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Green is where the Heart Is for December 5, 2012

"God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to
give with." - Billy Graham

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Tis is the season we give and receive gifts showing our appreciation for one another.  Hopefully, you will have time to carefully plan your purchases as opposed to grabbing something off a shelf during a last minute scurry. 
They say, “it is the thought that counts.”  So this year, stop.  To show someone you truly care, become educated on the quality of the products you are giving.  Nothing is better than a gift that produces a healthy and happy “green heart” attitude.
I personally have so much stuff that, at my age, I appreciate things I can use like bath and body products but did you know that many personal products being touted as ‘natural’ are far from it. 
In fact, toxins such as lead and mercury have been used in cosmetics since the Ancient Egyptians.  Elizabethan court ladies used arsenic face powder to whiten the skin.  That may sound archaic but our modern products may not be any healthier. 
In today’s world synthetic chemicals are unregulated.  The FDA cannot require companies to do safety testing of their cosmetics products before marketing.  According to Paula Baillie-Hamilton, M.D Ph.D. “The absence of government oversight for this $35 billion industry leads to companies routinely marketing products with ingredients that are poorly studied, not studied at all, or worse, known to pose potentially serious health risks.” 
She goes on to explain that as chemicals from cosmetics enter our bodies, powders are the least absorbed through our skin, while oily solutions allow more of the chemical to be absorbed.  “Hypoallergenic” does not guarantee an absence of allergic reactions; it only minimizes the occurrence of well-known allergens.  “Unscented” does not mean a product contains no fragrance.  Ingredients used to mask unpleasant chemical odors, do not have to be identified on product labels.  
Every product you put ON your skin is absorbed INTO your skin and therefore if you would not eat it, do not use it topically.
Formaldehyde, methyl and propyl paraben are used in a wide range of traditional cosmetics to extend the shelf life by preventing bacterial contamination.  
Avoid all products using these preservatives.  Choose a more natural antioxidant like vitamin E.  Aftershave is particularly notorious for containing harmful chemicals such as benzyl acetate, ethyl acetate and terpineol. 
Elderly persons and children are more sensitive to these toxins as their immune systems are not as strong.   Stay away from bubble bath that contains sodium lauryl sulfate. 
If you are in a hurry and want a safe product, run into Island Wellness Market and ask Amy to direct you to a safe gift. 
Feel confident that the gift you give is one you would like to receive and you will be giving the gift of a happy and healthy new year.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.