If Lavender is the “Swiss Army Knife, Lemon is the Duck Tape of essential oils.  Use it to remove oil and grease stains and as the base for dozens of cleaning products in the home.  To clean kitchen and bathroom sinks, mix about 1/2 cup baking soda with 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil.  Shake and use as a cleaner.

Keep Your Home Chemical Free

Keeping your home free from chemicals and toxic products can be challenging.  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) can help.  EWG looks at common household cleaners and has come with the “Hall of Shame” list of products that may present risks to health.  The website states: “Already, our research has turned up products loaded with extremely toxic compounds banned in some countries. Some of their ingredients are known to cause cancer, blindness, asthma and other serious conditions”.

Check out the EWG and see for yourself how the products you have in your home stack up.

Announcing EWG’s Updated Guide to Healthy Cleaning, Spring 2016


For beauty products, shampoos and the like, go to http://ewg.org/skindeep and search or look through their lists.  A 1 rating is good.  A 10 is very bad, and anything 3 or above, I would avoid.

Dr. Epstein,  author of 260 scientific articles and ten books,  states that “cancer is mainly caused by chemical and physical agents in the environment.  We are unknowingly exposed to avoidable carcinogens in food, household products, cosmetics, prescription drugs and toiletries”.

In Europe, a ban has long been placed on many chemicals that the U.S. allows to be used in everyday products.  Some toxic chemicals used in everyday products include toluene, formaldehyde, BHT (often in deodorants, DEA/TEA-foam boosting surfactant emulsifiers and dyeing aids.  These are mainly found in shampoos and conditions, body gels, and cosmetics.

Propylene Glycol – (antifreeze solvent) is found in deodorants, cosmetics, toothpaste, creams and other common household products, yet this product has been shown to cause kidney damage in animal studies.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate  is an engine degreaser that is thought to increase inflammation and causes numerous other concerns.

Know what you are using and as with food labels, read products labels.  Then learn to make your own, simple and easy to make do-it-yourself products that you can feel good about using.

Later during the 2016 early fall months we are going to begin hosting DIY classes to make your own toxic free beauty and cleaning products.  Classes will be live classes in the area as well as Facebook.  Most information coming soon.  Check our website often to learn more about DIY household and beauty product safety as well as recipes that are easy and simple to make at home.  Join our newsletter so we can send you reports on essential oils and DIY recipes.

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