SECRET, HARMFUL, TOXIC INGREDIENTS in cleaning products have been discovered by independent laboratory testing of common products from the USA big five companies “Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson and Son, and Sunshine Makers (Simple Green)!” Womens Voices for the Earth “found reproductive toxins, carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and allergens, and none of these chemicals were listed on the product label. Consumers deserve to know what chemicals they are being exposed to, so that they can easily avoid products that may cause allergic reactions or serious long-term health impacts like cancer, birth defects, or pregnancy complications.”
Womens Voices for the Earth (WVE) has started a legislative action to demand all companies list cleaning product ingredients on product labels. Please participate. This issue is important not only for YOU, but our children and grandkids. The site also has DIY recipes for non-toxic cleaners to make as helpful alternatives.
And WVE lists several fact sheets you may be interested in reading:
- Dirty Secrets Test Results
- Asthma and Respiratory Disorders
- Disinfectant Overkill Fact Sheet
- Household Cleaning Products: What Every Woman Should Know
- Hidden Hazards in the Nursery
- Reproductive Harm
- Room-by-Room Chart for Reducing Exposure
- What’s That Smell? Fact Sheet
- What You Can Do: 7 Simple Steps to Reduce Your Exposure
Laboratory Created Synthetic Molecules Have More Health Risks than Natural Molecules Found in Pure Unadulterated Essential Oils
As a Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist, I feel it’s important for our readers to know that several of the ‘allergen’ chemicals, also occur as natural molecules in therapeutic quality essential oils.
The IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE is these powerful molecules are modified (quenched) from most harmful effects (without losing effectiveness) by other molecules working together in synergistic harmony. Nature is WISE. For synthetic laboratory fragrance oils this is not true. There is nothing to buffer harsh effects. An excellent reason to rid your home of artificial fragrances & cleaning products! Choose all natural essential oils / healthy household cleaning products / all natural botanical perfumes from suppliers YOU trust.
Young Living Essential Oils carries a popular line of THIEVES Healthy Household Cleaning Products
(Read more at the link.) THIEVES therapeutic-quality essential oil blend contains: CLOVE (Syzygium aromaticum), LEMON (Citrus limon), CINNAMON (Cinnamomum verum), EUCALYPTUS radiata and ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol).
Young Living also offers many excellent Personal Care Products (shampoos & conditioners, toothpaste, hand soaps, bath gels and more) you may want to consider using for health and well-being. And if you like to use air fresheners in the bathroom and the kitchen, or to bolster your immune system, therapeutic-quality essential oils are THE best! I use the travel fan diffuser shown in the article illustration.
Here’s a run-down of the ALLERGEN molecules discussed in the laboratory findings:
CITRONELLOL ~ strongly Anti-bacterial, Anti-viral, Insecticidal.
*Found in these essential oils as primary constituents: CYPRESS (Cupressus sempervirens) / EUCALYPTUS citriodora / GERANIUM / LEMONGRASS / MELISSA / ROSE
COUMARIN ~ That wonderful cut green grass…green vegetable smell. Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-viral, Uplifting and Sedative (there are over 1000 different coumarin molecules / generally in very low concentrations in 100% pure essential oils).
*Found in these essential oils as primary constituents: ANGELICA / ANISE / BERGAMOT / GRAPEFRUIT / JASMINE absolute / LAVENDER / LEMON / LIME / MANDARIN / ORANGE / PETIGRAIN
CAUTION!! Furanocoumarins in ANGELICA, ANISE, most CITRUS, RUE EOs are phototoxic and may cause sunburn.
EUGENOL ~ Anti-bacterial, Antiseptic, Anti-viral, Insecticidal, Larvicidal, Anti-tumoral.
*Found in these essential oils as primary constituents: BASIL / CLOVE / CINNAMON / OREGANO / ROSE / YLANG YLANG
LIMONENE ~ Anti-bacterial, Antiseptic, Anti-viral, Insecticidal, Larvicidal, Anti-tumoral.
*Found in these essential oils as primary constituents: BALSAM FIR / all CITRUS (including BERGAMOT & PETITGRAIN) / CORIANDER / DILL / most EUCALYPTUS / FRANKINCENSE / GINGER / HELICHRYSUM / HYSSOP / JUNIPER / LAVENDER / LAVANDIN / MELALEUCA (Tea Tree) / MYRTLE / RAVENSARA / ROSE / ROSEMARY / SPEARMINT
LINALOOL~ Anti-viral, Sedative
*Found in these essential oils as primary constituents: BASIL / CINNAMON / CITRONELLA / CLARY SAGE /CORIANDER / EUCALYPTUS / HELICHRYSUM / LAVENDER / LAVANDIN / MARJORAM / MYRTLE / PALMAROSA / ROSALINA / ROSEWOOD / THYME / YLANG YLANG
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Aromatherapy for Health Professionals – Shirley & Len Price
Essential Oils for Physical Health & Well Being – Linda L. Smith