1- Make Sauerkraut. I have come to beleive that things like my gut are hugely relevant to my overall physical and mental health. I even have a saying “when in doubt make sauerkraut” because in times of crisis I always find my self chopping cabbage. Ha. I have actually dreamed of being a fermented vegetable more than once in the last year of homesteading.
Sauerkraut is sooooo easy to do and a tiny portion provides well over and above your daily probiotic and vitamin c requirements. There are complicated ways of making kraut but I just:
- Chop a whole cabbage thinly into a large bowl
- Sprinkle 1.5 tablespoons of non iodised rock salt through it and massage it in
- Push it into a massive jar and push it down with my pestle – over the next few hours the brine will release and cover it.
- Lay a cabbage leaf over the top and weigh down with a glass paper weight
- Leave for 3-5 weeks and then refrigerate
2- Give up the shampoo. Ugh I AM SO BORING ON THIS!!!! I won’t go on too much about it. But I am completely convinced by both my personal experience and reading the science on acid mantles and microbiomes that eradicating store bought bottles of goop has made my skin and hair far, far, far, FAR healthier. And saved me a stack of cash. Read more: How to Wash Hair Without Shampoo, No Poo Hair photos, and this week’s post No Shampoo for 5 years – an honest FAQ.
3- Outside everyday come what may. The other day before I went to bed I realised I had been inside all day either working or cooking. I’m not generally inflexible kind of person… I do tend to go with the flow and not hold too tightly to various dogma. But I try, try, try to connect with the nature around me every day rain or shine. Sometimes I am great and plan a bunch of outdoor activities for kids, sometimes, like the other night, it is just lying on the deck for 8 minutes staring at the milky way before I hop into bed. This daily ritual does something for me. There’s a billion reasons to play in the wild, but this commitment of mine runs deep – it is a mental and spiritual health, a way to understand my place in the scheme of things and remind myself of my relationship to the earth.
New video on kids and nature and stuff:
4- A solid bookshelf of natural living inspo.
I am a part of this incredible Healthy Living Bundle of Ebooks and Ecourses. It covers homesteading and natural beauty and homemade cleaning and all sorts of my fave things. It is for both holistic health freaks AND complete newbies and contains stuff written by some of my favourite authors. It is a completely ridiculous bargain – over the last few years I have bought some of these books for the same price as the ENTIRE PACKAGE. No jokes. if you were to add everything up it would come to $2,417.58 but for the next 4 days it is $29.97. It is laughable and sounds kinda sketchy but it is one hundred per cent solid!!! This is no pyramid scheme, just a way to connect wellness authors and educators with blog readers. You get a super dealio on heaps of incredible wisdom and I get a cut whilst promoting something I whole-heart-love, and it is win win.
Watch out for some of my fave titles:
- Non Toxic Cleaning Recipes
- Urban Farmstead
- Heal Your Gut
- The Natural Beauty Course
- Complete Wild Edibles
- DIY Guide to Seasonal Living
- Natural Living for Beginners
- Frugal Secrets of Real Foodies
- 50 Paleo Recipes
- Natural Beauty Recipe Book
Whhheeeeee! That is just the START of this digital library!! Sometimes committing to a holistic lifestyle can be massively overwhelming. Having instant access to these resources (85 books & courses) makes this overwhelm WAY less.
It is only available from now until Monday, so definitely get on it, and spread the word.
Would, as ever, love to hear your thrifty and healthy living tips. x x