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If So Many Basic Grooming Products Are Filled With Toxins, What *Can* We Use?

If So Many Basic Grooming Products Are Filled With Toxins, What *Can* We Use?
I made the decision about four years ago to clean up my grooming routine. I’ve had severe allergies and asthma my whole life. Being a makeup artist on set, I quickly realized the effects that the cosmetic powders, sprays, and fragrances had on me. My allergist also warned me that if I was going down this path, I’d better take care. I read several books on how to live a healthier life and I became aware of the risks associated with many ingredients in my makeup. I learned that cosmetic companies are not regulated by the FDA, so I studied up on healthier alternatives. So how do I approach my personal care routine? The most important tool you can possess is knowledge of your ingredients! You can find the no-no list of ingredients here and here. Stay away from the majority of drug store products. Many mainstream cosmetics are filled with petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances. It's estimated that 60 percent of what you put on your body gets into it and then stores itself in your tissues. 2. Related:  Alt Medicine & Natural Cleaningnatural homeNatural Make-Up

Why You Should Start Drinking Ginger Tea Immediately & How To Make Ginger Tea - Complete Health and Happiness Ginger is a superfood. It possesses an amazing ability to enhance immunity, improve digestion and reduce inflammation. Ginger contains several essential oils that make up its distinct aroma and flavor: zingerone, shogaols, & gingerols. Ginger is a very effective remedy for headaches, flu, common cold and even sore muscles. Ingredients 1 cup water1/4 teaspoon ground ginger1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric (here)Coconut milk, to tasteRaw organic honey, to taste (here) Directions Bring water to boil. Stir in milk and strain tea into a cup. Article originally posted on republished with permission Source

DIY: Best Nontoxic Sunscreeen Ever I probably don't need to tell you that regular sunscreen is potentially full of toxins which can do more harm than good. Of course, certain organic brands are exceptions, but when it comes to skin care and beauty products, my motto is: nothing beats DIY! Homemade recipes and vitamin cures are fun to make, often a lot less expensive than store-bought alternatives, and with a little know-how they work incredibly well. This is the sunscreen that's been protecting me and my blond and redheaded toddlers for the last two years: Ingredients 1/4 cup beeswax 1/2 cup coconut oil 2 fluid ounce raspberry seed oil 1 fluid ounce soybean oil 1 fluid ounce wheat germ oil 2 Tbsp. carrot seed oil 2 Tbsp. aloe vera gel 4 vitamin E capsules 15 drops lavender oil (or your favorite essential oil) Instructions Melt the beeswax in an old pot placed into a large pot with boiling water. Pour the beeswax and coconut oil into a food processor (I use one specifically for all my DIY recipes).

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Beauty - Mama Natural Hey mamas! We live in a world with plenty of “green” and natural beauty products. But finding them can be tricky, as many conventional brands use “greenwashing” marketing tactics to appeal to women like us. To help us separate the good from the bad, here is a post and reference chart from the fabulous Sarita Coren, a holistic mom of five amazing children who blogs at Edible Facial. Enter Sarita Today, the choices for authentically natural beauty products are better than ever. You can find natural bath, body, and cosmetic products that work as well as conventional, possibly even better. The best part is that these products show concern for: the welfare of the people who make them (fair trade)the environment (eco-friendly)animals (vegan and cruelty-free)YOU (non-toxic, organic formulations) The main issue we women face is finding the brands that are not greenwashed or pink washed. Definition of each category Check out “Dirty Dozen” Cosmetic Chemicals to Avoid The Disclaimer About Each Website

3 Ways Vitamin C Can Help You Look Younger As we age, we lose the natural vitamin C in our skin. Luckily, lemons contain the vitamin C we need to look and feel fresh again. Unlocking the vitamin C in lemons can help turn back the clock in three ways: 1. It's simple: Dab lemon juice onto your age spots daily. 2. Eat foods rich in vitamin C: lemons, strawberries, papaya and pineapple. 3. You can do it yourself: Mix some lemon juice into your moisturizer or look for a moisturizer made with vitmain C. Scientific Information on UT from Dr.... - Urine Therapy - Aloha, Here is some amazing info on UT in a working-copy (unedited) of Dr. David Jubb's new book - Jubb's Cell Rejuvenation, Colloidal Biology: a Symbiosis He uses a different type of speaking in a positive only approach. You'll get used to it... Enjoy the most up-to-date info available in my opionion! Fasting and recycling one's own urine as in urine therapy creates an environment so cells are able to transmutate one element into another and tap into zero-point energetics (is the energy that runs the body) and have greater oxygen and carbon content that allow for an absorption of glucose and amino acid more readily. Components within the blood and urine change during dis-ease. Hydrogen peroxide is a rich constituent of blood and urine. Urine therapy helps the body clear cancer by containing 15 known ingredients that work synergistically at every stage of that condition to help the body clear it up. Thyroid, adrenal and sex hormone is reabsorbed as they are other than protein complexes.

Want to Feel Great in the Morning? Start the Day off Right with a Morning Ritual. ~ Nicole Carlin Tired of feeling, well, tired in the morning? Yeah, I was too. It didn’t matter how much sleep I had the night before, I still woke up feeling sluggish, blurry-eyed and plain ol’ tired. Using my knowledge of nutrition, yoga and ancient Ayurvedic health practices, I created a morning ritual for myself that not only helped increase my energy levels, but was so nourishing to my body and soul that I actually wanted to get up in the morning to start my day. I find pleasure in committing to a morning ritual. 1. Nicole Carlin, MA Sexuality, E-RYT is a dynamic, playful and fiercely feminine vinyasa, Yin and fertility yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Assistant Ed: Terri Tremblett About Nicole Harlow Nicole Harlow is an international bestselling author who teaches laser-lucid business, writing + marketing skills through her signature program, Brand Better.

Guide to Less Toxic Products Common Hazardous Ingredients in Personal Care Products More than 10,000 ingredients are allowed for use in personal care products -- and the average woman wears 515 of them every day, according to a 2009 British study that looked at the routines of over 2,000 women. Very little is known about the health effects of these chemicals. More than 90% have never been tested for their effects on human health, and complete toxicity data are available for only 7% of them. We are providing information on some of the most common hazardous ingredients, so that you can check your cosmetic labels and see if they are there. In preparing this guide, we screened products and chose those which had the least amount of these hazardous chemicals, or none at all, for our Best and Good sections. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids - Alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids are acid "skin peels" marketed as a way to remove wrinkles, blemishes, blotches and acne scars. Mercury - See Thimerosol.

15 Tips To Turn Ordinary Kitchen Staples Into Personal Care Products Health is about more than just what we put in our body—it's also about what we put ON our bodies! Unfortunately, most beauty products contain harmful ingredients, ones you have no idea how to pronounce or what they even are. Plus, most of them come in tiny containers and are ridiculously overpriced. What if though, there were ingredients from your kitchen that you could use instead? Look no further! It's preferable to use sea salt or pink Himalaya crystal salt, as they're relatively unprocessed. 1. Salt acts as a disinfectant, flushes the space between your teeth, and will soothe swollen and irritated tissue (such as bleeding gums or sensitivity after dental work). 2. Combined with coconut oil, salt is a great natural body scrub. Simply mix two parts sea salt (or brown sugar if you prefer a more gentle scrub) with 1 part organic cold pressed coconut oil. Make sure to use 100% essential oils and not perfumed oil as you don't want the chemicals from perfume. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

School Cleaner Test Results EWG tested over 20 cleaners used in schools in California, and detected hundreds of air contaminants not listed as ingredients by manufacturers. Further testing shows that cleaning a model classroom using 3 widely used, certified green products produces far less air pollution than cleaning the same classroom with 3 common conventional cleaners. Test Results Disclaimer: The conclusions and findings that appear on this page reflect EWG’s research at the time of publication stated above. In light of evolving market conditions, subsequent product reformulations, and other factors, they may no longer be current. EWG makes no representations or warranties about any of the products that may appear on this page. Waxie informed EWG on Jan. 7, 2013, that the Waxie-Green Floor Finish has been discontinued.

Which Essential Oil Companies Should YOU Buy From? My surprising findings on my quest to find the best - TheHippyHomemaker | TheHippyHomemaker I am most likely going to piss off some people with this post, but the information that I found was too good to keep to myself and keep you guys in the dark. As always, you should do your own research and question everything (even me!!). I ALMOST fell for the ploy. I got really excited, because I felt like I was about to embark on a journey into the world of “top quality essential oils”. I thought that the lines I was being fed about these oils being “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” (or “CPTG”), “100% pure therapeutic grade”, and “therapeutic quality” meant that these essential oils HAD TO BE THE BEST. In my ever growing quest to find the healthiest options in my life, I began to wonder what about my essential oils? What is in a smell? You may be asking yourself, “so, which brand would you recommend I buy, Christina?” Lavender is by far my favorite herb and essential oil to play with! Why I will NOT buy my oils from any of the MLM companies… So which essential oils should I buy?

Parabens Ok, a very controversial subject gals. Parabens in makeup, I know you all have heard about it before. Many don't know exactly what is it or what it's doing in makeup. In a nutshell Parabens are used as a preservative in cosmetics and food. It's been said they are the cause of breast cancer/tumors and other skin illnesses (has not been a confirmed fact). You know, just to talk about this subject is very difficult as both sides of the subject prove good points (information on parabens is at the very bottom).... Here's what we been told. As a blogger and being unsure of the longterm effects of the use of parabens, I have to be neutral on the subject! So, take the information that I provide for what it's worth......What are your thoughts? A list of items in my makeup box (and products that I happen to like alot!) Items I found at home with very few parabens, happy about these! Video list: MsFililocalola - Parabens TheSublimeAgent - Parabens...Cancer on your face and in your food!

Soak-The-Day-Away Detoxifying Bath Recipe Self-care is paramount to living well. As a Certified Health Coach, I talk daily to people who want to know how to live healthy lifestyles. One of the biggest patterns I've noticed in the hundreds of people I've coached is that most people who feel unwell have been neglecting self-care. Spending a little time each day to care for ourselves makes us better at everything we do — from our career, to parenthood, to being a citizen of this beautiful plantet. One of my favorite ways to indulge in self-care is to take a nice long soak at the end of the day. The epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) in this stress-relieving bath will draw impurities out of your body and help relax your muscles, while the baking soda neutralizes acids on the skin and dissolves oil and perspiration. Soak-The-Day-Away Detoxing Bath 2 cups epsom salts2 cups baking sodaOptional: 5-10 drops your favorite essential oil. Add ingredients to a full, warm or hot bathtub and soak for 20 minutes. Photo Credit: