The start of the New Year brings new goals for most people. A new beginning on the calendar is often the best time to begin a new way of living. If you have been thinking about replacing products you use in your home with natural alternatives, now is a great time to make changes. If you live with other people, they are more likely to support the changes after the first of the year too, when they are looking to improve their way of living.
One of the best ways to make changes in your home to replace many of the chemicals you expose yourself to is to use essential oils. Many essential oils work just as well, and in some cases better, than store bought products. Not only can you use oils like pine and orange oil to do household chores, you can replace products you use for health and hygiene with homemade options. Making your own shampoo with natural, fragrance-free soap and adding a few drops of lavender oil is a great way to keep your hair smelling fresh all day. Keep your skin soft and moisturized with sweet almond oil or jojoba oil blended with juniper berry oil or patchouli oil. There are even natural products that combat conditions like headlice that are safe and effective.
The natural transformation does not have to stop with personal care. You can make changes throughout your home and replace dangerous chemical-laden items with natural alternatives. Put a few drops of sandalwood or eucalyptus oil on a washcloth and toss it into the dryer with your clothing. This will cut down on static and add a fresh scent to your clean clothes. At night before slipping into bed, lightly mist your pillow with a blend of water and lavender or chamomile oil. You will drift off to sleep surrounded by the pleasant, relaxing scents.
Using natural products is a safe alternative. If you want to make changes in the New Year and start 2011 right with a natural, chemical-free way of living, essential oils will help you make the transition with ease. Do you have any resolutions or plans to enact natural changes in the New Year? Leave a comment and let us know your plans!