For a family on a budget, living naturally feels too expensive. Do you have any suggestions for getting started?
Start with the foods and products you use most often and switch out just one in each category. So, for example, if you drink milk, switch to organic milk; switch just one lipstick; choose a natural deodorant. Because eating organic is so important, try shopping at Farmer’s Markets. You can find some great deals there, especially just before it closes. I’ve seen broccoli for $1/lb for example. Farmers don’t want to have to bring unsold food back to their farm. Or try planting your own garden which is very economical, and fun.

You can make your own products you use in your home. Now, this isn’t as hard as it sounds. For example, I use baking soda as a deodorant. I fill up a salt shaker, shake some in the palm of my hand and apply on my armpits. It works really well, is inexpensive and non-toxic. It’s also pretty simple to make your own essential oil skin care recipes. Essential oils are derived from roots, seeds, leaves, and the skins of plants and have been used by many indigenous people for thousands of years. Blends of three or more oils create a synergy, yielding a more powerful healing effect on the body. Experiment with different oils. Here are several ways to use them:

  • Facial compress: Add two to five drops of essential oils to a basin filled with water, stir. Dip a clean washcloth, squeeze out excess water and apply cloth to face.
  • Add 20-25 drops of one or more essential oils to two ounces of sweet almond oil to make a great massage oil.
  • Add eight to ten drops of one or more essential oils in your bath water.
  • There are also some inexpensive ways to clean your house with non-toxic natural cleaning products. Try vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide.
Beth Greer, aka Super Natural Mom®, is an award-winning journalist, green holistic health educator, healthy home expert and impassioned champion of toxin-free living. She’s also a radio talk show host, and trusted consumer advocate, who is leading a movement of awareness and responsibility about healthy homes, schools and work environments. Connect with Beth on Facebook and Twitter.