All Natural Oral Care Routine for Kids

28
Jul
2016

All Natural Oral Care Routine for Kids

Two weeks ago my six year old visited our dentist for a checkup. Now, I find it strange that he loves going to the dentist, but when I stop to think about it, I shouldn’t be surprised. The dentist has always been a great experience for him and let me share with you why.

He’s had no cavities, doesn’t have excessive tarter scraping, and passes on the fluoride treatment – so it’s a rather quick visit!

We began a natural oral care routine about two years ago and it has been life changing. I shared in my private essential oils education group the day we had our dentist visit about our routine and how effective it was and wanted to share here with you.

Being educated in different alternatives for your family is empowering. That is my heart and passion – to empower moms to care for their families. So let me share our routine with you.

Raw Milk

We began drinking raw milk about two years ago and I do believe it has made a huge difference in the health of my son’s gums, teeth, and overall wellness. I am no scientist but from all I’ve read and heard, the nutrients you get by drinking milk that has not been pasteurized is over the top good! We have a great local dairy that provides great raw milk. I would check into this alternative for your family if you are needing to reduce allergies, have healthier skin, and have brain support. This could be a simple solution.

All Natural, Fluoride-Free Products

We all have been jinxed by thinking we must have fluoride in all our oral care products to keep our mouth healthy and cavity free. It’s completely bogus and I encourage you to do some research. Just Google fluoride and see what comes up for hazards and why you may want to avoid it. We have taken precautions to reduce our exposure to fluoride and using a fluoride-free toothpaste is one area we’ve focused on.

My son loves his Thieves Dentarome Ultra toothpaste – it is his favorite. When he was younger, he did use the KidScents Slique Toothpaste, but he soon wanted to be just like his mommy and daddy, so he began using ours! There is also a Thieves Aromabright version, which he likes, but he prefers the Dentarome Ultra. The great thing is – I have all three types for him to choose from when it’s time to brush.

Why Do I Like These Toothpastes?  

KidScents Slique Toothpaste has both Slique blend essential oil and Thieves blend essential oil in it. This toothpaste tastes GREAT without having any chemicals and unnecessary ingredients. Just stuff to help clean your teeth.  

Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste – I love the taste, texture, and consistency…and my son does too. My husband prefers this version as well. I always get compliments on my bright smile, and I know it is no coincidence that I use this toothpaste which can help keep my teeth sparkly.

Aromabright Toothpaste is also a much loved favorite by many. It has a great consistency and is full of Thieves essential oil.

All these toothpastes have no fluoride, no synthetic dyes, and no artificial colors. Only what you need.

Mouthwash

Have you looked at your mouthwash label lately? Um…pretty darn toxic. Many have alcohol and I would prefer to not use alcohol, and I certainly do not want my little guy using a mouthwash with alcohol.  

The Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash is packed with great stuff and no alcohol, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives. My husband I use this concentrated mouthwash and love it. It is great to have a fresh and clean mouth with only a tiny bit of mouthwash used. For my six year old we dilute the mouthwash by 50% with distilled water. I mix up his very own bottle and he keeps it near his sink.

A Great Toothbrush

Sonicare for KidsYou can have all the right supplies, but if you don’t have a great toothbrush, it can fail. For my son, we got him a Sonicare for Kids. It is incredible! It is effective at really helping your child brush well. My favorite part is the beeping it gives my son when it’s time to change quadrants in his mouth. He can get his whole mouth clean and has a timer all in one. It has been the best investment – and I love its ease of use, recharging capabilities, and that he likes using it. No more fighting at brushing time.

Want to Improve Your Child’s Oral Care Routine? Or Maybe You Need to Boost YOUR Efforts?

You’ve likely heard me share about my love and passion for Young Living Essential Oils, and maybe you’ve been interested but not quite enough in the oils. Well, this is your time, because you can jump in and grab some great products for your oral care, as well as your home, by incorporating the Thieves Kit into your home. I also love the Essential Rewards program where I get our items delivered right to my door each month and don’t have to run to the drugstore. I have avoided Target runs now for over two years – which we all know how that works – you run into pick up toothpaste, only to leave with $100 in your cart!

This Thieves Kit is amazing and filled with things you can easily replace in your home with a chemical free option.

Thieves Kit

This Starter Kit is ideal for those wishing to replace harmful chemicals in the home with powerful, natural alternatives.

Kit includes:

  • 15-ml Thieves
  • Thieves AromaBright™ Toothpaste
  • Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
  • 2 Thieves Cleaner  (great for all cleaning, including hot tub maintenance!)
  • 2 Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
  • 2 Thieves Spray
  • 2 Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier
  • 5-ml Stress Away™
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

Isn’t that an amazing way to re-stock your home with chemical free alternatives? I love the Thieves Hand Purifier for back to school backpacks, the foaming hand soap is incredible for caring for your skin, plus you get a bottle of Stress Away oil – you will want to keep that just for you!

And I have an even better surprise for you!

If you are ready to sign up, jump over now and grab your kit to get you on your way!

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Chemical Free Hot Tub Maintenance

7
Jun
2016

Chemical Free Hot Tub Maintenance

I have been on a mission in our home to use chemical free options for nearly everything – and I do mean everything. From cleaning toilets, showers, hardwood floors, sinks, laundry, dishes, yard spray, and finally we have conquered the HOT TUB! YES!

So, I asked my husband (who is the hot tub maintenance expert in our home) to share how he’s been keeping our hot tub clean and user-friendly with no chlorine or chemicals.

Here He Is Sharing…

I’ll do anything to get my lovely bride to join me in the hot tub for a soak. One of her requirements was for me to drastically reduce the chemicals that we use on a weekly basis, hence my experiment with replacing our Hot Tub Chlorine with Thieves Household Cleaner.

Thieves Household Cleaner

Our hot tub is 300 gallons and over 10 years old – well out of warranty, but has been very reliable over the years. We refill the water and clean the filter every 6 months and we don’t have an ozonator.

We use the hot tub 1-2 times per week and it’s filled, heated, and maintained year-round. On a weekly basis, I used to add ½ oz. of granulated spa chlorine and check the water chemistry using test strips. The pH and alkalinity usually remained in the correct range and the only chemical I added was the weekly chlorine.

Here’s the disclaimer: I’m not a hot tub salesman or a chemist. I do have extensive experience with my personal hot tub and can accurately measure and predict what is needed to maintain a stable water chemistry. Our water in the Seattle area is fairly soft, but minor hardness adjustment is required during the semi-annual refill.

The New Chemical Free Steps

So here’s how I got my bride in the hot tub more often. During the weekly cleaning, I replaced the ½ oz of granulated spa chlorine with 7-8 ml (1 capful) of Thieves Household Cleaner. If we had a lot of people in the tub for an extended soak, I would usually add another ½ capful of Thieves Household Cleaner immediately after everyone got out.

After adding the Thieves Household Cleaner, I’d let the jets run for 10 minutes like I would normally do with the chlorine. There was some minor foaming for a minute but this quickly went away. Over the last 3 months, I’ve checked the water chemistry every few days and the only measurable that was different was the obvious lack of chlorine.

Benefits

The results have been great. No chlorine smell, no skin residue, great water clarity, and my bride joins me in the hot tub more often. On a side-note, I’ll occasionally add a 2-3 drops of Young Living Bergamot essential oil or Young Living Grapefruit essential oil and run the jets for 30 seconds before getting in for a nice chill. You might want to consider Young Living Ylang Ylang essential oil as well. (Ooolala!)

From a cost standpoint, a 2 lb cylinder of granulated chlorine usually cost us about $20.00 and would last about a year. The Thieves Household Cleaner is $22 wholesale and will also last you about a year. If you are on Essential Rewards, it will cost you even less – basically $17.60 a bottle because you’re earning 20% back in Essential Rewards points.

Thieves Household Cleaner Details

Thieves Household Cleaner: A Natural Option for Household Cleaners

Not only do I love that my husband has found Thieves Household Cleaner to be helpful to care for our hot tub, I love that I already use it for so many other cleaning jobs in our house, which means we are not buying another product to take up space!

You will find such great results by replacing your chemical cleaners with this plant-based effective cleaner and your family will love you – and your pets!

Like I said at the beginning of the post, I use the cleaner for all my household cleaning – plus outdoor uses. It truly is amazing stuff.

Thieves Household Cleaner: Ditch the Toxins

If the time if now to start ditching the chemicals in your home, I’d love to help you get started.

Enjoying the Outdoors When Seasons Change

7
Apr
2016

sunflowers

It’s spring! We love the sun, the hope of new life, and enjoying family time!

Yep, we love spring – but what can you do to support your wellness when seasons change? In our home we have a plan and it works great.

It’s LemonLavender, and Peppermint (and sometimes Copaiba too, when we need an additional kick!).

Combating Seasonal Changes Naturally with Essential Oils

Talk about alternatives! You can use these oils either topically, internally, or aromatically – or a combination of it all. Something to remember – essential oils metabolize within two and a half hours, so you will want to be consistent and frequent in your application method.

For my six year old, I have a mixture of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint diluted with a carrier oil (like grapeseed) in a bottle with a roller ball top, making it is easy and ready to apply even when we are out and about.

There are a few other steps we take as a family too.

We have found it very beneficial to use local honey, even with different thoughts on how effective this can be in the body. I prefer to use local and it fits our methodology.

We also incorporate NingXia Red into our daily routine and have for over three years.

For myself, I have also added a supplement called Sulfurzyme. It’s a powerful nutritional supplement which has MSM, a natural occurring organic form of dietary sulfur needed by our bodies to help maintain normal structure of proteins. It has pure wolfberry powder in it (NingXia Red is made from the wolfberry) to support joint health.

Sulfurzyme is very effective in helping to maintain a healthy response to acute inflammation associated with exercise, I use it daily – even when I do not exercise.  I take 2-4 capsules a day and I feel fabulous! Full of life and energy and my skin is vibrant and glowing too. I love side benefits to caring for my body naturally!

So there is our secret. We’ve been incorporating natural methods for over two years to support our body naturally and each year we discover we need less and less. The body is an amazing machine. I also do not eat gluten (which I do feel helps my body function at its best) and I limit dairy (having just raw milk and occasional yogurt).

So get back outside and enjoy the weather playing with your kids – and breathe easy!

Interested in learning more about using Young Living Essential Oils to support your body? I have you covered!

Using Essential Oils with Kids

8
Feb
2016

Using Essential Oils with Kids

I had the amazing privilege to share some of my thoughts and experiences using essential oils in my home on the Essential Oil Radio podcast a few weeks back. This is such a passionate topic for me. I wanted to be sure to share it with you all too!

If you’ve ever thought about essential oils and how you could use them with kids, or maybe you already are using essential oils with kids and need to get some tips – this episode is for you!

In this Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • The 5 most important oils to use with children. (23:45)
  • Importance of confidence in motherhood (6:15)
  • Oils as emotional support (8:00)
  • Benefit of Young Living oils over generic brands (9:00)
  • Why all kids can and should use essential oils daily (10:25)
  • How using good quality oils and products is more cost effective (11:45)
  • Susan’s experience with using oils for her foster child’s emotional distress (13:00)
  • That a “non-granola” type person can latch onto oils and other health tips (15:05)
  • The effect using oils on children may have on their transformation into adulthood (16:00)
  • Benefits of oils for kids that aren’t so obvious (17:10)
  • Safety tips for oils with children (20:00-23:30)
  • Susan’s much loved yearly planner for your home (34:30)

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Simple DIY 100% Natural Laundry Fabric Softener

25
Jan
2016

Simple DIY 100% Natural Laundry Fabric Softener

Laundry. It’s not the most exciting topic for us moms, yet it takes up a bit of our time (whether we like it or not). I have been on a quest to reduce the cost of items in my home, as well as find all natural alternatives, keeping my family’s wellness a number one priority. I have used store bought liquid fabric softeners and fabric sheets in the past (before I knew better). Those products are full of harsh chemicals and aren’t very cost-effective.

Recently, I shared my favorite homemade DIY laundry detergent recipe. Those laundry pods are totally the bomb! They smell amazing and are so easy to make (even the kids can help). So what’s the next step in the clothes washing process to keep as many chemicals as possible out of your laundry room? A simple DIY recipe for an all-natural fabric softener and the use of dryer balls. You’ll never go back to the other stuff.

I have been experimenting and searching for the best fabric softener combination, as well as using dryer balls to reduce the amount of static cling (static is a common problem when you switch from using store bought fabric softeners), for some time. I think I finally have the routine down now. If you’re wanting a cheaper, more natural alternative to the fabric softeners you find in the store, this recipe is for you.

My 100% Natural Fabric Softener Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart of white vinegar – I prefer to purchase in a large quantity from Costco and reuse a glass container
  • 30 drops of essential oils (such as Lavender, Purification, or Lemon) – I recommend this brand

Directions:

Drop the essential oils in the jar of vinegar and you’re all set! Be sure to shake the bottle before adding approximately 1/4 – 1/2 cup to your load of laundry in the rinse cycle spout.

Magic Secret for Static Free Clothes, Softer Towels, and Fresher Sheets!

Don’t Forget to Use Wool Dryer Balls

Using wool dryer balls (I use these) will dramatically reduce the time it takes to dry your clothes. It will help with softening your clothes when used with the vinegar rinse. I also found that using at least six balls in my drying load will help the issue of static cling.

Depending on what I am drying, I will add 3-5 drops of essential oils directly on a few dryer balls and toss them in. There is nothing better than your freshly laundered bed sheets coming out of the dryer with a lovely, all natural Lavender smell – or your towels coming out with a hint of freshness from some Purification or Lemon essential oil. If you choose to add Lemon essential oil to your vinegar, please be sure to store your softener in a glass container (Lemon essential oil needs to be stored in a glass container).

I love that I can make all of this at home easily and it honestly saves our family money. Plus, we get an even better result and no toxic chemicals that will harm our body!  It’s a total win!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.