- Stop Believing Any Sort of Endorsements – Look at any marketing campaign with very cynical eyes. Just because a celebrity or a blog (including this one) says so, don’t blindly trust it.
- Research the Actives – Check if the actives used are natural, scientifically proven or hold any certifications.
- Research the Preservatives or Base ingredients – This is the most overlooked part for any product. When a product is claimed to be “natural”, it’s actives are natural but the preservatives or base ingredients might not be. Here’s something that can help you. European Union standards have defined 10 harmful chemicals. Check if the product has any of these.
- Packaging is just packaging – Don’t judge a book by its cover. When it comes to your baby’s safety, don’t get influenced by fancy or colourful packaging.
If you knew your personal care products had preservatives made from carcinogens, would you want to use them?
We didn’t think so. Yet one ingredient made from a potential carcinogen is found in many personal care products, and is reported by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review to be safe.
It’s tetrasodium ETDA, made from ethylenediamine, formaldehyde—a known carcinogen according to the National Cancer Institute—and sodium cyanide (which is made from the toxic gas hydrogen cyanide).
It gets worse. This ingredient is also a penetration enhancer. That means it breaks down the skin’s protective barrier, making it easier for other potentially harmful ingredients in the formula to sink deeper into your tissues and perhaps even into your bloodstream.
Some of your creams may contain a preservative made from formaldehyde—you deserve better.
What is Tetrasodium EDTA?
Tetrasodium ETDA (which stands for ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) is a water-soluble ingredient used as a “chelator,” which means it binds to certain mineral ions to inactivate them. Through this action, it can prevent the deterioration of cosmetic and personal care products, as it stops the growth of mold and other microorganisms. Tetrasodium EDTA also helps maintain clarity, protect fragrance compounds, and prevent rancidity. One of its main uses it to help personal care products work better in hard water.
Laboratory technicians use the three ingredients mentioned above to synthesize EDTA, and then tetrasodium EDTA is derived from that. You’ll find it in moisturizers, skin care and cleansing products, personal cleanliness products, bath soaps, shampoos and conditioners, hair dyes, hair bleaches, and many other products. It’s also cleared for use in packaged foods, vitamins, and baby food.
Is it safe?
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that disodium ETDA and related ingredients (including tetrasodium EDTA) were safe as used in cosmetic ingredients and personal care products. The panel also said the ingredient was not well absorbed in the skin. They did note, however, that since the ingredients are penetration enhancers, formulators should be careful when combining these preservatives with other ingredients that may be hazardous if absorbed.
The Cosmetic Safety Database rates the hazard of the ingredient at a low “2,” with a low overall health hazard, and EDTA has not been found to cause cancer in laboratory animals.
In addition to the formaldehyde thing, however—which makes me uncomfortable—this ingredient may also contain dangerous levels of dioxane, a by-product of manufacturing that is also carcinogenic. There have been some case reports of sensitive individuals developing eczema after using cream with tetrasodium EDTA, and it’s known to be a potent eye irritant. It can also be slow to degrade, making it a poor choice for environmental health.
Why take the risk?
This is another one of those synthetic preservatives that just doesn’t feel good. We don’t have established scientific data on whether long-term use may hurt us, but just looking at the sources, is this really something we want to be putting on our skin?
We have other alternatives we can use, like coconut and castor oils for lather, and orange and cedar wood essential oils for natural preservatives, just to name a few. I would much rather nourish my skin with natural ingredients I know to be safe, rather than take a risk with something chemical, harsh, and potentially harmful—particularly when I have a little one running around the house who may be even more sensitive!
To avoid this ingredient, watch for these on the label:
- Edetate sodium
- Tetrasodium edetate
- Tetrasodium salt
Do you avoid this ingredient in your products? Have you experienced sensitivity to it?
Read more about the “7 exclusions your wellness products must have“.
Hop on this ride to navigate through and find answers to all your questions!
A medicine works the best if its consumed in the “best” way!
Bronchicure is India’s first lung protection equipped with 100% herbal actives. We have handpicked the best of ingredients for the syrup to stand out and work the best.
But to ensure that it works effectively and that our valued customers do not face any problems, let’s take you on a ride to navigate the world of Bronchicure, going through all the important landmarks.
Our first destination is INGREDIENTS’ Paradise!
Here we will discover the ingredients that make Bronchicure the best and one of its kind.
The first ingredient is Ivy Leaf extracts. Ivy leaf has the ability to dilate bronchioles, thereby relaxing the airways and taking care of the thick mucus that cannot be expectorated.
The second thing that goes in is Thyme Leaf extracts. Thyme leaves are enriched with antibacterial, antifungal and spasmolytic properties, so it fights against agents that cause bronchitis and helps to quell a spasmodic cough.
The next on our list is the INSTRUCTIONS Gate.
- Let’s pass through this to get a hassle free experience of Bronchicure!
- Bronchicure is safe to use for children above 3 years, adults, elderly and asthma patients.
- It is not recommended for pregnant women and breast feeding mothers. Doctor should be consulted in these cases before use.
- Bronchicure is not completely sugar free, although the sugar content is very less. Nevertheless. Diabetics are advised to consult a doctor before use.
- Shake well before use.
- Recap the bottle tightly after each use.
Here we now arrive at the DOSAGE Square.
- Let us look at the dosage instructions here!
- For children above 12 years and Adults- 5 ml thrice a day
- Children from 6 to 12 years- 2.5 ml thrice a day
- Children from 3-6 years- 6-10 drops thrice a day
- Or as directed by the physician.
- Since it is a herbal medicine, Bronchicure can be taken either before or after the meals.
Let’s now cross over the PRECAUTIONS Bridge! Tread carefully!
- Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist. Keep away from children.
- During the period of pregnancy and breast feeding, consult your doctor
- For children- to be taken only under the supervision of an adult.
Last but not the least, here we are at the final and the most important destination, the FAQ Palace!
Come along! Here you will find answers to every question.
What are the uses of Bronchicure?
Bronchicure is highly effective for bronchitis, asthmatic problems, wheezing, inflammation and irritation of the respiratory tract and dry cough. It works magic on vicious mucus and helps in cleansing of the lungs.
How long does it take to show the results?
Bronchicure is a fast action syrup and starts working within 2 doses itself. However, it also depends on the severity of the problem and may take 2-3 weeks for best result. For chronic illness, it can be taken once a day for relief.
Do I need to take something along with the medicine?
The syrup is sufficient in itself. It can be taken without water.
How to take Bronchicure?
The dosage is different for different age groups. For children above 12 years and Adults- 5 ml thrice a day. Children from 6 to 12 years- 2.5 ml thrice a day. Children from 3-6 years- 6-10 drops thrice a day. Or as directed by the physician. Since it is a herbal medicine, Bronchicure can be taken either before or after the meals
Is it OK for children and pregnant women?
It is safe to use for children above 3 years of age. For infants below 3, it is not safe to use. For pregnant women and breast feeding mothers, it is advisable to consult the doctor.
Is it safe to use?
Yes! Bronchicure is safe to use and 100% herbal. It is completely free of excipients such as EDT, PEG, Mineral and paraffin oil, paraben, PPG and any sort of artificial fragrances and steroids, making it the first of its kind in the world of respiratory medicines. Strictly based on the guidelines given by EU Norms, Bronchicure is completely safe.
I am already taking medicines for sugar/BP/cholesterol. Is it still safe to take Bronchicure along?
Yes it is safe to consume since it is 100% herbal and Ayurvedic formulation but it is advisable to consult the doctor.
Can it be given to infants below 3 years of age?
No! It is not safe for infants below 3 years of age.
You might want to read more about – Bronchicure – India’s First Herbal Lung Care Syrup
We often don’t consider the role our lungs play in our lives and in the wellbeing of our body until we experience problems in breathing.
We breathe every second, every moment. every time. It is the most basic life function that our body performs, the inhaling of air (not pure anymore though!) and exhaling of the used air. For as long as it is normal, it goes unnoticed. But as soon as we encounter even the slightest of a problem, we panic and it becomes too obvious, disrupting our normal lives. A small blockage, a minor inflammation and the smallest of effort in breathing makes us run for an effective solution.
Besides, we are now living in urban gas chambers where not a speck of air is breathable let alone clean. Our children are taking in with every breath, millions of harmful particles that make way for decreased life expectancy and numerous respiratory diseases. Asthma patients, elderly, adults, teenagers, infants- no one is spared by the polluted air. Each one of us have our lungs at stake!
The journey of getting Bronchicure into existence began with a respiratory scare itself! In 2015, Mr. Suresh Garg, our founder, was traveling to Germany on a business trip and suddenly suffered from an asthma attack. He could not find the inhaler which he generally carries with him. He rushed to a pharmacy and asked for a medicine for wheezing. He was given a herbal syrup. This really surprised him because in India, on his countless visits to asthma doctors, he has never heard of such a product. In India, only inhalers were available which have steroids in them. This incident impacted him deeply and in the quest of a solution, he ended up creating one!
This led to the birth of Green Cure and its landmark product Bronchicure.
Bronchicure is made, with an aim to “serve” your lungs and make breathing easy. It is formulated with the combination of ancient Indian Ayurveda and modern German engineering. Bronchicure is where the east meets the west, it has best of both the worlds.
Bronchicure is based on the philosophy of combating toxins with the prowess of age old Ayurveda and modern German engineering. It is India’s first lung protection that works magic for bronchitis, asthmatic problems, wheezing, dry cough, inflammation of respiratory tract and irritation. This preparation produces expectorant, anti-inflammatory and broncholytic effect and has a fast action formula.
Equipped with 100% herbal actives and exotic ingredients like Ivy leaf extracts and Thyme leaves extracts, Bronchicure is one stop solution to all the respiratory evils. Ivy leaf has the ability to dilate bronchioles, thereby relaxing the airways and taking care of the thick mucus that cannot be expectorated. Thyme leaves are enriched with antibacterial, antifungal and spasmolytic properties, so it fights against agents that cause bronchitis and helps to quell a spasmodic cough.
Bronchicure does not discriminate and knows how to love the lungs of all- children, adults and elderly. It takes extra special care of the lungs of asthma patients and works even for smokers. It fights the toughest of the dry coughs and starts working from the very first dosage. It is completely free from excipients such as EDT, PEG, Mineral and paraffin oil, paraben, PPG and any sort of artificial fragrances and steroids, making it the first of its kind in the world of respiratory medicines. Strictly based on the guidelines given by EU Norms, Green Cure’s Bronchicure has many certifications to its name like Safe Cosmetics Australia, Australia Made Safe, Australia Non-Toxic, to name a few. Green Cure is also a proud Certified member of organicbeauty.com. The most distinctive feature of Bronchicure is that it has been conferred with vegan status, again a trailblazer in the market of respiratory syrups.
Bronchicure is the best-selling product of Green Cure and is loved by “lungs” of everyone, everywhere!
You might want to read the Manual we call – “The World of Bronchicure“
How often do you use wellness products? A simple count in the mind would be enough to gather an idea of how indispensable a part of our live have wellness products become. Therefore, it is all the more necessary to learn about their composition. One important term in that regard is ‘excipients’. Excipients are the components that are added to the drug to facilitate effectiveness of a drug. The purpose of adding them to the drug is basically long term stabilization, thereby facilitating drug absorption and enhancing solubility.
Not all excipients are good for consumption. The cosmetic industry and the personal wellness industry are 2 industries that massively use excipients in their products that hamper health and wellness. We bring a list of excipients that your wellness products better be free of:
Parabens are a type of preservative and used to prolong shelf life in many health and beauty products. In 2004, a British study found traces of five parabens in the breast tissue of 19 out of 20 women studied, suggesting their might be some links to cancer. A scientific study reported that parabens have been found for the first time in the bodies of marine mammals. Researchers believe that it is likely these parabens come from products we use that are released into the environment. Read more about Parabens here.
PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of known carcinogens. The industry panel that reviews the safety of cosmetics ingredients concluded that some PEG compounds are not safe for use on damaged skin. Read more about PEGs here.
Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless oil that’s made from petroleum and helps reduce water loss from the skin. The World Health Organization (WHO) has found that this unpurified form contains contaminants that have been linked in studies to an increased risk of cancer. Mineral oil is considered “comedogenic,” which means it can clog your pores and increase the risk of acne and blackheads. Read more about Mineral Oils here.
Disodium EDTA is in many products as a preservative, to stabilize it, or to enhance the foaming action. Tetrasodium EDTA is made from known carcinogens according to the National Cancer Institute. Even though, it has been scientifically not proven that EDTA itself is carcinogenic, it is better to be on the safe side of this ingredient. A study conducted in 2003 concluded that EDTA behaves as a persistent substance in the environment and that its contribution to heavy metals bioavailability and remobilization processes in the environment is a major concern. Read more about EDTA here.
Fragrances in perfumes and cosmetic products may cause irritant reactions. According to the European Cosmetic Directive, a set of 26 fragrance allergens with a well-recognized potential to cause allergy have been identified.
Propylene glycol is a synthetic organic alcohol that attracts/absorbs water. Prolonged skin exposure has caused irritation, possibly due to its dehydrating effect on the skin, despite being used in skin care products that advertise to do the opposite. PPG can also cause an allergic response on contact with the skin particularly in people that suffer with eczema, fungal infections and in people with lower sun exposure and vitamin D stores. Read more about PPGs here.
Paraffin and Microcrystalline Wax are derived from petroleum. After someone uses a cream with paraffin, the soft, silky sensation on the skin is that of mineral oil on the surface, and not of the actual skin texture. Some eczema sufferers seem to experience an exacerbation of symptoms when using creams with paraffins.
GreenCure is proud to introduce to you its range of wellness products that are the perfect blend of national and international. Crafted by German scientists, yet offering you the Ayurvedic cure; GreenCure wellness products are free from all the harmful, inactive substances thereby assuring you nothing but good, happy health. Read more about Paraffins here.
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Paraffin and Microcrystalline Wax are derived from petroleum. Emulsifying Wax, Synthetic Wax and Synthetic Beeswax are manufactured waxes. In cosmetics and personal care products, these waxes are used in many types of products including lipsticks, baby products, eye and facial makeup, as well as nail care, skin care, suntan, sunscreen, fragrance, and noncoloring hair preparations.
Why is it harmful?
One of the criticisms of paraffin is that it doesn’t actually moisturize the skin. It’s certainly important to reinforce the skin’s natural moisture barrier, but many skin care experts suggest that the feeling of moisture isn’t real. After someone uses a cream with paraffin, the soft, silky sensation on the skin is that of mineral oil on the surface, and not of the actual skin texture. Some eczema sufferers seem to experience an exacerbation of symptoms when using creams with paraffins.
Propylene Glycol, also known as 1,2-propanediol, is a synthetic (i.e., man-made) organic alcohol that attracts/absorbs water. Due to this property, propylene glycol is broadly used by food, drug, and cosmetic and personal care product manufacturers.
Why are they harmful for you?
Prolonged skin exposure has caused irritation, possibly due to its dehydrating effect on the skin, despite being used in skin care products that advertise to do the opposite. PPG can also cause an allergic response on contact with the skin (allergic contact dermatitis), particularly in people that suffer with eczema, fungal infections and in people with lower sun exposure and vitamin D stores.
EDTA is in many products as a preservative, to stabilize it, or to enhance the foaming action. It’s also used as a chelating agent, which means it us used to precipitate out metals from the formulation (if tap water were used to make the formulation instead purified water, for example, and it can bind with metals dissolved in your shower water).
Why is it harmful for you?
Tetrasodium ETDA is made from ethylenediamine, formaldehyde—a known carcinogen according to the National Cancer Institute—and sodium cyanide (which is made from the toxic gas hydrogen cyanide). Even though, it has been scientifically not proven that EDTA itself is carcinogenic, it is better to be on the safe side of this ingredient.
EDTA is also a penetration enhancer. That means it breaks down the skin’s protective barrier, making it easier for other potentially harmful ingredients in the formula to sink deeper into your tissues.
Why is it harmful for the environment?
A study conducted in 2003 brings EDTA use under scrutiny. The compound has one of the highest concentrations in inland European waters. In natural environments studies detect poor biodegradability. It is concluded that EDTA behaves as a persistent substance in the environment and that its contribution to heavy metals bioavailability and remobilization processes in the environment is a major concern.
Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless oil that’s made from petroleum—as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It’s long been used as a common ingredient in lotions, creams, ointments, and cosmetics. It’s lightweight and inexpensive, and helps reduce water loss from the skin.
Why are they harmful for you?
- It May be Contaminated with Toxins
The World Health Organization (WHO) has found that this unpurified form contains contaminants that have been linked in studies to an increased risk of cancer. A 2011 report by the National Toxicology Program, for example, stated, “Untreated and mildly treated mineral oils are known to be human carcinogens based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in humans.”
Cosmetics, on the other hand, use “cosmetic grade” mineral oil, which is more purified than technical grade. Studies have not linked this oil with cancer, but scientists have expressed concern about it. A 2011 study, for example, reported that contamination could be a relevant source of “mineral oil contamination.” Researchers stated, “There is strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 gram per person. Possible routes of contamination include air inhalation, food intake, and dermal [skin] absorption.”
The went on to remove fat specimens from women who underwent cesarean sections, and also collected milk samples from the women after delivery. They found that both fat and milk samples were contaminated with mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons—and stated that these compounds likely accumulated over time from repeated exposure. “Cosmetics might be a relevant source of the contamination,” they stated.
An earlier 2008 study noted a similar concern about “mineral oil contamination,” and stated that it has “not been proven convincingly” that this contaminant can be tolerated without health concerns. “It has been shown that the molecular mass of the mineral paraffins [another name for mineral oil] resorbed by our body is higher than assumed by the safety evaluation of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Further, probably a majority of the mineral oil products are not ‘white paraffin oils’: they easily contain 30% aromatic component, a substantial proportion being alkylated adding to the health risk.”
In lay terms, that means that these scientists are concerned that much of the mineral oil we are exposed to on a daily basis does contain contaminants that could affect our health.
- It Clogs Pores
Mineral oil is considered “comedogenic,” which means it can clog your pores and increase the risk of acne and blackheads. The more refined, the less comedogenic, but there’s no way to know how purified the mineral oil is that’s in the product.
Even high grade of mineral oil can trap ingredients in your pores, however, because the oil is an “occlusive agent”—which means that it forms a physical barrier over your skin to reduce moisture loss. So if you already have bacteria on your skin (most likely), or if you have other ingredients in your product that can clog pores, even the most refined mineral oil will keep all of that close and tight to your skin, increasing risk of breakouts.
- It Doesn’t Give Your Skin Anything Beneficial
It’s not infusing it with nutrients. It’s not providing hydration that actually goes into the skin where it counts. It’s just sitting there on the top of the skin preventing moisture loss.
That may have been okay fifty years ago, but today we have so many better alternatives! We have natural plant extracts, nut butters, natural oils, and more that provide so many benefits, including essential fatty acids that plump up skin, antioxidants to fight free radical damage, and nutrients to help maintain skin firmness. Why settle for a film made from petroleum when you can do so much more for your skin?
PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases. They are also used in pharmaceuticals as laxatives.
Why are they harmful for you?
Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system. While 1,4-dioxane can be removed from cosmetics during the manufacturing process by vacuum stripping, but there is no easy way for consumers to know whether products containing PEGs have undergone this process. In a study of personal care products marketed as “natural” or “organic” (uncertified), U.S. researchers found 1,4-dioxane as a contaminant in 46 of 100 products analyzed.
While carcinogenic contaminants are the primary concern, PEG compounds themselves show some evidence of genotoxicity and if used on broken skin can cause irritation and systemic toxicity. The industry panel that reviews the safety of cosmetics ingredients concluded that some PEG compounds are not safe for use on damaged skin (although the assessment generally approved of the use of these chemicals in cosmetics). Also, PEG functions as a “penetration enhancer,” increasing the permeability of the skin to allow greater absorption of the product — including harmful ingredients.
Why are they harmful for the environment?
California Environmental Protection Agency has classified Ethylene oxide as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development. 1,4-dioxane is also persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain.