CAT | Toxins and Health
When was the last time you took a good look at the ingredients in your favorite household and personal care products? Chances are they contain a host of toxic chemicals you probably can’t even pronounce. Over time, those chemicals can build up in your cells and tissues and put added stress on the organs and organ systems designed to filter and eliminate toxins from your body. This week, take a small but important step toward reducing your toxic burden by making your own home and body cleansing products using these five simple recipes. It’s an easy way to help clean up your external and internal environment!
For the Home:
All-Purpose Glass Cleaner
¼ cup white distilled vinegar
½ tsp. unscented natural liquid soap
2 cups water
25 drops pure lavender antiseptic essential oil
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to blend. Spray on glass surface and wipe clean with a paper towel or newspaper.
Lavender Soft Scrubber
½ cup baking soda
1 cup unscented natural liquid soap
10 drops pure lavender antiseptic essential oil
Directions: Place baking soda in a small bowl. Slowly mix in liquid soap, stirring constantly until it is the consistency of frosting. Add lavender oil. Apply mixture directly onto sponge and use on sinks, countertops and other household surfaces.
Note: This mixture will start to harden rather quickly, so make only what you need. You may also add some pure vegetable glycerin to help the mixture stay softer longer. Place remaining cleanser in a jar and seal the lid tightly.
Lemon Floor Wash
¼ cup unscented natural liquid soap
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup white distilled vinegar
25 drops lemon essential oil
1 gallon water
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bucket. Mix until soapy. Mop or sponge to clean floor as normal, and rinse.
For the Body:
Citrus Sugar Scrub
2 cups white cane sugar
2 cups vegetable glycerin
1 tsp. vitamin C crystals
5 drops orange essential oil
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Massage gently over entire body and rinse well with warm water. Store remaining scrub in a glass jar and keep in a cool, dry place for up to two weeks.
Lavender Salt Glow
2 cups fine sea salt
4 cups almond oil
30 drops lavender essential oil
Directions: Place all ingredients in a wide-mouth jar; mix together. Wet entire body and massage onto skin. Rinse well and towel dry.
Summer is almost here! The weather is warm, the kids will soon be out of school, and vacation is calling. But camping trips to cruises, all summer travels have one thing in common: they can do a number on your insides—from occasional constipation to an unexpected bout of heartburn or indigestion. Before you hit the road, here are three must-have supplements that can help safeguard your digestive system and ease your journey.‡
- Don’t forget the Probiotics
Changes in your daily routine (including travel) can upset the healthy balance of bacteria in your digestive tract, which may lead to tummy troubles and occasional constipation. A daily, shelf-stable probiotic is perfect for travel and can help maintain a healthy internal balance to support good digestion and regular elimination.‡ In addition, because up to 80% of your immune system is found in the gut, probiotics supplements help make sure there are plenty of good bacteria to support healthy immune function away from home.‡
- Natural Heartburn Relief On the Go
Something about being on vacation makes us feel a little braver than usual, and that includes trying new foods! If your adventurous side experiences occasional heartburn or indigestion, make sure your carry-on includes a daily digestive enzyme supplement to ensure more complete digestion and help relieve occasional gas, bloating and indigestion.‡ And for fast-acting, soothing relief from occasional heartburn, try a natural oral spray with soothing botanicals and herbal extracts.‡
- Daily Detox
No matter where you travel—even if your vacation is a “staycation”—your body is exposed to an overwhelming number of toxins every day. They are in the air you breathe, in your food and water, and even in many of your personal care products such as sunscreen. A natural total-body daily detox formula made with gentle whole herbs and nutraceuticals helps support your natural cleansing channels—including the lungs, liver, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, blood and bowel (or colon) to promote healthy digestion, detoxification and elimination.‡
And one more tip: when we’re on the go, we sometimes forget to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of purified water (at least half your body weight in ounces daily) is important for regular bowel elimination, but it also nourishes your body’s cells and tissues and even helps with appetite control. Happy (and healthy) travels!