EDIBLE BE AUTY AIDS FEBRUARY 2005 YUMMY NORTHWEST MARY ROSEWOOD, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER LESLIE PHILLIPS, COPY EDITOR KENT, WASHINGTON BEAUTIFUL and stored in the freezer until the next bath – just pop a cube or two into the water. ENOUGH TO EAT This soak is especially good combined with: Beauty begins in nature. Here in the Pacific Northwest we are blessed with the The Nose Doesn't Grapefruit Facial Mask natural beauty of tall trees, clean skies and Always Know In a blender, mix 2 egg whites until they pristine mountains. Stand in the produce turn foamy. Add 2 teaspoons sour cream section of a market and enjoy the Just because something and 2 teaspoons unsweetened grapefruit cornucopia of colors and smells. smells good doesn't mean it juice, then blend again for about 30 is good for you. seconds. Apply the grapefruit facial mask Yet even in this lovely corner of the world to your face, leave on for 15 minutes, then "The aroma of food can be rinse off with tap water. Use chilled rinse lurks a danger that is found everywhere. responsible for as much as Though commercial soaps, make-up and water for a more refreshing experience. 90 percent of its flavor. perfumes smell good and help us look … good, their appeal is mostly due to artificial chemicals. When these chemicals "[Brian] Grainger [senior overwhelm a body, a person can suffer flavorist at International Flavor and Fragrances, the from what is called – among other names – world's largest flavor Seaweed Bath Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). company, New Jersey] had Don't just eat seaweed (see Yummy brought a dozen small glass On page 2, reader Candi Hyatt, Federal bottles from the lab. After he Northwest, July 2004), soak in it! Way, Wash., tells how she learned to cope opened each bottle, I dipped with MCS. Candi's account reminds us that a fragrance testing filter into Fill your tub with hot water and throw in a long before commercial beauty aids, nature it. … Before placing the strips handful of any dried or fresh seaweed. (Tie provided what are still healthy alternatives. of paper before my nose, I it in a muslin bag for easy retrieval – this is closed my eyes. Then I recommended.) The water might turn a inhaled deeply, and one food lovely sea green or brownish depending on The following are a few beauty recipes after another was conjured the seaweed. Its briny smell evokes ocean from natural sources. Candi suggests a few from the glass bottles. I more ideas in her article. Take time mixing, beach walks. Your skin will be soft after a smelled fresh cherries, black applying, waiting and removing. Dim the olives, sautéed onions, and 20-minute soak. lights, relax and enjoy the slow but sure shrimp. Grainger's most process of beautification. remarkable creation took me Oatmeal Scrub by surprise. After closing my Mix a handful of oatmeal with enough eyes, I suddenly smelled a water to make a thick paste. Rub over your grilled hamburger. The face or body. Rinse with warm water. aroma was uncanny, almost Citrus Bath Soak miraculous. It smelled like Squeeze into a jar the juice of one orange, someone in the room was Green Tea for Eyes one tangerine, one lemon, one lime and flipping burgers on a hot grill. Steep two green-tea bags in warm or cold one grapefruit. (Or use whatever But when I opened my eyes, water for one minute. Place the bags on combination of citrus fruit is available.) there was just a narrow strip your eyes for a few relaxing minutes to Process the peels of each fruit in a blender of white paper and a smiling soothe and reduce puffiness. flavorist." until very fine and then put in the jar of juice. From Why the Fries Taste Put this mixture in a warm bath. Any Good chapter in "Fast Food leftover can be frozen in an ice cube tray Nation," by Eric Schlosser For the Love of Scent scents so needed in the mating game. Studies By Candi Hyatt show men are more aroused by the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls and women by the I used to pick large bouquets of lilacs and fill my natural scent of vanilla. house with their luxurious aroma. Drops of lavender oil transformed my bath, and rose- Essential oils are not edible and highly toxic if scented candles made me feel as if my home used improperly. Many chemically sensitive were my own fragrant paradise. people cannot tolerate these oils as they are unnaturally potent. I prefer sprigs of rosemary or At first I thought I had a flu that mysteriously Natural beauty is lavender and petals of roses. Natural is better. went away on the weekends only to return Monday morning. Perfume, cologne, air inexpensive Hair Products. Egg whites make a great fresheners, fruit-scented felt pens, poor mousse, especially if you want your hair to Replacements for stand straight up! Vinegar will detangle, and ventilation, and the odor of a new offgassing chemicals have not only lemon juice will lighten. Chadwick's Chemically carpet began affecting my health. I read later saved my health, but also Sensitive Salon in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., that "everyone is unknowingly only one my bank account as provides many unscented, chemically-free hair exposure away from chemical sensitivity." natural products are often products and services. less expensive. My symptoms included constant exhaustion, joint and muscle pain, insomnia, skin irritation, Cosmetics. This was difficult. My mascara Baking soda is an started making me sneeze and soaps made me depression, nausea and anaphylactic-like excellent cleaning agent itch. Titanium, found in lipstick, was adding to responses that would tighten my throat and stop for any surface. It softens my toxicity. The hardest to give up was toenail my lungs. At times I couldn't speak words just at your skin as it scours your polish; I must have been addicted to the tip of my tongue. I was being poisoned by tub! For more uses: formaldehyde! Italian actress Sophia Loren, common, everyday substances. www.bagelhole.org/article considered one of the most beautiful women in .php/Miscellaneous/12/. the world, has used olive oil for moisturizer all I frantically researched for answers. Doctors informed me that avoidance of chemicals was her life. Is beauty really what we put on our Vinegar is also a versatile faces anyway? my only hope for a life without constant illness. product. For some of its Eventually I was forced to quit my teaching many uses see For centuries humans used plants and natural career and avoid much human contact. www.angelfire.com/cantin products for food, medicine and personal a/homemaking/vinegar.html. hygiene: parsley and mint for mouth fresheners, Between 800 and 3,000 chemicals make up the ingredients of one scent. They are rarely tested basil and tansy for bug repellents, and the scent General reference sites of roses as an anti-depressant. Nature has or their dangers acknowledged. Our olfactory include given us what we need to exist. system transports these dangerous compounds www.ruelle.com/homema to our brain where they make us believe we de.html and The changes I've made allow me to continue to smell a particular scent and simultaneously www.ci.round- exist in the world. I am sad lilacs aren't allowed deaden our sense of smell so we are unable to rock.tx.us/public- in my house, but I can still see them outside. I detect the foul odor of the chemical. These works/lestoxic.html. miss my candles and my painted toenails, but I toxins are stored in our fat away from vital organs and we become "overloaded." Obesity is am thankful I am able to breathe every day. Two good books with common in chemically sensitive people. natural recipes are "Better As we struggle to live in a society filled with Basics for the Home" by toxic pollutants – and getting worse with the To cope, I cleaned out the chemicals in my life. Annie Berthold-Bond and addition of every new chemical product – we What could I live without? No more chemical "Why David Hated have the ability to make choices that will not cleaning supplies, cosmetics or potpourris. No Tuesdays" by Amilya only benefit our own health, but the health and more freshly cut flowers, essential oils or Antonetti. safety of our whole planet. processed foods. I began reading labels and if it wasn't recognizably edible, it was the enemy. My advice: If you can't eat it, don't use it! Toothpaste is a chemical compound with sugar added, and teeth whiteners are now known to About YUMMY NORTHWEST ~ Candi Hyatt Each monthly issue highlights an edible be responsible for the rise in mouth cancer. Our grandparents used baking soda – natural and oooooooooooooooooooo delight available in the Pacific Northwest. reliable. Deodorants made with chemicals that are The Chemical Injury Contact the editor Information Network, Comments, corrections, topic ideas and believed to contribute to breast cancer. I now White Sulphur Springs, use lemon juice as the citric acid kills odor- submissions are all most welcome. Mont., has more smelling bacteria. But is it really so bad to smell Yummy_Northwest@hotmail.com information on chemical like a human? sensitivity: www.ciin.org. 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