Toxins and Chemicals to Avoid

One of the reasons I started using Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and Personal Care Products was because I found out about the huge amount of harmful chemicals that fill each and every personal care product and household cleaner on the market today! These chemicals cause a chain of reaction in your body which lead to all sorts of problems including the development of cancer. Education is the key to making a healthier choice and you can rest assured that all of our products from essential oils to nutritional supplements, household cleaner and personal care products only contain life-affirming ingredients! Did you know that only 2% of all essential oils produced in the world are free of chemicals and synthetics?

Every day we inhale, touch, apply and taste harmful chemicals and toxins! Synthetic ingredients are in virtually every item in your home from cleaning solutions and personal care products to food additives and ingredients that are unpronounceable. Like most people, you probably brush your teeth every day and use shampoo, conditioner and soap when you shower. If you are a female, you probably apply moisturizing lotion to your face and body, apply cosmetics and perfume and if you are older, dye your hair. Most people do not even look at the ingredients in each of these items but you should know that most of them are harmful to your health and the environment.

In 1998, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report that created considerable concern to the public as well as the cosmetics and personal care industries. The two-year study revealed clear evidence that a common cosmetics ingredient called diethanolamine or DEA had carcinogenic activity when applied to the skin. DEA is found in products such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions, sunscreens, soaps and cosmetics. As with all substances applied to the skin, they are easily absorbed and accumulate in the organs which can lead to toxic build-up and challenges.

The most common toxic chemicals to avoid are DEA (a lathering agent), Propylene glycol (used in antifreeze, paints, floor wax... and is also in pet food!) or Propanediol, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS and SLES - a surfactant used in industrial products like concrete floor cleaner and engine degreaser!), Talc (chemically similar to asbestos!), Alcohol (Australian researchers published in 2009 issue of Dental Journal of Australia noted that alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of development of oral issues) and Aluminum. A full list is presented below. DEA is just one of an estimated 125 ingredients formulated into our home and personal care products suspected of being potentially dangerous or hazardous to our health. This claim is supported by a 2008 study of teenage girls by the Environmental Working Group which found chemicals from cosmetics in every blood and urine sample tested. More than 16 chemicals from four major groups: phthalates, tricosan, parabens and musks were identified. The teens also admitted to using an average of 17 cosmetic products a day!

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The Chemical Onslaught

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Toxic Chemicals To Avoid

This list is to be used for all substances in your home i.e., food, drink, skin/hair care, cleaners etc. These chemicals have been verified by the EPA or Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) as hazardous or cancerous. This is list is growing daily. Check the website for updated cheat sheet. You can go to google, type in the chemical name then MSDS science lab. Then you can read the report and make your own decisions. Be your own health advocate.

1,4-dioxane Flavor (s), Flavoring(s) Polyethylene oxide (PEO)
2,4-dione Formaldehyde Potassium Bromate
5,5-dimethylimidazolidine Fragrance Potassium Coco Hydrolyzed Collagen
Acesuifame K, Ace K, Glutamate Propane (any)
Acid Ammonium Carbonate Glutamic Acid Propylene Glycol (PG)
Alcohol (Isopropyl) & SD-40 Glycol Ethers Protease enzymes
Ammonium Laureth/ Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) Go Lite drink PVP/VA Copolymer
AMMONIUM's Bicarbonate or Hydrogen Guarana Quaternium-7, 15, 31, 60, etc
Aniline Hexametaphosphate Saccharin, 954
Anionic Surfactants High Fructose Corn Syrup Silica
Antibacterials Hydrolyzed (anything) Silicone derived emollients
Anything protein fortified Imidazolidinyl urea Sodium Caseinate
Artificial Coloring Iodopropynyl Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
Asept Isobutane Sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate
Aspartame Isothiazolinone Sodium Hexametaphosphate
Autolyzed (anything) Lanolin Sodium Hydroxide
Azodicarbonamide Lauryl dimonium hydrolysed collagen Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
Barley malt Lead Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Benzalkonium chloride Liquidum Paraffinum Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate
Benzene Malt extract or flavoring Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Benzoic acid, 210, 211,219 Maltodextrin Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
BHA 320, Butylated Hydroxyanisole MEA -Monoethanolamine Soy protein concentrate
BHT 321, Butylated Hydroxytoluene Medilave Soy protein isolate
Bisphenol-A (BPA) Mercury Soy sauce extract
Bouillon and Broth Methanol Spices, Seasoning
Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) Methyl PGME Splenda
Bronopol anything Methyl DEGBE, DPGME Stearalkonium Chloride
Butylcarbamate Methyl EGPE, EGME, EGEE Stock
Butylene Glycol Methylpropane Succinic acid
Caffeine unless organic & fermented Mineral Oil Sucralose
Calcium Caseinate Miralax Sugar (chemicalized white processed sugar)
Carbomer Monoammonium Salt & Carbonate Sulfites
Carrageenan Monopotassium Glutamate Sulphur dioxide
Cationic Surfactants /Ammoniums Monosodium Glutamate MSG-622 Sunette
Cepacol, ceprim, cepacol chloride Natrium Glutamate Sweet 'N Low, Sweet n Safe, Sweet One
Cetafilm, cetamium Natural beef flavoring Talc
Ceteareths Natural Beef or Chicken Tartrazine 102
Cetrimonium Cloride Natural chicken flavoring TEA Triethanolamine Laureth Sulfate
Cetylpyridinium chloride or bromide Natural flavor(s) & flavoring(s) Tetrasodium Pyrophoshate (EDTA)
Chloromethylisothiazolin Natural pork flavoring Textured Protein
Clorine Neotame TBHQ
Coal Tars Nitrite / Nitrate Titanium dioxide
Cocoamidopropyl Betaine NutraSweet Toluene
Cocoyl Sarcosine Olestra Triclosan
DEA- diethanolamine Paraben (methyl, propyl, butyl, ethyl) Ultra-pasteurized Soy sauce
Diazolidinyl Urea Paraffin wax or oil Urea (Imidazolidinyl)
Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate Partially Hydrogenated veg. oils Vaseline
Dioxins Pectin Soy protein Whey protein concentrate
Disodium Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate PEG Whey protein isolate
Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate Petrolatum / jelly Whey protein Protease
Disodium Oleamide Sulfosuccinate Phenol Yeast; Extract, Food, Nutrient
DMDM Hydantoin Phenylenediamine (PPD) .
Dobendan Phenylketonuria (PKU) .
EDTA Phthalates DBP, DMP, DEP .
Enzymes anything Seasonings (the word "seasonings) Plant Protein Extract .
Equal Poloxamer 407 .
Ercocet Polyethylene Gycol (PEG) .

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Go Green with Thieves Products

Adverse Effects of "Inactive" Ingredients


Dye Health Effects
Amaranth FD&C Red No.2 not allowed in U.S., E 123 Europe Angioedema, Pruritus, Urticaria, Unspecified subjective symptoms, Bronchoconstriction (combined with Ponceau, Sunset Yellow)
Erythrosine FD&C Red No.3, E 127 Europe Bronchoconstriction (combined with Brilliant Blue, Indigo Carmine), Sequential vascular response, Elevation of protein-bound iodide, Thyroid tumors, Chromosomal damage, Unspecified symptoms
Ponceau, FD&C Red No.4, not allowed in U.S., E 124 Europe Bronchoconstriction (combined with Amaranth, Sunset Yellow), Anaphylactoid reaction (combined with Sunset Yellow), Chest heaviness
Neutral Red Contact dermatitis
Carmoisine, E 122 Europe not in U.S.; information not available yet
Red #2G, 128 Europe not in U.S.; information not available yet
Citrus Red No.2 Cancer in animals; Used for dying skins of oranges
Tartrazine Allergies
FD&C Red No. 40 Thyroid tumors, Lymphocytic lymphomas
FD&C Yellow No.5, E 102 Europe Chromosomal Damage, Trigger for asthma, Urticaria (hives), Hyperactivity (Rowe & Rowe, Egger, 1985)
Sunset Yellow, FD&C Yellow No.6 Urticaria (hives), Rhinitis (runny nose), Nasal congestion, Bronchoconstriction (combined with Amaranth, Ponceau), Anaphylactoid reaction (combined with Ponceau), Eosinophilotactic response, Kidney tumors, Chromosomal damage, Abdominal pain, Vomiting, Indigestion, Distaste for food
Yellow #2G, 107 Europe not in U.S.; information not available yet
D&C Yellow No.11 Contact dermatitis
Quinoline Yellow, not allowed in U.S., E 104 Europe Contact dermatitis
Fast Green, FD&C Green No.3 Bladder tumors
Brilliant Blue, FD&C Blue No.1 Bronchoconstriction (combined with Erythrosine, Indigo Carmine), Eosinophilotactic response, Chromosomal damage
Indigo Carmine, FD&C Blue No.2, E 132 Europe Brain tumors, Bronchoconstriction (combined with Brilliant Blue, Erythrosine)
Evans Blue, CI Direct Blue 53 Dermatitis
Patent Blue Purpura (bruising), Dermatitis; Unspecified subjective symptoms
Gentian Violet, CI Basic Violet No.3 Contact dermatitis
Brown FK, 154 Europe not in U.S.; information not available yet
Brown HT, 155 Europe not in U.S.; information not available yet
Black PN, E 151 Europe not in U.S.; information not available yet
E 320 Europe BHA
E 321 Europe BHT
E 211 Europe Sodium Benzoate
E 250 Europe Sodium Nitrite
E 251 Europe Sodium Nitrate
621 MSG Monosodium Glutamate

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Practice Wellness

Knowledge is Power when it comes to Your Health

Do your household cleaners have these harmful ingredients?

— Information Source:

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What is a person to do?

Choose healthy products like Thieves Household Cleaner

And choose healthy personal care products free of all of this chemical nonsense!

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Avoid These Sweet Poisons!

The following products have dangerous toxins* and are detrimental to your health:

*Dr. Janet Hull, and

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I love to teach classes locally in the Central Florida area and am a former Nationally Certified Massage Therapist with over 12 years of experience, studying the human body, the energy system, the use of aromatherapy, Raindrop Technique and Emotional Release with Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils through C.A.R.E. as well as many workshops with Gary Young. I work and live in Winter Park, FL and am available by appointment: 407.399.8562.

I highly suggest educating yourself about the truth of essential oils by purchasing the Essential Oil Desk Reference book which contains a wealth of information on all of our products including details on each oil and what oils to use for specific situations.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Don't expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils and supplements. Also each person is unique and different in chemistry and toxicity levels, as well as emotionally and spiritually, so an oil that is suggested for an issue may not work as well as another. If a change is not apparent within three minutes, try another oil.