Reducing the toxin load in your daily life.
In the early days of my aromatherapy journey I was told to cut a fresh clove of garlic, cut it in half and squeeze the juice onto the instep of my foot. Then I had to time how long until I could taste it in my mouth. At 30 seconds I got a metallic taste in my mouth – at 48 seconds it was as if I had eaten the garlic and I stunk of garlic for a couple of days.
That moment was a pivotal point in my life. Up until then I had thought of my skin as a protective covering, it had never occurred to me that it was porous. If things moved into our bodies that quickly, what were the chemicals we used daily doing to our health? I went home and threw all my cleaning products away and taught myself how to replace them. Way back then there was very little information to assist so I just followed my gut. Now we do a whole Practical Workshop and Skin and Hair Workshop on how to make the change over gradually– much easier than my journey, believe me!
Then I progressed to my personal hygiene products, that wasn’t easy either as Amazing Scents and all their bases didn’t exist back then. Apparently only hippies wanted natural products or so they thought and I never quite fit into that box! But I persevered and eventually found very expensive bases to use or I had to create them from scratch which was very time consuming. I now have replaced 99% of my personal hygiene products and Amazing Scents supply all the bases I need. When I got diagnosed with hypothyroidism back in 2006, I started to research the why and soon realised the link to fluoride so I made my own toothpaste and mouthwash. I will never use normal toothpaste again! When I read about aluminium being linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s I learned to make my own deodorant. Believe me ignorance is not bliss when it comes to our future health.
When people ask me how I find time to make all my personal hygiene and cleaning products, I want to ask them how they find time to shop for them all? Shopping is time consuming, expensive, exhausting and frustrating. Most people spend hours shopping every week, being marketed at every level and buying so much more than they intended – often leaving with 4 bags instead of the 4 items they went in for. They have little or no knowledge of what’s in products or whether the labels are correct. They just buy what they think is best, usually based on advertising.
I spend approximately 1 hour every 8 weeks and make up all I need. Think of how much I save in time, energy, money and senseless purchasing. It is so therapeutic just making these products and the reduction of toxins and the influence on our health is immense. The only side effect is more money left over for the better things in life. This is why we teach those who are willing to change.
One by one I learned simple and easy ways to reduce toxins in my life. I am so grateful for this journey, I can’t undo the things that occurred beforehand but I can influence the future. This is why since 2003 I have been dedicated to teaching on what I have learned it. I never knew this path was ahead of me until my husband got sick and the treatment looked worse than the disease. So glad I took a leap of faith.
I love that I will leave a legacy for my children and generations after. I may be remembered as the head witch but I know I will have made a difference.
Lianne Watson, Company Owner and Director -Amazing Scents Aromatherapy