Before Sequoia was born, we tried to prepare our home like all parents do. This included buying all the supplies we thought we would need before actually meeting our precious little one. Baby wipes are on the top of every new parent’s list, and that’s just what we set out to get.
Looking at the selection, I could not fathom spending the loot for the top of the line, organic, fragrance-free, premium baby wipes. Come on! We have a baby on the way and we’ve been spending all this extra money already.
So I bought what I thought was the safest option for what I felt like we could afford at the time. I felt total guilt after taking a closer look at the ingredients at home, because I recognized some of them as being on our family’s list of no-go’s.
Many ingredients found in baby wipes should be avoided, even those that are advertised to be “Natural”, “Pure”, and “Fragrance-Free”. You will not only find these harmful ingredients in the “natural” versions that Huggies and Pampers have to offer, but they’re also in Seventh Generation, Kirkeland’s Non-Scented, Parents Choice fragrance-free, Member’s Mark Premium, Simple Truth, Alphanova Organic, etc.
These are the Toxic Ingredients to Avoid:
Bronopol (also known as 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1 and 3-Diol): This preservative releases formaldehyde as it breaks down and it’s an irritant that really should not be used in any baby products.
Let’s start simply loving our skin with natural anti-aging ingredients.
This recipe is so incredibly quick and simple to make with only 2 ingredients, plus your essential oils of choice.
Why use a toner?
Toning your skin helps remove excess oils and dead skin cells that may have been left behind after washing.
Toning helps to balance your skin’s PH level.
Toning also helps to close the pores and allow your moisturizer to soak into the skin more efficiently.
I NEVER used to use toners, but as my skin ages, I found out that I love using a toner to rid of the dry and tired looking skin. My skin always looks more fresh and evenly toned for the day. Taking care of our skin by cutting out harsh chemical ingredients and using natural plant-based ingredients can also help slow the anti-aging process.
Whether it is moving across the country or going for a drive that turns into sleeping in the back of the jeep for a prolonged adventure or just to wake up on the beach, it happens! And I cannot get enough of it!
There are things that I do , however, so that my face and body do not suffer these spontaneous overnights. One of these protocols is bringing my homemade facial cleansing pads with me on any potential adventure breakaway. They are super simple to make and save me the post-adventure breakout.
They can also be used at home, when you’re just too tired to wash your face.
Ingredients (makes 4oz jar):
1 Tbs Witch Hazel: This is a great facial cleanser, that helps tone the skin and has antibacterial properties.
5 Drops of Frankincense essential oil: MUST HAVE for fine lines and wrinkles.
5 Drops of Tea Tree essential oil: It’s antibacterial and has disinfectant properties. This makes it a great cleansing essential oil and must have if you are prone to acne.
5 Drops of Lavender essential oil: Calms and nourishes the skin.
Container with a tight-fitting lid
Ditch and Switch:
There are so many healthy benefits from making the switch and using the natural ingredients used in this simple recipe. You are going to save loads of money this way. And you won’t be exposing yourself, family, or furry friends to the toxic chemicals that are in your pricey, conventional personal care products.
I’m so glad I’m able to share my wellness journey with you, one recipe or testimonial at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and how I can continue to help!
How to get started?
If you want to know how I got started using essential oils to increase my overall wellness or how you can improve your own wellness journey, start here.
Sending love and wishing you Happy and Healthy Trails!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The products discussed are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Views expressed are from an Independent Distributor, not a medical professional, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Young Living Essential Oils. Views expressed only apply to Young Living Essential Oils (not other essential oil brands). Individual results may vary.
Lets talk about our skin and how beauty comes from within. A lot of times we are looking for bandaids to fix a quick issue, but we need to look at what is going on inside so we can heal from the inside out.
In my opinion, these are the…
Top 3 Ways to Promote Healthy Skin
#1 Manage stress
This is difficult and I can’t say I’m very good at it, but its something I work on all the time. Stress can affect our skin’s appearance and show us when we are imbalanced. It’s good to shift our awareness and work on managing our stress whether its through breathing techniques like yoga and meditation, exercise, focusing on the positive, or whatever works best for each of us.
I’ve compiled all of your spring cleaning recipes all in one place…
This is it!
Lemon essential oil*
Thieves Household Cleaner
*Other great essential oils you can substitute in any of these recipes include Purification, Orange essential oil, Lemongrass essential oil, Citrus Fresh essential oil, Thieves essential oil, Christmas Spirit essential oil, …
“Formulated with the power of Young Living’s Thieves oil blend, you can get a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients. Chores will feel like less of a chore with the sweet-and-spicy scent and effective cleaning power of Thieves Household Cleaner.”*****
“This all-purpose cleaner can be used on any surface in your home for dusting, spot cleaning, scrubbing, or any other cleaning need. Wherever you use it, you’ll feel good knowing it’s safe to use around everyone in your family, including pets. Spot test in an inconspicuous area before applying this product to woods, plastics, fabrics, and granite.”******
Ready to get your chocolate sweet treat in this Valentine’s Day with zero guilt?!
I am ALL about treating yourself after growing up with a “candy drawer” (literally a drawer in the kitchen that was full of nothing but candy) and “bedtime snacks” consisting of cereal bowls full of ice-cream with all the toppings right before bed. A lot more health conscious these days, I’ve found a few recipes like this one where you can still have the sweet treats without the gut ache and guilt.
This recipe is full of everything you desire; dense, fudgy, double chocolate, peppermint brownies.
And for a bonus, they are Vegetarian, Gluten Free, have zero added sugar, and they’re flourless.
You can also try your favorite egg substitute to make these Vegan (although I have not yet tested these variations myself).
Why would you add Peppermint Vitality essential oil to your brownies?
For centuries, peppermint has been used to soothe digestive difficulties
This is a recipe for soft and moist Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian Banana Bread that will melt in your mouth. If your home is anything like ours, this bread will disappear so fast your bananas won’t ripen fast enough to make more.
My fiancé likes to eat this treat for breakfast before heading out for a long laborious day at work. We also like to eat this as a healthy option for a sweet treat.
Try your egg substitutes to make this recipe Vegan (although I have not yet tested them myself).
As long as your bananas are ripened and eggs at room temperature, the prep time is only 10 minutes since everything goes right in your blender (we use a Ninja).
Why use Vitality Essential Oils to supplement your diet?
Taking Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil as a dietary supplement can support healthy digestion and help maintain a healthy immune system.***
Nutmeg Vitality oil has many health benefits, including cognitive function support, immune support, and powerful antioxidants.***
It is important to realize when using essential oils for dietary reasons to only use those that are truly pure and therapeutic and also approved for dietary consumption. Young Living’s Vitality line of essential oils is a great place to start for oils you can trust with seed to seal purity.
3largeripe bananas, mashed
2eggs (let warm to room temperature for a lighter texture)
If you live in a place where you wear wool socks all winter long, like Southwest Michigan or anywhere in the north, this one is for you.
If you work out and have the case of stinky foot or gym bag, this is also for you.
If you have stinky garbage containers, laundry hampers, basements, carpets, cars, or puppies, this is for you.
Purification essential oil is the ultimate weapon against bad odors. It is a blend of Citronella, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Lavendin, and Myrtle essential oils.
Most times I just add a drop or two or Purification to a cotton ball and throw it in the specific location, like in the garbage bin or gym bag.
If you guys know us well, you know we have a 120lb dog named Beast that sleeps with us every night. When he gets a little stinky, I’ll rub some into my palms and down the side of his neck so he smells fresh. When using essential oils on dogs, I have to recommend diluting with a carrier oil. This is like instant de-stink for him and a total lifesaver if we don’t have time to give him a bath or a swim.
I’m sharing these tips with you today because it’s the middle of winter and I personally have a lot to deodorize and clean now that the holidays are over.