How To Read Labels: Easy Tips on Identifying Dangerous Ingredients in Personal Care Products

Better products are truthful in their marketing claims and free of potentially worrisome ingredients. Some products might make claims like “gentle” or “natural,” but since the government does not require safety testing, personal care product manufacturers can use almost any chemical they want, regardless of risks.How to read a labelEvery personal care product must list its ingredients. Here’s how to navigate the label:• Start at the end, with preservatives.Avoid:* Words ending in “paraben”* DMDM hydantoin* Imidazolidinyl urea* Methylchloroisothiazolinone* Methylisothiazolinone* Triclosan* Triclocarban* Triethanolamine (or “TEA”)• Check the beginning of the ingredients lists, where soaps, surfactants, and lubricants show up. Try to avoid ingredients that start with “PEG” or have an “-eth” in the middle (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).• Read the ingredients in the middle. Look for these words: “FRAGRANCE,” “FD&C,” or “D&C.”For grown-upsMany parents pay more attention to their kids’ environmental health than their own, but adult bodies can be affected by toxic chemicals, too. EWG’s Safer Shopping List has nine common-sense tips to reduce everyone’s exposures. For instance, buy fragrance-free, skip the nail polish and use fewer products.Just for kidsExtra caution is in order for kids because, pound for pound, they are exposed to more contaminants in everyday products than adults. Their immature metabolism and organ systems are typically less capable of fending off chemical assaults. Even subtle damage to young bodies can lead to disease later in life.Follow EWG’s top five tips for kids:1. Use fewer products and use them less often.2. Don’t trust ad hype. Check ingredients!!3. Buy fragrance-free products.4. Avoid the use of baby powder.5. Always avoid EWG’s top six chemicals of concern for kids:* 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3 Diol* BHA* Boric acid and sodium borate* DMDM Hydantoin* Oxybenzone* TriclosanFor more information please see this link.Written by Healing AnthropologyHealing Anthropology products are green, clean and natural with our any of the chemicals listed. Full line available at ilumina Healing Sanctuary.

Eat To Look Young: Prevent Wrinkles with these 9 Foods!

Here is another informative Blog post from Healing Anthropology, our favorite natural skincare product line that we carry at ilumina. We can’t stop time, and nowhere is this more visibly discerning than on the surface of our largest organ, the skin. Why does the skin appear to age so rapidly? As we grow older, skin cells regenerate more slowly, making if difficult for the epidermis to repair itself. We also produce fewer hormones with age, which thinks skin, leaving it more vulnerable to damage. What more, oil-producing glands become less active, resulting in dry, fragile tissue. These effects are exacerbated by too much sun exposure, which accelerates the visible signs of aging, including discoloration, sagging and fine lines.All that aside, there is still good news. You can grow old gracefully while still be proactive in keeping your skin as healthy and happy as possible. This does not include fighting aging with chemical creams, Botox, and other unnatural methods. What is does include is exercising, healthy skincare and eating right. Eating right is even more important then previously presumed. New research shows that a diet rich is certain nutrients can prevent and reverse skin aging more effectively than expensive treatments.Stock up on the following foods to help your skin stay smooth, supple and young, no matter what your age.Kiwis-super high in Vitamin C which is crucial in the production of collagen (eat 2 a day)Berries-excellent source of ellagic acid, an antioxidant that helps protect skin against sun damage and reduces inflammation. Also rich in polyphenols which protect skin from free-radical damage (eat 1/2 cup per day)White Tea-blocks enzymes that break down collagen and elastin (drink at least 2 cups a day)Flaxseed Oil-contains Omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids which decrease skin roughness and scaling as well as build membranes around cells which helps keep skin moist and supple. (1-2 Tbsp a day on cold foods or used after cooking, heat kills its goodness)Spinach-very high in vitamin K inhibits calcification. Calcification limits skin elasticity which leads to wrinkles. (eat 1 cup at least 3 times per week)Dark Chocolate-rich in flavonols that protect skin from harmful UV light. (eat 1 oz a day)Tomatoes-amazing source of lycopene which stabilizes a volatile form of molecular oxygen that causes the skin to age. (aim to eat 1 cup cooked tomatoes with olive oil several times per week)Carrots-rich in vitamin A which serves as a barrier, providing a healthy surface lining to prevent bacteria from entering the body. (eath 1-2 cups carrots or other bright-orange foods every week)Avocados-rich in vitamin E and lutein which reduce harmful effects of the sun and help combat collagen breakdown. (eat 1-2 per week).ilumina Healing SanctuaryScottsdale, Arizona

Body Burden: Why Natural is Best and Recipes for Homemade Belly Balm&Oil

Here is a repost from the blog of one of my favorite companies Healing Anthropology. Their baby care, facial care and body care products are delicious, nuturing and "clean".   We love them so much that we carry most of the line at ilumina and the ilumina team is already addicted. Body Burden: Why Natural is Best and Recipes for Homemade Belly Balm & OilNobody should be putting chemicals on their skin (and therefore in their bodies), but pregnant women need to be especially careful about avoiding chemicals. The sad truth is that newborns come into this world with an average of 300 chemicals already in there little systems. Scientists call this a body burden and they also now know that prenatal exposure to many chemicals leads to fertility problems later on in life for these babies. If we live in a modern society, unfortunately some of these chemicals are impossible to avoid, however, we do have a choice about what we bring into our home, and what we put on and into our bodies. It is our responsibility to do our best at giving our children a healthy and happy life. The good news is that there are so many options for chemical free products and food that this responsibility is getting easier and easier.In conjunction with our Calendula Salve I have been using a homemade cocoa butter belly balm on my growing tummy for the past few months. Not only is it incredibly easy to make and 100% natural, but it smells like chocolate!! I have included this recipe below along with one for a simpler belly oil. You can also watch me make it with additional tips and directions here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWg0XIsfJDURecipes:Pregnant Belly Balm If you are pregnant, try this massage oil to help prevent stretch marks. The lavender essential oil also acts as a muscle relaxant.Ingredients4 400-International Unit vitamin E capsules2 ounces almond oil2 ounces any light vegetable½ ounce cocoa butter (available in drugstores)15 drops lavender essential oil (optional)DirectionsPop open the vitamin E capsules and squirt contents into almond oil. Heat mixture in a saucepan over low heat. Add cocoa butter. After cocoa butter melts, remove mixture from heat and let cool. Add essential oil and stir to blend. Massage the oil on your belly— or get someone to do it for you—at least once a day, or as often as you like.Pregnancy Belly OilIngredients:2 ounces of basic oil (you can choose from sesame, almond, sunflower, jojoba)2 ounces of organic oil (you can choose from Wheatgerm, Hazelnut or Macadamia Nut but if you can’t find any of these then just use any of the basic oils)24 drops of Organic Lavender Oil OR 12 drops Mandarin oil and 10 drops Neroli oilDirections:Measure out a total of 4 ounces of oil into a clean jar. Then add a total of 24 drops of essential oil (the essential oil jars come with a built in dropper). Stir well and you’re done.How To UseYou can begin in the first or second trimester, whenever your abdomen starts to “grow”. With gentle circular movements apply balm or oil to the abdomen twice a day. You can also use these blends on your thighs, sides and anywhere else your skin is stretching. The important thing is to start using it before the stretch marks appear. You should continue to use it until about 1 month after the birth as rapid decrease in weight can leave stretch marks as well.Important if this is the first time you are massaging either the oil or balm on your body, do a patch test first to make sure you don’t have any allergies to the ingredients. Just rub a small amount of the finished blend on the inside of your elbow and wait 24 hours. If there’s no rash or reaction, you’re good to go.

ilumina Acupuncture&Chinese Medicine Patient Appriciation Program

ilumina Healing Sanctuary would like to say "Thank You"  to all of our current patients that have been referring their friends and family to our clinic. In these times of economic distress when a lot of  small businesses are having to close their doors, it is our patients that have made a huge impact in the financial health of ilumina.

So we want to say thanks and the best way we thought of to show our appreciation is to offer our current patients Free Acupuncture.  If you are a current patient and you refer a new patient for acupuncture to ilumina you will receive a free acupuncture visit. Please see the details below.*

The holiday season is starting which means stress levels tend to rise and cold & flu season takes off so it is a perfect time to nurture yourself and stay centered, healthy and energized.

Please remember that in addition to our women's health program we also treat: MenHeadache & MigrainesLow Back PainInsomniaCold & FluSinus Congestion & AllergiesHigh Blood PressureCFIDSCancer SupportArthritis & Pain..........just to name a few

We are also offering acupuncture facials blending the ancient traditions of Chinese medicine with our new ultra "clean" and natural skincare line, Healing Anthropology.

For more information please call us. Gift certificates available.

ilumina Healing Sanctuary7520 E Camelback RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85251(602)957-2602

*You must be a patient at ilumina Healing Sanctuary to  receive a free acupuncture treatment. To receive a free treatment refer a new acupuncture patient to ilumina and have them put your name in the "referred by" section of the initial intake form and come in for their treatment before the end of the year. We will record your free acupuncture session and it will carry a 30 day expiration date.