When someone asks you where they can get whatever it is they need, don't let the first words be Amazon.
There is a small business owner in your community that can probably offer the same if not comparable item in your community. It may cost a little more but you can feel good knowing you played a small role in helping someone in your community keep their business from closing permanently.
This quote stares me in the face every time I leave my home. It is one of the most important things I can do to create change for the world I want to live in.
How do I do it?
I choose not to buy any products from companies I feel do not represent that world I want to live.
Here's an example......
the Clorox Company
I have an issue when a company uses these kind of lines to sell a line of their products
'A balanced, natural lifestyle begins with a clean home. That’s why the people at Clorox got to work on a line of products that clean powerfully without harsh chemical fumes or residue.'
while still selling product containing harsh chemical fumes and residue
My thoughts are....
If you are selling a product on the basis you want to help the environment and protect the consumer, you shouldn't be selling products that do the opposite.
So I use my purchasing power to let them know I do not believe in what they are doing. Now you might think that one person doing this won't make a difference and that's true but if one person reads this and decides to the same and passes it on to another and they decide to use their purchasing power you create a domino effect. Eventually the company will start to notice a decline in sales, the shareholders will start to notice a decline in their investment and the company will have to start looking at the why's. And that is a start in the right direction
So what other products, beside their own line of cleaning and household products, does the Clorox Company own
These words might have compelled you to purchase your microfiber cloths to help in the fight against coronavirus
'capable of "trapping and removing" 99.9% of bacteria from hard surfaces'
the coronavirus is not a bacteria but a virus therefore anti-bacterial and/or anti-microbial microfiber cloths will not be what removes the coronavirus from your non-porous hard surfaces.
Soapy water and rigorous scrubbing will.
Using any of the Health Canada approved disinfectants will help against the fight against the coronavirus (Click here to find the natural and Eco-friendly ones)
Ensuring your dusting cloths are always damp (not dry) to trap the coronavirus and not spread it around will help.
Soaking all of the cloths you have used in soapy water for a time (I do overnight) will help
Anti-bacterial and/or Anti-Microbial microfiber cloths will not unless you use them in harmony with all of the steps above so why spend more to protect you and your loved ones when you already have what you need.
Before using that disinfectant product you just purchased to help you do your part to protect yourself and your loved ones against the coronavirus, you are reading the label and you noticed these words .... non-porous hard surfaces (and if it doesn't have those words it should) and you think to yourself 'what is a non-porous hard surface', well listed below are all the hard surfaces in your home and as you can see its not a big one
NON- POROUS HARD SURFACES
the disinfectant you are using is only disinfecting (if used properly) surfaces that are hard and non-porous. What are these surfaces made of
Stainless and other processed metals
Leather and vinyl
Hard plastics including acrylic
That's it...that is what your disinfectant product works on
WITH AN EMPTY BLUE BOX ON COLLECTION DAY
by April Anderson
Just Another Natural Nut
Last week I reached under my kitchen sink to empty my indoor recycling bin into my curbside one for pickup. To my surprise it was empty. This was a first and I hope it won't be the last.
I have worked hard to get to this point, finding ways to purchase items with packaging I can reuse and stop purchasing items I cannot. This is a long way from being excited about having to use more than one blue box to do my part in recycling 15 to 20 years ago.
What changes did I make?
I purchase less canned goods and instead of recycling the ones I do buy, I find other ways to use them after thoroughly cleaning them
I buy my fruit and vegetable loose whenever I can
I buy in bulk at places I can bring my own containers or can reuse theirs
I don't purchase prepared foods with all of their packaging and I am not a milk or juice drinker so no tetra containers.
I choose glass over plastic containers for condiments
I do not accept junk mail so I rarely receive mail
Now I have to start working on what I put into the garbage for pickup
from Consumer Reports
There is some research to show acupuncture does work, especially for chronic headaches, chronic back/neck pain and osteoarthritis.
Apple Cider Vinegar
There is very little scientific evidence to support the claims of regulating blood sugar, promoting weight loss, lower cholesterol or reducing the risk of cancer. If you suffer from heartburn, drinking apple cider vinegar would be like "throwing gas on a fire" (Benjamin Kligler, M.D.). Regular use can trigger nausea, damage tooth enamel and irritate the esophagus.
In 2017 a review by Seth Schwartz M.D. concluded candling to be ineffective and dangerous, reporting it can block the ear with wax, damage hearing and possibly set your hair on fire.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Combined, a top selling supplement for aching joints was shown not to be any better than a placebo during a trial of 1625 patients with osteoarthritis in 2015.
Supplements have been linked to side effects, including headaches and urinary tract infections
Used in drinks and supplements to promote relaxation and ease anxiety. Some countries have banned Kava, Canada is not one.
Promoted as a safe pain reliever it has been suggested it can be as addictive as opioids as it affects the same brain receptors.
A proven treatment for seasonal affective disorder. It may also help with depression and bipolar disorder
A good massage will do more than relax you. Research shows it can help some people with back pain and those recovering from injury.
Research suggests meditation may help lower blood pressure, ease anxiety, depression and insomnia.
A 2017 study found that some of the supplements didn't contain what the label stated. Instead of Melatonin, Seratonin was found in the products which is a chemical that regulates mood instead.
A 2017 research review concluded the pills might provide some benefit to people with a history of heart disease but there was not enough evidence to show if they improve cardiac health in people without existing heart problems.
For general health you are better off getting probiotics from your diet than a supplement. fermented foods and yogurt may offer benefits far beyond what you can find in a supplement.
Research suggests it cuts the risk of falls in older adults, helps with chronic pain and may ease symptoms of depression, osteoarthritis and Parkinson's disease.
After water, this is the most widely consumed drink in the world. Research shows regular tea drinkers have a lower risk of diseases such as Type A diabetes and heart disease. Doesn't matter what you drink, green , white and black teas are all rich in health friendly flavonoids.
Unlike the laboratory mice, when humans digest turmeric, little of the very important curcumin is absorbed. Make sure you check with the doctor before taking turmeric supplements as the can interact negatively with certain medications such as blood thinners.
While many use practice yoga for flexibility or relaxing, it can also relieve low back pain, reduce blood pressure and ease depression.
by April Anderson
Just Another Natural Nut
you've heard the saying
'they are like oil and water'
no truer words
can be spoken
when it comes to
into your bath water
they just don't mix
which can become
for your skin
excerpt from Tisserand Institute
" do not put drops of essential oil into a bath and then step into it. Essential oils do not mix with water, they float in tiny droplets on the surface, and you are about to sit on those droplets of undiluted essential oil. Whenever essential oils are ‘mixed’ with water without a dispersing agent, there is a risk of irritation, since undiluted droplets of essential oil attach to the skin, often in sensitive areas. Because the oils are warmed up by the water, and also cannot evaporate, they often sting like crazy. Therefore, essential oils always need to be fully dispersed in and appropriate base before being added to a bath."
FOR BATHING WITH
THESE CARRIERS ARE NOT SAFE TO USE IN YOUR BATHthese 8 substances are water soluble, so when you put them in your bath with your essential oil, they readily dissolve and become one with the water, leaving your essential oils all alone to hang out on the surface of the water causing havoc on your skin.
USE OILS AS A CARRIER - Essential oils can be safely added to oils (olive, sunflower, hemp, grapeseed) properly diluted (5 to 7 drops in a Tbsp. will do), if thoroughly mixed. These oils work well to safely dilute and ‘carry’ essential oils. this does make for a pretty slippery, greasy bath experience so be very careful when getting out.
besides keeping a beard healthy looking.....
1. Tame Your Frizzy Hair
Broccoli seed oil can help tame the frizzes without weighing down hair. It also adds a nice sheen to your hair at the same time. Apply a small amount to your hands and work into your hair
2. To Prevent Split Ends on Hair
If you suffer from dry hair, adding some oil to the ends of your hair can prevent breakage and split ends. You can make a great haircut looking better for longer
3. Overnight Skin Care Treatment
With vitamin A, C and essential fatty acids, this anti-oxidant rich oil is an all-natural way to give yourself an overnight facial.
before you switch to your natural deodorant
from Medical News Today
Armpit detoxification can help the body rid itself of toxins that have built up on the skin. It may also help to reduce the capacity of sweat glands and the amount of odor they produce. Moreover, some research indicates armpit detox can boost the immune system and decrease cancer risk. Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants are absorbed through the skin, and after many years of using these products, a lot of chemical residues have built up on a person's skin.
This is where an armpit detox can help. When someone stops using chemical deodorants and antiperspirants, toxins start to leave the body, resulting in an armpit detox.
Fast facts on armpit detox:
The armpits are the body's entry and exit points.
Deodorants are designed to mask the smell of excess bacteria from sweating.
Antiperspirants are designed to reduce sweating.
The detox process may cause skin problems, excess sweating, and odor.
How to do an armpit detox
Apple cider vinegar is one of the ingredients for an armpit detox.Armpit detox is relatively straightforward and involves 3 ingredients, some of which people may already have in their homes.
A simple armpit detox includes the following, according to the Healthy and Natural World website:
1 tablespoon Bentonite clay
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (unfiltered works best)
1-2 tablespoons water
Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl with a non-metal utensil. The thickness should be similar to that of yogurt.
Spread the mixture in an even layer under each armpit. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes for the first few times, then slowly increase the time to no longer than 20 minutes.
Wash the mixture off the armpits with warm water.
If the armpits turn red, do not worry, as this is quite normal and harmless. However, if anyone experiences any other reactions to the clay, wash the mixture off immediately.
Repeat the detoxification daily until there is no odor in the armpits or until natural deodorants no longer irritate the skin.
Do not apply on freshly shaved armpits as the apple cider vinegar will sting like H.
by April Anderson
Just Another Natural Nut
DID YOU KNOW your skin cannot absorb products with petrolatum/petroleum jelly, like Vaseline.
Products with petrolatum/petroleum jelly, simply coat the skin, which does not allow your skin the ability to breathe, release toxins or absorb moisture when needed.
It all started with
so what are your thoughts about ...... and I was hooked. Researching became part of my daily life, helping others with their purchasing decisions and when it came to choosing what I brought in to my home and my business. Let's be honest change does happen through our purchasing power.