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Dangers of Chlorine

Category: Water Stories
Posted: 2008-06-25 15:45

I first spotlighted the dangers of chlorine in Toxic Showers where the focus is on the chlorine gas.

An equally important consideration is the effects of chlorine on your body, more specifically its absorbtion into your body.

The use of shower filters has risen dramatically in the last couple of decades as the cosmetic benefits of the devices have been realized. Shower filters are designed to remove chlorine as well as other harmful synthetic chemicals and VOCs from showering water. They attach directly to the shower faucet outlet and are effective at removing unwanted chemicals at up to approximately 115 degrees. Most shower filters involve a two-step process in which water first flows through a granular copper/zinc media. This stage is designed to remove chlorine and restore the natural pH balance of the water. In the second stage of filtration, the water flows through a carbonized, coconut shell medium which eliminates synthetic chemicals and VOCs.

The cosmetic benefits of using a shower filter are obvious to anyone who has ever experienced the harshness of chlorinated water. The removal of chlorine from showering water guarantees softer skin and hair as the body is able to maintain and replenish its natural, moisturizing oils. Also, chlorine removal allows for less frequent use of expensive lotions and conditioners because skin and hair is naturally softer and healthier.

Although the cosmetic benefits of the removal of chlorine from showering water are already enough to warrant the use of shower filters, the truly beneficial aspect of chlorine removal concerns health. For a large portion of users, shower filters can initiate significant improvements in respiratory health. Chlorine and other synthetic chemicals in water vaporize at a much faster rate than simple water molecules. As one showers, these harmful chemicals quickly become gaseous and are easily inhaled. Once inhaled, these chemicals are particularly insidious. They can cause or aggravate asthma and other respiratory problems. When chlorine is removed from showering water, this aggravation no longer occurs.

Shower filters are equally important, if not more important, than drinking water filters. When chlorine vapors are inhaled, the chlorine enters directly into the blood stream without the partial filtering effects of the digestion process. A warm shower also enlarges the pores in skin and allows for absorption of chlorine into the body through these pores. Absorption of chlorine through the skin can cause significant skin problems. Thus, showering in chlorinated water is much more dangerous than drinking that same water.

If interested, you can read more about this topic and how we have arrived where we are with water treatment.

Lavender - Pt. 2

Category: Essential Oils
Posted: 2008-06-19 22:09

This gift from nature brings us so many benefits.
Here are additional ways to enjoy lavender essential oil.

* To alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness, place a drop of Lavender oil on the end of the tongue or around the naval or behind the ears.

* To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of Lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).

* Rub a drop of Lavender oil over the bridge of the nose to unblock tear ducts.

* Rub Lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.

* Rub a drop of Lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.

* To reduce or minimize the formation of scar tissue, massage Lavender oil on and around the area.

* Rub 2 - 4 drops of Lavender oil over the armpit area to act as a deodorant.

* Rub a drop of Lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.

* Rub several drops of Lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.

* Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a cotton ball and place in your linen closet to scent the linens and repel moths and insects.

* Place a drop of Lavender oil in your water fountain to scent the air, kill bacteria and prolong the time between cleanings.

* Place a few drops of Lavender oil on a wet cloth and throw into the dryer, which will deodorize and freshen your laundry.

* Put a drop of Lavender oil on a cold sore.

* Diffuse Lavender oil to alleviate the symptoms of allergies.

* Spritz several drops of Lavender oil mixed with distilled water on a sunburn to decrease pain.

* Drop Lavender oil on a cut to clean the wound and kill bacteria.

* Apply 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a rash to stop the itching and heal the skin.
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