Deodorants smell strongly of perfumes
People with allergies and chemical sensitivities can be mildly to severely affected by perfumes. I have written a lot about where perfumes hide in our lives in the precious article.
Ways to Eliminate Perfumes from our Lives
You cannot do anything about everybody else's perfume load, but you can start with yourself, the people in your home and everything in your home. You have this power. Make use of it.
Go through any products you use to perfume your body. At this time in your life you will probably not be able to smell the perfumes. We get used to the things around us and turn off from them. Our senses get overloaded and we do not even realise that some products have a perfume. We are just so used to them. When your sense of smell has been awakened, you will gradually notice that some things have a strong perfume that you never noticed before.
So, to eliminate your personal perfumes and body sprays, collect them all. If you cannot bring yourself to throw them out, seal them in a couple of plastic bags and place them out of the house, maybe store them in the garage. Don't give them away to a friend because, guess what, you will meet your friend and she may be wearing the products you gave her. Sorry guys for just referring to women, but the same goes to you too.
No 2 Bathroom
Go to your bathroom and read the labels of all your shampoos, conditioners, deodorants and soaps. If they are not perfume free or unscented, ditch them too.
Depending on your health, you may decide to use them up, then replace them with unscented products. This is up to you.
Now ladies, look at your cosmetics. I'm sure they will smell pretty (after all, the cosmetic companies want you to buy their products). Again, look for alternative products. Remember the face creams, hand cream and sun cream. Some of these have really strong perfumes.
Men, check out your deodorant especially that spray stuff, it's deadly. When I was very ill with allergies, a young male visitor sprayed some deodorant rooms away. I smelt it in seconds. These things travel in the air, and you would be surprised how quickly and how far they travel. Remember shaving cream, if used, and especially after shave splash.
No 3 Kitchen
Check out the kitchen. Especially look at your dishwashing detergent. This often reeks with chemical perfume. Get rid of it. I think this is one of the most deadly things. When you squirt it into the sink full of hot water, what happens. The hot water steams up into your face. What does it carry with it? The ghastly chemical perfume. Look for natural, environmentally friendly products that are perfume free.
If you have a dishwasher, what are you using in it? Some of these products are very strongly perfumes. Find one you can tolerate.
No 4 Laundry
Now, just walking down the supermarket aisles of laundry powders is enough to send anybody reeling with the smell of chemical perfumes. Don't kid yourself that any kind company would waste 100 time the amount in cost to perfume their products with real aromatherapy oils just for you. It just wouldn't happen. Besides, real aromatherapy oil evaporates, disappears, and does not last. Chemical perfumes last on and on. You just can't get rid of the smell of them.
So dump your perfumed powders or liquids, or again, depending on your health, use them up and replace them with unscented, unperfumed products. You, and all your family will be healthier and happier.
Good luck on your endeavours.
Photo by freedigitalphotos.net with thanks
Perfumes are mostly made from chemicals
People with allergies are often affected by perfumes. Perfumes may once have been thought of as the scented waters that women applied to themselves to make themselves smell pretty.
With the growth of the Perfume and Cosmetic industries there is now a vast array of perfumes.
Once perfumes were made from real flowers. These sweet smelling flowers were then able to be distilled and the oil of the flower was collected. This is now used as aromatherapy oil. It can be used to make perfume, but most perfumes today are made with chemicals. So probably the perfume you adore has been made in the laboratory with chemicals.
Where Perfumes can be Found
Perfumes can be found throughout our society today. They abound in the workplace, wherever people gather, and especially in the home. They are in
Places to Avoid
Super market aisles near laundry powders and cleaners, cosmetics and sugar.
Groups of people early in the morning.
I know you are going to you are going to say 'What? Has she gone mad?' But here's the reason.
What do most of us do when we get up in the morning? Have a shower with nice smelling soap, wash our hair with perfumed shampoo and conditioner, dry ourselves with fabric softened towels, use deodorant. Ladies may put on perfumed face cream, sun cream or cosmetics and perfume. Men may apply shaving cream or after shave lotion, maybe some hair gel. When they they walk out of the bathroom they are fresh and FULL of chemicals. When a group of these people get together it can spell disaster for the chemically sensitive.
Where would these people be? At church, on trains and buses and at work.
What to do about it?
Find out my suggestions in my next article.
This display board is made from MDF but well sealed
Health Risks of MDF
Medium Density Fibreboard, or MDF for short, is the wooden product many artists use when they paint in folk art style, Tole painting or Decorative painting.
It is a manufactured wood product containing chemicals that may be hazardous to humans.
The original wood is finely powdered then bonded together with resins and bonding agents. It may also be made retardant to fire, water or atains - with chemicals.
Toxic Chemicals are a Major Health Risk
The main chemical used to form the MDF is formaldehyde.
Symptoms experienced by different people from MDF are
Toxic chemicals are often considered carcinogens, that is, cancer causing agents.
Other Uses for MDF
MDF is often used in building these days too. I was told by medical professionals involved in Environmental Medicine 17 years ago that MDF gives off gases from the chemicals used to make it, for about 30 years.
MDF should never be burnt in a fire, especially an indoor fireplace, because of the chemicals it gives off.
When Artists paint on this board, they also do a lot of sanding. This fine dust can get in your lungs producing irritation and asthma. Always use a mask when sanding this wood.
Children and MDF
Don't use MDF board around children or in their bedrooms. They spend a lot of time in their bedrooms sleeping and playing and they are breathing in the toxic gases all the time. Young children are readily susceptible to chest infection. You don't want to aggravate this.
Increasingly articles of furniture are made from MDF. Kitchen cupbards and shelving are among the myriad items created from MDF. The powdered dust that is the result of cutting and sanding this board are also dangerous. If you are in this industry, make sure to wear a mask. It is better to wear a mask now than to die of lung disease later on.
Sense or No Sense?
Recently I was in a factory where they made furniture. A man was spraying a piece of wooden furniture with varnish (chemical of course). He had on a mask, however the mask was keeping his neck warm instead of covering his mouth and nose!
People with Chemical sensitivities can be allergic to paint
Allergies and Paint
I LOVED to paint. It was my life. If you read my book, Allergies and Chronic Fatigue A Natural Approach, you will know that from a very young age I have been fascinated with painting, whether it is transforming and beautifying a door or wall or decorating a canvas, piece of paper or some wood.
Throughout my book you will see that every time I was exposed to paint from childhood, I became very ill. We now know this as chemical allergies.
Modern paint is full of chemicals. Goodness knows what they were full of in the 'Old' days. I passed my thirties a good while ago.
Paint contains a good dose of chemicals including toluene and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are BAD for people with allergies to chemicals.
My Painting Career
For many years I painted - artistically - up to 12 hours a day with artists acrylics. I would not use artists oil paints as the brushes had to be cleaned in turpentine - another strong smelling chemical. One video I watched of an artist explaining how to paint even used petrol to clean his brushes!!!!!
Now I thought I could get away with these tubes of acrylic paints. After all it said on the plastic tube 'Non toxic'. Mmmm. To whom?
I painted folk art style and still love this simplistic version of painting. This style is often painted on wood or tin. The background has to be painted first. Here come the larger quantities of paint. Get the picture?
I also used to mix large quantities of background colour for my students - I taught painting for years too. Painting classes were a delight for me but I found that going home after a couple of classes I was totally drained. I had been exposed to paint from 12 students for 5 hours.
Well eventually my chemical allergies all came to a head and I ended up in bed - for years. But here I am.
My style of painting has changed a lot over the years, as happens. I used watercolour paint for a while as very little paint or pigment is used. It is different to acrylic paints. Now I can use acrylics again, but I will never use them to the extent of before.
If you have chemical sensitivities be careful with acrylic artist's paint too. It is not only the paint in the tubes but the tubes themselves are made out of plastic - more on that another day. People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) need to be careful.
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With Spring time is full swing here in Australia I would like to share with you something that makes me happy when I get up each day. We have just passed equal day and equal night, a big event in itself, although it often goes unnoticed.
My husband's aunt used to say that people often got sick when the temperatures were rising. Going from the cold of winter to the warmth of spring can affect some people.
Also, at the end of winter our Vitamin D levels could be at their lowest. We make Vitamin D in our body from sunshine. This is why sunshine is so important. Vitamin D helps us absorb Calcium. It also helps keep depression at bay.
We always feel better when the sun shines. Because there has been less sunlight over winter some people get SADS. This is a depression that comes about because of lack of light. It is more prevalent and severe in the higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere, merely because more people live there. People live there because there is land at these latitudes. In the southern hemisphere we do not have a mass of land at high latitudes. People with SADS benefit from being exposed to a full spectrum light each day throughout winter.
Hay Fever is another illness that comes in spring. It comes about because of all the pollen in the air from the flowers and from the hot windy weather.
Enough of that - enjoy some pictures of Spring time in my garden.
Lavender smells beautiful and has healing powers
Lavender is a flower that many people think of when they think of the old days.
Long ago the washer women used to dry the ladies' washing by draping it over the lavender bushes. The clothing would be imbued with the scent of the lavender.
Lavender bags brought the scent into the linen closets. The heads of lavender were collected and put in a little bags then hidden between the sheets or underclothes in the cupboard. You may think of your grandmother when you think of lavender bags.
When the distillation process was established one of the favourite flowers to distill was lavender. People already liked it and had found uses for it.
Today lavender oil is one of the favourite essential or aromatherapy oils. People still like the perfume - or most do anyway.
The Benefits of Lavender Oil
Lavender aromatherapy oil can help ease headaches. Dab a little oil on your temples and massage it in. Take a rest while it works. You will find yourself calmer.
Lavender can help you drift off to sleep when you are restless at night. It soothes and calms. Put a few drops on your pillow when you get into bed.
Lavender can help relieve anxiety. Place a few drops on a tissue and keep it in your pocket throughout a stressful day at work, home or travelling.
Lavender can help relieve burns. The French scientist, when he was experimenting in the laboratory one day, burnt his hand then accidentally put it in a vat of lavender oil. To his amazement the burning and stinging eased quickly.
I always use lavender oil to kill off bacteria. Whenever I cut myself I always put a couple of drops of lavender oil directly onto the cut. It usually only needs to be done a couple of times for the cut to heal quickly. I find this useful whenever I have forgotten to wear my gloves in the garden. I always seem to get cuts and scratches easily and they usually get infected. However my beautiful lavender oil heals these for me quickly and pleasantly.
Lavender Hydrosol or Lavender Water
Lavender water was in use in the olden days as well as a perfume. Today, the water left over from the lavender distillation process is called a hydrosol. It can be ingested in small quantities for medicinal purposes but mostly it is used as a linen water or air spray. The linen water is sprayed onto the clothes before ironing, sprayed over the bed sheets to have them smelling pretty or sprayed around the room for a lovely fresh smell. This is much better than the chemical laden air fresheners bought in the supermarket.
It can also be used as a personal aura spray when we feel stressed. It is very calming.
The perfume from Aromatherapy oils and hydrosols does tend to evaporate. This is how you know that is the real thing. When the smell lasts for days and will not go away then you are much more likely to have a Fragrance oil. These fragrance oils are made from chemicals. I would not use these. They have no healing benefits.
Lavender oil is one of the safest aromatherapy oils and can be applied directly onto the skin. Do not use too much though. Always dilute it to use for a massage.
A Secret Cave
Our mouth is the secret hidey hole or cave where we put everything that goes into our body.
All our food passes through our mouth. This can be clean, green, food, organically grown food, lovingly home-cooked food, fresh fruit and salads or meat. It can be fast foods like pizza or MacDonalds or fish and chips.
It can be fried, fatty food or freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable smoothies. It can be rich cheesecake and chocolate or vegetables which have been sprayed with chemicals on the farms and again in the supermarkets to 'keep the bugs away' and 'keep them fresh'. It can be organic produce or chemical laden produce.
We can fill our mouth with smoke and chemical laden toothpastes, or we can use more natural toothpastes containing little or no chemicals.
Is it any wonder we get bad breath sometimes? Bad breath is also called Halitosis. One of the causes for this can be from the bad bacteria in our mouth. Remember that the bad bacteria grows aroung our teeth and can invade our gums. It is then called Gingivitis. When we have gingivitis our gums bleed when we clean them. The gums can look pale or puffy and swollen. They can erode and leave the teeth exposed and all the more likely to become loose and fall out.
This is the inflammation of the lining of the mouth including the cheeks, tongue and palette (roof) and floor of the mouth. It can cause redness and swelling.
Natural ways to ease Problems in the Mouth
Calendula is a very soothing flower and a natural plant used like a herb. It is very safe to use. The orange flowers can be made into a tea. This can be swilled around the mouth and then swallowed. Calendula tincture is stronger. This can be made into a mouth wash to swirl around the mouth. Buy Calendula at the Health food store.
Use natural Toothpastes and Toothbrushes
Use soft toothbrushes. Hard toothbrushes can damage the inside of the mouth,
damaging the gums and letting bacteria in.
Use natural toothbrushes. There are some available made out of bamboo. The have soft bristles.
Use a mix of salt and bi-carbonate of soda as a powder instead of toothpaste. Bi-carbonate of soda is a natural doedoriser and whitener. Salt is a natural disinfectant. You can mix Xylitol with this for a better flavour. Xylitol is a natural sweetener which has been proven to kill bacteria in the mouth. Sugar makes bacteria grow.
Be careful what you put in your mouth. Do not prod with toothpicks. Use floss instead.
Remember to clean your mouth and teeth after eating. If you have dentures, make sure to clean them regularly.
Your lips are the guardians of your mouth
Our Mouth is Sensitive
Do you ever think of your mouth?
Your lips are the surounding outer edges of skin. They guard your mouth. They open and close to let things in your mouth. Your mouth is the cavity within.
We think of our teeth, especially if they ache. We like white, bright teeth.
To keep our teeth white and bright and shiny we must clean them often.
When I was growing up, a school friend had GREEN teeth! You don't believe me? Well, she did. She refused to clean her teeth and it looked like algae growing on them. They did not look very pleasant.
The tongue is also part of the mouth. We use it when we speak to help us form sounds and we use it when we eat and drink to help move the food around in our mouth. The tongue experiences heat and cold from our food. It is our sensory taste centre. It tastes sweet and sour, spicy and sweet. Naturopaths look at the state of the tongue to give them an idea of what is going on in the body.
Sometimes after a hard night out our tongue may feel furry. It can feel dry or sore, cracked or blistered. If our tongue is sore it is difficult to eat and sometimes to speak.
Our mouth can be dry or drooling with saliva. When we are nervous, for example before a public speaking engagement, our mouth can go dry. If we smell our favourite food then our mouth can be filled with saliva. Saliva helps us to soften our food and begins the digestion process.
When we are run down from exhaustion, stress or over work we can get little blisters or mouth ulcers in our mouth on the inside of the cheeks and the tongue. This is a warning sign to look after ourselves.
Our gums are also a part of our mouth. We can get plaque - tough calcification around the base of our teeth. When this builds up bacteria starts to grow around our teeth and goes into our gums. Our gums are important because they are the sensitive skin that support our teeth and hold them to our jaw. If gingivitis is not treated it can lead to periodonitis which is an even more serious disease.
Stay tuned for more info about our mouth and what we can do to keep it healthy.
(Thanks to my husband, Fred, for his beautiful reduction woodblock print to display)
Some brands of natural toothpaste
Natural Toothpaste is Best for Us
We are very lucky these days that there are so many good natural toothpastes on the market. There is a wide variety of ingredients so that surely there will be one that will be just right for you.
Make sure your toothpaste is free from salicylates, fluoride, artificial sweeteners for example saccharin, and sodium lauryl sulphate. Try to avoid anything with the words glycol, propylene and polyol.
If you have allergies be careful what you use to clean your teeth. You are putting toothpaste in your mouth and the inside of your mouth is very sensitive.
Weleda make two natural toothpastes - Calendula toothpaste and Salt toothpaste
Calendula has been known for centuries to be a gentle healing herb. This toothpaste is free from peppermint and has fennel oil in it and licorice.
Salt toothpaste has sodium bi carbonate (the salt part of the toothpaste) and peppermint oil and lots of different herbs.
Olive Leaf toothpaste contains olive leaf extract and is a natural antibacterial. It is Paraben Free, Artificial sweeteners free, Fluoride Free, and SLS Free.
Propolis toothpaste had extract of honey bees in it. It helps protect against plaque & gum disease. Test carefully before use if you are affected by bee stings. Propolis is Paraben Free, Sugar Free, Fluoride Free, SLS Free and Saccharin Free.
Jack and Jill toothpaste is a cute little toothpaste for children as young as 6 months old. You can use this on your baby's first teeth. It contains some certified organic
ingredients and other natural ingredients.
Vicco toothpaste is a stiff paste made from lots of herbs and barks. It is an Ayurvedic toothpaste used to encourage healthy teeth and gums. Ayurveda is an ancient form of medicine used in India.
Following are some previous articles with more details about natural toothpaste.
Homeopathic relief for Hay Fever
Hay Fever in Spring Time
Many people suffer with Hay Fever in the Spring time. Here in Australia the weather is warming up. The plants are growing and starting to bloom after being asleep over the winter.
As the flowers reach full bloom, pollen bursts into the air.
The wind stirs the pollen up and hot dry winds bring positive ions in the air.
Symptoms of Hay Fever
All these things bring on sneezing, runny or blocked nose and watery, itchy eyes. A feeling of lethargy or tiredness can be all encompassing. Irritability can accompany all these symptoms. Wheezing, headache and allergic symptoms may occur alongside the other symptoms. Usually the symptoms disappear as we come into summer.
Homeopathic Hay Fever can bring relief from these uncomfortable symptoms. These pillules can be taken at the sign of the first symptoms. They include a number of Homeopathic remedies which are known to ease the symptoms of hay fever.
How to take the Remedy
Dissolve 3 pillules under the tongue every 2 to 4 hours when needed. When the symptoms disappear stop taking the remedy.
Other articles you may be interested in about Hay Fever:
Hay Fever Relief
If you are interested in the best way to take Homeopathy, please read the article on Flower Essences. The same rules apply.
Taking Flower Essences
Flower Essences and Physics
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