I’m making it easy for you to donate in my team’s name this year! Just click on the link, enter my name (Kim Smyth) in the Box (find an individual) and your donation will count towards my team fundraising goal.
Thank you all in advance, by now you know that my mother passed in 2014 from complications of her PKD and that I also have it. Luckily, I am not symptomatic yet, and take preventive measures to stay that way!
Millions aren’t so lucky though and have to have transplants or suffer through years of dialysis like my mom did. She was on it for over 18 years!
Please give whatever you’re comfortable with, every little bit helps and again, thanks so much, I appreciate it and so does the foundation!
I have a head start at least if I plan to make some changes at home. I recycle. I grow indoor herbs and vegetables that can be moved outside for a starter garden.
I can make a vow here and now that you can help me be accountable for, I will try.
I have pets and other challenges, but if I can do a vertical garden, that will work well! Plus, my husband won’t have to mow around my garden.
Or, maybe I tell him my plan and he even HELPS me grow a garden. I mean, he has recently jumped on the “get healthy” bandwagon too!
He eats better, exercises almost every day, works out with weights, he has dropped from 206 to 177 in just three months!! I hate him (just kidding) but I AM jelly!!
Together, we can do our part to help change the planet by changing our thinking. Industrial farming is killing us. Monsanto knows this, yet they don’t stop their way of farming.
This film is the answer to the problem in the movie Idiocracy-unfortunately, it’s all coming true!! Go watch it again if you don’t believe me!
We can also start supporting our local farmer’s markets, stop shopping at Walmart for our produce, although that will be a challenge for me. I’d rather grow my own than convince the hubs to stop going to Walmart. 😉
Please take just one hour out of your day to watch this ground-breaking film, everyone has to eat, so everyone should be part of the solution.
Let me know your thoughts and ideas after you watch it please!!
Do you know what’s in your essential oil? Or where it comes from for that matter?
These are just two of the questions posed by a recent study done by Consumer Advocates, a national organization who strive to educate consumers on their rights.
Recently a spokesperson (Sam Klau) for the organization reached out to me to inform me of a new study they conducted on the safety, sourcing, and consumer education when it comes to a company’s commitment to transparency.
I have always been one to research a company before I use their product (especially essential oils) but not all consumers do.
It’s extremely important to know the quality, purity, and even the business practices of the company who’s oils you are consuming/using/buying.
Mr Klau had some nice things to say about my blog, particularly this post.
He would like me to share the report he shared with me with all of you, and I agreed. It’s a lengthy, yet informative report that any consumer who loves their essential oils should read.
After going over the report again, I found no reason why I should not share the company’s findings with all of you, they only want to educate and protect us consumers.
Here is what went into this report:
600+ hours of research
42 different sources were used
11 companies were vetted
21 features reviewed options
11 top pics
You might be surprised to see one of your favorites on the list, I know I was! Not naming any names, but one of the companies I have purchased from in the past showed up in the report as having one of their oils adulterated. (peppermint)
This was a shock to me, since as I said, I do my research on a company before I buy from them. Sometimes things get overlooked though. Like checking the testing reports.
I learned something else to: Therapeutic grade is a made up term. What?? Did you know that? That’s just one of the reasons I feel you need to check out this report.
It answers questions like: Do they practice safety? Do they all perform quality testing? Do they practice sustainable sourcing?
When a company tells me their oil is 100% pure, organic, quality essential oil, I need to be able to trust that. Some oils I don’t just diffuse, or use topically. This is extremely important!
Some oils are meant for aromatherapy only, I understand that. It should clearly state that on the label and the website. I used to think if an oil was therapeutic grade, that was the gold standard for safety and that meant ok for ingestion.
Of course, I told my doctors how I’d been using certain oils, like lemon and frankincense, yet not all doctors are trained in all things essential oils. Of course they were agreeable.
Another factor I’ve always considered is cost. If an E.O. is cheap, it’s not to be trusted for anything other than aromatherapy. Not always, and vice versa.
One more surprise in the report was that one of the major players in the essential oils game threatened to sue!! That gives one pause for sure!
Do me a favor. Read the report and let me know what you think. I would especially like to invite my friend Roxy to check it out, it’s brand new, you have not seen this yet!