I was a list maker. A very obsessive list maker up until 7 years ago when I had my first child and all of that obsessive list keeping went to crap. I remember feeling very accomplished as a kid checking off my long list of self directed house cleaning chores. The smell of lemon aerosol dust spray, blue Windex, green dish soap, toilet bowl cleaners with the tough child proof caps, soft silky fingers after rubbing them along a fresh dryer sheet, and Tide, yes, the smell of soft fresh Tide filmed clothes warm out of the dryer. These might sound like odd memories to have as a child but I enjoyed them. I enjoyed completing my list in a way that helped our home. As an adult my silky fingered fabric softener memories were dashed as I learned this beloved product was one of the 10 most toxic cleaning products in our home. This on the list with every other cleaning product I grew up believing was keeping our home fresh and germ free.
After much research I came up with my first DIY fabric softener. Vinegar. It was one ingredient. It was cheep, and it did not include a known carcinogen. If I could ditch one toxic cleaning product in my home couldn’t I replace the rest? I went on to make my own laundry detergents, dish soaps, shampoos, deodorants and lotions. Some we would love. Others we hated. I went to the local natural food store and began buying essential oils as they were supposed to have beneficial health properties that could be used in cleaning and beauty supplies.
Eight years into my quest for a toxin free home I discovered something even more shocking. I was using essential oils to boost the benefits of my DIY creations but I was using oils that in-and-of-themselves were toxic, diluted and adulterated. I would come to learn that there are four grades of essential oils. Grade A is pure, organic and therapeutic which can be used internally, topically, and aromatically. Everything else is either perfume grade, food grade or floral water all of which are below par to grade A. I was buying some degree of grades B, C or D. I was angry. In my attempt to ditch the toxins I was actually using oils which were potentially toxic.
Two years ago I found a better way. I was leant a diffuser and some grade A oils and was told to use them to support my families immune system. My world opened yet again. I didn’t know you could use oils medicinally to support all systems of your body. I didn’t know there was anything other than adulterated store bought oils. The oils were powerful and my families immune system become stronger. I soon bought myself a kit with 11 grade A oils and took off. I began making roller bottles to support my husbands head tension, added oils to facial pads, dripped oils into my tea, water, and smoothies, added oils to capsules to support seasonal woes, and diffused oils to support a restful nights sleep for my kiddos. There was literally nothing I couldn’t support with these oils.
As I learned I had Parkinson’s disease I was confused. I was not raised on a farm around a continuous array of pesticides. I was not subject to Agent Orange or another product of chemical warfare. Besides a minor concussion I had no previous brain damage or trauma. I had no family history, and a genetic test revealed I had no genetic biomarkers for the disease. My diagnosis was idiopathic meaning “no known cause.” The incidence of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, cancers, and other neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases are increasing at an unprecedented rate. Can we be honest with ourselves and ask the question, why?
I am obviously no expert. I am merely a woman trying to discover what I can do to lessen the probability that my children will develop some common or obscure disorder. In my opinion, though we are not being raised on farms or around mass amounts of chemical toxins, we are however taking in smaller amounts of carcinogenic, hormone altering, brain degenerating chemicals on a daily basis with everything we ingest, apply and breath. If we want to combat the effects these toxins can have we need to make the change ourselves. We need to literally ditch and switch every product in our homes to ones that are truly natural, organic and plant based.
One of my goals is to get essential oils into every home. I’m not trying to get you to buy kitchen supplies, dresses, nail polish, or jewelry. I’m trying to get you to buy something that will change the course of your life. It will make you and your family healthier. I know I can’t control every bad scenario that may befall my family or myself but I can control what we ingest, apply and breath in our home. And let me tell you something, so can you!
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