We are all surrounded by incredibly toxic chemicals every day that poison our liver, disrupt our hormones, keep us sick and inflamed, irritate our skin and lungs, mess with our brain and nervous systems, and affect thousands of daily functions in our bodies. Yes, the foods we eat and the products we use all affect us in some way. If you could see what I see working with patients every week, you could never doubt the reality of the damage these things are doing. Moreover, if you or anyone you know has a lot of symptoms no one can figure out OR is sensitive to a lot of food, medicine, vaccines, chemicals, textures, sounds, light, etc they need to read my blog on MTHF-R Gene Mutation. I would advise anyone with (a family member who has) Autism or Spectrum Disorders, any Auto-Immune Disease or Inflammatory (Bowel) Disease to read it, as well. There are simple, affordable alternatives to the harsh chemicals and beauty products we are using that make a HUGE difference in our family's health.
Changing your products over is one piece of the puzzle. There's no need to panic. You don't have to do it all at once. Just make a point to be proactive about this. You can start by seeing how your own products rank on the Skin Deep EWG website or app. It is very eye opeing and you can see exactly what's in your products and the damage each ingredient causes (ie: carcinogenic, hormone disruptor, etc).
I have tried and researched A LOT of products over the years. Many "natural products" don't work so great...but I've found my or created my favorites. I am determined to keep my home & body "green"...so I don't give up easily if I don't find what I'm looking for right away.
Here is a (growing) list of what I use:
Make-up & Skin Care; Hair & Sunscreen:
BeautyCounter - I was first introduced to this line in 2014. I use BeautyCounter for my hair care, skin care, make-up & sunscreen (best sunscreen I've found to date - smells good, feels good, non-toxic & IT WORKS!)
*Check out "The NEVER LIST" of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that they never use as ingredients in their products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.
**I also use Acure Organics Brightening (Seaweed) Face Scrub & Trader Joe's Tea Tree Bar Soap for my body.
Anti-aging Face Serum & Stretchmark (Prevention/Treatment) Serum:
I make my own. Here's the recipe
I used to use this as a day or night time moisturizer, skin treatment (face, chest, shoulders, back of hands - anywhere that's exposed to sun a lot) and during pregnancy on my breasts, belly, bottom & lower back. I rotate between this product & my BeautyCounter Moisturizers for my face. When my skin feels moist I don't use this during the day if I'm going to be wearing make-up as it's a little too oily for MY skin to use under liquid foundation. I still use it on my neck, chest, shoulders and at night quite often. It has healed almost ALL of my sun damage, discoloration, and uneven skin tone. When I use this I do not use any eye cream. This is my 1-step product.
I got a facial in December 2016 and the girl asked what I used because she was surprise I didn't have more sun damage at age 37. When I've had facials in the past (which isn't very often), they always scolded me and pointed out how damaged my skin was, telling me I really need to wear more sunscreen & get facials more often (even estheticians aren't the "experts" in skin. (Healthy skin is a WHOLE BODY approach. And most sunscreen does more damage than good) That was also before my gut had healed ;) All of it plays a role just to be clear.
I make my own Salt Scrub. Here's my recipe
I make my own. Here's my recipe
*Use only a small amount of shea butter for a more "whipped" body butter.
Nature's Sunshine Hand & Body Lotion (available through my ONLINE STORE; I use this when I want hand cream or lotion instead of body butter & when I wear "white" so my clothes don't get greasy and stained)
*Sometimes I scent my body butter or lotion with Nature's Sunshine Essential Oils - do not use citrus oils in your lotions or skin products if you will be going in the sun; They will make you photosensitive (burn easily). I LOVE the CORE Balancing Blend or just plain Peppermint Essential Oil for a minty fresh moisturizer.
1. I make my own Tooth Polish.
*My teeth have never felt so clean! And it's super easy & inexpensive! My Biologic Dentist approved this re-mineralizing recipe:) Check out my blog on Natural Oral Health & Healing Cavities. I personally do not floss. To this day I've still only had 2 tiny cavities. Diet & Proper Oral Health matter immensely!
2. Sometimes I use Trader Joe's all natural, fluoride-free Fennel, Propolis & Myrrh Toothpaste when I want some lather :)
I make my own Homemade "Piperwai" deodrant. It WORKS & smells better better than the original!!
*You can buy the original Piperwai at Piperwai.com
All-Purpose Cleaner AND Window Cleaner:
1. 1 tsp Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE + 25 drops ESSENTIAL SHIELD (Both available through my ONLINE STORE) + fill large spray bottle to top with RO or Distilled Water. -works GREAT on windows & mirrors, too!
2. Nature's Fresh Enzyme Spray (Nature's Sunshine Product)
2 Tbsp/gallon of Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE ; Add Nature's Sunshine ESSENTIAL SHIELD Essential Oil Blend.
Regular 3% Drug Store Hydrogen Peroxide: Add 1-2 cups into "bleach reservoir" in washing machine just like chemical bleach (only you need a little more peroxide): Add 1-2 cups into "bleach reservoir" in washing machine just like chemical bleach (only you need a little more peroxide)
For whites: Regular 3% Drug Store Hydrogen Peroxide - touch up spots with a Q-tip or mini spray bottle of Peroxide.
For colors, carpets, heavily soiled clothes, etc: Follow recipe instructions on Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE (use full strength)
Laundry Detergent: (2 options)
1. Follow recipe instructions on Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE
2. Costco has Kirkland Brand HE Organic, Unscented Laundry Detergent: I add 20-30 drops of Organic Orange Essential Oil (or whatever favorites you like)
Fabric Softener: (this is one of THE MOST toxic products in your house!)
1. Wool Balls + 5-10 Drops of your favorite Essential Oils per ball (store in large mason jar)
Some ideas I'm going to try for Essential Oils Scents (all available through my ONLINE STORE):
Peppermint + Orange
Lavender + Lemon
Rosemary + Lavender
Inspire Uplifting Blend
RENEW Releasing Blend
2. METHOD Ginger Mango Liquid fabric Softener
3. Mrs. Meyer's Basil Liquid Fabric Softener
I use Nature's Sunshine Essential Oils & Nebulizing Diffuser exclusively. I do not use chemical fragrance candles at all anymore.
I'm still experimenting with new ideas when time permits. I will continue to update this blog as I update my life ;)
NOTE: You can use Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE for body wash, shampoo, dish soap, fruit & veggie wash & more! Add any Nature's Sunshine ESSENTIAL OILS to pack more punch & enjoy the many safe, therapeutic & aromathrerapy affects of Essential Oils.
I've used Nature's Sunshine Products for about 10 years at the time I'm writing this blog. They have NEARLY EVERYTHING I need except beauty products. I can get all of my herbs/supplements, protein powders, essential oils and cleaning products (and more) from 1 place knowing they are 100% pure in quality AND the products work! You can order as much or little as you like, whenever you want. I love that no one is forced to do auto-ship. However, I personally utilize their SUNSHINE REWARDS AUTO-SHIP PROGRAM because it is such a great deal and I would be spending the money on these products anyway...
I've been on NSP's Sunshine Rewards Auto-ship Program for several years, which gives me 25% rewards points on every dollar I spend (1 point = 1 dollar) + FREE SHIPPING. You simply have to commit to an order of $100+/month (for at least 3 months) and in return you get all these perks from a company that has over 600 amazing, pure & potent products to offer! So the more I buy in 1 place, the more FREE PRODUCTS (of my choice) I earn. The 1st 3 months on auto-ship you get 10% back. Then 15% back in months 4-6, then 20% back months 7-9...and then they give you 25% ($25) back on every $100 you spend after 9 months of auto-ship and ongoing! If you need several things for your family & don't mind being on a $100/mo or more auto-ship, it's the best way to get the most bang for your buck! You can change your shipping date each month as well as the content of your order.