Your body is amazing and we all want to do the right thing by it so it lasts as long as possible. So, we should all be mindful of what we put on (and in) our bodies and look at natural alternatives wherever possible.
Natural products are something Em and I are continuing to research. There are so many different products that we’d love to ditch and find an alternative earth-friendly option, but it’s a work in progress. A lot of alternatives aren’t convenient, are expensive and/or don’t function as well as the original. This is something we’ll continue to work on, but there are a couple of things that I’ve been able to ditch and switch to a natural alterative so I thought I’d share them you.
Note; before making any significant changes, you should have a chat with your GP or pharmacist first to ensure it’s the right thing for you.
Switching deodorant was a tricky one that I was determined to switch as most deodorants contain quite a few different chemicals and some of them aren’t good for you.
One of the best natural products that I found is called “No Pong”. It’s an Australian product (with a name like No Pong, I wasn’t surprised!), and it’s also made in Australia (which was a surprise). Check them out here. I found that this product worked really well for me, and it’s not too expensive either.
When making the transition from regular deodorant to natural deodorant, I found that I needed to reapply a couple of times throughout the day, just until my body adjusted to the natural product. After a few weeks, my body got used to it and I just apply in the morning now. It will vary from person to person, so my biggest tip is perseverance.
If you have sensitive skin and find you get some discomfort when applying deodorant after shaving, I’ve found that applying a small amount of moisturiser after shaving helps.
Our poor feet tend to be forgotten about until something happens, but there are a few natural products that I’ve found work. They’re inexpensive too.
A few drops of eucalyptus oil mixed with a carrying oil, like coconut oil, works well for fungal problems on the feet. For ease, I use a small 5ml bottle with a roller top which you can purchase from Wish or eBay (just search for roll-on bottles), but you can use a small container and apply with a cotton tip. For a 5ml bottle, add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil and top with the carrying oil.
Apply to the problem areas in the morning after showering, and at night before bed for a couple of weeks to ensure you’ve removed the infection.
Keep in mind that natural products may take a little longer to take effect before you see results, but it’s better for your skin so worth trying.
To help with tired and sore feet, soak them in a tub or bucket with around 9L warm water, 2 tablespoons of bi-carb soda and about a cup of white vinegar. Soak for around 20-30 minutes, perfect to do in the evening while watching tv. Epson salts are also great for sore/tired feet, just add half a cup to your tub of warm water and soak.
A parent’s worst nightmare! Not only do you have to wash the kid’s hair, but also everyone else in the house, plus bedding and towels too. Talk about adding to that ‘to do list’.
A simple way to get rid of nits is to use apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. Not only does it do a great job, but your hair will smell great too.
Start by massaging coconut oil into the hair and scalp until well covered. Run a fine nit-comb through the hair and remove as many nits and eggs as possible.
Once this is done, rinse with straight apple cider vinegar. Don’t wash out with water – leave the vinegar in, then dry hair as normal. You should only need to do this once, so it’s not too time consuming.
For the bedding, sorry but there’s no easy option with this. Wash everything in hot water and dry in the sun.
When it comes to the everyday headache, I try to go natural before taking any aspirin or Panadol. Peppermint oil is a great muscle relaxer so as soon as I feel a headache coming on, I use a few drops mixed with a carrying oil and place it on the back of my neck, just below the hair line.
We would all love to get 8 hours of good quality sleep, but it just doesn’t always happen. When I’m highly stressed or finding it difficult to switch off the brain, I use lavender oil to help soothe and relax me.
There’s a couple of different ways I do this. I either place a few drops of lavender oil in a small roller-top bottle and fill with carrier oil. I then place the scent on my temples and wrist. Or, I place a few drops onto my pillowcase so I can breathe in the scent while I fall asleep.
When you’re using essential oils, always chat to your GP or pharmacist before using to ensure it’s safe for you. Make sure you use pure essential oils and not blends. I use DoTerra Oils and a coconut oil as the carrying oil as these were recommended to me by a trusted friend and I find they work great.
Please note, this is my personal opinion and Homebasics101 is not an affiliate for DoTerra.