Communication is essential in every relationship. Without it things just don’t run smoothly. I think we all can attest to that. Communication is a must even within our bodies. Luckily we have hormones, our internal mailman. Hormones control how our bodies function by sending information between our cells and organs . Hormones make everything run smoothly by telling our organs and tissues what needs to be done. They play an important role in our mental health, but also reproduction, sleep, bone health, digestion, and growth. Sometimes our hormones can get out of balance and that affects other areas of our bodies. It’s like if your mailman got sick and started mixing up the mail or stopped delivering all together. You wouldn’t receive bills that needed paid or important letters. Things would get a little chaotic. Well, things do get a little chaotic when hormones stop functioning properly because proper messages aren’t being sent.
Hormones are produced by glands in the endocrine system. There are certain chemicals in our environment that can disrupt this system. These chemicals are called endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are BAD and unfortunately, they are everywhere, from plastic bottles and containers to food, detergents, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides . When we are exposed to these chemicals our hormones may turn on, shut off, or send wrong messages to our tissues and organs . When our organs stop functioning properly we get sick and this leads to immune and autoimmune diseases, infertility along with other reproductive problems, cancer and neural degeneration .
There are multiple hormone manipulators in beauty and cosmetic products. Here are just some to watch out for.
- Bisphenol-A (BPA)
Some plastic packaging contains Bisphenol-A, aka BPA . It mimics our natural hormones which confuse our endocrine system, stopping or mixing up the signals our hormones should be sending.
Parabens are used as a preservative in most products. Research has shown them to mimic the hormone estrogen, causing breast cancer.
A lot of phthalates are not listed on beauty and cosmetic products labels, but they are in synthetic fragrances, which should be listed as fragrance or perfume on the label . Look for products that state they are phthalate-free.
Yes, there are pesticides in products we put on our skin. Gross, right? Some products are made from plants, which is great! But non-organic plants are most likely sprayed with pesticides and that works its way into the product, then works its way into our bodies.
Sometimes our hormones fluctuate because of natural causes, such as puberty and menopause. Although this occurs because of natural reasons, symptoms can still be bothersome and interfere with life. Essential oils are a safe and effective way to alleviate symptoms and provide relief. In our store, we offer essential oil blends that were designed specifically to balance hormones and relieve symptoms. Both our blends contain clary sage, the top oil for hormonal troubles. Clary sage balances hormone levels naturally and has been used to help with premenstrual and menopause symptoms. It has the ability to reduce cramps, headaches, stomachaches, hot flashes and mood swings.
At Good Nature, we are aware of endocrine disruptors and the effect these harmful chemicals have on our bodies. We don’t want our families, friends or you exposed to that so we provide products that are free of parabens, phthalates, and pesticides. We use organic ingredients and our packaging is BPA free.
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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Endocrine Disruptors. Available from: https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/endocrine/index.cfm
 NRDC. 9 Ways to Avoid Hormone-disrupting Chemicals. Available from: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/9-ways-avoid-hormone-disrupting-chemicals
 World Health Organization. Childrens Environmental Health. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). Available from: https://www.who.int/ceh/risks/cehemerging2/en/
 Janet Raloff. 2017, Nov 1., Science News for Students. Explainer: What is a hormone? Available from: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/explainer-what-hormone
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Endocrine Disruptors. https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/materials/endocrine_disruptors_508.pdfhttps://www.nrdc.org/stories/9-ways-avoid-hormone-disrupting-chemicals