Monday, June 13, 2016

Lessons I've Learned from Some of the Books I've Been Reading

Good morning! For those of you who don't know, I've been reading some rather interesting books lately that have to do with either improving health, improving the environment, living with less stuff, or a little bit of all of the above.

One book that I've read that actually talks a little bit about all of the above topics, is All You Need is Less, by Madeleine Somerville. In this book, Madeleine talks about ways that you can reduce the amount of toxic waste in your home by making a lot of the things that you would normally buy. These include things like:

  • laundry detergent
  • finding other alternatives for dryer sheets
  • all purpose cleaner
  • tub scrub
  • eye make-up remover
  • moisturizer
  • whipped body oil
  • body scrubs
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • toner
  • meringue mask
  • shaving cream
  • depilatory cream
  • hair removal wax

These are just some of the things she talks about - she also offers suggestions for more environmentally-friendly ways to take care of your babies (for example, by using cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers, making your own baby wipes, baby wipe solution, and diaper rash cream, etc), your pets, and how to make your own wrapping paper for holidays (my crafty friends will like this one), among other things. I will be starting to try to incorporate some of her suggestions as I run out of some of the things I have, and as I do I'll let you know how the more environmentally friendly do-it-yourself alternatives work.

Another book I've been reading, which kind of relates to some of the things Madeleine Somerville talks about, is Tox-Sick by Suzanne Somers. In this book, Suzanne talks about how environmental toxins made her and her family sick, and what kind of things they had to do in order to heal. A lot of the things she talks about involve getting back to eating more organically-grown food and less processed food, and also using cleaners and other products that have fewer chemicals in them (this is where the recipes and suggestions in "All You Need is Less" can come handy), as well as using fewer things that have plastic in them, and protecting yourself from EMFs (electromagnetic fields) and cell phone radiation.

Overall, these two books are very interesting and provide a lot of valuable information on how to live a greener lifestyle and eliminate or reduce the amount of toxins you take in. 

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