For those of you who did the extra credit yesterday, you can contact us for a free sample of Young Living’s Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste, which is infused with Thieves oil blend and uses essential oils and naturally derived ingredients for a fresh, clean mouth. NO fluoride, NO dyes, or preservatives.
*sample available to non-YL members and Oil Posse Team members only, please
We LOVE that you are here! That tells us you want great things for you and your family. You want to be intentional to grow in health and we LOVE that. Since you are doing the HARD work we wanted to do some work FOR you too!
Here is a list of resource’s to help you on your health journey! Let’s call this the Resource Thread! If you have any to add we will update accordingly! Let’s share together!
–REPORTS & DATABASES–
> Environmental Working Group: Want to know what is in your tap water? Shampoo? What’s lurking in the cleaners underneath your sink? What pesticides are on your food? How about the farms, fracking wells, and factories in your local area, etc.? Then EWG is for you! On their website, you can access a database of consumer products and their health ratings! They share reports, run campaigns, and so much more, all to help you make informed decisions about the products/companies you support. Basically, they are your friends! We will refer to them later today in our talk about laundry. Check them out here: http://www.ewg.org/
> Healthy Child, Healthy World is a research group merged with EWG to empower parents with educational resources in environmental health. Check out their resource page which includes a FREE E-book to help moms take easy steps to reduce exposure during pregnancy. http://www.healthychild.org/healthy-living/resources/
> Food Babe: This is a website we refer to quite frequently. You know when you turn a food item around to read the label and only see ingredients that you cannot pronounce? Well, Food Babe dissects everyday food to reveal what those ingredients REALLY ARE! http://foodbabe.com/
> Fooducate App: This is a nutrition app dedicated to helping you lose weight with REAL food, track your progress, and get motivated. Fooducate is the ONLY APP that looks beyond the calorie to help you lose weight and keep it off! http://www.fooducate.com/
> Think Dirty App: A mobile APP with more than 68,300 products and their ratings! One Young Living Member said, “I use this app when I am in the store and come across something new that I need to research QUICK before I add to my cart. One time my YL deodorant was out-of-stock and this helped me make an informed decision at one of the major retailers that I visited in an emergency pit (literally) stop!”
> Skin Deep Mobile App: Take the guesswork out of shopping for personal care products and use this app!
> Good Guide App: Fast and easy to find safe, healthy, green, and ethical products, instantly delivering the information you need, when you need it most — in a store and on the go. http://www.goodguide.com/
> Young Living: Young Living offers potent, therapeutic essential oils and essential oil-infused products to help you and your family maintain a healthy lifestyle. We LOVE this company. You can see where your products have come from with their Seed to Seal process and they offer a WIDE variety of home care, family health, and healthy cooking products. Many Young Living members are now able to eat WHEAT because they offer a non-GMO, non-pesticide sprayed flour (only ONE PERCENT gluten!! ♥)
*This is a referral company so contact the person who added you to this group to get started!
> The Oil Posse: This is our teams website! We LOVE to use essential oils because they are simply plant-derived substance that our bodies readily recognize and utilize for wellness. If you are interested in learning the nitty-gritty about Essential Oils and how to use them visit www.theoilposse.com!
What else can you add to this resource list? There are literally hundreds of natural alternative resources but we felt the above list provided a good foundation to begin your journey.
Today we will talk about VOCs!
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. While most people can smell high levels of some VOCs, other VOCs have no odor. Odor does not indicate the level of risk from inhalation of this group of chemicals. There are thousands of different VOCs produced and used in our daily lives.
Some common examples include:
- Ethylene glycol
- Methylene chloride
Where may we be exposed to VOCs?
Many products we have in our homes release or “off-gas” VOCs. Some examples of sources of VOCs are:
Carpets and adhesives
Composite wood products
Home and Personal Care Products
Air cleaners that produce ozone
Cleaning and disinfecting chemicals
Fuel oil, gasoline
Vehicle exhaust running a car in an attached garage
Non-electric space heaters
Stored paints and chemicals
Wood burning stoves
Studies have shown that the level of VOCs indoors is generally two to five times higher than the level of VOC’s outdoors. VOC concentrations in indoor air depend on many factors, including the:
- Amount of VOCs in a product;
- Rate at which the VOCs are released;
- Volume of the air in the room/building;
- Ventilation rate or the area; and
- Outdoor concentrations of VOCs.
What are the health effects of VOC exposure?
The risk of health effects from inhaling any chemical depends on how much is in the air, how long and how often a person breathes it in. Scientists look at short-term (acute) exposures as hours to days or long-term (chronic) exposures as years to even lifetime.
Breathing low levels of VOCs for long periods of time may increase some people’s risk of health problems. Several studies suggest that exposure to VOCs may make symptoms worse in people who have asthma or are particularly sensitive to chemicals. These are many different exposures than occupational exposures to VOCs.
VOCs refer to a group of chemicals. Each chemical has its own toxicity and potential for causing different health effects.
We encourage you to continue reading about VOCs here:
Remember yesterday when we talked about how harmful toxins can enter the body? There are three ways in which people are exposed to chemicals: ingestion, dermal absorption, and inhalation. Ingestion occurs when materials that have chemical content are eaten or placed in the mouth. Dermal absorption occurs when chemicals come into contact with the skin. While these are both significant forms of chemical exposure, the majority of everyday chemical exposure occurs through the air we breathe in our homes, offices, schools, and other indoor environments. These airborne chemicals are commonly referred to as volatile (means can evaporate) organic (means carbon-based) compounds (VOC’s)!
If you see my previous post in which we shared about VOCs- if you followed the link you will see by this specific health state’s website the list of potential effects. Reading that list can be SCARY! Especially if you or someone you love currently suffers from asthma and allergies. Some VOCs are benign at low levels but at high concentrations, some VOCs are toxic.
Whether or not a person will have health effects after breathing in VOCs depends on:
- The toxicity of the chemical (the amount of harm that can be caused by contact with the chemical).
- How much of the chemical is in the air.
- How long and how often the air is breathed.
So, what can we do to avoid VOCs?
- Ventilate – by increasing ventilation you can lower the concentration of VOCs in your home. If new carpeting or vinyl flooring has been installed, or a room freshly painted, open windows and doors, and use a house fan to direct the room air outwards.
- Do not allow smoking in or near your home; smoking is a source of many pollutants, including VOCs!
- Allow gases from new furnishings and building materials to be given off in storage for at least a few weeks before you bring them into your home. If this is not possible, increase the ventilation by opening windows and doors in your home for a few weeks.
- Opt for solid wood furniture when possible; avoid items made of particleboard or MDF
- When painting, choose zero- or low-VOC paints, stains, and strippers.
- Look for products marked ‘low-VOC’ or, even better, ‘no-VOC.’ Many paints are marketed with such labels. With furniture, you will have to do some work. Research the manufacturer and find evidence of third-party certification, such as the Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) eco-label, which shows that the furniture has been assessed, and that any VOCs (if present) are limited to safe levels.
- REDUCE your use of household chemicals. Consider using cleaning products that do not contain VOCs such as baking soda, vinegar, or borax. If you have clothes dry-cleaned, air the clothes outside before bringing them into your home. Some interior paints are solvent-free or contain very low levels of VOCs.
- Go GREEN! Use natural, non-toxic cleaning supplies!
If you are looking for a natural option or even a DIY option to avoid the VOCs that may be present in your laundry detergent and softeners, check these recommendations out!
For laundry, use the Thieves Laundry Soap! It has a light citrus scent, no chemicals, or synthetic ingredients. It can be used in ALL washing machines and is highly concentrated. Each 32 oz bottle has approximately 64 washes.
After washing, use wool dryer balls and add 3-4 drops of Purification (or your favorite essential oil)! We are really happy about this because we can now have fresh smelling clothes without the harmful stuff! So exciting!
Thanks for checking in today! So far we talked about Triclosan & VOCs, tomorrow we will talk about pesticides in our food! See you soon!