Cleaning your self and your home with herbs or products made with herbs can keep away nasty toxins and harmful chemicals from your skin and your house while still smelling sweet and fresh. Many common cleaning solutions, soaps and shampoos can include such unpleasant substances as trichloroethylene, ethanol, formaldehyde, glycol, ammonia, bleach, petroleum distillates, phenol, phosphoric acid, hydrochloric acid, napthalene, propellants and sulfuric acid. Our skin, respiratory systems and well-being are the best measures of whether these substances are good for us or not but the steady increase in cases of eczema, asthma and other allergic symptoms are an indication they’re not.
Essential oils of herbs such as Rosemary, Lavender, Sage and Cinnamon have been used for thousands of years to clean and wash. Lavender is a natural disinfectant and its essential oil also has a calming scent that can ease tension, anxiety and depression.