I am learning about the balance between good stewardship and faith (which I think is a very personal one!). For a long time so much of my thinking when it came to health was fear-based. I think a lot of what we call wellness and wisdom is propelled by fear. If we don't do this, then this bad thing will happen, etc.
My goal nowadays is not to create a perfect environment but one of balance, with joy, in faith. I'm slowly learning what that looks like for OUR family.
It means choosing the best that I can to feed my kids but fully enjoying pizza, desserts, and Starbucks treats, too (not as "cheats" but as treats that don't make up the bulk of our fuel). It means choosing things that are safe and not loaded with tons of untested chemicals when I can but not worrying if my mascara isn't non-toxic or we eat meat that wasn't grassfed/pastured. It is a really great place to be - a humbling one, a freeing one.
When our daughter started needing deodorant, it was an easy choice. For me, this fell into the good stewardship category. This is something she will be using every day long-term and with her hormones already changing and making life a little more complicated, it was a no brainer to find a deodorant that was safe (and effective!) and wouldn't mess with her hormones or clog her lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system is a system of waste removal and under our arms is a big area of lymph nodes and an important place we detox waste through sweat (which most antiperspirants prevent). This toothpaste is what I've used for deodorant for the last 4 years or so, so this is what our Ro was introduced to when the need arose. It is the best deodorant I've ever used, nontoxic or not (might have something to do with bacteria making sweat stink - if you look up the oils in it and what they do, it makes a lot of sense). It may look like a tube of toothpaste sitting in the cabinet - and it is! - but it is also the best deodorant around and I'm so thankful to have it for not only myself but our girl. One less thing her body has to fight against as it grows and changes and for that, I am thankful!