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Friday, 11 December 2015

Read This! Before Applying those Talcum Powder




Talcum Powder come is various forms and colors, white, brown, or even pink.  Which ever it is, Powder as it is popular called has been an instrument of adding beauty among women and sometimes men for ages.  It is a beauty item found in most homes.  Nursing mothers use it on their babies entire body to keep their skin dry and to prevent diaper rashes,  Young ladies apply them under their armpits and sometimes under wears.   The main ingredient in most powder is the talc which has other industrial applications such as plastic making, painting and coatings.  Many are so carried away with the beauty aspect, without  caring to know what ingredient is the powder they are using.  Our ancestor were beautiful and participated in all forms of beauty pageants beginning from the time of the biblical Easter.  What was their beauty secret?  If you ask me, definitely not talcum powder. According to Herbs Info website  "Talc is actually a mineral  - hydrated magnesium silicate  which has the chemical formula H2mG3(sIo3)4.  In powder form, it is typically known as talcum "

Are you a lover  of powder and may possibly not go out unless you have powdered your face, arm pits, under wears etc.   We were together in it before, but the truth is now emerging and whether you believe it or not, Research is showing that most cancers including ovarian and lung cancers are now linked to the popular beauty item called "Talcum Powder".  Women, ladies and young girls who are fond of applying powder in their under wears and pants to keep it dry should beware.  


Based on the evidence from studies, in 2006 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified genital talc use as possibly carcinogenic to humans, listing it in  2B category in the IARC listing as mobile phones and coffee. However despite several studies finding a positive correlation to cancers (stretching back over 25 years!) the official line is that this connection is still “unproven”. However it could also be argued that its safety remains unproven also!

 My opinion is that if you are a health conscious person or battling any ailment, it is in your interest to review your continual use of talcum powder until you are sure of the ingredients.   In  Fact, it is advisable to always find out the main ingredients and content of any beauty product you use whether on your skin, hair or even nails.   I have personally noticed that most talcum irritates my  eyes and have long discontinued  their usage.  For the purpose of reference, here is what a (Material Safety data sheet) for talc powder states:

“CAUTION! CHRONIC INHALATION MAY CREATE A RESPIRATORY HAZARD. MAY AFFECT EYES, RESPIRATORY SYSTEM AND CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM. MAY AFFECT LUNGS. CANCER HAZARD. CONTAINS CRYSTALLINE SILICA WHICH CAN CAUSE CANCER. "

As you shop for the yuletide, why not go for more natural products to keep your skin and that of your family beautiful.  It is now evident that most beauty products, imported into our region are insidiously hurting our health. 


Most manufacturers of  may not tell us the other side of these products on your health.  Why not protect your family’s health in the interim and then start using it again when it is proven safe? Surely the responsibility should be on the manufacturers of consumer products to prove they are safe, rather than on independent scientists to prove that they are unsafe

It is advisable to  be careful not to breathe talc or allow it into your eyes,  the effect may not be felt immediately as some may reason but over time, the harm it has done may become manifest when it is already late too mend,  Prevention is still better than cure.  Here are 14 Natural Substitute if you must  use powder.

Safe  Non Toxic Alternatives to Talcum Powder

1. arrowroot powder
2. chickpea powder
3. baking soda
4. corn flour
5. cornstarch
6. rice flour
7. oat flour
8. French green clay, finely ground
9. white clay, finely ground
10. powdered calendula blossoms
11. powdered lavender buds
12. powdered rose petals
13. powdered chamomile flowers
14. powdered neem herbs

Arrowroot powder, chickpea powder, baking soda, corn flour, cornstarch, rice flour, and oat flour are available at your local grocery store.
French green clay, white clay, calendula blossoms, lavender buds, rose petals, and neem herbs may be purchased at most herbal shops locally or online. You can also find them in stores where natural ingredients are sold.

 How to make homemade natural body powder

You can use the natural talc substitute alone or in combination of talcum powder.

Once you have picked the powders that you want to use, mix them together in small bowl to blend well. Transfer to a resealable container. Use it like any normal body powder or baby powder.

You may also want to add a fragrance oil of your choice. For example, a few drops of lavender and neroli essential oils to rice flour base powder.

With these natural talc-free alternatives, you need not have to worry about the side effects commonly associated with talcum powder, and your family stay safe!

Source:  www.Herb info.com
             www.nichetopics.info/natural-talcum



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