100% Natural Sunscreen

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Definitely don’t want the side effects listed in that table anywhere near my baby, so I had to find another alternative. I opted for a super simple yet effective sun protection method for my baby. Carrot seed oil and coconut oil – THAT’S IT! Carrot seed oil has an SPF of 38-40! You can also add a little bit of bees wax to make the cream water resistant. Please remember that consistent application is the key in any type of sun protection!

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Essential Oils and Cats

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Using Essential Oils on cats is a highly controversial topic but it really is an argument that boils down to the quality of the oils. Please note that the oils suggested in this article are Young Living Essential Oils brand ONLY. I do not recommend any other brand and would never use a different brand on my own pets.

Much of this information is taken from Dr. Melissa Shelton’s book. She is a holistic veterinarian and has used Young Living Oils for over 3 years in her practice safely and effectively. Her book documents the uses of oils for animals. So, please purchase it and read it if you have concerns and would like more information.

How do I use Essential Oils for Cats?

Essential oils for cats should be highly diluted with a high grade pure vegetable oil. Dilute essential oils for cats (and all other smaller animals) at least 50:1 (fifty drops of dilution oil to one drop of essential oil). Dr. Mary Hess, DVM, recommends that Peace & Calming be diluted at 80-90% for felines.

Place a drop of the diluted oil on the inside of the paw or location of the cut or injury. Place some in your hands and pet your cat gently ears to tail.

Diffusing oils is a great way to use essential oils for cats. Lastly, you could place a few drops in a sprayer with some water, shake it up and gently mist–but most cats usually don’t like this method of application.

Here is a list of oils that can be safely used on cats:

For Fleas: Make a dilution of Cedarwood and Lavender oil and brush it into the cat. You can also make a spray mist with water and gently spray the cat to deter fleas.

For Emotional Needs: Use Valor for courage and Peace & Calming blend for anxiety and fear

For Skin Irritation and Minor Wounds: Use Lavender

For Mange: Use Lavender and Roman Chamomile 

For Natural Cleaning: Use Thieves to clean out cat’s crate safely and effectively

The most effective and easiest way to keep your pet’s coat in tip-top condition is by using Animal Scents™ Shampoo. Imbued with the power of citronella, lavandin, lemongeranium, and spikenard essential oils, Young Living’s pet shampoo gently cleanses, protects, and conditions without harmful ingredients.

What about YOU? Do you use essential oils on your pets?

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Fever Reducer

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When it comes to choosing medicine for baby, this mama can’t be too careful! We’ve only had two fevers so far, and have given baby instant relief from both withYoung Living’s Peppermint Essential Oil. One drop peppermint mixed with raw, organic coconut oil along the spine works like a charm. I know many mamas who swear by Tylenol, and I’m glad it works for them, but do they really know what they’re putting in baby’s body? The dyes and high fructose corn syrup are enough for me to stay far away!

Here are the Side Effects of just the first three ingredients in Children’s Tylenol:

Sound like something you want to pump in baby’s body every four hours? Yeah, me neither! This family will stick with good ol natural Peppermint!

What about YOU? What’s your fever reducer go-to?

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Are Young Living Essential Oils Organic?

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I get this question all the time, and I completely understand why. In our house, we strive to only eat organic foods and are very conscious of the chemical-content of all of our other purchases. So naturally those who strive to live a similar lifestyle would be concerned about their essential oils; this was a HUGE factor for me in choosing which brand of essential oils to use. Although Young Living’s oils are not certified organic, I feel confident in their quality and am pleased with their lack of chemicals used on the plants and in the soil they grow in.

Here’s Young Living’s Response to this question:

Our oils are not 100% certified organic; however, we know that providing organic products to our members is as important to them as it is to us. That is why we strive to use organic matter in everything we grow, process, and sell. Thus we do not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides on our farms.

The reason why our oils are not 100% certified organic issues to the fact that we occasionally import some oils from different countries (as many of the plants that produce our oils are only grown in one region in the entire world; Frankincense would be one example). As most of these countries do not have organic standards set or organic standards that match the US standards, we are unable to certify them organic. With this being said, please rest assured, that Young Living® will not accept oils or plants that do not meet our strict standards.

The Young Living therapeutic-grade standard goes beyond organic in purity, scope, and potency. Young Living applauds the ever-growing demand for goods prepared using organic, sustainable, and “green” growing practices. We have long championed cutting-edge natural, organic and low-impact farming and manufacturing methods (i.e. returning distilled compost and bioactivity to our fields). We find these methods essential in our efforts to produce pure essential oils free from contaminants often introduced by chemical pesticides, fertilizers, etc. On the other hand, we have found that “certified organic” does not guarantee that a plant and the oil it produces will be totally free from problems. It’s the sad state of the world that even the best organic farms can be contaminated by toxins, like heavy metals, already in the soil and those still being introduced by polluted air and water.

In our experience what ensures 100 percent purity is our own comprehensive, rigorous, and expert analysis of the finished oil. We would prefer to skip these costly measures and trust a governmental agency to guarantee purity, but it wouldn’t be prudent to leave something so important in less experienced hands.

Furthermore, for Young Living’s therapeutic-grade standard, freedom from toxins, heavy metals, and chemicals is just the beginning. Equally important is an oil’s optimal therapeutic profile of phytochemicals, antioxidants, etc. Our focus on activity and results is what guarantees our customers the bioactivity, potency, and living energy whereon we have built our unrivaled reputation. Sometimes we utilize herbs that are “certified organic,” but as often as not we must include herbs that do not and can not fit in the current scope of this standard. Sometimes the best herbs are cultivated in climates and countries where organic certification is still decades away (i.e. frankincense, etc.). Sometimes the best herbs aren’t farmed but achieve their optimal potency growing in the wild (i.e. Palo Santo, etc.). The Young Living therapeutic-grade standard embraces all of these opportunities which is why we remain convinced that we go beyond all existing world standards, including organic.

Why Young Living over Whole Foods?

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WHOLE FOODS IS HALF THE PRICE AND SMELLS FINE…

The oils from Young Living are 100% pure. Nothing added. Nothing taken away. They are not laced with synthetics that are harmful and dangerous, and they are not lab replicated. They are harvested directly from the plant. This gives peace of mind that even a 100% organic label from another company can’t give me. Additionally, Young Living is the ONLY essential oil company in the world that owns their own farms to grow their crop. Every other company buys their product at some point. Young Living tests and maintains pure, organic, therapeutic grade from the time the seed is put into the ground to the time it’s sealed into the bottle.

Therapeutic grade oils are almost never sold in retails stores. They might be organic, but they distill it in a way that is cheaper and faster (hence the cheaper price tag) which kills the compounds that make up the molecules; meaning that the healing properties are gone.  So, don’t expect healing properties from them. When oils are distilled at low temp, low pressure, the healing properties are preserved, but it takes a lot of time and a lot more money to do it that way.

FDA Says Only 5% of Ingredient = ‘pure’
In her book Their Leaves for Healing: The Divine Gift of Plants That Heal, Elizabeth Flores writes that

Only 90% of what is sold in the United States as ‘pure’ essential oil is fragrance-grade and diluted. (The FDA has determined that a product need contain only 5% of the ingredient on the label in order to use the word pure.) These oils are found on the shelves of many health food stores and at online discount houses. They may be less expensive, but they will not be useful for healing.

YoungLiving oils are safe to apply, diffuse AND ingest… because they are 100% organic. If you see “do not ingest” on the bottle, run in the other direction because you’re basically buying it for the smell only.

Young Living essential oils are:

•    100% pure
•    Sourced only from known botanical species
•    Sustainably grown and harvested
•    Grown on chemical-free lands in carefully nourished soil (organic)
•    Unmatched throughout the essential oils industry
•    So pure and natural, they’re used and recommended by integrative health professionals around the world

For More information:  http://essentialsurvival.org/adulterated-essential-oils/

http://www.phillipsessentials.com/2013/01/what-is-therapeutic-grade-2/

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