Essential Oils


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Essential oils have recently taken on a bigger role in my life, and they have been a total game changer. I wanted to share with you how and why we use them in our home.

When I was pregnant with baby #2, I became increasingly frustrated with not being able to sleep, lots of stress, constantly feeling fatigued and constantly had difficulty relaxing. I chocked this up to moving from one state to another half way through my pregnancy, but who knows. I knew about oils, but didn’t really feel like I knew enough to start using them regularly or to their full potential. I was looking for options that would help me feel better, and finally get relaxed, but mostly wanted alternatives to the products that I was using that I knew contained harmful chemicals. I wanted to ditch those toxins for sure!

I had previously ordered a home essentials starer kit with doTERRA (all the most commonly used oils + a diffuser) and had tried navigating through them but just felt overwhelmed, and so they sort of were shelved. But in the last 4 months or so, I found two lovely ladies on social media who talked constantly about all the amazing uses for essential oils and had a large facebook group where users could share recipes, ask for help with issues, and just receive the overall support that they needed to really feel comfortable using the oils.

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I was cautious at first, but I joined this team and the community really helped me find my stride. I now feel comfortable mixing my own blends not just for my diffuers, but also for roller bottles. I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching and asking questions, but I’ve definitely found a way to integrate oils into my everyday life.

Now, before anyone starts questioning me, I 100% still believe in modern medicine (I’m a nurse practitioner after all married to a physician), and this is certainly not a substitute for that, but it’s certainly a way to compliment it. My love of Beautycounter tought me that there can be safe and effective products that do not contain harmful toxins, and oils just feel like the right step towards a healthier lifestyle for us and our children. For example, supporting our immune systems with On Guard, or encouraging relaxation and a good night’s sleep using lavender or serenity. I’ve discovered an amazing homemade lemongrass scrub for the shower (which supports healthy skin and smells amazing!) or a homemade roller bottle for tummy discomfort.

A few people have recommended the book, Gentle Babies, so I plan to read that and learn more about how oils can support me more while pregnant, nursing or around my newest addition, since there are a few oils you can’t use or need to be diluted. If you don’t already use oils and are interested in learning more, you can READ ALL ABOUT THE STARTER KIT HERE. Also, come follow my health and wellness Instagram @healthy.beauty.mama where I have covered some of my favorite ways to use the oils in my starter kit and plan to share more as I learn and discover even more amazing ways to use my oils.

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I plan to share some of my favorite diffuser blends, recipes for my favorite bath soaks, scrubs, roller bottle recipes and so many other amazing concoctions you didn’t know you could make!

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I hope you’ll join me and I know you’ll love oils just as much as we do!

 

Why I Switched to Safer

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About two years ago, one of my very close friends, Laura, told me about a company called Beautycounter. She told me that many of the personal care products that I was using had never been tested for safety on human health. She shared an info graphic with me that was really alarming, as I was pregnant at the time. It said that newborn cord blood was tested and showed over 200 toxins present in cord blood at the time of birth. This was especially disturbing to me as I was pregnant with my son, John at the time. I was appalled and started doing research.

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I soon discovered that the last law that was passed to regulate the beauty industry was passed in 1938. The bill that governs the entire $62 billion beauty industry is 1.5 pages long. Think about that in context to say, the Affordable Care Act (2,300 pages!!). Things that regulate our health should be long and comprehensive; they should protect us!

Cue Beautycounter. Their mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. They are a B Corp, one of 2,100 B Corps in the world…the entire world! That’s a really prestigious label. Individually, B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems. This is what makes them so different: they put the environment and people ahead of profits.

There are 1400 chemicals banned or restricted from personal care products in the European Union. The U.S. bans only 30. In the absence of meaningful cosmetics regulation in our country, Beautycounter has taken it upon themselves to create a unique and stringent set of standards that consider consumers’ long-term health. They source their ingredients based on performance, safety, and cost and favor organic and natural ingredients, and non-GMO raw materials whenever possible. Beautycounter formulates and manufactures their products in the U.S. Their Never List is a group of toxic chemicals whose harmful effects are beyond debate. The Beautycounter ingredient selection process is unlike any other in the industry: each ingredient is evaluated for health, safety, and performance before it is considered for formulation. They don’t keep secrets.

The Choices We Make Today Matter Tomorrow: Beautycounter chooses product packaging based on performance, safety, recyclability, and cost, and sources materials made in the U.S. whenever possible; in fact, over 90% of their products are manufactured in the US with over 50% manufactured in California. They are exploring the use of glass and bio-based plastics, but in the meantime favor plastics that are not known to leach toxic chemicals, and those with high post-consumer recycled content and which are recyclable in most communities. Secondary packaging is kept to a minimum and they use recycled and FSC-certified paper for packaging and shipping materials.

Stronger Together: Beautycounter is proud to call Environmental Working Group (EWG), The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and Healthy Child Healthy World their trusted nonprofits. When someone joins Beautycounter’s mission, every Beautycounter Member and Consultant has the option to donate $10 to one of these organizations. In addition to being part of the B Corp community, Beautycounter is also a member of the American Sustainable Business Council, the Biz-NGO Working Group, the Direct Selling Association, and the Safe Cosmetics Business Network.

Offsetting Carbon Emissions: Beautycounter is a CarbonFree partner of Carbonfund.org. They offset their carbon footprint from the office energy and paper use, travel, manufacturing, and shipping. Beautycounter is an environmentally conscious office and as the company grows, they pledge to always look for ways to keep our environmental footprint small.

These are just some of the amazing reasons why I chose to join Beautycounter. If you’re interested in getting more information about Beautycounter comment below. If you want to join me on this mission, click here!

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