Move towards Zero to Minimal Waste
"Green" cleaning and natural personal- care
Let’s take a look into the waste we produce from our cleaning products and personal care products.
Every month everybody uses copious amounts of products in the kitchen, the bathroom and general household, and that all come in some form of packaging.
So while many of us may make great efforts to separate our waste for recycling, the real answer is to cut down on the packaging used in our purchases wherever we can.
Recycling is good but is not a sustainable solution in the long run without making other changes too.
While you are reducing waste in this way, you can be saving money and feel empowered.
By making your own products you will know exactly what goes into them. You can feel confident to use them and your mind will be at ease knowing that there are no harsh chemical ingredients that can be harmful to you or your family.
Yes, the thought of it does sound overwhelming. I thought I could never do that but I was wrong. There are so many super simple recipes out there that will have you making natural DIY cleaning and personal-care products in no time at all.
By using natural, herbal and essential oil ingredients, you ensure you keep the use of chemicals down to a minimum – or nothing at all – and you’re suddenly rid of all those pesky toiletries bottles! A major zero-waste hack!
You will feel confident that you know exactly what is in the products that you are using and that it is safe for your health and well-being and that of your family.
Here are my top Zero-waste hacks for the home:
ZERO-WASTE KITCHEN HOT TIPS
Buy or save a collection of re-usable glass bottles, spray bottles and jars. They are essential when reducing waste. Buy and store bulk dried foods (pulses, grains, etc),
Preserve your cleaning products, soap-nut concentrates etc. in these reusable jars. (I use tomato sauce glass jars and condiment jars)
Make your own soap-nut concentrate for an all-purpose cleaner, floor detergent and dishwashing liquid.
Swap synthetic cleaning sponges with natural biodegradable cleaning cloths or sponges
Eliminate plastic food wrap and replace with beeswax food wraps or use glass storage containers and lids.
Avoid all plastic bags and single-use packaging. Buy some re-usable, washable bags or other containers to take shopping with you, in which to buy fruit, vegetables, loose nuts, seeds, pulses and such like.
There are so many better greener ways to clean than by using detergents. If a product has an unpronounceable ingredient then it is best discarded!
If you convert to "green-living" you can say goodbye to the "detergent-aisles" in the supermarket and all the plastic bottles that take up so much cupboard space.
The other great advantage is that living a "green life" costs a lot less money!
Ingredients that you will need for making your cleaning products are minimal.
Vinegar (white and apple cider)
Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
Soap-nuts or pure soap flakes.
Essential oils can be added too and are super, not only for their therapeutic benefits but also for their perfume.
Some Green Cleaning Recipes
Floor Detergent for tiles: In a bucket, mix soap-nut concentrate, or Castile soap or some pure soap flakes, and optionally a few drops of essential oils of tea-tree and/or lemon or lavender. Top up with hot water.
Wooden Floor Detergent: In a bucket, mix soap nut concentrate, soap flakes or Castile soap together with half a cup of apple cider vinegar, a few drops of cinnamon and/or wild orange essential oil, and top up with hot water.
Multi-purpose Spray for surfaces: Add one-quarter volume of white vinegar to three-quarters of the volume of water in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of essential oil of tea-tree and/or lemon and/or wild orange.
Wood Polish: Mix a quarter of a cup of olive oil with a quarter of a cup of vinegar plus 10 drops of your favourite essential oil. Try lemon, orange or lavender.
Dishwashing: 2 cups of liquid Castile soap or soap nut concentrate, 20 drops lime essential oil, 10 drops lemon essential oil or your own favourite.
You can find many more DIY recipes at Dr Josh Axe's website - https://draxe.com/beauty/castile-soap/
ZERO WASTE PERSONAL CARE
Clean your face with re-useable cotton and/or bamboo pads and use washable menstrual and incontinence pads
Swap disposable razors for lifetime use razors
Replace plastic toothbrush with bamboo toothbrushes that have natural bristles. They can be sterilised periodically for extended use.
Using Essential Oils for Cleaning & Personal Care
Lemon, tea-tree or peppermint essential oils are ideal to be added to a cleaning spray, like using essential oil of lavender to a fabric spray, or rose essential oil in a face mask. Integrating essential oils into a daily routine can make a huge difference in your usage and money spent on shop-bought cleaning and personal care products.
The initial cost of essential oils may seem exorbitant, but when you think how much money you will save on cleaning products and personal care products and how "going green" can be so much kinder to your health, then it is a no-brainer.
Furthermore using essential oils in your daily products has indirect therapeutic effects on the body that are non-toxic and stimulating.
DIY Recipes for personal care
This is such an easy product to make. Just thoroughly mix a few drops of your choice of essential oil into half a cup of arrowroot powder. My personal favourites are citrusy and floral notes, like lemon, wild orange, lavender and rose.
The powder can be tinted with organic cocoa and/or nutmeg powder and then it is multi-purposed as it can be used as loose face-powder.
Tooth-powder or paste
Tooth-powder is very simply made by blending a few drops of essential oil of peppermint or tea-tree into food-grade clay powder. To use, the tooth-brush is moistened and dipped in the powder and used as normal to brush the teeth.
You can also make tooth-paste by blending food-grade powdered clay or bicarbonate of soda with coconut oil and your preferred essential oil. This can be stored in a small jar. Coconut oil has the added advantage of antibacterial properties.
Reasons to make your own toothpaste
An advantage of not using bought tooth-paste (apart from the money saved) is that the majority contain additives such as -
Fluoride - is connected to strengthening teeth (but definitely not in this form, studies have shown). Fluoride may, however, inhibit thyroid function by blocking the points where the essential amounts of iodine can access the thyroid for correct thyroid activity.
Triclosan - designed to fight plaque and gingivitis but is a disruptor of hormones.
Sodium lauryl sulphate - for its foaming action. It is linked to skin irritation and painful canker sores.
Aspartame - Aspartame, an artificial sweetener, is metabolized inside your body into both wood alcohol (a poison) and formaldehyde. It's been linked to birth defects, cancers, brain tumours and weight gain.
Preservatives - including DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl, polyoxymethylene urea, quaternium 15, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol), 5-bromo-5-nitro1,3 dioxane (bronidox), methenamine, glyoxal. parabens. These all have unhealthy effects so numerous I will not start to list them!
Carageenan - According to a report, food-grade carrageenan is associated with intestinal inflammation that can lead to cancer, even in small doses. Two decades' worth of independent research has also linked it to:
Increased free radical formation
Inflammation (a precursor to cancer)
Disrupted insulin metabolism
Propylene glycol is also used in antifreeze and paints. Studies have linked propylene glycol to skin, eye and lung irritation, as well as organ system toxicity.
DEA (Di-ethanolamine) - a foaming agent but also a hormone disruptor.
Micro-beads - which get trapped between teeth and under the gums. This makes a gap for food debris to enter and cause tooth decay.
GMOs like citric acid, citrates, xanthum gum, xylitol and sorbitol
Glycerine- Although glycerine is not toxic, when applied to the surface of teeth it is thought to leave a residue that is hard to remove. You might have to rinse your mouth two to three dozen times to be able to remove it.
It is thought that the microfilm layer, that glycerine forms, prevents the absorption of the essential minerals, calcium and phosphorus, that should occur normally in the remineralisation process. This could accelerate tooth decay and other dental problems.
There are so many beautiful recipes for personal care and once you have your basic ingredients I feel sure you will get hooked on making your own personalised cosmetics and cleaning products. You can tweak your aromas to suit your personal taste.
Your future health and well-being and that of your family, but also the Earth, will thank you for it.
For more personal care DIY recipes go to https://draxe.com/beauty/
For all sorts of washable pads, soap-nuts etc
North America - https://lunapads.com/
Washable vegetable storage bags (also useful when travelling, keeping together socks and other small items in the laundry)-
3 Ways to Stay Calm during the Corona Panic
Taking Care of Yourselves
Staying Calm And Centred In Times Of Corona Panic:
Amazing at Home Activities:
Get Started Today As COVID-19 slowly makes its way into major cities and small suburbs across the nation, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to remain calm and not panic. We have been told by authorities to stay in our homes in order to prevent spread, but that does not mean that we should go crazy inside and solely focus our attention on what is happening with world outside.
Try to limit how much news you watch, especially some of the over-hyped reporting that only propagates fear and anxiety. First and foremost, get updates and facts from reliable sources, and then focus your attention elsewhere.
You can avoid contact with other people and wash your hands more carefully, but your ability to remain calm comes from within. That means you'll have to take the necessary steps in reducing your stress and anxiety and promoting calmness while the virus runs its course.
We're going to go over three of the best ways that you can stay calm and centred in times of COVID-19 panic!
1. Meditation & Mindfulness
So, you're anxious and stressed as a result of the rapid spread of Corona virus!
If you've never attempted meditation or any mindfulness techniques in the past, this is the perfect time to try them out and get some practice under your belt.
According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can play a huge role in helping you to maintain your mental and emotional health, even benefiting aspects of your physical health.
Here's what meditation can do for you.
- A greater positive outlook on life
- Increased feelings of calmness
- Greater self-awareness
- Reduced levels of anxiety and stress.
- Improved focus
The best part is: There are plenty of different types of meditation.
If you're able to focus for long periods of time, you might want to try out guided meditations or visualisation techniques. When you're looking to stay more active while you're self-isolated, you can give Yoga or Pilates a go!
Find out about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). It is a very useful tool and there are lots of videos about it on Youtube.
2. Finding a Creative Outlet and keeping busy
You might be stuck in the house for the next few weeks, but that doesn't mean you have to end up going crazy. In fact, that would probably only serve to increase the feelings of panic of those around you during such trying times!
This is a great time to try out some new (or old) creative hobbies. When you're focused on building or creating something new, you're reducing the amount of focus on the negativity surrounding you.
That means creativity is a solid way of helping you to relax. A creative outlet can be almost anything.
Here are a few things you might want to try out (if you have the supplies at hand) or the abilities.
- Painting, colouring, or drawing. There are lots of videos to give you ideas on Youtube
- Singing and/or playing musical instruments
- Taking photos or videos of things you enjoy
- Building something with things lying around the house
- Writing Puzzles
- Sorting out your family photos and printing out a selection to put in an album
- Get the children dressing up in old clothes of yours
Basically, the goal here is to find an activity or task that requires an intense amount of focus and makes you happy. You won't even notice that you spent the last hour drawing your favourite cartoon character if it's enjoyable!
3. Giving Back & Helping Others
It's completely natural to be fearful of the unknown but giving back to others can help you to tackle this fear once and for all. When you're giving back to the community or helping those in need, you'll be working to spread compassion and happiness rather than fear and anxiety.
With so many people sick or self-isolated, so many people aren't allowed or able to leave home. However, these individuals do still have needs that they now can't meet on their own.
As long as you're keeping your distance and not exposing anyone to the virus, you can deliver food and groceries. It'll make you feel good about yourself while also helping those who need it!
So, call your neighbours, post something on your Facebook to let those in need know that you are available and how to get in contact.
Red or green card system
Think of suggesting to vulnerable people that you know to post either a green card in their window if they are OK and are not needing help or a red one if they do need assistance. This helps to set our minds at ease that all is well or alerts us to being needed.
You can't do much yourself when it comes to curing or stopping the spread of COVID-19, but there are things you can do that can reduce your panic and invoke an overwhelming sense of calmness.
By taking advantage of mindfulness, looking for a creative outlet, and even giving back to those who need it, you'll be able to stay calm and centred, even now!
Take care and count your blessings!
Copyright: Anne Murray, True Wellness4U 2020
Strategies for Embracing the Stresses of Covid-19
and the more Normal Lifetime Stresses
4 Strategies for Embracing Stresses
If you’re facing some life challenges during this difficult, and for everyone, unique period with Covid-19, it can be hard to remember that it’s normal to have obstacles crop up from time to time.
Yes, I know this is not a normal obstacle!
But just about everyone is having setbacks, disappointments and tough times just now. But going through this rough patch doesn’t have to spoil your life. The key to thriving in the face of adversity is how you respond to the obstacles in your path.
Here are four strategies to help you ride through and come out on top.
Decide to embrace the obstacle
If you’re having a tough time, it can be easy to feel helpless and even that you’re a victim. But it’s up to you to rise to the challenge and decide that you won’t be overwhelmed. Choosing to take control and embrace your challenge is the first step in overcoming it. Look your obstacle square in the face and resolve to meet it.
Be okay with discomfort
The proof that you’re embracing your obstacle is acknowledging that it doesn’t feel good. It can feel uncomfortable, heavy, even painful. There are lots of life experiences that hurt at the time but end up being for your best and highest good. From the normal lifetime difficulties like marathon training, going to the dentist, public speaking to facing life with Covid-19, (including possibly facing debtors) you feel, or will feel, so much better once you’ve faced the worst.
Remember it won’t last forever. Don’t shrink from the bad feelings. You can ride them out!
Make sure you have a support team
You don’t have to face your obstacles alone. It can make all the difference to have people around you who are supportive, who’ll stick by you and cheer you on when you want to give up.
If you have a cheer squad, you’ll find that extra level of energy to help get you through. And you’ll be there for your friends and colleagues when they’re facing their challenges. Once you’re part of a team that has each other’s backs, none of you will have to face life’s ups and downs alone.
You’ll fight together and celebrate success together!
Be grateful for your obstacles
Feeling gratitude for the challenges in life might sound counter-intuitive. But think about it. Accepting the challenge, resolving to meet it head-on, and overcoming it makes you a better, stronger person.
Think of how good it feels to deal with a problem and solve it. To face fear and overcome it.
It sounds strange but there are invariably benefits that come from adverse events. “As one door closes, another door opens”, as that well-known motto goes.
Without obstacles in your life, you would not grow and learn to become a better person. Obstacles are a natural, normal part of living an authentic life.
Life will return to normal, (whatever your normal is).
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