A recent study conducted by the Center for Environmental Health, based in Oakland, California, on soaps and shampoos, discovered that 98 of the included products contained a potential carcinogen called cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA).
if you stop and read the back of the labels you will see that mostly all of these brands are made with sulfates. Sulfates are a group of detergents or surfactants that are used in most personal care products. Sulfates alone are classified as a skin and membrane irritant. They have also been proven to be a carcinogen with the repeated exposure. Get this if you wash your hair with a shampoo that has sulfates in it and then use another product to wash your body and yet another product to shave your legs? These products combines create an even more toxic by-product. Taking a shower these days can be very toxic to your health when you blend all these different products with all these different chemicals. Did you know that the sodium lauryl sulfate found in your soap is exactly the same as the one used to degrease car engines?
Sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin which leads to a drying effect. You are making your skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by producing more oil each time you strip all of the oils from your skin.
Sodium lauryl sulfate is also a penetration enhancer, meaning that its molecules are so small they’re able to cross the membranes of your body’s cells. Once cells become more vulnerable to other toxic chemicals that may be with the SLS.
Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for the chemicals to enter into your bloodstream?
The real reality is we are damaging our DNA and we are changing our genetic makeup for future generations. There was a study a few years back that said the umbilical cord of an average American baby has over 200 known chemicals in it. Eighty percent of the common chemicals that are used daily in this country, we know almost nothing about. Our children are being born toxic and we have no idea if these toxins are already doing some sort of damage their brains, their immune system, their reproductive system, and any other developing organs. Are we unknowingly setting ourselves up for failure in the womb, even before birth?
Scientists at Norway’s University of Bergen tracked 6,000 people, with an average age of 34 at the time of enrollment in the study, who used the cleaning products over a period of two decades, according to the research published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
The execute director of CEH, Michael Green, stated that “Most people believe that products sold in major stores are tested for safety, but consumers need to know that they could be doused with a cancer-causing chemical every time they shower or shampoo.
After the testing that was preformed by the CEH it also discovered cocamide DEA in store-brand products and brand name shampoos, sold at Kohl’s, Pharmaca, Walmart, and Trader Joe’s.
They also found that some organic labels were falsely claiming that their products from Organic by Africa’s Best for significant amounts of cocamide DEA. What’s more startling is the same amount of carcinogenic ingredients were also found in a children’s shampoo/conditioner from Babies R Us, and a children’s bubble bath from Kmart.
Castile soap is different than most soaps available today in that it’s made with vegetable oils and lye. Named after the medieval Spanish city of Castile, this kind of soap was was originally made with olive oil. Today, solid and liquid forms are made with vegetable oils like palm, coconut, hemp, jojoba, and olive.
Unlike commercial soaps that rely on SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) to create a soapy lather, castile soap’s bubbles come from saponins in the oils that are released from the reaction of lye and oil.
Castile Soap doesn’t Doesn’t Cause Irritation, its Anti-Bacterial , Promotes Healing, Great for Skin Sensitivities and its Non Toxic.
Homemade Natural Shampoo
- 2/3 cup of Castile soap
- Two teaspoons of almond or olive oil
- 10- 15 drops of ( lavender, lemon or grapefruit ) essential oil ( optional)
- 1/2 cup of full fat canned coconut milk
Method of preparation:
Its preparation is extremely easy. All you need to do is to mix all the ingredients in a bottle, and your natural, toxin- free shampoo is ready!
Remember to shake the bottle before you use the shampoo. Use it regularly and your hair will be incredibly healthy, shiny and gorgeous!
Vanilla grapefruit linen spray
2-1/2 cups filtered water
3 drops pink grapefruit essential oil
2 drops vanilla essential oil
1/4 cup vodka
The vodka helps the water dry quickly after you spray it on your linens. Theses essential oils that are used create a beautifully fresh vanilla grapefruit scent that is perfect for a summer pick me up. This spray is very versatile. It can be used on clothing, fabric furniture, or even as a quick air freshener.
If the vodka smell is slightly strong just add another drop or two of essential oil.
Always shake the bottle be Before spraying on your linen.
Tub & Tile Cleaner
1 /4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup lemon juice
Or 10 drops of lemon essential oil
3 Tablespoons Epsom salt
3 Tablespoons Sal Suds or Castile liquid soap
1/2 cup white vinegar
Pour the vinegar into the bottle, followed by the baking soda and Epsom salt. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the Sal suds gently shaking the bottle to combine. Mix all ingredients in a bottle with a seal-able lid.
Scrub and then rinse with water and wet clean rag.
Throughout my latest book, you will find useful, informative and easy to understand recipes for your mind, body and spirit. When I started writing this book, I wanted to introduce you to the idea of a cleaner less toxic world and for you to learn just how simply easy it is for you to start creating your own cleaning recipes throughout your home but this book has transformed into so much more than just a book full of all natural DIY recipes.
This book will enlighten you and help you have a deeper understanding of not only why you should be more aware but how to be more aware. AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.
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