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Posted by Isabelle Louis XVI on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • Coconut Water Kefir

    Coconut water is the liquid found in coconut. We often mistakenly confuses this product with the coconut milk which comes from a mixture of coconut water and pulp. In addition to being tasty, coconut water has some very interesting properties. This water, which is filtered directly from the earth, naturally contains electrolytes. It is hydrating, alkalinizing, isotonic and rich in minerals. It is often nicknamed the natural “Gatorade”!

    Did you know that coconut is actually the seed of the coconut (palm tree). This seed is very tough and it can travel very long distance. It can even float on the water and cross an entire ocean to end up on some other shore to plant its seed. The water inside is made of fresh steril water that will help nourish the germ of the coconut tree. In Sanskrit, coconuts are called “kalpa vriksha” which means “tree that gives all that is necessary to live”

    – 93.5% water
    – 2 to 3.91% glucose
    – vitamins from the B & C group
    – some mineral salts (calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, sulfur, zinc) but significant quantities of potassium and sodium.

    Potassium: 250 ml of coconut water alone contain 600-700 mg of potassium, which represents one-third of the recommended daily intake (RDA). Potassium is anti-acid, promotes recovery after exercise, avoids muscle cramps and contributes to bone health with its calcium and magnesium acolytes. Potassium neutralizes the effect of sodium in the body, helping to reduce blood pressure.

    Did you know that the term isotonic drink means that the concentration of electrolytes is close to that of the blood, so that the drink restores as soon as possible the imbalances following exertion (dehydration, mineral losses, blood glucose …)

    Did you also know that during the 1941-1945 Pacific War, the two parties in conflict regularly used coconut water, pressed directly from the hull, to make emergency plasma transfusions to the wounded soldiers. Read more … FAO sources

    Why Kefir?

    Kefir is extremely easy to make and will convert sugar that is found in coconut water into an excellent source of probiotics. These bacteria promote bowel health and aid in the fragile equilibrium of the intestinal microflora. In addition, kefir is a formidable tool to fight candida albican.

    Recipe for Coco Water Kefir:

    • 2 young coconut. If you are not able to find fresh coconuts, you can also use canned coconut water. Use absolutely unpasteurized water if not it will not ferment. Vita coco is a good choice. You will need about 1 liter.
    • 1 sachet of Kefir Starter
    • 1 Glass jar to keep coconut water kefir
    • 1 sieve

    Instructions:

    Open the top of your coconut so you can remove the precious water inside

     

     

     

    Be very careful and pay attention to your fingers. Make 3-4 knife strokes on top of the nut by turning it lightly each time. I use a machete knife, but a chef knife could easily do the trick.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Empty coconut water into a cauldron

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If the water is cold, heat at very low temperature, about 1 minute, to bring the coconut water to a temperature of about 31-32 degrees Celsius or 92 F.

    The water should not boil, only be tempered otherwise it will kill the bacteria when you add the kefir starter and it will not ferment. If you insert a finger, you should not feel heat or cold.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pour the kefir into a glass container, use a sieve to remove any traces of nuts, seeds or fibers.

    Do not keep in a plastic container. Please, stop using plastic to keep your food. Plastic contains forms of xenoestrogen which are harmful to your health.  Plus, it’s not good for the environnent. Use a mason jar or just reuse the glasses containers from your jams, tomato sauce, etc …

     

     

     

     

    Add activating powder to Kefir

    You can easily find them in natural health stores or online: http://www.yogourmet.com/ca-en/kefir-starter-culture

    I love Donna Gates’ kefir culture. It contains a little more bacterial culture: http://bodyecology.com/digestive-health-kefir-starter.html#sns_tab_products2

    If you are not able to get some Kefir starter, you can take 4-5 probiotic capsules, open them and pour the powder inside of the coconut water. Make sure your probiotics contain acidophilus and bifidus.

    Stir it up with a wooden spoon, this will awaken our bacteria friends.

    Let the party begin!

     

     

     

    Next, store the mixture in a cabinet for 24 to 36 hours. Make sure that the resting place is not too cold. The ideal temperature should be around 21-22 degrees Celsius (70-75 F). This will promote better fermentation. This process will alter the taste of coconut water and the final taste will be tart/sour.  When ready, your coconut kefir will have a cloudy appearance.  It is now time to transfer your kefir water to the refrigerator. The fridge will stop the fermentation process.

    Your healthful, refreshing and sparkling beverage will last about 1 to 2 weeks.

     

     

     

     

    There will be no more sugar at the end of the fermentation process. The bacteria will have converted all the sugar into probiotics necessary for health. These probiotics, when ingested, will do the same things in your body! Isn’t it great? Thus, the water of kefir is an excellent beverage to privilege when one is struggling with a problem of candida.

    When you start drinking fermented products, start slowly but regularly. Start with a small dose after each meal. You may feel an early discomfort (stomach aches), but as you are getting more use to it, you can increase the dose.

    You can use it as a base for your morning “smooties”. Give it a flavor, add celery, cucumber, tomatoes, lime, etc. … ..

     

     

     

    Health benefit Coconut Kefir:

    Promotes healthy digestive system:

    • Facilitates digestion of meals (after)
    • Cleans, tones and detoxifies intestines
    • Reduces flatulence and bloating
    • Contribution of beneficial bacteria and yeasts to intestinal microbiota
    • Helps control sugar cravings
    • Beneficial for the health of the liver

    Promotes the elimination and metabolism of toxins

    • Can help reduce joint pain
    • Supports Endocrine System

    Supports and has a positive effect on the health of the endocrine system

    • Support for the regularity of women’s mens periods
    • Reversing Early Menopauses

    Supports heart health

    • A study published in 2012 “Medicinal Food Journal” found that coconut water (young and mature) had a positive impact on lipid metabolism, and it could inhibit the increase in total cholesterol. That is to say LDL, triglycerides and low density lipoproteins (VLDL).

    Thanks to the cytokines found in this water, the latter can have anti-age properties very interesting for the cells and the tissues.

    What should you do with the flesh?

     

     

    Remove the coconut meat with a spatula. “I love my vitamix spatula to do this task.” Scrape round the coconut with your spatula to make the flesh take off.

     

     

     

     

     

    Then you just have to remove it slowly. You can use this flesh for your “smooties”, to make coconut milk, to eat like that. It is delicious!

     

     

     

     

    What if your coconut is pink?

    The flesh of your cocoa should be white. If it is greyish, do not use and discard water and pulp.

    However if the flesh is pink, this does not mean that the coconut is not good. The pink in coconut water or in the pulp is not dangerous and it does not mean that the coconut is contaminated. This is caused by the antioxidant activity of the phenolic compounds naturally present in the coconut. These phenolic compounds sometimes react with certain enzymes present in the coconut and transform the water and the flesh of it into a pink color. This can also be caused by contact with oxygen. It is a natural oxidation process.

    In any case, always use your common sense. If the smell is suspicious, do not use and discard the coconut and its juice.

    I hope you enjoyed this post

    Have a wonderful healthy day!  Lets drink to that!

    Isabelle Votre Amie Essentielle

     

    Références:

    https://www.plantes-et-sante.fr/decouvrir/l-eau-de-coco-isotonique-et-alcalinisante

    http://www.phytomania.com/cocotier.htm

    https://www.exoticsuperfoods.com/pages/sample-page

    http://thesesante.ups-tlse.fr/1635/1/2016TOU32103.pdf

    Isabelle Votre Amie Essentielle

     

  • DIY: Fruits and Veggies Natural Wash

    When should we wash our fruits and vegetables?

    When I get back from the market, my bags are always filled with fruits and vegetables.

    I always take the trouble to wash them well before putting them into the refrigerator, even if they are organic. Some will say that it is better to wash them only at the time of use, but at home, I do it when arriving and I never had a conservation problem for my food. Moreover, so I assure myself that my little ones will not eat an apple that has never been washed.

    Did you know that root vegetables are often the most affected by pesticides, as during the spraying, some of the pesticides enter the soil.

    Why wash our fruits and vegetables?

    First, to remove any dirt, dust and insects that could end up on it. But also to remove much of the pesticides / herbicides that would most likely still be on their surface. A good wash will also have the benefit of eliminating the parasites that could be on our food.

    Many of our fruits and vegetables also have a layer of wax. Personally, I do not want to eat this layer of wax, do you?

    As we have lives at 100 km / hr, this task must not be complicated.

    Here’s how I do it: I have the children do it.  It’s so convenient and it’s totally legal.  Above all, you have to take advantage of it, because they love to help me… Anyway … for now they do!

    My recipe:

    • Filled the sink halfway with water
    • Add 1 1/2 cup White Vinegar
    • 1/2 cup Sodium Bicarbonate **
    • 5 drops of lemon essential oil
    • Mix well and add fruit and vegetables.Soaking time?

    ** When I add sodium bicarbonate to the mixture of vinegar and water, a “Volcan” emulsion is created and the children love every time.

    Brush fruits and vegetables that have hard skin like apples, carrots, lemons, oranges, cucumbers … Use a brush that you reserve for this purpose only. 😉

    Do not soak for too long. 15 minutes is enough. If we leave them in the water for too long, this will reduce the nutritional value of our food.

    Be sure to wipe food thoroughly before storing in the refrigerator.

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    Instructions and relevant information

    I take good care to clean my sink beforehand. A few sprays from my Thieves cleanser is enough. Then I fill the sink halfway with fresh water.

    White vinegar

    Vinegar has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. Its active ingredients: 5% acetic acid

    The latter prevents the proliferation of certain pathogens such as: Clostridium botulinum, Salmonella, Listeria, Staphylococcus, Escherichia coli

    The vinegar is biodegradable, non-toxic, inexpensive and above all effective.

    I also use white vinegar as laundry softener!

    Baking Soda doesn’t contain Aluminium

    There is absolutely no need to buy organic / organic sodium bicarbonate. According to some, sodium bicarbonate would contain aluminum. This is not true, sodium bicarbonate is made of 100% sodium bicarbonate (natural or synthetic).

    Is it possible that all of this started because Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda says Aluminum-Free on the cardboard ??? I believe that this is the case. It seems to me that if it is indicated on a product that it does not contain aluminum, it certainly must means that the other brands contain it, right?

    In short, it is an urban legend and sodium bicarbonate contains only sodium bicarbonate. That being said, the good little cow will do.

    However, when buying Baking powder, make sure that it does not contain aluminum, as it often contains aluminum as an acid.

    The baking powder is actually a 2 in 1. It contains both sodium bicarbonate and an acidic compound. In some cases, this type of baking powder contains one more ingredient: sodium aluminum sulphate (SAS) So be sure to read the list of ingredients before buying your baking powder.

    http://www.inspection.gc.ca/aliments/residus-chimiques-microbiologie/rapports-d-enquete-sur-la-salubrite-des-aliments/2016-11-10/aluminium-dans-la-poudre-a-pate-les-melanges-a-pat/fra/1478624024123/1478624064460

    Lemon Essential Oil YLTG

    Here are some interesting properties about Lemon EO.  Make sure that the essential oil you use is of excellent quality and has not been adulterated.

    • Helps reduce symptoms of colds and coughs
    • In aromatherapy, stimulates and awakens the senses
    • stain remover
    • Excellent for skin care (be careful about the sun, as the citrus HE can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight)
    • Excellent cleaning agent
    • I add 2 drops in my dishwasher to eliminate odors
    • I also use it to degrease and remove the stickers that my children have placed everywhere!
    • In my recipe, it helps to help eliminate waxes.

    Did you know that it takes about 3000 lemons to produce 1 kilo of lemon essential oil? It is better to ensure that these lemons have not been watered with pesticides …

     

     

    We can also prepare a small spray for immediate use by mixing 2 tbsp of sodium bicarbonate, 3 drops of essential oils of lemon (the eo will dissolved on sodium bicarbonate), 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water. It is poured into a bowl and stirred until the bicarbonate is dissolved into water mixture. The resulting solution is then kept in a spray bottle.  Tada!

     

     

    List of 12 Fruits and Vegetables most affected by pesticides

    Have you ever heard of the Dirty 12 and Clean 15 list?

    This is a list to which I refer regularly. According to EWG (Environmental Working Group) this list represents the fruits and vegetables that are the most and least affected/contaminated by the use of pesticides.

    Pesticides are extremely toxic and we certainly do not want to add them to our diet. However, it is not always possible to buy our foods ”Organics”.  In this case, it is always best to refer to the Dirty 12 & Clean 15 list to make our choices. If the food you want to buy is in the dirty 12 lists, then it would be better to privilege the organic version, while the foods on the clean list, may very well do the trick if they are not organic.

    And above all, never forget to wash your food well, no matter where they come from….unless it’s from your grden.  I little dirt never hurt anyone!!!

    You can even print this list and keep it in your wallet. Use it as a guide and reference when making purchases.

    Print Dirty 12 and Clean 15 list

    I wish you all a yummy veggie day.

    Isabelle Votre Amie Essentielle

  • Harsh and Toxic chemical overload

    Is it possible to embrace technology, while maintaining a sustainable way of life?
    What is the life of our future generations going to look like?
    What are the repercussions of our actions today on their futures?

    Did you know that native Americans always asked themselves this question before making a move? In fact, he was still wondering what impact their actions would have on the next 7 generations to come. What will be the impact of my gesture today on my children, my grandchildren, my great grandchildren, etc …  – Origins 

    In the United States alone, we produce 74 billion pounds of synthetic chemical PER DAY. That’s 250 lbs / person / day. And that does not include pharmaceuticals, pesticides, fuel and food preservatives. Would you like to explain what we are doing ???? The worst part of all this is that the majority of these chemical molecules have never been tested to verify their safety. We eat them in small quantities every day, we apply them on our skin, we breathe them, we sleep in them, we literally swim in it …

    Did you know that about 287 chemical components were discovered in the umbilical cord blood of a nascent baby? -Origins

    Did you know that the polluted air of China, the smog of China takes about 7 days to make it over our houses? NASA has made this observation thanks to their satellite. -Origins

     In only 2-3 generation, we completely dissociated from the planet. We were created by nature, we are an integral part of nature, but in recent years we have moved away from and dissociated ourselves from it and from the way we are supposed to live. Instead of living in harmony with our planet and nature, we have become predators and it is quite possible that soon, if we do not reflect on how we act and do not change our way of life, we will become parasites For our planet.

    Let’s try to understand what’s going on. In 2017, people no longer have the vivacity of yesterday, they are stressed, tired, obese, infertile, sick.

    Of all these chemicals that are created every day, many of them are known for their adverse effects on our health. They can be irritating, cause allergenic reactions, some are endocrine disruptors, others damage and affect the functioning of the mitochondria, there are even that are potential carcinogens. The residues of these chemicals that are often found in our sewers also have an impact on terrestrial, aquatic wildlife and on the quality of our drinking water. There is a very large chain of reactions following the use of these products.

    Here is a list of the chemicals most used and known. I hope this information will lead you to reflect on your actions and your future purchases. As I always say “Money talk” Express yourself when shopping, choose products that are less harmful and less toxic to you and the environment. This sends a clear and direct message to the industry. This is the best way to tell them that we do not want this kind of product and they will have to adjust to our demands and do better. It is always possible to do better.

    When we don’t succeed in life, it’s not because of the lack of resources, it’s your lack of RESOURCEFULNESS that stops you.  -Tony Robbins

    And most importantly, learn to read the labels when you buy a product.

    Suppose I asked you to close your eyes and that I was going to give you something to eat. I do not tell you what it is, but I inform you that it is possibly poison, would you let me do it? Of course not. Well that’s exactly what you do every time you put in your grocery cart products you do not have a clue what they contain. Today I will help you to demystify all this.

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    HERE IS A LIST OF CHEMICALS TO AVOID.

    BHA and BHT

    These are synthetic antioxidants, they help ensure that oils do not rancid too quickly. They are used as preservatives. They are suspected of interfering with hormonal functions, being carcinogenic (BHA) and being harmful to fish and wildlife.

    The state of California requires that warning labels on products containing BHA, tell consumers that this ingredient can cause cancer.

    It includes: Moisturizing products, make-up, lipstick, chips, vegetable oils, nut butters, chewing gum

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    What is an Endocrine Disruptor: These are chemical substances of synthetic origin and very rarely of natural origin, which can interfere with the functioning of our hormonal system. They can have a detrimental effect on the communication power of our hormones. Even a minimal amount, but with prolonged use, may suffice to disrupt your hormonal system and affect your health and reproductive system.

    It is often referred to as Xeno-estrogen. Xeno means: Stranger. They are found regularly in our beauty products. Do not confuse Xeno-estrogen which usually comes from petroleum derivative or synthetic molecule and Phytoestrogens which are a natural molecule derived from plants. It will certainly be another topic.

    Here are some examples of endocrine disruptor: BPA, BHA, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIETHYL PHTHALATE, OXYBENZONE, PARABENS, PHATALATES, TRICLOSAN. This list is unfortunately not exhaustive: it is highly probable that as new studies appear, new endocrine disruptors will be discovered.

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    Petrolatum

    It is a mineral oil jelly obtained from petroleum, it is a semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbon. The European Union classifies it in the section of carcinogens.

    It is used as a barrier to block skin moisture. It is found in several moisturizing products, some hair products (for shine), in lip balms, etc …

    Did you know that the second ingredient in the Glaxal Sensitive Skin Moisturizer recommended to me by my children’s pediatrician is Petrolatum, followed by Cetearyl alcohol (OK) and Parrafinum liquidum …. Super! -Me

    So I decided to make my own cream.

    The dyes (P-PHENYLENEDIAMINE)

    Be on the lookout for P-PHENYLENEDIAMINE and the dyes identified by “CI” followed by five digits. Dyes starting with “CI 1 ….” are particularly to be avoided.

    They could be carcinogenic and contain heavy metals toxic to the brain. It is an allergenic too.

    Para-phenylenediamine is a dye derived from the coal tar used in some hair dyes, the darkest dyes contain more than the clear. Coal tar is recognized as a human carcinogen. Other colors are used in many cosmetic products.

    Formaldehyde Liberators

    These are preservatives that are widely used to kill microorganisms, or prevent their growth in products. They are used in a wide range of cosmetic products, such as hair colorations, nail polish, soaps and detergents, skin cleansers, industrial products, ink for photocopying. They are also used in dentistry and some vaccines.

    They slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde, a carcinogen.

    It would cause irritation of the skin and eyes and would be an allergy trigger.

    Here are some of their identifications: DMDM HYDANTOIN, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, METHENAMINE, QUARTERNIUM-15, N-methylolchloracetamide, N-methylolethanolamine and

    2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-Diol

    The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies formaldehyde as a known carcinogen

    Sodium lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate

    Sodium lauryl sulfate is used as an emulsifier and detergent. It is found in foaming products such as shampoos, cleansers and bath products. It is an irritant to the skin, eyes and respiratory tract, it could cause allergies. In addition, it is toxic to aquatic organisms.

    Sodium Laureth sulfate is an ethyoxylated ingredient. Like PEGs, it can contain measurable amounts of 1,4-dioxane and is potentially carcinogenic.

    1,4-Dioxane is listed on the Critical Ingredient List for restricted or prohibited use in cosmetics. However, this list does not control the toxic ingredients as a contaminant.

    A contaminant is an ingredient that is found in a product by the result of an action. It is not intentionally added, but it is nevertheless present in the latter as a residue of production.

    The Parabens

    You have definitely already read about a product without the PARABEN.

    Parabens are preservatives that are less used nowadays but are still present.

    Parabens are naturally present in low concentrations in certain foods such as barley, strawberries, currants, vanilla, carrots and onions. However, those used in beauty products are synthetic forms, derived from petroleum. Parabens of food are metabolized when ingested, which makes them less strongly estrogenic. On the other hand, when applied to the skin, they are easily absorbed by the body and are considered disrupters of the endocrine system. They are found in body milk, shampoo, hair mask, lip balm, etc …

    In order to avoid them, choose a product with the inscription without paraben and without perfume / fragrance ***.

    Caution: “Without parabens” does not mean that there are no other potentially toxic preservatives.

    *** Since perfume recipes are considered trade secrets, manufacturers are not required to disclose the particular fragrance ingredients.

    Methylisothiazolinone & Methylchlorothiazolinone

    As a replacement for Paraben, producers regularly and increasingly use methylisothazolinone as a preservative. Several reports are beginning to demonstrate that this ingredients is highly allergenic and irritating to the skin. It is also found on the list of ingredients under the inscription MIT

    Watch this segment of the show the invoice of March 10, 2015. An enemy so close

    http://Http://ici.radio-canada.ca/tele/la-facture/2014-2015/segments/reportage/1307/methylisothiazolinone-allergie-allergene-paraben-hygiene-produc-cosmetique

    Phthalates

    Phthalates are often used as a fixing agent. This type of molecule is particularly present in perfumes, nail polish and some styling products.

    Dibutyl phthalate is used as a plasticizer in nail products. It is considered toxic to reproduction and suspected of interfering with hormonal function (Endocrine Disruptor) It is also harmful to fish and wildlife.

    The best way to avoid phthalates in cosmetics is to use products in which the terms perfume and fragrance are not included in the list of ingredients or to use only products whose perfumes are 100% original Natural, such as essential oils.

    Caution 1: DIETHYL PHTHALATE is widely used in perfumes to fix and prolong their scent. In this case, it is not listed as an ingredient in the INCI list. Indeed, whatever their composition, the perfumes are all indicated on the INCI list under the same generic term: FRAGRANCE, which does not make it possible to know whether the perfume under consideration contains phthalates or not. Phthalates can therefore be present in your fragrance or in cosmetic creams (which are almost all perfumed) without it being visible on the INCI list of ingredients.

    Caution 2: As far as phthalates are concerned, it is necessary not only to consider the product. As with Bisphenol-A, there are real risks of migration of phthalates between the plastic of the container and its contents. It is therefore necessary to avoid all the products contained in a plastic of PVC type which is identified by a particular symbol: the number 3 in a recycling triangle. Until recently it was considered that a very common plastic called PET (polyethylene terephthalate) was not likely to release phthalates. However, a German study showed that the mineral water contained in PET plastic bottles contained much more phthalates than water contained in a glass bottle. As a precaution, I recommend you avoid any form of plastics.

    “Endocrine disruptors in bottled mineral water: total estrogenic burden and migration from plastic bottles” by Martin Wagner and Jörg Oehlmann, 2009. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19274472

    PS: LE # 6 IS THE FAST STYROFOAM GOULET IF OFTEN USED FOR COFFEE.

    The Triclosan

    Triclosan is generally used as a preservative and antibacterial in anti-sudorific, toothpastes, cleansers and hand disinfectants. Triclosan can also be found in a wide range of household products, including garbage bags, toys, wipes, mattresses, toiletries, clothing, upholstery and paints.

    It is suspected to interfere with hormonal function and contribute to the resistance of certain bacteria to antibiotics. It is also harmful to fish and wildlife.

    Its synonyms are: 2,4,4′-TRICHLORO-2′-HYDROXY DIPHENYL ETHER, 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) -PENOL, 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) PHENOL 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) PHENOL, 5-CHLORO2 (2,4DICHLOROPHENOXY), 2,4,4′-TRICHLORO-2′-HYDROXYDIPHENYL ETHER, 5-CHLORO- -DICHLOROPHENOXY) PHENOL)

    Ingredients related to DEA

    COCAMIDE DEA and LAURAMIDE DEA

    Ingredients linked to DEA (diethanolamine) are used to make the cosmetics creamy or sparkling and adjust the pH, neutralizing the acidity of other ingredients. They are mainly found in creamy and foaming cosmetics such as soaps, makeup removers, shampoos and moisturizing products.

    MEA (monoethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine) are similar chemicals. Like DEA, these substances can react with other chemicals present in cosmetics to form carcinogenic nitrosamines. They are also harmful to fish and wildlife.

    PHENOXYETHANOL

    It is found in baby wipes as a preservative.

    There is as yet no study showing an endocrine disruption effect per se, but an ANSM assessment has shown reproductive risks. A recommendation has been sent to the European Commission to ban this substance in products intended for children under 3 years of age (especially in baby wipes).

    Perfumes and Fragrances

    Mixing chemicals that can trigger allergies and asthma, some are associated with cancer and neon poisoning. Harmful to fish and wildlife.

    The fragrances are all indicated on the INCI list under the same generic term: FRAGRANCE, which does not make it possible to know whether the perfume under consideration contains phthalates or not. Phthalates can therefore be present in your fragrance or in cosmetic creams (which are almost all perfumed) without it being visible on the INCI list of ingredients.

    The PEG

    PEG (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds (forms of plastics) widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and serves as a penetration multiplier allowing skin to absorb moisturizers more easily.

    PEGs generally serve as the basis for beauty creams. It may contain 1,4-dioxane, which is potentially carcinogenic.

    On the other hand, they are not very biodegradable.

    The Siloxanes – Dimethicone

    They are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth, moisten and texture.

    In fact, dimethicone forms a thin layer on top of the skin, like a Saran wrap film, which traps the hydration inwardly (in the skin). The problem is that the skin is not just an organ that absorbs, but it is also an organ that eliminates toxins, through sweating. It is therefore essential that she can sweat and breathe freely. Dimethicone intervenes in this process and prevents the skin from breathing normally.

    Cyclotetrasiloxane is considered an endocrine disruptor and potentially toxic for reproduction.

    Harmful to fish and wildlife.

    Silicones are very present in cosmetics (shampoo, creams, deodorants …)

    Alkylphenols: Methylphenols and Ethylpenols

    Emulsifiers: They may be present in certain body and hair cleansers, shaving foam, styling products, hair dyes, spermicides, etc.

    The toxic and endocrine disrupting effects of alkylphenols have been demonstrated by several scientific studies: malformations in the reproductive organs, reduction in the number of spermatozoa and disturbance of the balance of reproductive hormones. Interestingly, nonylphenol is an active ingredient in some spermicides

    Avoid all products containing NONYLPHENOL or NONOXYNOL

    UV radiation chemical filter: Benzophenone, oxybenzone.

    Present in sunscreens, some hair products (shampoos, day cream …) or nail varnish, these chemical molecules that filter the UV also have a disruptive effect on our endocrine system

    Avoid molecules: BENZOPHENONE, OXYBENZONE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, or 4-METHYLBENZYLIDENE CAMPHRE.

    Studies have shown that these chemical filters mimic the action of female hormones, causing delays in puberty and disturbances in the development of reproductive organs.

    Screens in the form of nanoparticles are also problematic, thus promoting their transcutaneous penetration, these are suspected of being toxic to the organism.

    Alternatives, use products designed with mineral filters, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

    Aluminum and Aluminum Salts

    In certain classic and solar creams, it serves to facilitate the application on the skin and to make it as soft and pleasant as possible. Used in make-up, it improves the hold on the skin.

    Aluminum salts are also found in antiperspirants to control and limit sweating. Used as an antiperspirant, it prevents sweat from forming on the surface of the skin by tightening the pores, and therefore prevents the body from evacuating its toxins. This can lead to blocking the secretion channels of the sweat glands causing inflammatory reactions.

    Aluminum salts in food products processed as additives, preservatives or colorants are also found in certain drugs and vaccines as an adjuvant to enhance their action.

    It also has a strong irritating potential.

    Introduced into the body, aluminum can cause various pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease or breast cancer to appear …

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    I hope that you liked this post and that it help you understand a little more about harsh and toxic chemicals in our beauty product.

    My inspiration to write this post comes from these sites and from the documentary ORIGINS Our Roots. Our Planet. Our Future

    If you wish to learn more about this subject, I highly recommend these links:

    http://davidsuzuki.org/fr/champs-dintervention/sante/enjeux-et-recherche/substances-toxiques/les-12-ingredients-a-eviter-dans-les-produits-de-beaute

    http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

    http://www.sabotage-hormonal.org/IMG/pdf/Sabotage-hormonal-2009.pdf

    https://documentarystorm.com/origins/

    Study on effect of Phtalates and fertility in men

    ISABELLE VOTRE AMIE ESSENTIELLE

  • Young Living, it’s a way of life for a healthy living!

     

    Everyone wants to make healthy choices and use non-toxic, environmentally friendly products that benefit the Earth rather than harm it, right?

    I don’t know about you, but I am working hard at being healthy and staying healthy.  I cook most of our meal at home, I choose real food over transformed and processed food.  I buy organic as much as possible and for everything else, I use Young Living.

    Young Living is not just an essential oil company.  It is a lifestyle.  It is a more natural and healthier approach for better health and a better quality of life.  It is a company that tremendously respects nature and people. When you buy a product from Young Living, you can be sure that it will be a plant base, non toxic product that you can use confidently with the people that you love the most. 

    I don’t make a product for a profit.  I make it for a purpose.  Quote: D. Gary Young

    HOW DO You BEGIN Your JOURNEY WITH ESSENTIAL OILS?

    First, just become a MEMBER. It’s free and you get 24% off the retail price.

    You will need a minimum purchase of 50PV annually in order to retain your membership, no other obligation.  PV is the universal Product Value, every young living products have a certain PV given to them.  50 PV per year is about $60.00 per year. 

     

    Once you are a member, Young Living will attribute you with a member/distributor number.  This allow you to go online and order your favorite clean and non toxic products when ever you want.  Your order will be deliver at your door step.

    When you join Young Living, when you join my team, You also join a community of people that are consiouns about healthy living.  You will have access to our back office where you will find lots of recipes, videos, tips and informations about all thing healthy living.

    By joining our team, I will make sure to support you and help you in your journey with Wellness. 

    We will help you learn and find knowledge about essential oils and their wonderful properties.

    Click here if you want to join our Oily Tribe and  BECOME A YOUNG LIVING MEMBER

     

     

     

     


    Why Young Living?

    The Young Living Lifestyle has two missions. The first mission is toxin-free products in every home.

    We believe that by making better choices and by being aware of the things that you’re using in your home and on your body, you can start to increase your freedoms.

    I’m curious if you’ve had the opportunity to see the documentary Stink. This documentary is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the things that we’re using that we might not be aware of that could be harmful to us. So if you just think about even the things that you use regularly as you wake up in the morning, starting with your shampoo, and your lotions, and your makeups and your cleaning products, by the time we leave our home each day, we’re most likely lathering ourselves with dangerous things. We’ve got a great visual here called the Dirty Dozen that will allow you to go into your home and see if the products you’re using, the products you love, have some of these dangerous chemicals.

     

    So I invite you to use this sheet and go and do your own research.

    I have to say that when I began to read my labels and compare with this chart, I was really surprised tosee that products that I have purchased from the health food weren’t necessarily safe. So I encourage you to read your labels and do your own research.

    And now, I would like to share why Young Living is the only company that I felt comfortable and confident in partnering with.

    Young Living is a 25-year young company, privately owned by Gary and Mary Young. This company is completely committed to providing toxin-free products.  From start to finish, each stage is monitored by their unique Seed to Seal® process. This unparalleled commitment to quality means you can be assured that the essential oils and oil-infused products you use at home are safe.  From the time the seed goes into the ground, to the time that that product gets a label put on it, you can be 100% certain that you’re getting the very best quality products.  

    SEED – CULTIVATE – DISTILL – TEST – SEAL

    SEED: Powerful and effective essential oils come from seeds and plants whose essential oil production potential is verified by Young Living specialists and supported by academic partners.

    CULTIVATE: Young Living Farms, located around the world (and even in Canada), are dedicated to developing the best methods of growth and harvesting. Our specialists also travel to visit our cooperative farms to see if their growing and growing processes meet high standards. These operations provide us with a continuous source of essential oils that meet the high standards of Young Living.

    DISTILL: Through the combination of ancient and modern production techniques, Young Living is recognized as an innovator in the distillation of essential oils. We use a soft and exclusive technique for steam extraction of essential oils. We also use cold pressing and gemmage methods.

    TEST: Young Living NEVER accepts diluted, cut or adulterated oils. To guarantee a constant quality, our oils are tested in Young Living’s internal laboratories as well as by third parties. We ensure that they meet our stringent specifications, exceed international standards and contain the most active natural bioactive compounds.

    SEAL: Young Living is running the Seed to Seal® process at its 107,000 square foot facility in Spanish Fork, Utah. Using state-of-the-art equipment, each essential oil is inserted into an amber glass protective bottle, ready to be shipped directly to members anywhere in the world. From home to home!

    NHP Products: Some of Young Living’s essential oils and products have been approved by Health Canada for their health benefits and include a natural health product number “NHP or NHP”

    What is an NHP? According to the Health Canada website, “Natural Health Products (NHPs) are natural substances used to restore or maintain good health. They are often made from plants, but they can also be made from animal microorganisms and marine sources. They are available in a wide variety of forms such as tablets, capsules, dyes, solutions, creams, ointments and drops. “

     

    Young Living essential oils are so much more than just essential oils. It is really a wellness lifestyle company. Young Living has products that range from beauty products to health products, to nutrition products, baby products, men’s products, cleaning products. And of course, every single product in Young Living is infused with essential oils, which enhances the other ingredients used in the products.

    How to register as a Member?  It’s easy as  Simply follow the steps below …

    1. Click the link below and follow the instruction.  

    I want to begin my Wellness journey and become a YOUNG LIVING MEMBER

    The identifier should already be filled, but otherwise make sure that the 2 boxes are identified with the following member code 3106959 so that I can help you and guide you in the future. 

    2. Choose your country and your language of communication. (Yes, we ship worldwide!)

    3. Choose between Option 1 (Start with a  Premium Starter Kit), Option 2 (Start immediately with the Essential Reward Program) or Option 3 (continue registration without a Starter kit)

    Personally I think getting the Premium Starter Kit with the Desert mist diffuser is the best deal if you are interested in learning more about essential oils.  You basically get a 50% discount when you purchase the Premium Starter kit. This kit comes with the 11 everyday oils, a diffuser of your choice, 2 Ningxia red juice sample and other goodies…  If you are mostly interested in disposing of toxic cleaning products from your home, then I recommend the Premium Starter Kit with Thieves home products.  Thieves All Purpose Cleaner is my favorite!

    4. Fill out your contact information, including name, address, billing address, shipping address and other contact information. (You do not have to enter anything in the section: Commission Process Information, you can leave it blank if this doesn’t apply to you.) This section is only for people who wish to become an independent distributor for Young Living.  By opening a wholesale account, you have the option to sell the products if you wish, but the choice remain yours. You don’t have to sell or talk about Young Living if you don’t want to.  If you only open a wholesale account for your own personal use, you do not need to provide this information …

    5. Please agree that you have read the terms and conditions of Young Living Essential Oils’ membership agreement.

    Your account is now open and you can go and explore their website now.  You will receive an email or a text from me within the next 24 to 48 hrs with lots of informations that will help you get started with your essential oils and your new purchase. In the meantime, I strongly suggest you go and explore the site. Take a look at Young Living University which is in the member resources.

    Configure and Adhere to the ESSENTIAL REWARD PROGRAM

    What is that and why would I want to do this?

    The next step for you would be to go ahead and do a product swap as you compare the things in your home to the dangerous Dirty Dozen list. And just by doing a product swap, you’ll get to see how you can easily switch out some of the things you might be buying now that aren’t quite the best for you over to Young Living’s products that are toxin-free.

    Thanks to this program, I get my product delivered at home each month, I never miss out on anything, I get free stuff (dont’ we all love freebies??) and I save a lot of money (between 10% to 25% additional discount). So as you order each month, you’ll get more and more rewards. How much does Target reward you? Young Living is better, I promise.

    By now, I have swap a lot of products in my home with YL products.  I am now using the entire Thieves cleaning product line.   While I am making a lot of my own DIY products, I love the orange blossom face cleanser and I use the satin mint face scrub at least once a week.  I have now switch to Savvy mineral makeup and everyone in the family have their daily health supplement according to their need. You should be taking probiotics and YL has 2 amazing probiotics, Life 9 and Mighty pro and we take our antioxydant shot of NINGXIA RED every morning.  Its so delicious… 

    Each month, I change my monthly order.  Young Living has tons of essential oils infused products.  I am sure you will find your favorite.  They also have amazing bio available supplements, so if you are already taking vitamines, I suggest you make the switch to get more from your daily supplements. 

    It’s such a wonderful feeling when I get home to my Young Living order.  Even though I have been using and ordering since 2015, I am still excited and happy to receive my products each month and in addition to get safe products, Young Living is giving me back and extra 25% back in point each month. 

      My kids are also very happy about it. lol! But most of all, it makes me happy because I know this is a n excellent choice for my family.  

    It’s safe for my kids and my pets.

    Its a company that respect our Planet and give back to others and take amazing care of their staff.  One day I will talk to you about the Young Living Foundation and their amazing work to help put a stop to slavery and human trafficking.

    I am proud to be a Young Living Essential oils member and love it more and more each day.  I know now this was a very good decision I have taken in my life. Since then, I have met incredible people and I know its only the beginning of something much bigger than I can imagine.

    #YoungLivingLifeStyle

    You want to be part of it?  Join my tribe, lets connect, lets talk and have a discussion. Once you have information, You can decide if this is something for you.

    From the bottom of my heart, I ask you not to make assumption about Network marketing.  I had pre-conceived ideas at first (for real) and I am glad that I took the time to listen and to verify what it was all about, because I would have missed out on something that make me really happy.

    If you like health and wellness content, please follow me on instagram. I do daily stories:

    https://www.instagram.com/isabellelouis16/

     

     

    Have a Wonderful and Healthy day with plenty of Sunshines

    Isabelle – Votre Amie Essentielle


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