...and Ecothriver begins! Living Scent Free with MCS

I am so very excited for this site to be up and running! It is a work in progress, as life is :)  Yesterday we celebrated Christmas and I am enjoying some down time while my in laws are enjoying my children. A major reason I need some extra down time today and some detoxing is from the fragrances of holiday get togethers. We have a fragrance free home, however I have decided not to become a hermit, and that involves sometimes saturating my nose with other people's fragrance choices. Let me start by saying that I think most people have no idea how toxic the "smells" of fragrance are. They get dressed, and spritz their perfume or cologne with no thought that it may make someone else feel ill, trigger an asthma attack, or cause someone to need to rinse their nose with a Neti pot to get the fragrance out. This also applies to scented lotions, hand sanitizer, soaps, fabric softener, scented detergents, shampoos, etc.  Don't get me started on Febreze, Glade Plug ins, or scented candles! Those products release chemicals into the air through their fragrance. They are all terrible air polluters. 

Last week I walked into the bathroom at my children's school and literally almost passed out from a plug-in emitting vanilla fragrance in the air. It took my energy for the day. I contacted the school and it has since been removed (it was actually a fire hazard.) I wish more people would realize the unnecessary chemicals we are exposing our children too! There is a movement across our country and Canada to move towards a scent free policy in schools, churches, hospitals, workplaces, and other public buildings. It is my hope that this trend continues to spread! 

You can check the toxicity of your products at the Environmental Working Group Database at www.ewg.org.

 

If you find it very difficult to have scent free air, a suggestion that may work is essential oils. You can diffuse essential oils throughout your home and even use scents such as lavender as a perfume. Oils are not safe for everyone, for example I react to certain oils.  Local, small batch organic oils are best. Be sure to see what works for you. Some people with MCS can not tolerate any essential oils. I have some favorites such as Peppermint and Lavender that work well for me. 

Here is some info if you would like to read more about the dangers of fragrances:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3018511/

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/toxic-perfumes-and-colognes/

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/09/business/maker-of-glade-to-disclose-chemical-details.html?_r=0

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/scented-laundry-products-release-carcinogens-study-finds/