I’ve written previously about my concern over the amount of chemicals we are exposed to. Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made, and we have the God-gifted ability to overcome a lot of different kinds of assaults on our systems. But, at some point, we wear down our immune system; we overload it (think Scotty, from Star Trek: “She canna take much more, Captain!”).
When we wear down our immune system, our adrenal system, our elimination system; and don’t take care to build it up, then we develop faults: little things start slipping through, we notice something’s a bit off, and we think, “Eh. Our bodies break down. I’ll get over it.”
But we’re not getting over things like we used to. It’s not necessarily because we get old. Younger people are becoming afflicted with ailments that used to be relegated only to the elderly. Autoimmune system disorders are rampant. Mental illness is rampant. Cancers, infections, and other life-taking or life-changing diseases are sucking the abundant life out of us.
We don’t have to expose ourselves to the amount of artificial and chemical substances that we often do. Shampoos, conditioners, lotions, deodorants, hair styling products, shower soaps and gels, toothpastes, eye drops, cleaning products, laundry cleaners and fresheners, bug sprays, sunscreens, make-up, air sprays, scented candles, and perfumes all contain an alarming number and alarming types of chemicals that our bodies have to fight against.
I’m tellin’ ya: THEY’RE NOT ALL GOOD FOR YOU! Don’t believe the advertising.
If you believe any of the following about artificial products, please consider getting over it:
- “I love the smell of it on my hair / skin.”
- “My skin feels so soft when I use it.”
- “My hair looks so good when I use this.”
- “This is the only product that gives me the look I want.”
- “My clothes smell so fresh!”
- “Everyone else uses stuff like this.”
- “It says it’s good for me.”
- “I can’t have my home smelling stale like this; I have to use it.”
- “I want people around me to enjoy this scent as much as I do. I want them to know this is ME.”
Since developing conditions, myself, I have done a lot of reading. Much of it has been on the Internet. I know, I know: Who can believe what you read on the Internet?? But I have found several reputable people who spread the good word(s) about living cleaner, healthier lives:
- Eric Zelinski https://naturallivingfamily.com/
- Josh Axe https://draxe.com/
- Wardee Harmon https://traditionalcookingschool.com/
- Chris at Joybilee Farm https://joybileefarm.com/
- Melissa Norris https://melissaknorris.com/
- Kami McBride https://livingawareness.com/
Most of these knowledgeable, helpful people offer an abundance of free advice, remedies, and recipes. I subscribe to e-newsletters from them, and get all kinds of helpful information. (Most also offer their tips on Facebook pages.) Just to highlight one, here is a page-ful of DIY, healthy, cleaning products: https://naturallivingfamily.com/category/cleaning/
And here is a recipe I use (one I made from a conglomeration of other recipes I read) for an anti-bacterial spray. Well, that’s the name for it, anyway, but it has many other uses.
Use a glass spray bottle. This recipe has essential oils, and the oils eat through plastic.
Prepare a 50/50 mix of witch hazel and vodka, enough so that it almost fills your spray bottle.
Into the bottle, put clove, peppermint, and orange essential oils.
You will need to shake the bottle every time you use it.
- 2-ounce glass spray bottle
- ¾ ounce vodka
- ¾ 1 ounce witch hazel (or water)
- 20 drops clove essential oil
- 25 drops peppermint essential oil
- 25 drops orange essential oil
- ¼ teaspoon sunflower lecithin (optional: this is an emulsifier; if you add it, you don’t have to shake it so much every time)
Directions: Add all ingredients to the spray bottle. Shake well before and during use. This lasts around 6 months at room temperature.
This is an antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal spray. It’s great for when someone in the house is sick – spray it on everything* (but not on skin – too concentrated).
I use this for the normal ew-germs-kill-it spots, like door handles, toilet, etc. I also spray it on our pillow cases in the morning when I want to freshen them up, along with any bedding.
I use this, too, anywhere I don’t want spiders coming in (clove and peppermint, especially, are good spider repellants).
Good for kitchen counters, wonky-smelling dishcloths (or face cloths in the bathroom).
Good air freshener; it will neutralize odors. This smells great, but make another bottle if you don’t like it, and use other essential oils (like geranium, ylang ylang, Frankincense, or other scents you like). Whatever oils you use for an air freshener will have healing properties, and you can substitute them in the same recipe with the vodka and witch hazel.
Spray on a cloth to wipe computer keyboards, light switch plates.
Spray on clothing to freshen up.*
*CAUTION: Do not spray on wood surfaces. I sprayed this onto my clothing that I hadn’t worn for a while (just kinda musty), while they were in the drawer. The ingredients break down any lacquer or finish on the wood. My clothing smelled like old lacquer.
Also CAUTION: Do not spray onto skin. The essential oils are too concentrated in this mixture, and will irritate skin. That said, if you get some on you while using it, you don’t have to freak out. Don’t spray directly onto skin. If you get quite a bit on you, wipe or rinse it off.