Do Essential Oils Cure Disease?

It’s nuts how much of a huge, heavily debated topic this simple question is.  5 words that demand a dissertation (which I have not written) to answer.

There are so many debates about essential oils these days as they grow in demand and supply.  I have heard it all from essential oils curing cancer to essential oils being nothing more than snake oil, and gotten hate mail from both sides of the story.  After letting my pendulum swing back and forth from one extreme to the other, I find that the truth lies somewhere in the middle and with careful wording.

In order to prove that essential oils cure anything there needs to be evidence.  And yes, I do consider experiential knowledge evidence, but keep reading.

To be completely convinced I would need to see a study that conclusively that essential oils, or any essential oil eradicated disease.  And that evidence simply does not exist at this time.

I know about, have heard of, and have witnessed first hand people who have cured many diseases and have used essential oils during that process.  The thing that gets me is that unless it is a double blind study you can never doubt the effect that the mind plays in the process. Let me explain:

There is evidence that your immune system and neurological system and communicating ie, your immune system can listen to your thoughts. So if you are convinced that essential oils are curing your ailment or disease and you are thinking about that, you are sending your immune system a very different message than you are if you know you have a disease and you aren’t doing anything about it.  So it is impossible to contribute essential oils alone to healing.

My second issue with the hate mail and “proof” that people give about how essential oils have cured them is the fact that in most cases when people take a step toward improving their health and healing their bodies and mind (like incorporating essential oils into their lifestyle), they typically take a couple of steps such as trying to think more positive, getting a bit more exercise, drinking more water and  eating a little bit better.  All of a sudden, you have many variables that have changed, hence 1 can not be proven to be the cure.

So I am not of the camp that essential oils can cure anything alone yet, as the evidence just isn’t there…yet.

I do think that science is moving that direction and if we can get some studies published that are double blind, then I will be singing a different tune.

Do I think essential oils play a huge role in helping your body ward off disease, absolutely!  Do I believe that essential oils can help your body heal 100% yes.

Are there too many people touting that essential oils can do more than what science has yet to prove, Overwhelmingly Yes.

 

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How to Extend the Shelf Life of Your Essential Oils (Hint: Don’t Use Plastic)

Many of us consider our essential oils an investment in our health, a way to naturally keep our bodies and homes in tip-top shape. Storing your essential oils correctly is the best way to protect that investment.

The Shelf Life of Essential Oils

You may have heard the myth that essential oils with expiration dates on them are not “pure” essential oils. But the FDA requires any essential oil that may be used internally (that is, put inside your body) to carry an expiration date, just like medications and vitamins. That’s because over time, the chemical composition of all these items changes, eventually leaving you with a different substance than what you started with. This goes for all essential oils, not just those that come with an expiration date on the package.

Different kinds of essential oils change at different rates. For example, sandalwood and patchouli actually get more potent over time, while oils derived from wood or roots can last up to ten years. It pays to know a little chemistry when it comes to determining an essential oil’s shelf life. The numbers below represent the average shelf life of essential oils when they are stored properly:

  • Essential oils high in monoterpenes or oxides have the shortest shelf life, usually about 1-2 years.
  • Those with more prenols can last up to 3 years.
  • Oils higher in ketones, monoterpenols, and/or esters generally last about 4-5 years.
  • Essential oils that contain high levels of sesquiterpenes or sesquiterpenols usually last up to 6 years.

What’s the difference with these ingredients? Their evaporation rate. Essential oils are considered volatile, which means they are easily evaporated at normal temperatures. Lighter components, such as monoterpenes, evaporate more quickly than do heavier ones like sesquiterpenols. Essential oils are also prone to oxidation, so any interaction with oxygen will begin to change their chemical composition. Proper storage helps protect against both evaporation and oxidation.

How to Store Essential Oils

Even if you’re relatively new to using essential oils, you know that a little goes a long way. So one bottle could last a very long time—if it’s properly packaged and stored. Your essential oils have three primary enemies:

  • Air: Any exposure to air will cause oxidation, which usually progresses more and more rapidly over time.
  • Light: Although not enough research has been conducted to understand exactly why, exposure to sunlight and other UV light will cause essential oils to break down.
  • Heat: Heating essential oils above normal room temperature accelerates evaporation, quickly leaving you with an entirely different compound than you started with.

You’ve probably noticed a running theme here: essential oils are prone to chemical interaction with their environment—which also includes their containers. This is why it’s best not to store essential oils in plastic: the essential oils can interact with certain kinds of plastic, potentially causing the plastic to break down or melt over time. Again, the essential oil’s composition determines how it will interact with plastic; citrus oils are particularly well known for interfering with the chemistry of plastics. doTerra uses only HDPE plastics for its plastic parts. Plastics bearing the #1 or #2 are also safe.

Tips for Storing Essential Oils

  • If your oils come with a reducer cap (plug), always keep that in the bottle to reduce exposure to air when you open the oil.
  • Though reducer caps don’t usually come into contact with oils when you’re not using them, they may still break down over time. Keep extras on hand so you can replace reducer caps that show any signs of deterioration.
  • If your oils don’t come with reducer caps, invest in a glass dropper. The dropper itself shouldn’t be used as a lid because the bulb is made from a pliable rubber. Clean the dropper with alcohol after each use and store it in a glass jar.
  • Store essential oils in dark glass bottles, which help block UV light. Keeping all your bottles in a wooden box or padded carrier case will further protect them from UV exposure.
  • The ideal storage temperature is 40-80 degrees, so never leave essential oils where they’ll be exposed to heat, such as a window sill or in your car.
  • You can refrigerate essential oils. Cold storage might change the consistency of some essential oils, but it will not change the oils’ chemistry.
  • When you’ve used about half of a larger bottle of essential oil, transfer the remainder to a smaller bottle: less air in the bottle helps slow oxidation.
  • Signs of oxidation include cloudiness and a change in smell. You can still use oxidized oils for cleaning or in your diffuser, but do not use them internally.
  • When you cook with essential oils, don’t add them directly to food as it cooks. Instead, add them to your finished dish or drink.

Have a question about storing or using essential oils? I’m happy to help! Contact me today. 

Finally a Replacement for those Pesky Plug-ins

Finally a Replacement for those Pesky Plug-ins

I love the idea of plug-ins, but now that I have eliminated chemicals from my house, I detest the smell of them and more than I detest the smell, I detest the damaging to your health hormone disruptors that they pump into the air.

I have been dreaming up essential oil diffuser designs that are as simple as plugging into a wall and forgetting until it is time to refill with more essential oils.  My ideal plug in diffuser wouldn’t use felt pads or water because the felt pads are lame and I’m pretty sure using water next to an electrical outlet isn’t the best idea either.

Finally somebody answered my prayers and started selling them.  When I saw the add pop up on social media, I ordered one without thinking twice.

Introducing the gurunanda plug in diffuser.  This thing is a magical little device that you screw a bottle of oil into and plug into your wall.  It gives 3 short bursts either every 20 or 30 minutes depending on how you set it, and that is that.  You don’t have to fuss around with water you just put a new bottle in the device when it is empty.  And if you aren’t lazy like me and just want to forget it you can do what my sister in law does and turn it on when you get home from work and then your oils will last longer.

One of the great things you can do with the gurunanda is take the plug off, and then you can use it in any usb outlet, think about diffusing while you’re studying or doing a project on your lap top.  Studies show that using a scent while you study and then smelling the same scent before a test will increase test scores…. I wish I had known this while I was in college.

So I purchased one to start, after using it, I loved it so much that I immediately got an affiliate link.  I will be ordering a few more because I have a couple of places where this is perfect,,,, and you can never really have too many diffusers to choose from…Rignt?

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Summa Summa Summa…Tiiimmmeee

Every time summer rolls around I go back to the days of playing in water parks and Will Smith singing that song that I carried with me through my childhood like a treasured accessory.  It will forever bring up memories of popsicles, boons farm, and sneaking out to meet boys as I listened to it from the time I was 8 years old until I was 25.

A couple decades later, when summer hits all I do is try to hide from the heat and limit my sun exposure (it’s already triple digits in Dallas and it’s only June).

There are a couple of oils that I keep around both for their cooling affect, but also for their medicinal benefits.

Here are my favorite Essential Oils for Summer and Staying Cool (both literally and metaphorically).

Peppermint Essential Oil:  It is extremely cooling to the body and can decrease your body temperature.  Not only that but it Freshens your breath, smells delightful and is energizing.  I will definitely use this one early evening when I need a little boost because I started with happy hour and have to get dinner started.  It is also a bug deterrent, so there’s that to be said for it.

Lavender:  Helps for cell regeneration.  This little nugget is great for cuts scrapes, itchy insect bites and burns.  It will also help you fall into a deep relaxing slumber at the end of the day.

Citrus Oils:  Who Doesn’t think about lemons, grapefruit and limes during the summer.  Seems like the perfect compliment to the summer heat, right?   Well it is and if you want to add it to your water so you will drink more of it, or to your coctails, you couldn’t be more right.  Most citrus oils however have a naturally occurring chemical that magnifies the harmful uv rays of the sun and will compound a burn.  So while I encourage adding a drop to beverages and dips, don’t apply them topically unless you want a trip to the emergency room.

Last but not least, Terrasheild essential oil blend, which is an essential oil blend that is all the bug deterring oils mixed together and will keep pesky critters away. This is one that I wear as perfume, which may sound weird, but it smells so delightful (with vanilla undertones) that I apply it regularly.  I like to smell good, but definitely don’t need west nile!

So one of my favorite concoctions is this: 20 drops Peppermint and 20 drops Lavender in a 1oz spray bottle that is topped off with water.   Shake it up and spray it on any area that you are a little “sun kissed” and fear you might have a burn the next day.  It will turn that pinkness into a tan and you can start again.

I hope this helps you even if just a tiny bit to get a little reprieve from the heat.

xo

s

 

Aroma Ace Essential Oil Diffuser Review….

I’ve been hearing about the Aroma Ace Essential Oil diffuser for ages and kept wondering if it was worth the price.  After a couple of years of near constant usage of ultrasonic diffusers I decided to look into it.  I spent the dough to get one, and I’m happy to say that it has become a powerhouse in my diffuser arsenal.

diffuser world aroma ace essential oil diffuser reviewThere are a few things I love about the aroma ace, but the first thing is that I Love that it doesn’t use any water!!!!  Yep you heard that right, unlike most other diffusers it doesn’t take water because instead of being ultrasonic it operates as an atomizing diffuser.  I am always carting little pitchers of water around to start my diffusers, but with this little gem, I don’t have to.  Guess what else that means, I don’t have to clean out a water reservoir either.  They had me at low maintenance!  This diffuser has a great design where you just screw the bottle of oil into the machine, and it does its job.

Another thing that I’ve heard on the con side of this diffuser is that it uses tons of oil, so you go through it pretty fast.   There are three knobs on this diffuser.

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  1. The first knob gives you 5 minutes – 20 minutes of run time, which will decide how long the device will emit mist.
  2. The second knob gives you the choice of 0 minutes of rest to 20 minutes of rest, or the amount of time that the diffuser and is not dispersing oils.
  3. The third knob is an output amount which is a sliding scale that allows you to choose how much oil is dispensed during the active periods

So, I felt compelled to see if the rumors were true, I didn’t see how they could be with all of the controls.  It turns out they were a little true.  It does use more oils, but it also packs a punch in terms of smell, because you aren’t getting a few oil particles suspended in water, instead you are getting straight micro particles of oils into the air.

Diffuser World, the supplier of this diffuser actually tested the air and found that Essential Oil Particles could be found in the air for 70 minutes after diffusing had stopped, so you really can increase the rest time without feeling like you are losing the benefits of oils.  Armed with this information, I also got a timer that plugs into the wall so that I could set the timer on the wall to turn on once an hour for 15 minutes, then I set the timer on the machine to run for 5 minutes, rest for 10 and there you have it, My Aroma Ace runs for 5 minutes every hour between the time we wake up in the morning and when we go to bed at night.  On this schedule, a bottle of oil lasts me about a week, and my house smells amazing during our waking hours.

The third thing that I heard about this diffuser was that it is too loud.  Much louder than a traditional water diffuser.  Well that is also sort of true also.  It sounds like an aquarium pump which is a much deeper vibration than other diffusers, but again after using it, I keep coming back to “It Packs a Punch”, and is so much stronger than other diffusers.  I did opt to get the silencer for it, and that really helps tone down the sound, and I have noticed that it gets louder when the bottle nears empty, which is how I know it is time to re-fill the bottle.

I also love that this little power house will fill 1,000 sq feet, (company says 1,500) it is hard to find a water diffuser that will cover anything close to that big.  I have an aroma ace in my open concept living area and it fills the whole area.

The other place that I have one is in our master bath.  We live in an old house (1948) and there isn’t an exhaust fan in the master bath.  There is a ton of moisture in there, and consequently I used to have to clean the tile in the shower constantly or I would get mildew.  Not so much anymore.  I read about some oils that kill mold spores but didn’t want to put even more water in the air with a water diffuser.  Boom, this was the perfect solution, No more mold,,,, and no more cleaning tears.

Another great selling point for the aroma ace is ease of use. You can simply buy a bottle of essential oil and screw it into atomizing attachment and pop it onto this machine.  I got a bundle that had the noise reducer and 3 extra atomizing attachments, So I blend my oils, put the atomizing attachment on them and store them in the drawer under the diffuser.  When I want a change of scent I open the drawer and pop on whichever one suits my mood.  Changing scents is so easy with the Aroma Ace, sometimes I’ll change it 3 times in a day, sometimes I’ll change it once a week.  Either way, it is so much easier than dumping the water, which always makes me feel like I am wasting oils, and then re-filling water and mixing oils.  This sooo much simpler to use.  

Scott, my husband was sick a couple of months ago and the aroma ace came to the rescue again.  I popped an immunity blend in this and put it by his bed, the next day he woke up feeling like brand new.  Because it is straight oil and so concentrated, he was able to recover way faster than I believe he would have had we used 6 drops of immunity blend in a water diffuser.

Overall I will say that the aroma ace is my favorite diffuser.  It took me a while to get used to it, and get the timing down, but now that I have worked out the kinks, it is the powerhouse of my house.  It keeps everything smelling good, keeps us healthy and keeps the mildew out of the shower.  While it is a little louder than a water diffuser and it does use more oils, it is really a strong diffuser and we have grown to love it.

The cons of the Aroma Ace:

  • It’s expensive compared to water diffusers (but comes with a 5 year warranty)
  • It uses more oils than water diffusers
  • It is louder than most diffusers

The Pros of the Aroma Ace:

  • Aroma Ace from Diffuser World Comes in 5 colors you can choose from (I chose copper)
  • Aroma Ace is Low Maintenance
  • Aroma Ace is Easy to use
  • Build in timers allow you to choose how frequently it goes on and off
  • Aroma Ace mist is pure oils so your family receives the health benefits faster
  • Aroma Ace  covers a large square footage (1,000sq ft)
  • In a study non water diffusers like the aroma ace were shown to kill mold and mildew when used in combination with certain essential oils.
  • Diffuser world has a great Customer Service Staff and online video library

I believe that the benefits way outweigh the negatives, and the Aroma Ace was an excellent choice for my household. Get an Aroma Ace for your home.

DōTERRA Flash Sale 3/22/18

So here is something I have never seen dōTERRA do before…. a Flash sale and let me tell you, it is a good one. For Today Only there is 25% off select items that you can get to by logging onto your doterra membership portal, go to the shopping page, then click on special offers….. TADA!!!!! There’s the list for today’s sale items which will expire at 1159pm MST. If you don’t have a doterra membership, click here to learn more about it.

Here’s what Today’s Flash Sale has:

Arborvitae… a lovely grounding cedar wood tree. Known as the tree of life, Arborvitae is an underrated powerhouse.

One and Aspire. Essential oil blends that previously were only available at convention gala’s

Cassia, a lovely oil in the spice family that smells a bit like cinnamon with softer notes

Meleluca (tea tree). Antibacterial and antiseptic properties great for cleaning or for your skin.

Mothers Day Promo: A cute little satchel that comes with 5ml bottles of citrus bliss and

My all time favorite diffuser and what I think is the best diffuser, the petal diffuser. It goes for 4 hours and I love that when it is finished the reservoir is completely dry so there isn’t any water left in the bottom. I love this diffuser.

I hope you get all the items on your wish list, let me know if you need help getting started.


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Cyprus Essential Oil: Learn about Cypress Benefits & Cypress Oil Uses

This is an oil that I recently started using and am  currently loving.  Here is everything I know about cypress essential oil or Cupressus Sempervirens.

Cypress is an evergreen tree that can grow to over 100 feet. It is named after an island where it used to be worshiped (Tisserand 215). The oldest living tree, located in Iran, is more than 4,000 years old, which is fitting because the word literally translates to “ever living” in Greek. The wood from the tree has commonly been used in furniture because of its ability to repel bugs, wormwood specifically. This is the reason that the ancient Egyptians used it in their sarcophagi and possibly why historically it is a symbol of death… yikes.

It isn’t all that depressing, though; in ancient Chinese medicine the cones or nuts of the cypress tree are considered nutritious and fattening (Tisserand p 216).  The oil is steam distilled from the twigs, stems, and needles, and produces a relaxing feeling that helps the respiratory system fight infections. It aids the liver in detoxification and helps to relieve anxiety (Worwood)

While there is a bit of historical evidence that Cypress oil was used in ancient medicine, there is mounting evidence in modern medicine of its benefits as well. In this pubmed study it was shown that one of the chemical constituents camphene was effective in prohibiting the growth of bacteria and yeast… yippee… And even better in this study the oil was shown to reduce cholesterol and have benefits for the liver and detoxification processes.  So maybe this is good to diffuse the morning after you’ve had one too many adult beverages… Just saying.

So there are some definite physical benefits to this oil, but there are also some emotional ones, with the most prominent being that it promotes self-assurance. After two weeks of regular use, cypress oil has been shown to increase self confidence (Worwood P115).

Top Five Uses for Cypress Essential Oil

cypress Learn about cypress Essential oils benefits and doterra cypress oil usesYou’re probably wondering what you do with cypress oil. Check out these suggestions:

  1. Balance oily skin: Add two drops to your mud mask on a weekly basis to get your skin in check.
  2. Diffuse with a citrus oil:  I have been loving Cypress and Lemon. My house smells like a fresh forest, and cypress oil is cleansing for the air, so it clears my mind and my house.
  3. Promote circulation: Dilute in a carrier oil and apply to legs and feet before a workout.  It will help get you going before you actually get going.
  4. Prevent water retention: Dilute and apply to your wrists, neck and ankles during a long flight.  Because cypress essential oil helps stimulate circulation, it also prevents water retention.  After my 26-hour flight to Thailand, I had ankles that looked like the elephants that were native to the country.  I wish I had known this back then!
  5. Fight varicose veins: Dilute cypress oil in a carrier oil and apply to varicose veins.

Get cypress oil and other essential oils at wholesale prices. I would love to have you as a customer!

Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram essential oil is new to me, but I am always curious about oils I don’t already have and I opened it and LOVE it….. It has a mild herbal scent that has clean, sweet undertones.  It is delightful, which is why I have 2 drops bergamot, 2 drops marjoram and 2 drops lavender in my diffuser right how.  This combo was recommended by one of my books, which says this blend has historically been used to create a very relaxing and soothing environment.  I’m sure you could dilute it in a roller ball and use it topically as well, so long as the area you apply it to isn’t exposed to direct sunlight. It smells so great and is very relaxing.

In ancient Egypt marjoram was used to heal, disinfect, and preserve.  Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was said to have cherished this herb.  The Greek name “Marjoram” translates to “joy of the mountain,” and it was used to make wreaths and garlands for weddings and funerals.  It already sounds great, right?

Marjoram Origanum morjorana has a variety of health benefits including stimulating the digestives system’s ability to move waste through the body (peristalsis), but conversely can help soothe intestinal spasms (Tisserand, p252).  Because of its anti bacterial, antiseptic, and anti-infectious properties, it is also often used as a substitute for Oregano Essential oil, although it has a more refined scent.

Tisserand goes on to explain that while not a disease, clergymen used marjoram to control excessive sexual impulses for many years and used it in asylums for orphans to control excessive masturbation and nymphomania, especially when associated with hysteria or anxiety.   I like to think we all have a history, but who knew I was going to come across that while researching lovely smelling essential oils today?!  I guess a practical modern application would be to diffuse this in your teenager’s room if you feel like they is “too busy” in there.

This historical practice documented by Tisserand is substantiated by Margaret Ann Lembo (p209) where she describes the mental uses as “relaxing the body enough to release the grasp on repetitive and/or negative thoughts associated with fears, phobias , and obsessions.  Sweet marjoram also helps you to speak your truth with love and beauty.” Interesting!

This pubmed article shows that a mixture of marjoram, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint diluted in a carrier oil comprised of almond oil, apricot oil and jojoba oil, reduced pain in the arthritic group and reduced depression in both the control group and the study group.  That’s great news.

Additionally this pubmed article shows that a blend of essential oils including marjoram, Black Pepper, Lavender and Peppermint may help neck pain by improving pain tolerance of the trapezius muscles after applying a cream comprised of 3% Essential Oil Solution.

Key Benefits of Marjoram Essential Oil Organum Majorana

  • Relaxes Tense Muscles
  • Aids the digestive system
  • Lessens cramps and spasms
  • Boosts skin health
  • Relaxes the mind and clams nerves
  • Benefits the Respiratory system
  • Boosts Immune System

Here is a night-care oil for normal to oily skin that many people rave about.

  • 10 drops juniper berry
  • 15 drops petitgrain
  • 5 droops frankincense
  • 5 drops marjoram
  • 10 drops orange

Mix the oils in a container and then add the following to that mixture:

  • 10 drops rosehip seed oil
  • 10 drops blueberry seed oil
  • 5 drops evening primrose seed oil

Put 2-3 drops of this mixture in each 5ml roller ball topped off with hazelnut oil. Apply a small amount of that mixture to your dampened face and neck at night, avoiding the eyes.  After a few minutes dab with a tissue to remove excess oil.  Enjoy!

Contraindications:  Avoid use during pregnancy.

*This content is strictly the opinion of Shannon Brunskill, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Shannon Brunskill nor the publisher of this content, Yes Please LLC takes no responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

DoTERRA Verage VS Essential Skin Care

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is “What is the difference between the different skin care lines that doTERRA has?”  and “Is the doTERRA Verage or doTERRA Essentials skin care line better?”.  Both are excellent questions.  Here is how I understand it.

The HD Clear skin care line is for acne-prone or problematic skin.   It consists of a foaming face wash; an oil blend to prevent breakouts and promote clear complexion; and a moisturizing lotion.  Think teenagers or people with acne-prone skin.

The Verage Skin Care line is for average skin and has many anti-aging properties.  This is going to nourish and feed healthy skin and help keep skin healthy and young, while reducing the visible signs of aging using all natural .  It is delightful and consists of a face wash, toner, serum, and moisturizer. This is a great regimen for people in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s to keep skin young and healthy.

The Essential Skin Care line is for more mature skin and formulated using all plant extracts to reverse the signs of aging, getting rid of fine lines and the dreaded “W” word.

Having said all of that, I don’t use just one collection.  I have tried all the products and use them in different ways.  I started by ordering the Verage kit, but as items ran out, I started trying different things and ultimately came up with the following:

I love the invigorating scrub (so does my husband), and we use it daily when we are in Texas.  It smells great, is gentle and you can feel it tingling your skin.  However when we are at our cabin in Washington and out in the sun all day, my skin gets a little more oily, so I will use the HD Clear Foaming Face Wash.

I LOOOVVVEEE the Verage toner and use it exclusively.  It smells great and I like that you just spray it on for really even coverage.  You can also spray it over your make-up to set your make-up.

I use the Skin Essentials Tightening Serum. How can you go wrong with the word “tightening” when you are dealing with aging skin?  And by aging ,I mean I’m 40 and have never taken good care of my skin.  Throughout most of my 20s I was lucky if I even washed my face (let alone moisturized it).

I use the the Anti-Aging Moisturizer when it is cold outside or at night because it is a little bit heavier than the Verage moisturizer. Then I use the Verage moisturizer during the day or when it is really hot because it is lighter.

I am in love with the anti-aging eye cream and the applicator, and use that over my moisturizer in the mornings and at night.

So there you have it, those are the differences between the different lines, but I feel like within each line there are times when I use some products over others.  I hope this helps you decide.

 

xo

s

 

Dryer Sheets are full of Chemicals, Try these DIY Natural Dryer Sheets or Wool Laundry Balls Instead.

Dryer Sheets are a terrible thing to use in your house.  The average dryer sheet is laden with more than 10 known carcinogens, but because the products have less than 1% of the total product being any of each of those carcinogens and because the carcinogens are printed on the label, it is totally legal.  So they coat your clothes with these chemicals which then transfer to your skin and are absorbed by your body.  The worst thing is we are trained to believe that they are good smelling and that the chemical “scent” is a sure sign our clothes are clean.  Ironic, it seems like we should really clean our clothes after we launder them with some of these chemicals.

Here is a video where I list 2 alternatives to dryer sheets to keep your laundry soft, your static down and your home a little bit less toxic.  And Here are links to 6 Dryer Balls for $10 and a Natural Sponge for $13