Picture a second trimester pregnant woman madly googling hormone imbalances, toxic fumes and how to care for your first baby and that was me three years ago. I was the girl who loved all the smells – perfume, candles, dryer sheets – you name it. Once I suddenly had a human being growing inside of me, everything changed.
In doing research, I learned about the chemicals in candles and artificial fragrances. I had no idea that candles were made of paraffin wax, which actually releases the same toxins found in diesel fumes – known carcinogens. Yikes! Here is a great article from Huffington Post on candles if you want to learn more. I also got super sensitive to smells in everyday cleaners and learned how the synthetic fragrances in cleaners can be hormone disrupters.
So, with a history of skin issues, and a baby on the way, I was determined to try to go “natural” as much as I could. That’s when a friend introduced me to doTERRA essential oils. The support you can receive from certified therapeutic grade essential oils is astounding! I started with the Family Essentials Kit, which gave me 10 of the top essential oils that literally can be used in cleaning, to support your emotions, immunity, aches, and so much more!
Our journey has been full of trial and error, but the main thing is that we have made progress! We’ve slowly found safe non-toxic replacements, and our health is better for it. We now get sick way less and have the emotional and physical supports for everyday life. I’ve honestly LOVED this journey!
In my recent eGuide, Cut the Chemicals, I talk about the three steps I recommend for those getting started eliminating toxins in their everyday life. I go through every room in your home and help to take out the stress of cutting chemicals with simple DIY and replacement suggestions. This guide is the kind of thing I wish I had three years ago when I got started!
I think a lot of people shy away from essential oils and toxin free living because it feels SO overwhelming. The main thing to keep in mind is to do one switch at a time, starting with the ones you use the most. I am not a medical or health professional, I am simply speaking from experience and sharing information that I have researched and learned along a more toxin-free path.
My three easy tips for starting to remove toxins are:
- Remove artificial fragrances in your home and life
When looking at cleaning supplies and personal care products, the biggest thing to consider is artificial fragrance. In this article, Dr Axe talks about how approximately 95% of synthetic fragrances used in household and personal products are derived from petroleum (crude oil). This can lead to dangerous health concerns! When a product simply says fragrance or parfum that could include up to 100 different chemicals, none of which can be listed on one simple product – for brevity and for lack of manufacturer accountability.
- Download the Think Dirty App
This app allows you to scan your products, or products you see while shopping, for toxicity. It gives you a score between 1-10, lower being safe for use. It provides loads of suggestions for clean products, and their rating of ingredients, from makeup to baby products to hair care.
- Find an all-purpose toxin-free cleaner that you love
With two little kids and currently in the process of selling our home, I have loved having an all-purpose cleaner that works on so many surfaces. My go-to cleaner is the doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate. For less than $20CAD I have an amazingly pure and uplifting cleaner that I use in so many ways around my house!
Now, nearly three years in to learning about essential oils, I feel empowered to take care of myself and my family. I share about products and useful DIY that I have learned along the in my eGuide, Cut the Chemicals. We are still switching some products and finding what works best in some areas, but we have come a long way from where we were! I love helping people find natural solutions and empowering them to love their home! To learn more, you can contact me at mydoterra.com/lanilupul or visit my blog at thisishowwehome.com where I love to talk about motherhood and health, faith and home!