Organic is in my name so it's essential that my organic philosophy is completely clear. The products that I use in my treatments are all organic, natural and ethically sourced. I've also pledged to be an AoR 'Eco Friendly Therapist'.
I only use high quality skincare products which contain at least 90% certified organic ingredients – and don't contain harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates and sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). These products are safe, nourish dry and damaged skin, and are suitable for sensitive skin. Trusted brands that I use include: Neal's Yard Remedies, Fushi, Green People, Naissance, ImseVimse, The Healthy House and Beaming Babies.
So why organic and natural? What we put on, or next to, our body’s biggest organ – the skin – absorbs directly into our bloodstream and whilst our bodies can probably deal with a reasonable amount of the chemicals we're exposed to every day, I believe that reducing this exposure can only be a good thing. Skincare products containing natural ingredients avoid the risks associated with chemicals and tend to be much gentler on the skin. Using organic cotton products is also more ethical and sustainable for the environment. Organic farming supports small farming communities, uses less water to grow cotton than non-organic methods, creates healthier soil, and reduces the effect of polluting pesticides on the land and waterways.
Maintaining the Association of Reflexologists' 'Eco Friendly Therapist' status means that I adhere to seven key areas, including: only purchasing what I need; using paper only where necessary; ensuring that the products I use are produced in an environmentally sustainable way; not using harmful chemicals; minimising the carbon footprint of the products I use; minimising waste and recycling, and; minimising the impact of my travel on the environment.