We’re becoming more accustomed to reading the ingredient labels on our foods to avoid things like partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose, but what about your other household products? The ingredient labels on everything from beauty care products to cleaners can be just as scary. The chemicals in these products can be harmful to our bodies, our families, our belongings, and our environment. By learning to make your own products using simple everyday items you can minimize the amount of exposure you and your family have to these chemical. This also means dealing with fewer side effects which can be anything from residue buildup on your hair and skin to chemical and hormonal changes in our bodies that have been linked to a variety of diseases and disorders.
Making your own household products also minimizes environmental waste by eliminating the need to by a new container each time you run out of something. You can buy a few household staples in bulk, and refill old bottles as you make new batches. This can also be very cost effective! For example:"
With these 3 products, you can make a wide variety of self- and home-care items! For some simple ways to use these ingredients that will save you money and reduce your exposure to chemicals, check out the December issue of the Peak Wellness newsletter, "The Wellness Word."
I teach, write, and talk a lot about wellness and try to live as an example. But the truth is that we all live in the real world where making healthy choices is not easy. Implementing changes into real life is hard. This blog is a compilation of recipes, tips, and tools to help incorporate wellness into daily life. Some come from my own personal wellness journey while others have been shared by clients, friends, and family. We're all learning together so please share your own tips as well!