In the past couple of years, I have started to embrace more of the “natural” options for living in a healthier way. I started doing research little by little, and found out something that makes complete sense once I read it. All of the cleaners we use like bleach, and all of the air fresheners we use to make our house smell good are all toxic! Duh! It made me start to question…”Why would I want to use toxic chemicals in my home, that could potentially be making me sick or cause my body’s cells to change and turn against themselves (disease)?

Then I started researching the effects of pharmaceutical drugs on the body. Wow! No wonder big pharma wants to keep us on drugs! It means that we will continue to have further ailments and side effects that will cause us to require even more drugs. Not to mention that these drugs are synthetic, not natural. Ever stop to think how they came up with these synthetic drugs? They are based on natural remedies that have worked for centuries! Why weren’t we just going to the natural remedies? The ones that were provided to use by the earth?

I wanted alternatives to all of this toxic stuff and I wanted to get rid of the toxins in my system to attempt to be optimally healthy. Of course diet and exercise are the most important, but even starting with diet….let’s look at all of the chemicals that are used to process foods. We are still ingesting chemicals left and right, including pesticides on our fruits and vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a political post by any means. I’ve done the research and there is truth to the fact that these chemicals are neuro toxins affecting our brains. Why, why, why would anyone want to willingly ingest/inhale any kind of neuro toxin?? It just doesn’t make sense.

Most of what we have learned about these products is from marketing and advertising. Advertising is basically brainwashing and we believe it. They don’t call it television PROGRAMMING for nothing. Don’t get me wrong, there are many drugs that are necessary when we become sick and mainstream medicine has a place in the world, but we can start to think independently about what we want for our lives, despite what mainstream media has forced down our throats. Just take time to get the facts and then make choices for yourself.

So, you might wonder about alternatives to toxic cleaners and toxic pharmaceuticals. You may think there aren’t a lot of choices for alternatives to over the counter medications and cleaning products. I have two words for you….essential oils. I have many friends that think I am a straight up whack job when I talk about the oils that I use for various reasons. My standard line….There’s an oil for that! No joke! I have an entire “oil bible” that covers everything from epilepsy to anxiety.

Before reaching for over the counter meds when I become sick, I reach for my oils book and research what alternatives I have available in the form of essential oils. I have had huge success with these oils and it makes me feel so much better knowing that I am not adding toxins to my body for my liver to process. I am now using essential oil-based cleaners as well as natural options such as baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. They clean beautifully and without the harsh toxins. Now that I have been using these options, whenever I am in a place that has used things like bleach and heavy chemicals, I am so sensitive to them! When you use those toxic chemicals so often, you don’t even notice the harshness of the smell and how it is affecting your membranes as you breath them in. I also use oil diffusers in my home when I want it to smell good, rather than scented sprays and heavily perfumed candles. Remember, those are all chemicals that you are breathing in.

If you would like to learn more about essential oils for healthy living, I offer classes and consultations to help! Feel free to reach out with questions and I am happy to help!