In the last few years, my minor allergies have exploded. Since my diagnosis of Eosinophilic Esophagitis, it seems like I’m allergic to most foods, and a whole lot of environmental elements…pollens, dusts, I’m not even sure. Every day I have blocked sinuses or a running nose, and when I have an attack, my airways constrict and I find it hard to breathe.
I carry an inhaler, and that takes care of it. If my lips and tongue swell, then its EpiPen time.
My immunologist put me on an elimination diet (the Top 8) which identified chicken, beef, potato, sweet potato, rice, corn, soy, brocolli, carrot, pumpkin, onions, garlic, chilli, and green beans as ‘safe’. You can make a lot of meals out of these ingredients, but it does get a little tedious.
Ultimately, in her opinion, some of my triggers are environmental, so I’ve started making an effort to reduce the chemical (potential) allergens in my house. To this end, I’m using essential oils and other basic household ingredients instead of commercial cleaners, where i can. I’m only at the beginning of this process, testing recipes and seeing what works and what doesn’t.
Just to be clear, I don’t believe that all chemicals are “bad” and all natural things are “good”. I don’t believe that chemicals are the cause of my long list of autoimmune diseases, including Rheumatoid Arthritis.
I DO want to reduce my exposure to allergens. I DO want to know exactly what’s in the products I use. If I make them myself (where possible) I can do these things. I hope it will mean less allergic attacks, because currently I get hives and angiodema (swollen face and lips) almost daily.
I also am very sensitive to smells, and I find I get headaches from the artificial fragrances and I just plain don’t like them!
Some essential oils also have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and antiseptic properties…perfect for cleaning!
So here’s my first recipe – all natural Spray n Wipe All Purpose Cleaner.
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