As we’re in the midst of cold season, I thought it would be important to let you know at least one way I use natural alternatives to support my winter wellness.
Real quick, I want to breakdown the chemical—1,4-dioxane— as it is one of the scariest chemicals found in many of our personal care products and it is a known carcinogen.
Research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that 22 percent of personal care products and cosmetics may be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane. That’s 1 of every 4 products you use on yourself or your family.
As a label reader, the scariest part for me is, you won’t see it on the ingredient list. 1,4 dioxane is actually a trace contaminant or a byproduct made during the creation of other chemicals. Its not even needed in our products, but it is still there, not listed, and adding to the toxic stress we already fight on a day-to-day basis.
When 1,4 dioxane is found in mineral oils like petroleum jelly, it cannot be metabolized. This means it continues to build up in our bodies over time. Experts say mineral oil should not be used on children under 2 years of age because when inhaled it can cause reparatory distress. Poorly refined mineral oil can even cause certain skin cancers after prolonged repeated topical exposure. And they are not only found in petroleum jelly, but also in baby shampoos, baby lotions, and baby oils.
So here’s the good news.
There are a few legislators and organizations that are putting out the awareness and actively fighting the cause of this chemical showing up in our personal care products unannounced.
And, there is always an alternative. I thought January would be a great time to talk about this as we so frequently use extra lotions, moisturizers and mineral oils like petroleum jelly’s for extra dry skin and congested kiddos.
Of course I try to eat well and supplement, exercise, and get good rest. But it’s also very important to me to support my body systems through eliminating toxic exposure so that my body can simply fight the common cold at full strength.
I’ve already shared a few of my homemade plant-based personal care products alternatives, but I’d also like to show you a natural chest rub that helps when the crud hits home.
RC is one of my favorite essential oil blends. It has Spruce, Cypress, and three types of Eucalyptus (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora). My favorite way to use this oils it to put it in my diffuser. I’ll put the diffuser right next to my head at night when I need extra support. It is also great to use before, during, or after a workout because of the energetic aroma. It also works great as a natural chest rub that is even safe for the kiddos.
- 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
- 15-30 Drops of RC essential oil
- Melt Coconut Oil at low heat.
- Take off heat and add Essential Oils.
- Pour mixture into container.
- Apply under breastbone as necessary for natural and safe respiratory support without the chemical consequences.
I also use Thieves Essential Oil Blend this time of year more than anything, because it is known to support a healthy body and immune system. It is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary Essential Oils that has a rich and spicy aroma. I put it in my cleaners and soaps. I carry a spray bottle in my car and purse to use on the steering wheel, for coffee spills in the cup holder, on hands, and in public bathrooms. You can inhale it or apply it topically. I also use Thieves Vitality in my teas. I’ve mentioned this before, but this blend was named after Thieves who were stealing from the dead and dying around the 15th century and plague. The French thieves were using a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals. It smells amazing and because it is plant derived, it is completely safe to use around you and your kids.
Ditch and Switch:
There are so many healthy benefits from making the switch and using the natural ingredients used in this simple recipe. You are going to save loads of money this way. And you won’t be exposing yourself to the toxic chemicals that are in your pricey, conventional soaps. So why not?!
I’m so glad I’m able to share my wellness journey with you, one recipe at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and how I can continue to help!
How to get Started?
If you want to know how I got started using essential oils to increase my overall wellness or how you can improve your own wellness journey, start here.
Sending love and wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!
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