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Olive

From the makers: Extra Virgin Olive Oil Health The olive tree, Olea europaea, has been cultivated for olive oil, fine wood, olive leaf, and the olive fruit. Archaeological finds proving that the Minoans used olive oil in their daily lives are found everywhere in Crete. The Minoans used olive oil in their diet, as a cleanser, as the base for scents and ointments, as a medicine, in tanning, for lighting and to protect delicate surfaces. The olive tree was a particularly important symbol for the ancient Greeks. It was connected to their diet and their religion, and was used as a decorative motif on vases, in gold jewelry and elsewhere. It was considered a symbol of peace, wisdom, glory, fertility,...

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Natural Air Fresheners

“Many air fresheners contain nerve-deadening chemicals that coat your nasal passages and temporarily block your sense of smell” (National Geographic). “Some of the most offensive ingredients—volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene and formaldehyde—can cause headaches and nausea and aggravate asthma, and have been linked to neurological damage and cancer. Perhaps even more worrisome, though, are dispersants known as phthalates that cause hormonal and reproductive issues, birth defects and developmental disorders. A 2007 review found that 12 out of 14 widely available air fresheners contained phthalates. Some of the air fresheners that tested positive for phthalates were labeled as ‘all-natural’ or ‘unscented.’” (Scientific American) Phthalates, plasticizers that also have been related to obesity in humans, occur in many PVC items as well...

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Clean Clothing

WE LOVE IOAN CLEAN CLOTHES PROJECT!!!! #thankyousomuch #sograteful From the company: The IOAN (Industry of All Nations) Clean Clothes Project is the evolution of apparel production being developed in Tamil Nadu, India, dedicated to the manufacturing of garments in a sustainable way. No pesticides, petrochemical dyes or harmful washes are used to create IOAN cotton products. We make our fabrics from 100% organic Indian cotton, 100% natural dyes, water, biodegradable soap and vinegar: resulting in an ultra comfortable natural basic. Wearing colors should not come at the cost of tainting our natural resources. By issuing constraints on dyeing and washing processes not only can we assure Clean Clothes against our skin, but cleaner rivers, oceans, soil and air for everybody....

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Natural Fermenting

Natural fermenting (or lacto-fermenting) has been included in diets of every traditional society around the world throughout time. Europeans fermented dairy, sauerkraut, herbs, grape leaves, root vegetables; Alaskan Inuit fermented fish and sea mammals; Latin Americans fermented cortido; Asians fermented vegetables, sauces, kimchi; Africans fermented porridges made from soured grains. Natural fermenting contains probiotics beneficial to human health. Harvard health  writes that supermarket pickling that uses vinegar (not the natural fermentation process) means they do not contain probiotics and that naturally fermenting at home is safe and easy. BBC Health lists that some of the health benefits include improved digestion, absorption of nutrients, immune function, mood & behavior (serotonin – a neurotransmitter involved in mood – is made in the...

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Phthalates

"Phthalates are plasticizers that help to make plastics and vinyl flexible. They also help to make products more durable and have a longer shelf life. Phthalates are almost always formulated to produce synthetic scents and fragrances.  The thing about these toxins is that they are considered endocrine disruptors, meaning that they mimic hormones, leading to infertility, thyroid dysfunction, and breast cancer. Studies have also shown that phthalates lead to long-term kidney damage. A study in the Environmental Health Perspectives, found that high levels of phthalates can even cause DNA damage in human sperm.  Phthlates are commonly found in laundry detergent, deodorant, cosmetics, vinyl, carpet and anything with a fragrance or perfume. Cleaning products, plastic bottles, plastic wrap, and plastic food...

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