10 Everyday Swaps to Make for Healthy Living

10 Everyday Swaps to Make TODAY for a Healthier Living Environment

Cleaning up your environment can be surprisingly easy.  Take some time to look around your home, how many different products do you use every day? How many could easily be swapped for something less toxic? How are those products effecting your health and the health of your family? Have you ever wondered if you made a few simple changes in what you put in and on your body, that you might feel better?

Throughout my wellness journey, I’ve slowly eliminated toxic chemicals from my environment. I know it’s made a difference in my health.  My sensitivity to synthetic fragrances is over the top, they give me headaches every time I’m around them. I also have less joint pain, as someone who suffers from mild carpal tunnel, my joints often hurt. Now that I’ve swapped out toxic products for healthier ones, I have less pain. When I encounter a toxic chemical now, I often get aches in areas I’m not use to.

How Do You Get Started?

Start by taking note of how you feel today. What is your energy level? How is your mood? Do you feel anxious or worried? Now make the following simple swaps and take a weekly account of how you’re feeling.

I’ll be suggesting products that can be swapped out, if you make a purchase from one of the links, Metronome Wellness will receive a very small commission. However, what I’m trying to get across here is to just make a healthier, less toxic change, for your health and the health of your family. You can easily make your own products, or purchase them. Thankfully, more and more companies are getting rid of the chemicals in the things we use everyday, and making them more affordable!

Cleaning products

No surprise that cleaning products top the list.  Have you looked at some of the chemicals on the labels of mainstream cleaning products? I mean, toxic, highly flammable, keep away from children, hazardous crap! Scary right? Why would we want these in our homes? Of course, we were once told that we must sanitize everything. We now know that we’ve done more harm than good with this way of thinking.  There are more scary, drug resistant bugs out there than ever before.  STOP sanitizing everything! A little bit of bacteria and dirt is good for your health!

Did you know that with a little white vinegar, essential oils, and baking soda you can pretty much clean anything? Crazy and think of how much money you could save! Check out my essential oil clean recipes. If you don’t have time, or frankly just don’t want to, I recommend using Seventh Generation products.  They can be found almost anywhere, and they stick to their promise of keeping the toxins out of our homes and the environment.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste can be full of toxic ingredients like triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial sweeteners, fluoride, propylene glycol, Diethanolamine. Why!?? What’s the point of adding these harmful ingredients to something you put in your mouth? One of the most absorbent places in the human body.  You can easily make you’re your own toothpaste! Wellness Mama has a few different ways: https://wellnessmama.com/1772/natural-toothpaste/ Or if you prefer to purchase a safer toothpaste, I like Himalaya Botanique, I get mine from amazon and have been using it for years.  

Shampoo

Another easy, simple swap to make today is your shampoo. I’m going to “plug” a MLM product, sorry.  I’ve tried making my own, and used a variety of different “natural” shampoos, and found Monat to be my favorite. It’s something that I can honestly say has helped my hair a ton! Over the past couple of years using it, my hair has grown more than ever, gotten stronger, healthier, and I frequently get compliments on it (which hasn’t happened since kids). Their company name is short for “Mother Nature” and they say “no” to toxic ingredients. Check out the science behind their products at:  https://monatglobal.com/the-science-of-monat/.

Face wash

As someone who struggles with acne, I’ve used a million different products. I wanted so badly for essential oils or something very simple to work, but it never did. I’ve used the dermatologist’s products and pills, but because of the chemicals, I never felt good about doing that, even if it did work. I finally found something that really works, and I can get behind. Tula. It’s a super food, probiotic for your skin, without all the nasty stuff! It feels amazing and gives me a natural dewy look.

Make up

I must admit, I keep it pretty simple, I’ve never been into make-up.  Again, I’ve tried making my own, and you can too, with a little arrowroot powder and cinnamon, but I never could get the combo quite right. So now I use and recommend this powder foundation called Everyday Minerals Matte Base. It covers my acne scars really well, and gives me a simple, clean, finished look.

Coffee Creamer

If you’re a coffee drinker like me, and like a little creamer in your coffee (I’ve tried to switch to black many times, I just can’t do it), there are a lot of fairly new, healthier options on the market today. I use to use the original Coffee Mate French Vanilla, but the further I got along my all-natural journey, the less and less I enjoyed the taste of the it.  I switched to the Natural Bliss, which was pretty good, but I’ve tried to limit my dairy consumption, so when I came across So Delicious French Vanilla Coconut Creamer, I knew I’d found the “one”. If you’re trying for a more plant based diet, I highly recommend this, it has just 7 ingredients, 4 grams of sugar and is vegan certified.

Laundry Detergent

I’m just going to be honest again, as bad as I want to be “Suzy Homemaker” and make everything from scratch, I’ve tried making my own laundry detergent, but my laundry never came out as clean as I thought it should. I’d find that some of the socks would still have a lingering smell, and my whites were not so bright. 

There’s something about a specially formulated detergent that has been tested to really clean. The one I use and is Home Made Simple – Lavender laundry detergent, it’s a plant based detergent that is better for you and the environment.  I’ve found it at the local grocery store and it’s a reasonable price. This swap uses plant based ingredients and truly makes clothes smell fresh and clean.  They also make it unscented if you prefer not to smell like lavender.

Candles/ Air Fresheners

Please tell me that you don’t you aren’t still using air fresheners. The air quality of our homes is so important. Good air quality is important to support our immune systems against environmental and seasonal threats, along with preventing toxic overload in our bodies.  Candles are not the best option, especially if they’re full of artificial fragrance. Soy candles are a little better, but your best option is using an essential oil diffuser. There are many benefits to aromatherapy, it can help to energize you or calm your nerves, not to mention making your house smell lovely.  It’s so simple to change out the scents too.  You can use individual oils or blend them up to make your own special, preferred scent. I love lavender at night and a grounding blend during the day such as DoTerra’s Balance.

Deodorant

Swap out those aluminum laden deodorants for one with less chemicals. I do make my own from time to time, and often for my daughter, but for a purchasable deodorant that works, Schmidt’s is my pick! It has been proven to work in the southern summer heat over and over again. It’s a little pricey, but it’s nice to have around in a pinch.

Meat

I really don’t like talking about meat, I eat some on occasion, but I’ve never been a big meat eater, in fact, in the past I was a vegetarian. It’s however, an area to look at when making healthy swaps. Have you ever wondered where all the meat at your local grocery store comes from? I do all the time, and when I think about the mass production, I think about what kind of conditions these animals were probably living in. So when you’re shopping for meat, look for at the very least, meat that has been raised without hormones or antibiotics. If you can afford it, organic and free range is even better. You can read my post on Mindful Eating which addresses the need to think about where our food is coming from.

Slow and Steady

So maybe you don’t make all of these changes today, but soon. Take note after you’ve made the health conscious swaps. Do you feel better? Do you have more energy? How about your kids? Do they seem a little less irritable? I hope you’ll feel the differences like me. Make the changes, for your health, the health of your family, and the health of our environment.

Resources:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/09/09/toxic-toothpaste-ingredients.aspx

Budget Friendly Essential Oils

Budget Friendly Essential Oils

Are you interested in using essential oils, but feel overwhelmed about how to start? Well it’s easy and surprisingly budget friendly. I recommend starting with a bottle of lemon essential oil ($11 – wholesale or $14.67 retail!).

Using essential oils has become more and more popular as people are looking for non-toxic solutions to implement into their daily living. They’re great to have around, you can use them for everything from cleaning to cooking, to repelling insects!

Essential oils have been around for centuries. So there’s nothing new or mysterious about them. It’s just, modern science and today’s culture have shifted us away from using products found in nature. Fortunately, times are changing as we all learn about the harm that’s being done by the chemicals in our environment.

I have people ask me about essential oils all the time, and I love sharing what I know, and how we use them in our family.  There’re always questions about, how do you know that they work? Or why do they cost so much? Actually, you can create a nice little stash on a budget! Good quality oils are thought to be expensive, and yes, some of them are, but doTERRA has so many great oils that are actually very budget friendly, for less than $20 with a doTERRA wholesale membership!

I know that sounds intimidating, “Wholesale Membership!” Really it’s not. There’s no monthly purchase requirement, there’s just a small cost of $35 the first year and then $25 any year after. Unless, you purchase a kit, then your fee is waved. Even if you choose not to become a wholesale member, you can find a handful of oils that will fit into your budget.

Think about all of the money you’ll save on cleaning products and over-the-counter medications alone? If they haven’t already, essential oils will become your go-to natural remedies, and non-toxic way to keep your home fresh and clean! And don’t forget, they can also be used to add flavor while cooking, or to your drinks like water, tea, or did someone say lime margarita? They’re also a great way to naturally freshen up your house, car, or shoes!

Why doTERRA you may ask?

Today, you can purchase essential oils pretty much anywhere. But just be aware, that the oils sold at your local grocery store aren’t the same, they often have additives and synthetics in them. I’ve yet to figure out why companies think this is okay. I guess it’s their way to make them more affordable, they seem to worry less about the quality, more about the quantity. These are not the kind of oils you want around your family.

Testing

DoTERRA oils are put through 8 rigorous tests to assure they’re top quality. They have researchers and scientist at hospitals, universities, and other care centers relentlessly implementing and validating the use of their essential oils for therapeutic care.

Sourcing

“doTERRA maintains the highest levels of quality, purity and sustainability in partnership with local growers around the world through Co-Impact sourcing.

doTERRA Gives Back

“The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation®, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, offers resources and tools to global sourcing communities and charitable organizations for self-reliance, healthcare, education, sanitation, and the fight against human trafficking. Through the life-enhancing benefits of essential oils, doTERRA is changing the world one drop, one person, one community at a time.”

How long will a bottle last?

15mL bottle = 250 drops of oil

5mL bottle = 85 drops of oil

Considering you only use 1-4 drops at a time, these little bottles are going to last you months, depending on how often you’re using them! I use lemon, purify, serenity, and copaiba, pretty much daily and I’ve only went through 2 bottles each in the past 6 months.

Here’s the proof that they really ARE affordable when you think about all that they do and provide. 

Budget Friendly Oils

Budget Friendly Essential Oils from doTERRA

Under $20 with Wholesale Membership

Wild Orange – $10 ($13.33 Retail)

  • Energizing

Lemongrass – $10 ($13.33 Retail)

  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Naturally repels insects
  • Offers toning benefits for the skin

Lemon – $11 (14.67 Retail)

Effortless Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

  • Uplifting and energizing
  • Use while cooking for flavor
  • Add to water or tea
  • Use for cleaning air and surfaces
  • Diffusing supports healthy respiratory system

Cedarwood – $13

  • Warm woody scent, grounding
  • Promotes relaxation

Lime – $13 ($17.33 Retail)

  • Stimulating and refreshing properties
  • Add to water for flavoring
  • Add to yogurt or other foods for citrusy flavor

Fennel – $15 ($20.00 Retail)

  • Licorice aroma
  • Add to water or tea to help fight sweet tooth cravings
  • May promote healthy metabolism, liver function, circulation

Tangerine – $15 ($20.00 Retail)

  • Sweet tangy aroma
  • Supports healthy digestion and metabolism
  • Energizing, uplifting
  • Cleansing and purifying

Cypress – $15.50 ($20.67 Retail)

  • Grounding, yet energizing effect on emotions (Often used in spas)
  • Apply to legs prior to an endurance run
  • Helps improve the appearance of oily skin

Clove – $16 ($21.33 Retail)

  • Popular cooking spice
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Promotes healthy teeth and gums
  • Supports cardiovascular health

Rosemary – $16 ($21.33 Retail)

  • Frequently used in cooking
  • Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue
  • Diffuse while studying to help maintain concentration

Eucalyptus – $17 ($22.67 Retail)

  • Promotes feelings of clear breathing
  • Cleansing and purifying properties
  • Add one drop to your moisturizer and apply to skin for revitalizing benefits

Grapefruit – $18 ($24.00 Retail)

  • Invigorating and energizing aroma
  • Add to water to support a healthy metabolism
  • Diffuse to increase motivation

Cassia – $19 ($25.33 Retail)

  • Closely related to cinnamon
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • May help support immune function
  • Taken internally may support healthy cardiovascular system

doTERRA Blends under $20

TerraShield – (Blend of Ylang Ylang Flower, Tamanu Seed, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood Wood, Catnip Plant, Lemon Eucalyptus Leaf, Litsea Fruit, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Arborvitae Wood)  – $10.50 ($14.00 Retail)

  • Natural, safe outdoor protection

Purify – (Blend of Lemon Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Citronella Grass, Lime Peel, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Leaf, Cilantro Herb essential oils) – $20 ($26.67 Retail)

  • Uplifting, piney/citrusy smell
  • Purifies the air in a natural clean way
  • Great for cleaning almost anything

Citrus Bliss – (Blend of Wild Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Grapefruit Peel, Mandarin Peel, Bergamot Peel, Tangerine Peel, Clementine Peel essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute) -$18 ($24.00 Retail)

  • Uplifting, helps with stress
  • Blend of citrus oils
  • Great for cleaning

Align – (Blend of  Bergamot, Coriander, Marjoram, Peppermint, Jasmine absolute, and Rose)  – $17 ($22.67 Retail)

  • Promotes feelings of self-acceptance, peace, and trust
  • Great for yoga practice

Anchor – (Blend of Lavender, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Cinnamon Bark, Sandalwood, Black Pepper, and Patchouli) – $20 ($26.67 Retail)

  • Great for yoga practice
  • Promotes feeling of completeness, courage, and calmness
  • A very grounding blend.

Arise – (Blend of Grapefruit, Lemon, Osmanthus, Melissa, and Siberian Fir) – $19 ($25.33 Retail)

  • Promotes happiness, clarity, and courage
  • Also great for effective yoga practice

Forgive – (Blend of Spruce Leaf, Bergamot Peel, Juniper Berry Fruit, Myrrh Resin, Arborvitae Wood, Nootka Tree Wood, Thyme Leaf, Citronella Herb) – $20 ($26.67 Retail)

  • Encourages letting go
  • Great for meditation

Regardless of which oil company you choose, there are plenty of budget friendly oils available.  I just recommend always choosing high quality, therapeutic grade oils for safe, effective benefits.  And don’t forget to check and see where they are sourced, and how thoroughly they’re tested. Only the best for your family!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at metronomewellness@gmail.com or check out the doTERRA website at  https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/angieulrich1/

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As always, remember that essential oils are highly concentrated, and it only takes a drop or 2 for them to work their magic.  Always use caution with children and during pregnancy.  I am not a medical doctor, simply a health coach providing information for you to take and use how you see fit.  Please always consult your doctor before going off any medications. Complete Disclaimer.

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Effortless Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

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The Refreshing Smell of Lemons

Have you ever cut open a lemon and immediately felt your senses awaken? The scent of a lemon is so powerful, it can bring joy, calmness, and cleanliness in one sniff! I’ve been a big fan of lemons, the smell, taste, even just looking at the bright yellow rind makes me happy!

It’s no surprise that lemon essential oil is one of my favorites. To be honest, there are some oils I own, that I just don’t tend to use much.  I love them, and I’m thankful to have them around when I need them, but they stay in the drawer of my nightstand most of the time. 

However, lemon essential oil is not one of those!  It takes no time at all for me to go through my $11 bottle! The effortless uses of lemon essential oil saves me money, and makes eliminating toxins from my environment easy as lemon pie!

What is Lemon Essential oil?

Lemon essential oil comes from the cold pressing the rind of lemons. What amazes me most is that it takes 75 lemons to make 15 ounces of lemon essential oil! Potent stuff huh???

No wonder a couple of drops of this powerful oil really packs a punch. If you love the smell of clean, fresh lemons, you will love incorporating lemon essential oil into your healthy living routine! It’s great for so many reasons.

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Uses for Lemon Essential Oil?

Kitchen 2-3 drops on a damp cloth and wipe down:

  • Counters
  • Appliances (inside and out)
  • Inside of lunch box
  • Sinks
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Drains
  • Table
  • Trash can
  • Make a fruit and veggie wash to remove any nasty pesticides and germs: I use a glass spray bottle, 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of water, and 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil.

Cooking & Baking – A couple of drops to:

  • Add to frosting
  • Add to pastries
  • Add in yogurt

Laundry Room – a couple of drops on:

  • Grease stains
  • Dryer balls
  • A cloth to wipe down the inside and outside of the washer

Wellness Boost – Diffuse or add to water or tea

  • Support relaxation
  • Promote mental clarity
  • Uplifting, helps reduce stress
  • Assists in detoxification

How to Purchase Lemon Essential Oil

Always use a pure, superior, therapeutic grade oil such as doTerra.  If you are interested in the $11 bottle of Lemon Essential Oil, becoming a wholesale member will save you money, for details, check out the following link: wholesale member. If you are interested learning more about the benefits of essential oils, feel free to email me at metronomewellness@gmail.com.  Or visit my Purchase Oil page for an explanation of the different memberships available.

Medical Disclaimer

As always, remember that essential oils are highly concentrated, and it only takes a drop or 2 for them to work their magic.  Always use caution with children and during pregnancy.  I am not a medical doctor, simply a health coach providing information for you to take and use how you see fit.  Please always consult your doctor before going off any medications. Complete Disclaimer. 

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The Best Deodorant for Young Girls

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The Best Deodorant for Young Girls

My daughter is 10 soon to be 11, where has the time gone? So hard to believe. Her little body is changing, and along with that, comes the wonderful need for deodorant. (She will be a little embarrassed to know I’m sharing this.)  I realize she is growing up and this is totally normal, but a little sad for me. 

When I was trying to figure out what to get her, I wanted to make sure I was getting her a safe, natural, effective deodorant. First, she tried using Tom’s deodorant, and it worked fine, but then, a light bulb went off – I decided to see if we could make some out of my essential oils, and guess what? We did, and it works really well, is much cheaper, and super simple to make!

Here it is: The Best Deodorant for Young Girls

1/2 Cup of Solid Coconut Oil

¼ Cup Baking Soda

¼ Cup of Corn Starch or Arrowroot powder

10-15 drops of essential oil (we used lavender)

Homemade Deodorant

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl into a paste, and poor into small tins, like these.  You can place it in the refrigerator for a more solid state, but we like it in paste form. My daughter just uses her finger tips and puts a little bit on each morning. She hasn’t had any complaints about it at all, and loves the lavender smell. I think it’s kind of like a little calming perfume she gets to wear to school everyday! 

I’ve made deodorant for myself in the past, but after I found Schmidt’s, I stopped making my own. It works and smells amazing! I like the Ylang Ylang & Calendula. If the homemade deodorant isn’t your thing, I would recommend giving it a try, it hasn’t let me or my husband down. He likes the Cedarwood scent.

All in all, when choosing your daughter’s first deodorant, make sure it does NOT contain aluminum, parabens, triclosan, or any artificial dyes or fragrances. These additives are unnecessary, and have been shown to disrupt hormones. It’s our job as parent’s, to keep them safe and healthy, this is just another simple way we can!

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Natural Weed Killer

The Best Natural Weed Killer

Weeds! They drive me crazy this time of year, and they seem to come on with a vengeance here in the south.  I know it’s best to pull them by hand, but who has the time? For years, people have used chemicals, not knowing the harmful effects, but now there is more research than ever out on the harmful long-term effects of glyphosate, (the most common chemical used in round-up).

Walk into any home improvement store and you’ll find 10 different kinds of weed killer, but they’re all highly toxic and have been linked to cancer and neurological diseases.  So, I stay far away from that isle, and my hope is that you do too, for the sake of the environment and the health of your family.  I recommend using the following recipe instead, I promise it works! Possibly even better than the chemical laden ones. 

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The most important thing to note, is that this isn’t your everyday white vinegar you can find at the local grocery store.  Make sure you’re buying a high grain vinegar, (I purchase mine from Amazon), it’s 300 grain and is very powerful! Be careful and wear gloves and goggles or glasses to protect your hands and eyes.  If you happen to get it on yourself, be sure to wash it off quickly.

After Natural Weed Killer

Natural Weed Killer:

1 300 grain – Gallon White Vinegar

1 cup Salt

2 Tablespoon Liquid dish soap

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle (I use something like this). Be sure to treat weeds on a sunny day, to get the best results. A little goes a long way, so although it can be a little pricey, it will last. If you’re wondering if it’s worth it, ask yourself, what is the price of your family’s health?

How to Make Your Own Hand Soap

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Hand Soap Made with Essential Oils

Shopping for a Safe, Healthy Hand Soap that doesn’t contain unnecessary ingredients can be very difficult.  I get so frustrated with these companies thinking it’s okay to put toxic ingredients into products that our kids are using. 

Here are just of few ingredients in typical hand soaps on the market today:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin-Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, SLS is a “moderate hazard” that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.)

Fragrance (According to the Environmental Working Group, the average fragrant contains about 14 secret chemicals that aren’t listed on the label, many of which are linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions, as well as about 80 percent of them not being tested for human safety in personal care products.)

Parabens (Long chain parabens are also banned in Europe. According to Costmeticsinfo.org, data indicate that methyl, propyl, and butyl forms of parabens interfere with the functioning of the endocrine system. Specifically, parabens are endocrine disruptors stored in the body tissue that interfere with glandular activity and hormone production.)

To protect my family, I started making my own hand soap with castile soap and essential oils.  So many essential oils have natural cleaning benefits already, when combined with the castile soap, you can rest assured that everyone stays clean and healthy!

Essential Oil Hand Soap

Here is the EASY Hand Soap recipe:

Hand Soap with Essential Oils

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups of Water

Instructions

  1. Pour castile soap and fractionated coconut oil into 16 oz bottle (preferably glass, I like these).
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Slowly add water to fill the bottle, making sure to leave room for the pump.
  4. Place lid on and give it a good shake

And there you have it, so simple, and cost pennies and seconds to make!

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