Mineral Oil Madness! Beware

This post is jam packed with information about mineral oil. So, let's start with the basics. What exactly is mineral oil? I'm glad you asked. Mineral oil is a clear and odorless liquid that's the by-product of distilling petroleum to make gasoline from crude oil. Normally, it's created in large batches and is easy/inexpensive to produce. Mineral oil is a popular item because it is diverse and has many uses. It's so versatile and uses range from cosmetics, to mechanical lubricants, to medicine.

In the beauty industry mineral oil is used because of it's diversity. Once purified and in a semisolid form, mineral oil is called liquid petrolatum (a purified mixture of semisolid hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum). It's a common ingredient for hair spray, baby lotion, baby oil, cold cream, and ointments. The cold cream can be used to remove make-up and temporary tattoos. Mineral oil can even be used on eyelashes to breakage and brittleness.

Mineral oil is also an oral laxative. Use with caution! It's reported that mineral oil will block essential vitamins and nutrients from being properly absorbed, if too much is ingested.

In situations where you need to seal off skin form outside particles, mineral oil comes to the rescue. It's very useful to help sooth dry skin and medical conditions like dandruff, psoriasis, and cradle cap.

Mineral oil has great benefits but it's also associated with serious health risks like ovarian dysfunction, endometriosis, miscarriages, and damage to the immune system. Kim Anderson, a health care consultant to Arbonne International, states that “mineral oil coats the skin like plastic wrap, disrupting the skin's natural immune barrier and inhibiting its ability to breathe and absorb the 'natural moisture factor' (moisture and nutrition).”

Dherbs.com believes that "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."

Some natural and healthy alternatives that can mineral oil can be substituted with in hair and skin and body products are:
Olive Oil
Almond Oil
Wheat Germ Oil
Grape Seed Oil
Sunflower Oil
Rose Hip Seed Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Jojoba Oil
Coconut Oil

Ingesting the natural oils on a regular basis can help you maintain the health of the live and colon. Natural, mineral oil-free products are gaining popularity on shelves as many health food and grocery stores carry them.

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