Carcinogens and other poisonous chemicals are hiding in the most beautiful places. I am not an alarmist but I do want to communicate some important health information.
I assume that people know these things but almost daily I am proved wrong on this front. Just this week I tried out a new ‘Boutique Style’ Gym which is quite gorgeous (and expensive!) and within 5 minutes of the class my eyes were watering, my throat was scratchy, my nose was stuffed and I had a headache. Needless to say I could not concentrate on my ab crunches or tightening my butt! As I looked around for the source of the agitation, I saw a lovely lavender colored plug-in air freshener. Are you kidding me? This room is about 10×7 ft. in area with no open windows and 5+ students sweating in there. Shouldn’t owners/managers of ‘health’ entities be aware of these basics? Yes, but they’re not so we’ve got to be vigilant in controlling our own environments.
Do you know what is in the air fresheners, candles, perfume, cleaning products, disinfectant wipes you are using? Please take a close look! Because I have some Autoimmune issues I am hyper-sensitive to these poisonous, synthetic scents and products otherwise I would be obliviously spraying and wiping along with the rest of humanity! If exposed too long, I will begin to display symptoms of illness: sore throat, hives, tics, shaking, muscle fatigue, general fatigue, malaise, etc. It seem that this sensitivity turns out to be a blessing in disguise.
Though you may not have obvious reactions to these chemical odors, it does not mean that they are not effecting you in a negative way. I do not profess to be a scientist and I don’t pretend to know all of the chemical compounds that make up these poisonous products but I’ll give you the basics and you can do your own research if you want more scientific details.
Some toxic ingredients in air fresheners are:
- petroleum distillates
- aerosol propellants
Bottomline? These are Neurotoxins messing with your brain/nervous system as well as your reproductive system. I have quite a number of clients with fertility issues coming in for Reiki Healing and Relaxation Techniques. No amount of these healing sessions will be beneficial long term if people are going home to physically toxic environments.
Healthier Fragrance Alternatives
There are plenty of safe, natural products that you can use that will not be detrimental to your health so please dispose of the poisons.
Here are some healthier ideas:
- Soy Candles fragranced with essential oils
- Beeswax Candles
- Diffusers with essential oils
- Palo Alto
- Open the windows and let some fresh air in!
- Add plants that absorb air pollutants: Philodendron, English ivy, spider plant, peace lily, snake plant, gerber daisies, pot mums and bamboo palm.
- Organic/Natural AirFresheners: Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Air Freshener
- AuraCacia Pure Aromatherapy Air Freshener: Relaxing Lavender
Seventh Generation Products
100% Natural and Organic Perfume
100% Natural and Organic Cleaning Products
100% Natural and Organic Beauty Products
Just because it says ‘green’ on the label does not mean it is free of toxins. You’ve got to read the label unless you’re going with a well-known Green brand. Even then, check it out yourself. Please clean up your act! Protect your health and the health of our earth!
Lisa Hassett, Reiki Therapist, Life Coach, CYT
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