Why bother with “natural” and “minimal”?

Want to feel (and look) young, healthy, vibrant, all of that, but you don’t have the money or time or you frequently travel? Have you been given cortisone, antibiotics, antihistamines, suffer from skin, teeth, tongue, throat, allergy, sinus, gut, liver or endocrine symptoms? Do you care about your own health, the world’s health?

Using basic, quality ingredients to make your own food, health & beauty products, and household supplies invests in fundamental individual and global health and costs less than buying store-bought goods. The “DIY Holistic-Minimalist” doesn’t require much more time, only more intention, learning, and awareness. You can still choose when and what to make yourself vs. buy in the store! Of course, this depends on what is available in your area, too—purchase sustainable, local products as much as possible and travel with ingredients for convenient use or that may be difficult to find in your upcoming destination(s).

The bare-bone ingredient lists shared here aid the penny-pinchers, the conscientious time-crunchers, the nomads, the frequent travelers, those without private bathrooms or homes, and those who enjoy exploring the possibilities in basic ingredients, like an artist in essential, daily creation. There are links appropriately shared here to other DIY sites that offer more extensive ingredient lists and processes.

Utilizing simple products is healthier and saves money in this way, too—processed foods, oils, salts, topical and cleaning products cost more for what they are—chemicals, toxins, and pollutants packaged in plastic. Do you want this in the world, your home, let alone in your nerves, brain, organs, and hormonal system, all consumed through the mouth, skin and air we breathe?

Reducing use of plastic garbage is simple, cost-efficient, and creative—repurpose glass jars and bottles from the food and products you already buy, and reuse small ones to pack essential ingredients or bathroom recipes as carry-ons when traveling.

DIY Holistic-Minimalist is healthier, cheaper, lighter, and is mindful of…

Toxic Food. Toxic Cleaning Supplies. Toxic Beauty Ingredients. Plastic Health Impacts. Plastic Pollution. Agricultural Labor & Human Right Violations. Consumer Environmental Impacts

Sodium lauryl sulfate and fluoride are even in “natural” toothpastes and skin products that are mostly overpriced anyway!

In the most basic holistic and minimalist sense, read the ingredients or make your own—if you don’t eat it, don’t use it!

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