Linking up with Jen over at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday!
As many of you may not know, I do have a crunchy organic/natural side of me. Today I will share things you may or may not know or want to know:-) beware.
1. Organic/NaturalWhen I tell people that I am into natural/organic items they automatically assume everything I consume has a USDA Organic stamp on it, this is false. They also may picture me running around barefoot everywhere, this is also false(sometimes;-) ). I prefer to call what I do natural vs. organic and here is why.
While organic is great, it is an expensive label to have. Many local farmers who have natural products simply cannot afford to have a organic label. Another big conflict with organic is; for example; a dairy cow who has gotten an infection. By organic standards you have to kill the cow, because it will need antibiotics therefore making the cow un-natural. A normal farmer will treat his cow with antibiotics (same as we get sick) and simply milk her but not use the milk.... if that makes sense! So to sum it up, organic is cool, but natural/fresh and local are best, for me!
2. Non-aluminum DeodorantThis is something somewhat new in my crunchy world. My fiancé and I have made the brave switch from using traditional deoderant to a natural aluminum free brand. We are using TOMS as well as a Whole Foods generic brand, I feel passionately about this subject, for more information you can click here.
3. Kombucha TeaI have been brewing Kombucha tea for a few months now. Essentially Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Although it's sometimes referred to as kombucha mushroom tea, kombucha is not a mushroom — it's a colony of bacteria and yeast. To read more about the health effects of Kombucha check out this site
4.Natural RemediesAll my life I have had to be on antibiotics for this or that, or taking large amount of pain killers due to injuries. Recently, I have decided that no more do I want to take artificial drugs unless absolutely needed. I believe that everything we need to heal ourselves has been provided by God through the earth. I am slowly trying to not reach for the bottle of aspirin but rather a vitamin or the castor oil. Here is a picture of ordinary day items that can help simple symptoms. Keep in mind, I am not a doctor nor forcing you to do this. Please ask your doctor before you attempt anything like this.
5. Natural Family PlanningAs a Catholic I do not believe in artificial contraception and I am open to life. However, there are grave reasons why a couple may want to abstain from having children. There are different programs through Natural Family Planning. Here is a great site to reference. Also be on the look out as in addition to my Why I Veil series, I will be hosting a Why I NFP series. Stay tuned!
6, Conflict free productsIn the last few months I have been very conciseness of where my products are coming from. This gets a little tougher with non edibles. I can't exactly grow a pair of shoes on a tree and call it a day. I try to do my best to research companies that produce conflict free products. Here is a link where you can learn more about conflict free items.
In a a few months Sebastian and I will be embarking on a experiment. The details are still in the works but you guys are one of the first people to know! Over the last few years Sebastian and I have become more aware of the products that we use, consume and represent. These products have vastly changed over the years.
We were inspired by a book we read together in class entitled " No Impact Man". Here is a link where you can read more about the documentary/book. As mentioned the details are still in works but we would like to test the hypothesis if it is possible to live a "natural/organic" lifestyle, as recent college graduates with little to no stability and limited income.We would like to test this over the course of one year, implementing a new variable each month. I will keep you updated on that!
As you probably noticed, I am providing a lot of links versus giving page long descriptions. I wanted to keep this post somewhat short, and encourage you all to do research about the products you are buying and consuming!