What is the difference between Organic and Natural?
Isn't "natural food" just as safe and healthy as organic?
Unfortunately, “natural” does not mean “organic”, and comes with no guarantees.
"Natural foods" are often assumed to be foods that are minimally processed and do not contain any hormones, antibiotics or artificial flavors. In the United States, however, neither the FDA nor the USDA has rules or regulations for products labeled "natural." As a result, food manufacturers often place a "natural" label on foods containing heavily processed ingredients.
Many mainstream companies are jumping onboard the "green" movement, advertising their products as "Natural" simply by adding natural extracts to their chemical filled product. These are still toxic products and should be avoided!
What about organic? Organic is the most heavily regulated food system. Only organic guarantees no toxic synthetic pesticides, toxic synthetic herbicides, or chemical NPK fertilizers are used in production, and are without antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic producers and processors also are subject to thorough announced - and unannounced - certification inspections by third-party inspectors to ensure that they are producing and processing organic products in a manner you and your family can trust.
Unlike natural and other eco-label claims, only organic offers government-backed assurance that products are grown and processed without the use of toxic chemicals, antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones.
These days, most people are familiar with reading food labels. We may even scour food labels for ingredients we know are not good for us or that we may have allergens/sensitivities too.
So.. what about the ingredients that you use EVERY day to your LARGEST ORGAN?
Yes, I am talking about YOUR SKIN. Your skin is your largest organ. What you apply to this organ on a daily basis is absorbed into your body and into your blood stream.
Everyday we use soaps, deodorants, facial cleansers and moisturizers, apply cosmetics... to our skin without thinking about what these products may contain. Do you know what you are putting into you body through your skin?
It's time to question EVERYTHING!
Call me old-fashioned, yet I believe there is a higher purpose to using plant medicine, herbs, flowers, and oils for both our own health, and that of our beautiful Earth.
Here is a list of some well-know chemicals that may be on your labels ~ avoid them!
You can also check out these to sites for more info and to find out the safety of the products you currently use:
- COAL TAR COLORS-can contain a number of toxins such as benzene, xylene, naphthalene, phenol, and creosol. Coal tar is poisonous in its pure state and almost all these colors have been shown to cause cancer.
- FORMALDEHYDE- can be found in shampoos, nail polish, soap and hair growth preparations. Hydantoins and surfactants such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate may contain formaldehyde even when it's not listed on the label. It has been found to cause cancer in laboratory results and can it has been found to damage DNA.
- LEAD- in any form is poisonous. It can be found in hair dyes and everything to mascara from major manufacturers found at your grocery store. It is a known carcinogen and hormone disrupter.
- NITROSAMINES- are formed when otherwise safe chemicals are combined. The resulting carcinogen can contaminate shampoo or other products where this chemical reaction occurs. Although these will not be directly written on the product label they can be found in diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), monoethanolamine (MEA), Formaldehyde, Sodium lauryl(laureth) sulfates. These ingredients are often combined with other synthetic chemicals such as cocamide-DEA, or TEA lauryl sulfate.
- PHENYLENEDIAMINE- found mostly in hair dyes, very harmful to inhale or come in contact with skin. It has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals. It is also frequently used by beauty salons.
- PROPYLENE GLYCOL- an ingredient used in anti-freeze and brake fluid is a cheap alternative to Vegetable Glycerin. This chemical is a known Nero-toxin by the NIOSH (national institute for occupational safety and health) and recent studies have tied it to contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities. It also inhibits skin growth, directly altering cell membranes.
- QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS- are used as preservatives surfactants, and germicides. All quaternary compounds can be toxic, depending on the concentration and dose. Originally used as a fabric softener, they can make hair and skin feel soft immediately after use but in the long run, repeated use will zap moisture from skin cells leaving hair and skin dry and flaky. Some may release formaldehyde and are known to cause contact dermatitis.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate- is found in 90% of all shampoos as well as skin creams and toothpastes. Sodium Lauryl is a known skin irritant and damages the skin barrier function, enhancing allergic reactions to other toxins and allergens as well as altering skin cells.
- TALC- is a known carcinogen. If used in the genital area can increase the risk of ovarian cancer three fold.
- PARABENS- as we are now finding out there is a possible link between this preservative and some cancers.
Honorable mentions to avoid...
FD&C color pigments- coal tar colors (see above)
FRAGRANCE (usually synthetic)
IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA & DMDM HYDANTONIN-known to cause contact dermatitis according to the American Academy of Dermatology and can also release formaldehyde
PETROCHEMICALS-propyl-, methyl-, eth-, or ene-, isoprpyl alcohol and mineral oil.
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL-can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane a potential carcinogen that can penetrate the skin.
Sure small amounts of certain ingredients may not be harmful right away, however if one is using them every single day for decades and decades, it is as if one is slowly poisoning him/herself. Yikes! We may not be able to control certain factors like genetics, or environmental factors, yet we can choose to become aware and choose to take action of what we CAN do each day to lead healthier, more vibrant lives. :-)