These days, more people are more informed about using natural products in their personal care. Holistic treatment products are usually sold in health and organic stores and they all boast of natural ingredients that are good for the body.
With commercial products, most shampoos and conditioners contain harsh chemicals and synthetic products. In shampoos, that means it can over clean your hair and strip it of its precious oils. I was helping a friend with some funeral arrangements for the family and we ended up with a discussion on how chemicals can be detrimental to our overall health in the long run. We both agree that hair that is stripped of natural oils need condition to replace these oils. It can harm the scalp and hair follicles. It is the same with laundry detergents. They are loaded with fillers and less actual soap so that they can sell you more detergent. It’s a money making strategy that has worked so they will continue to do so.
Now if you are like most people, you’ve read the labels but donít have a clue as to what the ingredients really are and what their function is. Here it is in laymanís terms:
1) Distereate and propylene glycol or glycol are petroleum based (crude oil). They are very cheap which is why they are widely used in the cosmetic industry.
2) Isopropyl alcohol is another very cheap solvent.
3) Propylparaben or Methylparen are preservatives that are synthetic. The human body typically does not understand synthetic, it understands organic.
4) Cetearyl alcohol is an emulsifier and it can be natural or synthetic. Synthetic is often used because itís cheaper and easier to produce.
These petrochemicals are absorbed through the skin, then down through the organs and tissues. Many believe that long term exposure to these toxins can cause permanent damage anywhere in the body, and yet, governments have sided with big industry to not require them to disclose what these products contain or what they really are. Instead we have big fancy names you can hardly pronounce let alone understand. So choose holistic treatments and products for your family if you can afford and you can see how it can benefit your health.