What is Homemade Basics?

To Organic or Not to Organic?

Bottles of ingredients

For about 5 years I have been making my own shampoo, laundry soap, soft scrub, multi-purpose cleaner and much more. I have been using healthier products, that work, for a fraction of the cost. There are all different thoughts about what is “healthy.” To organic or not to organic? Most of us normal people can’t afford to eat organic food and use organic cleaners, even if we agreed that it may be better for us. So we brush it off as hype or money making schemes. That is not the wisest approach. We have been given a spirit that makes of us very different from the animals and definitely plants, but God still built us with the same building blocks. If we are made from the same dirt, so to speak, what makes us think that the pesticides, herbicides and hormones we put in the animals and on the plants, won’t hurt us too? And in the case of genetic engineering, if bugs can’t eat these plants, why would we want to eat them? For older folks, you may remember a time that food didn’t have all these chemicals on it. Most food was “organic” because of the lack or expense of chemical and genetic intervention. We didn’t pay much attention when the list of unpronounceable ingredients started growing on the food labels. But now there are a few items that have no recognizable food listed in the ingredients. There is something really wrong about that. So what should we do with “organic” companies lying to us and the alternative giving us barely consumable food?

Here are a few guidelines I use:

1. If the product requires 5 ingredients to make and there are 20 on the back of the label, I question if the product is really “organic.” Less is more in this case.
2. If the product is condensed in some way (meaning a lot of plant go into making a little final product), like in the case of oils, use organic. The concentration of unwanted chemicals is also higher.
3. Meat products are another concentrated form of the unwanted chemicals. In an animal’s life time they will consume a lot of food, especially cows. If they are not given organic food, they could be a time bomb of pesticides and herbicides mix with a concoction of hormones all stored in the fat of the animal you eat. Decrease the amount of meat you eat and buy organic meat with the added savings. Add beans and rice to increase your protein consumption.
4. The bottom line is that you can make organic products cheaper than you can buy them. And that is where Mission Mama comes into play.

Why should we use organic nonconsumable?

If you have ever worn the medicated patches, you would clearly realize the connection between contact and absorption. You put a nicorette patch on your skin and the nicotine is absorbed into your blood stream to help you resist cigarettes. Now what chemicals do you use? …Make-up, perfume, bathroom cleaner, kitchen and remodeling projects to name a few… Some of them are absorbed by your lungs as well as your skin. What should we do? The answer is not to live ugly and stinky!
Not that long ago in our nations history, many people made most of their products from a simple set of ingredients. Although, I haven’t tried to make make-up yet, I have successfully made many other products with the same simple premise. A handful of ingredients (a bit larger than in the past) to make the easiest, most useful, and least toxifying products without breaking the bank. That is a lot to accomplish! But I have seen much success. Success that I would love to share with you.

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