Ok, y’all. I’m going to hop up on my soapbox. Bless you for hanging with me. I just can’t abide the fact that we are being poisoned by our personal care products. I will shout the dangers of artificial fragrances from the rooftops and tell anyone who will listen. I found this bottle of Bath & Body Works lotion in my office and read the label just for kicks. I already knew what I would find. It’s peppermint scented but do you see actual peppermint in the ingredients? Nope. Here’s what you DO see:
Petrolatum Petrolatum is derived from crude oil and is often not fully refined in the US. This means it can be contaminated with toxic chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). A 2015 study found that those women with high levels of PAH had a 50 percent greater risk of breast cancer. No worries there.
Fragrance The word fragrance on a label signifies a mix of potentially hundreds of ingredients, which are often “trade secrets”. Read also: they legally don’t have to tell you the ingredients thanks to FDA loopholes created in the 60’s and 70’s. We do know that phthalates, one class of chemicals typically found in fragrance, can disrupt hormones, leading to cancer, miscarriage and infertility. I’m a walking billboard for this one.
Parabens “Parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity.” I’m entirely too familiar with with one as well.
Yellow 5 Studies have linked Yellow 5 (which is banned in Europe) to hyperactivity in children, DNA mutation and cancer. Seems ok, right? Let’s slather that all over ourselves and hope for the best.
Let’s try this: if you’re considering purchasing a scented product, check the label. Do you see a natural ingredient with that scent? Yes? Then you’re on the right track. If the answer is “no”, then HARD PASS! Many people believe that if products or ingredients were unsafe, they wouldn't be allowed in the marketplace. I remind you that Thalidomide was FDA approved, as was smoking during pregnancy and the use of DDT as a lice preventative. Have you ever considered why so many products are formulated differently in Europe than they are in the US? There are over 1,000 ingredients banned in the EU that are acceptable here in the US. If that doesn't upset you, I would ask you to do some research and reflection. We deserve better.
It’s that time of year again!
You guys. I can’t. Check out the differences in the ingredients of these two vapor rubs.
Fragrance: This is catch all term used by the chemical and pharma industries to hide what’s ACTUALLY in the products you’re buying. It could be any number of carcinogenic or endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Turpentine: Y’all. For real? Are we thinning paint or trying to soothe a child’s cough?
Thymol: This is a phenol extracted from Thyme. I’ll give them that one.
Petrolatum: Read also: CRUDE OIL and KNOWN CARCINOGEN. This is not accepted as an ingredient in personal products in the EU...but here in the US? Go right ahead.
Do you see a pattern here? If you'd like a side of infertility and cancer to go with your cold, Vick's is the chest rub for you!
Ok, NOW on to my home made vapor balm.
Organic Coconut oil
Raven essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil
Orange essential oil
See the difference? I'll take the affordable DIY version made with essential oils and coconut oil any day! I would love to help you ditch the toxins and make this for yourself!
Here’s the winter wellness info I promised to follow up my previous flu vaccine education post.
As a western trained nurse practitioner, I work day to day within the confines of hospital protocols. At home, I primarily use essential oils and homeopathy to keep my family well and address any issues that may occur. We have a wonderful pediatrician and obviously seek care when needed but I have not needed a sick visit to our family physician in YEARS, y’all! YEARS! In fact, the office manager called to ask if we had changed practices because we had not been in for a while! This is a game changer! Money saved! Fewer missed work days! Better health!
Prevention is KEY to 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐥𝐮 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧. Over the years, I have learned how to take a natural, more holistic approach to our family's wellness in this toxic world we live in.
𝑶𝒓𝒆𝒈𝒂𝒏𝒐 𝑶𝒊𝒍 - This is a POWERFUL wellness oil. I use this oil in a viral bomb roller with several other oils. It’s like napalm for germs! I’ve used it repeatedly when I feel like I’m slipping below thew wellness line and it always works. Consistency is key! I will admit that I’m usually more focused on taking care of the kids and struggle to remember my own care.
𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝑬𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑶𝒊𝒍 - The story and science of Thieves is brilliant. It is made of some of the plant oils used to stuff the beaks of plague doctors’ masks in the Middle Ages. This powerhouse cleans the air when diffused, makes a wonderful wellness tea, is used in our immune defense rollers and disinfects our entire house. A simple PubMed Health search of the oils in Thieves (lemon, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary) is enough to convince even the most ardent skeptic. If you’re still not sure, let’s chat about my family’s experiences.
𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒃𝒊𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒔 - Most of our diets tend to lack fermented foods (aka good bacteria) which is important for gut health. Why so important? Well, since 80% of the immune system is located in your gut, it is critical to keeping you healthy! Life 9 probiotic has even supported the unsettled tummy I get in times of stress.
𝑽𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒏 𝑪 - The difference in the Young Living one vs. other vitamin C supplements is the bioavailability. This means our bodies can use it more easily because it is created from a natural food source instead of ascorbic acid from a lab.
𝑶𝒎𝒆𝒈𝒂𝑮𝒊𝒛𝒆 - OmegaGize is a fish oil supplement packed with vitamin D, omega fatty acids and CoQ10. This even allows me to eliminate one more pill from my daily supplements since I no longer need a separate CoQ10. Woot! Omega fatty acids are the biggest nutrient deficiency in North America! They interrupt the inflammatory cascade, aiding in healing and illness prevention. Omegagize contains German Chamomile EO which increases bioavailability by 15 times! Take note that YL sources from small fish for higher levels of Omega-3 and lower chances of contamination. That means the mercury levels are much lower than other supplements from the store. Remember that info I posted on mercury in my flu vaccine post?
𝑫𝒐𝒏'𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒐 - WASH YOUR HANDS! All the time! There is no better way to prevent the spread of germs friends.
If you're feeling frisky, check out some research studies on some of the oils I mentioned. Go on. I dare you!