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Winter 2015-2016: Struggling with Asthma
Back in winter of 2015-2016, it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest.
Coughing, congested, short of breath, even gasping for air in the middle of the night. I was diagnosed with sports/seasonal asthma as a teenager–but it was NEVER this bad. I called out of work hoping rest would help. When I did go in, I had to stop teaching because of coughing fits. Maintenance cleaned my room, the air vents—to no avail. My doctor place me on three different inhalers…I just didn’t know what else to do.
Recognizing the Irritants
In January 2016, I was invited to a friend’s house for an essential oils workshop. While we were there, she educated us about the harmful chemicals that are in everyday home and personal care products.
Here were my three big takeaways:
- We are exposed to SO MANY harmful chemicals in our home and personal care products every day. Applying it on our skin, breathing in, and ingesting.
- The term fragrance is an umbrella term for companies to literally put anything in that product. Fragrance averages about 14 different chemicals–some of which can cause harmful irritations (skin irritations, migraines, and you guessed it–asthma attacks) and are endocrine disruptors.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, the stuff that makes soaps bubbly, is a surfactant. This means it breaks the molecules on the surface for better interaction between the surface (or skin) and product. This can cause major skin irritations and drying. And it is also absorbed into our bodies through our skin. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate has been linked to hormone disruption, as well as residuals found in the heart, lungs, and liver.
I went home and immediately went through all of our products AND THREW THEM AWAY!
- No more candles containing artificial fragrances!
- No cleaning supplies or personal care products with containing anything on this list!
Today: What Asthma?
I can honestly sit here and say that I have not used an inhaler since switching over to natural, organic products in 2016.
Here are other noticeable changes:
- Softer, clearer skin
- Overall better health and wellness–we’re not sick as we used to be. If we do get sick, it is not for nearly as long.
- Sleeping better
- Clearer breathing
- Less skin irritations
Happy and Healthy: How We Did It
We read our labels!
It just made sense to use that if we worked so hard on our diets, we should also be working on using safer products in our home. No compromises.
- Home and natural remedies whenever we can–thank you Pinterest!
- Essential oils instead of fragrances
- Turning to Pure Haven for everything else in between
Mr. Geek and I are amazed by the results of this one change in our home, but also a little angry. How can products containing harmful ingredients be sold?
That’s why I have made it my mission to spread the word since 2016.
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