Plane Nerves, Part 2

← See Part One here I returned this week from a fantastic week of camping in California. For two weekends and a week, I revelled in glorious outdoor splendour 2000 miles from home (so the plane’s map system told me), while watching the people around me sniffle and sneeze from outdoor allergies. Before leaving, I was […]


Going to a Large Gathering with Allergies

Large masses of people. *shiver* They used to not bother me at all. Now I fear being a part of a crowd, especially indoors. The combination of cleaning chemicals used in commercial establishments, fragranced body care products, and laundry detergents and shampoos wafting through the air makes me fear for the next several days. Itchy, […]


Having House Guests Who Don’t Have Allergies, Part 1

My in-laws arrive this week from halfway across the country. They know about my allergies, but I don’t think they realize yet how much little things affect me. Nonetheless, they really are trying to make as little impact on my health as possible, a fact I wholeheartedly appreciate. Having guests in our house has been […]


It’s All About How You Smell

I’d like to talk today about environmental allergies such as allergies to fragrances. Those annoying signs are everywhere now: Scent Free Workplace/Office/Hospital/etc. I used to wear low-fragrance products, and think I was doing the right thing. After all, if they can’t smell it, it can’t hurt, right? All that changed the moment my body started […]


Essential Oils 102

← Continued from Essential Oils 101 What Can Essential Oils Do? Despite my cautions above, essential oils can be used safely by most people, if used correctly, in highly diluted form. Depending on the specific oil, properly used essential oils can kill bacteria and fungus, soothe, reduce appetite, aid breathing, reduce coughing, and more. Each essential […]


Essential Oils 101

Essential oils are some of the go-to scent and disinfecting agents in the homemade and natural product sector. People buy them and use them all the time, with little regard for exactly what they are. They’re natural, right? So they must be safe? This is not entirely true. To understand how we can safely use […]


Plane Nerves

Today I take my first plane trip since finding out about my chemical allergies. That’s 6 hours of sitting in close proximity to a LOT of people, all their associated detergents, body sprays, perfumes, fabric softeners, hairspray… Understandably, I’m a little nervous. The trip would be unmanageable without flying, as I’m traveling from Ontario, Canada, […]


Reducing Plastic Use in the Kitchen

Although my husband recently decided that reducing our plastic use was the right way to go to help save the environment, our health, and wildlife, I have been working on reducing our plastic use in our kitchen for a while now. I may not be comfortable recycling, throwing, or giving away our Tupperware (and most Tupperware […]


Easy, Allergen-Free Dish Soap, for Now

Commercial hand-washing dish detergent such as one might buy in a grocery store is a very useful product. It removes vast quantities of grease, it rinses clean, and it’s super-concentrated. When you have chemical allergies, and start to realize what’s in the things you use, your perspective changes. Most commercial dish detergents contain isothiazolinones. The […]


The Drive to Remove Plastics

Last Wednesday, as we were driving on our weekly night out, my husband said something absolutely shocking to me. I’m serious. I was floored. I almost didn’t know how to respond, I didn’t want to jinx what he was saying or wake up, but as he spoke, I became increasingly proud of him. I’ve been […]