Merri and I lived and worked with numerous Andean healers and ayurvedic physicians for many years. This photo was taken as Merri and I hiked into a sacred valley for purification in a grotto where healing waters flow golden from the hidden rock face.
We have taken hundreds there for cleansing ceremonies in…
these waters and this is the healing tool kit the shaman brings. The kit consists of flowers and…
a blend of essential floral oils called “Agua Flores”. The healers know the healing power of essential oils.
One of the most important lessons gained from these healers is that the first rule of good purification is “avoid getting impurities in your body in the first place“!
Merri and I take care in what we eat, drink and especially breathe and put on our skin. The fastest way for any element good or bad to get into the blood stream is via the lungs and the skin.
This is why I smile at our seminars… when delegates ask about my great cologne… telling me how much they like it, even though… I have not used cologne for something like 40 years.
The delegates are picking up the aroma of essential oils I use every day. I use these oils for two important purification reasons.
First, essential oils help balance the system and eliminate impurities.
Second, essential oils eliminate daily applications of numerous toxins that most Westerners are bombarded with.
Since it is difficult for most of us to avoid numerous daily poisons, this message looks at a longevity alternative and begins by showing how and why, FDA regulations can actually make it harder for us to understand what should go on our skin and what should not.
This problem of trust in the government is growing in more sectors than just American health care, but the reality has expanded that health protection provided by the government is not always in the public’s best interest…. but protects big business instead.
Good health care is only available to an increasingly smaller portion of top earners and often really dangerous practices are condoned by health authorities or at the least ignored.
To overcome this problem Merri and I take many steps to improve how we feel each day and hopefully enhance our activity and longevity.
One regular practice on our part is to use essential oils instead of deodorants.
There is a disturbing article about the FDA and deodorants at impact.com entitled “Deodorants, Antiperspirants and Your Health.” This article says: The goal of this article is to provide an overview of the health risks that come with the regular use of most deodorants and all antiperspirants.
If you use deodorants or antiperspirants I recommend you read the entire article (linked below). Here are few key points from it: Sweat has no odor, the familiar unpleasant odor is caused by bacteria that live on our skin and hair. These bacteria metabolize the proteins and fatty acids from our apocrine sweat, causing body odor.
Deodorants deal with the smell by neutralizing it and by killing the bacteria that metabolize the proteins and fatty acids.
Antiperspirants on the other hand, try to prevent sweating by blocking the pores using aluminum. Without sweat, the bacteria cannot metabolize proteins and fatty acids that cause body odor.
Antiperspirants – The Over-The-Counter Drug
It might be a surprise to learn that the antiperspirant you use daily is in fact an over-the-counter (OTC) drug. As mentioned, Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with aluminum salts in order to prevent the release of sweat, effectively changing the function of the body. Antiperspirants are considered to be drugs because they affect the physiology of the body.
Because antiperspirants are drugs, they are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Consequently, every antiperspirant sold in the US has a Drug Identification Number (DIN), which you can find on the label. A document called ‘monograph’ states requirements for categories of nonprescription drugs such as antiperspirants. It defines for example what ingredients may be used and for what intended use. If the standards of the OTC monograph are met, premarket approval of a potentially new OTC product is not necessary.
Antiperspirants contain many ingredients. However, part II and III of this series will focus on the active ingredient for antiperspirants: Aluminum. Most antiperspirants also contain paraben, an ingredient that is also used in deodorants.
As mentioned, deodorants deal with body odor by neutralizing the smell and by killing the bacteria that metabolize the proteins and fatty acids that occur in sweat.
In the last decade one particular ingredient in deodorants has become controversial: Paraben, a widely used preservative. Part IV will focus on paraben and its health effects.
Deodorants and Antiperspirants are Considered to be Safe
Both antiperspirants and deodorants are considered to be safe by the FDA, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and the Mayo Clinic.
However, as you will learn in this series, FDA regulation does not mean that a drug is without danger. Like prescription drugs, the FDA oversees OTC drugs to ensure that they are properly labeled and that their benefits outweigh their risks.
There are many products or ingredients of products that have become controversial in regards to health effects. However, this does not mean that products will be taken off the market until deemed safe. Often, the FDA does not consider the evidence of danger to consumer’s health strong enough to take action.
The FDA will be the main subject of a future article, but if you want to research some of the bad decisions the FDA has made in the past, then Google some examples of product that only got pulled off the shelves when it became too obvious that people were dying due to heart attacks caused by these medications: ‘Vioxx’, ‘Celebrex’ and ‘Bextra’. The conclusion of this debacle according to leading cardiologist Dr. Eric Topol:
Neither of the two major forces in this 5-and-a-half-year affair — neither Merck nor the FDA — fulfilled its responsibilities to the public.
This is also why I have not used deodorants or cologne for decades and use essential oils instead!
Here is another reason.
This chart show shows how many secret chemicals are in various perfumes and colognes. This come from a safecosmetics.org article linked below. This articles tells about secret ingredients in colognes and perfumes that you may not want touching your skin.
Another health warning comes from Mercola.com. Here is an excerpt from that site:
99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Contained This Everyday Chemical (NOT Aluminum)
Recent research found higher concentrations of parabens in the upper quadrants of the breast and axillary area, where antiperspirants are usually applied, suggesting they may contribute to the development of breast cancer. One or more paraben esters were detected in 99 percent of the tissue samples collected from mastectomies. In 60 percent of the samples, all five paraben esters were present.
Overall, topical application of personal care products containing parabens appear to be the greatest source of exposure to these estrogen-mimicking chemicals, far surpassing the risk of the aluminum in antiperspirants.
Aluminum chloride—the active ingredient in antiperspirants—has been found to act similarly to the way oncogenes work to provide molecular transformations in cancer cells. Like parabens, aluminum salts also mimic estrogen, and bioaccumulate in breast tissue, which can raise your breast cancer risk.
Despite the fact that parabens are used in such a wide variety of products, their safety is primarily based on a rat study from 1956, as modern toxicology studies are lacking, and not a single study on the chemicals’ carcinogenity follow acceptable regulatory standard carcinogenity study protocols, according to a recent review.
New research examining parabens found in cancerous human breast tissue points the finger at antiperspirants and other cosmetics for increasing your risk of breast cancer.
The research, which is also reviewed in an editorial published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, looked at where breast tumors were appearing, and determined that higher concentrations of parabens were found in the upper quadrants of the breast and axillary area, where antiperspirants are usually appliedii.
Parabens are chemicals that serve as preservatives in antiperspirants and many cosmetics, as well as sun lotions. Previous studies have shown that all parabens have estrogenic activity in human breast cancer cells.
Another component of antiperspirants, aluminum chloride, has been found to act similarly to the way oncogenes work to provide molecular transformations in cancer cells. According to the authors of the editorial review, the research shows “signals of concern that such compounds are not as safe as previously generally considered, and further research is warranted.” Furthermore:
“The data from this latest study, the most extensive examination of parabens in human breast so far published, confirms previous work and raises a number of questions on the entire parabens, personal care product and human health debate, particularly relating to the source and toxicological significance of the paraben esters.”
Photo from Mercola.com article.
One reason I use essential oils almost every day is to avoid parabens.
I have been mixing up my own pure essential oil formula of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Geranium, Patchouli, and Rose Otto as a face cream after shaving. I mix a drop with Lily of the Desert 99% organic Aloe Vera Gel which has no parabens.
I use… you’ll see why below… the same formula under my arms.
Now a new premixed formula of the same oils is available and I am using this. So can you.
Here is why you may want to.
Many Deodorants Contain Endocrine Disruptors
Another website lymphomainfo.net has an article entitled “Just Say “No” to Endocrine Disruptors” Here is an excerpt: The list is extensive and growing – bisphenol A, phthalates, parabens, PBDE’s (flame retardants), PCB’s, dioxins, atrazine, heptachlor, arsenic, mercury, lead among them. Referred to as “endocrine disruptors“(ED’s), a term describing their documented ability to mimic natural hormones and disrupt normal endocrine system functioning, this term certainly understates the myriad of ways in which these synthetic chemicals compromise our health.
Many of these compounds are lipophilic (stored in fat cells). Because women naturally have more fat cells than men, our bodies store more of these cancer-promoting chemicals than do men’s bodies. These chemicals can then be transferred across the placenta to a growing fetus.
This article (linked below) provides a list of individual steps you can take to reduce your and your family’s exposure to and bodily absorption of ED’s.
One of the steps is: Avoid products with added “fragrance” both in your home and on your body. A truly clean (and safe) home is a home without artificial scents. As a non-ED alternative to scented deodorants, try using a deodorant salt (the only safe deodorant during chemotherapy), complemented with a dab of your favorite essential oil just under your arms.
Lymph nodes are the most important part of the immune system and though they are spread throughout the body, there is concentration. Mostly they are concentrated in the neck, under the arms, and in the groins.
So I do not put chemicals (Deodorants or Antiperspirants) under my arms in this important and sensitive lymph area… ever.
“These parts of the body are so important to health that my friend Jay Glaser M.D. even suggests avoiding regular soap for cleaning these areas. In his book “Body Renewal – The Lost Art of Self Repair” Jay writes: Use gentle glycerin soap only in the groin and underarms. Otherwise use mung bean flour, barley flour or chickpea flour instead of soap, available in Indian groceries (mung bean flour is usually best, but you can try them all). Keep your flour in a dry container near the shower, moisten it in your fingertips and gently apply it to the areas to be cleansed.”
Jay, by the way is one of the best healers I know… an MD and ayurvedic physician who spent years learning ayurved in India. When Merri and I first began improving our health through Panchakarma.
Jay was the medical director along with John Douillard and Deepak Chopra at the health center. Over the next seven years we developed a friendship and when we were invited to hike into the Llangantis deep in the Ecuador’s Oriente to learn more about the shamanic life… Jay and his wife Danielle were the first we asked to join us. Sanskrit is the root of Quichua the language of the Andes and Jay’s knowledge of Sanskrit and ayurvedic healing were invaluable in helping us see connections between Indian and Andean healing.
Jay’s book “Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Repair” is a must read. You can order it on Amazon.com.
Here Merri and I with Jay overlooking the LLanganatis.
Hence everyone wanting to know about my (non existent) cologne.
Jay’s advice makes sense. A medicalnewstoday.com article recently showed how there may even be a link between deodorants and breast cancer. The article begins: A new study led by the University of Reading in the UK that examined breast tissue samples from 40 women who underwent mastectomies for breast cancer, found they contained widespread traces of parabens, preservatives commonly used in deodorants, make-up, body lotions, moisturisers and many other cosmetic products. Although the study does not prove that parabens cause or even contribute to the development of breast cancer, it raises questions about their use.
Parabens are just one of the chemicals of concern in deodorants. According to the Dr. Milker website’s list of toxins, the following can be found in Antiperspirants and deodorants:
* Aluminum: Central nervous system damage and linked to Alzheimers. Found in antiperspirant deodorants.
* Coumarin: Formerly the active ingredient in rat poison. A carcinogenic ingredient used in the manufacturing of deodorants.
* Formaldehyde: Suspected carcinogen and neurotoxin, it may be fatal if swallowed, absorbed through skin, inhaled or swallowed.
* Fragrances (Synthetic): Some perfumes / fragrances contain hundreds of chemicals. Some, such as methylene chloride are carcinogenic. Some cause brain damage or are neurotoxins. Avoid unless you can be sure they are not carcinogenic.
* Phthalates: Proven damage to liver, lungs, kidneys and reproductive system, especially forming testes.
* Propylene Glycol: Kidney damage, liver abnormalities, inhibits skin cell growth, damages cell membranes causing rashes, surface damage and dry skin.
* Propylparaben: Potential breast cancer risk and endocrine disruptor raising concern for impaired fertility or development, and increased risk for certain cancers, itching burning and blistering of skin, gastrointestinal or liver toxicity hazard.
This is why I use essential oils under my arms to eliminate poison instead of adding toxins.
For many years, with the advice of our friend Candace Newman, I have blended my own deodorant… getting the essential oils and organic jojoba oil from Candace and mixing them.
I am especially excited because Candace has now created her own secret blend of these oils that make a perfect replacement for deodorants and antiperspirants. The blend is called Rejuvination Face Oil and contains Frankincense, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Geranium and Rose Otto in an organic jojoba base.
I am using this now (instead of blending myself) and like it so much I decided to make it available to all my readers at a really special price… lower than I believe you can get a similar product anywhere.
This essential oil acts deodorant and more and helps improve rather than decrease natural health.
Let me begin by saying that essential oils have not been evaluated by the FDA as cures for any specific illness. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease. Having said this I share a lot of data above that strongly implies that deodorants and antiperspirants may be dangerous. Below is data that suggests that there are many natural health benefits in essential oils.
It makes sense to assume that putting essential oils under your arms is better for you then chemical laden deodorants and antiperspirants.
Candace Newman with Merri and me studying herbs at an Ecuador market.
Candace learned about essential oils during the 1980s when failing health forced her to leave a lucrative position as Executive V.P. of a real estate company in Naples, Florida. Years of physical discomfort followed, caused by a cyst that eventually ruptured internally, nerve pain from spinal misalignment and incapacitating head and shoulder aches. The unbearable pain and stress caused sleepless nights and sapped her energy. After 15 doctors, numerous health retreats and two operations, Candace began the search for a way to get her life and spirit back.
When a therapist from England used essential oils on her, a light bulb went on that forever changed her life. The aromas gave instant relief and comfort to the emotional stress, anxiety and exhaustion, while the oils soothed the physical aches and pains. However, with her lifetime sensitivity to commercial perfumes and fragrances, Candace was curious as to why these aromas not only didn’t bother her, but also brought needed relief. This led to her worldwide studies with wonderful teachers from England, France, Germany, Canada and Purdue University.
Since 1993 Candace has been giving Aromatherapy massage treatments, developing formulas, writing, teaching and lecturing. During this time she has spoken at hundreds of events and on radio and TV, at conventions, retreats, lectures and classes for the general public. As a volunteer at Hospice, she taught more than 200 nurses, staff, caregivers and volunteers.
This new blend is Candace’s Rejuvenation Face Oil made from rare essential oils and 100% Organic Golden Jojoba.
This oil is really exquisite and has become Candace’s signature formula and top seller by far even though she just launched it several weeks ago.
It’s great for the skin, and people report the aroma is a great anxiety reliever. When the formula is used at night, it also promotes sweet sleep.
This oil also has excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The formula includes Frankincense, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Geranium and Rose Otto… so the aroma is perfect as my deodorant but also provides many other benefits including:
* Increased circulation, especially to nerve endings
* Toning of the muscles and the whole physiology
* Calming of the nerves
* Lubrication of the joints
* Increased mental alertness
* Improved elimination of impurities from the body
* Softer, smoother skin
* Increased levels of stamina through the day
* Better, deeper sleep at night
The University of Minnesota website www.takingcharge.edu explores healing practices with essential oils.
Here are a couple of excerpts from the site (bolds are mine and a link to the entire site is at the end of this message):
How do I use essential oils?
Essential oils enter the body primarily in three ways—applied to the skin, inhaled, or ingested. Within each of these, there are many different kinds of application methods. For example, you can apply essential oils topically using compresses, sprays, baths, or massaging them into the skin.
Factors That Increase Skin Absorption
Different factors can affect the absorption of essential oils through the skin. If you massage the area first, it will increase circulation to that area, thereby causing an increase in absorption of essential oils. Heat will likewise increase circulation and thus enhance absorption.
Some researchers report that essential oils may be more readily absorbed from skin locations with greater concentrations of sweat glands and hair follicles, such as the genitals, head, soles, palms, and armpits (Battaglia, 2003).
Interaction with the Limbic System (Emotional Brain)
During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.”
The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance (Higley & Higley, 1998). This relationship helps explain why smells often trigger emotions. Knowing this, we can hypothesize how inhalation of essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects!
“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.” Helen Keller
Are Essential Oils Safe?
Most essential oils are safe and free of adverse side effects when used properly. However, as with any substance you are introducing into your body, it is important to use them intelligently. We recommend that you never eat or drink essential oils.
Can essential oils be toxic?
Toxicity rarely occurs with appropriate use of essential oils and is primarily attributed to misuse and accidental ingestion, especially in young children. Essential Oil Safety by Tisserand and Balacs, 1995, is a valuable reference to understanding potential toxicity and lethal dosages. Again, we recommend that you never eat or drink essential oils.
The Nature of Plants and Tiny Molecules
Essential oil chemistry is made up of very tiny molecules. These molecules are much smaller than the molecules found in fatty oils.
The tiny size is the key that unlocks good health because they easily penetrate cell walls, even the blood-brain barrier. This allows the essential oil molecules to reach parts of the body like nothing else in a really fast and positive way.
These tiny molecules work through the skin and reach most parts of the body almost instantly.
This allows essential oils to permeate your body with the plant’s healing energy.
Plant’s Healing Energy
Plants have an intelligence that allows them to grow and survive. Essential oils are a concentration of this knowledge.
Plants have to beat back mold and fungi and overcome bacteria and viruses. That concentrated ability is carried into our bodies through essential oils.
Essential oils enhance the power of human immune systems just as they do for plants and make essential oils effective health promoters.
Essential oils help defeat molds, fungi, viruses and bacteria as they support the endocrine, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and reproductive systems.
Essential oils are also among the world’s most powerful antioxidants.
Remember essential oils are a concentrated form of a plant’s intelligence. If eating a plant (such as a rose) creates great anti oxidant activity… then using the essential oil concentrates this healthy action.
In other words essentials oils are super scrubbers of free radicals. This is important because anti oxidation is known to slow the aging process and reduce the risks of cancer.
When a rose is more than a rose… a powerful anti oxidant scrubber.
ORAC stands for “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity”. This is a scientific measurement that measures the antioxidant capacity of a food item and or oil. USDA researchers at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, developed this laboratory test to measure the oxygen radical absorption capacity of different foods and natural substances. This is known as the ORAC scale and is one of the most sensitive and reliable methods for measuring antioxidant capacity.
This scale helped the health care community learn about valuable antioxidant foods like Pomegranates that have an ORAC value 3,037 and Blueberries with an ORAC of 2,400.
Fewer know about the anti oxidant ORAC scale of essential oils.
Rose essential oil for example has an ORAC value of 160,400!
This is more than 50 times the ORAC value of pomegranates!
Other oils in Candace’s blend also have very high ORAC values such as :
Geranium ORAC Value 101,000
Patchouli ORAC Value 49,400
Here are the concentrated properties of each essential oil in Candace’s rejuvenation Rose Oil Blend.
Rose Otto essential oil: Rose Otto is an anti-infectious, natural anti-inflammatory, relaxant, antihemmorrhaging, antiulcer, scar reducing, and has aphrodisiac qualities. Rose Otto is used for anxiety, hypertension, viral infections (herpes simples), bronchitis, skin conditions (eczema, scaring, wrinkles, restores moisture balance, all skin types, dry or inflamed skin), menstrual problems, digestive problems, liver congestion, and headaches.
Rose Otto also has the highest frequency (320 Hertz) of all the essential oils. This means that rose oil penetrates and energizes every cell in the body.
Frankincense essential oil: Frankincense is antiseptic, a disinfectant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine and vulnerary.
Sandalwood essential oil: Sandalwood has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and helps regulate the digestive tract, fight urinary infections and eases inflammation in the nervous and circulatory systems.
Patchouli essential oil: Patchouli is an anti depressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, diuretic, fungicide, sedative and tonic.
Geranium essential oil: Geranium is anti bacterial and anti microbial and does not let bacteria or microbes develop. It facilitates blood circulation just below the surface of skin and also helps make distribution of melanin uniform plus promotes cell health and also encourages recycling of dead cell and regeneration of new cells. This helps in the growth of the body cells as well as gametes.
Geranium has an uplifting aroma and helps the body’s systems and functions work properly by influencing endocrinal glands for regulating secretion of various hormones, enzymes, acids and bile etc. and toning up the respiratory system, digestive system, circulatory system, nervous system and excretory system.
That’s quite a blend! Your body will like it. Others will like it on you as well. Everyone comments on the aroma and it makes my clothes smell great!
An 1 ounce bottle of this retails for $45 which is a great price with the 100% organic jojoba base.
This may seem expensive compared to $8 or $9 for a 1.7-Ounce Stick of Men’s Gillette Clinical All Day Fresh Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant or $28 for 3 ounces of women’s DERMAdoctor Total NonScents Brightening Antiperspirant.
The higher price of natural products versus chemical is understandable. An ounce of good quality Rose Otto essential oil requires 60,000 roses and costs around $400.
On the other hand the health benefits of this blend make it a bargain. According to answers.yahoo, the treatment cost for stage 3 non-hodgkin’s lymphoma can easily exceed $300,000 so cutting off potential health problems at the pass makes sense.
You Actually Can Save.
Since you can also throw away expensive colognes, perfumes and face cremes as well as deodorants you save money as you gain a chance for better health.
Only one or two drops are required so a bottle of Candace Newman’s Rejuvenation Face Oil goes a long ways. One bottle lasts for a couple of months for me. If you use it for the face as well… obviously it will go faster.
Read more about Deodorants, Antiperspirants and Your Health
Lymphomainfo.net article Just Say “No” to Endocrine Disruptors
Dr. Mercola article 99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Contained This Everyday Chemical (NOT Aluminum)
Not So Sexy safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=644