HolyShilitic! I’m going holistic…………
The more I read about the holistic lifestyle the more I want to say “sign me up!” I’ve wondered for years about the crap that I put into my body even when I’m trying to eat healthily. For instance: did you know that antibacterial soap is probably worse for you than the bacteria that it kills? It’s true. It kills bacteria, not viruses. It not only kills potentially harmful bacteria but all the good bacteria that our bodies need. So what’s the purpose of killing off good bacteria that could possibly help our immune systems when we come into contact with a virus, such as the common cold? Information like this amazes me and prompts me to make changes in my own life. I am not saying that you, the reader, has to jump on the bandwagon and join me. To each their own is my motto. I’m considering this for me and my family. If you think that holistic living is a bunch of crap, then you probably wouldn’t want to continue reading this post. Thanks for stopping by!
My reasons for wanting to live a more holistic lifestyle is based upon my personally witnessing very sick family members who maybe would have had a better quality of life if they had tweaked their diet a bit or maybe got up off the couch every once in a while and did some physical activity outside. I don’t know….maybe it’s bad genes. I, in no way shape or form, am passing any judgement on anyone. Trust me, I know a thing or two about eating crappy food and being sedentary. I have held the Sedentary title for many years. Just call me Queen Sedentary! To be honest with you, I didn’t even consider changing my lifestyle in any way until I was prompted to make changes after receiving questionable blood test results at the doctor’s office a few years ago. Yet, for most of us, fear is what precipitates change.
So……on with this whole topic of holistic-ness…….Just what is this word “holistic,” what does it mean exactly? Well, Mr.Webster defines it thusly: being concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of and treatment of parts of a system. Basically, look at the whole body rather than its singular parts. Modern western medicine tends to dissect the body when diagnosing and treating disease.
Let’s take the word “dis-ease” and look at its meaning as well. Disease – any deviation from or interruption of the normal structure or function of any body part, organ, or system that is manifested by a characteristic set of symptoms and signs and whose etiology, pathology, and prognosis may be known or unknown. Basically it means any change from the norm.
Now before I get truly technical sounding here, ( I promise there are no more vocabulary words to learn in this post), holistic living simply means that treating, maintaining, or adapting certain practices in one’s lifestyle can produce an overall better quality of life for the whole body, mind and soul. I have been fortunate to have met and had in-depth conversations with people of other cultures throughtout my life. It has been an eye-opening experience for me, but I’ve always been a very curious type of person. I’m usually not satisfied with one answer to a question. I have to research the crap out of it and super complicate everything in my life. It’s my greatest flaw….well, aside from stubbornness.
As I’ve gotten older I have become more conscious of what kind of “footprint” I’m leaving behind for the next person. I hate using that word “footprint” but it’s the only one I can think of right now. Some might ask, “why bother?” My question is, “why not?”
I’ve decided that I will implement some type of holistic approach into my life everyday. Today, I did something very insignificant to most of you, but it’s a start. I found a recipe on the internet to make foaming hand soap. I refuse to buy antibacterial soap any more for my family to use. To be completely frugal, however, I have taken all the scrap pieces of soap that get so small that no one wants to use them anymore, and melted them down and now there is one huge glob of chemical-laden commercial soap sitting in a mold. I know, I know…..baby steps People, baby steps. I have to be practical. I’ve been using said soap for years so a few more days aren’t going to cause me to lose sleep. However, before the soap supply diminishes completely I am going to make some organic, homemade soap for the Fam to use. Hopefully their skin will thank me one day.
I have tweaked the recipe a bit. I can’t take complete credit for this, but here is the recipe:
Distilled or boiled water.
Liquid Castille Soap or whatever organic soap base you can find.
1/2 teaspoon olive, almond or coconut oil.
Essential oils – I like lavender, but you use whatever you want or leave it unscented.
Fill a soap dispenser with water to about 1 inch from the top. Add about 2 tablespoons of liquid castille soap to the water mixture. Then add the olive, almond or coconut oil. Add essential oils of your choosing. Cover the top of the dispenser and shake. Use at your discretion.
As soon as I make my own. I will post a photo. Hopefully, you will become so inspired by the above that you will run out and start making your own hand soap. It’s healthier for you AND cheaper to make. Your bank account will thank you.
So, that’s about enough for today. That’s all I’ve got peeps!
Until next time……Peace & Love, may you find it, embrace it and spread it around!