Hormone Disruptors

Hormone disrupters : the hidden toxins that wreak havoc on your health. ๐Ÿคข

Over the last two decades, there has been a growing awareness of the adverse effects of exposure to chemicals that surround you every day from your cleaners, laundry soaps, plastic dishware, and essentially everything you find in your bathroom (perfume, body wash, shampoos & conditioners, and lotions to name a few).

Unfortunately, we are bombarded with free radicals.

Over time, these can cause:

โŒ Developmental malformations
โŒ Reproductive interference
โŒ Increased risk of cancers and other diseases
โŒ Poor immune and nervous system function
โŒ Weight gain

The good news, is we can start cleaning up our homes and our health TODAY.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Download the EWG App (Environmental Working Group) and start scanning the products you regularly use in your home and start ditching & switching!

๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธThe very first thing I ditched was Clorox Cleanup! And any other chemical cleaners. The second thingโ€ฆ my shower products (shampoo/conditioner/body wash etc)

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DIY Dishwasher Tabs

Unfortunately, commercial dish detergent is loaded with awful chemicals that coat everything you eat off of. So here is an alternative that you can make right at home and have comfort knowing you arenโ€™t washing your dishes in harmful chemicals!

1 cup baking soda
ยผ cup citric acid
1 tbsp On Guard Cleaner Concentrate
5 drops Grapefruit essential oil (or any citrus)

โœ… Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix together until the mixture is an even consistency.
  2. Place in silicone molds and let sit for 4 hours.
  3. Remove tabs and store them in an airtight container. Use in place of store-bought tablets!

This is a MAJOR impact DIY and a MAJOR money saver!

Are these types of non-toxic swaps important to you? Would you like to know more about the basic uses of essential oils? Check out this gorgeous ebook!

A Simple Guide to Essential Oils

I am going to be honest. When I was first using essential oils I was so overwhelmed. I wasn’t sure what did what, if I was going to mess up or if I was going to make a horrible concoction, so I got a great resource book and starting learning. In no time I gained confidence and was able to learn how to use them safely and effectively.

Learning new things is exciting to me and this topic still excites me. When I am helping new people get started I often say, “remember when you had to learn how to cook?? You needed a recipe or cookbook, right?”…..Oils are so similar! We all need the equivalent to the Joy of Cooking when it comes to using essential oils. Here is my fave resource book to learn from.

Grab your resource book and commit to learning 1-2 oils a week! In no time you will be making up remedies, creating fabulous diffuser blends to switch up the mood in your space, tossing together a cool DIY and probably sharing your new knowledge with just about anyone!

If you are not quite sure how to even start using essential oils, check out this gorgeous ebook. It covers the basics and the cool thing is, when you get started I connect you to tons of free education and mentoring in my community and send you an amazing welcome package.

Keep this handy chart because it really can be asa simple as this, too.

Toxin Free Living

Have you ever thought about all the toxins you come into contact throughout a given day? And I don’t just mean physically. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Over the last few years I have learned how to swap out natural things for the common and usually toxin filled things both in my household but also personal care. AND, I have created habits to get rid of emotional toxins, too.

Here is a sampling of what I have done:

๐ŸŒผ100% cleaning with oils and natural ingredients
๐ŸŒผmake my own body butter with shea & coconut oil
๐ŸŒผa drop of lemon in my water everyday
๐ŸŒผprobiotics every day
๐ŸŒผconsume mostly organic foods
๐ŸŒผtwice yearly cleanse (more to come on that soon)
๐ŸŒผwash my produce with lemon EO
๐ŸŒผdigestive enzymes
๐ŸŒผdiffusers in almost every room for clean air
๐ŸŒผtime in nature to re-fuel and connect
๐ŸŒผwish angry drivers peace while driving
๐ŸŒผlimit screen time (what a toxic overload!)
๐ŸŒผminimal TV, and never crime or drama
๐ŸŒผpractice discernment and have boundaries
๐ŸŒผonly headlines of news to stay informed
๐ŸŒผgive others the benefit of the doubt
๐ŸŒผlove as much as I can

Do you have toxins in your life? What can you do to eliminate them?


Toxins in the Home

Recent studies point to certain โ€œcleaningโ€ chemicals having a link to asthma and reproductive harm. Children, pregnant women, women trying to get pregnant, and those who already have asthma are especially vulnerable to these chemicals.
Also, certain chemicals may interfere with the development of a child’s neurological, endocrine and immune systems, a pediatric problem that can be detrimental to even their adult lives.
The overuse of disinfectant chemicals in our homes has contributed to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Scientists agree that castille soap and water are effective for most routine cleaning jobs, and research has demonstrated that safer alternatives have disinfectant properties that may be used in place of harsh chemicals.
We know very little about the long-term health impacts of chronic exposure to chemicals in household cleaning products
Ammonia is often included in glass and other hard-surface cleaners and can be irritating to the skin, eyes, throat, and lungs. It can also burn skin, and damage eyes (including blindness) upon contact.
When ammonia enters the body as a result of breathing, swallowing or skin contact, it reacts with water to produce ammonium hydroxide. This chemical is very corrosive and damages cells in the body immediately.
Chlorine bleach is commonly used to treat drinking water, sanitize swimming pools, and to whiten laundry, yet is a known eye, skin, and respiratory irritant.
I clean exclusively with essential oils in my home. I know that I am not just breathing in safe products, but my skin is also not absorbing chemicals.
Be sure to check out some research at http://www.womensvoices.org.
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Natural Laundry

Did you know that there is no governing agency enforcing transparency when it comes to listing actual ingredients on dryer sheets packaging? Even the harmful chemicals used to create the heavy fragrances don’t need to be listed. I don’t know about you, but this makes me a bit squeamish considering how many harmful chemicals are linked to respiratory issues, cancer, nervous system disorders, and hormone disruptors?
I love nice smelling laundry when it comes out the dryer! But I don’t like all the chemicals that are used to make that happen.
If you want to reduce your toxic load, do your homework! I encourage you to spend some time researching ewe.org. Of the 45 dryers sheet brand/types listed, 6 had a C rating, 27 had a D rating and 11 had a F rating. For the record, F means highest concern, potentially significant hazards to health or the environment or poor ingredient disclosure.
Gross. And yet consumers buy these products every day. There is a much better, and safer way to get soft and amazing smelling clothes and linens!
Get yourself some wool dryer balls and add essential oils! (check out my faves here!) I love lavender with  my sheets, lemon with my towels and something fresh and earthy like mints and cedarwood on my clothes.

If you are ready, just to learn more about how to use essential oils, check it this free and gorgeous ebook!