Transitioning really opened my eyes to how powerful hormones are and how the body reacts to whatever chemical combination is put into it or is exposed to. Transpeople, however, aren’t the only ones who (if they choose to medically transition) are exposed to different hormones. Everyday, people are unknowingly being exposed to endocrine disruptors that effect the hormone levels and cause a wide variety of health problems.
A few chemicals that are found in our everyday items include:
and the list goes on.
Endocrine disruptors “mimic or partly mimic naturally occurring hormones in the body like estrogens (the female sex hormone), androgens (the male sex hormone), and thyroid hormones, potentially producing overstimulation.” source This can lead to hormonal imbalances, obesity, reproductive problems, neurological and behavior problems, early puberty, and cancers. Check out this entry in Wikipedia, skim through it and be sure to look at the bottom list of sources cited.
Endocrine disruptors can be found in cleaning products, plastics, cans, hygiene products and more. While it’s difficult to completely eliminate these disruptors, you can limit your exposure to it.
One way of doing that is by making your own hygiene products.
Tonight I made my own deodorant using coconut oil, corn starch, baking soda, witch hazel, vitamin e oil, essential oils and some shea butter. I followed a simple template at this website.
I made a mixture of cedarwood, tea tree, patchouli, bergamont, lavender, sage, and rosemary essential oils to scent it. It’s really fun to make your own signature scents. I added witch hazel as a way to wick moisture away.
I was really impressed with how it mixed!
I recycled my recently emptied deodorant stick and it fit right in. I tried it on and it felt kind of wet at first, but it surprisingly dried within a minute or two.
In the future I may experiment with more recipes.