What do you breathe after you spray air freshener?

 

Air fresheners are used in homes daily. But have you ever wondered what poisonous fumes your family breathes once you spray it? True, it takes care of odors instantly, leaving a fresh smell that pleases your senses.

One of the largest Air Fresheners that advertises hugely is Febreze, created by Procter & Gamble. It traps odor molecules in its spray. But you have to understand that the product does not remove odor molecules, it just masks them. Second, it does not clean dirt and grime that cause the odors. The bacteria that causes the odor still remains. Your nose believes that everything smells clean, just because the chemical scent is stronger than the odor.

You know as well as anyone does that inhalation of chemicals is dangerous. Several ingredients can irritate the lungs and affect the nervous system. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted a test for harmful ingredients to humans, for one of their products, Febreze Air Effects.

Febreze’s manufacturer, P&G discloses only 3 ingredients in this product, but EWG found 87 chemicals in total in one bottle of spray. This and other products that Febreze has are all carriers of these chemicals. Other air fresheners on the market have similar chemicals. “Febreze Air Effects released 89 air contaminants, the third highest number released by any product tested. One of these chemicals is linked to cancer, another to neurotoxicity.” (EWG)

Here are the directions, that seem noticeably, generous, printed on the Febreze can. “Hold can upright, pull trigger back and spray the air in a sweeping motion throughout the entire room. For a noticeably fresh home, spray all the rooms in your home.”  

What about the toxins you are spraying from the can? Does anyone care? Or are we all that oblivious to toxins in the air inside our homes, that we ask, what’s the difference in adding 89 more toxins inside our homes where our children live?

BHT – a neurotoxin, also disrupts endocrine, immunotoxicity, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin, eye and lung irritant.

Acetaldehyde – a chemical that is known to cause cancer, toxic to reproduction and body development, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin, eye and lung irritant.

Fragrance – one of the 3 ingredients disclosed is a neurotoxin, immunotoxin, and allergen to those with sensitive respiratory problems.

Propylene Glycol – causes cancer, allergies, toxic to the immune system, accumulates in the system, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, has shown to be highly absorbed by the skin, irritates the eyes and lungs.

1,3- Dichloro-2-propanol – Carcinogenic (causes cancer) Limonene -Allergen, immunotoxin, skin irritant, irritates the eyes and lungs.

Methyl pyrrolidone – Toxin that affects reproductive organs and development in youth, allergen and immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin, eye and lung irritant.

Alcohol denatured – Also disclosed by Febreze, this is linked to cancer, development /reproductive organ toxicity, organ system toxicity, skin, eyes and lung irritant.

Butylphenyl Methyl propionyl – can you even say that out loud without twisting your tongue? – This is an allergen that affects asthma patients, and people with sensitive lungs. It is an immunotoxin, skin, eyes and lung irritant.

Ethyl Acetate – linked to developmental/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, organ system toxicity, skin, eyes, and lung irritant.

Geraniol – a chemical linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity and skin eyes and lung irritant.

Linalool – allergen, immunotoxin, skin, eyes and lung irritant.

Benzaldehyde – neurotoxin, skin, eyes and lung irritant.

Diethylene glycol monoethyl ether – non-reproductive organ system toxicity.

Ethylphenol – developmental and reproductive toxin in younger kids, skin,  eyes and lung irritant.

Hexyl Cinnamal – allergen, immunotoxin, skin, eyes and lung irritant.

These chemicals are only a partial list of the ingredients tested by EWG. To get a read on the full list, click here.

Health Benefits of Peppermint

 

 

 

Peppermint leaves are from the mint plant that has therapeutic properties. Here are many health uses for Peppermint.

  1. Ease your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Peppermint essential oil is “the drug of first choice” in IBS patients. It safely helps alleviate symptoms, making them feel much better. Research has shown that it is effective in children and adults alike, with one study showing a 50 percent reduction in “total irritable bowel syndrome score” among 75 percent of patients who tried it.

  1. Reduce Colonic Spasm and Gas

Peppermint oil is an effective alternative to drugs for reducing colonic spasms. It may also relax the muscles of your intestines, allowing gas to pass and easing abdominal pain if you rub a few drops of peppermint essential oil in circles on your abdomen. Add peppermint oil or leaves to green tea for gas relief.

  1. Breastfeeding-Associated Nipple Pain and Damage

Add a few drops of Peppermint essential oil to warm water and rub on.  This helps prevent nipple cracks and pain in breastfeeding mothers. Do not do this just before feeding as it may not be safe for your child.

  1. Reduce your Tuberculosis Inflammation

Inhaled essential oil of peppermint helps rapidly reduce tuberculosis inflammation, and it could help prevent recurrences or exacerbation of this disease.

  1. Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

Peppermint essential oil can inhibit histamine release, which suggests it may help alleviate hay fever symptoms.

  1. Reduce Shingles associated Pain

A topical treatment of peppermint oil has shown immediate improvement in shingles-associated pain.

  1. Help improve Memory Problems

The aroma of peppermint oil has been shown to enhance memory and increase alertness.

  1. Ease Chemotherapy Induced Nausea

Peppermint oil effectively reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea, and at a reduced cost compared to standard drug-based treatments.

  1. Inhibit growth of Prostate Cancer

Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, which can inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.

  1. Prevent Dental Cavities and Bad Breath

Peppermint essential oil has been shown to be superior to the mouthwash chemicals in inhibiting the formation of biofilm formations linked to dental cavities. Powdered peppermint leaves have also been used historically to freshen breath and whiten teeth; you can even add a drop or two of the essential oil directly to your toothpaste to give it a minty, fresh flavor.

  1. Breathe better, clear nasal congestion

Peppermint essential oil acts as an expectorant and decongestant and can help clear your respiratory tract. Use peppermint essential oil as a cold rub on your chest or inhale it through a vaporizer to help clear nasal congestion and relieve your cough and cold symptoms.

  1. Relieve your Migraines and Headaches

Peppermint oil has shown to relieve severe migraines and tension headache pain. Try dabbing a few drops on your wrist or sprinkling a few drops on a cloth, then inhaling the aroma. You can also massage the oil directly onto your temples and forehead.

  1. Ease your Stress

Peppermint oil is known to have cooling and energizing properties. Add a few drops to your warm water bath, or dab a few drops directly on your body then get into the tub, for stress relief. You can also put the oil into a diffuser for a stress-relieving aroma.

  1. Healthy Hair and Skin

Blend daily, drops of peppermint oil into your massage oil, shampoo, body wash or body lotion. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help your skin and remove dandruff and lice from your scalp.

  1. Ease your Asthma Condition

Peppermint contains rosmarinic acid (also found in rosemary herb), which is known to help reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract in people with asthma.

  1. Relax your Muscle Pain

Peppermint essential oil can help relieve muscle spasms and pain. Try massaging this essential oil onto sore muscles or adding it to your hot water bath for muscle pain relief.

Healthy Benefits of Oregano Oil

Add oregano oil to your natural healing tools, this oil has a wide range of uses. This herbal oil is a powerful antimicrobial that can help fight off infections. Oregano oil also has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Other ideal uses for oregano oil are:

  • Treat foot or nail fungus. Put a few teaspoons of oregano oil in a basin of water and soak your feet in it. Dilute the oil (mix a drop with a teaspoon of olive or coconut oil), and then apply it on your nails or skin for a healthier appearance.
  • Helps in killing parasites and easing infections. Dilute the oil (mix a drop with a drop of a carrier oil such as coconut oil), and place it under your tongue. Hold it there for a few minutes, and then rinse it out. Repeat this at least four times a day.
  • Alleviating sinus infections and colds. Put a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water, and then inhale the steam.

Oregano oil is high in phenols, which are natural phytochemical compounds with beneficial antioxidant effects. The two most abundant phenols in it are:

  • Thymol — a natural fungicide with antiseptic properties. It helps boost your immune system, works as a shield against toxins, and even helps prevent tissue damage and encourages healing.
  • Carvacrol — found to be effective against various bacterial infections, such as Candida albicans, Staphylococcus, E. coli, campylobacter, salmonella, klebsiella, the Aspergillus mold, giardia, Pseudomonas, and Listeria.

Other healthful compounds in Oregano oil include:

  • Terpenes — known for their powerful antibacterial properties.
  • Rosmarinic acid — an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage and has shown promise in treating allergic asthma and preventing cancer and atherosclerosis. It also works as a natural antihistamine that helps reduce fluid buildup and swelling caused by allergy attacks.
  • Naringin — inhibits the growth of cancer cells and helps boost the antioxidants in oregano oil.
  • Beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP) — this substance inhibits inflammation and is also beneficial for conditions including osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis, as well as metabolic syndrome.

Oregano oil has wide-reaching health benefits but is most associated with respiratory and immune system health. It is known for helping prevent and treat infections, such as:

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by bacteria like E.Coli, Proteus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
  • Respiratory infections brought on by Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria strains.
  • Yeast infections, even those that are resistant to the commonly used antifungal drug Diflucan.
  • Parasitic infections caused by the amoeba giardia — it was even found to be more effective than antibiotics like Tinidazol.
  • Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection — A team of Indian and British researchers found that oregano oil has strong antibacterial properties that can help kill this deadly superbug.

Oregano oil works well in preventing food-borne illnesses caused by pathogens like Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli, and Shigella dysenteria. Adding the oil to foods not only helps kill the bacteria but helps alleviate food poisoning symptoms.

At the University of Arizona, researchers in an animal study found that oregano oil can help kill norovirus, which causes gastroenteritis. Oregano oil is a prized antiseptic essential oil in aromatherapy because the proportion of phenols is the highest of all aromatic plants.

Oregano Oil has nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, boron, and niacin.

The steam method using Oregano Oil to help relieve coughs and other respiratory illnesses is often used. Oregano oil can also be used to:

    • Ward off insects. Carvacrol in oregano oil works as a natural insect repellent. Putting a few drops on outdoor furniture, or apply a diluted mixture on your skin when heading outdoors.
    • Relieve bug bites and rashes, including poison ivy rash. Apply oregano oil diluted with olive oil on the affected areas.
    • Help heal cold sores, dandruff, and other skin conditions. Some experts advocate using a diluted version to treat acne and rosacea.
    • Ease a sore throat. Simply add a few drops to a glass of water. It can help alleviate toothache.
    • Help relieve muscle and joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), sprains, and cramps

 

 

6 Household uses for Clove Oil

Insect Repellent: Clove oil is used as a component in bug repellent and making insect repellent candles because the vapor is very potent to the olfactory senses of many insects. Traditionally, a few drops of clove oil on the bed sheets at night keeps bugs away.

Cosmetics: Clove oil is added in cosmetic creams and lotions, and it is known as a good massage oil that provides relief from headaches, pain, and stress.

Flavoring Agent: Apart from Cloves’ exclusive digestive properties, the essential oil is also added to food items due to its rich flavor. It is added in Indian dishes, pickles, sauces, spice cakes, and many other cultural foods.

Soap: Due to its powerful aroma, soothing effect and antiseptic properties, clove oil is added when making soap and can often be found as an active ingredient.

Perfumes: Clove oil is also used in making perfumes because it has a powerful and unique aroma that is potent.

Aromatherapy: Clove oil blends well with many essential oils including basil essential oil, rosemary essential oil, rose oil, cinnamon essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, lemon essential oil, nutmeg essential oil, peppermint essential oil, orange essential oil, lavender essential oil, and geranium essential oil. This makes clove oil a popular element in aromatherapy and other herbal combinations.

Health Benefits Of Clove Oil

Clove oil has some amazing health benefits.

Infections: Clove oil has antiseptic properties, it can be used for wound, cuts, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises, prickly heat rash, and certain injuries. It is also used for treating insect bites and stings. It is very strong in nature and should not be used by people with sensitive skin.

Dental care: Clove oil’s use in dental care is unparalleled. The germicidal properties of this oil make it very effective for alleviating dental pain, toothache, sore and puffy gums and mouth ulcers. It contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry for years. Gargling with diluted clove oil helps in easing throat pain and irritation. The characteristic smell of clove oil helps eliminate bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities, and traditionally, in India, clove oil was added to a small cotton ball and put at the end of the tooth which has the cavity every day before going to sleep. The cavity would disappear in a few days. Clove oil is added to numerous dental products, like mouthwash and toothpaste and medications. Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide to prepare a white, filling material as a temporary alternative to a root canal. Clove oil is very strong and can cause burns inside your mouth if used incorrectly. Take caution!

Recent studies on clove oil have shown it is being used as a soothing balm on infants who are teething.  Extremely diluted clove oil can be applied to a baby’s gums. The antiseptic and soothing qualities of this oil can ease their pain and reduce discomfort.

Skin care: Clove oil is recommended for skin care, especially for those suffering from acne. The oil can be diluted with any carrier oil and spread using a clean soft cloth. Clove oil has been found to help rejuvenate skin health by lessening the effects of aging, wiping out wrinkles, tightening sagging skin, and area rejuvenation for weak and tired, baggy eyes. Massaging the diluted clove oil into the skin can gradually increase blood flow to unhealthy skin areas on the face and make it look young and fresh.

Immune system: Both clove and clove oil help boost the immune system. Its antiviral properties and ability to purify blood increase resistance of the human body to diseases. The antioxidants in clove essential oil rid the body of dangerous free radicals that cause many types of diseases like heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Reduce Stress: Clove oil is an aphrodisiac of sorts. It serves as an excellent stress reliever. It has a stimulating effect on the mind and helps remove fatigue and mental exhaustion caused by stress. When ingested in measured amounts, it refreshes the mind and stimulates brain function. It is great at inducing sleep and is helpful for those suffering from insomnia. It is useful for treating neural disorders such as memory loss, depression, and anxiety.

Headache: Clove oil, mixed with salt and applied on the forehead gives a cooling effect and provides relief from headaches. Clove oil has many flavonoids in it, which are anti-inflammatory agents. When topically applied to the temples or neck areas, these flavonoids will ease the tension that brings headaches. Clove oil is used as a pain reliever on joints and sore muscles, to relieve painful inflammation or swelling.

Respiratory problems: Clove oil has a cooling and anti-inflammatory effect, and helps clear the nasal passage. It provides treatment for various respiratory disorders including coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and tuberculosis. Chewing a clove bud is recommended to soothe sore throats.

Sty: Clove and clove oil are very effective home remedies for treating sty. Sty is an inflammation on the eyelash and can be a very irritating and painful condition. Sty is painful and causes difficulty in the proper functioning of the eye. Clove oil has also been shown to be preventative of other eye infections due to its antibacterial qualities.

Earache: Warm clove oil and sesame oil mixture is a good remedy for earaches.

Indigestion: Clove oil has been effectively used for treating stomach-related problems, hiccups, indigestion, motion sickness, and flatulence. Clove is an important spice added to Indian dishes to help with ease of digestion.

Nausea: Clove oil helps reduce nausea and vomiting,  pregnancy-related morning sickness and discomfort. Using it for aromatherapy or applying it to pillows at night for long-term inhalation can result in peaceful sleep.

Blood circulation: Clove oil increases body’s metabolism by increasing blood circulation and reducing body temperature. Better blood circulation means a reduction in tension of the blood vessels, that causes tension headaches. Rich blood circulation helps oxygenate the blood and make for healthier organs, that increases metabolism and raises organ functions. In diabetics, increased blood flow can help prevent some of the dangerous side effects that can lead to major complications, amputations, and even death. Eugenol, the active ingredient in clove essential oil causes better blood circulation.

Blood purification: Clove oil helps purify the blood. The aroma extracts can reduce toxicity in the blood and stimulate antioxidant activity in the body, boosting the immune system and purifying platelets.

Premature ejaculation: Research has indicated that clove can be useful for treating premature ejaculation. Topical application of diluted clove oil on the outside of the male organ 30 minutes prior to sexual activity can help achieve control over ejaculation gradually.  Further research needs to be carried out to confirm these results.

Regulate Blood Sugar Levels: Clove oil helps control the blood sugar levels in diabetics. Studies show that postprandial insulin and glucose response mechanisms are more regulated when clove oil is ingested in measured amounts added to tea or drink. The phenol concentration found in clove oil is in the highest in terms of spice plants.