We all have our favorite commercial scents. Mine is Vanilla Bean Noel, which is everywhere this time of the year. So why don't we want our rooms to smell like that?
Well, unfortunately many of the chemicals in our plug-in and aerosol air fresheners are actually toxic. Many of them contain phthalates, which have been linked to a number of birth defects, abnormalities, and hormonal disorders. They can also cause trouble for people with asthma or other breathing conditions.
It can feel like it's impossible to get away from today's processed, chemical-laden world- so much so that it almost feels easier to turn a blind eye and give up, assuming that whatever happens is going to happen. But there ARE ways to improve your livelihood through small changes that you make for your own and your family's well-being. You don't have to turn your home upside down in an overnight attempt to make everything safe- just find one thing that you can shift this week. Maybe it's unplugging a wallflower and finding a safer, natural way of freshening your home.
Diffusing essential oils is my number one suggestion as an air freshener alternative. Not only are you creating a pleasant-smelling atmosphere, but you are also adding health benefits to the air. It's important to use potent and pure oils, which will last longer and have stronger effects. There are many fun and creative diffuser recipes for different occasions!
For non-EO related options, try running some lemon slices through your kitchen disposal or keeping a bowl of roasted coffee beans on the counter. Also, make sure you're taking your trash out routinely and maintaining a clean living space. Bad smells come from somewhere... take care of the source!
If you're stuck on ideas, head over to the Wild-Hearted Wellness Facebook Page for tips, diffuser recipes, and more healthy advice.
As always, stay wild, stay well, and breathe deeply (unless you're near a wallflower). It's the small steps that will get you where you want to be <3