Going chemical-free improved my health

It’s suspected that allergies, asthma, some cancers and reproductive disorders are increasing, in part, due to the use of chemicals in our homes and on our bodies. For 99% of common chemicals (i.e. those used in household and beauty products), there is too little information on their safety – we don’t know their effects on our health or on the environment.

When I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) I made big changes to my diet and to my lifestyle and I felt a lot better. But, it wasn’t until I switched to chemical-free living that I completely recovered.  I believe that was because my body could finally stop having to process and eliminate the various irritants and toxins I was inadvertently exposing myself to.

Also, I think going chemical-free helped settle my hormones. So many beauty products (including shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers) have hormone-disrupting chemicals in them.  This should be a HUGE red flag for everyone, but it should particularly concern people with hormone problems such as thyroid disorders and adrenal problems.

Cancer has also darkened our doors, so using chemicals when water and a special cloth with do the job just as well, if not better!

Also, any chemical you use in your home will go straight into the environment. So going chemical-free also helps the planet – win-win!

Going chemical-free is a bit of a lifestyle change, and can seem daunting – I know only too well. It’s hard to figure out how to clean your house without cleaners (right!?) and what about your body products?!

Here’s what I did, and it’s actually really quick and simple to make the switch – and TOTALLY WORTH IT!

I first made the switch when I was living in Australia, and there was a lovely local shop that made and sold their own plant-based beauty products, which was perfect. At that time I used a combination of traditional cleaning concoctions, like lemon, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. It was alright, but a bit of a pain and not quick and easy.

Now I live in the UK have discovered better ways to be chemicals-free. I use various brands of organic, chemical-free shampoo and conditioner. I use organic coconut oil, sesame oil or this cream to moisturise and I use a range of body cloths (microfibre so no need for soap!), organic soap and shower gel.  I find the Norwex make-up remover cloths to be fabulous – they remove all make-up with just water, and gently cleanses your face without stripping it, so great even if you don’t wear make-up. I use them everyday!

Chemical-Free_Badges_GreenFor my home, I exclusively use Norwex products because they are the best I have found and I like the company’s ethos. I haven’t looked back. Norwex has made the transition to chemical-free living so much easier, because cleaning with their products is so quick and easy! (No really, it’s almost addictive and I am not a compulsive cleaner!).

Since I switched to Norwex EnviroCloths (and stopped using chemical cleaners) and Norwex Washing Powder my health has improved, son’s persistent nighttime cough has gone and I’m not freaking out about giving my kids Cancer by using chemicals on and around them (I know that sounds dramatic, but when it’s that close to home, these fears are real).

I also wouldn’t do without the Blue Diamond Bathroom cleaner, which is a natural product that gives that extra clean to the areas that really need it!  You dilute it down so much that it lasts for ages.

I’ve also just had first hand experience of the amazing Odour Eliminator, as our cats used the cupboard under the stairs as a latrine while we were on holiday – nice.  I’ve cleaned it all without using chemicals, and there is no cat pee smell – amazing.

I haven’t come across anything that I can’t clean chemical-free.

Still have your doubts?  Get in touch if you have any questions!

Be healthy!

C_14Caroline xxx

caroline@flourishwellness.co.uk

5 reasons to be eco-friendly (apart from saving the planet)

I have always been aware of my impact on the environment and have tried to minimise it, but it’s all too easy to become complacent – to get caught up in consumerism and to find excuses for our poor choices.

Being eco-friendly can seem like and up-hill battle – remembering our reusable shopping bags, rinsing out the cans for recycling, car sharing and spending money on more sustainable choices.

Plus, it’s easy to turn a blind eye to the impacts of our daily decisions, particularly if there is no immediate personal cost. We don’t see the result of our activities – “out of sight out of mind”.

 So, apart from saving the environment, is it worth the time and the effort to be eco-friendly?   In my opinion? YES.

5 reasons to be eco-friendly (apart from saving the environment): 

  1. Save money: You can slowly but surely save a considerable amount of money by making sensible eco-friendly changes. Simply turning off electrical appliances when not in use, turning the tap off while your brushing your teeth and putting lids on saucepans while you’re cooking will all save you money. Further to those energy and money saving tips, making sustainable choices daily will also save you money, for example investing in LED bulbs, buying second hand furniture, starting a vegetable patch.
  2. Reduce chemical exposure: Exposure to chemicals is thought to be contributing to the rise in Cancer prevalence, endocrine disorders and fertility problems. Many chemicals used routinely in homes, like those in cleaning products, haven’t been safety tested (see REACH) – so their effects on our health are unknown. Replacing my cosmetics and cleaning products with natural, more eco-friendly, choices was a big factor in my recovery from CFS. Here are the chemical-free products I use now.
  3. Get moving: Choosing to walk or ride a bike rather than getting in your car will increase your incidental physical activity and have a positive impact on your health!
  4. Help your local economy: Buying local food and produce supports independent farmers and small businesses while reducing your carbon footprint and connecting you with your community.
  5. Boost your health: Eating fresh, wholesome, local and seasonal foods will keep you connected with your environment while providing you with the best nourishment – no need for all that processed, additive-riddled food from the supermarket!

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Making a Change

It’s hard to make changes, and it’s even harder to be the exception – to battle consumerism! But it is worth it and it is possible to make a significant difference with just a few small changes.

Start small and set yourself 2 -3 changes/goals and actions to implement this week. For example:

Goal 1. To take shopping bags to the supermarket. Action strategy: Leave some bags in the boot of your car.

Goal 2. To turn off electrical appliances at night. Action strategy: Walk through each room before bed and shut down every electrical item.

What ONE eco-friendly change are you going to make this week?

Ask me about NORWEX“Radically reducing chemicals in our home”. Eco-friendly cleaning products to reduce plastic and chemical use. 

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