Good Morning Starshine!!
Oh my goodness, the weather here in Vancouver is bloody GORGEOUS!! (Sorry east coasters.) I finally have all of my seedlings in the raised beds, and another two trays of green babies to plant outside in a couple of weeks! I’ve been picking all kinds of fresh greens for dehydrating into smoothie powder, and I even found some edible mushrooms in a local greenspace! Check out my newest video, on what to do with your bounty of early spring greens and how to make your own oregano oil!
So, what did you think of last week’s list? Were you able to cross-check it with any of the products in your home? How do you feel about the ingredients you’re using?
It's useful to keep this list somewhere in your phone to easily access while shopping! And, we need to be cautious because as soon as we have that list of harmful ingredients memorized, companies like to up and rebrand their ingredients!
While natural ingredients are usually preferred to synthetic, there can still be a lot of wiggle room in product labels. Many companies are catching on to the greenwashing trend and renaming some of their harmful ingredients as something else. For example sodium lauryl sulfate has various other names, including sulfuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt, sodium dodecyl sulfate, sodium salt, hydrogen sulfate, dodecyl alcohol, sodium dodecanesulfate, and sodium monododecyl sulfate. I’ve also seen its cousin sodium laureth sulfate in its place! Blech!!
So we can either stay updated on all the labelling loopholes or avoid these products all together. It’s easier for me to avoid them rather than sort out who is the best of the worst. Which is why I decided to make all of my own products! I know what’s in them and I know they’re good for me!
There are many people interested in making their own custom products at home, but everyone doesn’t have the time or interest to do that. Thankfully, there are many people making delicious and clean products to sell! If you don’t want to make your own, you could buy from these artisans and support a cleaner economy than what’s operating in the mainstream today.
It’s a drag though right? Having to research and find new products that are good for us AND effective? Nobody has time for that. It’s just an extra chore that isn’t that big of a priority. I get it.
In the long run though, it’ll be way better for you and your family.
For me it always comes down to asking myself “Do the short term benefits of using this product outweigh the effects of its longterm use?” because we don’t really know the long term consequences some of these ingredients can have on our bodies. And, sometimes even I answer "yes"! It's all about balance!
And, habits can be hard to change.
My mom always used Windex to clean windows and mirrors when I was growing up. So when I lived on my own and I was shopping for cleaning supplies I knew I had to pick up a bottle. I have windows and mirrors to clean now so that’s what I need, right? Under my kitchen sink looked like the cupboard I knew from childhood. It was a learned habit.
When I researched on my own and found that in fact I did not need Windex to clean my windows (I could use vinegar or even just a damp cloth!) and it was harmful to my health, it opened up all kinds of questions and new possibilities.
What else was I buying out of habit that was harmful?
What other products can I replace with safer, healthier, and possibly cheaper alternatives?
Are there any habit-bottles under your sink? Or on your bathroom counter?
This week I'm focussing on my heart.
Too much of my time has been spent worrying, calculating, and stewing.
I'm going to feel more, and find my answers
through love instead of fear.
What are your thoughts?
How do they make you feel?
It's time to connect!
In gratitude, health, and love,
It's mid spring here on the west coast and there is a gorgeous glut of greens everywhere!
In my garden I let the dandelions and wild lettuce grow, but now I want to harvest them to make room for my other seedlings. I'm picking the leaves daily, dehydrating them, grinding them into powder, and storing as greens for smoothies! And when the greens are gone, I'll harvest and dry the roots as well!
But, what I really wanted to talk about was making your own oregano oil!!
Have a huge bush of lemon balm, catnip, spearmint, or oregano? Perfect!
Good Morning Sunshine!!
The days are getting longer, and warmer and it's doing wonders for my state of mind!
This week I planted so many seedlings in the garden! I've now trusted my kale, lettuce, arugula, cabbage, and spinach babies to the elements. I receive such joy watching them grow!
I've also been thinking a lot about the quality and contents of our garden soils and how it affects our food. Maybe the topic for another day...
As always I'm also thinking about the quality and contents of the goods we use in our homes. Our power as consumers, comes from information and being equipped with tools to make more informed decisions! When it comes to shopping for beauty and home cleaning products, it’s helpful to know what some of the harmful ingredients are and how they affect our bodies and the environment.
Get to know the lists of ingredients to avoid. This is not an exhaustive list but it’s a great place to start!
The Environmental Working Group - An article called The Toxic 20
The Queen of Green of The David Suzuki Foundation
These ingredients and the products that contain them are the reason I started making my own remedies 20 years ago. I wanted products that helped my issues without also filling me with cheap and harmful chemicals.
The therapeutic essential oil blends were born first.
Immune booster to prevent us from getting sick, Inhale for sinus and respiratory distress, Stress Release for my complete inability to manage my stress, Perfect Hormony for my insane periods, Headache Be-gone for tension headaches, and Muscle Magic for my rod-iron neck muscles.
This week, while you're going about your regular business, take a minute to read the ingredients on the things you use around the house.
Maybe cross reference your findings with the list above.
This week I'm focussing on my strengths. Too much of my time has been spent thinking about my weaknesses. I'm good at so many things and have much to offer.
What are your strengths?
What are your gifts?
It's glass-half-full time!
In gratitude, health, and love,
And good for you making it through another week of quarantine!
If you have an interest in getting healthier and making the planet cleaner, the next few Sundays are for you! As well as some specials and new products, I’d like to share some info about the powers we have as consumers.
There are so many issues that need our attention right now. But, I’d like to focus specifically on bringing awareness to body products and herbal remedies. We buy and use so many everyday items that have ingredients in them that are detrimental to our health and toxic for the planet (both pre and post human use).
I’d love to provide you with enough information to start replacing your existing home and body products for ones that are less harmful. Maybe even look at the way you shop from a different perspective!
Although we’d like to believe it, all of the products on the shelves aren’t safe. We want to trust that there are governing bodies looking out for our best interests who wouldn’t allow harmful chemicals to be present in the products we use on our bodies and in our homes.
It’s not entirely true.
Sadly most of the tests (scientific research) done on these products/ingredients are done by private labs paid for by the companies with a vested interest in the outcome. While science can usually be black and white, the funding and intentions behind the science are not. So the findings are smudged and coerced. Harmful chemicals are allowed in smaller quantities so they’re less toxic, but still toxic.
Plus, most of the scientific research done on beauty products is done using animal testing and I don’t want to support the companies that have to test their ingredients on animals.
That isn’t to say that there aren’t poisonous plants or plants that can affect some medicines, but natural ingredients on the whole are better for us. (If you’re on any prescribed meds it’s wise to do some research and see if this is the case for you.) And, the more natural the ingredient, the better! The more processed a plant is the less “natural” it becomes. It also uses more energy and creates more pollution in the process.
Next week… which ingredients to look out for.
What natural products do you already use in the home?
What things have you learned lately that shocked you?
What topics are you still curious about?