Creating a healthy body requires us to reduce our exposure to toxins. Our body does have its own, very effective, detoxification processes. However, our detoxification system can quickly become overloaded when exposed to multiple toxins everyday in our home and environment. A body burdened by toxins will lead to inflammation and disease.
Essential oils offer a potent, natural solution to replace chemical-laden products that increase our toxic burden. Here are three ways essential oils can help to reduce toxins in your everyday life.
Create your own natural cleaning products
Conventional cleaning products contain chemicals that can cause immediate harm, such as skin irritation, watery eyes or respiratory problems. Ongoing exposure to these chemicals is attributed to chronic conditions like cancer.
Chemicals such as phthalates, triclosan, ammonia, chlorine and sodium hydroxide are found in a range of everyday cleaning products from window cleaners, dishing washing and laundry detergents to oven cleaners and mold removers. These are strong chemicals that can cause damage to our health through repeated exposure.
A simple solution is to make your own natural cleaning products using essential oils. Many essential oils contain powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and not only that, inhaling their scent can be uplifting and rejuvenating. Here are two recipes to get you started:
Antibacterial surface spray
Fill a glass spray bottle with the following and shake well to combine:
- ½ cup of white vinegar
- ½ cup of water
- 12 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 12 drops of lavender essential oil
You can use this spray in the kitchen and bathroom to disinfect surfaces.
Disinfectant for cutting boards
Fill a glass spray bottle with the following and spray regularly on your wooden cutting boards to disinfect.
- 1 cup of water
- 6 drops lemon essential oil
Purify the air in your home
The quality of the indoor air in your home can profoundly affect your health. It is the air that you breathe night and day. Mold, mildew, allergens and contaminants can be difficult to eliminate, opening the windows regularly is important, however sometimes by doing so we let in more pollutants.
To purify the air in your home and reduce your exposure to toxins and allergens you can use natural solutions. Beeswax candles and salt lamps are very effective options. They release negative ions into the air that attach to contaminants and neutralizes them.
Essential oils, due to their antibacterial properties, also provide an excellent solution. However, essential oils have the added bonus of making your house smell amazing! Get started today by diffusing essential oils throughout your home and by making your own air freshener. Here is a simple recipe to get you started:
Diffuse one or a blend of these oils regularly:
- tea tree
To make your own air freshener
Combine the following in a glass spray bottle and shake well to combine
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of real vanilla extract (to help the oils disperse and fix)
- 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil combinations—try using citrus oils, peppermint, tea tree, lavender or geranium. Have some fun with different combinations!
Make your own skincare products with essential oils
The cosmetic industry has a history of using synthetic ingredients that have now been proven to be harmful to our health. For example, foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) have became commonplace in toothpastes, soaps and shampoos but they can in fact damage our skin and our health.
“Research has indicated SLS may be damaging to the immune system especially within the skin. Skin layers separate and inflame due to its protein denaturing properties”
Parabens, commonly found in beauty skincare products, have been shown to promote ageing of the skin. In fact one study shows that after one month of daily applications of methylparaben containing formulations the process of cell renewal was decreased.
Other synthetic ingredients have been associated with cancer and inflammation. There is no need to exposure yourself to toxins in commercial skincare products, instead you can use essential oils. Oils like lavender, frankincense, geranium, carrot seed, myrrh and helichrysum are just a few of the skin-nourishing oils that you can use to make your own products. Here is an easy recipe to get you started:
Nourishing face oil
- Fill a 20ml dark glass dropper bottle with your favorite carrier oil, some good examples are rosehip oil, marula oil or jojoba oil.
- Add 4 drops of carrot seed essential oil
- Add 4 drops of helichrysum essential oil
- Shake well to combine and use on your face once or twice a day.
Essential oils can help us to reduce the toxins that we are exposed to in our everyday life. In today’s modern world, returning to natural solutions like essential oils is key to unburdening our body of toxins and to creating health and wellbeing. How do you like to use essential oils? Let us know in the comments.
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