Of course, everyone realizes petroleum products are used in the gasoline that fuels our vehicles. But did you know petroleum-based components are in medicines, food, and even in the clothes we wear? One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest (over half) is used to make things like paint, cosmetics, plastic, vitamin capsules, lip gloss, lotion and 6,000 other things. We are exposed to products that have some petroleum derivative every day.

From the health perspective, petroleum has infiltrated our lives on so many levels that you would have to go back to the cowboys and Indian days to avoid it! Ok, so the creation of petroleum makes tons of toxic C02 gas that is slowly destroying our atmosphere and plant life, and all the plastics we throw away will be there for decades and decades as they are practically nondegradable. This leaches into waterways and harms humans and wildlife, is that really so bad?

The problems of plastics include extreme pollution from production, toxic chemical exposure during use, hazards from fires, and their contribution to the world's growing solid waste crisis. One category of chemicals used in plastic production, especially PVC and vinyl, is called organochlorines, which are resistant to breakdown and will remain in the environment for decades to come. Scientific studies reveal that these chemicals are linked to severe and wide-spread health problems, including infertility, immune system damage, impaired childhood development, hormone disruption, cancer and many other harmful effects.

Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum are Petroleum products that coat the skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins, which in turn accumulate and can lead to dermatologic issues. They slow cellular development, which can cause you to show earlier signs of aging. They are a suspected cause of cancer and disrupt hormonal activity. By the way, when there's an oil spill in the ocean, don't they rush to clean it up? Why put that stuff on your skin?

There are too many items and studies about petroleum related products to mention on this page. If this remedy was suggested to you, or you feel that you need to detoxify Petroleum, Phthalates and the many other carcinogens that go with petroleum, it would be helpful if you ensure your personal care items are petroleum free. This includes lip gloss, lotion, shampoo, soap and stop using plastic containers to cook in, store in or drink out of (that includes Styrofoam). Hopefully you do not work in an area that exposes you to foams, insulation, plastic or other petroleum derivatives. Recommendations:

  • Use water-based latex paints.
  • Look for products based on bee's wax or soy-based waxes.
  • Use glass, ceramic, metal, and cloth containers instead of plastic.
  • Buy drinks that come in glass containers.