Toxic Home vs. Naturally Clean
By BlessedSuccess on January 25, 2014
Did you know that 70% of what you apply to your skin is absorbed through to your body. Twenty-six seconds after exposure to chemicals they can be found in every organ in the body. That's crazy! Now think about how many toxic chemicals you are exposed to during one day of your life… it all adds up. It is no surprise that so many people are dealing with chronic illness these days.
Unfortunately the FDA only requires that ingredients are to be listed in appropriate order on personal care labels. It’s actually the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) that calls the shots. This is an unbalanced corrupt system. The CTFA governs the safety of the personal care industry and also pays the scientists who determine ingredient safety. Not Good!
- 4,000 toxic chemicals are used in fragrances
- 100 toxic chemicals are traditionally used in shampoo
- 10,500 chemicals used in our personal care products
- 5,000 in our hair coloring products
According to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, “The cosmetics industry has borrowed a page from the playbook of the tobacco industry by putting profits ahead of public health.” In 1997 Senator Kennedy testified before congress, citing over 125 known carcinogens commonly formulated into our everyday personal care products!
Top 12 Toxins to Avoid in your Personal Care Products:
- Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)
- Parabens (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaen, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben)
- Diethanolamine DEA, Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA
- Mineral Oil
- PEGs (polyethylene glycols)
- Formaldehyde Family (Diazolidinyl urea, 3-diol Imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM Hydantoin, Quarternium-15, Nitorpropane-1, Formalin, Methanal, Methyl aldehyde, Methylene oxide)
Seriously grab this list of chemicals and a garbage bag. Then look at the products in your home like your deodorant, shampoo, mouthwash, baby lotion, hand creams, household cleaners and make up. If it contains one of these products it may be time to pitch it!
Symptoms of Toxic Overload: Fatigue, Dry skin, Itchy scalp, Eczema, Psoriasis, Sinus Problems, Allergies, Hives, Acne, Mood Swings, Hormone Disruption, Nausea, Body Aches and Headaches, ect.
Toxic Free Homes Starting Now
What can you do about it? Pitch those and purchase products that do not contain these chemicals! Don't want to waste all that money you have spent on these products, then consider a gentler move by making a conscious decision to replace the items when they are used up with those that don't contain anything from the above list.
Recognizing the hazard of using dangerous chemical-based products in the home, there are many great companies out there that have created safe household products that you can buy and use instead. Find one that works for you or get lots of these chemical free items at Whole Foods or other natural/health food stores.
My personal favorite is Young Living Inc. and their special essential oil blend Thieves Oil. I use Thieves Oil for everything. It has Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata and Rosemary. Thieves Essential Oil Blend is an incredible antibiotic and disinfectant. It is antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. It kills 99.96% of bacteria, kills Staph in 12 minutes of diffusing and even kills toxic black mold. It can be used on literally every surface in your house and one large container is so concentrated it can last you a whole year. So you could get rid of 12 bottles of toxic sprays and replace it with just one totally safe one.
Read my previous blog about the history of Thieves Oil.
Products to keep your family healthy and have a Toxic Free Home
This blog post was borrowed with permission from the beautiful and talented Danielle Zanghi Brogna of Hands in Harmony! Thanks, Danielle.