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Some Basics

Lavender is one of the most trusted and utilized medicinal plants in the world. It’s sometimes referred to as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of essential oils due to its wide range of uses!

Interesting History

Some of its earliest uses include being used as an embalming agent for the ancient Egyptians, killing lice and fleas and being used as a flavoring agent to assist with calming the stomach. The Greeks, Persians, and Romans all added it to their bath water. It’s also recorded in many English herbal medicine recipes and folk remedies.

What Science Shows

There is strong scientific evidence that Lavender has beneficial properties for:

  • Anxiety
  • Menstrual pain
  • Caesarean pain
  • Agitated behavior (dementia)
  • Pain relief
  • Lice
  • Antidepressant

There is also emerging science that Lavender is beneficial in the following areas:

  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Memory/brain protection
  • Intestinal function
  • Canker sores
  • Respiratory function
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Oral health
  • Hair loss
  • Sleep aid
  • Headaches
  • Antibacterial.

5 ways I personally use Lavender in my home:

  1. I combine Tea Tree, Lavender and water in a mist bottle and use as a daily facial toner. I find this combination works well for breakouts and general redness.
  2. Every night I either diffuse Lavender in our bedroom or rub it onto my chest to help me fall asleep quickly and get a deep sleep.
  3. When I burn myself in the kitchen or with our log fire (which seems to be often) I’ll run the burn under cold water and then apply lavender essential oil to the burn.
  4. When I have a talking event I’ll wear lavender with lemon and wild orange to keep my anxiety at bay. This works wonders! And smells amazing too.
  5. I’ll run a hot bath, add Epsom salts and some lavender oil then light a few candles and as soon as I step into the hot water, I can feel the stress of the day melt away. So relaxing.

 

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** Please note that due to the very large amount of individual scientific studies applicable to this post, I cannot provide individual links within the post. If you wish to be directed to the journal published studies I gathered my info from, comment below stating exactly which application you would like the links to.

 

 

June 3, 2017
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Tea Tree – also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia.

Some Basics

There are 236 species of Melaleuca and 230 of them are native to Australia. This is why doTERRA sources their Tea Tree from Australia because this is where the purest and potent oils are found.

Interesting History

Our ancestors used to crush the leaves of tea tree plants to release their essential oils and use them as antiseptic and antifungal poultices. To relieve a headache, the leaves were chewed. For insect bites, the oils were rubbed directly onto the bite and bathing in tea tree water was common practice to improve general wellbeing. During World War II, Australian Soldiers carried it, earning it the name ‘First aid kit in a bottle’.

What Science Shows

There is strong scientific evidence that Tea Tree essential oil shows the following therapeutic properties:

  • Antibacterial
  • Oral health
  • Skin conditions & infections
  • Head lice
  • Acne and blemishes

There is also good scientific evidence showing that Tea Tree is beneficial in the following areas:

  • Dandruff
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-fungal

There is emerging science linking the benefits of Tea Tree to:

  • Warts
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Anti-infectious
  • Hirsutism
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anticancer
  • Antiviral
  • Ocular itching
  • Antiseptic, wound healing

5 ways I personally use Tea Tree in my home:

  1. I combine Tea Tree, Lavender and water in a mist bottle and use as a daily facial toner. I find this combination works well for breakouts and general redness.
  2. I add Tea Tree to my shampoo to help combat my dandruff.
  3. I was traveling during the whole of May in a campervan and staying in caravan parks where I was using communal showers. After every shower, I rubbed Tea Tree diluted with fractionated coconut oil all over my feet and toes nails to ensure I didn’t pick up any funky feet issues from the showers.
  4. I carry tea tree diluted in a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil and use it as an instant, toxin free hand sanitizer when I’m traveling.
  5. I use it in my homemade bathroom and toilet cleaning products.

Keen to bring the best quality Tea Tree essential oil into your life? Click here to order.
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** Please note that due to the very large amount of individual scientific studies applicable to this post, I cannot provide individual links within the post. If you wish to be directed to the journal published studies I gathered my info from, comment below stating exactly which application you would like the links to.

March 3, 2017
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I’ve spoken about the very real danger of toxins in our beauty products here before. Sometimes it can all feel a little overwhelming though right? Where exactly do you start and how on earth are you supposed to know which ingredients are ok and which one’s might make you grow a second set of ovaries? I’ve done the research for you and compiled a list of 4 ingredients you can start avoiding right now – we all need to start somewhere.

PARABENS

These are typically added to cosmetic products to extend their shelf life and in recent years have become well known amongst the health conscious as an ingredients to avoid. Parabens are absorbed transdermally (through the skin) and according to this PubMed review, parabens are known to “increase female breast cancer incidence, to interfere with male reproductive functions and to influence development of malignant melanoma”.Another study showed that parabens were present in most breast cancer tumours. Its scary stuff ladies and the companies selling these products don’t give a hoot so PLEASE check your ingredients list and toss out anything that contains parabens.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Anything ending in ‘paraben’ ie methylparaben,  polyparaben, butylparaben etc.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Shampoo & conditioners, moisturisers, sunscreen, makeup, toothpaste, lubricant, shaving gel.

FRAGNANCE

These are synthetic compounds added to products to make them smell nice, and let me tell you, they are a chemical shit-storm. Did you know that a single ‘fragrance’ can be made up of HUNDREDS of ingredients? Most are chemicals, and what’s even scarier is that a fragrance is considered ‘trade secret’ so manufacturers don’t have to disclose what’s in them. So apart from the obvious issue of having no ideas what we’re actually putting on our skin, most fragrances contain phthalates (as a preservative) which disrupt our hormone system and synthetic musks which stop our cells from being able to detoxify correctly. If they can’t detox, they can’t defend themselves and disease sets in.

I wear doTERRA essential oils instead of perfume. These oils have a reputation for being the most pure, beneficial oils on the markert. If you would like to find out how your can purchase these beautiful oils at wholesale prices, feel free to email me on info@lifeessenceonline.com and I’ll be happy to help you. Or you can go here, then click on ‘join and save’

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Perfume, armoa, fragrance, natural fragrance, syntheric fragrance.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Perfumes, colognes, deodorants, soaps, laundry detergent, body butter, hand cream or anything that smells nice.

SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE

Used in products to make them bubble or foam and also as an emulsifier. It’s often contaminated with ethylene oxide which is a known carcinogen and interferes with human development. It also contains 1,4-dioxane which is a suspected carcinogen and very ‘sturdy’ chemical which doesn’t break down easily, so it remains in the environment long after you have rinsed the product off. The real worry with SLS is the long term build up in our bodies.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS).

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Shampoo, scalp treatments, toothpaste, body wash, facial cleansers, foundation, laundry detergent, liquid soaps, hair colour and bleaching agents.

TRICLOSAN

This is added to products to reduce or prevent bacteria from growing. It’s a suspected endocrine disrupter with links to thyroid and reproductive issues and in this study shows a strong link to cancer proliferation. Further to this, and my main concern is that it destroys our microbiome which science is showing more and more, is absolutely critical to our health (and pregnancy as I discuss in depth in this post)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Cloxifenolum ,Irgasan DP-300, Lexol 300, Ster-Zac

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Anything ‘antibacerial’, shampoo, soaps, detergents, toothpaste, deodorants, mouth washes, hand sanitisers.

An Important Note – I want to leave you with is this: Don’t be overwhelmed. ANY change you make today is fantastic & your future self will thank you for it. You have to start somewhere, so just start.

March 3, 2017
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I’ve been taking for granted how blessed I am to have such a thorough understanding of toxins in beauty care and how adversely they used to affect my health before I changed to natural products about 4 years ago. I sometimes forget that I used to know nothing about this and I can still picture myself unknowingly purchasing all the latest beauty products, products that were literally poising me.

I want to share what I know with you. I want to empower you to make the same beautiful changes that I have made, so you can live your best, healthiest and happiest life. Lets dig in.

Did you know that our skin is our largest organ and that it absorbs approximately 60% of what is applied to it?

In less than 30 seconds, the toxins in our personal care products can enter our bloodstream and be cruising throughout our body causing all manner of problems – A disrupted endocrine system (do you feel like your hormones have gone crazy?), allergic responses and yes, cancer. But of course, there is no mention of that on your vanilla scented creamy body butter…  You might be surprised to hear that the average woman applies 500 chemicals to her body every day. Is that one of the craziest things you have ever heard? How can that even be possible? It breaks my heart, which is why I know I need to share this message, keep reading darling.

So what prompted my change to natural products? Knowledge baby, good old fashioned knowledge and of course, self love. Once I was clued up, there was no way that toxic crap was making its way onto my body – I only have one after all. 

When was the last time you looked at the ingredients list of your deodorant or shampoo? Try reading it out loud, I bet you can’t even pronounce the ingredients. I mean what the heck is Cyclopentasiloxane? Who knows, but it was getting sprayed into my pits on a daily basis 4 years ago! How about Poloxamer 407? I’d never heard of it but I was swishing it around in my mouth after I brushed my teeth along with some Carrageenan and Sodium lauryl sulfate. And thats just 4 ingredients from 2 products I was using every day…. scary right? Are you ready to take a look at your products?

If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, why would you put it on your skin? It ends up in the same place.

The sad thing is that not only do we have to deal with these toxic ingredients in our personal care products, but we also have to deal with misleading jargon such as ‘all natural’ and ‘organic’. There are currently no regulations that govern these terms on personal care products, which means thousands of unknowing women are leaving the store thinking they are going home to moisturise with a natural product, when in fact they are applying a (often expensive) cocktail of toxins to their face.

Know this about the beauty industry:

Less than 20% of ingredients have been tested for safety AND it’s not mandatory for companies to list ALL ingredients.  Say whaaaat? It’s true.

So whats a girl to do in a material world? Go ale’ natural of course. Problem solved (wink wink) No but really, you need to become a label reading goddess. Ignore the pretty stuff on the front, thats just advertising. The good bits are on the back. Read every ingredient and if you don’t know what something is, head to the EWG’s Skin Deep Database and look it up. If your feeling overwhelmed, I’m happy to help you – please email me on info@lifeessenceonline.com and we’ll work through it together.

As a last note, here is beginners list of things to avoid:

I’ve written another article discussing 4 ingredients to avoid, maybe you can start with those – click here.

Please take charge of your health (and your bathroom cabinet!) because your body deserves the very bloody best there is, and that does NOT include cheap, nasty toxins!