I created Nature Instead to share my reverence for the natural world. I am what you might call an animist - someone who believes that all life on this planet (trees, plants, animals, humans, stones, places) is part of one interconnected whole, has sentience, and is without heirarchy. My experiences have shown me that everything is energy, and is affected by energy. Just because science cannot measure it yet doesn't mean it's not happening all around us!
As a child, I wanted to be not-home. I spent most of my time hanging out in the trees and at the creek. I'd run down to the closest point to the creek and follow it for hours. I'd walk in the water, sit in the trees, watch the frogs and fish (which there seemed to be a lot more of then!). I found solace and companionship in nature. I was alone, but never lonely. The trees told me their stories, the rocks showed off their sparkles, and the water cleansed me of all worries. It was the only time I felt like me. Nature taught me about connection. The connection of all things and the connection to the truth within myself. We are nature, not separate from it.
Nature Instead's mission is to offer ideas, actions, and products to help you live a healthier, more connected life.
I handmake all of my body products using clean ingredients and increasingly enviro-friendly packaging. I make daily necessities like deodorant, bar soap, facial skin care, lip balms, and skin salve. And over the years I needed therapeutic remedies for myself and my family but I couldn't find products that helped without hurting, so I made them. Remedies for things like headaches, muscle aches and inflammation, allergies, rashes, stress, hormone imbalance, colds and flus.
I also make products that help me on my spiritual path. Hearing the songs of the plants and prompts of the Universe have the added benefit of downloading ideas and recipes for sumptuous stuff! I've created a line of essential oil roll-on blends with aligning semi-precious stones for our non-physical needs. They help me deepen my awareness and relationship with my Self. They are aptly named Strength, Clarity, Mind, Spirit, Truth, and Love. They're wonderful to meditate with or as a conscious addition to healing. There is also a line of Full Moon Auromas which are flower essences bathed and blessed in the full moon.
Please access the bank of vlogs and newsletter blogs filled with ideas for actions we can take to lessen our footprint on the planet. Sometimes we don't even realize the possible consequences of our daily habits. Sometimes all it takes is a seed to inspire change.
I feel like the more mindful we become, the more conscious choices we can make, especially while shopping. All the little good decisions add up and collectively we can make a difference.