I have always been keen on natural remedies as have sort of distrust in the modern medicine. My faith in therapeutic ways of Nature was strengthened when I visited Novdanya Farms in Dehradun in the year 2013. There I got first-hand experience about how nature has everything for us. That set me thinking and then in the year 2016 I read an article in Times of India about these women who were using various Natural Products at home. From then onwards there has been no turning back. I started with Garbage Enzyme, a sort of Phenyl with multipurpose uses. It can be used as a bodywash or to remove stains etc. This enzyme’s use are many and this convinced me that I could make the shift from using chemicals to natural products
Thus, my journey to minimize chemicals started. I switched to soap nuts or reetha for washing clothes and its effectiveness in cleaning them and removing stains is amazing. The clothes did not lose their colour or fade away. Now I use reetha water along with, washing soda, vinegar and baking soda for stubborn stains.
The shampoo that I make with reetha/amla and shikakai ensures that my hair remains soft and healthy. My daughter who is in college has perfected the art of making the shampoo even in hostel and she actually gave me the input that we should increase the quantity of shikakai as this results in softer hair.
We have two Labradors and this is the second year when they have not got ticks etc. the reason is that they bathe regularly with neem water and eucalyptus water. Their fur is softer and shinier.
The success with these products prompted me to change the way I cook also. One day I chanced upon to see a video on Mitti Handi (Earthen Pots) and I decided to try and cook in them. Lo and behold the taste was better. I have changed my way of cooking completely now and indulge in slow cooking. No use of pressure cookers for me. I cook dals, non-veg, vegetables in handi’s only. I use handis both on Gas or Chulha. Truly speaking, the food can be kept outside without refrigeration for a long time.
I now dabble with creams also and make cream with aloe vera gel + coconut oil or sesame oil. This cream is wonderful and when made with sesame oil acts as a Sunscreen Lotion also. I use kaajal as well as eye liner which is homemade and this kaajal keeps my eyes healthy.
My tryst with Natural Remedies has been beneficial in more ways than one. I am able to save a lot of money but the main benefit has been health. I try to minimize chemical use and be in touch with earth. Life has actually become simpler and joyous.
The joy that one gets when making something with our hands is what keeps us grounded with life and nature. It is because we have lost our connection with mother earth as our homes are also far away from the earth due to skyscrapers that our mind and our bodies have also drifted away.
Shifting from chemical and preservative is lot easier than one thinks. Yes, it does require patience and desire, yet the benefits are tremendous. Hope that you all will also make the shift. happy Shifting.
Sharing recipes of my products:
Reetha – 100 gm/ Amla – 100gm/ Shikakai – 200 gm/ Hibicus leaves – A Handful/ Aloe Vera (Fuesh Gel) – 100-150 gm/ Methi Dana – Handful/ Curry leave – Handful
Soak everything together in warm water overnight and then boil on very slow heat for nearly 1 hour. Let it cool and after the shampoo cools down strain it and use it. It stays fine for nearly 20-25 days. Use it like normal shampoo though it may not lather so much but it cleanes and conditions the hair beautifully.
Coconut oil: 100 ml/ Sesame oil: 100 ml/ Bhringraj : 10 gms/ Brahmi : 10 gms/ Methi dana : 10 gms/ Kalongi : 10 gms/ Dry Amla : 100 gms/ Curry leaves : a few/ Mehendi leaves : a few/ Hibiscus leaves and flowers : a few
Mix everything together and boil till on slow fire till all the leaves are burnt. let it stand overnight and then strain and use it.