In February of 2015 I found myself 38 years old and declared disabled by a specialist at one of 2 clinics in the world that can treat my illness. About that same time, someone had the courage to suggest Young Living Essential Oils. It took a year of essential oils, Zyto scans, cleansing protocols, NingXia Red, and support from Oily Gurus and all of its recommended resources for me to be here today. My disability no longer runs my life. I am doing the biz and being the wife and mother I could only dream of being a year and a half ago. Our heart is to come along side and help others discover wellness, purpose, and abundance, because they ARE possible.
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Does anyone really love doing laundry? I honestly don’t mind it. I find it therapeutic. Growing up in a household of 10 people, I chose the laundry as my main chore. So, I’ve done more than my fair share.
Laundry detergent is a big deal for Bryan and I. The fragrance of Tide and Downy (bless their hearts) is a guaranteed migraine attack for me. In addition to whatever chemicals make up their fragrances, these companies add chemicals to their products that make the fragrance stick to the clothing. This means that just sitting next to someone who uses these products can put me into an attack. If you use these products, and I walk into your home, I know instantly. What can I say, my body can’t tolerate them.
But, laundry detergent can be expensive. It can also be quite toxic. And, then non-toxic or less toxic versions, can be even more expensive.
To add to the confusion, bottles that look “healthy” might not be as “green” as you think, because labeling in the US means almost nothing. The only way to know, is to do your homework. You need to know and trust your company and their standards.
So, I did the homework, and thought I’d pass along what I learned.
For my research I went to the Environmental Working Group website. They are a non-profit that rates chemicals based on their harmfulness to humans or the environment. In this case, I was going for harmfullness to humans.
As you study the graphic I put together, you’ll see many ironies. Brand(s) that have “clean” looking labeling, might still get an F rating. One version of a mainstream brand might get a C and others an F.
If you think you are buying a non-toxic laundry detergent – especially if you are spending extra money – to purchase it, please take a minute and find out what it’s rated. You might be surprised.
I hope this helps you make a smart choice and get the best value for your laundry budget. I’m sure you can guess what company I buy my laundry detergent from. But, I’m not sharing this to promote a product. I am sharing this to promote education. Know more. Do better. Spend better. Feel better.
My newborn turned 3 weeks old this past Friday. He has been breastfeeding every 2 hours since he was born. This means, that in general, I get 45 minute-ish naps in-between feedings. And obviously, I don’t attempt sleeping 12 times a day. I mean, the laundry has to be done, right!
Saturday, I hit a wall. I felt mentally and emotionally disconnected from my newborn and my other family members. All I wanted to do was cry. I felt like I just “couldn’t go on anymore.”
Being a person of faith, I turned to prayer, albeit, a barely coherent prayer. This lead me to do some evaluating. First of all, since Kai has arrived, I haven’t had a migraine attack triggered by exhaustion yet. So, what I fear hasn’t happened and is therefore, possibly, unfounded fear. Second, I asked myself why I “believe” I’m going to get exhaustion migraines in the first place? My health has come so far. I’m using essential oils to support my adrenals so that there is less likelihood that they will crash. This baby is a gift from God. Can’t He take care of me and keep those attacks from ever happening? Absolutely.
So, I turned to my migraine support group, admitted my fear and asked for prayer from those members who shared my faith. I knew they would understand my fear better than anyone else.
Then I gave my self-talk an overhaul. Why believe negative things and predict doom for yourself? No more thinking “I’m going to have a migraine attack.” Instead, “God gives strength to the weak.” And, “if you can do labor without an epidural you can do this.” And, “your body is stronger than you think.” The best, is that I started telling myself “My baby WILL go longer than 2 hours between feedings.” I may not know when. But I knew I needed to start believing it was possible.
And, wouldn’t you know, last night he went 3 hours and 4 hours respectively between feedings. It’s amazing what 2 consecutive blocks of 2 hours of sleep can do for a mama!
What do you do when fear is flooding you with doubt? When your self-talk isn’t steering you towards a positive outcome? Or, when you simply feel that life has overwhelmed you and you can’t win? I have some really strong friends which chronic illness who fight every day. I’d love to hear your stories of strength and the tools you use to overcome what life throws your way.