which oils help you focus?  Peppermint is my favourite.

Belinda

 

Sources

1.Coming to our senses,incorporating brain research findings into classroom

2. Lemon oil vapor causes an anti-stress effect via modulating the 5-HT and DA activities in mice.

3.Can you smell your way to a better brain, science says yes

4. Modulation of cognitive performance and mood by aromas of peppermint and ylang-ylang.

5 Aromas of rosemary and lavender essential oils differentially affect cognition and mood in healthy adults.

6. Neuroprotective and Anti-aging potentials of Essential Oils from aromatic Plants and Medicinal Plants

10 Roller bottles can be purchased from New Directions online in australia and many other retailers.


Healthy Homes

Do you want a healthy home without any nasty chemicals?A couple of years ago I was concerned what I was being exposed to and also what I was exposing my family to. I had noticed that so many people seem to be unwell, people around me were receiving an awful diagnosis.

I decided that I needed to educate myself on what I had been using in my home and personally too. What I use in my home was one thing I could control. Very quickly I started learning about the presence of synthetic cleaning chemicals and artificial substances in products that we use every day. If you want to do some research here which I highly recommend, the visit EWG to check out ingredients. This requires a bit of work. Anything above a 3, is worth steering clear of or minimising. The Chemical Maze book and App are also great. Thankfully I found these amazing products from Young Living. Their committment to purity was a clincher for me. Not only are they all plant based, there labelling is transparent, they source their ingredients sustainably and are committed to improving the health of the planet. Check out seed.to.seal

My aim is to help you ditch and switch. Are you ready? This is the perfect place to start, a Healthy Home Premium starter kit from Young Living

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You will be able to swap out  your air fresheners, spray and wipe, window cleaner, scrubs, bathroom cleaner, mouth wash, toothpaste, hand soap, dental floss, bar soap, dish wash, sanitising hand gel. Do you know what ingredients are these products in your home? The Thieves range is made using a blend of Clove, Rosemary, Lemon, Cinnamon bark and Eucalyptus Radiata essential Oils which have natural purifying abilities. You wil be confident using them as they are made using natural ingredients, free from any synthetic chemicals.

In this kit you will receive

  • Dewdrop diffuser (Diffuse Thieves EO to kill airborne mould and bacteria)
  • Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate (use this one product to replace bathroom spray, scrubs, dishwasher cleaner, stain remover, surface spray, floor cleaner, window cleaner, floor cleaner. This is a concentrate, one capful approx 7ml is all that is needed for one application.)
  • Dish Soap
  • Thieves Aroma Bright toothpaste- all natural toothpaste. I just love it and so will your mouth
  • Thieves Mouthwash. Will leave you feeling fresh, with long last fresh breath. free of alcohol, synthetic dyes and chemicals
  • Thieves Foaming Handsoap Did you know the FDA has banned triclosan in America in home anti-bacterial hand soaps and other products? It is not banned in Australia. Thieves has natural anti-bacterial properties to clean your hands naturally.
  • Thieves Waterless Hand Gel
  • Dental floss (using soy and beeswax not paraffin which is petroleum based)
  • Thieves Spray– (perfect for your handbag as a quick hand cleaner, perfect in public restrooms, shopping trolleys, travelling.)
  • Thieves bar soap
  • Thieves Essential Oil 5ml. Supports a healthy immune system.
  • Lemon essential Oil 5ml. Purifying and calming when inhaled.
  • Peppermint Essential Oil 5ml. refreshing aroma and effective in aiding  mental and physical concentration
  • Lavender Essential Oil 5 ml. Relaxing and balancing.
  • Purification Essential Oil 5ml. The deoderises and neutralises the air. Deters insects.
  • Stress Away Essential Oil 5ml. The label says it all. Diffuse to ease tension and promote relaxation. Wear as perfume!
  • 2 samples of Ningxia Red Nutrient dense drink high in antioxidants.

The healthy home Starter kit is $289. All these items bundled together is a saving of 15%. Amazing value when you look at what you can eliminate from your home and replace with a natural and healthier alternative.

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By clicking the above link you will be taken to the Young Living website where you can set up your own account as a wholesale member. You will see my referral number there too. That means I am here to answer your questions and give you some information about the products. Any future purchases will be 24% off retail price. There is no committment to purchase again unless you choose to do so.

What you will find on the website is a full list of ingredients. They are also on the packet.

Need to chat about the options and if this is right for you? Please get in contact. I love nothing more than helping people work out what is right for them.  Don’t be intimidated by Essential Oils, they are amazing. Once you experience them you will love them.

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner..

For me living in Australia, Mother’s day is in a couple of weeks. I am not a big gifts person but when I do buy gifts I  think long and hard about what I am buying. I try to support small business and I also like to know what I am buying. After looking into toxins in my home and removing as many as possible, I like to gift things that I would be prepared to have in my home.  After all I don’t want to gift anything that will have a negative impact on the health of my friends and family members! Synthetic fragrances for me are a big no no. Along with the fact that I react to them quite badly, they are not good for our health. For years fragrances have been heavily marketed as the perfect gift, along with scented candles, body products.

The average woman applies between 9-15 products daily and can include over 100 chemicals. Unfortunately in Australia and the US many chemicals are used in personal products with out being tested, unlike the EU! Thankfully there are many companies doing great things with removing toxins from everyday products. You will find that these products are more expensive and that is because they have higher quality standards and don’t use mass produced synthetic products. Having said that I think I would prefer producst that were of high quality that are not full of toxins, wouldn’t you?

If you want to educate yourself consider buying the Chemical Maze Book  or download their app (aff) for your phone. This app has been a great educational tool I have used to educate my kids about what is in packaged food and for me  personal care products we use at our home. Unfortunatley labels can be misleading and the word Natural does not always mean that it is natural. It may include some natural ingredients. After reading a report by the EWG that painted a not so nice picture about what is actually in perfumes, I tossed all mine out. It felt criminal thinking how expensive they were but once I realised that they were full of synthetic chemicals they had to go. It pays to educate yourself. Ok enough of that

There are a few companies that I trust and buy from.   I use Young Living essential oils as my perfume now. Pure plant based essential oils, that smell amazing. Everyone deserves that. Aside from perfume, essential oils have many other benefits too. Think emotional support, toxin free cleaning solutions, natural fragrance for your home. There are many. Why not gift a Premium Starter kit?  Order yours here, once you have an account set up you can order in the future if you wish. However once you experience them I know you will LOVE them. Young Living is a global company, you don’t have to be in Australia to order! if you want more info read my essential Oils page here  let me know if you do as I would love to help show you how to use them.

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If you have essential oils consider making a super simple gift or maybe an excellent treat for yourself.

Lavender Bath Salts

Lavender has been used relaxation and it also a great Essential Oil to use to help overcome feelings of anxiousness. Magnesium salts are a perfect addition to your bath as magnesium is an essential mineral required by every organ is your body. As our skin is our largest organ, it is readily absorbed in a bath and has numerous benefits. I certainly have a much better nights sleep after a magnesium bath. Use 1/4 -1/2cup per bath.

Add ingredients to a jar and shake to disperse the essential oil. It really is that simple

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other companies I love ( that were both founded by women which is also great to see women doing well in business)

Nourished life is your home for

  • Make-up   I love the 100% Pure mascara. Smells like chocolate!
  • Nailpolish
  • eco friendly gift ideas
  • Gift vouchers- perfect gift for someone far away!

Biome is another famulous company that sells all sorts of eco friendly products. I love their

  • beeswax wraps
  • travel cups
  • Dr Libby weaver books- highly recommended
  • diy skin care ingredients
  • gardening accessories

and so much more

 

Most of all this Mother’s day take some time out for yourself whether you are a mother or not.  If you do buy a gift, make sure it a gift that is good for your health. I know that these are not the only choices out there but they are ones I can vouch for. I love that people are being more aware and are voting with their dollar.

 

 

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