25 All Natural Things That Can Be Harmful To You

We’ve all heard it, and we’ve all seen it on product labels: “All Natural!” These “all natural” products seem to be preferable over their more processed counterparts. Another favorite phrase heard is, “We don’t want those chemicals; we like all natural!” (Everything is made up of chemicals, by the way. Literally everything). Aside from most people not really understanding what “All Natural” labeling means, we’ve somehow made it synonymous with healthy or good for us, as if nature would never provide anything that would harm us. As this list will clarify, that simply isn’t the case. Just because something is “all natural” doesn’t mean that it is in any way without risks or side effects. Nature has some pretty big teeth. To help us get some perspective on this, here are 25 All Natural Things That Can Be Harmful To You.

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Salt is all natural, and too much of it can cause dehydration and raise your blood pressure dangerously.

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Black Cohosh is a plant that is often made into a supplement to help women with the symptoms of menopause. It can also damage your liver or cause miscarriage in pregnant women.

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Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring compound, and it's present in everything from preserved corpses to nail polish. It's also a known carcinogen, which means it can cause cancer.

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Mushrooms are all natural, and a lot of them are darn tasty. However, some of them can give you vivid hallucinations, and some of them can kill you in horrible, prolonged ways. Do NOT eat wild mushrooms unless they've been deemed okay by an expert!

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Wormwood goes by several names and is most commonly known as an ingredient in Absinthe, though some people use it as a treatment for worms. It's been deemed unsafe by the FDA because it can also cause vivid hallucinations and kidney failure.

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