The holidays are just around the corner, bringing crisp weather, good tidings, family gatherings, warm meals, along with lots of hand washing to prevent infection! Fond memories of this season grow all the more when illness doesn’t- which is why I am so excited to have found this delightful sweet, wintry peppermint soap!
Now that you are picturing me juggling Nature’s Antibac Liquid Soap to “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, I’ll explain why this stuff is so awesome! Unlike most commercial soaps, it is free of triclosan- a pesticide with emerging safety issues surrounding bacterial resistance and the endocrine disruption found in animals after exposure. Another common chemical you won’t find in these suds is Benzethonium Chloride- a synthetic germicide presenting considerable health risks such as asthma, chronic dermatitis and other immune system disorders over time.
Why is this stuff in most soap? Industry and regulatory toxicology standards are very good at determining the mutagenic risk (more immediate) of chemicals approved for ingestion and application, but no testing methodology exists that establishes the safety of long term low level exposure. Perhaps because these chemicals are inexpensive to mass produce, posing another concern of how to efficiently eliminate them from the environment.
The good news is that there are options, and more than you thought there were before reading this post! CleanWell got off to a start in 2005, after the determined family of a young boy suffering from a rare Combined Severe Immune Deficiency discovered a powerful Thyme oil formulation now used in all the products. Research supports the impact of thyme on typhoid, diphtheria, colibacillus, pneumonic, staphylococcal, and streptococcal bacteria as well as powerful antifungal and antioxidant effects. The effectiveness has been found to increase with the concurrent use of other essential oils! Something to be appreciated this holiday season while lathering up with some of natures most powerful ingredients founder Dr. Weiss has been harnessing and sharing through his research and products!
Until next time,
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