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.

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