Reactions to household products

Home ThinkSpace Week 3: Food and Environment Reactions to household products

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  • How do you determine whether household or other environmental products/substances interact negatively (or positively!) with your body?
    I think environmental factors can have a big impact on our bodies, and these environmental factors could be a lot of things, some of which we may not be able to control. I’ve found that strong chemical scents make me nauseous, even if I enjoy the smell. Scented candles, for example, tend to give me headaches the day after I’m around them, even though I don’t always notice the effects while the candles are lit. Another example I have is that I used to religiously use an electric heating pad and electric blanket to sooth my pain until an acupuncturist I saw warned me that they can disturb the body’s own electric field and actually inhibit our healing response. I don’t think I would have picked up on this on my own, but I’ve noticed less persistent pain in the year since I’ve stopped using electric heat. Now I use a microwavable heating pad. Have any of you had experiences with picking up on environmental factors affecting your body?
    #productsaroundme #noelectricheat #noscentedcandles

    Rachel Carriere
  • For the past few years, I’ve been making my own laundry detergent with just simple under the counter ingredients (washing soda, baking soda, and a squirt of lemon dish detergent – add hot water and shake vigorously). I first decided to make my own detergent to save money but have noticed other benefits since starting. In addition to reducing the amount of potentially-nauseating artificial scent in my life, I’ve found that my skin is now much less often irritated by the clothes I wear. It actually came as a bit of a surprise to me after I got off the detergent  –  I’d previously attributed all the itching and discomfort to reactions to the fabric and not to the chemicals it was being washed in. While some fabrics are going to be itchy and uncomfortable for me no matter what, eliminating detergent has made getting dressed and joining modest society much more pleasant!

    #scentnauseau #itchyskin #processofelimination

  • I’ve done a lot of reading and research about household products. I used to be a devoted perfume wearer and then I dated someone who hated it, so I stopped wearing it and I suddenly became aware of all the scents in everything. I think in the last ten years there has also been an increase in products that hide smells (scented garbage bags, febreeze) rather than actually make people clean the things that make the smells in the first place! I can’t even remember now how long it’s been since I started using unscented laundry soap (I wish I had kelly’s patience to make my own, but a person could only do so much!) and we give every other household product we buy a good sniff test before we commit. #scentedproducts

    My husband and I both have very sensitive noses (we are also foodies with well-developed palates) so we can’t have any unnatural smells around us. If we burn candles, they are beeswax. His lungs tighten up around incense so I don’t burn any in the house anymore (I must admit I miss that). #sensitivenose

    That’s an interesting point about electric heating pads, rachel – I had never thought of that but it makes sense. After my last one died I went back to using a good old-fashioned hot water bottle, though I do love those microwaveable bead bags (we don’t have a microwave). #oldfashionedremedies



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