I bought flowers yesterday.
I had been wanting to buy flowers for a long time.
Every time we go to the grocery store, I walk back and forth staring at them. I talk myself in and out of buying them about five different times before I decide it is not a necessity and I will do it next time.
I have never really been into flowers. I’ve always seen them as something that is nice, but kind of whatever.
However, my thoughts have changed recently. I found out about a year ago that I have a genetic mutation. Without going into much depth, one thing about this mutation is it makes it difficult for my body to detoxify itself.
Of course, I have spent a lot of time researching how to live with this mutation in a healthier way. One thing I have been very surprised to learn recently (I know, I’m probably late to the game on this) is how much the products we use affect us, like toothpaste, deodorant, dry shampoo, face products, shampoo, lotion, etc. . Although these products are topical and I am not ingesting them, they seep directly into our bodies. Something that would fall into this category as well is candles. Candles. I mean, come on. I love candles. And, this fall, my boyfriend and I had been burning a lot of them. We got into the habit of buying the festive ones from Bath and Body Works.
Now, I have not researched a ton about the “normal” use of candles, but I know that for my mutation it can be harmful because of the release of heavy metals. I say can in italics because, let’s be honest, there are many things that can be harmful – we just never really know what. One of the suggestions for people with my mutation is to use plants or flowers instead to freshen up a room.
I have not burnt a candle in quite a while, and it is one of my goals to have flowers and plants be a norm in my home. Now, I know I will use candles sometimes, but in larger areas instead of smaller rooms.
As I get older, I am increasingly fascinated and intrigued by the positive effects that natural things from the Earth can have on our bodies.
Ah, I love to learn.
That’s all – no profound statement today. 🙂
love always, caitlin