Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps, what’s the story?

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I haven’t had the chance to post in a while because I’d rather post when I have something really important to share than to just waste your time with random posts!

So Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps have been all the rage on social media lately, and so I’ve jumped on board to see what all the fuss is about!

I ordered a Himalayan Pink Salt Nightlight Lamp and for the past few days have been using it in my bedroom. Ever since I’ve started using the nightlight salt lamp, I’ve noticed that my sleep is more restful, so much so, that I don’t want to get up!  (I suffer from sleep issues since I work a night shift and have broken sleep, and due to irregular sleep patterns, usually feel tired all the time.)

I decided to do some research as to the effects of using a Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp and found the following interesting bits of information!

Here are 8 benefits to using Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps:

  1. They neutralize electromagnetic radiation;
  2. They purify the air;
  3. They reduce asthma and allergy symptoms;
  4. They improve breathing;
  5. They increase energy levels;
  6. They help you sleep better;
  7. They help improve your mood; and
  8. They help reduce stress and increase performance.

“Natural living proponents and other fans of Himalayan Pink Salt lamps (HPS lamps) claim that the negative salt ions released by heating can boost blood flow, improve sleep, increase levels of serotonin in the brain, and calm allergy or asthma symptoms.” Oct 3, 2015

Source:  http://www.criticalcactus.com/himalayan-pink-salt-lamp-health-benefits/

According to Power of Positivity, Himalayan Salt Lamps can also help with anxiety issues:

“In our world overrun with technology, it seems that anxiety and stress have been on the rise for quite some time. We have talked about many natural remedies for anxiety before, but we’d like to mention the Himalayan salt lamp as a viable solution for anxiety today. Wireless technology emits positive ions into the environment, which cause our systems to become imbalanced, and increase stress and anxiety. Negative ions found in nature help to keep anxiety and stress at bay, which explains why many of us feel more energized and alert while outside.”

Source:  https://www.powerofpositivity.com/heres-how-salt-lamps-are-helping-people-with-anxiety/

And the Daily Health Post writes that the molecules in Himalayan Salt Lamps can help increase levels of serotonin:

“These molecules increase levels of serotonin, a mood-altering chemical that fights depression, stress, and low energy.  According to WebMD, negative ions “are created in nature as air molecules break apart due to sunlight, radiation, and moving air and water.” (1). Sep 9, 2016″

Source: https://dailyhealthpost.com/himalayan-salt-lamp-benefits/

With all the benefits I’ve found about using Himalayan Pink Salt lamps, I think I’ll invest in ordering one for my desk at work, another nightlight for my daughter’s room and one for the living room!

Just a quick note.  When shopping for a Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp, be sure to pick the appropriate size for your room:

  • 3-5 pound salt lamp for 8×8 sq. feet
  • 6-8 pound salt lamp for 10×10 sq. feet
  • 10-12 pound salt lamp for 12×12 sq. feet
  • 13-15 pound salt lamp for 14×14 sq. feet
  • 18-20 pound salt lamp for 15×15 sq. feet
  • 22-30 pound salt lamp for 16×16 feet
  • 32-40 pound salt lamp for 20×20 feet
  • 45-60 pound salt lamp for 25×25 feet

And also be wary of fakes!

5 Signs Your Himalayan Salt Lamp Is Fake
#1 – It’s White And Cost Next To Nothing
#2 – It’s Super Heavy… Yet It Emits Light Well
#3 – It’s Indestructible
#4 – The Lamp Handles Moisture Well
#5 – Nothing Changes

Source:  https://www.davidwolfe.com/5-signs-himalayan-salt-lamp-fake/

You can order Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps on Amazon.com but please do your research and make sure they are the real deal in order to reap their wonderful benefits!

Amazon Link:  Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps

Sources:
http://www.criticalcactus.com/himalayan-pink-salt-lamp-health-benefits/
https://www.powerofpositivity.com/heres-how-salt-lamps-are-helping-people-with-anxiety/
https://dailyhealthpost.com/himalayan-salt-lamp-benefits/
http://www.bewellbuzz.com/wellness-buzz/himalayan-salt-lamp-health-benefits/
https://www.davidwolfe.com/5-signs-himalayan-salt-lamp-fake/

Disclaimer:  “The views and opinions expressed in this article are my own and those of the respective authors.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

Summer, Bugs and Bug Spray

In few weeks summer will be officially here and with it comes, you guessed it mosquitoes! I HATE mosquitoes but they seem to LOVE me!  Because of my “sweet blood” I have to be extra careful when I travel to tropical places like Florida or Puerto Rico, especially with the Zika and Chikungunya viruses being so widespread in those tropical climates.

I want to protect myself, but I also don’t want to drench myself in a chemical bath of DEET containing insect repellents.

Here are the dangers of using DEET:

“Every year, approximately one-third of the U.S. population uses insect repellents containing DEET to ward off mosquitoes and other pests. At present, DEET is used in more than 230 products with concentrations up to 100 percent.

However, DEET should be used with caution due to its possible damaging effects on brain cells. Studies have shown that DEET causes brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use. This exposure causes neurons to die in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory, and concentration. Rats treated with an average human dose of DEET (40 mg/kg body weight) performed far worse when challenged with physical tasks requiring muscle control, strength and coordination. These findings are consistent with reported human symptoms following DEET’s use by the military in the Persian Gulf War.

With heavy exposure to DEET and other insecticides, humans may experience memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors and shortness of breath. These symptoms may not be evident until months or even years after exposure. The most severe damage occurs when DEET is used concurrently with other insecticides, such as permethrin, for prolonged and frequent periods of time. At this time, there is little information about the short-term, singular and occasional use of DEET. Further government testing of the chemical’s safety is necessary. However, frequent and long-term use of DEET, especially in combination with other chemicals or medications, could cause brain deficits in vulnerable populations, particularly children.

Until further studies are done, it is important to be cautious when using this insecticide.
(Source: http://www.quantumhealth.com/pages/use-caution-when-using-deet)

Thankfully I’ve found a great solution to keep those pesky mosquitoes off of me!  It’s a homemade bug spray courtesy of NYR Organic products!  It’s a well-known fact that mosquitoes and other pests do not like the smell of Eucalyptus and Lemon so I’ve found an all natural solution to my buggy problem!

What you’ll need:

Home Made Bug Spray

Dilute 24-45 drops of Eucalyptus Organic Essential Oil into the Lemon & Coriander Deodorant (use fewer drops for children, pregnant women or if you have sensitive skin) and use your chemical free bug spray before going outdoors!

Stay healthy, safe and bug free this summer!

-Yasmin

Summer’s Coming! Which Means We Need Sunscreen!

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Memorial Day weekend (which happens to be this upcoming weekend!) marks the unofficial start of the summer season!  Going to the beach, hitting the pool, outdoor BBQ’s and enjoying the nice warm and sunny weather!

That means we’re going to need some sun protection, but did you know that not all sunscreens are safe?

According to EWG, Neutrogena is the number one sunscreen to avoid!

“Neutrogena’s advertising hype is further from reality than any other major brand we studied. It claims to be the “#1 dermatologist recommended suncare brand, yet all four products highlighted on Neutrogena’s suncare web page rate 7, in the red – worst – zone in our database,” says EWG.

Not only do many Neutrogena sunscreens contain harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and methylisothiazolinone… but their advertised SPF levels of over 70 have been debunked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to the federal department, SPF levels max out at about 50. Europe, Australia and Japan have already banned brands from advertising SPF levels over 50.

EWG states 80 per cent of Neutrogena sunscreens contain oxybenzone, “a hormone-disrupting sunscreen filter” and 33 per cent contain retinyl palmitate, “a form of vitamin A linked to skin damage”.

Source: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/06/neutrogena-sunscreen-toxic-avoid/

But we need sun protection and we know that any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen at all, so what’s a health conscious, trying to live toxic free, girl to do?

Check out EWG’s Best Sunscreens list, that’s what!

Since I am a research queen, I’ve done the research for you!  Here is a list of the best Beach & Sport sunscreens that are safer than Neutrogena!  https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-beach-sport-sunscreens/

If you don’t want to search the entire comprehensive list, here are my top five picks!
(Click on Best Score 1 to view the in-depth report from the EWG database.)

  1. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen – Best Score 1. (Price Range $)
  2. Juice Beauty Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30 – Best Score 1. (Price Range $)
  3. Thinksport for Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+ – Best Score 1. (Price Range $)
  4. Beautycounter Protect All Over Sunscreen, SPF 30 – Best Score 1. (Price Range $$)
  5. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30 – Best Score 1. (Price Range $$)

I’ve made sure to select only the brands that had a score of 1 which is the best score you can have for both Sun Protection (UVA/UVB Balance) and Health Concerns.

Have a happy and healthy summer season!

Natural Insect Repellant can protect from mosquito bites without adding toxins to the body

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  • Lemon oil
  • Neem Oil
  • Citronella oil
  • Clove oil

Clove oil can be irritation unless used in dilutions under 24%. Lemon oil can be used in a 10-30% concentration.

What are the toxic ingredients in some commercially available insect repellants?

Picaridin, IR3535, and N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide and N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide or diethyltoluamide are common ingredients added to commercial mosquito repellants. N-Diethyl-meta-toluamideis sold as DEET. DEET is an insect repellant that has been in use since 1957, after the US government invented it during World War II. It has been considered relatively safe, causing only skin and eye irritation as side effects. The EPA states that DEET is “not classifiable as a human carcinogen” however, there is some concern that it may cause damage to nerves. In addition, the safety tests for DEET and other insect repelling chemicals were done with a specific concentration per application.

Where to find commercially available insect repellants with natural ingredients

Many specialty groceries now carry natural insect repellants. You may even find them in pharmacies. Look for brands that don’t contain Picaridin, IR3535, and N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide, (also known as DEET). Many new products are being introduced do to customer demand.

About the author:

Melanie Grimes, CCH, is a writer, health educator and homeopath. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. She has taught at Bastyr University and lectured internationally. Follow her blog at MelanieGrimes.com. To order professional quality vitamins, visit her online vitamin shop at https://www.healthwavehq.com/welcome/mgrimes.

Sources include: http://www.naturalnews.com/028945_mosquito_bites_essential_oils.html#ixzz49UwmuueM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15119071

Original Article can be found at:  http://blogs.naturalnews.com/natural-insect-repellant-can-protect-mosquito-bites-without-adding-toxins-body/

 

Why Antiperspirants Stink!

antiperspirant-smell-worse-fbAntiperspirants make you stink!  Yes you read that sentence correctly!  In my journey of living a more natural and less toxic life, I’ve encountered a few posts about using switching from antiperspirants to natural deodorant. This is due to the fact that the aluminum in antiperspirants/deodorants can increase your risk of breast cancer because the lymph nodes in your underarms are so close to your breast tissue.  So I put on my research hat and went to work!

First off what makes antiperspirant work?  Antiperspirant works by blocking your pores to prevent sweating.  So your thinking that’s cool I want to stay dry and fresh.  Yes, but in using this type of deodorant you are actually altering the microbiome in your armpits and upsetting your natural bacterial balance.

“Researchers at Ghent University in Belgium recently found that when people use antiperspirant, diversity of bacteria in their armpits changes, as does their numbers. “Your armpit microbiome is altered considerably when you wear antiperspirant,” says Chris Callewaert, the study author, who goes by the name Dr. Armpit (yes, really). “It can contain more of the corynebacteria, and can thus make your armpit odor more unpleasant.”

“Once you stop using antiperspirant, your microbiome will return to its original, rose-smelling self in a couple weeks.”

(Source: http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/link-between-antiperspirant-and-increased-body-odor)

But sometimes when you do stop using antiperspirant and switch to natural deodorant it doesn’t keep you from smelling fresh, so you go back to using antiperspirant because you think “well natural doesn’t work for me”.  And that’s how the antiperspirant companies stay in business, because they have you thinking natural won’t work.   But there is a way to make the switch to natural and make it work with just a few steps!

This first thing you need to do is an armpit detox.  This will help restore the natural balance of bacteria in your armpits by helping you rid yourself of the toxins that are clogging your pores and making you smell. Here is a great recipe I found online:

DIY Armpit Detox Recipe

To reverse the effects on long-term deodorant use, try this homemade armpit detox. It will also help control the bacteria that causes body odor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay
  • 3 drops of rosemary essential oil (optional)
  • 5 drops of cilantro essential oil (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix apple cider vinegar and clay in a large bowl.
  2. Add essential oils and mix until smooth. (you can skip this step if you don’t have any essential oils on hand)
  3. To use, spread a thin layer on your armpits and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wash off using a damp cloth and repeat daily for a week.

(Source: http://dailyhealthpost.com/how-to-detox-your-armpits-in-7-days-to-prevent-breast-cancer/.Vq-VWOUsvKc.facebook)

After you’ve done your armpit detox for 7 days, look for a deodorant that will inhibit the growth of odor smelling bacteria.

I use the Crystal Body Deodorant Stick which is a mineral rock you wet and apply under clean underarms.  (The Crystal Body Deodorant Stick can be purchased at any retail pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens.)  I follow that with the NYR Organic Lavender and Tea Tree Body Powder for that extra layer of protection!  The combination of Lavender and Tea Tree are known to inhibit odor smelling bacteria and the powder absorbs wetness. (You can purchase the body powder at: https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/yasmincespedes/area/shop-online/category/body-powders/product/1217/lavender-and-tea-tree-body-powder-2-65-oz/)

NYR Organic also has a line of natural deodorant sprays.  You can check them out at: https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/yasmincespedes/area/shop-online/category/deodorant/

It’s extremely important when making the switch from antiperspirant to natural deodorant to detox first in order to unclog those pores and restore your balance!  I can’t stress that enough!  In just a few days you’ll notice a difference after detoxing.  You will start to smell less offensive, even without the use of deodorant!

Run your antiperspirant through the EWG.org SkinDeep database and find out the level of toxicity on your antiperspirant and then make the switch to natural!

Stay Healthy!

Yasmin Cespedes

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6/10/16

Quick update!  I’ve switched from the Crystal Body Deodorant Stick to the NYR Organic Lavender & Aloe Deodorant Spray along with the Lavender & Tea Tree Body Powder and it seems to work better for me than the mineral rock!

You can get your natural deodorant and powder at: https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/yasmincespedes/area/shop-online/category/body/

Thanks!

Yasmin

 

 

 

 

Healthy Living Just Got Easier!

Yesterday I shared with you the EWG.org website where you can lookup products to learn about their toxicity level.  What if I told you, that you can now harness that power in the palm of your hand?

Well you can!  It’s called “EWG’s Healthy Living App” and it is a great resource to have when going shopping.  It is available for download on both Apple and Android platforms!

All you have to do is open the app on your smartphone and scan the bar code of the product.  The app will then give you a rating and you can make an informed decision on whether or not to purchase the item or look for a better one!

To learn more about the app please visit http://www.ewg.org/apps/.

You should also check out their YouTube video at https://youtu.be/mYIurYTifjA to see the app in action!

Happy Shopping!

Stay Healthy and God Bless! – Yasmin

EWG Farming Petition

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“We cannot get enough organics to stay in business day in and day out.” – Costco CEO Craig Jelinek

“It’s time Congress took action to meet the rising demand for healthy, affordable food: Sign the petition today to help us reach 50,000 people demanding a greater investment in organic farming!” – EWG.org

Sign the EWG Farm Petition it’s time we made our voices heard!  We want healthy and natural grown fruits and vegetables without GMOs!