I've said it before, and I'll say it again- fragrance is POISON! Please read this article below and PLEASE think twice before purchasing a product with the term "fragrance", "parfum" or "perfume" on the label. This is one of the MAIN reasons I do what I do. I feel it it is SO important to educate the public about these toxic ingredients they may use every single day, which builds up in your body over time. I only share because I care :)
Some of the key points that stood out from this article are:
I'm often asked, "how can I use my essential oils?" So, I thought I'd come up with a short list to help you realize how you can do this more often.
Direct inhalation: directly inhale the oil from the bottle
Diffusion: use diffuser to disperse oil in a micro-fine vapor into the air.
Humidifier: fill a humidifier with water then place a tissue or cloth, sprinkled with a few drops of oil, in front of the escaping vapor.
Steam: place a few drops of oil in hot water, cover your head and the container with a towel, and breathe deeply and slowly.
Purchase: only products you KNOW are made with 100% pure essential oils, such as our Mists & Jars (soy candles) & Bars (soaps).
Direct: essential oils can be applied directly to the crown of the head, to the temples, behind the ears, over vital organs, to the feet (No Fungus or Imminuty Boost Foot Mists are good examples), and many other locations. Dilution may be required.
Massage: essential oils can be used before, during or after therapeutic massage.
Perfume: with natural, earthy, and exotic aromas, essential oils can be worn as perfume. Many people wear our mists as perfumes or colognes as well.
I hope this was helpful to you.
Did you know almost ALL essential oils are antibacterial & antifungal? Why use synthetic chemicals (such as Triclosan) which is known to destroys both good & bad bacteria & due to its overuse has now created resistant strains of bacteria. It also disrupts normal steroid hormone balance & thyroid function which accelerates aging and depress the CNS.
Please read more below- and most important- read those labels to make sure the products you are using everyday DO NOT contain this harmful ingredient.
Another GREAT resource (www.naturalnews.com), where I find really informative articles. The article in the link & posted below, is short but sweet- and another gentle reminder to really take a good look at the ingredents in the products you wear on a daily basis (even the "natural" ones). Whatever you do, don't blindly purchase something without reading the ingredient list FIRST. Don't get sucked in by the slick marketing words that may appear on the front of the package. The part that makes me the most upset is the fragrance in products marketed towards BABIES. Not really fair.
(NaturalNews) As lovely as your favorite fragrance may smell, there's a good chance that it's a toxic chemical concoction of poisons. The ingredients used to make perfume and cologne don't stop at natural spices and pure essential oils (no matter what those romantic commercials on your TV may imply).
The list often includes formaldehyde, toluene, methylene chloride, benzaldehyde, petroleum, and phthalates. These chemicals have been linked to a wide range of damaging symptoms, including respiratory problems, nervous system issues, reproductive issues like infertility, and various forms of cancer. Phthalates are also known to be endocrine disruptors. These harmful effects have the most impact on young children and developing fetuses. In fact, pregnant women have been advised to avoid the use of perfume altogether due to these ill effects on unborn children.
But the range of products that these synthetic poisons contaminate goes far beyond your most cherished night-out-on-the-town scent. "Fragrance" is a common ingredient in air fresheners, cleaning products, lotions, cosmetics, shampoos, and sadly enough, baby products.
Under the guise of trade secrecy laws, companies are not required to inform their health-conscious consumers what ingredients are actually in this empty word- fragrance.
So how do you protect yourself and your family?
Read ingredients labels! Become familiar with the names of these adverse chemicals and don't buy products that are made with them. The sweet connotation that you may have associated with your favorite perfume will change drastically once you learn what its regular use actually does to your body. Everyone wants to smell nice, but is it at the expense of your health and your family's?
Read those labels to get a better idea of what's in these magic potions you're spraying on yourself. If the ingredients are not clear and straight-forward, but rather hidden under the catch-all term "fragrance," be very suspicious!
Skin Deep Cosmetics Database offers an online resource where you can look up the ingredients in your favorite perfumes. You'll find that the most popular brands are also often the most detrimental.
Be proactive about researching the chemicals in the products you use. Perfume, air fresheners, and lotions just won't smell as good anymore once you really know what's in them.
written by: Melanie Banzer