It’s no secret that more people are getting sick with illnesses we didn’t even know about ten years ago; and even though new pharmaceutical drugs and chemicals are being introduced to the market almost everyday, it doesn’t seem like people are getting better.
Problems with Chemicals in our Homes
So many drugs are available in society now, another problem (besides over medication) is being created that is causing health care professionals and even the World Health Organization, and the Center for Disease Control concern. It’s called Antibiotic Resistance, or drug resistance. It happens when a standard antibiotic has lost its ability to effectively kill bacteria growth, and the bacteria continue to multiply in the presence of the therapeutic antibiotic medication.
In other words, medications become ineffective and infections persist in the body potentially spreading to others. If an infection is resistant to antibiotic treatment this means that a patient will be infected longer, the risk of complications from the infections increase, and stronger, more expensive drugs or treatments may be necessary to treat or cure the infection.
This presents a serious global health concern that patients and healthcare providers must work together to combat.
What is Causing Antibiotic Resistance?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, a main cause of drug resistance is the widespread overuse and incorrect prescribing of medications. For example, while antibiotics should be used to treat bacterial infections, they are not effective against viral infections like the common cold, most sore throats and the flu. Another suspected cause of drug resistance is reusing leftover medications or taking the wrong medication for your illness. Also, a growing number of antibiotics are overused in animals for agriculture and veterinary treatment. The inappropriate overuse of antibiotic based hand sanitizers are also being blamed for this problem.
At first I believed that having a chemical free home is a luxury; now I believe it is a health priority for my family.
I’ve worked hard to minimize my families exposure to chemicals in the home, and it is not as burdensome or expensive as I once thought. This can be true for you too.
Here are the top four ways I keep my home chemical-free
1. House plants – They are not only nice to look at, green plants are also healthy for the indoor environment. NASA researchers found that common houseplants are natural air purifiers. NASA Research on Houseplants
2. Remove shoes at the front door – Our shoes track in pesticides, lead, and other pollutants that contaminate your floors. Get a few sets of indoor shoes for your family and guests, so that people can go shoe-less comfortably in your home.
3. Make your own cleaning products – I know with kids messes can pile up. As a mom of three girls (two of which had asthma and the other had allergies) and glamma of one princess, I stopped using chemicals to clean my home years ago. I started using vinegar, baking soda and other natural cleaners, and have graduated to making my own line of healthy home products.
4. Avoid perfumy fragrances with synthetic ingredients – As a woman, I love beautiful scents, and before I knew about the problems chemicals caused, I used all the fancy sprays on the market. My beloved man also loves a good smelling home and he was the king of commercial room sprays. Not only do we not know the impact of the many chemicals in them the smell in those sprays don’t last very long. My family has now come to really appreciate the ways I make our rooms smell warm and inviting with my DIY scents made from pure, therapeutic essential oils. Here is another great way to put your own loving touch on scents. For example, in our bedroom I use a relaxing aromas, but in the kitchen I will use a clean, citrus scent.
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Young Living has an amazing household cleaner based on one of their flagship essential oils. This can be hard to get because it is often sold out. Here’s a quick snippet about it here.