THE HOME FRONT
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.