In a world that’s filled with adulterated and chemical products, more people are turning to organic lifestyles to offset the dangerous risks of toxins. For several years, everything from organic bedding and clothing to organic foods are gaining popularity among U.S. consumers.
According to USA Today, interest in organic products is booming not only because consumers are more conscientious, but also thanks to improved farming practices that make organic yields more robust.
Adopting a truly organic lifestyle means getting rid of as many refined or processed things as you can. For some, this can be rather challenging. One quick look into your pantry or bathroom drawer will probably result in panic as you realize how many products you’ve purchased that are laden with chemicals you can’t pronounce.
However, it’s easy to start making simple changes to your everyday routine and buying habits that will accumulate over time. Before long, you’ll be leading a more organic lifestyle, which has tremendous benefits for your health.
As one of the most popular wellness trends in recent times, the organic movement has led people to grow their own foods, make hygiene products at home, and use locally sourced alternatives.
But perhaps one of the best parts of leading an organic lifestyle is that plenty of organic items can be used — and reused — in many different ways. Because you can trust that organic products are indeed good for you, you can get the most bang for your buck by finding creative, multi-purpose ways to utilize organic items.
From improving your health to eating more nutritiously, here are three organic items that serve multiple purposes.
There’s a reason that avocados have been called “the miracle fruit” for centuries. These pear-shaped fruits are not only rich in healthy fatty acids and vitamins, but they’re also filled with antioxidants. Besides using them to make guacamole or the millennial-favorite avocado toast, the fatty fruit can also be used to make healthy, vegan alternatives to your favorite treats — like chocolate mousse, ice cream, cheesecake, or whipped cream.
If you want to get even more use out of avocados, however, you can also use them for personal care. Avocados are packed with nutrients like vitamin E and A, B-vitamins, folic acid, and potassium, which can be particularly enriching to the sensitive area surrounding your eyes and face. You can easily mash avocados and spread them on your skin as a face or eye mask, and many people also use them as a hair mask for added moisture.
With this one simple green fruit, you can eat well and beautify your appearance without worrying about any harsh chemicals.
2. Essential oils
If you haven’t gotten into the essential oil movement, now is the time to start. You may have tried sprinkling some lavender oil onto your organic pillow before you sleep for extra comfort at night, but you’ll be surprised to know that essential oils have hundreds of purposes. As an organic alternative to dangerous chemicals, these oils are one of the best ways to rid your home of toxins while prioritizing organic living.
Here are some of the ways you can use essential oils around the house:
- Create your own organic lip balm with coconut oil and beeswax
- Clean your shower with eucalyptus and tea tree oil
- Refresh your fridge with a mixture of water, lemon grass, lime, and grapefruit oils
- Repel household pests with clove oil and orange
- Protect your skin against the sun with coconut oil, shea butter, zinc oxide, helichrysum oil, and lavender oil
- Combine lemon and tea tree oil to make your own household, all-purpose cleaner
- Create your own organic lotion
- Freshen up your shoes or sports gear with lemon oil
- Mix bergamot and lime essential oils with baking soda and vinegar to make a solution that will have your sink looking brand new
- Stock the medicine cabinet with tea tree, lavender, and peppermint oil — all great healers.
3. House Plants
What’s more organic than a plant!? Keeping nice-looking plants around the house is great, but a nice-looking plant that secretly works its magic in the background on your health as you go about your daily routine is even better. Luckily, many houseplants serve multiple purposes that make them a great addition to an organic lifestyle.
One example is an aloe vera plant. Aloe has been used for thousands of years as a common natural remedy to soothe irritated skin. By cutting off a piece of the plant, you can readily apply the clear, gel-like substance that’s found in the inner part of the leaf directly to the skin. People use aloe for all kinds of reasons, including the treatment of burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores. You can also use aloe to clear acne, reduce teeth plaque, and improve your digestive health, to name a few.
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