Not another Essential Oil Mother??

I can hear you saying it LOUD and CLEAR! And aren’t we seeing so many more people, particularly mothers making the change. Swapping for the natural, low tox life style. Perhaps COVID-19 has something to do with it. Through chatting with friends and mothers groups, I noticed a wave of people really starting to think about how they ‘did life’ in the home.

I’m often asked why I chose the low tox lifestyle? To me it’s a no brainer. But it did take time. Time to rewire my brain. To understand and realise what was in my household cleaning items and why things had to change!

My transition into this beautiful, clean lifestyle has been somewhat of a journey when I look back. I didn’t mean for anything to happen the way it did. It came about organically. As you know, the more we educate ourselves the more we make changes to our lives along the way. Whether it be spiritual, physical, mental, wholistic, it’s all about learning and growing. Changing one step at a time no matter how small the step. It’s still in the right direction.

Keeping that in mind- my first step was almost 9 years ago. I was expecting my first child and I kept thinking about the idea of my baby being perfectly safe inside my belly. Bringing him into a world where nothing is perfect. In fact far from it. I had this obsession with creating a safety for him where he felt he was still in the womb. Safe and unharmed. That meant dressing him in a soft and gentle way. The best way that I could possibly do this was to create my own laundry wash and use that on my clothing. That way I was in control of what touched his skin. I wanted to keep my sons baby skin as pure as possible. Over the years I tried a few different ways of making my own low tox laundry wash. It was only this year that I found what I believe is far better than store bought. And really, it only takes me less than five minutes to make two litres of Laundry Wash and Fabric Softener.

But that’s as far as I went for some years. I still used chemicals everyday for everything else.

All this time I was so close yet so far! In my home I loved the beauty in knowing I had never cooked a packet meal ever for my family. I was buying organic meats, washing my fruit and veg (blah, blah… this isn’t a post on food. I have plenty of those already 😉. However I will say here, I promise you reader you can always find a super quick and fast alternative. If I can do it as a busy mum, anyone can do it.)

And so on my journey I truly believed eating a whole foods diet of simple, clean foods that God has put on this earth was all you needed. And it’s by far the greatest thing you can do for yourself and your family and friends.

However, in 2014 I was sitting in church listening to our pastor speak on the gifts Jesus was given at His birth. He read aloud the gifts of ‘Frankincense’ and ‘Myrrh.’ Explaining how these precious items were worth more than gold!

At this point all I can say is I’m glad we were sitting in the back row. I pulled my phone out of my bag… and simply googled just exactly what Frankincense and Myrrh was and why they were considered to be of great value. I was ASTONISHED(!!!) at the information on the health and wellness these resins carry. I couldn’t stop reading and soaking it all in.

From there I stumbled across DōTERRA and let me tell you, that was a whole new level. The HUGE range of 100% unadulterated oils. Frankincense and Myrrh were just two of many. I learnt about the transparency of doTERRA and their indepth testing of their products. I wanted so much to implement this into my family’s life. We were healthy (Praise God), we exercised and now… now I wanted to be free from chemicals in my home. I wanted to know that if one of my children accidentally grabbed hold of my toilet cleaner or surface spray and they sucked on the bottle there would be no fear. I wanted to use products that are natural and from the earths rich resources. In reading and understanding the oils it lead to further questions, how are they derived and who does DōTERRA support? I wanted ethically produced oils.

I soon discovered the sourcing model has made sure they look after their growers and the people on the ground level in all these countries they source from.

Through their Source To You model they are/have cultivated partnerships with artisans, small-scale growers and distilleries. By forming cooperatives with the growers, that means they have had the opportunity to create more jobs and improve income and livelihood for farmers around the world.

My process was slow. In hind sight too slow. I’ve been using essential oils for close to four years now and to be honest I bought whatever oils were the cheapest. I made the mistake of thinking all oils are of the same quality and level. I was so very wrong. And that’s ok. We live and learn. As I kept discovering I couldn’t deny the findings. I couldn’t deny the product testing by third party testers. With the outbreak of Coronavirus earlier last year I felt now was the time for me to take action in my household. Now was the time to keep germs at bay from viruses and chemicals! Only a few months ago one of my besties explained to me the simple fact that DōTERRA oils are the ONLY oil company in the world that is TGA (U.S equivalent is called FDA) approved. That’s when the penny dropped for me. I couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t buy second best. You can’t ‘unknow’ once you know!

My mind went into overdrive. If I could make my own detergents in a matter of minutes how hard would it be to swap all my daily products over?

Friends, I couldn’t believe it. I spent maybe 20 minutes of my day (whilst breastfeeding… look at that multitasking 😂) understanding how to make hand soaps, surfaces sprays, fly spray, toilet cleaner, shampoos, body lotions. You name it, there is a easy low tox alternative for it.

This transition is not hard. Don’t allow it to be. I’ve tried to summarise the easiest way to transition below.

My 5 top tips on Transitioning to Low Tox;

1. Research and understand what your top items are that you need for your low tox life.

You will need:

Pump foaming containers (for hand soaps)

Glass Spray Bottles and nozzles

Rollers

Glass jars and bottles.(for detergents and laundry wash)

Your Essential Oils

Dr Brenner Castile Soap

Bi Carb Soda

Vinegar

Filtered water

*Give or take you’ll need a few extra things. These are always at the top of my list.

2. Don’t try to change everything at once. Wait until your store bought item is finished and then simply replace it. That way you have plenty of time, be it of an evening or weekend to make a note on what you need so you’re ready for the easy transition.

3. Keep your favourite DIY recipes close by and saved. It’s a great idea to pop over to my Instagram page or search my blog under the search bar for anything you’re looking for.

4. Enjoy the process. Find a small moment to read up on your oils. Keep a file on your laptop of all the information you learn along the way. Make learning fun and be creative. Using your oils for beauty products and perfumes become stunning, personal gift ideas.

5. Don’t be afraid to share your love. Often I find in chats with friends or on social media people will mention a struggle either with themselves or someone they love. And that struggle will tend to be physical or mental. Don’t be afraid to offer an idea or even a small house made gift to show you care. You’re listening and also being proactive in your friendship. There’s nothing wrong with ever saying ‘hey, after last weeks chat I thought this roller bottle might help with…’

Too often I get met with comments about it all being so overwhelming and too much effort. Please be encouraged, friend. It really isn’t. ONE STEP AT A TIME. One small purchase at a time.

The low tox life chose me, I promise. And it will chose you.

It’s time you allowed it.

Come and chat with me anytime. I’m here to answer your questions. Or sign up and create your own wholesale account through me.

Let’s do this. Together.

Low Tox Living.

BODY. MIND. HEART. SPIRIT

*The Healing Hands Foundation that doTERRA created is also an incredible organisation, bringing refuge, hope and light to so many less fortunate lives around the world.

http://sourcetoyou.com

Have you thought of everything when preparing for baby?!

Here I am, 38 weeks pregnant with our fifth child! It’s all getting so close now. It’s all so exciting… the kids are buzzing, heck mum and dad are buzzing. I’ve finally set up my birthing area and it feels quiet and cosy. I have my diffuser with oils, candles, towels, soft mats and Bible Verses scattered around my room to provide me with the assurance I need. I look at my birthing space multiple times a day and know soon I will be there. I picture myself in that little area. I can see me breathing through each surge- preparing to welcome our baby. 

I find the more times I prepare for the arrival of each of our children the more prep I do. I add another idea, something to make our lives easier or healthier or manageable. Just little things to keep our family strong while we are in that little newborn bubble of love. And let’s face it. We are a large family. These little tricks done early enough bring about the peace and quiet time I cannot wait for. A time where we just be together, not doing, just being. No distractions, slowing down.

So here it is, my list of ideas provided you’ve already got all the baby essentials and your hospital bag packed. (See here for my baby essential ideas).

The month or two before bub arrives I make litres and litres of broth and chicken stock (if I’m in a hurry). I then create soups, stews, bolognese And lasagnas out of the rich nutritious broth! We pack all these into the freezer in containers. And it lasts us months! Mama gets a break and daddy has the pressure taken off him also. 

I will say here, be kind to yourself and pick recipes (because you are heavily pregnant) that is slow cooker friendly or where you can leave it simmering without watching over it! Summer babies are a little easier with food preparation. We had plenty or fresh salads and BBQS!

So, you’re food is sorted. Let me ask you, when was the last time you changed your bedding? Technically we should be doing it once every two weeks. And we certainly try to. HOWEVER, right about now is a good time to strip the beds and wash them. You want to do this one or two weeks before baby is born. 

Try your best to use low to no toxins in your wash. It can be incredibly harmful for you and your children’s skin. Pick a sunny day to dry them out on the line if you can. Sunshine is a natural steriliser. It kills germs. When you make your new baby’s bassinet/cot up with bedding, don’t make it too early. It becomes a dust catcher. You will know when it’s a good time, do so and then cover it with another sheet. That way the sheet catches the dust and you can wash that easily, not worrying about setting up the bed all over again…. I know, you’re welcome 😉 

I’ve linked the wash I use here. (Check out my gorgeous friends Essential Oil page. Well worth it!). 

My friend, if I can make time to make this simple, pure, clean wash then I know you can. Try it out!

HOLD ON!!!! Before washing those extra clean, soft sheets you need to do something hardly anyone I know does! Clean you washing machine and dryer! Look at your user manual… get it out and read about how to clean these machines. If not, call the manufacturer and ask them to email you a copy. It’s worth it. As for the barrel and where you place your washing detergent this is how I like to clean it. 

  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons of bicarbonate Soda
  • 6-10 drops of lemon essential oil 

Then put a small amount of this recipe into where you place the detergent and fabric softener. 

Click the self clean cycle, or your longest cycle. I like to have my water nice and hot also! Easy peasy! Don’t forget to drain out your pipes to clean out that dirty water also. All this takes us 5 minutes! Then we come back 2 hours later to a sparkling and fresh smelling washing machine. 

Ok, we’ve washed the sheets. CHECK. Made the fresh beds up (who am I kidding, I can’t do anything at this stage in pregnancy when it comes to manual labour. Find someone to help you! James makes the beds in our house.) 

We also use these last few weeks to get a check up at the Drs. The whole family goes. We don’t want to pass any little germs onto baby. They go through enough with labour. It’s their time to get strong and chub up!

Besides the food, bedding and doctors we buy those yummy little chocolate worming tablets…. um, no, I’m happy to report we’ve actually never had worms (maybe it’s the homeschoolers environment, not surrounded by tonnes of kids. Ha) but we try to remember to do this at least twice a year. And also one week before baby is born. 

Tick!! That’s another strange thing we do that not many people think about. 

If you have other siblings for baby, think about what you would like them to wear for those first precious photos. Have a place where they are packed away and ready for daddy to dress the kids. That way there’s no confusion and you’re not bombarded with questions right after birth like ‘what do I put the kids in? Is it warm enough? Where’s such and such’s pants?

It’s a good idea to show the kids what they will be wearing too. So they are on board and there’s no tantrums etc. 

We also disinfect everything. I make a simple spray using EDENS GARDEN Guardian and Fighting Five. I also have a spray to cleanse the rooms where I just buy it. I don’t make this one myself. Click here

Have all your vitamins and healthy kits ready to go for when bub arrives. So everyone is building up a strong immunity. We are about to purchase our very first homeopath kit. I’m so excited! And begin to make incredible Elderberry Syrup. I’ll add my recipe to the blog in the next few weeks! I promise it will be easy. 

Now let’s talk mama to be. What will help you most to be ready to endure labour? Exercise, plenty of water, meditation, reading? All these things I believe are vital! Do them! And do them as often as you can.

I’ve been meditating on God’s promises to me through His word. This is strengthening my mind for the road ahead. Drinking lots of water and Red Raspberry Leaf Tea! Giving my body the energy stores it needs. Taking the right tablets for my body, trying to sleep (damn insomnia) and one week before baby girl is due I have my hair booked in, mani, pedi and a lash treatment! (I know!!! I won it with the best in the biz. Genesis of Nellie and Ellie! I keep saying this will be my most glamorous labour haha). But seriously, be ready the way you want and need to be. Talk to your partner about what you need and how he can support you best. Talk about your birth plan and how you would like it to go. They are your biggest support. After all, you are carrying their child 😉 

Talk often as a family and pray together about your life and the new baby. Chat to your children about what you expect from each of them. According to their age and what they can manage. At the moment Noah has the idea baby will be sleeping in his room (at 3am I will be wishing ha ha) and Scarlet thinks she will be wearing her all day when she is playing and schooling. Aquila acts out where she will sit on my bed to rock the bassinet! It’s all soooooo cute! And I adore them with all my heart for thinking like this- and they can do some of those things. Just not to the full extent. Welcome it, explain how important they are in this family and how much you appreciate their help daily and even more once baby arrives. But also remind them, they too are your babies and you love them just as much and want to dote on them also! Allow for those moments too… probably when baby is sleeping!

And that’s it from me… for now! Just a few little extra things you can do to prepare and to be the best for your family. You can feel ready for baby to grow and thrive. 

I would love to know if there is anything out of the box you do to prepare for a new baby? Something no one ever talks or thinks about! 

Here’s to preparing your home now to reap the rewards later. Breath, and be in the moment. In the present, with your whole family.

Jennifer X