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What is the difference between white and yellow beeswax?

 

Beeswax is a substance produced by worker bees, which is secreted by glands on the bee’s abdomen. It is naturally a yellow-brownish color, but can also be purified to different shades of yellow or even white.

What is the difference between white and yellow beeswax?

White and yellow beeswax pellets differ in color based on the filtration process. White beeswax is turned white after undergoing a pressure-filtration process. Yellow beeswax is typically processed less and therefore left in its more natural state.

Which Beeswax should you use?

Choosing the right beeswax product is dependent on what you are using the beeswax for. It is important to choose a pure, 100% organic natural beeswax product that does not contain other filler ingredients. Be sure you research the quality of the beeswax you are purchasing. 

White beeswax is great for projects such as candle making because you can create lots of different colored candles with natural mica powder. Beeswax candles are naturally hypoallergenic and emit negative ions into the air, which have various health benefits.

Yellow beeswax can still be used for candles, but will not showcase the colors in the mica powder as well as a white beeswax base will. White beeswax is typically chosen for aesthetic reasons.

Both yellow and white beeswax can be used for creating holistic products such as lip balms, lotions, soaps and as previously mentioned, candles.

Again, before choosing a beeswax product be sure it is authentic and does not contain filler ingredients.

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What are Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should Use Them

What are Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should Use Them

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Laundry is a task all adults have to manage, after all, clean clothes are a necessity in this life. But many people would be shocked to know that they are unknowingly exposing themselves to toxic chemicals by using items such as dryer sheets.

Researchers at the University of Washington, led by Dr. Anne Steinemann, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs, expounded research to discover the chemical composition of laundry products. They conducted a study that examined laundry detergents, dryer sheets, soaps, and many other household products from a wide variety of companies.

The study revealed that every single product which was tested emitted at least one chemical classified as toxic or hazardous and eleven of the tested products emitted at least one probable carcinogen according to EPA classification standards.

For the best health possible, it is important to eliminate as much toxic exposure as you can. A great way to do this is to replace the chemical laden products in  your home with natural, alternative solutions.

One of the household items you can easily replace are dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are filled with chemicals and can be switched with wool dryer balls!

What are wool dryer balls?

Wool dryer balls are exactly what they sound like, balls of 100% wool that are felted and rolled into a circle to make them extremely durable.

Why should I switch to wool dryer balls?

Dryer balls are a great natural alternative to traditional dryer sheets for a number of reasons.

  • Save Money! Wool dryer balls are more cost effective than spending money on dryer sheets. You can use dryer balls for years instead of using disposable dryer sheets that you cannot re-use.
  • Love the Planet! Wool dryer balls are eco-friendly and because they are a natural compound are biodegradable. You will eliminate the trash you would have accumulated by using disposable dryer sheets.
  • Eliminate Chemicals! You can make your laundry loads smell clean and fresh by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil right onto the wool dryer balls. You can get great smelling clothes, sheets and towels without exposing yourself to harsh toxins.

How do I use wool dryer balls?

Wool dryer balls are as simple to use as purchasing a 100% pure wool product and popping it into your dryer! You can use 2-6 balls depending on the size of your load.

Wool dryer balls are a wonderful natural alternative to keeping your laundry fresh without exposing yourself and your family to chemicals.

For more information on natural household tips, check out the rest of our blog!

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Great Ways to Celebrate Independence Day

Great Ways to Celebrate Independence Day

 

July 4th has been a favorite American holiday since 1776. It is the day set aside to celebrate the legal founding of the United States of America. According to historians, the first 4th of July was celebrated with bell ringing, gun salutes and of course, fireworks, which remain a touted tradition!

John Adams, the second US president, wanted to make sure Independence Day was made an American tradition. He wrote to his wife in a letter stating, “I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”

Below is a list of great activities to celebrate Independence Day!

Gardening

A great way to celebrate July 4th is to plant a garden. You can find colorful flowers, plants and herbs at your local greenhouse or home improvement store. Gardening is a great way to get your family involved and to take advantage of the freedom to grow your own food in America.

Chalk Art

Go purchase a chalk art kit at your local department store and create a masterpiece in your driveway or sidewalk. You can decorate the concrete or asphalt with designs, words and art to celebrate! This is a great activity for kids to be creative.

(Note: Be sure to check the temperature of the concrete or asphalt before allowing children to play on it, as it can be hot and cause burns. It is best to do this activity in the cool of the day or early evening.)

Enjoy Nature

Taking a walk in the sunshine, enjoying a nature hike or visiting a local park are great ways to take advantage of your July 4th holiday. If you don’t want to go far, simply enjoy the day in your very own backyard!

Discover Local History

America has many historic sites and places you can visit. You can search the internet for local historical sites and discover the history around you. You may be surprised to find out the story behind the place you live or the famous people who may have lived there too!

 

No matter how you celebrate Independence Day, remember that the best life is a natural life and we here at Hope, healing, happy co are here to help!

 

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Benefits of Baking Soda

Benefits of Baking Soda

 

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a white powder substance known for its many household uses. But, did you know that baking soda can also be used in ways other than just making cookies and keeping your refrigerator smelling fresh?

Below is a list of the benefits of baking soda you may not be aware of:

  • Alkalinize your body. For optimal health, the body needs to maintain a state of alkalinity, which means that the PH balance must not be to acidic or to alkaline. Baking soda is a naturally alkalinizing compound and can help your body reduce acidity.

 

  • Athletic Performance Booster. Many studies have shown that endurance athletes who ingest sodium bicarbonate report that baking soda improves their endurance and lessens fatigue after training and work out sessions.

(Source: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition Study )

 

  • Anti-Acid Treatment. As a naturally alkalinizing agent, baking soda is a tried and true holistic remedy for treating acid reflux and also has evidence it can help gas pressure and bloating. (Source: Medline Plus : Sodium Bicarbonate Information )

 

  • Produce Cleanser. Dirt, pesticides and other contaminants need to be cleaned off of your produce before you can ingest them safely. Soaking your fruits and vegetables in a solution of baking soda and warm water will help remove toxins.

 

  • Household Cleaner. Chemicals such as bleach and ammonia can exacerbate health issues and irritate the eyes and skin. Replacing these toxic items with a baking soda solution is a great natural way to clean your home.

 

  • Laundry Booster. Sprinkling a ½ cup of baking soda into your load of laundry will add a natural boost of freshness and cleansing to even the dirtiest of clothing.

 

Baking soda is an inexpensive, natural product with a wide array of uses.

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Why should you use organic products?

Why should you use organic products?

The question of whether organic products are necessary or not is a current topic in today’s world. Are the  chemicals in household cleaning supplies, makeup and beauty products really toxic to you and your family’s health?

The Consumer Protection Agency has vastly growing concerns regarding the chemical exposure to the current population. A recent report released by the CPA revealed, “150 chemicals found in the home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders.” (Source: Consumer Protection Agency)

Additionally, the Environmental Policy and Children’s Health Association states that, “Children have chemical exposures from birth that their parents didn’t have until they were adults. Because children are exposed to toxins at an earlier age than adults, they have more time to develop environmentally triggered diseases, with long latency periods, such as cancer.” (Source: Environmental Policy and Children’s Health, Future of Children, Summer/Fall 1995; 5(2): 34-52)

Knowing this information, it is no wonder why families are searching for natural, organic options to replace the harsh chemicals used in household products. The awareness regarding toxic exposure is an important step towards protecting our health from toxins.

The United States House of Representatives Report in 1989 published some alarming statistics regarding the toxicity that American’s are regularly exposed to. “Of the chemicals found in personal care products: 884 are toxic, 146 cause tumors, 218 cause reproductive complications, 778 cause acute toxicity, 314 cause biological mutations, 376 cause skin and eye irritations.” (Source: United States House of Representatives Report, 1989)

Americans are unknowingly exposed to more toxins in the current day and age than ever before. Perhaps this is why cancer, autoimmune disease and allergic reactions are increasing at an alarming rate?

Chemicals are especially present in products used in our homes such as cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, make-up and even in our foods and beverages. For example, Parabens and phthalates are commonly used chemicals which have been researched to cause cancer and type II diabetes. These two chemicals can be found in shampoo, make-up and various beauty products. Aluminum is also a common additive used in anti-perspirants and scented products despite the fact that this toxin has been directly linked to increasing the risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. (Source: Global Healing Center)

To find our best health possible, it is imperative we reduce our exposure to environmental toxins. Despite the alarming statistics of chemical toxicity in the current age, there is good news! You can take control of your chemical exposure!