The first step to reversing an Environmental Illness is to stop absorbing toxins by removing toxic products from our homes and avoiding exposure when we are not home.
Starting with your home (preferably with the help of someone who is not yet experiencing E.I. symptoms) check all cupboards, closets, sink areas, bath and shower stalls, etc. and remove all.
- Body Wash
- Lotions and Creams
- Household Cleaning Products
- Laundry Detergent
- Fabric Softener
- Dryer Sheets
- Air Fresheners
- Muscle Sprays and Rubs
- Body Dust Products
- All Other Aromatics including Fragrant Plants
During this step, you will also gather up all herbs, spices, herbal teas, and other related ingredients and seal them in an airtight container along with an Activated Charcoal Absorbant pack.
Thinking back to when our family transitioned to a less toxic life there were a few things that shocked us.
- How many products we had to throw out.
- How hard it was to find replacements even from natural sources that didn’t trigger E.I. symptoms.
- How identifying safe products through exposure (sniff test) turned out to be highly inaccurate. Most products assumed safe turned out to just be below the threshold of triggering a reaction, therefore, sneaking toxins in which over time increased my sensitivity.
There was, of course, some opposition from family members who were not yet getting sick, with statements like “But I love my shampoo” and “You’re not throwing all those products out”.
Instead of throwing everything out we put it all in a large storage tote outside.
Within a few weeks, I was no longer in a state of constant symptoms and could then start noticing and identifying trigger chemicals within seconds of exposure.
At this point in my life, it was next to impossible to go shopping for products. At the grocery store, I would shop the produce section then take a deep breath and speed past the cleaning and personal care products before breathing again.
It is for this reason that I have sourced everything you will need from Amazon so that you can order for home delivery.
For most of the products, you will need I have included recipes with links to the ingredients you will need, listed in the shop section of this site.
Any packaged products listed in the shop section are products that have been used either in our home or by friends and family and have proven to have some level of safety. Some are products that I can use, others are products that friends and family use that do not trigger an E.I. reaction during close personal contact. I make it a habit of differentiating between these products by including a product review.