Your Journey Toward a Healthy Lifestyle Begins in Your Home and in Your Body.
You are focused on being healthy, but are you aware of the
hidden dangers that lurk in your home?
You should look at everything you put on your skin and decide if it is something you would be willing to eat. Why? Because 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. That is why transdermal patches for medicines (nicotine, morphine, birth control, etc.) are so effective.
There are over 10,000 chemicals are used in personal care products: carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, heavy metals and formaldehydes. Parabens, used as preservatives in most products, are designed to kill cells and prevent growth of bacteria and fungi.
Manufacturers can use almost anything as an ingredient and market products without FDA approval. Some chemicals are allowed only at certain levels, but these levels accumulate if you are using many products containing these chemicals.
The average woman applies 126 chemicals
in up to eleven different products before having her
first cup of coffee in the morning. What about you?
• Use paraben free, chemical free, holistic skin care.
• Use essential oils in place of perfume or scented products.
• Read labels carefully and know what ingredients to avoid.
Download a list of ingredients to avoid HERE.
• Know exactly what you are putting on your skin.
• Practice awareness & avoidance.
• Create-your-own personal care products.
• Reduce the number of products you use.
• Check your products on the Skin Deep Database HERE.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes for make-your-own
personal care products:
- Detoxing Bath Salts
1 cup Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Sea Salt
1/2 cup Baking Soda
10-15 drops Lavender Oil (Chamomile, Jasmine or Rose Oil)
Add to hot bath water and soak for 20 minutes. Soaking in detox bath salts will help your body eliminate toxins and absorb minerals and nutrients in the bath water.
- Exfoliating Mask
1/4 cup Gram flour (chickpea or garbanzo bean flour)
Mix ingredients into a paste. Rub the paste gently and with fingertips on a clean face and neck. Relax and leave the mask on for 20 minutes. Rinse face off with warm and a wash cloth. Splash face with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel.
- Salt Scrub
1-1/2 cups fine ground Sea Salt
1 cup Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Almond or Grape Seed Oil
1/2 cup Olive or Safflower Oil
1 tbsp Vitamin E Oil
2 tsp Essential Oil (Lavender, Chamomile, Jasmine, Rose, etc.)
Mix all together and store in a glass jar. Step into the bath tub. Rub all over your body in a circular motion. Spend extra time on tougher areas such as the knees, feet and elbows. Let sit on the body for 5-10 min. Rinse well. Pat dry. Make sure to clean bath tub when you finish, it will be slippery.
- Coconut Oil Scalp Massage
1/2 – 1 cup Organic Coconut Oil
Place coconut oil in a bowl. Set bowl in some hot water until oil is warm. Using your fingers, apply the oil to your scalp. Work some oil along the length of your hair. Using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp. Cover your entire scalp. Leave for 30-60 min or longer. You can even leave the oil on overnight – place a towel over your pillow. Shampoo with paraben-free shampoo.
- Coconut Oil Body Moisturizer
1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil
After your shower rub a handful of coconut oil on your skin, starting at your feet. The oil will melt as it touches your skin. Work your way up your body, massaging the oil in as you go. Allow oil to soak in for 10 minutes. Pat dry with a towel.
This is part of a series of articles on How to Create a Healthy Home based on the New York Times best selling book “The Healthy Home”. For more information or to purchase “The Healthy Home” click HERE.
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