Going natural is a great choice across countless fronts — from your diet to your beauty products. But there are some areas you may not even think about going natural where it can truly benefit your overall health and wellness.
And those natural lifestyle choices don’t have to be complex or difficult. In fact, it’s more about simply making a choice than anything else. Not sure where to start? Here are a few natural products that you can add to your shopping basket and your home.
- Bug Spray
Typical bug spray can harmful chemicals that aren’t ideal to be sprayed directly onto your skin. According to Made Safe, Deet (which is one of the most effective bug repellents) “is linked to neurotoxicity that may lead to physiological and behavioral problems.” Another common chemical in bug repellent is Cyfluthrin. Cyfluthrin not only can have negative effects on you as a user, it also is “harmful to aquatic invertebrates, fish, and honeybees,” meaning when you spray it on, the spray that blows into the wind is also doing harm.
We think it’s time for a safe alternative. Try this all-natural bug repellent that uses a variety of essential oils. It’s also safe for children ages 2 and up.
That’s right — those pretty little jars you have filled with delightful holiday scents might not be so great for your home and health. Some candles use paraffin wax, which is a “petroleum byproduct and releases carcinogenic soot when burned,” according to Green America. This can cause health problems, especially for individuals who already have asthma, lung or heart problems.
The solution? Natural soy candles. They come in a wide variety of scents, plus they’re hand poured in the U.S.
- Sleep Aids
Sometimes getting to sleep is tough. Millions of people rely on medications such as melatonin to get to sleep and stay asleep. But is that the best option? According to WebMD, melatonin is a hormone. It can have a hypnotic effect, but it doesn’t always work as desired. And, like any medication, your body can become reliant on it.
Looking for something more safe and natural? Try a natural sleep stick. With minimal ingredients (coconut oil, shea butter, candelilla wax and essential oil of lavender), you can be confident that you’re using a product that’s safe for your health and body.