One thing that really worries me is how ill-informed we are as customers these days. The fact that marketing and advertising people can cleverly disguise the information that we must know and share only what suits them is disastrous. The laws in India are not so stringent when it comes to customer rights and this is abused by most companies. And this is why adulterated goods, toxins in food, harmful chemicals are everywhere.
This becomes especially harmful when we are talking about the ones that are the most vulnerable – children. Most of the baby oils that you can get in the market these days is made of mineral oil. Mineral oil is something completely foreign to the human body. It is a synthetic oil which is a byproduct of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil. It is available in plenty and advertised heavily because it is cheap and widely accessible so manufacturers sell it to us and tell us it is good for our skin through the use of cute baby models and false claims covered by hefty advertising budgets. The honest truth is it is actually harmful to our health. Ask these same manufacturers and advertisers to use it for their children and they will run away!
Mineral oil acts create a light layer on the skin. This is difficult to absorb and in turn clogs the pores, which slows the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. We all were taught in school about nature’s miracles – the skin plays a large role in the body’s detoxification through sweat. But imagine what happens when we interfere with nature? Imagine if pores are blocked, the toxins remain in the body for a longer period of time. How harmful can this be? If mineral oil is ingested, it is just broken down by the liver and passes right through the intestinal tract.
Upon reaching the intestines, mineral oil can absorb all of the fat-soluble vitamins found there. So all those organic foods and vitamin supplements you spend all your money on will get robbed by mineral oil and your body never gets the benefits at all! Now imagine all this happening to tiny children whose bodies are still in the formation and development stages.
One simple thing that you can do, if you are a parent, is to replace artificial oils used to massage baby’s bodies with natural oils. This way you can give them some of the goodness of natural ingredients very essential for your children’s bone development, skin and muscle growth. By keeping them away from artificial color and chemicals, you can give them the much needed natural goodness.
I have very recently started using the Dabur Baby Massage Oil and it seems to have the natural goodness of Olive & Almond oils. I feel that these oils are much needed at this critical phase of a child’s growth. Dabur Baby products are Paraffin and Paraben Free as I found out on the website, and slowly I am noticing the gentle effects of their oil on the baby’s skin. As you all know by now, I refrain from unnecessarily hyping up the product and try to only share my views as sparingly as possible, when it comes to external products because this blog is not about advertising but abut kitchen mummy’s journey, thoughts and experiences, hence I would suggest that you read up about this oil yourself, try it and only then form your conclusions. As I keep using this oil more, I will share my experiences here, meanwhile please do drop in your thoughts in the comments if you have had any experiences regarding this oil or any other thoughts about chemicals based oils vs. natural oils.