We have found so many uses for essential oils: supporting my kids immune systems, supporting muscle function, encourage proper nasal function, maintain healthy lung function, nervous system support during times of stress, support healthy bone structure, helps with muscle pain after exercise, prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with motion, supporting my animals in a big way, soothing after a really tough day. They are versatile and I have found them to save my family literally thousands of $$$$ each year compared to the “old” way we used to support our health. But what about our home??
Introducing Thieves House Hold Products!!!!
Last year Young Living introduces a new product to the Thieves line. LAUNDRY SOAP!!!! Now we can do laundry with Thieves Laundry Soap! It contains plant-based ingredients, enzymes and essential oils, such as: Thieves, Jade Lemon, Bergamot, Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon and Rosemary. It gently washes your clothes leaving them clean with a light citrus scent.* It can be used in ALL washers including high-efficiency machines. It is a 32 fl. oz. bottle with a (6X) concentrated formula, which will provide soap for 64 loads of laundry! Awesome right???
But the bottle is so small and the price is so big!!! That was my first reaction to the Thieves Laundry Soap. BUT, then I realized it is concentrated and it lasts a VERY long time! Remember you get 64 loads out of that 32oz bottle!!!
REMOVING CHEMICALS FROM OUR HOME
I love using the EWG website to check out the rating of products. Unfortunately, they do not list Young Living products. This is however, because Young Living has proven to be a trustworthy source for natural products. The scary thing is, one of the products I was using before Young Living became a part of our lives is on the list and received a F. I was using their whole line of “NATURAL” household products thinking I was doing something good and natural for my family when actually I was using a product that ranked more dangerous then the “regular” products. SCARY!! After researching them on this site, I threw them all away and went back to vinegar and baking soda. It is all natural but I was tired of my house smelling like vinegar. Now I get to use all natural products and they smell AMAZING! WIN WIN for us!!
KEEP IN MIND….
Enemy # 1 Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is a very harsh detergent found in almost all shampoos, detergents and more than a few toothpastes. Pick up a cross section of these products next time you visit the supermarket and you will find Sodium Lauryl Sulphate SLS or Sodium Lauryth Sulphate (SLES) under the ingredients label. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate started its career as an industrial degreasant and garage floor cleaner. When applied to human skin it has the effect of stripping off the oil layer and then irritating and eroding the skin, leaving it rough and pitted. If you use a face wash with SLS and feel like you have a skin problem (too oily?) SLS may be stripping your skin and you skin overproduces oils to compensate. We avoid this ingredient at all cost !!!
Enemy #2 Petrochemicals are chemicals (monomers) derived from petrol, which as you know comes from oil. If you look at ingredients that make up items in your home, cosmetics that you use and various other products and you see these names then you know that that product contains petrochemicals:
These petroleum products are sold and used everyday in every home and nobody puts a label on them:“Warning: this product could be hazardous to your health”. They do it on cigarette boxes and they put moderation notices on alcohol…but why not on these products which are silently disrupting endocrine function and have been proven to cause cancer?
What is the ENDOCRINE SYSTEM?
The endocrine system controls hormones in your body. Hormones control most functions in your body and too much or too little of specific hormones can cause massive problems from learning disabilities through to cancer.
Endocrine disruption happens when something alters this fine balance and one of the major disruptors is petrochemicals. Petrochemicals are responsible for a product called Xenoestrogens which mimics the effect of estrogens in the body. Estrogens are primarily female hormones, although they are found in men too, which work in the brain, bones, liver, heart, uterus, breasts and other tissues. When Xenoestrogens are introduced to the human body they begin to cause these tissues to “receive” more than they need and serious side effects are seen.
Enemy #3 Formaldehyde is used mainly to produce resins used in particleboard products and as an intermediate in the synthesis of other chemicals. Exposure to formaldehyde may occur by breathing contaminated indoor air, tobacco smoke, or ambient urban air. Acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) inhalation exposure to formaldehyde in humans can result in respiratory symptoms, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Limited human studies have reported an association between formaldehyde exposure and lung and nasopharyngeal cancer. Animal inhalation studies have reported an increased incidence of nasal squamous cell cancer. EPA considers formaldehyde a probable human carcinogen.
I could go on and on with this list but I will stop here. All of these ingredients that are not found in Thieves Laundry Soap a long with these too:
- SYNTHETIC PERFUMES
- OPTICAL BRIGHTENERS
United States Environmental Protection Agency – EPA – http://www3.epa.gov/airtoxics/hlthef/formalde.html#ref1
Simply Green Living – http://www.simple-green-living.com/petrochemicals.html
Environmental Watch Group – EWG -http://www.ewg.org/guides/categories/9-Laundry