Switching out your conventional laundry detergent for a plant-based, natural laundry soap is one of the best things you can do to reduce the toxins in your home! Check out this easy hack that stretches your Thieves Laundry Soap waaaay farther. I said in the video it lasted about 3 months, but looking back to when I actually made my first batch — it lasted 5 months with this method! (we are a family of 5). Cost-effective and better for you. Ready to get started with your own toxin-free home care products and essential oils? Contact me here, or click here to get started, and I will have a special offer for you!
Young Living has unmatched environmental and ethical standards. Environmental stewardship always comes over profit, and people matter more than money. Check out this short video on the ground-breaking steps Young Living is taking to protect our planet and its people.
Now that CBD oil is legal in the United States, it begs the question — where should I buy CBD? The quality of CBD isn’t regulated, and some companies’s products contain little or no actual CBD at all. How to know what to buy?
Your best bet is Young Living / Nature’s Ultra. And here’s why:
What makes Nature’s Ultra CBD different?
1. Seed to Seal Standards.
Nature’s Ultra products are produced to Young Living’s exacting, industry-leading standards. Check out this short video here to learn more:
2. Smart Spectrum
CBD companies are popping up all over the world. Unfortunately, most of them do not really understand the plant, the oil, or the law and the consumer is ending up with products that may not work, may not be good for them, or may be illegal. What that means is that products are cropping up that are riddled with impurities, toxins, CBD dosage different than what the products is labelled, illegal levels of THC, synthetic CBD molecules, some of which are considered drugs with more hallucinogenic power than plant-based THC, again illegal to sell without a prescription.
1. Quality starts at the source. Nature’s Ultra CBD is grown high in the mountains of Colorado. High altitude farming comes with fewer pests, naturally, which allows CBD to be grown without toxic pesticides.
2. Nature’s Ultra has one of the first hemp farms in the United States to hold both a USDA organic certification and USDA organic handler’s certification. All products are tested in multiple stages throughout the manufacturing process for potency and purity.
3. No heavy metals. All products have been subjected to rigorous laboratory testing to ensure that it contains the optimal amount of CBD and is free of heavy metals.
4. No solvents. Harsh chemicals are never used in the manufacturing process thanks to the proprietary CO2 extraction methods.
5. The QR code on bottle will lead you to the lab test results. You can share and leverage these amazing results with anyone interested in using these products!
6. Quality extraction process. The green-friendly CO2 extraction process produces the purest CBD at 99% or higher.
7. All ingredients are natural, organic, vegan approved, and gluten free.
You buy essential oils from Young Living because we are experts in farming, distilling, and testing and you want the same expertise when you harvest and extract your CBD oil. Nature’s Ultra products offer pure CBD, paired with powerful Young Living essential oils.
Nature’s Ultra products are pure, potent, Seed to Seal certified, and unlike any other brand on the market, offer the benefits of Smart Spectrum™ CBD science. Because there are little to no CBD regulations and with the whole hemp plant you don’t know what you are getting, we created our own Smart Spectrum™ products. This provides the best way to control purity and efficacy.
We take pure Seed to Seal Certified CBD isolate which is the best way to ensure there is no THC and control purity. You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about isolates versus full-spectrum oils. The term “full spectrum” is poorly defined and it currently means there are other compounds in the plant or “everything” in the plant is in the oil. We know, however, that full spectrum may contain other ingredients that you don’t want like THC, contaminants, or toxins. For these reasons, we have chosen to work with the pure CBD isolate.
We then add Young Living’s pure essential oils to the CBD isolate. We are able to use our leading knowledge of terpene chemistry to formulate specific combinations of CBD and natural terpenes to selectively broaden and round out the natural spectrum of Nature’s Ultra Products. The terpenes found in essential oils can increase the overall efficacy of a product and the terpene profile of hemp oil is miniscule compared to those of essential oils.
Anytime you use Nature’s Ultra products, you can rest easy knowing that you are getting pure, potent, clean, natural products, uniquely blended to work with your body in the smartest way.
Every state also has its own laws and regulations, PLEASE educate yourself on your state’s regulations prior to purchasing CBD; you are responsible for transportation and understanding your state’s laws.
Ready to get started with Nature’s Ultra CBD? Open a Young Living account and we will get you started! Click here or contact us to learn more!
Everyone knows having plants inside the home is wonderful for our health, cleaning the air and giving off oxygen. They are beautiful to look at and improve our indoor environment. But not if they’re dead.
I kill plants. It’s a special talent I have — to kill plants in record time.
Succulents are adorable and easy-to-care for plants that thrive on neglect — perfect for me. And they’re really trendy right now. You can find a wide variety at most nurseries and garden centres.
Fun fact: certain cacti and succulents do not stop the photosynthesis process at night like most plants do! This means they continue working hard to release oxygen and absorb toxins from our environment even while we are sleeping.
A really fun project with these easy plants is to make a DIY Succulent Diffuser. You can apply the essential oils of your choice and set the arrangement anywhere you’d like to breathe in the aromatic benefits! It’s also a great idea for guest bathrooms and small spaces with no electric outlets.
Last week I hosted a DIY Succulent Diffuser Workshop at our house, for a dozen people. I was really nervous because plants are not my forte, but I was well-prepared and the workshop worked out great! Here are the details if you’d like to make a DIY Succulent Diffuser for yourself.
You will need:
Bowl, planter, plant pot… you can make a succulent arrangement in pretty much anything. I got ours from IKEA.
Pumice stone / perlite — goes at the bottom of the bowl for drainage
Soil — cactus soil is ideal because it drains and dries quickly so the roots don’t sit in dampness.
I got mine for $3.99 a bag at Pepiniere Jasmin in St-Laurent. I got the pumice stone there too: www.jardinjasmin.com
Plants — shop around for these. I found a beautiful and very affordable selection at the Atwater Market (Montreal) because it’s June, but in the winter it may be harder and more expensive. American friends, you can order a box of succulents from Amazon (!)
Add 1/2 inch to an inch of pumice stone (perlite) in the bottom of the bowl.
Add the cactus soil.
Plant the succulents in the soil. I decided to give four plants for each person but you don’t need to do this many.
Add the moss, decorative stones and lava stone around the plants.
Succulents need a very shallow root bed, and how they store water in themselves. So they don’t like too much water (or their roots will rot)
** don’t put too much moss or it will make the soil retain too much moisture and succulents don’t like that
Once your arrangement is complete, add a handful of lava stone. This is where you are going to drop the essential oils. Add a few drops. The aroma will last for several days!
The best essential oils you can use for your health needs — including aromatherapy with this diffuser — are Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living oils are pure oils of the highest quality, grown and distilled at YL farms all over the world. As the leader of the essential oils movement, YL’s Seed to Seal guarantee is the gold standard of quality for your family!
Don’t have your own Young Living oils yet? Order yours here:
My friend Shannon gifted me this beautiful bracelet. It’s made of Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, and Sandalwood. Aside from being absolutely gorgeous, the Sandalwood beads are porous and absorb essential oil, making it a perfect diffuser bracelet.
The oil I chose today is called Gratitude. This oil blend is designed to elevate the spirit, calm emotions and foster a grateful attitude. I really like the sound of elevating the spirit.
I’m slowly learning (I know, I’m a little late to the party on this one) that thoughts are energy, and this energy radiates from us into the world around us. Every thought we have creates a frequency that becomes part of our personal energy field.
The higher our frequency, the LIGHTER we feel — physically, emotionally and mentally. And the more positive things we draw into our life. Think about it. Who are you more drawn to? Someone who is negative and critical; or someone who radiates joy and peace? When it comes to energy, like attracts like. So, if we’re living at high frequencies, we’ll attract people, circumstances and things that are also high frequency.
The good news is, there are lots of ways to increase our frequency. Certainly things like meditation and yoga. But there are also fun, practical ones like: * Listening to music, singing and dancing * Spending time with animals * Being out in nature * Laughing * Hugging * Practicing gratitude (hence the oil choice)
Another easy way to increase our frequency is to use pure essential oils. Clinical research shows that pure essential oils have the highest frequencies of any measured natural substance. Oils such as rose, helichrysum, frankincense and Idaho blue spruce are especially high, but all essential oils will increase our frequency.
Raise your frequency, feel lighter.
I’m going to go hug my dog now.
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Do you ever just want a warm fresh brownie-for-one? Usually about 10pm, while you’re watching your favourite show, curled up under a blanket — with or without a glass of red?
My daughter came up with this genius hack. Make a batch of rich, fudgy homemade brownie batter and keep it in the fridge (uncooked). When you are craving a warm home-baked brownie, scoop some into a mug and pop it in the microwave for about a minute. BOOM! Instant chocolatey goodness.
Here’s our favourite brownie recipe. It’s simple and satisfying. And if you’re feeling fancy, you can doctor it up with a handful of chocolate chips, nuts, or our fave — a few drops of Peppermint essential oil.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in eggs, sugar, and vanilla (and optional Peppermint essential oil). Using a wooden spoon, beat lightly until just combined. Stir in flour (and optional nuts or chocolate chips).
Store in a covered container in the fridge. When a craving strikes, scoop out about a 1/2 cup into a mug, and microwave for about a minute. ENJOY!
** added bonus: pure Peppermint essential oil soothes upset stomach, so if you eat too many brownies… you are covered!
What’s the difference between Young Living essential oils and all the other essential oil companies?
Young Living has something that no other company can claim: their Seed to Seal® quality commitment. Seed to Seal is supported by three pillars:
Pillar 1: Sourcing
Young Living’s essential oils are sourced from their corporate-owned farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified suppliers. This empowers Young Living to source conscientiously and with sensitivity to local communities and ecosystems.
Pillar 2: Science
While product quality starts in the fields, it’s proven in Young Living’s state-of-the-art labs. Their Research & Development and Quality teams are staffed with more than 50 highly trained, highly skilled scientists, who use advanced testing methods to help ensure that all products meet Young Living’s lofty standards.
Pillar 3: Standards
Inexpensive essential oils are often synthetic, adulterated, or unethically sourced, which is why Young Living chooses partners who produce pure essential oils and ingredients ethically and legally. This practice sets a top-tier standard for legal and ethical sourcing. Their efforts also go beyond a conscientious supply chain. Young Living’s commitment to sustainable business includes reforestation of harvested trees; recycling at Young Living offices; and the construction of their brand-new, LEED-certified headquarters in Lehi, Utah.
Why does Young Living uphold these rigorous Seed to Seal standards? Because they result in a superior quality product, providing you and the Young Living family with quality beyond anything else on the market.
As the industry continues to expand, Young Living users can feel confident passing by the “other guys” on the shelves, knowing that no other label comes with Seed to Seal promise of uncompromised quality.
As you know, I’ve been making a concerted effort to get toxins out of our lives and home as much as possible. There are so many things in our lives we can’t control, I try to do what I can. So for our cleaning products and personal care, it’s toxin-free all the way.
I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I always like to use some foundation to even out skin tone, and accentuate my eyes so they pop a little.
So when Young Living released its Savvy Minerals makeup line last summer, we were all over the moon. Makeup was one of the last barriers for us to go toxin-free! I’ve completely switched over all my makeup products — what you see in the “after” pic is nothing but Savvy
This is the cleanest makeup on the market. No talc, parabens, petrochemicals, or any other toxins that are found in makeup and can mess with your endocrine system or damage your skin.
Our daughters don’t wear makeup yet, but when they do, you can bet this will be the only kind they will be allowed to use (have you seen the posts about the toxins found in the makeup from Claire’s and Justice??)
Young Living just released 4 Savvy Minerals starter kits! The kit comes with your choice of foundation, a foundation brush, misting spray (seriously the secret weapon of this makeup), blush, 3 eyeshadow shades, lipgloss, and a bottle of Lavender essential oil for skin support. Everything in this kit is catered to your skin tone and will give you a flawless, yet natural look with just the right amount of “pop”. You get a wholesale membership (that means 24% off ALL Young Living products!), the safest makeup on the market, full support from me and an amazing community along the way into your new journey!
Here’s an example of one of the kits:
** so far, this kit is only available in the US, but it will be coming to Canada in the future. All the Savvy Minerals products are available in Canada, Europe, Australia though — just not bundled into a starter kit
I had made these lotion bars to give as gifts — turned out so cute, right?? — but the dry winter air has left my hands super dry and flaky at the knuckles… so I unwrapped one and used it for myself. Sorry mail carrier or paper boy or whomever this one was earmarked for, it’s mine now.
It’s made with shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax. Plus some essential oils thrown in there to boost skin health. I went with Lavender and Northern Lights Black Spruce for both their scent and their skin-supporting properties.
Super easy to make, they smell like heaven (hello, cocoa butter!) and leave your skin really soft. Here’s the recipe. Do yourself a favour and skip the double boiler situation on the stove. Just melt everything together in the microwave, and add the essential oils after. Awesome gifts, but be sure to keep a few for yourself!
Everyone has defining moments in their lives. Experiences that carry weight, and that you know have changed you on a fundamental level. I had one of those on Saturday.
I visited one of Young Living’s worldwide farms today, and experienced firsthand the grassroots, authentic process of producing a pure essential oil. I planted a Lavender plant in the field, which will grow and be harvested in the future.
I saw the distillers distilling the oil from the raw material, and some of the scientific equipment they use to test the oil for purity.
I walked the fields and toured the farm, and saw Young Living’s absolute commitment to the natural world, to the plants and the animals.
I saw their unwavering commitment to bring their members nothing but pure essential oil for the health and nourishment of our bodies and minds. And I felt the heart of the leadership and the team who make it happen at every YL farm and distillery worldwide for us.
If I was proud to be working with this company before, I am ALL IN now. This company is my future.
And I’m so excited for everyone on my team who has hitched their wagon to this wild ride. We are growing the future together
This is my daily perfume. It’s got a permanent place in my purse, and I often gift it to friends. Because with three kids, two dogs and all the stuff a person needs to deal with on a regular basis, sometimes I need a little … uh … help staying in the best mood, and figure my friends could sometimes use a little help too.
If you’ve found something great, don’t keep it to yourself!