Over the years of trying out different health and natural living ideas and products here is a wide sampling of what I/we use with regularity and that offer great value. Of course there are many other products that these could easily find a welcome spot in your home as well.
castor oil — a deep moisturizer but also therapeutic for the skin and internal organs and healing when applied with a warm compress. Offers (some) sunscreen qualities.
olive oil — Multi-purpose! Great for salads. Useful in moisturizing skin and hair, low heat cooking, and it offers (some) sunscreen qualities. Coconut oil has more sunscreen protection and is great for the skin for those who do not break out with it.
grape seed oil — great on skin, high-heat cooking, as a skin moisturizer and sexual lubricant or massage.
carbolic and glycerin soap — surgeons used to use carbolic soap before surgery. It is has an interesting and cleansing smell and is red! Glycerin is more gentle. None of the unhealthy additives and fillers of modern body cleaning products.
baking soda — for cleaning and a quarter teaspoon in water for dealing with stomach acid or heartburn.
organic carrots and bananas — close in price to non-organic.
Japanese mint oil (like Hagina) — very powerful oil for relaxing, clarity and healing.
tea tree oil and oil of oregano — a hundred-and-one uses, including health maintenance and healing.
‘For Men Maca Root deodorant stick‘ from Body Shop — In the men’s section but suitable for ladies as well. Natural deodorants have come a long way over the years and there are several brands that now actually work!
The Master Cleanse — a simple and cheap way to cleanse you body and boost your health. Organic maple syrup and lemon juice mixed in water with cayenne powder. Drink several times daily instead of food for a period of days and take a laxative tea before bed. That’s it in a nutshell! (The value of this cleanse cannot be underestimated and it is totally suitable for most people. Educate yourself thoroughly before attempting any cleanse and review some of my other writings on this blog regarding this cleanse.)
Andreas Moritz Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush/Cleanse — a cleanse with information freely available online.
sprouts — a superfood that you can grow inside very easily.
plants — literally bring more oxygen to a room, cleanse and ionize the air and help you stay connected to nature.
organic Quinoa — available at various dollar stores now!
spring water — what the body needs! Costco is probably the best place to get this in the bulk 15L size for less than the price of a latte.
probiotics — promote and maintain overall health. In the old days people used to get beneficial gut bacteria from simply eating fruits and veggies from the garden and eating them straight. There are many high quality brands out there but the best I have tried is Garden of Life – Primal Defense.
used clothing stores — donating clothes to simplify your life/buying used clothing and products is a great option. Shopping malls can be boring, tired and expensive.
daily walking — as a slower more deliberate way to get places and basic fitness.
meditation/yoga — or some daily ‘pausing’ practice of quieting the mind, connecting deeper and regenerating yourself. This includes relaxation and deep breathing.
essential oils — to smell and feel good and have fun to mix and match. Revitalize any space by mixing a few drops to a simple diffuser.
natural home building and design — something I would like to explore.