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.





Chlorine Overload??

Chlorine Overload??

Hello!

Chlorine (otherwise known as “bleach”) has become a go-to for cleaning and sanitizing, especially in pools where it’s a quick way to rid the water of nasty pathogens.  However, there is a flip-side to the exposure of using and swimming in a chlorinated pool.


     See the top 10 dangers of swimming in chlorinated pools here.


I want to share a few ideas for avoiding chlorine overload with your family while having fun in the sun (and water) this summer.  


Of course, you can avoid swimming altogether, but if you want those family bond building experiences this summer (or something the kiddos can be entertained with while giving you some chill time) read on.  


Look for non-chlorinated options nearby.  We have public swimming access to the creek nearby which is a fun option.  But since it’s a small area, two or three families or groups make a crowd.  If you have your own backyard pool you could consider switching it up to a non-chlorine system such as a saltwater option (uses much less chlorine). There are several options.  


A trip to the ocean and an occasional day (or week) at the beach may provide all the swimming you or your family desires.  But you may want to avoid the pool at the condo/hotel or the hot tub if they are heavily chlorinated.  If you don’t live near the ocean or have a beach trip coming up - - a shorter trip may land you on a fun day at the lake depending on where you live.  And many communities such as ours now have a public area “splash pad” that is a lot of fun for the littles.  Though it may be chlorinated water, it is less water and less overall.  


If the daily or almost daily swim is your version of a perfect summer and there’s no way to avoid a chlorinated pool, you may want to take measures to assure that the chlorine is not excessive and make sure to have everyone in your family rinse off afterward.  Yes, tap water is likely somewhat chlorinated as well, but not as much as pool water. A water filter to your home, or even just your shower can help, too.  Make sure it works to dechlorinate the water. 

Since Vitamin C helps dechlorinate, you might try adding Vitamin C powder to your sunscreen!  And use it for a partial barrier to the chlorine in the water.  I haven't tried it so let me know if you use this tip and how it works for you.  (Ask me about our family friendly Mineral Sunscreen Lotion made without nano-particles!)


In short, it is worth it to take some time to think through ways to avoid chlorine overload this summer and who knows, some more planning and thoughtful water play may make even better memories for you all.

Ready to get started?  View the webstore here and feel free to contact me for assistance in setting up your account the best way to assure you get all the perks you want either with a retail, wholesale or professional account.!

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.

Yes to a Safer Summer!

Yes to a Safer Summer!

Hello!

Three BIG dangers of summer are (1) excessive sun exposure; (2) risks of dehydration; (3) dangers of insect bites including the risks of disease they may cause.  Whatever else is going on, we can be prepared for the big three.


Our skin is our largest organ and similar to a sponge, it is absorbent! So it’s important to take care in what we choose to put on our skin, and that of our children.  In summer, the skin is often exposed more since we tend to spend more time outdoors with less covering.  While some sun exposure is good for you, providing vitamin D and helping lift moods, the middle of the day’s rays can be overpowering.  Covering up with lightweight and light-colored clothing and wearing hats is good advice to help protect from overexposure to the sun.  


Staying hydrated may take some planning ahead and care to choose beverages wisely.  The Cleveland Clinic website states the following:


Some beverages are better than others at preventing dehydration. Water is all you need if you are planning to be active in a low or moderate intensity activity, such as walking, for only an hour or less. If you plan to be exercising longer than that, or if you anticipate being out in the sun for more than a few hours, you may want to hydrate with some kind of sports drink. These replace not only fluid, but also chemicals like sodium and potassium, which are lost through perspiration. Too much or too little sodium and potassium in the body can cause trouble. Muscle cramping may be due to a deficiency of electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium.

Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, teas, and colas, are not recommended for optimal hydration. These fluids tend to pull water from the body and promote dehydration. Fruit juice and fruit drinks may have too many carbohydrates, too little sodium, and may upset the stomach. If you're going to drink fruit juices while exercising, you may try diluting them with 50% fruit juice and 50% water first.



Often folks grab the highest SPF numbered bottle thinking it will be the best protection, but it may be leading to false confidence. After a while, your sunscreen will need to be reapplied, such as after sweat or swimming, so a lower SPF can be even better if it has safer ingredients.


Want to protect your family from the dangers of summer but concerned about ingredients in items like sunscreens and bug sprays? Pay attention to medications and even certain essential oils that are “photosensitive” meaning that they up your risk for excessive sun exposure and you should avoid being out in the sun with their use.  (Check labels!)


Having had experience with tick-borne illness in my family I know that protection from insects in the outdoors is important.  Products with DEET are often recommended yet I know that DEET can also be dangerous, especially to young children, elderly or immune-compromised people.  

“Knowledge is power” and that’s what I want for you.  Power to know what to do this summer and be confident that you really are doing the best for your family.


I’ll leave it to you to do your own research on ingredients like DEET and petrochemicals and others in the run-of-the-mill products and decide for yourself.  If you, like me, decide that there must be a better way, you’ll be happy to know that there is!


Natural products like our mineral sunscreen lotion and DEET-free insect repellant can help you avoid undesirable ingredients.  Drinking water may be more palatable with the addition of AminoWise, which is formulated to help replenish the body after exercise and exertion, including a hydration mineral blend, a muscle recovery blend, plus a recovery blend. 

Instead of carbonated soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, try Zing!  It’s a delicious alternative that you’ll grab again and again.  

I hope this information has been helpful and that you and your family have a happy, safe summer!

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.