Healthy Haven, a chemical-free lifestyle, was designed and made so that we can really look into what is in our products in our homes as well as what their affects are on our health.
The number two cause of death in the United States is cancer. Cancer expenditures in 2011 were 88 billion dollars. 1,620 people a day die of cancer. There are ten thousand new cases a year among children. 1 in 3 cases in the U.S. are directly linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, weight, or chemical exposure. The American Cancer Society says only five to ten percent of all cancer cases are from gene defects. That means ninety to ninety five percent of cancer cases are under our control. It's what we allow into our homes!
Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure, chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body? The average woman applies 300 chemicals to her body a day, eighty before breakfast! The top ten most dangerous chemicals in our home are air fresheners, like plug-ins or candles. Yes, I know! Candles????? We LOVE candles! Especially in the fall and winter. Here in Illinois our nights start early as the sun goes down, late afternoon. I love to burn candles in our home during this time. We have resorted to all natural beeswax candles while diffusing beneficial oils of all different amazing aromas! We make our fall scents and our winter Christmas scents! However, we are not perfect and we love to every now and then indulge in some things (that's just how we roll) and we buy a candle that just is so delicious and enjoy it! Second on that top ten list is the chemical cleaning supplies for your counters, floors, toilets, drain and oven cleaners, furniture polish, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, etc.! Years ago, before Young Living, we did a lot of white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon. But NOW, we use Thieves Household Cleaner for nearly EVERYTHING!!! It smells amazing and gets the job done!Look through the Thieves line. It is amazing.
The number one harsh chemical...fabric softener! What is in our fabric softeners is carcinogenic. I LOVED our Downy growing up. When my blanket came out of the dryer, it was the best in the world to snuggle up to it! It brought such comfort and to this day, although my eyes get irritated from the smell, my amygdala remembers this scent as comfort and love! We use white vinegar in our wash cycle to soften our clothes (it leaves no smell) and we dry our clothes with wool dryer balls sprinkled with essential oils!
So what happens when your body is chemically overloaded? You may see it in something as catastrophic as cancer, but most of us feel it in other ways: leathery, inability to focus, sleep trouble, chronic inflammation, unexplained pain, fibromyalgia, skin issues, hormones, hot flashes, stress, anxiety, and fears. If you face any of these issues, it's time to kick chemicals to the curb. Be your gatekeeper of your home! Think of the legacy you will leave for generations to come. And, it's so very easy! You control what comes in your home! Our Young Living products are free from harmful chemicals and there is something for everything in your home! It is a lifestyle!
What are essential oils? They are the most powerful part of the plant- the lifeblood of the plant, if you will. They repair and restore the plant when it is attacked or injured. In the human body, they have access to the limbic lobe of the brain, that part of the brain that controls heart rate, breathing, memory, hormones, stress levels, and blood pressure. Oils are tiny...smaller than viruses! They hit your cells in three seconds when inhaled, twenty-six seconds when applied topically, and within twenty-two minutes they have reached every cell in your body! WOW!! Please say that with me...WOW!!!! They cross over the blood brain barrier!!!! Something pharmaceuticals cannot do.
Why would you want essential oils in your home? Being steam distilled plant, there are millions of uses...to support systems in the human body like your cardiovascular system or your endocrine system, which effects hormones. Maybe to support your joints or your brain or liver. They are used to replace chemical cleaning supplies, your beauty products, oil infused supplements.
The uses and the benefits are many! Come embark on this oily journey. Be a gatekeeper of your home and create a healthy haven! It's up to you for generations to come!!!