I have always tried to be conscious of what goes into my body, but it seems my tendencies fluctuate. I’m on a journey to form solid habits this time. Your body obviously runs at its best when it is provided with nutrients, exercise, care. At first glance, this typically makes people think to cut out caffeine, refined sugars, red meat, etc. My goal food-wise, is to eliminate all processed foods. If the contains more than a few more ingredients, forget it. If the label contains chemical additives, as almost everything does, forget it. Veggies, beans, rice, spices. Fuel.
More than the food, I’m looking for help with all the other chemicals that enter our body, mainly, through our skin. Shampoo, soap, deodorant, laundry detergent, lotion, even toothpaste.. these are all things most of us willingly expose ourselves to on a daily basis. I want to lower my exposure. I know it to be possible. I’ve done the ‘no-poo’ routine, in which shampoo is not used for cleansing your hair. Either baking soda & vinegar is used, or nothing at all but water. I’ve tried both with success, and healthier hair than ever.
I’m asking you, HEthens, for any input on the subject, whether you agree or not.
Further, I would LOVE additional information on these options. I have searched over time and found several different threads upon various websites, but I’m hoping for a community that sort of envelops this whole genre of ideas.
@kellah, @francina, You might find this interesting! I typically wear only eyeliner. Occassionally I’d use powder if my face is looking red. Since I’ve been trying to make a full chemical free transition, I haven’t been using makeup at all.
Also, I have been using the olive oil/coffee blend for my daily face wash, and let me just say that I’ve had amazing results! I mentioned 6 days ago that I was happy using it, and I still am.. My skin has cleared up the little annoyances it did have and is completely smooth and moisturized. However, I have been missing eyeliner, as I like to apply it some days. I found this article on homemade eyeliner that intrigues me. Opinions would be great.. I’m going to try it out later today..
@bgood, woot! that looks fantastic! My exams finish tomorrow so i’ll add that to the top of my list of things to do!! haha, i love almonds. I bet it would work fine with any other nut too though.
What parts oil did you add to the coffee? and how much coffee grinds? I dont want to use an exfoliator every day because my skin is super sensitive and it makes it flare up if i do.
Also, do you think that the coffee/oil would work for legs and stuff too? I’m so down to have a hippie day making all these things hahahah
also @heavydreamz, @bgood, http://www.newrealities.com/index.php/articles-on-health/item/532-the-healing-benefits-of-cinnamon–honey this was really cool too reading about cinnamon and honey. Like Baking Soda, super cheap but super good for you!
@francina, I didn’t measure when I made mine, but I’ve read recommendations stating equal parts of coffee and oil. I just added some oil to an old shampoo bottle and put coffee in and shook it all up. I kept adding enough coffee until I had a paste. I also shake it before I use it to get it all mixed up again, as I think it may settle in the shower. Where you have sensitive skin, maybe you could try putting the coffee through a coffee pot first, or even just boiling the grinds. This may soften them up a little.
I use the mix on my face daily and on the rest of my body every 5 days or so. All other days I just clean with water and a loofah.
Since I’m not using chemicals on my body, I don’t need soap to remove them. I am still using witch hazel for deodorant, and have also tried adding a little baking soda as well when I apply it to my underarms. Being that I feel I sweat a lot, typically, I have had no complaints at all, by myself or others, about the lack of typical antiperspirants.
Overall I’m really happy, my skin is in great condition, and my boyfriend has still been telling me I smell well. :)
@francina, I am just now seeing the link you posted earlier. That is some great information. There are several suggestions on there that would show improvement in daily life almost immediately, so it seems. I do find it strange, however, that the article states at the top of the page ‘do no ever boil or microwave honey, as it kills the enzymes.’ And, then a few of the remedies call for it to be boiled… :p
Another thing, not on the list, is that I’ve always found a spoonful of honey to help a sore throat!
Also, I made the eyeliner with decent success. I recommend crushing the soot as finely as possible, as it will make it smoother to put on.
@bgood, that looks beautiful! well done. and i agree about a spoonful of honey! honey lemon and ginger drink cures like every sickness for me hahahah. yeah i stumbled upon that link a couple months ago. i try to have cinnamon every day… i have oats each morning because i love them hahaha. oats mixed with cocoa powder (the 100% stuff, not with sugar too) and cinamon mixed through, boiling water poured on top then fresh seasonal fruit, rasins, and almonds on top of that. Yummest breakfast ever! in my humble opinion ;)
Ugh i’ve been in the midst of finals for the past month and a half… definately feeling the effects on my body as i haven’t been excersising nearly enough as i should have been. So pumped to go for the longest run tomorrow the moment my last exam is over haha.
@francina, Thanks! Your breakfast sounds very similar to mine! Oats with cinnamon, banana, frozen raspberries and strawberries, almonds, and raisins (no added sugar of course). The cocoa is a great idea, yuum! I just with I could have fresh fruits, but being here in Maine, good produce is hard to find this time of year, and even harder to keep for more than a day or two.
@bgood, Great topic :) great indeed.
I will share with you my personal experience. For cleaning my body, I use only the natural soaps. And when you wash your body, you don’t have to, you don’t need to rub your whole body every time you get under the shower.
Your body (if healthy) will clean itself naturally (as @manimal already wrote), just wash the areas with glands underneath the skin, and intimate zones.
You will improve the immune system of your body, when you let it regenerate all by itself.
Do not use pharmaceutical garbage, no matter how hard the pain is. Don’t use any legal drug :) Because it’s legal with purpose to keep you inside the magic circle.
Avoid meat. The most beautiful thing which you can do to your soul, body and your mind, is to going vegetarian.
And remember one thing:
Only the man who think he is healthy,
I proved that when experimenting on myself. I was vegetarian soul for only 8 months. Doctors told me to pay a lot attention on my diet during the winter days, because the amount of food for vegetarians is smaller, and she knew that I am no rich girl to buy vegan stuff, and high quality food just for myself (I have 4 more family members). So… I wasn’t eating healthy, most of the time I was hungry, but I was happy with my life and myself :)
After a few months I tested my blood. It was fu*king perfect ! :) I didn’t lack in iron, no bad cholesterol running trough my veins. So, all in all – eat what makes YOU feel light and healthy. That’s all it matters.
I recommend deodorant stones to everyone!!! they cost about 2 bucks and last forever, it’s a certain kind of mineral in this clear rock-like form, you just get it wet and use it as deodorant. It takes a few days for your body to get used to it but once you do, you still sweat but don’t smell bad. I love it… never going back!
A staple everyone should have is coconut oil. You can use it as lotion, teeth whitener/toothpaste, as shave gel, hair conditioner, facial moisturizer, deodorant… the list goes on, I’m in love with this stuff. Also I haven’t used regular shampoo/conditioner in over a year. Always baking soda and patchouli or lavender oil(which makes the hair soft and shiny). I haven’t used regular lotion or perfume either really, and the one or two times I did it felt and smelled gross to me. It’s always coconut oil as lotion and essential oils for scents.
I also try not to take any medicines like nyquil or tylenol. There is a tea/herb for pretty much any ailment. Next time you have a headache or any other pain try boiling some basil and drinking it as a tea.
nursery brand water sells unflouridated water for $1.00 a gallon if you dont have anywhere nearby that has unflouridated water available. Other than that if i may recommend trader joes as a great place to get affordable organic foods (many of their store brand items have a very limited ingredient list, and their fruits and veggies are quite affordable) or Costco if you need to shop in bulk also has a pretty large array of items with small ingredient lists. I make my own laundry detergent from washing soda, borax, and bar soap which is far less chemically enhanced than those available at the store. Avacado is good for washing your hair, especially if it is frizzy. And i use vinegar to clean any and everything around the house…Oh and one last tip, Fuck Lysol! just boil some water in your house with orange peels and cinnamon and it will make your whole house smell amazing!
Great for you. Some things which you may have already known is that TOMS makes deodorant and toothpaste. No animal testing, no harmful chemicals. Also I use all natural shampoo from http://www.justnaturalskincare.com/hair-products/all-shampoos-organic-natural.html and obviously the diet is important. Good luck with holding onto these changes.
I recently converted from lotion to extra virgin olive oil (the olive oil you use to cook). Its pretty fucking amazing. I will never ever go back to using lotion with all those chemicals & ingredients that I have no clue what they are. Lotions dont even last the entire day. My skin is usual dry by the middle of the day or if i wash my hands & dry them. But with the olive oil, my skin stays moisturized all day.