It has never before been as easy to find ways to live healthy, naturally! But why?
Living in America today, it is also very easy to bombard your body with chemicals and toxins. One of the ways that these toxins can enter the body is through the largest organ, your skin!
Your skin is extremely porous and what you put on it can pass through it into your blood stream. This includes dish soap, body soap, shampoo and conditioner, antiperspirant, bug spray, and lotion. Unfortunately, many of these items include ingredients that are harmful not just to your skin but to your body as a whole.
Antiperspirant contains aluminum dioxide which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The reason for the use of aluminum is that it stops you from sweating, which is your body’s natural way of releasing toxins and also works to cool you down. Instead of polluting yourself, try a natural deodorant from your local health food store.
Many lotions contain ingredients such as propylene glycol, which is essentially anti-freeze, and propyl paraben, which is essentially an industrial lubricant. Ask yourself if you want that on your skin, or in your body! Again, be encouraged to find a healthier way of moisturizing and beautifying your skin. Check for natural ingredients and preservatives like tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract and citric acid, instead of things you can’t pronounce.
Deet is the most widely used ingredient in bug spray. It has been proven to be a carcinogen. No wonder it keeps the bug away!
Here are a couple of alternatives!
Bug Off Body Oil Spray
30ml Carrier Oil
5 drops Cedar wood EO
4 drops Lemon EO
2 drops Geranium EO
1 drop Citronella EO
Apply to the skin as desired avoiding eye area
Essential oils to repel:
Mosquitoes: basil, cedar, citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemongrass & rosemary
Ants & Mice: All mints, peppermint, spearmint, etc.
After a bite: Try Lavender essential oil, applying 1 drop neat on the skin!
Be patient, and allow your body time to heal completely!
Dr. Jeffry T. Vendsel, Advanced Chiropractic, holds an Advanced Certification of Competency Whiplash and Brain Traumatology Certificate from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego as well as being recognized as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician by the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians.