Do you have a chemical free home?
This is IMPORTANT. Please take a few minutes out of your day to watch this video.
The number 2 cause of death in the United States is cancer. Cancer expenditures in 2011 were 88 billion dollars. 1,620 people a day die of cancer. There are 10-thousand new cases a year among children. 1 in 3 cases in the U.S. are directly linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, weight, or chemical exposure. The American Cancer Society says only 5 to 10 percent of all cancer cases are from gene defects. 5 percent. That means 95 percent of cancer cases are under our control. It’s what we allow into our homes and our bodies.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients. 314 of them caused biological mutations. 218 caused reproductive problems. 778 were toxic to the human body. 146 they knew caused cancer tumors—but were allowed in the United States, even though they were banned in other countries around the world. 376 caused eye and skin irritation.
These chemicals are allowed in nearly every type of cleaning supplies in the United States—common things under your cabinets right now. Even organic cleaners have some known carcinogens that are just naturally derived.
26 seconds after exposure, chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body. The average woman applies 300 chemicals to her body a day—80—before breakfast.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Top 10 Killer Household Chemicals Study The top 10 most dangerous chemicals in our home: air fresheners, like plug ins or candles. Second on the list—chemical cleaning supplies for your counters and floors and toilets—as well as drain and oven cleaners and furniture polish. Dishwasher soap and dish soap. Beauty supplies and personal care products—hairspray, gel, shampoo, deodorant.
Deodorant with aluminum is one of the leading causes of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease in the United States. And one of the top pollutants in the family home: laundry soap and fabric softener—you wash your clothes, it sits on your skin, it outgases in your closet all night long. – that information, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Top 10 Killer Household Chemicals Study.
What happens when your body is chemically overloaded? You may see it in something as catastrophic as cancer. But most of us feel it in other ways: lethargy. Inability to focus. Sleep trouble. Chronic inflammation. Unexplained pain. Fibromyalgia. Skin issues—adult acne. Hormones. Hot flashes. Stress, anxiety and fear. If you face any of these issues, it’s time to kick chemicals to the curb. You can control what you allow within the walls of your home.
What are essential oils?
They are the most powerful part of the plant—the lifeblood of the plant. They repair and restore the plant when it is attacked or injured. In the human body, they have access to the limbic lobe of the brain—that part of the brain controls heart rate, breathing, memory, hormones, stress levels, and blood pressure. Oils are tiny—smaller then viruses. They hit your cells in 3 seconds when inhaled, 26 seconds when applied topically. In the first week that I had my kit, I used it over 80 times successfully.
Why would you want oils in your home? Oils have no yuck. They are just the steam distilled plant. There are millions of uses—to support systems in the human body like your cardiovascular system or your endocrine system, which effects hormones. To support your joints or your brain or liver. They are used to replace chemical cleaning supplies. Thieves cleaner is all I use to wipe down my bathrooms, my stove, my kitchen—mop my floors—and it’s made of plants and 5 essential oils. You can use oils to replace your personal care products. Young Living has an entire line of shampoos, soaps, conditioners, eye creams, face washes—that are completely chemical free. If you use oil infused supplements, you get the benefit of the supplement along with the power of the oil. Young Living has the best protein powder I’ve ever seen. Protein is brain food that helps you think clearly and lose weight.
It matters where the oils are sourced. There are 4 types of oils on the earth:
Grade A: therapeutic medicinal
Grade B: food grade
Grade C: perfume oils
Grade D: floral water
It’s so important that you only use grade A oil because of the concentration in the bottle. It’s like eating an entire apple tree sprayed with pesticide, instead of 1 apple. I’d rather see you use homeopathics—tinctures, herbs—then cheap oil. It makes no sense to go the extra mile to get away from chemicals and then use an oil laden with chemicals.
There are 100-thousand chemicals on the market today. The Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 grandfathered them in. What does that mean to you? Simply put: these chemicals have not had any safety testing, and we know very little information about their side effects. Of the chemicals tested, toxic labeling is only required if 50 percent or more of the animals tested die. Under the TSCA, manufacturers are protected by secret trade laws that allow them to keep their ingredients lists a secret. Dr. Samuel Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, says “it is unthinkable that women would knowingly inflict such exposures on their infants and children and themselves if products were routinely labeled with explicit warnings of cancer risks. But they are not labeled.”
I have been on some sort of artificial hormone since early high school, almost 2 DECADES. My hormonal imbalance (which BTW if you have been paying attention – a lot of chemicals in the home cause hormone disruptions) caused migraines when not regulated. The last medication I was put on for my migraines (because I tried at least half a dozen) caused HORRIBLE hives was the straw that broke the camel’s back. And this wasn’t the first time this happened. I’m sharing some personal pictures of the crazy allergic reaction I had. I had hives EVERYWHERE from head (even on my face) to in between my toes. This is NOT normal. This is my body fighting back and trying to get rid of the chemicals I was putting in. I knew there had to be a better way and that I couldn’t be the only one struggling like this.
Since the 1940’s, prostate cancer is up 200 percent. Thyroid cancer—155 percent. Brain cancer, 70 percent. Breast cancer, 60 percent. Childhood cancer, 35 percent. And the American Cancer Society estimates a 50 percent rise in cancer rates by 2020. There is a standard set for non-industrial buildings by OSHA for chemical exposure. For formaldehyde, it is .75ppm. Not even 1 percent. The average home has an astonishing level of 50ppb. That’s 50 times what’s allowed—but it’s not regulated. Wipes that are requested on school shopping lists—measure 1,798 ppb. 409—12,000ppb. It is no wonder that the quality of air inside your home is 5 to 7 times more toxic then outdoor air quality. Chemical household cleaning product sales was a 7-billion-dollar industry in 2007.
Guys—this is something you NEED to take seriously. No one is watching your home but you. You are the gatekeeper. And I’d be willing to bet my life that there are things in your home right now that you’re exposed to every single day—that could be killing you. And the thing is, it’s totally preventable.
So where do you start?
Start small. Start slow. Start with what you’re convicted on. Let me give you a simple tip. With your food, flip the labels over and start reading the ingredients. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. It doesn’t mean you can’t have icecream—just go for the icecream with milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla instead of an ingredients list of 35 items you can’t pronounce.
With your home, start with the biggest offenders first—laundry soap, dishwasher soap, cleaning supplies, candles and plug ins. Toss the candles and plug ins. Swap them out with a diffuser and a pure essential oil. Young Living has oil infused thieves cleaner, laundry soap, and dish soap—that’s affordable and simple to use.
If you’re a bit overwhelmed, go find our 101 Essential Oils video. Learning to integrate oils into your home is about small, simple, baby steps. Take it one month at a time. Maybe the first month you focus solely on thieves cleaner and toss every chemical cleaning supply under your sink. Go home and wipe your kitchen down and fall in love—knowing you just boost your immune system instead of taxing your liver. Thieves cleaner costs $1 a bottle to make at home. One 22-dollar bottle of cleaner gets you 30 spray bottles. Add 1 capful to a spray bottle of water and you’re off and running. It’s the cheapest organic cleaner out there.
The next month, swap out some laundry soap or dish soap. Month 3, focus on your personal care products—deodorant, shampoo. Month 4, beauty supplies—like face wash. Every day you leave your makeup on, your skin ages by 7 days. Use a chemical free option to get it off.
I started this journey myself about a year ago—with a Young Living starter kit, and have never looked back. We use the oils every single day in our home. Every oil you use is a chemical you’re not using. This is where I began, and where I’d recommend you start.
Young Living has made an entire Thieves premium starter kit specifically centered around cleaning supplies. It’s a simple, easy way to work your way into oiling. The Thieves starter kit comes with:
- 15-ml Thieves
- Thieves AromaBright™ Toothpaste
- Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
- 2 Thieves Cleaner
- 2 Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
- 2 Thieves Spray
- 2 Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier
- 5-ml Stress Away™
- AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment that turns any bottle of oil into a roll on
- 10 Sample Packets of essential oils: thieves, lemon, peppermint, lavender, and peace and calming.
That means you get thieves essential oil, toothpaste, mouthwash, cleaner—which replaces all the cleaner in my house—hand soap, spray that you can use for shopping carts or airplane seats or to spray your kids hands down in a restaurant before you eat, and hand purifier.
What is thieves cleaner used for? Here are 12 ideas:
- Put it undiluted into a roll on and make a stain stick for your clothing with no chemicals.
- Pour it onto spots on your carpeting undiluted and get rid of stains.
- Let it sit on pots and pans with burnt food to the bottom of them.
- Put a cap of it in a spray bottle of water and use it as surface cleaner for your kitchen and bathroom counters and sinks, your stove, or your bathtub.
- Add some to a bucket of hot water and mop your floors with it.
- Put a little thieves cleaner in some baking soda and make your own soft scrub without any chemicals—that you can use on your oven.
- Refresh a musty carpet by putting thieves oil in some baking soda, let it absorb, and then sprinkle it over your carpets.
- After washing your clothes with Thieves laundry soap, add 4-5 drops to a dry washcloth and toss it in the dryer to make your clothes smell fresh.
- Put 1 drop of thieves on anything sticky stuck to an object—or to a kid- and wipe it off. It gets rid of residue.
- Clean your dishwasher by running an empty cycle with vinegar and 2 drops of Thieves oil.
- Add a drop to the cardboard insert of your toilet paper rolls to have Thieves freshness in your bathroom.
- It’s some of the best glass cleaner replacement I’ve ever seen. Spray it right on your windows to take gunk off. It’s also great for detailing cars and cleaning the dashboard.
There is no yuck in thieves—just plants and plant-based materials. You can literally replace everything under your counter with 1 bottle.
What about Thieves oil? Why would you want that? The oil is a lot more concentrated then the Thieves cleaner. I’ve tried making the cleaner myself with the oil—and honestly, at a dollar a spray bottle it’s more effort than it’s worth. Just pick it up a bottle of thieves cleaner from Young Living’s website. The thieves oil doesn’t contain the other plant ingredients that allow the oil to be evenly spread through the cleaning solution, so if you make it at home with straight up oil you’ll end up with oil and water.
6 uses for Thieves essential oil:
- put some on your feet and spine for immune support. Dilute it with coconut oil if you’re putting it on kids.
- Take thieves vitality internally for the same reason. One of my favorite recipes is 10 drops of Thieves vitality, 8 drops of oregano vitality, and 2 drops of frankincense vitality in a veggie capsule.
- Add a drop of Thieves vitality to the toothpaste on your toothbrush to feel fresh.
- Add a little to a drink for a spicy zing.
- Put it in the diffuser as one of my favorite fall blends—it has cinnamon and clove in it.
- Clove has a bit of a numbing effect to it—I like to put thieves on my teeth to sooth them when they hurt.
Let’s talk for a moment about thieves and what’s in it. The thieves blend contains clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, and cinnamon. It’s based on the legend of the 4 thieves in Marseilles, France—dating from the time of the outbreak of the bubonic plague. Century after century, from the 1300’s to the 1700’s, outbreaks claimed up to half the population of Europe. There was a nasty outbreak between 1593 and 1608.
About that time, an aromatic legend developed around a brew called “Marseilles Vinegar” or “4 Thieves Vinegar.” The group allegedly confessed they used it with complete protection against the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead. There are a variety of recipes are out there—but they included dried rosemary tops, dried sage flowers, fresh rue, camphor, garlic cloves and vinegar which were to steep for 7 or 8 days to fight, as history has it, the pestilence—the plague. The vinegar was noted in a number of famous medical books published later on—including the Pharmacologia from 1825.
Gary Young, founder of Young Living, is the most responsible for the story reaching the legendary status it has today. He created the Thieves blend in 1994 for immune support, as the result of his study at Warwick University in London. Gary said quote “I must tell you I have read 17 different versions of the Thieves story. Some claim there were 4 thieves and some claim there were as many as 40. Most of the legends took place in the 15th century, but others put the date in the 18th century. The formulas varied from one story to the next, but through my research, I was led to 4 key botanicals that were mentioned again and again—clove, cinnamon, rosemary and lemon—4 of the same ingredients that make up the Thieves oil blend today.”
Young Living doesn’t just have the Thieves starter kit—it has an entire line of Thieves products: bar soap, cough drops, dental floss, dish soap and dishwasher powder, mints, veggie soak, and even thieves wipes. This is a better choice for your family. It’s simple, requires no prep, and easy to swap.
If affordability is an issue—consider this. When you get a Thieves starter kit, you get 24 percent off your oils for LIFE. It’s a wholesale membership. If you get on essential rewards, which ships Young Living products you pick out each month on a date you choose—you get 10 percent off right off the bat. That means they are paying you 10 percent back for buying your laundry soap and your dish soap, and there’s no chemical yuck inside. After 4 months, you get 20 percent back. After 25 months, you get 25 percent back—just for buying your cleaning supplies on essential rewards. No grocery store I know does that!
Click here to sign up for a $160 dollar premium starter kit—with over 23 thieves products and oils inside. Click on it and get started on your Young Living journey. It is one of the best decisions I ever made to live a chemical free lifestyle.
Let’s end with why you want oils in your home. We’ll finish with a story—of a family with quadruplets. In celebration of the 25 year creation of Thieves, Young Living has put together a 2 minute video.
You matter. Your family matters. Your friends matter. And you can take control of your own health. You don’t have to feel the way you do. You don’t have to feel tired, groggy—swollen. Exhausted. Sore. Kick the chemicals out of your life and start living clean.
****A special thanks to Sarah Harnisch from the Oil Ability for providing my team with these statistics and opening so many eyes to the dangers of NOT having a chemical free home.*****