Why essential oils? Because you need them in your home as part of a simple, chemical-free lifestyle. When you see what the oils do for your own body and how they help create a chemical free home, it’s impossible to walk into the homes of your friends and family members and see their bright blue dish soap or their chemical-laden shampoo (that gets into their bloodstream in 26 seconds) and not speak about what you know!
Let me get real with you for a moment as I wrap up!! *warning: this is lengthy but worth the read!!
Why does chemical free living matter so much to me? Because I have seen the other end of a chemical filled lifestyle, and what it has done to friends and family. And I want everyone to know what they are putting in and on their bodies!
The number 2 cause of death in the US is cancer. 1,620 people a day die of cancer. 1 in 3 cases in the US are directly linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, weight, or chemical exposure. The American Cancer Society says only 5-10% of all cancer cases are from gene defects. 5%. That means 95% of cancer cases are under our control. Its what we allow into our homes!
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home-and found 884 toxic ingredients. 314 of them caused biological mutations. 218 caused reproductive problems. 778 were toxic to the human body. 146 they knew caused cancer tumors – but were allowed in the US, even though they were banned in other countries around the world. Many of these chemicals are allowed in common cleaning supplies in the US – things under your cabinets right now.
26 seconds after exposure, chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body. The average woman applies 300 chemicals to her body a day-80 before breakfast. The top 10 most dangerous chemicals in our home: air fresheners, like plug-ins or candles. Second on the list-chemical cleaning supplies, drain and oven cleaners and furniture polish, as well as dishwasher soap and dish soap. Beauty supplies and personal care products-hairspray, gel, shampoo, and deodorant are laden with chemicals. Most deodorant has aluminum in it, and we slather it on our lymph nodes for 70 years. Many scientists believe aluminum exposure my be linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. One of the top pollutants in the family home is laundry soap and fabric softener-you wash your clothes, it sits on your skin, it outgases in your closet all night long. (That information is straight from the government, from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Top 10 Killer Household Chemicals Study)
There are 100,000 chemicals on the market today. The Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 grandfathered them in. What does that mean to you? Simply put: these chemicals have not had any safety testing, and we know very little information about their side effects. Dr. Samuel Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, says, “it is unthinkable that women would knowingly inflict such exposures on their infants and children and themselves if products were routinely labeled with explicit warnings of cancer risks. But they are not labeled.”
Since the 1940’s, prostate cancer is up 200%. Thyroid cancer – 155%. Brain cancer – 70%. And the American Cancer Society estimates a 50% rise in cancer rates by 2020. It is no wonder that the quality of the air inside your home is 5-7 times more toxic than outdoor air quality.
What happens when your body is chemically overloaded?
You may see it in something as catastrophic as cancer. But most of us feel it in other ways: lethargy. Inability to focus. Sleep trouble. Chronic inflammation. Unexplained pain. Skin issues-adult acne. Hot flashes. Stress and fear. If you face any of these issues, it’s time to kick chemicals to the curb. You can control what you allow within the walls of your home.
I share this because I love and care for my friends and family – if you are here, I consider you my friend! I want to see you all live a healthy life.