Homemade Deodorant - CHEMICAL FREE

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
NEWS FLASH: Aluminum linked to Alzheimers and Breast Cancer

Homemade Deodorant - Aluminum Free
Surely this is not the first you have heard of this. Unless you have had your head in a hole for the past 10+ years. Aluminum is the active ingredient in most antiperspirants.  Did you know that aluminium-based complexes react with the electrolytes in the sweat to form a gel plug in the duct of the sweat gland? Hmmmm, I'm pretty sure that sweating is actually a good thing. It serves to:
  • Maintain proper temperature and keep you from overheating
  • Expel toxins, which supports proper immune function and helps prevent diseases related to toxic overload
  • Kill viruses and bacteria that cannot survive in temperatures above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Clean the pores, which will help eliminate blackheads and acne

So now we have plugged up our toxin exit route, and....we have plugged it up with an ingredient that is known to be absorbed into our body and our blood, that can alter our DNA.

"Aluminium is known to have a genotoxic profile, capable of causing both DNA alterations and epigenetic effects, and this would be consistent with a potential role in breast cancer."

Another interesting bid of information:

"Findings from a different study examining the frequency of underarm shaving and antiperspirant/deodorant use among 437 breast cancer survivors were released in 2003. This study found that the age of breast cancer diagnosis was significantly earlier in women who used these products and shaved their underarms more frequently. Furthermore, women who began both of these underarm hygiene habits before 16 years of age were diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier age than those who began these habits later." www.cancer.gov 

Aluminum is not the only ingredient in antiperspirants and deodorants shown to have negative effects on our body. Other ingredients to avoid would be:

Parabens – This is used as a synthetic preservative. Parabens have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. It is found in many personal care products. Paraben exposure has also been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity. The belief that parabens build up in breast tissue was supported by a 2004 study, which found parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors.
Propylene glycol – This is a petroleum based material. In large quantities, studies have shown that it can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart.
Phthalates – Another class of chemicals that have been linked to a variety of health issues including birth defects.
Triclsoan – This chemical is actually classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. Also found in many products we use on our skin.

OK, so we now know that antiperspirants and deodorants with these chemicals in them are bad for us. And we know that sweating is actually a good thing. So real quick let me give you a Body Odor 101 lecture. What makes some people have really bad BO?

The real cause of armpit odor is the intentional excretion of toxins that your body is trying to get rid of. And by using deodorant products, you block the exit door and force those toxins to stay in your body! You've heard the saying....What goes in must come out. Or was that what goes up must come down? Haha, anyway we are using the in and out version today.

Red meat is a major cause of body odor. Red meat causes stagnation in the body; it putrefies in the digestive tract and releases all sorts of toxins into the bloodstream through the large intestine. 

As far as other foods that cause body odor, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods. Foods lacking fiber and made with refined white flour, added sugars, hydrogenated oils and other processed ingredients. When you eliminate these from your diet and shift to a clean diet made of whole grains, vegetables, fresh fruits, supergreens, raw nuts and seeds, healthy oils and other similar healthy ingredients, your body odor will all but disappear in a matter of weeks. It's true! I stopped wearing store bought deodorant a few years ago. When I cleaned my diet up from processed foods and meat the BO really did go away. Now, I'm not talking about sweat here. I still sweat at times but the odor isn't there like it was when eating the standard american diet. 

So here is my Dash of Wisdom today....  STOP using antiperspirants and deodorants full of chemicals. You can find more natural deodorants in health food stores or online or you can make your own.

Here is my recipe for Homemade Deodorant. 

Homemade Deodorant
1/4 cup arrowroot or gmo-free cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
4 tbs. virgin unrefined coconut oil
18 drops essential oil (optional) I use these Essential Oils
I switch them up regularly, but this time I used: 
10 drops lavender
5 drops lemon
3 drops rosemary
These essential oils all have anti-bacterial properties

Simply mix all ingredients together and put in a small 4 oz jar
*if the coconut oil is warm it will liquefy and mix easily
With clean fingers, you would apply the deodorant under your arms

Blackbean Brownies - Healthy Chocolate

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I LOVE chocolate! I think I eat dark chocolate almost every day. The awesome thing about a good quality dark chocolate is that it is actually good for you.

Research has shown that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in chocolate may lower your risk of heart attack and stroke considerably.

                                                                     Dark Chocolate

                         Contains Fiber and Minerals
                            -iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc and selenium
                      Lowers LDL and raises HDL cholesterol
                      Contains Antioxidants
                           -organic compounds: polyphenols, flavanols and catechins
                      One of the highest scoring foods on the ORAC scale  
                           -(oxygen radical absorbance capacity measures antioxidants in food) 

How to choose a good dark chocolate:
     Choose a cocoa powder that has no additives, ie: sugar, butter.
     Choose a dark chocolate bar/chips with a high cocoa content; at least 70% and up.The higher the cocoa percentage the more bitter tasting it will be. It is an acquired taste!

There is no RDA of chocolate. As with all things, moderation is best. If you are eating it often, I'd keep it to an ounce or less a day. Of course this is just straight dark chocolate. I'm not talking about eating a salted caramel dark chocolate bar everyday. Mmmmmm! That's a once-in-a-blue-moon treat. Funny how I see a lot of blue moons at my house!

I love chocolate desserts, but most are full of refined flour and sugar. Here is a delicious brownie recipe. Yes, I know what you are thinking.... Black Beans, no way. Black beans belong in soup and salads. I am telling you, from one chocolate lover to another, these are the bomb! I mean they are really good.  Bonus...they are really good for you and with minimal ingredients these are super easy to make. These brownies are a very dense brownie. Adding the oats makes them a little more cake like.

Simple ingredients

All blended in the Blendtec

Top with chocolate chips

Black Bean Brownies


1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
2 eggs
1/4 cup cocoa
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

optional ingredients:
1/3 cup oats - this makes them more cake like
4 drops peppermint essential oil  - I love peppermint so I always add this


1.  Put all ingredients EXCEPT the chocolate chips in your high speed blender or food processor.
2.  Process for 1 min.
3.  Add the chocolate chips to batter and stir in. (you can save a few to put on top)
4.  Pour into prepared (I use coconut oil) 8x8 pan.
5.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Sink your teeth into these antioxidant rich brownies