When it comes time to clean house, there is no shortage in choice of cleaning supplies that we can use to help us with the process. Most of them are very helpful and will end up giving us very clean houses. However, most of them also contain very harsh chemicals that, while getting the house clean, are not very good for the environment. If you plan on applying them to surfaces that you will have your family around, you should know about the dangers of the chemicals contained in them.

Unfortunately, many of the commercial cleaning supplies contain chemicals that are extreme health hazards to us and our families. If you breathe them in, even accidentally, they could do severe damage to your lungs and possibly even poison your pets or other members of your family if accidentally ingested.

So how do you know if something contains a chemical cleaner or not, and what type of natural cleaners are good cleaners that will effectively clean your house? A good rule to live off of is to read the active ingredients on the back of your cleaning supplies. If you cannot read any of the words, or if you do not know exactly what the substance does or haven’t heard of it before, you probably are holding a very harsh commercial cleaner in your hands.

Some of the best natural cleaners out there have ingredients like salt, lemon, and orange. The cleaning agent is usually some type of vinegar, particularly distilled, that will cut through grease like it was its job. Additionally, by law, if something states that it is organic, they have the responsibility to prove to the government that all of their ingredients are, in fact, all organically grown. While the system has its flaws and there are many instances where a company claims something is organic when in reality it is not, it is still a good thumb rule to live by.

To find out more about earth friendly cleaning Products, including Miracle II and the hundreds of other ways you can use it, visit Miracle II Products


When you use a go green product, remember it can be concentrated. I know this is true for both “miracle ii soap” as well as Dr Bronner soaps. If you are using the miracle 2 soap on your face, be sure to dilute it as otherwise it can be a skin peel product (which is what some people do intentionally!). Obviously doing a job of washing the floors will require less dilution than to use on your own skin. Think it out when you try to design things. I try to make various spray bottles for different applications – for instance for personal care I use one strength, for kitchen small jobs another and for hard grease cleaning jobs , a max strength version of miracle ii soap .

I am sure for other organic go green cleaners you need to do something similar. Of course this is also good to save money as you use less of the product. Also remember that certain go green products there is peppermint or other oils, you may not want to use these on floors as that can make them slippery! Use common sense.

Also certain products look natural but they have clorox or dangers about requiring ventilation! This is because a lot of commercial products now try to captilize on the go green movement, yet without modifying their chemicals and ingredients. Just throwing in aloe vera or something natural does NOT make it a go green product!

It can sound like a version of the movie Aliens, but scabies are really little mites that bury into your skin in burrows, lay eggs and continue this cycle. Scabies pictures vary because for some people it is tiny little red pimples and for others it can look more like welts. There is also a form of scabies called norwegian scabies which elderly people get.

Scabies are invisible to the eye, so it isn’t easy to tell if you have a scabies rash. What is also disturbing about scabies is that you may not have any symptoms for 4-8 weeks after exposure. This leads to a lot of uncertainty. I’ve spoken with nurses who treated patients with scabies and despite wearing gloves, they say they itch for a few days tremendously afterwards because of a psychological reaction.

Scabies are tiny mites that are contagious and passed via skin contact. They can also be sexually transmitted. Some say that scabies can be caught by wearing clothing of an infected person, sitting on a sofa for a long period of time or sharing towels and bed linens.

A scabies rash can look like red bumps, pimples or little blisters. They may be in the webs of fingers and wrist areas. These areas are often checked first by doctors and dermatologists to do a rash diagnosis. Scabies can be quite itchy due to the allergic reaction. Scratching the itch can result in a secondary rash such as eczema dermatitis or a bacterial skin rash problem.

It is important that all people in the household apply the 5 percent pesticide cream at same time. If this isn’t done, then mites can hop from person to person and this can be a cycle that continues longer than necessary. Bedding and clothing worn during the previous week should be washed in very hot water. Leave in dryer for extra time as well. Put stuffed animals and items that can’t be washed that were contact items into a plastic bag and don’t open it for a few weeks. Use Clorox and vacuum thoroughly to get rid of any mites that straggle. Put a vinyl mattress cover on the bed to not get reinfected if they are in the mattress.

There are natural methods to kill scabies that are reported to both remove the symptoms of scabies as well as to stop the eggs from hatching. For instance, neem oil is said to be effective because it is has contraceptive qualities and will prevent the eggs from hatching. This is used in India, mixed with tumeric. Be careful when using this on the body at bed time as it may stain sheets and bed clothing

To learn more about and see Picture of Scabies and ways to handle these mites read more articles at natural scabies treatment.

I never heard of pupps pregnancy rash till this year when a few psychotherapy clients mentioned that they were suffering from it. Evidently, it happens for some women in last semester and can be quite frustrating due to the itching, redness and insomnia. Couple this with the difficulty sleeping to begin with as well as the emotional rollercoaster of hormones and it is rough.

During pregnancy many women experience a rash, which is very common during the pregnancy stages as the skin visibly changes. During the pregnancy stages, there is a higher blood hormone level and this can have an effect on the skin. There isn’t anything harmful about most skin changes as far as the health of the baby and the mother is concerned. On the whole, these changes become normalized within a few months after the baby is born. But there are some skin conditions that can indicate other underlying problems so it’s always best to get this looked at and treated. For some women, the hormonal changes can result in acne. We also know how common food cravings and repulsions can also be during pregnancy. Some women will also get a skin darkening, sometimes referred to as the pregnancy rash.

One pregnancy rash is called the pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) which can cause an non-stop itch or some and be quite frustrating. Fortunately, this ceases after the birth of the baby but nonetheless, it can be hard to tolerate. Some studies have shown that there is a higher incidence of the birth of a boy when one has pupps rash. Most women won’t get this before the sixth month of pregnancy, but there are exceptions. The rash starts with the stretch marks in the abdomen according to some.

Pupp rash may sting as well as itch and is usually found on the stomach area, thighs and buttocks.. It can also be much more extensive. Moisturizers, anti-itch creams and sometimes cortisone is used to relieve symptom. Some doctors may induce labor early or prescribe prednisone if necessary. Unfortunately, some women may even get the rash before their third trimester. Keep your focus on your beautiul baby inside you and know that this is a temporary discomfort. See a physician to rule out other issues such as a stress rash or eczema.

Remember that your newborn baby will give you a wonderful light in your life and this period of the rash will pass and be funny in retrospect. Keep your sense of lightness and calmness despite the physical discomfort. More info on pupp rash what is pupps can help you get relief.

Stress and Health

Stress can effect your health condition. I see all the time in psychotherapy people with bad stomach problems due to restricted breathing from anxiety. Shallow breathing isn’t giving you proper oxygen circulation. It’s not just ulcers, but also you can get stress disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis or other intestinal disturbances.

Stress also can make us unable to focus in the moment. For instance, it can be hard to listen or be in the moment because there are agitating thoughts. In meditation class, they often say that we are unhappy because when things aren’t the way we want them to be, we shut down.

Sometimes, just taking a miracle ii detox bath can get rid of negative states of mind. Bathing or showering symbolically helps to clear the mind, though physically there is a way the toxins are removed as well. When you use miracle ii soap the funny thing is that there is a strong relaxation that accompanies the bathing.

One technique to use when you are in a stressful situation is to try to remember that the negative situation is not permanent. You won’t see your boss on the weekend. You don’t have to deal with the presentation once it’s over. The annoying kid in class isn’t in your home at night etc. Find ways to not see the stressful situation as ultimate and huge.

Stress can even happen when you are on vacation , the place where you are supposed to relax. For instance you can see how stressed this man became when he found that the car he parked at an Off Airport Parking area that was supposed to be secure didn’t keep his car there but moved it to the street! You have to keep humor to avoid things from building up and keep perspective to. If you saw the movie Slumdog Millionaire , you can see how difficult life can be and that many of our concerns are insignificant in comparison.

I read a disturbing piece today in google news about how Dr. Adrienne Olson (who happens to be a breast cancer survivor) found estrogen in at least six well-known moisturizing creams. These are cited as potential carcinogens for female cancers.

At Rutgers U in the summer of 2008, research with mice showed that four moisturizers promoted skin cancer. In that study, the ones used were Dermabase, Eucerin and Vanicream.

Dr. Olsen tested 16 non-prescription skin moisturizers in all price ranges and sent them to a lab to be studied. The estrogen hormones estradiol, estrone, and estriol were found in six of the products. What was striking was that they weren’t listed in the ingredient list.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, nearly 30% increase in the risk of breast cancer was due to women taking combination HRT (hormone replacement therapy) pills.

Some experts say that when you apply estrogen directly to the skin it is worse than taking it orally due the absorption. Olsen believes that applying estrogen-laced skin lotion on a daily basis can be dangerous and possibly raise you risk to develop breast cancer.

Please look for natural products that don’t add hormones, preservatives and additives. Stop by Miracle II Skin Moisturizer to read more about a moisturizer without hormones or additives. In fact it is recommended you use the product within six months due to the absence of preservatives.

Contact dermatitis, also known as allergic contact eczema can be as simple as an allergic reaction you are having to nickel. Nickel is actually in many things we don’t think about. Have you looked at the snap on your pants, jewelry you wear, items you use at work and even your cell phone? Yes , cell phones as well as ear attachments may contain nickel that you are having a skin rash reaction to.

There have been studies done in Euroupe that demonstrated a reduction in skin rashes and allergic reactions when nickel contact was less. In fact the Danish Ministry of Education recommended saw a 9 percent decrease in skin sensitivity when changes were made in manufacturing of this for eye glasses and earrings!

People are working to get this type of legislation in the United States via the
American Academy of Dermatology citing that the allergic reactions to nickel in US have nearly doubled.

Dr. Jacob says the increase in sensitization correlates with the increased practice of body piercing that evolved through the decade of the 1990s.

“Piercing is a significant exposure source and may lead to a person becoming sensitized to nickel. Costume-type jewelry, and even some gold jewelry, can contain nickel. With the piercings, people are actually wearing nickel inside their skin,” Dr. Jacob said in an inteview with Dermatology Times.

Though we can relieve the problem using cortisone creams and antihistamines to reduce the nickel reaction eczema rash, it makes more sense to avoid the allergen. It is a big part of teen culture however so this will be something probably resisted.

Nickel can also be in school chairs, vitamins and other sources you may not have thought about.

Atopic Dermatitis Rashes are more common than we know and often get blamed on anxiety when there can be irritants in the environment.