WITH AN EMPTY BLUE BOX ON COLLECTION DAY
by April Anderson
Just Another Natural Nut
Last week I reached under my kitchen sink to empty my indoor recycling bin into my curbside one for pickup. To my surprise it was empty. This was a first and I hope it won't be the last.
I have worked hard to get to this point, finding ways to purchase items with packaging I can reuse and stop purchasing items I cannot. This is a long way from being excited about having to use more than one blue box to do my part in recycling 15 to 20 years ago.
What changes did I make?
I purchase less canned goods and instead of recycling the ones I do buy, I find other ways to use them after thoroughly cleaning them
I buy my fruit and vegetable loose whenever I can
I buy in bulk at places I can bring my own containers or can reuse theirs
I don't purchase prepared foods with all of their packaging and I am not a milk or juice drinker so no tetra containers.
I choose glass over plastic containers for condiments
I do not accept junk mail so I rarely receive mail
Now I have to start working on what I put into the garbage for pickup
from Consumer Reports
There is some research to show acupuncture does work, especially for chronic headaches, chronic back/neck pain and osteoarthritis.
Apple Cider Vinegar
There is very little scientific evidence to support the claims of regulating blood sugar, promoting weight loss, lower cholesterol or reducing the risk of cancer. If you suffer from heartburn, drinking apple cider vinegar would be like "throwing gas on a fire" (Benjamin Kligler, M.D.). Regular use can trigger nausea, damage tooth enamel and irritate the esophagus.
In 2017 a review by Seth Schwartz M.D. concluded candling to be ineffective and dangerous, reporting it can block the ear with wax, damage hearing and possibly set your hair on fire.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Combined, a top selling supplement for aching joints was shown not to be any better than a placebo during a trial of 1625 patients with osteoarthritis in 2015.
Supplements have been linked to side effects, including headaches and urinary tract infections
Used in drinks and supplements to promote relaxation and ease anxiety. Some countries have banned Kava, Canada is not one.
Promoted as a safe pain reliever it has been suggested it can be as addictive as opioids as it affects the same brain receptors.
A proven treatment for seasonal affective disorder. It may also help with depression and bipolar disorder
A good massage will do more than relax you. Research shows it can help some people with back pain and those recovering from injury.
Research suggests meditation may help lower blood pressure, ease anxiety, depression and insomnia.
A 2017 study found that some of the supplements didn't contain what the label stated. Instead of Melatonin, Seratonin was found in the products which is a chemical that regulates mood instead.
A 2017 research review concluded the pills might provide some benefit to people with a history of heart disease but there was not enough evidence to show if they improve cardiac health in people without existing heart problems.
For general health you are better off getting probiotics from your diet than a supplement. fermented foods and yogurt may offer benefits far beyond what you can find in a supplement.
Research suggests it cuts the risk of falls in older adults, helps with chronic pain and may ease symptoms of depression, osteoarthritis and Parkinson's disease.
After water, this is the most widely consumed drink in the world. Research shows regular tea drinkers have a lower risk of diseases such as Type A diabetes and heart disease. Doesn't matter what you drink, green , white and black teas are all rich in health friendly flavonoids.
Unlike the laboratory mice, when humans digest turmeric, little of the very important curcumin is absorbed. Make sure you check with the doctor before taking turmeric supplements as the can interact negatively with certain medications such as blood thinners.
While many use practice yoga for flexibility or relaxing, it can also relieve low back pain, reduce blood pressure and ease depression.
by April Anderson
Just Another Natural Nut
you've heard the saying
'they are like oil and water'
no truer words
can be spoken
when it comes to
into your bath water
they just don't mix
which can become
for your skin
excerpt from Tisserand Institute
" do not put drops of essential oil into a bath and then step into it. Essential oils do not mix with water, they float in tiny droplets on the surface, and you are about to sit on those droplets of undiluted essential oil. Whenever essential oils are ‘mixed’ with water without a dispersing agent, there is a risk of irritation, since undiluted droplets of essential oil attach to the skin, often in sensitive areas. Because the oils are warmed up by the water, and also cannot evaporate, they often sting like crazy. Therefore, essential oils always need to be fully dispersed in and appropriate base before being added to a bath."
FOR BATHING WITH
THESE CARRIERS ARE NOT SAFE TO USE IN YOUR BATHthese 8 substances are water soluble, so when you put them in your bath with your essential oil, they readily dissolve and become one with the water, leaving your essential oils all alone to hang out on the surface of the water causing havoc on your skin.
USE OILS AS A CARRIER - Essential oils can be safely added to oils (olive, sunflower, hemp, grapeseed) properly diluted (5 to 7 drops in a Tbsp. will do), if thoroughly mixed. These oils work well to safely dilute and ‘carry’ essential oils. this does make for a pretty slippery, greasy bath experience so be very careful when getting out.
besides keeping a beard healthy looking.....
1. Tame Your Frizzy Hair
Broccoli seed oil can help tame the frizzes without weighing down hair. It also adds a nice sheen to your hair at the same time. Apply a small amount to your hands and work into your hair
2. To Prevent Split Ends on Hair
If you suffer from dry hair, adding some oil to the ends of your hair can prevent breakage and split ends. You can make a great haircut looking better for longer
3. Overnight Skin Care Treatment
With vitamin A, C and essential fatty acids, this anti-oxidant rich oil is an all-natural way to give yourself an overnight facial.
before you switch to your natural deodorant
from Medical News Today
Armpit detoxification can help the body rid itself of toxins that have built up on the skin. It may also help to reduce the capacity of sweat glands and the amount of odor they produce. Moreover, some research indicates armpit detox can boost the immune system and decrease cancer risk. Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants are absorbed through the skin, and after many years of using these products, a lot of chemical residues have built up on a person's skin.
This is where an armpit detox can help. When someone stops using chemical deodorants and antiperspirants, toxins start to leave the body, resulting in an armpit detox.
Fast facts on armpit detox:
The armpits are the body's entry and exit points.
Deodorants are designed to mask the smell of excess bacteria from sweating.
Antiperspirants are designed to reduce sweating.
The detox process may cause skin problems, excess sweating, and odor.
How to do an armpit detox
Apple cider vinegar is one of the ingredients for an armpit detox.Armpit detox is relatively straightforward and involves 3 ingredients, some of which people may already have in their homes.
A simple armpit detox includes the following, according to the Healthy and Natural World website:
1 tablespoon Bentonite clay
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (unfiltered works best)
1-2 tablespoons water
Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl with a non-metal utensil. The thickness should be similar to that of yogurt.
Spread the mixture in an even layer under each armpit. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes for the first few times, then slowly increase the time to no longer than 20 minutes.
Wash the mixture off the armpits with warm water.
If the armpits turn red, do not worry, as this is quite normal and harmless. However, if anyone experiences any other reactions to the clay, wash the mixture off immediately.
Repeat the detoxification daily until there is no odor in the armpits or until natural deodorants no longer irritate the skin.
Do not apply on freshly shaved armpits as the apple cider vinegar will sting like H.
by April Anderson
Just Another Natural Nut
DID YOU KNOW your skin cannot absorb products with petrolatum/petroleum jelly, like Vaseline.
Products with petrolatum/petroleum jelly, simply coat the skin, which does not allow your skin the ability to breathe, release toxins or absorb moisture when needed.
The Comedogenic Ratings for Your Favourite Oils & Butters
from Holistic Health Herbalist
I had a real issue with coconut oil and products that used coconut oil for my face. I broke out and until I started using coconut oil when straightening my hair, I did not put the two together. It was my forehead breaking out (never happened before) that made me realize I cannot use coconut oil on my skin and that was when I started researching oils and came across the website Holistic Health Herbalist and her excel sheet with a detailed breakdown of every carrier oil and butter. I chose to list the most popular. April Anderson Just Another Natural Nut
An oil that has a comedogenic rating of 0 is widely believed to be non comedogenic and will not clog your pores.
A comedogenic rating of 1 signifies a slight chance that the oil will clog your pores.
A comedogenic rating of 2 tells you that the oil will not clog pores for MOST people, but some will begin to notice clogged pores or a “purge” in some cases.
A comedogenic rating of 3 is where a lot of people will break out using this oil, but a lot of people may not break out depending on their skin type.
A comedogenic rating of 4 suggests that MOST people will break out using this oil unless they have a good tolerance for it. This largely depends on a number of skin type factors.
A comedogenic rating of 5 is basically a guaranteed chance of breaking out. Very very few people can tolerate oils labeled as a 5, but they do exist!
ARGAN OIL 0
Argan oil is the holy grail oil for many and for good reason! It boasts some pretty amazing skin reparative benefits along with the very low chance of clogging pores. Another reason to reach for this oil is for its ability to treat acne and acne scars. Argan oil regulates the production of sebum which helps prevent further breakouts and its Vitamin E content helps fade scars and smooth out the skin’s texture. Suitable for most skin types.
HEMP SEED OIL 0
Hemp seed oil has amazing skin softening and moisturizing properties that are perfect for those with oily sensitive skin types. It also reduces redness and inflammation associated with acne breakouts and is a great treatment for eczema, psoriasis, and dry, itchy skin. This oil has really balanced my skin’s oil production and that’s really saying something because I normally have VERY oily skin. Well tolerated by all skin types. This oil should be kept in the fridge.
SAFFLOWER OIL 0 (high linoleic only)
Safflower oil has a silky feel on the skin and is highly moisturizing. It’s high linoleic acid content makes it a perfect oil for the OCM as it will help break up blackheads and other impurities in the skin. It absorbs easily and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.
SHEA BUTTER 0-2
Shea butter is really interesting because even though it has a high stearic acid content, it doesn’t seem to break people out. Sure, there ARE people who react badly to use it, but overall, many find that shea butter is an amazing oil to use during the cold, dry winter months. It’s heavy and leaves a greasy feel on the skin after applying so you only need the tiniest bit. It forms a protective layer on the skin that reduces inflammation and smooths rough skin. It is especially good for elbows, knees, and heels.
SUNFLOWER SEED OIL 0-2 (beware of Hi-oleic acid sunflower oil as it will clog pores)
This is a great oil to start out with if you’re unsure about where to begin. Most skin types respond well to sunflower oil as it helps keep your skin balanced and moisturized while fighting acne causing bacteria. It’s also great at fighting the signs of aging!
CASTOR OIL 1
Castor oil is an essential for many who use the OCM (though not for myself as I find it much too drying). It has strong detox and purging properties. It also increases cell turnover which is why it is used as an acne treatment. Due to its ricinoleic acid content, castor oil is a very drying oil and must be diluted before using it on the skin. It is suitable for oily skin types but may cause purging and detox of the skin.
GRAPE SEED OIL 1
Well suited for most skin types and has a low chance of clogging pores. Grape seed oil is rich in Vitamin E which helps tighten and moisturize the skin. It reduces inflammation, redness, and accelerates the healing of acne. This is a very light oil that absorbs easily without a greasy residue.
NEEM OIL 1-2
Neem oil is an amazing oil to use for acne prone skin due to its potent anti-bacterial properties. It reduces inflammation, redness, and irritation while protecting and moisturizing the skin. I find that it has a heavier, oilier feel when applied so I generally mix a few drops into another carrier oil to prevent that “oil slick” look. This oil is better suited for drier skin types for this reason but can still be used for oily skin when mixed with other oils. Neem oil has a strange pungent odor like “boiled peanuts” so keep that in mind before going on a date with it on your face!
APRICOT KERNEL OIL 2
Apricot kernel oil is a favorite oil among those with combination to dry skin types. It absorbs into the skin well, is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-oxidant, and anti-bacterial which makes it a valuable ally against acne causing bacteria.
JOJOBA OIL 2
Jojoba oil is a holy grail acne treatment for many because it mimics the consistency of our own sebum. It has a light moisturizing feel and absorbs well into the skin. Most skin types tolerate jojoba well but will often experience a “purge” of toxins when they begin using it. Normally, this purge will end in a few weeks, revealing clear pores and revitalized skin. This oil is more suitable for oily skin types as it helps balance the production of excess oil.
MANGO BUTTER 2
Mango butter is an excellent moisturizer for the skin. It combats dry skin, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and other dry inflamed skin conditions. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and soothes rashes, insect bites, and sunburns. If you have dry skin, mango butter may work well for you as it has a lower chance of clogging pores compared to cocoa butter.
OLIVE OIL 2
Olive oil contains potent anti-oxidants and squalene; a lipid that is also found in our skin cells. This squalene is what makes olive oil to well received by most skin types as a nourishing and moisturizing addition to their beauty routine. Using it in your daily regimen has been shown to reduce the signs of aging, smooth skin texture, and hydrate dry skin conditions. It reduces inflammation and brings down redness making it perfect for acne sufferers who lean more on the drier side.
PUMPKIN SEED OIL 2
Pumpkin seed oil fights acne from the inside out due to its rich zinc and selenium content but it’s also gaining popularity topically. It hydrates, renews, and increases the firmness of skin while fighting acne causing bacteria and preventing scars. Suitable for most skin types and has a low change of clogging pores.
SWEET ALMOND OIL 2
Sweet almond oil is a great oil to use for dry acne prone skin due to its emollient properties. It’s great for regenerating skin cells because it penetrates damaged cells and softens them allowing for better hydration. Sweet almond oil is suitable for sensitive skin types that are dry.
EVENING PRIMROSE OIL 2-3
Taken internally, evening primrose oil has the amazing ability to help balance our hormones and for most of us, this is a big deal when you have acne! Applying this oil topically has also been shown to improve cellular structure in the skin, reduce inflammation, and promote elasticity. This oil is excellent for oily acne prone skin types but may not work well for those with dry skin.
AVOCADO OIL 3
Avocado oil is suitable for drier acne prone skin types but may still clog pores. However, if your skin tolerates this oil, it is amazing for hydration and skin tone renewal. Since it is a heavier oil, it may be best suited for use at night. Avocado oil is said to diminish pore size and remove impurities from the skin over time.
SESAME SEED OIL 3
Sesame oil is another oil that has potent anti-bacterial properties that good for wound healing and killing acne causing bacteria. It is also a fair sun protectant. It’s overall, a pretty balanced oil, but the stearic acid causes it to be a bit comedogenic for a lot of people. It may leave an oily residue on the skin.
COCOA BUTTER 4
Cocoa butter is a semi solid to solid oil that is extremely moisturizing for dry chapped skin. Its high stearic and oleic acid content makes it a comedogenic oil for most skin types and is more suitable for use on the body a deep moisturizer. Some use it sparingly around the eyes as an effective anti-aging eye balm or on rough patches of the skin. Not suitable for acne prone skin.
COCONUT OIL 4
This oil is a favorite among many for its amazing health promoting and beautifying properties. It smooths skin and reveals a fresh glowing complexion for those who tolerate it well. Most however, do not tolerate coconut oil well on their face, so if you have acne prone skin, you may want to steer clear of this oil. Coconut oil is rather heavy and may be better used at night. Suitable for very dry skin types.
PALM KERNEL OIL 4
Palm kernel oil has a feel and texture similar to coconut oil. It makes the skin naturally soft and glossy and deeply moisturizes even the driest skin. It is also used to condition cracked heels and dry cuticles with great results. This oil will break out most skin type if used on the face. Suitable for those with very dry skin.
SOYBEAN OIL 4-5
Soybean oil is a high comedogenic oil that most people can’t tolerate. But for those who can, it’s a good oil for sun protection and its anti-oxidant properties. It improves skin tone and in very few individuals, can actually help clear their acne but that may be due to its phytoestrogen content. Generally not a good oil to use for acne prone skin.
For information on other oils (82 in total) please click here or to get the excel sheet email us
by April Anderson
Just Another Natural Nut
I don't think there is a phrase in the world of products that confounds me more because it is one of those phrases that is so overused our brain has stopped recognizing it as something that we need to pay attention to...it has become that "white noise" of the visual world.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN A PRODUCT SAYS DERIVED FROM
It means the starting point of the ingredient was real (natural) at one time
The greatest example I can use to explain this is....................................
You know the one
The container says
fresh squeezed and pure
100% orange juice
Not from Concentrate
I am going to assume
We, as consumers
Know there is a
Just like all other
fruits and vegetables
I am also going to assume
We don’t believe
over that carton
And squeezes oranges
Until it’s full
But what you may not know
The method used
To store juice
of squeezed oranges
Makes the juice
If you bought different
cartons of orange juice
They would all taste the same
Well, except Texas, Mexico and Alaska
I think I read somewhere that
They found the consumers in these areas
Preferred a different taste
According to Food Renegade: “Juice companies therefore hire flavor and fragrance companies ... to engineer flavor packs to add back to the juice to make it taste fresh. Flavor packs aren’t listed as an ingredient on the label because technically they are derived from orange essence and oil. Yet those in the industry will tell you that the flavor packs, whether made for reconstituted or pasteurized orange juice, resemble nothing found in nature
So you are
ingesting a product
that is man-made,
ITS NOT NATURAL
and they don’t
have to tell you
because they are doing
because it is
and as long as there is
a smidgen of nature
they can call it 100%
and producers of
PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS
OUR FOOD AND DRINK
the same thing
and they don't
have to tell you
WE INGEST IT
WE BREATHE IT
WE WEAR IT
AND BY PURCHASING
WE ACCEPT IT
Use the voice that matters
your purchasing power
to affect change
Marketplace investigation reveals the truth behind environmental claims
CBC News · Posted: Sep 14, 2012 7:41 PM ET | Last Updated: September 14, 2012
**UPDATE** In 2012, when this investigation was aired Marketplace listed 10 products they considered the worst for Greenwashing. I did a search and found 6 of the listed products no longer available but we still have the four products below that you may want to steer clear of if you are trying to use products that are safe for you, your loved ones and the environment. Support companies who are transparant
Biodegradable, natural and non-toxic are environmentally friendly promises plastered across many household products, but a CBC Marketplace investigation found that a number of them amount to little more than greenwashing.
"There's so much greenwash on shelves today, it's just overwhelming," said Adria Vasil, a columnist and author of the Ecoholic book series. "It's like a tsunami of greenwash really."
Figuring out whether products are actually environmentally friendly can be challenging since companies don't have to post the ingredients on cleaning products.
"For companies, they think, 'Consumers aren't looking too deeply. We can bamboozle them.'" said Marc Stoiber, who worked in advertising for 20 years but now helps companies go green.
Ecoholic author Vasil worked with Marketplace to examine environmental claims on household products and created the following Top 10 list of lousy labels.
1. Dawn Antibacterial dish soap
The labels on Dawn's antibacterial dish soap feature baby seals and ducklings with the promise that "Dawn helps save wildlife." Dawn donates soap to clean up animals after oil spills and gives money to rescue groups, but the product itself contains an ingredient harmful to animals.
Triclosan, an antibacterial agent, was recently declared officially toxic to aquatic life and it is an ingredient environmental groups have called for to be banned. "We don't need more of this in our rivers and streams," said Vasil. "And it's certainly not saving wildlife."
Proctor & Gamble, maker of Dawn products, refused an interview request by Marketplace. In a statement, the company said, "All of our Dawn dishwashing products and ingredients are in compliance with current legal and regulatory requirements in Canada."
2. Organic Melt ice remover
One of the key concerns around using road salt to melt ice is the damage salt does to aquatic life when it reaches rivers, streams and groundwater. Organic Melt ice remover advertises itself as being "environmentally safe" and an "agricultural-based product" with sugar beets.
When Marketplace checked with the company, it revealed that only three per cent of its product is sugar beets by weight and the rest is rock salt — that despite the fact that the ingredient list puts beets first.
There's no requirement for companies to put the main ingredient first on the list. The company, Eco-solutions, told Marketplace that using sugar beets makes the product work better so less is needed and overall there's less salt going into the environment.
3. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner
On the label, this cleaning product states it's non-toxic. But a Marketplace expert determined that one ingredient in the cleaner, 2-butoxyethanol, is listed by Environment Canada as a toxic health hazard that can damage red blood cells.
Vasil notes that no one is policing use of terms such as non-toxic on household products. The toxin is also not listed on the back of the product because there's currently no requirement for ingredient lists on cleaning products. "No one is forcing them to list their ingredients and to come clean about what's actually in the product," said Vasil.
Simple Green responded to questions from Marketplace about its non-toxic claim in a statement. "We have had independent laboratories … conduct a host of testing on our product as a whole to confirm that the complete formula is non-toxic."
4. Raid EarthBlends Multi-bug Killer
With an insecticide derived from the chrysanthemum flower, Raid EarthBlends Multi-bug Killer touts itself as an alternative insect control solution. Despite its naturally derived component, the label warns users to avoid contact with skin and clothes, and not to inhale the mist when spraying it.
"A lot of things in nature are actually dangerous and toxic," said Vasil. "Not all natural things are good for you. And this is a perfect example."
The product states it can be used for bed bugs, despite that in many parts of Canada, homeowners are banned from using such pesticides on their lawns. "Banned from your backyard, but OK for your bed?" questioned Vasil.
In a statement, the maker, SC Johnson, said it is "committed to using sustainable ingredients in our products" and the products are "safe and effective when used as directed."
by April Anderson
Just Another Natural Nut
aka sodium caprylic sulfate, sodium capric sulfate, sodium oleic sulfate, sodium stearyl sulfate, sodium myreth sulfate, sodium dodecanesulfate, sodium monododecyl sulfate, to name a few
It's what gives you
all that 'lather'
but the label
says it's from
so it must
they took the
from the coconut
added a bunch of
not so natural
used the words
to make it
a 'feel good'
that is not natural
that is a company
to deceive you
so they can
use a cheaper
to create a
It all started with
so what are your thoughts about ...... and I was hooked. Researching became part of my daily life, helping others with their purchasing decisions and when it came to choosing what I brought in to my home and my business. Let's be honest change does happen through our purchasing power.