I have always been concientious about what I put in my body. Be it food, vitamins, over the counter or pharmacuetical medications, what I put in my body matters to me! But, I never realized until about a year and a half ago that what we BREATHE in and what we put ON our skin can be just as harmful as what we put IN our bodies.
I am preparing to do a “Chemical Free Home” presentation at my local library. In preparing for this presentation I have been overwhelmed at the many articles and books I have found warning consumers about the toxins in their homes. These toxins are “Endrocrine disruptors and can cause Asthma Chemcials like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ethanolamine, Propyl Glycol, Propyl Alcohol, Methyl-metoxycinnamate, Toulene, Benzene, Talc, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrances, Triclosan, Formaldehyde, Aluminum have all been investigated and proven not to be good for our Bodies inside and out! If you want to do your own research check out Pubmed.org, scholar.google.com and EWG.org.
So what can you do? Is it already too late? Well it’s never too late to take control of your health and there are alternatives. My first choice is Young Living Essential Oils. Not only can I make my own safe products with their oils, there are a ton of recipes out there, but, they also offer all kinds of solutions to my cleaning and skin regiment. Here is a true story – Since diffussing YL Essential Oils I cannot stand the smell of artifical fragrances in plug ins, candles and sprays. Yuck! They literally give me a headache.
Here is a DIY for an All Purpose Cleaner – So much healthier and you don’t have to open windows or wear a mask – 3 parts water, 1 part vinegar, 1 tsp. Lemon Juice, 5-7 drops of Lemon Essential Oil.
How about replacing your Fabric Softener, yes folks they are full of toxins, with Wool Dryer Balls. Add a couple of drops of Essential Oil to get that clean smell.
As for the overall smell for your home, well I can only suggest diffusing Essential Oils. And if you are going to do that, make sure you know the quality because what goes up your nose travels through your bloodstream. Essential Oils can benefit your body when used aromatically.
As I wrap this up I am reminded of the 3 or 4 times I have had to call Poison Control because one of my toddlers got into one of those chemcials under my sink. When I use my Young Living products and DIY’s I don’t have to worry anymore about what harm they might cause my granddaughter. If I only had known.