Raw Chocolate- Turkish Delight

I absolutely love Chocolate. Even more I love the process of making it myself. Knowing what goes into the final product is important for me too. Chocolate can be highly nourishing with lots of naturally occurring minerals.

Making chocolate is super easy if you have a thermomix. You can easily weigh all the ingredients, control the temperature, mix and stir and get an amazing final product that is glossy and just delicious. No thermomix? Don’t worry you simply need a saucepan with a glass bowl and you can make it this way too.

One of my favourite combinations is Turkish delight. As a child I remember eating soft gelatinous pieces of very sweet Turkish delight as a treat from specialty delicatessens. These days I use one of my not so secret ingredients to get the Turkish delight flavour, Geranium essential oil from Young Living that is FSANZ approved. This is exactly what some Chocolate companies use to flavour their chocolate and you can do this in your very own kitchen.

Ingredients

180g Cacao Butter ( buttons)
50-60g Raw cacao powder
80g maple Syrup
Pinch salt
1-2 drops Geranium Essential Oil from Young Living
1/2 – 1 cup chopped dried figs

Stovetop method

Put glass bowl over saucepan of simmering water
add 140g cacao butter buttons and melt.
remove from heat and stir through remaining cacao until melted
add cacao powder and maple syrup
mix until all combined
add essential oil and figs and mix.
Pour onto lined baking sheet or moulds and set in the fridge

Thermomix method

Add cacao butter to Thermomix, speed 8, 10sec
Scrape bowl and melt 15mins 37 degrees speed 2 (scrape bowl down half way)
Add maple syrup, cacao powder and pinch salt
Mix 5 min 37 degrees speed 2
Mix 5sec speed 5 .
Add Geranium essential oil and mix 3 sec speed 3
Finally stir through chopped figs

Pour onto a lined baking sheet or silicon mould and set in fridge

I like to pour onto a sheet and then chop into bite sized pieces

Adding pistachios, rose petals and/or freeze dried raspberries takes this recipe to the next level.

I like to buy my whole ingredients from The Source Bulk Foods. You can buy exactly what you need by weight.

Sometimes we simply want all the flavour without the hassle. You can also use 200g of good quality dark chocolate and get a great result. Simply melt the chocolate before adding the figs and essential oil. My chocolate of choice for this would be Green and Blacks 70% Organic dark chocolate

To get the Geranium Essential Oil, go straight to Young Living To simply get started I recommend  the basic culinary kit (AUD$69- you will find it under specialty kits) that includes food standard oils of lemon and orange in addition to my favourite relaxation perfume blend Stress away. Then you can simply add Geranium to your order! Once you are done send me a quick email or message through the blog and I will email you a copy of my complete chocolate workshop! Then you can start more delicous combinations, think Orange and almond and Rocky road like the picture below. You will be whipping up these amazing treats in no time.

A note on the essential Oils. They are potent and I always recommend using 1 drop initially, 2 might be too strong for you.

Hope you love this recipe!!

Belinda xx


Increasing productivity with essential Oils

Our workplaces can be hives of productivity or a place of negativity. Let’s face it we all want the former whether you are a business owner or worker or both. Everyone wants to feel good and being in a stuffy workplace is not conducive to an efficient and enjoyable atmosphere.

Australians spend on average 90% of their time indoors. I was recently reading about an article where Japanese company Takasago scented their building to see the effect it has on their workers. They found that those who work with computers made 54% fewer typing errors when the workplace was scented with lemon, 33% fewer errors when they smelled jasmine, and 20% fewer mistakes with lavender in the air.

It is important to note that using artificial fragrance to scent your workplace has health risks due to the use of Phthalates which acts as a binder and makes the smell last for a long period of time. Not the mention the other questionable ingredients used in them. There have been numerous studies showing the link between phthalate exposure and the increased risk of developing wheeze, asthma and allergy.

So let’s keep it simple. Ventilate your space with fresh air when you can. Ditch your synthetic air fresheners as they are increasing your exposure to pollutants.

Improve your indoor air quality by setting up a diffuser and use pure essential Oils. I find it fascinating that there are more and more studies being done and show that they have the ability to reduce air borne fungi with Lemon being one of them.

It is important to use Pure essential oils. Ask questions where you buy them from. Does the company produce them, test them, farm sustainably, provide full transparency to their processes?? The last thing you want to to buy essential oils that are adulterated!

The thing I love about using essential oils is you are bringing the scent off plants inside and they smell amazing and really can make you feel good.

Who knows what will happen hen you try this blend. Maybe you too will have fewer errors at your desk! What you will have is peace of mind and did I mention an amazing smell.. yep I think I covered thatfullsizeoutput_1ad3

Pop 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil , 2 Lemon Essential Oil and 1 of Jasmine Essential oil in your diffuser and enjoy your day.

Don’t have essential oils? order yours here

Lemon and Lavender are included in Young Living’s popular premium starter kit that includes 11 Essential oils and a diffuser. It is a great place to start.

 

Enjoy Belinda X

 

 

 


Misting Sprays

Over the weekend I was reading the weekend paper and came across Misting sprays that were very expensive! $40 for a single bottle of spray seemed a little ridiculous to me.

This is something that you can very easily make your self and then re-fill your bottle when it runs out. Using a few different combinations you can achieve a spray for different effects. Grab your essential oils and make your own. You can use my suggestions or make your own. You will make beautiful smelling sprays, you won’t add to the throw away culture of more and more products. You won’t fill your indoor airspace with harmful ingredients.

 

 

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Morning Glory

This is a great refreshing uplifting aroma perfect for your living space or bathroom. Bergamot has been used for a long time in the perfume industry for it’s feel good effect. You will love it in this combination with the happy sweet scent of tangerine and refreshing spearmint.

  • 100ml spray Bottle
  • 5 drops Tangerine
  • 5 drops of Spearmint
  • 5 drops of Bergamot
  • 1 tsp vodka or fine salt
  • cooled boiled water

Add Vodka or salt to your 100ml spray bottle. Add your essential oils. Swirl to combine and top with water.

Now let’s break down the cost of making this spray

  • Spray bottle $2.30. I buy mine here
  • Tangerine $0.09/drop =$0.45
  • Spearmint $0.18/drop = $0.90
  • Bergamot $0.15/drop =$0.75
  • Vodka 1 tsp $0.28 ( based on a 700ml bottle)

Total cost $5.20!

 

Sweet Dreams

Creating a calming environment can be an effective tool in assisting a good nights sleep. I don’t think anyone would argue with you how good you feel after a good night’s sleep. This combination is great as a pillow mist or room spray before bed for adults and children alike.

  • 100ml Spray Bottle
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Vetiver
  • 5 Drops Cedarwood
  • 1 tsp vodka or fine salt
  • cooled boiled water

Add vodka or salt to your 100ml Bottle. Add your essential oils. Swirl to combine and top with water. Spray down pillows, bedding and curtains before sleeping. Sweet dreams.

lets break down the cost again

  • 100ml Spray Bottle $2.30
  • Lavender $0.13/drop = $0.65
  • Vetiver $0.35/drop = $1.75
  • Cedarwood $0.06/drop = $0.31
  • vodka 1 tsp $0.28

Total cost $5.29

Make these for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Essential oils are awesome. If you are yet to start your own collection, jump over to my Essential oils page and pick a starter kit to suit your needs.

 

Belinda x


Seedlings Baby Range

 

Parents make hundreds of decisions about the health and happiness of their families. When young Living formulated the Seedlings range, they wanted to take the worry out of what might be in the lotions and soaps used on their babies skin.

The soothing, plant-based formulas use infant-safe essential oils and are free from harmful ingredients to help you gently comfort and care for your little one. With essential oil-infused products made by experts and diluted to a strength safe for your baby, Seedlings leaves you with peace of mind and your baby feeling snug and secure.

Features and benefits

  • Non-Greasy
  • Dermatologist Tested
  • Formulated without harsh chemicals
  • Worry Free

 

 

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Choose Kindness

Last week I went to the Cinema to see Wonder. A fabuous Movie based on a book by R.J Palacio. This book is all about bullying of a young Boy who was born with facial deformities. I read the book prior to the Movie and thought it was a good thing to do on a hot day in the school holidays. I also thought it would be good for my children to see the Movie and to then discuss the themes in the Movie. What I did not anticipate was how I was going to feel watching it.

My biggest fear as a parent is that one of my children would be a Bully. No parent wants that or for their own child to be on the receiving end. When I was 11 in year 6 at primary school, I was at a sleep over at what I thought were my friends house for a birthday party. I can’t write down what these grils did to me here as that is too confrontational but least to say my heart sunk that someone could be so mean and violting to someone else at such a young age. I did not tell anyone because I was scared of what they would do to me and I was embarassed to be on the receiving end. It was such a blow to my confidence. I wanted to ask the parent to call my mum and go home but I did not want to make a scene or act that it had offended me. To this day I still wonder what in the world could posess someone to be so mean to another. Why me?

As I sat in the movie theatre watching this Movie, it really highlighted for me that there needs to more more awareness of bullying. Parents need to step up, schools need to be consistent and not wash it over because it is not ok. As for workplaces, like a family behaviour is learnt from that which is modelled to them. The behaviour of those in management or seniour roles will be reflected through the whole organisation.

For many years I was fearful of these girls. I went to high school and did not continue schooling with many of these girls and for years struggled with being accepted and being good enough. But now I know that what they did was more about them than me. I hope they have found happiness.

Random Act of Kindness day was mentioned on my morning run last week. This is promoted at different times in different countries and I can’t help but notice the similarity in the letters to RUOK? What if we were all kind every day, would we even need the RUOK day? Life is hard and not everyone can be a captain of a team or win a prize and life should not be about that. Life is about meaningful relationships and connection.

Choose your words wisely. A saying I share with my children often is ‘quick to think and slow to anger’. Most arguements and disagreements I believe are often the result of poor communication and assumptions. If you have not heard the saying don’t assume- you will make as ass out of you and me, remind yourself of this one.

We are all good enough. Christmas is often a time of reflection and this year I have done a lot of reflecting before hand. Life is a journey, love your family and learn to listen because that truly is the way to better communication.

Choose Kindness and have a Merry Christmas

Belinda x


Home Made Lip Balms

A hand bag essential, lip balms keep your lip soft. A little while ago I checked out the ingredients in a store bought version and here is what I found

  • Oxybenzone- derived from petroleum is a UV absorber, associated with endocrine disruption, produces damaging reactive oxygen species upon exposure to sunlight
  • Mentyl Anthranilate- synthetic UV absorber not assessed for safety in cosmetics. produces damaging reative oxygen species upone exposure to sunlight
  • Fragrance- synthetic scent which contains phthalates
  • parabens- synthetic preservatives- suspected endocrine disruption, contact dermatitis and skin irritation in some people

(source: Info from the Chemical maze App)

I am not happy about any of these ingredients going on my lips or my families for that matter. Here is the good news. It is really easy to make your own and the recipes are good enough to eat. Chances are you will already have some of these ingredients in your pantry. Here are a couple of recipes and places I have sourced my ingredients from. These recipes are great for nourishing your lips and are quick to make.

Choc Mint Lip Balms ( approx 18 tubes)

  • 15 g beeswax
  • 15g Shea Butter
  • 15g Cacao Butter
  • 15g Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp cacao Powder ( or more)
  • 18 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Melt beeswax, coconut oil and butters in a glass pyrex dish over a pot of simmering water. Once melted, remove from heat and stir through Cacao Powder and Peppermint Essential oil. Use syringe to fill lip tubes and set in the fridge.

Lavender Lip balms ( approx 18 tubes)

  • 20g Shea butter
  • 20g avocado Oil
  • 20g Beeswax
  • 15 drops lavender oil

Melt beeswax, butter and oil together in pyrex dish. Remove from heat and stir in lavender Essential oil. Syringe into tubes and set in the fridge

Tips

  • Use a ramekin to stand your lip tubes in
  • pick up a syringe from your local pharmacy
  • decorate your lip tubes with washi tape
  • work fast before the lip balm sets. You can always re-melt
  • make sure lip tubes are wound down fully before filling

Supplies

  • Lip Tubes you will find online. I purchased mine from Aussie candle supplies
  • Butters and Beeswax try Biome
  • Oils from your local supermarket
  • Essential Oils from Young Living. Get started here with a Premium Starter kit (Lavender and Peppermint are in this popular kit)
  • Cacao pwder and other great wholefoods from The wholefood collective

Foaming Hand Soap

I make my own foaming hand soap and it is really easy ! Simply buy a bottle to re-use over and over again or re-purpose on old foaming pump bottle.  In my low tox journey I have been looking at ingredients and trying to avoid

  • skin irritants- think SLS
  • endocrine disruptors-triclosan- an anti-bacterial agent ( banned in the US but not in Australia for personal use), synthetic fragrance i.e phthalates, parfum
  • cheap preservatives- parabens, also a known endocrine disruptor which have other health concerns too.

With just a few ingredients you can make your own

 

Foaming Hand Soap
Here is what you will need

  • Dr Bronne’s Castille Soap- I buy mine at Nourished life
  • Water
  • Essential Oils of Choice- I like Thieves or Purification, from Young Living
  • Olive or Almond oil
  • Foaming hand soap container: try here,  or here (pictured)

Fill soap pump 1/4 full with Castille Soap.

Add 1 tsp Olive or v6 (this is optional but provides great moisturing). Next add essential oils- for 250mls I use 10-15 drops. Swirl to combine.

Top with water leaving enough room at the top to attach the pump. If you like a thick lather increase the amount of castille soap.

This is seriously easy, will take you less than 5 minutes and you can even teach your kids to do it and better still they won’t be using toxins on their skin!

If DIY is not your thing, Thieves Foaming hand soap is ready to go smells delicious and will nourish your hands without the toxins. It can be purchased from Young Living as part of the Healthy Home Premium Starter Kit here


If you want to learn more about what is in your products I recommend the Chemical Maze app. You can buy the book or download the App.
Interested in the Healthy Home Premium Starter Kit and would like some more information, please send your inquiry below


Inspiring teens to make Better Choices

Last weekend I had the privilege of sharing with a group of teenagers how to make some essential oil Rollers/ real perfume and some infused Bath salts. I know that teenage girls love the beautiful scents that come in body products, I was one once. The aromas can make you feel good and boost your mood, thank you our amazing olfactory system!!

As a medical household we receive the Australian Medical Association magazine VicDoc. I was reading it the other day (October/November 2017) and came across an article ‘Endocrine disrupting chemicals and fertility’ I was so excited to find this! Now you might be thinking I don’t plan on having kids for awhile or I am done with kids or maybe you never plan to have them at all BUT these EDC’s can interfere with the body’s normal functioning in both men and women. This effects everyone! Finally this was being published in a medical magazine.

In regards to fertility EDC’s can have negative affects by mimicking and/or blocking oestrogen and testosterone. This can cause changes in hormone levels, decreased sperm and egg quality and damage to sperm DNA, increase risk of miscarriage and early menopause.

It is becoming more and more evident that Endocrine Dusrupting Chemicals (EDC’s) are damaging our bodies and can also accumulate and be passed onto the next generation. As there are many  EDC’s in every day products sometimes it is helpful to be armed with some info to help you sort though your cupboard and replace with better choices.

EDC’s can be found everywhere and it is hard to eliminate them but you can REDUCE your exposure. They can be found in air, soil, water and man-made products. Here are some EDC’s

  • Bisphenols (BPA/BPS/BPF)
  • Phthalates
  • Parabens
  • Pesticides, herbices amd insecticides
  • Heavy metals

Ok so you might look at that list and go where do I start. If you can choose organic food and/or produce from spray free farms. Phthalates make plastic flexible (opt for glass or stainless steel containers and drink bottles if possible) and amoung other things are found in synthetic fragrance. In synthetic fragrance, phthalates act as a solvent to make the scent last. As reported in the Syndey Morning Herald, there are increasing concerns on the use of synthetic fragrance due to the fact that it is a self regulated industry and you don’t actually know what is in it! Parabens are used as a preservative in personal care products, anti-bacterial products and cosmetics.

Essential Oils are pure plants ectracts which can be used in personal care products without the need for synthetics. They will lift your mood, promote relaxation and a quiet mind and lots of other great feelings. They smell great and your teens will LOVE them. Here are a few recipes that I know you will love and can use with your teenagers. A little bit of Essential oil goes a long way. Young Living oils are super concentrated and you don’t need much. If you don’t have Essential Oils yet, you are truly missing out!

Infused Bath Salts

Super easy. Mix  1 cup Epsom and 1 cup Himalayan salts with 1 cup bi- carb soda. Add 10 drops Stress-Away essential oils. Mix well. Store in a glass jar. Run a bath and soak. Great way to relax, wind down, increase your absorption of minerals (84 in the Himalayan salts) and magnesium.

Focus Roller

Rather than using s stimulant that can have negative affects on your body try this recipe. In a 10ml Roller, add 2 drops of Lemon, 2 drops Rosemary and 2 drops Lemon and top with fractionated coconut oil or Young Living v6 As I explained to the girls this is your study buddy or your homework helper. Apply to pulse points

Calm Roller

In a 10ml Roller bottle add 3 drops Lavender and 3 drops of Orange and top with fractionated coconut oil or v6. This is a great way to inspire feelings of calm and bright and smell great at the same time. Apply to pulse points

Lastly I can not forget to mention make-up! This is one thing that women have used for centuries to enhance their natural features, which is exactly what I believe make-up should be. When your daughter has her ballet performance, debutante ball or just wants to cover a few blemishes and enhance her appearance choose Savvy Minerals. Free from harmful ingredients, it won’t clog your pores and there are no endocrine disrupting synthetic fragrances. Savvy Minerals is exactly that a mineral based make-up range using mineral pigments. Stunning colours, beautiful brushes and lipsticks and lip glosses to die for! Read about savvy Minerals here

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Let’s inspire teens to be the change, make great choices. All it takes is a little bit of education and awareness. Interested in running a workshop for teens? contact me directly to see how we can work together, Belinda

Links

https://www.blants.com.au/

http://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/endocrine-disrupting-chemicals

http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/the-serious-health-issues-linked-to-chemicals-that-give-products-fragrance-20170118-gttrua.html

https://www.youngliving.com/en_AU

https://yourfertility.org.au/

https://belindaforsyth.com/resources/

 

 

 


Homemade Granola

For some time I have been experimenting with making my own granola. Since ditching cereal out of a box, I wanted an alternative breakfast cereal that tasted delicious and was whole food based.

Making your own is easier than you think

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Oats (quinoa flakes for gluten free)
  • 1 cup Almonds chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup Cashews or any other nut of choice chopped
  • 2 cups Flaked coconut
  • 1 cup Currents
  • 1 cup Ningxia Wolfberries
  • 1/4- 1/3 cup Coconut oil (melted)
  • 1-2 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

Wholefood Collective has bulk wholefoods at great prices! (aff link)

Method

In a bowl combine oats, coconut, nuts, seeds.

Drizzle dry ingredients with coconut oil and roast on trays for 60mins at 120 degrees. A long slow roast will produce lovely crispy granola.

Once done return granola in mixing bowl add cinnamon bark essential oil and dried fruit. Mix well. Cool and store in glass jars.

For a plain granola omit the coconut oil and add dried fruit and you are done!

Store in Glass jars in the pantry and enjoy with your preferred milk and yoghurt.

This is a large batch and lasts our family of 5 at least a week. The great thing is that you can adjust the ingredients to your liking. Pecans and 1/2 tsp vanilla powder make a great addition too. It would however make a lovely gift!

Note

Ningxia Wolfberries (Lycium barbarum)

The wolfberries sourced for NingXia Red hail from the Ningxia province in Northern China. This superfruit has one of the highest percentages of fiber of any whole food and contains zeaxanthin—a carotenoid important to maintaining healthy vision. It also contains polysaccharides, amino acids, and symbiotic vitamin mineral pairs that when present together promote optimum internal absorption.1

There are a number of studies 2, 3 demonstrating the positive effects of the Ningxia wolfberry. Delaying optic nerve degeneration and reducing ischaemic brain injury by maintaining mitochondrial balance both confirm the long standing thought of the people from the Ninxia province in China for supporting our health

Young Living also produce a Ningxia infused drink Ningxia red, that is not only delicious but a easy method for the whole family to enjoy. A 60ml daily dose for adults and 30ml for children to provide an array of health promoting anti-oxidants.

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil a registered culinary oil. It is important you only use a very small amount as it is strong. 1-2drops are plenty. It has a delicous flavour and aroma when added to dishes. It should always be added at the end of cooking. For more great ideas using Essential oils in your cooking visit Young Living blog for a fabulous apple cinnamon chip recipe and Flavour of Joy website and follow Chef kate McAloon use these delicous oils in her recipes.

 

Get started with Young Living with a Culinary Essential Oil starter kit (basic $69 premium $244)  here

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Sources

  1. http://ningxiared.com/benefits/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28807155
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28808422

Is your cleaning causing more harm than good?

How many times have you started coughing when cleaning the bathroom or simply opening the laundry detergent? Does walking down the cleaning aisle of the supermarket smell really strong to you and cause you discomfort? Well when you discover what is in these products it can be a little alarming.

I recently had a chat with Alison Palmer form Health Connection Ballarat, you can listen to the podcast here

In Australia ingredients in cleaning products do not have to be listed on the label. You can ask for a material data safety sheet, which you may be able to find online, but even then it will only include what the toxic ones are according to the Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA). (source) You don’t have to look too far to see ‘ warning’, and ‘poison’ signs on the back of many products sold on the supermarket shelves in Australia.

Kidasfe Victoria report that the major cause of injury and hospital admission is unintentional poisoning, including cleaning products, bleach, cosmetics and more (source)

Ingredients in cleaning and also some personal care products that are potentially damaging to your health include

Sodium Hypochlorite otherwise known as bleach can cause iritation in the eyes, mouth, lungs and skin. Bleach is also very reactive with ammonia and other acids. Bleach is used in many bathroom cleaners that comes with some serious health effects. A study looking at the exposure of school age children demonstrated that passive exposure of bleach cleaning can increase the risk of respiratory and other infections. (source)

Triclosan (in anti-bacterial soaps, detergents and toothpaste) is an anti-bacterial that has now been banned in the US for domestic use. Triclosan accumulates in fat and can build up over time and has suggested that is can disrupt the thyroid hormones. (source) Triclosan  has been reported to decrease oocyte  and embryo quality source, making it a damaging agent to reproductive health.

The Florence statement is a consensus of 200 scientists and medical professionals who have concluded based one extensive research that Triclosan and triclocarban are environmentally persistent endocrine disruptors that biaccumulate and are toxic to aquatic and other organisms. source THe FDA in America has stated that anti-bacterial soaps are no more effective than using plain soap and water (source)

Phthalates A widely used group of chemicals that can interfere with hormones in the body, posing risks to reproductive and thyroid systems. Not only are these a contaminant in humans but are also widespread in the environment and wildlife as well ( source )

Phthalates are most commonly found in cosmetics and body care products. The most common use is as an ingredient in ‘fragrance’ The Phthalate acts as a solvent to synthetic fragrances allowing them to bind together and last for a long time. Many cleaners and most importantly laundry detergents and fabric softeners will have fragrance included in them. Don’t really fancy having that around my kids!

Sodium Hydroxide– a corrosive alkali- found in oven cleaners. It can irritate the skin, cause  respiratory problems and has concerns for vision (source)

Butoxyethanol (2-BE) used in cleaning products and surface cleaners, floor strippers, window cleaners, spot cleaners. Is a scheduled poison! Exposure by inhalation, swallowing or direct contact can cause, headaches, irritation to the eyes and nose, nausea and triedness (source)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate– a widely used inexpensive foaming substance in body wash, hand soap, toothpastes and soaps. May cause skin irritations. It has been recommended by the international journal of toxicology that concentration levels of no more than 1% in products with prolonged use, however cleaning products can have sls levels of between 10-20% (source)

Cleaning your home naturally can be a lot simpler and easier than buying multpile cleaning products from the supermarket. It just requires a new approach,  learning about what to use and when.

Bi-carb soda: a readily available powder that is useful in making scrubs, cleaners that need a little bit of extra scrubbing action

Vinegar- has high acidity allowing it to loosen mineral depposits and dissolve soap scum. great also for removing excess soap off washing when used in your rinse section of your washing machine. It is also great for softening the water too ( ditch the fabric softener!)

Essential Oils- add a  natural scent and allow you to clean naturally. My top picks are lemon ( refreshing), Tea tree, Thieves and Purification (odour eliminator) and Eucalyptus. Make you own air freshener using water, essential oils and a dash of witch hazel. Better still, you can use a cold water diffuser with essential oils to not only frangrance your home but purify the air too.

Castille Soap- I love Dr bronner’s and is the main base for my foaming hand soap that I use in my bathrooms.

Lemons- have a lemon tree? use a half cut lemon and some bi-carb to clean your sink or glass in your shower. Add half a lemon to your dishwasher for extra cleaning. Add 1/2- 1 cup of lemon juice to a load of washing for whiter whites.

Salt-I use this in my homemade washing powder. Great for removing stains

Thieves Household Cleaner– This is a plant concentrate that I literally use for my whole home. It is made of plant based ingredients and that is it. No synthetics, no fillers and it really does work. As it is a concentrate is is super cheap to use and cheaper than any other cleaner you will buy in the supermarket. Your bathroom will love it and so will your skin! Did I mention that is is safe for your children to use too? You can read more about how I use this cleaner here.

Overhauling your laundry products may be one of the best ways to reduce exposure to synthetic fragrances and other synthetic ingredients  (which are really hard to find out what they are as they are often not listed). Have a think about it, every time you wash clothes are potentially being exposed to synthetic ingredients and fragrances- especially if you use fabric softeners. Those clothes are then worn on your body all day.  You sleep for long periods of time in the sheets laundered in the washing powder too. You can try my recipe for home made here, or you can speak to me about using Thieves Laundry soap which I now use as it is excellent and lasts a really long time and let’s face it, I don’t always have time to make it!

Changes I have noticed since removing some of these toxic products

  1. No more worry about having unsafe things in my home!
  2. No coughing when I clean the bathrooms- infact the scent now smells invigorating. Essential oils will do that for you.
  3. Reduction in dry flaky skin
  4. No more bleeding gums- I now use a sls free toothpaste

There is so much more I could write about but that might be enough information for you to think about and make a few changes. Your awareness is the only thing in between you and the products you use.

Young Living Healthy Home Premium Starter kit might be just the thing you need to get started and ditch the toxic cleaners for good. Get started straight away, you won’t regret it. Young Living products come with a money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose. please chat to me for more details.

 

Belinda