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The Dangers of Mineral Oil

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Mineral oil is an odorless, colorless substance made from petroleum. The product is related to petroleum jelly. The substance is mass produced and has many uses. You can generally find mineral oil at a drugstore.

Don't risk your health or the health of your family by using mineral oil products. Switch to safer, natural alternatives.


Mineral Oil in Products

Mineral oil is found in many different types of products. Its uses can be cosmetic, industrial or even for animals. Some of the most common products that contain mineral oil are:
  • Baby lotion
  • Cosmetics
  • Ointments
  • Facial creams
  • Electrical transformers
  • High voltage switchgear
  • Hydraulic fluid
  • Sewing machine lubricant
  • Wood preservative
  • Parasite prevention in animals
Some forms of mineral oil are said to be safe for consumption and some are not. The FSA (Food Standards Agency) has reported that mineral oil in food packaging does not pose a risk to humans.

Other types of mineral oil are known carcinogens. These should be avoided altogether. Putting petroleum products on your skin or in your body comes with risk. The oils can clog pores, making skin congested.

Mineral oils in baby products can cause baby's skin to become dry and irritated. The ingredient is commonly found in baby shampoos, soaps, and lotions. Remember that what we put on our skin ultimately ends up in the body.

Natural Alternatives to Mineral Oil

You should be able to eat or consume everything you put on your body. That means that all ingredients in your beauty and skin products should be edible. Mineral oil in many forms is not edible.

Replace Mineral Oil with natural oils that are derived from foods. Some healthy oils that can serve as alternatives to mineral oil include:
  • Olive Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Wheat Germ Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Coconut Oil
These oils are great substitutes for mineral oil in hair and skin products.

Natural oils can also be ingested. They are of great help to the liver and colon. Ingesting the oils on a regular basis can help you maintain the health of these organs.

Read the ingredients when you purchase products. Know what you are putting in or on your body. Find natural alternatives to mineral oil. Many health food and grocery stores carry natural, mineral oil-free products today.

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    Q: Hi, my lids are swollen and really wrinkled and itchy, dry I was using Johnson's baby oil and now my lids are puffy, itchy, wrinkled my eyes look like I am 60 yrs old, what can I use, please help

    A:

    Read the article â€THE DANGERS OF MINERAL OIL†Baby oil is sheer toxic and destroys the skin.

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    Q: I recently heard you comment on the ill effects of colloidal mineral supplements. What would you recommend as way for my family (two adults, two children 6 & 4) to receive the recommended amount of minerals to sustain our active life and support the healthy growth of our children?

    A:

    In place of colloidal minerals, I'd recommend any mineral supplement that is IONIC in nature (usually would be a liquid formula) or herbal like Dherbs ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD or our Children's Nutritive Formula Extract.

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    Q: If I take the Multi-Vitamins and Mineral in the morning? Will I able to take anymore capsules during the course, or end of the day?

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    Yes, you will! Be sure to space taking formulas, by one hour.

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    Q: I have read that Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary and Sage essential oils are all good for hair and stimulating hair growth. Would it be more beneficial to use them all at once for maximum result or should I just use the Rosemary and Sage only as you suggested? Also, I didn?t see any Almond oil so I was wondering if I could use Olive oil or Jojoba oil as a carrier oil.

    A:

    Yes they are great for stimulating hair growth; however, I would use them together or combined. ANY natural edible oil can be used - it's YOUR choice. Jojoba and/or sesame seed oil are the best oils for the hair.

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    Q: First I want to say thank, Yah has blessed you with knowledge and you share it with others. Ignorance is sin. I was reading your page about cancer and wanted to know should I stop using Vaseline also, I stop using lotions because of the ingredients and started using vaseline. Please share your wisdom.

    A:

    Yes! You would be wise to stop using Vaseline which is nothing but congealed petroleum (mineral oil). This crap has no business on the human body. It's toxic! It prevents the pores of the skin from breathing. Discard it! Instead, use Un-Petroleum, a safe alternative.

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    Q: I was reading your article on Vaginal Dryness and noticed it states that your "Yoni Lubricant" works however, I can't seem to find the lubricant on the site. I have the pills already. Is the lubricant not available yet? Also some of natural lubricant's botanical oils mentioned in the article do you sell any of them. Saw Palmetto with False Unicorn Root where can I get those or the tea? Thanks A very satisfied customer.

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    The Yoni Lubricant is coming very soon (May 2008). We don't sell any of the other botanical oils. Saw Palmetto Berries and False Unicorn can be found in health food stores.

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