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.

Doterra Yoga Collection

Doterra Yoga Collection

 

 

I was so excited this summer when Doterra announced their new Yoga Collection, and series of 3 Essential oil blends; arise, anchor and align.  These oils smell absolutely delightful, each of them like a breath of fresh air in their own way; each of them very unique.

I have to admit, when I first heard that some lucky girl got the chance to work with doterra to come up with their yoga line, I was a little jealous.  I know not very yogi of me, but the emotion existed anyway.

Then I watched this video:

 

Although the video doesn’t give tons of details about the oils themselves, I fell in love with Elena Brower and instantly understood doterra’s decision.  She is a true creator and did a fantastic job.

I love how she thinks about the oils and how they allow you to get in touch with yourself, but from a spacial perspective:

“Anchor blend Welcomes you Home to yourself, helps you get started, keeps you grounded”

“The align blend is a way to clear the path and center”

“Arise will brighten any moment, any day, and help you get seated for your meditation and beyond.

Like, wow…. What a rock star.  So of course after watching the video and smelling the oils I had to cyber stock this lady a bit.  What I found was even more goodness.

She also recently published a book “Practice You, A Journal”… What???? After reading about it I ordered it.  What I found when it arrived was a truly lovely, gently guided journal so beautifully designed and illustrated that it is a little intimidating to begin.

It is a great reminder to remember how great all my other journals are after being used and carried around.  I guess you could say the same about our bodies and our minds. as we age.  Pages will have statements like “This is what my center feels like” or  “This is how I become like water”  with ample space for you to explore, write and find.

I knew from the moment I smelled these blends that they were really special, and after learning more about Elena Brower, I know that it isn’t just the oils that make them special, but also the energy that she put into creating them.

I cannot recommend the journal and the oils highly enough and oddly enough, even though they aren’t marketed together, the oils will assist with diving into the journey that is the journal.

 

Thank you Elena, I’m not sure that you will ever see this, but I love both my oils and my first Practice Journal.  Thank you for creating such beautiful things for the world to use.

 

Here is a video that goes into a little detail about the specifics of each oil.

 

 

Doterra Product of the Month September 2017

Doterra Product of the Month September 2017

I’m so excited about Doterra’s Product of the month and promotions for September 2017 

Summer is ending and if you’re anything like me it can be bittersweet.  I hate seeing the days get shorter and losing sunrises to the fog up here in the Pacific Northwest. 

Not to fear, dōTERRA’s Cheer touch is here.  This is one of my favorite blends, it is so uplifting and is the perfect scent to wear as we move into fall.  It is one of my all time favorite perfume substitutes the warm citrus scent is like a bottle of sunshine regardless of the weather outside. 

The sweet part of  this bittersweet time is remembering all the parts of fall I love. The turning leaves, pots of soup on the stove and cuddling up with a blanket and a cup of herbal tea. 

This being fall, and back to school season, the second  part of this Months Doterra Essential Oils promotion reminds me of when I returned to college 9 years after graduating high school at the age of 27, which I thought was ancient at the time. Because it had been so long since I had “studdied”  I took a little study skills lecture. One of the things they talked about was a study that shows that scents can trigger memories and that students who use a specific scent while studying and then again while testing scored better.  At the time they suggested butterscotch hard candy, but using peppermint touch is so much better for a number of reasons. Peppermint Essential Oil has the added benefit of relieving tension and increasing focus.  Peppermint touch is free with any 100 pv Loyalty Rewards Program order placed before the 15th of September 2017, and is prediluted with fractionated coconut oil in a rollerball.  Just throw it in your backpack and go ace that test!!!!! 

I hope you enjoy this transition into fall as much as I will.  

Xo

S

Peace in Haiku

Peace in Haiku

 

 

I have a daily routine.  After I get ready in the morning, I have my tea and read the trending news.  I read it from many sites to ensure that I get a well rounded view of what the right and left are both thinking on any given topic, then I form an opinion.  What I have noticed is that in today’s political climate it is becoming so difficult to be respectful and tolerant of others views when most of the time someone is on the hateful other end.  It is such a shame, I’ve never seen such a polarized community;  I worry that we could end up in serious civil unrest.  I mean why are we above it, you watch it happen in other civilized nations.   The thing that keeps screaming in my head is that we need to find peace….  I wish it for all of you, here is todays Haiku about Peace, Roll some on, roll with the punches, and love your neighbor, even if you don’t appreciate their values and opinions, chances are their heart is good.

 

Blood Rushes, Tides Rise

Drowning in Rage; Peace is Our

Flotation Device

 

Although I am very aware that essential oils can’t cure the worlds problem (and trust me I wish they could), I do know that essential oils can affect emotions.  I’ve been wearing this grounding calming blend for a while.

 

Peace be With you,

xo

s

 

Emotions and Essential Oils

Essential Oils and Emotions–How essential oils can you affect your negative emotions.

Next time your angry or anxious, reach for essential oils. Different families of oils affect the body differently and help control your emotions and emotional health.

Different Families of Essential Oils

Essential Oils from Herbs and Grasses: Reach for these Oils when you are feeling Discontented, Angry or Bitter… You’ll be glad you did, Essential Oils in this family Include Lemongrass, Rosemary and Thyme.

Essential Oils from The Spices Family: Use these essential oils when your emotions are somber, disinterested or bored. Great examples are clove, cinnamon, black pepper and the Doterra Passion blend.

Essential Oils from the Citrus Family: Use Essential Oils including lemon, grapefruit, lime, or doterrra’s Cheer blend when your feeling distressed, discouraged or gloomy,,, or when it is gloomy outside.

Essential Oils from the Mints Family: These are cooling and Energizing Essential Oils, use them when your emotions are of apathy, Insecurity or anxiety. Oils in this family include peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen.

Essential Oils for the Floral Family: Use Lavender, Jasmine, or Ylang Ylang or any other Essential Oil in the floral family to combat fearful, worried or hurt emotions.

Essential Oils from the Tree Family: When fighting of emotions of grief, sadness or shame, reach for essential oils in the tree family including arborvitae, cedarwood and frankincense or use the Doterra Console blend.

Watch this Video on Emotions and Essential Oils

 

Thats all for now, Ciao

s

 

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Juniper Berry Essential Oil; who, what, when, where and why

Juniper Berry Essential Oil; who, what, when, where and why

This little nugget is a well kept secret, but Juniper Berry Essential Oil packs a punch with a myriad of emotional and physical uses that will benefit you and your home.

If your looking for a natural solution to a series of ailments including fluid retention, urinary tract infections, abdominal bloating, menstrual cramping, heavy legs, detoxifying, cellulite, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, acne, ulceration, eczema, mental exhaustion, chronic fatigue , anxiety or tension  inJuniper Berry or Juniperus Communis can be a great resource. (Worwood, The Complete Book, 1991, p 549), as it is analgesic, anthelmintic, anti inflammatory, antiseptic, caminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, nervine, spasmolytic and tonic.   But WTF does all that mean in laymen’s terms… lets go through it.

Who Started this Phenomon?

Juniper was used to burn as incense in Tibet for both religious and medicinal purposes, and was used to ward off evil spirits.  Historically it was also used as a disinfectant in times of plague or other contagious diseases.  The French burned a mixture of juniper and rosemary twigs in hospital wards to purify the air and in Yugoslavia, juniper oil was a cure all in their traditional folk medicine.  Then there is my favorite use, making GIN. (shout out to The Botanist) my favorite gin at the moment. Not just because the bottle is beautiful, but because they are from the Isle of Islay, which also happens to be my favorite hashtag right now ( #ISlay )  Not to mention it tastes sooo effing good with some lime essential oil on the rocks in the heat of the summer, or with a little tonic sitting by the fire in the winter.

For the astrologers out there, Juniper Berry Essential Oil falls under the astrological signs of Pisces and Libra and is ruled by the planets Jupiter, Neptune and Venus (Lembo, The Essential Oil Guide to Vibrational Healing, 2016, p127).   Libra’s in our trying to always be in balance often suffer from lower back and kidney pain, no wonder this is our oil.

Interestingly, a juniper branch was traditionally hung on doors the eve of May Day to ward off witchcraft.  In Italy it was burned on Christmas Eve to deflect the evil eye.  Who isn’t about warding off the evil eye, I mean really.  Seriously, I’m about to plant a juniper berry plant in the front yard so I can burn the berries and ward it off too.

What is Juniper Berry Essential Oil?

The juniper is a small evergreen tree or shrub with short spiny leaves.  It matures at 4-6 feet in height and is often found in chalky or limy soils.  The oil is steam distilled from the small berries that are similar to black currants in appearance.  The berries turn from green to a deep purple when ripe.  Beware, there are also oils derived from the wood of the plant, but the oil from the wood doesn’t have the same intensity of therapeutic values (Tisserand, The Art of Aromatherapy, 1977, p241).

When to use Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Well the olds (I’m talking the super olds, as proof of their language) say this:

“The berries are hot in the third degree, and dry in the first being counter-poison, and a resister of the pestilence and excellent against the bites of venomous beasts: it provokes urine, and is available in dysenteries and strangury.  It is a remedy against dropsy, and brings down the terms, helps the fits of the mother, expels the wind, and strengthens the stomach.  Indeed there is no  better remedy for with in any part of the body, or the colic, than the chymical oil (essential Oil) drawn from the berries.  They are good for cough, shortness of breath, consumption, pains in the belly, rupture, cramps, confulsions…. the berries stay all fluxes, help the haemorrhids or piles, and kill worms in children (Niholas Culpeper),

In more recent (and FDA Compliant) times it is said to support healthy kidney and urinary tract function, it reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and acts as a natural skin toner, and it is a natural cleansing and detoxifying agent and also helps to promote a healthy complexion…Yes Please!

While we’re on the topic of purification and detoxification, it is also said to cleanse and purify your aura specifically working on your crown, Third eye and Navel Chakras and can relieve your mind of repetitive negative thought patterns.

Where do you use Juniper Berry Essential Oil

  1. So My top 5 Uses for Juniper Berry Essential Oil:
  2. Put a drop in my toner to make my skin tone
  3. Diffuse with Bergamot to promote feelings of calmness and self assurance.
  4. Use in meditation to break ties to anything (including internal dialogue) that is holding you back.
  5. Apply (using proper dilution) to the bottom of my feet after an evening spent with the Botanist or over indulgence in any adult beverage.

 

Massage Blend to Help Reduce Fluid Retention

Mix together:

  • 15 drops Cypress Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Juniper Berry  Essential Oil

Let them mix together as the synergy of the three oils together is where the most benefit comes from.

Add this mixture to 3 TBSP of Sweet almond oil and massage from feet upward towards torso, then from fingertips up arms toward torso, which helps with lymphatic drainage and reduces fluid retention as well as cellulite dispersal (Worwood, The Complete Book, 1991, p 413).

Anti-cellulite Bath

While getting rid of Cellulite is a multi faceted project, baths along with the above massaging can help with that.

Dissolve 1 cup Epson Salt and 1/2 cup of Sea Salt in your bath.

Mix the following Essential Oils together:

  • 6 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit Essential oil
  • 8 drops Basil Essential oil

Dilute 5 drops of this mixture to 1 tsp of sweet almond oil or jojoba Oil  and add to your bath.  If any of the oil is floating on the top of the water, scoop it up and massage it in to the cellulite prone areas.

To Get my favorite book on Essential Oil Recipes Click Here.  It is The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy and is about 700 pages of goodness.

 

Contraindications: Don’t use Juniper Berry Essential Oil if you are pregnant or nursing and avoid in cases of Kidney disease.  Just be cool! Check with your physician, this blog is never meant to treat, diagnose or cure anything other than your curiosity about essential oils.  For Medical advice, talk to your Medical professional.

 

Watch this Video on Juniper Berry Essential Oil

 

Immortelle. Who What When Where and Why to use Immortelle

Immortelle.  Who What When Where and Why to use Immortelle

I was introduced to Immortelle last summer, It was a fantastic recommendation and I have incorporated it into my daily skin care routine every morning.  It is silky smooth and has a lot of oils that are known to be fantastic for your skin.  I will typically roll it on the top of my forehead (I have very expressive eyebrows, which results in fine lines along my forehead from raising them, a little too often).  I also use it along the corners of my mouth as well as where there would inevitably be crows feet growing if  I didn’t use it.

I also spend ALL Summer out in the sun.  Not sunbathing (I’ve never been into just lying in the sun, but my face does get a lot of sun from hiking, going fishing and crabbing as well as just being outdoors constantly.  This oil goes on every outdoor trip with me and I love how it nourishes my skin after sun exposure

What is in Immortelle?

The long answer is that it is a couple of things.  The immortelle that I use is a proprietary blend of oils combined by doterra that consists of the following ingredients:

  • Frankincense Resin
  • Hawaiian Sandalwood
  • Lavender Flower
  • Myrrh Gum Resin
  • Helichrysum Flower
  • Rose Flower

This however is not to be confused with the Immortelle essential oil that is Helichrysum italicum which is an essential oil from a single plant.  Be very careful when you are looking for immortelle that you understand what it is and don’t confuse them.

Who should use Immortelle?

The short answer is anyone trying to keep their youthful glow, and I feel like this applies to people of all ages.  It totally sucks when people wait to start taking care of their skin until they are 40, because a lot of damage is already done, and just like everything else in life, it is much easier to maintain something that it is to try and fix it.  In a nutshell the Immortelle blend will do the following things

  • Helps to reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps reduce contributing factors to the appearance of aging skin
  • Helps sustain smoother, more radiant, and youthful-looking skin
  • Helps to beautify the skin
  • There are powerful oils in every drop

When should you use Immortelle?

Well like I just said possible every day for your whole life if you are looking to maintain healthy youthful skin, but here are some daily uses that you could start tomorrow to get your skin on track (and who doesn’t want that right).

  • Apply as part of your morning and night facial routine after toner before serum and moisturizer. The Helichrysum helps to block uv rays according to Dr. Ax, so I add it to my routine because of my sun exposure.  Helichrysum is also an antioxidant Powerhouse, and since oxidation is what causes aging, so I’m totally down with getting as much Helichrysum in my life as I can.
  • Apply topically to reduce the appearance of blemishes.  If you think about it acne is caused by excess oil in a clogged pore which allows bacteria to grow in it, causing redness.  For this reason many of the oils in this blend are great restoring the natural (unclogged) state of the skin because of their antibacterial properties.
  • Apply after a long day at the beach for a soothing sensation it will help nourish your skin
  • Apply under your arms after a sweaty workout or a day in the sun again because of the antibacterial properties, it kills the bacteria that grows in your sweat that causes Body Odor.

Where should you use Immortelle?

I primarily use it on my face and neck because of its ability to make skin glow, but it also has a number of great aromatherapy qualities.  Lavender, Sandalwood and Frankincense are great for relaxing your mind and calming your nerves, so a great place to use it to roll it on the back of your neck, or bottom of your feet.  You could also put it in a diffuser to make your whole house smell delightful.

Why Use Immortelle?

Well that one is easy, because it Rocks, and nobody wants to look their actual age.  Anything that helps me look a couple of years younger is great!

 

So there it is, it is awesome, I hope you get some in your life as soon as possible.

 

Ciao

s

 

 

 

 

 

Ylang Ylang in Haiku

Ylang Ylang in Haiku

Dove wings high above

Floral, sweet, narcotic sex

Jupiter’s pupil

 

Recently I read a beautiful Haiku about rain. Since I was raised outside of Seattle it took me not only back to the land of my upbringing, but to my 5th grade english lesson where we learned the art of haiku.  It is a really beautiful way to communicate, and since I need to  flex my writing muscles, I decided to give it a shot.

Ylang Ylang is an extremely sensual oil that has been known throughout history as an aphrodisiac.  The love that comes from this oil is not only about love with another person but also about love for yourself.  It relieves internal dialogue that may not serve you at any given time.  I find that sometimes without thinking of these qualities I reach for it and put some on, only to realize that it was exactly what I needed.

Let me know what you think and if you would like to see more Haiku’s

 

Feature  Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dinesh_valke/5067582626

“It may be time to consider how safe so-called safe plastics really are”

 

You hear reps all the time saying don’t use plastics with essential oils, but then you will see that same company bottling their products (think shampoo, conditioner and hand soap) in plastic bottles.  I was really curious about this, so I decided to dig in and of course share the information with you.
Why do reps tell you not to use oils in plastic containers in the first place?  I began to question this after squeezing lemon (not oil, just a regular lemon slice) into a styrophome cup on an airplane years ago.  After about 15 minutes the inside of the cup had parts of the styrophome that were literally melting.  That’s when I began thinking about how different materials are better than others for drinking/storing things.

Fast forward a decade and I’m in grad school getting my MFA in Glass Sculpture when I began helping a bioengineering PHD candidate on his dissertation.  He was looking for a way to create a glass medical slide that had channels running lengthwise with a little well at either end so that they could put a chemical in one end and grow brain neurons on the other end to see how different chemicals affect the brain, and whether the neurons grow towards the chemical or away from it.  Crazy right, I was an art major helping this literal brainiac.  Well he needed my help because glass is one of the most resistant materials there is to chemical breakdown (other than a few very strong acids it is impervious to chemical interaction in it’s solid state. At the time the only product on the market to do this type of analysis was plastic, but in many cases the plastic would interfere with the chemicals undermining the results. I know this is crazy.

Needless to say I am now researching essential oils and everyone says don’t use plastic… Even I tell people not to do it because I know that lemon oil (the one most commonly taken internally with water) can break down styrophome, I can’t even imagine what other oils can do.

The bottom line is this, plastics are reacting with a host of things, some as benign as water, imagine what essential oils can do.   They are showing to release hormone disruptors as well as other harmful chemicals.  As such glass is always your best option.  There are plastics that people say are ok to use with oils, I would say use them sparingly, and only in a pinch when you have no other option.

So what plastics are “considered” safe?

  • HDPE plastic (High Density Polyethylene)
  • #1 plastic
  • #2 plastic
  • Thick, food grade plastic

As far as the hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and other products; the potency of the essential oils are reduced dramatically when they are diluted in these products, therefore not having the same effect on the plastic, and if you are buying from a reputable company, they will always be in one of the above plastic containers. DoTerra uses number one plastic for their packaging containers, however after a quick search I did find this about plastic #1; it is from a site called “living without plastic”, so it is not unbiased.  It is interesting however.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE or polyester)

Description: PET is the most well known member of the polyester family of plastic polymers. It initially gained widespread use as a wrinkle-free fiber (commonly called “polyester”), and the majority of its production still goes toward textile manufacturing. It has become extremely popular for food and drink packaging purposes because of its strong ability to create a liquid and gas barrier – so oxygen cannot get in to spoil food, and the carbon dioxide that makes drinks fizzy cannot get out. Properties: clarity, lightness, strength, toughness, barrier to liquid and gas.

Typical Use: Bottles (water, soft drink, juice, beer, wine, mouthwash, salad dressing), peanut butter/jam jars, oven-ready and microwaveable meal trays, detergent and cleaner containers. Also used in liquid crystal displays, film for capacitors, insulation for wire and insulating tapes, and as a common finish for wood products such as guitars, pianos and vehicle/yacht interiors.

PET fabric (polyester) is commonly used in textiles (fabric and clothing), padding and insulation (for pillows, comforters, upholstery), carpet, and mouldings. Also for tyre reinforcements, conveyor belts, safety belts, coated fabrics and tarpaulins. 

Toxicity: PET may leach antimony (antimony trioxide is used as a catalyst and flame retardant in PET) (PET1, PET2). The longer a liquid is left in a PET container the greater the potential for release. As well, warm temperatures inside cars, garages, and enclosed storage areas increase the release of antimony into the liquid. Antimony trioxide is considered a possible carcinogen (PET3). Workers exposed to antimony trioxide for long periods of time have exhibited respiratory and skin irritation and among female workers, increased incidence of menstrual problems and miscarriage — while there is no evidence that these effects could arise from exposure to the small amounts of antimony released from PET products (such as water bottles), we prefer not to be exposed to it at all (PET3).

Evidence is also emerging that phthalate endocrine disruptors also leach from PET (PET4, PET5).

PET as a textile – i.e., polyester – likely contains flame retardants incorporated into it during the manufacturing process. As such, polyester is often described as “inherently flame retardant”, but it is unclear exactly which flame retardant chemicals are added to polyester as it is being made, and thus it is difficult to know if there is a toxicity issue with polyester fibre.  

Recycling: About 29% (PET6). Recycled material downcycled into polyester fibre for fleece clothing, tote bags, strapping. Note: “Downcycling” means that the recycled material is of lower quality than the original PET, and can only be made into progressively lower quality products until it can no longer be recycled and becomes landfill waste which is most likely landfilled.

Alternatives: Use a glass or stainless steel reusable water bottle. Buy in glass and reuse those bottles/jars – mason jars are incredibly versatile. Choose natural fabrics (e.g., organic cotton, wool, hemp) for clothing.

Our Suggestion: AVOID. Many consider PET a relatively safe single use plastic, but given the research indicating it can release antimony and phthalates, and our precautionary approach, we suggest avoiding it whenever possible. If you must use it, keep it away from heat and do not reuse it.”

However then I ran across some studies being done in Germany, and since I typically trust European and Australian interests in health over commercialism, I personally, always give a little more weight to studies being done there.  Although the results are different, and not complete yet, the resulting opinion, I couldn’t agree with more; “it may be time to consider how safe so-called safe plastics really are”.

Snail effect

German mineral water comes from natural springs. So, to see if the estrogenic compounds were actually coming from the water itself, Wagner emptied the bottles and replaced the water with a pure snail medium and a tiny species of snail that is especially sensitive to estrogenic compounds.  Eight weeks later, female snails living in plastic bottles had more than twice as many embryos inside their bodies compared to the glass-grown snails.  “Something from the plastic,” says Wagner, “must have leached out and changed the reproductive patterns of our snails.”  Wagner cautions against jumping to conclusions. Water is still a healthy beverage, he says. And until the compounds at work in the snail study have been identified, it’s not possible to know if PET plastics pose a human health risk.  Still, tests in his lab have shown far less estrogenic activity in tap water than in even the most “ultra-pure” bottled waters.  “Having done all of these experiments, I started drinking tap water,” says Wagner. “It might have other stuff in it, but at least it doesn’t have estrogenic compounds.”  Swan says, it may also be time to reconsider how safe so-called “safe” plastics really are.  “I used to say: ‘4, 5, 1, and 2. All the rest are bad for you,'” she says, referring to the recycling codes on plastic products.  “Now, I’m not saying that anymore. We don’t know about 4, 5, 1, or 2. This raises questions about all plastic bottles.”
Another source says :

Never Use Oils in These:

  • Water bottles
  • Solo cups and their equivalents
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Plastic kitchenware
  • Thin plastic containers
  • (Styrofoam)

As far as me, I will continue to purchase my products because I love them, but am actively looking for glass containers to put them in.  The problem is that most glass containers have plastic pumps and caps and things like that.  I’ll let you know what I find.
That’s all for now

Xo

S

Melaleuca Essential Oil. Who, What, When, Where, Why and How to use it.

Melaleuca Essential Oil.  Who, What, When, Where, Why and How to use it.

A few years ago when selling a friend an intro essential oils kit when his husband referred to them as “snake oils”.  I was a little offended as  I believe in the efficacy of essential oils, but it turns out there was a bit of truth in his statement.

Who thought to use this Plant for the Oil:  The indigenous Bundjalung people of Australia have been using Melaleuca Alternifolia  for years medicinally.  They use a poultice on wounds, inhale the oils from the crushed leaves for respiratory support and infusions were made to treat skin irritations.  These people really paved the way for us today to understand how the difference between a common name and a latin name is quite important.  In the case of this particular plant where there are several plants that fall under the “teatree” label, many of which can be poisonous when taken internally.  The specific variety Melaleuca Alternifolia seems to be much less controversial.  As always, consult with your health care professional and when we are using essential oils When in doubt, Take the Safest Route Be smart, know your body and follow all the safety protocols and dilution rates.

What is Melaleuca: Melaleuca Alternifolia is a variety of TeaTree oil which has been used across the world for centuries, and guess what, according to this website, it is the original “Snake Oil”… who knew? It has over 92 different compounds and what some believe are limitless uses, although, If I was challenged, I’m pretty sure I could find a limit, like probably not a great ice cream topping.  Back in the day Pre 1920, Captain James Cook (is anyone else thinking about star trek right now?) used the plant leaves as an infusion tea which is probably where the common name “teatree” came from.

What type of plant is it?: Melaleuca grows all over the world, but is Native to Queensland and New South Whales.  The oil is distilled from the leaves of the plant, which is grown to the appropriate height then chopped off for harvest, and then just starts growing again making it a farmers delight.  It sure doesn’t seem as finicky as other plants, but in as much it is sure a powerhouse.

When and Where: Teatree in general “is commonly acceptable as an antimicrobial agent to  calm and fungal issues of the scalp and feet.” (Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, 2011, p 18) Although wikipedia says this is absolutely not true.  Go Figure, there’s a dispute about how to use essential oils.   Schnaubelt goes on to say that 1-3 drops of Teatree in a glass of water when drunk multiple times a day can affect cystitis or an inflamed unrinary bladder. (p134) Although wikipedia says it is poisonous when taken internally.   I personally base my decision about where to use this oil on the purity of the oils I use and knowing my body well enough to feel when something doesn’t agree with it.  But I also believe that the safest option is the best option.   Don’t forget to dilute it in a carrier oil.  Even if your skin is fine with it today, it might not be fine with it a year from now as skin sensitivities can build up over extended amounts of time increasing from not noticeable initially to extremely painful after multiple exposures.  Dilute Dilute Dilute.

One of the things that I absolutely loooovvvveeee to do is put 2 drops of melaleuca in my facial cleanser along with 2 drops of peppermint and give my face, neck and decollate a little massage in the shower.  After I rinse it off my face, it is left tingly and great.

Because I am a geek about how things work, but am not a science geek I have read how essential oils can affect a virus, but I just couldn’t picture it in my head. Until, I found this gem of a video, Voila… I now get it.  It shows how Oregano and Melaleuca can work together to get inside a virus and kill it.

 

Which  I Found interesting because I recently also came across a study done by Johns Hopkins that was published in the Journal of Infectious Disease and preventative Medicine that outlines how essential oils both in combination with existing antibiotics and without could be the answer to defense against the rise in “super bugs” or antibiotic resistant bacteria.  It is proving effective because of essential oils ability to penetrate the walls of a cell and get to the virus.    BAM… Take that all you “snake oil” naysayers!!!

 

Why:  I love my melaleuca, here are the top 5 reasons I will reach for it.

  1. To put in my facial wash
  2. to zap a blemish on my skin Just roll a little on
  3. I mix it in a little water and spray the inside of my husbands shoes to get rid of the smell.
  4. I roll it on the front of my throat the minute it starts to tickle (you know not a good tickle, but the kind when your about to go down and your voice is gone so you can’t even shout about it.)
  5. I add Melaleuca and lemon to my household surface cleaner.  They’re both antibacterial.

How:  do I use this lovely oil you ask.  Well my favorite thing when I am looking to apply it topically is to use the melaleuca touch which is pre-diluted with a carrier oil in a roller bottle so that it comes safely ready for everyone in your house to use.   But because I’m a freak I also have the 15ml bottle of oil that I can use to put drops in my cleaning solutions.  Here’s 2 of my favorites.

 

 

Throw out Your Comet and use this instead: Super Scrub

  • Put 1 cup of baking soda in a mason jar with a flip lid
  • Add 10 drops Lemon
  • Add 10 drops Melaleuca
  • Shake it up and sprinkle wherever you need a little gentle scrubbing action.

 

Here is the link to the mason jar tops that turn your mason jars into a shaker bottle, They’re freaking awesome.  I love that ball and other jar companies are finding ways to make re-useable things for us so that we aren’t creating so much trash.  Here’s what it looks like.

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Pretty Rad huh!  I can’t wait until they make different colors, but Green work great for now.  You just replace this with the metal disk that goes on top of your jar, then add the existing band that you already used with it over the top of this.  Depending on how much scrubby stuff you go through you can select different size jars.

 

Multi Surface Cleaner

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 15 drops Melaleuca
  • 15 drops Lemon

Shake and spray on any surface to clean and disinfect.

And here is a link to the glass jars I use for my multi surface spray cleaner they come with chalk labels on them. Otherwise you can get the bottles and labels separately on amazon.

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For more power first sprinkle on the baking soda then put the vinegar mixture over the top and it will foam up a bit.  Love doing this for the super hard places to get clean. (like dog crates…uggghhh)

 

Let me know in the comments what your favorite use for Melaleuca Oil is, or what future blog posts you would like to see.

Contraindications of Melaleuca: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

 

That’s it for now, I hope you enjoy

xo

s