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6 Toxins to Wipe Out from Your Life

6 Toxins to Wipe Out from Your Life

A number of daily use items stacked on store shelves call out to us with their beautiful packaging and attractive promises—”24-hour freshness,” “incredibly clean” and such. But scratch the surface, and some scary facts emerge.

Room fresheners: as most of us know by know, room fresheners can be chemical-laden and toxic. To keep your room smelling fresh, create your own potpourri, with dried herbs and essential oil. The way to make it is explained quite nicely here.

Laundry fresheners: Beware of the word ‘fragrance.’ It sure sounds inviting, but those jasmine and lavender scented laundry detergents and dryer sheets can be loaded with chemicals that can cause skin problems to  reproductive dysfunction.

Permanent-press cotton sheets: Use untreated cotton sheets in the bedroom: the permanent press cotton-polyester ones may seem more convenient but release chemicals that can irritate the throat and eyes.

‘Regular’ apples and peaches: these are among the most contaminated produce, and by paying a little extra for organic ones, you can cut down on upto 80% fewer pesticides entering your body.

Mothballs: the insecticides in them  have been linked to health problems, including cancer-causing agents. Cedar chips are known to be a safe alternative to them. Make a sachet of these chips, adding a little lavender essential oil, to keep clothese free of damage from months.

Perfume and colognes: packaged in alluring bottles and heady in their scent, perfumes and colognes often contain hundreds of synthetic compounds that have been linked to skin problems, reproductive issues and other disorders. Pure plant essential oils, mixed with organic carrier oil, are a wonderful alternative.

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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4:52AM PST on Nov 4, 2013

Healthy diet and way of living

12:51PM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Thanks!

5:18PM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

Thanks

9:55PM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Thanks for posting

1:15AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

excellent post - thanks

8:51AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Thanks.

7:30PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Does body sprays count too? :-(

2:59AM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Good to know

9:46PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Thank you

7:55PM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Why would anyone *ever* try to mask naturally-occurring odors with chemical concoctions made in the lab of a corporation that only wants my money?

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