Are Essential Oils safe?!! Read this before using…

Are essential oils safe?

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Are Essential Oils safe? Read on…

I had actually heard about Essential Oils for years, but thought they were just a bunch of hocus-pocus.

I even worked on a catalog shoot for an essential oil company and at wrap, they gave us all huge gift baskets of their products.  I was super excited to get a bunch of freebies, and loved that they were so generous!  But ahemm…okay, I admit it–I didn’t use them because I had no idea what to do with them.  So that beautiful gift sat in my makeup closet without one single ounce of love.

That is, until I was called to do a video shoot for a different essential oil company…

During the second shoot, several people were brought in to share their actual testimonials of how essential oils had blessed their lives… so sitting there, hearing their testimonials really made me wonder, “Is there any truth to all of this hype?”

It just so happened that I had recently had a skin cancer on my arm removed.  Then out of nowhere, 2 more of those little monsters -grrrr- appeared on the other arm.  So I was planning to get back in to have those removed too, but I was super busy working and couldn’t break away from set to get that done.

So with sparked curiosity and growing skin cancers on my arm, I asked several of the people from that company if any of the oils worked on skin cancer.   Without flinching, every one of them independently answered that frankincense was the answer.

Frankincense–really?  Like as in the Bible???  How and why would…????  But, I knew I couldn’t get into the doctor for a while, sooo…I think you may have guessed what I ended up doing.

Yup, I pulled the forgotten frankincense from my makeup closet and started applying a drop to each spot several times a day.

And did it work?  YES!  It totally did–and was I blown away???  Okay, yes, I was.  I don’t know why it made them completely disappear, but it did–whoooosh…gone!  Totally vanished–AND they have never returned.

Those two took about a month to remove, but I’ve used it on a few since, and it seems like if you get on them immediately, they tend to disappear faster.

Yes, I’m a blabbermouth and so of course I’ve shared this little trick with a lot of people, my mother included.  And I hear back from people (even my mom) all the time, as shocked as they should be that the frankincense took away their skin cancers too.

The only thing I can figure is that in order for those skin cancers to vanish, the DNA has to be altered somehow.  SO in my own blonde head, I think that the frankincense works below the surface (as do most things we put on our skin) but what it appears to do is to attack the damage to the DNA and restore the cell back to a healthy state.  Amazing, to say the least.

Frankincense is also used as an anti-inflammatory and appears to be great for treating wrinkles too.  Well, that’s not hard to figure out why, at least in my book anyway.

So if frankincense can do all that and so much more, think of the possibilities with all kinds of essential oils.

In fact, here is a video Tiffany did on some of the amazing therapeutic qualities of tea tree oil, because yes, we believe they are (how many ways can I say this?) therapeutic. In fact, very therapeutic.

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So am I just trying to sell essential oils by putting up this post?  I’d love for you to buy the right ones:)  but no, that’s surprisingly not where I’m going with this.

WORDS OF WARNING (what?!!)

I’m hoping to bring a gentle word of warning to the misuse and over-use of essential oils. We believe them to be very therapeutic and helpful for ailments and as needed, but we think they shouldn’t be slathered on like perfume or used all of the time for no real purpose.

Or if someone tells you they’re natural and you can’t overdose on them…hmmmm, we’re not so sure.  We think your liver may know better.

Do you get where I’m going???  If a plant thrives on water, is it good to over water it? What happens when you do?  So what about our natural bodies that we can’t fool?  If we use essential oils for therapeutic ailments, our bodies will know what to do with them, but if we overuse them, or mis-use them, are we going to cause adverse reactions?

Another word of warning is that you may be buying unpure oils without knowing it.  This problem is unfortunately a huge problem because marketers can market synthetic essential oils as “pure” “therapeutic” “better than organic”, “beyond organic” or whatever buzzwords they choose, when they aren’t even natural at all.

Because essential oils are concentrated plant extracts, we feel very strongly that the ONLY type of essential oils that should be used should be 100% organic. If a company markets them as anything BUT that, we’d say, stay away.

These are the only essential oils that we currently trust:

Organic Essential Oils
My husband isn’t even prone to allergies, but I learned this lesson really fast when I misted our bedroom with lavendar from a highly respected company.  He had terrible headaches each time I used it.  Then I tried another lavendar oil that was 100% organic, and it didn’t phase him at all.

Another concern is that many companies will switch from pure oils to synthetic oils to make more money. I did some checking into this because I wanted to know why companies with good reputations would transition from truly natural essential oils into the synthetics.  I learned that a manufacturer can buy a 55 gallon drum of a synthetic essential oil for the same cost as 1 gallon of the natural.  So is it all about money?  Sadly, it looks that way 🙁

So as therapeutic as the good oils are, we believe the synthetics can potentially be hazardous.

Basically, if you have any adverse reaction at all to essential oils, we believe there’s a good chance you’ve got a synthetic oil on your hands, and it would be wise to discontinue use immediately.

So that said, we really are huge fans of good essential oils as long as they’re truly natural, and used wisely.

Our theory is that truly pure, natural essential oils are amazing, and should be in every medicine cabinet.  But they should be used for therapeutic reasons and nothing more.

Our final warning:  Don’t Eat Them.  Even if the manufacturer claims their oils are so pure you can eat them, we say don’t.  The skin will absorb what it needs when we apply them topically.

So there ya go, that is our theory of essential oils.  Here are more posts we hope you’ll love..

Which Essential Oils are best to Improve the Skin?

Natural Remedies for beautiful Skin

Best Oils for each Skin Type

Please let us know your thoughts, ideas and insights–we love hearing from you!! 🙂

Stay safe!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Natural Eczema Cures & Remedies

Natural Eczema Cures & Remedies

 

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Natural Eczema cures & remedies, making the fight a lot easier and winning it!

This is something we get asked about all the time on naturesknockout.com and we have a lot to share.  It’s not really a “recipe” per say, but a lot of tried and true natural eczema cures and remedies and what we believe to be cures as well (based on our own experience and feedback from all of you) So anyway, here we go…

USE WATER SPARINGLY, IF AT ALL

Water is one of the worst irritants and literally fuels the eczema, so you’ll want to protect the skin from it as much as possible.  We tend to over clean and eczema is one of the bodies ways of telling us that the immune system is not very happy.  There’s so much more to say, but basically our skin is covered with a natural protective oily coating.  It’s important to keep that intact and using water can actually strip that away.  So the better option is to use an emollient (like coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil) to clean because it actually lifts the impurities off of the surface.

When you need to shower or immerse yourself in water, you can apply coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil to the skin prior to exposure, then wash with a gentle, safe soap, and follow up with a little oil after towel drying the skin.

CLEANSE GENTLY

With your son’s eczema, it’s important to avoid all products containing sodium laureth or sodium lauryl sulphate (for more info on those, head to our I-Spy.) It’s best to make sure he only uses natural or organic soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents…but even if an item says it’s natural, check the ingredients to make sure it’s completely non-chemical.  This might sound odd, but oil based cleansers will lift impurities, without drying the surface. So we feel that unfefined, pure organic cold pressed coconut oil is the best cleanser you could use. Use it alone and without water while skin is irritated.

SEA SALT

If the eczema has a thick and rough texture and no lesions, freshly ground sea salt can be added to the coconut oil to scrub the area (not close to the eyes though)…often eczema will respond well to that as it usually carries bacteria that the salt fights.  Remove it with a damp cloth and reapply the coconut oil to relubricate. Please be sure skin is not broken or the salt could really hurt.

Another thing to consider is that if the acid mantle has been stripped, it can cause eczema breakouts. One way to restore the acid mantle is by applying a tiny amount of apple cider vinegar to the affected area.

LUBRICATE

The skin needs lubrication, not hydration.  So that means, using healthy oils is good, using water or products with water is not so good (boo)  The number one best treatment we’ve found is Emu Oil It works great and soothes burning skin immediately. We believe this should be a staple in ever medicine cabinet of a person with skin problems.

NO MORE LOTION

Yes, that includes lotions.  Bummer on that–at least, until the skin is healthier.  But most lotions tend to aggravate eczema because of the high water content in them.  And unfortunately, that even includes many of the safe and natural ones.  Heavy lubricating creams and oils are the best for protecting and nourishing the skin to get it back to a more healthy state.  Again, we say, the skin should be treated with Pure Emu Oil for quick relief and lasting results.

FRAGRANCE

One more thing–get away from fragrance and any product that contains it.  Even if it says “natural fragrance or fragrance blends” the skin can’t be fooled. :-/

LOCK IN PROTECTION

Oops, I just thought of another, so one last thing :)..  covering the skin after lubricating it will help tremendously.  If it’s on the hands, apply a lubricant, put cotton gloves on, and keep them on for a few hours or overnight.  The skin will usually respond well.

MAKE SURE TO BE INFORMED

And I don’t want to get off on a negative note, but when it comes to steroid creams, use them sparingly if you have to, but be sure to read all of the side effects thoroughly, because they are real.

FOODS

Some foods may cause a reaction in people who are eczema prone…some to watch for are red meats, sea food, eggs, dairy, GMO grains, breads with yeast, additives, preservatives, blueberries, tomatos, lemons, and lime.  Psssst, I’ll share a secret–I have eczema too.  I guess it’s not really a secret because I blab it all the time.  Sorry, off task—anyway, I can have those items when my skin is doing well, but when it’s broken out, I try to avoid them until I can get it under control.

Something to add to the diet is more probiotics or acidophilus, more dark leafy greens

 

Please comment below, we LOVE to hear your thoughts, abut this or anything else that crosses your mind–we’re ready!

Take care of yourselves, YOU are so worth it!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

 

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Best Natural DIY Deodorant Recipe

Best Natural DIY Deodorant Recipe

We’ve tried so many natural deodorants and found one or two along the way that worked fine, nothing spectacular.  Then we started hitting the kitchen cabinets and put together this recipe that literally takes less than 5 minutes to gather together and make and we really love it.Best Natural DIY Deodorant Recipe

The recipe is super fast and easy and it works better than most of the natural deodorants we’ve tried!

NOTE: You will sweat, but that’s great because it means the body is eliminating toxins.  So don’t fight it, just know that you can have good protection and keep from stinking.  This is the Best Natural DIY Deodorant Recipe we’ve ever used,  it works super well and lasts all day.

One last thing, we are strong believers that believe that because essential oils are powerful and concentrated oils that are extracted from plants, that it’s essential that those plants must be 100% Organic. These ones below are the only ones we’ve found that we feel good about recommending at this time:

Organic Essential Oils

CITRUS REFRESHER DEODORANT RECIPE

NOTE: We only recommend certified organic essential oils as they are highly therapeutic and concentrated. If they don’t say “certified organic” they are likely loaded with pesicides & herbicides. We added links above and below to mountain rose where we trust their quality.

Also, we also found another ORGANIC MARKET with great prices that we love what they are doing and have set up as affiliates with them. They also carry many of the ingredients we like to use as well.

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (if you have allergies to this, you can replace it with more tapioca flour)
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 12 drops of orange certified organic essential oil
  • 6 drops of lemon certified organic essential oil
  • 6 drops of lime certified organic essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a deep dish. Smash and grind into a toothpaste type consistency. Store in an 8 oz glass jar with a lid.

Our favorite essential oils to use are wintergreen, peppermint, and tea tree oil, but they are hot oils and for sweaters, we would caution that they might not be such a big hit.  For us, they work great, but that’s something to consider.  If you tend to be a sweater, another combination we love is citrus oils, like orange, lemon, grapefruit and lime.

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Also, a little note on the sea salt we listed below as optional.  For more sensitive skin, it may be a little irritating, so we’d recommend eliminating it on a daily basis.  If you aren’t so sensitive, it’s great to add for additional exfoliation, which is a great way to eliminate bacteria buildup and odor.

That’s really all there is to this–it’s truly the best natural DIY Deodorant Recipe you’ll find!

And, speaking of Beauty, here are links to our “Beauty Foods” Cookbooks so you can eat wonderful food that helps create beautiful skin at the same time…

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

grain-free-gluten-free-cookbooks

 

Let us know how you love it!!

Take care of yourself–you’re worth it! 

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

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