Aug 212017

Mosquito repellent / insect repellent

For decades, DEET has been the most popular active ingredient in insect repellents. This article from Scientific American offers some interesting insights into reasons why you may want to look for some alternatives.

Fully 25% of the subjects tested experienced negative health effects that have been linked to the use of DEET (diethyltoluamide). It goes on to suggest that DEET can cause diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in adults.

It can also cause rashes and skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, dizziness and difficulties with concentration. So the ingredient that scares off mosquitoes should scare off humans, as well. There are some new alternatives that are virtually risk-free.

The risks to children, as you might imagine, are even greater.

Quantum Health tells us here to be wary of using DEET on children and NEVER use it on infants. Children are more susceptible to subtle brain changes because their skin is more absorbent and their developing nervous systems have a higher potential for harm.


Did you hear the story of a group of young teenage friends driving around looking for Volkswagen “bugs” and spraying them with repellent? Just good fun, huh? Not so fast. As a result of inhaling the repellent, one of the backseat passengers was vomiting for nearly a week and eventually had to be taken to the emergency room for treatment. So avoiding use AND any access is the best precautions you can take.

There are, as I said, new alternatives to DEET that have been proven highly effective. My Company has developed and manufactures a completely natural insect repellent using essential oils. The dangers of DEET exist whether absorbed through the skin or through inhalation. When there are effective alternatives available, does it really make sense to expose yourself and your family to the dangers that DEET threatens?

Aug 012017


The US National Library of Medicine says:

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl. … Phthalates are used in hundreds of consumer products.

Phthalates are used in cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers. They are used in consumer products such as flexible plastic and vinyl toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, vinyl miniblinds, food packaging, and plastic wrap.

Phthalates are also used in wood finishes, detergents, adhesives, plastic plumbing pipes, lubricants, medical tubing and fluid bags, solvents, insecticides, medical devices, building materials, and vinyl flooring.”

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They’re everywhere. So?

  • Why Be Concerned?

Chemicals are all around us. We can’t escape them. We can, however, limit our exposure to them. That should be of concern to us because harmful chemicals can disrupt the way our bodies work and cause us to have health problems. For instance, phthalates, according to the NIH, “are suspected to be endocrine disruptors.”

What that means in a nutshell, is that they “… may interfere with the production or activity of hormones in the human endocrine system.” The human endocrine system controls many body functions, which include hormone production, pancreas, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, and male and female reproductive glands.

  • What can you do?

You can try to reduce the amount of phthalates you are exposed to. The way I see it, putting something directly on my skin or in my hair, (cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers) that contain phthalates just doesn’t makes sense.

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Washing my clothes and dishes in detergents that contain phthalates doesn’t make sense. Cleaning my house with products that contain phthalates doesn’t make sense.

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I ask myself why I would do that when I know I can purchase high quality, economical products, WITHOUT phthalates. We can’t completely eliminate phthalates from our environment, but we can greatly reduce the amount of phthalates we are in direct contact with. Therefore I use products that are free from chemicals, including phthalates.  If you would like to learn about the products I use, contact me (Martha) at 505-750-7857 or is a health and wellness website that promotes healthy lifestyles and products.


Jul 272017

I really appreciate this article about allergens in the home. Many of us experience difficulties with allergies.  The attached report offers some tips on how to protect against allergens in your home.  Page 5 of the report references that the cleaners you use to rid your home of the problems, could be problems themselves.

I get my cleaning products from a company that provides all natural cleaning options.  They REALLY work!

Feb 182017

My confidence level rises when I know (really know) why I am doing something.   If you are starting a new venture in your life, a new home business, a new health and wellness program, a new way of shopping green, figure out why.  Your real reason.   When things get difficult (and they will), keep going back to that. mlr


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Jun 052015

Cleaning our homes with non-toxic products becomes a priority when we have little ones in the home who could come into contact with dangerous chemicals or when we, for some reason, become more sensitive to the dangerous chemicals in most in-store products.  The skull bones on the back of most cleaning products under CAUTION should be a warning that the product is dangerous.  The products I use are non-toxic and completely safe for children and animals.  They will not choke you when cleaning with them and they clean better than store-bought brands.  I am very thankful to have been using natural based products for many years.  It has saved me a lot of possible headaches (pun).  To learn more about the products I use, go to