When you have the option of
keeping baby safe
Keeping Baby Safe Easily
When you have the option of
keeping baby safe
Somewhere in our history the smell of a baby became associated with commercial products. The most famous of these is Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder which is currently losing legal battles for causing ovarian cancer, yet, the imprint of that smell remains associated with baby.
Why Choose a Safer Toothpaste?
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
Mix equal parts coconut oil solids with
baking soda and a drop of
a flavorful essential oil.
Your body is the machine that works 24 hours a day for you. When faced with toxicity that machine knows what to do to remove danger from the body, but that additional work takes time from its routine of endless chores, adding an unnecessary burden.
So does it makes sense to purposefully put poison in your system that will make your body work even harder? If you take the time to review the list of ingredients in your traditional toothpastes you might be surprised to find things that are making extra work for your already overworked body and you are doing it daily.
Triclosan is an antibacterial added to soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics and body washes with FDA approval. It can also be found in clothing, kitchenware, furniture and toys which are less regulated.
Here is what FDA.gov says about Triclosan:
Some short-term animal studies have shown that exposure to high doses of triclosan is associated with a decrease in the levels of some thyroid hormones. But we don’t know the significance of those findings to human health. Other studies have raised the possibility that exposure to triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. At this time, we don’t have enough information available to assess the level of risk that triclosan poses for the development of antibiotic resistance.
There are other ongoing studies that involve the safety of triclosan. One is a study investigating the potential of developing skin cancer after a long-term exposure to triclosan in animals. Another is a study on the potential breakdown of triclosan to other chemicals on human skin after exposure to triclosan to ultraviolet (UV) rays. At this time, neither study has been completed.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS is a compound classified as a chemical and is responsible for almost everything you know and love that bubbles or foams, like toothpaste, soaps, body wash, shampoo and mouthwash. The problem is that it is responsible for skin irritations, disrupting hormone balance and has suspicious, but unconfirmed links to cancer, neurotoxicity and organ toxicity. According to EWG’s Skin Deep, it is a moderate treat.
The real problem is that a “moderate threat” becomes a “dangerous threat” when it is in so many commercial products that the quantities of absorption and ingestion are beyond intended regulated limits. We know that the body will store SLS because of quantities found in the brain, heart and liver.
Artificial Sweeteners, a normal additive for toothpaste, all have varying harmful effects. Only natural products like stevia or monk fruit are trustworthy options, having no links to cancer or diabetes.
Fluoride is a topic of much debate. The American Dental Association, ADA, stands behind its use (but these are the same people who bring you silver, amalgam fillings containing mercury and claim that storing that mercury in your head will not harm you).
The FDA classifies it as a drug. Even if you believe in fluoride as being helpful to teeth, you cannot believe in being drugged without your consent or knowing the proper dosage. In the case of children who ultimately swallow toothpaste and possibly combine that source with fluoridate water, this is a real problem. Meanwhile science is fighting the ADA’s claims, calling it poison. For those who believe its qualities should be left to its use as a pesticide, the thought of putting fluoride into the human mouth is without question wrong.
Propylene Glycol is a humectant in cosmetics, bringing a creamy texture to products. It is also used in industrial antifreeze and the major ingredient in brake and hydraulic fluid. Even though it is a strong skin irritant known to cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage, it is used to improve the consistency of cosmetics and some food products.
This compound causes the fatal destruction of red blood cells, yet is one of the most widely used ingredients in cosmetics. It permeates the skin better than glycerin, and causes greater sensitivity reactions. This cancer causing agent, can be found in some dog food as a preservative. With that said, it seems like an unnecessary addition to your toothpaste.
In your quest to clean at least some of the toxicity out of your life, trying healthier versions of toothpaste is an obvious choice. *In that quest, be aware that many of the popular health based companies are being bought by Corporate America. For consumers who care, that means reading and deciphering ingredients. Don’t be fooled by “natural” or the addition of an essential oil.
So in the end, if you want a simple and cheap alternative try this homemade version of toothpaste.
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
Coconut Oil Solids
Peppermint Essential Oil
Mix equal parts of coconut oil solids with baking soda and a few drops of peppermint or another essential oil. Store in a small jar or dish that can manage any melting of the oil on a hot day. There is no need to refrigerate.
Just FYI these are some of the Corporate America purchases of trusted healthy brands. It would seem unwise to buy without investigation, as these manufacturers are responsible for much of the poisoning of America and the globe today.
Burt’s Bees is now owned by Clorex
Tom’s of Maine is now owned by Colgate Palmolive
The Body Shop is owned by L’Orleal
Annie’s Homegrown is now General Mills
Lara Bar is now General Mills
Kashi is Kellogg’s product.
Odwalla is owned by Coca Cola
Honest Tea is owned by Coca Cola
Naked Juice is a Pepsi product
Tea Bags are for Sissies!
Get Creative with your teas.
Make themas interesting as you like
and maybe healthier.
We now know that commercial tea bags can be laden with pesticides. The best way to be sure your commercial tea choices are free of toxicity is to buy organics, but organics can be an expensive pot of tea . The fix is pretty easy once you get past the notion that homemade tea is a bit different. The good news is that the difference can be delicious and nutrient packed.
Almost anything edible, pesticide-free and organic from your yard or kitchen can become tea. Why limit yourself to a teabag and someone else's imagination. The potential is endless and fun to create.
A favorite of mine is to use citrus as a base. A home crop of tangerines, oranges or lemons can last a till next season if you take the time to dry the peel and jar them. Mix them with cinnamon, clove or star anise for a really interesting start. You can off set the base with an organic tea bag for deeper flavor. Making a full pot leaves extra to drink at room temperature or cold. Kids just know it as a drink that tastes good and they love creating it.
Just boil some of your favorite bits into combinations or steep to find the right flavors for you. Consider choices like
dried orange, lemon or lime peel, fresh citrus, fresh or dried fruit, hibiscus flowers, passion fruit, green onion, clove, ginger, cinnamon, star anise for a licorice flavor, guava skins, bay leaves, rosemary and dandelion. All of your ingredients will have nutrients that your body can use while your cost can be close to zero.
Note: You can freeze fruits and bits or dry them. If you have a crop of too much citrus, you can actually put the entire fruit, whole in the freezer and bring it out when you are ready to juice it or make tea.
in a Power Packed Pie
I cannot be credited with this recipe, but I also do not know who to credit. A quick video passed by me on the internet and I put the basic idea into this recipe. The amounts are general and can be altered to your taste, but the effects are a brilliant source of probiotics and protein to feed your gut, fight candida, heal leaky gut and reduce body pain without even trying.
The choice of nut can be altered with some slight variation to the outcome. Almonds eaten in quantity can be inflammatory, which is important to know if you are attempting to reduce pain. I’ve made this with walnuts and almonds, but many types of nuts can work.
Your choice of ingredients matters. Yogurt must be free of added sugar and without carrageenan, which is a highly inflammatory additive used as a stabilizer. Honey that is not raw, lacks the benefits that raw, unfiltered honey provides. Peanut butter should be free of sugar and additives to avoid adding inflammation. If you can buy non-GMO products you can limit the pesticides that travel with these crops and cause damage to the body.
You can also turn this recipe into a beautiful single serving dessert in lead-free wine glasses or parfait glasses. Using leaded products will allow the lead to leach into your food, so avoid them at all cost since these need some resting time in the glass container.
To make a parfait instead of a pie, layer about 2 inches of filling with about a 1/2 inch of crust material and repeat with 2-3 layers. Chill. These will last several days in the refrigerator.
1 cup almonds
1/3 cup raw, unfiltered honey
1 tbls. cocoa
1 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
1 cup cultured plain yogurt
1/3 cup raw, unfiltered honey, optional
Grind almonds to rough stage in food processor. Add honey and cocoa and grind to a smaller, uniform cut without grinding to the point of becoming butter. Press this mixture into a pie pan. If the mixture is dry you can add more honey.
Mix peanut butter with yogurt and honey and pour into crust. Chill for several hours so crust and filling can join for serving.
Homemade Body Scrub
Body Scrub made at home is not only non-toxic
but can be made for pennies.
Replace expensive, commercial sugar scrubs with
sea salt and olive oil and add nutrients
and minerals to your skin.
When making body scrub the ingredients you choose matter. When you remember that the skin is your largest organ and that it absorbs whatever is put on it, you realize that commercial sugar scrubs may not be the best choice. Salt is just as effective.
Using sea salt provides minerals that chemically processed table salt will not provide. Also, most box salt contains dextrose.
Your oil choice also matters. Using a quality oil will feed your skin. The best results are found with olive, avocado or coconut oil. Use only cold pressed oils.
Cover a few tablespoons of sea salt with oil and a few drops of essential oil if you choose. Stir and use before your shower to scrub the skin. Your nourished skin will be soft and plumped.
When this idea popped up on the internet, I had to give it a try. It seems so obvious, yet I’d never done it. Now I will never throw away citrus peels again.
The recipe is for a household cleaner that will also repel insects and pests. You are essentially making your own orange oil cleaning product. A gallon will cost you about $3.50 for the white vinegar. You can use any leftover citrus or a mix of grapefruit, orange, lemon or lime. The beauty of this is the total utilization of the fruit without waste.
The fruit can be dried leftover rind or pulp and rind left after juicing. The peeled rind alone will dry much more quickly but, either way you will create a luxurious product.
After fruit is allowed to mingle with the vinegar the scent of vinegar dissipates and creates a spray cleaner that is absolutely non-toxic and can be used anywhere. Not only are you inviting a huge cost savings, but your are reducing your overall toxicity tremendously and have eliminated chemical scents that cause lung damage and allergies.
Use a glass jar for a smaller mixture and don’t worry about the quantities in the recipe. The more fruit remnants used, the more scented your product will become. For larger versions, just put the fruit remnants right into the vinegar bottle.
Citrus Peel and/or Pulp
Cover the citrus remnants with white vinegar and seal for two weeks.
Strain and transfer liquid to a spray bottle.
It will last indefinitely
Use the left over fruit remnants to sweeten the kitchen by grinding in the disposal.
Homemade Non-Toxic Spray Cleaner
It's Easy and Non-Toxic
1/4 Cup of Borax
1 quart water
Mix and pour into a spray bottle for floors, counters,
bathrooms and kitchens.
Vinegar Cleaning Spray
Cutting toxicity in the home
A major source of household toxicity is under the sink in both the bath and kitchen. With that said, this quick recipe can cut 50% of the toxicity you invite into your home. You will be able to delete countertop cleaners, window cleaners, refrigerator cleaners, range cleaners, ant spray and replace harsh cleansers.
The combination of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol make a quick and easy clean up. The alcohol will cut the smell of vinegar and allow for quicker drying. With the addition of some essential oil you have created a simple non-toxic, multipurpose cleanser that can be used as a spray or on a mop.
For added abrasive action, sprinkle baking soda on your cleaning project before using the vinegar cleanser. If you use baking soda on pans and spray you can watch the bubbling action work.
If you prefer, white vinegar alone will do the job. The rubbing alcohol and essential oils are not necessary.
Vinegar Cleaning Spray
Mix equal quantities of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle with a few drops of essential oil.
Cilantro mobilizes metals that are stored in the body.
It can mobilize more than the body can detox
before reabsorption takes place.
Apples contain pectin which is a natural chelator.
The combination of these two ingredients
provide your body with what it needs to mobilize
and rid the body of unwanted metals.
While you use the cilantro leaves for this salad, don't throw away the stems. They can be used for salad dressing, see http://www.searchforthecausenotjustthecure.com/blog/cilantro-detox-dressing-to-remove-heavy-metals. Starting with the base of apples and cilantro, you can add many things to this salad. Chopped walnuts will help the brain function and add protein, turmeric or cinnamon are good inflammation fighters and switching the mayonnaise to cultured yogurt will help fight candida.
Apple Cilantro Salad
2 organic apples, cut into bitesized pieces
1 bunch organic cilantro leaves, chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbls. organic lemon juice
Pepper, to taste
Organic honey, to taste, optional
Place cut apples and cilantro in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl whisk mayonnaise, lemon juice, and pepper. Adjust to your taste using a bit of honey if desired. Mix together and serve immediately or refrigerate.
Easy Homemade Sauerkraut
If your first thought is
This is not the sauerkraut you grew up on
and if you are
battling a sick gut, leaky gut, IBS, skin issues or candida
this is a great fix.
I’ve read a lot of sauerkraut recipes and failed at several. They range from complicated to more than complicated, until this one. It is easy and fool proof.
Making your own sauerkraut can be a lifesaver if you are trying to create a healthy gut. If you suffer the effects of candida, you will notice the difference in your gut health very soon by eating a few tablespoons throughout the day. It is one of those fermented foods that will feed the good bacteria in your gut and will travel through to the colon, insuring the greatest benefits.
You don’t have to make a chore of getting sauerkraut into your diet all day. I use a finer grind on my cabbage because I like to throw it into salads and salad dressings. I even scramble eggs which creates a nice texture. Topped with a cultured yogurt, you have a good start to the day and a happy gut.
If you are dealing with candida and a sick gut, testing steps for candida can be found at http://www.searchforthecausenotjustthecure.com/blog/candida-testing-at-home
Cabbage, chopped fine or processed to a fine or chunky grind
1 Gallon lead-free glass jar with lid
Fill a glass jar with cabbage. Add enough water to cover the cabbage and set it into a small bowl that will catch any overflow from fermentation. Fit the top of the jar with a water glass filled with water to weight down the cabbage.
Let this sit over night for about 24 hours. Leaving the cabbage in place, pour the water out of the jar. Refill and rinse again.
Add one tablespoon of sea salt per quart of water making sure to distribute it deep into the cabbage. Fill the jar with water again, and with the lid in place, shake to evenly mix the salt into the cabbage.
Put the jar back into the bowl, remove the lid and cover again the the glass of water. Leave the bottle on the counter and test in about 48 hours to a week. Once you have a taste you like, it can be sealed with a lid and refrigerated. If you prefer you can leave it out for several weeks.