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The link between synthetic fragrances and hormonal issues

Have you ever stopped to ask why so many women are dying from breast, ovarian and uterine cancer? The numbers are not going down, they are rising sharply!

Approximately 20,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed annually in Australia. 1 in 15 women are at risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer before their 85th birthday.

Ovarian cancer is the eighth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian females. Compared to other gynaecological cancers, ovarian cancer has the highest death rate at 4.8% of all female cancers per year.

There are around 3,500 new cases of uterine cancer each year, and 1 in 44 women are at an increased risk for developing this cancer before their 85th birthday.

Many synthetic chemicals in fragrances are petroleum-based and can be harmful to human health. Chemicals found in fragrances include phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors, and carcinogens benzophenone and styrene. We know the risk they pose to us women, and yet, I can't get into an elevator in Melbourne without holding my breath.

It's disturbing to see so many women spray commercial perfumes straight on their throat area, right in the same area where the thyroid is located. They also spray toxic deodorants that contain aluminium and many other known carcinogens under their armpits where there are many lymph nodes present.

When you spray chemicals onto your skin, it takes around 2 minutes for up to 60% of those ingredients to make their way into your blood stream.

Your thyroid regulates your endocrine system and that controls your hormones. When your hormones are imbalanced you get all sorts of problems, poor metabolism (weight gain), headaches, lethargy, acne and irregular and heavy menstrual cycles. When you have issues with your thyroid your lymphatic system has to work so much harder at clearing toxins from your body.

Your arm pits are home to your axillary lymph nodes. These nodes are part of your lymphatic system which is responsible for clearing toxins from your body. Spraying deodorants that are full of toxic chemicals and heavy metals is not wise.

The perfume industry made just under 1 billion dollars last year, so it's not going anywhere. We have to get better at taking control over what we allow to affect our health. Synthetic fragrances are easy to ditch, and I will share with you how I did it.

Do yourself a favour, stop using nasty perfumes and deodorants. It's not hard to make your own. The recipe below is one of my fave perfumes and all that is in it is essential oil and water. Every day people ask me what I'm wearing because it smells amazing!

If you want support using essential oils, then come to our next perfume making class here in Melbourne. Reach out if you'd like to join us! Classes run every 6 weeks.

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