I want you to know the facts when it comes to toxins and how they silently cause harm to you and your loved ones. Chemicals are bad for you, we all know that. I know that the chemicals in my mascara are terrible for me but am I going to look like a lash-less hot mess all the time? Negative. I’ve got things to do. I’m sharing what I’m currently doing to help keep my family healthy and balance everyday life without running away to live in a tree. Heads up, I’m not trying to sell you anything, do what you will with this information, boo boo.
To start, The Rain Barrel Effect by Dr. Stephen Cabral is full of facts and information to help you on this journey. I highly recommend this book if you’re interested in this topic at all.
Here are some scary facts to keep you up at night. Umbilical cord blood carries an average of 232 man-made toxins to a baby. So before they even get a glimpse of the world, they have toxins flowing through their tiny bodies. This was a jaw dropper for me. I hate it for my daughter and felt major guilt over this. Had I known, I could have made changes. Armed with that information, I felt a huge responsibility to lessen the toxins in our home and surroundings. If that’s how many toxins we’re passing to our children, what’s in our bodies? How are we being effected by these toxins? Cancer? Illness? Weight gain? What can I do to get these out of my body and environment? I know, I panicked too.
Side Effects of a Toxic Body
Have you ever had brain fog? Headaches? Constipation? Me too. Everything we put on our skin has chemicals that only add to the level of toxicity we carry. Makeup, sunscreen, lotions, chapsticks, nail polish…yes, all bad. Im not suggesting to stop using all of these things. Just know what you’re dealing with and find your balance.
So what can we do? Here’s where a toxic free lifestyle comes in to play. I have several friends and family members who are into essential oils. Don’t huff, stay with me, it will be worth it. There are so many benefits that come from these oils. Let me be upfront with you, I am just as suspicious as most about things like this. I’m down for antibiotics, I brake for Aleve, I buy pre-made baby food at the store. BUT, if oils can help, I will try them. Im here to tell you, they help.
Cleaning with Essential Oils
Here’s what I mean by “help.” I am an obsessive countertop cleaner. I LOVED Clorox anti-bacterial wipes. I really felt like I was protecting my family from germs by using these. Do you know how those magical wipes kill germs? By using antimicrobial pesticides. You read that right, I was spreading pesticides all over my precious countertops. Here’s my cleaning saving grace, THIEVES. Thieves is a blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Lemon, and Eucalyptus. Thieves works by neutralizing bacteria and harmful pathogens. Check out this test from the Not Your Average Oiler Blog. You don’t have to sacrifice your familys’ health to kill germs.
You can also diffuse thieves in your home. I have this by our bed, in our living room and in our daughter’s room. Thieves disinfects the air you breathe and keeps the germs at bay. I also rub this on the bottom of our feet, including my 6 month old, to help support immunity. There is hand soap, vegetable and fruit soak, toothpaste and so on. I can’t say enough about thieves, I’m addicted.
Other Oils and Usage
The reference guide below shows a few common oils and what they can be used for. My family and I use the majority of these on a daily basis. Have you dealt with allergies, upset stomach, tight shoulders or back, sore throat or headache? One or more of the oils below will help all those things. We will go to these oils before we take medication. Like I said before, I will go to Aleve when needed, but from all the years of taking Aleve or the like, I know I need to try the natural route first. Hi kidneys, please forgive me.
Young Living has a full line of toxic and cruelty free makeup. I will be doing a review of this line soon and will get back to you.
Bottom line, we have options. We don’t have to sit back only to keep filling up on toxins and allowing our bodies to be exposed and attacked by harmful substances. You can actually fight back. Essential oils are a way to do that.
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