Chemicals are everywhere. They can be found in the water, the food, the air we breathe, our household cleaning products and other everyday use essentials, and even our furniture! Synthetic chemicals are used in so many ordinary products that sometimes we don’t even think twice before using these products.
For example, the water we use from our household taps may have contaminants and bacteria, the lotion we apply to our skin may be teeming with phthalates, parabens, and other harmful chemicals that can disrupt our body’s most important systems, and even the shampoo we use could be packed full of synthetic chemicals that can cause problems with long term exposure.
More and more people today are looking for ways to help preserve and protect the environment, and one way to do that is by “quitting” chemicals.
Natural Vs. Chemical-Based Products
Commercial beauty and skin products, baby products, and household products contain dangerous chemicals and synthetic ingredients that can cause skin allergies, irritation, and other serious side effects with exposure. These products also do a number of people who have sensitive skin.
Using these products containing these toxins and chemicals can cause damage to the skin and can also attract free radicals that can cause premature aging.
Natural ingredients, on the other hand, can help keep skin vibrant and healthy and can help keep the surfaces of our home much safer and healthier for our family.
Side Effects of Chemicals
Chemicals often found in our everyday lives and homes include organophosphate pesticides, flame retardants, and phthalates. These chemicals can be found in food, plastics, cookware, shampoo, and so much more.
Carcinogenic chemicals can interfere with our hormones and other important systems and functions of the body, including our brain. Phthalates, for example, are found in many beauty products, wall coverings, and food packaging and have been linked to lower IQ levels with exposure and have been linked to cancer.
Pesticides are neurotoxic chemicals that find their way into our food sources and can cause several health effects, including respiratory problems and cancer.
Finding Safer Alternatives
To start leading a safer and healthier life, it is vital that you find safer alternatives to the commercial makeup, cleansers, and household products you use. Instead, you should consider plant-based and more natural ingredients.
For example, essential oils, including lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus, and cinnamon are all great for cleaning and disinfecting the home. They can sanitize your kitchen and bathrooms while leaving you with a refreshing and pleasant scent and no harmful residue.
The following are a few of the more popular essential oils being used in cleaning products and beauty products for a more natural alternative to synthetic chemicals:
Lemon – Antiviral and antibacterial
Tea Tree – Germ fighting and protects against bacteria and viruses
Rosemary – Antibacterial and antiseptic properties
Orange – Can cut through grease
Lavender – Naturally antibacterial
Mint – Antibacterial properties, natural air deodorizer
Juniper Berry – Helps with bacteria and infections and soothes the skin
Turmeric – Natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, packed full of antioxidants
So, before you pick up bleach or other commercial products, you should think about the trend of quitting chemicals to promote a safer and healthier environment while also protecting you and your health and well-being.
Meta: The quitting chemicals trend is important to our overall health and safety. Fortunately, there are many natural alternatives to adapt to make “quitting” much easier.