You're A Victor in The Raw Chicken Green Cleaning Wars

You don't have to walk very far down the cleaning aisle of the grocery store these days to find cleaners that claim to be all "natural" or have “natural” ingredients. That sounds like a good thing, right? But how do you know if they truly are environmentally friendly while still being effective?

Unfortunately some companies will use the word "natural" to get your attention because they know that you want better options. It’s called greenwashing. Savvy moms like you are tired of nasty chemicals that mimic hormones and disrupt your endocrine system (and that of your kids). You are tired of bad boy ingredients that are known carcinogens. Yes, KNOWN! Think about that for a minute.

You are a savvy mom that wants something better for her family! You want to be the victor in the raw chicken green cleaning wars! You want your floors so clean your kids can eat off them (or at least invoke the 5 second rule!) So let's learn what to watch out for. Here are a few tactics these companies use in marketing:

  1. Advertise green ingredients while there are still bad toxic ingredients in the same bottle, or ingredients may not come from a plant, or ingredients may have started as a plant but are so over-processed that they are now unstable isolated compounds.
  2. List only the green ingredients while failing to disclose EVERY ingredient so that you will not realize that there are bad ingredients in the bottle.
  3. Make vague claims that are not proven but sound really good while showing lots of eye candy of happy families.
  4. Exaggerate how green this company is when they have a track record of toxic chemicals or they continue to have connections to bad chemical manufacturers. Follow the money.
  5. Claim to add “essential oils” when they are actually using isolated compounds for their aroma only that are synthetically created in a lab. At least they can say “no plants were harmed in the production of this product” truthfully because no actual plants were involved!

Do your own research. Google it. Look up the ingredients or call their 800# and ask for a full disclosure list. If they give you the royal run around, they have something to hide. If you cannot find a list of ingredients, especially on the product, then they take you for a fool.

You vote with your dollars! Stop buying that mess! Send them a message that you are one smart mom and your family’s health matters!

This mom kicked 36 different specialty cleaners out of our home! Three garbage bags full. Replaced the whole kit and kaboodle with ONE green cleaner. Yep, ONE! Found a cleaner that comes from a full disclosure company that doesn’t have anything to do with toxic chemicals. A company that is known for organic, sustainable farming practices. A company that seeks out land that has never had chemical fertilizers on it and is away from exposure to air pollution and airports. A company that prides itself in green ingredients that get the job done powerfully. A company that researched, tested, and proved that the ingredients work hard to get the job done. A company that welcomes visitors to their farms and distilleries. We have witnessed their production and integrity on three of their farms. That company is Young Living and that cleaner is Thieves Household Cleaner.

By law the FDA does not allow us to tell you all the details even though those other companies are advertising claims left and right. You will have to research a little. What we can tell you is this -- This cleaner is formulated with all plant based ingredients and is so safe that you will not find the Poison Control Center phone number on the bottle. You can accidentally spray it in your mouth and not worry. You can spray it on your baby’s high chair tray while baby is still sitting in the chair! This amazing all-purpose cleaner can be used on any surface in any room in your home.

We can also share the secret of why it works is that this cleaner contains the Thieves essential oil blend which is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils. Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination of botanicals and spices while robbing the dead and dying, they reveal their secret when captured and this blend was born. These oils have been highly researched and university tested for their powerful benefits. Read more about it at this link.

We can also share this amazing little video test below. It will answer the kind of questions we get all the time . . .

1.Does Thieves Household Cleaner really work?

2.Why does it not smell like those harsh cleaners?

3.Does it kill the germs left by raw chicken?

4.Will it really get my toilet clean safely?

5.How do I know it is reeeeeeally working?

We get it! We understand it seems too good to be true. Those other companies really don’t mean to overcharge you for a bottle of water with a few ingredients linked to infertility or worse. They really care about your health – right?! NOT!

Thousands of savvy moms like you have already joined us in making the switch. One bottle of this concentrated cleaner replaces three “green” cleaners that cost over $100. Your budget will love that! And as for winning the raw chicken cleaning wars . . . watch this short video of a swab test! 

Ready to switch?! You may want to get the Premium Starter Kit with Thieves and enjoy wholesale pricing for life with no required purchases. Lots of moms prefer the Starter Kit with essential oils and a free Desert Mist Diffuser then add Thieves Household Cleaner. Your choice! Find all the details on our NaturallyAlivewithBrenda.com website, and let us know if you have questions. Look for our blog post on cleaning recipes using this amazing cleaner. Be a victor in the green cleaning wars!!

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No Yucky Toxins on Baby with Seedlings!

Parents make hundreds of decisions about the health and happiness of their family each day. With so many products and promises to choose from, Young Living Seedlings™ is designed to make it simple for parents to find pure, gentle products infused with baby-safe essential oils to care for their littlest, most vulnerable family members. The soothing, plant-based formulas use infant-safe essential oils and are free from harmful ingredients to help you gently comfort and care for your little one. With essential oil-infused products made by experts and diluted to a strength safe for your baby, Seedlings leaves you with peace of mind and your baby feeling snug and secure. Choose from Baby Lotion, 2-in-1 Bath Wash & Shampoo, Baby Oil (non-greasy), Linen Spray, Baby Wipes, and OTC Diaper Rash Cream. 

Because your baby deserves the best without added petrochemicals or harsh ingredients. Seedlings has you (and your baby) covered! Check out the details below.

Mom, Seedlings was created to make it as easy as pie to choose the right products for your little's delicate skin. Infused with the light scent of our Calm blend of essential oils (Lavender,Coriander, Bergamot, Ylang ylang, and Geranium), the mild gentle formulation has 100% plant-based, naturally derived ingredients. NO alcohol, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, chlorine, or synthetic preservatives, dyes, or fragrances. 

Seedlings™ Baby Wipes are ultra-soft and comfortable. The soothing formula leaves skin moisturized, soft, and smooth while providing gentle and thorough cleansing without drying your infant’s delicate skin. These gentle baby wipes can be used on any part of your infant’s skin. Soft, thick, and versatile, these wipes can handle a diaper change or a lunchtime cleanup. Vegan friendly, this mild and gentle formula contains cleansing botanicals and 100% pure essential oils and is specially formulated to minimize the risk of common allergic reactions.

Hey Mom! These wipes make terrific eye makeup remover pads and dryer sheets, too!!

Keep little bottoms comfortable without using harsh chemicals that could irritate sensitive skin. With mild, gentle ingredients you can feel good about, Seedlings™ Diaper Rash Cream just may be the best diaper rash treatment you’ll try for your little! This thick, Lavender-scented cream reduces the duration and severity of diaper rash when applied at the first sign of redness. It soothes on contact, protects your baby’s delicate skin, and acts as a physical barrier to wetness. Seedlings Diaper Rash Cream can be used as a preventative measure before bed or anytime when exposure to wet diapers may be prolonged. The extra gentle, mild formula—developed specially for your infant’s tender skin—seals out wetness and helps balance skin moisture while reducing redness.

Young Living Seedlings™ Baby Wash & Shampoo is dermatologist tested and formulated especially for infants’ delicate skin. Its mild, gentle formula is tear-free, sulfate-free, and made from 100 percent plant-based, naturally derived ingredients. It leaves skin and hair clean, soft, and smooth and makes tangles easy to comb out. This 2-in-1 calming baby wash and tear-free shampoo can be used to clean baby from head to toe, even those little cheeks and nose. It is lightly scented with 100 percent pure essential oils in our Calm blend. It rinses clean without over-drying delicate skin. 

Carry that scent of bathtime through the day with Seedlings™ Baby Lotion.  While babies are known for their cuddly softness, dry skin affects infants just like adults. Hot baths, dry air, irritants, and other factors can all leave your baby uncomfortable and fussy. Combat the effects of dry skin and prevent future dryness with Seedlings™ Baby Lotion. This non-greasy moisturizer supports moisture barrier function and smoothly absorbs into your baby’s delicate skin, leaving it hydrated, soft, and smooth. Made without alcohol, parabens, synthetic fragrances, artificial dyes, or other unwanted ingredients, it is formulated with 100 percent plant-based ingredients and pure essential oils to soothe your little one with a light, calming scent.

The mild, gentle formula of Young Living Seedlings™ Baby Oil was developed to create a baby oil that will moisturize, soothe, and nourish your baby’s skin without the use of mineral oil. This gentle baby oil absorbs smoothly, leaving baby’s skin soft, snuggle-able, and kissable with a delicate scent. And the bottle is shaped so that it won't tip over when momma has slippery hands at bathtime! Love that! Formulated from the 100 percent pure essential oils in our Calm blend, Seedlings Baby Oil offers a calming aroma to promote a relaxing environment—at bedtime or anytime. Seedlings Baby Oil is diluted in a strength that is appropriate for your little, and it is vegan friendly.

Wrap up your baby in comfort with Young Living Seedlings™ Linen Spray. This essential oil linen spray uses pure essential oils such as Lavender, Bergamot, and Ylang Ylang to create a soothing, relaxing atmosphere ready for your baby to cuddle into. Plus, its naturally derived, alcohol-free formula makes it the best linen spray to use around infants and breastfeeding moms. Use it for sheets, blankets, car seats, clothing, and stuffed animals to create a calming, soothing environment that is perfect for sleeping, swaddling, playing, or rocking. Its convenient spray bottle makes it easy to carry in your diaper bag or keep in the nursery. With our Calm essential oil blend—created exclusively for our Seedlings product line—it’s also a great Lavender spray for bedtime routines. Use the comforting aroma as part of baby’s bedtime routine or spray on bedding to create a soothing environment the whole night through.

Take the Baby Products Challenge

We challenge you to take a look at the current baby products you are using on your little one, flip the bottle over and read the label. Are there ingredients that you cannot pronounce? Are there bad boy ingredients like sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, petrochemicals, chlorine, dyes, or fragrances? YUCK! These bad boys can contribute to organ damage, endocrine disruption, irritate skin/eyes/lungs, and even contain hidden carcinogens. Do you really want that on your baby? Of course not! Choose a company that you can trust for holding the highest standards in quality ingredients with their Seed to Seal guarantee. Choose a full disclosure company that prints every ingredient on the label. Choose Young Living Seedlings™ for your baby!

To learn more about  chemical-free options for the whole family, visit NaturallyAlivewithBrenda.com. And check out our facebook page where we post Events for free classes on how to have a more chemical-free home and lifestyle. We would be honored to offer a class in your home, office or church for you and your friends. 

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Fam Fav Pumpkin Bread in 8 Easy Steps!

As soon as the temperature starts falling in September and autumn seems to be on the way, my taste buds start craving everyone’s favorite orange veggie, pumpkin. So, it only seemed appropriate to make some pumpkin bread to celebrate! And this year, I couldn't wait for September to get here!

You don’t really need an excuse, and with this easy recipe you will want to make it any time of year. It makes a nice treat to take to someone, but you might get mobbed before you can wrap it up due to the yummy smell of pumpkin wafting through the house causing everyone’s mouth to water. It will attract children and possibly nosy neighbors to your kitchen. Just sayin’! 

Without further adieu, here is my recipe in 8 easy steps. I will recap the recipe at the bottom for you.

Fam Fav Pumpkin Bread

Step 1: Gather your ingredients. Set everything out to avoid missing something and a last minute run to the store. There are three important decisions to make here. Make it quick because time’s a wastin’!

First decision is the flour. I do gluten-free most of the time and Pamela’s mix (or your own) will work beautifully with this recipe. Pamela’s even has a recipe on the back of the 4 lb. package. I chose instead to use Einkorn Flour from Young Living (they also have a gluten-free option!) which is an ancient heirloom grain that only has 14 chromosomes and is easily digested so nutrients are better absorbed. Yes, it does have a small amount of gluten, 1.21%, but if you don’t eat the whole loaf by yourself, you will likely feel it is gluten-free. Young Living’s version has no preservatives or pesticides and is non-GMO. In comparison, today’s GMO wheat contains 40+ chromosomes, is loaded with pesticides, and contains 9.92% gluten. Research more about Einkorn for yourself. I just love that it doesn’t bother my stomach like modern wheat does. It’s the little things that make me happy! Thanks, Young Living!

Second decision is the pumpkin. I was in a hurry so I grabbed canned pumpkin. Gasp! I probably had some REAL pumpkin in the freezer. Don’t judge me. This is the first taste of pumpkin this fall and it couldn’t wait for a thaw. Do what rings your bell, canned or real, and I will NOT judge you. I will post an easy-peasy way to make REAL pumpkin later, and you will understand why it truly is better.

Third is the oil. You can go with real organic butter and add some awesome flavor, or you can choose healthy coconut oil like I did. It also adds an almost-butter-like sweetness, plus it helps the bread have a longer shelf life since we are NOT adding preservatives. That never matters at my house because it only lasts about 24 hours anyway!

Step 2: Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a loaf pan. Doing this now moves things along and prevents the eating of raw dough in steps 5 and 6! (wink)

Step 3: Mix together all dry ingredients. Grab a medium to large mixing bowl and whisk together the Einkorn flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. You can substitute stevia for the sugar, but I am not going to this go-round. Sometimes you just have to go with a little sugar!

Step 4: Add in wet ingredients and stir. Place the eggs, pumpkin, coconut oil, and essential oils in with the dry ingredients and stir. I added therapeutic grade essential oils because they are full of bioactive constituents for optimizing health. I only use Young Living Essential Oils because of their Seed to Seal quality promise and their Vitality label for dietary/culinary use. Talk about a flavor burst! There are no additives, solvents or unknown chemicals to worry about so ingesting them is perfectly safe. The Thieves Vitality blend supports and boosts the immune system. Betcha’ never thought you would say that about pumpkin bread – optimizes health and boosts immunity! It doesn’t take much essential oil because they are much more concentrated than dried herbs or powdered spices.

Step 5: Add in optional extras like chopped pecans, raisins, etc. Give it one more stir. Tasting is also optional!

Step 6: Pour in greased loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Real pumpkin has a higher moister content and may take longer to cook.

Step 7: Test for doneness using a cake tester or knife. When tester comes out clean, it is done. If not, then bake another 5 minutes and recheck. Some recipes call for baking for up to 60 minutes, so repeat this last part until you achieve the doneness you like. We prefer moist bread and my convection oven bakes faster, so I prefer to err on the side of slightly less time and check it early. You can always add time, but you cannot subtract it!

Step 8: Let it cool about 5 minutes. That is just enough to remove it in one piece from the pan and slice it without crumbling. But who cares about that, crumbs can be devoured, too! What are you waiting for? Eat it while it’s still warm! Enjoy!

That's all that was left after my family got the first serving. It's supposed to serve eight, but don't count on it! Here’s your recap:

You can try this easy recipe today! Thieves Vitality essential oil is part of the Premium Starter Kit with Everyday Oils from Young Living that gives you wholesale pricing and a free Diffuser for your home. With this kit, you will be able to purchase your Einkorn Flour, Nutmeg Vitality, Orange Vitality, and Cinnamon Bark Vitality oils at 24% off retail pricing. Open your kit today, grab your Thieves Vitality oil, and add a drop to a cup of warm water for a spicy “tea”. Or add it to your favorite fall recipe and then share it with me! I’d love to hear your success stories. Look for more great ideas and recipes added to my blog at NaturallyAlivewithBrenda.com .

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The Power of One to Save the World!

Toxic household cleaners are a big deal! The bad boy ingredients they contain range from skin, eye, or lung irritants, to endocrine-disruptors and carcinogens. #sayitaintso  Why would anyone want to use that mess around their kids and home, amiright? 

What's a busy mom to do?  It's time to kick the chemicals out of the house!

You can replace them ALL with just one. ONE! The power of Thieves Household Cleaner! Yep! We threw out three garbage bags filled with 36 different "specialty" cleaners. Talk about a cabinet makeover. We use this one cleaner for every surface in every room for every need. Bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, every room. Even the car and more! 

This powerhouse cleaning concentrate contains a blend of essential oils named Thieves inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination of botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying. When apprehended, the thieves were forced to disclose their secret formula of herbs and oils used to protect themselves. Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves blend can be found in all of our numerous Thieves products which offer safe, natural alternatives to harsh chemical cleaners with formulas that work hard and smell amazing. You will love the Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Foaming Hand soap, plus Laundry and Dish Soaps! 

Thieves is an essential oil blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus - oils that have been extensively researched and support healthy immune function. You read that right - healthy immunity! No other cleaner can say that! Better still, you will no longer hold your nose while you scrub the bathroom - ever again. And there is no phone number for Poison Control on the label because this plant-based formula is safe. If you accidentally swallow any, just rinse the soapy taste out of your mouth. #mindblown Time to let the kids help with the cleaning! 

Save the world (or at least your little world) and replace three different toxic cleaners in your home by using these quick recipes featuring Thieves Household Cleaner! You will find more and more ways to use this versatile concentrate in every room and on every surface. 

You will love how much money you save, too! It costs about $1.50 to make a 16 oz. spray bottle. You can’t even get that in the organic section at the grocery store! It replaces a multi-purpose cleaner, a glass cleaner, and floor cleaner. The organic versions of those can run you $4-$6 a bottle. The savings in your pocket from just one bottle of Thieves concentrate is $100! #savingsaddup

Every Premium Starter Kit comes with a 1 oz. sample of this powerhouse cleaner. That's enough to make 4 spray bottles! You can choose a Thieves Starter Kit here that includes two Household Cleaners, a 15ml bottle of Thieves Blend, two Foaming Hand Soaps, two Hand Purifiers, two Thieves Sprays, a Toothpaste and Mouthrinse. The Starter Kit gets you wholesale pricing with a 24% discount for life. More savings for your family's budget! Get your Starter Kit and we will send you a free report on 30 Ways to Use Thieves Household Cleaner. 

Mom, let's do this! Let's kick those toxic chemicals out of your home and get healthy today! Check out this short clip with those three recipes to help you save your world!

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7 Ways to Get Your Lemon Flavor Burst!

One of my family’s favorite therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living is Lemon Vitality oil! We start the day with it’s deliciousness and can find tons of reasons to enjoy it all day long. I’m going to share seven ways to get your lemon flavor burst on, but first you need to know a little about this yummy oil!

Okay, I have a confession to make. I have a “lemon” tooth and just love this yummy flavor in desserts, marinades, tea, you-name-it! Remember the Lemon Icebox Pie that your grandma used to make? She added lemon zest to the filling to give it that extra burst of lemony zing. Zest is the grated rind or peel of the fruit, and it has a much stronger flavor than the juice alone. That’s because the rind is the most nutrient dense part of the fruit and that is where the essential oil comes from! Many oils are obtained from the blossoms or leaves or other parts of the plant. Lemon rind is cold-pressed to obtain its flavorful oil. It takes about 75 lemons to make one 15ml bottle of Lemon oil or 25 lemons to make one 5ml bottle of Lemon Vitality. That’s concentrated!

The sour taste of lemon comes from the small amount of citric acid it contains. Oddly enough, when lemon is ingested it has an alkalizing or neutralizing effect on the digestive tract. Lowering body pH is very important to optimizing health and boosting the immune system.

Lemon oil contains 73% of the naturally occurring constituent limonene. Do some research on the powerful benefits of this key constituent to discover even more advantages of adding Lemon Vitality oil to you wellness regimen.

You need to be aware that not all oils are the same grade or quality. Most of the oils on the market today are perfume or food grade oils which are isolated compounds for their aromas or flavor only. Many are created synthetically in a lab. That’s right! They do not come from an actual plant. Sometimes they are filled with additives or are over-processed so that they do not contain all the healthy constituents that they had in the original plant. Our family uses only Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils because of their Seed to Seal promise and strict quality standards ensuring that all the bioactive constituents are present. We have personally witnessed this on three Young Living farms around the globe. You can trust that these Vitality oils are safe to ingest and will give the desired results without nasty chemicals, solvents, synthetics, or unknown additives.

Let’s look at seven ways to get your Lemon Vitality flavor burst!

1. Lemonade -- Keep a bottle of Lemon Vitality oil on the kitchen counter so you can reach for it easily every time you fill a glass with water and add a couple of drops. Emphasis on “glass” because this oil will attack and digest toxins and petrochemicals such as styrofoam or plastic. Use a cup made of those and it will sprout a leak! Use only real glass, ceramic, or a stainless steel canteen for your oil-infused lemon water. Just think of how happy your cells will be to have that coating of yuck that they have been smothering underneath finally dissolved away. So drink a glass first thing in the morning to optimize health!

2. Lemon Juice substitute – Lemon Vitality oil enhances the flavor of foods and may be substituted in recipes calling for lemon juice. Start with a very small amount like 1 or 2 drops and taste before adding more.

3. Lemon Soother -- Grandma knew best! One drop of Lemon Vitality oil in ½ tsp. of blue agave or local honey may bring soothing comfort while it boosts immunity.

4. NingXia Red – Lemon Vitality oil is a key ingredient in this whole-body nutrient infusion made from pureed wolfberries. This delicious energy drink provides amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and polysaccharides for long-lasting wellness support with a low glycemic index. You can add an extra drop of Lemon Vitality or other citrus Vitality oils to your shot of this drink for an extra flavor burst!

5. Fruit-infused Lemonade – Slice a pint of strawberries or blueberries into an empty glass pitcher and sprinkle 4-5 drops of Lemon Vitality oil onto them. Toss the berries and allow to sit for 15 minutes while the lemon permeates them. Add ½ gallon of water and sweeten with stevia to taste if desired. Your family will love this Berry delicious lemonade!

6. Fresher Fruit – When you bring home fresh berries or veggies from the grocery store, give them a soak in the sink with 3-5 drops of Lemon Vitality oil. You won’t notice a distinct lemony flavor when you eat them later, however, you will notice they stay fresh for longer. That means your family eats more and wastes less!

7. Fruit Dip – Combine 8 oz. cream cheese, 8 oz. sour cream, 1/3 cup Grade B maple syrup or local honey, 2 tsp. vanilla extract, and 3-5 drops of Lemon Vitality or other citrus Vitality oils of your choice such as Tangerine, Orange, or Grapefruit. Enjoy this flavorful dip with any fruit your family loves such as apples, pears, kiwis, berries, grapes, and more. Yummo!

I'll bet that you can think of a favorite recipe right now to try some Lemon Vitality oil in! This popular oil is part of the Premium Starter Kit that gives you wholesale pricing and a free Diffuser for your home. Open your kit today, grab your Lemon Vitality oil, and add a burst of lemony flavor to your favorite recipe, then share it with me! I’d love to hear how you get your Lemon Burst! Look for more great ideas and recipes added to my blog at NaturallyAlivewithBrenda.com . Enjoy!

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Is Your Candle a Cancer Stick?

Everyone loves the flickering light and gentle aroma of a candle, but are they really a safe part of your chemical-free home? The answer may surprise you.

Candles create an ambiance that we love to enjoy in our homes especially in the fall as the holidays approach. We use them to relax in the bathroom or to scent the air of our living spaces. We even give them as gifts during the holidays. However, studies show that they create toxic emissions just like cigarettes do that are detrimental to your family’s health. So what’s the big deal, you ask?

First, paraffin wax is made from petroleum products which create indoor pollution and contain known carcinogens. Read that – ‘known to cause cancer’. The problem is that they do not burn at high enough temperatures to combust hazardous molecules such as toluene and benzene – chemicals known to cause damage to the brain, lung and central nervous systems. And there are numerous other nasty chemicals released in the smoke. Researcher Amid Hamidi from the University of South Carolina said, “Lighting them frequently in an unventilated bathroom around a tub may cause problems.” If you wouldn’t allow someone to light up a cigarette in your home, then maybe you shouldn’t light up a candle in your home for the same reasons.

Second, candle wicks are frequently made with a lead core, and as much as 30% continue to be sold even though this was banned in 2003. Burning lead wicks releases five times the amount of lead considered safe for children by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Given that lead is a brain toxin, carcinogen, and hormone disruptor, I am not sure I would consider ANY level to be "safe".

Thirdly, fragrance has been found by the EPA to contain potentially hazardous chemicals such as acetone and phthalates – known endocrine disruptors and respiratory irritants/allergens. Phthalates are listed on labels as fragrance. While we want to freshen the air with fragrances that we love, those chemicals cause respiratory or organ problems. Just walk down the grocery aisle for air fresheners and see if your lungs, eyes, and nose react. Does it take your breathe away or make your eyes water? Even if your nose and lungs seemingly approve, your hormones are taking a beating that over time could contribute to infertility, early menopause, or other frustrating imbalances. Phthalates have also been found to cause cancer. Not the impact we want for our kids, is it?

Are there safe alternatives? Researchers suggest that soy or beeswax candles are safer. The problem lies in that many still contain some paraffin waxes and all contain fragrances. Even those labeled as 100% soy still contain some amount of paraffin. Personally I feel that using soy is a vote for Monsanto who produces GMO soy seeds that are extremely harmful for food not to mention the chemical glyphosate and the whole controversy surrounding it. Google “harmful effects of soy and glyphosate” and you will see words like obesity, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Enough said.

Those that claim to use essential oils or “natural” fragrance are waving huge red flags. The majority of essential oils in the US are adulterated with unknown additives or solvents (as much as 95%), or they are synthetically produced in a lab. You don’t know what you are getting and the potential is great that it will make you sick. It is legal in the US to put only 5% actual essential oil in your bottle and then label it as “100% pure”. Yikes! What to do?

Solution Found That Enhances Health!

The only truly safe alternative that we have found for our home is to diffuse therapeutic grade essential oils from a trusted source that uses no additives or solvents. That source is Young Living. Their Seed to Seal guarantee ensures that you truly get 100% actual essential oil and nothing else in the bottle. A few of their oil blends may contain small amounts of carrier oil to hold together a blend and allow for ease of topical application. No chemicals, no pesticides, no herbicides, no solvents, and no YUCK!

What is “diffusing” and why is it safe? Our diffuser of choice utilizes ultrasonic technology to break up a mixture of essential oils and water into extremely fine microparticles and disperses them in the air. It creates a cold water vapor and does NOT use heat which damages the potency of the oils. Diffusing also releases negative ions which clears the air of unpleasant odors and pollutants, unlike candles which produce harmful positive ions. The diffuser itself is made of polypropylene that is safe to use with essential oils and won’t emit plastics into the air.

Plus, we can choose from hundreds of oil fragrances offered by Young Living and create our own favorites! These oils offer not only a spa-like atmosphere, they also offer health benefits when inhaled. They can support focus for a task, calming at the end of the day, or an atmosphere of peace in your home. They may boost immune systems and support various systems of the body according to the Essential Oils Desk Reference. These oils are safe for the reasons listed above thanks to the Seed to Seal guarantee which we have personally witnessed at several of their farms and distilleries. You can learn more at seedtoseal.com.

While there are several diffusers to choose from, the new Desert Mist Diffuser offers 11 different lighting options including a romantic candle flicker! Talk about ambiance of the healthy kind without fumes, smoke, or toxins! This diffuser runs longer (up to 10 hours), is easy to use and clean, and features a beautiful design that will look elegant in any home or office. Ditch the toxic candles and switch to the safe Desert Mist Diffuser. You will love it!

Some favorites we enjoy diffusing are Lemon, Frankincense with Tangerine, RC blend, Thieves blend, and Citrus Fresh blend. With fall around the corner, here’s a Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe to try. You won’t even miss your old candles and may wonder why you didn’t kick them out of the house sooner!

Check out our facebook page Naturally Alive with Brenda for more Autumn Diffuser blends and ideas on how to kick the chemicals out of your home! To get started, learn more here.

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Two Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid Like the Plague!

Are you aware that many sunscreens contain ingredients that disrupt hormones or cause cancer? What!? Isn’t that why you were applying them to start with – to protect your skin from the potential of sun damage and skin cancer?

You need your fun in the sun and beachtime, just make sure to do it safely. Everything you put on your skin absorbs into the bloodstream in about 6 seconds and begins to circulate throughout the body within minutes. Can you see how important it is that you make sure what is in your body is safe!

To truly protect your family and littles, you need to use sunscreens with safe ingredients. Environmental Working Group (EWG) has taken the guesswork out of it for you by publishing a list of safer sunscreens. After testing 1,500 products, they found 75% of them provide inferior results or contain harmful ingredients like oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate. These two ingredients should be avoided like the plague!

Of all the beach and sports sunscreens tested, 40% contained oxybenzone. Oxybenzone can cause allergic skin reactions and laboratory studies show it is a weak estrogen making it an endocrine disruptor in females and males. Other studies have linked it to more health issues including low birth weights.

EWG found that 14% of the sunscreens they tested contained an “inactive ingredient” - retinyl palmitate. This is a form of vitamin A which you would think is good for the skin. Right?! Wrong! When put on sun-exposed skin, it has been found to speed the development of skin tumors and lesions. The very thing we are trying to avoid in the first place. While the FDA is waiting to make up their mind, you should stay away from products with this ingredient.

On the EWG website you can find the 230+ sunscreens that passed the safety test, as well as a list of the worst choices so you can see if your brand is on the wrong end of the spectrum. You can even look up the specific ingredients and find out why they are good or bad. Now EWG makes it easy to find the sunscreens you want with direct links to Amazon!

My family loves Badger brand for our fun in the sun. I just restocked for the summer because these quality products do have expiration dates. As with all sunscreens, you will need to reapply if you are spending a lot of time in and out of the water. When you notice that your sunscreen is separating or becoming watery, it is time to get a fresh one for maximum protection. Some are thick cremes that require a little elbow grease to rub into the skin while offering superior protection over the spray on types.

Speaking of spray ons, aerosols pose an inhalation risk, do not provide even coverage, and contain more bad ingredients. The FDA is currently reviewing safety data on sprays. Avoid them like the plague, too. If you must use one, spray it on your hand and then apply to the skin.

We also love sunscreen made with therapeutic grade essential oils added. Skin loving oils such as Carrot Seed, Helichrysum, and Lavender are a great addition to your DIY recipes with a natural lotion or coconut oil base. Or, place some of your favorite purchased sunscreen in your palm and add a few drops of these oils, mix in well and apply. We only use this brand because of their Seed to Seal promise of purity. We have found that other oils may be legally diluted by 95% while their label says they are “100% pure”.

Whatever you choose, have fun with your family and littles all summer long with safe products that contain natural ingredients that truly protect your chemical-free lifestyle.

Shortly after this was originally posted, our favorite oils company introduced a Mineral Sunscreen!! Woo-hoo! We tested it out and love,Love, LOVE it! I will share our story in a separate blog post here.

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Secret Weapon to Whip Alligator Skin!

Does your skin look more like a scaly reptile than a Disney princess during the winter months? Between dry blowing winds outside and dry heated air inside, it’s no wonder your skin is crying for help! You need a secret weapon for regaining that baby’s bottom smoothness again.

Have no fear! Help is on the way! It’s super easy and only takes four ingredients. The hard part will be choosing which essential oil to add! So, just how do you whip alligator skin? Your secret weapon is . . . whipped body butter, of course! Whipping this makes all the difference in the world. It’s light and fluffy, and feels luxurious when you smooth it on. Use it after you shower to hold in moisture, or at bedtime to rejuvenate your skin while you sleep. You will love how it soaks in without leaving you feeling like a greased little piggy.

You will be a hero to your friend’s skin, when you make this and give it as holiday gifts. Just put in pretty, little half-pint or pint jars, or tins, and tie on a ribbon! How easy is that? Great for teacher or co-worker gifts and won’t hurt the budget. Your recipients will act like you gave them diamonds, darling!

We choose to use only the best therapeutic-grade essential oils from Young Living because everything you put on your skin goes into your bloodstream. If your essential oil bottle has a warning label that says do not ingest, then you don’t want to put that on your skin (or breath it in). We trust the Seed to Seal promise because we have personally witnessed it at Young Living’s farms around the globe. You can learn more at SeedtoSeal.com. When you decide to make the switch from fake oils to real whole oils, then connect with me on facebook or Click Here to get them at my cost.

Choose oils that help create youthful healthy looking skin such as: Lavender, Frankincense, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Myrrh, Peppermint, Gentle Baby, Geranium, or Patchouli.

Great for men, too! Make him a jar so he won’t swipe yours! Choose manly scents like Frankincense, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Myrrh, Valor II, and the ever-popular Shutran.

This could become your new daily fragrance sensation in the place of toxic synthetic perfumes! You can go with one essential oil or create your own combination. Try fragrant favorites like: Abundance, Sensation, Purification, Ylang ylang and more! Have fun with it!

Here’s that secret weapon recipe. Bye-bye alligator skin. You’ve been whipped!

Whipped Body Butter

  • ½ cup unrefined shea butter
  • ¼ cup expeller-pressed coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sweet almond oil
  • 10-20 drops essential oils

Combine first three ingredients in a double boiler or pan over medium-low heat. Stir until mixture is liquid and remove from heat. Allow this to cool and partially set. You can speed the process by placing in refrigerator for a few minutes if you are in a hurry. Once partially set, place in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and add your essential oils. Whisk cooled mixture until it takes on a fluffy consistency similar to whipped cream. Spoon into jars or tins with a lid and store in a cool place. Enjoy! 

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Two Surprise Health Champions for Guys AND Dolls!

This morning women and men will get up and get ready to start their day with a deodorant that likely contains aluminum salts. In my hometown, the shelves are lined with them. And sadly, natural options are rarely found on those same shelves.

It doesn't take long to research the harmful effects of aluminum on the body, especially breasts, kidneys, and the brain. Scientists have found a link to diseases of these organs, yet we still purchase these deadly deodorants and slather them over our pits daily.

It's time to wake up to natural options that are free of heavy metals and petrochemicals like parabens, phthalates, and propylene glycol. It's time to vote as a consumer with your dollars. When you stop purchasing the chemical-laden versions, you send a message to those manufacturers.

More and more companies are making deodorants "free" of these harmful ingredients. You still MUST read the full ingredients list for possible hidden offenders. Other questionable ingredients may be added that are just as harmful to health. Avoid ALL harmful ingredients and not just the aluminum.

We want to share two surprise Health Champions with you that will leave you cheering! You do have easy access to both of these natural options. Before we reveal these Champions, you need to understand a couple of important misconceptions about natural deodorants.

First, they are NOT antiperspirants which literally clog the pores to prevent sweat from coming out of them. This is not healthy! Your lymph glands suffer the immediate consequences and then the rest of your body suffers. Remember sweat is GOOD for you! It means your pores are open and are detoxing in a healthy manner. Yay for sweat!

Secondly, natural deodorants will help your body to detox. This means that when you first switch to one, your pits will go through about a two-week detox as those aluminum salts and petrochemicals are finally released from your body. Your lymph glands, breasts, kidneys, and brain will thank you! So, do not be alarmed by redness of the skin or body odor during the first two weeks as your body expells those toxins that are clogging your lymph nodes. Say to yourself, "oh goody, this is working!"

Now for our Health Champions! Did you know that Young Living was the first to formulate deodorants exclusively with therapeutic grade essential oils and all-natural ingredients? AromaGuard provides two safe alternatives to commercial chemical-laden versions that is free of aluminum salts and petrochemicals. Both are appropriate for guys AND dolls. Don’t let the picture lead you to believe one is for guys and the other for dolls – you have choices!

What I love is that these Champions don't cost more than the newer natural options coming into the market today -- they cost less! (Not to mention the savings in future medical care not needed.) If you are new to natural deodorants, then try the blue label Meadow Mist which has therapeutic grade essential oils like Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, and Ylang ylang (to name just a few). This is our family favorite! It may support a more gentle detox as you switch.

Another great option is the green label Mountain Mint which has therapeutic grade essential oils like Peppermint, Rosemary, and Lemon (among others). Both Champions feature natural skin-soothing properties like coconut oil, vitamin E, and beeswax. Your pits will love this!

While both of these Champions are fabulous options for good health and especially for women's breast health, Ladies, you can support a healthy detox by applying this deodorant beyond your pits. Do this at bedtime when your body is resetting: Apply Meadow Mist over all those lymph nodes in your upper arms and around the entire breast. Here’s how: raise your arm, then start applying it from the underside of your arm near the elbow down across the pit and continue down the outside of the breast going underneath the breast, then back up between both breasts over the sternum and circling across the top of the breast back toward the armpit. You will be amazed at how great this feels!

All guys and dolls need to take the best possible care of your breast health by choosing to use a safe, natural deodorant. It matters! Our choice is Young Living because of their Seed to Seal guarantee. As witnesses to this process and the integrity of this company at three of their global farms, there is no comparison for our family and our budget. We believe that you will love it, too! Learn more here.

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Wow Your Guests with NingXia Lemonade!

Your guests will go back again and again for more of this refreshing treat! The best part is that it has whole food ingredients, like Ningxia Red, which is sooooo good for you. Ningxia Red is made from squished wolfberries (goji berries) so you get the pulp, skin, seeds, and juice. High in amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, it provides a pick-me-up without spiking your blood sugar and is a tasty and colorful addition to this recipe. Click here to learn more about this amazing superfood.

Make your lemonade ahead and chill in the fridge for your special event. It's quick and easy with the help of an electric juicer. Here's how!

Ingredients:

  • 4 large lemons, plus one for garnish
  • 2/3 cup Young Living Blue Agave
  • 2 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil
  • 1 bottle Sparkling Cider (apple or other flavor)
  • 2-3 oz. NingXia Red nutritive drink
  • Filtered water

Combine the juice of lemons with next four ingredients in a gallon pitcher. Mix well first, and then add filtered water to fill pitcher. Chill in refrigerator until cold and serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices or mint leaves. Optional sweeteners are honey or stevia. Adjust the tartness/sweetness and water to your taste preference. We added ice cubes to our dispenser and it did not taste watered down at all. Enjoy!

For more mouth-watering recipes using therapeutic-grade essential oils, visit me at NaturallyAlivewithBrenda.com!

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Top 3 Reasons Your Kids Want You to Green Your Cleaning

Your kids may not pay much attention to what cleaning products you use. And, you probably have days where you feel like they do everything in their power to make messes just for you to clean. In spite of that, I believe that your kids DO want you to green your cleaning. How can they want something that they do not know about, you ask? It's all about how it affects their quality of life and their future. So here's my top 3 reasons your kiddos want you to go green with your cleaning.

Reason #1: Health first!

Most cleaning products are loaded with toxic synthetic chemicals that reek havoc in the body. These chemicals can cause respiratory issues, hormonal imbalances, organ damage, allergic reactions, and worse. They have names like parabens, triclosan, phthalates, fragrances, etc.  Even if you don't have symptoms now, the long-term effects of exposure will surface eventually. It's like a dripping faucet in a glass. Today there is not much water in the glass. But we all know that given time the glass will eventually fill up to overflowing. So ask yourself, would I have wanted my parents to use toxic chemicals that they knew could make me sick one day? Of course you wouldn't! And your kids feel the same way. You are becoming an educated consumer so that you can avoid the toxins. Also, be aware that some manufacturers claim to be using natural or green ingredients when in fact they are continuing to add synthetic chemicals to the same bottle. You want to go with a full disclosure company that you can trust. 

Reason #2: Safety today!

Those toxic cleaners might look like something good to eat to a toddler. You do your best to keep them locked up. Next thing you know you are calling Poison Control in a panic! Followed by instructions for ipecac or a visit to the ER for pumping. Yikes! Your kids do not want to go through all that drama and trauma. This is not a worry when you switch to safe, green cleaners. Our favorite cleaner is Thieves Household Cleaner (THC) and it is so gentle that it can be ingested with no harm. Not recommended, but no need to call Poison Control if it should happen. It has plant-based ingredients that are gentle yet effective for all your cleaning needs. No undisclosed chemicals in this bottle. So you can spray the messy tray of your toddler's high chair for a quick clean-up while he is still sitting in it with no worries. In fact, it sounds like a great excuse for you to start teaching HIM how to clean as early as possible! 

Reason #3: Saving bucks! 

Another reason we love THC. Every surface in every room with just one easy to use cleaner. It's a concentrate so you just add 1 teaspoon to a 16 oz. spray bottle of water to use for light degreasing for a cost of $.14 cents. Add an extra teaspoon for heavier degreasing needs. BOOM! One bottle just saved you $100 on a year's supply of Windex, Mrs. Meyers, and Swiffermop cleaners that you eliminated from the budget because you replaced them with THC. We could also estimate that you will save $100s in reduced visits to the ER, doctor's office, and drug store, too. Extra money in the budget means more family fun like Disneyworld or Dollywood! Or you can save it for a college education and go to the beach instead. Either way, your kids will be glad you saved all that extra money for them and maybe helped them avoid student loans. Just sayin'!

There are probably more reasons, but these 3 will earn you major brownie points, mom! Green your cleaning today. Learn more about Thieves here!

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