Over the last generation or two, we have seen an increase in a lot of diseases that are mostly due to lifestyle choices. What if there was a way to go back to a time when we didn’t have to spend half of our lives making trips back and forth to the drugstore because our health had deteriorated to the point of needing drugs everyday? Maybe if we looked at what our grandparents and great-grandparents did, we could learn some things about how to preserve our health.
Below are some bits of wisdom from our grandparents that can help us live healthier and happier lives:
1. Grow your own food.
Invest some time and energy in growing your own food. Not only is there an incredible sense of accomplishment and wonder in growing your own fruits and veggies, but the quality control is unparalleled. You can ensure that your crops aren’t sprayed with pesticides and you can control the types of seeds and transplants that you sow and grow.
Choose heirloom varieties whenever possible. Whether you’re living on a large plot of land or in a tiny apartment, you can grow some of your own food. Square foot gardening is an incredibly effective method to produce a robust share of food in a small space.
2. Get back in the kitchen.
Nothing beats a home-cooked meal. First off, the intention and love you put into cooking for yourself and your loved ones is incredibly nourishing. Secondly, if you prepare your own food, you can control what goes onto your plate and into your body. You can make more empowered choices and ensure that you are eating a whole foods, organic, non-genetically modified diet.
3. Make your own cleaning products.
Say goodbye to toxic household chemicals and cleaners and scrub your home down with easy-to-make homemade products. Get comfortable using baking soda, vinegar, lemon, castille soap, and essential oils for most of your cleaning needs.
For a general household cleaner and disinfectant mix a couple of drops of castille soap into 2 cups of hot water. Stir in 30 drops of lavender or tea tree oil- both of which have antibacterial properties, and you have a great, all around cleaning product. Pour into a spray bottle and use on all surfaces except for glass.