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Kay­tee Boyd is a holis­tic health and nu­tri­tion spe­cial­ist at the Boyd Clinic in Auck­land. She talks about some of the hid­den allergy trig­gers around our homes.

Are there tox­ins we should look out for? There are many un­nec­es­sary chem­i­cals used in house­hold prod­ucts, but the two to watch out for are preser­va­tives and fra­grances. It’s dif­fi­cult to tell with some brands as they don’t al­ways de­clare the in­gre­di­ents they use, so look for brands that make a point of hav­ing full trans­parency around in­gre­di­ents and al­ler­gens (which can also be in some nat­u­ral es­sen­tial oils!). The EWG Skin Deep web­site is an ex­cel­lent re­source to search for in­for­ma­tion about in­gre­di­ents.

Are there sim­ple ways we can re­duce them? Avoid­ing fra­grances is an ex­cel­lent start. We might reach for a cer­tain laun­dry liq­uid for the “fresh smell”, but how much do we re­ally un­der­stand about the cre­ation of the fra­grances? Cur­rently, there are no safety leg­is­la­tions for the global bil­lion-dol­lar fra­grance mar­ket. Look­ing for prod­ucts that have real cred­i­bil­ity around be­ing safer for peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment, and check­ing that they’ve been der­ma­to­log­i­cally tested is a good idea. I believe prod­ucts that have a sim­ple in­gre­di­ents list are of­ten bet­ter for us too, check out the Ul­tra Sen­si­tive range from New Zealand-made brand eco­s­tore.

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