I will be listing out small tips and suggestions relevant to living a daily greener life as I discover them:
Antibacterial spray solution for kitchen counter – Boil fresh Artemisia herb in a pot of water and let it simmer to half its quantity. Cool it down. Transfer to a spray bottle. Use within 10 days or refrigerate.
Unblocking Kitchen Sink – 1. Pour boiling hot water first 2. Dump 1/4 cup of baking soda 3. Pour 1/2 cup of white vinegar 3. Let it sit for an hour 4. Pour boiling hot water. To avoid blocked kitchen sink problem do this process once a month.
Cleaning Floor – Diluted Vinegar + Bicarbonate of soda OR salt water as first pass. Herbal water as second pass- boil herbs from your garden likeÂ eucalyptus leaves, lavender, rosemary, oregano, lemon grass etc and do the last pass of mopping with this aromatic water.
Whitening Clothes – Soak in baking soda, vinegar, water
Cleaning combs, jewellery, blender jars – Soak in baking soda, vinegar, water overnight and clean the next day with a brush.
Cleaning Home – Diluted Vinegar + Bicarbonate of soda. Fill in a spray bottle and use in kitchen, bath etc.
Food Changes which you can make easily :
Regular Salt : Sea Salt/Rock Salt
Regular Oils : Cold Pressed Oils. Keep a variety of cold pressed oils.
Ghee :Coconut oil. I myself was very skeptical about this change. But its really wonderful and you will start loving it more than ghee for its taste and lightness. Start using it on Roti, Rice, Daal , Porridge and then explore.
Discover Super foods like Carob,Spirulina, Mulberries, Goji berries and 100s of varieties.
Drink smoothies made of greens and fruits.
Eat soaked and steamed legumes : Soak them for 2-3 days. If you live in a hot country, soak them in refrigerator. Let them sprout. And then lightly steam them.
Regular Sugar : Sucanat,Agave,Stevia,Mesquite, and many more.
Regular cooking : Steamed cooking.
Butter,Cheese :Raw Nut butters like cashew,almond,macadamia butter.
Milk : Nut/Seed milk(Soak nuts/seeds overnight, add cold water with some agave nectar/dates/honey/maple syrup/carob syrup, spices like vanilla, cardamom, blend and strain).
WARNING: Discard the soaked water.
Include probiotics in your diet with every meal. Eg: Raw Saurkraut (Fermented food made of beet,cabbage,sea vegetable,salt), Kombucha. For me these do not work, so am not taking any for now. My husband takes them or a spoon of yogurt a day.
Include Dry Fruits – Soak. Use soaked water. Eat/Mix with nut milks.
Eat a lot of Green leafy vegetablesÂ raw, steamed, stir fried, pestos.