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Our Favorite All-Natural, Holistic-Living Resources

Transitioning to a toxin-free home and lifestyle can be more than a little overwhelming.  That’s why we’ve created this list of all natural, holistic-living resources.  Over the years we have thoroughly researched the very best wellness products for our family… NOT an easy task!  We’d love to save you some time, effort, and confusion by sharing that list with you so that you can begin taking control of your family’s wellness right from the start, and with confidence.

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Natural Cleaning Supplies

Norwex Enviro Cloth – This thing! You can literally use this cloth to clean – any – thing – in – your – house!  It will wipe stains off of clothing, paint out of carpet, permanent marker off of counter tops… using just water!  Just water!!!  I’m not really sure how I survived all those tedious years before Norwex.  This company offers many, many products and they are all fantastic (though some are a bit pricey) but honestly this one cloth has changed everything for me.  It even cleans windows and mirrors with no streaks, no fuzzies, and NO PAPER TOWELS!!!  Hallelujah!

Norwex Mop – I don’t know what to say.. it’s a pretty expensive mop, but doesn’t require me to use anything on my floors except water.  I like cleaning with water!

Thieves Household Cleaner – This cleaning concentrate is sold by Young Living and is formulated with their famous, immune-boosting Thieves essential oil.  It smells like heaven and works extremely well.  Technically the Norwex cloth can take care of everything in the house, but because I have little boys, I prefer to have something extra for cleaning the toilet area.  It also works great on the ants that invade our kitchen every year!  One tiny bottle will last me a year or more as only a capful is needed to make an 8 oz spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner.

Netted Dish Cloth – I actually use the Norwex netted dishcloth, but I suspect any brand will do.  So helpful for getting stuck-on bits off of dishes that require gentle care (like my ceramic crockpot, or vintage pyrex bowls).

Stainless Steel Scrubber – I keep one of these scrubbers handy to take care of stains, etc, on my stainless steel, cast iron, and sometimes glass.

Sal Suds – This is what we use for our dish soap.  It is VERY concentrated and lasts pretty much forever.

DIY Dishwasher Detergent –  1 cup Washing Soda + 1 cup Borax + 1/2 cup salt ~ Stir together well and add 1 Tablespoon to each dishwasher load.  Store in a mason jar under the sink.  If you have hard water, consider adding 1/2 cup citric acid to the mixture, or 1 Tablespoon vinegar to each load.

Country Save Laundry Detergent – This is somewhat of a compromise product, but it’s the most affordable detergent I can find that doesn’t contain any of the most harmful ingredients.  Norwex and Young Living both have awesome laundry detergents, but even they have a lot of un-pronounceables.. and the other DIY/natural alternatives I’ve tried simply haven’t worked well (Soap Nuts for instance, was a complete disaster).  We use a very small amount of detergent per load and it seems not to irritate our sensitive skin, so until we find something better, we’ll stick with this.

Vinegar and Baking Soda – For clogged drains, scrubbing, or cleaning of any kind.  I used to make lots of DIY products with these two, but now that I’ve switched over to the products above, I just don’t need them all that often.

 

That’s it!  I honestly don’t own any other cleaning products at all.

What happy, empty cupboards!!!

 

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Natural Personal Care

Remember, whatever you put on your skin goes STRAIGHT INTO YOUR BLOODSTREAM (without having to first pass through your protective digestive system) usually within about 20 minutes!

So, if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your skin!!!

Thieves Toothpaste – My husband and I use the thieves toothpaste by Young Living.  The thieves blend is very beneficial for oral health and this toothpaste contains no flouride (because we don’t prefer to have neurotoxins in our toothpaste), sulfates, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives.

DIY Toothpaste – Thieves toothpaste is awesome and not any more expensive than other quality, natural toothpastes, but still – we have four kids and I just cannot babysit how much toothpaste they choose to glob onto their brushes everyday.  Also, money doesn’t grow on trees.  For those reasons, I make a simple DIY toothpaste that is totally edible.  It not only won’t hurt them, it’ll actually nourish them if they eat it!  🙂  1/4 cup softened coconut oil + 1/8 cup bentonite clay + 1 Tablespoon baking soda + smidgey bit of stevia concentrate + 6-10 drops Thieves essential oil ~ Stir until well combined.  Store in a 4 oz mason jar with plastic lid.  Let the kiddos stick their toothbrushes right in there!  They’re siblings!  You think they don’t share all their germs already?  I usually make 3-4 jars of toothpaste and stick the extras in the fridge until they are needed.

Norwex Body Cloths – Okay, here we are talking about Norwex again.  Prepare yourself…  Are you ready?  We no longer use soap in the shower!  At all.  I’m not even joking.  These body cloths (or microfiber wash cloths) literally replace our soap and even my shaving gel.  This is very good news for my sensitive skinned family.  Water and a cloth is all we need and our skin (especially my face) is a THOUSAND times happier since making the switch.  Many thanks to my sweet friend that introduced me to these amazing little cloths!

Kirk’s Castile Soap – If you’re not ready to give soap up completely, Kirk’s castile is a great, non-toxic soap that has worked really well for us in the past.

DIY Hand Soap –  I hesitate to say that we make our own hand soap because “make” sounds a bit more involved than what we actually do, which is this:  Fill a hand soap dispenser with water.  Squirt in approximately 2-3 Tablespoons (or one big squirt) of castile soap.  Shake.  Done!  You can choose one of Dr. Bronner’s many scented castile soaps, or use the unscented and simply add several drops of your favorite essential oil for added loveliness and other benefits.

Salt Crystal Deoderant – I never thought there would be a day when a few wash cloths and a salt stick would be all I need in the way of personal care products!  But here we are.  Deoderant has always bothered my sensitive skin.  Lots of ouchie bumps.  Not pretty.  But – salt to the rescue!  These little sticks are so cheap and very effective (for me, not my husband – I suspect it’s because he’s so hairy under there.  I’ll fill you in on what we use for him in just a moment).  To use: simply wipe your (still wet) underarms IMMEDIATELY upon exiting the shower.  You’ll need to either still have wet under arms or just slightly wet the salt stick so that it will glide on.  You want to do this immediately, before you begin to sweat at all.  The salt will keep bacteria from forming on your skin (and becoming stinky).  It DOES NOT WORK if you already have bacteria on your skin.  If I’m not super sweaty, I can go 2-3 days between showers.  This stuff!  Love it.

Schmidt’s Deoderant – This is my backup deoderant.  Most days my salt deoderant is all I’m going to need, but if I know I’m going to be sweating and I won’t be home (to quickly wash with a body cloth and reapply the salt) then I make sure to use this instead.  Smells like heaven.

DIY Deoderant – Now, like I said, the salt just doesn’t cut it for my dear husband.  I really think it’s because it just doesn’t make it through the hair down to where it could cover the skin.  That’s my theory.  Anyway, we make a DIY deoderant for him and he’s pretty happy with it.  1 part bentoite clay + 1 part baking soda + 4 parts coconut oil.  You can be fancy and add essential oils, but that’s totally optional.  Are you thinking that this looks very similar to our toothpaste recipe?  Lol… it’s basically the same thing!

Shampoo – I don’t know what to tell you.  I’ve tried it ALL and really have had very little success.  For years I used this Kiss My Face shampoo and conditioner.  My hair loved it, but it’s got some questionable ingredients (specifically Cocamidopropyl Betaine, which is used in most organic shampoos as a natural alternative to SLS, and is indeed much better, but not perfect.)  Since then, I’ve tried “No Poo” (total failure), Chagrin Valley shampoo soaps (totally non-toxic and works well for my husband and kids, but not for me), and now I’m using a Poofy Organics shampoo, but I’m less than thrilled with it.  So there you go.  If you’ve got a truly non-toxic shampoo that you LOVE, let me know in the comments.

DIY Lotion – This is the lotion recipe we have used for years and years.  We love it so much… except for that time when I tried adding a little beeswax and ended up with little, bitty balls of wax all throughout the lotion, which when applied, felt like smearing grit on your skin.  Not cool.  So now we stick to the basics.  In a double boiler (or a bowl over simmering water) heat equal parts shea butter and tallow until melted.  Cool slightly and add essential oils of your choice.  We use lavender.  Stick the bowl in the fridge until the mixture is solid.  Use a hand blender to blend the solid mixture until it forms a beautiful whipped cream consistency.  Keep in shallow mason jars with plastic lids.

DIY Face Serum – This is the only moisturizer I use on my face.  I LOVE it!  Fill a roller bottle with half jojoba oil and half rosehip oil.  Add 12 drops each of lavender and frankincense essential oil.  Okay, 12 drops each is an awful lot.  You really only need 12 drops total, but some of us just can’t get enough lavender and frankincense at bedtime!

Chapstick – We have used this chapstick by Tropical Traditions for years.  It’s got only three ingredients.  It also has a pleasant natural flavor.  About once a month or so Tropical Traditions has a free shipping code, so we always wait for one of those and then order a year’s supply.

Thieves Hand Sanitizer – We completely avoid antibacterial anything!  My kids know (and have publicly announced on occasion) that they are “not allowed to wash their hands with soap” when we are out in public.  For that reason we carry an all natural hand sanitizer wherever we go.  For years we used an herbal oregano sanitizer from Tropical Traditions.  It works great and is completely safe, but um… kind of makes you smell like a pizza.  Thieves hand cleaner on the other hand, smells like heaven.

Makeup – Currently I am using Everyday Minerals for my foundation, bronzer, and blush (pretty sheer, but I don’t like heavy makeup as I have a total fear of looking clownish.)  I use a mascara called Ecco Bella.  For years I’ve been hunting for a replacement to my toxic “sugared grapefruit” Clinique lipstick.  This was my very last conventional makeup item to hit the garbage can.  I just could not find a replacement for that beautiful color and most lipstick colors really look funny with my skin tone… again that fear of looking clownish.  But just last week I found one that I like pretty well.  It’s called Mineral Fusion and the color is “shimmer”.

Natural Feminine Care – I purchased a reusable menstrual cup as a natural alternative to toxic tampons.  It works well, but honestly, my flow isn’t super heavy and I’m much more comfortable with an absorbant hemp cloth like this – washes out no problem.  My hemp cloths were leftover from our cloth diapering days.  If you want something a bit more structured, these are a popular choice.

Squatty Potty – Did you know that your body actually HAS TO be in a true squatting position in order to completely eliminate?  Did you also know that partial elimination can lead to hardened stool being left in the body and is responsible for many health problems, even colon cancer?  The squatty potty is just a little stool that fits easily around the base of your toilet and can be pulled out/tucked back after use.  We actually don’t have one, but keep a little wooden stool in the bathroom for this purpose.  Whichever you choose, make sure to squat!

DIY Lavender Bath Salts – Keep a jar of epsom salts on hand at all times.  Not only is a salt bath soothing for muscle tension and relaxing after long days, it is also a fantastic way to detox, stay regular, and keep your magnesium levels up.  We add several drops of lavender (though choose any essential oil you like) and stir thoroughly.  This helps the essential oil to disperse in the salts so it won’t float on top of the water while you’re in the bath.  Do this ahead of time and that way the salts will be ready when you need them.

DIY Lavender Salt Scrub – I also make a salt scrub by stirring together a few tablespoons of Real Salt + several drops of jojoba oil (just enough to hold it together) + 6-7 drops of lavender essential oil in a 4 oz mason jar with plastic lid.  This makes a great, skin-softening, exfoliating scrub.  It can also be dabbed onto blemishes to help draw out impurities.

 

 

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Supplements

In our home we use Garden of Life vitamins and supplements whenever possible.  This is a brand we trust whole-heartedly.  We so appreciate their commitment to purity.  Every bottle is guaranteed non-GMO (pretty big deal, as this is NOT usually the case!), made from whole foods instead of synthetic ingredients, contains no fillers, and has probiotics and enzymes to assist in digestion/assimilation and to boost overall health and wellness.  Buying supplements has been ever so much easier for me since I found Garden of Life.

 

Natural Remedies for Occasional Illness and Minor Injuries

Home Remedies

Read here for more information about how we approach occasional illness and minor injuries at our house, including links to all the products we keep on hand.

 

 Holistic Living ResourcesOther Home Supplies

Essential Oils Diffuser –  An essential oils diffuser is a non-toxic way to keep your home smelling lovely while also providing your body with all the benefits of essential oils.

  • We love to diffuse lavender, lemon, and peppermint in the spring time.  It smells AMAZING and is especially helpful for those family members who get the spring time sniffles.
  • During the fall and winter (especially during times of illness) we diffuse Thieves.  This is a perfect fit because Thieves is a powerful immune booster, and it also happens to smell like Christmas (cinnamon, clove, etc..)  Add a drop of orange and oh my heavens!
  • Lavender and Frankincense (or Cedarwood) are perfect to encourage relaxation at bedtime.
  • Peppermint and Eucalyptus can be soothing during times of congestion.

Beeswax Candles –  These are our favorite, 100% pure beeswax candles with lead-free wicks.  We use them only occasionally throughout most of the year (using the larger sizes for power outages) but pretty much 24/7 during the advent season.  I put the tealight size candles into several 4 oz and 8 oz mason jars tied with raffia all over the center of our table amongst pine cones and holly berries.  We eat by candlelight the whole month of December.

Kid Napkins – Kids are messy!  Years ago, on a whim, we purchased an inexpensive set of colorful washcloths for our kids to use at the table as their napkins and it has been the best thing we’ve ever done.  Each child keeps a napkin on their chair at the table.  When it’s dirty, they just throw it in the laundry bin and grab out another from a drawer in the kitchen.  They’re absorbent too, so when something spills at the table (which happens often enough I assure you!) we’ve got four washcloths right at hand to sop it all up.  These take a beating and are easily replaceable.

Gentle Workouts from the Comfort of Your Own Home

Fit2B – This is my very favorite at-home workout option.  They’ve got safe, gentle (yet challenging) workouts for the whole family: yoga, pilates, cardio, strength-training, kids’ workouts and many more.  All tummy safe (which means lower-back-safe in my case).  Simple, convenient, affordable.  Couldn’t love it more.  Read all about why we love it here.

DoYouYoga – This is another great option.  I have to use discernment here because although the videos in this online library are lead by great yoga instructors, they are not necessarily tummy-safe.  It is still a good option and many of the video pathways are free to watch.

What is Diastasis Recti? – Read here to find out more about tummy safe fitness and why it matters, especially for those of us who have been through pregnancy and labor.

 

Books, Blogs, and Websites About Holistic-Living

These resources provide helpful, well-researched, and up-to-date information on a wide variety of health topics from a holistic, traditional foods perspective.

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