Keeping Clean with Plants, Clay and All Things Natural – the Hows and Whys

I’m writing this post specifically for people who want to follow the principal:  If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.  I’m also writing to help people who worry about the pollution we potentially breathe in everyday.  Please don’t worry:)

A long time ago I stopped using products and have experienced an overall healthier feeling that I can tell is specifically from this action.  Plus I learned how so, so many of them are unnecessary.

What about toothpaste, deodorant, soap, lotion – all of the personal products.  The world is spilling over with these things.  Most if not all of these needs can be handled with raw apple cider vinegar, diatomaceous earth, bentonite clay, coconut oil, shea butter.

The internet is loaded with recipes for creating your own personal care stuff with the ingredients listed above and more.  But if you don’t feel like looking all of that up, you basically add water to the first three and make a mouth rinse, toothpaste, deodorant or whatever you need. It doesn’t have to be complicated.  Just make sure you actually have these things in your home so you will be more likely to use them.

Use coconut oil, shea butter and aloe vera plants for dry skin.  Apple cider vinegar diluted with water and added to a squirt bottle gets you clean without leaving a film.

Try bentonite clay for deodorant and prepare to be amazed.  Apply as needed.  Deodorant is so bad for us.  It’s applied to the very place where toxins and dirt are trying to exit the body and then we come along and shellac a coating of chemicals to trap it in.  If you think about it like that it just doesn’t make sense to use it.  Use a clean empty spice jar or some small glass container you have around the house.  Keep some with you to use when you need it.

As far as shampoo goes, once, for six months straight I only washed my hair with an apple cider vinegar/water rinse.  I followed up with a small amount of coconut oil on the ends as needed.  It and accomplished what I was trying to accomplish, which was giving myself a complete break from chemicals.  I personally couldn’t keep it up.  I went back to using shampoo and maybe I’ll do this again if I feel the need to detox on that level again.

This reminds me, I want to try getting a few soap wort plants (Saponaria Officinalis).  You can put them in the blender with a little water and get a lathering soap that’s good for you.

It’s freeing to make up a simple concoction to get clean.  What I mean is we don’t have to get hung up on which product to choose, which one will do the best job if you understand that:

Every day your body works to push waste and dirt out through the pores of the skin.  Help by rinsing dirt away with something pure. Help your skin do what it’s designed to do.

I’ve read that cancer patients should remove all cleaning products that are toxic.  So basically this means everyone should remove these things and it’s fun anyway to just make your own.  It’s not hard and you save money.

In the summer in the town where I live, the ‘mosquito truck’ drives up and down our streets late at night spraying us with who knows what.  I cringe every time but I don’t panic.  I wish my city would spray us with neem oil instead, but until that happens I just make sure that what I use is ok to breathe in and safe.

It’s hard not to panic about the state of what we’re breathing in I know, but it leads to stress so please don’t worry.  What I do is I just quietly go about the work of making my own surroundings, and the surroundings of others who ask for my help, the best that I can.  I learn about and use the plants that are growing around me.

I don’t worry about what’s beyond my control because if I keep my kidneys and liver clean they will be able to filter out what doesn’t belong.  The more I learn about the capabilities of the human body, the more amazed I get.  Our bodies are constantly working to clean us up and we can help by not adding to the job.

That’s it for now!  What do you think and I’d love to know if anyone has a homemade shampoo recipe that actually lathers.

How To Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office

This book, by B. C. Wolverton, caught my attention for two reasons.  The first is I just like the idea of ‘growing’ fresh air.  Electric air purifiers are great to have, and in my own family we did decide to buy one. It cost $300, which is considered low compared to some of the purifiers out there, I know.  But plants can be free!

The other reason the book got my attention is my goal to help others know that they can have a better quality of life by working with what already exists.  And plants are all around us.  A better quality of life is not necessarily about money.  It’s often about our decisions.

If you have a home with a front or back yard, you have free plants.  The possibilities, ways, and methods of bringing them inside so they will purify your air, are endless.  I have found baby pine trees sprouting in my yard.  It’s fun and interesting to pot them, bring them inside and see what develops.  Even something that would be classified as a weed can be turned into an intriguing indoor plant.  Get creative and bring in what looks beautiful to you.  Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks of your plant choices.  Just do it.

I’m sure you have heard about chemical emissions and how they are inside of our homes and buildings.  We can clean it up with plants and fresh, circulating air.  How To Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants That Purify Your Home or Office offers practical, to-the-point information.  Here is an excerpt from the book:

How pure is the air you breathe?

Plants are the lungs of the earth: they produce the oxygen that makes life possible, add precious moisture, and filter toxins. Houseplants can perform these essential functions in your home or office with the same efficiency as a rainforest in our biosphere.

In research designed to create a breathable environment for a NASA lunar habitat, noted scientist Dr. B.C. Wolverton discovered that houseplants are the best filters of common pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene. Hundreds of these poisonous chemicals can be released by furniture, carpets, and building material, and then trapped by closed ventilation systems, leading to the host of respiratory and allergic reactions now called Sick Building Syndrome. In this full-color, easy-to-follow guide, Dr. Wolverton shows you how to grow and nurture 50 plants as accessible and trouble-free as the tulip and the Boston fern, and includes many beautiful but commonly found varieties not generally thought of as indoor plants. He also rates each plant for its effectiveness in removing pollutants, and its ease of growth and maintenance.

Studies show that Americans spend ninety percent of their lives indoors, which means that good indoor air quality is vital for good health. How to Grow Fresh Air will show you how to purify the environment that has the most impact on you.

All plants clean the air, but for a specific list of plants that do the best job, add this book to your own personal library.

Have any creative ways you have brought plants inside?  Please leave a comment and thank you for reading.





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