Are you wondering about the pros and cons of using natural products? Are they really better for you? Are they safe? Rest assured, you’re not alone in your concerns. There’s so much conflicting information out there; it can be daunting to sift through it all and make wise decisions. Your well-being is at stake. Want to consider the positive side? Read on for some key advantages of using natural products.

1. History

The use of natural products has a long history reaching back into ancient times. TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) and Ayurveda are two systems that are thousands of years old and still in use today. While there have been mistakes along the way, many time-honored methods of staying healthy and keeping homes clean continue to be popular. Natural products are particularly effective when it comes to addressing mood, relaxation, and pain reduction. Not sure where to turn? Try a search using terms such as CBD oil to find safe, effective products.

2. Sourcing

Natural product companies often contract with independent organic farmers and small businesses. This means that you’ll be ingesting fewer fertilizers, pesticides, and other toxic, hormone-disrupting ingredients. Also, you’ll be more likely to be supporting people who care about their employees and have fair labor practices. It’s a way to do good by being discerning about who you buy from.

3. Ingredients

Take a look at the label of a commercially distributed product or food. Now, look at the label of a natural product or food. You’ll likely see a big difference in the number and types of ingredients. If you can’t pronounce them, be wary! You may need more assistance in educating yourself about the effects of various ingredients. Fortunately, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) has extensive resources, lists of products, and a helpful app you can use to scan labels when you’re shopping.

4. Research

You might be surprised, but there’s plentiful evidence-based research coming out about natural products all the time. There are several helpful websites that help break down the findings for people. Then, you can be more confident about the choices you make, and share the research with friends and loved ones.

5. Pleasure

Most natural products are simply more pleasurable to use. Many of them are scented with small amounts of pure essential oils, or unscented. Fewer of them are likely to cause allergic or unpleasant reactions. In fact, you might feel better after using them just because of their sensory qualities. That said, read labels carefully and be aware of your individual physiology and how it might interact with a product.


6. Community

One of the best advantages of using natural products is how it connects you to the community. Whether it’s an online group, a local farm, or a natural market, these types of places tend to draw like-minded people together to socialize, share information, and support each other. In today’s technology-focused, atomized culture, it’s a welcome contrast.

7. Environment

Many natural products are manufactured with an eye toward sustainability and environmental impact. In addition to how the products affect your body, the EWG also addresses the effect of products on the environment — packaging. The inner environment of a human is inextricably tied to the outer environment.

8. Prevention

This is one of the most powerful advantages. The use of safe, natural products helps to prevent physical, mental, emotional, and environmental problems by supporting the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It’s not just about alleviating symptoms or getting things done as fast as possible. You’re more likely to address the origin of physical and environmental issues. Then, you’ll be building a strong foundation for health and vitality, helping to protect the environment, and supporting the healthy functioning of communities worldwide.

Using natural products is an effective way to improve your life and the life of those around you. Keep these ideas in mind as you make your choices.

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