Thursday, January 2, 2014

DIY Recipe – Baby Powder (Talc-Free)

Turns out that talc, in and of itself, is a toxic mineral for human use. It's crafted by mining talc rocks, then crushed, dried and milled – similar to how flour is processed. This process leaves behind minute asbestos-like fibers. It’s reported that products containing talc has been linked to being a known carcinogenic (cancer causing). Even the American Academy of Pediatrics have reported talc’s hazard.

I know what you’re thinking, “I’ve used baby powder all my life and didn't have any problems at all.” Although this may be true for most, buy products containing small traces of talc, the side effects are not always identifiable or easily related. Further, although it doesn't pose a danger to many, exposing to babies and your more delicate parts does lend itself to improve your health or overall well-being. Like most products using small amounts of harmful substances, after continued use of its carcinogens toxins are more prone to pile up in the body and become a problem eventually. Research has shown talc particles found inside ovarian tumors in women who use powder near their genitals.

To be on the safe side, here's how to make your very own talc-free body powder at home:

What you’ll need:
1/3 cup Arrowroot powder
1/3 cup Cornstarch (non-GMO)
2 Tbsp White Kaolin Clay
1-3 drops Vanilla essential oil (or your preferred gentle essential oil)

Combine all ingredients then mix together and sift to ensure that ingredients are well blended. Then, pour powder into a bottle with a sprinkler top (re-use Parmesan cheese or an old spice container if you do not have any on hand).

Note: arrowroot powder and kaolin clay can be found in most local health food stores. You can also order these items online with Mountain Rose Herbs.
If you don’t want to make your own, but prefer to simply buy it. Try these carriers: