From Synthetic Hazards to Natural Solutions

in Fabric and Clothing

Maria Low
May – Jun 2024 • Vol 4, No 10

The Rise of Synthetic Fibers and Petrochemicals

Petrochemicals and synthetic dyes are in every sector of our lives. After World War II, experiments took place with petrochemicals to create fiber. One of the first synthetic fibers made was nylon.

Nylon and other synthetic fibers have played a significant role in the production of fabric ever since. This is due to their strength and the low cost of production compared to natural fibers. However, natural fibers for clothing, such as wool, cotton, flax (linen), silk, hemp, bamboo, and alpaca are slowly coming back because of committed activist groups in California.

Health Concerns in Various Industries

Staff members at American Airlines complained of blistering, rashes, swollen eyes, nose bleeds, and inflammation. Tests of their uniforms commissioned by the airlines and the flight attendants’ union turned up to contain a frightening list of detrimental components:

  • Synthetic fibers
  • Tributyl phosphate
  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Cobalt
  • Antimony
  • Allergenic dyes
  • Toluene
  • Hexavalent chromium
  • Dimethyl fumarate
  • Wrinkle-resistance chemicals
  • Fire retardants

When the flight attendants confronted the manufacturer in a court case, it was thrown out because of a lack of evidence. In addition, the materials used in the cabin of airplanes release harmful gases from plastic and other synthetic materials.

People who work in auto body shops, fashion, the furniture industry, beauty salons, and manufacturing plants are exposed to constant toxins. The toxins build up on an intracellular level in the organs, skin, and the brain. Most doctors are not equipped to diagnose environmental poisoning and either misdiagnose it or are unable to make recommendations.

Toxic Chemicals in Clothing and Other Products

Clothing and other items such as shoes are highly polluted with chemicals and metals. Shoes are sprayed with chemicals before they are exported. The chemicals work up from the sole of the shoe into the feet. The US Federal Commission asks the clothing retailers to list the fiber content, country of origin, identification of the manufacturers on labels. Chemical composition is not indicated, many of which cause serious consequences to humans.

And don’t forget about babies’ clothing! Pure cotton clothing for children is available, however most clothing, especially for toddlers carry many of the following chemicals: Azo Dyes, PFCs (Perfluorinated chemicals), NPEs (Nonylphenol ethoxylates), and more.

One of the most used dyes, Azo Dye, has many chemical varieties and is linked to skin problems, respiratory issues, depleted immune system, and long-term health problems. PFCs are related to birth defects and linked to testicular and kidney cancer. NPEs have widespread exposure which is absorbed through the skin and the environment. This widely used chemical is linked to fatigue, nosebleeds, rashes, and possible neurological issues.

The Danger of Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is sometimes used to make clothing wrinkle resistant. This chemical is an endocrine disruptor. It’s also used for bacteria, mold, and as a preservative. Formal-dehyde is linked to immune suppression and obesity. There are many other insidious chemicals affecting people’s lifestyles including their automobiles. Walking through stores filled with synthetic materials, taking vacations on ships, working in toxic offices, and other challenging workplaces. It is a lot for the body to handle!

Mitigating Health Risks with Natural Solutions

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to place in your purse or have in your car the Thieves hand sanitizer or Thieves wipes. The selected essential oils in this blend dissolves petrochemicals. Clean your hands after you pump gas, come out of a shopping mall, or grocery store.

Additionally, taking a detox bath with a combination of Epsom Salts, Baking Soda, and Borax can help. Check the temperature of the bath water, then add Young Living’s Bath and Shower Gel, which contains the following essential oils: Dragon Time, Evening Peace and Calming, Lavender Bath and Shower Gel, Morning Start Bath and Body Gel, Sensation Body and Shower Gel—all plant-based body cleansers. Soak for a minimum of twenty minutes. Schedule routine baths according to your condition.

Promoting Organic Alternatives

Melrose essential oil has a blend of four premium essential oils. It is a powerful cleanser. Scrub your scalp and apply it to the brain stem, spine, and wherever else it is needed. Lavender oil could be helpful to apply directly after your bath when the pores are open to further relax the body, prepare it for sleep, and allow the body to absorb the essential oils that you choose to apply.

If there is inflammation in the body, Thieves, Longevity, Luscious Lemon, Purification, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Ginger are very helpful. For little children, flower essential oils are helpful, as well as Gentle Baby and Sara. You can apply Young Living’s Ortho Sport over these oils or apply them to larger areas on the body, such as legs and back.

Supporting Detox in the Body

Cleaning out the intestines with the cleansing kit and Comfortone™ in between has benefits as well as doing a liver cleanse. Chemical toxins have various weights and are difficult to remove. It can take a long time in some cases.

For example, you do not want the metals deposited in the brain, heart, or colon! You want to move them out through the colon or out through the skin. Young Living’s Longevity capsules are beneficial, and Thieves products help with deep-seated inflammation. Both products come as an essential-oils blend and as soft gels. The product called Inner Defense uses Thieves.

You may want to consult a health practitioner who has knowledge of environmental poisoning as well as the side effects of dental work from mercury amalgams in the teeth. It takes work to find a practitioner with th