Live in an environment free of chemicals
- 02-08-2010, 02:50 PM
Live in an environment free of chemicals
Here is something I wrote up, basically going through how I replaced all these items in my house. Ive had dry sensitive skin ever since I was a kid and ever since Ive been using all natural products, I havent seen any dry skin what so ever, even in the winter time. This information is especially important for those struggling with acne,eczema, any other skin conditions that get irritatated by simple household item use.
Living in an environment free of chemicals
Rarely do we take the time to learn about the industrial chemicals that are present in our everyday household items. Products like laundry detergent, hand soap, deodorant, toothpaste, all contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). SLS is a strong industrial detergent that is also used in engine degreasers, floor cleaners, and car wash soaps. Manufacturers add SLS because of its easy availability and low cost, and also to add that magical foaming effect you notice in your favorite body wash or shampoo. This compound is not necessary and causes irritation at some level for most people. In lab studies, SLS is used as a skin irritant.
When SLS enters the mouth it irritates the sensitive membranes of the mouth, causing many people to have mouth ulcers and gum issues. There are many SLS free types of toothpaste. Those provide the same clean mouth without any unnecessary ingredients. SLS free toothpastes often contain baking soda and minerals to safely whiten the teeth. Coral White is a great example of healthy toothpaste.
Coral White Toothpaste with Ionic Coral Minerals - CalComp Nutrition
Your good old deodorant is packed with chemicals as well. The reason they call them anti-perspirants is that they plug the sweat glands and prevent them from releasing anything. Aluminum chloride is a popular chemical used to prevent sweating. The problem here, besides the toxicity issues of aluminum chloride, is that when the individual’s glands are finally able to “breathe” and secret sweat, they overcompensate and create a body odor problem. To help you live smell free without chemicals, there are crystal-based deodorants composed of mineral salts. These deodorants create a very thin barrier where smell-causing bacteria simply can’t form, at the same time allowing you to sweat naturally. Sold for the same price as chemically ridden anti-perspirants, crystal deodorant is a great alternative.
Crystal Body Deodorant
Shower gel and shampoo are loaded with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or similar compounds. If you look on the back of your shampoo/shower gel, SLS will often be listed as one of the main ingredients. The detergent is what makes the shampoo foam. Those with dry or sensitive skin notice the added dryness and irritation right away. The dryness of the scalp caused by SLS could also result in dandruff for some people.
There are other ways to keep clean without detergents. Companies like “Dr.Bronners” make safe oil-based castile soaps that don’t cause any irritation. Dr.Bronners soaps contain basic oils like coconut, olive oil, hemp seed oil, and Shikakai extract which cleans but does not irritate. These soaps are great to wash your body and your hair, leaving it refreshed and undamaged.
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps All-One!
When it comes to washing your clothes, there are ways to avoid detergents. Regular laundry detergents contain carcinogenic surfactants, cancer causing phenols, chemical brighteners, bleach, and a ****tail of fragrances. Together these components strip away dirt and grease, but also release toxins and leave chemical residue on your clothes. The chemical residue could be responsible for skin diseases in children as well as adults. Those chemicals get absorbed into skin and are released into the air around you.
One effective way to wash clothes without irritation is using the nuts of the Soap Tree. The Soapberry Tree gives off nuts that can be used to wash clothes. Your clothes will be clean and fresh, free of chemicals. The soap nut extract could be used to wash your body and hair, and it also serves a great fruit and vegetable wash or to keep your countertops clean. These nuts are very inexpensive and a standard supply could yield a year’s worth of laundry.
Welcome to Maggies Pure Land
Another item that can greatly improve your well being is a chlorine-free shower filter. It’s no secret that our water contains chlorine along with other chemicals. Chlorine is a very effective disinfectant that kills bacteria in the water or the water carrying pipes. The problem is the effects of chlorine on our skin and body. Filtering your drinking water has always been recommended but the water we shower in is just as important. Those of us who like to partake in hot showers should know that at high temperatures gases like chlorine are less soluble and are more likely to escape into the air around you. In a confined space like the shower, the concentration of chlorine in the air that you breathe increases dramatically. The chlorine reacts with the oils of the body and gets absorbed, eventually promoting aging and stripping off the layer of protective bacteria that we all have. In fact, the chlorine exposure from one hot shower is equal to an entire day’s amount of drinking the same water.
Shower filters are very effective at filtering out chlorine and other substances. They are combined with a showerhead and require very little maintenance. The difference can be felt immediately, from the smell and the feel of the water that no longer carries chlorine. People suffering from dry skin will find great relief in taking better showers. Chlorine-free water doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils and leaves it soft and healthy. It has not been proven scientifically, but many people’s battle with hair loss and skin disorders have improved greatly after reducing their chlorine intake.
Below is an example of a chlorine filter attached to a very well designed showerhead that actually blows oxygen into the shower stream. I have been using this setup for over a year and the original cartridge is still working great.
NEW Oxygenics&trade Body SpaValue Pack with additional cartridge: Shower Filter Store
Finally, we have dish soap and hardwood floor cleaner. You have probably experienced some sort of irritation with your hands after an extra long bout of washing dishes. This soap contains the same detergents and chemicals as shampoo/soap and is very easily replaceable by an oil based product like this:
Lavender Pine Dish Soap 16 Oz by Caldrea Company - 4C-1029 - at The Vitamin Shoppe
Hardwood floor cleaners are made out of industrial chemicals as well. Instead try a natural cleaner made out of essential oils. This is especially important if you have kids or pets, you would not want them to come in contact with chemical residue left on the floor after cleaning.
Simply Pure Hardwood Floor Cleaner by Seaside Naturals - 3S-1001 - at The Vitamin Shoppe
The listed stores might not be the best places to buy these items, it is purely to provide you with more information and a way to purchase the product.
Great natural items for everyday living
Nature has provided us with a myriad of oils, herbs, and roots that mankind has been using to live well and stay healthy. Some of the most amazing nature’s gifts I have come across are coconut and oregano oils.
Coconut oil is truly a miracle substance. Along with a great dietary supplement it offers many medical uses. This oil is rich in saturated fats, which contrary to popular belief do not get stored as body fat and are instead used for energy, unlike trans fats that you find in most unhealthy foods. People who live in tropical climates and have a diet high in coconut oil are healthier, have less heart disease, colon problems, and cancer.
The medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil are actually an immediate source of energy and help speed up your metabolism. It has been documented in those who consume coconut oil to have a higher rate of burning fat as fuel for energy, making it great for any weight loss purposes. Also for men, consuming good sources of dietary fats like coconut oil is a direct way to produce more testosterone.
In addition, coconut does not turn rancid, has anti-aging thyroid-stimulating properties, as well as cancer fighting properties. It kills harmful bacteria on the inside and the outside of the body and has been used to some extent to treat almost any type of illness. You can buy coconut oil at any health store around you. Here is a longer list of coconut’s time-proven benefits that have been passed down through generations:
Coconut Research Center Home Page
Oregano oil is another great nature’s solution to keep in one’s cabinet. It is a highly potent purifier that provides many health benefits. Oregano oil is amazing for treating infections, acne, upset stomach, relieving allergies and sinus pressure, and provides an overall boost to your immune system.
This oil has a great reputation in alternative medicine circles. It has been described to be “infinitely more potent than commercial phenol in microbial killing power”. Oregano oil very effectively destroys any variety of fungi, yeast, bacteria, and parasites. This magical oil can also be purchased at your neighborhood health store.
Take time to go through cleaning and bathing products in your home. These simple steps can help you stay healthy and feel great, often at the same price as the regular chemically based products you are used to.
- 02-08-2010, 04:26 PM
Interesting writeup, thanks for sharing!
Definitely some good information worth taking away.
- 02-08-2010, 04:34 PM
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