Cosmetics companies may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, without government review or approval. About one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. To top it off, U.S. federal law allows companies to leave many chemicals off labels, including nanomaterials, ingredients considered trade secrets, and components of fragrance.The scariest of all? More than 500 products sold in the U.S. contain ingredients banned in cosmetics in Japan, Canada or the European Union. and here we are, buying this stuff up like it’s the cool thing to do.So what are you looking to avoid in your makeup products?Well, a lot of stuff. A LOT. Go grab a couple hair or skin products you have and check for the dirty dozen (also check their toxicity here).
When you started living a toxic-free and natural life, you probably changed your diet first. But did you know the health and beauty products we use every day also pose a source of toxicity? When you’re sick or injured, it’s even more important to adhere to your natural lifestyle. When a cut, bruise, scrape, or other minor first aid injury arises, try these products instead:
1. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel has long been known for its oil absorbing properties. For generations, women have been applying witch hazel to reduce inflammation, oiliness and other symptoms of acne. However, witch hazel can also be used to help disinfect wounds. Apply witch hazel to a cut or scrap like you would rubbing alcohol to disinfect and promote healing.
2. Coconut Oil
Some say coconut oil is a superfood—but if you ask me it’s a total miracle food. You might be used to cooking with coconut oil, but it definitely belongs in your natural wound care kit. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Because it’s become such a popular product, it’s also widely available. Look for organic, unrefined, and cold-pressed coconut oil. Coconut oil is particularly effective against nail fungus. Simply rub a little into the infected nail twice a day. Coconut oil can also help fade scars from scrapes and other cuts that have already healed.
3. Aloe Vera
Did you accidentally touch a scorching hot pan in the kitchen? Or perhaps spend too much time in the sun? Aloe Vera juice (and gel) is great for soothing burns. You can buy the juice in large bottles and store it in your fridge to maintain freshness and provide a cooling and soothing feeling of relief. Better yet, grow a small aloe vera plant in your kitchen! You can easily cut an aloe vera leaf when you need it and use the gel to soothe painful cuts, burns, and scrapes.
You may enjoy using your facial and skin care products, but how many ingredients are listed on there that are not natural? Let’s take a step back, and look at some natural, essential oils instead. It’s surprising how many ailments and issues these oils can help alleviate.One quick note on the use of essential oils: essential oils are wonderful for skin, but if you’re new to using them, do research to make sure you know the best way to apply them. For example, be sure to dilute the oils because when used at their full strength, they can possibly cause burns, scarring, or irritation. Too much of these good oils can be a bad thing.But, when used properly, these oils will give you luminous skin! Do you want glowing skin? These five essential oils can help.
1. Carrot seed
oil Carrot seed oil is an amber-colored oil that is extracted from carrot seeds. It’s great for dry, sun-damaged, mature, or wrinkled skin. If your skin gets cracked and dry during the winter months, or if your skin appears dull and tired, then applying a product with carrot seed oil will help get your glow back. Carrot seed oil is good for both dry and oily complexions.
2. Lavender oil
Lavender oil can be used for both dry/aging skin and oily/sensitive skin. This versatile oil will help calm and relax you. It also has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial qualities. Many dermatologists and aroma therapists would say that lavender oil is one of the most beneficial oils to treat acne, since the oil stops bacteria that causes the infection. As well a being great for all skin types, it’s also great to mix with almost any other essential oil. Try this DIY Skin Clearing Serum, which uses lavender and four other oils to combat acne.
3. Lemongrass oil
Lemongrass oil is a good choice to increase your skin’s glowing appearance, because it has detoxifying and regenerative qualities. This native Indian and Sri Lankan oil will help minimize bacterial or microbial growth on your skin. It can be used as a fungicidal, astringent, and a way to minimize pores.
4. Tea tree oil AKA Melaleuca oil
Tea tree oil is great for oily and sensitive skin. For acne sufferers, this oil is known to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide but without the harsh side effects. Like lavender oil, it has anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities. Use this oil to help repair your skin naturally, as it can treat minor cuts, scrapes, and burns, as well as gently sooth and cleanse skin.
5. Monoi oil
Authentic monoi oil only comes from Tahiti, and it can be traced back hundreds of years ago when indigenous Polynesians in New Zealand used it for religious, medicinal, and beauty purposes. The oil comes from the Tahitian Monoi plant blooms, which are soaked in oil extracted from young coconuts. This oil will help your skin glow, as it provides long-lasting moisturizing properties, as well as purifies and smoothes skin. It can also be used to protect skin from sun and weather elements
My hands get pretty beat up on a regular basis. When I’m at work in the hospital, I have to wash and/or disinfect my hands (what feels like) every 5 seconds. When I’m home, I’m usually in the kitchen either cooking or playing around with all kinds of projects so that means I’m washing my hands constantly. My hands routinely get so dry that they crack and bleed (ouch!). Needless to say, I’m kind of a lotion junky.I’ve found lots of nice lotion recipes online that seem to work well for a lot of people, but I’ve generally been disappointed with their ability to really nourish (and even penetrate) the scaly skin on my hands and even when I have dry skin everywhere. Because of that, this lotion was born and I’m pretty sure I’ll never be without it again. I keep a bottle next to the sink in my kitchen so that it’s always on hand (pun intended!) and another in the bathroom so that I can slather it on routinely.
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Perfume has been around nearly as long as human civilization. Since its creation in Ancient Egypt, perfumes have taken on a variety of styles, preparations, and mixtures, but the popularity of adorning oneself in pleasing scent has never wavered.However, modern day perfumes hardly resemble the original oils, colognes, and toilettes made from natural herbs and spices! Now, they are loaded with petrochemicals; derived from petroleum and natural gas, as well as a slew of other hazardous toxins! Not only are these toxic chemicals environmental hazards, but they are also linked to hormonal disruption, sperm damage, cancer, and a ton of other horrible diseases! Is it any wonder a visit to the perfume counter at the department store is often headache inducing?!But you don’t have to go sans scent to be safe and environmentally responsible. Here are three customizable DIY perfumes you can make at home that are natural, chemical-free, and will also save you money:1. Oil-Based PerfumeOil-based perfumes follow a basic blend of either a carrier oil, and/or vodka + essential oils. Natural oils are easily absorbed into the skin and hydrating as well!Here is a basic, easily modified ratio for oil-based perfumes: 2 Tablespoons carrier oil, like olive, jojoba, or even coconut 4 Tablespoons vodka 30 – 40 drops of your preferred essential oils 2 Tablespoons distilled water (optional)Combine all ingredients except the distilled water very well and store in a glass bottle in a cool, dark place for 6 weeks to allow the scents to mature. After 6 weeks, combine with distilled water, if using, and your natural, safe DIY perfume is ready to go!
So, I’m doing the “no-poo” experiment on my hair. For those of you who don’t know, this doesn’t mean that you don’t cleanse your hair at all. Just that you don’t use traditional shampoos, which have harsh chemicals that strip your hair of it’s natural oils. They also leave residue behind that can be damaging to your hair.Apparently, cleansing your hair with a baking soda and water rinse is enough to remove dirt and excess oil, leaving your hair clean, shiny, and healthier. I was skeptical I’ll admit, especially because I’ve been using styling products, and I didn’t think this would be enough to remove them. I was wrong! It works like a charm. Here’s the most exciting part. It’s practically free to make. I’ve been wasting hundreds of dollars (at least) per year on products that were supposed to give me better hair, when all along I could have been using this simple recipe for pennies a month!
If you have a sweet tooth that beckons you to indulge in something sweet on a daily basis, then it might be time to consider alternatives to conventional sugar. While the packaging of raw, unrefined sugars and syrups like agave nectar might imply that they are healthier than white sugar, they’re not. In the video above, plant-based health expert Dr. Michael Greger breaks down which sweeteners are actually the best for your health.Most sugars, whether white sugar, brown rice syrup, or maple syrup, are practically the same in terms of nutritional content in that compared to the amount of refined sugar, they have little to no nutrition. In fact, agave nectar ranks behind conventional white sugar in containing nutrients. Brown rice syrup is last on the list. At the top of the list, with nutritional content that outpaces the other sweeteners by a much higher amount, are blackstrap molasses and date sugar.Date sugar, because it is made from dried, pulverized dates, rather than undergoing a refinement process, is actually a whole food and thus retains all the vitamins and minerals found in dates. Date sugar can be used as a replacement for sugar in baking, but note that since it is a whole food, it won’t melt like conventional sugar, so the texture of your baked goods might end up different from what you are used to. Date sugar can also be used as a thickener for hot chocolate. Learn how to make your own date sugar here and then try it in these One-Bowl Date Sugar Brownies.