Building a Non-Toxic Life: Part 2 – Resources

These are just a few of the resources that may be of interest.

The SkinDeep Database—Want to find out if your products are safe? Look up a product by name. Look up an ingredient. The database contains information about possible health concerns, which products contain it, and other names the ingredient may go by. Pick a category (toothpaste? shampoo?) and peruse product ratings.  Search by company. (Search for Herbaliz. We rate!) Their parent site ewg.org can help you detoxify beyond body care.

The Happy Healthy Home: 30 Ways to Live Healthier At Home is an ebook compiled by FilterBuy. It is downloadable as a PDF. It has health and wellness tips from top experts on personal health and home environment. It’s an easy read and a great guide to help people focus on how to prioritize where they want to start their wellness journey. (Herbaliz is mentioned on page 72 by the author as a go-to source.)

A page on the Herbaliz website called “Ingredients to Avoid” can be helpful if you decide to go the route of eliminating a particular toxic ingredient, or just use it as a reference. It lists toxic chemicals commonly found in body care products and tells you briefly a bit about why they are used and what problems they can cause.

If you feel that you need a personal touch, there are actually people who can visit, assess your house, recommend priorities, and suggest options. Michelle Berkley, of Pure Products We Love, will work with you on a personal basis. She will examine what you are being exposed to through an in-depth evaluation. (See Herbaliz on her products page.) There are others as well, all over the country.

Social media also gives you the opportunity to stay abreast of green space folks who make “clean green” their point of reference. On Twitter, check out @cleanmamablog and @groovygreenlivi. On Facebook, we like The Healthy Home Economist as well as The Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Visit our Links page for even more resources.

For all body care needs we recommend Herbaliz of course!

Building a Non-Toxic Life – Part 1: Prioritizing

Every so often I get a call from a person who is completely overwhelmed by the discovery that their house and their lives are filled with toxins. This encompasses cleaning products, laundry detergents, furniture, and of course…personal beauty products.

They want to eliminate the toxins from their lives but don’t know where to start, or how best to prioritize. Panic has set in, and they are on the verge of throwing everything they own out the window! Of course doing that is not practical, economical or ecologically helpful.

Some planning is in order. Here are some suggestions for how to start.

Change whatever you are running out of now. It’s much easier to investigate and make changes one item at a time.  It’s easier to develop a research process that works for you and less wasteful this way as well.

Pick whatever may bring the next biggest reward. Toxicity runs on a continuum, so not everything may need to go, and some changes will reap greater benefits than others.

  • If there are young children in the household, focus on products that they use. Developing bodies and brains are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of toxins.
  • Switching to unscented laundry products can have a huge impact for everyone in the family, since clothing, sheets and towels come in contact with your skin 24/7. “Fragrance” includes thousands of toxic chemicals.
  • Change your body lotion or any product that you put all over your body. We, of course, suggest Herbaliz creams and lotions! They not only have no toxins, they also include herbs that work to improve your health.
  • Changing shampoo and hair conditioner can help, especially if you wash your hair in the shower, because the products will rinse over your whole body. Hair conditioners are among the most toxic body care products.

Other thoughts to help break the process down into manageable bites include making one change a month or picking one toxin to focus on.

The important thing is to not get so overwhelmed that you don’t do anything.

Coming months will be about resources and more specific actions that can help you reach your goals. In the meantime do one thing!