Pregnancy is probably one of the most important times to take control of your health. It is also wise to scrutinize products you use on your body and in your home. Body care products (skin, hair and oral products) are absorbed into the body at varying concentrations, and your baby could be exposed to them. Choosing products that are labeled Natural and Organic are generally a safer bet for avoiding potentially harmful substances. Note: There is not yet an industry standard definition for what Natural means so just because a product is labeled as “Natural” it does not mean that you are in the clear of danger; you should pay attention to the ingredients. Choose products that are as natural as possible, avoid synthetic scents, and dilute products containing 100% pure essential oils with water. Here are some tips for reducing your toxin exposure during pregnancy and beyond!
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Aromatherapy is “healthy” for pregnancy, right?
Well aromatherapy may be helpful to relax and relieve pregnancy discomforts, but only some of the 100% pure essential oils provide benefits and synthetic scents may be harmful. Before using essential oils, always consult your practitioner, and research varieties and usage specific to your stage of motherhood. During pregnancy, avoid essential oils of cedar wood, citronella, marjoram, myrrh, rosemary, rose, clary sage, lemon balm and peppermint. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should never be used directly on skin.
What about Cleaning Products?
Keep in mind that other products you use around the house can also contain toxic ingredients that you may want to avoid during pregnancy. This includes household cleaning products and air fresheners, lawn and garden products, paints, glues, new carpet and cigarette smoke. We recommend playing it safe by reducing your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals present in many of these products. Why? Well when the baby’s endocrine system is vulnerable (usually in the first trimester) and major organ systems are developing the aforementioned toxic ingredients can be especially harmful.
We recommend you make a conscious effort to mitigate your exposure to toxins for good. Lucky for you there are plenty of safer and less expensive alternatives.At Supplet, we leverage resources including the EWG “Skin Deep” database on the safety of cosmetics http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ and do our “homework” (i.e. research) to introduce you to exceptional products that are safer, healthier & better than conventional products . . .but more about that later. In the meantime let’s outline some quick shopping hints for buying non-toxic products followed by some tips on making your own non-toxic cleaning solutions.
1. Look for products that are “organic” or “eco-friendly” and look for third-party certifications when available, or for companies that have a people & planet positive approach in their DNA. Lucky for you we will be introducing many of these products in our Supplet boxes and future ecommerce store.
2. If you shop at Whole Foods Look for their Premium Body Care™ label for the safest choices available and ask the body care specialist for help and recommendations.
Creating your own cleaning Solutions hints:
- Lemon juice removes stains from clothes.
- Salt works as a great scrubber when cleaning.
- Vinegar and water can clean almost anything.
- Baking soda is a great cleaner and deodorizer. You can polish silver with it, clean your bathtub, clean your pots and pan with baking soda.
- Natural Dishwashing Liquid: adding a few drops of all natural dishwashing liquid to a bucket of warm water will do wonders for linoleum floors.
What are some of your tips and tricks when it comes to non-toxic cleaning solutions?