Argan Oil

10 WONDERFUL and BENEFICIAL uses of Argan Oil for your hair and skin (3 minute read)

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Argan oil is from the Argan (Argania spinosa) tree endemic to southwestern Morocco. The fruit from the tree has an oleaginous kernel that has “argan oil” in it. I’m sure you’ve heard that it is known as “liquid gold” or “Moroccan miracle oil” and there are reasons for that. It has been used for centuries in Morocco as a cosmetic oil to maintain a fair complexion, to cure skin pimples and chicken pox scars. It is also used for culinary reasons to add a nut flavor. However, keep in mind that for cosmetic uses, it needs to be cold pressed versus roasted.

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In this day and age and after many studies, we have found that there are many other uses for the “liquid gold”  or “Moroccan miracle oil,” as well.

Reasons to use Argan Oil

Acne – The triterpenoids naturally found in Argan oil have amazing health benefits for skin including the treatment of mild acne and acne-related scarring.

Psoriasis – Argan oil’s hydrating effects can make psoriasis feel better by adding much-needed moisture.

Eczema – Rubbing this into the skin after a shower will help lock in moisture and stop the itching.

Sun – Applying Argan oil can regenerate cells caused by UV damaged skin. It fades sun spots and heals dry skin that looks dry and leathery. Cancer – Compounds in Argan Oil are called triterpenoids. Triterpenoids are phytochemicals also known as isoprenoids. These are secondary metabolites. Many studies conducted have shown that metabolites are toxic to tumor growth.

Arthritis – Found to be particularly helpful with those that suffer from rheumatoid arthritis from the oil when massaged into the skin.

Hair – Argon Oil is well known to help dry hair. Use it overnight as an intense hair treatment or use it as a leave-in to help moisturize, during the day. It is great for split ends.

Skin – Argan Oil has approx. 80% fatty acids, which have been proven to erase crow’s feet and wrinkles by using it regularly which increases elasticity and by increasing the regenerative rate of healthy skin cells. So for an older woman for example, who have had your insides removed, it protects you from the sun, gives you elasticity, which promotes smoother skin and protects you from free radicals.

Burns and wounds – In a clinical study on rats, argan oil showed significant aid in burns and wounds.

Brittle fingernails – Rub some into your cuticles and fingernails to moisturize.

Antioxidant – Argan Oil has flavonoids and vitamin E which is incorporated into cell membranes, which protects them from oxidative damage. Flavonoids have shown potential in the treatment of breast, colon, prostate, pancreas, lung, and other related cancers.

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What makes Argan oil so effective?

Tocopherols (Vitamin E) – organic chemical compounds

Fatty Acids – A large group of monobasic acids found in animals and plants.

Polyphenols / Ferulic Acid – Organic compounds containing more than one phenol group; responsible for the color and flavor of some fruits and vegetables; may have antioxidant properties.

Phytosterols – Plant sterols and stanols that inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from the small intestine and, in effect, lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in humans.

Triterpene – Any of various unsaturated hydrocarbons, C10H16, found in essential oils and oleoresins of plants such as conifers and used in organic syntheses.

Squalene – A hexaisoprenoid (triterpenoid) hydrocarbon; intermediate in the biosynthesis of cholesterol and other sterols and triterpenes; found in shark oil and in some plants.

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3723062/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4321565/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3723062/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17524128

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3182282/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/26978857/

 

Pistachio

9 Surprising Facts About The Pistachio Nut

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Pistachio Nuts were a common food since 6750 BC. They are a member of the cashew family and originate from Asia and the Middle East.

Pistachios are eaten whole, salted, roasted or fresh.  Pistachios are also used in ice cream, butter, and a paste.

Pistachios not only taste great but have nutrients carbohydrates, proteins, fats, dietary fiber, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, vitamin B-6, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin K.

Out of all the nuts out there, pistachios contain the highest amounts of potassium, γ-tocopherol, vitamin K, phytosterols, and xanthophyll carotenoids.  Clinical studies suggest that pistachios help maintain healthy antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, glycemic control, and endothelial function. When consumed in moderation, pistachios may help control body weight because of their satiety and satiation effects and their reduced net metabolizable energy content.

In another study pistachios (roasted) have a lower fat content than any of the other nuts out there.

Health benefits of pistachios include aiding in

Type 2 diabetes – Pistachio nuts as a snack has beneficial effects on glycemic control, according to a study.

Heart Health – Pistachios have been studied for many years in reference to cardiovascular disease. Studies show a significant drop in cholesterol when consuming pistachios. Five published randomized cardiovascular trials have shown that pistachios promote heart-healthy blood lipid profiles.

Blood Pressure – Pistachios are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which may reduce hyperglycemia and improve metabolism.

Weight loss – Researchers found that pistachios have satiety and satiation effects. Another study with individuals in a weight loss program demonstrated lower body mass index and triglyceride levels who consumed pistachios versus pretzels. Epidemiological studies have failed to find any association between nut or pistachio consumption and either weight gain or an increased risk of obesity

Cancer – Pistachios have vitamin E and other antioxidants in them may reduce the risk of cancer.

Absorbing Iron – A study conducted found that pistachios are high in copper, which helps the body absorb more iron therefore helping in not getting anemia.

Improved Digestion – In a study, they suggest pistachios have prebiotic characteristics and contain non-digestible food components such as dietary fiber, which remains in the gut and serve as food for naturally occurring bacteria.  Pistachios also contain phytochemicals that could modify microbiota composition. Foods with prebiotic properties may enhance the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.

Fiber – A serving of about 1 ounce or 30 grams of pistachios contains about 3 grams of dietary fiber, more than enough to get your digestive tracts working at excellent capacity.

Erectile Dysfunction – Turkish researchers revealed results from a study that eating 3-1/2 ounces of pistachio nuts a day for 3 weeks led to improved sexual function in men with ED.

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17 Impressive Benefits of Rosemary(2 min read)

matt-montgomery-3790 (2)Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a fragrant perennial evergreen herb with needle-like leaves with white, pink, blue or purple flowers native to the Mediterranean. The name rosemary derives from the Latin ros meaning “dew” and marinus meaning “sea”, “sea dew.” Rosemary is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender.  Rosemary is a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6.

Rosemary has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes along with used in recipes for cooking.

For your hair, rubbing rosemary herb extractions over the scalp to stimulate the hair-bulbs, prevent premature baldness and dandruff.

Rosemary has been tested in clinical studies on the list below and has shown positive feedback from them.

Health Benefits of Rosemary

  • Improve mood
  • Relieve pain
  • Protect the immune system
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Detoxify the body
  • Bacterial infections
  • Premature aging
  • Skin conditions
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Memory and concentration
  • Digestion
  • Neurological
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Macular degeneration
  • Hair

Caution:  The essential oil of rosemary is not to be consumed. You can consume rosemary as we have for thousands of years in culinary aspects, but again, not as an essential oil. Don’t forget rosemary is in the mint family, so if you are allergic, be careful.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3624774/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736918/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20377818

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905473/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4227022/

http://www.amd.org/macular-degeneration-research/clinical-trials-for-wet-amd/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5133115/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23921795

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25002023

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3569896/

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Surprising Benefits of Cannabis in your Personal Care Products

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Cannabis is everywhere. From the pot shops, beauty products, concentrate, vaping, beverages, sublingual, topical, cannabis capsules and more. It is difficult to know what you will benefit from if your beauty products have cannabis in them.

The good news is you cannot get high from these products or test positive on a drug test which is a good thing. A good example is Hemp lotion. It’s been around for many years and contains Hemp (which is a variety of cannabis sativa plant) and the active compounds from this plant are referred to as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to body symptoms including anorexia and cachexia that were seen in HIV/AIDS patients, neuropathic pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting with cancer chemotherapy, anxiety, and inflammation. Pretty remarkable!

There are over 80 different cannabinoids in marijuana, only a handful have been researched and are known to provide positive effects on the human body. THC (Molecule of tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are 2 of these cannabinoids. The THC is a psychoactive (mind-altering ingredient) and CBD (nonpsychoactive). In the past 4 decades CBD in clinical studies at the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Columbia, have shown promise in:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antidepressant
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-tumoral agent
  • Anti-psychotic
  • Anxiolytic
  • Neuroprotectants

So how does this work with our largest organ (skin) on our bodies? Above, I mentioned about cannabinoids, which have receptors that are the binding locations like THC. THC and CBD are phytocannabinoids and our bodies make versions of these compounds, known as endocannabinoids.

Then I asked myself, aren’t cannabinoid receptors only good for helping the central nervous system and the brain? Absolutely not! As a matter a fact, they are found in the skin, reproductive organs and the gut. Your skin takes a beating daily in the elements and your skin has specialized immune cells found in various skin layers that are called endocannabinoids and they engage with these immune cells to help control inflammatory response according to a study in Germany at Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Münster.

We know that Cannabis has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits that are amazing for the skin. The skin has its own endocannabinoid system and cannabis as an anti-oxidant that helps to slow down aging and protects against free radicals.

I wanted to bring to your attention that there are many products out there for sale, but you can go online and find many tutorial sites such as the 2 links I listed below and make your own because there is new disturbing data that pesticide residues in legal cannabis products in Washington State have an approx. 84.6% contamination rate including potentially carcinogenic agents and neurotoxic agents.

Links:

Here is a link to inform you so more on organic gardening of cannabis.

http://herb.co/2016/03/21/definitive-guide-to-organic-marijuana/

 

I made my own lotion and lip balm and absolutely love them both.

http://www.the420shack.com/2011/12/super-healing-cannabis-skin-salve.html. http://www.the420shack.com/2016/05/cannabis-infused-lip-balm-recipe.html

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4 DIY Face Masks with Avocado

avocado-1851422_640 (2)Avocados contain healthy fats poly fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids. Poly fatty acids are the ones that help protect your skin from sun damage and help protect sensitive skin and inflammation. Monounsaturated fats keep top layers of your skin moist, which leaves it soft and healthy.

When we are exposed to pollutants every day and our bodies generate free radicals which then causes cellular damage. Antioxidants help against damage from free radicals. Avocados have antioxidants such as Vitamin E which protects the skin from ultraviolet light.  Vitamin C makes collagen for elasticity and firmness. Carotenoids are capable of promoting skin health and beauty according to the Dermato-Endocrinology Study on the link between nutrition and skin aging.

 

Every day we are out in the elements and are bodies are generating free radicals. Avocados are suitable for all skin types and can help by:

  • Treating sensitive, dry or acne prone skin
  • Enhancing skin elasticity
  • Reversing effects of aging

Avocado and Honey

A hydrating face mask for cleaning and moisturizing. Honey is gentle astringent and extremely moisturizing. The combination of avocado and honey in this will refine the pores, tighten the skin, and smooth over wrinkles and reduce aging spots.

Simply mash a ripe avocado and mix it with one tablespoon of honey.

Spread a thin layer on your skin, and leave on for 20 minutes.

Wash it off with lukewarm water and then cold water to close pores and pat dry.

 

Avocado and Yogurt

This mask is beneficial when your skin needs extra moisture due to dry or humid air. This mask is especially ideal in those winter months.  Yogurt has the enzymes which easily exfoliate the facial skin with natural cleansing and bleaching.

Take a teaspoon of organic yogurt and mix it with avocado pulp, spread onto your face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water and pat dry.

 

Avocado and Egg Whites

Great for premature aging. Combine 1 tablespoon of mashed avocado and one egg white. You’ll need to whisk this one for about 30 seconds until it is blended well. Slather a thick layer on your face(avoiding eye and mouth area as this mask stretched can cause fine lines and wrinkles. in a circular motion and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse with cold water and pat dry.

 

Avocado and Oatmeal

Combined with oatmeal, this avocado face mask acts as a gentle and amazing exfoliator for skin. Oatmeal is one of the best natural exfoliators out there and can be used to scour off excess sebum and dead cells from skin.

Mash 1/4 an avocado using the back of a fork until it is smooth and lump free. Stir in the oatmeal to make a paste. Slather the mask onto your already clean face in a gentle circular motion. Massage for at least 2 minutes letting the oatmeal gently exfoliate your skin. Allow the mask to settle for at least 15 minutes wash off with warm water and pat dry.

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Cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet

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Did you know conventional cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet? It contains pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxins. More toxins are used on cotton than any other crop in the world.

Cotton is found in numerous daily uses such as beds, clothing, sanitary products, home furnishings, towels, bathrobes, bedding and more.

Conventional cotton contains:

  • Synthetic fertilizers to add nutrients to soil
  • Sewage sludge as fertilizer
  • Most synthetic pesticides for pest control
  • Irradiation to preserve food or to eliminate disease or pests
  • Genetic engineering used to improve disease or pest resistance or to improve crop yields

 

Reasons to use organic cotton:

  • Made without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides
  • No bleach
  • No GMO
  • Free of allergens and nasty chemicals
  • Does not cause any allergy or irritation in people with sensitive skin
  • 100% plant-derived
  • Soothing
  • High absorbent properties

The methods used for organic crops are:

  • Crop rotation
  • Cover crops
  • Organic fertilizers
  • Beneficial insects
  • Human labor for weed control
  • Replenish and maintain soil fertility
  • Reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers
  • Build biologically diverse agriculture

By purchasing organic cotton you are lessening the impact on our environment. Organic farming enables us to:

  • Promote a self-sustaining cycle of resources on a farm
  • Enhance soil and water quality
  • Reduce pollution
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12 wonderful benefits of cucumbers

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Are you looking for a natural way with a whole food to help in your health concerns?  Cucumbers contain antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, copper, beta-carotene and manganese which help with your over health in many ways. The healthiest part of the cucumber is the peel and the seeds according to studies.

  1. Fade dark circles – Cut a slice and lay it on your eyes for 10 minutes according to Dr. Mercola.
  2. Improves complexion – It cleans the pockets of toxins and waste materials on your skin.
  3. Anti-inflammatory – Has an anti – inflammatory which can reduce inflammation on your body and eyes by lying a piece of cucumber on each eye. 
  4. Relieving sunburns – Make a paste by blending a cucumber and allowing it to sit on the burned area for approx. 20 – 25 minutes. Or you can cut it and rub on your body to the irritated skin just like you would aloe Vera.
  5. Hydration – Did you know that being dehydrated leads to constipation, headaches, dizziness, and heart palpitations? Cucumbers are 95% water, thus making it great for hydration. Did you know a cup of cucumber slices is more effective than drinking a glass of water?
  6. Skin tightening – for tired ad stressed skin cucumber juice is a great way to tighten your skin.
  7. Digestive disorders – can be cured by drinking the juice from the cucumber, since it is full of water and fiber.  Heartburn, ulcers, gastritis and constipation can be cured by the daily consumption of fresh cucumber juice.
  8. Low and High Blood Pressure – The magnesium, fiber, and potassium is what makes this great for blood pressure.
  9. Nail care – The high silica content promotes nails from splitting.
  10. Bone Health – Vitamin K promotes good bone health as stated in this article at the University of Maryland Medical Center  
  11. Type 2 Diabetes – contains a special hormone needed by cells in your pancreas to promote the production of insulin.
  12. Weight loss – Do to the fact that cucumbers are 95% water which makes it low in calories.
Eczema

Battling skin eczema? 12 things that may help.

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I have been suffering from eczema, just on my hands, for many years.  I use to go to the dermatologist, and they would give me all different types of creams, cortisones, etc. But, none of them ever seemed to work.  I wasn’t keen on this idea of always putting hydro- cortisones on my skin, as I was absorbing the chemicals systemically. It tried cutting foods out of my diet and meditation.

I started to try to find my own way of dealing with it. It wasn’t a good sign that I began taking a knife or a fork (any sharp object) to my skin and scratching it, but I did! As you know, if you suffer from eczema, that you will tear the skin where it itches and that watery lymph drains out and poof, the itch is gone. You are left with your skin peeled and raw, but the relief is wonderful.

I tried many alternative and organic things such as herbs, (ginger, milk thistle, etc.) oils (primrose, coconut, almond etc.), and oatmeal baths.

After approximately a decade (believe it or not) I got smart and thought hmm, an allergy test might be a good idea, Guess what? I went and had the test done and it came back negative for everything. I wasn’t allergic to anything.  Hmmm, what the heck was I to do next?

As the years went on, I somehow came across the idea of ice. Once I got an itch, I would put ice (if I was at a place I had it handy) on the skin and I was very happy it went away. This wasn’t resolving the issue, though. It does for short term relief, but how do I get rid of it completely?

Thanks to my mother, she said to me “why don’t you try taking an antihistamine?” So I did, and to this day, if I forget to take an antihistamine every day, I get eczema.  I make sure I take one every morning. But, do I want to take an antihistamine with all the medical research and the fact that it is a bad idea? No! I sure don’t, but it’s been many years and I have no eczema. I am still taking what western medicine makes, but I haven’t found an organic alternative that works.

If you do suffer from eczema you could try these oils, to see if they will work for you.

  1. Hemp Seed Oil (Cannabis sativa)
  2. Carrot Oil (Daucus carota)
  3. Perilla Seed Oil (Perilla frutescens)
  4. Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca)
  5. Borage Seed Oil (Borago officinalis)
  6. Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis) Chamomile Natural Skincare
  7. Almond Oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis)
  8. Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia sinensis)
  9. Cumin Seed Oil (Cuminum cyminum)
  10. Safflower Oil (Carthamus tinctorius)
  11. Tamanu Oil (Calyphyllum inophyllum)
  12. Sesame Oil (Sesamum indicum)

I suggest if you are going to use any of these oils and you are allergic to any of the ingredients, it goes without saying, don’t use it! I suggest doing a skin patch test with any of them.

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Organic Coconut Oil Benefits

CoconutsCoconut oil is beneficial in so many ways, and more and more people are realizing it. Don’t let the fact that is high in fats discourage you though because they are MCFA’s and are very easily digestible.

There are many health benefits of coconut oil:

  • Weight loss – it is helpful by making you feel full and eat less
  • Immune System – A wonderful antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral for diseases today in the body. Example – Candida
  • Heart diseases – lowers blood pressure by regulating blood cholesterol levels, as well as triglycerides.
  • Hair Care – makes your hair grow longer, thicker, and faster.
  • Skin Care – Coconut oil works great as a face cleanser, sunscreen, and moisturizer. And it helps with skin disorders Eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, and dermatitis.  The fatty acids (Caprylic and Lauric) in coconut oil reduce inflammation internally and externally and moisturize making them a great solution for all types of skin conditions.
  • Tooth decay – swooshing this in your mouth 10 to 20 minutes a day, helps with plaque and prevents cavities or even cures cavities
  • Osteoporosis – prevents bone loss.
  • Cancer – kills over 90% of colon cancer cells just after 2 days according to a University of Adelaide study. It also helps with decreasing the toxic and often devastating side effects of chemotherapy.
  • Energy and Endurance – Coconut oil is easy to digest and allows you to sustain more energy and increase metabolism. When taking a quality non-processed coconut oil, you can get the most benefit as MCFA’s are sent directly to the liver to be converted into energy.

If you aren’t sure which coconut oil to purchase, I suggest Spectrum Naturals, Organic Coconut Oil. It is USDA Organic Certified and GMO-free. You’ll find that it is extremely inexpensive. It is also good to use it sparingly when eating it, as Harvard University Explains

 

 

 

 

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Toxic ingredients you’re putting in and on your body

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Every day people are looking for things that are organic or natural in beauty products. Whether its skin care, make-up, fragrances or food.  However, the cosmetic and skin industry isn’t regulated like food.  Which makes it important, that we educate ourselves on what we are putting in our bodies. Did you realize your body absorbs 60% of what you put on your skin? I’ve listed several things for you to check for when purchasing beauty products. Is it overwhelming, frustrating and confusing? Absolutely!  Many of these chemicals are banned and/or restricted in Japan, UK, Canada, U.S., Sweden, EU and Denmark. The best thing to do is to keep yourself informed and I hope this list below summarizes it for you, without being overwhelmed.

Parabens – are preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. If the product you are using contains methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben, it has parabens. These ingredients are added to deodorants, toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners, body lotions and makeups, among other products, to stop the growth of fungus, bacteria and other potentially damaging microbes. Can cause endocrine disruption, and developmental and reproductive toxicity.

Triclosan – is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in consumer products.  Although it was banned back in 2016 by the FDA, which would take effect in 2017. It is still used in products such as acne treatments, body washes, Colgate Total toothpaste and some antibacterial dish soaps. It is also added to many other products, including fabrics and plastic items marketed as “germ-killing” or “antibacterial,” though it is not listed on their labels.

Fragrance – is a sweet smelling odor that has chemicals in it that cause irritability, mental vagueness, muscle pain, asthma, bloating, sinus pain, sore throat, joint aches, fatigue, eye irritation, spikes in blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, laryngitis, dizziness, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, coughing, and burning or itching skin irritations. It is found in Fragrance is present in most deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, skin care, body care and baby care products.

Formaldehyde-Known as Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxyethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal. Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas used in a wide range of industries and products including building materials, walls, cabinets, furniture and personal care products. Found in personal care products, formaldehyde can be added directly, or more often, it can be released from preservatives.  According to the Mayo Clinic, formaldehyde can irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and trigger heart palpitations. Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep. It can also aggravate coughs and colds and trigger asthma. Serious side effects include weakening of the immune system and cancer. Nearly all brands of skin, body and hair care, antiperspirants and nail polish found in stores contain formaldehyde-releasing ingredients. Can cause cancer, skin irritation and sensitization.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate- and Other PEG Compounds(also known as Dioxane) – Used as detergents and surfactants, these closely related compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Yet both SLS and SLES are used more widely as one of the major ingredients in cosmetics, toothpaste, hair conditioner and about 90% of all shampoos and products that foam. Human carcinogen can cause cancer and birth defects.

Isopropyl Alcohol – This is a solvent and denaturant (poisonous substance that changes another substance’s natural qualities). Isopropyl alcohol is found in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, after-shave lotions, fragrances and many other cosmetics. This petroleum-derived substance is also used in antifreeze and as a solvent in shellac. According to A Consumers Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, inhalation or ingestion of the vapor may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting and coma.

Siloxanes– Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “methicone.” Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane).  The cyclotertrasiloxane and cylcopentasiloxane, also known as D4 and D5. D4 as an endocrine disruptor, based on evidence that it interferes with human hormone function, and a possible reproductive toxicant that may impair human fertility. And the D5, has shown in laboratory experiments to cause uterine tumors and harm to the reproductive and immune systems. D5 can also influence neurotransmitters in the nervous system.

 BHA and BHT– Known as Butylated Hydroxyanisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene. Used mainly in m The National Toxicology Program classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It can cause skin depigmentation. In animal studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. The European Union considers it unsafe in fragrance. It is found in food, food packaging, and personal care products sold in the U.S. moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Can cause endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer, and irritation. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Coal tar dyes– p-phenylenediamine and colors listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number

In addition to coal tar dyes, natural and inorganic pigments used in cosmetics are also assigned color Index numbers (in the 75000 and 77000 series, respectively).

Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products, colors listed as “CI” followed by five digits. Human carcinogens, linked to cancer, contaminated with heavy metal toxic to the brain, skin irritation and rashes. Toxic to fish and wildlife.

DEA-related ingredients- Also known as Ethanolamine Compounds, Triethanolamine, diethanolamine, DEA, TEA, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, lauramide DEA, linoleamide MEA, myristamide DEA, oleamide DEA, stearmide MEA, and TEA-lauryl sulfate used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines. Can cause cancer, bioaccumulation, skin & eye irritation and organ system toxicity.

Benzophene– also known as Benzophenone, oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, sulisobenzone sodium, and ingredients containing the word benzophenone. Can cause cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, irritation, and Ecotoxicity.

Here is the EWP Link http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/  which is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.   There is some wonderful information on this website that get into much more detail.