Enhance Your Natural Beauty

Article Written by Miessence Colleague, A.W.

All You Need to Care for Your Unique Beauty…

Do you want to look after your natural beauty and keep your unique gorgeous and youthful look for longer? Do you know what it takes to achieve this goal? Applying layers of makeup and undergoing expensive cosmetic surgeries are not the answers. Beauty experts recommend the use of organic products1 to avoid bombarding your body with toxins that are present in most synthetic cosmetics. It’s also advised to keep a simple personal care regimen with naturally-made beauty products. With these points in mind, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you get going, ranging from the proven and tested to-dos to the less-known self-care ideas.

Exfoliate and Cleanse

Exfoliate and cleanse – these are the first two steps to freshen up your skin. The best thing is: You need not spend too much if you’ll only consider the following natural ways – these can help you shed off dry skin and encourage the growth of new cells…

  • Use ice cubes to treat or curb the appearance of acne.
  • Cleanse product-build up from your hair by using the right clarifying shampoo every week.
  • Use lotion to remove cosmetics instead of makeup remover.
  • Exfoliate with the right type of brush and or non abrasive facial exfoliant regularly do this (preferably every week) to remove dry skin.
  • Apply conditioner or shaving cream first before shaving to ensure a smooth finish.
  • Make your own clarifying hair rinse by mixing 1 cup of water with apple cider vinegar. This should be able to free your strands from the residues of the shampoo you’ve used. For best results, follow this up with the right conditioner.
  • Mix a 1 to 2 ratio of sea salt and olive oil to create a body scrub, which you can use to exfoliate your whole body over the weekend.
  • Use coffee grounds to exfoliate and massage areas with cellulite.
  • Keep stock of peppermint leaves and use this to shrink pimples and remove acne. Mint contains menthol that can reduce inflammation and redness.

Moisturise and Protect

Your skin would probably have become dry and flaky having been scrubbed and cleansed. Now the next best move to do is to bring back the shine. That being said, these routines might do the trick…

  • Smoothen and moisturise dry elbows with organic oil.
  • Rub papaya skin over your face and any other areas needing rejuvenation. Papaya is soothing, calming and rich in enzymes so this treatment will naturally rejuvenate your skin from ageing effects of dry air and sun damage. Simply rub the fleshy inside of the skin over your face and allow to dry on and wash off later. Your complexion will be glowing and feeling happy and toned.  
  • Use vinegar to rinse your hair to restore moisture and balance ph of scalp 
  • Mix mashed avocado with orange juice, olive oil and raw egg white2 to have an organic facial mask that you can use anytime you want.
  • Make an organic sunscreen your best friend.
  • Get rid of puffy eyes with fresh potato or cucumber slices.
  • Clean your makeup tools (e.g., brushes, sponges, mascara wands) to get rid of bacteria residing in cosmetic residues.
  • Remedy pimples by applying a bit of toothpaste on any breakouts or honey as an anti-bacterial and healer for blemishes.
  • Use a hydrating lotion or cream after shaving or exfoliating to bring back your skin’s natural moisture level.
  • Melt and heat coconut oil to have a home-made deep conditioner to treat your scalp and hair.

Glamour Up

Apart from cleansing and protecting your skin, it’s also great to know how to highlight your best physical features. To that end, here are some tips to help you glamour up…

  • Lighten your hair’s shade with lemon juice.
  • Brush a small amount of light oil to tame unruly eyebrows.
  • Use foundation brush instead of makeup sponges to maximize your foundation and for a more precise application.
  • Heat your curler first before using it to ensure great curls.
  • Use mayo mask to plump cuticles and, ultimately, strengthen your hair. Mayo’s high cholesterol content can greatly help nourish the scalp and reduce hair loss.
  • Create a mixture of one mashed up banana and one egg to treat dry hair. This solution can bring back your mane’s moisture level and natural shine.
  • Cut lemon wedges, sprinkle 4-5 drops of honey on each wedge and rub this on your face. This will help eliminate or prevent the appearance of pimples.
  • Use red tea to gently scrub your face to remove the layers of dead skin. You can follow this up by applying the gel of a freshly cut Aloe Vera to restore moisture and refine the pores.
  • Perk up and revive the shine of your yellowed nails by soaking your nails in ginger ale.
  • Remedy dark eye circles by applying a mixture consisting of fresh parsley and yoghurt.

Final Thoughts

Remember, you’re already beautiful as you are, which makes applying loads of cosmetics unnecessary. All you really need to do is figure out natural ways to maintain your youthful, gorgeous looks. By applying any of the tips above that suit you, you’ll be able to pick up a personal care regimen that’s clean and healthy – one that’s organic and free from toxins and other synthetic substances. Have fun being creative with your self care beauty regime, new recipes and tips.

External / Internal Link/s:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/miscellaneous-health-and-wellness/organic-skincare-makeup

http://www.livestrong.com/article/95568-make-avocado-facial-mask/

Source/s:

The Healing Touch of Nature

A Return to an Organically Inspired Natural Lifestyle
Written by Miessence colleague, A.W.

Have you noticed the increasing focus on organics over the past 5-10 years? Finally we are beginning to see the cumulative effects of toxic residues showing up in our foods, daily personal care and cleaning products. These are contributing to the breakdown of our immune systems and our natural ability for the body to maintain balance and heal itself. Compounding this is our disconnection from the earth and lack of quality time to retreat from daily routines and stresses to restore balance and harmony.

Confusion is rife over what’s organic and what’s not. So many companies are getting on the bandwagon, making claims of being natural or organic; however, when you read the label they are obviously not. It’s easy to assume that if it’s in a health shop it must be good for me and safe. Do I really need to read all labels?  

Yes!

Even if a product says it is natural or organic, that is no guarantee that it is safe and free from harmful chemical residues, synthetic toxic ingredients or carcinogens.

Clearing Up the Confusion

Daily we are bombarded with pollutions of all kinds, from air to water quality, food additives, synthetic chemicals, noise, electromagnetic and visual pollution, these are all impacting us physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.

How can we minimise and offset these damaging influences on ourselves and the environment? Is it possible to live healthy lives without getting caught up in the confusion and conflict as we navigate our way through the maze of marketing hype and latest trends?  

Yes!

The words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ are being used in marketing to greenwash us, giving a false sense that a product is safe and healthy, until we read the ingredient list finding many toxic synthetic chemicals and preservatives. Also through the processing stages many natural raw ingredients become compromised and contaminated.

Certified Organic

The only true way to differentiate between what is organic and non-organic is to look for a certified organic logo on the label – this is your guarantee that what you are purchasing is a truly natural, organic product, meaning that the raw ingredients have been grown, processed and manufactured without the use of any herbicides, pesticides, synthetic chemicals and preservatives. Thus having no harmful impact on the environment and being of benefit to our health and wellbeing. 

The two main certifying bodies that maintain the highest standards are ACO – Australian Certified Organic and USDA Organic. Be aware, there are now less stringent certifying bodies for natural and organic standards, so always be sure to read the labels on any ‘organic’ product not certified by ACO or USDA.

Intelligent Choices

Our parents and grandparents grew up on organic food; back then there were far fewer of the toxic synthetic chemicals around that are now found to contribute to stress and toxicity, leading to many of our modern day health issues.

How do we make the right choices so we have a quality of life that is easy to maintain and at the same time provides us with all the energy that we need to meet the day to day stresses and strains of modern living?

Through our own self-education and awareness we can begin to discern a way through the minefield that awaits us each time we spend our valuable hard earned dollars.

In our own search to find a way of living that is as close to nature as possible, we have discovered some fundamentals that are essential to restoring an organic and natural lifestyle providing a quality of life that is both functional and creative.

Using pure, fresh, raw, food grade organic products for our daily cleansing and nourishing routines is the foundation. Eliminating toxic chemicals from our daily lives is also a must if we truly value our health and want to restore a sense of wellbeing and joy.

In buying certified organic food and personal care products you are making a valuable contribution by supporting green ethical business and farming practices and supporting the integrity of your own family’s health and that of our precious earth. It’s a win/win/win – where you spend your dollars is a vote for the future, so be wise.

Connect with the Earth

We are constantly building up positively charged free radicals in our body as a natural by-product of our metabolism and immune response to pathogens. These free radicals cause ageing, inflammation and pain.

Physically connecting with the earth helps release damaging free radicals and excess stress; however we’re not doing this often enough. Shoes, concrete floors, synthetic flooring, carpeting, chairs, beds, sidewalks, roads… we rarely spend our days or our nights actually touching the earth.

The earth is like an enormous, ever-available battery that discharges all the free radicals that we build up all day long and neutralises them. But sitting on chairs all day, at computers, at the office, even at home, we are rarely in direct contact with the earth. Even when we think we are, we often have shoes on that prevent us from actually physically touching the grass, moss, soil, sand, clay or rock beneath our feet.

Do you ever feel drained? Spend a few minutes walking barefoot in your yard, get your hands in the dirt while you garden, or walk through the surf.

Physically connecting with the ground – often referred to as grounding or earthing – has the potential to help improve the symptoms of many inflammation-related diseases, reduce or eliminate chronic pain, improve sleep, increase energy, lower stress and re-set imbalanced hormones, improve blood circulation and blood pressure, relieve muscle tension and headaches, lessen hormonal and menstrual symptoms, speed healing, reduce jet-lag, accelerate recovery from athletic activity.

It is interesting to note that in cultures where people live and sleep in direct contact with the earth, autoimmune disorders, arthritis, insomnia, and even things like menopausal symptoms are almost non-existent.

Retreat to Rejuvenate & Reconnect

When was the last time you felt inspired and liberated from your normal daily routines? Creating space in your year to retreat from the busyness allows you to reconnect, replenish, unwind and let go.

Truly connecting with the nature helps our bodies and minds. Bathing in the ocean or sea salt baths can improve circulation, reduce inflammation, easing stiff sore muscles, relieving back pain, joint pain, purify the skin, and release toxins.

Create weekly and seasonal patterns of rest and renewal – and spend as much of this time as possible unplugged from electronics and plugged back into creation instead. Create space to remember freedom, celebrate life, and renew the energy, passion and inspiration in your daily life.

Eco-Clean Your Home


5 Tips for Detoxifying Your Home

When we think of our home, we want to think of a safe haven, a place to refresh and renew. But unbeknownst to many of us, our homes can be one of the most toxic places around. Home cleaning products, air fresheners and laundry detergents are just a few of the items most consumers use without understanding the effects they can have on our bodies and the planet.

Detoxifying your home can be a great opportunity for a big clean out, leaving your house not only free of toxins, but looking cleaner and feeling better as well. There are hundreds of things you can do to help reduce the chemical exposures in your home, but for the purpose of this article, we’ll keep it simple and give you the top 5 tips that have the biggest impact.

The main areas of focus in your detoxifying ‘home make over’ are to clean out your kitchen pantry, bathroom and laundry room.  Here are some easy green solutions that you can implement in the home – the simplest first steps to living a more sustainable lifestyle.

1. Surface Sprays / Cleaning Products 

One of the worst offenders, generic surface sprays contain a list of chemicals that could go on forever. The worst thing about them is that after you spray them, the particles don’t stop there. The waft into the air, into your lungs, onto your skin… you get the point! 

Our advice: Make your own wonderful and lovely smelling alternative. In a spray bottle combine a 50/50 Vinegar/water solution with a few drops of essential oil for a lovely smell. Add 1 teaspoon natural liquid soap or dishwashing liquid.

2. Plastics

Some plastic containers and bags (even glad wrap and plastic bottles!) can leach out a chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA), which is known to tamper with our hormones. So avoid plastics marked with a 7, which may contain BPA, and never put BPA-containing plastics in the microwave or dishwasher; BPAs are more likely to leach out when heated.

Our advice: Use glass or cardboard packaging when possible (the lining of cans could contain BPA, too). Doing so is especially important when it comes to acidic and oily foods, which can allow more BPA to leach out. The good news: BPA passes out of the body quickly, so it doesn’t take long to reduce your exposure.

3. Linen and Clothing

Fabric is everywhere. We wear it, we sleep in it, we sit on it, we eat on it. It’s one of those unavoidable things, but synthetic fibers are laden with chemicals that are just not good for us. Most synthetic fabrics, from towels to dress shirts and bed linens, are treated with chemicals during and after processing. These chemicals not only leach into the environment, impacting groundwater, wildlife, air and soil, but they also may be absorbed or inhaled directly by us! Although non synthetic pieces can be expensive we would suggest buying a few key items to reduce your overall exposure to things like Teflon, flame retardants and water repellents.

Our advice: Splash out and buy one set of bamboo bed linen, 2 shirts and 2 pairs of underwear. It’s also more sustainable than cotton. Think about it: we spend 8 hours a day wrapped in those sheets then put clothes on – it will help a lot!

4. Body Care Products 

Best to look for whole food certified organic ingredients fresh from nature minimal processing. Our skin is our biggest organ, so being careful with what we put on it can be a great place to start. 

Our advice: Read the labelling on products that you buy and if they seem a little on the weird side, they probably are! Or simply choose certified organic skincare (like Miessence) for everyday products you can trust.

5. Food 

Just like most household products you find in the supermarket, most food products can contain dangerous chemicals too. Pesticides, fertilisers, additives and hormones all end up in our bodies through the foods we eat! Some of the side effects from ingesting these compounds can be headaches, hives, sinus problems, tummy pains and allergies. While 100% organic food can be expensive, it’s worth taking note on a few key ingredients: 

  • Artificial colours that are used to add or restore colour to foods. 
  • Preservatives that help protect against food deterioration caused by micro-organisms. 
  • Antioxidants that slow or prevent the oxidative deterioration of foods, such as when fats and oils go rancid. 
  • Artificial sweeteners that impart a sweet taste with fewer kilojoules / calories than sugar, but can have undesirable side effects.
  • Flavour enhancers that improve the flavour and/or aroma of food. 

Our advice: 

  • Thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables. 
  • Buy certified organic produce or, second best, spray-free where possible. 
  • Grow your own vegetables. 
  • Clean your vegetables thoroughly or remove the outer layer of leaves. 
  • Consume a variety of foods (including meat alternatives like legumes, tofu, nuts and eggs) to reduce your intake of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, hormones and pesticides.

Beyond the Smile

Written by Miessence colleague, K.L.

I thought writing an article about toothpaste would be simple. I’ll just do some research about ingredients in common commercial toothpastes. As soon as I started, I realised I would need to provide some information about fluoride – and that’s where it gets interesting. I found myself scrolling the internet with page after page about the toxic effects of fluoride. Wanting to hear both sides of the story, I contacted a large toothpaste manufacturer who lists the benefits of fluoride on their website. I asked them to provide me with the references to support their claims. Two emails later, they have been unable to provide me with any information prior to publishing this article and asking that I be more specific with my question…

In this article, I will share with you my opinion and information about the history of toothpaste, fluoride and other toxic ingredients that you might like to avoid, as well as some receipes for mouth wash and toothpaste that you can make at home. This information is purely based on my research. Please feel free to do your own. At the end of the article are the references I have used to support my claims (unlike the large oral health corporation).

We all know that maintaining good oral health is essential to maintaining good overall health. The evidence is there on the “inter-google-web” for all to see. We know that good oral hygiene prevents tooth decay and gum disease; however, it is also associated with reducing the risk of more serious diseases including cardiovascular disease.

One theory is that bacteria from the mouth can travel through the bloodstream and set up inflammation elsewhere in the blood vessels in the cardiovascular system,” Dr Alldritt explains. “The other theory is that heart disease and gum disease have common risk factors – like stress, smoking and poor diet – so we see a link,” he adds. (1)

History of Toothbrushes and Toothpastes

Our ancient ancestors used twigs to scrape the plaque off their teeth. They even chewed aromatic tree twigs to freshen their breath. It is believed the first toothbrushes were made in China out of the hair from the neck of a pig that had been attached to a bone or bamboo handle. In 1938, the invention of nylon replaced the use of animal hair and the modern toothbrush was developed.

It is believed the ancient Egyptians and Romans used paste to keep teeth and gums clean and freshen breath. The paste was abrasive and included ingredients like burnt eggshells, crushed bones and oyster shells, powdered charcoal and bark.

In the 1850’s, early versions of toothpaste contained soap and chalk or charcoal and consisted of powders until a crème was developed with mass production starting in 1873. Fluoride toothpastes were introduced in 1914 and soap was replaced by ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate, to make it smooth, in the mid 1940’s.

Today toothpastes typically contain fluoride, artificial colouring, flavouring, sweetener and ingredients to make a smooth paste, foam and to keep it moist. (2)

Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral and is added to toothpaste with the aim to help re-mineralise teeth that have been demineralised by bacterial plaque. Fluoride can make mineralisation happen more quickly as it can substitute to form part of the structure of the enamel, therefore helping to prevent cavities.

Fluoride is a neurotoxin and is not an essential nutrient for humans. No disease – not even tooth decay – is caused by a fluoride deficiency. It is not needed and in fact can interfere with many biological processes.

The trials about the benefits of fluoride were conducted between 1945-55 and have since been criticised for poor methodology. (3)

Over exposure to fluoride, known as fluorosis, is a condition that affects the teeth when the enamel is forming and can lead to white spots on the teeth.

Fluoride in the water supply is a controversial topic. What is interesting to note is:

  • 98% of western Europe has rejected water fluoridation
  • 90% of the UK does not fluoridate their water
  • China and Asia do not fluoridate water
  • India install filters on their water treatment plants to remove it

It appears that Australia, USA and Canada are the exceptions to the rest of the world.

The fluoride that is generally used to fluoridate water in Australia is made of three main compounds:

This is different to the fluoride mineral found in many rocks and the source of the naturally occurring fluoride ion in water supplies, which is calcium fluoride.

Some interesting information about the harmful effects and uses of fluoride include (4):

– Active ingredient in rat poison

– More toxic than lead

– Found to cause motor disfunction, IQ deficits, learning disabilities in children

– Affects thyroid function

– Damages bones and teeth and may lead to bone cancer

– Impairs memory and concentration

– Lethargy, depression

– Increase in suicide

– Can lead to onset of diabetes

Have you noticed the fine print on toothpaste packaging or well-known brand websites advising against using toothpaste for infants under 2 years old and that young children should be supervised when brushing their teeth to ensure they don’t swallow too much toothpaste?

I was raised in Tasmania until age 9 and we had fluoride added to our water supply back then in the 1960’s (showing my age now). Without testing the water for the ingredients and levels, it’s difficult to know how that may affect my health long term. I don’t have any fillings, however my sister who was raised with the same water supply until age 5 does.

I’m not convinced that putting something in our water supply that is not an essential nutrient is good for us. I am concerned about the potential health risks that we are regularly exposed to through ingestion and absorption of toxic ingredients and what they are doing to us. The effects identified appear to be on the increase…for me, that is enough to justify my decision to avoid fluoride.

I have used filtered tap water for over 15 years and now live on a property that relies on tank and bore water. I have also been brushing with the non-fluoride Miessence toothpaste (ask your Rep for his/her shop link) for 4 years. My last regular dental check-up resulted in a clean bill of health and for the very first time, I had no gum bleed after my scrape and clean.

Toothpaste Ingredients

“Over the course of your life it can be expected that you will use approximately 75 litres (20 gallons) of toothpaste!” (5,6)

“Whilst you spit most of it out (and then it goes down the drain and ultimately into our waterways), some of the ingredients will end up in your blood stream. What are these ingredients and could brushing your teeth potentially be causing you harm?” (7)

“Mainstream supermarket brands are full of toxic ingredients, some of which actually undermine teeth and gum health.” (8)

One of the main ingredients that I want to avoid in all products, not just toothpaste, is sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). SLS is a surfactant that makes toothpaste (and other products) foam. It can irritate the mucous membrane in the mouth (mucosa) and cause white sores known as canker sores.

Another nasty ingredient that can be found in toothpaste is triclosan. This is an antibacterial agent, used in a range of antibacterial products and is bad news for both us and our environment. It is an endocrine disruptor, which means it affects our hormones. It also causes damage to the environment when it gets into our waterways. It has been removed from most brands due to safety concerns, however there are still one or two toothpastes on the shelves that contain it, so check the ingredients folks!

Brushing and Flossing

Dental plaque is a build up of the bacteria on our teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing our teeth helps to remove food debris and plaque. Brushing also helps create healthy gums by massaging and stimulating circulation. Even brushing without toothpaste helps promote good oral health.

Flossing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine which reduces your risk of periodontal disease. Depending on the brand of floss you use, it may increase your exposure to toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals which are used to make the floss glide easily between your teeth.

PFAS are a group of industrial, man-made persistent chemicals found in food packaging, household products and cosmetics, and are associated with some cancers, thyroid disease and ulcerative colitis. (9)

A healthier option is to use a dental floss free from toxins. There are several on the market with some containing beneficial ingredients like activated charcoal.

Homemade Baking Soda Toothpaste

This is all you need to make your own toothpaste at home:

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2–4 tablespoons baking soda or a combination of baking soda and sea salt
  • Up to 1 tablespoon xylitol powder (optional)
  • 20 drops cinnamon or clove essential oil (optional)
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)
  • small glass jar

Mouthwash

Most mouthwashes contain alcohol, which actually dries out the mucosa. Having a dry mouth can increase the risk of cavities. (10) There are healthy alternatives such as the Miessence Mouthwash (again, ask your Rep for his/her shop link). You could also try making your own with this DIY recipe:

  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. xylitol
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil or other oil, optional
  • 20 drops mineral drops
  • 1 cup distilled water

Add all of the ingredients to a storage bottle and mix thoroughly. Shake before each use to help disperse the oils and any baking soda or traces of salt that may have settled to the bottom of the bottle.

Healthy Diet

The saliva in our mouths helps to maintain the right pH to look after our teeth and prevent demineralisation. Our digestive tract has a delicate balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria and includes our mouth. An acidic environment in the mouth caused by the ‘bad” bacteria can lead to cavities and poor oral health.

We can support the healthy bacteria in our mouth by limiting the food and drinks that cause an acidic environment by making sure we eat plenty of nutritious whole foods. Click here for a list of alkaline and acidic foods.

Closing

You now know a little more about what lies behind the smile. Whether you decide to ditch and switch your current oral health hygiene products is up to you. If you are interested in sourcing hand-crafted, truly natural products without harsh ingredients, please contact your Miessence Rep for more information.


BONUS: Click here to hear Narelle Chenery, founder of Miessence, explain why she will never use fluoride in the Miessence oral health products.


References

1- https://www.hcf.com.au/health-agenda/health-care/common-conditions/the-importance-of-oral-health

2- www.colgate.com

3-https://edgecastlo.onegrp.com/mwc/miaccount/business/en/resources/Product/Fluoride.pdf

4-https://fluoridealert.org

5-http://theconversation.com/four-myths-about-water-fluoridation-and-why-theyre-wrong-80669

6-https://edgecastlo.onegrp.com/mwc/miaccount/business/en/resources/Videos/FridaysWithNarelle-Fluoride.m4v

7-https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/09/09/toxic-toothpaste-ingredients.aspx

8-https://holistictoothfairy.com/optimize

9-https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/01/23/dental-floss-toxic-chemicals-exposure.aspx

10-https://thethingswellmake.com/diy-homemade-mouthwash/

From Illness to Wellness

The following is the personal testimonial of a Miessence colleague
regarding her transformation from illness to wellness…


Until several years ago, the concept of a plant-based, or vegetarian diet was considered alternative by most people, mainly due to some experts advising against it.  Recently, the vegan movement has exploded across the internet, with many people joining programs to try a vegan diet for 30 days.

But what is the difference between vegetarian and vegan? And what are the benefits and potential pitfalls around this way of eating?

Many non-western people know the benefits of a plant-based diet.  In the western world, the word “vegetarian” was coined by the founders of the British Vegetarian Society in 1842 and comes from the Latin word vegetus, meaning “whole, sound, fresh, or lively; a mentally and physically vigorous person.” The original meaning of the word implies a balanced philosophical and moral sense of life, a lot more than just eating a plant-based diet.

The word “vegan” was originally derived from vegetarian in 1944 when Elsie Shrigley and Donald Watson, frustrated that the term vegetarianism had come to include the eating of dairy products, founded the UK Vegan Society.

The original meanings were about removing all animal products (meats, dairy, eggs, gelatine etc) from the human diet, and were about improving human health and well-being.

Over the past few years, animal liberationists have exposed the mistreatment of animals involved with the production of food and other products for human consumption and use such as leather and honey, with the result that today, the meaning of vegan appears to be changing from its original meaning.

The animal liberation movement is primarily concerned about the welfare of animals, and appears to downplay the human health benefits. There appears to be little comprehension that their version of vegan foods may contain harmful synthetic chemicals and additives such as sugar (and sugar substitutes), gluten, and flavourings in commercially-produced animal-free foods, or about the health impact of micro-waving plant-based foods.

This can clearly be seen in the offerings from many new vegan cafes, restaurants and shops, and discussions about veganism on many websites and particularly, on social media.

For me, it was my own health issues.  I am naturally inquisitive and in my research, I found that commercially produced human foods which most impacted me, contained many chemicals. This included supermarket items, meats and soft drinks (soda-pop). I began to eat more fruits and vegetables, reduced my intake and use of chemically-laden products, and my health began to improve.

I learned that all disease thrives in an acidic human body, but cannot live in an alkaline human body. I discovered that almost all plant foods for human consumption were alkaline (several are not, including peanuts), and that all animal products produced for human consumption were not only highly acidic, but many were loaded with chemicals such as preservatives, colouration, and farm chemicals.

I discovered that all animal, bird and fish flesh are a lower vibration than human vibration. As well, I learned that all meats no matter what the source, turn putrid in the human intestinal system, and eventually cause problems. That is why we have such an epidemic of gut health problems like I had, in the western world today.

I reduced my intake of acidic foods, steamed my vegetables instead of micro-waving them, and my health continued to improve.

The last to go were sugars, eggs, dairy products and certain bakery items I loved. A friend introduced me to the Miessence probiotic superfoods, and my immune system went into overdrive.  I stopped getting sick from the headaches, nausea, colds, flus, lack of energy, irritable bowel, leaky gut syndrome, and more. No more illness or sickness!

Next, I discovered the taste and health benefits of 100% pure water. I now have my own reverse-osmosis filtration system, which produces about 10 litres or 2.5 gallons per hour. The filter membrane is 0.0001 microns; there are absolutely no chemicals or minerals in the water, and an ultra-violet light kills any remaining bacteria or viruses, and with perfect 6.5ph level for the human body.  I feel alive and vibrant, and my well-being is getting better all the time.

Minerals? I get mine from sea salt and many vegetables. I learned that sea salt crystals have 84 organic minerals, in a consistent ratio and proportion.  From a blood-scientist, I learned that healthy human blood has 84 organic minerals in it, all in the exact same ratio and proportion. What a co-incidence!  My minerals are all now well-balanced – including iron.

Then, I discovered the key to great health and well-being is in the mind. I learned that (for example), an acidic mind craved acidic foods – meats, dairy, gluten and sugar in particular! I discovered that when I became judgemental or emotional about something, I was drawn to certain acidic foods. What I thought, believed and felt was affecting my body. As the result of learning to listen to my body (aches, pains, injuries etc), I was able to let go of the thoughts and emotions that were impacting me through my taste buds. 

When I stopped being judgemental, I no longer wanted the acidic foods I was craving. What a revelation! I began to take meditation more seriously than I had, and I started to relax a lot more, letting go of stored emotions. And now, with my immune system in top gear, I rarely get sick or ill any more – from anything.  This is still a work-in-progress, and I know I’m on the right track.

There are many opinions on the internet about the impact of various diets on human health. I discovered that almost all diets threw the human body out of balance, did not address the real reason the diet was started, and the above information show the reason most diets do not work, and are discontinued.  I know that from personal experience.

I have been mostly vegetarian for the past 8 years, and today am almost vegan. I supplement only with the Miessence Superfoods, and I love my certified organic Leatherwood honey in my herbal tea (no bees were harmed or mistreated).

Being brought up on a dairy farm, I had my own pets – horses, cows, lambs, dogs, calves, pigs and wildlife, and learned to love and respect our animals. We treated all our animals in a humane and respectful way. However, while I do support those exposing the unethical treatment of animals, my love and caring for animals had little to do with me becoming vegetarian or vegan – it was for my own health.

My partner has been vegetarian, then 99+% vegan for almost 20 years, with no supplements other than the Miessence Superfoods.  He is fitter, looks younger and is certainly more healthy than most people I have met of similar age. He has had his body tested on several bio-feedback systems, and has been told from the results, that he has the strongest immune system of anyone they have tested, and he does not have any mineral or protein imbalances.

I am convinced, and loving the results.

Mighty Mangroves

How can my little household help the environment on a bigger scale?

Many of us are already conscious of environmental issues and making small changes where we can. This may be from recycling, switching to  household products free from toxic synthetic chemicals, choosing products that use less plastic and the like. All these things are important, and when joined together with millions of others around the world, these small changes have a huge impact.

Partnering with organizations that work toward ecological sustainability is another great aim. In Paul Hawken’s book, Blessed Unrest, he calculates that there are more than a million environmental groups, some who have over 50,000 members, wanting to safeguard nature. Joining forces with such groups builds momentum and progress toward positive change.

ONEgroup, the parent company of Miessence certified organic personal care and nutrition products, has created a fantastic new opportunity for people from all around the globe to collaborate toward the planting of 1 billion mangrove trees. It’s so easy that you can participate from your own homes while doing something as mundane as your laundry. Each purchase of the new Happi Earth Laundry Liquid will plant a much needed mangrove tree, as well as reducing plastic use by 99% and saving each household 60% on their annual laundry expense.  The product is so concentrated that just one pouch can last up to 400 washes.

Why the mangrove tree you may ask? Apart from the amazing capacity that one hectare of mangroves can neutralize 17 metric tonnes of carbon per year, here are some other benefits: “Mangrove wetland is a multiple use ecosystem. It is considered as a best form of coastal bioshield since it plays a critical role in reducing the impact of cyclonic storms, hurricanes and tsunami on human lives and properties (Danielsen et al., 2005; Selvam, 2005). It also avoids or reduces soil erosion. It enhances fishery productivity of the adjacent coastal waters by acting as a nursery ground for commercially important fish, prawn and crabs and supplying organic and inorganic nutrients. They are also rich in biodiversity and act as habitats for wildlife.” – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations www.fao.org

“Ecologically speaking, mangroves are exciting systems in their own right. Mangrove forests provide homes for several species of plants and animals. Migratory shorebirds and waders forage the mudflats for food. Birds like the cattle egrets and scarlet ibises establish large roosting and nesting sites in mangroves. Great-Horned Owls, Blood-Coloured Woodpeckers, Antshrikes, Mangrove Cuckoos and Rufous-Crab Hawks are all treats for any avid birdwatcher. Several species of fish, monkeys, and turtles find refuge there. The beaches along more mature undisturbed mangroves also serve as nesting sites for endangered sea turtles. The Leatherback and Green Turtles are most common of the five species found within Guyana . Mangroves are fish nurseries as they serve as a source of food for fish, shrimp and crabs that live in rivers and the shallow areas of the sea/ocean, and provide a safe haven for juvenile fish, shrimp and crab located on Guyana ‘s coastline. Mangroves therefore contribute significantly to Guyana’s fishing industry and provide us with our fish resource. Mangroves break down pollutants and play a large role in carbon sequestration (the capturing and storing of carbon ).” – www.mangrovesgy.org

Please ask me as your Miessence Rep how you can join this laundry revolution by switching to Happi to eliminate toxins 100%, reduce plastic 99%, save 60% on costs, get 61% cleaner clothes (on average when tested against other leading brands), and plant a mangrove tree. One billion of them – that’s the goal of the Happi Earth Movement. Together we can make a difference.

10 Ingredients to Avoid in Laundry Detergents

Trying to analyse a product’s ingredients without an ingredient list is like driving a car without fuel. You get nowhere. Yet there are products on store shelves that are being sold without disclosing their contents. And this is all legal. Chances are likely that you have purchased them. If you’ve bought a brand name laundry detergent, this may apply to you.

Because [laundry] detergent manufacturers are not required to list their ingredients, you may be exposing yourself and your family to questionable chemicals that you would prefer to avoid. So how does one know what isn’t being told?  Here are some label detective tips using real-life examples and including 10 common laundry ingredients better avoided.

Revealed Lists

Although detergent manufacturers are not required to disclose their ingredients, due to public pressure, there are some that do share their ingredients. As green-conscious consumers, we are right to be concerned. Tide, a very popular laundry detergent manufacturer shares the most common ingredients in their products.(2)

1- Alcohol Ethoxylate (AE) – Is a surfactant. Studies show that AE is a teratogen. A teratogen is an agent that disrupts or disturbs the development of an embryo or fetus. One particular study shows “the AE exhibited ultrastructural alterations of mitochondria and narcotic effects.”(1)  A non-ionic surfactant. Surfactants allow water and grease to mix, helping to remove greasy stains from your garments.

2- Alkyl Ethoxy Sulfate (AES) and Alkyl Sulfate (AS) – A nonflammable, wetting agent – also a surfactant. Repeated skin contact with concentrated solutions may cause dermatitis and ingestion may cause gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting and diarrhea.(3)

3- Amine Oxide– Also known as Lauramine Oxide, is a surfactant and emulsifier, particularly for bleach. Detergents can dissolve lipid layers in the skin and produce local irritation and injury. In cases of mild to moderate toxicity, common effects are skin, mucosal, eye irritation, vomiting and diarrhea.(4).

4- Cyclodextrin reduces odors and acts a soluble, dissolving agent in pharmaceutical medications and commercial multivitamins. Cyclodextrin may interact with some components of the skin and may produce irritating effects. Cyclodextrin in combination with other absorption-promoting agents can permeate the skin up to 53%. (5)

5- Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate (LAS) – Used as a stain remover, LAS is a cytotoxic synthetic anionic surfactant. Unfortunately, it is widely present in the environment due to its wide-scale use in the detergent industry. Studies have shown that LAS, at non-cytotoxic levels, increases the rate of colon cancer cell growth.(6)

6- Perfumes – a perfuming, masking agent, that can contain thousands of independent ingredients. Manufacturers are not required to reveal the contents of scenting agents and they may contain carcinogens. Reported effects of perfumes/parfum are eye and skin irritants. They are also air pollutants.

7- Polyethylene Glycols (PEG), Polyethylene Oxide (PEO) or Polyoxyethylene (POE) – Used in detergents to dissolve grease and oil, PEGs have wide application uses from industrial to medicinal. It is the most common form of plastic and combined with glycol it becomes a thick liquid. It also acts a skin penetration enhancer. The number shown after PEG is indicative of its molecular weight. The smaller the number, the easier it can penetrate the skin. PEGs can be contaminated with impurities such as iron, nickel, arsenic and may be an irritant to the skin.(7)

Are Green Laundry Detergents Really Green?

More “green” manufacturers are heeding consumer demands to reveal their ingredients. Seventh Generation is a popular green detergent producer that many eco-conscious consumers purchase to support their agenda of living environmentally friendly. Suffice it to say, their contents can hardly be considered green.

Seventh Generation shares their ingredient glossary(8) on their site and a few notable contents stand out.

8- Sodium Laureth Sulfate – SLS is a synthetic foaming agent that is often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, up to 300 ppm. 1,4 dioxane is formed during the ethoxylation process of SLS and is considered a probable human carcinogen and is classified as such under in California, USA under proposition 65.(9)

9- Sodium Benzoate – A synthetic preservative that can react with ascorbic acid, citric acid or benzoate salts to form benzene, a known carcinogen.(10)(11)

10- PPG-10 Laureth 7 and PPG-4 Laureth 8 are synthetic foaming agents that may be contaminated with Ethylene Oxide, a probable carcinogen, and reproductive toxicity agent. PPG may be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane. 1,4 dioxane also has been shown to have low acute toxicity on aquatic life.(12)

Although Seventh Generation’s “Sensitive and Hypoallergenic-free” line may cater to those with sensitivity requirements, their “Free & Clear Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent” contains Methylisothiazolinone and Benzisothiazolinone, which may produce allergic reactions or irritant effects.(13)

Full ingredient list for “Free & Clear”:

Water, Laureth-6 (Plant-Derived Cleaning Agent), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (Plant-Derived Cleaning Agent), Sodium Citrate (Plant-Derived Water Softener), Glycerin (Plant-Derived Enzyme Stabilizer), Sodium Chloride (Mineral-Based Viscosity Modifier), Oleic Acid (Plant-Derived Anti-Foaming Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (Mineral-Based pH Adjuster), Calcium Chloride (Mineral-Based Enzyme Stabilizer), Citric Acid (Plant-Derived pH Adjuster), Protease (Plant-Derived Enzyme Blend Soil Remover), Amylase (Plant-Derived Enzyme Blend Soil Remover), Mannanase (Plant-Derived Enzyme Blend Soil Remover), Benzisothiazolinone (Synthetic Preservative), Methylisothiazolinone (Synthetic Preservative).(14)

 

How to Avoid Chemical Derived Detergent Cleaners

Companies like Tide and Seventh Generation contain certifications such as “Biobased” or Biopreferred”. Which means their products are made up of a certain amount of material that is “plant-derived”. Here’s how it’s explained…

“Biobased products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials and provide an alternative to conventional petroleum-derived products. Biobased products include diverse categories such as lubricants, cleaning products, inks, fertilizers, and bioplastics. For purposes of the BioPreferred program, biobased products do not include food, animal feed, or fuel.” – USDA Biopreferred Fact Sheet Program

 

To be clear, products that are Biopreferred certified contain up to a certain percentage of USDA approved renewable materials. It does not indicate that the product is chemical-free or free of petroleum products.

However, you’ll be happy to hear that there are detergent products that are certified organic, though they are far and few in between. Certified organic is a higher standard, needless to say, than the Biopreferred program, when it comes to limiting your chemical exposure. Some certified organic laundry detergents are made from soap nuts which are a seed and contains natural soap compounds. So, look for the USDA or ACO(Australian) Organic seal when purchasing your laundry detergent.

And as an added bonus, here is a fun and very easy recipe to make your own eco-friendly fabric softener…


Eco & People Friendly Fabric Softener Recipe

3 parts Epsom Salts

1 part Baking Soda

18 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. (optional)

Directions

Combine all the contents in a salt-resistant container and mix thoroughly.

Use

¼ to ½ cup of softener per large load.

Storage

Store in an airtight container. Keep in a dry area.

 

 

 

Sources Cited

1 – Pub Med – Teratogenic and Toxic Effects of AE…

2 – Tide – Laundrypedia

3 – Cameo Chemicals – SODIUM ALKYL SULFATES

4 – ToxNet – Lauramine Oxide

5 – European Medicines Agency – Cyclodextrin

6 – Pub Med – Effect of LAS on Colon Cancer Cells…

7 – Truth in Aging – What is it – PEGs?

8 – Seventh Generation – Ingredients Glossary

9 – Wikipedia – Sodium Laureth Sulfate

10 – US Food & Drug Association – Benzene Q&A

11 – Wikipedia – Sodium Benzoate

12 – EWG – PPG-10 Laureth 7

13 – Seventh Generation – How to Read the Product Labels

14 – Target – Full Ingredient List for “Free & Clear”

 

Article reprinted from MiCommunity 2017 with minor edits.

 

Disclaimer:

This article is written and presented in an informative manner and has not been reviewed or evaluated by the FDA and should be not be used to diagnose, cure or treat any diseases.

3 DIY Recipes to Help You Unwind This Holiday Season

December can be a mad rush of holiday obligations, gift buying, gift making, decorating, crafting, visiting family, baking, cooking, chasing children, entertaining children…. Phew! As January approaches, this is a great opportunity to take a few minutes to rest and unwind. And what better way to do that, than to treat yourself to a few super simple, inexpensive DIY treats?

 These 3 simple DIY recipes will help you take a few minutes to pamper yourself, without breaking the bank, and with little skill required on your part.

 1. Exfoliating Sea Salt Hand Scrub

 This hand scrub is super simple to make, and it’s a delicious treat for hard working hands.  Sea salt is simply evaporated seawater (which means it’s not processed and doesn’t contain any additives). It is also a great exfoliator. If you have particularly sensitive skin, you can swap out sea salt for brown sugar in this recipe.  Coconut oil is an amazing moisturizer, and it has natural hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties (1).  It also absorbs quickly into your skin, so it won’t leave your hands greasy.

 Recipe

  • 1 cup coarse sea salt (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup liquid coconut oil
  • 5 to 7 drops of essential oil (grapefruit – a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-stress agent (2) – or rosemary – a natural antioxidant and antimicrobial (3) – are 2 great options to use in this recipe, or experiment with your favourite scent)

Instructions

  • Mix sea salt (or brown sugar), coconut oil, and essential oil together in a reusable glass jar (a small mason jar works great).
  • Use scrub sparingly (once or twice a week) by spooning a small amount into your hands, gently rubbing it in, and rinsing it off with warm water. 

2. Exfoliating Lip Scrub

If your lips get dry and cracked, then a simple lip balm isn’t enough to make them soft and gorgeous again. An exfoliating lip scrub gets rid of all the dead skin and helps keep your lips smooth and beautiful (and comfortable! I hate the feeling of scratchy lips).

 Recipe

  • 1 part honey (or vegetable glycerine to make it vegan)
  • 1 part brown sugar
  • 1 part olive, jojoba, almond, or coconut oil
  • A few drops of essential oil (optional)

 Instructions

  • Mix all your ingredients together in a small, sealable container (used lip balm pots work great, or pick up some small screw-top pots on Amazon).
  • Use a small amount of scrub when your lips are feeling cracked and dry. Rub gently onto your lips, and then rinse off with warm water. Follow with a lip balm.

 3. Lavender Oatmeal Bath Soak

 I don’t think there’s anything more relaxing than a lavender oatmeal bath. This recipe is super simple to make, and great for helping you unwind for a few minutes in the tub. Oatmeal is also naturally calming and moisturizing for your skin (4).  Baking soda helps to cool and reduce any itchiness. It also acts as a natural cleanser (5) so you don’t need to use any kind of additional soap. And lavender helps with relaxation (it also leaves your skin delicately scented).

Recipe

  • 4 cups plain old fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons dried lavender buds (look for “culinary lavender”, which hasn’t been sprayed with any chemicals – lavender essential oil will work in a pinch, but you won’t get quite the same effect as with lavender buds)
  • 1 cup baking soda

 Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and grind until very fine and powdery.
  • Pour the powder into a reusable jar (mason jars work great for this) and store in a cool, dry place.

Add 1 cup of the oatmeal soak to a warm bath when you need to unwind and relax. Stir to distribute the soak in your tub.

 

 

 

 

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20645831
  2. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/1e08/647e7cf7ae8b61299afbd13324dfbfedc9c7.pdf
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17708648
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17373175
  5. https://sciencing.com/physical-chemical-properties-sodium-bicarbonate-6571412.html

Cold and Flu Season – Are You Prepared?

Whether you’re just coming out of cold and flu season in the southern hemisphere, or you’re just going into it in the northern hemisphere, healthy habits like eating well, getting extra rest, and managing stress go a long way towards prevention against these yearly virus threats. Of course, the holidays tend to create an imbalance in those areas, so it’s best to go into them as healthy as possible, so they’re not the “straw the breaks the camel’s back!” Let’s discuss each of these habits in a bit more detail.

Nutrition

There is so much conflicting information about what to eat (and not eat) and fad diets to go along with it. Solid nutrition is really quite simple—eat a balanced diet of real, whole foods with quality proteins, vegetables and fats as the majority. The type of food and drink that tends to come around with the holidays, such as sugar, processed foods, fruit juices and alcohol, should really be limited to protect the immune system. If you’re looking for additional guidance, many people like Dr. Mercola’s nutrition plan (Beginner Nutrition Plan).

Sleep

There are endless studies regarding the importance of consistent sleep to maintain a healthy body. Even that extra hour of sleep is crucial for the immune system. One study found that people exposed to the cold virus who sleep less than six hours a night are four times more likely to get sick compared to those who sleep more than seven hours a night.

Stress

Perhaps one of the most overlooked, but greatest aspects of overall health is our level of stress. Some experts believe stress is to blame for as much as 90% of all illnesses and diseases! During the holidays especially, it is helpful to set boundaries, keep meals and gifts simple and of course don’t skimp on sleep. Meditation, even as short as 3 minutes once or twice daily, can also strengthen the immune system and help cope with stress.

Supplements

A favorite supplement for both prevention and treatment of cold and flu is elderberry syrup. Elderberries contain compounds called anthocyanidins, which help stimulate the immune system. Although not a surefire way to prevent cold or flu, using elderberry has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms. Elderberry syrup can be bought online or in stores (look for organic options made without refined sugar), or it can be easily made at home using a recipe such as this one (Elderberry Syrup Recipe). Other beneficial supplements include vitamin D (sunlight and cod liver oil are great sources), zinc (Foods High in Zinc), vitamin C (Foods High in Vitamin C), as well as fermented foods and quality probiotics.  If you cannot find elderberries in your local area, try cranberries as a possible alternative.

In summary, try and follow the 95/5 rule—not just in terms of diet, but also your daily habits—choose the healthiest option 95% of the time. Those choices will go a long way in keeping you healthy this season!

 

Sources:

The Flu Season

Flu Season Hits Hard Again

Short Sleepers Study

How Stress Affects the Immune System

Elderberry

 

What’s the Big Deal about Palm Oil?

Article by Lisa B.

You may have heard of the ‘Say No to Palm Oil’ campaign, but are you wondering what all the fuss is about? How does this affect me? Many already know that the palm oil industry has had a detrimental impact on the environment. But today we will also touch on the negative aspect towards our individual health.

A few years ago, I watched the documentary, “Rise of the Eco-Warriors”. This was an inspiring visual of young activists from various parts of the world, coming together to see first hand the displacement of the orangutans through the deforestation of Borneo.  Even those who have little conviction of environmental issues are stirred by the gentle, defenceless creatures that are left homeless and orphaned. As the camera sweeps over the landscape above the southeast Asian island, a gasp can be heard in the cinema from the shocking realization that millions of hectares of forest have been destroyed. In fact, 1.3 million hectares per year is the deforestation rate according to WWF.1

When the documentary finished, the Australian Director, Cathy Henkel spoke to our group. She encouraged us to withdraw our support from palm oil products, the root cause of what drives the money hungry industry to bulldoze the forests to supply the western world. I asked what alternative industries we could support that creates income for Indonesians, so they have a better job choice. Cathy recommended using coconut blossom sugar. The sap is taken from the flower, so the tree doesn’t need to be cut down to harvest.  After researching more about this sugar, I’ve found it to be an excellent choice in a sweetener for its health benefits since the sap is only evaporated and holds more nutrients than raw sugar.

How often do you look at the labels while shopping to see which products use palm oil? It’s a popular cheap ingredient for producers to use. But can it affect your health? Like many oils, in their raw state, they are fine. However, palm oil in your food products has been processed where oxidization occurs generating toxins that unfortunately affect major organs of the body. The more products you consume that have palm oil, the greater exposure to these potential toxins which overtime may be harmful to one’s health.

My recommendation would be for you to read some articles on the web2 to gain more of an understanding and to strengthen your convictions, whether to avoid this ingredient or not. I find when I’ve taken the time to read up on health issues, I am more inclined to follow through, being an informed consumer. Remember, our economy is built on the supply and demand principal. That is why we’ve seen a huge change with products excluding artificial colors and flavors. It’s up to us to encourage this change by ‘Saying No to Palm Oil’ too. Already, producers are catching on. Let’s continue our consumer impact together.

 

1  World Wild Life Org

2 Say No To Palm Oil

Recommended Further Reading

Dr. Axe- Red Palm Oil

Healthline- Palm Oil: Good or Bad?

Sustainable Palm Oil