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Proper Cleaning of Essential Oil Diffusers

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Anyone who practices aromatherapy can tell you the benefits from using an essential oil diffuser. These machines allow us to fill our homes, offices and even cars with the therapeutic effects of essential oils. But if not cleaned properly, essential oil diffusers can actually become a health hazard.

Below is a list of how to properly care for your essential oil diffuser.

1-      Choose a high quality essential oil diffuser. There are multiple types of diffusers:  ultrasonic, nebulizing, heat and evaporative.

Ultrasonic diffusers work by emitting oil particles into the air when added to water.  Nebulizing diffusers are waterless yet they work by emitting particles of essential oils into the air. Evaporative diffusers typically disperse the essential oils by using a fan mechanism. Heat diffusers transfer essential oils into the air by using high temperatures. Choosing the right diffuser for you is a personal choice depending on the types of oils you diffuse for what benefit and also the size of the environment you are diffusing in. They all have different benefits and only you can choose what is right for you. You can also purchase multiple ones for different uses. Either way, diffusers are a great way to incorporate aromatherapy into your life!

 

2-      Change the water between oils. It can be tempting to just keep adding drops to your diffuser but it will distort the scent and therapeutic effects. Certain essential oils do not blend well together (such as cinnamon and eucalyptus) So, it is imperative you start fresh when you are diffusing. To achieve the best aromatherapy possible, change the water between scents.

 

3-      Use high quality, therapeutic grade oils. Discount and low-quality oils are typically filled with additives that can clog or harm your diffuser. Before you purchase any essential oils, be sure that it is a high-quality product that is pure. Mary Tylor Natural’s line of essential oils are USDA certified to be top quality, therapeutic grade for holistic uses.

 

4-      Once a week, remove the water from your diffuser and wipe the interior with a tiny amount (1tsp) of rubbing alcohol. Allow to completely dry before adding water again. This will dry any excess oils left behind so you can begin to diffuse fresh scents at the next use!

 

5-      Keep the connecting power cord dry when you are replacing the water. It is common for people to accidentally splash water when they are adding to their diffuser but this can actually corrode the power cord and cause it to malfunction. Always unplug your diffuser before you change or add water to prevent the risk of electrocution.

Precautions: Be sure to keep your essential oil diffuser in a safe place away from children and pets. Certain essential oils are not safe for children and you should use caution when diffusing. Certain essential oils do not blend well together. Please research which oils are safe to mix before attempting to blend them.

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Candles: Comforting or Cancer Causing?

Candles: Comforting or Cancer Causing?

Candles are a staple of relaxing comfort in most American homes, but most people would be alarmed to discover that candles can be toxic and harmful to their health. Candles can contain chemicals which are known to damage the human body and cause cancer. Exposure to these chemicals have also been linked to lung and central nervous system damage and have been a precursor to developmental difficulties in children. (Source: Professor of Civil Engineering, and Chair of Sustainable Cities, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Anne Steinemann)

The University of Michigan released a study that revealed 30% of candles contained lead. When lit, these candles emit toxins into the air and we inhale them. Our lungs can easily become damaged when exposed to led, so the safety of lead containing candles is definitely questionable.

Paraffin is another common candle ingredient which is toxic. It is a waste product created from petroleum, and yet it is placed into candles and sold despite it’s negative effects. When heated, paraffin releases a carcinogenic chemical in the air. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that, “Pure paraffin wax is widely regarded as non-toxic, but may possess some carcinogenic properties.” (Source: OSHA- Ref 5.3)

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 passed in the State of California revealed that there are at least seven major toxins in paraffin wax. Paraffin wax falls into the category of toxic chemicals known as petrochemicals, which are byproducts derived from petroleum.  Yes! Petroleum, which includes fuels such as gasoline, kerosene, and diesel oil.  So essentially, when you are lighting a paraffin wax candle you are allowing gasoline-like toxins to enter the air in your home.

Fortunately, there are natural replacements for the toxin filled candles in your home. Beeswax candles are a natural, safe alternative you can add to your household instead. Mary Tylor Naturals, LLC proudly offers organic beeswax which can be used in a variety ways, including homemade candles!

Replacing the toxic chemicals we are exposed to is a critical step into achieving optimal health.  Beeswax is an all-natural, yellow or dark brown wax secreted by honeybees. It can be used to replace the toxins in beauty products, polishes, creams and even candles!

Beeswax is a 100% natural product. Candles made from beeswax also have many health benefits unlike toxic paraffin candles. When heated, Beeswax candles emit negative ions. Negative ions are believed to increase the body’s production of serotonin, which is the brain’s “happy chemical.” The release of negative ions can aid in stress relief and improve our moods. Negative ions also purify  the air and are especially beneficial to those with respiratory issues such as asthma, emphysema and lung diseases.  (Source: Dr. Michael Terman, PhD, of Columbia University in New York.)

If you are looking for a safe alternative to toxic chemicals, beeswax candles are a great substitute with amazing health benefits. Hope, Healing, Happy Co offers high quality beeswax candles that are sure to improve your life!

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Why should you use organic products?

Why should you use organic products?

The question of whether organic products are necessary or not is a current topic in today’s world. Are the  chemicals in household cleaning supplies, makeup and beauty products really toxic to you and your family’s health?

The Consumer Protection Agency has vastly growing concerns regarding the chemical exposure to the current population. A recent report released by the CPA revealed, “150 chemicals found in the home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders.” (Source: Consumer Protection Agency)

Additionally, the Environmental Policy and Children’s Health Association states that, “Children have chemical exposures from birth that their parents didn’t have until they were adults. Because children are exposed to toxins at an earlier age than adults, they have more time to develop environmentally triggered diseases, with long latency periods, such as cancer.” (Source: Environmental Policy and Children’s Health, Future of Children, Summer/Fall 1995; 5(2): 34-52)

Knowing this information, it is no wonder why families are searching for natural, organic options to replace the harsh chemicals used in household products. The awareness regarding toxic exposure is an important step towards protecting our health from toxins.

The United States House of Representatives Report in 1989 published some alarming statistics regarding the toxicity that American’s are regularly exposed to. “Of the chemicals found in personal care products: 884 are toxic, 146 cause tumors, 218 cause reproductive complications, 778 cause acute toxicity, 314 cause biological mutations, 376 cause skin and eye irritations.” (Source: United States House of Representatives Report, 1989)

Americans are unknowingly exposed to more toxins in the current day and age than ever before. Perhaps this is why cancer, autoimmune disease and allergic reactions are increasing at an alarming rate?

Chemicals are especially present in products used in our homes such as cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, make-up and even in our foods and beverages. For example, Parabens and phthalates are commonly used chemicals which have been researched to cause cancer and type II diabetes. These two chemicals can be found in shampoo, make-up and various beauty products. Aluminum is also a common additive used in antiperspirants and scented products despite the fact that this toxin has been directly linked to increasing the risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. (Source: Global Healing Center)

To find our best health possible, it is imperative we reduce our exposure to environmental toxins. Despite the alarming statistics of chemical toxicity in the current age, there is good news! You can take control of your chemical exposure!

Hope, Healing, Happy Co is passionate about offering our customers the best organic products to enhance their lives and provide safer alternatives to chemical exposures. We offer an extensive variety of natural products and education if you are searching for ways to reduce chemical exposure!

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Can Binaural beats benefit your health?

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Can Binaural beats benefit your health?

Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, who was a physicist and meteorologist from Prussia, discovered what we know today as binaural beats. His discovery of the concept of high frequency sound localization led to the modern alternative treatments of healing, meditation and sleep induction through sound frequencies.

What are Binaural Beats?

Two sound tones played in each ear at slightly different frequencies, causes your brain to process a beat by differentiating the changes in the frequencies. These are referred to as binaural beats.

What are the health benefits?

Binaural beats are believed to help the brain enter a state much like it would during meditation. Alternative practitioners promote binaural beats to boost mental clarity, reduce anxiety and induce sleep and restfulness.

Binaural beats are categorized into different frequencies used to induce certain moods and brain patterns.

Delta (1 to 4 Hz) Used to induce deep sleep.

Theta (4 to 8 Hz) Used to reduce anxiety, promote meaningful meditation, and boost creativity.

Alpha (8 to 13 Hz) Used to induce relaxation and decrease depressive moods.

Beta (14 to 30 Hz) Used to improve mental alertness, critical thinking, and memory recall.

You should use caution when using binaural beats if you have a heart condition, epilepsy or any condition that impacts brain waves.

How to use Binaural Beats

  • Find a safe, calming place free of interruptions.
  • Get a pair of high-quality headphones.
  • Close your eyes and enter a relaxed state of mind.
  • Listen to the binaural beats for at least 30 minutes
  • Do not listen to binaural beats while driving or operating machinery.

Different frequencies (as listed above) are associated with various effects on the brain, so you can experiment with different frequencies and waves of binaural beats to find out what works best for you.  Binaural beats are considered an alternative therapy and should not be used to treat or cure any condition.

 

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Is Laundry Detergent Toxic?

Is Laundry Detergent Toxic?

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Laundry detergent has been a recent news topic due to the shocking and dangerous “Tide Pod Challenge.” In this challenge, people are ingesting the detergent packets. This is extremely hazardous behavior and obviously should never be attempted. But it does beg the question, what does laundry detergent really contain? Do we really know what chemicals we are exposing ourselves to every time we wash and wear our clothes? Are we at risk for toxic exposure even if we don’t ingest the product?

Upon research, we discovered there is no law in the United States that requires products of any kind to list chemicals used in fragrances. However, the University of Washington enacted a study that tested the ingredients of multiple laundry detergent brands. Their study revealed dangerous chemicals such as: Acetone, an active ingredient in paint thinner; chloromethane which was once widely used as a refrigerant but due to its toxicity is no longer used as such. 1,4-dioxane was also discovered. The EPA reports that exposure to 1,4-Dioxane can cause, “Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4-dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in humans…Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically (long-term) exposed in their drinking water…  Tumors have been observed in orally exposed animals. EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.”

Phthalates, which are defined as chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl, were also found in laundry detergent.

Dr. Anne Steinemann published a study by the journal Environmental Impact Assessment Review. Her report of her research revealed, “Nearly 100 volatile organic compounds were emitted from these six [laundry] products, and none were listed on any product label. Plus, five of the six products emitted one or more carcinogenic ‘hazardous air pollutants,’ which are considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to have no safe exposure level,” {sic}

According to two national surveys published by Dr. Steinemann, 20% of the population reported harmful effects from exposure. She also reported that those studied with respiratory issues such as asthma reported having twice as many issues to exposure to laundry detergents and dryer sheets.

The Food and Drug Administration requires all American food distributers to list all ingredients, and yet there is no law that requires laundry products to list chemicals used in fragrances.

We can’t just wear dirty clothes! What can we do to eliminate toxic chemical exposure due to laundry detergents and dryer sheets?

Before Tide, Pyrex and Gain people have been washing their clothes naturally for thousands of years. Ingredients like baking soda, lye and borax have been used to keep clothes clean and fresh. Making your own laundry detergent or switching to an all-natural brand can help you reduce your toxic exposure.

 

 

(Sources: University of Washington, Tide Corporation, United States Environmental Protection Agency and Dr. Anne Steinemann, The Environmental Impact Assessment Review)