Natural toothpaste is a very important item to use in our bathroom.
Commercial toothpaste is a product that has also been invaded by chemicals. People today have been trained to expect toothpaste to make their teeth look whiter, kill the bacteria in their mouth and have plenty of froth and bubble. Then, of course it must come in an attractive container and sometimes the paste itself is coloured, and flavoured, often with mint.
There are many varieties of natural toothpaste on the market today. Some of these available in Australia are
Vicco Herbal Toothpaste,
Olive Leaf Toothpaste
Ingredients of Propolis Toothpaste
Active ingredients - propolis extract
calcium hydrogen phosphate
hydrogenated castor oil
clove bud oil
This is one of the most popular, along with Vicco Herbal Toothpaste.
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A Natural Toothpaste to Suit YOU
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Pure Distilled Water
Distilled water is mostly free from all impurities.
It is not so simple to make although it sounds easy.
How to Make Pure Distilled Water
Now doesn't that sound just so easy? Boiling the water is OK. The steam that arises from the boiling water is just extra hot water in another form. Collecting the steam? Well how do you catch steam? It tends to evaporate and we need to give it time to cool down again so that it can turn back into a form that we can handle.
This is where a distiller comes in just so handy. It is especially made with a big stainless steel tank for the water, and has lots of coils inside with a fan to cool the pipes (coils). As the pipes cool, the steam loses heat and becomes water again.
As it comes out of the distiller, the liquid is caught and bottled.
This is far easier than messing around with saucepans or kettles of boiling water. Safer too!
Differences between Normal Water and Distilled Water
Normal water has many impurities in it. It includes minerals, bacteria, chemicals and can also carry parasites. If you leave a bottle of water in the sunlight for an extended period you can see algae growing in the water.
With distilled water, all these impurities are left behind. They are not carried into the super heated steam therefore a bottle of distilled water will not grow algae.
Uses for Distilled Water
Distilled water has many uses:
Pure Distilled Water by Enhance you Health can be found at My Garden Treasures Ebay shop
This eBook takes a natural approach to improving your health, especially if you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). CFS is also referred to by different names around the world. It is called ME and Fibromyalgia and CFIDS.
Jacob Teitelbaum MD, a well known world expert on CFS, thinks that there may be many causes of CFS/Fibromyalgia. However the most important thing is for people to start to sleep well, control their pain, to start feeling healthy and be part of a community. Dr Teitlebaum had CFS himself as a young man and has specialised in treatment of the illness using a natural approach.
In my ebook I also use a natural approach to improving health. Medical men seemed to have no answers and I was left to myself to find simple, natural things that worked for me. I share this information in my ebook. I tell the story of my experience with CFS/Fibromyalgia. For a long time it seemed that I would not get better but gradually my health improved.
There are different levels of CFS. Some people feel tired for a few months, some are racked with pain in every nook and cranny, joint and muscle of their body and others suffer from prolonged sore throat, sinusitis and chest infections for months or years on end.
Here are some suggestions of different modalities you can try from crystal healing to flower essences to homeopathy to herbs.
You choose. It's your body, your life.
The most popular natural toothpastes I sell in my online stores are Propolis, Vicco Olive Leaf toothpastes.
Today people are becoming increasingly aware of food they eat and the cleaning products they use on their body.
With chemicals in the environment abounding since the 1950s, we are constantly surrounded by them.
Today, more than ever before, cancer takes its toll on the community. It was a rarity in the 1930s to 1950s.
Commercial toothpaste is a product that has also been invaded by chemicals. It must make your teeth look whiter, It must kill the bacteria in your mouth and it must have plenty of froth and bubble. Then, of course it must come in attractive containers and sometimes the paste itself is even coloured, and be peppermint flavoured.
Well, I for one am prepared to go without most of this. I definitely don't want the chemicals, especially the dangerous ones. I don't need the froth and bubble. When was the last time that the air in a bubble of froth cleaned anything?
What I Look for in a Toothpaste
My preferences in a toothpaste are
How I found Out There was a Need for Natural Toothpaste
I sell a variety of things on Ebay. I started out selling plants, cutting and seeds from my garden. I have been into Natural Health products all my life and make my own Flower Essences, Creams, Herbal Tinctures and Homeopathic remedies.
After a few years with severe allergies and chemical sensitivities, I was buying Natural toothpaste from my supplier. I put some on my Ebay site along with my bottles and vials and suddenly the toothpaste became popular. As I say, I didn't set out to supply toothpaste. However if people need it I am happy to supply it.
People who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) often have a large Yeast problem. Yeast is in the same family ad mould and grows in the body. It feeds on sugar.
Anybody who has been following this blog will remember that I have written a few articles about the dangers of sugar.
Sugar is also called sucrose. It is made up 50/50 of glucose and fructose. Carbohydrates in fruit, vegetables and grains are converted into glucose.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection
Symptoms of a yeast infection are similar to those of CFS. There seems, as yet, no definitive test that can be done to determine exactly what CFS is. This is why it is called a syndrome.
Easing Sugar Cravings
It is important to eliminate sugar from your diet. I know this is easier said than done. Only people who have these cravings can have any idea how hard it can be. The little molecules of yeast scream blue murder if they are deprived of their food - sugar in all its forms. Remember this includes carbohydrates.
Fructose has a different affect on our body than does glucose. All our food is broken down into glucose. This is then used as our energy.
Fructose is like a stimulant. When we eat it, it does not tell our brain that we are full. Fructose spikes our insulin levels.
Changing our Diet
By experience, I have found that eliminating fructose from the diet first helps those cravings for sugar to ease.
Fruit contains lots of fructose. So that is another food to eliminate.
Lots of vegetables and grains contain carbohydrates. Remember, carbohydrates turn into glucose in our body. So lots of vegetables and grains should be eliminated.
I have a philosophy that everything should move slowly. If you eliminate these things one by one over a matter of weeks, you will not have made cravings. The little yeast beasties in your body will die off bit by bit and you will not have severe reactions to the diet. If you have a major reaction to changing your diet, you are less likely to keep the diet going.
Keep at it. You CAN do it.
More on where sugar hides next time.
The Evil of Sugar
Are you a Sugarholic?
Is Sugar Killing Us?
The Relationship Between Sugar and Cocaine
Sugar Daddy - Gary Taubes
Wear clothing from natural fibres where possible
Usually when we think of allergies we think of food allergies but we can also be allergic to the clothing we wear.
When our grandparents and great grandparents were alive and living their lives to the full, just like we are today, all their clothing was made out of natural materials - cotton, wool and linen. Some lucky young ladies had clothing made from silk and poorer people may have had clothes made from hemp or other coarse plant type weaves.
Today when we go into any clothing shop, the majority of clothing is made from synthetics.
What are Synthetic Materials?
Synthetics are fibres made from substances that are not natural. These major synthetics are polyester, nylon, acetate, viscose, acrylic, saran, spandex, orlon and rayon. Most synthetics are made from petrochemicals. What else is made from petrochemicals? Petrol or gasoline for your car. That's right, your clothes are related to the fuel you put in your car.
Synthetic fibres melt and stick to the skin if they burn. They also cause static electricity to build up in the body. This electrical charge can cause irritation of the skin. Synthetic fibres can make you overheat - remember they do not let moisture escape, and they also make you cold when they get wet.
Best Fibres to Use
Natural fibres are the best to use. These include cotton and wool worn by our ancestors. Science today has helped manufacturers refine the ways these fibres and yarns are made and so give us better end products. Other natural fibres to look out for are silk, linen, bamboo, cashmere, alpaca and leather.
Lots of household chemicals are harmful to your health
Am I Susceptible to Chemicals?
Everyone is susceptible to chemicals. Some people are affected by chemicals more than others. These people often have a lower immune system than others. People with a lower immune system include people who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME, CFIDS, Glandular Fever, repeated infections, allergies and chronic diseases.
Let's make a list of the places people work or jobs people do that can make them more susceptible to chemicals. I cannot list all of them so would be happy if you wanted to add to them.
Everyday Products containing chemicals
Most people use some form of chemical in their daily life without even realising it. Some of these products are:
deodorants, shampoos and conditioner, makeup, dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, air fresheners, floor cleaners, insect spray, garden sprays, polish for cars, petrol, lawn mower fuel, computer printers, ballpoint pens, textas, whiteboard markers.
As you can see, this is only a small list of things used in the home. There are chemicals you are subjected to whilst travelling in trains, cars and planes. Even when walking we breathe in the fumes of the cars that pass by. In the our place of work - the office or factory there are a miriad more chemicals we either touch or breathe in.
Many of our everyday products are made from chemicals too. These include polyester pillows, sponge mattresses, doona fillers, carpets, plastic utensils used in the kitchen and even your comfy lounge chairs.
Our Cars are Made of Chemicals Too
Your car is also full of chemicals from the glue that hold lots of it together to the vinyl seat covers or the synthetic removable covers over the seats to the sponge rubber inside the seats. And don't forget the plastic dashboard, the lubricants containing chemicals and the all important petrol or gas your engine runs on.
If you are affected by chemicals, try to minimise them in your life.
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Which poison is yours today?
Chemicals can build up in our system and give us reactions from just feeling poorly to major reactions. These chemical buildups can come from one major source of contact with a chemical or from many different sources.
Many people are sensitive to chemicals. Some know it and try to avoid them, some don't know it and wonder why they are always feeling unwell. Some people only feel really bad when they go into or near certain places or do certain jobs.
Chemicals can cause a quick reaction or build up in your system until your body can take no more. Then you may react in a big way or you may just feel worse than you usually do. Every person is different.
Canaries Are Sensitive To Chemicals
Some people have a strong immune system while other people are the canaries in our society. Years ago the miners working the mines used to take canaries in cages with them into the mine. When the buildup of gases rose to dangerous levels the canaries died and the miners knew it was time to get out quickly. People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) are like these canaries.
The general society is unaware that they are being bombarded every minute of every day and night with chemicals in their atmosphere.
When people are sensitive to chemicals their immune system is lowered and they
tend to suffer from allergies and intolerances.
Hidden Chemicals Can Be Anywhere
Which Poison Is Yours Today?
These are only a very few of the places you can find chemicals. They touch the lives of all us in Western society. It is best for our health if we can minimise the use of them as much as possible.
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If you have read some of my story on the rest of my website you will know that I love art. I love to paint. I also have had severe allergies in the past. I have suffered from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). I have periodic bouts of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
I just came across this brilliant video of this artist. Just wonderful work. But I shook and shivered as he described the variety of paints he used. House paints, tar, oil paints and other types of thickened paste and acrylics. All contain strong chemicals.
If you are an artist and have allergies or MCS I beg you to take note of what not to do. Do not pick up a tub of tar and sniff it. Do not sniff acrylic paints. Tar or bitumen is a petrochemical. Would you pick up a tub of petrol and sniff it? House paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are also bad for people with MCS or allergies or CFS.
If you must paint something like this beautiful painting using these types of medium, PLEASE paint outside where the fresh air will blow some of it away. You should also wear a mask, one that protects you from the chemicals.
If your health is delicate you may be better drawing with pencil or charcoal or graphite stick. Pastels may suit you. Oil pastels may not because of the oil. Oil paints may not suit you either. The cleaning medium or solvent used for oil paints is usually turpentine which is not good. One artist I saw even used petrol to clean his oil painting brushes.
Water colour washes would be safer for you to use if you need to use colour. I do think art is a wonderful pastime and as this artist mentions, is also a great psychologist.
Enjoy your art but be careful what you use. Have a great day.
Jeans are usually made of cotton
Natural Clothing is Better for our Health
People with allergies and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) and any immune system disorder are especially recommended to wear natural clothing.
Natural clothing means wearing clothes made from natural fibres, NOT man made fibres.
Natural fibres include cotton, wool, linen, hemp, bamboo, tencel, sisal, alpaca, cashmere, jute.
Natural fibres let the body ‘breathe’, that is, the air can penetrate these natural fibres. They also act to draw moisture away from the body. Bamboo and cotton are particularly good at this and bamboo is better than cotton.
Clothing made from bamboo is actually healthier for us than clothing made from cotton, that is unless you use cotton that is organically grown.
Bamboo is actually classed as a grass and grows up to 4 feet or about 1.2 metres a day. It is very hardy and does not need chemicals to kill off pests on it during its growth.
Cotton, however, is grown using huge amount of pesticides. Some of these pesticides must still be attached to the cotton clothing we wear. This is why clothing made from organic cotton is much better for us. It is more expensive but better for our health.
However, wearing cotton clothing is better for us that wearing clothing made from synthetic materials.
Synthetic materials are made from petroleum oil based products. Plastics are made from these oil based products. Did you ever think that your synthetic clothing is a first cousin to plastic bags from the supermarket or the plastic drink bottles?
Whenever Annie wore nylon stockings she nearly tore her hair out with irritation, especially when the weather was warm. They made her tense all over. As soon as she reached home, the first thing she did was take off her stockings and breathe a sigh of relief. Synthetic clothing did the same to her. It made her itch all over and she felt incredibly hot when she wore it. Annie soon realised that she might be able to get away with wearing something synthetic in the cooler months of the year, but just had to wear cotton clothing during the warmer months.
Also, whenever Annie wore synthetic clothing, she was full of static electricity. She would get shocks whenever she got out of the car and touched to door to close it. Annie felt in a much better state of mind when she wore clothing made out of natural fibres.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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