New addition to the Premium Starter Kit

A little over 12 months ago I purchased a premium starter kit from Young Living after learning about toxic chemicals in my home and wanting to remove them for the benefit of not only myself but my family. I knew very little about essential oils or how to use them and I would have to credit Laura trotter and her online Home detox bootcamp for giving me the start I needed to remove some nasty products from my home. I am a firm believer in the fact that you need to educate yourself and work out what works for you. Prevention is always better than cure.

Who ever wanted to spray toxic chemicals like formaldehyde around their home? Well have a closer look at synthetic fragrance and the likelihood is that is what is happeneing. An eye opening article explains the issues of synthetic fragrance in our homes and workplaces. Years ago essential oils were used but with changes in technology and companies trying to produce fragrance for mass market at mimimum price, has lead to synthetic fragrance being widely produced. Unfortunately it is is so many places not just air fresheners. Think about toilet paper, washing powder, soaps, cleaners. So if you are looking for a way to eliminate the synthetic fragrance from your home, we need to chat! Maybe you just want to get started right away.

This is the updated premium Starter kit from Young Living, the largest essential oil company worldwide who has been producing pure essential oils for the last 20+ years. recently added is the Thieves Waterless Hand gel. Perfect for your handbag or kids school bag when they can’t get to a wash basin. Great addition when camping or other outdoor activities. You won’t find triclosan here and incase you are wondering all the ingredients are listed on the website!

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Starting at $AUD259 this kit has 11 Essential oils, a ultrasonic diffuser ( I love the bamboo), 2 x Ningxia Red samples, a Thieves Hand Gel, product guide and information to help you get started.

Purchase one here or go to http://www.youngliving.com use my number #3847565 as your enroller and sponsor, enter your personal details. Once you are done let me know (belindajforsyth@gmail.com) and I will be in touch and help you make a few simple things to help you eliminate the toxic chemicals from your home.

 

 

 


Kids Toothpaste, let’s take a look

Ingredients in mainstream toothpaste are not necessarily good for you. I rarely go down the aisle of the supermarket with toothpaste but today I did to get some idea of what is in children’s toothpaste. The reason I have selected the following toothpaste is this is one I used to purchase

Here are the ingredients I took from the back of the packet and some research I have done on what the ingredients actually are

This toothpaste was recommended for 2-6 year olds

sorbitol ( maybe GM, not assessed for safety in cosmetics)

water

Hydrated silica ( safe for most people)

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (maybe derived from petroleum. can penetrate skin and accumulate in vital organs. May be associated with skin ailments, eczema, dermatitis, itching, hives, rash)

Peg-12 ( derived from petroleum, caution advised.)

cellulose Gum ( safe up to 20%)

tetrasodium pyrophosphate ( safe for most people)

sodium saccharin (artificial sweetener petroleum derived, best avoided)

Sodium Fluoride ( maybe manufactured by reacting hydrofluoric acid with sodium carbonate. Potentially hazardous to health)

Mica Dioxide

Titanium Dioxide ( produces white colour, prohibited in food for infants)

FD &C Blue no 1 (synthetic colour)

D & C yellow No. 10 ( also known as quinoline yellow, a synthetic dry produced from coal or tar sources. Used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, but do you really want to put it in your mouth?)

 

Thankfully slowly there is more information about the benefits of incorporating essential oils into oral care. This article written by dental hygienists in Indiana is a step in the right direction with getting the information out into mainstream.

 

Kidsects Slique Toothpaste is a fluoride free toothpaste from young Living without the use of fluoride, dyes, synthetic colours, artificial flavours, or preservatives. It has a base of coconut oil, calcium carbonate and baking soda for gentle and effective cleaning. In addition it contains essential oils that promote healthy teeth.

It is possible to care for your teeth without harsh chemicals. Young Living have a range of toothpaste for the whole family. I love the aromabright range which convenitently comes in a 5 pack. The dentarome toothpastes are also great. Dentarome Ultra comes in the Thieves Premium starter kit ($259). If you are keen to overhaul your cleaning and dental routine this is the starter kit for you! You can become a memeber here and receive 24% off future purchases. Interested in trying one or two items? Send me a message and I will work be in touch

The toothpastes can even double as a deoderant. What!! absolutely, have a look at the ingredients in a natural deoderant and you will find that sodium bicarbonate and coconut oil (2 of the main ingredients in Young Living toothpastes ) are two of the main ingredients.

At the end of the day, we are all responsible for our own choices. My choice is to use a toothpaste that is free of synthetic ingredients, What is yours??

 

 

 

Sources

Chemical Maze App

https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701829/D%26C_YELLOW_10/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triclosan

https://www.youngliving.com/en_AU/products/home/oral-care

 

 


Supporting Restful Sleep in Kids

Recently I was asked about essential oils to help support sleep in Children. Without restful or enough sleep we do not function at our best. With Children, lack of sleep can manifest by an increase in tantrums, reduced concentration.  I have trouble winding down and getting to sleep and I am sure that some children are the same. There are a number of things we can do to help our bodies sleep well. Here are some things I do to help get a good nights sleep for my kids and myself

  1. Reducing screen time before bed. Artificial Blue light can be damaging to our natural circadian rhythm
  2. Go to bed at a similar time each night. Children(6-13) on average need 9-11hrs. It can be different for everyone so listen to sleep ques.
  3. Relax in a Magnesium bath. I add 1-2 tablespoons af Magnesium salts with 1-2 drops Lavender Essential Oil to my kids bath. The essentail oils can be mixed with a tsp of jojoba or coconut oil which will leave skin feeling moisturised. There are numerous benefits of Magnesium and sleep is just one of them. Magnesium is also best absorbed through the skin. Lavender Essential Oil has a calming scent and is also excellent for calming nervous tension and anxiety
  4. Foot massage. My kids love a foot massage and find it extremely relaxing. While sometimes it is a love hate relationship with giving the foot massage, I have extremely fond memories of one of friends mum’s doing this for me as a teenager and remembering how relaxing it was. Have a think about how long you are on your feet for each day? Young childrenen  may find that massage helps them to relax and encourages a restful sleep. I will often massage a drop of Lavender Essential oil with a tsp of vegetable oil into their feet at bed time. Read more about and how to massage your kids feet here Applying essential oils to the feet is an excellent option as our skin on the soles is the least sensitive. Always follow instructions on the bottle and test patch first.
  5. Diffusing Essential Oils. Using a ultrasonic diffuser with a few (2-3) drops of essential oil can encourage a restful sleep. I use a small number of drops as I find that is all you need in a bedroom. Lavender is extremely relaxing. Orange Essential oil encourages feelings of happiness. Peace and Calming  encourages deep relaxation and Gentle baby promotes a calm atmosphere for Mother and baby and in my experience everyone! Gentle baby would have one fo my all time favourites to create a calm environment.

For FAQ’s about dilution and safety of essential oils read here

To down load a chart by Robert Tisserand outlinging appropiate dilutions please click here

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Topical dilution guidlines are as follows
0.5% for 2-6yrs old
1% for 6-12
2% 12 +
3% occasional use such as perfume
I don’t use concentrations higher than this as I don’t find it necessary at all.
For topical application for a 8yr old you could add 3 drops of Lavender to a 10ml roller bottle and top up with a carrier oil. All ready to roll on the feet for a night time massage!
Enjoy and have a  restful sleep
Belinda x
If you would like to purchase essential oils, please click here and read about Young Living’s premium Starter pack that I started with. Lavender is in the pack!

Nourishing Night time Face Serum

I used to buy a night cream but I have started making a nourishing night oil instead as it is really easy and you can customise it to suit your skin. My skin has improved and making my own is economical. I apply 4 drops to a clean face at night time before bed. Feel free to customise.

Some simple ingredients with lots of benefits

Jojoba oil- a golden liquid wax that mimics the skin’s natural oils, penetrating deep into the skin’s layers.

Rosehip Oil- absorbed quickly into the skin, it is pressed from seeds. Perfect for mature and sunburnt skin. Beneficial for healing scars

Lavender Essential oil; great for the skin. Used to treat disorders such as acne, wrinkles,psoriasis and other inflammatory conditions.

Frankincense Essential oil; promotes the regeneration of healthy cells, a powerful anti-aging oil.

Cedarwood essential Oil; has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, reduces skin irritations, promoting relaxation and balance.

When mixing your serum add the essential oils to the bottle first, lightly swirl to combine before adding the carrier oil. I use a 30ml glass bottle with a dropper in it(like these or try glass bottles direct in Australia) with 18 drops of essential oil topped with carrier oil. This is a 2% concentration which is commonly used for skin benefits.

For more information for Essential oils suitable for skin care please read here

Basic Face serum

9 dops Lavender    Essential Oil*                                                                                                                   9 Drops Frankincense   Essential Oil*                                                                                                         Fill with Jojoba oil

Mature Skin Face Serum
9 drops Lavender Essential Oil  *                                                                                                                 9 drops Cedarwood Essential oil

Fill with 1/2 Rosehip and 1/2 Jojoba oil, purchase these here

If making your own is not for you, Young Living Essential Serum is an excellent serum ready to apply straight on your skin. perfect for dry and acne prone skin and affordable!

 

*essential oils in the Premium Starter kit. Order yours here and recieve a wholesale membership with Young Living, 24% off future purchases and just the beginning of starting a natural health and wellness journey!

Sources

https://www.youngliving.com/blog/6-essential-oils-your-skin-loves/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_hip_seed_oil

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-lavender-essential-oil.html

https://draxe.com/jojoba-oil/

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Grocery Shopping- what to buy and where to get it

I have radically overhauled how I shop compared to a few years ago. One of the ‘big 2’ supermarkets in Australia used to get all of my business and now I nolonger put all my eggs in one basket! Having said that, there have been times when I simply did not have the time or energy to shop around.

After attending a speaking event by Libby Weaver in Melborne last year and reading her book “Exhausted to Energised” I really believe we need to get back to basics, teach our kids to cook, grow at least some veggies (even if it herbs) and eat simple food that does not come from a box.

After watching and reading about the study on a family eating organic produce in Sweden, I was amazed to see the traces of pesticides in their body diminish after only 2 weeks. I now place more of an emphasis of buying organic where I can.

Stocking a wholefoods pantry can be a challenge. Read this guide from Well Nourished to help  set yourself up.

I source a mix of things locally and online. As I live in Ballarat some of the recommendation are for places I can support locally.

Fruit and Veggies

I always try to buy fresh.

The Food Garden in Castlemaine Victoria deliver fruit and veggie boxes to Ballarat  on a Friday along with many other things. Their produce is always good quality and I love the convenience of it being delivered to my door. Graham is always a pleasure to deal with and their boxes ARE affordable. Just rememeber all fruit and veg is better than no fruit and veg but organic is better. They also sell pantry items that are carefully packaged in paper reducing the unnecessary plastic packaging.

Aussie Farmers direct also deliver organic fruit and veg.

Spring Creek Organics are at markets in Ballarat and melbourne. They also have a farm shop which works on an honesty system.

Organic Angels deliver to Ballarat on a Tuesday. I have not used them yet but their prices look good  and they have a range of other things you might find useful for your pantry too

Buninyong Blueberry farm have spray free blueberries for picking and farm gate sales every January. Fun day out for the family. Check out their website.

Meat

Brooklands free Range farm at Blampied have just delicious meat and bacon free of nitrates too. They are at many farmers markets. I have been known to drive out to their property and fill up my freezer. Jono and Nat are lovely

Millbrook Free Range I recently ordered half a pig! yep I filled my mum’s freezer and mine with different pork cuts that are absolutley delicious. Everyone in the family has been raving how delicious it is.

Salt Kitchen smalls good and Charcuterie. Beautiful ham and lots of other hand made goods that can be ourchased locally at Wilson’s Fruit and Veg, and other stores across victoria. Preservative free sausages are always a bif hit especially the wagyu and rosemary. They also do Christmas hams! Check out a stockist near you.

Simply Free Range offer home delivery. I have had a friend who uses them and recommends them.

Braelands Grass fed beef and lamb from Myrniong deliver to Ballarat

Pantry Goods

Feeding a family can be quite a challenge these days and a well stocked pantry makes the world of difference. There are many things I buy in bulk, like nuts, coconut, oats, rice, cacao, lentils, organic dried fruit.

The wholefood Collective* is a bulk wholefoods shopping site with flat rate postage Australia wide. I find their prices are great and delivery is quick.

The Source wholefoods I wish we had one of these locally!

Of the 2 Big supermarkets, I prefer woolworths that has a better selection of wholefoods.

However I absolutely LOVE our local IGA supermarkets in Ballarat. A great selection. Local sourdough bread from basilio, Free range pastured eggs from Millbrook, Inglenook dairy milk and so much more!

Bathroom

Now you might think it odd that I have added this category but I have learnt to consider everything I buy and try to continaully make the best choice when things run out.

Who Gives a Crap sell, toilet paper free made of recycled paper or sustainable bamboo. They also sell tissues and kitchen towel. They donate half their profits to overseas water aid which I also think is great. To receive $10 off you first order click here There are no synthetic fragrances on their products either which I think is important. Perfect for home or Office. Interesting talking point too!

Cleaning. I love Thieves Household cleaner. Plant based, biodegradeable, septic safe. If something smells chemically it usually is. One of the best things you can do for you and your family is the go low tox on your cleaning! I have written about it before and you can read about that here

Washing Dishes

For my dishwasher and washing up I currently use Ecostore.  A low tox option that works. Sometimes knowing what to buy is really hard. I recently listened to a podcast  by Alexx Stuart- Low Tox Life, who interviewed the founder of Ecostore products which I have found readily available in supermarkets in Ballarat and are available Australia wide.

Linen

Bhumi organic cotton store makes certified organic, fair trade sheets, towels, underwear, yoga and active wear. Click here for $20 off your first order

Sheets on the Line have stores in Brisbane, Melbourne and retail online. They often have some great sales and I have picked up some excellent quality organic King Single sheets sets for my kids here.

Buying in bulk will definitely save you money. It does require some foreward planning and organisation. Everyone time your purchase you vote with your dollar! Support the

Belinda

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Diffuser combinations with your PSK

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Recently my lovely sister  purchased a premium starter it and I have been discussing different diffuser combinations. The combinations really are endless but I just thought I would provide some really easy combinations that you will love.

Relax   4 Stress Away ∗2 lavender

Sniffles 2 Purification∗4 Thieves

Seasonal  2 Peppermint∗2 Lavender∗2 lemon

Wind down 4 Lavender∗2 Frankincense

Clear the air 3 Purification∗3 Lemon

Focus 2 Peppermint∗3 Lemon

Breathe easy 2 Peppermint∗4 R.C

Good Night 2 Copaiba∗2 Stress Away∗2 Lavender

Diffusing essential oils have a number of benefits. Fragrance your home without synthetic fragrances, unlike some candles there is no toxic fumes. Young Living Essential oils are pure plants extracts and their seed to seal guarantee is their committment to providing quality Essential oils. If you don’t have essential oils read my Essential Oil page for more information

An article recently published in the Good Weekend talks about the dangers of synthetic fragrance and it part of a book written by Kate Grenville- The case against fragrance. Read it here She speaks about the headaches she has suffered that after removing artificial frangrance have gone away. In my experience removing artifical fragrance has certainly been positive for my skin too. The Laundry aisle in the supermarket is a challenge for me to walk through down now!  Time to make some Laundry powder again.

Hope you like these combinations, let me know how you go

Belinda

Download a printable graphic  for easy reference diffuser-combinations-psk

 


Yoga- Healthy mind, Healthy body

Yoga has many benefits for the body. Health benefits may include increased fitness and normalisation of blood pressure. It is a known antidote of stress. Reported lower levels of stress, increased health and wellbeing from regular practice occurs as the practice of concentrating on poses and breath acts as a form of meditation. This all sounds good to me!

Diffusing essential oils in Yoga can enhance the uplifting experience when practising yoga. Some yoga studios are using essential oil based sprays to wipe down their yoga mats

For me getting to a yoga studio is not always practical as a parent. I have started practicing yoga at home and there have been a numerous benefits. I can practice any time, my children join in and I use my diffuser to enhance the experience. I am able to work on my strength and flexibility at home and I ALWAYS feel better afterwards

There are a few things I have been using to make my home yoga experience work for me.

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 Yoga Studio App  I recently purchased this app my iPhone and I love it.  Follow one fo their classes or customise your own. Not particularly tech savvy I have worked out how to mirror the screen to my TV and I have my own private class with the convenience of being at home.

I was not keen on using a Yoga mat that was made of synthetics. Recently I purchased a Cork Leaf yoga mat.  The first Australian company making natural yoga mats using recycled cork backed by natural tree rubber. Naturally anti-microbial, smooth and grippy. No need for a cleaning spray, simply let dry and roll away. I love that it feels cool under your feet. They also plant a tree for every yoga mat purchased! More expensive than some others on the market, the fact that it was natural was a big winner for me and as I am not paying for classes I felt that this offset the price. Definitely worth it. However now everyone loves the mat I might have to purchase another.

Essential oils you might like to try to diffuse are Bergamot for its uplifting properties, Frankincense* for its strenghtening and centering, Lavender* for calming and peppermint* for clear breathing. There are so many more options and sometimes it is a personal preference. Blending a couple of drops of different oils works well too. I choose Young Living Essential oils and you can read more why here

In our busy lives, I hope you can take some time out for yourself and benefit your mind and body by practicing yoga.

Belinda

*Essential Oils in Premium Starter kit

Sources

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/pilates-and-yoga-health-benefits

https://www.youngliving.com/blog/energize-your-morning-with-aroma-yoga/

**This post has affiliate links


Who needs Clarity? I think we all do

Clarity- clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding. The state or quality of being clear.

We can all have so many thoughts in our minds it can be hard to have clarity. In a working situation, be it in private study, professional work, classrooms, lecture theatres, it is helpful to have a clear mind to maximise our ability to perform our best.

Clarity Essential Oil blend from Young Living works to clear the mind, improve mental alertness, increase energy, enable focus and  aid memory retention. Clarity contains the following oils

  • Basil- uplifting and refreshing
  • Peppermint- Purifying and stimulating
  • Coriander-acts as a stimulant when feeling low
  • Cardamon-boosts spirits in case of depression and fatigue
  • Rosemary- improves mental sharpness
  • Geranium-stability and balance. Also shown to reduce anxiety in labour
  • Bergamot-uplifting and relaxing. Great mood booster
  • Lemon- promotes clarity of thoughts
  • Ylang Ylang-promotes a calm and relaxed state
  • Jasmine*- stimulates the mood and improves concentration
  • Roman Chamomile- clears mental blocks
  • Palmarosa-stimilating and soothing for the mind and body

*absolute or essence rather than an essential oil

 

These are all fabulous oils to use on their own. When combined they are a powerhouse for improving your mind, concentration, focus.

Clarity Essential Oil blend can be diffused or applied topically

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For the month of January receive a FREE 5ml bottle of this oil with any order over 190PV. If you want to purchase a Premium Starter kit and start your essential Oil journey click here

Until the end of January you will receive a FREE lemongrass Essential oil when you become a new member. Young Living are always giving away oils! There is more information on my essential oils page. The more I use and find out about these oils, the more I love them. I am sure you will too.

Belinda

Sources

http://www.dictionary.com

http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/coriander-seed-oil.aspx

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-cardamom-essential-oil.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=rosemary+essentail+oil+memory

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26161367

https://www.youngliving.com/en_AU/


Emotions and Essential Oils

I love that Essential Oils can have an effect on your emotions. This was something that I knew nothing about but was pleasantly suprised when I started using them. After implementing them in my cleaning and using my diffuser, I started to realise how good they can make you feel. 1 drop of Lavender can relax the body and mind! When you inhale an Essential oil they interact with your limbic system in your brain. The great thing about this is different Essential oils can be used for relaxing, stimulating, energising, grounding. As essential oils affect people differently you may not get the same response that someone else does. Use this as a guide to find the Essential Oils that work for you. This is definitley not a finite list but one to help you get started. To experience Essential oils you can inhale them directly from the bottle, apply topically with some carrier oil or my favourite is to put them in a diffuser

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Calming/Anxiety

Lavender*, Frankincense*, Bergamot, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Rose

Energising

Lemon*, Orange, Rosemary, Peppermint*

Focus

Rosemary, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Basil, Black pepper, Lemon*, Peppermint*

Happiness

Frankincense*,Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon*, Orange, Sandalwood

Dffusing essential oils is in my opinion the best way to experience them. I love diffusing lavendar and cedarwood or Frankincense at night time before sleep. Anything citrus with some mint in the mornings to encourage everyone to get up and go when we are feeling a bit lethargic. Orange is a firm favourite of one of my boys when combined with Lavender.

When applying essential oils  topically, always dilute and less is always best. Please always follow a safety guideline when applying topically. As a general rule 2% for adults and 1% for children over 2

I would love to hear if you have had a positive experience with Essential Oils.

*Denotes essential oils in the Premium Starter kit. If you want to purchase click here to go to my Essential Oils page

 

Sources

https://www.brainbalancecenters.com/blog/2014/10/essential-oils-adhd/

http://www.aromaweb.com/essentialoils/emotional.asp


Favourite Food Blogs

The internet is great for inspiration in the kitchen. I am trying my best to feed our family a diet that is nourishing. I always tell my kids that you need to fuel it well so that it can perform and do the things you want it to do. Feeding it junk will make you feel like well, junk. It does not always happen but I make veggies a priority and try and teach the kids to listen to how they feel. If you feel sick after eating something, it’s not for you. Simple as that.

I have a few go to blogs for recipes that I thought I would share.

Well Nourished is a blog by Georgia  that makes cooking simple and has many variations to her recipes depending on intolerances or allergies. We love her banana bread and recipe ‘Meat free Monday’ (aka lentils) if you need dinner on the table in 20 mins. I have both her e-books and use them both. Fabulous

Thermobexta is full of wonderful recipes thay I make in my thermomix and has my go- to recipe for Tomato Ketchup. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

The Healthy Chef Teresa Cutter writes for the Sunday life Magazine. I love her granola recipe and always make a batch each week based on her web recipe. I like how her recipes are categorised into breakfast, lunch, dinner etc when you are looking for inspiration for a particular meal or want to try something a bit different

Skinny Mixers has such a great range of free recipes (thermomix based) for Asian, Mexican, Indian food. Perfect if you like to cook food with flavour! The satay is a must.

Quirky cooking   Love Jo’s range of recipes. We absolutely love her mayonaise and is definitely our go to for that

 

I am always keen to learn new recipes so if there is another blog that you would like to share, please share it!

Belinda