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Is It Really Healthier to Grind Your Own Grain?


Is it really healthier to grind your own grain? |

It took a long while before I finally decided to get my own grain grinder. For several months, I had debated whether it would be worth the cost and the effort, but I finally decided to just go ahead and give it a try.

Grinding your own grain is getting more popular, at least among the natural real food crowd anyways, but the question is, is it really healthier to grind your own grain? I wondered that at first but after doing some reading and some thinking there were two main reasons that finally convinced me to get a grain grinder: the freshness of the flour and the cost savings.

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How natural is your beauty routine? |

Have you ever actually wondered what was in the beauty products you use every day? Even the ones that seem like they would be fine for a natural beauty routine may not be quite as natural as they seem. This was something that I never even thought of until I started trying to eat healthier food and learning about the negative health effects of chemicals and artificial ingredients.

I used to think that it didn’t really matter what was in beauty products since I was putting them on my body rather than eating them, but then I learned that since the skin is actually the body’s largest organ, the things that we put on our skin are actually absorbed into the bloodstream. And besides that, we’re also exposed to those ingredients in a second way by inhaling them (especially for perfumes or hairsprays.)

What exactly are all those ingredients anyways?

I used to just assume that the products I was using were ok, and I read the part about all of the special “natural botanical extracts” that were supposed to do wonders for my skin and hair, but I never bothered to look at the rest of the label.

But once I became more aware of the potentially harmful effects of some of the common ingredients in personal care products, I started paying more attention to them. Many of the preservatives, synthetic fragrances, and other chemicals in beauty products pose the risk of being developmental toxins, hormone-disrupting chemicals, or carcinogens.

A great resource for finding out more about the types of chemicals (and their harmful effects) is a website called the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. I tried looking up some of the products I used to use on this website, and I was shocked to see how many potentially toxic chemicals I was using every single day! At best there would be one or two ingredients that I could recognize. The rest were long, unpronounceable words that looked like they should have been part of a science experiment rather than a lotion or shampoo.

How many ingredients are you using?

And it wasn’t just the toxic ingredients that shocked me either. It was the incredible amount of ingredients, too. Since I was using several different products every day (like shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, face wash, moisturizer, perfume, etc.) and since each of those products had about 20-25 ingredients on the label (and sometimes more,) I was using dozens or even hundreds of different chemicals every day.

That’s a lot of different ingredients for the body to try to process all at once! Especially when you compare all of those ingredients to how simple beauty products used to be. In past centuries, people mainly used simple soaps, either homemade with lye and lard or a castille soap similar to Dr. Bronner’s. And common ingredients for moisturizers were tallow or oils like almond oil or olive oil. Rosewater and perfumes made from essential oils served as natural perfumes. It’s only fairly recently that people started using so many different kinds of products filled with a long list of chemical ingredients.

Simpler is better

Since learning about what’s really in most personal care products, I’ve gradually switched over to a natural beauty routine. I’ve gotten rid of all of the old chemical-laden products I used to use and have replaced them with natural options or with natural DIY versions. Some of the natural ingredients I use on a regular basis are:

And these are a few of my favorite DIY recipes to make:

I love the fact that the products I use now are so much simpler and more natural, and I feel so much better about the fact that I’m not using all of the toxic chemicals I used to use. It’s also really nice to use less ingredients in general rather than dozens of different ones. I probably use about the same amount of ingredients now in all of the products I used as what used to be in just one of my old drugstore products. I also like the fact that I’m using just less ingredients in general.
When it comes to health and beauty products, I now follow the old-fashioned “less is more” principle because the simpler and more natural a product is, the better!
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Grow Your Own Herbal Medicine Cabinet

 Grow your own herbal medicine cabinet |

The more I learn about natural health, traditional foods, and old-fashioned living, the more I realize that people in our modern society keep getting further and further away from the idea of home health care. By home health care I mean treating minor health complaints with natural, homemade remedies rather than relying on over-the-counter drugstore medicines.

(Before I continue, I need to clarify that I am not a doctor or a medical professionsl, and I don’t claim to be any kind of expert when it comes to medicine. I’m not advocating the idea of ignoring serious medical problems by any means. With many health issues, the wisest choice would be to seek medical help, and as always, make sure you do your research before making any decisions about your health.)

Traditional Home Remedies

What I’m talking about when I say home health care is the idea of using simple and natural homemade remedies to treat the little things, like a cold or a stomach ache. I’m talking about the importance of becoming more aware of our bodies and learning how to use the natural remedies in our own kitchens to help us to achieve the best health possible rather than immediately running out to the drugstore to buy something for every little complaint.Continue Reading