This is the story of my sweet little CANARY IN THE COAL MINE, and why I started using essential oils. As a second-time mom, I was ready for a new baby. It was not my first rodeo. I knew the drill.
THEN THE UNIVERSE LAUGHED.
Eden, our youngest, broke out into hives when she touched anything washed or dried with a fragrance. She had colic, would scream for hours, and could only sleep sitting up. She could not tolerate any formula. Her eczema was so bad she would scratch until she bled. We had never experienced anything like that with our older daughter.
As she got older, we added food allergies and asthma into the mix and I started getting desperate. Traditional medicine was not working.
I KNEW WE WERE MISSING SOMETHING, but the doctors and allergists insisted there was nothing else to be done, and gave me a list of medicine for her to take. I knew there had to be a better way, and I was going to find it. You can read more about adventures with food allergies and sensitivities here.
And that, my friend, is how ESSENTIALLY CRAFTY was born.
Please enjoy our feature presentation! I kid, I kid. The video is only two minutes long.
I tell Eden all the time that she is lucky to be as sensitive as she is. Within ten minutes of being in popular beauty stores she has a headache, is wheezing, and can't stop coughing. The employees are breathing those chemicals in all day long.
Eden knows how and why her body reacts to synthetic fragrance and other unpronounceable ingredients. She is just as passionate about essential oils and organic ingredients as I am, and yet... I see her disappointment when we walk past all the brightly-colored, glittery lotions and potions at the store. I see her (quickly hidden) sad face when she can't use the same fun products as her friends.
I decided to do something about it. Essentially Crafty was created because I wanted Eden's allergy-friendly oily concoctions to be colorful and fun too.
Most people do not have obvious reactions like Eden. They read about synthetic fragrance and dismiss it as crazy hippy nonsense. Here's the thing. The side effects can creep up on you slowly, and are often dismissed (especially by moms) as the result of being busy or stressed out, or normal signs of aging. It is not normal to be tired all the time. It is not normal to have brain fog or be anxious all the time. These symptoms (and more) can be caused by synthetic fragrances in your candles, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, etc. Start replacing items one-by-one and you will notice a difference.
Synthetic fragrances are in just about everything these days. It SOUNDS SAFE, but "fragrance" it is a term used to hide hundreds of unidentified toxic chemicals. They can mess with your hormones (sleep, metabolism, mood, energy levels, libido) cause headaches, respiratory issues, eczema, etc. They are BAD NEWS.
You're probably thinking to yourself, "OK, I use a few products that are probably not great for me, but the little amount I use is not going to make a difference." IT DOES. The average woman puts 200+ chemicals on her body every day, and our skin absorbs about 60-70% of that. Oh, and it bioaccumulates.
Over 10,000 CHEMICALS are used to formulate personal care products and cosmetics in our country, and the US has ONLY BANNED 11. The FDA can't require a company to prove a product safe before going to market, nor can they force a company to recall a product even if the ingredients have been proven dangerous. Crazy, right?!
In 2017, I went in for my yearly physical. I quietly congratulated myself for scheduling the appointment despite feeling perfectly fine, fully anticipating a clean bill of health (and high five).
AGAIN THE UNIVERSE LAUGHED.
My doctor felt a lump in my throat that I hadn't noticed. It turned out to be a golf ball-sized thyroid nodule. Until that point, I had never given my thyroid a second thought. It turns out, YOUR THYROID, LIKE ESSENTIAL OILS, DOES ALL THE THINGS, and I really wanted to keep mine.
I started to wonder what was going on INSIDE my body to cause it to grow something like that in the first place? It turns out, just using essential oils doesn't keep you healthy. ALL THE LITTLE CHEATS ADD UP over time. You body is keeping track.
By now you've probably guessed that I went full-hippy, and you would be right. LOL! I even gave up flavored coffee and Cheetos. That is commitment, my friend. You can read the rest of my story by clicking the link below.
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