20 March 2009

The Green Column - Issue 5 - by Giulia Mauri


GREEN HYGIENE


"A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings"
Hippocrates, (460 Bc - 377 Bc)

Hello my dears,
Today in this Issue of the Green Column we we talk about Green Hygiene.
Every day while watching television, reading magazines, or standing at the bus stop an agressive marketing advertings shouts at us promoting a supposedly cleaner lifestyle using hundreds of chemical products. But how can we be healthy if our environment isn't?

As you will discover, some of Hygine Best Sellers products sold on the market do create an illusion of purity, as they contain chemicals that can damage our environment we live in, and our bodies, causing side effects or really serius illness.
Please note that this article is the result of my personal reserch on the network, books and scientific magazines. To find out more information please document yourself with futher readings. If you would like to share your opition please leave your thoughts on the comment box at the bottom of the article.

1)Deodorants
Avoid using conventional deodorants containg aluminium. Aluminium can be really harmful to your health; when absorbed through the skin is passed on to the liver, kidneys, brain, catilage, bone marrow, increasing the risk of blood poisoning. Aluminium could also increase the risk of breasat cancer in women.
So you can...


a) Buy some Healthy and Eco Friendly Deodorants at the health store.
One of them is the Crystal Deodorant made with mineral salts which actually inhibit the growth of odour forming bacteria on your body. If you use it, bare in mind that it's best not to use right after you shave as it can hurt a little bit. Best to put it on in the evening before you go to sleep and it will last all day after. If you like, a good idea is also to alternate it with another natural deodorant from the health store.

b) Make you own! I haven't tryed it yet but looks like fun! This is a really clever article about this deodorant and there is a recipe to make your own.

2)Toothpaste
Choose a natural toothpaste without Sodium Laurate Solphate, (that can irritate the skin, causing ulcers) and Triclosan (synthetic antibacterial agent that has been linked to cancer, decrease fertility and the immune suppression).


a) My favorite healthy toothpaste are Tom of Maine and Kingfisher. I find them a bit expensive, but when I buy them I remind myself that I only really need a small amount on toothpaste my toothbrush. The real way to keep out teeth clean is to bush them often, the right way, and to use the dental floss regulary.

b) You can also try to make your own! Give it a try with this recipe!

3)Mouthwash
Claims to make your teeth, tongue and gums feel fresh and clean.
But what is the price to pay?
a)Read this interesting
article on the Ecologist by Pat Thomas.

There is also another interesting article on the Daily Telegraph about the Listerine Mouthwash, it has been recently discovered that this famous product can actually cause cancer. Please read it, and share the article it with your friends.

b)So if you really can't live without mouthwash, why not buy a natural one or make your own!

4)Handkerchief


One thing I do not understand is paper tissues that claim to be soft, nice fragranced, big and thick just as a real handkerchief! Why not just use a real one, saving my money and lots of precious trees?!
The history of the real Handkechief goes back thousands of years. What I like the most about Handkerchief is the rule they had between couples. If you saw Sense and Sensibility you know what I mean...

a) There are some beautiful linen and cotton handmade henkerchief sold on Etsy and other online handmade marketplace for just a few dollars.

You can wash handkerchief over and over them using natural laudry products and you can make them smelling nice using some Lavander and Tea Tree Essential Oils that will help you to heal your cold while you use them.

b) If you buy a plain one you can embroide it with your initals or your favorite flower or animal! Be creative! You can find some cute ideas of patterns on this web site.

c) If you want to make you own, why not follow this amazing tutorial by Grosgrainfabulous!

d) If I still haven't persuaded you to switch to real Hankerchiefs, then, next time you buy some tissues, please make sure they are made with recycled paper or Fsc paper (theay are available in Boots and Coop). This small action wil really make a difference.

5)Mooncup: this is an innovative alternative to sanitary tampons and sanitary towels.
A woman can use up to 11,000 tampons in her lifetime, increasing the exposure to dioxine, bleach, that are both linked to cancer and system depression.
Using a Mooncup will save you money as well as the environment and your health. You can find it online or in many other shops, such as Boots.

Hope you found this issue interesting!
I will write write more articles about Green Hygen in the future.

Fondly,

Giulia

Important: Please note that Giulia Mauri's Green Column Weeekly Articles are totally indipendend. I'm not payed by any of the above listed companies to advertise their products. In my articles I simply share my positive experices with these Eco Friendly Products in order to promote alternatives to standard chemical products.

Credits: Handkerchief picture by Grosgrainfabulous

2 comments:

  1. intersting stuff!

    ...and i would remember which is the Right Way to toothbrushing: while keeping the mouth a little open (the space of a finger between the jaws) brush IN JUST ONE DIRECTION from the gingive to the tooth gently with a swooping movement, the same you would use with a broom.
    Using a tender toothbrush is suggested as you would massage your gingives without damaging them; an hard toothbrush is not going to clean more.
    Swoop also the top of the teeth from internal to external of the mouth.
    DON'T brush furiously up and down, you are not removing the dirt and you are just harming the gingives where they touch the teeth.

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