A wealth of resources is available for those looking for healthy options with proven benefits. Many popular products on the market are full of harmful ingredients and it is to our benefit to look up any ingredient that we haven’t heard of — if there are a number of those, it may be better to look for an alternative product. Beneath a pretty label could be an array of harmful ingredients.
COSMETICS AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
The best thing to do before you buy anything is to take your smartphone out and look up any ingredients that sound like gibberish. There are websites that provide easy access to ingredient information such as Material Safety Data Sheets MSDSonline and the Environmental Working Group.
After spending countless hours researching products and ingredients, a few companies made the cut. If you stumbled upon something you would recommend, send us a note.
Personal Care: Essential Oxygen, Tom’s of Main, Alba Botanica, Dr. Bronner’s, Andalou Naturals, Jason, Aubrey, Crystal deodorants, personal favorites Piper Wai deodorants and Bumble Trees skin care products.
Beauty Products: Dr. Hauschka
Our Own Products on Etsy: etsy.com/shop/OrganicWorldClub
All commercial products usually contain stabilizers and other additives. The best thing to do is buy raw organic ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, coconut butter, essential oils, etc. and find recipes to make your own.
* We live in a dynamic marketplace where companies get bought and sold and ingredients get changed. It’s a good practice to check on those labels regularly.
Essential oils get their own section because they are an incredible gift for wellness if made well. Unfortunately, the marketplace is flooded with “fakes” that contain a miniscule amount of actual essential oil diluted in cheaper oil.
What is essential oil?
The essential oils are aromatic liquid substances extracted from various parts of certain plants: leaves, flowers, fruits, stems, roots, trees, etc. They are highly concentrated very potent and powerful extracts and should be used with caution and knowledge.
The essential oils contain different chemical compounds — monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, monoterpenols, sesquiterpenols, aldehydes, esters, oxides, ketones, and phenols. These compounds determine their therapeutic properties.
Uses: Aromatherapy, Massage Therapy, Cooking, Cosmetics, Veterinary, Gardening
Extraction methods: The most popular way to produce essential oils are Steam distillation, Carbon Dioxide extraction or Cold Press.
How to find a good essential oil?
Don’t confuse essential oils with regular oils like olive oil. In their pure form they are not oily as regular oils (very important when buying). A few brands we trust are Stillpoint Aromatics, Apothecary Herbs, and Mountain Rose Herbs.
For those who are looking answer beyond the “traditional” medicine, there are many resources readily available. Unfortunately, it takes a great deal of effort to dig through drug advertisements to find reliable alternatives — holistic, homeopathic or herbal. There are alternative options your doctor may not tell you about because they might have not covered those in medical school.
For natural medical information, visit Green Med Info — it is a reference database on over 30K topics. Other resources that go in depths on many holistic topics are: Truth About Cancer, Gerson’s Therapy, Dr. Burzynski. The wholistic doctors we trust are Dr. Blum at the Blum Center for Health and Dr. Salzman at Scarsdale Homeopathy.
You can also search Google for homeopathic doctors in your area.
The Truth About Cancer documentaries provide a wealth of resources and information on various health topics including cancer prevention and alternative treatment.