Lately I have had this yearning to just get back to the basics… to strip down away from all the pressure to be this, do that and just pour into my family.
I love the idea of being off the grid and learning to make everything on our own.
I didn’t grow up this way though so it is definitely a challenge.
Praying one day we can move out to the country and live off the grid, I thought I would start teaching myself a few ways of self-reliant living. These are great ways, especially since we are stuck at home to help produce what your family needs without relying on others to get it.
DIY Dish Soap:
2 cups hot water
1 Tbsp baking soda
½ cup pure castile soap
2 Tbsp Thieves Cleaner
10-20 drops pure essential oil (Find what I use here)
Once the water is hot, pour into a mixing bowl, add in your baking soda and stir. Add the soap and the cleaner. Choose any oils you may like, I love ones with cleaning properties like Thieves, Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Citrus Fresh or Purification. Once all stirred together you can add into a squirt bottle, I saved my old dish soap bottle to reuse. This should make two bottles. Great way to use a safe recipe that has no harmful ingredients and a great way to use any of those essential oils that have been lying around.
DIY Hand Soap:
¼ cup pure castile soap
10-20 essential oils
Vitamin E oil
I usually order a refill to fill all of my pumps in our bathrooms and kitchen, but with shipping delays and things closing down I thought I would make my own this time. This one is quite easy, add castile soap first, then drop in whichever oils you’d like to use, I love lavender, Thieves, or orange. Then add some vitamin E oil for your skin and top with water. This will make enough for one pump.
1 ½ cup raw organic honey
1 whole bushel of garlic
Is it called a bushel? Ha, well use a whole bunch in this recipe to maximize your efforts. This one is very easy, you cut your garlic in half, take off skin and put in a mason jar. Top with honey. Every so often you can turn the jar upside down to make sure it is mixing up. This provides you with a fantastic way to boost your immune system. Let sit and ferment for about 6 months and then you can pop a clove of garlic a day to keep your immune system strong. If you are feeling sick, double your efforts to fuel your body with tools to help fight off whatever is going on.
I have talked about this one a lot, find my recipe here. This is a wonderful way to keep your own stock on hands for making meals, or even drinking a mug of by itself. Bone broth helps heal the gut which is the control panel for your entire body’s immune function. If you have a leaky gut, you will have issues with continually being sick. So heal that gut! Plus it is delicious.
DIY Body Wash
¼ cup pure castile soap
10-20 drops essential oil
We were using that last sliver of our bar of soap… it was time. My monthly order wasn’t coming for a few more weeks so I decided to get domestic and make my own soap. This one is so easy, a great staple to have in the house is pure, unscented castile soap. You can make so many things using it. For our body wash I used essential oils that were on their last leg and created our very own body wash blend.
DIY Body Lotion
1 cup coconut oil
10-20 drops pure essential oil
Coconut oil can be truly wonderful for our skin, I add it into baths, foot soaks, chest rubs and when I was running low on my regular lotion I thought it was about time to try a batch with my coconut oil. I whipped it and added essential oils that are beneficial for the skin. For my batch I added frankincense, ylang ylang, lavender, and orange. But you can create your own combo with whatever smells you prefer.
I even made my own sourdough y’all! Recipe on that soon, I gotta keep practicing first.