Replacing Your Toxic Enviroment

bathroom-sink-vanityAs we read the occasional headlines that yet another standard ingredient in the products we use every day turns out to be a toxic counter to the very health and cleanliness the product is supposed to promote. Sometimes the easiest way to ensure that you’re using the healthiest products, from soap to toothpaste is to simply make your own. You can easily make safe, non toxic effective toiletries including Shampoo, Soaps and Deodorant at home using simple and healthy ingredients.  A great way to start eliminating your toxic environmental products is to start in the bathroom.

 

Everything we use to clean up is really a toxic mess.  If you’ve ever read the labels on health and hygiene products, you know it can be a challenge to find a product that doesn’t contain long lists of toxic ingredients you can’t even pronounce, let alone know what they are or what they’re for and the havoc it can cause your body from repeated use.

One can easily argue that most of these ingredients are not in the amounts that can be hazardous to your health, however when you really look into how many toxic ingredients we consume every day from the foods we eat, to the products we use on our bodies, to the soaps we wash our dishes and clothes in, to the chemicals we come into contact with unwillingly like second hand smoke, gasoline fumes we breathe when we fuel our cars to the air we breathe around freeways and roads.  It is no wonder we are a toxic wasteland and our health is paying for it all.


Let’s take a look at some of the basics.  The first thing we need to take a look at is the quality of your tooth paste.  If it has fluoride, or any other ingredients to whiten, or kill germs or even un-natural sweeteners, it is toxic to your body. Here is a great tooth paste you can make using all natural ingredients.  Use a fifty/fifty ratio of coconut oil to baking soda, start with a small batch and use a couple of tablespoons of each.

Add a few drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oil, and a bit of Stevia for sweetness.  After mixing your toxic free toothpaste, place it in a glass jar with a lid, and this does not need to be refrigerated.  Use just like you would your old toxic toothpaste.

Let’s take a look at the soaps. Unless you work on dirty and greasy engines all day, you really do not need any soap with industrial names you cannot pronounce.  A simple soap is Shea Butter Soap which is made by taking 2 cups of vegan glycerin soap base, melted in a double boiler, 2 tablespoons of Shea butter melted separately, and then add several drops of your favorite essential oil.  I use lavender for my evening shower soap and peppermint for the mornings and after a good workout.  Mix all these ingredients well, and pour into molds similar to small food storage containers, and let cool.


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Shampoo has an average of fifteen known chemicals that are hazardous to you and your skin.  Why we consider even using this stuff that can take stains off concrete will always be a mystery to me.  Some of the ingredients to avoid are sodium laurel sulfate, tetrasodium and propylene glycol.  Look them up in a dictionary or simply use an online thesaurus and I can assure you will never consider using this stuff on your body.  To make a simple natural shampoo, use some of these great alternatives:

 

Baking Soda: Works great as a shampoo alternative. Mildly alkaline, baking soda deep cleans your hair from dirt and hair products. Mix about one tablespoon in one cup of water. Use an empty shampoo bottle, water bottle, or a squeeze bottle to dispense in hair just like shampoo and rinse well.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar: Make a hair rinse mixing 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with a quart of water. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell; it will evaporate after a while. This mixture adds shine and works great on dandruff.


Olive Oil: A wonderful conditioner and hair mask. Wet your hair slightly and add about a teaspoon of olive oil and rub specially on the ends. Wrap your hair inside a towel or shower cap and let it stand up to an hour. Wash well. Your hair will be silky soft and shiny.

 

Avocado and Honey: Mash these ingredients together and rub the mixture on your hair. This is a super-moisturizing hair mask you can use once a week to keep your locks healthy.


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Deodorants are applied under the arms, and if you take a look at our bodies anatomy, our arm pits are designed to serve a certain purpose.  The arrangement of the chest wall, shoulder bones and muscles, and the upper arm create a small hollow called the armpit. The armpit is the underside of the shoulder joint, and is among the warmest areas of the body.

The armpit is also called the axilla and allows for blood and lymph vessels serving the arm to travel through the armpit. There are more than 20 lymph nodes, (small lumps of tissue that are part of the body’s lymphatic system, which helps fight infection) in the armpit. These lymph nodes normally cannot be felt through the skin. The armpits have a high concentration of hair follicles and sweat glands.

Applying anything chemically based in these areas is a huge cause of concern and should not be taken lightly.  Take a look at your deodorant’s ingredient list, did you see something like Parabens, Triclosan and  Propylene glycol?  If you did, be shocked at what these chemicals can do to your lymphatic system.  So now it’s good to remember why you might want to choose a natural deodorant in the first place.  Conventional products tend to contain a whole host of best to avoid substances including hormone disruptors, petrochemicals, lung irritants, and other suspect ingredients.

If you search the Internet, you’ll also find quite a bit of discussion about links between deodorant chemicals and both Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer, these links are unproven, but the specter of a problem is enough for some people to avoid conventional deodorants all together.  Here are a few natural alternatives you can make at home that really work.


This recipe is easy to make, inexpensive and works better than commercial brands and it doesn’t stain your clothes! You’ll just have to make your own batch to see how heavenly the scent of coconut oil is when mixed with spicy essential oils.

Ingredients

1/3 cup coconut oil (solid state)

1/4 cup baking soda (aluminum-free)

1/4 cup arrowroot powder

Add Your favorite essential oils (optional)

Instructions

Mix the baking soda and arrowroot powder in a glass bowl.
Add the coconut oil (do not warm or melt it) and use a fork or pastry blender to thoroughly blend it into the dry ingredients.  Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils and blend completely.
Add more coconut oil or arrowroot powder/baking soda if needed until the texture is about the same consistency as commercial deodorant.

Scoop the mixture into a small jar or container and store at room temperature. To apply, use your fingers to scoop out a pea-size amount of the deodorant and massage it into your armpits daily or as needed. Allow a minute or two for the deodorant to set before getting dressed.

These are just three of the most commonly used needs that we consume every day.  If there are special and unique products you use I suggest, get on the internet and find all your replacements and remove all toxins from your body.  Not just on the inside but also on the outside.  You will feel a huge difference in your health and wellbeing.


 

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