Try This at Home

There is a lot of interest these days in natural remedies due, in part, to the environmentalists who tuned us into all the chemicals and toxins in anything from face cream and toothpaste to scrubbing cleanser. All our cleaning products are off their list of acceptable household treatments. Fortunately, we can buy “clean” items for various purposes and save ourselves and our kids from poisoning. You can also go online and get recipes for stuff to try at home. Do it yourself is the order of the day as we revert back to simpler times when technology hadn’t gone rampant. New products are effective but they are also killers! There is so much to pour over on the Internet that I have to rely on friends or people in my group to clue me in. Lately, they have been touting apple cider vinegar as a remedy for high blood sugar and diabetes while it can also strip mineral or hard water residue from all sorts of items in your home, according to Home Water Health. It isn’t for salad dressing anymore! It is a new wonder worker. If it works on my hair, why not the laundry or the bathtub. I can mix it with other non-toxic solutions.

I had to try it despite the tart smell. I have to admit that it worked well, as most home remedies do. I think I will start collecting the best ones for an e-book publication. I will entitle it “Try this at Home.” There will be a section for self-care and one for the home and yard. You can make soap, candles, weed and bug killer, not to mention a skin exfoliator and moisturizer. You can whip up most things in the kitchen with a few ingredients bought at the local market. People sell their homemade wares so that will be a final section of the book focusing on publicity and marketing. Every town now has a street fair or farmer’s market offering fruit, vegetables, homemade jams and soups, plants, breads, sweets, and honey. Everything is beautifully packaged. The ingredients are on the label. Candles and bath oils sell well. The standard brands are jumping on the bandwagon and manufacturing their own lines that mimic these handmade items. They promise safety and purity even though they are made in the factory—just with better ingredients. The problem is longevity as no additives and preservatives are included.

It would be fun to have a contest for the best do-it-yourself products that don’t get much attention. They are rarely advertised. I would love to discover some new remedies, foods, toiletries, and clothing made in precious, small quantities. I believe it is entirely possible to make a living on something like apple cider vinegar turned into a hair rinse. Enterprising people with a gift for crafts are part of this self-made crowd. Check out your local farmer’s market and see what is offered. It is an enjoyable experience and you get to meet great people.