I'm pretty broke this holiday season, so I have been getting creative with my Christmas gift giving prep. Thankfully, homemade essential oil goodies are a great gift, and without toxins!
I used to get my daughter Bath and Body Works stuff every year, plus some for me, but that's over for me. I'm learning (slowly, but surely) how to make more and more beauty products out of 100% natural items. So far, I have made bath bombs, bath salts, skin moisturizer, and sugar scrub. I want to try making my own soaps and hair products one day. I know some people who already do so. I will have questions!
I have also done some crocheted items for a few people. I've been spending a lot of time in Hippie Heaven (3rd floor of this old Victorian farmhouse), and have all my crafty stuff at hand. And Hallmark Christmas movies! Holla!
I pray this Christmas season finds each of you well, and that many blessings come your way!
I have been thinking about doing some research into toxins in the products I use in my home for awhile now, and I finally started! I had my info ready to type up yesterday, but I was gone all day and didn't get it done! I want to educate myself further on this topic, and also give you the information I collect, so that you can be informed and make some "ditch and switch" decisions for your family! In the future, I will be sharing knowledge of common items in our homes which have very unhealthy ingredients, on Tuesdays.
The first household cleaner I investigated is Pine Sol Original. I chose this first because not long ago, I entered the shop area of a small business where I do some work, and the shop owner had poured straight Pine Sol into the bottoms of a couple of "ripe" garbage cans. Not only did the entire building smell of the Pine Sol, but when I entered the enclosed back room where they were located, I could feel my bronchial tubes constricting and I started coughing. I also felt my throat "burning".
I am quoting information I retrieved from 2 websites: www.ewg.org and www.osha.gov
The Environmental Working Group rates products on a scale of A-F (like school grades; A being the best, F being the worst). Pine Sol got a "D" overall.
The first chemical I researched is Ethylene Oxide, which is one of the "cleaning agents" listed in the ingredients. EWG lists the following concerns regarding the agent: respiratory irritant, skin irritant, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer, eye corrosion. OSHA states," Ethylene Oxide (EtO) is produced in large volumes and is primarily used as an intermediate in the production of several industrial chemicals...Unfortunately, EtO produces several physical and health hazards that merit special attention. EtO is both flammable and highly reactive. Acute exposures to EtO may result in respiratory irritation and lung injury, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath and cyanosis. Chronic exposure has been associated with cancer, reproductive effects, mutagenic changes, neurotoxicity and sensitization."
Also appearing on the Pine Sol list of awesome ingredients is 1,4-Dioxane. EWG says that this chemical's concerns include cancer, liver damage, respiratory irritant, skin irritant, and serious eye irritant. OSHA says that health effects include known animal carcinogen (causes cancer), tumor promoter, cumulative liver and kidney damage, irritated eyes, nose and throat.
I don't know about you guys, but I will never buy Pine Sol again. For a great alternative that's safe, ask me about Thieves Cleaner! It is ultimately cheaper than all the toxic cleaners we have used in our homes, and it is completely safe. Cleans beautifully as well.
Since this is Wednesday, I'll mention my weigh in: back on track the past week! Total loss is 29.4 pounds at this point. It feels good.
The past couple of weeks have been full of out-of-the-ordinary events. Therefore, it was so stinkin' easy to get off of my food tracking track. Starting with Thanksgiving weekend, of course, then I moved on to a bit of blahs, followed by a situational depression deal, and finally a major surgery of a loved one which has been emotionally and physically draining. My weight shows it. I've gained a few pounds. The thing to figure out is how to deal with these things and stay ON track!
I also find that I easily allow someone else's negativity get to me. I'm usually so "sunny" and happy, but my buttons get pushed and I just get so sad from the negative vibe. Enter Palo Santo. I MUST remember to get out this oil and USE IT when this vibe comes around me! According to the app "Reference Guide For Essential Oils", Palo Santo, also known as "Holy Wood", "it has a wonderfully calming, soothing aroma with a powerful energy. It may help to increase spiritual awareness and focus meditation while clearing the space of negative energy." Instead of going to my oils that I know will help me in situations, I let discouragement take over, and discouragement affects all areas.
Fortunately, the major surgery of my loved one went well, but the healing process will be lengthy (open heart). Send out some prayers and good vibes for the patient, and if you don't mind, I could use some as well! I don't want to be discouraged by my recent behaviors! I have to get it turned around and focus on the positive!
Have a great weekend, y'all!