Other Natural Ideas
There is an ongoing effort in the natural beauty
products industry to introduce preservatives that have a natural
base that does not introduce toxins and other harmful
effects to our bodies that chemical preservatives do. Though
many of today's products describe themselves as natural, many
still use harmful ingredients that you would not choose to put
on your skin if properly informed. The goal of many crafters
is produce paraben-free products and inform the general
Commercially produced topical medications ,
eye and nose drops, moisturizing lotions and creams, dentifrices,
sunscreens , cleansers, deodorants, soaps and toothpastes can
all contain parabens.
Skin rashes and eye damage are some of
the results of the effects of using commercial skin products.
Essential oils, because of the incredibly concentrated
form in which they are produced offer many of the sustaining
effects that chemical preservatives offer with few of the side-effects.
They have been clinically shown to kill bacteria even at low
levels of concentration.Thyme and oraganum are
two of the most effective in this regard.
The following ingredients in natural products
offer antiseptic qualities and varying protection from
Bee Propolis : Has
properties that have been known for more than two thousand years
as way to seal wounds and offer anti-bacterial protection. Both
the Greeks and Romans used it as as a topical
medicine. In the bee hive it acts as anti-fungal agent to protect
and seal the hive. It is still being used in Africa as a medicine
and also as an adhesive and sealer.
Grapefruit Seed Extract : A
wonderful natural antiseptic and disinfectant
that can act as an antibiotic and preservative.It is especially
effective in recipes that have have a water component as it
works very well in that environment. According to some studies,
it has been shown to be effective in restricting the growth
of more than 500 different bacterial and viral strains.
Also used as an agent against single and multi-celled parasites.
This little "secret agent" is just what the natural
soap is looking for.
Lemon : Lemon is
an old favorite for the natural product producer. Coming from
the Rutaceae family it contains acid termed C6H8O7.
This along with the rich source of vitamin C make it an excellent
Neem Oil : An ancient
remedy that can be traced back to early Indian civilization,
neem oil is an amazingly powerful oil. It has been used and
promoted as an anti-fungal and anti-protozoan.
Also known as an anti-bacterial and spermicide.
Rosemary Extract : Carnosic
acid found in rosemary extract has been shown to protect skin
from UV damage.It also has been used as an anti-bacterial. New
research claims it is effective against HIV-1. We can only
hope this is true.