Unboxing my Wellness Box

Here is why I get the subscription box from Young Living. I call it my Health Investment Box as that is exactly what it is…

  1. Living healthy is a lifestyle commitment
  2. Young Living makes it incredibly easy to support your health by giving you money back and freeeee stuff
  3. It is the easiest way to change out toxic chemicals in your home without having to spend tons of $$

Here is what I got this month

Thieves Hand foaming soap
Thieves Dishwasher detergent
Kids Scents Lotion
Sensation Hand and Body lotion
Essentialzymes 4
Life 9 probiotics
Insect Repellent
Sunscreen Lotion
Wipes
Lemon
Lavender
Peppermint
Thieves
Thieves mints
Progessence PLus and Thyromin

Freebies
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Fennel
Tea Tree
Allerzyme

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Educational Series #2

Like I mentioned before, I am doing an educational series for my newsletter followers.. I thought you all might enjoy reading it too.

Dear Friends,
How are you? Hope you had fun with the last newsletter in starting to swap off chemicals in your home. We are going to continue to talk about replacing every chemical in your home with non toxic items that actually work. This month, we are going to talk personal care products – divided into this month and the next as there is so much to cover

But before we do that, let’s cover some basics about Essential Oils..

So, what the heck are oils anyways and why do I need them?

  • They are the most powerful part of the plant.
  • Just like your blood clots cuts and oxegenates your cells and detoxes the body, oils do the same for the plant.
  • They are the movers and shakers of the plant that photosynthesize, work through trauma and energize. They can do similar things in the human body.
  • They support all the body systems – skeletal, muscular, endocrine, respiratory, immune system.
  • They support brain health and healthy weight and for spiritual upliftment.
  • An oil in a diffuser can soothe a child’s tough day at school, provide a calming effect when you have had a stressful day at work, can help you focus and concentrate.
  • Oils can be used to replace EVERY SINGLE chemical in your home. You can literally swap out windex, pine sol, bleach, toilet cleaner with 1 bottle of Thieves cleaner and live a purer lifestyle without breaking the bank.

In my home, I use oils and oils infused products it for everything ranging from sanitizing the grocery cart, boosting our immune system, sunscreen, insect repellent, make up, personal care products like soaps and shampoos, in my supplements

Why? Because oils and oils infused products don’t contain the extra yuck and toxins that most household products have. Did you know that 26 sec after exposure, chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?

The skin is the largest organ and will absorb everything that it comes in contact with. The average woman applies 300 chemicals to her body in a day all from 4 items Soap, Shampoo, Make up and Hair care, hence non toxic personal care products are super important to use.

See this short video on “The Story Of Personal Care Products”Remember that an oil infused supplement is much better for the body than one without.

Join me and learn alongside so many of us committed to natural ways of living – the age old saying “Health is Wealth” . I am so excited to share some phenomenal information with all of you.  Do remember that “For every oil that you use, that is a chemical you are not using”


Make Up

Believe it or not, I am actually going to start with make up. All of you who know me, I barely wear any make up, may be an occasional eye liner. Years ago, I ditched it as I could not find anything that was not laden with toxic chemicals. Even more natural ones would make my skin break out. So I just quit. For most families who are diligent about ‘clean living’, make up is the last one to change as there are very few non toxic make up products out there.

UNTIL NOW. 

Why? Guys, Young Living just launched a whole line of all natural mineral make up called ” Savvy Minerals” that is completely free of toxic chemicals. It is phenomenal.

I have a blog post on FAQ’s about Savvy minerals to help address questions including price comparison  since it is a lot to cover in this newsletter.


If you have tried it, do share your before and after pictures for fun :)


Sun Screen

Oh! the good old sunscreen talk !!!! This has given me so much anxiety over the years because I could never find one that was devoid of toxic chemicals.

Environmental Working Group ( EWG) has detailed information on how to select a good sunscreen.  It is really worrisome to find so many chemicals and  hormone disruptors like oxybenzone and retinyl palmate that can cause harm to the skin in most popular sunscreens out there. They share that mineral based sunscreens using zinc oxide are quite effective. And they talk about how higher SPF’s are not necessarily better and can often be misleading. In fact, high SPF sunscreens increases the risk of skin cancer. The ever popular sprays these days pose the threat of being inhaled and not providing enough coating on the skin.

These are the main reasons I started making my own when my son was born 3.5 years ago. And once again, Young Living has come to the rescue. Their new mineral based sunscreen is awesome.

I mean, take a look at the ingredients – non nano zinc oxide so that your skin will not absorb it and yet provide protection that you need. It is vegetarian, not tested on animals though not vegan as it contains bees wax.

Only plant and mineral based ingredients and offering protection for both UVA and UVB rays.

Don’t be fooled by SPF 10. All it means is that you have to reapply after 80 min of being out. It is clinically proven to be resistant to water and sweat. You will NEVER look at another sunscreen after trying this out.


Insect Repellent

If you love the outdoors like me, you probably are also concerned about the critters that inhibit enjoying being out. When I started researching bug repellents in the market, I was mortified to see that the only choice of an effective one was the one with deet. It is again a controversial topic.

Having children has made me a lot more cautious of chemicals and deet is one of them. I would rather not take a chance than test it out only to have serious consequences.

Since I did not find an effective ‘all natural’ outdoor spray, I made my own using my trusted oils. And I have to say that it has worked well for us – I do have to use it very often though which can be a pain.

But, I am so excited to say that once again Young Living has outdid itself. They just released a new ‘all natural’ clinically tested Bug Repellent.
And as with most of Young Living’s products, you only need a tiny amount for it to do the work. It is completely plant based so vegan. A bottle will last you the whole season.

If you would like to learn more, see this short video on all these products.


Toothpaste

Did you know that the FDA has now banned Triclosan, an ingredient often found in antibaterial soaps and many toothpaste. Dr Mercola has an interesting article on ” Is your toothpaste loaded with toxins?” Many toothpastes contain harmful and potentially carcinogenic ingredients.

So, I would highly recommend switching over to clean toothpaste like Thieves which has no sulfates, dyes, artificial colors, fluorides OR you could make your own – lot more cumbersome.but a better option than many of the popular brands.

YL makes 4 different types of toothpaste including one for children called Kidsscent. They are all free of sulfate, fluoride, artificial flavors, dyes.

Another fantastic use of the Thieves toothpaste is something that you will never guess. It can be used as a deodorant. What???? Yes, take a tiny dime size and rub under your arms for an all natural deodorant. Try it, really, I am not joking.


Deodorant

Talking about deodorants. It is better to use deodorant to antiperspirants as most antiperspirants in the market contains aluminum and parabens. Aluminum plugs the ducts often causing build up of breast tissue in women and interfere with estrogen receptors.

So, check the ingredients in your product if you are using one. Use natural deo’s like Thieves toothpaste or follow this simple recipe take from HomeMade Mommy’s website.

  • 6 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
  • 3 Tbsp shea butter
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp Bentonite Clay
  • 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice (I used Purification essential oil blend because it neutralizes odors)

Directions

Add the shea butter and coconut oil to a stand mixer and whip it until incorporated. Turn down to low and slowly pour in the essential oil.

Meanwhile, in a separate small bowl, mix together your dry ingredients.

With your stand mixer on low, add 1/3 of your dry ingredients. Mix until incorporated and push down the sides as necessary. Then add another third of your dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Then add the last of your dry ingredients. You should now have what appears to be little bits of dough in the bowl. Scoop the mixture out and roll into a ball like you are working with play dough. Then press into an airtight 2 ounce glass jar and store away from direct sunlight.

Apply a tiny pea sized amount to both underarms for all day protection. I also carry some in a tiny container in my purse for days when I really need to re-apply midday.

Or just get Young Living’s Meadow Mist or Mountain Mint Aromaguard


Classes

I am thrilled to say that the Center For Arts at the Armory has invited me to do a series of classes. Please refer to my website for the description of the upcoming classes
We are doing classes on the following topics

1. Maintaining A Healthy Weight
2. Chemical Free Home
3. Essential Oils for Stress and Emotional Upheaval.

In addition, I have three classes scheduled on “Life Make Over With Essential Oils” on July 9th, 16th and 30th. Check my website for details.  If you are inviting any of your friends and family to these classes, please make sure to tell me, so I can take extra care of them + I would like to ‘Thank You’ for the referral.

Lastly, but not least, if you would like to host a class in your home, out in the park or my house, or in a coffee shop, please do contact me. There are many perks to hosting a class or referring people to the class – from sharing the love of living naturally to getting your oils for free.


As always, I am here in service. If there is anything I can do for any of you, please do let me know. Stay tuned for the next newsletter which is going to be able personal care.

With love, blessings and gratitude
Padma

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Energy

All of you who have children know how taxing the first few months can be for parents. Adding a 3 FullSizeRender (3)year old to mix is a recipe for energy depletion. It has prompted me to take extra care of myself to help with energy.

There are a few things that I use every day

Lemon Essential Oil in my water every day. This keeps my body cleansed and energized every day.print-lemon

En-R-Gee Essential Oil – I use En-R-Gee every day, especially in the afternoon

FullSizeRender (4)FullSizeRender (2)I apply it on my wrists and my temples. It is a blend of different oils that is made by Young Living. It is also awesome to diffuse. It is uplifting without the caffeine, which I cannot tolerate. You can see a NingXia Red bottle in the background  :-)

NingXia Red – What can I say about NingXia Red. You know my obsession with NingXia Red. This is a drink that we have every day. Just 1-2 oz is all that is needed to keep your immune system well, keep energy level up and maintain over all wellness. It is a drink infused with essential oils that is just amazing.

 

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NingXia Nitro – NingXia Nitro is a supplement made by Young Living that I take as my afternoon pick me up. It gives me the ability to concentrate, have energy without the back lash that caffeine often has. Here is more information and the ingredients in it.

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Love my NingXia Nitro 😛

Young Living is more than just an Essential Oils company. The amazing essential oils infused supplements, ‘clean’ household products allows people like me to have a household with no toxins and chemical free.

As always, if you are Interested in getting started with learning more about essential oils and begin your journey to health and wellness with Young Living… Contact me. I am happy to do a one on one session to walk you through them either in person or via phone or video chat. Or you can come to one of my classes if you are local in the Boston area.

If you are  ready to get started with Young Living and join my team, you can do so from here.

 

 

 

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Chemical Free Life

You are probably tired of hearing me asking everyone to read labels and to make sure you have a chemical free home. But I can’t help write about this especially because studies have shown that new born babies have up to 200 chemicals found in their umbilical cord. It starts that early and I am prepared to do anything I can do to spread the word of easily changing your home from chemical to non chemical.

The skin is the largest organ and some of the products that are used daily like washing machine detergent, hand soap, shampoo, soap if non toxic can create a build up of toxins in your body leading to diseases and illnesses in the long run.

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One of the main reasons I am so diligent about this is because my husband is a cancer survivor and I want to make sure that we live a chemical free home ( as much as possible as it is hard to avoid absorbing all the toxins that we are constantly exposed to)

The one problem I had often run into was that the non toxic products would not work well and I had to use a LOT of the product to get the clean. That ThievesCleanerswas till I found all the non toxic products from Young Living  😆 And it works  well for such a small amount of usage. You have to experience it to believe it. Now, we have replaced all the household products including soaps , shampoos, household cleaners, hand soap etc with Young Living products so that we can live a toxin free life style.

You can make small changes in your home if you are overwhelmed about where to start. For instance, how many of you are aware of the chemicals present in dryer sheets. Yes, dryer sheets.  I would highly encourage you all to ditch the dryer sheets in the dryer. It generally contains chemicals found to be hormone disrupters. Have you used the organic wool balls with lavender eo in your dryer? If you prefer to not use wool, just add a few drops of your favorite oil directly to the wet clothes in the dryer. So, simple actions like these can help support your family from being inundated with toxins.

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You can read more about how harmful some of the products are from here and here.

Environmental Working Group is a great organization where you can check the the safety of your products

Now, I can rest in peace knowing that I can control what comes into our home and how to help our family live a chemical free life.

Do share your ways of having a chemical free home #chemicalfreehome # toxinfree.

As a special offer to try out some of the chemical free products from Young Living, I am giving away samples of either the Household Cleaner or Lavender Shampoo to 3 people. The only criteria is to give feedback about the product within a month of using it.

 

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Chemical Exposure

Have you heard of EWG. It is a wonderful way to get reviews on the toxicity levels in the products that you use.
I saw this article recently on the reasons for childhood cancer  :-( 
BabyThis is why I am so so so diligent on the products I bring into my home – from skin care, to supplements, to toothpaste,  to washing machine soap, basically anything that we use on a daily basis.
The summary of this article is that childhood cancers is related to exposure to chemicals such as pesticides, benzene and arsenic. EWG has found that not only are these substances widespread in a child’s living environment, they can also be passed on from mother to child during pregnancy and through breastfeeding (Despite this, the health benefits of breastfeeding greatly exceed the risk of chemical exposure.) These prenatal and early life exposures occur during the most vulnerable period of a child’s development.
This is one of the main reasons I like Young Living products – because they are so clean and chemical free. This is what drew me to YL when I was pregnant with my first child in 2013. I can sleep at night knowing that I have done everything I can to provide a chemical free home for my family.
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Please research the products that you use in your home. In our home, we have changed all the products to make sure that they are chemical free.