Also on the guessing board was that I must just be “prone” to things like acne, yeast infections, rashes, and dry, itchy skin.
I was also told I had oily skin and an oily scalp.
You can see where I’d be a little confused.
The more I pressed with the question, “...but why?” I only found hard pushback.
Then, at the start of my oily journey, I’d ask if my docs thought I might find some relief looking for the root problem.
“No, there’s no way to tell. Until we can learn more about ___(enter issue here)___, here’s a script for ___(insert medicine, antibiotic, cream, etc)___here.”
However, no matter how many of those prescriptions I filled over the next two decades, I’d never even get close to getting better.
In fact, I was getting worse each year.
As I steeped myself further into the Young Living community, I read more and more testimonials about people overcoming their sensitive skin when ditching all their products and switching to Young Living’s toxin-free options.
This interested me for a few reasons:
1.) I’d already ditched all dyes, fragrances, and went organic but still had major issues.
I actually had the entire house plus husband and kid products on this list, but for the sake of the topic of sensitive skin, that part looked a little something like this:
Makeup (this one particularly freaked me out)
Deodorant (also scary to switch)
Heat protectant for my 3,000 pounds of hair
Lotion (I prefer body cream)
Laundry Detergent (assuming since all my clothes are touching my skin, this made sense to me)
Blessing in Young Living
I knew Young Living was supposed to be safe, but I looked up the ingredients anyway.
I couldn’t find anything that would harm me.
In fact, they were the only company I could find who didn’t spray their plants, hand-weeded, and didn’t add anything synthetic to their products, so all systems were a go for Essential Rewards!
Steve (the hubby) and I decided on our budget, figured out which of the products we could stretch (mostly all, as they’re super concentrated), and started in on building a new home like we’d done years ago, but this time we’d do it right.
When you don’t have the budget to buy every single thing in one fell swoop, your rise to normal is a slow progression.
Because of that, I just got used to feeling better without any of my prior symptoms returning.
It didn’t seem like anything miraculous when you’re not exactly in a stage of life where you can focus on yourself, either. Two little boys, a full-time job, friends, family…you get it.
Until one day, years later, I realized just how much better we had become.
Last year, for our ten year wedding anniversary, we took a trip to Boston and stayed at Cape Cod.
We had the cutest little beach house, and it was perfect, except for one thing: the second we walked in the house, we threw the windows open, put all their products under the sink, and after knocking down the intense fake fragrance smell, ran the diffuser like crazy.
We used the towels provided in our Air BNB, and I immediately smelled toxic laundry detergent/fabric softener.
I was nervous, but without any other option, I did what I had to do.
After two days, my skin was itchy, I felt all the symptoms of a yeast infection coming on, and my nose was stuffy.
I was using all of our own non-toxic products.
The only difference was the fragrance in the air and synthetic junk in our towels and sheets.
I had the hardest time sleeping on those sheets and woke well before sunrise just to get out of the bed and away from that intense headache-making smell.
Grateful for Fake Sensitivity
I realized how good I had it with Young Living’s toxin-free lifestyle that weekend.
I can’t believe what a huge shift it was in just a day or two.
Weirdly, I’m glad I had to go back to my old life for just a couple of days.
It hit home even more why my purpose for writing, teaching, and sharing the Young Living lifestyle matters so much.
It further lit my fire to bring this to you every day.
Fight for Your Family
When you’re ready to fight for your family, too, click here.
The Desert Mist runs up to 10 hours, the Premium Starter Kit will let you ditch all your synthetic fragrances, and Essential Rewards will ensure you get $10 back for this great decision and money back each month as well.
With your kit, I’ll send you an Essential Oils Reference Guide , and with your permission I’ll add you to our online community of learners where you’ll have access to tons of free resources, education, and like-minded friends learning just like you!
Like always, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for help!
If you want a healthy life, one of your biggest steps will be switching whatever you get in the store for toxin-free laundry products.
Laundry detergents have serious hormonal disruptors which pollute your homes air, outdoor air, and then hang in your closet seeping out into your breathing air while you sleep.
So, yeah…pretty serious.
While you are cleansing your home from synthetic fragrance, add these to your got-to-go list:
candles (yes, even soy and other “special” ones)
fake, store bought essential oils (yes, those are synthetic!)
Why is it so important to completely rid your home of synthetic smells?
Our homes are 3-5 times more toxic (AKA carcinogenic, hormone disrupting, respiratory debilitating, developmentally harmful, environmentally harmful) than the outdoor pollution because of toxins in our homes. Synthetic fragrance is a HUGE contributor!
Option 1: Simple and Awesome DIY Recipe!
You’ll want to bookmark this amazing DIY detergent recipe that has been our family’s go-to for a while now.
There’s a serious misconception that fragrance is somehow natural when it’s labeled as something we commonly use (i.e. grapefruit, lavender, eucalyptus).
The truth is that unless it discloses that Young Living is supplying its oils to create a fragrance, you’re getting synthetic fragrance, which means you’re messing with your body’s hormones, increasing your cancer risk, etc.
Real Life Use
As a mom running every which way, I must say I really don’t mind the five minutes it takes to make the DIY detergent.
The links in the recipe lead to buying in bulk, which means I have all the ingredients I need to make this about once a month for a little over $3 per month, saving me lots without much trouble.
One of the worst offenders when it comes to our home’s air quality is fabric softener and dryer sheets.
They release fragrance that sticks to your clothes and whose chemicals enter into your blood stream through your largest organ-your skin.
Some reports have even linked it to seizures in children.
Thankfully, there is a great answer so you can avoid static.
Pour 1/3 C then pour into your washing machine or detergent drawer.
If you see some of it settling over time, that’s okay! Just stir before use. It will break up in the wash. We have used this successfully in both a regular washer as well as an HE.
Wasn’t it odd that something in the store made to smell great made me nauseous?
I guess because of this, I wasn’t too surprised to find how dangerous they are.
The worst part?
Some of the most common brands that scored an “F” on the ewg.org scale are made for babies.
Brand new respiratory systems, hearts, brains all developing while snuggled in toxins.
The cherry on top? They charge an unsightly amount for 90 loads, call it “Free and Clear,” and even concentrate it to give it to us in tiny little bottles.(You’ll find Fabric Softener does the same thing).
Like me, you’ll probably find your detergent doesn’t fit into your healthy lifestyle, either. Check it out: