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The Power of Natural Products When Plagued with Laryngitis

This past weekend we did an exhibition on Sustainable Living which included a lot of talking and interacting with many people. On Monday I started with a headache and by Tuesday my voice was scratchy and sore. By Wednesday I had no voice and was feeling lethargic and off colour. I had started taking extra Zinc and Vitamin C in case it was a cold or the flu, but on Wednesday knew that it was laryngitis brought on by a virus or by allergies which I am challenged with in Spring and Autumn.

Christine did a little research and suggested that I try a few natural products to ease my throat. They are: garlic, ginger, apple cider vinegar (raw), honey (raw), peppermint essential oil, lemon essential oil, marshmallow root and slippery elm. All of these are here at home or in the herb room, so this is what I did:

  1. Throat syrup

2 cloves garlic

1 thumb sized piece of ginger

½ cup apple cider vinegar

½ cup honey

1 drop peppermint pure essential oil

1 drop lemon pure essential oil

Slice the garlic and ginger into thin slices and place in a saucepan.

Add the vinegar and honey and put on stove over a low heat for 20 minutes. This helps the ginger and garlic to be infused into the honey/vinegar mixture.

Remove from the stove and allow to cool.

Strain liquid into a clean glass jar.

Add the peppermint and lemon essential oils

Stir well.

I took 2 dessertspoons of this mixture every hour or two the first day and three times a day on the second day. Keep mixture in the fridge.

  1. Throat soothing decoction

1 Teaspoon Marshmallow root

1 teaspoon slippery elm powder

Place both herbs in saucepan.

Add 250ml water.

Place on stove and bring to the boil. Reduce to low heat, cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

Take off the heat and let it cool completely.

Strain and place in a glass jar. Store in the fridge.

Take 2 dessertspoons every hour or 2.

This is what happened.

The throat syrup loosened whatever mucous was causing the irritation and infection. Garlic, ginger and honey are naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral and antioxidant. So, whatever was causing the trouble, this concoction covered it.

All the ingredients are infection fighting, so altogether, a very powerful mixture.

A note of warning: This mixture hurt my throat to begin with, because of the infection I presume? But during the day it became easier to swallow and so it is worth persevering.

The throat soother helped ease the pain and made it easier to swallow.

Both herbs contain mucilage that coats the throat and helps to relieve irritation.

Marshmallow root also reduces swelling in the lymph nodes, speeds up healing time and reduces the aggravating dry cough.

I am so happy to report that these powerful natural products have improved my well-being within a day. Tomorrow will be even better.

Lots of love

Sue

 

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Exams…Stress…Anxiety…Where can you find natural help?

This time of year is very stressful for learners-no matter what your age. At the Sustainable Living Exhibition this weekend, we had a number of learners come and ask us what we would suggest to help them to relax in order to study (Matric Trials are being written at the moment). There are also older students studying to become therapists, or at DUT and ‘Varsity who are feeling overwhelmed, tired and stressed as exam time approaches.

We need to remind you that learning, de-stressing and focussing needs a holistic approach which includes correct eating, enough rest, adequate exercise and supplements, including herbs. Our senses also respond well to various scents, sounds and temperatures. We have attempted to simplify all the information and give you a summary of what could be of benefit to you at this time.

Eating:

Whole foods are the most effective brain food that you can eat. Eggs and fish, especially sardines, contain a nutrient called choline which together with vitamin B5 is turned into the chemical acetylcholine which improves ones memory. Add a good multivitamin to your daily routine (Especially the B vitamins) as well. If you are vegetarian, supplementing your diet with Lecithin granules can give you the choline that you need.

Exercise:

Moderate exercise is all you need. Get up from your desk every now and then and take a 10 minute walk to give your body and mind a rest. Walk outside, in the fresh air.

Sleep:

Are you getting enough sleep? During times of study and exams, getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night helps your brain to assimilate what you have learnt during the day. It will also ensure that you are fresh and ready to write the exam.

If you struggle to sleep, there are a couple of herbal supplements that can help:

Valerian Root tincture can help you to get to sleep more easily. Just 40 drops in a little water before bed will help you sleep. 20 drops will help you to feel less anxious if you struggle with exam anxiety (without making you feel sleepy).

Sleep Eeze herbal tea when taken half an hour before you want to go to bed can help you sleep through the night with no side effects the next morning. You will wake up fully and feel better for the good sleep.

Essential oils to help you focus while studying:

Rosemary helps to enhance proscriptive memory which means it helps you to remember what you have learnt.

Basil helps to improve poor memory and relieve fatigue

Cypress helps to improve concentration.

Peppermint helps to wake up the mind, focus your senses, and improve your memory.

We have formulated a blend of oils called Be Focussed which contains some of these oils as well as others. It is in a roll on form and can be taken with you into the exam room and rubbed onto your pulse points and under your nose for you to have the benefits when you feel your energy and focus straying. Another roll on formula which may be helpful is Be Less Stressed which contains a blend of essential oils which are known to help ease mild stress and anxiety.

Another herbal supplement which you can take is Ginko Biloba which has been used for thousands of years in the East to enhance memory. You will find this in your nearest health shop.

There is so much more that can be written on this subject, but for now this will be a good place to get started.

We wish you all the best as you prepare for your final exams for this year.

The Role of Herbs in Our Modern Society

In our modern world, we are under the false belief that there is one solution for all our problems. One medicine for a disease, one way to eat, and one set of practises to keep us healthy. We have also lived, for many years under the false belief that Western medicine is the superior, infallible ideal of medicine and that other more natural and traditional ways of doing health are outdated and in some cases harmful. These two philosophies, Western and Traditional explain our current state of health care in which suppressing symptoms is prioritised over finding the root cause of an illness.

For example, let us look at eczema which seems to be prevalent at the moment. The modern solution is often to be prescribed a topical steroid to relieve the symptoms instead of addressing factors that may lead to eczema such as environment and diet. The steroids only work at suppressing the symptoms, not healing the eczema. From a herbal perspective, each person needs to be looked at individually because there is no one size fits all cure to anything. For some, the skin condition could be caused by a food intolerance, in another instance it could be the toxins and pollutants in the environment in which the person lives. For yet another, it may be the emotional and physical stresses that the person finds him/herself in.

Modern and traditional working together

We are not saying that Western medicine does not have its place. We firmly believe that if we need something to be diagnosed, we need to go to the place best suited to help us. For example, in April of this year I suffered a compression fracture of my lumbar spine. Herbs could not help me immediately here. I needed to get x-rays and a bone density scan taken to find out what was wrong with me. I also needed a brace to hold me together so that my bones could knit.

Once these mechanical issues were taken care of, we were able to look at how the natural world could help me heal. From the herbal perspective, it was suggested that I drink a daily cup of Comfrey tea. Comfrey is also known by the common name of Knitbone. The leaves of the herb are used to make this tea and it is a pleasant green taste.

But this is not the only use for the happy Comfrey herb. The fresh leaves are skin healers. My mother, 87 years old has had an awful ulcer/sore/corn under her one foot that the doctors have not been able to heal for over two years. She has lived with varying levels of pain throughout this time. Eventually, in May this year, the doctor said that he had no idea what to do to help her. This is when I asked Chris what she thought we could do to help her.

She suggested that we make a poultice with the comfrey leaf and do this on a daily basis. Thank goodness my mother lives on the same property as my brother and he undertook to help her with the daily dressing. He cleans the wound with a weak solution of peroxide and then applies the poultice. It has now been 4 or 5 weeks and the wound is healing. She no longer experiences pain. It has been a long process, but in the scheme of things, much shorter than +2 years of going to doctors with no positive results.

Herbs converted into tinctures

 We also convert our herbs into tinctures. Tinctures are the result of a process of infusing herbs in alcohol for six weeks. This enables the goodness and properties of herbs to be extracted and made available in liquid form.

Chaste berry is an interesting and useful one at my stage of life as it has a calming and soothing effect. It relieves muscle cramps and normalizes hormone levels and is good for the symptoms of menopause.

It is also useful for women experiencing PMS, as well as young women just beginning their monthly cycle.

Another story close to home

Christine was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a few years back. None of the doctors knew how to help her. Eventually, and out of sheer desperation, she turned to a nutritionist for help. With food changes, she was also told to use as many natural products as possible on and in her body. Here are just a few examples of the changes that she made from the herbal perspective:

  1. To relieve the pain, we used a mixture of arnica and lavender. The arnica to soothe her pain and the lavender to soothe her nerves. This combination continues to bring her relief from the fybro pain when she has an attack.
  2. She was also encouraged to drink herbal teas rather than black tea or coffee. Not to say that she never drinks these, but she tries to keep it to a minimum. Some of the herbal teas that help are: Milk Thistle, which supports and helps cleanse the liver; Rosehip tea which helps strengthen the immune system and has a slightly analgesic effect which can help with mild pain; Chickweed which is known to help with inflamed joints. It is also known to soothe the urinary tract and so is helpful when one has a mild bladder infection; Hibiscus, which is known to help control blood pressure, it is also helpful in reducing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol. In other words, having a variety of herbal teas in place of the conventional tea or coffee is a healthy alternative that can improve our quality of life.

The Season for Colds and Flu can bring a lot of misery. One weekend, Chris’s family was visiting and her son was fighting a cold. He just couldn’t find relief. She suggested that he try some of the Colds and Flu tea. He was dubious but willing to try anything. Within a short while he could feel the difference. The fuzzy head and slight fever had lifted. This tea is now a firm favourite in their home and they all use it when the need arises.

We have just completed the 10 day House and Garden show. One day, a young girl came to ask if we could help her with her sore tummy. She had been away on a church camp and had come back with cramps that stopped her sleeping at night. Her dad suggested she come and talk to us. We suggested that she try our Tummy Tea which we have had a lot of positive feedback on. She said she would try anything. About an hour later, her boyfriend reported that she was feeling a little better. The next day, her boyfriend came to us, beaming from ear to ear. The young girl had slept through the night without any cramps. We call that a happy herbal ending.

It’s a Dog’s Life

Humans are not the only ones who benefit from herbs. In their natural state, animals eat a number of herbs and wild plants and grasses. They instinctively know what they need to help them keep healthy. For example, a dog will eat grass in order to purge. This is a natural condition and one which helps them keep their gut in a healthy state.

In today’s world where we have been encouraged to feed our pets biscuits, they have a struggle with such ailments as Hotspots; itchy skin and Candida. Not all domesticated animals have the opportunity to eat the grasses and herbs that they need from the wild gardens and fields. Herbs can be added to their food (raw diet or cooked diet-in other words, their wet food). They can also benefit from home-made biscuits with herbs added. (Ask me if you want this recipe: sue@essentialherbs.co.za)

We are agents for Meridian herbs who sell an immune boost and a natural nutrients which I give to my dog alternatively.

For thousands of years, long before the internet or even books existed, plants were a major source of healing for people all over the world. The use of medicinal plants, referred to as herbalism, has as many theories and traditions as there are cultures on the earth.

Chris and I encourage you to explore the world of herbs, both cultivated and wild. Give the dandelion and chickweed a space to grow freely; have a wild section in your garden where the birds and monkeys can forage on natural herbs and grasses.

Lots of healthy happiness from us to you.

Sue and Chris

So…How Do I Boost The Function Of The Very Vital Hypothalamus?

Last week I mentioned six ways that we can boost our Hypothalamus function and this week, these 6 things will be spoken about in more detail.

  1. We need to increase our Chromium intake. Chromium is a trace mineral which we need in very small amounts and it is suggested that chromium is linked with healthy functioning of the hypothalamus. (You can read a little more about this here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7838011)

We obtain this trace mineral from certain foods such as: broccoli, Garlic, Oranges, Green beans, Apples, Grass fed beef and bananas. As there is still so much to find out about the effects of chromium on us, it is suggested that for now we obtain ours by including the above mentioned foods in our diet.

2. Essential oils such as Frankincense and Myrrh have a long history and have been shown to have a positive effect on the brain. They contain Terpenes and sesquiterpines which have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Sesquiterpines are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and help us to remain calm and balanced. Most oils contain these two chemical compounds and can have this positive effect on our emotions which in turn stimulates the hypothalamus.

3. Chasteberry Tincture (Vitex agnus-castus) is particularly helpful for women. It acts directly on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. For women it helps to balance out the ratio of oestrogen to progesterone, raising the progesterone levels slightly.

4. Healthy fats are vital for improved brain function. We have been encouraged to demonise fats, but the truth is our bodies need a certain amount of fat to function optimally. Cholesterol and other fats play an important role in building our cells membranes and in helping our glands to produce the correct amount of each hormone.

Did you know that some fats (like olive oil) actually support healthy levels of cholesterol which our body needs in order for hormones to be properly produced. Examples of healthy fats include: Olive oil, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, salt-free butter (Grass-fed). I am sure you could add others to this list.

5. Quality sleep leads to a reduction of stress levels and therefore lower cortisol levels (Cortisol is a hormone involved in the regulation of metabolism in the cells and helps us regulate stress within the body. {http://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-cortisol-definition-function-deficiency-symptoms.html}). Keeping cortisol at healthy levels helps keep the hypothalamus healthy as stress levels influence the amount of work that the hypothalamus has to do.

There are two herbal combination teas and a herbal powder mix which are very helpful in regulating our sleeping rhythm and helping us to relax when things get overwhelming. Sleepeeze tea contains herbs that encourage sleep and it is not addictive. Relaxing tea contains a combination of herbs that helps one to “switch off” after a busy or stressful day . Stress Buster work in a similar fashion to the Relaxing tea, but you can add it to smoothies, juices, soups etc.

6. Regular exercise has been known to improve heart health and hypothalamus health. Various studies have been done that show that the are some functions in the hypothalamus that are stimulated by exercise and this in turn may contribute to healthy metabolic function. (https://jmolecularpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40303-015-0010-8).

I am an exercise sloth and so have had to listen to the instructions of my physiotherapist and do exercises as instructed. I have an added incentive in that exercise will strengthen the muscles of my legs and back and thus support my compromised spine.

There is so much valuable information to be found from very reliable sources, and like most things we are learning more and more every day. This is not a definitive list of healthy hypothalamus functioning and if there is anything that you would like add, please chat with us, we would love that.

Much love

Sue and Christine

The Hypothalamus…Things I learnt about it while recuperating…

Something I did know was that the hypothalamus is in the brain. I did Biology at school, but there’s things I remembered and things I conveniently forgot. Something I remember in painful detail: OSMOSIS. Why? Because it was repeated for three years in a row.

Things that weren’t dealt within as much detail was the Endocrine system. We learnt that we had glands which produced hormones which helped our bodies to function. How to look after them? I really can’t remember if we learnt that. Anyway, enough of that…

While in hospital, the doctors did many blood tests trying to find out why my back had broken so easily. The best they could come up with was osteoporosis (Which proves to be untrue). I have a theory about my body speaking my mind…But that’s for another day, and probably another forum (Unless our readers would be interested? Let me know) .I know I keep being side-tracked, but I’m getting to the point soon…

The blood tests: My thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) was high (6.33), but my thyroid (Free T4) was normal. The doctor explained it like this: The TSH is produced by the hypothalamus and helps to produce the thyroid hormones. So, if it continues to be high, it will cause a problem with the thyroid hormone causing this to go low and then I will have a problem. She wants to test again in 6 months time.

Now, seeing as Christine and I are in the herb and oil business, you can imagine that we decided to do some research and find out how we can stimulate the hypothalamus. FYI, the hypothalamus is very important and is considered the “control centre” for most hormones including the pituitary gland, adrenal glands, ovaries and testes.

We found that there are some natural ways to boost Hypothalamus function: 1. Increasing chromium intake; 2. using essential oils which contain terpenes and sesquiterpenes; 3. Taking Vitex agnus-castus (Chasteberry Tincture); 4. eating enough healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed butter etc); 5. getting enough sleep and 6. exercising regularly.

We will go into each of these in more detail next week.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy.

Lots of love

Sue and Chris

Part 2… Gut Health and the part played by Carminative herbs

“All that humans need for health and healing has been provided by God in nature, the challenge of science is to find it.” Philippus Theophrastrus Bombast that of Aureolus ~ Paracelsus (1493-1541)

As we have often said, herbs have been around for thousands of yeas and have been used for health and healing. We are often asked “Where is the scientific proof that these herbs work?” Our reply is, look back in history and read of how scientists have for centuries being trying to harness the healing powers of herbs. What once were called “Old Wives Tales” are now shown to be true.

Some herbs are known as Carminative herbs. These herbs are known to relieve flatulance or colic by expelling gas. They also warm up the digestive tract, speed up and increase the thoroughness of digestion. These herbs include Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and well as cardamom, dill, cumin and caraway seeds.

A healthy bowel makes for a happy healthy person. Happy healthy eating and herbing!

Much love

Sue and Christine

Gut Health…Why is this spoken about about so often?…How do I keep my Gut healthy? (Part 1)

Gut health: This phrase is one we hear with more and more frequency as our lives become a blur of fast foods, high stress and little sleep.

What defines a healthy gut?
1. Effective digestion and absorption of food.This includes Normal nutritional status and effective absorption of food, water and minerals and regular bowel movement, normal transit time and no abdominal pain.

2. Absence of Gastro-Intestinal illness. Includingn no enzyme deficiencies or carbohydrate intolerances and no IBD, coeliac disease or other inflammatory state.

3. Normal and stable intestinal microbiota. Normal composition and vitality of the gut microbiome. No GI infections or antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.

4. Effective immune status. Immune tolerance and no allergy or mucous hypersensitivity.

5. Status of well-being and a normal quality of life. Enough sleep, less stress etc.

What herbs and herbal preparations will help heal our gut?
1. Swedish bitters (Also known as digestive bitters)
Bitter herbs have a drying effect in the stomach and intestines, which is beneficial in cases of poor digestion. Bitters also help heal the liver (which is often compromised in cases of poor digestion) and stimulate it to produce bile, which is essential in digesting fats and clearing out undigested food residues from the gut.

2. Slippery Elm powder
It is effectively used as a mucilaginous herb internally to coat and soothe mucous membranes while also absorbing toxins which can cause intestinal imbalances. Slippery elm is an effective remedy for duodenal ulcers, gastritis, diarrhea, colitis,irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids and heartburn.

3. Marshmallow root
It has been suggested that marshmallow root is an effective way to help treat certain digestive disorders, including leaky gut syndrome, which develops when particles leak outside tiny openings in the gut lining, allowing them to enter the bloodstream where they can trigger autoimmune reactions. Marshmallow helps restore integrity of the gut lining by forming a protective layer around small junctions. It seems to be beneficial for people with other forms of inflammatory bowel diseases, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

4. Dandelion leaf
The leaves are used to stimulate the appetite and help digestion.

5. Calendula
An infusion can help to effectively remove inflammation that affects both the stomach and the duodenum. Calendula can also be used for improving sluggish digestion, constipation and bloating. As an old folk remedy, the plant is known for treating gastritis and peptic ulcers. It is believed that these beneficial actions are provided by triterpene glycoside (calendulozide B) that possesses an anti-ulcerous and sedative action.

6. Alfalfa

Regular use of alfalfa helps to promote better overall digestion and eliminate most stomach upsets. It is known to contain eight digestive enzymes and aids in digestive problems including: Indigestion, gastritis, gas pains, nausea and appetite stimulation.

7. Peppermint essential oil

As an oil, peppermint can be used externally to massage onto a sore stomach. It can also be ingested, when added with a little olive or coconut oil.

 

Wishing you all happy, healthy tummies.

Lots of love

Sue and Chris

osteoporosis. ..known as the white woman’s disease…why? what can we do about it?

Hi friends, I am back from my lovely time away with my daughter.  Two weeks of exploring and experiencing and being thoroughly spoilt by Samantha.

On my last night there I tripped on the paving and stumbled /ran forward to prevent myself from falling. This wrenched my middle back quite badly. By the time I got back home to SA -over 36 hours of flying and waiting in various airports,  Igot home unable to walk.

I have been told it’s a compression fracture of L3 and more than likely caused by osteoporosis. “Who me?  Osteoporosis? Not possible! My bones are strong!”. Yes they said, me: I’m white, female and over 50. Well, talk about profiling!

Anyway, I’m still in hospital doing physio, trying to walk with lots of time on my hands to read up about osteoporosis and natural ways to strengthen myself.  This article by Dr Axe seems very sound and I will be adding far more weight bearing exercises to my daily routine.

this HTML class. Value is https://draxe.com/os

If a Frankincense tree falls, does anyone hear it? A report from the forest.

Why do we need to use our Frankincense oil and resin with care? Why is Frankincense and Myrrh so Expensive? Reblogged from Fairtrade Frankincense.

Fair Trade Frankincense

In a time when we increasingly hear about the loss of rainforests and green space, wildlife habitat and species, and with more of us concerned about purchasing sustainable and fair trade products,  it is difficult for the average consumer of Frankincense essential oil and resin to get a clear answer from anyone about the state of these desert trees in the world.

Are they thriving?  Are they declining in numbers like many other species? Are they properly tended? Are they being sustainably harvested? Are the people and communities that traditionally rely on the harvest adequately compensated, are they also thriving? Will there still be Frankincense trees, resin, and essential oil in another 10 or 100 years? If not, is anyone doing anything about it?

Much of our education about essential oils comes from essential oil companies whose collective profit from selling us Frankincense essential oil is measured in millions of dollars…

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It’s just a room spray…It doesn’t matter if it has synthetic scents in it…What harm can it do?

Synthetic scents or “fragrances” represent an unidentified mixture of ingredients including carcinogens (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.), allergens, respiratory irritants, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic chemicals (Neurotoxicity is toxicity in the nervous system. It occurs when exposure to natural or artificial toxic substances, which are called neurotoxins, alters the normal activity of the nervous system in such a way as to cause damage to nervous tissue. EG: Research has shown that many neurological disorders may be caused by neurotoxic chemicals such as Lead, Mercury, Polyvinyl chloride, and Polychlorinated biphenyls.) and environmental toxicants (Plastics, heavy metals, pesticides). These artificial scents can be found in all kinds of body care and cosmetic products, as well as air fresheners, cleaning materials and laundry detergents.

Are you wondering why companies would continue to use synthetic scents if they’re so bad for our health? The answer is simple — they are cheaper.

Serious Dangers of Synthetic Scents

Cancer
According to the Breast Cancer Association of America, when it comes to the prevention of cancer, avoiding synthetic fragrance is one of the main ways to help yourself. That’s because the dangers of synthetic scents include hormone-disrupting phthalates and synthetic musks.

Allergic & Toxic Bodily Reactions
Fragrances are one of the top five allergens in the world. Allergic reactions include headaches; migraines; sinus irritation; difficulty breathing and others. These mixtures if they come into contact with the skin can cause a type of contact dermatitis which is, a type of allergic skin reaction. The number of allergic cases seems to be on the rise, and it is believed that one of the greatest causes of these is synthetic fragrances

What are the alternatives?
Firstly, read your labels. If it has the words ‘parfum’ or fragrance, rather avoid them. There are also many better options and ways to avoid the dangers of synthetic scents including:

      • Living with fewer fragrances in your life. One easy solution to freshen your air? Put a bowl of white vinegar your counter-top or windowsill to aid in natural odour control. Be sure to focus on cleaning up the source of odour, though, too — not just covering up the foul smell.
  • Avoid any product that lists fragrance, parfum, phthalate as an ingredient.

(Dangers of Phthalates and DEHP. Phthalates, a family of industrial chemicals used to soften PVC plastic and as solvents in cosmetics and other consumer products, can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system — particularly the developing testes — according to animal studies.), DEP, DBP, or DEHP (These are all phthalates)

          • Look for products that use pure essential oils when you are looking for a scent. Or, make your own
  • Buying certified organic products, which are less likely to include artificial scents (but still read labels). Watch out for “limonene” or “linalool” on labels, too. When they are listed in this form on the label, they are likely synthetic, man-made versions, not the natural compounds part of a more complex organic essential oil.
  • To provide a fresh, natural scent to your home or office, use fresh cut herbs and flowers and potted plants. Studies have even shown that the best indoor plants that help to strip pollution also help to strip indoor air of some toxic compounds. (EG: Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis); Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema); English Ivy (Hedera helix); Golden Pothos, Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum); PALMS (Arecaceae or Palmae); Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum); Rubber Plant (Ficus elastic) and Baby Rubber Plant (Ficus robusta); Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata); Spider Plant, Hen-en-Kuikens (Chlorophytum comosum)).
  • If you are super sensitive or just don’t want to deal with smelling anything at all then choose fragrance-free or unscented products. Just make sure to still read labels carefully because sometimes companies will use other questionable ingredients to create that lack of a scent.
  • Question companies that don’t fully explain how their products are scented. Maybe you’ll get some additional information or at best, get them to think again before not fully informing their customers.

I really want to emphasize how important it is that you and your loved ones avoid the dangers of synthetic scents as much as possible. I also want to remind you again about what’s so much better than those fake smells-essential oils!  With so many scents to choose from and combine, the options for lovely natural scents are practically endless.

One of the best ways to protect your overall health is to choose products that are truly free of fragrance or ones that fully disclose a natural fragrance ingredients. Pregnant and breastfeeding moms should be especially careful for the sake of themselves as well as their developing children.