The time has come to take our responsibility for stewardship of our bountiful planet more seriously. Focusing our attention only one day a year to honor the Earth isn’t going to solve the myriad problems we are creating. These problems will grow to overwhelm our children and grandchildren as we continue to ignore the realities of global warming and chemical pollution. The signs of collapsing ecosystems, endangered and disappearing species are all around. In our busy lives, we sometimes procrastinate necessary changes. We need to learn better ecological habits to reverse a destructive trend before it is too late. This is the beginning of a series of short articles that will contain simple, yet effective ways to replace harsh chemicals that pollute the environment with safe, gentle natural alternatives and make our lives more in tune with the natural world. We hope you join us in making these sensible choices.
HOUSEPLANTS act as natural air filters, through photosynthesis, using carbon dioxide and water and releasing oxygen as a waste material. How symbiotic is that! You can find delightful houseplants that require little care for every room of the house and never have to purchase synthetic chemical air fresheners again. These commercial products only mask smells and coat nasal passages with chemicals that diminish your sense of smell. Samara Botane has a lovely variety of natural environmental aromatic products to keep your home environment, car or camper fresh and clean. Made with antiseptic and antiviral essential oils, they also limit germs and exposure to viral pathogens. These come in synergies to use in a diffuser and aromatic room misters. You can also make your own antiseptic spray by simply adding a few drops of essential oil to a spritzer bottle filled with water. Try tea tree and lavender, sweet orange and cedarwood, rose geranium and lemon.
HOMEMADE WASHER SOAP can be made by mixing 1 cup baking soda with 10 drops each of lavender and grapefruit essential oils, adding drop by drop and mixing thoroughly. Add 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of powdered castile soap. Mix well and store in an airtight container. Add 1/2 cup to each load of wash. For really tough stains, dissolve 1/2 cup borax, allow to cool completely. Add 1 cup distilled white vinegar and 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil. Soak soiled clothes in this blend for 2 hours before laundering.
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