Have you ever looked at the list of ingredients on the label of store bought body wash? You may be surprised to learn it contains toxins. These may include:
You don’t want to be putting those on your body every day. Instead, make your own body wash. This simple recipe is easy to make and contains natural ingredients. It uses essential oils to make it smell nice and to nourish the skin.
We live in a toxic world. Water, air, food, and the environment at large are full of harmful chemicals. Synthetic, man-made chemicals are in many household cleaning and personal care products we use every day. They are found in antiperspirants, makeup, toilet bowl cleaner, skin care products, air fresheners, candles, and more.
To rid your home of toxins you need to know what they are. Below is a non-inclusive list to help you get started. These ingredients may be linked to infertility, obesity, cancer, thyroid problems, birth defects, migraines, allergies, and more.
Common Household Toxins
Many people love to burn candles, especially during months when temperatures are cooler. They make your house smell nice and create a cozy atmosphere. Candles may smell nice, but very often the scents are made from synthetic chemicals that are typically labeled as “fragrance”.
Candles actually reduce the quality of the air. Phthalates are often found in scented candles and have been linked to allergic reactions and asthma related problems. Paraffin, found in many candle bases, is a petroleum byproduct when burned, these candles release carcinogenic chemicals into the air. Imported candles may have lead or lead cores in the wick, which is released into the air. Many soy candles are a combination of soy and paraffin, so unless clearly labeled as 100% soy, stay clear of them.
So, is there a safer alternative? Yes, diffusing essential oils. However, make sure you purchase oils from a reputable company. Essential oils are not...
There are 3 ways to use essential oils:
When I was introduced to essential oils I had no idea all of the things they could be used for. I had recently completed radiation and had finished my breast cancer treatment journey. The idea of supporting the systems in my body naturally through the use of essential oils was very appealing to me.
Now one of my favorite ways to use them is for emotional support. Fragrances and scents can be used as holistic healing treatments, called aromatherapy, to promote a sense of well being. Natural plant extracts are inhaled with the use of a diffuser, an aromatic spritzer, or applied topically to the skin so you can smell them.
Not all essential oils are the same so be sure to use a high quality oil. Many store-bought oils have been produced with pesticides or extracted using chemicals (to get more yield). I recommend Young Living oils as they have a Seed to Seal™ guarantee. This means each plant is hand weeded, there are no pesticides...
Do you have a hard time getting to sleep or wake up in the night and can't get back to sleep? You're not alone. Many adults suffer from insomnia. As we age is seems harder and harder to get the quality and quantity of sleep necessary. To maintain a healthy body and mind and promote a state of overall wellness, it is recommended that adults receive 7 hours of sleep a night.
If you want to get a better night's sleep try the following:
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake.
- Turn off the tv, smart phone, tablet and computer at least 30 minutes before going to bed.
- Have the thermostat in the bedroom set at a comfortable temperature. Usually a little cooler is better.
- Do some deep breathing or meditation before going to bed. Stress and anxiety can prevent or obstruct sleep.
- Read or take a warm bath.
- Make sure the room is very dark.
- Use a white noise machine or app, like Sleep Pillow.
- Maintain an aerobic exercise regimen and experiment with the time of day you do it. The particular...