Pregnancy and Essential Oil Safety

This information comes from Shirley Price, Aromatherapist and founding member and Fellow of the International Society of Professional Aromatherapists.

Yes, I believe as she does. The petroleum chemicals you are using and exposing babies to (they pass the placental barrier) are much more toxic than small amounts of essential oils.
Book: Aromatherapy Workbook, 1993, ISBN: 00 7225 2645 8 Chapter on Safety of Essential Oils, page 123.

Safety

Before anything was published regarding the use of certain oils in pregnancy; women, pregnant or not, were using any essential oil they wished in the sensible and rational methods and dilutions advocated in aromatherapy books (their only source of knowledge!) without any recorded ill effects, even from those who were pregnant. Remember, aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils; when used thus there are no more hazards than with many other things we use daily (e.g. alcohol, aspirin, bleach, etc.) – and it is a lot less dangerous than many prescribed drugs taken nowadays regularly. A great number of people in hospital are there because of the side effects of the drugs they have been given – not because of the original condition. There have been more deaths as a result of the action of medical drugs (and aspirin, alcohol and even potatoes!) than there have been people even slightly ill as a result of using essential oils. Yet we worry in an almost irrational manner about essential oils which 99.9 per cent of the people interested in aromatherapy are using in extremely low quantities. Far be it from me not to agree that the potential hazards of some of the oils must be given – this is a wise precaution – but in perspective, please. I am certainly not advocating free use of essential oils (even if of good quality) by untrained people. It seems that some of what has been written on the toxicity of essential oils has been either out of context, without any explanation or reasoning, or greatly exaggerated.

I found this information from the associated content from Yahoo!


Ten Foods Breastfeeding Mothers Should Avoid

I realized a Pregnant Mom-to-be should avoid these as well…personally, I believe all of us: men, women, boys and girls should be avoiding these foods for a healthier future.

Simply stated, a breastfeeding mother’s food intake is passed on to your baby. You must take care to eat the healthiest foods (real and natural). There are also foods which may negatively affect you and your baby. According to Robert Rountree, M.D., and Melissa Block, M.Ed., in their book, The New Breastfeeding Diet Plan, here are several foods that should be avoided.

  1.  Foods containing MSG (monosodium glutanate). This guideline eliminates thousands of food products, including canned soups, sauces and salad dressings.
  2. Crisco or any other brand of hydrogenated vegetable oil or shortening.
  3. All foods containing hydrogenated oils, including: chips, cookies, cake, cookie mixes, etc.
  4. Liquid corn or soybean oils as they become rancid in the skillet.
  5. Meat substitutes made with soy, as they are usually high in MSG.
  6. Anything containing cottonseed oil. It is contaminated with pesticides.
  7. Frozen or packaged meals that contain hydrogenated oils, preservatives, seasonings and sugars.
  8. High fructose corn syrup and/or artificial sweeteners. This includes all juice drinks and soda.
  9. Splenda and Nutrasweet, or other chemical artificial sweeteners. Two safe artificals sweeteners are xylitol and stevia. *The FDA has received many complaints regarding aspartame, including mysterious symptoms which disappear when it is eliminated from the diet.
  10. Flaxseed oil. It goes rancid quickly. Instead, buy ground flaxseed.

Eliminating these foods and food ingredients from your diet provide several benefits.

1st Most of these items are extremely high in trans fats and empty calories. Decreasing your consumption of them will help you lose weight, giving you a boost in self esteem and feelings of wellness.

2nd. When you eliminate these unhealthy foods from your diet, and your baby’s, will make you feel good about yourself as a parent. You’ve already done the best thing for your baby by deciding to breastfeed, now you are taking that commitment one step further by ensuring the nourishment your child receives is the very best.

3rd. This will develop a healthier diet for you and your family for the rest of your lives. If you follow these guidelines for the months or years that you breastfeed (or start in pregnancy , healthy eating will become second nature to you and your children.

Green Cleaning

Best cleaning products already in your house. For those of you who would like to make their own.

These common household food products for cleaning are inexpensive, readily available, safe and work as well or better than many off-the-shelf cleaners. They are: baking soda, vinegar, salt, food-grade citric acid, juice from a fresh lemon, ice cubes and mayonnaise.

Baking soda is one of the most versatile cleaning agents on earth. It is highly absorbent, making it an excellent deodorizer. Best of all, it’s nontoxic.

As a matter of fact, if the thought of your next cleaning project gives you indigestion, half a teaspoon of baking soda stirred into a glass of water works as well as some over-the-counter drugs sold strictly for that purpose. check with your doctor before using this remedy.

Vinegar and water is great for cleaning glazed tile and dark tile grout as well.

Food-grade citric acid is super for dissolving mineral salt that builds up in water heater tanks.

Lemon juice works well in cleaning oil and grease from plastic laminated counters.

A 50-50 solution of salt and vinegar makes a terrific copper cleaner.

Ice cubes are the best first-step in getting wax crayon stains off kids’ clothing.

Mayonnaise and a nylon scrubbing pad work wonders on white-rings on wood furniture.

More uses for Baking Soda:

Baking soda will put out a grease fire, clean scorched food from cookware, absorb odors from the refrigerator, clean and deodorize drains, soften and deodorize laundry, and it will also remove stains from porcelain, enamelware, glass, plastic, carpets, and rugs.

For burned-on food, mix up a paste of baking soda and water. Actually, dry baking soda can be used in lieu of scouring cleanser and best of all, it’s nonabrasive.

Coffee pot stained? Tomato sauce remnants left in the plastic storage container?

A paste of baking soda and water will do the trick. Keep a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to reduce odors. Once a week pour a handful down the drain and rinse with hot water. Your drain will stay clean and smell fresh.

Price of fabric softeners got you down? Don’t use that toxic stuff. Use either vinegar (our recommendation) or half cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle.

To remove stains from carpets and rugs, follow this procedure: While the stain is wet, use baking soda to absorb the excess. Then cover the stain that’s left with another application of baking soda, let it sit overnight and vacuum it the next day.

VINEGAR CLEANER. Having children with sensitive skin, I’ve learned to disinfect my home without the use of harsh chemicals such as bleach or ammonia. Vinegar in a spray bottle is my cleaner: full strength for the bathroom, and diluted for windows, wood floor, linoleum and tile. I use it to clean my car windows, vinyl upholstery, door handles and vinyl mats. I use vinegar once a month to clean my coffee maker and once every six months to clean my hot tub and dishwasher. Mixed with baking soda, I clean my refrigerator, porcelain kitchen sinks and bathtub.

Colleen, Arkansas

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Just to let everyone know—it is a petroleum created surfactant, not castile.

Gluten Free and proud of it!

We do not charge extra for this!

We do not use any chemicals derived from wheat, rye or barley.

I stopped using “hydrolyzed” chemical ingredients several years ago. I realized they are created with petroleum chemicals.

There are thousands of chemicals that can cause a skin reaction in a person with a compromised digestive system.

We have taken oats out of almost all of our products. See our ingredients page for the few that still contain oats. When it is there; we grind “Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats”. Oats do not contain gluten, but can be “contaminated” in the mill. By grinding my own oats, I remove a major part of the contamination process.

The amounts I use in my products are small (1-2 Tablespoons in 1 gallon); but they provide great skin care benefits.

Vitamin E
The natural Vitamin E; I use to help preserve our products comes from vegetable sources and is Circle U Kosher.

THE $100,000 QUESTION:

Celiac disease: Can gluten be absorbed through the skin? If I have celiac disease, do I need to be concerned about sunscreens, shampoos and cosmetics that contain gluten?
Answer from Michael Picco, M.D

No. Gluten-containing skin care products and cosmetics aren’t a problem unless you accidentally swallow them. For this reason, avoid using such products on your lips or around your mouth. Also, avoid using gluten-containing dental products, such as certain mouthwashes and toothpastes. If you’re uncertain about whether a product contains gluten, check the ingredient list on the product label or call the manufacturer.

Some people develop a form of celiac disease called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), which causes an itchy, blistering rash. This skin disorder is also linked to gluten intolerance. But although it involves the skin, DH is caused by ingesting gluten, not by skin contact with gluten. So, eliminating gluten from your diet will help clear up DH as well.

If you use a cosmetic or skin care product that contains gluten and you develop a skin reaction, see your doctor or dermatologist to identify the cause. It is possible to have an allergy to wheat or another grain that could cause a skin reaction.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/celiac-disease/AN01623

If you are gluten intolerant and have skin issues; you need to get away from toxic personal care products. You also need to detoxify your body. Our Herbal Formulas will help you do this.

Vinegar Showering

I tell everyone how good vinegar is for your hair, body and skin…Everyone asks about details…So here is the attempt to get the details in writing for everyone.

I shower on average 3 times per week…this is all I need. Now if I’ve been working outside or getting sweaty and dirty; of course I shower. How often you need to shower is determined partly by your diet and what personal care products you use. What goes in must come out. A very healthy diet goes a long way to keeping your skin soft and supple. Your skin is your largest elimination organ.

I turn on the water. I turn it on full hot to get the hot water. (I will step in as soon as it starts to warm; (I dislike cold showers). I let the water flow down my body; head to toe after adjusting the temperature.

I work my fingers through my hair to let the water rinse through. After getting all wet, I step back so my head is not getting any more of the water. You can turn the water off for a few minutes. I rub my bar of soap front to back on my scalp three to five times. Then I rub the bar under each arm and down the lower back.

I put the soap down. Then start massaging my whole scalp with my fingers. I enjoy this part. It seems to be a real stress reliever. With my soapy hands; I wash my underarms and the rest of my body. Now I step under the water and work through my hair while rinsing the soap off. (At this point, I usually get squeaky clean hair.) Rinse then rest of your body.

Turn the water off again. Now I get the vinegar bottle….Starting at the front of my scalp with my head tilted back, I slowly drizzle a stream all along the hair line. With my other hand guiding, I drizzle the vinegar it over shoulders, arms, back and legs. I make sure I put some under arms and down the crack. I use full strength apple cider vinegar. You can use any dilution you are comfortable with.

I put the bottle down. Then using my hands I gently work it through my hair and gently rub skin all the way down (if I have time). With my vinegary hands I gently wash my face.

I turn the water on and rinse. Start rinsing with my face and hair, then letting the water rinse it off my body. Turn off the water and TAH DAH! Done! As you can see, I don’t use much soap. Sometimes I will use a Face Scrub on my face if I am having any issues. I will use one of my Body Scrubs on my hands, arms, legs if I get any dry, scaliness….which may only happen in the winter.

Dry off without pulling or stretching your skin. Leave your skin slightly damp so the extra water can be absorbed into your skin. Enjoy a toxin free body. Apply one of our deodorants, a light application of Forever Young Face Oil (on damp skin) and I’m ready for my day! You can use the Whipped Body Butter or the Ultimate Lotion on your skin for silky soft, healthy skin. I prefer using the Butter at night before bed.

Hope this helps…remember to enjoy the journey; looking ahead not back

Blessings….Kathleen

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