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SAFE FUN IN THE SUMMER SUN

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Yesterday at my grandson’s birthday party, I donned my bathing suit and went in a pool, something I haven’t done in a long time. But it was a 90+ degree day so it was definitely worth it.  I even had a squirt gun fight with one boy.  And there were lots of boys. . . and squirt guns, nerf guns, an obstacle course, presents, ice cream and party food—you know, the works!! It was a PARTY!! While it was fun to sit back and relax, I couldn’t help but think about wellness and healthy lifestyles. My wellness meter was working overtime. A long afternoon in the sun can be fun, but it can also be detrimental if you don’t take precautions. So, here are some tips for a healthy summer using natural, plant-based products to protect your family.

SUNSCREEN – Here’s what you need to know about sunscreen. You NEED to KNOW about sunscreen.  There are so many choices, how do you know what to choose?

TWO KINDS OF RAYS – Most people look at SPF (sun protection factor) when purchasing sunscreen. SPF is only rated for UVB rays (the ones that cause sunburns.) This is why it’s important to understand that SPF is not the only protection you need from the sun. UVA rays are the more damaging sun rays, as they cause more long term damage and premature aging. To protect you from both types of rays, look for a sunscreen that is Broad Spectrum.

SPF FACTOR – Next people look at the SPF Factor. What level of protection is needed?  What do the numbers mean? “If you are wearing an SPF of 2 you will incur that same amount of damage in 2 hours that you would have incurred in one hour without any SPF. An SPF of 10 will get you 10 hours, SPF 30 will get you 30 hours, etc. Here’s the thing, SPF is not linear (i.e. you don’t get 10 times more protection going from SPF 1 to 10 or 10 to 100).  When you apply SPF 10, you are blocking approximately 90% of UVB rays. SPF 15, approximately 93%; SPF 30, approximately 97%; and SPF 50, 98%.  So applying an SPF of 30 only gives you 7% more protection than SPF 10.” [https://lindseyelmore.com/mineral-sunscreen-lotion/]  No matter which level of protection you choose, the number isn’t as important as the application.

FREQUENCY OF APPLICATION – Regardless of SPF Factor, sunscreen needs to be applied appropriately and often to be effective.  Generally, you should apply every 80-90 minutes.  If you are swimming, you may need to apply more often.  The higher SPF number does not protect you longer.  People often think they don’t need to reapply because they are not burning. However, by not reapplying, they are actually getting more exposure to UVA rays, which are more damaging. But there’s other damage that can be done, even when you are protected. What is IN your sunscreen?

INGREDIENTS – When choosing a sunscreen, it is critical to look at the ingredient list.  Ingredients may be a more important factor than SPF because what is put on the skin soaks into the body.  Chemical sunscreens may contain parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, animal-derived ingredients, and synthetic fragrances, dyes, and preservatives.  To avoid these, choose a sunscreen that is free from chemicals and contains non-nano zinc oxide (UV Protection) so it won’t absorb into blood stream and cells.  Non-nano particles are too small to penetrate the skin.  A Mineral Sunscreen with non-nano zinc oxide particles that offer broad spectrum protection (UVB and UVA) will offer protection and help you avoid chemical sunscreens, which are cause for concern. Concern about these chemicals extends to their impact the environment.  A recent New York Times article  revealed that some sunscreens have been banned in Hawaii. Because large numbers of people wear them and then swim in the ocean, the sunscreens are harming the coral reef.  Hawaii is banning sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate.  If sunscreen in the ocean is hurting the coral reef, it makes me wonder what it is doing to our skin and bodies!  “Over the course of 12 years, EWG  (Environmental Working Group) has uncovered mounting evidence that one common sunscreen chemical, oxybenzone, poses a hazard to human health and the environment. It is an allergen and a hormone disruptor that soaks through skin and is measured in the body of nearly every American.” [https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/executive-summary/#.WzlEsdJKg2w]

SUN HATS – We have been told for years to wear sunscreen to avoid skin cancer, but sunscreen alone is not enough, even when you have a good one.  You need to take other precautions. Everyone should wear a hat.  A ball cap is good, but a sun hat is better because it covers the back of your neck and your ears, too.  I know those of us that grew up playing outside daily never wore hats have a hard time adopting this in practice, even if we agree in theory. But you need a sun hat. Get one.  Wear it.  You’ll look younger in the long run.  Make your spouse, kids, grandkids, and friends wear one, too.  It is not fun to have to go and have cancer scraped from your body.  I know several people who have had to deal with this.  Save yourself the trouble.  Buy a hat!

UPF CLOTHING – UPF is similar to SPF. It’s a label given to clothes that are considered sun-safe. Is this a good idea?  As I began to researching this for my blog, thinking it sounded logical, I discovered disagreement.  Here’s why.  Yes, covering up is a good idea; however, if clothing has been protected against the sun, then what is in it?  Does it have the same chemicals and nano particles that you just avoided by buying a safe sunscreen?  Older articles tend to discount this kind of clothing as ineffective, especially after a few washings.  A more recent article suggests that washing clothing with UPF can actually increase the protective factor due to shrinkage of fabric.  Another article suggests that sun-safe clothing is safe because of the weave of the fabric.  If it is tight enough to block the light, then it’s good. Ultimately, most any clothing that covers the body is more protective that no clothing.  I remember wearing t-shirts over my swimsuit at times when I was a child.  And I often wear a long sleeve cotton shirt these days when I go out to garden. However, don’t just use a lightweight white cotton t-shirt. It only has an SPF of 5.  Doctors agree that denim offers the best protection, but who goes to the beach in jeans?

SUNBURN TREATMENT – Despite all your best intentions, you were having so much party fun you got sunburned.  What do you use to treat your skin?  If you are sunburned, you will want something cool and soothing.  If you are not sunburned, you still need to put moisture back in your body.  Many of the same toxic ingredients that occur in sunscreen are found in other skin care products, so read labels with care and avoid the chemicals mentioned above.  Natural products with essential oils are a good choice. And drink lots of water to re-hydrate.

INSECTS – What is a summer party without bugs?  Insect repellent is something else that goes on your skin.  So, guess what?  You need to read the labels.  If you can’t pronounce it, it probably isn’t good for your skin.  A Google search will reveal lots of articles about repellents and ingredients.  Some say they are safe; others say they aren’t.  What I found interesting from my brief perusal is that the writer/editor usually has some stake in the results, so it is difficult to judge whether the information is unbiased. Peer-reviewed research indicates caution. For general back yard fun, it seems appropriate to me to use more natural, plant-based solutions, like essential oils and essential oil products.

CUTS AND SCRAPES – With a crowd full of kids, a cement pool, nerf guns, and the high speed running around a yard that comes with a party, accidents are bound to happen.  For soothing and calming skin and crying, it’s good to have a supply of lavender essential oil on hand.  You could also use a misting spray that’s good for both cuts and scrapes, as well as sunburns. Again, read labels and make sure you are using plant-based, chemical-free products.

TOO MUCH PARTY? – Remember all that party food I talked about?  Maybe the kids can handle it, but too much party food is always hard on my digestive system.  Add to that a hot day in the sun, and sometimes tummies are not happy.  Essential oils can support the digestive system, and I always have a few on hand to meet the need.  My favorite is peppermint, but you could also try lemon, fennel, ginger, or a blend of oils for digestive support.

Summer activities and enjoying the great outdoors are fun after a long winter.  But when you are preparing for that outdoor party, a beach vacation, or any other outside activity, take the precautions you need for sun protection so you and your loved ones can enjoy the party without having to worry about your long term health. With a few wise choices, you will have lots of summer fun for years to come.

Ah, my wellness meter is happy now.

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ESSENTIAL OILS IN THE WORKPLACE

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Using essential oils in your business will aid in a healthy environment and encourage wellness among your staff.  One customer shares about her work environment: “I work for a real estate brokerage; and throughout the building, there are a minimum of 4-5 diffusers going at any given time. From everything to enhancing energy to promoting a calm environment, our essential oils play a big role in our day to day operations and mood!”

Here are easy ways to incorporate essential oils in your office.

DIFFUSERS – Placing diffusers at strategic locations in your business can support the immune system of your employees and create a refreshing atmosphere in which to work.  Staff will inhale the fresh scents and boost immunity at the same time.  Thieves essential is a good blend for helping support the immune system. Additionally, depending on which essential oils you chose, you can promote focus, encourage positive moods, and avoid the mid-afternoon slump.  For mood boosting and focus, try diffusing Lemon essential oil.  Instead of that afternoon energy drink or cup of coffee, try some Peppermint aromatherapy. It is an invigorating and refreshing scent.  Working on a deadline?  Is everyone uptight?  Diffuse Stress Away to help promote a calm environment.

THIEVES WATERLESS HAND PURIFIER – We all want to keep our hands clean, especially after a meeting where we have had to shake hands many times. Or maybe after using office tools and machines that are shared by a whole staff.  A quick way to do this is with hand sanitizer; however, normal hand sanitizers aren’t the best option. Synthetic fragrances have been show to disrupt the endocrine system and provoke allergies.  They are drying to the skin, especially in winter months when we are already dry. Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier contains aloe vera to help nourish the skin. Finally, antibiotic resistance is an issue. If you overuse regular hand sanitizers, you can actually lower your resistance because every time you use them, you are killing off the good bacteria along with the bad.  Use Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier instead. It contains essential oils.  And while essential oils are consistent enough to maintain their fragrance and therapeutic properties, each growing year offers mild differences.  These differences are due to soil and weather conditions.  Therefore, Thieves Hand Purifier does not present the same risk of antibiotic from overuse as traditional hand sanitizers.

THIEVES HOUSEHOLD CLEANER, WIPES, AND SPRAY – Common cleaners, sprays, and wipes also contain chemicals and fragrances that are not friendly to our health. Keeping Thieves Wipes and Spray on hand can help promote a healthy workplace. Wipe down desks, office phones, doorknobs, and faucets.  Do you have an office kitchen?  Thieves Household Cleaner is a concentrate. Dilute it in spray bottles and keep several on hand for quick cleanups.  How about the office refrigerator?  Ew!  Thieves can help you there, too.  And while you’re cleaning out the refrigerator, add a cotton ball with drops of Purification essential oil blend to help keep those areas odor free.

Keep Thieves Cleaner in the bathrooms.  A quick spray down will help keep things fresh and clean all day.  Try the Thieves Foaming Hand Soap, too!

DRINK OIL-INFUSED WATER- We all need to drink more water to stay healthy and hydrated.  Adding a citrus essential oil to your water can give you flavor without added calories.  Many like to add Lemon or Lime Vitality to their water.  But there are other Vitality oils—Orange, Tangerine, or Grapefruit Vitality.  Maybe you’d prefer Peppermint or Lavender.  Please use glass or metal beverage containers (not plastic.) Citrus essential oils, especially, should not be used in a plastic beverage container.  The oils break down the toxins in the container, and they bleed into your water.  Also, please make sure the essential oils you add to water are pure and meet GRAS standards.  Young Living markets a separate line of oils called Vitality to help you identify those which are safe for ingestion.  Drinking water with essential oils will actually help cleanse your system, as well as add a pick me up to your day. Be sure to drink plain water, too.

These are just a few ways to create a pleasant office environment and promote wellness at the same time.  Happy Oiling!

 

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Let’s Talk Lime!

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Young Living Lime essential oil and Lime Vitality are great oils to celebrate in May!  Why? First, it’s Cinco De Mayo, and there are lots of recipes for using lime! So, get your party on!  Second, Lime Vitality is FREE this month from Young Living when you place a 100 ER order.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to use Lime and Lime Vitality!

LIME VITALITY

GUACAMOLE
1 avocado mashed
Dash garlic powder
Dash cumin
Dash Himalayan Sea Salt
Dash black pepper
2 drops Lime Vitality
Combine ingredients.  Serve with tortilla chips.

LIME YOGURT SAUCE
1 quart plain unsweetened yogurt
6 drops Lime Vitality

Sweeten to taste with agave, Stevia, maple syrup, or sweetener of choice.  Add all ingredients together and stir. Use the sauce over fruit or dessert. Better yet, layer it with your favorite fruit for a delicious parfait!

LIMEADE
2 cups crushed ice
1 cup water
Fresh fruit (strawberries, cherries, etc.)
1-2 drops Lime Vitality

LIME

DIY DEODORANT
3 T Coconut Oil
3 T Baking Soda
2 T Shea Butter
2 T Arrowroot (optional) or organic cornstarch
15 drops lime essential oil

STRESS BUSTER DIFFUSER COMBO
3 drops lime
3 drops Stress Away

RELAX AND REFOCUS DIFFUSER COMBO
2 drops of lime
2 drops lavender
2 drops rosemary

“ZEST!”  Roller Recipe
When you need a boost to get your day going, try this combination.  Combine in 10 ml roller.
5 drops Lime
5 drops Grapefruit
5 drops Peppermint
5 drops Juniper (Another free oil this month with qualifying orders.)
Top off with your favorite carrier oil.

Essential Oils – A Band-Aid or a Lifestyle?

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This blog is not meant to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. Please see your health care professional for treatment.

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Have you tried essential oils? Did you write them off as a fad? Perhaps you found them pleasant but couldn’t really evaluate their effectiveness. Maybe it is because you took the band-aid approach. Rarely do we see positive effects from a one or two time use of anything. Eating one piece of fruit is not a new eating plan; going to the gym or taking a walk one day, does not improve our overall cardio and physical stamina. Essential oils are similar in that they are most effective when incorporated into an overall wellness plan.

Never tried essential oils?  Why not?  Every day our bodies are exposed to a variety of toxins that we can’t see. Though we can eliminate the level of our exposure by choosing wisely in our eating habits, skin products, and cleaning products, we can never eliminate everything to which we are exposed. Essential oils and essential oil products help support our body’s major systems.

Essential oils are natural oils distilled from plants that can be used as part of your daily routine. Finding the right oils for you and finding ongoing educational support for using those oils are keys to a positive experience. So, how do essential oils work to help you stay above the wellness line? They support an overall wellness plan. They are not a panacea.

We all know the basics to a healthy lifestyle: Good nutrition, adequate exercise, adequate sleep, healthy relationships, and quiet time. Essential oils can be a tool to help you with the basics. Let’s talk about some specific examples.

Lemon – Lemon can enhance the flavoring of water or foods and help support your nutrition goals. Additionally, it contains limonene. Add lemon to salads dressings, marinades, chicken, fish, vegetables, noodles, fruit, smoothies, and yogurt. My favorite use is to add lemon to brown rice or broccoli. Using lemon instead of butter saves some calories. Lemon offers support to the digestive system.

Peppermint – Peppermint supports physical wellness with its cool and refreshing taste and aroma. Inhaling peppermint perks me up in the middle of the day or before or after exercise. It is also supportive of the digestive tract and the musculoskeletal system. Add a drop to your water. I love Peppermint, and I carry it with me wherever I go. It also tastes great in brownies or hot chocolate for those days when you need little treat.

Lavender – Lavender brings calming and relaxation. Diffuse it before bedtime to support healthy sleep. Add it to your bath salts for a restorative bath. Lavender helps support the nervous system.

Frankincense – Frankincense is one of my very favorite oils. I find it so calming and I love the fragrance. Diffuse it during quiet times of prayer and meditation to help bring grounding and purpose to your busy life. Frankincense is also helpful in supporting healthy skin. It is an ingredient in many skin care products. Frankincense helps support many systems, including the respiratory and nervous systems.

Clove – Perhaps you didn’t know that Clove is an essential oil. It is! Clove supports a healthy immune system. It can be taken as a daily dietary supplement. It can also be added to recipes like gingerbread, molasses cookies, and spice cake. Just stir one drop into the batter. Clove is one of the key ingredients in the essential oil blend Thieves.

These are just a few of the many essential oils and blends that can become a part of a healthy lifestyle when you educate yourself on their benefits. Don’t be overwhelmed by all the choices. When you add new routines little by little, they become habit. You will be supporting the various systems of your body to stay above the Wellness Line. Before you know it, you will be wondering how you ever got along without these little bottles of goodness.

What’s Your Skin Routine?

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Do you have a skin care routine, especially for your face?  Are you consistent about it?  I confess, until about a year ago, I didn’t consistently do anything for my face but wash it in the shower and moisturize before putting on makeup.  I was one of those people who often went to bed with make up on.  People said that was bad, but when I was working full time, sometimes at night I was just too tired to care.

Then I met a new friend whose job was in skin care.  She constantly reminded me how important it is to remove makeup before bedtime.  I have to admit, in this area I was a slow learner.  Maybe it is because my face is about the only part of my skin where I’ve never really had issues.  I didn’t suffer from adolescent acne, and I inherited some pretty awesome genes.  I am often mistaken for much younger than I am.  I don’t say that to gain your compliments; it just is.  And I had nothing to do with it.

I had found, during my search for all things clean, an anti-bacterial wash cloth which allows you to cleanse without soap.  It is quick and easy.  I decided it was time to be more consistent about skin care.  I started a nightly routine of washing, toning, and moisturizing my face, and I am proud to say I have rarely missed a night.

However, as I began to pay more attention to skin care, I also began reading labels on products I was putting on my face.  Having already rid my home many toxins, the next logical place to detox was my makeup cabinet.  So, I searched. And I searched some more.  And I really could not find a chemical/toxin-free makeup.  Until now!

The company I rely on for essential oils decided to get into the makeup market because their customers were demanding pure products.  Yes, I am talking about Young Living.  Young Living already has great skin care products, and now they are offering a makeup line called Savvy Minerals.  Check out the clean options you have with this makeup, and check out the not so good ingredients that may be in the makeup you are using.  See more information at www.savvyminerals.com. If you would like to place an order, you can go to my website: https://www.myyl.com/franklyfabulousoils.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR A NEW YEAR

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New Year’s Resolutions, do you make them or not?  I suspect we all make some mental resolutions, whether we call them that or not.  But making a mental resolution usually doesn’t produce results.  No matter what your goals for 2018, I encourage you to do some things to make it more likely you’ll achieve them.

  1. Write down your goals. A dream without a plan is just a wish. Fail to plan, plan to fail.   We’ve all heard these quotes/proverbs, and they are ubiquitous on the web at this time of year. But they are true.  People who write down their goals are 80% more likely to achieve them.
  2. Make them specific and measurable. Don’t just say I’m going to exercise more.  Say, I will exercise 3 days a week on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4:00 p.m. for 30 minutes each time.  Then, WRITE IT ON YOUR CALENDAR as a non-negotiable.
  3. Share your goals with someone. We all need to be held accountable.  If we never tell anyone our goals, then we can easily make excuses when we don’t work on them or don’t achieve them.  If you can share them with one or two specific people who will be your accountability partners, that’s even better.
  4. Stay positive. Negative self-talk will defeat you.  There is power in words, so keep your words positive.  Say, “I will achieve this goal,” not “I don’t know if I can do it, but I’ll try.”  Doesn’t that bring to mind another saying. . . “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”  (Yoda)
  5. Choose #onelittleword – Once you have written down your 2018 goals, see if you can find commonality. And then choose One Little Word.  Use one little word as a way to encapsulate all your goals and keep them in the forefront of your mind.
  6. OIL UP! Essential oils definitely affect your mood, emotions, energy, and overall wellness.  Use them as tools to help you accomplish your goals.  Did you know Young Living has a number of blends to assist you in accomplishing your goals and achieving your dreams?

Here are 11 Young Living essential oil blends to help promote your energy and support your endeavors.  Which one(s) will you choose? Use these oils in your diffuser or rub a drop on your hands and then inhale.

BELIEVE contains Idaho Blue Spruce, Idaho Balsam Fir, Frankincense, and other essential oils that may encourage feelings of strength and faith when used aromatically. Use this oil as you make positive self-affirming statements.

MOTIVATION BLEND -The powerful scent of Motivation (Roman chamomile, Black spruce, Ylang ylang, Lavender may promote feelings of action and accomplishment when diffused. Use this oil on those days when you are having trouble getting started.

BUILD YOUR DREAM – Combining essential oils chosen by D. Gary Young for their connections to our history, Build Your Dream™ empowers and clarifies to help you find the way to achieve your dreams when used aromatically. Use this oil when you are brainstorming!

AWAKEN is a blend of five other blends. Expertly formulated to help you become aware of limitless potential when used aromatically, Awaken is the first step toward making positive life changes. Use this oil to help you overcome feelings of discouragement and keep you on track.

ENVISION contains scents that stimulate feelings of creativity and resourcefulness, encouraging renewed faith in the future and the strength necessary to achieve your dreams. Diffuse this essential blend while working on your VISION board.

HIGHEST POTENTIAL harnesses the uplifting and inspiring power of Blue Cypress and other pure essential oil scents. Apply this oil as a perfume or diffuse it daily in your office to help you accomplish all you desire for the day.

INSPIRATION is a blend of pure essential oils that were traditionally used by native people of Arabia, India, and North America for enhancing spirituality and meditation.  Apply this oil during quiet times of prayer, meditation, or relaxation.

MAGNIFY YOUR PURPOSE The aroma of our Magnify Your Purpose™ essential oil blend stimulates creativity, desire, focus, and motivation, encouraging you to seize initiative when used aromatically. Choose this oil when brainstorming, meeting with colleagues, or starting a new project!

INTO THE FUTURE  is an inspirational blend of essential oils that creates an invigorating aromatic companion as you look toward your life’s goals and dreams.

FULFILL YOUR DESTINY Sweet, fresh, and spicy, Young Living’s Fulfill Your Destiny™ blend encompasses the complex and beautiful journey that leads to achieving your goals and highest potential. With nine carefully selected essential oils—Tangerine, Frankincense, Nutmeg, Cassia, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Black Pepper, Idaho Blue Spruce, and Neroli—this proprietary blend will help you create an atmosphere of focus and clarity no matter where your path to fulfilling your destiny takes you.

BRAIN POWER is a blend of essential oils high in sesquiterpenes—like Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Blue Cypress, and Frankincense—to promote a sense of clarity and focus when used aromatically.

Whatever your New Year’s goals and dreams, take some time out to create some steps to make those dreams come true.

What’s Your Fragrance?

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II Corinthians 2:14-17

I am a distributor for essential oils and use oils daily as a part of my wellness routine.  I carry oils in my purse and share them with anyone and everyone I meet who has a need.  I believe they are effective in keeping me healthy.

People will frequently say, “You smell good,” or “What is that smell?”  Generally, it is peppermint oil, my favorite.  But today, my heart was challenged by the verses in II Corinthians.  Do those who cross my daily path also detect another fragrance, a fragrance sweeter than any essential oil I could choose?  Do they detect in me the fragrance of Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of souls? Do they detect the aroma of kindness, goodness, and unconditional love?

As an ambassador or representative of an essential oil company, it is part of my job to “put on” oils and display their qualities.  But even more, I am an ambassador for God; and as His representative, I should display His qualities.  On my own, I could never achieve this.  My shortcomings are many.  But fortunately, I do not have to rely on my own strength.  “Not that we are competent in ourselves. . . but our competence comes from God.  He has made us competent as ministers. . . ” (II Corinthians 3:5-6)

My prayer is that through the power of the Holy Spirit, the primary fragrance emanating from me will be that most compelling of sweet aromas—the Aroma of Christ–that people might, through me, be drawn to Him.