Birth Poetry

Poetry

“Where the essence of our strength is found,
the limits of our weaknesses are discovered,
and who we once were is lost forever.
For with the first breathe of this ever so tiny one,
the marrow of our soul… finally lives.”

~ Shelby Miller

The Rose

My cervix is like a rosebud
Ready to Open
I am nurtured by those around me as the rose is nurtured by the soil
The rosebud gradually, ever so softly, opens and blossoms.
I open and blossom.
My cervix is soft and ripe like a rosebud.
I see the outer petals of te rose falling away
I see my cervix yielding like the outer petals of the rose.
Every contraction opens another petal of my rosebud cervix.
I welcome each contraction, which helps me open my rosebud cervix.
I welcome and receive all the nurturing around me, which helps me open.
Just like the warm sun opens the rose, the warmth I receive opens my cervix.
I yield and open.
The rose does not resist.
I open and blossom.

~ Barbara Harper “Gentle Birth Choices”

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If we hope to create
a non-violent world
where respect and kindness
replace fear and hatred…

We must begin with how
we treat each other
at the beginning of life

For that is where
our deepest patterns are set.

From those roots
grow fear and alienation….
~ OR love and trust.

~Suzanne Arms~

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The Candle

Imagine that your pelvis is a candle with a flame in the middle
As my contractions come, the flame burns brighter.
My body is the wax of the candle, warming and yielding to the flame.
The more I breathe, the brighter the candle burns.
The wax melts and drips with each contraction.
My body becomes looser and opens to the flame.
I see my pelvis becoming soft and warm and pliable.
I breathe. With each contraction, the candle becomes softer.
I melt with the candle.
My breath helps the candle burn brighter, melting quicker.
I remain soft, warm, and yielding.

~ Barbara Harper “Gentle Birth Choices”

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Slow down mummy, there is no need to rush,
slow down mummy, what is all the fuss?
Slow down mummy, make yourself a cup tea.
Slow down mummy, come and spend some time with me.

Slow down mummy, let’s put our boots on and go out for a walk,
let’s kick at piles of leaves, and smile and laugh and talk.
Slow down mummy, you look ever so tired,
come sit and snuggle under the duvet and rest with me a while.

Slow down mummy, those dirty dishes can wait,
slow down mummy, let’s have some fun, let’s bake a cake!
Slow down mummy I know you work a lot,
but sometimes mummy, its nice when you just stop.

Sit with us a minute,
& listen to our day,
spend a cherished moment,
because our childhood is not here to stay!

~ Rebekah Knight

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We’ve all been waiting for you.
For you.
Your arrival has been marked, has been recorded
on earth,
in the universe,
in the galaxies,
in all of space,
in all of time.
You come with a birthright, written in love and sung
through all Creation in words which promise
that no matter where you’re at,
you’re home
that no matter who you’re with,
you’re welcome
that no matter who you are,
you’re loved.
Welcome.

~ Rita Ramsey

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Through pain find strength
Through birth find healing
It is never easy to keep reaching for dreams
Strength and courage can sometimes be lonely friends.
But those who reach, walk in stardust.
~ Flavia

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They Invite Us In
women
who trust us
inviting us in
to share their secret passage
we count their moons with them
waiting for a pause
and in that suspension
we wait with them
fingers granted privileged entry
into innermost recesses
secrets shared
stories heard
lessons learned
they invite us in
to help their babies out
we dance with them
slowly
as they grow and wait
each day a little larger
new life jostling their ribs
until its stretching
threatens to burst
her fleshen bubble
and
at last
she is ready
taking your hand
she flows in and out of
the deepest shadow places
love and terror
the waves grip her
and
release
until she is ready
also
to release
you sing to her
breathe, my dear
hold her close
relax now, it’s over
help her see
she will not die
not today
at last
fire
then
water
and
for the first time ever
air
into tiny pink balloons
their love made
earth
elements
into a body
your hands felt it first
still one with her body
as it grew
ripened
and fell out
into
your waiting palms
you love this moment
this woman
this baby
then you entrust her back
into the arms of her mate
hoping he’s learned
even more
how grand she is
this bearer of life

~ Judy Edmunds (1997)
from Midwifery Today

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Birth

This exaggerated hip swing,
The rocking of my own cradle;
Relaxin relaxes my joints into soft sensual submission,
Allowing me to open, open, open.

How did I get here?
Oxytocic orgasm,
Estrogen and Progesterone, mounting, mounting, mounting,
Leaving me cry, cry, crying, over spilt milk.

How did I know I was here?
HCG whispered it in my ear
Two blue lines, in parallel
The tell tale sign, that every woman anticipates and fears.

Oxytocin awakes me at 2am,
I feel the pulling
The downward force
My body is moving
…without my permission.

Still, it says yes, and asks for more.
More oxytocin… more….
More pain, more force.

The hours go by…
I pace and dance
With my relaxin hip swing.

I feel the baby drop down

Down

Down.

Prostaglandins are massaging my cervix,
Softer, thinner,
Creating gentle passage for my child.

Down and through he slides…

Just when I think I can take no more,
When I can do no more to birth my child.
Endorphin release…

Things get less sharp…
The sights, the sounds, the pain.
Suddenly it is just me
And this child… Working together, a team.

Finally the time is coming
Rushes of oxytocin are overwhelming
I feel a rush of urgency and fear
Catecholomines.

Noradrenaline is telling me to get this baby out…

So I push…
My heart pounds and I push….

And I push…
And the child bursts forth, and lies before me…
Shakes its head and begins to scream.

I feel something come over me,
Something I never knew I could feel
Overwhelming love, intoxicating….

I hold my child on my chest,
He slowly bobs towards my breast.
I watch him with tears in my eyes.
Prolactin and oxytocin bring me so close to my child.

These hormones have made me a mother today.

~ Stephanie Elliott

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The Birthsong

The night is still, the moon full and bright
She feels it approaching, her belly once again tight
All is in ready the time’s finally come
She’s hoping her baby will be here by the rising of the sun.

The song begins gently, moving slowly at first
The courage, the fear, the love, the hope and the mirth
Some sing quite softly and some loud and strong
Their babies emerge as they sing the Birthsong

Time becomes frozen as woman by woman, birth by birth
They’re all connected through their bodies & songs
It knows no boundaries, no color, no races
It fills all their bodies, their hearts, souls and faces.
The sounds of each woman as she sings the Birthsong

Her breathing grows faster as each new wave moves within
She remembers to let go, to surrender again
She opens her eyes and sees her partner, her lover, her friend
Remembering with tenderness their choice to begin

The song begins gently, moving slowly at first
The courage, the fear, the love and the hope
Some sing quite softly and some loud and strong
Their babies emerge as they sing the Birthsong

Time becomes frozen as woman by woman, birth by birth
They’re all connected through their bodies & songs
It knows no boundaries, no color, no races
It fills all their bodies, their hearts, souls and faces.
The sounds of each woman as she sings the Birthsong

The songs been completed the babe’s in her arms
Both teary eyed parents are moved by it’s charms
The song appears ended at least in this room
But I’ll hear it eternal with other bright moons.

The song begins gently, moving slowly at first
The courage, the fear, the love, the hope and the mirth
Some sing quite softly and some loud and strong
Their babies emerge as they sing the Birthsong

Time becomes frozen as woman by woman, birth by birth
They’re all connected through their bodies & songs
It knows no boundaries, no color, no races
It fills all their bodies, their hearts, souls and faces.
The sounds of each woman as she sings the Birthsong

~ Dana Beardshear

The Birthing Dance

Come to me, My Child
Secret longing of my inner heart
Breath of spirit
Wandering the cosmos
Choosing your next lifepath
Seeking sanctuary in my womb
Visions of you stir my dreams
Your gentle essence drifting inward
Merging into matter
Coming into consciousness
Birthing into being
Your tender wisdom speaks
The ancient knowledge
of a mother’s power
Our bodies grow together
Two as one
Turning round, in birthing dance
You lead me
Opening the circle corridor
Descending into unhindered ecstasy
Into my arms.

~ Judie C. McMath

Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Laundry Soap

 

Skin Sensitivities ~ Eczema ~ Chemicals ~ Toxins ~ Carcinogens ~ Cost ~ Cloth Diapers

The above are just a few of the reasons I chose to make laundry soap for my family, rather than purchasing laundry detergent from the store. I have been making laundry soap for my family of seven for the last 3.5 years and I honestly cannot imagine how we used such awful products for so many years!

I have sensitive skin myself… Having a growing family I am always concerned about what I am exposing my babies too, and being mindful about properly caring for their very sensitive and new skin. Preventing skin allergens or eczema outbreaks was important to me.

Traditional detergents contains a rather scary “laundry list” of nasty ingredients. Many of which are toxic or carcinogenic to our bodies. They may smell “pretty,” but that smell comes from synthetic, artificial fragrances. I wanted to naturally scent my soap using my essential oils!

For a family of seven, we spent a GREAT deal of money (monthly / yearly) on detergent. Like most families, anyplace we could pinch pennies was something we were interested in pursuing. Cutting out this expense, almost completely, has been an amazing blessing to our family!

We also cloth diaper. So prior to making my own laundry soap, we were purchasing a detergent for our clothing AND a detergent for cloth diapers. Making my own soap, means this is no longer necessary. The chemicals found in almost all store bought detergents are not safe to use on cloth diapers. It can actually damage them, permanently!

My Tried & True Recipe

(This recipe makes enough soap to last 2.5 – 3 months for my family of seven)

This is safe for HE machines, I have used it in mine for the past 3 years.

It is also important to note, that with all natural soaps, there are no suds during the washing process!

 

Step 1) Ingredients you will need:

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1 Cup – 20 Mule Team Borax (detergent booster)

1 Cup – Super Washing Soda (not baking soda)

2 Bars – Dr. Bonner’s Castille Bar Soap (any scent you would like… Lavender, Citrus Orange, baby un-scented).

You can also use Fels-Naptha ( This is a stronger soap base and is great on work clothes, but can be a bit harsh on baby skin.

 

Essential Oils for Cleansing, Purifying, and Scenting (Some of my favs – Orange, Lavender, Purify, OnGuard, and my husband likes Sandalwood)

 

 

Step 2) Kitchen Tools you will need:

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Large Cooking Pot (non-Teflon)

A Long Handled Wooden Spoon & a Ladle (not pictured)

A Large Funnel

A Box Grater

A Glass Bowl

6 Containers (to store & use your soap) ( I use old orange juice containers)

 

 

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You want about six containers for this recipe.

My laundry soap yields about 530 fl. oz.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3) Mark containers and pre-fill with water:

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To make the process quicker for me, I mark all of my containers with the starting amount of water.

 

This is about 45 – 50 fl. oz.

 

 

 

 

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Here I have all 6 bottles.

 

Each filled with about 45 – 50 fl. oz.

 

 

 

Step 4) Personal Touch:

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I then add the scent I’d like for this batch.

 

I tend to change it often, depending on season. On Guard during the Holidays, floral in the spring, etc.

 

We can do different scents in each bottle, to customize them to specific family members.

 

My husband loves sandalwood, I love lavender, and really like serenity for my children.

 

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Essential Oils have been added to each bottle

 

 

 

 

Step 5) Grate Soap:

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Fill your large stock pot with about 90 fl. oz. of water.

Put on the burner over med-high heat.

While the water is warming, grate your soap, just as if it were a block of cheese. =)

This quickens the melting process of the soap.

 

 

Step 6) Melt Soap:

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Add grated soap to the pot.

Stir frequently as it melts.

Do not allow your pot to come to a full boil.

 

 

 

Step 7) Super Washing Soda:

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Measure out 2 cups of Super Washing Soda.

 

 

 

 

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Add to the melted soap water.

 

Stir it in so the soda powder is not sitting on the bottom of the pot.

 

 

 

Step 8) Borax:

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Measure out 2 cups of Borax.

 

 

 

 

 

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Add Borax to water, soap and soda mixture.

 

Again, stirring to mix well.

 

 

 

 

Step 9) Thicken:

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Water will become very sudsy.

Stay nearby, stirring often, and controlling the temperature.

You want your pot to come just close to a boil, without actually coming to a boil.

Should it get to hot, or sit too long without being stirred, the mixture will rise right up out of your pot, and all over your stove!

This can happen VERY quickly! Let’s not ask me how I know this… 😉

 

 

Step 10) Transfer:

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Once the laundry soap mixture has began to thicken up ( usually about 10 minutes) ( think brown gravy consistency), you can remove pot from heat.

 

 

 

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Ladle soap mixture into pre-filled containers.

 

Ensure the funnel is aimed into the water, and not onto the sides of your container

 

The cool water in the container helps to off-set the temperature from hot mixture, and will cause it to thicken more (think, making pudding).

 

 

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When filling your containers with soap, you want to leave enough empty space in each, to allow room for coagulation to occur.

 

 

 

 

Step 11) Cool:

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Allow containers to sit for about 30 minutes with the caps off, to cool, before covering and storing for the night.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 12) Store Overnight:

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As the mixture sits overnight, it will become very very thick!

 

 

 

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In the morning, soap containers will have coagulated.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 13) Shake & Prep for Use:

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You can shake the soap ( or stir with the handle of a wooden spoon).

 

Then top off the container with cool tap water, and shake again.

 

I tend to shake the container before each use.

 

I use 1/2 – 3/4 cup per load, depending on what I am washing.

 

Understanding the Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation

The Placenta is a beautiful organ that nourishes and protects your baby throughout pregnancy. It also plays an important role in the postpartum process and was divinely designed not only for your baby, but for you as well. The customary process of handling the placenta after birth is for it to be discarded as, “Medical Waste.” However, this beautiful “Tree of Life,” which nourished and protected your baby throughout your pregnancy, can continue to share it’s incredible benefits with you and your baby, long after your birth.

What is Placenta Encapsulation?
Placenta Encapsulation, or Placentophagy, is the practice of preparing your placenta into medicinal pills/capsules for consumption back into the body. Utilizing the medicinal properties of  your placenta, helps to restore your Motherly balance in a natural and spiritual way. For many it can be a very sacred, powerful and healing process, allowing the placenta to continue to nourish and protect you and your baby after birth, as well as promoting a more pleasant postpartum recovery.

Why Placenta Encapsulation?
Most mammals (including primates) consume part or all of their placentas. Consider what a Momma Cat does after the birth of each of her kittens. She eats the sac that each baby kitten is born in and then consumes the placenta, immediately. Many women in diverse cultures throughout history have consumed their placentas for re-balancing their bodies after giving birth. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has used the placenta for its multitude of healing benefits for thousands of years. Your placenta contains your body’s own natural hormones and iron stores, which remain after birth.

While there have yet to be any official research studies conducted to prove the apparent benefits of consuming ones placenta after birth, many women report experiencing more energy, a bountiful milk supply, decreased postpartum mood changes (including postpartum depression), and less bleeding and discomfort after the birth .. overall, a more peaceful postpartum recovery period!


Benefits of Placenta Consumption

  • Less dramatic hormone fluctuation, whereby reducing the chances or severity of postpartum depression and the “Baby Blues”
  • Commence and encourage your bodies natural healing process
  • Rejuvenate yourself naturally while feeling grounded
  • Return of your natural energy level sooner after birth
  • Have an immense openness to bonding with your baby, without many of the barriers created by postpartum depression
  • Helps in establishing a healthy and abundant milk supply
  • Reduction in postpartum bleeding
  • Less postpartum pain/discomfort as the uterus is encouraged to return to it’s pre-pregnancy state
  • Replenishes vitamins & minerals (specifically iron) lost during pregnancy and birth
  • Protect your “couples” bond from after birth stress and strain

 

Interested in learning more about having your placenta encapsulated?

Read more about the encapsulation process and all of the options for the processing of the placenta.
Contact Doula Shelby Miller, for more information.

Top 10 Toxic Chemicals to Eliminate Immediately From Your Daily Routine, on Your Journey Towards Going Green

healthy changesWe are often not aware of what all of those difficult to pronounce “ingredients” are on the label of our favorite hygiene products. They make us “feel” clean, “smell” nice, and carry confidence in how we “look” to those around us.Years and years of use, and we may find ourselves being one of those people we here about, who was just diagnose with cancer, is no longer able to have children, who’s child was born with a very serious or life threatening birth defect, or the person who is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, among numerous other decline health problems. Then comes the realization that we have actually spend years and years of our time and money on purchasing toxic chemicals to slowly deteriorate our bodies, in an attempt to feel, smell, and look our best.

Making it a point now, to become informed about the truths of the toxins we intentionally expose ourselves and our children to daily, and begin to slowly remove them from our daily routines and habits. Learn what they are, what their role and function is in our products, which of our products they can be found in, and what health related concerns they are associated with.

On the journey to becoming “green” we also can learn what “natural” alternatives we have in making better choices for ourselves and our families, and taking back control of our long term health and vitality.

Below is a list of the top 10 chemicals found in our every day hygiene products which we can begin to eliminate immediately! Alternatives are purchasing organic products from health and wellness stores, or simply making your own homemade products with the use of things like coconut oil and essential oils.

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~ For a FULL list of the 30 most toxic chemicals found in our products ~

The Dirt 30 – A List of Toxic Chemicals Found in Everyday Hygiene and Household Products

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Photo Courtesy of Green Peace

1)  SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS)
     SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES)
2)  AMMONIUM LAURYL SULFATE (ALS)
     AMMONIUM LAURETH SULFATE (ALES)

Function:
Surfactant
Penetration enhancer
Helps to create lather

Present in:
Cosmetics
Shampoo
Mouthwash
Toothpaste
Various other personal care products

Health concerns:
Alters skin structure
Allows other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin, inhibiting the skins ability protect
Makes it easier for other chemicals that reach the bloodstream
Irritant
Studies show strong negative effects on sensory organs

3)  PARABENS (METHYL, ETHYL, PROPYL AND BUTYL)

Function:
Preservative
Anti-bacterial agent

Present in:
Cosmetics
Various other personal care products

Health concerns:
Alters hormone levels
Increases risk for certain types of cancer
Impairs fertility
Alteration of the development of a fetus or young child
Studies have found parabens in breast tumors
Probable skin toxicant
Studies show negative effects on the brain and nervous system

4)  THE THREE T’s

  • TRICLOSAN (derivative of agent orange) (1% of 1 billion is highly toxic)

Function:
Anti-bacterial agent
Deodorant
Preservative
Biocide
Reduces and controls bacterial contamination on the hands and on treated products

Present in:
Antibacterial soaps
Hand sanitizer
Deodorants,
Toothpastes
Mouthwashes
Face wash
Various cleaning supplies
Restricted in Japan and Canada.

Health concerns:
Endocrine disrupter
Carcinogen; easily bio-accumulates to dangerous levels
Irritant
Studies show reproductive and other broad systematic effects
Potentially contaminated with impurities linked to cancer and other significant health problems
Studies have shown it can actually induce cell death when used in mouth washes
Scientists believe the run off down drains, into bodies of water and soil is one of the main causes for the proliferation of super bugs.

  • TOLUENE

Function:
Antioxidant
Solvent to improve adhesion and gloss

Present in:
Nail polish
Hair dye

Health concerns:
Highly toxic to liver and lungs
Developmental, nervous system and respiratory toxin
Cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, renal and sense organ toxin
Carcinogen and reproductive toxin
Irritant
Highly flammable

  • TALC

Function:
Absorbs moisture
Anti-caking agent
Bulking agent

Present in:
Blush
All forms of powder, including baby powder
Eye shadow
Deodorant

Health concerns:
Carcinogen
Linked to ovarian cancer
Talc particles are similar to asbestos particles
Respiratory Toxin
Data suggests that it can cause tumors in the lungs

5)  PROPYLENE GLYCOL (main ingredient in anti-freeze!)

Function:
Solvent – wetting substance
Penetration enhancer
Conditions the skin
Controls viscosity
Keeps products from melting in high, or freezing in low, temps

Present in:
Cosmetics
Shampoo / conditioner
Toothpaste
Numerous personal care products
Some packaged foods
Ice cream – prevents ice crystals
Artificial sweeteners – humectant, preserving moisture, preventing mold and bacteria from developing
Icing / Frosting – alginate, causing your icing to foam

Health concerns:
Alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin
Increase in the amount of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream
Studies show:
negative reproductive effects
Positive mutation results
Brain and nervous system effects
Endocrine disruption

6)  OXYBENZONE (BENZPENONE-3) (product name, followed by neg (-) / pound (#) sign = synthetic)

Function:
Sunscreen Agent
Ultraviolet Light Absorber
UV Absorber
UV Filter

Present in:
Sunscreens
Makeup

Health concerns:
Associated with photoallergic reactions
Immunotoxicity
Carcinogen
Endocrine disrupter

Enhanced skin absorption and bioaccumulates to dangerous levels
Biochemical cellular changes
Developmental and reproductive toxicity
Found in breastmilk

7)  LEAD and LEAD COMPOUNDS

Function:
Colorant

Present in:
Hair products – dye
Found in 60% of lipsticks (but it won’t be on the label)
Restricted in Canada

Health concerns:
Carcinogen
Developmental, respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive toxicant
Reduced fertility
Studies show metabolic, brain and nervous system effects
Suspected nano-scale ingredients with potential to absorb into the skin

8)  ALUMINUM ZIRCONIUM and OTHER ALUMINUM COMPOUNDS

Function:
Used to control sweat and odor in the underarms by slowing down the production of sweat

Present in:
Antiperspirants
Banned by EU

Health concerns:
Linked to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease
May be linked to breast cancer
Neurotoxin
Nervous system, respiratory, and developmental toxin

9)  PETROLEUM (PETROLATUM)

Function:
Forms barrier on skin
Makes lipsticks shine
Creams smoother
Inexpensive skin softener

Present in:
Cosmetics
Mineral oil
Baby oil
Lip care
Banned by EU

Health concerns:
May be contaminated with impurities
Linked to cancer or other significant health problems
Softens skin while damaging it in the process

10) PHTHALATES (DIBUTYL PHTHALATES)

Function:
Fragrance ingredient (labeled as “fragrance” or “parfum”)
Plasticizer (this chemical will actually soften plastics)
Solvent

Present in:
Numerous cosmetics
Various personal care products (including scented feminine hygiene products)
Banned in EU.

Health concerns:
Immune system toxicant
Developmental and reproductive toxin
Associated with kidney failure
Respiratory toxicant
Probable neurotoxin
Carcinogen
Endocrine disruptor

Bio-accumulative in wildlife

Reference Resources and additional Readers

Green Peace
Teens Turning Green
Environmental Working Group

The Dirty 30 ~ A List of Toxic Chemicals Found in Everyday Hygiene and Household Products

tampons-bad-for-you1.       CHEMICAL: ALUMINUM ZIRCONIUM and OTHER
          ALUMINUM COMPOUNDSFunction: Used to control sweat and odor in the underarms by slowing down the production of sweat.Present in: Antiperspirants. Banned by EU.

Health concerns: Linked to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease; may be linked to breast cancer; probable neurotoxin; possible nervous system, respiratory, and developmental toxin.

2.       CHEMICAL: BENZYL ACETATE

Function: Solvent; hidden within “fragrance.”

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: Linked to pancreatic cancer; easily absorbs into skin causing quick systemic effects; animal studies show hyperemia of the lungs; possible gastrointestinal, liver, and respiratory toxicant; possible neurotoxin.

3.       CHEMICAL: BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE and BENZETHONIUM CHLORIDEFunction: Antimicrobial agent, deodorant, preservative, biocide.

Present in: Moisturizer, sunscreen, facial cleanser, acne treatment, pain relief. Restricted in Japan and Canada.

Health concerns: Immune system toxicant; may trigger asthma; possible organ system toxicant; animal studies show endocrine disruption and brain, nervous system, respiratory and blood effects; possible carcinogen.

4.       CHEMICAL: BRONOPOL

Function: Preservative.

Present in: Moisturizer, body wash, facial cleanser, makeup remover, anti-aging products. Restricted in Canada.

Health concerns: Immune system toxicant; lung and skin toxicant; animal studies show endocrine disruption and gastrointestinal, brain and nervous system effects; irritant.

5.       CHEMICAL: BUTYL ACETATE

Function: Solvent in polishes and treatments, prevents chipping.

Present in: Nail polish and nail treatments.

Health concerns: Repeated exposure causes skin dryness and cracking; vapors may induce drowsiness or dizziness; flammable.

6.       CHEMICAL: BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE (BHT)/ BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE (BHA)

Function: Anti-Oxidant; slows down the rate at which product ingredients change in color.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Banned by EU.

Health Concerns: Immune system toxicant; endocrine disruptor; probable human carcinogen; animal studies show brain, liver, neurotoxin, reproductive and respiratory toxicant.

7.       CHEMICAL: ETHOXYLATED INGREDIENTS:CETEARETH/PEG COMPOUNDS

Function: Surfactant, emulsifying or cleansing agent, penetration enhancer.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: Animal studies show brain, nervous system and sense organ effects; irritant; reproductive and skin toxin, alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin and increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream; may contain harmful impurities.

8.       CHEMICAL: COAL TAR

Function: Controls itching and eczema, softens and promotes the dissolution of hard, scaly, rough skin, also used in hair dyes.

Present in: Shampoo and Hair Dye. Banned by Canada and EU.

Health concerns: Known human carcinogen; skin and respiratory toxicant.

9.       CHEMICAL: COCAMIDE DEA/ LAURAMIDE DEA

Function: used as foaming agents in shampoos and bath products, and as emulsifying agents in cosmetics; foaming and cleansing agents for “mouth feel.”

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: Human immune system toxicant; forms carcinogenic nitrosamine compounds if mixed with nitrosating agents; animal studies show sense organ effects and skin irritation; may contain harmful impurities.

10.   CHEMICAL: DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA)

Function: pH adjuster.

Present in: Sunscreen, moisturizer, foundation, hair color.

Health concerns: Skin and immune system toxicant; possible carcinogen; irritant; animal studies show endocrine disruption and neuro developmental, brain and nervous system effects; may trigger asthma.

11.   CHEMICAL: ETHYL ACETATE

Function: Solvent.

Present in: Nail polish products, mascara, tooth whitening, perfume.

Health concerns: Probable neurotoxin; possible nervous system toxin; possible carcinogen; irritant; highly flammable

12.   CHEMICAL: FORMALDEHYDE

Function: Disinfectant, germicide, fungicide, preservative.

Present in: Deodorant, nail polish, soap, shampoo, shaving cream. Restricted in Canada. Banned by EU.

Health concerns: Immune system, repertory, hematological, and skin toxicant; probable carcinogen and cardiovascular toxicant; can damage DNA; may trigger asthma; animal studies show sense organ, brain, and nervous system effects; possible human development toxicant.

13.   CHEMICAL: FORMALDEHYDE-RELEASING PRESERVATIVES ( QUATERNIUM-15, DMDM HYDANTOIN, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA AND IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, DEA, MEA, TEA)

Function: Anti-microbial preservative.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: Forms nitrosamines when in the presence of amines such as MEA, DEA and TEA; probable immune system, blood, cardiovascular and skin toxicant; possible carcinogen; animal studies show endocrine disruption, nervous system and organ system effects; may contain harmful impurities.

14.   CHEMICAL: FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)

Function: Deodorant, masking, perfuming

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: Immune system toxicant; possible neurotoxin; can contain between 10 and 300 different chemicals, many of which have never been tested for safety; see phthalates. Labeling can be confusing. If uncertain, check with manufacture.

15.   CHEMICAL: HYDROQUINONE

Function: Antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, skin bleaching agent, hair colorant.

Present in: Skin fading/lightener, facial moisturizer, anti-aging, sunscreen, hair color, facial cleanser and moisturizer. Restricted in Canada.

Health concerns: Immune system and respiratory toxicant; probable neurotoxin; possible carcinogen; irritant; animal studies show endocrine disruption.

16.   CHEMICAL: IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE

Function: Preservative.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels. Restricted in Japan.

Health concerns: Human toxicant; possible liver immune system toxin; allergenic.

17.   CHEMICAL: LEAD and LEAD COMPOUNDS

Function: Colorant.

Present in: Hair dye, hair products. Traces found in some red lipstick. Restricted in Canada.

Health concerns: Probable carcinogen; developmental, respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive toxicant; reduced fertility; animal studies show metabolic, brain and nervous system effects; suspected nano-scale ingredients with potential to absorb into the skin

18.   CHEMICAL: METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE (MI/MCI) and METHYLCHLOROISOTHAIZOLINONE

Function: Preservative.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels. Restricted in Canada and Japan.

Health concerns: Immune system toxicant; animal studies show restricted growth of the axons and dendrites of immature nerves, neurotoxicity and positive mutation results; can lead to a malfunction in the way neurons communicate with each other; especially detrimental to  a developing nervous system.

19.   CHEMICAL: Oxybenzone (BENZPENONE-3)

Function: Sunscreen Agent; Ultraviolet Light Absorber, UV Absorber; UV Filter.

Present in: Sunscreens and makeup

Health concerns: Associated with photoallergic reactions and immunotoxicity.  Probable carcinogen and endocrine disrupter; Enhanced skin absorption and bioaccumulates to dangerous levels; biochemical cellular changes.  Developmental and reproductive toxicity.

20.   CHEMICAL: PARABENS (METHYL, ETHYL, PROPYL AND BUTYL)

Function: Preservative and anti-bacterial agent.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: May alter hormone levels, possibly increasing risk for certain types of cancer, impaired fertility, or alteration of the development of a fetus or young child; studies have found parabens in breast tumors; probable skin toxicant; animal studies show brain and nervous system effects.

21.   CHEMICAL: PETROLATUM (PETROLEUM)

Function: Forms barrier on skin; makes lipsticks shine and creams smoother; inexpensive skin softener.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels. Banned by EU.

Health concerns: May be contaminated with impurities, linked to cancer or other significant health problems.

22.   CHEMICAL: PHTHALATES (DIBUTYL PHTHALATES)

Function: Fragrance ingredient, plasticizer, solvent.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels. Banned in EU.

Health concerns: Immune system toxicant; developmental and reproductive toxin; respiratory toxicant; probable neurotoxin; possible carcinogen and endocrine disruptor; bio-accumulative in wildlife.

23.   CHEMICAL: P-PHENYLENEDIAMINE (PPD)

Function: Hair colorant.

Present in: Hair dye, shampoo, hair spray. Restricted in Canada.

Health concerns: Immune system and respiratory toxicant; probable neurotoxin; eczema; possible nervous system, skin, kidney and liver toxicant; irritant; may trigger asthma and gastritis; shown to cause cancer in animal studies.

24.   CHEMICAL: PROPYLENE GLYCOL

Function: Solvent, penetration enhancer, conditions skin, controls viscosity and keeps products from melting in high or freezing when it is cold.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: Alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin and increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream; animal studies show reproductive effects, positive mutation results, brain and nervous system effects and endocrine disruption.

25.   CHEMICAL: SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE

Function: Surfactant, penetration enhancer.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: Alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin, increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream; Irritant; animal studies show sense organ effects.

26.   CHEMICAL: TALC

Function: Absorbs moisture, anti-caking agent, bulking agent.

Present in: Blush, powder, eye shadow, baby powder, deodorant.

Health concerns:  Carcinogen; link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer; talc particles are similar to asbestos particles and data suggests that it can cause tumors in the lungs; probable respiratory toxin;

27.   CHEMICAL: TOLUENE

Function: Antioxidant, solvent to improve adhesion and gloss.

Present in: Nail polish and hair dye.

Health concerns: Liver toxin; probable developmental, nervous system and respiratory toxin; possible cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, renal and sense organ toxin; possible carcinogen and reproductive toxin; irritant; highly flammable;

28.   CHEMICAL: TRICLOSAN

Function: Anti-bacterial agent, deodorant, preservative, biocide. Reduces and controls bacterial contamination on the hands and on treated products.

Present in: Antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, mouthwashes, face wash and cleaning supplies. Restricted in Japan and Canada.

Health concerns: Probable endocrine disrupter and carcinogen; easily bio-accumulates to dangerous levels; irritant; animal studies show reproductive and other broad systematic effects; potentially contaminated with impurities linked to cancer and other significant health problems; studies have shown it can actually induce cell death when used in mouth washes.

29.   CHEMICAL: TREITHANOLAMINE (TEA)

Function: Fragrance ingredient, pH adjuster, surfactant.

Present in: Hand & body lotion, shaving creams, soap, shampoo, bath powders and moisturizer.

Health concerns: Immune system toxicant; possible carcinogen; animal studies show endocrine disruption; may trigger asthma; forms carcinogenic nitrosamine compounds if mixed with nitrosating agents.

30.   CHEMICAL: 1,4 DIOXANE

Function: Penetration enhancer

Present in: Body lotion, moisturizers, sunless tanning products, baby soap, anti-aging products..

Health concerns: EPA classifies it as a probable carcinogen found in 46 of 100 personal care products marketed as organic or natural, and the National Toxicology Program considers it a known animal carcinogen.  Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4 dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs of humans.  It may also irritate the skin.

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12 Ways to Naturally Ease Through Morning Sickness and Find Comfort and Health Through Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Morning Sickness ~ or ~ Hyperemesis Gravidarum

While all have a clear understanding that “morning sickness” is something that just comes with the territory that is “being with child,” many are not as familiar with the extreme, persistent and severe phenomenon known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It is estimated that 70-80% of women experience some form of “morning sickness” in the early stages of pregnancy. Loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, vomiting… You get the idea. The symptoms tend to ease up coming into the second trimester of pregnancy. Finally feeling rejuvenated and refreshed, women begin to love and enjoy being pregnant! For .2-3% of those women however, that moment of rejuvenating refreshment never comes.

Morning SicknessHyperemesis Gravidarum
Nausea sometimes accompanied by vomitingNausea accompanied by severe vomiting
Nausea that subsides by 12 weeks gestation, or soon afterNausea that does not subside
Vomiting can be between 2-3 times per day, usually in the mornings or when first waking for the dayVomiting can be between 8-9 times per day, anytime throughout the day or night
You lose little if any weight
(And continue to gain at a moderate rate)
You lose 5-20 pounds or more
(> 5% of pre-pregnancy weight)
Nausea and vomiting do not interfere with your ability to eat or drink enough each day and it does not cause severe dehydrationNausea causes you to eat very little throughout the day and the vomiting causes severe dehydration
Vomiting is infrequent and the nausea is episodic but not severeYou vomit often and may vomit bile or blood if not treated. Nausea is usually moderate to severe and constant
It may cause discomfort and a temporary feeling of misery which subsides rather quicklyIt can cause extreme discomfort and a severe and relentless feeling of misery that does not subside and can lead to depression
Dietary and/or lifestyle changes are enough to help you feel better most of the timeMore drastic dietary and/or lifestyle changes are required simply to bring a managed level of comfort
Essential Oils, Herbal Teas, and Homeopathy can make symptoms almost non-existentMedications such as phenothiazines, odansetron, metoclopramide, IV fluid, antihistamines, and antacids may all be necessary
Symptoms typically fade and begin to improve towards the end of the first trimester, but can be a little queasy at times during the remainder of your pregnancyYou usually feel somewhat better by mid-pregnancy, but you may continue to be nauseous and/or vomit until late pregnancy
You will be able to work most days and care for your family as normalYou will likely be unable to work for weeks or months, and may need help caring for yourself and other members of your family
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Signs, Symptoms & Side-Effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • Food aversions
  • Poor sense of taste
  • Weight loss of 5% or more of pre-pregnancy weight
  • Decrease in urination
  • Constipation
  • Dehydration
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Fainting spells
  • Pallor (paleness)
  • Jaundice
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Pins & Needles feeling in hands and feet
  • Secondary anxiety/depression

Understanding “Morning Sickness”
and the Phenomenon that is Hyperemesis Gravidarum

To begin to fully understand why women experience “morning sickness” during pregnancy in the first place, and the phenomenon that is hyperemesis gravidarum, we should first look at the specifics that occur at the early part of pregnancy and conception. Once fertilized, the egg within the women’s body becomes viewed as a foreign object. A women’s body will then have a natural immune response to the fertilized egg, and make an attempt to expel the “foreign object” from the body. In an effort for the body to counter this natural reaction and protect the baby from this immune response, the corpus lutem (the source of the egg or ovum in the ovary) will secrete the hormone we commonly know as HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. The corpus luteum will continue to secrete the hormone HCG as a safety measure until the placenta has fully developed, at which time, the placenta will then take over protection of the baby.

HCG is also responsible for the continued secretion of progesterone, which plays a vital role in the enrichment of the blood supply to the uterus, whereby creating the ideal atmosphere within the uterus for the embryo to grow. Progesterone is also involved in the preparation of the lining of the uterus for fertilization, so that the embryo can attach, rather than being discarded as an unfertilized egg during a normal menstruation cycle.

Morning Sickness
It is this battle of hormones within a women’s body which is the major contributing factor in the occurrence of “morning sickness.” This battle is between the body’s immune response and the maternal organs. The immune response to expel what it views as a “foreign object,” and the maternal organs guard to protect what it knows to be miraculous life.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum
“Morning sickness” becomes this severe state when the battle of the hormones continues even after the placenta has fully developed, and in an effort to control the battle and protect the baby, the maternal organs continue to secrete large amounts of HCG into the system. The level of HCG within the body then becomes more than the woman’s body is capable of coping with, whereby causing more than usual amounts of nausea and vomiting than is typically associated with pregnancy, leading to the distressing side-effects of hyperemesis gravidarum. All of this can and does have a negative effect on the growth of the developing baby and professional, medical advice and care should be sought out.

  • It has been found to be genetic. You can read the full article here.
  • It is more common in pregnancies where twins, triplets or more are involved.

The Miracle of it
While in the throws of hugging / cursing the porcelain thrown, it is often all to easy to forget that what is happening within your body is a miraculous thing. Your maternal organs are fighting to protect your baby from it’s natural response to something the body doesn’t recognize as part of itself. Your body does not recognize it’s make-up as part of you, and that is because it isn’t you. It is part of you and part of your partner. Your baby is it’s own person, while from you, your baby is also a separate individual, with a unique make-up which contains the genetic bond between you and your partner.

Emotionally and spiritually it can be so helpful in your healing and coping process to remember that every time you are nauseous or you throw up, it is because your body is fighting hard to protect that little miraculous life growing within your womb. Looking at it in this manner, the attitude of misery and state of depression can be transformed into a positive and almost gratefulness for the wondrous power and strength that your body has to sustain this little life until mature enough to come earthside into your arms.

You want this battle! Every discomforting feeling can bring hope, as you are one step closer and your baby is being protected by the perfect and divine design of your maternal body.

~ On a Spiritual Note ~

So many women are gaining perspective and confidence in the capabilities and power that exists within their bodies. There is no journey a women will ever go through where she will experience first-hand the miraculous awe and wonder of what her body was divinely designed to do… Give Birth…No matter how prepared you think you are, or how unprepared you think you are, experiencing God in HIS presence during your pregnancy, and allowing Him to equip you with all of the necessary tools to experience Him in your labor and birth and through postpartum is one of the most vital blessings that you can bestow upon yourself.

Within the chapters of Redeeming Childbirth, is a dedication meant to encouraging all women spiritually, emotionally, and physically during this long journey into motherhood.

“I believe this is the ultimate need and most effective “medication” for not just coping or surviving, but thriving in spite of the physical experiences that can so often discourage women and even lead them into depression.”
~ Angie Tolpin

Find strength from the Word to apply strength within your spirit… and look forward to experiencing God in a new way as you take each step in this blessed journey.

Redeeming Childbirth: Experiencing His Presence in Pregnancy, Labor, Childbirth, and Beyond
By Angie Tolpin
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Natural Remedies
to Ease “Morning Sickness”

and Find Comfort and Health Through the Trials of
Hyperemsis Gravidarum

 

* Please Note *
When choosing a brand of Essential Oil, Herb or Supplement,
it is vitally important to choose based on quality, not cost.
(Always research the company, the founder, philosophy, quality, sourcing location and method, etc.)

All Essential Oil Recommendations are Based on the Quality of dōTERRA Essential Oils, ONLY.

 

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1) Ginger


Ginger is a common and useful remedy in Chinese medicine. Ginger is very calming and eases nausea greatly. It is based on the system of yin and yang and other opposing factors, including heat and cold. Ginger is a hot (yang) remedy and can be a huge benefit to you during pregnancy if you are on the opposing cold (ying) end. If you often wrap yourself in blankets, layer your clothing or find the need to drink hot drinks for warmth, generally feel introspective and disinterested in your surroundings, then ginger is a perfectly suited internal balancer for you. If you find yourself on the hot (yang) end, then it is possible that it can make your body more off-balance, whereby making your symptoms and feelings of sickness worse.

 

Ginger Essential Oil
Essential oils are the most potent and effective means of encouraging healing within the body. When choosing an Essential Oil it is imperative to choose by Grade and not by cost. There is a huge difference between an aromatic grade essential oil, which should never be ingested or absorbed into the skin, and a certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil, which can be ingested / absorbed into the body. dōTERRA Ginger Essential Oil is the highest quality you can get and there is no comparison in the health benefits with any other brand of essential oil.

  • Aromatically Diffused, delighting the senses
  • Applied topically to the skin, but should be diluted in a carrier oil for young or sensitive skin
  • Rubbed on the abdomen or bottoms of the feet to aid in nausea
  • Can be ingested internally by placing 1-2 drops into a capsule

Ginger Tincture
The general Ginger Tincture dose is 2-3 dropperfuls, or about 60 drops and can be taken 3-5 times per day.

Ginger Tea
Grate some fresh ginger root and add 2 teaspoons to a cup of boiling distilled water, let steep and strain the ginger gratings. While the response from using fresh ginger root is going to be the best, you can also purchase Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger Tea. Drink 2-3 cups a day.

Ginger Capsules
Nature’s Way makes an all natural organic capsule of powdered ginger. Start with a minimal dose and work your way up till you find the right amount (of internal balance) for you, as each individual is different. Be mindful that ingesting too much ginger can have a hallucinogenic response, if overdone. Listen intuitively to your body and find what is right for you. Be aware also that there is often a break down in the absorption of any herb when ingested via capsule. Capsules are not generally easily absorbed and sometimes the herbs are burnt in the powdering process. Again, brand specific is important when choosing an herb or powdered herb.

Ginger-Ale
Sipping some mild bubbly is often comforting to the stomach. Do keep in mind that many products on the market only contain a flavoring of ginger and do not actually contain ‘real’ ginger at all. It is important to purchase a good quality ginger-ale from your local health food / wholefoods store.

Dehydrated Ginger
YEP! Just slice up your ginger root and dehydrate it. Keep a few pieces by your bedside or in your pocket as you are out and about. As you begin to feel nauseous, or if a smell affects you, simply pull a piece out and chew on it!

Cooking and Meals
Try adding ginger to your diet and cooking with it by grating or grounding fresh ginger root into your foods.

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2) Peppermint

While Ginger is the hot (yang), Peppermint is the cold (yin). If you constantly feel hot and are needing or wanting to remove layers of clothing, desire cold cold drinks, feel hot and bothered and red in the face, are generally hot tempered and feeling irritable then Peppermint is the Herb for you! Peppermint also aids the ailments of irritable bowel syndrome, digestive problems and spastic colon.

Be mindful that if you are using any type of homeopathy, mint of any kind is an anecdote, as the strong mint aroma will stop homeopathic remedies from being effective.

 

Peppermint Essential Oil
Again, when choosing an Essential Oil it is imperative to choose by Grade and not by cost. Essential oils are extremely potent. For example, 1 drop of dōTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil is equivalent to drinking 30 cups of peppermint tea.

  • Aromatically Diffused, delighting the senses
  • Mix in hands with a carrier oil, hands cupped over nose and mouth, inhale deeply
  • Applied topically to the skin, but should be diluted in a carrier oil for young or sensitive skin
  • Rubbed on the abdomen or bottoms of the feet to aid in nausea
  • Can be ingested internally by placing 1-2 drops into a capsule

Peppermint Tea
Fill a glass pitcher with distilled water and ice, and then add in fresh peppermint leaves! Drink drink drink. It is refreshing, calming to the digestive system, reduces nausea and keeps you hydrated. Traditional Medicinals Peppermint Tea is also a lovely option. Drink 2-3 cups a day.

Peppermint Leaves and Candies
Having peppermint leaves or candies to chew or suck on can also be very helpful.

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As explained above Essential Oils (EO) are organic substances which are derived from the volatile liquid within plants. EO are convenient, quick and easy to use and can enhance the bodies own natural ability to maintain a healthy state of vitality. They promote healing by supporting and encouraging the balance within the body without harmful side effects or chemically laced products.

~ Please note ~
When selecting Essential Oils it is important to make sure they are therapeutic, food grade oils, and not perfume grade

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3) Essential Oils

There are many different companies on the market today for essential oils, however, not all are created equal. The lists and blends contained here are based off of the use of essential oils from dōTERRA, pure therapeutic and food grade oils which are certified above organic. They can be used topically, ingested and diffused.

 

Cost is often an initial concern in the purchase of a therapeutic grade essential oil, just looking at the size of the bottle and the $$ Dollar Amount $$. So lets break it down.

    • Each 15 ml bottle (1/2 oz) contains 250 drops.
    • Each treatment uses between 1-3 drops of oil, as they are extremely potent.
    • This comes out to a total cost of 1-5 cents per treatment.

When you really examine the amount spent on prescription and over the counter drugs, which add up quickly, you have to wonder what is really cost effective…? The truly expensive drugs which usually only mask the symptoms without treating or healing the problem within the body, are chemically laced and have lengthy lists of possible side-effects, often requiring another drug to counter act those side-effects… Or the pure organic therapeutic grade oils, with no adverse side-effects, that promote the body in truly healing itself completely…? The essential oils are not only better for you and a permanent means of true healing, but they are also less expensive in the long run! More bang for your buck!

~ For more information please see my full article ~
Benefits of Essential Oils Throughout Pregnancy, Labor and into Postpartum

Ginger and Peppermint
Are without a doubt the most beneficial essential oils for symptoms related to morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum. Determine your Yin -or- yang, as explained above, for which one to begin with.

DigestZen
This is a specific blend to dōTERRA only. Many essential oils have been recognized through research as powerful agents to help restore normal balance in the digestive system. DigestZen takes advantage of these well-established therapeutic compounds in a propriety blend of pure essential oils. Containing the perfect blend of ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander, and anise, each having specific attributes which add to the overall efficacy of this potent blend.

  • DigestZen Essential Oil
  • Diffuse
  • Rub onto abdomen or the bottoms of feet, no carrier oil necessary
  • Can also be taken internally, 1-2 drops under the tongue, in capsules, or in distilled water or tea

Slim & Sassy
While commonly known for it’s natural means of managing weight and energy, especially in the postpartum stage, this blend has also been shown to be very effective for many women during the the morning sickness phase of pregnancy by managing hunger, calming the stomach and lifting the mood. Slim & Sassy is a propriety formula of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils.

  • Slim & Sassy Essential Oil
  • Diffuse
  • Mix with a carrier oil and rub onto abdomen or bottoms of feet
  • Can also be taken internally in capsules or in distilled water or tea, 4 drops per treatment

~ To Purchase dōTERRA Essential Oils ~
Blooming Essentials by dōTERRA

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4) Homeopathy

You should ideally see a qualified Naturopathic Physician, Midwife, or Holistic Practitioner prior to taking homeopathic remedies when you are pregnant. For many, this is not an option when it comes to location or insurance. If you are going to undertake your own homeopathic care, always choose the 30c strength tablet and be mindful of the changes within your body from such remedy, and adjust accordingly to your bodies needs. Increase number of tablets until you find the specific amount for your individual body.

Homeopathic Phosphorus
Boiron Homeopathic Phosphorus 30c, often recommended by Midwives, is a natural supplement with a strong punch which for many women suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum, is considered a homeopathic gift from God. When taken as directed on the bottle, it can lessen the occurrences of nausea and vomiting from 8-9 times per day, down to 3-4 times, or even less, depending on the individual and the severity of the response to the battling hormones.

~ Please Note ~
Boiron Homeopathic Pellets have a sugar base which may interfere with the balance and treatment of gestational diabetes.

Mint is an anecdote to homeopathy and should also be avoided while under going any kind of homeopathic treatment.
DO NOT USE IN CONJUNCTION WITH PEPPERMINT

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5) Herbal Tinctures

The liquid extract form of an herb is referred to as a tincture. A tincture is the next best way to intake an herb, as the liquid menstrum (generally alcohol) extracts even more chemicals than water which would be the method used in the extraction process of steeping tea. The alcohol also preserves the herbs so that they have a shelf life which lasts for many years. Tinctures mostly bypass digestion and are then easily and efficiently absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

In acute or severe related symptoms, liquid tinctures are preferred over dried encapsulated remedies. Tinctures are absorbed immediately the moment they enter the mouth, bringing an almost instant response. When battling morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, the digestive system is not functioning optimally and this can diminish the benefits of an encapsulated herb whose capsule first needs to be disintegrated to release the herb and then digestion must occur over the next 45 minutes to ensure absorption into the bloodstream. When the digestive system is not assimilating well, there is a breakdown in this process, leaving much of the herb to be passed through the body, or vomited, in this case, as waste.

If you are sensitive to the overwhelming taste of the alcohol and bitterness of a tincture, it can be dissipated in a cup of hot distilled water, and allowed to rest for 20-30 minutes before consumption.

For those who feel the need to avoid alcohol altogether, it would be important to note that the amount of alcohol in any given dose of alcohol based herbal tincture, is the same as can be found in one ripe banana.

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6) Sea-Band is a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. Because the bands do not use drugs, they do not cause any of the side effects associated with anti-nausea drugs and can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous. They are suitable for adults and children. It doesn’t get much more natural than this.

~ Instructions given directly from the Sea-Bands website ~

Sea-Bands may be used to relieve motion sickness, morning sickness and vomiting, as well as nausea and vomiting associated with cancer. To ensure your Sea-Bands work properly, please follow the instructions below to position your wristbands correctly.

  • Place your middle three fingers on the inside of your wrist with the edge of the third finger on the wrist crease. The Nei-Kuan point is just under the edge of your index finger between the two central tendons.
  • Position the button facing downward over the Nei-Kuan point. Repeat the process for the other wrist.
  • One band must be worn on each wrist to be effective. Sea-Bands can be put onto your wrist before you start travelling, or after you have started your journey.
  • Sea-Band is suitable for adults and children.
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7) Chiropractic Care

I honestly believe that Chiropractic Care is the cure all for almost any ailment or sickness within the body. Many families are beginning to move away from modern “medical” care and seeing a Chiropractor on a regular basis, (every month or every few months) and schedule to see them at the first sign of an imbalance of any kind within the body. Regular Chiropractic Care is the best preventative measure towards maintaining optimal health.

The benefits of Chiropractic Care throughout the duration of pregnancy and into postpartum are immeasurable.

  • 24% Shorter Labors
  • Proper Pelvic Alignment
  • Removes any interference to the nervous system
  • 84% increase in back pain relief
  • Less likely to have back labor
  • Webster technique for encouraging breech babies to turn sunny side up!
  • Increased Breastmilk
  • The list goes on and on!!!

When it comes to morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum, some women are able to completely alleviate the nausea with chiropractic care. All pregnancies are different with their own set of hormone dynamics. Depending on the pregnancy this can be a very effective treatment for nausea and vomiting, overall wellness, and comfort. Not to mention that it has HUGE benefits for all areas of your pregnancy journey!

Take the time to find the right Chiropractor for you! Not all are equal, and not all Chiropractors specialize in Chiropractic Care specific to the pregnant woman. Find one who is trained, skilled and experienced in Prenatal Chiropractic Care.

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8) Proper Diet

While this is undoubtedly a no brainer, it can be extremely difficult to even consider what a proper diet entails when you are vomiting upwards of 8-9 times per day.

Eating a significant amount of protein right before going to bed at night can be immensely helpful for many woman in ensuring a smoother transition in the mornings. Midwife Stephanie Fritz recommends consuming as much as twenty to thirty grams of protein before bed to stay ahead of the impending sickness that many woman suffer as the sun rises.

Keeping a protein bar, saltine crackers, and some dehydrated ginger chips by the bedside, and taking small bites and nibbles during midnight bathroom trips, as well as before even sitting up first thing in the morning, can be very helpful. This prepares the stomach for gravity once you rise also.

Foods rich in thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and vitamin A, all help to replace what the body loses every time vomiting occurs.

  • Foods high in protein rather than high in fat
  • Moderate carbs
  • Nuts, especially almonds!
  • Cheese
  • Water biscuits
  • Full-cream milk / Coconut Milk / Coconut Water
  • Fresh fruit
  • Avocados
  • Coconut Oil
  • Homemade soups
  • Bone broth
  • Chicken
When the going gets really rough, then it’s time for the rough to get going!Often times a meal replacement supplement can be exactly the energy booster that a women needs to get her through those really rough patches up onto higher ground.

  • Provides the nutrition of a well-balanced healthy meal
  • Naturally filling, satisfing hunger and providing energy
  • Provides live probiotics and enzymes for healthy digestion

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9) Small – Frequent Meals

Eating smaller than usual meals helps the digestive system process on a smaller more manageable level. Just as a breastfeeding baby needs to eat every 2 hours, so should the woman during pregnancy. Smaller meals, more frequently will aid in the digestive process without overwhelming it, and provide the body and baby with a more constant and consistent flow of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and a healthy calorie intake. This is especially important if vomiting occurs regularly throughout the day.

Eating smaller meals also aids the organs as they make-way and move to make room for the growing baby within the uterus.

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10) Short – Regular Walks

Taking a short walk after each meal can help tremendously in aiding the digestive system in processing the small meal you have just eaten.

This not only allows for gravity to work after eating a meal, but the movement also aids in the clearing of the stomach and the bowel.

It is important, even in the last few weeks of pregnancy, to consciously walk with upright posture, giving gravity the best advantage, but also ensuring that the spine and the pelvis remain in proper alignment in preparation for birth.

 

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11) The Perfect Prenatal

Constant vomiting quickly depletes the body of thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and vitamin A. When food intake is minimal, at best, it is vital that these nutrients are replaced from a quality source.Finding a prenatal multi-vitamin that has all the perfect perks, required nutrients, and is cost effective is not an easy challenge. Then when you think you just might have gotten it right you find out the hard way that it also contains ingredients derived from sources that your very sensitive tummy is not looking for… And then there was…New Chapter Perfect Prenatal

“All of New Chapter’s Multi-vitamins are probiotic and whole. The organic herbs and cultured whole-food vitamins & minerals in each formulation work together to promote optimal health and deliver condition-specific benefits – not just address nutrient deficiencies.

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New Chapter’s formulation team takes exacting care with each nutrient in all of our targeted daily Multi-vitamins to benefit the specific needs of the individual. New Chapter Multi-Vitamins are also Non-GMO Project verified – made with organic vegetables and herbs. Perfect Prenatal whole-food complexed multi-vitamin, including targeted levels of whole-food folate, is formulated specifically to nourish mother and baby.”

  • Organic herbs and cultured whole-food complexed vitamins & minerals work together to promote optimal health and condition- specific benefits – not just address nutrient deficiencies.
  • Perfect Prenatal whole-food complexed multi-vitamin, including targeted levels of whole-food folate, is formulated specifically to nourish mother and baby.
  • Cultured and safe for pregnancy organic herbal blend combines whole foods and Class 1 herbs with live probiotics to support a healthy pregnancy.
  • A blend of organic Broccoli, organic Kale, and other organic cruciferous sprouts supports healthy estrogen metabolism and breast health.
  • Once-per-meal formula is easy-to-take, easy-to-digest, and can be taken anytime – even on an empty stomach!

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12) HydrationNeeding to drink an abundance of water is common knowledge. However, when you are vomiting it can be difficult to drink water, knowing that it is just going to come back up.When suffering the symptoms of hyerpemesis gravidarum, the excess of vomiting not only leads to severe dehydration but also an severe lose of electrolytes. Drinking water would be swell and all, but if you are in a way where even your own saliva makes you gag, water is probably just not going to cut it alone.

Most commonly known for electrolyte replacement are many popular sports drinks. For women and families who take great care in what they are consuming, the bulk of the ingredients found in the average store bought sports drink can be kind of scary. Especially after there business practices are researched and an understanding is gained about the manner in which the electrolytes are sourced. Most people are not aware that most electrolyte replacement products on the market today source their electrolytes from aborted fetal cells. See related articles and documentation. Then do your own research. Knowledge, not ignorance!

Coconut Water is one of the best electrolyte replacement sources.

Coco Hydro

  • A high performance electrolyte drink mix made from certified organic coconut water powder.
  • Mineral rich Bali sea salt and ionic trace minerals added to the formula to aid in extreme workouts. (Growing a baby is a pretty extreme workout now!)
  • Fortified with Ionic Trace Minerals from the Great Salt Lake
  • Made from certified organic coconut water
  • Coconuts sourced directly from over 6,000 farmers
  • Available in Lemon-lime, Original, Pomegranate-Raspberry & Pineapple

If you are able to manage with water alone, I would encourage you to invest in a good quality water filter which filters out chlorine and fluoride, if applicable to the water supply where you live. Fluoride is actually a poison. Steam distilled water is the best method but it can be costly upfront, yet saving hundreds in the long run, while saving your kidneys and other organs in the process. Bottled water is never a positive source. Again I encourage you to do your own research, Youtube even has full length documentaries on bottle water companies such as Nestle Pure Life.


The information contained in this Article has not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or otherwise. The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician, Midwife, or other health care professional, but rather as a platform for further education and research on your part. It is always advised to discuss your health care decisions with your Care Provider, personally.

Reference Resources and additional Readers

Heart and Hands: A Midwifes Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
Modern Essentials a Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
Everything Essential
Wishgarden Herbal Remedies
Sea-Bands
BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board
Redeeming Childbirth: Experiencing His Presence in Pregnancy, Labor, Childbirth, and Beyond
Hyperemesis Gravidarum In Pregnancy – Symptoms And Treatments
American Pregnancy Association – Promoting Pregnancy Wellness
New Chapter – Prefect Prenatal
doTERRA
Watch, Learn, Grow – Angie Tolpin
Big Tree Farms – Coco Hydro
Benefits of Essential Oils Throughout Pregnancy, Labor and into Postpartum

The Use of Feminine Care Products And How It Can Possibly Be Affecting Your Fertility

Have you ever considered what is in disposable maxi pads or tampons?

Maxi PadsThe majority of us have probably never even given thought to what effects these kinds of products have on the normal working balance of our bodies and our womanly cycles. It would seem common sense that anything inserted into the body is going to have some kind of effect on the bodies homeostasis balance. Tampon companies frequently do not list the ingredients in their tampon products, or in the least they give vague descriptions such as “fiber finishes” or “fragrance,” without listing specifically what those finishes are or what actually makes up that fragrance so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want to insert that into your body to be absorbed by your vaginal wall, your cervix, your uterus and into your blood stream. Tampons have warning labels for the possible bacterial infection that can be caused by the absorbency fibers of the tampon, known as TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). However, there are no warnings about the many chemicals and carcinogens within the products as well. Women who have used tampons have often complained of rashes, painful dryness and of course yeast and bladder infections. Perhaps there is also a direct correlation between their use and problems such as endometriosis, vulvodynia, and infertility, to name a few.

What Sanitary products (pads and tampons) are made from:

“The materials used to manufacture most pads are derived from the petroleum industry and forestry. The absorbent core, made from chlorine bleached wood pulp, could be reduced to make slimmer products with the addition of polyacrylate gels which sucks up the liquid quickly and holds it in a suspension under pressure. The remaining materials are mostly derived from the petroleum industry, the cover stock used is polypropylene non woven, with the leak-proof barrier made from polyethylene film. The extraction, production and manufacture of these plastics contributes Nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and Carbon dioxide – ozone depleting gases; human toxins that lead to cancer and birth defects as well as chemicals that cause the acidification of trees.”     ~ Wikipedia

Some of the known ingredients in tampons include: cotton, rayon, polyester, polyacrylate, propylene, polyethylene, fiber finishes, and dioxin, which is created during the chlorine bleaching process of the cotton and rayon.

Cotton – If you are choosing a product that contains non-organic cotton then the cotton used in these products has been sprayed by pesticides and herbicides which are known carcinogens. These pesticides and herbicides are being absorbed into your body via your most intimate organs. Each year around 84 million pounds of pesticides are used on the cotton fields of the United States. Of the top 15 pesticides in the United States, 7 of them have been declared as known human carcinogens by The Environmental Protection Agency.

Dioxin – The process by which the cotton is cleaned and sanitized for manufacturing use is known as chlorine bleaching, and it creates Dioxin. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Services, Dioxins are chemical contaminants that are formed during a combustion processes such as waste incineration, forest fires, and backyard trash burning, as well as during some industrial processes such as paper pulp bleaching and herbicide manufacturing. Dioxin works as an anti-estrogen, by binding with Ah receptors which inhibits estrogen receptor binding, which in turn inhibits estrogen action.

Rayon – This is a man made fiber of polymers (wood pulp). Many chemicals are used in its manufacturing process as well as the chlorine bleaching process of the wood pulp which also creates dioxin. Rayon also increases the tampons absorbency, whereby increasing the risk of TSS.

Polyester – This is a synthetic fiber which is made from petroleum, coal, water and air. When these substances are combined with alcohol and acid a chemical reaction takes place, and you have polyester. It only absorbs oils, rather than moisture and it is used in the lining of maxi pads, their wrappers, coatings, and the tampon applicators.

Polyacrylate – Made form acrylic acid and sodium hydroxide, or lye, this polymer is used in feminine pads and diapers for its super absorbency. Each ingredient causes skin irritations; acrylic acid is corrosive and also negatively affects the respiratory system. Sodium hydroxide or the lye which is commonly used in the making of soaps will actually burn the skin on contact.

Polyethylene – Found in the making of pad liners, wrappers and the packaging of feminine care products. This is a thermoplastic polymer which offs-gas and is potentially a skin irritant. Plastics do not allow for good airflow to the vaginal opening which can cause a nasty and uncomfortable rash and become a breeding ground for yeast and bacterial infections.

Organic Tampons

Organic tampons contain 100% organic cotton that has not been showered in carcinogenic pesticides or herbicides. While this seems to be a much better option, the problem that still exists with this is the simple fact that something is still being inserted into the body that is not meant to be there.

 

Have you ever tried to remove a tampon right after inserting it?

Let’s really pause and think on this for a moment…

When you insert a dry piece of fiber into your vagina and then try and remove it immediately it feels stuck, and it is immensely discomforting, almost painful even, to pull on it for removal. As you pull, it begins to tear away at the cotton fiber of the tampon itself, often leaving a certain amount of the cotton fiber behind, still clinging to the inner wall of your vagina. But it also tears away at the lining wall of your vagina. The vaginal wall consists of fatty tissue, which easily absorbs and stores chemicals which should not be there, and very important glands that support the health and well being of the reproductive system. Both tampons and maxi pads disrupt the internal flora that is needed for healthy working womanly parts and the right balance of hormones necessary for conception. Our vagina’s are meant to be a very sacred part of our body and she needs to be treated delicately and with the utmost respect. It is important to be very cautious about what we are exposing her to (just as we are cautious about the partner we choose to share her with) whether it be a chemically laced feminine hygiene product, a personal lubricant,  or a latex condom.

An Option That is Safe

For Your Body, Your Fertility, and Your Environment

CostBenefits of Washable / Reusable Cloth Pads
Let’s take a look at the obvious environmental costs, as well as your personal financial cost.There is an extreme amount of waste product from the use of tampons/pads. Everything from the usable product to the packaging, the applicators, the bag the applicator/pad is individually wrapped in, to the ink and waste product during the manufacturing process in the factory to create a finished product full of pretty designs to entice you into buying a specific product over another. All of this ends up in waste landfills, or in our non-organic compost! While many packages boast about how the applicators are recyclable, have you EVER placed your discarded tampon applicator into your recycle bin!? Would you really want to??? Ummm… NO, Eeeewwww!On average, a woman uses between 300-420 tampons/pads per year, at a financial cost that could be upwards of $225.00 depending on the specific brand that you prefer. If you multiply that by the average 40 years that a woman will cycle, we are talking about a cost of roughly between $8,000 – $9,000 over the course of your life. Let’s not forget the additional financial cost you have when your daughters begin their cycles, along side of yours. Some girls begin their cycles at the age of 11 and 12 years old. That is a minimum of 6 – 7 years with double or triple the cost of feminine care products per month. Many women are taken aback when they first look at the cost of buying cloth pads. While they are certainly not inexpensive when it comes to the upfront cost, they are well worth the investment. That investment is also a one time upfront cost that will more than pay for itself before the year is done and you get to keep using them for years to come, saving you hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars. They are very durable, non-staining (depending on the fabric chosen), and easy to wash and care for.Washable/Reusable cloth pads have a multitude of benefits.

  • No pesticides or herbicides
  • No chlorine bleaching process which means no dioxin
  • No rash, drying, itching, burning
  • No absorbency chemicals, which draw the blood out, rather than it flowing on its own
  • No hormone disruption
  • No more lines or feelings of wearing a diaper
  • AMAZING absorption without sacrificing comfort
  • Breathability as cloth allows air to circulate (no sticky, sweaty)
  • Cycles become more regulated
  • Period bleeds become less heavy
  • Discomfort of headaches, cramping and bloating are drastically lessened
  • Normal vaginal flora is maintained
  • PMS is reduced within a few months of use due to the re-balance of essential hormones
  • Decreased risk of cancer, endometriosis, vulvodynia, and infertility
  • Decrease in the onset of yeast and bladder infections
  • Healthier Environment for yourself, your family, your future children, and their children
  • CUTE and FUN colors and designs as well as custom made sets just for you!
  • Less monthly / yearly feminine hygiene expenses

There are many different companies to choose from to begin building your stash of cloth pads. My personal recommendations for a good quality cloth pad would be through Pink Lemonade Shop or Tree Hugger Mama Cloth. You can choose from amazing matching sets or build your own custom set created to your specific style! Choose your fabric, sizes and colors! Both offer great options and styles of pads sure to meet your hygienic needs. Check them out and find the one that best fits your personal needs and style.

If you have serious concerns or issues with washing your pads, then another GREAT option is the Diva Cup or the Lunette Cup!

 

Reference Resources and additional Readers

Green Facts on health and the environment and the deatils of the Ah receptor
Uses, history and controversies over Rayon fiber
Health safety update from Luna Pads about the reasons behind the sudden disappearance of ob tampons from retailers shelves. The truth be told.
What are sanitary pads
Natural Fertility Info on Tampons and their correlation to infertility
Basic benefits of cloth pads from Natural Family Awareness
History, current synthesis, and uses of superabsorbent polymer
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences health and education on Dioxin
Environmental Working Group’s report and consumer guide on Dioxin
Information and facts on Polyethylene
Information and facts on Polypropylene
Pink Lemonade Cloth Pads
Tree Hugger Mama Cloth