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To Sunblock Or Not To Sunblock…That Is The Question

There is so much in the news about sunblock being vital to avoid skin cancer and now we are hearing that sunblock is the reason for skin cancer, it is very hard to know what is true.

You can find research for both sides of the argument, so who do you believe? I really don’t have the answer for YOU ( I know what I prefer for my family) what I can do is post a few links that I’ve read and allow you to do your own deciding.

I can also tell you from my own experience you can’t believe that all natural sunblocks are actually all natural. Or just because the company adds words like clean, natural or even organic to their product or name of their company that it will be completely clean, natural or organic. I ended up with a chemical burn using Babyganics Kids SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray this winter when I went to Mexico. I have since discovered and app called “Think Dirty” That shows you rating on how clean and natural or how dirty and chemical laden your products are. This one gets an 8/10…you want to keep your numbers low to have a clean product.

Unfortunately I never got a before pic. This is when it was mostly healed

The other thing I can do is give you a recipe for a natural sunscreen that I’ve made, tried and tested it on my sensitive Minnesotan skin, and give it two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Here’s what you need: Grape Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Lavender, Melaleuca, Sandalwood and Helichrysm Essential Oil. A 2 oz spray bottle and distilled water.

I actually did the whole blogger thing and took pics while I was making the blend. I was so proud of myself…well…most of them disappeared somewhere in the digital ether. So here you go just make it and you can take pics yourself if you really need all that LOL

I will tell you that I used this recipe and then went out with my boys paddleboarding for a few hours on a full sun, 90 degree day. I DID NOT BURN!!!! That was amazing! Now I will tell you that this recipe is NOT waterproof and I’m not sure how often to reapply yet. As I figure this stuff out I will let you know.

Now get out there and enjoy summer!

My Mom Used To Beat Me

Today’s “Do you dōTERRA daily?” is about how my mom used to beat me. What’s worse is not only did the doctor know about this but encouraged it.

Ok…let me explain; as a child I had a lot of respiratory issues and one of the ways to break up the lung congestion was to beat me. My mom would cup her hand and beat on my chest and back for about 20 minutes several times a day. This would result in my coughing violently and producing a myriad of colorful interesting things coming out of my lungs…TMI???

Why am I telling you this? Recently I was asked about my why, my real why. We have so many reasons why we do certain things and this friend of mine reached deeper, asked deeper questions and I was brought back to my childhood. In elementary school I remember there were a few years that I spent more time at home on the couch then I did at school. I missed out on almost every school party because I was home on the couch and unwell. I missed out on birthday parties, church events and family outings. I missed out…

I don’t want anyone else to miss out. I don’t want any child or adult for that matter to miss out on all the little things that end up being their memories later in life.

So how do I keep mom at bay? How do I keep from repeating a cycle of beating…? LOL Here is my quick daily routine:

I put 1-2 drops of OnGuard on my feet every night and every morning to support my immune system

I take the Life Long Vitality Vitamins daily (I see a whole Blog post about how awesome these are…stay tuned)

I have removed as many toxins from my home as possible, changed out my cleaning products, shampoo/Conditioner, toothpaste and laundry detergent…etc. I’m able to get all of these products from doTERRA. (I see even more posts…yay…stay tuned)

For respiratory support there is nothing better than doTERRA’s Breathe Oil. This lovely blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara and Cardamom is life changing. I love how it opens up my airways without the shaky feeling that can happen with other products that are designed to open your airways quickly. For a quick tutorial on how I actually do this check out this video.

I’m so glad that I have these amazing essential oils that support my body and my family. AND I do have to give a shout out to my mom for lovingly “beating” me to keep me alive…thanks mom.

#doyoudōTERRAdaily

Don’t Yuck Someone Else’s Yum

This is a phrase that I learned from a good friend of mine Wade Fields when our kids were young and I used it all the time at the dinner table. Now I find that I use it on myself sometimes when talking about essential oils.

It may come as a shock to you but I don’t find all essential oils to have a pleasing aroma. That being said I do find that they all have amazing benefits to support my body that outweigh my reluctance to use them because of their aroma (except patchouli I just can’t)

Today I’d like to talk about an oil that I think smells like turpentine…Melaleuca, also known as Tea Tree oil. (Actually the chemical compounds are Terpinen-4-ol, γ-terpinene, α-terpinene so it makes sense it smells that way)  Funny thing is my daughter loves the aroma of melaleuca I mean LOVES it! She can’t get enough of it and I’m glad because it has some amazing properties and uses.

dōTERRA Melaleuca essential oil is renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin. If you get occasional skin irritations, I’m 44 and I still get those skin irritations…ugh, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area. For an added cleansing property, I love to combine 1–2 drops with my facial cleanser.

Guys you can apply 1-2 drops to your skin right after shaving it will help a ton!

Not only is it best for cosmetic care, dōTERRA Melaleuca works great when cleaning hard surfaces. Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces in your home to protect against environmental and seasonal threats.

Now, one common New Year’s resolution is to exercise. I love going to the gym! I pick up the weights, pick up some good habits but there are some things that you REALLY don’t want to pick up while you are there. So, let’s talk about taking care of your feet. Treat your feet to some tender love and care by trying this Melaleuca foot balm. It feels great on your feet and you are helping to protect against both environmental and communal threats 😉

AMAZING!!!

So next time you want to Yuck someone else’s yum you might want to do a little research and find out the benefits or positive reasons why they love it. If you don’t want to do the research yourself then send me a message and I will find the good things and write about them for you.

What could be better than that?