So I have said a lot about why I chose to begin my “oily journey” with Young Living products and what essential oils are on a basic level and what Young Living is, but I haven’t yet told you how.
How does all of this work, as far as switching from toxic products loaded with chemicals to purely natural plant-based products? And once you understand that a little better, how do you actually get started doing so should you choose to?
Those are questions I hope to answer in this post in as concise a manner as possible– because I want this to be as simple and non-overwhelming as possible, but mostly because I. AM. SO. TIRED. And I need to go to bed! That’s how important y’all are to me; I am losing sleep for you. You’re welcome!
…Anyways I’m rambling.
So first, let me show you, over the next couple of days, some really basic and easy things you can start with on your journey to a healthier you. These are going to be products that pretty much everyone uses on a daily basis….unless they are unhygienic, not even gonna go there. Not only am I going to tell you that Young Living has a purely natural 100 percent plant-based alternative for each of these products, but I am going to tell you why it is so important that you make the switch– because there always needs to be a why behind the how, right? Also, just as a precursor, I take very little credit for this content. Most, if not all of this, will be coming from posts from one of the Facebook groups I am in for education and support on my oily journey. So kudos to Emily Anderson over in Essential Families land on Facebook for all this GREAT information!
So let’s start with your toothpaste, just because it was one of the things that was actually really shocking to me that it can be bad for you. I mean it is supposed to be this wonderful substance that keeps those pearly whites, well, pearly and white, right? Not exactly…
We may think that toothpaste isn’t really a big deal because we aren’t actually swallowing it, right? Unfortunately, the ingredients are still absorbed through the soft tissues of the mouth and can enter your bloodstream, wreaking all sorts of havoc on your body.
This is a long read today, but well worth it!
Here are the top 6 ingredients to avoid when purchasing toothpaste, sourced from Dr. Mercola: (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/09/09/toxic-toothpaste-ingredients.aspx)
The popular toothpaste, Colgate Total contains an antibacterial chemical called triclosan, which allows the company to tout it as the “only toothpaste approved by the FDA to help fight plaque and gingivitis.”
While triclosan has been shown to help prevent gingivitis, the benefit comes at a steep price. The chemical has been linked to concerns over antibiotic resistance, endocrine disruption and cancer. Research is finding that triclosan may promote breast cancer progression. The state of Minnesota has already banned most uses of triclosan, but it’s still widely sold across the US in toothpaste, hand soap, makeup and more.
Toothpaste appears to be one of the most potent delivery vehicles for this chemical, as research found people who brushed their teeth with Colgate Total had more than five times as much triclosan in their urine as those who did not😳
👉🏼Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) –
Many toothpastes contain surfactants like sodium lauryl sulfate. Surfactants are chemicals responsible for the foaming action of the toothpaste, but they also interfere with the functioning of your taste buds by breaking up the phospholipids on your tongue.
This enhances bitter tastes and is thought to be the reason why everything tastes so bad right after you’ve brushed your teeth.
However, one of the main problems with SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in it being potentially contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic byproduct. The manufacturing process also releases carcinogenic volatile organic compounds into the environment.
The manufacturers actually tried to get approval to market SLS as a pesticide for organic farmers, but the application was denied because of its potential for environmental damage.
Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners are often added to commercial toothpastes. Aspartame is primarily made up of aspartic acid and phenylalanine. The phenylalanine has been synthetically modified to carry a methyl group, which provides the majority of the sweetness.
That phenylalanine methyl bond, called a methyl ester, is very weak – which allows the methyl group on the phenylalanine to easily break off and form methanol. You may have heard the claim that aspartame is harmless because methanol is also found in fruits and vegetables.
However, in fruits and vegetables the methanol is firmly bonded to pectin, allowing it to be safely passed through your digestive tract. Not so with the methanol created by aspartame; there it’s not bonded to anything that can help eliminate it from your body.
That’s problem number one.
Problem number two relates to the fact that humans are the only mammals who are NOT equipped with a protective biological mechanism that breaks down methanol into harmless formic acid.
In humans, the methyl alcohol travels through your blood vessels into sensitive areas, such as your brain, where the methanol is converted to formaldehyde. And since there’s no catalase present, the formaldehyde is free to cause enormous damage in your tissues.
Symptoms from methanol poisoning are many, and include headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness, and shooting pains in the extremities, behavioral disturbances and neuritis.
Fluoride has long been heralded as the answer to decaying teeth, but it’s been receiving increasing scrutiny in recent years, and for good reason.
Fluoride toothpaste is often the largest single source of fluoride intake for young children and is a major risk factor for disfiguring dental fluorosis. This is because children swallow a large amount of the paste that they put in their mouth.
In fact, research has shown that it is not uncommon for young children to swallow more fluoride from toothpaste alone than is recommended in an entire day’s ingestion from all sources.
Swallowing fluoride, as is the case with fluoridated drinking water, is especially detrimental to your health, as the science clearly demonstrates that fluoride is a toxic chemical that accumulates in your tissues over time, wreaks havoc with enzymes, and produces a number of serious adverse health effects, including neurological and endocrine dysfunction.
Propylene glycol is a type of mineral oil that, in the industrial grade, is used in antifreeze, paints, enamels, and airplane de-icers. The pharmaceutical-grade form is used in many personal care products, including toothpaste, as a surfactant. Research on the safety of propylene glycol in personal care products is lacking, although it’s a known skin, eye, and lung irritant and may cause organ system toxicity.
This is clearly not a substance you want to be brushing your teeth with.
DEA is found in many foaming products such as toothpaste. It’s a known hormone disrupter and can react with other ingredients to form a potential carcinogen called NDEA (N-nitrosodiethanolamine), which is readily absorbed through the skin and has been linked with cancers of the stomach, esophagus, liver, and bladder.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) ranks DEA as a number 10 in its cosmetics database (the most toxic score) due to high concerns of organ system toxicity, contamination concerns and irritation, along with moderate cancer risk. The California Environmental Protection Agency lists DEA as a possible human carcinogen.
We all use toothpaste from the moment we have teeth – if the ones that we use contain any of these ingredients, we could be doing a lifetime of harm to our bodies!
Here are some dental care products from Young Living that I love:
🌿Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste (back in stock next week!) – https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/thieves-aromabright-toothpaste
You can also get this one in smaller travel size tubes: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/thieves-aromabright-toothpaste-2oz-5pk
🌿Kidscents Toothpaste (back in stock in 3 weeks!) – https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/kidscents-slique-toothpaste
🌿Thieves Fresh Essence Mouthwash – https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/thieves-fresh-essence-mouthwash – TIP: dilute this mouthwash with water (purified or distilled) to help it last longer!
🌿Thieves Dental Floss – https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/new-thieves-dental-floss
And here’s a pretty picture of all the chemical-free, all natural, plant-based toothpaste/dental hygiene options Young Living has to offer! Yay!
Okay one more for tonight, and then I am going to go brush my teeth with my Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste, slather myself in my sleepy time oils (Cedarwood and Lavender), and it will be off to dreamland! Ahhhhh…..
…….Okay I’m awake! Next up: summer care products because, hello, it’s most definitely summer! At least here in little old Delaware! And who wants to be slathering chemicals all over themselves while they try to avoid getting too much sun, or those pesty insects? Nope! Not me!
Let’s talk about sunscreen & the sun first 🌞🌞🌞
The truth is, the sun is essential to our health – read this informative article by Dr. Axe on the benefits of Vitamin D and why our body so desperately needs it: https://draxe.com/vitamin-d-deficiency-symptoms/
Up to 90% of Americans have a Vitamin D deficiency 😳 We’ve been told that the best ways to acquire Vitamin D is through drinking milk, eating fish, or even taking supplements like cod liver oil. However, as Dr. Axe explains, direct exposure to the sun is actually the best way to absorb Vitamin D.
Now, we shouldn’t be dumb and spend all day long out in the blazing sun without some protection – that’s where a good sunscreen comes into play.
The EWG lists the troubling toxic ingredients to stay away from in sunscreen here:
Thankfully, mineral sunscreen is a great one to use and that’s exactly what Young Living has provided for us!
The zinc in the sunscreen does the following:
👉🏼Does not breakdown in sunlight
👉🏼Is not easily absorbed so you don’t disrupt the body’s hormones
👉🏼Is more effective at blocking UVA rays than non-minerals
The SPF 10 means you can stay in the sun 10 times longer than normal – giving you a good dose of Vitamin D, to help your body stay healthy!
🌞And if you get a little too much sun, try our After Sun Skin Care: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/after-sun-skin-care
🌿Mineral Sunscreen Lotion: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/mineral-sunscreen-lotion
Most insect repellents on the market use DEET or harsh chemicals to keep bugs away. That’s why Young Living created a 100% naturally derived, essential oil infused alternative.
In addition to not containing DEET, this Insect Repellent is formulated without parabens, fillers, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants.
It’s effective, yet gentle enough to use on kids!
I won’t talk a lot about DEET, but most studies show that prolonged exposure to it can cause damage to the neurological system. It’s definitely a chemical we stay away from in our house – even if it’s a small risk, I don’t want to take it.
🌿Insect Repellent: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/insect-repellent
More pretty pictures! Wheee! Also for a little more info on Vitamin D deficiency and the importance of getting adequate Vitamin D, head on over to my Facebook page and search for my post on Vitamin D deficiency. I put a bunch of really helpful and informative links in the comments on that post for your enjoyment! Happy learning!
So that’s all for now kids. Lots of good information for y’all to read over. I will be back within the next few days with more! I also want to throw some other non-wellness-related posts in the mix as well. Should be a good week Friends!
AS ALWAYS PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I always tell my interns at work, “The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask.”