Identify Your Triggers - Fragrances

Figuring out what triggers our symptoms is key to getting on the road to wellness.   

It’s true we live in a toxic world, and we may not be able to control everything around us.  There is one area, however, we can control and that is what we choose to bring into our homes.    

One thing is for sure, we do have freedom to choose which means we can have freedom from toxins. 

There are many common triggers that contribute to autoimmune disorders.  Let’s consider just one of them.......  

Fragrances and Perfumes: 

No doubt most of us have seen the reports about the dangers of second-hand (cigarette) smoke.  In the past few years a newsecond-hand smoke” has jumped to the forefront .... synthetic/artificial fragrance.   

Fragrances and Perfumes can be found in almost every product from makeup to toilet paper.  Because of this most people may not be aware of the dangers of synthetic scents found in every day products such as air fresheners/plug-insshampoo, lotion, deodorant, sun-screenscented candlesdetergents and dryer sheets.  Did you know the average American woman uses 12-16 beauty and cosmetic products a day .... many containing fragrances?  


Why are synthetic scents being called the new “second-hand smoke”?  State, federal and global authorities do not regulate ingredients in fragrances.  This means the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on a label could actually contain anywhere from 50-300 chemicals.   

About 90% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (crude oil).  These include things like benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene, and many other toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, and allergic reactions. 

1. Respiratory Issues 

2. Cancer Causing 

3. Reproductive Toxicity 

4. Neurotoxin 

5. Liver & Kidney Damage 

6. Skin Issues 

7. Headaches 

These are just a short list of the dangers of using synthetic fragrances in your home.  Synthetic fragrances was one of the first triggers I was able to identify that was contributing to my autoimmunity.   

If you suffer from any of these, I encourage you to remove the “fake” stuff for one month and open your windows if you can.  Just see what a difference it can make in how you feel. 

Better yet.... if you’re like me, you want your home to smell great AND be a safe environment for your family and pets (they inhale what we inhale), using essential oils and a diffuser is the perfect alternative!

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Fragrances affect my cognitive ability, can change my personality, and leave me with a "toxic hangover headache".

How do fragrances affect you?  I would love to hear your experiences.

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