Young Living's Seedlings Baby Wipes take off make-up with a swipe!

My kids have gotten past the stage needing baby wipes, but when Young Living released their own baby wipes under the newest baby line named Seedlings, I was intrigued and to be honest, bummed that I wouldn't really have a need for these in my home.  Boy, I was wrong!

After several savvy team leaders and members started posting the various uses of the baby wipes (aside from the obvious), at only $11.75 wholesale they were worth a shot.

Let's do a little education about why it is so important to know the ingredients in the products that you are applying to your skin. 

26 seconds after an oil is applied to your skin, it can be detected within your bloodstream- Wow, that's fast!  If an essential oil can be found within 26 seconds, that leads me to think anything applied topically will be in your bloodstream just as quickly- lotions, soaps, the ingredients found in baby wipes- you get the drift.  If you put it on your skin, its going in your body, or your baby's body!

According to the 2007 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG’s) analysis of hidden ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products, 95% of baby wipes might be potentially contaminated with dangerous chemicals. In other words, 95% of baby wipes contain ingredients that have the potential to be contaminated and thus have hidden ingredients, in that the contamination itself essentially becomes an ingredient that is not disclosed. What??? 

Steer clear of any baby wipes that contain these ingredients:

Formaldehyde - Unfortunately, if you are trying to avoid formaldehyde, one of the hidden ingredients, you won’t find it listed as an ingredient. Instead, look for these formaldehyde-releasing preservatives:

Diazolidinyl Urea, DMDM Hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 

2-bromo-2 nitropropane-1,3-diol (bronopol), Polyoxymethylene Urea, 5-Bromo-5-Nitro-1,3 Dioxane, Methenamine, Glyoxal, Benzylhemiformal.

Another big one to avoid is the word parfum, or fragrance.  Manufacturers are not required to disclose what comprises the "fragrance" which means that you are not aware of what potentially dangerous chemicals you are applying to your skin.

Young Living's Seedling Baby wipes don't contain any of these nasty chemicals- they are vegan friendly, mild and gentle with cleansing botanical and 100% pure essential oils.  These wipes smell amazing too- Lavender, Coriander, Bergamot, Ylang ylang and geranium flower oil create the most fabulous scent ever!

So I added some to my monthly wellness order- after I had heard that other team members were using them as dryer sheets and make-up remover cloths.  Instead of using toxic dryer sheets, I simply added one per dryer load- the laundry smells so wonderful!

I also heard of team members using them to remove their make-up prior to bed.  The photo below is my wipe after removing my Savvy Minerals make-up.  Wow- I didn't even think that I had applied that much but once it is on that wipe, you really have a good idea of how much was on your face.

Any one else have other ways to use the Seedling's baby wipes, other than the obvious?  

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Dirty Rings? Clean your Jewelry without toxic chemicals

Don't you love the way your rings and necklaces look after getting a little TLC from your local jeweler?  I sure do but if you are anything like me, I don't seem to make the time for this special trip but once a year maybe.

Sure- you could pick up some jewelry cleaner at your big box store, but have you ever thought about what that mystery solution is made from?

Well, I googled this question and guess what?  This stuff is toxic for sure! Thiourea, Sulfuric Acid 93%, C11 Alcohol Ethoxylate, C12-C15 Alcohol Ethoxylate-..... 

This stuff is labeled with the following safety data sheet:

Carcinogenicity Category 2 

Chronic Aquatic Toxicity Category 2

Reproductive Toxicity Category 2

Eye Irritant Category 2, Acute Oral Toxicity Category 4

Skin Irritant Category 2 -----wow this list goes on and on. 

Scary stuff when there so many health concerns associated with this "cleaner"- not only should you avoid contact with skin, this is terribly toxic to our water system.  So where exactly should you dispose of this after you've used it if the label says "Keep spilled material out of all sewers and open bodies of water"?  There is a better way!

Make your own jewelry cleaner from Thieves Household cleaner, Baking Soda and 5 drops of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil.

I poured about 3 tablespoons of the Baking soda into a glass.  Next, I added about 1/2 capful of the Thieves Household Cleaner, added the lemon oil and also 1 capful of water for good measure.

I mixed this up with an old toothbrush and added my wedding ring to the mixture.

I let the ring sit in the solution for about 10 minutes.  

After 10 minutes, I grabbed the toothbrush and gently scrubbed my ring.  Rinsed it clean next, then dried it with a microfiber cloth.

Bam!!! Amazing results and no toxic solution on my hands or poured down the drain to harm the local wildlife.  

Give this homemade jewelry cleaner a try and post a pic of your before and after :-)

Yet another win for non-toxic cleaning!

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Keep Your Apples from Turning Brown using Ningxia Red/Essential Oils!!!


It was another hurried Thursday morning, 5:50 a.m.  I had yet to brush my teeth, dress for work, put on makeup or make the kids' lunches.  Can you tell I was running a little behind?  I rushed to the pantry to grab fruit cups for the boys's lunch boxes; I always to try to put fruit in their lunches, even if it isn't fresh and dog gone it- I was completely out! Of course! It was shaping up to be just that kind of morning.  I had to figure out something to substitute and fast, I can't be late to punch that time clock.

I went to the fridge and found an apple- a great choice but the kids always complain that by the time lunch rolls around, the pre-cut apples have become brown and mushy. What could I use to keep the apples from turning brown (oxidizing)? I didn't have any lemon juice.

 I know!!!!  As I was closing the fridge door, I pondered the idea of using any of the Young Living essential oil that I had on hand.  No, that wouldn't prevent the oxidation from occurring because lemon essential oil comes from the rind, not the pulp, which contains the juice.  The juice is responsible for preventing the oxidation....hmmm, what else....Ningxia Red!  Of course!

Ningxia Red is Young Living's daily supplement drink that contains wolfberry puree (just google how awesome this is), blended with blueberry, aronia, cherry pomegranate and plum juice; orange, yuzu, lemon and tangerine essential oil.  This is a power-house drink supplement to sky rocket your anti-oxidant levels, re- energize, fortify and revitalize your body, so I'm sure it can protect against the oxidation of my kids' apples.  By the way- my hair and nails have never grown faster or stronger:-)

Here's what I did:  I cut up the apple:

I put 1 oz of Ningxia Red in a small bowl with about 1/2 cup water and 1 drop Thieves Vitality essential oil.  Thieves oil is a blend of clove, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus, I thought this would be a tasty way to add a little flavor and immunity support for my kiddos throughout the day at school.

I let the apples and Ningxia Red/Thieves mixture soak for about 10 minutes while I finished getting the kids ready for school.  After 10 minutes, I dried the apples on a paper towel before placing in the lunches. 

Just to note, I did receive good reviews from both boys that the apples weren't brown and they did like the cinnamon flavor that the Thieves Vitality gave the apples.  I'd love to hear what you think!  

Happy Oiling,

Katie Lester---Young Living Independent Distributor #3024934

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Use Essential Oils to Remove Nail Polish!!

I know what you are thinking.  Okay, whatever, you can use essential oils for everything!  Well, that is true, and I can recommend an oil for that; this one really does work!!!

So I first started using essential oils about 2 years ago, as a way to live a more healthy, chemically-free life.  It was the summer of 2015.  My husband had been deployed for the Air force to Qatar for 60 days- precisely the same time that our house sold and I had to move our 2 sons into an apartment while our new home was being built.  Those were some stressful times!!!  My sister had recently started selling essentially oils and that how I was introduced. It was at that same that that I was trying to buy more organic food after moving into a small 3 bedroom apartment with my 2 sons and husband.  With only signing a 6 month lease at the apartment I was determined to make the most out the the digital antenna that I had purchased at Target for $30. That didn't last long as it only picked up 3 channels and 2 of them were full of snow.  Netflix was the only other options as one can simply not go without any TV, especially with 2 two kids during summer vacation.  I found myself watching a bevy of food documentaries after the kids were in bed.  The information was astounding. The amount of chemicals our bodies endure day in and day our was astonishing! It's no wonder that cancer rates are consistently on the rise!  Things had to change.....This is where oils come in

So I'm a little side track, but I though you all might like a little background info in how and why I got into this.  There is just too many chemicals that our children and loved ones are exposed to.  There is a better way.  And now, you can use Young Living's Lemongrass essential oil to remove nail polish.  That's right!  I even used 2 coats of polish.  No more acetone, no more fumes damaging your lungs!   Thanks Young Living!  Another win for nature.

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