Chemical free home, Essential Oils, Plug-ins, smell good home, stink

Why plug-ins [and other store bought air fresheners] STINK!!!

Okay so modern day air fresheners don’t LITERALLY stink, BUT have you ever thought about what chemicals you and your family are ingesting daily by continuing to use these in your homes?? What are all of those aerosol sprays, electric plug-ins, oil diffusers, and even scented candles doing for your health [and your family’s health]?

Let me start by saying it was EXTREMELY hard for me to give up my plug-in addiction. I had them in every room of the house, and they were ALWAYS filled! The amount of money I have spent on plug-ins and other types of air fresheners would probably give my husband a heart attack. [This was my gain plug-in addiction, which turned into a bath and body works plug in addiction, which lead to a scentsy burner addiction]. I know it seems harmless because these products SMELL GOOD, and who doesn’t want their home [or car, classroom, office] to smell GOOD when you walk into it? But I started getting headaches, and the smells were getting stronger and stronger. One day I walked in from work and instead of being hit by the fresh smell of laundry, I was bombarded with another headache.

I started doing my own research and once I realized what chemicals were in the air fresheners I realized, not only am I breathing in these chemicals But so is my family. No wonder I was getting constant headaches!! [frantic mom showed up and began to panic- have i shortened our lives 10 years?? omg will we all get cancer, what have I done???]

**Today if [frantic mom] shows up i just apply some STRESS AWAY or PEACE & CALMING, but this was pre-essential oils [remember i was in the midst of my plug-in addiction when frantic mom showed up!]**

Okay, so let’s talk about these chemicals. I’m not a scientist, this is my own personal research and I am going to explain it very simply and basic. So, I will break it down to 5 of the most harmful chemicals that almost all modern day air fresheners contain:

  1. Volatile Organic Compounds– [also known as VOCs] these include but are not limited to: ACETONE, ETHANOL, D-LIMONENE, PINENE, and ACETATE. Depending on the amount of exposure and the way your body reacts, VOCs can cause side effects including eye, nose, and throat irritation, nausea, HEADACHES!!! Long term exposure to these chemicals can even damage your liver, kidney, and central nervous system.
  2. Formaldehyde – Most of us are familiar with formaldehyde, or have at least heard the word used. It as a colorless, poisonous, irritating gas that with long term exposure can have side effects such as, sore throat , cough, scratchy eyes, and nosebleeds.
  3. Phthalates – Again, most of us know that these are bad having been linked to early puberty, autism, obesity, and birth defects.  It is important that you know it will not say [phthalate], it will say [fragrance] or [parfum.]
  4. 1,4 dichlorobenzene – this is another toxic chemical, its vapors can affect respiratory function and lung capacity.
  5. Allergens – Air fresheners are also known to contain allergens that can trigger asthma attacks and other allergies.

**There is much more information about these chemicals out there, but not many of us moms have time to sit and do the research [or sit and write about each chemical in detail], so I simplified it. If this isn’t convincing enough for you, i would urge you to continue to research the harmful chemicals that make up these modern day air fresheners and how continued use can be harmful to our health.**

Continue to follow my blog to find out what I replaced my [plug-in addiction] with and how it has benefited my family !

I’m ready to start my essential oil journey


Chemical free home, Essential Oils

I wasn’t always a green momma … And by [green] I mean [sort of green]..

Let me start by saying if you are 100% holistic and green in everything that you do , then this might not be the blog for you. This is simply my adventure! I want to share my story and maybe even enlighten a few people along the way ! 

With that being said I can now give you some background . I believe the best place to start would be the day I had to decide what was most important to my family and what we could leave behind . This was the great Flood of 2016.

Yes our home flooded , yes we lived in a one man travel trailor for 3 months , and yes it changed my life . This blog is not about the flood and I will spare all of you the details , but what I WILL share with you is the flood gave me and my family a chance to start over – in a more holistic way . I had been using Young Living Essential Oils about a year before we flooded and had seen the benefits , but honestly the thought of replacing everything I own and changing the way we do things – well let’s be honest , what mom has time for that???

 [Sidenote: it’s easier than it looks, and it doesn’t have to be done ALL at one time !!]

Anyway, when we finally began to rebuild our home and move back in, I made the decision to make a change . I wanted a chemical free home, I wanted healthy immune systems, I wanted to raise happy minds and healthy bodies – I mean , what mom doesn’t want these things ??

This is where my story will begin . I started by throwing out every plug-in I had ever purchased , and every chemical that went with those plug-ins! I have a serious addiction to things that smell good , and I want it to smell good when I walk into my house. Seriously , have you ever walked into someone’s house and it smells like dog, or mildew, or old feet ?! That’s a fear of mine…

But seriously, I realized my family is inhaling all of these harmful chemicals that these plug-ins and air fresheners put off ! These aromas may smell nice , but what are they doing to our bodies ….Or our babies bodies?! First step was replacing the plug-ins with my Young Living essential oil diffusers . The benefits of diffusing essential oils are endless and benefit the whole family, as well as clean the air we breathe. Instead of breathing in harmful chemicals my family is benefiting from the oils I diffuse and my house always smells amazing so that’s definitely a plus !!

This week I want to share more about these harmful chemicals and share with y’all the greener, healthier options to keep your house smelling good ! By the end of the week you will see why I replaced all of mine and you might even want to replace yours ! Hey if you can take out even just ONE harmful chemical in your home , I call that a win for sure !

I’m ready to start my own Essential Oil journey!!!