Chemicals and pharmaceuticals are great! They are so effective and efficient. They are also convenient. But...
I have recently relied more on pure essential oils, and herbs. Let me be specific.
1. Mickey and Mallory, my two cats caught fleas from Mishu, the indoor outdoor cat. Then, they got worms from biting themselves. Horrible. I've given them the expensive wormer before. I didn't have enough money to invest in this. Thankfully, I turned to the internet and began a search. I found an herbal mix that is ever so much cheaper with promises that it will get rid of the worms and also repair the harm the chemical wormer had done. At first I thought it didn't work. It has, however, and now they are worm free. I don't know how their insides are, but they seem to be ok.
2. I've had some unwelcome visitors from my neighbor: cockroaches. I don't eat or cook meat so roaches don't really like my apartment, but they still come in. I found a nice mixture: in a spray bottle, mix half white vinegar with half water and peppermint pure essential oil. I spray this on the kitchen counter tops and it repels the roaches. It doesn't kill them, rather repels them. Because it is natural, and not a strong poison, I have to apply it often. The roaches really don't like it and fewer and fewer of them visit.
3. Working on the computer for hours seems to have affected my eyes, along with the fact that my eyes have gotten old along with the rest of me. So, I have dry eyes. Recently, I have learned about blue lenses to deflect affects of the computer. I will get them. In the meanwhile, I have been suffering from dry eyes and cataracts. The eye doctor recommended eye drops. I also found eye drops that help cataracts that worked so well the doctors found my cataracts to be small enough that laser surgery would not be covered by insurance. This was annoying. I found a protocol with exercises and herbs. I am a bit lazy and have only periodically done the exercises. I have been using the herbs. Making your own formula may be inconvenient, but the rewards are there. The formula has been more effective and provides more relief than the eye drops.
4. Lastly, I want to mention Dr Cabeca, a woman's doctor. Many women suffer vaginal dryness, I was one. I say was because Dr Cabeca has developed a cream which rejuvenates the tissues and restores the vaginal function. I developed this condition after radiation for my uterine cancer. I had been using a cream, yet, my condition worsened. The only alternative that was offered was a laser treatment that was available with a few doctors here in the States. I can't say that her cream is organic, but it is promoted as natural. It has indeed helped me. I am so grateful.
I have many other natural and organic items that I use, like soap, an acupuncture mat, organic food and so on. I really don't want to go into them all here. I only want to offer the suggestion that there are alternatives to chemical products. And they are available and can be found with a little research. This requires some effort. That effort is worth it. The easy solution chemicals offer are good to an extent. They do create a habit though of being satisfied superficially and avoiding making efforts for our own benefit.
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