Living chemical-free is such an important part of our lives for so many reasons, including our bodies, our health and our Earth. When we first consider reducing our Environmental footprint and to live a more Sustainable life we also think about how this translates into all aspects of our lives including how to sustain our own health and the lifestyle that we live.
By reducing the amount of chemicals we use we are not only helping the environment, we are also making an enormous difference to our health and well-being. It is becoming more publicly known, and discussed, that the constant exposure to the array of chemicals and toxins, in common household and beauty products can be detrimental to our wellness. Health issues such as Autoimmune conditions, Skin conditions, Food Allergies, and Hormonal Disruptions could actually be attributed to our exposure to such chemical and environmental toxins.
Knowing the importance of chemical free and low-tox lifestyle is one thing, making the transition and implementing it in Real life, Real world scenario is another. My advice is to not try to tackle every element all at once, instead choose an area of the house, and or lifestyle to focus on consciously each week or month – examine the products you use, and slowly swap them out, until you find yourself completely transitioned. This method will help you to implement a Low-Tox, Chemical free lifestyle more sustainably, whilst also creating long term habits and improving your awareness and understanding of the products that you Allow into your sacred space that is your Home, your Family and your Body.
Wondering where to Start?
Here’s a few ways to make a change to a Low Tox Chemical Free lifestyle;
- There are so many ways to clean your home using natural products like essential oils, bi-carb soda and vinegar or using chemical-free cleaning cloths. Bicarb soda with Lemon Myrtle essential oil and Tea Tree oil is a great natural antibacterial low tox cleaning product you can make yourself.
- Forget the fly sprays – try a fly swot. Works just as well and nothing to breath in and damage your lungs. Even the kids like to use these!
- Bin the Air fresheners (the automatic spray one’s are terrible !!) Instead, try using Eucalyptus Oil in a water sprayer. It also works as a disinfectant and is a lot cheaper than spray air fresheners.
- Most of the foods we buy have been sprayed with nasty chemicals during growing and before and after storage and transportation.To limit the chemicals we consume try to buy organic and locally grown food.
- Where possible grow your own, especially the foods you use the most. Edible herbs are easily grown on bench tops or window sills and require little space and/or effort.
- Ditch the preservatives and additives. Start looking at the packaged foods you buy – if it contains a lot of numbers and names of ingredients you don’t recognise as ‘real food ingredients’ then place it back, and start making those packaged foods at home.
- Our skin is our body’s largest organ, yet we cover it and fill it with toxic substances on a daily basis. This can’t be sustainable for our internal systems. Many health problems and diseases are the effects of too many synthetic and chemical products put on or into our bodies. Thankfully there are many natural alternatives available on the market now.
- To begin, I found switching to ethically produced and not tested on animals as being Non negotiable factors in determining what products I purchased as these products generally contain less toxins and harmful chemicals, labeling laws require products to identify if it is cruelty free.
- Natural Coconut oil is an amazing body moisturiser, and also insect repellent! It contains Fatty acids that support skin cell health and is also naturally anti-microbial! And a bonus, if you use straight coconut oil, it contains no nasty chemicals.
Written by HL Coach – Kirsty-Amber Stewart, Holistic Health & Nutrition