believe in natural health but dont the sources...help!!!!

Shoshanna - posted on 12/30/2008 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hello, I am from a small town in alberta canada, i am a strong beliver of natural health and am trying to be as natural and "green" as possible. BUT i dont exactly have the resources. there are not many health stores near by, and dotn feel comfortable ordering online. I do have a 5 month old that i am trying to raise holistic also.

I am just wondering if there are some moms out there who can give me some tips to help me out a bit. I have a few books that i am reading, but would like some tips and advice from moms who are trying to accomplish the same thing. I am trying to not use any chemicals and try to by products that promote a "green lifestyle". Unfortunatly buying organic in my area is not a total option. if anyone can help that would be awesome!!!!!

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Lisa - posted on 01/25/2009

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I have a great option for you! Check out www.melaleuca.com. They are an american company and they ship natural, less expensive products right to your door! You don't need to have a health food store near you :) The other nice part is that we get everything at wholesale price! Let me know if you have any questions. I'd be happy to help.

Lorna - posted on 01/22/2009

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Google "Benefect" It's the only Disinfectant out there that is approved to kill all the germs you need and is botanical and has no caution or warnings!!

www.benefecthealth.ca or contact me to get more info. lornapasinato@gmail.com

Holly - posted on 01/21/2009

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This may sound silly, but browsing the virtual book shelf here on facebook has helped me so much as far as books to read. I understand your concerns about buying online. I've had my debit card number lifted from an ebay store recently.

I use a company where I can browse online and then call my order in over the phone. That way I don't have to worry about a website being secure. It brings me some peace of mind and I can get everything there (cleaning products, personal care, vitamins, herbs, homeopathic stuff, etc.)

Grocery shopping is it's own monster. I have joined a produce co-op through our farmers market where 12 people got together and agreed to pay $30 every 2 weeks for a certain amount of food. Since we're getting it in bulk, we get about $100 worth of produce for $30. It is locally grown and organic, so I love that.

My bulk grains and things I get at World Market or Central Market, but you may not have those. Usually at the regular grocery stores, down on the bottom shelf or way up top, they will have the organic stuff for a bit more. But it's worth it!

Alisha - posted on 01/07/2009

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toothpaste is great for cleaning tarnished silver just with a rag and some elbow grease..

Alisha - posted on 01/07/2009

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I would recomened a home herb garden and growning some of your own veggies.. it is very easy and you can even buy some counter growers at canadian tire.. One thing I think is very important during cold and flu season is to up your garlic in take but not go over bored for that can be toxic too.. but garlic is a natural antibiotic, it works great for ear aches putting a bit of garlic oil in your little ones ear everyday will prevent an ear ache this is not recomended if he or she has a rupture or tear in the ear drum but it helps.. for colic i recomend ginger and fennel mixed... you can by gripe water that is all natural and that can by mixed in to breast milk or formula.. there are lots of sites on the internet that will give you suggestions to help with fevers ect with house hold things..

Ellie - posted on 01/05/2009

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Hey we are in Alberta too! i know that there are a good number of organic farms around here, maybe you could go and buy stuff from them? or maybe if you have the room grow your own? Going vegetarian is very green and very healthy. also cleaning is a breeze!! Vinigure is a good one and so is borax. Also if you order books from chapters online I think you get free shipping if the order is over $40. I've been learning about all this stuff since my first kiddo 3 years ago so I have lots of books and know some really good websites. If you don't mind me asking where about are you?? We are in Leduc, 5 min south of Edmonton.

Shoshanna - posted on 01/03/2009

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Thanks for the tips girls, this is awesome to get me started. i know what i want and what challenges and sacrifices i am willing to make to get to that but just was too unsure of how to get there, and needed some tips and advice, thanks again, keep them coming :-)

Michelle - posted on 01/02/2009

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Hi Shoshanna. I would suggest that you try to eat a whole foods diet. We really don't need a health food store to do that, but a good vegetable stand, or farmers market, if ya'll have those in Canada, make sure you always ask a lot of questions about the products you are purchasing. Some growers use fertilizers but not insecticides or pesticides. These products are a much safer option. Do a search online for local foods, find local farmers and even gardeners who you can trade or buy from. Are there any CSA's in your area. How about buying co-ops in your area. Or maybe you should start one with like minded people.



Also, it is very important to know what foods are the more laden with chemicals than others, that way you can keep your budget down, and buy organic on products that you feel are too chemical laden, go to www.foodnews.org/fulldataset.php and read the study done on fruits and vegetables to determine their toxicity. I hope this helps some, and remember processed foods are the ones we should stay away from, anything in a box and anything that has alot of ingredients. That is what we do around here, plus we have goat's and we milk them and we have chickens for eggs and meat. We also buy beef from a local farmer who grass-feeds only. These things did not fall in to place immediately for us, it took time, but we really worked towards it and we are finally there. We are still striving to get back to nature. We also grow a large garden and I can and freeze for the year. If you do find farmers or markets that you can get vegetalbes from, think about buying enough to put up so that your family can have these quality foods year round.

Melanie - posted on 01/01/2009

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if i were you i'd set up a paypal account. u can control the amount of money you have in that account and most sites accept payment from paypal. my mom doesn't feel comfortable using her credit cards online either so i had to talk her into paypal. i order online all the time and so far haven't had any problems.

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