A Chemical Free Life

May 31, 2017 0 Comments

All smiles

I’m all smiles about the life I have created and the steps I have taken over the years.

Recently I was talking to a friend on the phone and she asked if I ever shared with others why I started removing chemicals from our home and my life and why I use Young Living Essential Oils.  This really got me thinking.  I have touched base on all of this through various posts and I share this when I get asked but I don’t think I have ever spelled it out.  So here I go, I am going to do my best to share with you why I started removing chemicals from our home and why I started using Young Living Essential Oils.

10 years ago

It’s hard to believe my husband and I met 10 years ago this month.  Wow!  We both knew that we wanted to start a family together after we got married.  There was never any talk about “what if” it was always when it happens.  At this time I started thinking about the way I cooked.  Stay with me for a moment.  We traditionally mimic what we had when we were younger.  My mom always had a meal on the table when my dad got home and I have continued to do this for my husband.  When I started to think about the meals I had I wanted to make sure I incorporated the food pyramid, now the food plate to make sure I was getting well balanced meals every day.  I know this sounds a little crazy but I really wanted to be a good mom who taught proper nutrition at a early age.  It was a struggle for me sometimes to get my veggies and fruit in as I was raised often on meat and potatoes.  Who remember’s butter noodles?  This was a staple when I was growing up.  This now makes my stomach turn.  Habits are easy to establish at a young age when bad habits haven’t been created and I wanted this for our kids.

During this time frame I slowly started making changes and knew I needed to stay healthy.  I worked out at least five times a week however, I was always sick.  Often times it was a sinus infection.  Sometimes I would end up with bronchitis and phenomena.  Yuck!  This is when I thought I was doing the right thing and went to see a nose, throat, ear specialist.  I was tested for allergies (first time ever) and found out I had some reactions to dust and different pollens.  Nothing horrible but enough to where I walked out of the doctors office with three prescriptions to take every single day of my life.  I was given the option by my doctor to start shots however, I opted for the two pills and a nose spray.  It worked for a little bit however, I still got sick.  I remember going back when I was hacking a ton and I had to blow into a machine.  This should have signaled an alarm in my head but it didn’t.  I was on these medications to not get sick however, I still got sick.  I walked out with a stronger prescription.

Keep in mind, I was wanting to stay healthy and get baby ready.  I wasn’t excited about taking pills however, I did it so I could breathe and function without having to blow my nose every few minutes of the day.

My husband got a new job which took us to a different state.  This state was easier to eat organically and workout every single day.  They had much better options and it was a dry heat which was perfect.  I slowly stopped taking my medications that I was told I would have to be on forever if I lived in the last state.  That sounds so horrible.  In order to live in a certain place I would have to be drugged.  How unhealthy does that sound?

Everything was lining up perfectly.  We both had jobs that would support a family and we were both healthy.  My doctor said everything was good from her end.  Now it was the waiting process.  We continued to do everything we needed to however, we weren’t getting pregnant.  If you have been down this road, you know how challenging it can be.  It’s a struggle but you try to find the positive in the situation even when you want to cry that you have to wait another month.  This is when months start feeling like years.  Ugh!

Another job change happened and we were in a different state and different climate.  I was back to getting sick and not feeling like myself.  I started researching a little more on what I could do naturally to help us along our journey.

This is when it happened.

I learned so much in a short amount of time.  It was almost overwhelming to find out everything I thought I was doing right wasn’t enough.  I was exposing myself to so many toxins some that may lead to fertility issues, cancer, hormone disruptions, and more.  I opened a can of worms.  I had to take a moment and figure out how I was going to navigate my journey from here.  I found out some prescription medications I was prescribed in the past leads to fertility issues.  This was mind blowing.  No one ever told me, if you take this pill it could potentially have a negative effect on your life.  If I was, I wouldn’t have taken it.  There was no reason to take a risk that big.  I also found out I was exposing myself to potentially several hundred chemicals before I ate breakfast everyday.  From shampoo’s, deodorant, toothpaste, make-up, you name it I was using it.  Instead of crumbling and continuing with the same decisions I have been making I decided to make a change.  This is when I started looking at pure therapeutic medicinal essential oils.  I occasionally saw posts on Facebook about essential oils but wanted to dive deeper what these bottles were about.  This is when I read Young Living’s seed to seal promise.  I strongly suggest you read it if you haven’t already done so.

I started reading about different oils and how they can help support different areas in my life.  This is when the light bulb went off for me.  I needed to support my body instead of reacting to it.  I talked about the Premium Starter Kit with my husband and took the plunge into an oily life.

Change

Since I have been using oils to support my immune and respiratory system I no longer have to be on medications that I was once prescribed by my doctor.  I no longer get sick.  I have almost forgot what it is like to have a cold or sinus infection.  My acupuncturist noticed a difference in my pulse when she read it before each session.  I no longer had stagnation in my pulse and my monthly cycle was free of clots.  This was huge!  Each step I made I felt healthier than I did before from swapping out products that were landed with chemicals to ones that are safer and healthier.

I felt in control and knew what was in most of the products I was using.  I loved this feeling.  I have said in other posts, I am far from perfect.  I would say 80% of my life is chemical free while 20% still has some chemicals in it.  I would love to be at 90/10.  I know I will eventually get there.  I’m still on my journey.

If you are wanting to make the switch to a chemical free life I suggest you start by switching out your cleaning products.  This simple switch will help remove so many harmful toxins from your home.  You will notice a HUGE difference when you switch out from cleaning products filled with chemicals to ones that are greener and safer for you.  You will actually be able to breathe when you are cleaning.  Cleaning will actually be more enjoyable.  I know that sounds strange.  Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner is one product I will never be without.  It’s a concentrate which means a little goes a long way.  When you break it down it comes out to be $1.5o per bottle!  You can not find a safer alternative at your local store for this price.  This one bottle will replace so many cleaning products in your home.

You have the power and control on what crosses your front door and comes into your home.  Think about that for a second.  YOU matter.  One of the best feelings for me is creating something new using essential oils.  I will be the first person to admit, I’m still learning.  I love learning more each day.  I am the person who will spend money to support my health.  This ranges from cleaning products, make-up, you name it, the safer the better.

I was once the person who thought something horrible or bad would never happen to me.  It only happens to others, right?  My infertility journey has opened my eyes wide that at anytime our life can change.  I will no longer use a product that may lead to breast cancer or anything else that will have a negative effect on my health.  Before this journey, I would brush it off.  My advice, don’t brush it off.

Make sure to download the Think Dirty app and start scanning your products in your home.  I also suggest EWG Skin Deep Database to find out how safe your current products are.

I can honestly say, if we ever welcome a baby into our home it will be in a safe and clean environment.  I hope they will never ever have to experience what we have gone through on finding out what we have exposed ourselves to in the past.  I hope they will have my passion to help as many people remove harmful chemicals from their homes.

If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, I invite you to watch my essential oils 101 class. It is packed with a lot of information.  I am also available to answer any questions you may have.  Feel free to reach out to me essentiallyamylynn@gmail.com  I hope at the least, you are wanting to scan some of the products you have in your home and opened to swapping them out for a safer alternative.

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