Essential Oils, Lifestyle

New Year Naturally

We all know the dangers of pollution in our air, but do we pay much attention to pollution in our homes? This month we are taking a look at every day products that contain known toxins and how we can swap them to a toxin free alternative.

One of the biggest toxins within the home is fragrance. We love to smell good, we love our clothes to smell good and we want our homes to smell good. But the price we pay for our synthetic scents can be devastatingly high. Studies have shown that synthetic fragrance and other chemicals in perfumes and beauty products are linked to infertility as well as foetal development, asthma, eczema and more. It is perhaps no coincidence that the rate of increased miscarriage and difficulty conceiving is directly proportionate to the rise of the use of phthalates, parabens and other preservative in our products since the 1950s.

Since 2017, we have been on a journey to create a non-toxic home for our family and friends. One of the first things we got rid of was scented candles, and the difference this made to our children’s respiratory health was huge! We replaced our candles with essential oil diffusers, and for the first time in 8 years. that winter we didn’t have a trip to A&E to have nebulisers and steroids administered to our boys. We then removed fabric conditioner from our laundry routine and replaced it with essential oils on wool dryer balls or in our ironing water to naturally fragrance our clothes.

We began flipping over the bottles of products under our kitchen sink, in our bathroom cabinet and my make up drawer. So many of them contained SLS, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, parfum etc, and were literally poisoning us from the inside out. These toxins are endocrine disruptors that threaten to cause chaos in our bodies, disrupting and disabling our hormones. Our hormones are chemical messengers that tell our cells what to do, so when disrupted, our cells can’t get the right messages.

Discovering the hidden dangers lurking in your home can be a daunting prospect, but I am a firm believer in the saying, ‘When you know better, do better.’ Month by month, we began replacing our toxin filled perfumes, fabric softeners, air fresheners, moisturisers and make up with clean, green products. As we have gone further into our toxin-free journey, we have then begun to look at the packaging of our products and how this is affecting our planet. It has become important to us that looking good and feeling good should not be at the earth’s expense, so we are trying to replace plastic in our homes, create less waste and be more mindful about where are products come from and where they end up when we are finished with them.

If you want to know more about replacing shop bought, preservative filled products with clean, green, natural options, click here or drop me a message today.

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Essential Oils, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Parenting

Too good not to share

Ever been in love? If so you know what it feels like to be head over heels, completely consumed by someone or something. This is how I feel about essential oils. Sound extreme? Think again.

If you knew that you had a way to help a friend feel good, help her baby sleep, or support her skin, you would share it right? I mean, we don’t think twice about texting a pal to say that the Zara sale is EPIC, so why would you hesitate if you could share more than just great wardrobe suggestions?

I am passionate about sharing how we can live happier, healthier lives. Essential oils were key in my recovery from maternal mental health. They helped me feel positive, confident and courageous (find out more about essential oils and emotions here). Their impact on me was so huge that I couldn’t not share. Medication didn’t work for me this time around, but I found a natural alternative that supported my emotions and my mental health so well.

Since that first huff in the summer of 2017, I was hooked and have been on an oily journey ever since. The phrase ‘once you know better, do better’ rung true on a whole new level for me as I explored how and why we use essential oils. As a family, we are now well on the way to eliminating as many chemicals as possible from our home, filling our air with life-giving plant oils not putrid perfume and petrochemicals.

Our kids don’t cough like they used to. My skin doesn’t itch like it used to. We don’t get sick like we used to. Coincidence? I think not.

Since we ditched the chemicals and switched to plant based, natural products we have been the healthiest we have ever been. Coughs and colds have been few and far between, illnesses rare and rapidly recovered from. Teething smoother, tantrums shorter (mostly!), periods easier. You name it, every system in our body has benefited. And you can too.

I am on a mission to empower YOU to make a difference in your family health. You are the gatekeeper to your home. You control what comes in through your doors and goes on to and in to your body. Start turning over the products in your bathroom cabinets and kitchen cupboards. Read the ingredients on the labels in the brightly coloured sprays that you use on your babies highchair and on your body. Many of these products contain known carcinogens, known toxins that pollute your atmosphere and damage your organs. When you know better, you do better, and I would love to help you on your journey to a healthier, happier you.

Want to know more? Grab your oils, grab my hand and lets learn together.

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Essential Oils, Lifestyle

Why you need to KonMari your chemicals

If you regularly ask yourself ‘does this spark joy?’ then you will know the KonMari method. We owe a debt of gratitude to Marie Kondo for helping us to effectively organise our home, but isn’t it time we KonMari our chemicals too? Yes, your cupboards may be alphabetised and colour-coded to within an inch of their lives, but what about the chemicals within them? Would spraying your child’s highchair with toxic chemicals spark joy for you? If not, it’s time to get rid.

Household chemicals are attributed to the rise in asthma, eczema and other common childhood conditions, many of which continue well into adulthood. These products contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that literally interrupt and stop the function of our bodies on a cellular level. I loved nothing more than a good bleaching session to make my house sparkling clean, but I would be coughing all the way through it. I would antibac my surfaces like there was no tomorrow, not stopping to think what carcinogenic chemicals were in the residue left behind.

We are the gatekeepers to our home. When we know better, we do better.

Check your cupboard contents. I can guarantee you that a large proportion of mainstream cleaning products will bear the labels ‘toxic, corrosive, keep out of reach of children, harmful if swallowed’ for their ingredients. Many of these ingredients are feature on the poisons list, and if ingested the person must seek medical advice immediately.

So having a pretty KonMari cleaning cabinet isn’t enough. You need to make sure that the contents are clean too. And don’t get me started on the greenwashing we are seeing across mainstream products. Companies are switching tack and promising you an eco-friendly, ‘all natural’ product for the most sensitive skin, in a bid to get your business. But a green label and clean advertising doesn’t mean a chemical free product.

A green label and clean advertising doesn’t mean a chemical free product.

Synthetic fragrance, or parfum, is one of the biggest irritants to our skin, lungs and indeed our whole body. Yet you will find it in the household detergents that promise to look after delicate newborn skin. Parabens and phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and carcinogens, yet they fill our cleaners, creams and cosmetics.

So what can we do about it? Ditch and switch. We have been transitioning our personal care products and cleaning products to clean, green brands to protect our home and preserve our health. Here are some of the switches we made:

Antibacterial Spray – Thieves Household Cleaner
Floor Cleaner – Thieves Household Cleaner
Bathroom Cleaner – Thieves Household Cleaner
Bleach – Thieves Household Cleaner
Hand Soap – Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
Shower Gel – SoapDaze soap on a rope
Hair Products – Giovanni EcoChic range
Deodorant – Salt of The Earth Deodorant
Toothpaste – Flouride Free EcoDenta Black Whitening Toothpaste
Makeup Remover – Solid Coconut Oil, Lavender, Frankincense and Purification Essential Oils
Moisturiser – Sukin Facial Moisturiser

There are still items we have yet to replace, but we have felt the physical and emotional benefits of making these changes already. Our skin is happier, our breathing is easier and our bodies are more rested. If you want to follow our journey you can do so over on Facebook and Instagram at @thelittleoillife. I am a Young Living distributor, so if you decide to create a free Young Living account and try some of our chemical-free products for yourself, please click this link to buy through me and bless my family.

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Essential Oils, Lifestyle

Ditch & Switch for summer

As reluctant city dwellers, we know all too well the difference between the air quality in the country and the air at home. Automobiles and air planes constantly pump pollution into our atmosphere, and it is having devastating effects. According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 7 million people die prematurely every year due to the toxins that we breathe in. Cities across the globe are now testing their air quality and taking steps to improve it. But did you know that the biggest poisons can often be found in our home?

Every day items that are found in our bathroom and kitchen cabinets can cause untold damage to our bodies. Chemicals found in scented candles, fabric softeners and air fresheners have been linked to cancer, infertility, asthma, eczema and more. Yet we keep on using them. Candles and air fresheners release synthetic fragrances and petrochemicals into the air. Chemicals in fabric softener penetrate the fibres of your clothes, and these are then absorbed into your blood stream and are continually outgasing in your wardrobe.

Chemicals cause chaos in our bodies

Chemicals are a real concern to us, and they should be to you too. They interrupt our endocrine system, the ‘hormone hub’ that is responsible for every single function in our bodies. If our hormones are interrupted our bodies cannot function and we become susceptible to illness.

The average woman applies over 300 chemicals to her body every day. 80 of those before breakfast. A quick Google of the ingredients of products in your bathroom cabinet will leave you reeling. We slather our kids and ourselves with toxins every single day.

But when you know better you can do better.

Since September 2017 we have been on a journey to eradicate chemicals in our home. We are ditching and switching everything from cosmetics to cleaning supplies, and we have never felt better. We replaced our scented candles with a Dewdrop Diffuser and we replaced our bleach and surface sprays with Thieves Household Cleaner.

Starting a chemical free journey can be very daunting at first, but Young Living have made it super simple for us. We joined Young Living with a Premium Starter Kit and began to use the oils to fragrance our home and boost our body systems. We then joined Essential Rewards, Young Living’s monthly subscription box to start adding new toxin-free products in to our daily routine. Over the course of three months it is possible to replace almost every chemical in your home with essential oil infused products, without breaking the bank.

We are the gatekeepers for our home.

We control what comes across our threshold and we can make informed choices to improve our health and well being. If you want to know more about chemical free living and start your own journey then please message me. I would love to help you ditch the junk for good.

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