Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Personal Care Products, Skin care

Outdoor Essentials

I live in northern Minnesota, so my tan fades… that is if I get one at all with our short summers! I tend to burn easily and peal if I am out too long. Also, when I do go outside, often I am greeted by lots of little “annoyances” that make me want to take cover! BZZZZ!

So skin comfort is a big deal to me when I am outside.

 

 

Last week Young Living introduced three amazing products to enhance our outdoor experiences. These are Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Lavaderm After Sun Spray, and Insect Repellent. I will receive these products today and and so excited to try them.

All are totally safe, free of any harmful chemicals, and tested and proven to be effective. In fact, the insect repellent was tested against the leading brand and found to be more effective and without DEET!  It is EPA approved. The Sun products are classified as OTC (over the counter) medications and once again, completely free of any harmful chemicals! The After Sun Spray can be used to treat burns as well as sunburn. The Sunscreen provides protection from multiple types of UV rays and waterproof for up to 80 minutes. It provides protection for 10 hours in the sun.

Once again, Young Living Essential Oils has done the research and given us a product that is safe, effective, and one I am sure you will use and love!

If you want to learn more about them, please contact me, since these are brand new products and I will be testing them out in the coming days!

In my newsletter called Oils On The Go, I share some other suggestions for making your sun and fun time better. And you will also find some important tips about sun sensitivity when using essential oils.

To get a copy of my newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and
ask for the
Oils On The Go Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

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Oils to carry when you are on the go

Summer is a time when a lot of people travel. In fact, I am doing a fair amount of traveling this summer. So I got to thinking this is a good time to talk about how essential oils can fit into our travel plans, as well as what oils are always good to have “on you” when you are out and about town.

Today, let’s focus on the oils and products I normally carry.

This is a picture of the products I pulled out of my purse this morning. They represent a versatile collection of products that I always want to have with me.

My Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier – well, what can I say? It’s pure and leaves my hands feeling clean and soft. Not to mention, that is just plain smells great!

Thieves Spray is perfect for spraying on surfaces I may have to be in contact with that, well, let’s face it, probably I wouldn’t want to touch if I knew what had been there before me! It’s also great to freshen up the air in a smelly place, if you know what I mean.

The Cinnamint Lip Balm and L Briante’™ Lip Gloss keep my lips looking and feeling great.

Frankincense is my “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils. I love it and it is great for any unexpected need from head to toe.

Inner Defense keeps my Immune System strong and as you can see, I keep a few capsules in a small pill box in my purse at all times. You just never know who might want a boost! I also carry a few Thieves Lozenges, which I forgot to pull out of my purse for the picture!

Finally, there are three roll-ons that are my go-to oils after Frankincense. Stress Away, Breathe Again, and Deep Relief. In my opinion, they pretty much cover nearly any situation that might crop up. In fact, let me tell you a quick story to demonstrate their versatility. And really, isn’t that what you want when you are away from home — versatility?

I was at an event and this young girl stepped on a rusty nail. She was in a total panic. I was one of the ladies trying to calm her and handle this emergency. Of course she needed medical attention, but the immediate need was to calm her, ease her pain, and clean the wound. And so in that order, my brain said, “You’ve got oils for this!” Stress Away calmed and quieted her uncontrolled crying. Next, I could reason with her that we can make this feel better. Deep Relief to the rescue! Finally, once she was calm and feeling better, we could clean the wound and apply Breathe Again. Why Breathe Again? Well, my knowledge about what is in it told me that it had properties that would be cleansing and just be helpful. As I always say, “If you don’t have what you need, use what you have.” Crisis over and she was on her way for professional help!

So you see, essential oils are a must for me when I am ON THE GO!

If you would like to learn more about these and other products that are great when traveling or just running errands, check out my newsletter called Oils On The Go. Then contact me and let’s chat about what might meet your needs.

To get a copy of my newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and ask for the
Oils On The Go Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

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Essential Oils, Female Health, Healthy Lifestyle, Personal Care Products, Skin care, Women's health

My personal care favorites

In the past few articles we have discussed some things to consider when caring for our skin. We talked about things like chemicals that can derail us in our health and beauty journey. We also looked at some essential oils that many women have found helpful to add a glow to their face.

If you think about it, Queen Esther soaked in Myrrh for six months and then other spices and oils were added to the regimen for another six months! REALLY? Yes, really! And the result was, she won the most famous beauty contest of all time!

Now I must admit that for many years I have been on a wellness journey that demanded I focus on internal health. So dedicating dollars to beautify my face and skin was a lower priority… Just being real here.

But ladies, there is nothing wrong with giving some attention to caring for our skin. After all, it is your body’s first line of defense. It is your largest organ and is as much as 15% or more of your total body weight.

Caring for your skin is important. So why not use the very best products available? Here is a very short list of my some of my favorite skin care products from Young Living Essential Oils. They are highly concentrated and therefore, very economical over the long road.  These are only a handful of the many awesome products available. You can visit my website and read my Women’s Personal Care newsletter to learn more, but this is a great place to start:

  • ART® Skin Care System (cleanser, moisturizer and toner)
  • ART® Renewal Serum
  • Sheerlumé™ Brightening Cream
  • Genesis Hand & Body Lotion
  • Rose Ointment
  • L Brianté™ Lip Gloss

To get a copy of my newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and ask for the
Women’s Personal Care Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Essential Oils, Female Health, Healthy Lifestyle, Personal Care Products, Skin care, Women's health

Beauty beneath the surface

Every woman wants to look good. NO. Every woman wants to look AMAZING!

We pour money into products to cover up our flaws and accent our best qualities. We long to gaze in the mirror and have it answer back that we are the fairest of them all. Well, let me share a couple of secrets with you.

First, beauty is not skin deep. It starts inside our bodies. What we put IN our bodies will ultimately determine the glow on our skin. I always tell people that if you are having challenges on the surface of your skin, you should probably take a look under the hood. Talk to your healthcare professional about what might be the root cause of your problems. Keep feeding your body healthy food. Get moving (exercise, UGH!). Clean up your environment. And eliminate as many harmful ingredients from your personal care regimen as possible.

THEN you are ready to add healthy options for skin care. My Women’s Personal Care newsletter has some great suggestions to consider, so get a copy and see where you might be able to augment your beauty care stash!

Would you love to have glowing skin? Well, check out this list of some amazing essential oils that are simple to use and produce amazing results. Here is the trick. You are going to want to identify what type of skin you have. Then, pick a few essential oils that address your particular needs. Next combine just one drop of two or three of the oils you selected with an organic oil like jojoba or coconut oil (say 50/50) and gently massage them onto your face each night at bedtime. You will be amazed at the results.

So here is a very short list (There is a longer list in the newsletter):

  • Lavender (cleanse)
  • Geranium (hydrate)
  • Frankincense (smooth fine lines)
  • Sandalwood (balance)
  • Myrrh (just plain good!)

To get a copy of my newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and ask for the
Women’s Personal Care Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

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Looking beyond the label

Everyone knows that the things we put in and on our bodies have an impact on our health. The problem is, often we are clueless to know what we are consuming. If we resort to reading labels, we can quickly become discouraged by the big words we see in little very tiny print! I mean really… Like what exactly is Benzalkonium Chloride anyway? And does it even matter? And why is it such tiny print?

I have actually looked up some of these big words and it really depressed me. I found out that a lot of the common ingredients in personal care products could be causing all sorts of problems in my body. Cancer. Weight gain. Mood swings. Headaches. Digestive issues. Rashes, and more. But it seemed like certain ones that are proven to be harmful are in pretty much all these types of products.

And to add insult to injury, then I found out that because of “trade secrets” not all ingredients even have to be listed on the labels, or they can use vague terms like “fragrance” to hide the truth from you of what is in there.

So how do I know what really is in the bottle I am buying? There are a lot of lists out there of ingredients to avoid in our home and personal care products. I have included a partial list (along with some of the challenges these ingredients bring to our bodies) in my Women’s Personal Care newsletter, so just get your mitts on a copy and you will be amazed!

But I digress. This rude awakening about ingredients that could be creating problems in my body led me on a search for companies that provide “full disclosure” and that hold to the highest ethical standards and integrity.

I continually update my list of companies that I trust, but one company continues to hold the top position on my list. That is Young Living Essential Oils. I have been using their products for 18 years now and I just feel better and better all the time! Not only does Young Living offer essential oils, but their extensive product line includes powerful supplements, nutrition and food items, home and personal care products and more. It’s like one-stop shopping I can trust and quite economical in the long run. And trust me, I’m in this for a long run!

I challenge you to check out my newsletter and website and see what I discovered long ago. Then let’s have a conversation.

To get a copy of my newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and ask for the
Women’s Personal Care Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Solving the health puzzle

For the next few weeks I intend to focus on women’s health and beauty in my writings. So in order to give you some background on why this topic is dear to my heart, let me take a few moments to tell you a little about myself and what led me to the place I am at today.

All my life I have wrestled with health challenges of various types. I have consulted with health professionals of all types. Sometimes I would be helped, but mostly I would actually experience major problems, some created by the treatments or medications I was receiving. Yet deep inside I held tight to the belief that there were answers someplace out there and so I continued to study and learn.

One bit if information would lead to another. As time passed, I came to believe that natural health held keys that I was looking for. And so for over 40 years I studied natural remedies and treatment methods. I learned about herbs. I learned about food. I learned about how the body is designed to function, and things that create problems for us in this journey.

I observed how I felt when I ate certain things or used certain products, and started to clean up my lifestyle. Eventually I could identify patterns and make changes that started to impact my body in positive ways.

No, I am not somebody special. I am just like you. I want to be healthy. I want to be happy. I want to look good. Yes, I fall off the wagon many times. But I have discovered that there are lots of people just like us; people who feel there is a better way and are looking for answers. I have made many friends along the way. I hope you will be one of those friends and join me this month as we explore the topic of women’s health and how it relates to skin care.

A great place to start would be to request a copy of my special newsletter that talks about women’s personal care products. Just send me an email and request the Women’s Personal Care newsletter. Let’s see what pieces to this wellness puzzle we can find together!

To get a copy of my newsletter,
please send your request to
joyce@sharescents.com
and ask for the
Women’s Personal Care Newsletter
that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Is your shampoo safe?

It seems like cancer of all types is on the rise. Hardly a week goes past when I don’t learn of another friend or acquaintance who is battling cancer. It always sets me to thinking about what factors contribute to the root causes of various types of cancer.

A person only needs to spend a few minutes looking up ingredients found in common personal care products to realize that we are subjecting ourselves to a plethora of dangerous chemicals on a daily basis if we are not intentional about the choices we make.

Recently I read an article that discussed an ingredient that is commonly found in shampoo. This ingredient is a class 2 carcinogen known as cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA).

Let me take a small rabbit trail here! We should not confuse DEA, with DHEA (Dioscorea villosa), which is derived from wild yam and is a hormone precursor for progesterone. DHEA is commonly considered safe. On the other hand, DEA is “a viscous liquid and is used as a foaming agent in bath products like shampoos and hand soaps, and in cosmetics as an emulsifying agent” (Wikipedia).

So here is some information I found about DEA:

  • The Center for Environmental Health filed a lawsuit in 2013 against a number of companies that sell products containing DEA, stating “Most people believe that products sold in major stores are tested for safety, but consumers need to know that they could be doused with a cancer-causing chemical every time they shower or shampoo.” CEA found cocamide DEA in store-brand products purchased at Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Pharmaca, and Kohl’s. A list of products and brands can be found at this link.
  • CEH is not the only group concerned about DEA. The Environmental Working Group also classifies DEA as a possible human carcinogen and “expected to be toxic or harmful.”

Information like this is one reason I have come to trust and use products with a proven track record for their safety and commitment to my personal health and well-being. I have learned to gradually replace the dangerous products in my home with products that are safe and life-giving. I call it “Bottle Swapping.”

BottleSwap photo

I have access to an amazing recording called “Dangers of Chemicals” that really helped me understand just how important Bottle Swapping is. I would gladly share this recording with you if you are interested. Please send me an email and I can get you access to this private recording!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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