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Friday, September 19, 2008

No More Soap?

I never dreamed that I would see the day that I would bathe without soap. Nor, could I imagine ever being proud to tell someone such a thing. Well, that is the truth. I don't use soap to bathe anymore... and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made!



Ever since I have thrown out the soap, my skin is softer and more clear than it has ever been. I am sure you are wondering if I stink now. Nope, that has not been a problem either. I don't use soap, but I do use sea salt, Epsom salt, kefir and kombucha:



Sea Salt -- works as a natural neutralizer. It kills bacteria and germs that can cause infection and softens the water.



Epsom Salt -- provides magnesium and sulfur that the body needs, with all of the added benefits of salt. As a perk, Epsom salt baths are great for relief of muscle pain and sprains.



Kefir and Kombucha -- are great astringents for fungus and any kind of skin condition. They are packed with probiotics (friendly bacteria). They are not only great for soaking in, but also can be used instead of shampoo.



I am sure that at first glance of this list most people would assume that this is too expensive of a venture to even think of trying. Let me tell you, since I have started doing this I have saved lots of money. I buy the salts by the bulk and make my own kombucha and kefir. I will be going into more detail in my next few blogs as to how to make kefir and kombucha. I will also add all of the links to the cool websites and to my mentors, so you can learn to make them for yourself.



The reason I started making kefir and kombucha is because I had stomach problems and I was looking for a way to straighten up my stomach's flora. It worked! My stomach problems are gone and the lagniappe perk is now I have found that there are more uses for them than I ever knew, including bathing in them. In fact, the kefir I use to wash my hair is made from my leftover whey. The kombucha I use is made from the kombucha that I make to drink that becomes over fermented. I could go on forever about using them to wash my hair ... but that is another blog too!



Why did I stop using soap? I know you were wondering. I was reading an article from Dr. Mercola and he had mentioned that we should not be using anything on our skin that we would not be willing to eat. It sounds bizarre, but think about it: our skin is our largest organ. Our skin absorbs everything that we put on it. If you think about all the junk we put on our skin; all the chemicals and toxins we take in on an average day with our soaps, lotions, colognes, laundry soaps and softeners ... then add in all the chemicals we come into contact with in the environment on a daily basis, it's too much to even begin to wrap our minds around. Maybe after reading this you might consider going soapless too!

1 comment:

AnJay said...

MY NAME IS ANGIE, I AM BARBARA'S DAUGHTER. I HAVE TO ADMIT AT FIRST, WHEN MY MOM TOLD ME ABOUT ALL OF THIS KEFIR, KOMBUCKA...EPSOM SALT IT SOUNDED A LITTLE NUTS! I LIVE OUT OF STATE AND JUST RECENTLY WENT HOME TO VISIT MY MOM. I JUST WOULD LIKE TO SAY, I WAS VERY IMPRESSED. MY MOM LOOKED SO BEAUTIFUL.SHE'S ALWAYS BEEN BEAUTIFUL BUT THIS WAS DIFFERENT SHE LOOKED REFRESHED.HER HAIR WAS THICKER AND SHINY. HER SKIN WAS GLOWING. SHE JUST LOOKED SO HEALTHY.I LOVE HER SO MUCH! BUT WITHOUT GETTING TOO MOOSHY, I WANT TO SAY "IT WORKS!" ALTHOUGH IT SOUNDS COMPLICATED, I WAS ABLE TO SEE HER MAKE IT WORK IN HER VERY OWN BUSY LIFE.SO IF YOUR CONSIDERING GOING NATURAL, I SAY "GO FOR IT!" THE RESULTS ARE WELL WORTH THE EFFORT.