The “Stuff” I Use

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People ask me ALL the time what “healthier” personal care products do I use. So I decided to take a picture and let everyone know at one time on FB.  Since it was a popular post over there, I decided to put it here too.

These are currently my favorites. No, I’m not sponsored by any of these companies, but if they want to send me stuff, I’m all for it! I’ve tried making my own shampoos and lotions, but, I’ll leave that to the experts!

Here’s the list from left to right…

~Humphries Organic Witch Hazel– I use this the same like alcohol.  It’s also good for acne.
~Everyday Coconut Body Lotion– It’s a lightweight everyday lotion. If you need a heavy duty kick butt lotion, I use…
~Borage Therapy Lotion– This stuff is on the pricey side but worth every penny. Takes care of my driest of dries.
~Schmidt’s Deodorant and Native Deodorant– I’ve been going back and forth trying to figure out which I like better. The only thing about Native is that you can only get it online.
~Everyday Coconut Lip Balm– I like it because it’s smooth to put on. You know how some are like rubbing a cement sidewalk across your lips? Yeah, well, okay, a bit exaggerated! lol
~Dr. Roebuck’s Face Moisturizer- My newest find and I REALLY like it. I found it at Sephora’s and it’s a BIG jar for a good price. I’ve been using it for about 2ish months and, I don’t know, does the trick!
~Dirty Lil Mouth- BEST teeth whitening polish EVER! One jar is $25. WHAT?? It’s good for something like 150 uses. I only use it once every other day or so.
~Acure Shampoo & Conditioner- I like it. There are others, but I like this brand. Works for my hair and I don’t have to smell like fish and chips when I do the
vinegar/baking soda rinse! lol
~Kiss My Face Toothpaste– I use the no fluoride, but they do offer fluoride as well.
~Desert Essence Soap- Some soaps are super drying. This one isn’t.
~Trader Joe’s 100% Jojoba Oil- This is my every day go to. I use it to wash my face, take off makeup, soften dry elbows, add to my scalp when it’s dry, heal sunburn (I just got fried a couple weeks ago and found out that Jojoba is what the Native people used to soothe sunburns, I tried it and I DID NOT PEEL). LOVE this stuff.
~Tints Of Nature Hair Color– Finally found an alternative color that doesn’t feel like… YUCK. lol Seriously, some organic products are, for lack of better words, YUCKY. lol

Okay, that’s my list for you. I hope this helps and if you have products that you really like, leave a comment as I always like to check out different non toxic (for the most part) products. The more we know… Right?    TM 🙂

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The Many Facets of Change

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How do we get through the feelings of emptiness?  Well, first we must figure out what it is that makes us feel that way.  Is it a person that might not be there anymore?  Is it a routine that was a part of every day and now is no longer on the schedule?  Or maybe it might be something as simple as saying “hi” to a neighborhood pet that sat behind the fence and is now living indoors.  What do all these have in common?  Change.

The thing about change is that it has many meanings depending on how one looks at it.  It can create an empty feeling.  It can also be exciting and filled with possibilities.  It can be sad and at the same time be better for whatever the situation may be.  So to get through the empty period, we need to reflect on what it was, what we learned and where do we want to go from there.  Knowing that, we start heading towards a new way of thinking.  A new idea.  A new path.  A new routine.  A new… change.    TM ❤

 

 

 

 

Lessons Learned

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Everything is a lesson if we let it be.  The trick is to realize that it IS a learning and as we discover that with each lesson, we only get better and stronger.  As the lesson becomes more clear, patience develops and a calmness within takes place.  But we must be able to put our personal feelings aside to have an open mind to take in what we just learned.  Try it.  You’ll find a new understanding within.  Namaste & Aloha… TM ❤

Look Clearly

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Hello!  Remember you?  What?  Tracy, what are you talking about?  YOU.  Remember YOU.  Hmmm… okay, let me reword this…

When you first read my words, you thought I was gonna say, “remember me”, right?  So it confused, just for a bit, until the words that you are looking at this very moment, and now it is clear.

Life is like that.  We are currently living in a moment of thinking what we think it is, but then it isn’t and it’s a confusion, but just for a bit.  Step back, remember YOU, and now it is clear.  Make sense?  Message for today.  🙂

Namaste and Aloha Always ❤

A Map Can Help

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It has been WAY to long since I’ve put my thoughts down on this blog.  Time just runs away and next thing you know, just when I think I grabbed it by the tail, 7 months have gone by!  There’s so much I want to say and a series I want to finish (Overall Wellness vs. Cancer) and yet… ahhhh life!

Has it been that way for you too?  It feels very restless, or maybe the word I’m looking for is unrest?  So much energy is off balance and leaning too far right or maybe too far left is making us all feel a bit wobbly.

I’m so glad that I’m writing this as the words that are popping up on my screen are giving not just you a reminder, but for me as well.  What to do when life feels wobbly?  Reflect, deep breath, give thanks, and remember where we are going.

So with that, I’m going outside to put my feet in the grass and feel the sunshine on my skin and try to remember where I put that road map… TM ❤

Overall Wellness vs. Cancer- Part Five: How Much is on YOUR Skin?

img_1203Hi!  I’m so glad you came back!

Today I’m continuing with the Overall Wellness vs. Cancer series that I started at the end of August.  So far, we’ve gone over the importance of label reading, trust and the big brands, the so-called experts, and our food.  I still have many categories for this series and I will keep on writing until I’ve covered them all.  Ready for the next?  Here we go…

Personal care items.  What do we know about the products that we slather all over our bodies?  Did you know that most people put on around 150 toxic chemicals on their bodies before 9am?   From soaps to moisturizers, toothpaste, deodorants, hand sanitizers, mouth washes, makeup, sunscreens, shaving creams, nail polishes… There are a gagillion items we use in and on our bodies.  So let’s start from the top, our head…

We use shampoo, conditioners, hair color, hair spray, hair gel, what else?  Medicated shampoos, hair balm, perms, relaxers… Let’s think about this.  The stuff that goes on our head/hair it also affects our scalp, you know, the skin directly above and surrounding our brain?  Have you ever read the label for any of these products?  I promise, it’s like trying to read Greek!  Now think about this, skin, which is an organ on our body, absorbs.  So all those ingredients that we can’t pronounce or don’t know what it is… yup, our skin, including our scalp, absorbs whatever it is we put on it.

Next, products on our face.  Cleansing with soap or whatever items that’s used, moisturizers, toners, eye cream, shaving cream, sunscreen, cosmetics, lip balm, makeup remover, acne products, lighteners, eye lash growing serum… what else?  What am I missing?  I guess we could say that each of the items listed can have subcategories.  Again, have you read any of the labels for these items?  Same rules from above apply when it comes to skin absorption.

On to our body… Name the stuff we put on our skin with me, can you do it?  Let’s do it together.  Lotion, sunscreen, soap, baby oil, perfumes, powders, medicated creams like cortisone, neosporin,  and/or Bengay, acne body washes, lightening/bleach creams… That’s a LOT of stuff!  I’ll ask again… ever read the ingredient labels?  And remember, the skin absorbs!

Here are the extras that go on or in our bodies… Nails- Nail polish, nail polish remover, cuticle creams.  Feet- Foot creams, ointments and antifungals.  Underarms- deodorant or powders.  In the mouth- mouthwash, toothpaste, teeth whiteners, flavored floss, and plastic toothbrushes.  And another area that people don’t like to talk about, private parts.  There are medicated creams/ointments for those sensitive areas, front, and back.  Also, tampons and pads should be considered.  Yup, can you believe it?  Pesticide use in the cotton industry makes cotton susceptible to pesticide residue.  I dunno, just something to take into consideration.

Okay, did we do it?  I think we’ve covered most personal care products.  If you think of anything else, please share and put it in the comment section below as I’m always learning.  🙂

I knew there were a lot of stuff that we use on our bodies, but writing this post and listing them… geez, I didn’t realize how much is used on a daily basis!  I can name 12 items that I use on average almost daily.  How about you?  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) did a survey several years back and women use an average of 12 items which contains up to 168 unique ingredients!!  Not all ingredients are toxic, but unfortunately, with the amount of chemicals that we are exposed to, who’s to say what mixes and what doesn’t?  AND, there are certain common ingredients used in our personal care products that when combined, forms benzene, a known carcinogen!  Just in case you forgot what carcinogen means, here, as defined by Google… “A substance that is capable of causing cancer in living tissue.”

So.  We’re learning.  Together.  To understand Overall Wellness vs. Cancer doesn’t take a brain surgeon, or a rocket scientist.  It takes the willingness to learn, understand, and to make smart decisions based on what we’ve been talking about.  Poisons in our environment wether it’s in our own home or outside, or in the refrigerator, or medicine cabinet, shower, laundry room, backyard… When we pay attention with our eyes wide open and ask questions, we are able to clearly see what are the potential cancer causers and how to avoid them.

Personal care products are LOADED with chemicals and many people have no idea that these products may be a possible reason why they have a new rash on their arm or that their skin is absorbing a toxin that their body is reacting to.  Seriously, think about it, 150 plus ingredients on our skin every day?

Okay, so what can we do about it?  First thing first… it’s OVERWHELMING the amount of junk that we have to deal with, so take a deep breath!  I just did.  My best advice?  Take 10 minutes a day and start reading labels.  At first it feels like you’re reading a whole new language, and you are!  Here’s what to look for that may help while you’re trying to decipher the ingredients…

  • Look for the Nos- Meaning, look for “No” Sulfates or “No” Paraben… stuff like that.  The more Nos on the package, the better.
  • Look for organic ingredients or better yet, purchase products with the Organic Seal.
  • Don’t be fooled by the word “Natural” as it has become a catch-all word that doesn’t necessarily mean anything natural at all.
  • The less ingredients on the label, the better.
  • If you use phone apps, EWG has a Healthy Living app that can help you out.

It’s a lot, I know, but if we do a little something every day to broaden our ingredient language, it will get easier.  Everything we do, every choice we make, we CAN push cancer and other ailments away when we become aware of what it is that is in our every day environment, including our bodies.  TM ❤

 

~I am not a doctor, a scientist, or professional advisor.  I am a concerned citizen for our planet, the critters, and our children.  Everything I write is from my heart and the knowledge that I share is from many many hours of research.  TM

Overall Wellness vs. Cancer- Part One: Label Reading

Overall Wellness vs. Cancer- Part Two: Trust & the Big Brands

Overall Wellness vs. Cancer- Part Three: The Experts?

Overall Wellness vs. Cancer- Part Four: Food is Medicine

Letting Go…

img_3682The unlimited love and always giving nature of a Mother… where does the path take her when the breadcrumbs have been eaten or blown away?  The years of perfecting the role of a lifetime… it was never really perfection, but a constant watching of the weather.  Enjoying the sunshine on a clear day, and waiting for the storm to blow over and hoping for a rainbow the next.  Like a sailor with his telescope watching the sea, hoping to get a read of where the wind will take his boat.  Some arrive safely to shore, but not always.

Just when she thinks she’s found the manual, or rather, written the manual, revisions come at a quick pace.  Keeping up and trying not to fall behind, and yet… the hands holding onto the rope is slipping.  Does she just let go?  Maybe it’s time to let go.  How much can the heart endure knowing that the rope is near the end?  Time dwindles away with no rhyme or reason when a confusion is present.

Breathe.  Take several… large… deep breaths… Think.  The beautiful memories.  A small hand holding a larger, safe hand.  Showing the way… watching the weather together.  Unlimited love… always giving…  the path takes her to a lookout where she sees a rainbow over the horizon… TM ❤