#PiperWai @PiperWai: Natural Deodorant Discovered thru @ABCSharkTank

When I was a young girl my mother insisted that I use a deodorant and not an antiperspirant. I was quite young, 10 years old, when I first needed to start using deodorant. We tried more natural solutions like milk of magnesia and baking soda with some lemon juice. But none of these worked. I tried regular over-the-counter deodorants and still did not find satisfaction with those products. 
When I went to college I sought out antiperspirants. To my surprise they worked! I refused to accept the fact that antiperspirants actually had aluminum in them and that aluminum could actually cause any long term side effects. At that time, I cared that I didn’t smell.*

Fast forward to a few years ago. I had gone to an acupuncturist who recommended that I stop using antiperspirant as it was causing toxicity within my body. Although I had benefited from not being odorous, my body was not detoxifying itself and there in my armpit area was where I sweat the most. We have a set of lymph nodes there. The lymph system is where we take out our garbage, so to speak. We eliminate our toxins emotionally and physically through the lymph system. I had tried a couple years back prior to this appointment to use deodorant only, but found that living in hot, steamy Florida and constantly sweating created rashes and so I returned to antiperspirants to my dismay. When I shared this information with the practitioner, she calmly said, “Your body needs to detoxify.” I reluctantly switched. I started my search once again for a perfect deodorant. I thought I found one finally that was a roll-on of a salt rock crystal deodorant. It worked…mostly. I still encountered days that I sweat more and on those days I knew it wasn’t as effective as I needed. 

I sweat during sessions as I run energy. I notice I get rather warm and often sweat under my arms, profusely. I had a client ask me for a hug in the middle of a session and I immediately apologized for my sweatiness as I hugged her. It displeased me that I couldn’t feel confident at that particular moment to feel perfectly comfortable as I was helping her to be more comfortable. 

Then, within the last several months my husband and I were watching Shark Tank and saw a presentation on PiperWai an all natural deodorant that claimed to help with the absorption of sweat and also to be more than effective in fighting odor. With nothing to lose, I bought 2 jars.

I had tried other deodorants that had essential oils before, but didn’t seem to help with the absorption of sweat. 

This deodorant is all natural, without any aluminum. I opened the jar and liked the smell which is neither masculine or feminine in scent. When I applied it to my underarms, I felt an immense cooling sensation. I have to say, it works. I notice it worked well in the cooler months with the sweat absorption but over the summer when it got warmer, the absorption factor isn’t as strong as I would like. The other thing I don’t like is that it is a paste. Closer to the end of the bottle, the paste gets rather flaky and becomes a task of trying to get the deodorant to go on smoothly without flaking all over the bathroom sink or floor. I recently viewed their Facebook page where they suggest a drop of witch hazel to regain original consistency.

I took a couple months off from using this product. Simply because I had run out of it and had other deodorants still in stock in my cabinet. After going back to my crystal salt deodorant it worked for two weeks. I was excited because I thought maybe my body had changed. But after those two weeks when I was excessively sweating, there was nothing at the end of the day leaving me confident Needless to say, I reordered my PiperWai deodorant and have now been using it again for a month and I’m quite pleased.

I know they are considering making it into a roll-on.  I don’t mind the paste. Unlike most pastes it does not have a sticky residue feel to it. Instead, it feels clean and smooth. At first glance the price seems steep, but depending on your usage a single jar should last anywhere from 2-4months. I  highly recommend this product to anyone, male or female with similar problems or looking for a healthier alternative. 
*I have chosen to include various resources pro and against claims of aluminum causing breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. Please use your own judgement.

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/antiperspirant-facts-safety

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/16/aluminum-lurks-in-crystal-deodorants.aspx#!

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/antiperspirants-and-breast-cancer-risk

New Research Indicates Aluminum in Deodorant Linked To Breast Cancer

Building a Stronger Immune System

People with Down syndrome have compromised immune systems as a result of having the chromosomal structure that they do.(1) After Jack had open heart surgery at 5 months old, our pediatrician at the time recommended that we put Jack on a multivitamin with iron. After having experienced all that we had been through, having Jack survive and recover from open heart left us blinded and accepting all recommendations from physicians.

Being on the multivitamin with iron actually effected Jack and made him constipated. The addition of iron to his daily intake made it difficult for Jack to have easy bowel movements. Not only that, we noticed that he wasn’t any healthier to fight off viruses. We tried different multivitamin formulas with minerals, even though I was of the philosophy that, we should get our vitamins from our diet. Because of his immunodeficiency, I wanted to make sure that Jack was getting the best vitamin absorption. Traditionally, our bodies do not absorb vitamins that are in pill form as we would in powder or liquid form. (2) We absorb 90-98% of vitamins in liquid or powder form, compared to the 3-25% from pill form.

Not only did constipation result from vitamin supplementation, we soon noticed that Jack’s skin on his elbows and knees demonstrated eczema type symptoms and once we discontinued any vitamin supplementation, these symptoms dissipated.

Our insurance for Jack changed and therefore caused us to have to seek out a new pediatrician. In doing so, what we had taken for granted as being prudent recommendations, our new physician made us more aware, enlightened. For example, it had been recommended to us that we put Jack on Miralax, also known as polyethylene glycol, for his constipation at a year old. When we asked what the side effects were, we were told simply, “none.”

Our new pediatrician, although she also wrote us a prescription for the Miralax, soon said to us, “You need to get him off of that.” It wasn’t that she said it, but how she said it that made me wonder why she would have a different recommendation. So of course, I did a web search. What I found astounded me:

“In 2008, the FDA tested eight batches of Miralax because ‘many of the reported adverse events were classic symptoms of ethylene glycol ingestion.’ Ethylene glycol (EG) and diethylene glycol (DEG) are ingredients in antifreeze so, in other words, the government tested the laxative after receiving reports of children exhibiting symptoms of antifreeze poisoning following their use.” (3)

Appalled and wanting a more homeopathic solution, I again visited our chiropractor who happened to have a blend of Chinese herbs mixed in easy to take gel capsule form from Dr. Chi called OxiPower. It actually took a couple days, but it helped Jack go to the bathroom much easier.

Our solution became a mixture of essential oils, Chinese herbs, and energy work.

Quite simply, the mixture of these has kept us from visiting the doctor’s office frequently. In fact, Jack’s constipation issues resolved. His times of being sick, not only shortened in duration, but also got less exacerbated. He now recovers from being sick quite quickly.

1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3074212/

2. http://www.livestrong.com/article/353383-are-liquid-vitamins-absorbed-any-better-than-pill-vitamins/

3. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/01/21/miralax-laxatives.aspx

4. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyethylene_glycol

 

Basil Combats Cold and Flu Symptoms

It’s flu season, and we all have to do all we can to remain healthy. My husband and I choose not to get vaccinated or to vaccinate our son. It’s our choice, and choose that because by the time that the flu vaccine is administered to us, it may or may not be made of the strain that is affecting the U.S. and is made with thimerosal, a Mercury based derivative.
When I first heard of Basil essential oil I didn’t quite understand the attraction anyonewould have to using it. Every time I thought of it all I associated it with was a good Italian sauce, marinara etc.

“There are many benefits of basil essential oil (including the improvement in the following conditions): (1)

  1.  acne                       5. colds                                   9. increase alertness                       13. indigestion
  2.  anxiety                   6. improve digestion               10. fatigue                                        14. sinusitus
  3.  enhance mood       7. coughs                                11. gout
  4. bronchitis colds       8. depression                         12.   soothe muscle aches 

Within the last two weeks both my son and I have needed basil essential oils for different reasons. I happen to be quite sensitive around this time of year due to red tide. It doesn’t matter if it is not directly in our county, it matters that it is around us and I go into respiratory distress, especially at night. I had the most difficult time breathing the other night and needed help. I asked my lovely husband to rub carrier oil with a couple drops of basil essential oil on my back in the lung area and within minutes we both noticed a difference. I was breathing clearer and he even commented on how the scent forces you to breathe! I was able to fall asleep and breathe easily through the night.

Our son came home from school run down and ended up going to bed early. He awoke in the middle of the night and after hearing his raspy voice and raspy breathing, I immediately grabbed the basil essential oil. I rubbed it on his throat that was hurting, his back, chest and feet. Because he was having difficulty falling asleep again I rubbed Frankincense essential oil down his spine(think central nervous system) and within minutes not only was he breathing easily, he had fallen asleep. When he awoke in the morning, no one would have known that he had respiratory distress just 4 hours earlier! When asked, he said his throat no longer hurt. I happened to speak with his teacher the next day, who was so impressed on commented how much work he got out of Jack due to his alertness and calmness.
A year and a half ago, Jack was suffering from recurrent ear infections, three almost back to back. It was recommended to us, by someone selling essential oils, to put basil and melaleuca (tea tree oil) on a cotton ball and insert into our son’s ear. At that time, I didn’t have basil essential oil readily available and fortunately, and since then, Jack has not had another ear infection so we have not had the need to try the effectiveness of this solution.

As impressive and effective as basil essential oil proved to be in alleviating our respiratory symptoms, we did use another oil in conjunction: oregano oil. (That will be its own post on its benefits.) The dual combination definitely knocked out all that we were going through. 

Please note, that just like any medicine, more is not better when using any essential oil. Although essential oils are homeopathic they are extremely powerful and concentrated. They are potent and definitely need to be diluted with a carrier oil like jojoba, grapeseed, etc. when used. Not all essential oils are made equally, so please select your oils carefully. If you happen to have a reaction, which may occur depending on your sensitivity and oil being used, please do not rinse with soap and water, instead dilute area with more carrier oil. Doug, Jack nor I take any prescription medications. If you do, please speak with your healthcare professional and discuss any possible interactions and possible side effects of mixing the two.

  1. http://altmedicine.about.com/od/aromatherapy/a/Basil-Essential-Oil.htm
  2. http://www.livestrong.com/article/109036-aromatherapy-sinuses/
  3. https://www.naha.org/assets/uploads/The_Quality_of_Essential_Oils_Journal.pdf