More and more I feel annoyed with EWG (Environmental Working Group) who sponsors and lobbying for the new “Safe Cosmetics Act 2011”. I have problems with their amazing way of making assessments of the dangers in our products as put in their “SkinDeep” data base. They do safety assessments of many cosmetic products and their ingredients including natural cosmetics as Paul Penders that contain herbs, plants, natural oils, etc.
I agree with them when ingredients are called “certified organic” that they are not always natural. Many chemicals and synthetics are certified by Ecocert as organic. EWC thinks that “certified ingredients” are not always superior. I agree because for several cosmetic ingredients the benefits from naturally grown ingredients are preferred and even more stable. Well, that is according to many scientist and top cosmetic chemists who prefer at times natural ingredients above organic ingredients.
This story is about the ignorance at times of EWG.
This came again to mind when I visited the Buddhist Temple just besides our new place in Penang (also called the holy island) where Paul Penders Co has its R&D based and beautifully located besides the ocean and foothills of a huge rainforest mountains.
I had a freak accident about a year ago and through a friend of mine we visited the temple where a monk of age 93 provides natural health treatments for free, even vegetarian meals as well. This beautiful woman lives a truly peaceful life and does lots of meditation. Meeting her brings right away a spontaneous feel of love and happiness. She was going to treat me with hot oil consisting of tar from pine trees and several herbs; all grown in the woods around the temple.
The treatment is quite simple … for 6 times oil will be heated till a temperature as hot as one can cope to put your hands and feet into the oil mass until the mass cools down, then the mass will be heat up again and this “mantra” repeats itself for 6 times!
The natural tar and herbs pulls out toxins from the body. It is really a vigorous treatment because during the process the body starts to sweat. When 6 treatments are finished you are totally wet and feel totally cleansed as well.
I am going to get this treatment for few times while it is said also to be good for several other health problems including detoxification of kidneys and stomach, as well when someone has fever and also good for diabetics. This detoxification process and cleansing of the body is caused by the healing power of natural tar.
Here is the essence of my story…
When at age 25 I start to make my first shampoos with the help of my customers in my salons in The Netherlands, I also used pine tar. I used it to cleanse the scalp from dandruff, to detoxify and extract impurities in the skin. It always worked beautifully and my customers loved it.
Then these stories did arrive that natural tar can cause cancer. Like many of these ghost stories and scare techniques used by some fanatic environmentalists including now EWG these days as well. Whether few natural ingredients have been used for centuries by many cultures and in many places of the world with great results is simply being ignored often because certain benefits could not been explained by scientists of today. Therefore it is suddenly no good anymore – ergo – we could get very sick of it!
So already many years ago I was forced to change my shampoo formula because of these scare techniques. I needed to tell my customers using “Paul Penders Peppermint Shampoo” for many years and with excellent results for dandruff and oily hair that –according to new research- were suddenly risk!
Honestly speaking, I never had found something that good to replace the natural pine tar for dandruff and now we use natural pegaga herbs found also on Langkawi with excellent results as well. Still I miss my old Peppermint Shampoo formula!!!
I felt amazed when I saw the monk heating my medicine!
A natural complex of pine tar and herbs? She told me how many people have come to her receiving outstanding health results. But I am sure when the scientists of EWG would come by to rate this natural paradise in Penang island, they would try to stop the use of these natural healing treatment. They would declare that people could get cancer or other terrible diseases simply because they can’t explain how nature does its amazing work.
In fact, few Paul Penders products have been rated unsafe by EWG because using few natural herbs (for almost 40 years) already described by my grandmother some 100 years ago and supported by my friends Dr. Eeftink and Dr. Steyn (who were famous natural health doctors in The Netherlands). Now EWG makes assessments that these products can cause diseases and that is pure nonsense proving my case of them being ignorant.
Being in the Temple today with this beautiful, very kindhearted, loving and spirited Monk made me actually feel proud. She gave me that unshakable belief and confidence that I always have been right about my first shampoo with natural pine tar developed so many years back.Should I start producing it again? Maybe. And whatever EWG will say about my Peppermint Shampoo I don’t care anymore. I will no longer feel confused thanks to this wonderful woman who taught me a piece of true wisdom.