Organic Living

As the wave of organic living is taking the world by storm, many of us are moving towards an organic lifestyle. We are opting for more organic food, and trying to remove as much chemicals, toxins, pesticides and growth stimulants as possible. Living organically also means practicing daily habits to ensure sustainability and a greener future for our children. We could start by purchasing organic fruits, eating an organic meal or making your very own organic body spray. Below are some simple steps you can start with, to begin your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

1. ORGANIC FRUITS
Studies have shown that by eating organic fruits and vegetables, it increases your antioxidant intake by 20 to 40 per cent. Strawberries topped this year's list of fruits and vegetables most contaminated with pesticides and apples come in second. So, the next time you’re in the grocery store opt for organic strawberries and apples instead. Though they may be slightly costly, organic fruits and vegetables generally look brighter and fresher, and gives you a good dose of clean antioxidants.
2. ORGANIC BODY SPRAY/DEODORANT
Mix together 6 tablespoons of coconut oil, ¼ cups of baking soda, ¼ cups of organic cornstarch powder and add in a few drops of organic essential oils which can be found in spas or massage centres. Store your organic concoction in a glass jar and use sparingly. By using this daily, you reduce your exposure to toxins and chemicals tremendously.
3. ORGANIC BUG SPRAY
Store-bought bug sprays may work by removing insects and mosquitoes, however they are also highly toxic. Instead, making your own is relatively simple. Fill a spray bottle with distilled water and add witch hazel so the bottle is filled up. Add ½ teaspoon vegetable glycerin if using (otherwise you can opt it out) and finish it off with drops of essential oils, generally the more you use the stronger it will be. Recommended oils are rosemary, eucalyptus and lavender.
4. ORGANIC PLANTS
First, get your manure/soil from local livestock that have been organically and humanely raised. Leave it for a few weeks to acclimatize and water them slightly. Sprinkle organic chili seeds on soil, water and cover them for a few weeks. Once they show signs of sprouting, remove cover and ensure it gets plenty of sunlight and water. It usually takes between four to eight weeks to see your first harvest! 
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