To me, natural is better
Nature is utterly amazing, confusing, complicated and gorgeous. Most of our modern-day problems’ solutions can be found in nature, and Mother Earth extends us grace even while we are busy destroying her. Although I might come across as a tree-hugging hippie, I am not. I just feel so much awe when considering God’s work that I cannot keep myself from taking all the wisdom and help that I can. We were created to be custodians of this beautiful planet, and I firmly believe that we can only bring balance into our own lives if we accept that we need to bring balance to the planet.
I embarked on this natural living journey roughly 8 years ago. I was busy with my Master’s degree, with a focus on conspicuous consumption and green living. During the research process I realised a few things:
We are allowing things into our homes, our lives and our bodies that have not been proven safe
We are allowing these same things to screw with our planet
We are spending lots and lots of money buying products that are ineffective, not-proven-safe, and inefficient
We can substitute most of these products with greener, more natural, cheaper and DIY products, and you do not need a science degree to do it
The rewards far outweigh the cost
The first thing I changed was my personal care products - my face cream, body wash, lotion, and serum. Then my toothbrush, face cloth, scrubby, facial rounds and makeup remover. Then my menstrual cup and cloth pads joined the family, I swapped my plastic razor for a metal one and started playing around with fizz balls, bath eggs and other self-care products. Today, I sell most of these products through our online store.
Next, we changed our diet. No more sugar, no more processed food. Only real food, made from real ingredients, mostly by our own hands. We meal prep, batch cook and use as much of the product as we can. We try to live as zero waste as possible. You can see some of my recipes on this website!
Then, we changed our cleaning products as well as the kids’ personal care products. We looked to essential oils and herbs for health care and DIY medicines. We were a cloth diapering, co-sleeping, kale-eating cliche, but we loved every minute off it! Today, we are a bit more relaxed although we do still adhere to a few principles:
Keep it real, keep it natural
Eat it fresh, make it yourself
Say no to plastic
Waste not, want not
Toxins stay out!
We love the natural approach. If you would like to know more, here are a few posts that you might find interesting: