Feel the love this Valentine's Day - but add a twist and make it a non-toxic Valentine's Day. Not only will it be fun to look for new ways to celebrate, but creating a non-toxic celebration will help keep you from feeling tired, foggy, headachey, and sleepy.
Here are some tips to avoid toxic products that are out to kill the fun on Valentine's day.
1. Non-Toxic Love Notes
Start the day off with surprise messages to welcome the day and have your significant other (or children) look forward to the day ahead. Use non-toxic markers like our EcoSmart markers to write messages on the bathroom mirror, on windows, or on whiteboards in the house.
Add some lipstick kisses for a nice added touch - and on that note let's check in with your choice of lipwear. Does it contain lead? Here's a list of the top 20 lipsticks with lead, and here's a list of the best lipsticks for your chops.
2. Valentine's Flowers
Did you know that flower growers are the heaviest users of agricultural pesticides? So when we stop to smell the roses, we are breathing in a dose of very potent chemicals. And there's more to consider: many fresh cut flowers are flown in from other areas or countries and wrapped in cellophane. A choice that is healthier for you and the planet would be to visit a farmer's market for local and preferably organic flowers.
Improve Indoor Air Quality - Alternatively, house plants, while not a traditional Valentine's gift, also help to set the mood. Boston ferns, Aloe and Chrysanthemums, as well as several other indoor plants on this list actually help improve your indoor air quality.
3. Chocolates and candies
Think organic and fair trade to start with.
There are a few problems with our traditional indulgence in sweets for Valentines Day. First of all, the sugar rush and then subsequent crash might make you feel sleepy or even moody, but really, whateves, dig in and enjoy some chocolate love. Although for men, just a head's up in case you were expecting a little something extra, there was that 2009 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that men with better blood sugar levels enjoyed better sexual health.
4. Scented Candles
When you are setting the mood, consider avoiding scented candles. Studies have found that artificially-scented candles - which are usually petroleum-based - emit chemicals such as benzene and toluene into the air. Nothing sexy about that.
So beware of your vanilla bean or 'scents of joy' candles as they may be unleashing sex-drive-killing toxins. Look instead for natural candles (such as beeswax or soy-based candles) and essential oils for mood-lighting.
However you celebrate Valentines Day this year, we hope these tips will get you on your way to a healthier day, in the mood for love.