Monday, January 27, 2014
Whatever you want to call it, I'm trying to do it. Not because I am an "environmentalist" and I believe in "global warming" or that we need to save the earth... and not because I am a hippy or "green peace"... but because I believe that living as natural as possible (and that will be different for each person/family) is what is best for our bodies and our earth... and because God made us stewards over both.
It used to be normal to eat homegrown, fresh fruits and veggies and wild caught/hunted or homegrown meat/fish. You made homemade soaps using pure ingredients... and whatever you didn't have, you did without. "Organic" was the normal. (I am talking about in the "Bible Days" mostly, since that is our best role model of healthy living)
I hate what our modern diet, cleaning products, and health care products have done to us. My family suffers from eczema, food allergies (dairy, peanuts, egg whites, tomatoes, bananas), autoimmune diseases (sarcoidosis, asthma), immune deficiencies (IgA), and just plain not feeling well (not to mention Abigail's Mitochondrial Disease!). We've slowly weeded out toxins over the years, going more and more "clean" or "pure"... but I learn something new everyday it seems. I am not obsessed with it, in case you're worried. But, I am making choices to be healthier as time and money allows. I know that when we eat "clean" (starting with pure ingredients and cooking from scratch... as much as we've been able to so far) we feel better, Josiah has less asthma, Marcus & I have less eczema, we all have better/happier attitudes, etc. But, it IS hard to stick to it when the easy, fast foods are cheap and readily available. They are easy and cheap for a reason, though... ugh!
Having just come out of my 4 months of pregnancy sickness (I am over 5 months along now), I am all revved up to be healthy again and I have the energy to do it! I've been researching, saving recipes/blogs for ideas, and adding to my small list of needed ingredients each month. I am hoping to share the cleaning and health products that I test, use, and like with all of you! Because of my life situation (homeschooling, pregnant with number 8, oldest child not yet 9, a terminally ill/disabled child, etc.), I will be looking for the easiest products without sacrificing quality and purity. I hope you will benefit from it, too! Just to start, I'll share this website that has a lot of great natural recipes that I plan to try.
I intend to make homemade dishwasher detergent, hand soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo/body wash, clothes detergent, cleaning products, etc. I also want to learn more about using essential oils. As well, as eating as "clean" as possible. Keep in mind, we can only eat as clean as money will allow and some things like flour will be bought slightly processed, since we do not have a mill to grind our own (I want one, though!). My goal with all things, is to buy each ingredient in its pure form and then make my own products... but, since time and energy are a factor, I know that some things will simply have to be bought ready-made.
So, for this season of my life... I will be trying to be as natural as is possible for us. One homemade cleaning recipe at a time...
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