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What are Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should Use Them

What are Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should Use Them

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Laundry is a task all adults have to manage, after all, clean clothes are a necessity in this life. But many people would be shocked to know that they are unknowingly exposing themselves to toxic chemicals by using items such as dryer sheets.

Researchers at the University of Washington, led by Dr. Anne Steinemann, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs, expounded research to discover the chemical composition of laundry products. They conducted a study that examined laundry detergents, dryer sheets, soaps, and many other household products from a wide variety of companies.

The study revealed that every single product which was tested emitted at least one chemical classified as toxic or hazardous and eleven of the tested products emitted at least one probable carcinogen according to EPA classification standards.

For the best health possible, it is important to eliminate as much toxic exposure as you can. A great way to do this is to replace the chemical laden products in  your home with natural, alternative solutions.

One of the household items you can easily replace are dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are filled with chemicals and can be switched with wool dryer balls!

What are wool dryer balls?

Wool dryer balls are exactly what they sound like, balls of 100% wool that are felted and rolled into a circle to make them extremely durable.

Why should I switch to wool dryer balls?

Dryer balls are a great natural alternative to traditional dryer sheets for a number of reasons.

  • Save Money! Wool dryer balls are more cost effective than spending money on dryer sheets. You can use dryer balls for years instead of using disposable dryer sheets that you cannot re-use.
  • Love the Planet! Wool dryer balls are eco-friendly and because they are a natural compound are biodegradable. You will eliminate the trash you would have accumulated by using disposable dryer sheets.
  • Eliminate Chemicals! You can make your laundry loads smell clean and fresh by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil right onto the wool dryer balls. You can get great smelling clothes, sheets and towels without exposing yourself to harsh toxins.

How do I use wool dryer balls?

Wool dryer balls are as simple to use as purchasing a 100% pure wool product and popping it into your dryer! You can use 2-6 balls depending on the size of your load.

Wool dryer balls are a wonderful natural alternative to keeping your laundry fresh without exposing yourself and your family to chemicals.

For more information on natural household tips, check out the rest of our blog!

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Kid Friendly Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

Kid Friendly Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender can be a great addition to your child’s life. There are many ways to incorporate this natural remedy into your parenting. Below is a list of great ways you can use lavender for your kids.

Make Bedtime Easier. Spraying a light mist of lavender hydrosol or spray to your child’s pillow can help them fall asleep easier. You can also add lavender to the diffuser in their room before bed.

Boost Bath Time. Adding a few drops lavender essential oil to a warm bath is a pampering, calming experience for any child.  Be sure they do not ingest the water or get it into their eyes or mouth.

Reduce Anxiety.  Applying a diluted solution of lavender essential oil to your child’s wrists, chest and soles of their feet can help reduce anxiety and induce a calmer state.

Skin Care Remedy.  Lavender can be a safe, natural remedy to treat common skin irritants such as poison ivy, mosquito bites and eczema.

Head Lice Treatment. Lavender essential oil can be used to naturally get rid of head lice when adding a diluted solution directly to the scalp.

Be sure to use a 100% natural lavender product and check with your child’s doctor before trying any holistic treatment.

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Benefits of Baking Soda

Benefits of Baking Soda

 

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a white powder substance known for its many household uses. But, did you know that baking soda can also be used in ways other than just making cookies and keeping your refrigerator smelling fresh?

Below is a list of the benefits of baking soda you may not be aware of:

  • Alkalinize your body. For optimal health, the body needs to maintain a state of alkalinity, which means that the PH balance must not be to acidic or to alkaline. Baking soda is a naturally alkalinizing compound and can help your body reduce acidity.

 

  • Athletic Performance Booster. Many studies have shown that endurance athletes who ingest sodium bicarbonate report that baking soda improves their endurance and lessens fatigue after training and work out sessions.

(Source: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition Study )

 

  • Anti-Acid Treatment. As a naturally alkalinizing agent, baking soda is a tried and true holistic remedy for treating acid reflux and also has evidence it can help gas pressure and bloating. (Source: Medline Plus : Sodium Bicarbonate Information )

 

  • Produce Cleanser. Dirt, pesticides and other contaminants need to be cleaned off of your produce before you can ingest them safely. Soaking your fruits and vegetables in a solution of baking soda and warm water will help remove toxins.

 

  • Household Cleaner. Chemicals such as bleach and ammonia can exacerbate health issues and irritate the eyes and skin. Replacing these toxic items with a baking soda solution is a great natural way to clean your home.

 

  • Laundry Booster. Sprinkling a ½ cup of baking soda into your load of laundry will add a natural boost of freshness and cleansing to even the dirtiest of clothing.

 

Baking soda is an inexpensive, natural product with a wide array of uses.

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Why should you use organic products?

Why should you use organic products?

The question of whether organic products are necessary or not is a current topic in today’s world. Are the  chemicals in household cleaning supplies, makeup and beauty products really toxic to you and your family’s health?

The Consumer Protection Agency has vastly growing concerns regarding the chemical exposure to the current population. A recent report released by the CPA revealed, “150 chemicals found in the home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders.” (Source: Consumer Protection Agency)

Additionally, the Environmental Policy and Children’s Health Association states that, “Children have chemical exposures from birth that their parents didn’t have until they were adults. Because children are exposed to toxins at an earlier age than adults, they have more time to develop environmentally triggered diseases, with long latency periods, such as cancer.” (Source: Environmental Policy and Children’s Health, Future of Children, Summer/Fall 1995; 5(2): 34-52)

Knowing this information, it is no wonder why families are searching for natural, organic options to replace the harsh chemicals used in household products. The awareness regarding toxic exposure is an important step towards protecting our health from toxins.

The United States House of Representatives Report in 1989 published some alarming statistics regarding the toxicity that American’s are regularly exposed to. “Of the chemicals found in personal care products: 884 are toxic, 146 cause tumors, 218 cause reproductive complications, 778 cause acute toxicity, 314 cause biological mutations, 376 cause skin and eye irritations.” (Source: United States House of Representatives Report, 1989)

Americans are unknowingly exposed to more toxins in the current day and age than ever before. Perhaps this is why cancer, autoimmune disease and allergic reactions are increasing at an alarming rate?

Chemicals are especially present in products used in our homes such as cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, make-up and even in our foods and beverages. For example, Parabens and phthalates are commonly used chemicals which have been researched to cause cancer and type II diabetes. These two chemicals can be found in shampoo, make-up and various beauty products. Aluminum is also a common additive used in anti-perspirants and scented products despite the fact that this toxin has been directly linked to increasing the risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. (Source: Global Healing Center)

To find our best health possible, it is imperative we reduce our exposure to environmental toxins. Despite the alarming statistics of chemical toxicity in the current age, there is good news! You can take control of your chemical exposure!

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5 Easy Ways to Improve your Health

5 Easy Ways to Improve your Health

Your life is made up of the choices you make and choosing the healthiest options possible will help you find quality of life. You may not can control your life completely, but you can do your best to and enjoy life as much as possible. This is your life! This is your health! Take control by taking control of yourself. You are worth it!

1-      Get more sleep. Anyone will tell you that adequate sleep is essential for good health. Practicing healthy sleep habits and resting when you are tired are helpful ways to prevent burnout. Naps can be a healthy addition to any lifestyle!

2-      Eat Right. Avoid inflammatory and allergy triggering foods and do not skip meals. Unstable blood sugar levels can cause health issues, so it is important to eat regularly and avoid ingesting high amounts of processed foods and sugar.

3-       Keep a Schedule. Research suggests that keeping a regular schedule can help your circadian rhythm stay on track. Simple changes like laying down for bed and waking at the same time and eating on a schedule are great ways to implement healthy lifestyle adaptations.

4-      Track your Symptoms.  Keeping a health log journal and tracking your symptoms, triggers and lifestyle will help you pinpoint what helps and hurts your health. It is also a great way to check your progress and keep track of memories for years to come.

5-      Make Self Care a Priority. Self-care is not selfish! Taking care of yourself is an important part of managing any health issue and creating the best quality of life possible.

Never forget that you are in control of your life. You may not can control every part of it, but you can control how you react to the things that happen to you. All you can do is your best and that is enough.