Monday, March 19, 2018

Could Lavender and Tea Tree Oil in Shampoos, Soaps and Ointments Lead to Abnormal Breast Growth in Young Boys?

New research questions the safety of beloved lavender and tea tree essential oils

Many moms and dads know that lavender can help relax and help babies sleep (and adults!).  This is the reason so many natural and conventional baby shampoo, bath soaps and other products contain the popular essential oil.  Similarly, tea tree oil has well known and pretty amazing antiseptic properties and is often used as a natural alternative to antibacterial chemicals.   

Within the 'natural' / 'non-toxic' living community, however, there have been murmurs about lavender potentially having endocrine disrupting properties- but not a lot of follow up, nor large scale studies have been conducted to back up these claims.   That is, until now.    A new study is adding  further evidence to the potential hormone disruptive properties that both lavender and tea tree oils had been suspected of having in the past.  This study found that the essential oils are somehow competing with or hindering the hormones that control male characteristics, resulting in abnormal breast growth in young boys—called prepubertal gynecomastia—. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

What's That Smelly (and Toxic) New Rug Smell and How to Avoid It

Kids love playing on the floor- given them
 direct contact to your rugs and any chemical
 being given off by them

Such a common scenario: Excited parents decorating their baby's nursery or child's bedroom or playroom and pick out the perfect accent rug that helps the entire room come together...... only to realized when they get home that a very strong odor is suddenly present. A REALLY. STRONG. ODOR. As I have said a couple of times in this blog, it is always smart to follow your nose when it comes to chemicals... if it smells strong, it usually involves a chemical... and with carpets and rugs this is usually the case.

As a parent, you might have worried about the chemicals in the mattress you kids are sleeping on, or about the chemicals in the food they eat and/or the chemicals in the toys they play with and/or place in their mouths. Equally important, and sometimes overlooked, are the chemicals in the carpets and rugs we choose for our homes- especially since Carpet accounts for 51% of the total U.S. flooring market.

Given the amount of time small children spend on or around carpets and their vulnerability to chemical exposure – small children are more susceptible to 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Is Your Makeup Safe Enough for Your Daughter?

Little girls love to play with their mama's makeup.... I remember doing it and loving those 'special occasions', like a ballet performance, when I myself was allowed to where a bit of my mom's makeup.  

Today, I kind of cringe when I see little girls and teenagers using makeup.   

Girls are starting younger every day to use makeup- sometimes its for a dance recital, or special event and by the preteen or early teens many are already using daily makeup products.   Pregnant women sometimes count on extra makeup to help them achieve that ‘natural glow’ when it doesn’t come naturally…..   bottom line?  Women, teens and young girls use makeup and since makeup is not  regulated by any governing body there can be a whole lot of nasty chemicals in  makeup. I mean, the EU has banned 1300 chemicals from beauty products deeming these thousand + chemicals to0 dangerous for human use…..  the US has only partially banned  30 chemicals - so basically buy makeup in the US and you are exposing yourself to 1,270 chemicals that the Europeans deemed to toxic for Europeans.  Makes you kind of wonder

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A New Free, Easy To Follow and Trustworthy Safe Baby Products Guide

Many everyday essentials for  pregnancy, newborns, children and  our homes are exposing us to endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, neurotoxins and many more harmful chemicals every single day.  

Choosing safe products that do not expose our families to these harmful chemicals should not be hard- and yet it is one of the most overwhelming and time consuming things a parent is faced with.  

Faced with this obstacle, the goal of Non-Toxic Munchkin has always been to make non-toxic living easier for parents.  

Today, a new trustworthy guide has been published that will make non-toxic living even easier for parents.  The folks behind Clean and Healthy New York have joined forces with some of the most knowledgeable  non-profit groups that are at the forefront of environmental chemical research to bring to life their 'Safe Baby Products Guide'  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Is Silicone A Safe Alternative to Plastic?

Bright colors, easy to clean, unbreakable, fun prints- it is easy to see why silicone products have taken over the kids and baby market.  The benefits are many but the question in many parent’s minds is the same:  is silicone safe for my child?

The answer is yes, but there is a “ but”

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Non-Toxic Munchkin Approved Everyday Must Have Products

Kids may be only 30% of our population but they are 100% our future" -
Robyn O'Brian recently said this in a workshop I attended and I immediately wrote it down... I mean of course it makes sense but why, I wonder, are so many lawmakers and company heads failing to protect our future?  

We could be talking about diet or education....because the reality is that things need to improve to give our children a stronger future BUT today we are talking about the need to protect our children from harmful chemicals that are in every thing we use/eat/smell/clean/play with every single day.  

Our children, more than ever, need parents that will look out for their present and future health- Among the challenges we face as parents are:

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Are 'Non-Toxic' Children's Art Supplies Really Non-Toxic?

My kids are obsessed with art.    They paint non stop in their preschool and my youngest comes home completely covered in paint on most days.

Art is a wonderful way for kids to explore and express themselves-  for older kids and adults it can be a great stress and anxiety reliever.   Art makes most people happy- so much so that I actively look for options for  my older son to continue with his artistic expression outside of school since, sadly, his school does not offer too much of a chance to do this.

Parents ask me constantly:  how safe are art supplies? Are paints labeled as ‘non-toxic’ truly non-toxic?   

The answer:   maybe, but not necessarily.