Toxins and chemicals = bad. Toxins and chemicals led to my extremely high-risk pregnancy. Toxins and chemicals = harm to every part of your body. Toxins and chemical almost killed my daughter. Be free of the fear of toxin and chemicals. Essential oils saved us and can save you too. Here’s why….
#1 The Facts Are Startling
Getting ready for some cringe worthy stats.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health conducted a study that looked at 2,983 ingredients in the home. Of those ingredients:
- 884 were considered toxic ingredients
- 314 caused biological mutations
- 218 caused reproductive issues
- 146 were known to cause cancer
Did you know….there are no federal regulations of chemicals in household products. That means there are no standards, no testing, no data, no notification for products in the marketplace. And that means no one is watching out for us.
Cancer Is Under Our Control
According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 3 cases of cancer is directly linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, poor weight or chemical exposure. ONLY 5% to 10% of cancer is caused by gene defect. That means 90% to 95% of cancer is under our control. Managing what we eat, what we bring into our home and what we put on our bodies can help us all.
Stress Can Kill You
Beth Greer, author of Super Natural Home, lived a very similar lifestyle to me managing her weight and eating mostly organic food thinking this was enough. Admittedly, her life was chaotic and stressful which she believes caused her cancer. After re-evaluate her entire life from what she was eating, to personal-care products all the way to the environment she was living in, she made a change, one of which was using Essential Oils.
But why does it have to take a medical crisis for Beth to change or for me to change? DO NOT WAIT TO MAKE A CHANGE! In waiting there is pain, there is suffering and heartache. By making the change now you can protect yourself and I am here to help.
In a 2003, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study that found men who had higher traces of phthalate in their blood had reduced sperm count and poor sperm quality. Toxins and chemicals = reproductive issues
A Great Resource
Check-out the Environmental Working Group . Their mission is to “empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment” through breakthrough research and education. A mission statement like that is hard to beat. Who doesn’t want to live a healthier life? My favorite section is the Consumer Guides that rate common household products based on their toxin levels. My aunt introduced me to this group after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She opted not to go through with chemo and instead reevaluate her toxin and chemical levels using this website as a guide.
#2 Starting at Home is Easy & Simple
When I first heard about Essential Oils, I thought people using them were a little crazy, granola or hippy. Those are limiting stereotypes. In all actuality, people who use Essential Oils are progressive, educated and looking for alternatives. As Derek Henry from the Healing the Body says, “when you are called ‘extreme’ for going natural, and ‘poison’ is considered normal, you might just need a new tribe”. Below are some options for natural, not poisonous, options:
Replacing Household Items
You can replace almost everything in your home with Essential Oil infused – TOXIC AND CHEMICAL FREE – products (that are already made – not DIY versions):
All purpose cleaner
Window & Glass cleaner
Dish and Hand Soap
Bath & Shower Gel
17 different products formulated just for kids
Make-up – one of my personal favorites
Items for muscle aches
These are items free of:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES)
Synthetic Perfumes/Fragrance (Phthalates)– another article
Harmful, not Helpful
Not only do these products get rid of harmful, nasty stuff in your home, they help support your immunity. Even more, Essential oils support your skeletal, muscular, circulatory, endocrine, and respiratory systems. They help support your hormones and your reproductive systems. They help support a healthy weight. They help with your brain health and emotions. I don’t know any of my household cleaners or products that help support my respiratory system. I do know some (bleach) that harm my respiratory system.
If you are struggling with any of the areas listed above, stop, reevaluate and reach out to me for more information.
#3 They are Practical & Affordable
I like Essential Oils because they are practical and affordable.
They are practical for these reasons:
- Get money back with every purchase
- Receive Loyalty Gifts for consecutive purchases at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months
- Easy, convenient ordering
- One-stop shopping for everything you need in your home
- Front-door delivery
- Toxin and Chemical free living
They are affordable because:
- Average cost is about $10 to $30 a bottle
- It takes about 1 to 3 drops per application
- Bottles come in two sizes: 5ML (90 drops) and 15ML (250 drops)
This means that for each application the average cost of an Essential Oil is around $0.06 to $0.15 which is truly affordable.
Where to Start?
- Find a company that sells Essential Oil infused products
- Research the company to make sure they have the highest integrity and quality – you don’t want nasty chemicals and toxins to be loaded in your EO products
- Choose a company that has a wide variety or products
- Join a rewards program to get money back for every purchase
I chose Young Living because it met all of the above criteria.
If you are interested in getting started with Essential Oils, click here, for their Premium Starter Kit. This is where I began my Essential Oil journey and my recommendation for you. The Premium Starter Kit is valued at $550 but by becoming a member you pay only $160.
Sign-up as a “Member” today (using 12007002 as the sponsor and enroller number), as well as the Essential Reward Loyalty Program: to receive
- Up to 24% OFF future purchases
- Money back on every purchase
- FREE products
- Discounted shipping
- Front-door delivery service
- 1 stop shopping for every day household items
- Easy, convenient and customizable ordering
For my members only:
- $25 in Young Living reward points
- As a Thank You for your first order
- For ER consecutive orders at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months
- Product Guides
- Personalized Tips and Tricks
(contact me for more details).
Why so generous? I do this because I am passionate about people finding alternatives to toxins and chemicals. And, who wants to suffer? Not me, and not you!
Join me and start living a “life less toxic”
Essential Oils started becoming more prominent in my life about 5 years ago. My mother-in-law, who suffers from severe ailments like celiac, an auto-immune disease and complications from mold (learn more), was my first introduction to Essential Oils. When we would visit she had them stashed all over her house. In her bathroom, the kitchen, the living room. Everywhere you turned you could find them.
It was not until a few months ago, I learned their amazing benefits of supporting your body from the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, endocrine, respiratory, immune systems, your hormones (major issues of mine) and reproductive issue, your weight, brain health and emotions. One of my favorite sayings is “there’s an oil for that” and there truly is an oil for everything.
I decided I would jump on the band wagon of “Essential Oils” for a few reasons.
reason #1: Help support London’s immune system
My daughterwas born prematurely due to a high-risk pregnancy. She was born over 2 months early (9 weeks and 1 day to be exact – read about her story here). Babies who are born premature have less antibodies than babies born at full term. This means London has a higher risk of developing an infection than my two other children (even Nathanael and myself). Because she didn’t receive the extra boost of antibodies during the third trimester, I wanted to start making better, smarter, healthier choices for her. Essential Oils was the key.
At first, I wasn’t very educated on Essential Oils and bought them off of Amazon. Bad choice! I quickly learned the quality of the oils is very important. Quality = no toxins. If I was making changes in my life to remove toxins because it was negatively effecting my health, why would I continue to put chemicals and toxins on London? I had to ensure the oils were pure.
For example, it takes 220 pounds of Lavender to make 7 pounds of Lavender oil. It takes 60,000 rose blossoms to make 1 ounce of Rose oil. One drop of Peppermint Oil is the same as using 28 peppermint tea bags. Which means if companies are spraying their plants, shrubs, trees with chemicals and pesticides, that small bottle of Essential Oils that I am rubbing on my skin (or London’s skin) is loaded with chemicals and toxins.
Another way to think about it is taking a whole apple tree, spraying it with pesticides, and instead of eating just one apple off the tree, you are getting all the chemicals and toxins sprayed on that entire tree….in you Essential Oils. Because of their high concentration, you must be careful with the brands you choose. If you are using Essential Oils today and you don’t know how the oils were farmed, maintained and/or prepared, research it!
We ultimately landed on Young Living because they ensure toxins will never enter their oils. They are TRANSPARENT allowing anyone to visit their farms at any time. MANGAE AND CONTROL is important to them from buying the land virgin (chemical free), to seeding the plants all the way to sealing the bottles. Because the oils they produce come from the first distillation only they are of the highest INTEGRITY AND QUALITY. And they are ALL NATURAL using essential oils for weed an pest control (learn more here). This was the only brand I could accept for London.
reason #2: Help support Soren’s breathing issues
For some reason, Soren has the worst breathing issues. His breathing is especially difficult in the winter time when the cold, flu, stuffy noses and when congestion runs rampant. I am not sure why, out of all our children, he has the most difficulties given the fact that he was breastfeed the longest. After going through many different avenues to resolve the late night coughing and stuffy noses, we decided to start using Essential Oils.
We were tired of waking up two to three to four times a night. Helping him find his pacifier, giving him honey to relieve his seal-bark cough, rubbing Vick’s VaporRub on his chest to open his airways. Anything to get him to sleep better and allow us a few hours of sleep at night. Ugh, it was annoying and mothers out there know exactly what it was like. After coming across Essential Oils, it saved us from the winter wonderland of sickness.
reason #3: They are practical
I am German, by descent, and therefore I am naturally a practical person. Practical means that when someone comes up with an idea that idea is easily applied. Well, my idea was to remove as many toxins and chemicals in my life as possible. Never will I ever be able to get rid of every toxin and chemical but I wanted to get rid as many as I could. My mantra…live life LESS toxic.
For the longest time, it wasn’t easy. There were so many choices at the grocery store for “green” dish detergent and “green” household cleaners but there weren’t “green” options for shampoos or make-ups. Side note….don’t get “greenwashed” like I did.
Because I couldn’t buy what I considered to be “toxin and chemical free” products from one store, that meant I had to make another trip, to another store to find what I needed. I am a working-mother of 3 young children and my husband is a pilot. He’s gone A LOT. Shopping has to be EASY. Climbing in the back of our Toyota Sequoia to buckle and unbuckle two toddlers and then carry an infant car seat with a 15 pound baby into 5 different stores = not fun.
Making the decision was easy
When I learned that there was ONE company that could take care of all my needs, I was skeptical. But learning more about the company, I couldn’t resist but to jump on board. They took care of everything! From toxin and chemical free cleaning products, bath, hair and body care, skin care, products for your kids (+ pets) and their new make-up line. How could you resist? Even more, you get:
- Get money back with every purchase
- Receive Loyalty Gifts for consecutive purchases at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months
- Easy, convenient ordering
- One-stop shopping for everything you need in your home
- Front-door delivery
I pride myself on being a very savvy shopper and Young Living fit all my needs as a young, busy mother of 3 kids.
Buying chemical and toxin free products before maybe offered me one or two of these perks but never all five. And since five is greater than one I decided that Young Living’s Essential Oils were the easiest, most practical choice for me. I haven’t looked back. Every day I learn something new about their benefits and how easily they can be integrated into my life.
If you are interested in learning more about Essential Oils please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase a starter kit and launch your home into toxin and chemical free living, follow this link to start today. With every purchase you will receive product guides, my support along the way and a free $25 gift of your choice. Ask how you can get your oils for FREE!
Living a seemingly healthy life, I did not realize the consequences of toxins in utero. After my third pregnancy turned for the worse, I was desperate to make a change. Don’t let this happen to you. Find out what happened to my baby that made me go chemical and toxin free.
Have you ever felt like you hit a wall? All your options are out? There is nowhere left to turn? You are drowning…..or maybe you feel like you are struggling but things could be worse? Yes, I have been there too. Every single one of these emotions. I live a great life, an AMAZING life, well so I thought, until everything started falling apart.
Nothing is Wrong With Me
I am a salesperson by trade, marketer I prefer to say, and have been selling information for the last 6 years. I work for a very large American company selling data to Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies. My job is awesome and I am really good at it. I LOVE my interactions with people and I LOVE problem solving. I am a qualified “problem solver” (my own coined term). When I fix people’s problems I get that butterfly feeling inside my stomach that many people experience on their wedding day. I’ve been married, so yes, I do know what it feels like.
That feeling of excited anticipation of what’s to come: the vows as we stare into each other’s eyes, the kiss after we say “I do”, the amazing food my dad paid thousands of dollars for, the wine, the beer, the dancing and the rest of our lives to live happily ever-after. That kind of feeling. When I solve people’s problems, I am anxiously awaiting to see how amazing the results are going to be because I know how difficult and annoying problems can be.
The funny thing is, as a qualified “problem solver”, I am REALLY good at solving other people’s problems. And, since I get such a high on solving other people’s problems, I do it all day long, even in my sleep. Literally, I will have dreams about fixing things at work. Actually, some of my best ideas come to me in dreams…crazy, right?
Because I am so good and love solving problems, I myself actually had problems that needed to be solved but never took the time. I knew I had minor problems like a sore hip so I needed to see a chiropractor, my contact prescription needed to be updated because my eyes would hurt at the end of the day, the light in closet would flicker every time I would turn it on and often I would be left in the dark because I would forget to fix it. Those kinds of minor, annoying problems. Like most people, I pushed them to the side because my hip didn’t hurt that much or my contacts were working for the most part and I would always be able to rummage around in the dark to find what I needed.
But there was one MAJOR problem I wasn’t even aware of, because how can you fix a problem that you didn’t even know existed. There is this quote that says “ignoring the signs is a good way to end up at the wrong destination”. That’s a good saying for people who are paying attention to the signs. I wasn’t paying attention at all. I was blasting my very loud music, signing at the top of my lungs, windows down, hair blowing in the wind….not paying any attention. Because I wasn’t paying attention to the “road” I was on, I didn’t see any signs and had no clue I heading in the wrong direction. Wasn’t even on my radar. Until I got there in June 2016.
The Big Surprise
We had just celebrated my dad’s birthday weekend in Boulder, Colorado at the St. Julien Hotel. Eating, drinking and being merry. Really it was a quick weekend getaway my whole family (dad, mom, brother, sister-in-law, other brother, sister and my tribe of 4) could commit to.
At my dad’s birthday dinner, in the hotel at Jill’s Restaurant and Bistro, we had a great time. Each of his children (I’m the eldest) shared their cards and gifts that we had written and bought. And I told everyone that I was going last because I am the oldest and bossiest. And they all obeyed (tongue in cheek). I had a special surprise and I didn’t want the others cards to be ruined by my amazing gift (no tongue in cheek)!
It came to my turn and I was so excited. He is such a sweet man, very gentle and unassuming. He doesn’t ask or require a lot and those are always the people you want to treat very special. But, he is also the hardest to buy gifts for. Nathanael (my husband) and I pondered many nights what to get for him. Finally it came to us.
So when it is our turn, he ripped open the card, and I am doing everything I can not to break a smile. Nathanael and I are watching him as he opens the card knowing what is about to happen. He reads the first caption that birthday cards always have and nods his heads as though he agrees with every statement and then he pauses, he turns his head slightly and starts analyzing. He turns his head the other way and does some more analyzing and then he say “no”, “no-way”. He looks at us and says, “this is a joke”.
But it wasn’t, I was pregnant, the third time around just 8 months after giving birth to my son. He was in shock, my whole family was in shock, and Nathanael and I were in shock when we found out only a few weeks earlier. A little surprise for everyone!
And, boy, were we in for a surprise.
And So It Began
A few weeks later I started bleeding (I was 12 weeks along). I was disappointed because I prepared myself for this baby and all of the exciting things that were about to happen. I had a miscarriage before so I knew what to expect with large amounts of blood. I saw my doctor knowing what they were going to say. BUT, I walked out of that appointment pleasantly surprised. The heartbeat was good, she was growing and not to be alarmed. They thought it was a fluke accident. Many women bleed in their first trimester.
So, I went on my merry way…..problem solving.
Soon, I realized the bleeding had come back and this time it was pretty significant. To the point where I needed to wear a pad. I went in again thinking, “they are just going to tell me the same thing and everything will be fine”. Just a fluke. At this point, 18 weeks in, I could feel her kicking and wiggling around which is always a good sign. The bad news I was expecting in the first appointment finally came.
My doctor waltzed in carrying the ultrasound pictures they just took. She laid them on the table and said “have you ever seen something like this before”. I wasn’t sure if she was asking a rhetorical question because she knew I was not a doctor and had very little knowledge about ultrasound pictures. I looked and all I saw was a white circle, a little peanut and black. I had no idea what I was looking at.
From then on, I kind of just fell into shock so I don’t remember a lot. Basically, she was trying to explain I had a Subchorionic Hematoma (a VERY large blood clot) in my uterus measuring 4” by 4” by 2’ in height, width and length. It was huge! At 18 weeks a baby is around 5 inches long or the size of a bell pepper. My doctor told me I had two bell peppers inside of me except one was trying to live, survive, grow and develop while the other one was working on impeding on all of those goals. My daughter’s life was threatened and I went to bed (bed rest that is) for 13 WEEKS.
My doctor has been in the OB GYN practice for over 25 years. Imagine how many babies she has delivered. Lots! Plenty! Enough to have seen many different situations…except mine. She, personally, had never seen the bleeding, or the blood clot, quite like mine. She works in a practice alongside other qualified doctors and only one of her colleagues had seen something similar, once before, but the blood clot was half the size.
Seeing my OB GYN for over 5 years and having 3 babies in 4 years you get well acquainted. She knew my life and how crazy it was. 1) My husband left our two toddlers and myself for 6 weeks of flight training, 2) we had just moved into a new house so I was unpacking all the boxes, 3) I was managing a large remodeling project, 4) I ended the busiest quarter in my career 5) I was traveling by myself with 2 toddlers under the age of 3, plus, 4)I was still in the first trimester meaning I was extremely tired.
Oh yeah, and I was trying to do all the normal things a mom does like laundry (pick-up toys along the way), make breakfast (wipe-up the food my eldest daughter just spit on the floor because she didn’t like the way I made eggs that morning), make dinner (while dealing with a temper tantrum), clean the house (remember to go to the bathroom), clean-up after the kids (clean-up after myself). The list goes on.
Stress Will Kill You
Her suggestion was to try to manage my stress better. HA! Manage my stress? I was managing it by not thinking about it because I knew when my husband returned it would get better. But….that’s what I said every time. “My stress would get better”. And maybe it did, for 2 days, but something else would come up and I would be off and rolling. Managing my stress was easier said than done.
I tried journaling, therapy, taking certain vitamins and supplements, getting pedicures and some things helped but I was still bleeding more and more every day. I was doing everything I could to ensure I kept my daughter in me as long as possible.
Since I was on bed rest, I had a lot of free time because I couldn’t partake in the daily activities I use to like cleaning-up, making dinner (thanks to many family and friends that helped us through this time), going on evening walks as a family. I decided to research what I could do. Since stress was a major factor in my pregnancy, I started there.
I knew stress was considered bad but as I did more research, I learned about all of its negative effects. You can read about stress here, here, and here – for stress in children. I quickly learned stress is a “horrible, terribly, no good, very bad” TOXIN, in no better terms, killing me and had the potential to kill my baby. This toxin was KILLING ME.
I was in a kerfuffle. I couldn’t get rid of my stress because some of it was just innate like my husband training’s schedule, my crazy work schedule, tiredness of a pregnancy. I needed an alternative route (I was paying attention to the signs by now….insert emogi smile).
Toxins, they are everywhere. And that’s probably not new to you and it wasn’t for me either but I didn’t quite comprehend the level of toxicity our bodies endure on a daily basis. I was a healthy, thriving, young 27 year-old eating organically, partaking in daily exercise, doing my annual check-ups, etc. Everything that society was telling me I needed to do, right? Wrong. I was failing on so many levels.
Miss London Marie
At 31 weeks, my body finally gave in and my daughter was delivered via emergency C-section at 7:30 in the morning. My placenta had abpruted meaning my placenta (the nucleus of a pregnancy providing nutrients, oxygen, removes waste, etc.) detached, completely ripped away from my uterus no longer providing oxygen or nutrients to my precious baby girl. Thankfully, I was diligently paying attention to signs, checked myself into the hospital immediately saving her life and mine. If I would have waited any longer my daughter would not have survived.
And here she is….Miss London Marie born November 8, 2016 to Audra and Nathanael, big sister Skye and big brother Soren. Weighing in at 3lbs 1oz. She is our tiny, precious, most prized little miracle on this earth. It’s been 8 months since her birth and I still cry when I write this because angels were protecting her through my pregnancy. Her life is a gift from God.
I struggled through my whole pregnancy managing my body to support my body in every aspect I could. After giving birth, I realized that there was so much more I could have done. Instead of waiting any longer. Instead of waiting for another medical event, I decided to make the change right then and there to remove TOXINS and CHEMICALS any and everywhere I could.
I changed my diet removing sugar (huge toxin). I cleaned out my kitchen sink cabinet and utility closets ladened with chemicals. I am removing toxins in my medicine cabinet, my make-up, my laundry detergent, my face creams and shampoos. Getting rid of it all!
5 Consequences of Chemicals & Toxins in Utero
Premature Birth – or even poor pregnancy outcomes
Generational Defects – obesity
Damage Developing Brains
Delayed Disease Development – diseases that don’t show up in adulthood
Read this and this for more information on toxins in utero.
I’ve done a lot of research and I will continue to do more research. I will research until the day I die. And in all that research, I have found some pretty easy and simple ways to get rid of toxins and chemicals. At the beginning, I dreaded the journey I was about to partake. I thought it was going to be hard, that it was going to be time consuming, that it was going to be exhausting. And it was at first, but it got easier. I found people, companies, resources that made the toxin and chemical free journey much easier than I anticipated. But it took a while to get there.
I am starting this blog because it shouldn’t be so hard to find an easy answer. The answers should be as simple , as easy as walking into your local grocery store and having 500 different choices of soda pop. I am doing this because I almost lost my daughter which mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally drained me and is still taking a toll on me today.
Take a moment to think about losing the closet person in your life. Your child(ren), your spouse, your mom, your dad, your best friend. Imagine what life would be like without them. How it would impact your daily activities. How it would change the ebbs and flows of your life. How your heart would literally feel broken.
I don’t want anyone to have to suffer like I did and see their child with wires across their bodies, IV’s in their small little hands, feeding tubes, frail little legs and fingers, being restricted to the number hours you can cuddle and snuggle your baby. This is not what life had to be like for me.
DON’T WAIT TO MAKE A CHANGE
Maybe your story isn’t about a premature birth. Maybe it is some other struggle with your health or your emotions or a bad relationship. Toxins are everywhere and lead to more complications than you would anticipate. I am doing this because my children matter, my daughter matters. I am doing this because everyone matters and the struggle is real. But you don’t have to struggle, we don’t have to struggle. Making easy, simple changes can alter your life in ways you cannot even comprehend. I am doing this because life after toxins is a world I don’t want to miss.
Join me as I live a “life less toxic”.