Overcome Dry Air Dangers

Overcome Dry Air Dangers

Hello!

According to this article, studies have shown that dry air has four main effects on the human body:*

  1. Breathing dry air is a potential health hazard that can cause such respiratory ailments as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and nosebleeds or general dehydration since body fluids are depleted during respiration.
  2. Skin moisture evaporation can cause skin irritations and eye itching.
  3. Irritative effects, such as static electricity which causes mild shocks when metal is touched, are common when the air moisture is low.
  4. The “apparent temperature” of the air is lower than what the thermometer indicates, and the body “feels” colder.

Living in the lower half of the state of Alabama where we typically have high humidity in the summer months, I can attest to the fact that higher humidity can cause us to feel warmer!  The flip-side is also true.  Lower humidity can cause us to feel cooler.  So one benefit of upping the humidity in cooler months may be help on your heating bills!  Using your essential oils diffusers can help put moisture back into the air with the added benefits from your essential oils.  

If dry skin is a problem, in addition to humidifying the air, you can lock in some of the moisture right away by patting dry after bath/shower (not rubbing) and then using a light body oil or lotion [like Genesis Hand and Body Lotion].  To be sure the product you use doesn't have damaging ingredients and can even support your skin's natural healing properties look to Young Living's range of products suitable for every member of the family.  Also, be sure to use a moisturizing soap to avoid stripping natural and beneficial oils from your skin. Valor Bar Soap is one of my favorites!

Folks tend to promote the need to stay hydrated in hot summer months, but not so much in winter.  But with dry indoor air, it's still important to maintain excellent hydration from the inside out.  Warm herbal teas and hot cocoas may be more appealing.  Try adding different flavors with Vitality oils (just a drop!) or pre-diluted Vitality Drops to jazz up your winter drinks, warm or cold.  

TIP: Always choose metal, glass or ceramic containers when using essential oils as some can break down the material in plastic containers.

Dry nose? 
 A simple saline spray can help as can tenting your head with a towel over a sink/bowl of hot, steamy saltwater while breathing deeply for a few minutes.  You can do basically the same thing in a hot shower (but you don't want to beat up your skin with very hot water for too long).  Add a Shower Steamer from Young Living for an added punch.   

Happy Oiling!
~Dawn


*Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed herein does not constitute professional licensed legal or medical advice and is not a substitute for appropriate legal or medical advice suited to your individual situation or for your own due diligence.


Your Home - A Fragrance-Free Zone

Your Home - A Fragrance-Free Zone

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Why would you want your home to be a fragrance-free zone? 

“Fragrance” as an ingredient is not merely something that has a scent but is often manufactured fragrances that aside from their scent (or whether or not a person likes the scent) can have detrimental effects on the health of many people.  


Making your home a “fragrance-free zone” will go a long way toward boosting the health and ridding your home of dangerous chemicals.  I just read a post from another adoptive mom concerned about her child who has an addiction to these types of chemicals - - spray cleaners, etc.  My youngest (also adopted and language delayed) would always smell his food carefully before eating it when younger.  He was also VERY picky.  He is sensory-seeking, which includes scent-seeking.  He will walk through the “smelly” aisle at the grocery store with all the detergents and such and you would think he was smelling the roses in a rose garden!  But I have learned (and started teaching him) that those chemicals that make those smells are harmful.  

And they are cumulative - - meaning more exposure = more risk.  Sometimes people develop multi-chemical-sensitivity such that synthetic chemicals can cause them to go into anaphylactic shock.*

But it’s not JUST “sensitive” people who are affected.  And by the way, all children and immune-compromised people are more “sensitive” to toxins because their bodies either absorb a larger percentage (according to their size) and/or are unable to detox as well as others might be able to, thus resulting in a larger concentration or build-up of the toxic load. 

Many people (about a quarter of the population it is estimated) have genetic limitations on their ability to detox (move the toxins out effectively) as well.  Plus anytime you are under stress, from illness or whatever source, your immune system (along with detox ability) is negatively affected.  


So, do you think you might have a few reasons to consider going fragrance-free?  Even just in your home?  Even if you, yourself, are not super sensitive but you know that others are? The home is an area we can best guard, our retreat adn haven from the outside world, and thanks to the availability of alternatives it’s relatively easy to make the shift to fragrance-free in our homes.  


Thankfully it doesn’t have to be scent-free.  On the contrary, you can indulge in the purer and health-enhancing scents of pure, plant-based essential oils for replacements.  No need to feel deprived at all.  It’s like switching from an old rusted Pinto to a brand new cherry-apple red Ferrari!  You may miss the memories and familiarity of the Pinto for what (?) . . .  5 - 10 seconds?


Ready to get started?  I’ll be happy to help you set up your home as a Fragrance-Free Zone.  Join the movement.  Just contact me at the link above or below or hit reply (e-mail).  


I’d like to know - - what are YOUR reasons for considering going fragrance-free?  


BONUS!  Feel free to print and post in your home one or all of these colorful posters to designate your space as a Fragrance-Free Zone, here.

Happy Oiling!
~Dawn


*Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed herein does not constitute professional licensed legal or medical advice and is not a substitute for appropriate legal or medical advice suited to your individual situation or for your own due diligence.

Switch & S-t-r-e-t-c-h

Switch & S-t-r-e-t-c-h

Hello!

Did you know that many of your ordinary products can be upgraded and switched out with better options that are safer and healthier for your household?  I wanted to go through that list and highlight one or two substitutions available for each one. 

With each switch, you are building a healthier lifestyle.*  Whether you switch all at once or one step at a time, you can know you are making progress that will pay dividends in your and your family's health as time goes on.  And it does not have to break the bank : )

Here are some options for what we call transfer buying - -  merely switching up products you are already buying elsewhere with better alternatives that in many cases last longer because they are concentrated so a little goes a long way, like the Thieves Household Cleaner,  also the bar soaps which I've been happy to find last and last.   (Valor bar soap is my favorite!)


I am seeing more and more products touting essential oils in their ingredients all over the place.  But I caution you that (1) the essential oils are likely not pure and may have toxins from cheaper processing methods and (2) adding essential oils to products can increase the body's absorption of that product.  This can be a good thing if there are only positive ingredients in the product.  But if the soap, facial wash, or air freshener has ingredients that would have a more negative effect then the addition of any essential oils can contribute to problems.  So be careful when you buy and use products that claim to contain essential oils.

Are you ready to make some switch-ups? Contact me and I’ll be happy to help you set up your order to get the most bang for your buck.  

Happy Oiling!
~Dawn


*Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed herein does not constitute professional licensed legal or medical advice and is not a substitute for appropriate legal or medical advice suited to your individual situation or for your own due diligence.





 
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