The best natural laundry detergent – grows on trees!

Every day many of us are unknowingly assaulting our skin by wearing clothes washed in chemical laundry detergent. The question on my lips? What’s the best natural laundry detergent? Of course. Was there an alternative out there? The search was on.

Our skin happens to be our largest organ. It’s our first line of defense against bacteria and infection. The function of the skin is to protect our organs, help us release toxins and regulates temperature to enable our body to carry out it’s natural processes efficiently. That alone suggests our skin is rather important and something to be nurtured.

With two children who love the great outdoors we are no strangers to mud, mess and muck. We needed something effective yet gentle. Not convinced by any supermarket product, I spent time a grating castile soap into soda crystals Sure, it worked but it was time-consuming.

As a busy mother, with an active family I yearned for something natural, simple and effective. So, can you imagine my delight when I stumbled across the best
laundry detergent is completely natural.

And it grows on trees.

Introducing soap nuts…

Or soap berries as they’re also known belong to the Sapindus family.

They’re soap nutsfound throughout India, China, Hawaii and Florida. The dried husks (shell) have long been used for washing and cleaning across the water. Why? Because these babies contain saponin – a natural surfactant.

Used widely in Ayurvedic medicine for eczema and psoriasis they are a must try if you suffer with these. Suitable for even the most delicate of skin means baby can get down with soap nuts too. Cloth nappies and all. Yep, that’s right. Soap nuts are cloth nappy friendly. Soap nuts are not actually nuts they are safe to use with folks with nut allergies. Could this be any more perfect?!

I’ve been washing my families clothes in these for a few years now and I am sold. My husband’s skin has never been better. He has a rare skin condition, similar to psoriasis but worse. The improvement since we switched has been quite remarkable. I’ve several soap nut converts among my friends too. No one’s been disappointed yet.

Why regular laundry products suck

The tall and short of it is; they contain toxic chemicals. Chemicals linked with a multitude of health problems. We’d be here for an age if I listed them all. So I’ll give an overview of some common ingredients found in laundry products. 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Originates from coconuts but it’s far from natural once it becomes SLS, a synthetic surfactant. The manufacturing process known as ethoxylation creates a byproduct 1,4,Dioxane, which contaminates the SLS. 1,4 dioxane is a probable carcinogenic. Not a promising start eh? It gets worse. There are 1600 studies linking SLS to health problems including but not limited to:

  • Irritation of the skin and eyes
  • Organ toxicity
  • Reproductive harm
  • Neurotoxicity (That’s your brain)
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Biochemical or cellular change
  • Possible mutations

And that’s just one ingredient in your washing detergent. A very significant one if you consider it’s in just about every product that foams. Shampoo, toothpaste, shower gels, bath foam. We really don’t want to be absorbing this crap into our bodies’. Nevermind directly into the bloodstream via our largest organ. The skin…do we? Nope. Not I, anyway. SLS is on my ‘Nope’ list.

Laundry powder

1,4 Dioxane aka Dioxane

The key point here is: this is a byproduct of ethoxylation manufacturing process. As such, it’s not considered an ingredient. So, it’s not labeled on your laundry products. With the write up this stuff has we ought to know it’s hiding in there. It sure as hell does not belong on our skin. Long term exposure has been found to result in:

  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage

And this stuff is not listed as an ingredient! That’s something I feel we ought to know, personally. It’s worth noting; if a substance been manufactured using ethoxylation, you can bet your bottom dollar this stuff is lurking in it. If that wasn’t enough, dioxane is toxic to the environment and gets into ground water. Contaminating it. Steer clear.

Chemical ingredients

Fragrance

You’ll remember just how toxic fragrance is from my home fragrance article. That smell of ‘clean’ clothes is fragrance. This seemingly simple ingredient is actually a cocktail of typically petroleum derived chemicals. Sometimes 200 of them to make a single scent.

Fragrance commonly contain known endocrine disruptors 1,4 Dicholorbenzene and phalates. The impact these have on our health include;

  • Eye, throat and nose irritation
  • Respiratory problems
  • Reproductive harm
  • Birth defects
  • Nervous system damage

To add insult to injury these chemicals work by deception. These pesky things erode your smell receptors stopping you from being able to detect odour. That’s like blinding yourself and saying;

“Ah, now the house is is clean. I can’t see any mess!”

Madness!

Using soap nuts, it’s so easy! And good for your skin

I never imagined a natural approach to laundry would be quite this simple. Perfect for busy families and our skin sure appreciates it.soap nuts essential oils

A box of soap nuts will last us about a year, depending on how we use them. Yes, that’s correct. Twelve months washing for our family of four. The savings on toxic detergents is fantastic. Nuts usually come with muslin baggies but if yours don’t a sock will do. Here’s how to use them:

So, it’s wash day:

  • Load up the machine.
  • Pop 4-6 nuts into your mini drawstring muslin bag.
  • Add a few drops of your favourite essentials oil onto the bag. Geranium and Lime are two of my favourites.
  • Throw into the machine.
  • Wash!
  • Hang up the muslin bag ready for next time.
  • Enjoy lovely clean clothes with a subtle scent.

Easy!

You’ll get several washes out of the nuts. I use mine until they disintegrate inside the bag. Clean clothes every time.

Clean clothes

To begin with washing with soap nuts may seem strange. Don’t be fooled by lack of overbearing ‘clean clothes’ scent. Your clothes are clean and your nose isn’t being assaulted. This is a good thing. Change up your essential oils and find what works for you.

Frugal Tip: soap nuts compost friendly. Chuck em onto your heap and reap the crumbly, nutrient rich rewards.

DiY liquid laundry detergent

Prefer liquid laundry detergent? No problem. You can make a liquid from soap nuts quickly and easily with this simple method.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Soap Nuts
  • 2 Cups Filtered Water

Method

  • In a pan bring soap nuts and water to a gentle boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for approximately an hour.
  • Cool and transfer to a clean glass jar or bottle with secure fitting lid.

Store in the fridge and it’ll keep for a month or so.

This is natural soap without preservatives. It lacks the eternal shelf life of its chemical competitors. For this reason make it up in manageable size batches to avoid wastage. 

Frugal Tip: Freeze liquid soap in ice trays to prolong shelf life. Defrost and use as required.

I like to leave the liquid soap unscented so I can customise it to my needs. I’ll add few drops of essential oil before putting in the wash. For babies chamomile is safe and gentle. Always read up on essential oils before use. Not all are indicated for use in children, pregnant or nursing women etc. Avoid essential oils when washing cloth nappies as they may compromise their integrity.

Essential oils

This liquid soap can also be used for household cleaning. Wipe down the surfaces, sink and even clean the floor! I use lemon essential oil or another citrus for the anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and grease cutting properties. They smell wonderfully fresh too.

Soap nuts for the win!

Call me nutty but I love soap nuts. They’re so versatile and won’t break the bank. They’ve been an absolute blessing for my husband. You don’t need to have sensitive or skin conditions to benefit from soap nuts. They really are for everyone. Truly family friendly they are suitable from baby to 100 and beyond. And the financial savings? They speak for themselves. I’m never looking back. Banish the baddies from your laundry room and try something new. Your skin deserves it. Take care of it and it’ll take care of you.

Do you use soap nuts? Or fancy trying them? Perhaps you’ve had benefits from switching already? I’d love to know. Just drop me a line below. Stay blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/b…

https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/i…

https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/726331/1,4-DIOXANE/#.WgliMIjLfIU

Natural Remedies for a Cold – Staying Healthy This Winter

With the arrival of crisp winter mornings and long dark nights it’s that time of the year. Winter. Colds and runny noses seemingly go hand in hand with colder weather. Well, not anymore. Rather than stockpile Lemsip we stock up on natural remedies for a cold. We have an ample stash of herbal teas and essential oils. Boosting and supporting the immune system throughout the colder months is always better than cure. But if you do succumb to a case of the sniffles natural remedies will help you to recover and stay well long after.

Let’s face it, there’s not much allopathic medicine can do for the common cold. Visits to the doctor for a cold tend to be a costly waste of time. All too oftenNatural remedies for a cold it results in a prescription for already over used antibiotics which won’t fix the problem, but it will mess with gut flora. Perhaps pop a paracetamol then? Nope. Paracetamol has nothing on nature. It may numb the pain temporarily but it won’t support the body’s natural functioning in any way. Natural alternatives, however, can effectively kick cold’s butt into next year! Now that’s the sort of remedy I’m talking about!
Please note, I’m an independent consultant for Neals Yard Remedies Organic (NYRO). Some products mentioned are by Neals Yard. Simply because I love them and find them beneficial.

Homeopathy – Safe, Gentle and Natural

Homeopathy is natural, gentle, holistic, plant based medicine. It was used extensively along with all other natural medicine before Rockefeller and Carnegie poured huge amounts of money into changing up the way medicine was practiced. Natural medicine wasn’t as lucrative as pharmaceutical industry could be. Natural medicine became ostracized as nothing more than ‘quackery’. But I digress…
Homeopathy works with the body to heal itself. Remedies are selected according to presentation of symptoms. Kits tend to come with a mini materia medicia. This is simply a little booklet outlining each remedy and symptoms it’s used to treat.

Adding a Helios Basic 36 Homeopathy Kit to my natural medicine cabinet was money well spent. It’s been a Godsend for my teething son. Plus, my nine year old daughter is fast becoming a mini homeopath with her growing familiarity with homeopathy. She came running with Apis when I had the misfortune of standing barefoot on a bee. We never leave home without our kit.

Homeopathy for a cold

  • Aconite – Take this remedy when you first notice symptoms. Aconite is only effective if taken before the cold takes hold. If you’re already streaming with snot it’s too late for this remedy.
  • Bryonia – #1 remedy for painful dry coughs.
  • Kali Bich – Most often used for painful sinuses
  • Gelsemium – #1 remedy for flu

Homeopathy natural remedy

All of these remedies, except Kali Bich, can be found in the Helios Basic 18 Homeopathy Kit as well.

Always remember to select the remedy that matches the symptoms as closely as possible. Even if that means not selecting the #1 remedy for the ailment. Please don’t be tempted to take remedies as a preventative measure. Homeopathy does not work like this. In fact, you could find yourself experiencing the very symptoms you hope to avoid by taking remedies unnecessarily. Homeopathy is a big subject, it’s worth reading around if you hope to reap the benefits. If in doubt contact a homeopath.

Elderberry Syrup

Each year we watch the elderberry tree in the garden spring to life. My daughter and I make cordial with elderflowers and harvest some berries in the autumn for syrup.

Elderberries are rich in vitamin A and C which are key to optimal health. Elderberries boost the immune system essentially keeping infection at bay. Here’s the best part; elderberry syrup tastes good. Even to children.  It’s had the sproglet seal of approval here.

elderberries
A few months ago daughter called me excitedly while at her grandma’s, exclaiming;

‘Mummy! They have the best elderberries I’ve seen this year here! They’re huge! Can we pick some for elderberry syrup?’

That’s my girl! We’d been foraging with a friend a few days previous and had limited luck finding good elders. The blackberries were good though. We gathered some of these mahoosive elderberries and took the impressive bounty home. Next is what follows when we’ve got elderberries in the house.

DiY Elderberry Syrup Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups of elderberries
  • 3.5 cups filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Ground Ginger
  • 1Tbsp Organic Cloves
  • 1 Tsp Organic Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Raw Organic Honey (local is best)
  • Mason Jar

METHOD

  • Shake the stalks lightly to remove bugs and debris. Then remove berries from the stalks. This can be tedious but be through. The stalks and leaves are toxic. I tend to rake them off with a fork into a bowl.
  • Rinse elderberries and place into a pan with water, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Bring to the boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until reduced by approximately half.
  • Remove from the heat and cool. This is important. It must cool before you add raw honey. Heat will destroy the integrity of the honey otherwise.
  • Stir in honey until dissolved.
  • Pour into a sterilized airtight mason jar or glass receptacle of choice.
  • Voilà! Homemade Elderberry Syrup.

Pop that bad boy in the fridge. Stir before use. 1tbsp for adults or 1tsp for children as required.Elderberry syrup

Frugal Tip: Freeze in ice trays and defrost as necessary. This way you’ll have a stash of elderberry syrup to last all winter!

If you can’t get hold of elderberries or aren’t confident foraging them, don’t panic. Quality elderberry syrup is readily available for purchase. Neals Yard elderberry syrup is made to a traditional recipe and is organic. It’s very versatile. Take it on a spoon as medicine or dilute with water and enjoy as a drink. If you’re feeling adventurous drizzle it on granola and Greek yogurt in the morning. It doesn’t matter how you get it in. The point is: Get it in your belly! Suitable for adults and children 12 months and over. NYRO elderberry syrup is our ‘go to’ syrup if we’re short on homemade. I just take it on a spoon and neck it.

Echinacea – Tea That Packs a Punch

Echinacea is part of the daisy family. It’s an immune system booster noted for its ability to increase white blood cell count. Increased numbers of white blood cells allows the body to gobble up and destroy infection faster. The result? You recovery from illness quicker. Yay! This seemingly simple plant can be grown in UK climates and is often consumed as a tea. I’ll be adding echinacea to my living apothecary soon. Until then, keeping a stock of Neals Yard gorgeous Inner Strength Tea with echinacea and elderflower keeps us going.

Inner strength herbal tea

The Inner Strength Tea contains warming ginger, elderberry and astralargus. Drinking it is like giving your immune system a hug. It’s nurturing. What’s more, it’s organic. Don’t wait to be poorly to enjoy this herbal tea. Boost your immune system starting today to keep colds away. Simply seep teabag in boiling water for 10-15 minutes and sip. Perfect!

Warning ⚠ Echinacea is not recommended for those with auto immune disease, pregnant or nursing women or children. If in doubt contact a medical practitioner for advice.

Diffusing Essential Oils

Diffusing essential oils can keep the air inside your home clean and fresh. This is especially important during winter when windows are kept firmly shut to keep heat from escaping. Our Soto Aroma diffuser is on all year round. Wafting gorgeous therapeutic scents around daily. To ward off winter sniffles we diffuse the Organic Defense blend. This powerful blend of niaouli, lemongrass and thyme supports immune system. It promotes clear sinuses for easy breathing while purifying the air. The blend also makes a mean surface sanitizer.

Other useful essential oils to diffuse for a cold:

  • Eucalyptus – Antiseptic, antiviral, expectorant and decongestant. Get the most out of this oil by diffusing at night while you sleep.
  • Peppermint – Decongestant, antimicrobial. It soothes and relaxes. Can also be used with steam. Add a few drops to hot water and inhale the vapors. Bliss!NYRO essential oils
  • Lime – Antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral. Smells amazing too.
  • Frankincense – Great for coughs
  • Hyssop – For respiratory infections

Always read up on essential oils before use. Not all oils are recommended for use with babies, young children, pregnant women etc. For reference I use The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood. I also recommend NYROs Essential Oils Books.

With so many natural remedies for a cold,these are just a few of my favorites. There really is no need to suffer ineffective chemical ‘cures’. Taking immune boosting herbal tea and elderberry syrup on your overnight oats regularly will set you up for a healthy and productive winter. And if you do succumb to the cold and noses start to drip? Remember, nature has your back. Homeopathy is gentle enough for babies and elderberry syrup will delight the kids. Enjoy the scent of the diffuser while simultaneously cleansing the air. Be well this winter.
What are your ‘go to’ natural remedies for a cold? Which remedies are you trying this year? Comment with your and favorite winter health tips below. Stay blessed.

Are air fresheners toxic? An industry trade secret

Home fragrance products are everywhere these days. From plugins to gels and sensor release sprays. You know the ones. The ones inconspicuously placed in the loo that spray suddenly, scaring the bejesus out of you before you suffocate in the subsequent chemical onslaught?!

After one particular experience like this it got me thinking. What makes the scent in this stuff?! How does Fresh Linen come to be inside a can? Are air fresheners toxic?

are air freshners toxic

Well, it turns out the fragrance industry isn’t as sweet smelling as it seems. The problem with these fragrance products is they contain toxic chemicals. They are making us sick. In fact, these products are non conductive to health. And the fragrance industry is not obliged to tell you. It’s a secret. Discovering what lurks inside these air freshening products will make you think twice about using them in your home.

Fragrance. An industry trade secret.

Fragrance companies tend to consider their ingredients for the elusively named “fragrance” trade secrets. This means they’re under no obligation to disclose it’s ingredients. Furthermore, these industries are self regulated which simply means there’s no regulation at all. After all, what multi-million dollar corporation would investigate themselves and come back to admit there’s a problem..?

The sheer amount of chemicals bouncing around the fragrance industry is frightening. There are literally thousands of chemicals being used in various combinations to make what is only labelled “fragrance”.lab chemicals

A single air freshener can contain 200 of these compounds to create its scent. 200! With that number of ingredients in ‘fragrance’ I want disclosure. How can you make an informed choice about using these products without knowing this vital information? You can’t.

I figured you wouldn’t fancy going through each chemical individually, so here’s some of the most common ingredients floating about in “fragrance”.

Phthalates

You’ll recognize these bad boys from the “new” smell when you step inside a new car or unwrap a new sofa. They are often found in, plastics, pesticides, cosmetics including toxic sun creams and you guessed it – fragrance. They pose significant health risks yet are not listed in air freshener ingredients despite being present. Trade secret perhaps?

Phtalates are known endocrine disruptors. They destroy hormones and are associated with causing birth defects and reproductive harm to name a few.

1,4-Dichlorobenzene

This chemical is used in the manufacture of the notorious pesticide DDT (which is banned in many countries including the UK and US) and is derived from petroleum. Inhalation of this stuff isn’t healthy. And it’s in your air freshener. Let that sink in for a moment.toxic air freshener

The compound works by attacking the smell receptors in the nose essentially dumbing down your sense of smell. The smell is not necessarily gone, you just can’t smell it anymore. Well, that’s rather deceptive wouldn’t you say? This is quite simply the illusion of freshness. Nothing more.

Exposure to these synthetic compounds via inhalation initially causes irritation to the eyes, nose and throat. Prolonged exposure can lead to other serious illnesses. 1,4-Dichlorobenzene disrupts the endocrine system, again destroying hormones. This stuff does not belong in your home.

 

Petroleum derivatives

Ninety-five percent of the chemicals that make up the ingredient only known as  fragrance are derived from petroleum. This includes the benzenes and the aldehydes. These type chemicals are known to cause disease. They cause reproductive harm and damage the central nervous system. Why, oh why for the love of Pete are they in air fresheners? And why are only being disclosed as “fragrance”? Every time the Fresh Linen lets one off  its giving you a dose of this crap. And that’s just for starters. Ditch it.

Non toxic alternatives

There are non-toxic alternatives available. They can save you cash in the long run and you’ll be investing in yours and your families health and well being. Win win. I should mention I’m a Neals Yard Remedies Organic (NYRO) Independent Consultant and some products mentioned are by Neals Yard. I only recommend products I love and use myself.

It’s my hope that by the time you’re done reading, you’ll be armed with some safe alternatives. Once you ditch the crap, you never go back.

Scents with benefits

Essential oils are used extensively in aromatherapy. Not only do they smell wonderful they have therapeutic benefits. They have long been used in various traditional medicines. With ninety essential oils to choose from there really is something for everyone. There’s something quite special about the scent of essential oils. They can be so calming and subtle. Nothing like the assault from synthetic fragrance and parfum.

Choose scents you already enjoy or choose something that suits your mood. Like Lemon Fresh? Why not try lemon essential oil instead? Or select one for its therapeutic properties. Here’s a (small) selection I use regularly:

Neals yard essential oils

  • Frankincense – Relieves stress and anxiety. Aids pain and inflammation.
  • Eucalyptus – Great for clearing sinuses. Promotes easy breathing.
  • Black pepper – Supports the immune system. Aids digestion and respiratory problems. I found this particularly helpful diffusing at nighttime when we had a cold.
  • Ylang ylang – Promotes calm and relaxation. I love this scent.
  • Jasmine Absolute – Aids skin rejuvenation, menstrual and labor pain.

Essential oils blends are also great to have on hand. Neals Yard have a lovely range of blends. I especially like the Nighttime blend with lavender, balsam, vetiver, rose and bergamot. The scent is delicate and soothing. After diffusing this we all sleep well. Other blends including De-Stress and Women’s Balance. You can always create your own custom blends. It’s fun and with so many possible combinations, you’ll never get bored.

Ensure you read up on essential oils before use. Yes, they are natural but they are also very powerful. Some essential oils are not recommended for use in babies, children, pregnant women etc. I like to use books for reference. The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Worwood and Neals Yard Remedies Essential Oils Book will have you well on your way.

DiY Room Spray

This really easy room spray is a great alternative. It makes a fab fabric freshener too.

The mist has no preservatives so has a short shelf life, for this reason I make it in small batches. However, it’s so simple to knock up and uses just a few ingredients. This baby will definitely save you some pennies.

Air Freshening Mist DIY Recipe

Ingredientsdiy room spray

  • 100ml filtered water
  • 4-6 drops essential oil of your choice. I like geranium and lime
  • 100ml amber glass bottle with atomizer

Method

Mix filtered water with chosen essential oils. Store in amber glass bottle with atomizer. That’s it.

Shake well before use. Store in cool dark place.

Spritz and enjoy.

Frugal Tip: Reuse the amber bottle for the next batch! Just make sure you give it a good clean between uses. This is especially important if you change oils.

Reed diffusers

These are really easy to use. Simply pop the reeds into the oil and put them wherever you like. Turn the reeds around now and then to refresh the scent. Often you can get refills for the oil and replacement reeds too. These are perfect for bathrooms and toilets. Anywhere really.

reed diffuser

Neals Yard have a lovely selection of reed diffusers which contain no synthetic fragrances. Oil refills and replacement reeds are also available. I particularly like the balancing blend with patchouli and bergamot. It’s divine. These are another great alternative with wonderful natural scents.

Diffusing – Freshness without chemicals

Some chemicals in manufactured fragrance cause negative changes in blood flow and pressure, mood and can even trigger migraines.

Essential oils on the other hand has therapeutic effects. These natural scents can positively impact mood and see you waving goodbye to the air freshener induced migraine.

This is where diffusing comes in. A few drops of essential oil into a diffuser will have you enjoying these benefits in no time.

We use an ultrasonic diffuser. These diffusers use electrical frequencies to create vibrations in water. When the vibrations reach the essential oils floating on the surface it vaporizes them sending them into the air with a light mist. There is no heat involved so the therapeutic properties of the essential oil are not destroyed. This type of diffuser makes your oils go further needing only a few drops each time.

Be sure to wipe the diffuser out with a soft cloth before each use, especially if changing oils or citrus oil was last used. This is to preserve the metal components of the device and prolong its life.

You can even diffuse on the move. The NYRO Niko diffuser can be used in the car, van, horsebox, etc. Just pop in the cup holder, add water and essential oil of choice and off you go. No more pungent tiny trees or smelly jelly feet Car air freshenerhanging from your rear view. This diffuser is compact enough that you can take it with you travelling. Mine will have a prime spot in our caravan.

Diffusing essential oils in this way has become habit. I just love the smell of ylang-ylang, jasmine absolute and patchouli wafting around the lounge. I use Neals Yard and Tisserand essential oils. These oils are great quality and smell fabulous. No added nasties. Hurrah!

The moral of the story

Air freshener products are toxic. The ingredients pose significant risk to our health. Phalates, benzenes and aldhydes; these petroleum derived compounds are not meant for inhalation. They come with health warnings but not when the are being passed off as ‘fragrance’. Ditch them.

If my own experience is anything to go by you won’t look back. And the next time you are unlucky enough to catch a whiff of Fresh Linen; you’ll remember why you quit. After wrinkling up your nose and coughing.

Are you ready to make the switch? Which non-toxic alternatives do you love? Stay blessed.

 

Sources

https://www.nrdc.org/media/200…

About Lace

 

Hey!

Welcome to my little corner of the internet frugalbynature.com.

Here you’ll find my musings, DIY recipes, products recommendations and home remedies. It’s my passion. 

I’m here to help you say ‘good riddance’ to chemicals and start exploring gentle yet effective natural alternatives. With a side science and some giggles along the way. 

A little background

Frugalbynature me
That’s me! And my little man.

I’m a wife to one, mother of two and incidentally, I have three black cats.

Based in the not so exotic UK, we’re navigating our way through life as naturally as we can.

Or perhaps I should say, I’m guiding my children through natural living and dragging my loving husband along with us!

How did this happen?

My hubbalicious hubby has a rare skin condition. Three years ago my husband had the worst skin flare up he’s ever experienced.

Modern approaches were simply not working. It was time to think outside of the allopathic medicine box.

Along the way I discovered the sheer amount of chemicals found in, well, just about everything. Surely products loaded with synthetic ingredients and whatever else couldn’t be good for hubby’s skin. Or his health. Or anyone’s skin or health for that matter!

It all had to go. Everything from cleaning to personal ‘care’ products. Binned.

Armed with some little more than shea butter, carrier oils and a makeshift double boiler; I began to make my own.

And somewhere between then and now Frugal by Nature was born.

Oh and husbands skin is greatly improved! In fact, it’s rarely a problem these days.

Birth of a Blog…

Since beginning this walk with natural I’ve come to realize that there are so many people like ne. Who are seeking natural, safe and gentle alternatives.

It’s my pleasure to share what I’ve discover with you.

Setting an intention 

Through Frugal by Nature I hope to connect with like minded people.  People like you, who seek a more natural path in life. You’ll even save some pennies along the way.

Health is wealth. Invest in yours and your families. You are totally worth it.

Got a question or just want to say hi? Do get in touch. I’d be happy to help you out.

Brightest of blessings,
Lace

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