It's A Green Thing
Kermit Sings "It's Not Easy Being Green"
Not only is it Kermit's mantra it's been mine too. We are all creatures of habit, and when you grow up in the Bronx being "Green" and Living Healthy is an uphill battle. Luckily me being a deadhead created change in my life that wouldn't have been likely had I not been introduced to that lifestyle.
It Aint Easy Being Green
photo Â© by Judy Ferony
Stewardship is also a Wiccan way of life and a concept shared by many religions; how many practice what they preach well that's another story. I guess as you hurdle toward middle-age you begin to be more philosophical; I find myself asking myself "Am I living the best life I can with the tools and circumstances given?". Rome wasn't built in a day, just try to implement one or two "Green" concepts every Earth Day and before you know it you'll be living a Greener Lifestyle.
It really amazes me to see how many products we use are petroleum based (spray air fresheners), or have phosphates (laundry detergent) and dioxins (toilet paper) in them, another killer of the Earth; for many of us these are products we use everyday. Let's face it we all suffer from consumerism in one way or another; for those of us that watch TV for every hour of shows we watch we are exposed to at least 20 minutes of commercials. We don't have to buy in; the products I'm using here in this Lens are much cheaper and if you're in the SNAP (Food Stamps) program here in the USA you can buy stuff like Lemons, Baking Soda and White Vinegar. It's up to you, you can lighten your carbon footprint on Mother Earth, just implement one thing at a time and before you know it you'll be "Green" too.
It's Not Easy Being Green
Keep These Products Around The House - They're Great Multi-Taskers
Skoy Cloth - A Paper Towel Alternative
Last year in honor of Earth Day I decided to cut down on my paper towel usage, it was getting to be an expensive habit and bad for the environment. I'm glad to say I cut down greatly, I went from using a roll every couple of days to about a roll a month; and I still have the Skoy Cloth I bought last year for Earth Day too.
Green Recipes For Housecleaning
1/4 Cup of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap 18 in 1 Hemp Lavender Pure-Castile Soap
6 - 10 drops of Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oil
1/3 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
Purifying Lemon Surface Scrub
2 TBS Baking Soda
1 tsp. Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap (liquid)
1/2 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
6 Drops of Lemon Aura Cacia EO (Essential Oil)
3 Drops of Lavender Aura Cacia EOl
To the Baking Soda mix in Lemon Juice and EO's; apply scrub to a cloth with gentle circular buffing motion, rinse or wipe with a wet cloth.
Freshening Carpet Powder
1 cup baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
24 drops lemon essential oil
23 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop neroli oil
Mix ingredients to form a damp powder. Sprinkle evenly over carpets and allow to dry. Vacuum.
2 cups water
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 teaspoon liquid soap (Dr. Bronner)
36 drops essential oil (Deodorizing essential oils: bergamot, coriander seed, lavandin)
Greener Pastures - Links I Like
- Your Guide to Wellness - MindBodyGreen.com
I like this site they have many good articles, recipes and information for living a healthy lifestyle.
- Going Green With a Bronner Mom
Going Green with a Bronner Mom by Lisa Bronner Green Tips and Techniques for Moms & Dads
- Full Circle Green Home Products
They have quite a few products for the home I think you might like.
- Aromatherapy & Natural Personal Care from Aura Cacia
An unparalleled selection of certified organic aromatherapy products and 100% pure essential oils, along with a wealth of information on using and blending essential oils and aromatherapy in general.
- Skoy Cloth - A Paper Towel Alternative
Last year Skoy cloth was my pick for Earth Day; I use to use a lot of paper towels, not only was it costly it's a waste of paper. I highly recommend this product.
Natural Recipes For Mind, Body & Soul
1 TBSP of Baking soda
A few drops of water
1 vitamin e soft liquid gel pill (optional)
*This makes a gentle facial scrub and I like to use a Rose Water Toner as a final rinse.
3 teaspoons beeswax
5 teaspoons carrier oil (sunflower, castor, or jojoba)
6 or 7 drops essential oil
1 teaspoon honey, for flavor
*This is a good way to utilize the bottom of the lipstick that you were about to toss if you want to add a little color into the mix. You can add this mixture to an old cleaned tin or buy plastic tubes on eBay or from Amazon.
Lip Balm Tube, Tins and Accessories - Make Your Own
It's so easy to make your own lip balm, and it can also be a great fundraiser item for your church or a good way to advertise your web site; just print out the labels and you're good to go.
Lemons Are Great For Cleaning - Also Good For Your Health
When given a Lemon some people perceive it as a sour fruit while others make lemonade.