Welcome to Mama Z's ever-growing collection of DIY essential oil body care recipes! Truth is, she's a DIY machine and my children and I are indebted to her for helping us live in a toxic-free home. If you've following me for a while, you know that I am HUGE advocate for living in healthy clean dwelling places, and using all-natural non-toxic products for home and body.
Why I DIY
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has evaluated over 72,000 products and have ranked them in an easy-to-understand guide to make sure that people have a resource to keep their families safe. (1) Check it out for yourself. You'll be surprised that even most “all natural” products aren't what they seem to be!
Exposure to these toxins cannot be avoided, unless you make your own!
Just recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally issued a ruling that officially bans the use of triclocarban, triclosan, and 17 other dangerous chemicals in hand and body washes. These products have been marketed as being which being more effective than good ol’ fashioned soap and water and consumers have been mislead to purchasing them!
“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) said. “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”
Antibacterial product manufacturers have until 2017 to comply with the new law by removing all products from the market or that violate this ruling or remove antibacterial active ingredients. But this still isn’t enough to keep us safe. Triclosan is still in countless other products like deodorants, antiperspirants, body spray and toothpastes. For a list of products that include triclosan, click HERE.
Simply put: antibacterial products kill ALL the bacteria on your hands; including the GOOD bacteria you need for healthy skin and a properly functioning immune system. In fact, they have been shown to weaken your immune system!
Mama Z's DIY Database
Any time Mama Z adds a new recipe to the blog, I will update this database so you can find them all in one place! These recipes will help you avoid toxic body care products and give you the confidence of knowing exactly what's in the products you're using.
Many of my recipes include variations for simple options made from an all-natural pre-made product that you an can add essential oils to. She calls these her “simple recipes” because there aren't a lot of base ingredients to purchase and mixing them up is a breeze. Cause let's face it, we don't always have time to make everything from scratch!
Just click on the images below to be taken directly to the corresponding recipes…
Safety & Drug Interactions
Are you sure you're using essential oils safely and effectively? Are you confused by dilutions and conversions?
Let me help you by taking out the guesswork. Download my FREE dilution chart guide HERE!
When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in long-term human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.
Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family.
CLICK HERE to download my free Essential Oils Dilution Chart!
As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.