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Friday, March 15, 2019
Picture the germiest place in your house. Most people will automatically assume it’s their bathroom. Others may think of kitchen countertops or entryways that rightfully deserve the name 'mudroom,' not to mention these 9 other places germs hide around your home. But for all you pet owners, you’re probably overlooking one of the biggest germ culprits in your home: pet food bowls.
A study done by NSF International examined 30 everyday items from 22 different households, and pet food dishes ranked 4th in the final list of germ hot spots. The top three were kitchen sponge/dishrag, kitchen sink, and toothbrush holder.
Pet owners will likely be alarmed by these results ~ and rightfully so. Food bowls can serve as ideal breeding grounds for bacteria, mold, and yeast. But this concerning information might also raise some confusion. It makes sense to wash a bowl of wet dog or cat food, but surely refilling dishes with dry food isn’t that big of a deal, right?
Actually, that misconception is what keeps many pet owners from washing food dishes regularly. Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Vogelsang told iheartdogs.com that dry foods do leave residue, and that can result in bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella living in food bowls. As if that’s not bad enough, these germs can cause illnesses in both animals and humans. That’s why it’s important to watch out for these signs your “healthy” dog or cat is actually sick.
To prevent any potential sickness spreading around your home, NSF recommends washing food and water bowls daily, either in a dishwasher or with soap and hot water. You should also sanitize the dishes weekly by soaking them in a gallon of water with a half-teaspoon of non-toxic household cleaner (such as Thieves Household Cleaner) for ten minutes. You may also consider investing in stainless steel or ceramic bowls; plastic ones can crack easily, giving germs an easy place to hide.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Young Living’s proprietary Thieves® essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated and wore a special aromatic combination of clove, rosemary, vinegar, and other botanicals that they believed provided protection while they were stealing. French authorities recognized that there was such value in this mixture that upon the thieves’ capture, they received a more merciful punishment on condition that they divulge the ingredients in their secret formula.
Crafted in the spirit of that legendary combination, Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves essential oil blend can be found in all our Thieves products. Featuring the powerful essential oils of Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary, Thieves imparts a spicy, welcoming aroma everywhere it’s used.
With the benefits of Thieves oil, including cleaning power and an irresistibly spicy scent, Young Living offers it as an essential oil blend and as an important ingredient in a full range of home cleaning and personal care products, from dish soap to toothpaste. Possibly our most versatile and beloved blend, Thieves products replace harsh chemicals with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and other naturally derived ingredients.
Thieves Essential Oil Blend
Featuring all the benefits of our powerful, proprietary Thieves blend ~ including cleaning power and an irresistibly spicy scent ~ Young Living offers Thieves on its own as a topical/aromatic essential oil blend and as a dietary supplement as part of our Vitality™ essential oil line. This blend is also an important ingredient in our full range of home cleaning and personal care products, from dish soap to toothpaste.
Thieves Cleaning Products
Keeping a clean house doesn’t have to mean using toxic chemicals. Trust our aromatic, Thieves-infused household products for a naturally derived, effective alternative to traditional cleaning products.
Thieves Dental Care Products
Healthy teeth and gums start with products that clean and protect without harsh chemicals. Discover naturally derived solutions for oral health with our essential oil-infused oral care products.
Thieves Personal Care Products
Pairing personal care products with Thieves is a natural fi, since Thieves is the perfect combination of effective and gentle! Be sure to stash a few Thieves personal care products in your purse or backpack to have handy wherever life may take you.
Thieves Taste on the Go
Take the freshness of Thieves with you wherever you go! With many ways to enjoy our popular Thieves blend, simply stash a few in your pocket, purse, or backpack to enjoy its signature spicy flavor and benefits anywhere life takes you. Be sure to try our natural cough drops, lozenges, and mints.
Monday, January 21, 2019
For most pet parents, our animals are like our children and depend on us for everything . . . . food and water, grooming, shelter, and healthcare. That is why there is nothing worse than seeing them under the weather or in pain. Just as with any stressful situation, it is important not to panic and to stay as calm as possible. Animals sense our emotions, often through smell, therefore the best way to keep them calm is to make sure you are calm.
One of the biggest challenges a pet parent or animal caregiver can face in a moment of crisis or stress is trying to communicate with their animal. It is far easier to read an animal when that animal trusts you. You know your animal(s) better than anyone, therefore using common sense and your natural instincts can be very helpful.
When used properly and when keeping key facts in mind, essential oils are very effective in providing our animals with natural / holistic care that works! I personally keep several essential oils on hand that are perfect for animal first aid. Knowing what you have on hand, which oils are most effective for any given situation, and what amount and frequency is appropriate for each animal in your care is crucial.
* I will preface this next section by stating that the ONLY essential oils I use and recommend are Young Living Essential Oils, as they are 100% pure, therapeutic-grade and have been proven to be safe and effective time and time again. As a holistic consultant, energy healer, animal Reiki practitioner and lifelong pet parent, I only trust Young Living for my clients and my own animals, as well as for myself!
Guidelines For Proper Usage:
~ The key to using essential oils with animals is to always go very slowly! Do not rush and do not force them on your animals. Most animals will respond much better to essential oils if they are comfortable with you and with the various scents of essential oils. Also, introducing them slowly will avoid creating any negative experiences or promoting any adverse reactions to the oils. Animals are highly sensitive to odors and may find a new smell too intense in the beginning.
~ An aversion to essential oils may be a simple dislike to the oil (or oils). This usually occurs when an oil has been aggressively introduced or improperly used. For example, an animal's face, nose or feet are highly sensitive areas, therefore any new smells must be introduced slowly and carefully. Aversions can arise very quickly and may take a long time to overcome, so the more time and patience you use introducing the oils, the better.
~ Start with very small amounts of whichever oil is needed for the situation you are addressing. Keep in mind that when using 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils from Young Living, one drop is usually plenty when you are just beginning. Until you are able to read your animals and see their reactions, make sure they are comfortable and do not exceed recommended amounts
~ Avoid using hot or irritating oils on your pets. If you are in doubt about comfortably using a particular oil on your animal(s), it is always best to err on the side of caution and find a suitable alternative using common sense and good judgment.
Please feel free to Contact Me should you have questions or wish to get started on your own amazing essential oils journey . . . . for your animals and for yourself!
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