DIY Dry Shampoo

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Did you know that washing your hair too often can leave hair prone to dryness and breakage? It’s easy to keep your locks looking lustrous and lifted and extend time between washes by applying a dry shampoo! Using ingredients you already have in your cupboards such as corn starch and baking soda, this DIY Dry Shampoo is free of harsh parabens, dyes, and perfumes that can damage hair and cause breakage. Cornstarch absorbs excess oil, while baking soda and Cedarwood, Rosemary, and Tea Tree essential oils make hair smell fresh and support the qualities of a healthy scalp.

You can experiment with your own blend of essential oils to find a scent that works best for you! We love Lavender, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Peppermint for their wonderful aromas and various skin-care benefits. If you decide to add cocoa for dark hair, try using oils that complement the scent of chocolate like Orange, Peppermint, or Cinnamon.

DIY Essential Oil-Infused Dry Shampoo

Ingredients

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Put in a container of your choice, such as an empty salt shaker or baby powder bottle.
  • Sprinkle on roots of hair and massage into scalp.
  • Leave for 2–3 minutes to absorb hair’s natural oils.
  • Brush through hair.

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Spray fruit with Thieves® Fruit & Veggie Spray, then rinse with water.
  2. Cut all fruit and combine in a bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the Blue Agave, hot water, and oils until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Drizzle the agave oil glaze over the fruit and stir together until all the fruit is coated equally.
  5. Enjoy one of your new favorite easy summer dessert recipes!

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May Young Living Promos

Whoa – May is a great month to be a Young Living member! Along with the normal promo levels, YL has added a 4th level where you can earn FREE Valor!! Yes, that’s correct, the elusive Valor oil is back and you can earn a bottle with any 340PV order. Why do you need Valor? It’s been out of stock for 2 years while it was reformulated to not include Rosewood, which is an endangered plant species. What will it do for you? Well, everyone is different, but I find it helps with feeling of confidence, it smells AMAZING, can be helpful when you need to rest at night, and promotes good spinal health.  Here are the details on all of the promo levels:

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And what if you aren’t already a Young Living member? Well, there’s a promo for you as well!! This month only, if you sign up with any of our Premium Starter Kits, you will receive a FREE Tangerine oil along with the other amazing products that come in your kit. Tangerine has a really uplifting fragrance and can be calming to the mind. To get yours – click HERE.

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If you need more information, please feel free to contact me at sarah@escentiallivingtx.com, or please like my Facebook page at eScential Living.

Health and blessings to you!
Sarah

Safer cleaning with Thieves

How many of you love to clean your bathroom? Yeah, me neither. And I especially used to hate that awful burning sensation in my lungs from the bleach and other strong chemicals, you know, the ones that hang with you no matter how much fresh air you breathe in? And then I found Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner. Most of you probably know the greatness of Thieves Essential Oil blend, but did you know that there is an entire line of Thieves products? And the star of that line is, in my opinion, the Household Cleaner. Why? Because it’s literally the only thing you have to buy to keep your entire house clean. Seriously. And this month you can get it FREE with your order. To get yours FREE, click HERE to log into your account and reach the promo level. Don’t have an account yet? Click HERE to order your Thieves Premium Starter Kit and you’ll get not one, but two bottles of the household cleaner along with an array of other Thieves products. Get it now!

But I said we were going to talk specifically about cleaning our bathrooms, so here are 8 hacks using Thieves Household cleaner. How many products could you skip buying?

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Getting Your Money’s Worth with Supplements

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You do the best you can to stay healthy. It is known that there are 13 essential vitamins that our bodies need, and since you know that you don’t get all of the nutrients from your food, you also buy supplements – vitamins, minerals and enzymes – to make up the difference.

How do you know if you’re spending your money wisely?

I’m no expert, so I encourage you to do your own digging around. But here are some tips from my research that I want to share. Because some supplements are pure junk and are a waste of money and we all want to get what we are paying for, right?

Vitamins are food

According to The New Orthomolecular Nutrition, vitamins are foods, not drugs, and we need to treat them as such. The book goes on to say that the stated minimal daily requirement (MDR) is silly. The MDR ignores the fact that people are dissimilar in every way, and that each body has a different requirement for nutrition. So that means that you need to be your own advocate and “scientist” and see how you feel at different dosages. Be aware that if a vitamin is water-soluable, your body will take what it needs and the rest will simply pass through the body. You need to make sure you are taking these on a regular basis. If it is a fat-soluable vitamin, your body will store what it doesn’t use in the liver and fat tissues. You need smaller amounts of these, but be aware that your personal nutritional needs may exceed the MDR.

Another problem with vitamin supplementation (according to Naturopathy for the 21st Century) is that vitamins and minerals, in foods, are intended to work together for maximum effect. That means the use of synthetic isolates does not provide the optimal environment for absorption.  From here it gets a lot more complicated when you look at the crystalline structure of synthetic vitamins vs. the natural food-sourced vitamins, and it becomes clear that bioavailability matters.

Which leads me to my first point:

Do your best to take natural food-sourced vitamins and avoid the synthetic USP vitamins.  B-Vitamins and Vitamin C are also usually synthetically produced. Here’s a chart of some of the most common synthetic names to look for:

  • Vitamin A: Palmitate or Acetate
  • Vitamin B1: Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B5: Pantothenic acid
  • Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B9: Folic Acid
  • Vitamin B12: Cyanocobalamin
  • PABA: Aminobenzoic Acid
  • Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
  • Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
  • Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinate
  • Vitamin K: K3 or menadione

If vitamins are from food, the label will almost always state that. But here are some common food-sources to look for:

  • Vitamin B5: Pantothenate
  • Vitamin B9: Folate
  • Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
  • Vitamin D: look for forms with numbers
  • Vitamin K: K1 or phylloquinone

Fillers and other harmful ingredients

Second – watch for dangerous and unnecessary fillers and ingredients. Some of the most common are:

  • Artificial colors – research Feingold Diet for more on these
  • Talc or Magnesium Silicate
  • Magnesium stearate (or stearic acid)
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) disguised as “natural flavors”
  • Carnauba wax – used in car wax and shoe polish
  • Titanium dioxide – is a carcinogen

If it says “natural”, it’s good – isn’t it?

Third – don’t be fooled by the label “natural” on a supplement, or processed food, or essential oils. Vitamins can be labeled as natural if they contain as little as 10% of the natural form of the vitamin. This means that your “natural” vitamin could contain 90% of synthetically produced chemicals! The new supplement labeling law makes it more difficult to tell if a vitamin is natural or synthetic. If the label says USP grade, then it is synthetic. Labels that state the vitamins are in a “food-base” are almost always synthetic. Synthetic vitamins mixed with food are still synthetic and are not the same as vitamins complexed in food. Use the above charts to be able to identify food-sourced vitamins.Cost and standardization were the primary reasons that USP vitamins  were created – not for optimal health.

Ok, so that’s all for now. I want to do parts 2 and 3 of this to talk about minerals and then enzymes, but I’m still researching.

So go – research and be your own scientist. Find better health, but don’t stress over it. Stress makes you sick! Follow the 80/20 rule which says to do better 80% of the time and let go of the other 20%.

Health and blessings to you!!