Going Green, Living a green life doesn’t have to be hard or scary. It’s really quite easy! Soon, you will become more and more aware of why living a green life is so important.
When I first thought of going green and learning about all the chemicals that are in our daily products I was a bit freaked out. You might feel the same way, when you learn what the ingredients are and what they really do. Then I started by taking baby steps to a green life and realized it really isn’t a big deal. Now it’s second nature.
Why should one go Green? Why not? Do you enjoy the smell of bleach, scrubbing bubbles and synthetic air fresheners? Be honest! Are we cleaning up our bodies on one end (detoxing) by eating right, using our essential oils and then bombarding them with toxins on another end by using toxic products in our home? Are the products we are using healthy for our children and pets? I think you get what i’m saying. I believe about 98% of store bought products are made with synthetically made chemicals. Even the products that have essential oils contain perfume quality oils. Those too are cut with solvents or distilled from solvents and are not therapeutic grade oils.
I read this from The Chemical Free home – “The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 grandfathered in an estimated 65,000 – 100,000 chemicals currently on the market today”. What does this mean for us? These chemicals have not had any safety testing and we don’t know what effects there may be. Since the 1940’s, the incidence of non-smoking cancers in the U.S. during the 1990’s increased approximately as follows:
- Prostate cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma 200%
- Thyroid cancer 155%
- Testicular cancer 120%
- Adult brain and nervous system cancer 70%
- Female breast cancer 60%
- childhood cancer 35%
The American Cancer Society estimates a 50% rise in cancer rates by year 2020. Scary right?
What we think is safe for our families really are not. We look at labels that lead us to believe they are safe but the ingredient list says otherwise. Ingredients to watch out for:
- Alcohol: studies show this ingredient may increase the risk of throat and oral tongue cancer. Found in: mouthwash
- Aluminum: skin irritant linked to nerve damage, brain disorders (Alzheimer’s) and breast cancer. Found in: Deodorants & Vaccinations
- DEA/TEA: A potential carcinogen. Found in: shampoos, conditioners, bubble bath, shaving gels, shower gels and cosmetics.
- Propylene Glycol: Antifreeze solvent, has been shown to cause dermatitis, kidney and liver abnormalities in animal studies. Labeling on industrial bottles give warnings to avoid skin contact. Found in: deodorants, cosmetics, shaving gels, conditioners, shampoos, toothpaste, face creams & ice cream.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Used as a engine degreaser. Known effects may include, skin irritation and rash, teeth damage, endocrine disruption, cataracts, mouth ulcers, headaches, nausea, coughing , congestion, hair loss, and respiratory tract, eye and oral toxicity. Found in: shampoos, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand creams, lotions,and cleansers.
- Talc: has been directly linked to ovarian cancer. Found in: baby powder, feminine powder, and cosmetics.
- Parabens: Methyl, propyl, ethyl, butyl are used as preservatives. Dr Philippa Darbe collected 20 different samples of human breast tumors and they all had traces of the paraben chemicals. That detection is of concern since parabens have shown to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen.
- Fragrance: Short term toxicity can included coughing, skin irritation, rash, wheezing, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and irritability. Long term can include cancer, lung disease, heart disease and reproductive disorders. Found in: scented candles, perfumes, lotions, fragrance oils (not the same as YLEO), body sprays, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray and more.
- Triclosan: an antibacterial agent. Topical absorption has shown disturbances to the endocrine system, and is believed to lead to birth defects and uncontrollable cell growth. Found in: soaps, deodorants, shave gel, cosmetics, first aid spray and ointments, children toys and more.
- Formaldehyde: A know carcinogen and recognized as such by the Cancers Institute. Exposure can cause eye irritation, asthmatic response, skin irritation, headaches and nausea. Long term effects include cancer and possible leukemia. Although products contain small amounts, when this chemical is used in many common everyday household items in addition to being present in our wood, sheetrock and furniture, the exposure adds up. Found in: baby shampoo, pet shampoo, body wash, sunblock, baby wipes, toothpaste, bar soap, plywood, paneling and much more. Watch for these fragmented ingredients containing formaldehyde: Tosylamide, Melamine, toluenesulfonamide polymer, Urea, Bisphenol A, epichlorohydrin polymer, sodium hydroxymethane sulfonate, sodium bisulfite copolymer, sodium polynaphthalenesulfonate, phenolic resin, phenol, glycidyl ether, triethylenetetramine coploymer.
Okay, I got off the topic of how easy it is to GO GREEN.
I didn’t really even think about going green much. Not until I purchased my Premium Starter Kits from Young Living Essential Oils. And I did that because I wanted an alternate way to deal with muscle soreness after a workout. Advil and Aleve tore my stomach up so they were out! I bought that kit in October of 2014 and never looked back. My passion for clean living started growing. The more I read about the crap they put in our everyday products ticked me off. My first DIY was facial products. I ditched my store bought cleanser, toner, anti aging serum, and moisturizer. It was so simple to make my own and my skin rewarded me with bright and blemish free skin. Then it was toothpaste and mouthwash. Then I read about egg wash for your hair. Tried that, loved it. My hair is full, shiny and grows like crazy. On and on it went. I won’t even get into how much money i’m saving. Ok ok, so you’re not interested in doing the whole DIY thing. Fine – there’s a solution. Young Living has more than just essential oils. In fact – the Thieves line is amazing! They also have personal care products like toothpaste, deodorant, shampoos and conditioners, anti aging, and kids products. The supplements are phenomenal and Ningxia Red is a must! See, no worries if you don’t have time for DIY or not interested in making your own.
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I hope you can see how easy and fun it can be by going green in your home! Clean up your body and your home. Indirectly, if everyone does a little bit, it will ultimately help keep our air, soil and water cleaner for future generations.
Do it as a gift to yourself, your children, and your animals!
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