Monday, February 6, 2012

Natural Living

You've been reading all this info on how dangerous chemicals are- in your food, in your cleaning supplies, and all you can think about is how to get rid of them! But how do you get rid of them? Where do you start?

In your food
Let's start with food... If you can, eat organic! You should also be shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. Very few good foods are in the aisles of the store.

Eat organic. When checking produce, look for FIVE digits, the first digit beginning with a 9. Keep in mind that conventional produce has a 4-digit code that begins with a 3 or 4, and genetically modified produce has a 5-digit code that begins with an 8.

Eliminate the dirty dozen. Sometimes eating organic is not in your budget, or at least a full organic diet.

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  •  Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Imported Nectarines
  • Imported Grapes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Domestic Blueberries
  • Lettuce
  • Kale/Collard Greens
These 12 are the most contaminated foods. Don't eat the pesticides!

Change your milk. If you are able, I'd recommend raw milk. However, for some people it's not an option- either they don't want to or it isn't available. The next best thing? Yep, you guessed it! Organic milk. It's produced without synthetic chemicals, hormones, or antibodies! Nobody, especially our children, need any of those in our system!

Avoid the center aisles. Your best bet to eliminate toxins from your food is to find items that are minimally processed. You won't be finding many of these in the center aisles. The cereal aisle is full of boxes containing high fructose corn syrup, the canned veggie aisle is full of cans containing sugar and salt, and do you really want to know what's in those cookies or chips? I realize that sometimes it isn't easy or perhaps even realistic to completely avoid the center aisles. You can find whole oats, whole wheat and unbleached flour, agave nectar, raisins, and dried beans. If you absolutely must buy a box of cereal or some chips, read the ingredients. It is possible to find healthier alternatives. We love Annie's Homegrown and Kashi products!

In your medicine cabinet

Tylenol, Motrin, pink Benadryl, should I go on?

Have you read the ingredient list on your Children's Tylenol?

Anhydrous citric acid, butylparaben, D&C Red #33, FD&C Blue #1, flavor, glycerin, high fructose corn syrup, microcrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylcellulose sodium, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium benzoate, sorbitol solution, xanthan gum.

That's from Children's Liquid Tylenol.

If you can pronounce and know what each ingredient is, and you're okay giving it to your child, then go for it! But if you want to eliminate toxins... poisons... from your house- every area of your house- then you need to take a close look at your medicine cabinet.

Here are a few remedies that we use commonly:
  • Tummy ache: Lavender essential oil on a washrag or a cup of peppermint tea
  • Headache: Lavender EO on a wet washrag placed on the forehead for children; Peppermint EO on a wet washrag placed on the forehead for adults.
  • Sore throat: Honey- although this is not recommended for children under the age of 1 years old
  • Fever: Apple cider vinegar & water sponge bath- the vinegar helps pull the heat out of the body

A post from last year shows you what's in my medicine cabinet!

In your laundry room

I cannot even walk down the laundry detergent aisle without getting a massive headache. You have a few options here...

You can make your laundry detergent and fabric softener. A fabulous recipe is found over at Hidden Treasures.

Another option is to buy a laundry detergent such as one from 7th Generation.

Under your kitchen sink

What is under your sink? Dishwasher detergent, Windex, furniture polish...

What's under my sink? Biokleen dishwasher detergent which is phosphate & chlorine free, homemade all purpose cleaner, vinegar, and baking soda.

My all purpose cleaner works great on just about anything. In a spray bottle I fill it almost completely up with warm water. I add a drop of dish soap, 1/2 teaspoon washing soda, 1 teaspoon tea tree oil, and some essentials oil like orange, peppermint, or lavender. Or a combo! Not only are these chemical free, they don't carry the harsh smell that normal cleaners do!

You can clean everything with baking soda, vinegar, lemons, and olive oil. I mix olive oil and lemon juice together to make a furniture polish, baking soda and vinegar help tackle the toilet!

I'd encourage you to really start doing your research on what you are eating and using in your house. Start slowly, changing one or two things at a time. There are tons of resources out there, there is no reason that we should have this many toxins in our life!

What do you do to make your life healthier and more toxin free?”Linda’sA-Wise-Woman-Builds-Her-Home


Michelle @ Changed By The Maker said...

Thanks Erika! What a wonderful resource of ideas for making natural changes in the home! We have incorporated many of these, little by little over the years too, and I feel so much better about it!

One favor, it looks like you tried to add a/my blog button at the bottom of the post, but it didn't work. Is that right? I've been having trouble with that button! It's the same code as the widget on the sidebar but for some reason, when I put it into the post, it's gitchy.

If that's the case, could I trouble you to take the code for Make Life Meaningful from my sidebar or just use a text link back to the post? I appreciate your extra effort!

Thanks for posting at my fledgling link-up. I'll try to get your post out there today a couple of times too! Thanks so much!

momto8 said...

I love this informative post. Our kids grew up pretty much medicine free..when my kids went to college they were shocked...literally! at the amt of drugs people put in their bodies! they just could not believe it!!
And growing our own produce is more than just is fun. I just can' t give up my sliced white bread...haha no one could believe that i eat white toast everyday.
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

Jenni said...

Great tips and resources! Thanks for sharing these. :)

Paige said...

FYI, farmers who milk cows for either regular milk or organic are not allowed to have chemicals or antibiotics in the milk. ALL milk is tested many times for these; yes, each jug is tested multiple times. Any contaminated milk is thrown away. I know because I grew up on a cow farm.

Carrie - young living oil lady said...

I love your post! I was screaming some yes's all the way through! I am in agreement with you 100%. I love finding others who have kindred spirits and want to live healthy, clean, natural lifestyles. It was so refreshing reading your post. I am a firm believer of eating raw, whole foods, reading your labels, using essential oils versus medicine, and green household cleaners! Bless you and I look forward to reading your blog posts!

Jessica said...

Thanks for sharing these helpful tips! We've been trying to move in a more natural direction, but it can be a little overwhelming. Thankyou!

Penny said...

Thank you for sharing these tips. I am looking for ways to sneak organic (and healthier) foods into my family's lifestyle. I look forwards to reading more of your tips. (Stopping by from Hip Homeschool Hop).


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