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20

OCT

How Toxic Is Your Beauty Routine?

What Is Your Toxic Chemical Count? There’s an ugly side to the beauty industry that many people don’t know about- the toxins that live in most products sold worldwide. Toxins have a damaging effect on your daily regimen, and a few simple swaps could significantly alter your health.    Lipstick Average Number of Chemicals: 33 Most Worrisome: Polymethyl Methacrylate Possible Side Effects: allergies and cancer.    Nail Polish Average Number of Chemicals: 31 Most Worrisome: Phthalates Possible Side Effects: fertility issues and problems in developing babies.    Body Lotion Average Number of Chemicals: 32 Most Worrisome: Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Polyethylene Glycol  Possible Side Effects: rashes, irritation, and hormonal disruption.    Perfume Average Number of Chemicals: 14 Most Worrisome: Benzaldehyde  Possible Side Effects: kidney damage, nausea, and irritation to the throat, eyes, and mouth.    Deodorant Average Number of Chemicals: 15 Most Worrisome: isopropyl, Myristate, 'Parfum.' Possible Side Effects: Irritation of skin, eyes, and lungs; headaches; dizziness; respiratory problems   Foundation Average Number of Chemicals: 24 Most worrisome: Polymethyl Methacrylate  Possible Side Effects: Rashes; Allergies; disrupts immune system; links to cancer   Blush Average Number of Chemicals: 16 Most Worrisome: Ethylparaben methylparaben Possible Side Effects: Rashes; irritation hormonal disruption   Eyeshadow Average Number of Chemicals: 26 Most Worrisome: Polyethylene terephthalate Possible Side Effects: Linked to cancer; infertility; hormonal disruptions, and damage to the body's organs   Hair Spray Average Number of Chemicals: 11 Most Worrisome: Octinoxate phthalates Possible Side Effects: Allergies; irritation to eyes, nose, and throat; hormone disruption; linked to changes in cell structure   Shampoo Average Number of Chemicals: 15 Most Worrisome: Sodium Lauryl Sulphate; Tetrasodium and Propylene Glycol. Possible Side Effects: Irritation; possible eye damage; endocrine disruptors   If you were to use each of these products on a single day, you’d be exposing yourself to an average of 217 toxic chemicals.    We wanted to develop a solution to this toxic trap so many men and women fall victim to. That’s why we created our Enoscents product line. It offers personal care, beauty supplements, skincare, haircare, and hygiene products. The Real You Guarantee means you’ll get clean, pure, and all-natural beauty and personal care products.    Our Product: Does not contain ingredients known to be irritating and potentially harmful Free of chemicals known to be hormonal disruptors that can lead to infertility All-natural and clean ingredients that will not cause long-term health effects Tested and proven to be high in antioxidants No hidden ingredients Safe for all ages No harsh chemicals No petrolatum No parabens No Diethanolamine (DEA), monoethanolamine (MEA), or triethanolamine (TEA)   Learn more and shop at https://www.beyoungth.com/product_line/enoscents/  

Essential Oil Discussion

13

OCT

Essential Oils For Your Pet: Diffusing

The first pharmacists were animals. Since the beginning of time, animals have had an innate sense of plants’ healing and protective properties. They self-medicate by deliberately seeking out botanicals that prevent or cure discomfort or increase their survival and reproduction. A perfect example is the Starling. These birds deliberately seek out specific aromatic plants and include these botanicals in their nests to protect their fragile young. The essential oils in the leaves and grasses stimulate the chicks’ immune systems and protect against bacteria.    Whether your best friend barks, purrs, or chirps, they can benefit from the power aromatic botanicals found within essential oils.   Essential oils have been shown to present very low risk and have few adverse side effects when used correctly. They are a great alternative to over the counter treatments. That being said, there are different application methods for caring for your pets with essential oils. Today we’re discussing diffusion.    Using a diffuser to spread the aromatic molecules of essential oils throughout the air is a safe and easy way to expose essential oils to your pet. There are two main types of diffusers. One is preferred for pets; the other is not preferred.    Atomizing – Not Preferred Animals, unlike humans, have a much higher and sophisticated sense of smell. Because essential oil particles are more concentrated when using atomizing diffusers, they tend to be irritating to animals’ sensitive systems.   Ultra-Sonic / Vapor – Preferred Less concentrated than atomized oils, the mist of water and essential oil produced by an ultra-sonic diffuser is a safe choice for introducing your pet to the benefits of aromatherapy. It’s also great for making your entire home smell fresh and clean. Here is a list of our favorite oils to diffuse with our furry friends:   Chamomile- Calms the body and mind during times of nervousness, panic, restlessness, excitement, or hyperactivity. Ginger- Promotes easy breathing, calms inflammation. Clary Sage- Helps with hyperactivity.   Remember to keep the diffuser out of reach from your pets and have in a well-ventilated space and allows for your pet to leave if they don’t end up liking the smell.    In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the products and see a veterinarian immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional before use.

Essential Oil Discussion

09

OCT

What is Olfactory and Psycho Aromatherapy?

What is Olfactory and Psycho Aromatherapy? Olfactory and Psycho Aromatherapy is primarily used to impact mood, emotions and provide a pleasant aroma in a living space. The effects on mood and emotions in connection to Aromatherapy have been deeply debated and, in some context, praised while in other contexts ridiculed. The issue with essential oils concerning mood and emotions is that there is no scientific way to study and identify the effects of the essential oils. Because mood and emotions depend on the individual and the association aroma has on the individual, it is nearly impossible to isolate a compound or an aroma and get the same response emotionally and on mood over an extensive populous.  To further explain this principle, you have to understand the perception of a smell. The perception of smell consists of the sensation of the odors themselves and the experiences and emotions associated with these sensations. Smells can evoke strong emotional reactions. In surveys on reactions to fragrances, responses show that many of our olfactory likes and dislikes are based purely on personal associations. What About Fragrance and Emotions? The association of fragrance and emotion is not an invention of poets or perfume-makers. Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, thought to be the seat of emotion. Smell sensations are relayed to the cortex, where 'cognitive' recognition occurs after our brains' deepest parts have been stimulated. Thus, by the time we correctly name a particular scent as, for example, 'vanilla,' the scent has already activated the limbic system, triggering more deep-seated emotional responses. This is why a smell can trigger old memories almost immediately. Although there is convincing evidence that pleasant fragrances can improve our mood and sense of well-being, some of these findings should be viewed cautiously. Recent studies have shown that our expectations about an odor, rather than any direct effects of exposure, may sometimes be responsible for the reported mood and health benefits. In one experiment, researchers found that just telling subjects that a pleasant or unpleasant odor was being administered, which they might not smell, altered their self-reports of mood and well-being. The mere mention of a cheerful scent reduced reports of symptoms related to poor health and increased positive mood reports! More reliable results have been obtained, however, from experiments using placebos (odorless sprays). These studies have demonstrated that although subjects respond to some extent to odorless placebos that they think are fragrances, the real thing's effect is significant. The thought of a pleasant aroma may be enough to make us a bit more cheerful, but the actual smell can dramatically improve our mood and sense of well-being. It's undeniable that the positive effects of Olfactory or Phycho Aromatherapy are equally dependent on perception. For this reason, the relaxing aroma of lavender may bring someone to a peaceful place of tranquility while irritating and aggravating another person. The perception of the fragrance is dependent on the experiences previously connected to those aromas. Aromatherapy offers a unique opportunity to stimulate the limbic system with a new aroma or previously pleasant aroma, allowing the mind to develop new positive emotions. As you use Aromatherapy to help with mind and mood, it's important to frequently rotate the fragrances.  Recent studies have confirmed that the limbic system can become "desensitized" to its often exposed aroma. Desensitization lessens the effect the smell used to have on the mind and mood. To avoid desensitization of the limbic system to a scent, rotate the oils you are using every couple of days. Additionally, research has confirmed that a low to faint aroma in a room has a much more profound effect on the limbic system than a massive, powerful scent. For your best experience, use the timer setting on your essential oil diffuser to ensure you do not overpower the area with the essential oil aroma.   You can learn more about the classifications of Aromatherapy here.

Essential Oil Discussion

09

OCT

Which Diffuser is Right for You?

Ways to use essential oils for Olfactory and Psycho Aromatherapy A great way to impact an entire room or a group of people is by using an essential oil diffuser. A diffuser is a device that spreads the aromatic molecules of essential oils throughout the air. There are two main types of diffusers: Two Most Common Diffusers: Nebulizing: Nebulizing diffusers do not use any water. Like the ultrasonic diffuser, there is a reservoir where the essential oil resides. Sitting directly above the reservoir is a small tube that is attached to an air pump. The air pump blows air across the top of the tube. As the air travels across the top of the tube, it creates a vacuum. The vacuum's suction pulls fine particles of the essential oil up and sprays them into the unit's air. Nebulizing diffusers are a popular choice when you are trying to intoxicate an area quickly with essential oil. Obviously, nebulizing diffusers do not have a humidifying effect because of the reservoir's lack of water. Because of this, they tend to be smaller than ultrasonic diffusers. The most significant benefit of a nebulizing diffuser is that they disperse essential oils significantly faster than an ultrasonic diffuser and at a higher concentration. However,  one downside to nebulizing diffusers is that they go through a lot more oil faster than ultrasonic diffusers. For comparison, imagine that a nebulizer might require 20-30 or more oil drops for a single session, whereas an ultrasonic diffuser might require only a few drops of oil. The aroma produced by the nebulizer will be more potent since the oils haven't been diluted with water, but it won't last anywhere near as long. Think of the nebulizing diffuser as your more expensive option, not only in terms of the diffuser's cost but also how much essential oil you will use within a session. So when would you use a nebulizing diffuser? There are two scenarios where a nebulizing diffuser would be a better option over ultrasonic. One, if you are trying to cover a larger area of space. Since nebulizing diffusers output a more concentrated amount of essential oil, it can effectively cover a larger room second, if you are dead set on not diffusing with humidity.    Ultra-Sonic (Budget-Friendly Option): An ultrasonic diffuser is a unique companion to essential oils. This style of diffuser uses a ceramic diaphragm that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency. This vibrational frequency creates ultra-fine water droplets that form a mist; as the mist leaves the diffuser's reservoir, the aromatic molecules of the essential oil lift into the air with the water molecules. This process creates a cool air mist loaded with the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. An ultrasonic diffuser is an attractive option for everyday aromatherapy for two main reasons; first, because the essential oils are combined in a reservoir with water, ultrasonic diffusers allow you to diffuse your favorite aroma for a more extended period.  Second, they are easy to clean and provide a simple way of changing from one aroma to the next.have a humidifying effect because of the reservoir's lack of water. Because of this, they tend to be smaller than ultrasonic diffusers. The most significant benefit of a nebulizing diffuser is that they disperse essential oils significantly faster than an ultrasonic diffuser and at a higher concentration. However,  one downside to nebulizing diffusers is that they go through a lot more oil faster than ultrasonic diffusers. For comparison, imagine that a nebulizer might require 20-30 or more oil drops for a single session, whereas an ultrasonic diffuser might require only a few drops of oil. The aroma produced by the nebulizer will be more potent since the oils haven't been diluted with water, but it won't last anywhere near as long. Think of the nebulizing diffuser as your more expensive option, not only in terms of the diffuser's cost but also how much essential oil you will use within a session. So when would you use a nebulizing diffuser? There are two scenarios where a nebulizing diffuser would be a better option over ultrasonic. One, if you are trying to cover a larger area of space. Since nebulizing diffusers output a more concentrated amount of essential oil, it can effectively cover a larger room second, if you are dead set on not diffusing with humidity.   

Essential Oil Discussion

09

OCT

Best Ways to Use Essential Oils without a Diffuser

No Diffuser? No Problem! The benefits of aromatherapy are becoming more widely recognized by the general public. People use aromatherapy to help them sleep better, relieve stress, and alleviate pain, among other things. Good quality essential oils, like those from Be Young Total Health, are now more widely available.  One of the most common ways to use essential oils is to use a diffuser to disperse the oil's scent into the air. In addition to the purported health benefits, essential oils often emit a pleasing aroma. You can choose oils based on the benefits or choose oils that have the scent you find most pleasing.  If you are a newbie when it comes to essential oils, you may be wondering if a diffuser is an absolute necessity. The short answer is no. You do not necessarily have to purchase a diffuser to be able to experience the benefits of aromatherapy. Here are 13 ways for you to diffuse your oils without purchasing special equipment.    1. Cotton Balls Most people have cotton balls in their medicine cabinet. They have multiple uses. One of those uses can be diffusing the scent of essential oils. This is probably one of the easiest methods of diffusing your oils without spending money on a specialty diffuser. With this method, you put a few drops of your favorite oil on a cotton ball. You can then place the cotton ball near a vent or fan to spread the scent. This works to freshen the air in your car too.    2. Air Filters You routinely change the air filter in your central unit or furnace. Why not also use that filter to help with your aromatherapy goals? The next time you change your filter, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto the new filter. As air circulates through the system, so will the scent.  There is one downside to this method. If you want the scent to continue to emanate throughout your home, you will have to reapply the oils to the filter. Once every three days or so, you will need to remember to take the filter out and add a few more drops of the oil.    3. The Dryer The next time you do laundry, skip the pre-made dryer sheets. To leave your clothes smelling fresh, try using a pleasant scented essential oil instead. You can put a few drops of your favorite scent on a dryer ball or washcloth and toss it into the dryer with your laundry.  This method will also help your laundry area smell fresh. The heat from the dryer will cause the scent from your essential oil to penetrate the area around the dryer too.    4. Wooden Clothespins You have likely seen the vent clip style air fresheners available to purchase for your car. Why not create your own? Put a few drops of an aromatic oil onto a wooden clothespin and clip it to your car’s vent.  These wooden clothespin diffusers can also be used in your closet. After you have scented the clothespins, use them to attach pants or skirts to hangers before placing them in the closet. Your entire closet will smell fresher.    5. Toilet Paper Rolls The bathroom is the perfect place to use essential oils. It is super simple to add freshness to this room. The next time you change your toilet paper roll, take a few seconds to spray the middle of the tube with your favorite oil.  If you choose to try this method, you could choose something that reminds you of cleanliness. Many cleaners have a pine or citrus scent, so those could be good choices in the bathroom. Every time someone pulls paper from the roll, the scent will be dispersed into the room.    6. Homemade Air Fresheners Sometimes you need a good old-fashioned spray air freshener. When that is true for you, why not skip the unnecessary chemicals and make your own? It is a simple process, and you benefit from the fresh scent and the health effects of your chosen oil. To make your own air freshener, you combine your favorite oil or oil blend in a spray bottle with either alcohol or witch hazel. Then you finish filling the bottle with water. Attach your spray nozzle, and you are good to start freshening any room in the house.  You can even use an empty essential oil bottle for this application by combining the oil bottle ingredients and adding a spray nozzle to fit.    7.On Your Pillows Lavender, in particular, is said to be a relaxing scent. As such, it is often recommended for people who have difficulty falling asleep. You might choose lavender or another relaxing scent to place on, or beneath, your pillows to help you achieve a more restful night of sleep.  There are multiple ways to get the scent on your pillow. One is to put the oil directly on the pillow and let it dry thoroughly before you lie on it. Another is to place the scent you want onto a hand towel or washcloth and place it either inside your pillowcase or beneath your pillow.    8. In the Bath There are few things more relaxing than a long, hot bath after a long day. To add to the calming, relaxing vibe, you might consider adding essential oils to your routine. This method does get some of the oil on your skin, so you should be aware of that side effect if you are concerned about topical applications.  The simplest way to add essential oils to your bath routine is to put a few drops directly into the water. Alternatively, you can make your own bath salts by combining Epsom salts with your favorite scented oil. You might even try making your own bath bombs.   9. As Homemade Potpourri The aroma is the key feature of aromatherapy. You want to smell the scents that provide the benefits. One way to do that is to create your own potpourri.  For homemade potpourri, you use dried flowers, sticks, or leaves and combine them with your favorite essential oil or oil blend. You can then place the mixture into a pretty drawstring bag or in a pretty bowl for display. Every few days, add a few more drops of your oil or oil blend to keep the scent fresh.    10. Pinecones or Cedar Chips Even simpler than making potpourri is creating a homemade diffuser from a pinecone or cedar chips. You can purchase these from a store or collect them from your yard.  Put a few drops of oil or an oil blend on your pinecones or cedar chips, and then place them strategically around your home. They make attractive decor as well as providing a pleasing scent in a variety of locations. To make sure the scent lasts, you add a few more drops of oil to your decorative natural elements every few days.    11. Straight from the Bottle The simplest way to take advantage of essential oils' aromatherapy benefits is to smell the scent directly from the bottle simply. This method is so obvious it is often overlooked. What could be more simple than removing the lid of the essential oil bottle? There is a little bit of a technique to partaking in the scent directly to really reap the benefits. You want to breathe deeply to inhale the scent of the oil. Then, hold your breath for a second and repeat the process. To enjoy a blend, you inhale scents from multiple bottles at the same time.    12. On the Stove If you want to reap the benefits of aromatherapy in your kitchen, you can use your stove. This method is easy and uses items you already have on hand. You will need a pot, water, and essential oils. To use this method, begin by placing your pot on the stove. Fill the pot part of the way with water, then add a few essential oil drops. Heat the water, and reap the benefits. Be careful not to boil the water. It just needs to create steam.   13. With Your Hands Some oils work well as topical ointments. These oils can be rubbed onto various areas of your body to help alleviate aches and pains.  You can also choose to place an essential oil or blend of oils in your hands and use your hands as a kind of diffuser. With the oil in your hands, rub them together. Then cup them beneath your nose and inhale deeply.    Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned pro, you can find enjoyment and benefit from the use of essential oils without purchasing and using a diffuser. You can make your own diffusers from materials you already have available to you. With a little thought and creativity, you can benefit from aromatherapy in virtually any space in your home.