Monday, October 7, 2013

Going Toxic Free

I figured if I have to cut corn, eggs, gluten, and dairy, and watch my intake of things like pork, why not go the whole way? So, with the hope it will help with my dry skin and sinus troubles, I've stopped using shampoo...and conditioner...and toothpaste, deodorant, and lotion. And I'm wishing I'd done it a lot sooner. Why? Well, let me list the reasons

1) Bye, bye shampoo!
  I never liked shampoo. Well, okay, I liked it, but I knew I was dependent on it-if I went more than 2 days without, my scalp got all itchy and my hair gross and crunchy and ugghh.
 I started out using a honey shampoo (1 Tbsp. honey, 3 Tbsp. water), but my hair was still fairly greasy looking. So I tried baking soda. Yup! My hair looks like I've used shampoo, feels great, and is basically awesome. It also takes about a quarter of the time to brush it out. Considering my waist-length hair, that feels like an accomplishment.
 Use one part baking soda, three parts water. Keep in mind that some people find it makes their hair feel limp if you use too much, too often

2) Deodorant
 No one likes to smell like sweat. Unfortunately, it still happens. Finding a deodorant that works for me usually means getting one that smells so strong people can't smell me over it. Reading up on Do-It-Yourself deodorant, they were talking about how your body sweats more when you use store-bought stuff because it's trying to rid itself of the toxin in it. Make sense? So, I mixed up a batch of deodorant. I don't smell anymore. It's pretty nice.
 Mix 1/3 c. Coconut oil, 1/3 c. Arrowroot powder, and 1 Tbsp. Baking soda. Mix until creamy-it may take a couple of minutes, but it works. You can store it in the fridge or on your dresser, but coconut oil may melt there ( your preference, really. It won't go bad) Original recipe

3) Toothpaste
 My dentist once told me to brush without toothpaste first, and then use toothpaste, because it was proven to clean your teeth better. 'Nough said? My teeth definitely feel and look cleaner than when I was using toothpaste. Just grab that dry toothbrush and scrub!  Worried about bad breath? I've heard that baking soda mouthwash works ( I haven't tried it yet)

4) Lotion
 I hate lotion. I have sensitive skin and anything with a whiff of scent makes my hands sting. So I use coconut oil. That's really all there is to it.

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