Fight Germs the Natural Way

This past weekend President Obama declared swine flu (H1N1 virus) as a national emergency outbreak. Before you rush out and buy harsh and unnatural soap to fight against the virus, keep in mind the recent studies showing that antibacterial soap is no better than traditional soap in helping prevent swine flu. (Since H1N1 flu is a virus, a soap designed to fight bacteria is not effective against it.) In fact, triclosan, which is the main ingredient in antibacterial soap may actually contribute to the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

The good news is that handwashing is a simple and effective measure to take against the spread of many common infections. Most likely, it's not the soap you use but the regularity with which you wash your hands that will determine how effectively you keep the germs at bay. Look for personal care products with ingredients you can pronounce and minimal packaging; the more organic, the better.

In addition to fighting against germs, natural soap can also provide relief to people with dry or sensitive skin. Natural soap does not have any added chemicals during the production process. Due to the added minerals and vitamins natural soap can help nourish and hydrate the skin. The Global Healing Center websites provides ingredients commonly found in natural soaps.

Common organic ingredients you may find in organic soap include the following:

  • Organic Aloe

  • Organic Oats

  • Organic Peppermint

  • Organic Prickly Pear Cactus

Common natural ingredients you may find in organic soap include the following:

  • Cinnamon

  • Olive Oil

  • Goats Milk

  • Wild Carrot

  • Sea Salt

  • Essential Oils

  • Sunflower Seeds

  • Sunflower Petals

  • Wild Horsemint

  • Wild Yucca Root

  • Moroccan Red Clay

  • Unrefined African Shea Butter

For more information on natural personal care products (and to learn the answer to the question, "Is there such a thing as too clean?"), check out the Conscious Consumer Marketplace.


Tags: Antibacterial, Clean, Health, Soap, Swine flu

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