Monday, March 30, 2015

Crunch Crunch

Lately I've been doing a lot of DIY projects. I've made my own lotions, hand sanitizer, facial moisturizers, laundry detergent, bug spray, diaper rash cream, magnesium oil, toothpaste, mouthwash, allergy bomb, car freshener, eye shadow primer, and I have a lot more on my list that I want to make. 

Tonight I am making Kombucha. I've made it before but it didn't taste right so I threw it out, scoby and all! I think it was because I used a flavored green tea and this time I am using just good ole black tea. There are a lot of benefits of drinking Kombucha since it is high in probiotics. I love the carbonation and slightly tart flavour. 

I also plan on making my own body wash, deodorant, natural hand soap and candles made with beeswax. 

If you were to look at me, you never would think I was a "crunchy" person. If you would have told me 8 years ago that I would be making all of these things and giving up my beautifully scented candles, perfumes and body lotions for DIY stuff, I would have laughed at you. Heck I probably would have made fun of you! Yet here I am, and I am pretty proud of being "crunchy", "granola", "hippified" person. Because what I am doing is trying to make my life and the life of my family healthier. 

It started with essential oils. I had been reading up on the benefits of essential oils and how they can support our system. I was also well aware of the negative effect medicine can have on our system. I look around and so many people are getting sick with cancer or diabetes. I know that we can't do anything to truly make ourselves immuned to something like cancer, but what if I did my best to try? What if I taught my kids the importance of eating right and what isn't good for our bodies? I believe it all starts somewhere and for me it started with essential oils.  The more I learn about the dangers of synthetic chemicals in our commercial body/hygiene products and in our food, the more I know what to avoid. 

There has been many times when one of us was not feeling well and I had something that I could use to make them feel better. I love my oils! This is just the beginning. Eventually I would love for us to eat clean and cut all gmo products out of our diet. Of course we can do as much as possible to try and live a healthy life, but really it is up to God. That is where our life truly lies. He is the one in control, that doesn't mean I should just live foolishly. Instead I need to do what I can, take care of the things that I can control and the rest is up to Him. 

What about you? What changes have you made to be healthier? To live longer for your family?


Sherry said...

Great post sis! I agree wholeheartedly. In our family, we are changing the way we eat and the way we look at food. We are also making the choice to be more active, to get out more and to move more! xo

Ondray Rudegeair said...

Esther - Nice post. Erin and I are slowly working on avoiding processed foods and getting into the oils. We totally see the benefits to our health and lifestyle.
Thanks for sharing - Keep at the DIY - very impressive.