Why Switching To Natural Skincare Is Best For You

With the wide array of skincare and personal care products from different brands and labels, choosing the right one can be a bit of a challenge. It is not uncommon to try and test out several products at the department store cosmetics counter, or even at your local drug store.

Cosmetics and skincare products are packaged attractively so it just makes sense that you are drawn to these products, even if you are not able to read or pronounce most of the ingredients, or what usually are listed after water. Sometimes we rely too much on advertising that we do not even bother to read the ingredients list. It looked great on the television commercial and in magazine ads, so we assume the product is good. But are these products actually good, or even safe for your use?

Most commonly found in cosmetics and skincare are phthalates, parabens, benzoyl peroxide, sulfates, formaldehyde. These are just a few of the chemicals and toxins used as main ingredients, stabilizers and preservatives in skincare products. These are absorbed in the body through the skin which is the largest organ, directly into the bloodstream upsetting the endocrine system which in turn causes hormonal imbalance, thyroid disorders, reproductive issues and cancer to name a few.

Note that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the beauty and skincare industry products to be honestly and accurately labeled. It does not however regulate the use of chemical ingredients, or require safety tests before the products reach the market, the consumers. Therefore it is our choice and our responsibility as consumers to make sure we are doing the body right by using products that are not loaded with harmful chemicals and toxins. Afterall, we at best eat only what is good and safe for a healthy well-being.

Why make the switch?  Natural skincare products use plant based ingredients made to nourish, heal, soothe and repair your skin, your body. It does not contain chemical preservatives and stabilizers, which eliminates the need for animal testing of the products. Using plant based natural products will drastically reduce the toxins we absorb in our bodies on a daily basis.

Natural skincare products are made from plants, fruit pulps, peels, seeds, herbs and spices which make these very rich in nutrients and vitamins. The plants are farmed naturally and organically using alternatives to pesticides such as honey traps and herbal teas as natural insect repellents. Fortunately there are great companies who produce only the highest quality natural and organic skin care products made from hand-picked farm fresh ingredients loaded with healing and regenerative properties.

If you are looking into a healthy alternative to chemically loaded cosmetics, lotions, creams, hair products, try a natural or organic product or two. You’ll notice these products are simplified containing only a few ingredients that you already know or heard of – the same fruits and plants we eat to stay healthy. Made from the best ingredients only nature can produce, using natural and organic skincare is a healthy choice reflected not only in your radiant skin and luscious hair but on your improved and healthier body and soul.






7 Health Benefits of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is one of the Ayurvedic approaches to natural healing. This holistic practice is not only for oral health and hygiene, but it is also widely known for its detoxification benefits. Sesame oil has been used traditionally but coconut oil use is gaining popularity due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits.

The simple and effective process of oil pulling is one of the best ways to promote healthy teeth, and prevent gum disease. It even strengthens jaws which helps with overcoming TMJ symptoms. Swishing a tablespoon of the oil in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes daily cleans and removes the toxins in the mouth.

The 7 health benefits of this ancient Ayurveda holistic approach are:

  • Oral health – prevents cavities, treats tooth decay, destroys bad breath and whitens teeth
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Prevents migraine headaches
  • Restores hormonal balance
  • Clears and improves skin conditions
  • Strengthens the immune system

Start your oil pulling regimen by doing this first thing upon waking, before brushing your teeth.

Rinse your mouth with plain water, and scrape the tongue.

Using one to two tablespoons of coconut or sesame oil, gently swish and suck through your teeth for 5 to 10 minutes. (You can gradually increase the swishing time to 10 to 20 minutes as you get used to the process.) Do not swallow any of the oil, as this in some people may cause diarrhea or upset stomach. Adding ¼ tsp of Turmeric powder is optional.

Spit out the oil and the toxins you just pulled from your body. Rinse with warm water, and brush your teeth.

The powerful detoxifying technique is also known to prevent chronic illnesses. In Ayurvedic natural medicine, oil pulling is known to purify the whole body, with each section of the tongue being connected to a different organ in the body. The use of oil, swished in the mouth for 10 to 20 minutes 3 to 5 times a week has a pulling effect on the toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals, drawing these harmful substances away from the fatty tissues of the body.

Note that you may develop symptoms of congestion, mild acne or breakouts, even headaches as your body is getting rid of the toxins. These symptoms will go away as you continue with the process of oil pulling to eliminate the toxins in your body.

To get the most health benefits from oil pulling, make it a part of your daily routine. Most people experience the benefits of having a cleaner mouth, fresher breath, dental issues lessened or even eliminated, healthier gums and stronger jaws, and an overall sense of wellness within a week of starting this natural health regimen.


Ayurveda And A Healthier You

Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine originated in India more than 5000 years ago. It is the world’s oldest system of natural medicine which to this day combined with modernized practices is more commonly known as alternative medicine. Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit words Ayur which means life, and Veda which means science or knowledge.

Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic tradition which encompasses physical health, prevention of illness and disease, and healing to create harmony and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Achieving the quality of life through Ayurveda, combined with other wellness practices such as yoga and meditation is the way to reclaim optimal health, mindfulness and longevity.

Our day to day stress is one of the disruptions we constantly face which creates the physical, mental and spiritual imbalance in life making us more susceptible to illness and disease. The holistic approach of Ayurveda helps regain the balance to promote harmony and wellness.

The treatment is focused on the individual as it is believed that no two human beings are exactly alike. What might be effective on one could potentially be harmful to another. Ayurvedic products are made from herbs or a combination of herbs, metals and minerals. Some products may cause harm if used improperly or without the direction of a practitioner. Side effects and interaction of the herbal supplements with conventional medicines and the toxins from metals such as lead, and minerals are causes for concern.

Herbal Ayurvedic products are regulated as dietary supplements and are therefore not required to meet or pass rigorous safety standards as conventional medicines. To ensure a coordinated and safe care, it is important to let your healthcare practitioner know if you are using any alternative medicinal practices and products.

Other Ayurvedic approaches such as massage, special diets, cleansing, meditation and lifestyle recommendations can be easily adapted into your daily life. It is used to supplement or complement conventional treatments, often as a way to lessen the side effects of chemotherapy. People who suffer from chronic illness use its rejuvenation benefits while some practice its non-medical benefits to regain and maintain balance in their physical, mental, spiritual and overall well-being.

A trained Ayurvedic practitioner will not only do a thorough physical examination at your first visit, but will also take an extensive personal and medical history gathering information about your daily diet and activities, relationships, and mental health. This helps the practitioner identify symptoms and causes of imbalance as well as determine techniques that will strengthen the body’s healthy elements which will help an individual to recover by calling upon its own energy to heal.

Ayurveda is more than just a system of treating illness. It is a science of life designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential, maintaining a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit.