The ingredients in the everyday products we use have a significant impact on our health. What we breathe in, consume, and put on our skin all makes its way into our bloodstream and is dispersed throughout our bodies. There are many ingredients linked to headaches, but I’m going to tell you about three that are easy to identify on the ingredient labels, making it simple for you to avoid them.
1 – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Commercially used as engine degreaser, this cleaning and sudsing agent is found in cleaners, shampoos, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotions, cleansers, and more. Even many of the “natural” cleaners will list this as an ingredient. In addition to headaches, it has also been linked to endocrine disruption (hormones), skin irritation, cataracts, and congestion.
2 – Artificial Color
This one has less research done, but I have noticed that around Easter time when I treat myself to those jelly beans that taste so good, I usually end up feeling foggy and have a mild headache. I try to avoid food dyes the majority of the time, and I definitely noticed a difference on the days I ate these highly colored jelly beans. Artificial colors are also found in personal care products, which were among the items I switched out shortly before my headaches began to go away.
3 – Fragrance/Parfum
Those words mask a multitude of sins. There are literally thousands of chemicals, some toxic, some not, that fall under the umbrella of “fragrance,” and companies are not required to disclose those chemicals. And this ingredient serves zero purpose in a product other than to make it smell nice. Found in nearly anything scented, long-term exposure, along with headaches, can cause cancer, lung and heart disease, and reproductive disorders. This is the one that I find the absolutely most important to avoid.
Now, let’s make a simple DIY that uses none of these problem ingredients:
Foaming Hand Soap
In an 8 oz. foaming pump bottle, combine:
– 2 Tbs. castille soap (read those ingredients to be sure you’ve got a good one)
– 1 tsp. oil such as fractionated coconut, sweet almond, or grapeseed (optional – adds moisturizing properties)
Fill the rest of the bottle with water, give it a shake, and it’s ready to go!
If you’d like scented soap, add 5-10 drops of an essential oil. (Be very careful with quality here. Not all essential oils are created equal, and some contain artificial fragrance. You want one where you can verify the sourcing.)
That’s it! Enjoy your safe soap!
Now that you’ve been looking at your labels, you’ve probably noticed that these ingredients seem to be everywhere, and you might be feeling overwhelmed.
I’m here to tell you that it’s not as difficult as it seems! I have completely eliminated fragrance and SLS from my home and have mostly eliminated artificial color, and I am here to walk you through the process.
Whether you want to purchase items ready to use or go a more DIY route, I’ve got options for you. Get in touch, and let’s work on the best plan for you! Or join my free Facebook group where we talk more about topics like this: https://www.facebook.com/groups/life.abundantly07