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Scents and Sensitivity by Brandy E. Fisher
Throughout history, humans have used natural fragrances for a variety of purposes, from religious rituals to aphrodisiacs. Today, fragrances use synthetic chemical ingredients extensively to mimic scents from nature, and there is a growing outcry from those who claim that exposure to some fragrances adversely affects their health. They report symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Several studies indicate that 15-30% of the general population report some sensitivity to chemicals, including fragrances, and 4-6% report that chemical intolerance has a major impact on quality of life. Still, a study published in the March-April 1998 issue of Archives of Environmental Health found that certain fragrance fumes produced
various combinations of sensory irritation, pulmonary irritation, decreases in expiratory airflow velocity, and possible neurotoxic effects.
There are more than 5,000 chemicals used today
in the manufacture of fragrances, most of which are derived from petroleum.
A recent study that examined the ingredients of 31 selected fragrance products
The Fragranced Products Information Network
after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten.
- Cree Indian Prophecy
Perfumes and fragrances are known triggers for asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, allergies, migraine headaches, and an array of symptoms for those that suffer from chemical sensitivities. When you consider these populations combined, the impact on health and the economy are significant.
More Fragrance Facts:
It is must reading for a comprehensive understanding
of this underdiagnosed medical disease.
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To Native Elders To Help Save Environment
Salt Lake City Tribune
The Nome Eskimo
elder lamented that nowadays his homeland in winter is too
warm for the life system to sustain itself -- only 20 degrees below zero
instead of 70 below. His people have learned to live in balance with the ice
and cold. But now the Bering Strait is sick. Sea ice is forming later, affecting
the animals who breed on it. The sea pups aren't ready to leave when
the ice melts, so they die or are abandoned. The hunters say the walrus are
skinny, and they have to hunt farther into the tundra because the
caribou know the thin ice won't sustain their weight.
In the old days,
the elders in Alaska could forecast the weather by watching
the stars. But now, says one Siberian Yupek elder, ``The Earth is so fast now.
We can't predict the weather anymore.''
Many native prophesies
warned of a time when the people would be confused, and
the old and the young would die first. The prophesies said the trees would die
from the tops down and the world would be in danger.
from space, NASA officials have seen that the elders are right.
Its officials conclude that the ``Earth is a living system that is distressed.''
So now, NASA has turned to native elders for counsel as it examines the effect
of climate change on the U.S. population, environment and economy. NASA
brought together a gathering of several hundred elders for
a five-day climate-change workshop in Albuquerque, N.M., last fall. NASA
is seeking to merge the knowing and wisdom of people who understand the
responsibilities that humans have to the Earth with the knowledge of
The elders who
attended the conference, called the Circle of Wisdom Native
Peoples/Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop, stated: ``It is this
spiritual connection to Mother Earth, Father Sky and all Creation that
is lacking in the rest of the world. . . . We call upon the people of the
world to hold your leaders accountable.''
According to documents
issued by the workshop, temperatures will become
warmer in the Northern Hemisphere by 5 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit within the next
20 years. The primary source of human-induced climate change is the burning
of oil, gas and coal. The melting of sea ice ``affects the exchange of
energy continuously taking place on the Earth's surface,'' according to NASA.
While it might seem a distant problem to many people in the United States, all
life is interconnected.
We have long said
that native prophesies are misunderstood. They not only are
spiritual visions, but often also come from a life-science observation of the natural
world. When people understand that they are not separate from the natural world,
they will seek to honor and understand it. This is why Chief Joseph said
long ago that the Earth was part of his body and they were of one``mind.''
traditionally have understood that the Earth and universe have a
mind and a spirit, a cosmic intelligence that responds to us, to our intentions.
``Earth is a living mother, an organism. I know none of us would
think of abusing our birth mother. She is a spiritual woman . . . that gives
life. Through our ceremonies, we honor her life-giving power so that she can
continue to nourish us,'' says Cheyenne elder Henrietta Mann.
When people no
longer live and learn from the land, their disconnection to it
leads to the abuse of Mother Earth. Along with the land, native people's
traditions die: their food, their ceremonies, medicinal plants, their fibers
for making sacred baskets. And much of it has been through the greed of market
economies and the perversions of science and technology that have claimed or
contaminated the land, particularly native lands, through deforestation,
pesticides, industrial waste, radioactive poisoning and mining. ``What good is
an economic system if our children die anyway?'' asked a Kanaka Maoli elder
from Hawaii. A nearby flip-chart read, ``There is no post-environment economy.''
There are myriad
things to be done, including requiring companies to factor
the environmental impact of their projects into their businesses, and
demanding that all public projects invest in clean and renewable forms of
energy. But most of all, we must begin to value life in all its manifestations.
a Shoshone elder, says the spirits of the land and the
ancestors are waiting for people to recognize their responsibility to Mother
Earth. ``They want to hear us pray so that they can work with us, so
everything can heal.''
|And here in LA there is a great and far less
toxic form of dry cleaning at a company called Cleaner
By Nature. I know they are in the La Cienegaarea (I think around Crescent Heights??) and in
Santa Monica on Wilshire, near 25th.
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To relieve dry and itchy skin add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to bath water - oats - baking soda
To fight dandruff, after shampooing, rinse with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
To soothe a sore throat, put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow salt.
To treat sinus infections and chest colds, add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer. To feel good. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, with a bit of honey added for flavor will take the edge off yourappetite and give you an overall healthy feeling.
To clean eyeglasses, wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.
Plants that absorb bad
stuff like formaldehyde, etc. so have as many of them around as you can
Plants that absorb radiation (for near TVís and computers) - Cereus Peruvianis (a cactus)
Baking soda uses:
To make a polishing paste
for tarnished silverware, bathtubs, stainless steel sinks, toilets, etc.,
For a liquid cleaner
mix 2 tablespoons baking soda with 1 pint warm water in a spray bottle.
Sponging - sprinkle baking
soda onto a damp sponge and wipe scuffs, stains or crayon marks from
Borax (sodium borate):
[super] Washing soda ([hydrated] sodium carbonate):
Disinfectant. Cuts grease and removes
Hot water and sunshine also kill germs.
3% food grade peroxide disenfects/freshens
All purpose cleaner:
white vinegar and newspaper or: 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 qt. warm
water or: one part white vinegar, three parts water and a dash of lemon
or orange oil or: 3 tablespoons vinegar
For mildewed shower curtains
- you can get mildew proof cotton curtains.You can take down the curtain
Scratches in wood furniture:
mix one teaspoon instant coffee with two teaspoons water to make a paste.
Floor and furniture polish:
mix 1 part vegetable and 1 part lemon juice of vinegar and apply a thin
Skid marks on linoleum floors: scrub with toothpaste.
Floor cleaners (linoleum):
Crayon on wallpaper or vinyl paint: Blow dry until the wax melts endwise with a paper towel or dry sponge.
Gum: Rub with ice - the gum will flake off.
Oil and grease on driveways: sprinkle with cat litter, allow the spill to absorb and shovel or sweep away.
To polish car chrome apply vinegar full strength.
Insect repellent - burning
citronella candles. Plant sweet basil around patio and house to repel
mosquitoes. Blend 6 cloves crushed garlic, one minced onion and one
tablespoon soap in a gallon of hot
Ants: block cracks &
points of entry with caulk. Wipe down or spray ant trails and suspected
Fleas: Avoid all
insecticides except those with the active ingredient de-limonine gas which
Ticks - Guinea hens.
(And to keep the chickens from pecking each other, put a little vinegar
all cracks along baseboards, shelves, cupboards, pipes and sinks.
Head lice: Shampoo
hair with an oil soap, like Dr. Bronner's unscented baby Castile shampoo
Mice and rats: Keep storage areas tidy, seal holes in wall sand around pipes. M&Mís to kil Peppermint oil saturated cotton balls to deter.
Moths: avoid mothballs
and flakes. Clean garments thoroughly before storing them in a sealed
closet, bag, trunk or other container - mother attracted to dirt on clothes.
Vacuum the closet regularly to get rid moths food sources. Cedar
(hangers, lining, shavings, oil) or lavender (dried, sachets, oil) act
as deterrents. Moth eggs can be destroyed by running the items through
a hot dryer - be careful of
Spiders: In general leave them alone - they are good bugs. Remove webs with a broom.
Termites: Non chemical
termite control includes: liquid nitrogen, heat treatments, electrical
Slugs and Snails:
1-2 inches of beer in a shallow container that has been set into the soil
with the rim at
Wasps and bees - there are traps available.
Flies: Make your own flypaper with honey and yellow paper. There are also traps available. And zappers if you are not sensitive to EMF's.
Insecticide for plants: Blend garlic, hot peppers and water, put in a spray bottle and apply it to plants. Or place cotton balls soaked in hot sauce in house plants to repel insects. Or mix8 oz. sugar and 4-8 oozes 3% peroxide (food grade) in 1 gallon water anduse as a spray. or: 1% soap and 99% water as a spray using a container affixed to the end of a hose. or: Use predator insects or bacillus thuringiensis or: Mix 1 gallon of water, 2 tablespoons dish soap, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and 2 tablespoons of tobasco. Wash well if used on something edible.
Insect control in the garden: Many gardeners know a bug free garden is not a perfect garden, that not all insects are pests and that "good'' bugs often feed on "bad'' bugs. Perhaps the best known beneficial insect is the lady beetle, often called a ladybug. Lady beetles devour small, soft bodied insects and are especially helpful in controlling aphids, particularly in warm weather. + Lacewings also are beneficial insects. Adult lacewings feed primarily on nectar and other fluids, but the larvae are voracious predators, feeding on a variety of pests. + Spiders are another weapon in the cultural arsenal. All spiders feed oninsects, but many varieties including wolf spiders, crab spiders, jumping spiders don't build webs; they move about and hunt prey. These less conspicuous spiders help control beetles, caterpillars, leafhoppers and aphids. Birds can be enticed to the garden by feeding, hanging a birdhouse, and providing a bird bath or plants that provide berries for them to eat. The story also says that homemade soaps and sprays make a goodalternative to and are less toxic than commercial pesticides. They are less expensive and less harmful, but they are not as effective as commercial products and may require several applications. + Household liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soap can be used as insecticidal soaps; however, dry dish soaps or clothes washing detergents are too harsh. For a gallon of soap spray, add 5 to 8 tablespoons of detergent (depending on the desired concentration) to a gallon of water. For a quart, add between 4 teaspoons and 2 tablespoons of soap. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and liberally spray both sides of infected leaves.
Completely coat the insect.
Because these soaps weren't designed to be insecticides, some plants may
Outdoor insecticide (for
lawns) - beneficial nematodes, ladybugs, praying mantises, etc. For
Weeds - Salt in
Sidewalk cracks. Let them be. Pull them. Pour boiling water
on them.Make a mixture
Fertilizer: Compost. Earthworms.
To increase soil acidity:
To freshen cut flowers:
Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water.
Liquid or powdered soap. Any detergent (even phosphate free or biodegradable
Refrigerator: 3% food grade peroxide. Or wash with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
Drain cleaner: Plunger. Plumbing snake (or a straightened coat hanger). Use a drain strainer to prevent clogs. Flush weekly with boiling water. To keep drains open or to clear sluggish drains before the become clogs, plug the overflow drain with a wet rag and pour a mixture of 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain periodically . Flush without water. Or plug the overflow drain and pour 1/4 cup baking soda down the drain, follow with 1/2 cup vinegar and close the drain tightly until fizzing stops. Flush with one gallon boiling water. Or pour about cups of 3% peroxide down drain, wait a while then flush with boiling water. Or pour 1/4 cup salt down drain and follow with hot water.
To deodorize the kitchen drain: pour a cup or vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
To clean and deodorize the garbage
disposal. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal.
To unclog a drain: pour a handful of baking soda down the drain and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Rinse with hot water.
To clean marks out of glass coffee pots: lots of salt, ice cubes and alit water. Swirl coffee pot around until marks are gone.
To clean a teapot: boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot.Wipe away the grime.
To eliminate onion odor from
hands: rub vinegar or lemon juice on your fingers before and
To clean and disinfect wood cutting boards: wipe with full strength vinegar.
To cut grease and odor on dishes: add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.
To freshen a lunch box: soak a piece of bread in vinegar and let it sit-in the lunch box over night.
To clean china and fine glassware:
add a cup of vinegar to a sink of warm water. Gently dip the glass
To get stains out of pots:
fill pot with a solution of 3 tablespoons ofvinegar to a pint of water.
To clean the microwave:
boil a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave.
To dissolve rust from bolts and other metals. Soak in full strength vinegar.
To get rid of cooking smells, simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.
To remove decals, brush
with a couple coats of vinegar. Allow to soak in. Washoff. Or rub
Scouring pads: Let pots and pans soak in a baking soda solution before washing.
Oven - Avoid spills and
overfilling pans. Wipe spills that do happen immediately as soon
as the oven is
Brass: Mix equal parts
salt and flour with a little vinegar and rub. Or use Worcestershire
sauce or pour
Chrome: Rub with
undiluted white vinegar. Or rub fixtures with wet newspapers or rub
with baby oil
Copper: Rub with
paste of lemon juice and salt (and flour if desired) or hot vinegar
and salt. Or use
Gold: wash in lukewarm soapy water, dry and polish with a chamois cloth.
Silver and Stainless Steel:
Rub with a paste of baking soda and waterier soak for 10-15 minutes in
one quart warm water, one teaspoon baking soda, one teaspoon salt and a
small piece of aluminum
Silver: Rub with toothpaste and soft cloth. Rinse and polish dry.
Stainless steel polish:
baking soda or mineral oil for shining, vinegar to remove spots.
Or rub with
Aluminum: dip cloth in lemon juice to clean then rinse the item with warm water. Or soak overnight in a mix of vinegar and water then rub.
Air freshener: find source of odors and eliminate them. Keep house and closets clean and well ventilated. Set out 2-4 tablespoons of vinegar or baking soda in open dishes. Use plenty of houseplants which are great air purifiers. Boil herbs and spices for natural fragrance. Rent an ozone machine and let run while you are out with a window cracked.Zeolite crystals or activated charcoal placed around child/pet proof containers.
To Rent Ozone Machine (If you are unable to find one locally):
American Environmental Health Foundation - Dallas 214-361-9515
National Ecological and Environmental Delivery System (NEEDS) 800 634 1380
Caution: be sure
you have a crack in the window in the room getting treatment. This prevents
sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on carpet, using about 1 cup for a medium
Mix: 1/2 cup mild liquid washing soap and 1
pint hot water. Let cool until it forms a jelly. Whip into a
To remove odors (pet or
other - carpet or furniture) - blot the fresh stain with cloth soaked in
cider vinegar. To get smoke smell out of clothes. Add a cup of vinegar
to a bath tub of hot water. Hang
Laundry: When you
first switch from detergent to soap, wash laundry once with washing soda
If you add 1/2 cup Baking Soda to your wash
(or use Arm and Hammer Detergent that already has
I've never come across ANYTHING that was ever
harmed by this baking soda/vinegar treatment, it
Presoak: soak heavily soiled items in
warm water with 1/2 cup washing soda for 30 minutes. Rub soiled
Stain remover: Vinegar
Oil stains: Rub
white chalk into the stain before laundering. Or rub with damp cloth
dipped in borax.
Ink stains: Wet
the stain with cold water. Apply paste of cream of tartar and lemon
juice. Let sit one hour. Wash as usual. Or mix
1/3 cup white vinegar and 2/3 cup warm water. Apply a small amount
Lipstick stains: Rub with shortening and wash with washing soda.
To remove tough stains: gently rub vinegar on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea. Then wash as usual.
Rust stains: Scrub with crumbled aluminum foil.
To get rid of lint in clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
To keep colors from running. Immerse clothes in full strength vinegar before washing.
To freshen up the washing machine. Periodically,
pour a cup of vinegar in the machine and let in run
To brighten fabric colors. Add a 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
To take grease off suede. Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spot.
To clean a scorched iron plate. Heat equal
parts vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub solution on the
Dry cleaning: Many garments labeled "dry clean only" can be safely hand washed using mild soap and cold water or sent out for pressing. If you must dry clean try to find a dry cleaner who does not use "perc". And do so as little as possible no matter what kind of dry cleaning youuse and air clothes outside before putting in your closet. There is also a product (no commercial interest) called "Sweater
Fresh" by McLaughlin Inc. that is made from
plant oils that breaks down soil bonds. You spray it on and
To keep cats away:
To keep dogs from scratching their ears: Use a clean, soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar.
Recipes for milk paint:
Put 6 oz of hydrated lime into a bucket and
add enough milk to make it the thickness of cream (you will need one half
gallon of milk in all) Stir in 4 oz of linseed oil, a little at a time,
and add the rest of the milk. Sprinkle 3 oz finely powdered calcium carbonate
over the top and let its ink in before stirring it well into the mixture.
Add powdered pigment for color, if desired."
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