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Is Deodorant Dangerous?

Is Deodorant Dangerous?

Putting on deodorant is a normal part of our hygiene routines. It helps keep us smelling fresh and clean, but did you know that this common practice may be harming your health? This article will explain how deodorant can be a health concern and what you can do about it.

What does deodorant contain?

Aluminum chlorohydrate is one of the most common compounds used in antiperspirants. It is included in up to 25% of hygiene products and is typically added as an antiperspirant.  Aluminum salts plug sweat proteins that bind to the wall of the sweat duct, thus having an anti-sweating effect.

Triclosan is a compound shown to impact the body’s hormones and can interfere with hormonal signaling. Triclosan’s endocrine disrupting factors have been proven by a myriad of scientific studies and because of this, the FDA actually banned its use in hand soaps. It is still permitted in low amounts in items such as deodorant.

Diethanolamine (DEA) is a compound used in deodorant and other hygiene products that has been linked to increased risks of developing cancer.

Parabens are chemicals used in traditional care products that mimic estrogen’s role in the body. Parabens have been linked to the development of breast cancer.

How does deodorant impact the body?

When the above chemicals are applied to the skin, they are absorbed and can spread into tissues and even organ systems, causing possible disruption and may contribute to health issues and elevate cancer risks.   

Research shows that aluminum chlorohydrate, when applied to the skin showed 0.012% of the applied aluminum was absorbed through the skin, which accounted for 4 mcg of aluminum being absorbed following a single application.  Aluminum has been linked to a wide range of health issues, including Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Antiperspirants are also not recommended because the body has processes it uses to detoxify itself. Sweating is the body’s way of ridding itself of toxins and when you inhibit your bodies ability to remove contaminants, you do not expel dangerous things your body needs to get rid of. Sweating is a natural process that must be done in order to have the most optimal health possible.

What are alternatives to using traditional deodorant?

There are many holistic substances which can be used as natural deodorant options to control odor.

Rock crystal deodorant is a type of alternative deodorant which is made from a natural mineral salt called potassium alum. The potassium alum salt kills the bacteria that causes underarm odor. It is not an antiperspirant and you will still sweat, but the sweat will not smell.  This is beneficial because it allows your body to expel toxins without you smelling terrible.

To use: It must be applied to clean skin. It is recommended that you apply the rock crystal after you shower.  It is not like traditional deodorants and will not coat already sweaty areas. It only works if you apply it to clean skin to prevent smells. An easy trick if you cannot shower before applying is to wipe your underarms with soap and water with a washcloth before applying.

 You can also make your own natural deodorant with the following recipe:

HOW TO MAKE NATURAL DEODORANT

Ingredients

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp Shea Butter

1 Tbsp Beeswax Pellets

3/4 tsp Vitamin E Oil

2 Tbsp Cornstarch

10 drops Essential Oil of Choice

Instructions

Combine coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a heat safe container.

Add heat safe container into a small saucepan of simmering water to make a double boiler.

Allow mixture to heat.

Stir thoroughly.

Remove from the heat as soon as mixture is completely melted.

Add Vitamin E oil and cornstarch and stir until smooth.

Remove the sauce pan from the stove

Leave the container in the water to make the mixing easier.

Add in the essential oil.

Pour into storage container.

Allow the deodorant to cool completely.

Remember, sweating is the body’s process to remove toxins, so you want to be able to do so! Switching to a natural deodorant is a great way to help your body be healthier.

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Easy and Effective Massage Oil Recipes

Easy and Effective Massage Oil Recipes 

Massage oils can be luxurious comfort items that can be used for a variety of purposes such as relaxation or pain relief. Unfortunately, these oils can be pricey and can be filled with unnatural ingredients. But there is another option, you can create your own organic recipes with completely organic ingredients right at home. Below is a list of natural massage oil recipes you can try.  

Easy and Effective Massage Oil Recipes 

Relaxation Rub Recipe 

Ingredients 

¼ Cup Olive Oil  

5 drops lavender essential oil 

5 drops chamomile essential oil 

1 empty bottle (glass is recommended)  

Instructions 

Pour olive oil into empty bottle. 

Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil. 

Add 5 drops chamomile essential oil. 

Shake well until ingredients are fully blended. 

Label and store in a cool place away from kids and pets. 

To Use: Apply to wrists, chest, neck and along collarbone to induce relaxation. 

Sore Muscle Relief Recipe 

Ingredients 

¼  Cup Jojoba Carrier Oil 

10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil 

5 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil 

5 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil 

1 Empty Bottle (glass is recommended) 

Instructions  

Pour Jojoba carrier oil into empty bottle. 

Add 10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil. 

Add 5 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil. 

Add 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil. 

Shake well until ingredients are fully blended. 

Label and store in a cool place away from kids and pets. 

To Use: Apply to sore muscles and joints, careful to avoid eyes and mouth.  

Romance Recipe 

Ingredients 

¼  Cup Sweet Almond Carrier Oil 

10 Drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 

5 Drops Jasmine Essential Oil 

1 Empty Bottle (glass is recommended) 

Instructions  

Pour carrier oil into empty bottle. 

Add 10 Drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil. 

Add 5 Drops Jasmine Essential Oil. 

Shake well until ingredients are fully blended. 

Label and store in a cool place away from kids and pets. 

To Use: Apply to chest, arms, wrists and nape of neck to induce a romantic mood.  

Focus and Concentration Blend  

Ingredients 

¼  Cup Carrier Oil of choice 

10 Drops Orange Essential Oil 

5 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil 

1 Empty Bottle (glass is recommended) 

Instructions  

Pour carrier oil into empty bottle. 

10 Drops Orange Essential Oil 

5 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil 

Shake well until ingredients are fully blended. 

Label and store in a cool place away from kids and pets. 

To Use: Apply small amount to temples (careful to avoid eyes) to induce focus and concentration.  

When choosing product bases for your recipes, be sure you are using pure 100% organic ingredients.  

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Make your own Natural Air Gel Freshener

Aromatherapy with essential oils is a much safer option to freshen your home without exposing you and your family to toxic air freshener products. Below is a recipe to create your own DIY gel air freshener you can safely use in your home, office or even your car.  

Natural Gel Air Freshener 

Ingredients 

Water  

2 packs unflavored gelatin 

1 tablespoons table salt 

1-2 teaspoons essential oil of choice 

Glass container (Mason jars work well) 

Seed sprouter lid 

Food coloring (Optional)  

Instructions 

1-Heat 3/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon of salt in a small saucepan 

2-Slowly add the gelatin and stir until completely dissolved   

3- Remove from heat   

4-Add 1/4 cup water 
5- Carefully pour into the mason jar

6- Add up to 1 teaspoon of essential oil of choice into jar

(Optional- Add food coloring of choice)  

7- Add seed starter lid to jar lid.  

8- Allow to cool for 12 hours.   

Keep the air freshener in a safe place away from kids and pets. 

Also be sure you are using only high-quality essential oils that do not contain other fillers.  

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What are the Elements and How Connecting with them can Benefit You!

The Elements are defined as:

Nature, Water, Fire, Earth, Light, Darkness, and Spirit.

Humans are automatically drawn to the elements because we require them to survive.  We are organic creatures and nature is a part of us. Our bodies require sunlight, water and air to sustain themselves. We are attracted to the elements of fire, earth and light because they are a part of us and connect to our physical and spiritual being.

In the current age, we have gotten away from exposure to the elements thanks to modern conveniences. We no longer use candles as primary sources of light or spend as much time in soil gardening due to the conveniences of grocery stores. Spending time in the elements is a wonderful way to connect to your inner being and find better health.

Ways to Connect to the Elements

Earth:

Connect to earth’s element by practicing “grounding” which means to walk around in grass/soil with bare feet.

Fire:

Connect to the fire element by sitting by a fire or by candlelight.

Water:

Connect to the water element by visiting natural lakes, oceans, and streams. You can further connect to this element by swimming in a natural body of water.

Air:

Connect to the air element by sitting in fresh air and feeling the wind. You can also open a window or drive with your windows down.

Light:

To connect to the light element, try to utilize natural light as much as possible. Open the shades in your home or office instead of using artificial lights and get at least 30 minutes of safe sun exposure daily.   

Darkness:

Connecting to the dark element is essential to circadian rhythm. Being exposed to dimmer lights and nighttime signals your pituitary gland to release the appropriate amounts of hormones to induce sleep and restfulness. Dim your lights 2 hours before bed and make it a habit to go look at the stars at night, even for just a moment.

Spirit:

To connect to your spiritual element, meditation is essential. Spending a few moments each day in a peaceful, calming mindset will help you center your spirit.

We hope you find balance in your spirit and are here to help you find, hope, healing and happiness.

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5 Ways to Improve your Workout Routine

5 Easy Life Hacks to Improve your Workout Routine

Obviously, not everyone is a marathon runner or power lifting champion. Those with chronic health conditions may not be able to perform extensive exercises, however it is still important to stay as active as possible. There are many natural life hacks that can benefit your workout routine!

  • Detox!

If your body is overloaded with toxins from your environment or the processed, unnatural foods you eat, your body will struggle to maintain health. Detoxing with natural supplements such as bentonite clay or activated charcoal may give you the extra boost you need to achieve better health or lose weight.  Be sure you check with your healthcare provider before starting any supplement and outweigh the risks and benefits with your physician. Also be sure you are using a 100% pure, organic product!

  • Keep Moving!

Simple exercises such as walking or swimming are low impact and beneficial to the body. Little things like walking up and down stairs, climbing in and out of a bathtub or bending down to pick something up are ways we move our bodies without even realizing it. If you are struggling with exercise, start with 5 minutes of low impact stretching a day. Conditioning your body is a slow process. The point is just to keep moving and stay as active as possible.

  • Hydrate!

Water is what your body is made of. You need to stay hydrated to stay as healthy as possible. An easy step to improve your health is to drink adequate amounts of water and avoid sugary drinks.

  • Stay Positive!

If you are constantly stressed, your body is going to react to that. If your body goes into survival mode, it is going to slow your metabolism, store fat and not work properly. High stress is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Practicing healthy habits like meditation, having a positive mindset, avoiding negative people and performing relaxation techniques are great ways to manage stress.

  • Sleep!

Adequate rest and sleep are essential to being healthy. When your body is run down, exhausted and tired it cannot function at 100%!  Your body will be stressed out and that can cause increased cortisol levels and lead to weight gain. Rest when you are tired. Sleep the recommended amount of at least 8 hours a night.