CAT | Toxins and Health
News flash: the average adult uses about nine personal care products a day, most of them laden with harmful chemicals known to cause serious health problems. And of the more than 10,500 industrial chemicals hidden in everything from shampoo and deodorant to perfume and cosmetics, about 89 percent have not been evaluated for safety.i Now for the good news: there’s an app for that.
Think Dirty® is a free mobile app for your iPhone® that lets you scan any product in your bathroom vanity or cosmetic case (or at the store, before you add it to your basket) to find out just how “clean” or “dirty” it really is. Just snap a pic of the bar code and the app provides an easy-to-understand readout of the ingredients it contains and their potential health impacts using a rating scale of zero to 10 (zero being the least toxic and 10 indicating a serious threat to your health).
The Think Dirty database includes more than 105,000 products and uses information from international government warning lists, clinical studies, and data provided by non-profit health and science agencies—but what happens if you find a rogue mascara or lotion that’s not on the list? Simply snap a photo and send them some information about the product, and the folks at Think Dirty will investigate and add your product to the list.
Using the app, you can also keep track of the good guys and the bad guys by creating and saving your own “safe” shopping list. How cool is that? Download the app today!
i Watson, B. , Smith, L. (2008). The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps. New York, NY. Free Press, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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.