Did you know that, even if we escape to the country, our homes may be up to five times more polluted inside than out?
This from the United States Environmental Protection Agency*, a surprisingly mainstream source giving confirmation of what many have already long suspected.
We live by a cocktail of household products that contain harmful chemical ingredients
If you do your homework, you will discover literally thousands of common-place domestic products using toxins or substances that are listed as potentially hazardous, with a frightening range of maladies connected to their use including cancers, asthma and chronic illness.
Even if you are relatively green conscious
Chances are you will not suspect such things as pesticides in cotton sheets, or flame-retardants in infant bedding (linked to neurological and developmental problems).
Plus some ingredients are so commonplace that it is almost inconceivable that they would be overtly harmful but fragrance, for example, can refer to hundreds of synthetic petrochemicals that have been linked to cancer, central nervous system damage, birth defects and allergic reactions
It is alarming to hear from the Green Party
That even here in New Zealand 'many chemicals are registered with minimal evidence of safety... until overwhelming scientific evidence is collected to refute the claim of safety'
The issue is not that so many different household products contain toxic elements, rather that we think we really need so many different household products in the first place. Because consumerism has taken us far beyond our basic needs and actually…
We can do many everyday chores very well using only very basic natural ingredients
A number of 100% pure essential oils have myriad active properties that help to kill germs and deodorize.
Just one can do the job of a whole host of synthetic ingredients with absolutely no risk to you or your environment.
Have you noticed just how many mainstream brands shout about their essential oil ingredients?
Start with organic Lemon essential oil and you will soon appreciate just how much the branded products dupe you with their claims on essential oil ingredients.
The true aroma of this concentrate extract at high therapeutic grade is dazzling. Quite apart from the qualities that we seek for germ-free cleaning, quality Lemon oil has a cleansing effect at energetic level and is used often by natural health professionals to enhance motivation, inspiration and revitalization.
Use Lemon essential oil to:
Wipe your counter tops
Wash your floors
Clean your bathroom
Freshen the air
The effect on you and your living environment is so much more than simply safe and non-toxic
It is actively tonic and life-enhancing.
For a disinfectant wipe-down
Rinse your cloth in water with 10-15 drops of Lemon essential oil (this will also repel ants)
For a general cleaning solution (surfaces and floors)
As above, but add a dose of natural washing soda (Sodium carbonate)
To freshen air…
Add 5-10 drops to an oil burner (Aromalight or Aromastone) and diffuse into your living space (this also helps to reduce the presence of airborne bugs when coughs and sickness are around); or add to water in spray bottle, shake and spray.
Safe, effective and healthy
For cleaning purposes Lemon essential oil is non-toxic and has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties
Its general tonic and detoxifying effect on the body helps to boost the immune system and counter stress, and this uplifting fragrance is safe around kids, pets and during pregnancy.
When making a conscious choice to create a home that is a safe haven, ensure you buy only 100% pure essential oils from a reputable holistic healthcare shop.
Plant extracts with less scrupulous credentials may contain chemical residues of pesticides and fertilizers and will not have the same level of potency.
Stay tuned for more ways that pure plant extracts can help us to reduce chemical pollution and instead create a safe, wholesome living space.
*The Environmental Protection Agency is an agency of the United States Federal Government which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment. (Wiki). You can read more here on their Indoor Air report.