Recent lung study no surprise to me

A recent lung study on the dangers of cleaning supplies came as no surprise to me.  You can read it here.  Years ago I realized that many common household cleaners bothered my lungs so I quit using them and switched to Melaleuca products.

Melaleuca products are created with plant based (natural) ingredients including tea tree oil (melaleuca)  Hence, the name of the product line.  Contact me if you want to know more about this wonderful group of products that includes a beauty line, essential oils, bath and body care, nutrition and weight loss.  Oh, and cleaning products.

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Thyme in a bottle

Thyme is a natural herb that has been used for centuries due to its medicinal and disinfectant properties.  This article by Healthy Food House reminded me of the many uses for thyme that I knew about, plus many I had never heard of.

 

In my home,  I use a product from the MELALEUCA line of products, called Soluguard, whose main ingredient is thyme.  I use my “thyme in a bottle” as a disinfectant on countertops, floors, walls, shower stalls, door knobs, and more.  It is a wonderful alternative to toxic household cleaners.  It also makes a great deodorizer (from garbage cans to stinky boots, shoes and sporting equipment) and stain remover all over the house.

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In the garden, I use my thyme in a bottle to disinfect plant pots and to keep bugs from eating my plants.  It also makes a great disinfectant and skin soother on any cuts, scratches, stings and rashes I get from working in gardens all day.

My thyme in a bottle is amazing!

Online shopping and scams

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Online shopping is very common today due to its convenience and our hectic schedules.  The problem is, there are lots of companies out there just waiting for busy and unsuspecting people like you and I to fall for their scams.  These are

Companies that offer a “free trial” of a product for just the cost of shipping, often charge you for the full price of the product (megabucks) if you do not cancel within a few days of ordering.  Not a few days from receiving the product and giving it a try, but a few days after ordering, often before you even receive the product to try.  They count on that discrepancy in the time factor, hoping you won’t have time or forget to cancel.  If you do not cancel within the specified time frame, you will not have much luck getting your money back.

Other companies keep renewing your order automatically whether you need more product or not. Again, this should have been spelled out in the fine print of the original offer.  Beware, it can be difficult to cancel the order completely or control when the products are shipped.

I had an incident last week where I had tried to book my son’s drivers test online.  I went through the whole process, prepaid for his test with my visa, then received an email saying it could not be booked online.  I was advised I would be refunded the payment.  Three business days later I received a refund, but was charged ten dollars for a “cancellation fee”

This list contains tips to (hopefully) prevent you from getting scammed when making online purchases:

  • read the fine print of any offer.  The details of the repeated/monthly payments are usually not visible front and center.
  • if an offer seems too good to be true, it generally is
  • consider a prepaid credit card for online purchases; refill it in small increments or just when you order something.   This is easy to do online.  That way the company you are purchasing from does not have your regular credit card number to make unauthorized, often repeated, transactions.
  • keep a close eye on your credit card statement.  This is easy to do these days with online accounts.  This is especially important since companies often have different names for payments on credit cards, making it difficult to keep track of your purchases and payments.
  • set up alerts on your credit card so you know immediately when they are  used.  This can easily be done online as well.  Phone the fraud department of the credit card you use if you do not recognize a transaction.  They are generally pretty good at giving you details of the transaction, but more importantly, will cancel your card if you suspect fraud.
  • do your research before you purchase a product from a company you are unfamiliar with.  Thankfully modern technology has supplied us with access to complaints, scams, and other information about companies.
  • order from companies you know about or have heard about.  Companies like Melaleuca and Rodan & Fields have consultants/team members to purchase from.  That way  you have recourse if something goes wrong with your order or your payment.

 

Online shopping is certainly convenient, but be aware of who you are dealing with.  Let me know of any tips you may have for online shopping safety.

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Melamagic clean

Melamagic is my favourite in the many cleaning and other products  MELALEUCA has to offer.  It is the only product that works well for me on the soap scum and dirt that gets embedded in the fibreglass of our main shower.  It also works on toilets, countertops, floors, outdoor furniture and more.  Recently I used it to clean many years of dirt off our back deck.  Here is the proof in pictures, with the “befores” on the right, and the “afters” on the left.  The last picture shows the “during” where you can see the difference as I am working on it.

 

I also used it recently, or at least my husband did, to clean off years of grime on our old boat in preparation to sell it:

 

The best thing about this product and all other Melaleuca products is that they are made with tea tree oil, a natural substance, so you do not have to worry about toxic effects on yourself, your children, your pets or the environment.

Rid your home of toxins by adding houseplants to your decor

Toxins are present in your home in the form of cleaning products, paints, furniture, synthetic building materials such as particle board and insulation, carpets, and even your printer and photocopier!  Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are harmful gases released by all of these common household items listed. Exposure to these VOC gases can cause lethargy, skin rashes, headaches, drowsiness, itchy eyes, asthma-like symptoms and even cancer.

My body reacts to these toxins with cold and asthma-like symptoms.  Almost immediately upon exposure, I start off with a heaviness in my lungs, a vague headache and a tickle in my throat.  I then develop a dry cough which can last up to four days after the exposure, as my lungs try to eliminate the toxin I have inhaled.  I have learned to avoid many of the toxins I was exposing myself and my family to by switching cleaning products.  Since switching to non-toxic cleaning products my mild asthma symptoms have disappeared.  Please visit the Melaleuca page on my website to see the products I now use, all made with tea tree oil, an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, natural ingredient.

You can also make your home healthier by adding house plants to your decor. This will help remove toxins you have less control over.  Not only do plants look nice, they can help keep your family healthy.  Carbon dioxide and the VOCs described above, as well as other harmful gases such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene are absorbed through the roots as well as through pores in the leaves on plants.   In exchange, beneficial and healthy products like oxygen and moisture are released into the air for us to breathe.

Choose plants such as spider plants, dracaena, English ivy, mother-in-law tongues, bamboo palms and other tropical plants; they are all easy to grow and readily available.  Tropical plants are suitable for indoors in homes and offices because they are used to growing and processing gases in reduced light under the canopies of jungles and rain forests.  Water your plants thoroughly with warm water and let the soil dry out between watering; too much water is the easiest way to kill your house plants.

These houseplants are suitable for a bright, sunny room…

 

and these are more suitable for rooms with less natural light…

 

Fifteen medium to large houseplants (greater than six-inch pots) can greatly improve the air quality in an average sized 2000 square foot home. What are you waiting for?   Get growing and remove the toxins from your home!

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Doing your part to reduce waste and live cleaner

Although I am not convinced that global warming as portrayed by the media, politicians and special interest groups exists, I do believe in doing your part to reduce waste and live cleaner.  I do my part by recycling garbage, using non-toxic household products, and conserving energy whenever I can.

As described in a previous post TOXINS and on my website MELALEUCA , my use of non-toxic household products happened as a result of my own health issues and concerns. Everyone should be aware of what toxins are getting dumped down our drains to contaminate our drinking water, affecting our health and environment.  Melaleuca does it part by providing us with biodegradable products in concentrated form which reduces the number of plastic containers in our waste management systems.  I have been using the Melaleuca products described in the post for several years now, as have several of my friends and neighbours.  My favourite products are…

In the cleaning product picture are, from left to right: a scrubbing eraser, room freshening spray, Solumel cleaner, Solugard cleaner (diluted and concentrated), bug spray and wood furniture polish.  Other products I love in this category that are missing from this picture include Tub and Tile cleaner, Diamond Brite dishwasher liquid and tabs, and Melamagic cleaner.

In the picture of laundry products, from left to right, are: Prespot stain remover, Melasoft liquid softener, lavender scented (it comes in many other scents, both HE and regular type) liquid soap, Revive wrinkle remover and Melasoft softener sheets (front).

In the picture of beauty, skin care and medicinal products, from left to right, are: herbal deodorant, Pain-a-trate joint cream, Mineral sunscreen, skin clarifier, Renew hand cream (in two sizes), Melagel ointment and bar soap.  Other products I love in this category that are missing from this picture include lip balm, and tea tree oil.

If you wish to rid your household of toxins for the health benefit of your family and for the benefit of our environment, do your part too.  Contact me to learn more about Melaleuca products.  If you live in my neighbourhood you can order products through me.  If you live elsewhere, almost anywhere in the world, I can set up your own Melaleuca business for you online, it is that simple!

Start doing your part today!

The Many Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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Natural products are frequently used today to fight infections and treat mild health problems due to the fact that people are becoming better educated and worry about the toxic ingredients found in conventional medicine.   Cleaning products using natural, non-toxic ingredients are also becoming more popular for similar reasons.

Melaleuca oil is the Australian name for tea tree oil that is one of these natural, plant based compounds that can be purchased inexpensively over the counter at most pharmacies or health food stores and used at home to treat many common symptoms and conditions.  Be sure to buy a high grade oil though, as there are many diluted and weaker imitation products out there.

Tea tree oil or melaleuca can be used to fight many unsightly and uncomfortable health conditions such as acne, toenail fungus, skin tags, ringworm, fleas, psoriasis, yeast infections, lice, dandruff, warts and more. Use the 100% pure type of tea tree oil to concoct recipes for toothpaste, face cleanser, shampoo, body wash, soap, body lotion and more, or look for products with the ingredient in them.  The taste is not pleasant and the smell is quite strong, but it works wonders.

Tea tree oil used as a viral and bacterial disinfectant is also effective in household cleaners to replace the more common toxic and less environmentally safe products that have been available for years.   Tea tree oil can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, family rooms and more.  Dilute some in a spray bottle to wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters, door knobs, remote controllers, and light switches to keep germs at bay.  Add some to your laundry wash cycle to disinfect towels and sheets.  Even spray some in sports equipment bags to keep them fresh smelling and to kill bacteria lurking there.

Regardless of what purpose it is used for and where it is used, melaleuca, or tea tree oil has been proven to be very effective at treating and preventing viral and bacterial infections as well as minor skin irritations.   Readily available today in the cosmetic or health department of most stores it is already becoming very popular in many homes.

If you are interested in buying or selling products that contain tea tree oil, visit Melaleuca for further information.  I am a preferred customer with this company.  You can become a member yourself or purchase items through me; either way, let me know and I can help you through the process.

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Are Common Household Toxins Making you Sick?

 

Toxins are present in your home in the form of cleaning products, paints, furniture, synthetic building materials such as particle board and insulation, carpets, and even your printer and photocopier!

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are harmful gases released by all of the common household items listed above.  These gases cause lethargy, skin rashes, headaches, drowsiness, itchy eyes, asthma-like symptoms and even cancer.

Be aware of what you are bringing into your home!  I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when I was cleaning my house.  I had run out of my usual brand of toilet cleaner, was in a hurry, and so grabbed a bottle of javex I still had sitting around the house from my pre-toxin awareness days.   I used it (sparingly) to clean the toilets in my home…

The next day I woke up with what I thought was the start of a cold.  My chest felt heavy and I could not seem to draw a full breath into my lungs.  I also had a vague headache, and a “tickle” in my throat, but no other cold like symptoms developed.  Later on that day, I developed a shallow, dry cough which felt like my lungs were trying to clear whatever was irritating them.  These symptoms lasted for four days.  Coincidence?   I don’t think so; this is how my lungs felt most of the time before I switched to non-toxic products.  Please visit the Melaleuca page on my website, listed below, to see the products I now use, all made with tea tree oil, an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, natural ingredient.  My respirologist agrees, as my asthma-like symptoms have disappeared since switching to these non-toxic products…

You can also make your home healthier by adding house plants to your decor.  Not only do plants look nice, they can help keep your family healthy.  Carbon dioxide and the VOCs described above, as well as other harmful gases such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene are absorbed through the roots as well as through pores in the leaves on plants.   In exchange, beneficial and healthy products like oxygen and moisture are released into the air for us to breathe.

Choose plants such as spider plants, dracaena, English ivy, mother-in-law tongues, bamboo palms and other tropical plants; they are all easy to grow and readily available.  Tropical plants are suitable for indoors in homes and offices because they are used to growing and processing gases in reduced light under the canopies of jungles and rain forests.  Water your plants thoroughly with warm water and let the soil dry out between watering; too much water is the easiest way to kill your house plants.

Fifteen medium to large plants (greater than six-inch pots) in an average sized 2000 square foot home can greatly improve the air quality in your home, so get growing!