Spring Cleaning…..where do I even begin???? This meme from someecards.com says it all. Hahaha!!! Seriously though, I have always hated cleaning any time of the year because of (1) the nauseating smell of the toxic fumes from cleaning products; (2) the horrible headaches and respiratory issues I would get from inhaling said toxic fumes; (3) the way cleaning products would cause my skin to be itchy and raw with severe eczema; and (4) worrying about the long-term health issues of being exposed to products that contain known toxins and carcinogens…..then worrying even more about the unknown dangers because thousands of Continue Reading →
Perfumes can be both intoxicating and seductive. Many perfumes evoke deep emotions or sweet memories. However, there is a dark side to the perfume industry to which you may not be aware. Commercial perfume manufacturers are allowed to withhold information on their ingredients to protect trade secrets. Many of the secret ingredients are potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals (mostly petrochemicals) that are known toxins and carcinogens. More than 95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. These chemicals include: benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates, and a slew of other known toxins that are capable of causing cancer, birth Continue Reading →
When I was researching for the Essential Oils 101 class that I teach for John A. Logan College, one of the subjects I wanted to present was about toxins in our personal hygiene products and how to find all-natural, non-toxic solutions. One of the shocking things I discovered was that there are particles of plastic added to my family’s favorite toothpaste. Yes, little balls of plastic!!! According to Crest, polyethylene plastic is in your toothpaste for decorative purposes only. That’s right, the only reason plastic is in there is because it looks cool. Personally, I think it is NOT COOL Continue Reading →
I was out walking this morning and the neighborhood was sooooooo quiet. I got to thinking about how sorry I feel for kids nowadays. It’s still summer and they’re already back in school. Each year it seems like their school year is starting earlier and earlier.When I was young school didn’t start until after Labor Day. (Wow, when did I get old enough to start using the “When I was young…” phrase!!! Haha!!!) If your kids are back in school, there are a number of essential oils you can use to support them and keep them healthy.