The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is also the gateway, for the varied toxins we come in contact with, to get inside. It’s not just what we eat, but what we put on our body that impacts our health. It is believed that our skin absorbs 60-70% of any topical products we use.
Have you really looked at the products you are using like deodorants, make up and sunscreen?? Researchers have found that environmental toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, pollutants, chemicals and heavy metals contribute to dementia. These are all found in health and beauty products that we use on a daily basis.
I have listed a few chemicals that I found in David Suzuki’s Dirty Dozen and also in the Breast Cancer Fund website. There are many out there but these are a few I found interesting. Take the time to read through this to the end as I have included a few places where you can see where your products rate. I have decided it is time to simplify. How about you?? Check back next Tuesday for recipes to make your own makeup!
Found in a plethora of products, including sunscreens, lipsticks, foundations, nail polishes, and toothpastes with whitening properties, lead is a neurotoxin that is known to reduce fertility and may result in learning and language disabilities and behavioral problems. Lead has also been linked to miscarriage, reduced fertility in men and women, and delay in puberty onset in girls. (Breast Cancer )
Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as an antifungal agent, preservative and antimicrobial in creams, lotions, ointments and other cosmetics, including underarm deodorants. They are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. (Breast Cancer ) Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They are also used as fragrance ingredients, but consumers won’t find that listed on the label. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients (see also Fragrance/Parfum). An estimated 75 to 90 per cent of cosmetics contain parabens (typically at very low levels). (David Suzuki.org)
BHA and BHT
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are closely related synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in lipsticks and moisturizers, among other cosmetics. They are also widely used as food preservatives. BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in the skin. (David Suzuki)
Triclosan is used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. In addition to cosmetics, triclosan is also used as an antibacterial agent in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds, as well as a preservative to resist bacteria, fungus, mildew and odors in other household products that are sometimes advertized as “anti-bacterial.” These products include garbage bags, toys, linens, mattresses, toilet fixtures, clothing, furniture fabric, and paints. Triclosan also has medical applications. (David Suzuki)
Want to find out about your favorite brand of makeup? This is a great website where you can enter your brand and find out how it scores.
From the beginning of early civilization, aromatic plants have been used for their therapeutic properties. They are parts of massage, reflexology, auricular therapy, compresses, marriage ceremonies, religion, cosmetics, medicine and many other parts of the human life.
Although the Egyptians are most often credited with being the first to use essential oils, the ancient Chinese, Greeks, Romans, Israelis, Arabs and Europeans all have credits with different medicines and perfumes.
Essential oils are distilled from plants, including leaves, flowers, stems, fruits etc. embodying the regenerating, protective and immune-strengthening properties. They also have many have anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and are very powerful antioxidants.
Each week I will highlight different oil and give you a variety of ways you can use it in your day to day life. This is to help educate you, as the reader in regard to the subject matter that is covered. These are not provided to diagnose, proscribe, or treat any disease, illness or injured condition of the body. I shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused, or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly by the information contained in my blog. This is in no way intended as a substitute for medical advice or counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified healthcare professional.
CLOVE (Eugenia carophyllata)
Cloves are extracted using steam distillation from bud and stem. They are part of the shrubs and tree families (Myrtaceae). It has a spicy, warming, slightly bitter, wood, rich scent with an intensity of 5. Blends well with basil, bergamot, cinnamon, clary sage, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint, rose, rosemary and ylang ylang.
Common Primary Uses and Application Methods
Addictions (Tobacco)– Dilute 1:1 (1 drop of essential oil to 1 drop fraction coconut oil, grape seed or olive oil) before topical use. Apply to reflex points or place on tongue with finger to remove desire to smoke.
Antioxidant– Place 1 drop under the tongue, or take in a capsule. Can also be used as flavoring in cooking.
Blood Clots– Dilute 1:1 (1 drop of essential oil to 1 drop fraction coconut oil, grape seed or olive oil) before topical use. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern. You can also place 1 drop under the tongue, or take in a capsule. **** Clove oil demonstrated an ability to prevent the aggregation of platelets that can lead to blood clots and thrombosis both in- vivo and in- vitro. (Saeed et al., 1994)
Candida-Dilute 1:1 (1 drop of essential oil to 1 drop fraction coconut oil, grape seed or olive oil) before topical use. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern. You can also place 1 drop under the tongue, or take in a capsule.
Corns, Lupus, Muscle Aches, Muscle Pain, Osteoporosis, Toothache, Warts or Wounds– Dilute 1:1 (1 drop of essential oil to 1 drop fraction coconut oil, grape seed or olive oil) before topical use. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.
Disinfectant, Metabolism Balance, Hormonal Balance– Diffuse with caution; it may irritate the nasal membranes if it is inhaled directly from a diffuser
Fever– Place 1 drop under the tongue, or take in a capsule.
Fungal infections, Liver Cleansing, Memory (mental stimulant), Mold, Plague, Termites, Thyroid Dysfunction, Tumor (Lipoma), Viral Infections-Dilute 1:1 (1 drop of essential oil to 1 drop fraction coconut oil, grape seed or olive oil) before topical use. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern. Diffuse with caution; it may irritate the nasal membranes if it is inhaled directly from a diffuser.
Oral Use as A Dietary Supplement: Clove oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp honey or in a 4 0unce beverage. Not used for children under 6 years old; Use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and older
Safety Data: Repeated use can result in extreme contact sensitization. Use with caution during pregnancy. Can irritate sensitive skin.
Finding yourself stressed out, anxious, unable to fall asleep at night? I have found that meditating for 20 minutes helps me to reduce all of those symptoms. Studies show that meditation can not only relax you, but it can lower your blood pressure, increase your immune system, and help with concentration!
There are over 75 different types of meditation and a lot of time and research can go into finding the exact type for you. I personally prefer Mindless Meditation for its ease.
I found that the way Giovanni Dientsmann explains it is the easiest way to understand. Here is what he says.
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of intentionally focusing on the present moment, accepting and non-judgmentally paying attention to the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that arise.
For the “formal practice” time, sit on a cushion on the floor, or on a chair, with straight and unsupported back. Pay close attention to the movement of your breath. When you breath in, be aware that you are breathing in, and how it feels. When you breath out, be aware you are breathing out. Do like this for the length of your meditation practice, constantly redirecting the attention to the breath. Or you can move on to be paying attention to the sensations, thoughts and feelings that arise.
The effort is to not intentionally add anything to our present moment experience, but to be aware of what is going on, without losing ourselves in anything that arises.
Your mind will get distracted into going along with sounds, sensations, and thoughts. Whenever that happens, gently recognize that you have been distracted, and bring the attention back to the breathing, or to the objective noticing of that thought or sensation. There is a big different between being inside the thought/sensation, and simply being aware of it’s presence.
Learn to enjoy your practice. Once you are done, appreciate how different the body and mind feel.
There is also the practice of mindfulness during our daily activities: while eating, walking, and talking. For “daily life” meditation, the practice is to pay attention to what is going on in the present moment, to be aware of what is happening – and not living in “automatic mode”. If you are speaking, that means paying attention to the words you speak, how you speak them, and to listen with presence and attention. If you are walking, that means being more aware of your body movements, your feet touching the ground, the sounds you are hearing, etc.
Your effort in seated practice supports your daily life practice, and vice-versa. They are both equally important.
Tune in next Sunday for Meditation for Beginners
This is not provided to diagnose, proscribe, or treat any disease, illness or injured condition of the body. I shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused, or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly by the information contained in my blog. This is in no way intended as a substitute for medical advice or counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified healthcare professional.
Macrobiotics is a way of living with respect for the physical, biological, emotional, mental, ecological, and spiritual order of our daily lives. Macrobiotic living means striving to learn the art of balance in everything we do – beginning with a reorientation of everyday eating using whole natural foods of highest quality and simple, more traditional methods of preparation.
Macrobiotic living means accepting the responsibility of putting and keeping our lives in harmony within our families, our communities and ourselves, with society, with nature, and with the universe. Macrobiotic living can help restore and maintain your spiritual direction and faith, but it is not a religion. In fact, it is compatible with any traditional religion.
Macrobiotic eating does not mean adhering to one unchanging “diet.” It may mean eating in a more regulated, simple way, or in a more broadly varied way, depending upon your needs, preferences, and circumstances – all of which change over time.
Macrobiotic eating means gaining your own understanding of how different foods affect you, and it means choosing, preparing, and consuming your food and drink with an active sense of reverence for life.
The macrobiotic theory places special emphasis on conscious diet, because regulating your daily eating and drinking is the most basic, practical way to change your life. The food you eat becomes your blood, affecting the quality of your cells, tissues, organs, and your mind
Eat 50-60% whole grains each day by weight. Use grain and grain products at most meals. These include all types of rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, whole grain breads, noodles, and an array of other varieties.
Soups can be made from vegetables, grains, or beans and may be seasoned to suit your taste.
It is important to eat at least one vegetable dish with every meal. Try to sample each day from root vegetables, round vegetables, and leafy greens, and vary your cutting and cooking styles.
A small amount of sea vegetables rich in trace minerals is important for modern daily life.
Beans are a wonderful source of vegetable-quality protein and can be eaten daily, if you desire them. Cooking beans in a variety of ways, such as in soups, stews, or with grains enhances their naturally sweet flavor. Remember that too many beans can over stress your digestive system and inhibit food assimilation.
Condiments and pickles
Small amounts of these create variety in meals, bring balance, aid in digestion, and increase vitality. Sauerkraut, pressed vegetables, and other pickles should all be used on a daily basis. Remember, a small amount goes a long way.
Fish may be eaten, if you so desire. Have a small portion, lightly prepared by steaming or poaching. This gives it a moist vegetable quality, rather than the meaty consistency due to broiling or grilling.
Nuts and seeds These great snacks may be enjoyed raw or by simply roasting them. Both nuts and seeds may also be used to add zest to any meal.
She has amazing recipes, meals plans and a gluten free option which is amazing!!!
*****This information is not provided to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness or injured condition of the body. I shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused, or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly by the information contained in my blog. This is in no way intended as a substitute for medical advice or counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified healthcare professional.
This is a great recipe I had at Nourish Sequim here in Sequim WA a few years ago and thought I would share it with you. We are blessed to have fresh organic produce locally and it just makes this salad even better!!
zest of 1 orange
2 tablespoons olive oil (preferably extra-virgin)
½ teaspoon coarse salt
¼ cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons tahini
½ small head cabbage, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
1 cup thinly sliced Swiss chard leaves
2 large carrots, grated (about 1 ½ cups)
2 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
1. In a small bowl, combine the orange zest, olive oil, salt, orange juice, water and tahini. Whisk together until thick and very smooth. Set aside.
2. Combine the cabbage, chard, carrots, scallions and parsley in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and stir well to combine and coat the vegetables with the dressing.
I was 11 years old and madly in love with Matt Ryan. I believe it started like this: Dear Diary, Today I met a tall red headed boy at my new school. His name is Matt and he called me poodle head. I know this means we are going to get married! I will write more tomorrow. Love, Mandy
Little did I know that was the start to a great friendship full of fun, love, laughter and heartache. I look back on that diary and it takes me back to such great memories of not only Matt but all of my other friends I grew up with. I am glad to have that diary because Matt passed away 7 years ago and I treasure going back and reading the stories.
As adults we tend to stop writing in our “diaries” and just hope that we can remember all of the amazing and not so amazing things that go on in our lives on a daily basis. Why? Because we are too busy. Or we forget. Or we just don’t care. We need to get back to the good ole days and start writing again. Drawing. Doodling.
There are many physical, psychological and emotional benefits of journal-writing (what they call it in the 21st century) and here are some ideas how it can help you.
It’s cheaper than a therapist. Who else listens without judging or interrupting and is open 24 hours a day? You can write things you wouldn’t dare tell to someone else. Writing it down takes the edge off, gets rid of toxic and built up emotions and helps you better understand what you’re feeling. It allows you to sort things out in a manner that you can be free with your words.
It’s a judgement free zone. You don’t have to get permission from anyone about what you want to say. No one holds anything against you. It can give voice to your dreams and aspirations but are also safe spaces to release negative feelings, hurt and disappointments.
Stress Relief. With our crazy lives it seems as though we are constantly moving. We wake up, get dressed, commute to work, work, commute home, cook dinner, hang with the family, clean up go to bed; and that is a light day. If you dedicate just a few minutes each night to collect your thoughts and write them down (with a pen folks-not on the keyboard), it allows you to slow your breathing and help to relax. You will be amazed at how just those few minutes will lower your stress level and help you to sleep each night.
The Dream Catcher. Keep your journal by your bed at night to capture the ideas or images that may appear in your dreams. Brilliant ideas and moments of inspiration tend to come out of nowhere, and if we don’t write them down when they arise, we run the risk of forgetting about them.
Uninhibited Creativity. A journal doesn’t have to be solely comprised of words written. A journal can also include collages, drawings, doodles, paintings, poems, songs and more.
You don’t have to have a fancy journal, you can use a notebook or just blank pieces of paper. Whatever works best for you. Need some ideas to write about? There are so many great journal prompts out there. Here are some to get you started. I would love to hear from you about your journal time and if it is making an impact on your life. I know it is mine so I hope that it will for you too.
30 days of prompts for April
Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that –- and what did you do about it?
Trading spaces. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a member of the opposite sex for a day? What do you think life would be like?
Happiness. List 10 things that make you happy and why.
Write 30 things about yourself and make sure there are 4 that no one knows about you.
Shuffle your music and take the top 10 songs and write about them. Why do you like it? What does it remind you of? How did it make you feel?
What 3 lessons would you want your child to learn from you?
Does a messy home make you anxious and cranky, or is cleaning something you just do before company comes over?
What are your favorite comfort foods and why?
Bullet point your entire day.
What is someone or something you are missing. How can it impact your day?
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would go and what would you see?
Write about something that scares you
Name 10 things you should always have
One thing you need to stop doing and why.
One thing you need to start doing and why.
What are you bad habits and how can you break them?
Name 5 things that you and your best friend have in common
How are you feeling today?
What went wrong today and how could you have done it differently?
If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be? Draw it.
How can you add creativity to your day?
What 10 modern inventions are you grateful for?
What are some of your most cherished memories?
If you could go back to one day in the past and change it, what would you do?
Write the lyrics to your favorite song.
If I were a caterpillar I would……
Create a story about 2 strangers you saw today.
Describe the day you took your driving portion of your test to get your license the very first time.
Write about making mistakes.
Think of a place you went to when you were younger but it now no longer there or is something else. Capture your feelings about this in your writing.