Did You Know?

Antiperspirants are used to inhibit sweating, but when you stop to think about it the practice seems counterintuitive. One of the purposes of sweating is to remove toxins from the body. Using antiperspirants impedes this natural cleansing method. In addition, many antiperspirants contain ingredients such as aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium. Aluminum is easily absorbed into the body and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. Once in the body, it can be absorbed into your brain, kidneys, liver, and bone marrow. Before you buy your next invisible solid scented clear dry antiperspirant stick, think about what you are putting on your skin and in your body, and what is not being let out. There are deodorants that work to keep you from offending others with BO. I have been trying different products for several years and I plan to review everything I have used, good and bad. Stay tuned or check out the “deodorant” category on this website.

Spreading the Word

I often link my post to my personal Facebook page and since a lot of my co-workers are my “friends” on Facebook, we end up with some interesting lunch time conversations about going green or my newest post on natural living. I  also frequently bring a container to bring compost home to my worms and admittedly I have asked others for their banana peels and fruit scraps, which sparks some friendly teasing of my dedication to my worms.

I was surprised the other morning when a co-worker handed me a bag marked “Worm Food” to me. She had some over-ripe bananas at her house  so she bagged them up for my worms, who love bananas!

I was so touched I took a picture for your enjoyment:

Worm-Food

Name removed to protect the innocent helper

Thank you to all of my friends and family who support me in my green endeavors!

How to No-Poo

No-poo is a slang term for washing your hair without shampoo. You may choose to do it because the ingredients in shampoo can be toxic to you or the environment or just because it leaves your hair more natural and healthy.

To begin, assemble your ingredients. The first few times it is helpful to put everything together out of the shower and bring it in with you. Once you have a routine you can just bring  the ingredients and put it together as you bathe. Continue reading “How to No-Poo”

She’s Still Nursing?

At two and a half years old, Abby is still a nursling. I often get raised eyebrows and questions when people find out. Here are ten reasons my active toddler still nurses:

  1. She likes it!
  2. Breast milk is a healthy snack, available anywhere when I am with her
  3. Breastfeeding 2 years or more lowers your risk of breast cancer by 25%
  4. I do not need to worry about her nutritional intake
  5. It is comforting to her
  6. Breastfeeding gives us some Mommy and daughter snuggle time
  7. She never misses a meal
  8. It keeps her healthy by providing antibodies
  9. There are benefits science has yet to find out about
  10. She likes it!

My mother thinks I breastfeed still because I want more “baby time” (which is true) but it can be a pain more often than it is fun. Yes, she nurses while I write a post, talk on the phone, watch tv, try to go to sleep, grade papers, think, sleep, relax. Anytime I sit down, there is a fairly good chance Abby will run over and want to nurse. Mostly, I do it because I love her and want to provide her with the best. Right now, breastfeeding is best!

Did You Know?

Scratch your head; but don’t draw blood!  If you see white under your fingernails, you have scratched off sebum. A gland next to our hair follicles produce sebum naturally as a method for helping to protect the hair itself and the scalp. Sebum is a waxy ester; similar to ear wax (ew, I know). When you strip off the subum, you are destroying the scalp’s natural defense mechasim.

If you don’t have subum most likely you are washing your hair too much. Try to wash your hair less. In the past people would wash their hair only once a month or every two weeks. To clean their hair they would brush their hair daily with a boar’s hair brush or another natural bristle brush. The brush helps clean any debris out of your hair and redistrubutes the natural oils.