Once upon a time, there was girl, this girl loved using chemical products to clean her house. However this girl couldn`t stand the migraine inducing smell of cleaners, but she knew the house was clean because of that smell. This girl used to make fun of people who used essential oils, vinegar and baking soda to clean. She thought they were “Granola crunching hippies” who were afraid of science.
This girl got diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This girl was me!
Since my diagnosis a couple of months ago, I have been doing a ton of research online and in libraries (there is something about smelling books that I love). Everything I have read has said that flare ups and symptoms can be diminished by reducing chemicals in the home as well as cutting out inflammatory foods (post on that later).
So how do I make sure my home is clean and safe without using the chemical cleaners we know and love as a society? I found essential oils.
Now I see you all rolling your eyes, thinking I am one of those granola crunching hippies and maybe I am. But if you do your own research (I am not here to convert anyone to essential oil use and it’s benefits), the science is there and it does show that using natural products like vinegar and oils are just as effective at cleaning and disinfecting as the chemical cleaners but it doesn’t have that lasting migraine inducing spell.
I am not an expert in essential oil use yet. I am planning on taking some courses to fully understand. That said, The house is clean, and it smells nice (not chemically).
Big caveat, make sure that if you are going to use oils to clean, that you do your own research and that you purchase ones that do not have anything else added to it except for oils.
Have fun experimenting, let me know what you have tried!
Love and Peace