17 Anti-Aging Oils For Beautiful Skin + Recipes!

17 Anti-Aging Oils For Beautiful Skin + Recipes!

While there are many commercial anti-aging products available, most of these formulas are expensive and contain potentially harmful chemicals which actually damage your skin in the long-term. Instead of pouring money into these pre-made “beauty products” why not create your own using all natural anti-aging oils?

We’ll start off by listing the best carrier oils and their associated health benefits. Then we’ll tell you which essential oils are the best for healing and restoring skin’s youthful appearance. Finally, we’ve found a couple of great recipes to get you started on making your very own DIY anti-aging, skin-healing serum!

1. Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot Kernel oil is one of the best carrier oils for creating skin-healing oil blends. Rich in omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid, Apricot Kernel oil helps to hydrate and nourish skin while vitamins A and E contained in the oil encourage regeneration of skin cells and collagen production to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Apricot Kernel oil absorbs into skin relatively quickly and is considered non-greasy, so it can be used on virtually any skin type. However, this oil is especially helpful for hydrating and healing very dry skin.

2. Sweet Almond Oil

almond oilSweet Almond oil contains large amounts of vitamins E and K – meaning that this oil not only helps skin to regenerate and maintain elasticity, it also promotes better circulation. Additionally, Sweet Almond oil is a natural UV blocker, making it ideal for people who spend a lot of time in the sun.

Sweet Almond oil offers the added benefit of being odorless, making it a great choice for those who either don’t enjoy the smell of botanical oils or whose employers do not allow the wearing of scented botanical oils in the workplace. This carrier oil is only lightly oily (about the same consistency of olive oil) and absorbs relatively quickly.

3. Coconut Oil

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is full of anti-oxidant vitamin E, making it an excellent carrier oil for skin-healing anti-aging serums. Coconut oil is also comprised mainly of medium-chain triglyceride lauric acid, known to be one of the healthiest oils for your skin and body.

Coconut oil not only helps to reduce signs of aging, it’s also great for strengthening the epidermis against cellulite, fading stretch marks, and eliminating keratosis pilaris. Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen, so you can use it to guard your skin against sun damage without the use of harmful chemicals. It can even be used to prevent or treat skin infections. (Read all about the health benefits of coconut oil in this article!)

4. Avocado Oil

While Avocado oil is a very thick oil – probably too thick for most people to use on sensitive areas like the face – it is one of the healthiest carrier oils for skin. Avocado oil is rich with vitamins A and E, as well as collagen-boosting plant sterolins.

Because avocado oil is so thick, I recommend only using serums with this carrier at night or when you’re planning to stay home for the day. Also, try using avocado oil in combination with another carrier if you find that your anti-aging serum is too sticky.

5. Argan Oil

argan oilArgan oil is comprised of roughly 80% fatty acids which work wonders to hydrate skin, restore elasticity, and fade fine lines and wrinkles making this another excellent carrier oil for anti-aging serums. Read more about the 11 Miracle Benefits of Argan Oil in this article!

6. Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip Seed oil may be used as either a carrier oil or an auxiliary ingredient, depending on the recipe. This incredible oil is most well-known for its high concentration (the highest of any pure botanical oil) of natural vitamin A – all-trans retinoic acid (or ATRA as it is often abbreviated.) ATRA is known for its potent ability to reduce the depth of wrinkles, fade fine lines, lighten age spots, and promote over-all healing of damaged skin by boosting the growth rate of new cells and increasing collagen production deep under the skin’s surface.

Rose hip seed oil is also rich in skin nourishing essential fatty acids including omega-6 linoleic acid and omega-3 linolenic acid which help to improve the elasticity, texture, and appearance of skin.  Also, because Rosehip Seed oil is lighter in weight than many other botanical oils used for skin care, it is ideal for people who want flawless skin without the feeling and appearance of an oily complexion.

(Further reading: 9 Beauty Secrets Of Rose Hip Seed Oil)

7. Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot Seed oil is full of antioxident carotenoids which boost the body’s immune response to UV rays, helping to prevent sun damage.  Carotenoids also stimulate the rejuvenation of skin cells, aid in the detoxification process, and can help to heal chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

8. Geranium Oil

Geranium oil is an effective anti-inflammatory.  It also helps to lighten age spots and even out overall skin tone.  Geranium oil also improves circulation under the skin’s surface which aids in cell regeneration, making it useful for fading scars, wrinkles, and other visible imperfections in the skin.

9. Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil

Another vitamin-rich essential oil that is excellent for reversing the signs of aging, Sea Buckthorn Berry oil can help to moisturize dry skin, treat acne, and reduce the visibility of other skin conditions like hyperpigmentation and eczema.

10. Pomegranate Seed Oil

Pomegranate Seed oil contains very high concentrations of antioxidants which help to prevent free radical damage and slow the aging process.  Punicic and ellagic acids contained in this essential oil help to nourish skin, enhance elasticity, and promote cell regeneration. Pomegranate Seed oil also protects and heals dry, irritated, burned, or damaged skin such as that affected by eczema or psoriasis.

11. Neroli Oil

Neroli oil is a powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic that is also great for soothing damaged or irritated skin, healing scars, improving circulation, reducing lines and wrinkles, as well as for fading stretch marks.

12. Cypress Oil

Cypress oil helps to improve circulation, strengthen skin, and reduce the appearance of varicose veins and broken capillaries under the skin’s surface.

13. Frankincense Oil

Use Frankincense oil to help regenerate skin cells, reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.  Frankincense is also great for tightening up sagging skin, evening tone, and balancing skin’s pH.

14. Lemon Oil

lemon oilLemon oil can help to lighten dark spots, as well as preventing and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

15. Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood oil can help to soothe damaged or irritated skin while at the same time fading scars, lines, and wrinkles to smooth the skin’s surface,

16. Myrrh Oil

Use Myrrh oil to help boost skin strength, for a smooth and healthy younger-looking complexion.

17. Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil helps to tighten skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It also acts as a natural preservative for any other oils which may be blended with it.

Top 20 Most Under-Rated Healing Herbs You Need To Know About

Top 20 Most Under-Rated Healing Herbs You Need To Know About

When you think of cooking, what herbs come to mind? Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, Peppermint, and Sage? Perhaps Lavender, Thyme, and Tarragon make your list as well. There is a long list of common kitchen herbs which are staples in the lives of most natural living enthusiasts.

We grow them for their medicinal properties or to use as flavoring in our favorite dishes. But there is much more to the world of herbs than just these everyday constituents. A wealth of lesser-known botanicals with incredible health benefits, interesting flavors, beautiful foliage, and intriguing aromas exist in the world, just waiting for the avid herbalist to cultivate and appreciate them.

The following are 20 of the most under-rated healing herbs which might just feel right at home in your garden. All of the herbs mentioned in this list can be purchased from this page on Mountain Rose Herbs. Alternatively, we provide individual links to find these herbs on Amazon.

1. Agrimony

AgrimonyAgrimony, or Agrimonia are a genus of over a dozen species of herb in the Rosaceae family (alongside such favorites as the rose, apple tree, almond, and strawberry.) This herb has been historically revered as a natural remedy for ailments of the eyes, even owing its name to the Greek word Argemone, meaning ‘plant that heals the eye.’ Agrimony has also been used for such things as healing of wounds and other skin conditions, treatment of cough and sore throat, to ease gastrointestinal discomfort, and as a sleep aid.

Agrimony is best enjoyed as a tea. You can grow your own or try this Organic Dried Agrimony from Niyama Herbal Arts.

2. Alfalfa

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is commonly used as livestock fodder due to its high protein content and rich mineral content, but the herb has many benefits to offer human as well. Alfalfa is excellent for treatment of severe nausea such as that caused by morning sickness. Its also an effective natural remedy for ailments of the urinary tract such as kidney stones and urinary tract infections. Alfalfa is excellent for flushing toxins from the liver and gastrointestinal tracts. It is also known to help lower cholesterol. Finally, alfalfa may help to speed up physical recovery after an illness due to its high concentration of nutrients.

Grow your own alfalfa from seed. Alternately, you can purchase sprouts or dried leaves to enjoy all of the herbs incredible health benefits.

3. Aniseed

Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum) is similar in flavor to star anise, fennel, and liquorice. The herb is incredibly effective for improving digestion, reducing flatulence, and easing nausea. Aniseed is also known to increase milk supply in breastfeeding women. It may be used to quell anxiety, as well as to ease cold symptoms like cough, congestion, and sore throat.

Grow this lovely flowering herb in your garden or you can purchase Organic Aniseed Powderfrom this page on Amazon.com.

4. Cardamom

Cardamom are a group of several species of flowering plants in the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. As an herbal remedy, cardamom helps to protect the gastrointestinal tract, cleanse the blood of bad cholesterol, improve circulation, and even prevent the development some forms of cancer. Cardamom is antimicrobial, making it effective against periodontal disease and urinary tract infections. The herb is a natural anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic. Cardamom is also known to improve the health and function of the male sexual organs.

Aside from its many health benefits, cardamom also has an incredible floral aroma and taste which have earned it the title “Queen of Spices” throughout much of Asia.

Cardamom is a tropical plant and can be difficult to grow. Still, experienced or adventurous gardeners may want to give it a go. You can buy cardamom seeds here and they are relatively inexpensive. Or purchase this Organic Cardamom Powder to experience the amazing flavor and health benefits of this wonderful herb.

5. Catmint

CatmintA close relative of peppermint, spearmint, and lemon balm, Catmint (Nepeta cataria, also commonly known as catnip) is best known for the stimulating effect which the herb has on felines. However, this “cat cannabis” has more to offer to us humans than it does to felines. Catmint tea can help to relieve cold symptoms like sore throat, sinus pressure, and headache. It is also effective for reduction of fever, as the herb induces sweating. Drink catmint tea as a digestive aid to help to calm gastrointestinal upset, reduce flatulence, and ease stomach aches. Catnip may also be applied to wounds to help stop bleeding or reduce swelling.

Catmint is super easy to grow (as with most mints) from seed and produces beautiful purple flowers in the spring which will attract pollinating insects like bees and butterflies to your garden. You can also order Dried Organic Catmint on Amazon.com.

6. Sweet Cicely

Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata) – also known as Garden Myrrh or Spanish Chervil – is edible from roots to flowers with a flavor much like anise and liquorice. Cicely may be used as a natural low-glycemic sweetener and the seeds are sweet enough to be enjoyed by themselves as an incredibly health dessert or treat, but that alone wouldn’t be enough to add the herb to our list. Sweet cicely can also be used to treat hypertension and anxiety, ease coughing, calm the stomach, and detoxify the urinary tract.

As if all of that weren’t enough, sweet cicely is another herb that’s easy to grow from seed(though it doesn’t do well in pots.) The plant is a hardy perennial in zones 3 – 7 and mature plants spread quickly, so you’ll have plenty of the herb to share with friends and family.

7. Red Clover

red cloverRed Clover (Trifolium pratense) is one of the most popular and well-known among the 245 known species in the genus. While some consider this delightful little flower to be a weed and others use it only as fodder for livestock, red clover is also an extremely useful herb. Red clover blossom tea makes an effective herbal remedy for cold symptoms like cough and congestion. Red clover is also great for detoxifying the body and the blood.

Order Trifolium pratense seeds and sow your own or try these Organic Red Clover Blossoms.

8. Coriander

The name Coriander is often used to refer only to the seeds of the popular herb Coriandrum sativum; however in this case, we’re interested in the entire plant. Coriander seeds are known to stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin which results in more balanced blood-sugar. Coriander seeds have a similar effect on blood-lipid levels, aiding the liver in balancing and improving overall cholesterol levels. Coriander seeds are also naturally antibiotic against some food-borne pathogens – salmonella being one of them.

Coriander leaves – commonly known as Cilantro – are full of fiber and nutrients, most notably vitamins A and K. Cilantro is also high in anti-oxidants and minerals such as potassium, iron, and magnesium. Not bad for a tasty little herb!

Grow your own Coriandrum sativum this spring to enjoy the benefits of both seeds and fresh leaves. Alternately, you can purchase Organic Coriander Seeds and Organic Dried Cilantrofrom Amazon.com.

9. Feverfew

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) has a name that practically stands up and says, “Hi there! I’m medicinal.” While the herb has a long history of use around the world and its health benefits are extremely well-documented, most people have never heard of it. Feverfew is a powerful anti-inflammatory, able to reduce pain and swelling associated with arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and headaches. Feverfew is one of only a small handful of effective natural remedies for migraine headaches. The herb is also useful for reducing general pain and body aches, as well as for calming tension and anxiety.

You can purchase Tanacetum parthenium seeds here if you would like to grow your own. Feverfew is also available as a loose dried herb, herbal tea, and as a supplement.

10. Greenthread

Also called Navajo Tea, Plains Tea, or Coyote Plant; Greenthread are any of the flowering herbs of the genus Thelesperma (in the Asteraceae family.) This lovely daisy-like herb is a potent diuretic, as well as an anti-inflammatory which has been used by Native Americans for hundreds of years as a detoxifying herbal tea. Greenthread is still one of the best natural remedies for infections of the urinary tract and for soothing gastrointestinal distress.

Greenthread grows very easily from seed. You can also purchase Greenthread Herbal Tea on Amazon.com.

11. Hyssop

hyssopOne of the oldest known medicinal herbs, Hyssop(Hyssopus officinalis) is closely related to marjoram and oregano. Much like its herbal cousins, Hyssop is a potent anti-microbial herb, great for cleansing the body of harmful bacteria such as those which cause respiratory infections and skin conditions like acne. Hyssop may also be used to combat strep, influenza, and many fungal infections.

Grow your own Hyssop and enjoy not only the herbs health benefits, but also its gorgeous purple blossoms. You can also find Hyssop in dried loose form and as an herbal supplement.

12. Lovage

A member of the carrot family, Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is actually the sole species of its own genus. This herb has a wonderful flavor somewhere between celery, aniseed, and lemon, making it a joy to cook with. Additionally, lovage is a digestive aid which can help to reduce flatulence, sooth indigestion, as well as to cleanse the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. Lovage is known for its ability to soothe a sore throat and ease the pain of stomach ulcers. Adding lovage to your bath may help to reduce pain and discomfort from inflammatory skin conditions.

With its thick dark foliage and Lovage makes a lush and beautiful addition to any garden. Purchase lovage seeds and grow your own. You can also drink Lovage Root Tea to enjoy the health benefits of this wonderful herb.

13. Marigold

marigoldMarigolds (Calendula officinalis) are intensely popular as ornamental flowering plants, but they’re also extremely useful herbs! Marigold is one of the more effective herbal remedies for many inflammatory skin conditions like acne, eczema, and allergic rashes. The herb may be used to safely and naturally lower fevers, reduce swelling of joints or other damaged tissue, ease headaches, and block histamines which cause allergy symptoms. Marigold is also known to improve circulation and possibly to prevent the development of tumors. Many people also use an herbal hair rinse made from Calendula flowers to naturally cover premature greying and nourish the scalp.

You can purchase marigold seeds and grow your own or try these dried Organic Calendula Flowers from Starwest Botanicals.

14. Sweet Marjoram

While closely related to Oregano, Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana) has it’s own set of unique health benefits. Delicious and delicate sweet marjoram is the perfect complement to vegetable dishes and soups, as well as pork and chicken. It is also a powerfully anti-microbial herb and digestive aid. As with many other leafy green herbs, sweet marjoram is packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants like vitamins A, C, and K, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium and manganese.

Sweet marjoram is very easy to grow from seed. You can also purchase dried Organic Sweet Marjoram from Amazon.com.

15. Parsley

parsleyParsley (Petroselinum crispum) may seem rather common to be found on our list, however this is one seriously under-rated herb. Parsley is so incredibly healthy that using it as nothing more than a pretty garnish then tossing it in the trash bin afterward is almost criminal! Parsley is one of the riches sources of vitamin K which is great for improving skin health and promotes faster healing of skin ailments. Parsley is also an excellent source of vitamin C and iron which strengthen the immune and circulatory systems. Parsley is powerfully antioxidant, helps to detoxify all of the body’s systems, and improves digestion and nutrient absorption.

As if all of that weren’t enough, parsley makes you smell good. While it is fairly common knowledge that eating parsley after a meal freshens the breath; less well-known is that consuming this herb on a regular basis actually causes the body to produce a cleaner and more alluring natural scent.

Growing parsley is easy and it’s also the best way to attract the beautiful Swallowtail butterfly to your garden! Purchase these Organic Parsley Seeds from Seeds of Change on Amazon.com or try this Certified Organic Parsley by Frontier Natural Products.

16. Stevia

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is becoming more and more well-known as a calorie-free sweetener. However, few people are aware of the many health benefits of this amazing plant. In South America where Stevia redaudiana originates, the herb is not only used to sweeten food, but also as a treatment for burns, indigestion, and colic. Research on the herb has shown that Stevia may be an effective natural remedy for hypertension and may actually lower blood sugar when eaten as a sugar substitute.

While Stevia rebaudiana is a tropical plant and not particularly easy to grow, seeds are available to order here for the avid herbalist. Powdered Stevia is also available from most health food stores or you can order it here.

17. Tansy

While Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) is considered an invasive weed in many parts of the world, when grown in in a controlled environment this pretty flowering herb makes a useful addition to the garden as live Tansy is a powerful organic repellant against pests like potato beetles, flies, ants, and mosquitoes. On a similar note, rubbing fresh tansy leaves on the skin is a more effective at repelling stinging and biting insects than most chemical bug sprays! The herb is also useful for eliminating parasitic worms, though Tansy may be toxic in large enough quantities.

Grow your own Tanacetum vulgare either in pots or direct-sown into the garden with thesequality seeds from Outsidepride.

18. Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet (Viola odorata) is another herb which is better-known as an ornamental flowering plant, but these pretty purple flowers aren’t just for show. Sweet violet may be brewed into a syrup which is one of the best natural remedies for cold and flu symptoms. Sweet violet tea is also a powerful pain reliever for headaches, muscle soreness, and other body aches. It can be used as a relaxant and sleep aid. The herb also has a diuretic effect to help detoxify the body.

Finally, the beautiful flowers of the sweet violet plant may be sprinkled onto salads to add interest and a sweet aroma.

Grow your own sweet violet with these seeds from Nuts n’ Cones and enjoy both the beauty and medicinal value of this lovely herb. You can also purchase dried Viola odorata here.

Also, be sure to check out this great recipe for Violet Leaf & Honey Cough Syrup, compliments of The Nerdy Farm Wife.

19. Winter Savory

Winter Savory (Satureja montana) is not only edible and quite tasty, the herb is also effective for reducing pain and irritation from bug bites and bee stings. In fact, winter savory is one of the best herbs for the job as it is also antiseptic and will help to ward off infection of these and other wounds. Drink winter savory tea to help soothe a sore throat. The herb is also useful for easing upset stomach and indigestion, reducing flatulence, and as a remedy for diarrhea.

You can purchase Satureja montana seeds and grow this beautiful flowering herb in your garden or buy dried Organic Winter Savory here.

20. Yarrow

yarrowYarrow (Achillea millefolium) is an ancient herbal remedy, its first recorded use dating back to Greece around 1000 BC. It is also one of the best herbs for boosting the immune system before and during cold and flu season. It is also great for soothing symptoms if you already have a cold. Yarrow is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent. Drinking a tea made from the herb can aid digestion and soothe an upset stomach. Theessential oil of Achillea millefolium may be applied to skin conditions like eczema to reduce pain, itching, and swelling. Add yarrow to boiling water and inhale the steam or enjoy a cup of yarrow tea to clear up congestion and help control coughing.

Grow your own yarrow from seed or try out this dried Certified Organic Yarrow to reap all of the benefits of this incredible under-rated herb!

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Answers To Your Pressing Hair Care Questions


Do you long to have hair like the celebs and models you see in publications? With a little work, you can! In this article, you will discover lots of tricks for getting rich and extravagant hair. Continue reading to learn a few of their secrets.

Select shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated for your hair’s special type. Hair specific hair shampoos help maintain the appropriate health and nutrition in your hair. Dry and harmed hair needs shampoo that moisturizers.

Your hair will look healthier if you embrace a healthy way of life. Know that anything that impacts your body will likewise influence your hair as well. So keep anxiety to a minimum, get great deals of exercise, and consume a healthy diet. Likewise, if you’re smoking, you have to give up.

If you are curly headed you should only wash the hair when or twice every week. Hair shampoo removes oils that are required to keep curly hair looking nice and healthy. After washing your hair, wash your hair well to eliminate all the shampoo residue.

It is preferable to brush your hair, as this disperses your hair oils to nurture your hair. When all the tangles are untangled, then begin brushing at the top and brush your method downwards. This will provide your hair a natural shine.

Use these products a minimum of 10 minutes prior to styling your hair. This applies to all sorts of styling, from aligning to curling. This ten-minute period is required for your hair to absorb whatever you put into it.

It is important for your hair to retain moisture and prevent ending up being dry and breakable because this might bring about damage. One means to help your hair maintain moisture is the temperature level you keep the water at when washing out your hair. Rinse with cool, instead of hot, water once the shampoo part of your routine is finished. The cool water will help seal the wetness into your hair shaft.

Ensure you sleep on silk or satin pillow cases. Cotton pillows can snag your hair which can break it. Utilizing satin or silk permits your hair to really slide across your pillows, preventing it from catching and being damaged. If you do not have a silk or satin pillow case, pull your hair up utilizing a material covered hair bow.

Offer your dried out hair a treat using an economical and simple deep-conditioning therapy. Get your hair damp and put a huge quantity of routine conditioner on it. Keep the heat in by wrapping the hair in a towel or in plastic wrap. After you do this for around an hour, you ought to wash your hair and wash it completely.

To get healthy hair, you can make a homemade hair mask with ingredients from yoru kitchen area. Attempt blending an egg yolk up with some fresh avocado. Brush this mix into your hair and let set for 20 minutes prior to washing. It may take a few minutes to get everything out. Avocado has fatty acids and minerals that include shine to dull hair.

In order to get glossy locks, try putting olive oil into your hair when it is dry. Olive oil smooths the hair follicle which produces a glossy, healthy appearance. All you should use is a couple of drops. Make certain you aren’t utilizing too much.

Improper use of hair care equipments can lead to dry, dull hair. Washing your hair every day may be a bad idea, since it can rinse away all of the natural, shine-enhancing oils that your hair produces. Use a deep moisturizer once each week to provide your hair vitality and protect it from damages from air pollution and ultraviolet rays.

Try to dry your hair without a hair clothes dryer. Heat styling saps moisture from hair, leaving it dry and frizzy. Keep your hair up in a towel as long as you can, to soak up the maximum quantity of moisture. This lets your hair normally dry, and prevent excessive frizz.

To obtain your hair in better condition and make it stronger, try not to utilize a lot of hand-held drying devices. Curling irons and blow dryers are not that great for your hair. This can make it frustrating to get rid of frizz and hair damages. From time to time, let your hair rest by preventing heated tools.

Make certain you use shampoos and conditioners that are tailored to curly hair. Doing this will guarantee that you get sufficient wetness to keep your hair curly as opposed to ending up being frizzy.

Delighting in a head of appealing, healthy hair can be attained with effort and just a minimal investment. Now, you ought to be one action better to enjoying healthy and attractive hair. If you take a little time, you will see what works best for you. You’ll quickly see that individuals will want their hair was more like yours!

21 Natural Ways To Rid Your Body of Heavy Metals:: April 13, 2015 by Janice Taylor

21 Natural Ways To Rid Your Body of Heavy Metals

Heavy metals exist all around us hidden in our water, our food, household cleaning products, and even in the air we breathe in the form of pollution. Some of them are only dangerous in large quantities, while even trace amounts of others may be detrimental to our health when they find a way inside the human body. While symptoms of heavy metal poisoning are often unclear and frequently attributed to other illnesses, one thing is certain: The majority of us are carrying around some amount of these toxic elements in our cells.

One of the biggest problems with heavy metals is that once they find a way into our bodies, they are very hard to get rid of. If a person is exposed to them every day, toxic metals build up much faster than we’re capable of eliminating them and eventually they make us sick. Heavy metal poisoning can affect all parts of the body, but the thyroid and gut are two of the most vulnerable. If you have symptoms of thyroid disorder or if you find that you aren’t digesting food as well as you should be, check out the following tips to learn about 21 natural ways to rid your body of heavy metals.

1. Use Only All-Natural Cleaning Supplies
Natural cleaning productsThe majority of chemical cleaning products contain some form of toxic metals. When our skin comes into contact with these products, the metals are absorbed and stored in our cells. As a safer alternative, use only all-natural cleaners. Seventh Generation makes a wonderful line of products that include everything from laundry detergent and fabric softener to dish soap and all-purpose household disinfectant. (Not only are these products totally safe, they also smell fantastic!)

Or if you fancy a DIY, take a look at these DIY natural cleaning products.

2. Switch to Non-Toxic Cosmetics

Another common source of hidden heavy metals is something that many of us use every day – cosmetics. In order to cleanse your system of these toxic elements, you’ll definitely want to toss the big name make-ups and pick up some metal-free replacements. Check out this articleby Alden Wicker of learnvest.com for more information on which products to choose.

3. Make Your Own Personal Care Products

Cleaners and cosmetics aren’t the only products in your bathroom which are secretly depositing metals into your body. Other daily use items like deodorant and toothpaste are also on the list of culprits. To avoid those hidden heavy metals, try making your own personal care products.

This list of 24 Baking Soda Uses contains information on making not only homemade PCPs like toothpaste, facial cleanser, and deodorant, but also all-natural laundry detergent, air freshener, and household disinfectant.

4. Avoid Canned Foods

Avoiding food that has been stored in a metal can should be a no-brainer for heavy metal detox. Still, canned goods are an everyday staple in most parts of the world and you’ve probably been eating them for your whole life under the illusion that they’re safe. If you want to cleanse your body of toxic metals, however, you’ll need to avoid these foods. Opt for fresh produce whenever possible. Not only will you stop contaminating your body, you’ll get more nutrients from fresh foods, too.

5. Stay Away From BPA Plastic

Of the many inventions that have thrust human beings into a brighter, more technologically advanced era, plastics are at the top of the list. This infinitely useful material is all around us. Unfortunately, many forms of plastic contain chemicals which are harmful once they enter the body. BPA plastic in particular is known to cause all kinds of health problems, including heavy metal poisoning. If your goal is to detox your system, its best to avoid plastics altogether. Opt for glassware instead. Also, replace any plastic cooking utensils in your kitchen with siliconeor bamboo.

6. Replace Teflon Non-Stick Cookware
Plastic and canned goods aren’t the only kitchen items which deliver toxic metals into our cells. Teflon-coated pots and pans are another big category to be avoided. Replace these withceramic, cast iron, or glass.

7. Ask For Resin Fillings Instead Of Metal…?

Traditional dental amalgam or “silver” fillings contain about 50% mercury. While your first impulse may be to have them removed asap, understand that the chemical nature of the metal is altered during the filling process and having old metal fillings taken out can be far more dangerous than leaving them in place. However, if your dentist tells you that you need a new filling, ask for resin instead.

8. Avoid Foods High In FODMAPs

Fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols – known as FODMAPs – are small chain carbohydrates which don’t absorb entirely in the small intestine, but which are quickly and easily fermented by most types of gut flora. These foods not only lead to poor digestive health and GI disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS) and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), they are also commonly full of toxins like heavy metals. For more information on FODMAPs, check out this article from nutrition-az.com.

9. Say “No” To High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Among the worst FODMAPs if high-fructose corn syrup. Not only is HFCS at the top of the list of most unhealthy sweeteners, it also often contains mercury. If you want to detoxify your body of heavy metals and be healthier in general, this is one ingredient that you will definitely want to avoid.

10. Consume More Omega-3 Fats

Chia seedsFats have gotten a bad reputation of the past few decades – an unfortunate fact considering that our bodies need healthy fatsto function properly. Omega-3 fatty acids in particular are also great for detoxifying heavy metals from your cells. Try adding flaxseed, flax oil, or chia seeds to you daily dietary routine in order to help your system flush out harmful compounds.

11. Up Your Glutathione Levels

Glutathione is an antioxidant which is naturally produced inside the human body – a combination of the three amino acids cysteine, glycine, and glutamine. This bio-chemical is adept at ridding the body of toxins like heavy metals. Unfortunately, most of us are exposed to such a high level of poisonous elements every day that our systems simply cannot make enough glutathione to flush them all out. To jump start your heavy metal detox, you canpurchase glutathione supplements here. Also, check out this article on Huffington Post for some great tips on how to naturally boost your body’s glutathione production.

12. Eat Fresh Organic Cilantro and Chlorella
Cilantro and chlorella are both well-known for their ability to bond with heavy metals and remove them from the body as they pass through the digestive tract. For more information on how these two little green super heroes work their magic, check out this awesome article on naturalsociety.com.

13. Drink Liquid Chlorophyll

If you’ve ever watched Marvel’s second installment in the Iron Man series, you may remember one or two scenes where Tony Stark is seen downing a thick green liquid. Eventually, he points out that it’s chlorophyll he’s drinking. While we’ve all heard that you can’t believe everything you see on television, this is one natural health marvel that actually works. Chlorophyll is another chelating compound that binds to heavy metals and removes them from the body. You can be cool like Tony and drink liquid chlorophyll or if that doesn’t appeal to you, up your intake of steamed dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, and watercress. Herbs like parsley and cilantro (which we discussed previously) are more good choices. You can also add spirulina or wheatgrass to smoothies and other foods to get a healthy dose of chlorophyll.

14. Cook With Alliums

Alliums include foods like onions, garlic, and shallots which are all high in sulfur – a powerful natural chelating agent which attaches to heavy metal ions (in much the same way as cilantro and chlorella do) and carries them out through the digestive tract. Alliums have lots of othergreat health benefits, to boot. If you enjoy the taste and don’t mind the lingering scent that comes with eating them, you should definitely include veggies like garlic and onions with at least one meal each day.

15. Choose Organic Produce

Make certain that all of your fruits, veggies, and herbs are grown without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. This will ensure that you aren’t adding more toxic metals to your body. Furthermore, the fiber and nutrients in many of these foods (some good choices include leafy greens, brassicas, and dark-colored berries) will improve your overall health, boost your antioxidant levels, increase the detoxifying potential of your organs, and make it easier to flush harmful chemicals and heavy metals from your cells.

16. Be Picky About Fish

We’ve all heard sung the health benefits of cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines so I won’t tell you to avoid them altogether. Only be careful around larger fish which have longer lifespans such as swordfish and tuna as these species have had more time to absorb mercury from the water and by eating other smaller fish which were carrying this poisonous metal inside their bodies. For more information on which fish are safe and which ones to be wary of, read this report on doctoroz.com.

17. Filter Your Water

Tap water is more often than not filled with heavy metals and other elements that can build up to toxic levels in the human body. Consider installing a water filtration system or pick up awater filtering pitcher to help clean the impurities from your drinking water. Read more about filtering water in part 2 of this article.

18. Stay Hydrated

Glass of waterProbably the most important piece of natural health advice, staying hydrated is crucial to the proper function of every system in the human body; and when it comes to flushing out toxins, water is absolutely essential. Read this article on authoritynutrition.com for a comprehensive look at the pros of staying hydrated. Also, if you aren’t sure how much water you should be drinking, spend a few minutes exploring about.com’s hydration calculator to get a better idea!

19. Sweat It Out

Now that we’ve covered hydration, the next step is to move that water and the toxins it carries out of your body asap! Schedule some time out of your busy day to help your body sweat it out by relaxing in a steam bath or sauna. This will speed up the detox process. Just remember that you’ll need to drink more water to replace what you lose from sweating!

20. Enjoy A Detoxifying Bath

Soaking in a clay bath is one of the most effective ways to draw heavy metals out of the body. The clay actually pulls metal ions out through the pores of the skin, thus removing them without putting any added stress on internals organs like the kidneys and liver. Try soaking for 30 minutes to an hour in a Bentonite clay bath. If you’ve never done this before, you may be shocked at how good you’ll feel all over when you step out of the bath tub. For high quality, pure natural Bentonite clay powder at a very reasonable price, I recommend this product available through Amazon.com. OR schedule an appointment with my friend Julia at Aquarian Healing Arts in Stillwater OK.

21. Get A Seaweed Wrap

Not only are they great for your skin, a seaweed wrap delivers nutrients into your body while at the same time pulling toxins like heavy metals out. Read more about seaweed wrapping inthis detailed article by The Healthy Home Economist.

A Few Important Closing Notes

While the remedies on this list are all effective methods for removing heavy metals from the body, it is important to remember that heavy metal poisoning is nearly impossible to self-diagnose, therefore you will want to have your doctor test you for the presence of these toxic elements before deciding on a treatment plan. Also, if you experience symptoms of heavy metal poisoning, consider having additional testing done for related illnesses such as thyroid and digestive disorders. Finally, for a list of the most common heavy metals and their sources, check out this article by evenbetterhealth.com.

The contents of this post are for informational purposes only and are not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnoses, and/or treatment of heavy metal poisoning, hypo- or hyperthyroidism, IBS, SIBO or any other conditions mentioned within.

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