NATURAL COSMETICS AND HEALTH
Pollutants and agents of chemical origin in the air we breathe, in the food we consume, in the hygiene products we use, etc, have multiplied since the second half of the 20th century; as a result, today we are faced with an exponential increase in reactivity and intolerances.
You will have observed that the problem of allergies has grown exponentially in recent times. Currently, many women between 40 and 50 years old who have never had any type of allergy before now suffer from rhinitis problems when they catch a cold, dermatitis, allergic asthma and the list is extended with a long list of problems that many times we are not even aware. And not only women, of course, also men and children.
According to Dr. Alfons Malet i Casajuana, Medical Director of the AL-LERGO CENTER. “Allergic diseases are a worldwide public health problem. 30% of the world population is affected by one or more allergic diseases. In our country, one in four people suffers from some type of allergic disorder. And 25% of the child population suffers from some allergic process”.
Suddenly, our hair is greasy and falls out in an unusual way, or our head itches when we wash it and we think that it is due to the hormonal changes associated, perhaps, to premenopause conditions, or perhaps to the fact that we are stressed and that’s why we also have dandruff in our hair…
We do not stop to think that perhaps it may be because our shampoo contains very aggressive surfactants that are destroying the lipid layer of our scalp and that produce that over-greasing that causes us to get dandruff or to lose our hair.
And when our skin begins to itch and one day appears with redness and eczema, we think we have dermatitis and we go to the specialist, who will prescribe cortisone-based creams and chemical formulations, without stopping to think that maybe it could be due to some “expensive” cream full of paraffins and synthetic components that we have smeared, or some aggressive cleaning product with which we have come into contact.
As a result of what we have come to call “the toxic crisis”, by which pollutants and agents of chemical origin in the air we breathe, in the food we consume, in the hygiene products we use, etc, have multiplied in the lasts decades; today we are faced with this exponential increase in allergies and the reactivity or overreaction of our immune system, which is what allergies come to be, mostly.
We want to clarify that, although we are not at odds with conventional medicine, many times, our criteria may not be totally coincident. If you need medical advice, it is better to go to an allopathic medicine specialist. Our point of view, although it tries to unite both medicines under an integrative vision, opts for holistic and vibrational medicine that is based on a paradigm of relativity physics and in the vision of the universe as energy.
From this comprehensive vision of health, we wanted to dedicate this blog to research and dissemination of a different way of living “on our skin” and in our environmental environment. We seek a lifestyle that is more respectful with our vegetal and animal environment and more in harmony with natural cycles, opening the doors to a different life more in contact with nature and with ourselves.
In this blog we will offer you recipes on health and natural cosmetics. Don’t stop following us!
WHY COSMETIC AND HYGIENE PRODUCTS WITH NATURAL INGREDIENTS?
Cosmetics and beauty products are a major source of chemical exposure for most of us. An average beauty product contains dozens of harmful chemicals, many of which have not even been tested on humans.
Fortunately, there are natural alternatives to every cosmetic product, and most work better than chemical-laden alternatives. I know what you may be wondering how you can find all the necessary ingredients and how much the investment will cost you.
It is true that natural ingredients cost more in advance, but they save us money in the long run because they are so versatile and can be used in multiple recipes.
Nor do you need so many ingredients to make a product that lasts a long time. And that is what I want to show on this page. It is possible with a few key ingredients to make plenty of recipes for homemade creams, shampoos, deodorants and gels.
What’s more, if you have reactive skin like I do, you will see that it is even necessary. It’s been a while since I got used to making my own personal hygiene products, but if I kept using a special parapharmacy product for atopic skin, I found that, maybe, now, I can’t find the product and the brand that worked for me anymore, or even that they have changed the composition for a cheaper and easier to manufacture that no longer works as well. Anyway, what I mean is that, with what you buy, it is impossible to control the process or the product, while what you prepare yourself can always be adapted to your real needs.
And we can solve many of the hygiene needs of our skin and hair in a very simple way with products that we all have in the home pantry.
Thus, for example, it is very easy to hydrate and condition the skin of our face with a simple easy honey mask. To do this, we will spread warm honey on our faces and leave it for about 20-30 minutes. Perhaps with relaxing music. Afterwards, we will rinse with warm water and, finally, cold water, to close the pores. Honey also works great as a mild facial wash that can be used every day.
To condition our hair, detangle it and give it shine after washing, we can simply mix one part of white vinegar with five parts of water (maybe less water if we use wine or apple vinegar that have less acid) and spray and rinse the hair. To the mixture we can add 5 to 10 drops of our favourite essential oil to give a good aroma to our hair.
If you have very dry or damaged hair and you want to condition it intensively, you can mix avocado and coconut milk or cream in a blender and apply to dry hair. Let it act up to 30 minutes and rinse.
For oily hair, massaging baking soda on the hair before applying the shampoo and washing as usual can go a long way. Although, without a doubt, it is much better to prepare a shampoo for oily hair than we will offer you a recipe in later entries. And it’s not that complicated either.
WITH A FEW INGREDIENTS IT IS POSSIBLE TO MAKE A LOT!
Ingredients for natural beauty recipes
As I was saying, with a few ingredients it is possible to prepare multiple and different hygiene and treatment products.
These nine products are my basic natural beauty products (you will see that I include them in all my recipes).
1. Extra virgin olive oil (in skin recipes) and pomace oil in recipes to prepare natural soaps. As you know, it is possible to find it in all supermarkets, so fortunately, this ingredient is easy to find and is not expensive. I also use it as a body conditioner, every day, after the shower. For this I have provided a special spray for oils and mix it with water. This way it works great and it doesn’t oil my skin.
2. Shea butter: After olive oil, unrefined shea butter is the ingredient I use the most to make my artisan creams. Unrefined is much more nutritious, although it retains a stronger aroma. It has natural antibacterial properties and is ideal for preventing stretch marks, healing wounds and as an anti-aging treatment for the skin. Naturally it has an SPF of about 5 and can be used as a daily sunscreen. I use it in almost all recipes: creams, deodorants, protective ointments, etc. And I prefer it to other butters because it takes longer to break down and if you don’t use it you can keep it for a long time because, as you know, the problem with butters and oils is that their expiration is limited by rancidity. That is why we also use vitamin E as an additive in our artisan products. Vitamin E protects them against fat rancidity.
3. Beeswax: Beeswax is a great natural thickening agent. It is important that it is natural and of quality to enrich our recipes with the dermoprotective qualities it provides. Without beeswax we cannot emulsify creams or many other cleaning products. With just 500 grams of wax we have for many months of recipes.
4. Liquid carrier oil, which can be fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil, although this second one is somewhat more expensive. Some recipes for deodorants, lotions and balms often need especially light oils such as this fractionated coconut so that it does not solidify or the jojoba oil, which is, in itself, so light that more than an oil it looks like a wax. Almond oil can also, sometimes, due to its lightness, fulfill this function.
5. Cornstarch: We all have cornmeal in the kitchen to thicken sauces. Well, it also works when it comes to thickening many natural recipes for deodorant, baby powder or foot powder, shower gels, makeup…
6. Essential Oils: If you want to prepare, in addition to creams, ointments and ointments to treat various problems such as dermatitis, irritations, muscle aches, etc.; then essential oils will be essential for you. Also, with a few, depending on the type of ointment you want to prepare, it will be enough. Later I will provide you with a list of the most common. Among our favourites are mint, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, orange, and sandalwood. When making a regular shampoo or cream, technically, they are not necessary, although everyone uses them for the aroma they provide.
7. Zinc oxide: If you are going to prepare your own sunscreen, this physical filter is essential, and it can also be used in some deodorant recipes and in protective creams for babies’ skin.
8. Soy lecithin: If we are going to make creams, gels, shampoos and serums with an aqueous phase, we will need an emulsifier different from that of beeswax. Beeswax does not emulsify recipes that contain water well and for this we need soy lecithin as an emulsifier.
9. Xantana: For the same reason, in recipes with water, it is sometimes necessary, in addition to an emulsifier, a thickener and this is the role of xanthan gum. Although it is also possible to use other vegetable thickeners such as guar gum, agar agar, etc. Xanthan will be used a lot in recipes for shampoos and household cleaning gels.
Other useful additives:
Dried herbs, especially chamomile and calendula for skin recipes.
Baking soda, especially to make deodorants and toothpastes.
Caustic soda or caustic potash if we are going to make solid soaps for our skin or for cleaning the home. Also, to wash our clothes if we have people with atopic skin in the family or allergies.
Natural alcohol type vodka, or ethanol, not synthetic alcohol to disinfect wounds because it will not help us to make tinctures to be ingested. Ethanol will serve us on many occasions as a preservative in creams, lotions and gels that contain water.
If we also want to replace household hygiene products with more ecological ones, then we will undoubtedly need white vinegar, potassium soap, and bicarbonate.
Food allergies and diet
According to this same doctor Alfons Malet i Casajuana, Medical Director of the AL-LERGO CENTER, the allergies that have increased comparatively the most in recent times are those of food origin.
Montse Bradford also refers to this problem from her page (www.montsebradford.es): “More and more people are daily affected by some digestive disorder such as gas, diarrhea, constipation, long and heavy digestions, poor intestinal flora, incompatibilities with certain foods, weak intestines, heartburn, candida, indigestion” … Have we ever wondered why this list is getting longer and longer?
But we have asked ourselves. Since as we have been talking about, dermatitis is largely due to the use of creams and hygiene products with synthetic components that end up in our bloodstream and allergic asthma is due, mostly, to pollutants and toxins in the air we breathe ; According to this same reasoning, don’t you think that food allergies will have a lot to do with the diet of processed foods loaded with preservatives, thickeners, dyes, etc. that we consume today?
“Expert Spanish allergists have published the following study: According to these experts, in 2050 half of the population of developed countries will suffer from an allergy.
Currently, one in four Spaniards is already allergic. A figure that is increasing and that will skyrocket between now and 2050, when experts predict that half of the population of developed countries will suffer from some type of allergy, that is, twice as much as now.
The study also describes a new profile of allergy sufferers in Spain: someone who is getting younger and younger (the lower average age is 16 to 12 years), with more rhinitis-conjunctivitis, less asthma and more food allergies. In addition, women are more allergic than men (they are 58%), except for allergy to hymenoptera (bee stings and other insects), in which they are seven out of 10.
Six out of 10 patients suffer from rhino-conjunctivitis: Nasal mucus, sneezing, nasal congestion and itching, in addition to tearing, itching, stinging, congestion and redness of the eyes are the main symptoms of rhino-conjunctivitis, the first disease and the way in manifested by six out of 10 allergy sufferers in Spain. Its prevalence has grown since the 2005 report from 55 to 62% of cases.
The second most common diagnosis is bronchial asthma, which however falls from 28 to 23.4%. The third reason is hypersensitivity to some medication, with 17.7% of cases, plus 10% in the case of food allergies. These also grow from the 14.4 and 7% of the cases they represented in 2005.
Food allergies double: In little more than a decade, food allergies have doubled, from 3.6% in 1992 to 7.4% in 2005 and 11.4% in 2015. Milk, fruit, eggs and nuts are the main allergens in the case of the little ones. Milk is the cause of 60% of allergies in children under two years of age (compared to 51% in 2005) and fruit in children slightly older (seven out of 10 allergies between seven and 10 years old, when in 2005 there were only three out of 10).
Children are more allergic than adults, since the prevalence of 20-25% of the general allergic population rises to 25-30% in the case of the smallest. Especially in the case of certain diseases, as the president of the SEAIC has underlined: “One in 10 children in Madrid has bronchial asthma, which has become the most important chronic disease in the Community of Madrid.” Despite this, asthma has generally decreased compared to 2015, while rhinitis and food allergies have increased.
According to this same study, it is added: “The cure of allergies, for now, is only possible in some cases and temporarily through vaccines. For its treatment, the most common formula is antihistamines, followed by topical nasal corticosteroids ”. We want to point out that this treatment is based on conventional allopathic medicine.
As we have discussed previously, our opinions are based on naturopathy and holistic medicine and it is very likely that they do not fully coincide. Our advice is that, if the reader is faced with a problem of this type, a good idea is always to consult, first, all the possibilities and, finally, decide which one is the best for us.
And not only allergies, the type of diet we do and our hygienic habits are increasingly being seen to have a huge influence on many chronic diseases that are increasingly frequent in our current society such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, fibromyalgia, celiac disease and other food intolerances …
And if instead of allergies, dermatitis and other intolerances, it is cancer that worries us, it will be good for us to read the recommendations of the WHO (World Health Organization) in this regard:
“Eating processed meat such as sausages, hamburgers or cold cuts increases the risk of cancer, as concluded today by a panel of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO). The opinion considers that this type of food is “carcinogenic to humans” and includes it in the group of substances most dangerous to health along with tobacco smoke, alcohol, plutonium or polluted air, among others more than 100 compounds previously analyzed ”. And they include it in risk group 1.
This organism also considers that red meat (beef, pork, horse, lamb, goat…) is “probably carcinogenic”, especially in regard to colorectal cancer, and considers it a type 2 risk factor.
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In our book, we provide more information about the dietary implications of some of the most common allergies and skin conditions.
According to Clark therapy: Disease is not natural, but is the result of a toxicity crisis that occurs when the level of toxins in our body is overflowing. At this time, the disease occurs in an attempt by our body to rid itself of toxins and regain internal balance or homeostasis.
Toxins can have both external and internal origin. Toxins can originate from chemical additives in food, environmental pollutants, trapped metabolic waste, or poisons generated by bacteria that break down food debris from our guts.
Once the level of tolerance to toxins has been reached by our body, the alarm goes off and we begin to notice the first signs of pain or discomfort. Congested emunctory organs and elimination systems such as the skin, lungs, liver, intestines, kidneys, lymphatic system, and immune system come into play.
The immune system can even mobilize autoimmune cells and antibodies in order to reduce toxicity levels. During this reactive stage of the toxicity crisis, one may feel weak and without appetite as when having a fever since the body is using all its energy to rid itself of toxins.
But unless you manage to eliminate the factors that have led to this crisis, the toxins are likely to accumulate again and the problem will escalate again.
If the causes are not revealed, the most likely result is that new toxicity crises will reproduce that end up leading to a chronic disease.
100 years ago only 10% of people suffered from chronic diseases. Today, chronic diseases account for 90% of health problems.
And, as current authors of relevance on the subject of natural health such as Mercola, A.Williams, or Andreas Moritz himself affirm, we are electrically connected with the planet.
In the environment we live in, electromagnetic fields are everywhere, but they are invisible to the human eye. Electric fields are produced by the accumulation of electric charges in certain areas of the atmosphere as a result of storms. The earth’s magnetic field causes the compass needles to be oriented in a North-South direction and is used by birds and fish to orient themselves.
We have all heard about the dangers of electromagnetic interference. Household appliances, telephones, computers, televisions, antennas, generate magnetic fields of very different intensities. The scientific community has raised doubts about the possible effects produced by exposure to these fields in general and by exposure to mobile phone frequencies in particular and, although it has been suggested that there could be subtle effects on cells that could influence In the development of cancer, possible effects on excitable tissues by electrical stimuli that could influence the function of the brain and nervous tissues have also been hypothesized.
At the moment there are no unanimous scientific conclusions, but, at a particular level, think that there are people who have suffered from insomnia and other disorders simply due to an interference or crossing of the energy lines of the planet and who have solved it by turning the bed or walking it a few steps, sometimes even with the help of the dowsers who locate the sources of water under the Earth following these same energy indications of the planet.
Think about all this, and if you feel that any of these magnetic fields (whether natural or artificial) may be conditioning your health, remedying it is not so complicated. Electromagnetic disturbances can cause us a lot of health problems and even chronic insomnia if we do not solve the cause of the disturbance.
And here also enters our contribution in this blog about health and natural cosmetics. As Andreas Moritz very well argues, electromagnetic disturbances in the body can also be caused by overexposure to chemical pollution.
As you know, the degree of indoor pollution in most modern homes and workplaces is many times higher than outdoor pollution. Add to these pollutants the harmful chemicals contained in cosmetics, deodorants and perfumes, clothing, food, water and air that enter our bodies every day, and even a normally healthy body will succumb to overdosing on such forms of stress and duress.
Although many of us cannot completely avoid living in a polluted environment, we can still try to reduce our direct exposure to it as little as possible.
And this is what we try through this blog, to provide recipes on health and natural cosmetics that help us overcome the “toxic crisis” in which we are all immersed in one way or another.