Feminine Care with Lola and Young Living
I never thought I would here about to tell the world about “that time of the month” on my own personal blog, but when two passions collide, it’s hard not to share with my friends and family about my wellness journey and how I got to where I am today.
As a health and physical education teacher, educating about wellness has always been a passion and purpose of mine. Young Living Essential Oils and their growing community has truly changed my perception of wellness. I feel it’s my mission to continue to educate others about all the things I am learning along the way, which even includes considering our feminine care products. My goal on this journey is to keep working toward a better version of myself everyday and share with others as I go. If no one is talking about these things then we are going to continue to make choices without considering out health. I hope this blog will support you in making changes toward a better version of yourself!
As I reflect on my lifestyle, I can not believe where I have come in the past two and half years and simply all because I got started with the most incredible Premium Starter Kit, which you can read about here. When I actually gave my starter kit a chance, I was able to start thinking of my health and wellness in a way that I just wasn’t aware of before. As I began pursuing my career in teaching health, it was clear that my philosophy has always been about wellness but with transformation personal growth through my twenties, I now know that I wasn’t fully aware of what it really meant to take care of myself. Since the realization of what self-care through wellness truly means, I have made new habits and changes to support my body. Making these changes will not only support my future wellness, but making these changes as I consider and am hopeful of being a mom someday. I realize now, that my choices impact my future and now more than ever it's time to consider how to make my future the healthiest it possible can be by my control.
Throughout my adolescence, I made choices because things were affordable, brands were popular, or its what my parents used because their parents used it too. I never had any thought about ingredients or items being organic. I always thought I was healthy because I loved to play outside, exercise, and was a three sport athlete, in addition to my love of fruits and vegetables. Little did I know, health is so much more than eating right and exercising.
So I am here to tell you, it wasn’t until I was 26 years old that I realized, what I put on my skin and in my body truly does matter. Slowly and surely, I began replacing the products that filled my bathroom and kitchen with Young Living products because I became cognizant of the harmful chemicals found in everyday products. If you don't believe me, check it out for yourself next time you pick up your average hand soap or air freshener.
So what did I do about this newfound information? I ditched the harmful products, started making my own natural room sprays, cleaning products, soaps, rollers, and diffusing in the house instead of using candles. After working hard toward a chemical free lifestyle, I vividly remember the moment I called my attention to the feminine care products. I knew it was time to do more research to insure I was making the choices that I wanted to make for my health and wellness. If all these other things that come into contact with our body have an impact on how my body functions, it was clear that I needed more information about tampons and pads.
I have been using traditional brands since I got my first period around 14 years old. We can estimate the average amount of tampons use in a lifetime or even for the last 15 years of my life, but what it comes down to is, its a lot of tampons. What is so surprising to me, is it that for something we use so often, about 13 times a year for about 5 days straight, it's not something that we talked about or typically take too much time to think about.
When I started to dive into some research it was a little tough to find facts about tampons. According to the Food and Drug Administration, tampons are considered a medical device, which means there are only recommendations for what should be disclosed but there are no requirements for labeling which is a frightening fact. This leaves the potential that certain tampon manufacturing companies may not be fully disclosing all of the ingredients in their products (and technically they are NOT obligated to do so).
I wasn’t too shocked to find there are things we want to avoid when choosing tampons, at this point, I understand not all brands are created equal. I was able to find some companies that offer a full disclosure of ingredients, or at least that's what they are telling us, while some do not. When I saw that traditional products had potential to have ingredients such as dioxins, rayon, and fragrance, it didn’t take me long to decide to make a change. I also found there were companies that offered a cleaner, safer, and organic way to manage my menstrual cycle. At this point, I cared about keeping the rest of my personal care routine natural but I still used toxic tampons. I knew all the work was just a waste of time because the toxic tampons and the ingredients are absorbed right into my bloodstream each month. My research on tampons and pads lead me to a company called Lola, which is a reproductive care company for women.
Understanding the choice of feminine care products is a really important aspect of our health that is not talked about enough, think about it- these are the products that are directly in contact with the reproductive system. The vagina, mucous membrane, and the entire female reproductive system is a very particular biome with a delicate bacteria balance that you don’t want to alter by possibly introducing unknown ingredients. So much of our body, from the cellular level to entire organs, is controlled by the endocrine system which is so also closely connected to the reproductive system, and introducing chemicals into our body puts a great impact on the functions.
In March 2017, I decided to create my first subscription to Lola because they are the first organic, feminine care company that cares about the ingredients, as much as I do. Lola products have no toxins, dyes, or synthetics which is so important because, just like essential oils, there are no regulations on tampon companies to disclose their ingredient. What I love about Young Living Essential Oils and Lola is that they are both transparent with their customers and I value the mission and integrity of their companies.
We are all busy people, I enjoy being able to spend my time how I want to and not running around shopping for all my household items. I get two monthly wellness boxes delivered to my house. Every month, I receive my custom Essential Reward box from Young Living and my custom subscription box from Lola. Both companies have wonderful customer service which is also another thing that I love most about them. If your wondering more about Essential Rewards, reach out to me! Lola allows me to skip and change my subscription every 4-8 week and it’s really simple. I never thought I would be so excited to receive tampons and pads in the mail, but I have found that I love when my Lola arrives!
They do offer other more female care products but since Young Living Essential Oils are so different than other essential oils, I simply use my oils to support my body monthly. You can read what makes Young Living so different here!
Anyways, I thought this was an important post to share with you because its been on my mind for a while. Every month my box comes from Lola and I feel like I am keeping a big secret from all of you. I don't think this is something we talk about enough, yet it matters so much! I want you all to know you have options and you shouldn't feel obligated to buy your tampons from the store. Please take some time to consider your options.
If your interested in getting your custom Lola box delivered to you house, to make your life easier, simply click on my referral code.
By using my referral code, you will receive a 5$ subscription code after ordering your first female wellness box from Lola. In addition to the 5$ account credit, you can also use the 15% discount code from Lola on your first order.
I ordered a whole bunch of stuff on my first order to reap the benefits of the 15% off code, then I reduced the subscription in later months. If your a mom of a young girl, I also saw they have a cute first period kit! Every girl deserves to be pampered and it’s such a positive way to promote healthy choices.
With all that said, I hope this information empowers you to continue to make steps toward a chemical free lifestyle. Remember Francis Bacon once said, "knowledge is power". With our technology, its time that we start using it to access information that matters. There is no reason not to look into things that could impact our health and find a better option. We may not be able to control everything but we can try to make the choices that are right for our family.
As I said above, Young Living Essential Oils are also a big part of my monthly care so before you go order your Lola box, here are a few of my favorite essential oils during the week aunt flow comes to visit.
Young Living Essential Oils to Support "That Time Of The Month"
Dragon Time Essential Oil:
Well, its all in the name. Dragon Time...I recently ordered Dragon Time and I am not sure I can explain how amazing this oils is, you simple should try for yourself. Dragon Time Essential Oil is a blend of Fennel, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Lavender, Blue Yarrow, and Jasmine essential oils used to help promote feelings of stability and calm during occasional times of moodiness-aka that time of the month! It’s a staple for many women, so much that Young Living also created Dragon Time Massage Oil and Dragon Time Bath and Shower Gel that can also be used to support females monthly.
Progressence Plus Serum:
It's actually a serum that is formulated specifically for women and it's designed to promote well-being and feelings for relaxation, harmony, and balance. Progressence Plus Serum is blended with some of Young Living’s most-loved essential oils, including Frankincense, Bergamot, and Peppermint.
From the Start Kit, I really like to use Panaway, Peppermint, and Copaiba in my Sore No More Roller to support the occasional discomfort that occurs around the time of the month. I apply these right on my abdomen and also on my joints. If you need to learn more about roller recipes, read essential-oil-roller-recipes. Peppermint Essential Oil can be used topically for cooling the system down, simply put a drop on the back of your neck or apply on spine or feet.
Lavender, Stress Away, and Frankincense can be used to support restful nights and emotions during the month. Each of these can be applied topically or put in the diffuser. Together that make a wonderful diffuser blend, if you want to read more about diffusing, read using-essential-oils-aromatically.
These are just a few essential oils that I personally use to support my body, I can tell you that there are many other essential oils that can be used in different ways to support female health, hormones, and emotions. I find it important to listen to my body and find what’s best for me when considering essential oils.
Purchases and reading books has really encouraged me along the way. By having these resources at home I was able to understand and consider safety. I have a full list of my favorite books outlined right on my Supplies Page but the very first book that I recommended is the Essential Oil Reference Guide which allows you to learn about each essential oil.
Lucy Libido Says...There's An Oil For That: A Girlfriend's Guide to Using Essential Oils Between the Sheets and Essential Oil Make & Takes: Over 60 DIY Projects and Recipes for the Perfect Class are both great books from my list, each of them offer lifestyle recipes that can support females and your family.
I hope these ideas help you see there are many ways to use essential oils! Lola and Young Living have made me feel more confident in my everyday choices and my wellness. If you have questions about signing up with Lola or getting your Young Living Essential Oils just simply reach out by using the contact page.
Most importantly, I hope everyone takes advantage of how easy it is to get life necessities delivered right to your doorstep, one wellness box at a time!
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