Time to clean up your life

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Happier and healthier: Health and wellness coach Clare Panchaud has detoxified her family’s life by abandoning commercial bathing and cleaning products for essential oils and other ingredients that are readily available

    Photograph supplied Happier and healthier: Health and wellness coach Clare Panchaud has detoxified her family’s life by abandoning commercial bathing and cleaning products for essential oils and other ingredients that are readily available


We’ve all heard claims from people who say they find dish washing “therapeutic” or ironing “soothing”.

For those who find cleaning a chore, there are surer ways to unburden yourself through housework.

An holistic housekeeping workshop led by health and wellness coach Clare Panchaud and functional and nutrition medicine practitioner Sabrina Famous will give participants comprehensive guidelines on how to detox the home with cleaner, cost-effective products.

Saturday’s workshop will address what environmental toxins are hidden in your household, how the body absorbs toxins and how toxins impact hormones, the brain and overall health.

For any complaint, Ms Panchaud guarantees: “There’s an oil for that.”

“I have a passion for making families and homes happier and healthier,” said the expert, who connected with the Ocean Rock Wellness team over Instagram.

“Being able to expand and do a workshop like this was exactly what I was looking for.

“It was a perfect alignment with what Ocean Rock Wellness believes and promotes for themselves, their patients and clients.”

The founder of Meraki Hea?lth & Wellness Solutions has been using essential oils in her DIY house and beauty products for a year.

She became a doTerra wellness advocate in November, educating clients on the uses and benefits of essential oils.

The certified aromatherapist made the switch when she started to have children and rethink her toxic load for her family.

“Being a health coach, I was already working my way to a cleaner home as far as the products I was buying, eating healthier, exercising more.

“DoTerra is certified pure therapeutic grade oil. They do such rigorous testing; there are no fillers, no artificial ingredients, no harmful contaminants,” she said of the oils that can be used for a variety of benefits, including mood enhancement, sleep promotion, increased energy, immune system support, inflammation reduction, muscle aches and tension.

She soon became put off by the commercial products she had used regularly.

“Ignorance is bliss,” she said. “But once you start looking at it, it’s amazing how many toxins you’re actually allowing on your skin, in your body or around the home.

“I can’t stand going down the usual aisle of cleaning products in the grocery store.

“You can smell the chemicals. It’s almost like you can smell the synthetic ingredients right off the bat. You become sensitive to it.”

She uses DIY products throughout her home as well as in her own beauty products, creams and deodorants.

“Really easy recipes that incorporate ingredients you already have at home or that are readily available and don’t cost a lot of money,” she explained.

“I had a hard time finding a natural deodorant that actually works. By making my own I actually have one that works that is cost-effective. An all-purpose cleaner is so simple — about a quarter cup of white vinegar, a cup of distilled or purified water and essential oils.

“It’s super simple. You want to use oils that are antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic.

“Everything you would need for cleaning your surfaces, bathtub, childrens’ toys and making sure that you don’t have any of those nasty germs hanging around. You can mix and match to your preferences of aroma but get the same benefits as well.”

During the workshop, Dr Famous will address the topic of toxins — how we can reduce toxic load; what effects toxins have on our bodies.

Ms Panchaud will introduce essential oils and how people can incorporate them into their everyday lives, while supporting the immune system.

Participants will make two of their own recipes to take home out of a list of six.

The former IT office manager, started her practice in November 2016 after earning her certification in health coaching online. Stress management is another key area in her practice. Starting a family can shift your mindset, she said.

“We can make it look pretty easy to the outside world when inside we feel overwhelmed and stressed. I show them how to take care of themselves so that they are better providers for their family.

“As a community, we are becoming a lot more aware of what we are using, but when you have that added responsibility of a family, you look and say, I also have these little people.

“I don’t want to fill them with toxins; I want to give them the best possible start.”

Join Clare Panchaud and Sabrina Famous on Saturday from 2pm-5pm at Ocean Rock Wellness, 25 Point Finger Road. Admission is $45. For more information: 295-5100, Clare Panchaud — Meraki Holistic Health & Wellness Solutions on Facebook or www.merakihealthcoach.com

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Published Apr 4, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 4, 2018 at 8:38 am)

Time to clean up your life

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