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Natural Hair Color Options

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With all of the possible toxins in commercial hair color, I realized that I for one needed to find a natural alternative…the following list of toxic hair ingredients are all ingredients that have been banned in the European Union but still used in the US.(http://www.care2.com/greenliving/toxic-hair-dye-ingredients.html)

-Methoxy-2,3-Pyridinediamine
2,3-Naphthalenediol
2,4-Diaminodiphenylamine
2,6-Bis(2-Hydroxyethoxy)-3,5-Pyridinediamine
2-Methoxymethyl-p-Aminophenol
4,5-Diamino-1-Methylpyrazole
4,5-Diamino-1-((4-Chlorophenyl)Methyl)-1H-Pyrazole Sulfate
4-Chloro-2-Aminophenol
4-Hydroxyindole
4-Methoxytoluene-2,5-Diamine
5-Amino-4-Fluoro-2-Methylphenol Sulfate
N,N-Diethyl-m-Aminophenol
N,N-Dimethyl-2,6-Pyridinediamine
N-Cyclopentyl-m-Aminophenol
N-(2-Methoxyethyl)-p-phenylenediamine
2,4-Diamino-5-methylphenetol
1,7-Naphthalenediol
3,4-Diaminobenzoic acid
2-Aminomethyl-p-aminophenol
Solvent Red 1 (CI 12150)
Acid Orange 24 (CI 20170
Acid Red 73 (CI 27290)

I searched on the web and found several websites with recipes for natural haircolor. One is henna but that wouldn’t have worked for me because you must not have more than 10 percent of gray in your hair. If you don’t have much gray yet, then henna would be an option for you as it comes in several colors and you can mix up other colors with it. It is almost the instant gratification as commercial toxic dyes.

Other options use herbs as well as coffee, tea, lemon juice, etc. . One thing I learned while reading several of these sites is to get yourself an inexpensive shower cap. After rinsing your hair with your preferred herbal tea you would put on the shower cap and leave it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing out…something I was not doing with my present sage tea.

Below are several helpful websites with recipes if you are interested in trying out a natural hair color. Let me know if you have success.

http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/natural-hair-dye.html

http://www.mysensitiveskincare.com/homemade-hair-dye.html#axzz30QLpSh8r

http://hairrecipes.homestead.com/haircolorrecipes.html

http://www.natural-homeremedies-for-life.com/natural-hair-dye.html

til next time…Eva

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Sugar…Part 3…Searching for Alternatives

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Sugar…Part 3…Searching for Alternatives

Now that you’ve given up sugar, there are times when your sweet tooth attacks and you would like to have something other than fruit as a sweet treat…or maybe you wish to bake something sweet. I looked over the different alternatives and their various side effects.

1. SUCROSE…this is table sugar. 16 calories per teaspoon and has no nutritional benefits.
side effects include: tooth decay, obesity, insulin resistance, elevated triglycerides, high blood
pressure, hypoglycemia, yeast infections, inflammatory bowel disease and hardening of the arteries.

2. ACESLULFAME-K…Sunette, Sweet One. 0 Calories.
a potassium salt containing methylene chloride, a known carcinogen.
side effects include: long term exposure can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment
of liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer.

3. ASPARTAME…equal, NutraSweet. 0 Calories.
phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol.
side effects include: headaches, fibromyalgia, anxiety, memory loss, arthritis, abdominal pain,
irritable bowel syndrome, seizures, neurological disorders, vision problems, brain tumors and
weight gane.

4. SUCRALOSE…Splenda 0 Calories.
A synthetic additive created by chlorinating sugar. The chemical structure of the chlorine in
sucralose is almost the same as that in the now banned pesticide DDT.
side effects include: head and muscle aches, stomach cramps, diarrhea, bladder issues, skin
irritations, dizziness and inflammation.
Research has shown that sucralose can cause shrinking of the thymus gland. It reduces healthy
intestinal bacteria needed for proper digestion and can impact the effectiveness of prescription
and other drugs.

5. SACCHARIN…Sweet’n low 0 Calories
A sulfa based sweetener. It’s primary ingredient is benzoic sulfilimine.
side effects include: nausea, diarrhea, skin problems.

6. STEVIA…REBIANA…Truvia, Pure Via 0 Calories
It is made from the Stevia rebaudiana plant, a native of South America.
side effects include: can cause an allergic reaction if you have a pre-existing allergy to
chrysanthemums, marigolds, ragweed or daisies. It can lead to feelings of nausea and decreased
appetite. Can lead to adverse reaction if consumed with certain medications…lithium, diabetes
medications. Can lead to aching and sore muscles or a feeling of numbness and dizziness. Not
recommended if you are breast feeding.

7. NATURAL SWEETENERS…fruit juices, nectars, honey, molasses and maple syrup.

I personally have decided to leave the artificial sweeteners alone and will persevere with being basically off all sugar and if I am going to make something at home, will be experimenting with sweetening with fruit, some honey, molasses and maple syrup.
The information above was taken from basically http://www.fitday.com
www. ehow.com
http://www.livestrong.com
all three websites have a wealth of information about the various sweeteners if you need more information. I always feel that we need to make intelligent choices with our health…to think for ourselves.
til next time…Eva

Daily Health Habits…Oil Pulling

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Oil Pulling is a technique practiced in Ayurvedic medicine. Basically, our gums and teeth are often a reflection of what is going on health wise in the rest of the body. “If the mouth is healthy, your intestines will be healthy. If your teeth and gums are deteriorating, then you are deteriorating.”(Bruce Fife).
It is said that oil pulling is a good method for improving our oral health by soaking up/pulling disease causing bacteria and their toxins from around the teeth and gums. Whitening teeth, removing plaque, and relieving inflammation and infection from our gums…

That said, let me introduce you to OIL PULLING.

Oils used for oil pulling were traditionally SESAME and SUNFLOWER. COCONUT is used quite frequently because of its mild taste and texture. I started out with Sesame and with it being so savory in taste, it was difficult for me to handle first thing in the morning.

Steps:

a. Oil Pulling is to be done on an empty stomach. Traditionally done first thing in the morning, it can also
be done more than one time a day when you need to detox more quickly or have issues with your mouth and
gums.

b. In the beginning, I would recommend that you don’t take the full 1 Tablespoon of oil recommended…it all
depends on the size of your mouth and your gagging factor. Try a teaspoon in the beginning. Put the oil
in your mouth and slowly pull it, swish it, suck it, chomp it and pull it through your teeth. You want
the oil to become thin and foamy. Your saliva is going to mix in with the oil.
Time…your goal is 20 minutes.
How to do 20 minutes? I usually put the spoonful of oil in my mouth the second I get into the bathroom,
do my skin brushing, my shower, and by the time I am dry and dressed, the 20 minutes are usually up.(when I
do it at night, I do it while I am doing something else like being on the computer, reading, etc.)

c. Do not swallow any of the oil because it is deemed to now contain bacteria and toxins that have been
absorbed. Spit it into your toilet or in a baggy and throw in the trash…do not put it in your sink cause
it may solidify in the sink pipes.

d. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Salt water is antimicrobial and very soothing.

e. Brush your teeth(preferably with a natural toothpaste).

If you need to, you can do this any time as long as it is on an empty stomach. I usually do it again at
night.

Benefits: I personally have noticed that my teeth have gotten very white. Irritations on my gums seem
to have gotten better. The plaque on my teeth seems to be disappearing. And something totally
unrelated, my nails seem to have become smoother and healthier looking. I had read that a small
amount of the oil is absorbed while you are oil pulling and gives you benefits through that as well.

People have reported oil pulling has helped with many different conditions ranging from Acne to Chronic
Fatigue. All I can say is, the white teeth alone is amazing, the way my teeth and mouth feel afterwards feels so healthy and I know that my mouth is clean. The way I look at it, every small way I help my body to detox has to be a good thing.

til next time…Eva

Daily Health Habits…Dry Skin Brushing

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When you are forced to rely on inexpensive ways to stay healthy, you learn many techniques that were used for years, centuries or used in other countries/cultures than in our own. One such technique is Dry Skin Brushing.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and along with the other three eliminative organs(the intestines, lungs and kidneys), must be functioning normally in order for you to experience optimum health. The skin is responsible for 1/4 of the body’s detoxification every day as well as being an important means for oxygen and nourishment to enter the body. More than a pound of waste products are discharged daily through the skin. If the skin’s pores become clogged with dead skin cells, the impurities will remain in the body, causing the other eliminative organs to work harder. If the toxins and wastes build up in the tissues, sooner or later, disease will follow.

Toxicity gathers beneath the skin’s surface from everyday influences such as synthetic fivers worn next to the skin, deodorants, antiperspirants, skin creams and alkali body soaps. The skin should be slightly acidic for optimal functioning.

Dry skin brushing has been practiced for thousands of years by many cultures…The Japanese, the Scandinavians, the Russians, Ancient Greek athletes, Cherokee Indians and the Comanche Indians. Dry skin brushing exfoliates and stimulates new skin.
When you do dry skin brushing, you will notice the following benefits:

a. Tightens skin (giving smooth glowing skin)
b. Helps digestion
c. Removes cellulite
d. Stimulates circulation(increases venous flow…the veins carry the blood back to the heart).
e. Increases cell renewal(encourages cell to regenerate).
f. Cleans the lymphatic system(lymph drainage).
g. Removes dead skin layers(our bodies made a new top layer of skin every 24 hours).
h. Strengthens the immune system.
I. Stimulates the glands(helping all the body systems perform at peak efficiency).
j. Evening brushing removes the effects of fatigue at the end of the workday. Fatigue is due to the
accumulation of waste acids that are attempting to be eliminated through the skin.(if you are tired and
to go somewhere, you will feel less fatigued after doing the dry skin brushing…very stimulated)
k. Prevents the accumulation of catarrhal and mucus wastes.
l. Benefits mature skin by stimulating sweat and oil glands. Strengthens the skin pores through which the
skin is moisturized and cleansed.
m. Fends off acne and fungal infections.

What you Need:

For the Body…the ideal dry brush is made of natural vegetable bristles that are neither too stiff nor too soft. It shouldn’t scratch you but you should feel some friction against the skin. When you begin the process, it is suggested that you start with a softer brush and as your skin becomes stronger, your brush can become stronger as well. The important thing is to do it…if you don’t have “the perfect brush” as of yet, well, use what you have and keep looking for a better brush.

For the Face…use a soft cosmetic brush or a soft dry washcloth.

How to Dry Skin Brush:

a. The skin is DRY. The brush is DRY. Always remember that you are brushing towards your heart.

b. Brush each part of the body several times vigorously:
1. Brush the soles of the feet first(the nerve endings there affect the whole body)
2. Brush ankles, calves and thighs.
3. Brush across the stomach and buttocks.
4. Brush counter clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
5. Lighter strokes over and around the breasts but do not brush the nipples.
6. Shoulders and back.
7. Brush hands and arms.
8. Take the cosmetic brush or soft washcloth and using circular movements, gently brush your face.
9. Take a warm shower or bath which should always be followed by a cool rinse to invigorate blood
circulation and stimulate surface warmth.
You have now removed all dead skin cells and are on your way to healthy younger looking skin.

Your skin brush should be washed every few weeks in water and left to dry.

Additional Notes:
a. do not brush over any skin with wounds, rashes, or cuts.
b. Slight flushing of the skin is normal…that means your skin is being stimulated. The skin should not be red
or irritated…that means you are brushing too vigorously. In the beginning you should be brushing quite
gently and gradually you can brush more vigorously.
c. For a thorough lymphatic cleansing, dry skin brush daily for minimum of
three months.
d. Do the skin brushing for a minimum of 30 days to start seeing results.

Once you have initiated dry skin brushing as a daily habit, your next steps would be to use the proper PH level soaps and lotions, eliminate toxic deodorants and antiperspirants(anything used to block perspiration also blocks toxins from being eliminated from these large pores. Even more dangerous is the fact that the active ingredient used is always an aluminum based compound), and wear undergarments and clothes made from natural fibers that allow the skin to breathe.

Hope that you will give dry skin brushing a try…
til next time…Eva0831-dry-brushing_vg