This is part 1 of a 3 part series on your environments. Today is physical, parts 2 and 3 will be emotional and social environments.
My skin is allergic to just about anything you can think of: laundry detergent, most soap, skin care products, cleanings supplies, toner in printers, etc. I do not claim to be the smartest tool in the shed, but sometimes I am REALLY not very wise. Several years ago I knew I was allergic to a particular brand of soap and in children’s ministry we were carving things out of this soap. I was smart enough to not touch the soap or any of the kids who had touched the soap until they had washed their hands. I was not wise enough, however, to realize that carving this soap would put particles into the air that would crawl into my lungs. After a short time in the room I was having trouble breathing. We had a doctor in the church who came to my rescue and asked if I had eaten anything to stop my breathing or if I had any allergies. I said I was allergic to that soap, but I had not touched it. He then advised me that if I was allergic to it touching the outside of my skin, then breathing it in could have been deadly. Oops. If I am allergic on the outside, I am certainly allergic on the inside. Lesson learned.
Isn’t it interesting the phrase, “you are what you eat” came about pertaining to what we put IN our bodies. Wouldn’t it be more correct to say, “You are what you consume” that way we can pay attention not only to what we consume internally, but also to what is physically around us. I teach a couple of classes like “Cleaning supplies from your kitchen” and “How to have a home spa from your kitchen” where I let people know that if we wouldn’t eat it, we should expose ourselves to it. This applies to cleaning supplies, spa products, and most everything else. Our physical environment can have such an impact on our overall health. Think about how you feel when you eat junk food, you feel junky and sluggish. When you eat vibrant, healthful, fresh fruits and veggies, you just feel more alive and energetic. Now I challenge you to find the healthy alternatives to the regular chemical you use in your home. I bet you’ll notice an immediate difference. Since I stopped using chemicals in my home, I have cut down on my allergies and even cut out a brain fog I used to get every single time I used those chemicals. I no long have itchy rashes that break out after doing laundry. While my allergies are more extreme than most people, I have seen many people who took chemicals out of their homes, and found out their health improved as well. Simple vinegar and baking soda solutions, as well as using lemons can keep your home clean and fresh, kill germs, and provide pleasant scents while avoid overpriced commercial products that are harmful to your family’s health.
In part 2 of this series Miss Bobbie discusses our emotional environments. Stay tuned….