I did a post a few years back on the dangers of chlorine in the water we use and found out that a lot of people were unaware of this.Chlorine makes your skin unnaturally dry and therefore is considered to be one of the causes for aging your skin.
More importantly though is the harmful effects on your health especially from your shower. Chlorine and it’s by- product VOC ( volatile organic chemicals) can evaporate more quickly than water and chlorine concentrates in your shower steam and inhaling it can damage your health. Chlorine is very harmful in gas form and the steam in your shower probably contains elevated levels of this gas. This isn’t good for anyone but especially very bad for someone that has bronchitis or asthma! Chlorine is also a leading cause of fatigue which happens when we inhale the vapors released through the hot water. which my husband was having to deal with. Also don’t forget that your skin absorbs what is put on it and chlorine water is no exception.Chlorine in the water can actually alter hair color because of its bleaching ability and also make your hair dry and brittle. That is why a lot of hair salons now use water filtration systems.
About 9 years ago I was reading about this and immediately wanted to do something about it. I was reading how just by getting a good shower head filter that would filter out the chlorine you could see an amazing difference. So after several hours of research I found a wonderful filter for our shower. The only thing was it was a bit pricy. $100.00 to be exact and that was way more than I wanted to invest at the time. So I showed it to my wonderful smart husband and after researching what kind of filter it was he found the exact same type of filter at Home Depot for only $29.00!!!!!! It has been such an excellent investment and we saw such a difference within the fist few days. Our skin was so much softer and my husband noticed a big difference in how he felt after the first shower! So happy to say that since we got the shower filter he has not had to deal with the fatigue anymore. With this shower head you only have to replace the filter every two years and they are only $10.00.You can get these at any home improvement store. I hope that you will give a filtered shower head a try because I know your body will thank you! Not only do you get the benefits of not breathing the harmful chlorine gases, you get softer skin and beautiful hair and most are very Eco Friendly so you are saving money as well!
A few months back I was reading about Goji Berries and was amazed at what I learned. These little berries are a powerhouse. They contain all of the essential amino acids and contain the highest concentration of protein of any fruit! They are loaded with vitamin c and contain more cartotenoids than any other food which helps promote healthy skin. They have 21 trace minerals and are high in fiber. They also have 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach!If you look at the ones on the left that’s the way they look when you buy them. Kind of like raisins so they are great just for snacking or in granola, trail mix, oatmeal or used in baking. The ones on the right I soaked in water for about an hour. They plump up so nicely and are great to use in smoothies and drinks like this Gogi Berry Lemonade. This amazing super fruit has some awesome ant inflammatory, anti bacterial and anti fungal compounds as well. After reading all these wonderful facts I knew I wanted to try them so I had my husband go online and buy us a bag of them. I have not been disappointed at all! They are packed with antioxidants and are suppose to help with weight loss and cold symptoms. I have only been using them a few weeks now but can really tell a difference in my energy level and they taste really good. Has anyone else tried these powerhouse berries?
Did you know that it is estimated that the average meal comes from 5 different nations and travels between 1500 -2500 miles to get from farm to plate!! Food transportation contributes greatly to global warming.We are spending far more energy to get food to the table than the energy we get from eating the food! In order to transport food long distances much of it is picked unripe and then gassed to ripen it after transport.Sometimes it is processed in factories using preservatives, irradiation and other means to keep it stable for transportation and sale.It is really important that we make the transition to supporting a local food system.You just start with what is fresh,local and seasonal in your area.Shopping at Farmers Markets is a great way to start. Did you know that in the 1970s that there were only about 300 registered Farmers Markets in the United States? Today there are more than 3,000!! About 3 million people visit these markets each week spending more than 1 billion dollars each year! How awesome is that? Innovative restaurants, school cafeterias, caterers and even supermarkets are beginning to order fresh seasonal foods from local farmers. Having a home garden and participating in a local CSA are also great options! This way we are able to eat food that is delicious, fresh, nutritious and also support small local farmers!Learn what foods are in season in your area and then build your menus around them. Buy extra of your favorite fruits and veggies and then experiment with freezing, drying, canning and making jams, jellies, soups and much more. In other words preserving it for a later date. It is so much fun in the Winter months to be eating wonderful ripe food that was preserved from the Summer harvest!
So do you shop at your local Farmers Markets?
Well with the on again off again cold wet weather it has made it a challenge to get our garden planted. We were a little behind on getting things planted but everything seems to be growing really well.Our peppers are starting to bloom!Our tomatoes haven’t started blooming yet but have really been growing pretty fast.Our mint has just gone wild! This is only half of the mint we have growing.The chives have grown so fast that I have already been using them in several recipes lately as well as our lemon thyme.We have also planted sweet and spicy basil’s,dill, parsley, cilantro, and marjoram. We still have rosemary and sage to go.
Has anybody else been planting a garden this year? If you don’t plant a garden do you ever get your veggies from the local Farmers Market?
It seems like I am always running behind on my blog posts! We have had so much going on here at Eco Natural. Quite a few new products including an awesome one for poison ivy and several Spring shows along with tremendous website sales. All really blessed and wonderful things but things that keep you really busy as well.
As most of you know we pretty much eat Vegan so I wanted to share a few recipes that are so easy, delicious and good for you.This meal is so delicious and is so easy to make. We use brown rice and I cook it ahead of time because the rice needs to be cooled before adding the other ingredients. You saute 1/2 cup of chopped carrots along with 1/2 cup of baby green peas. Add in 2 Tablespoons each soy sauce and sesame oil along with 2 cloves of garlic minced. Toss all together in saucepan. For the egg rolls you saute cabbage, onions, carrots,and extra firm tofu. You can also add peppers spinach or any other veggies that you like Roll them up and bake for around 12 minutes at 350 degrees. We make a dipping sauce for them that includes soy sauce, honey, red pepper flakes and garlic.This is such an easy dessert to make. You take a few bananas put them in a skillet then add a couple of tablespoons of good coconut oil and simmer until the bananas are caramelized. Let them cool and then place them in a container and put them in the freezer. Once they are good and frozen throw them in to your food processor or blender and process until thick and creamy. This is so delicious and has no added sugar! Caramelizing the bananas makes such a wonderful flavor. Do you ever try Vegan or Vegetarian meals? If so how did you like them and if not are you willing to try a no meat meal?
Now for the Giveaway. More and more women are finding out about the awful chemicals that are in the products that they use everyday on their bodies and on the bodies of their children and loved ones. So we are giving you a chance to try some of our all natural organic chemical free products to pamper you and your family. There are so many wonderful herbs and essential oils that the Lord put here for us to use that don’t have all of those awful side effects that chemical laden products have. Most people don’t realize that fragrance oils are full of chemicals and that 75% or more of them are made with coal tar!! That is why so many people get headaches and sinus problems from smelling them. We only use pure organic essential oils in all of our products.We have Crushed Earth Mineral Makeup which includes foundation, blush and over 50 eye colors.We have products for Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Toenail and Foot Fungus, Joint and Back pain as well as Shampoo bars and a wonderful Pet line. We also have an all natural insect repellent that is 10x stronger than Deet and is chemical free!!
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We were in Huntsville Alabama this past week and Spring seems to have already arrived there. The Bradford Pear trees were in full bloom as well as Red Buds and beautiful yellow Forsythia.Here in Tennessee the Bradford Pears are budding and some of them have started to open up a little.Buttercups have started blooming here already. They just say Spring to me!Even starting to see some green in the yard. Like clover and wild onions. When we mow the first time it will grind up the dried leaves as well. Will be glad to see them gone for the season. Believe it or not we had snow here three days ago. Melted fast and temps have warmed up. Been an unusual Winter.Are you still experiencing cold weather or has Spring Sprung in your area?
We praise God for the awesome growth of Eco Natural
We started out as an online company and we are so excited to say that we have a 98% reorder rate online.In the past couple of years we have opened 108 accounts of retail stores here in the Nashville/ Middle Tennessee area that sell our products. We are also so excited that actress Alicia Silverstone and country singer Carrie Underwood have gotten our products as well as Sophie Uliano of Gorgeously Green and the Hallmark channels Home and Family show. Sophie listed us as one of her top five soap companies. Thanks so much Sophie! We have some amazing testimonies on so many of our products but especially our Acne Relief, Psoriasis, Eczema, Toenail and Foot Fungus formulas.
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It seems like the busier Eco Natural gets the more my blog seems to take a backseat. I apologize for that. I was so surprised this morning when I realized it had been a month since I last posted. We have really been busy getting new products ready to introduce for the Spring.
We were in Birmingham Alabama this past week and it was 74 degrees when we left there on Sunday night. We arrived back home three and a half hours later to an ICE STORM!I am so ready for Spring! Thank goodness it is almost 70 degrees today so maybe it will be here soon.
This past week was our daughters birthday and she wanted me to bake her this Vanilla Chai Tea cake and instead of the icing they had with this cake she wanted me to make a Cinnamon Cream Cheese icing. It was easy to make this recipe Vegan She really picked out a winner. It was so delicious. Here is a link to the orginal recipe if you want to check it out. Vanilla Chai Tea CakeHow has your weather been? Also my goal is to start posting more often!!
I did a post on this subject a couple of years ago. This morning as I was cutting up some bananas that had gotten overripe to go into the freezer I started thinking about how many people waste food and never think much about it.
Most food is thrown out each week because it is not eaten before it goes bad. The NRDC reports that 40% of all edible food products in the United States is wasted each year. That is around 34 million tons!! Food waste occurs at many levels. Farm fresh veggies and fruits are often left unharvested because their appearance does not meet aesthetic standards imposed by the grocery stores. A lot of times it is simply that many people just buy more than they will use. Food waste represents the single largest component of all municiple solid waste going into landfills.
Here are a few ways to help in this area
Shop smarter by planning your meals for the week. I have been doing this several years now and it has made a huge difference. Once I started doing this it saved me from having to make multiple trips to the grocery during week. This has saved me time and money. I don’t really know how much it has saved us in fuel alone! We live pretty far from town so every time I was having to go to the grocery it was costing quite a bit just in gas. It is also a known fact that you spend more money on meals when we shop like this.
Before you start making your list you should inventory your pantry, fridge and freezer. Then make your list and stick to it. We tend to over buy when we are hungry so don’t shop on an empty stomach!!It really helps to organize your fridge and put leftovers at eye level so they can easily be seen. If you see some items that might go bad before you will eat them, freeze them! Many foods will last for months if they are frozen.Fruits are especially good to do this with. They make great smoothies and can easily be used to make delicious jams. Tomatoes are another food item that freezes well and can be used in so many different dishes.Wilted veggies like celery, carrots, soft tomatoes and broccoli can be used in soups, stews or made into awesome veggie broth.A great way to use your veggie peels is to compost them. Here is a picture of our grandson that I took a coupe of years ago. He loves when they come to visit to help me take the peels to the compost pile.
Are you a food waster? Also if you have any good tips on how not to waste food please share them with us. We are thrilled that Sophie Uliano of Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family listed us as one of her top five soap companies!! Don’t forget to check out all of our products at Eco Natural