11) Fly Spray for Our Animals or Ourselves
Essential oils are seriously super powerful! And when you combine just the right ones, you can make a killer Bug Repellent. My horses hate the Piranha-type sprays/wipes. I don’t blame them, either. They are filled with chemicals–and not just any chemicals–something called Pyrethrin, which is touted as being “natural,” but is a single component extract from the chrysanthemum plant. At any rate, this stuff is very toxic, and of course, anything you put on your skin enters your bloodstream eventually.
So….for my “kids” (horses, goats, dogs, and chickens) I make this Bug Spray. If it’s a particularly bad fly day, I can increase the strength too, very easily be increasing the ratio of essential oils. Just put it in a pump bottle and spray away! I use the dark amber glass because it protects the essential oils from UV light. The link is for the larger bottles (16 oz).
12) Enriched Soil for the Garden
We USED to buy bags of organic mulch and soil to help amend our soil. Since our compost heap (as well as the horse/goat/chicken poop) is always ready to go these days, we no longer have to buy bags of soil!
13) Expensive Hair Appointments/Coloring
Even though this is technically a service and not a product at a store, I’m including doing my own hair on this list because of how much money it’s saving us! I figured out I save over $900 a year coloring my own hair with Henna/Indigo!
If you are a woman who works outside the home, like I do, then you may have to have a certain more professional appearance. But last year (October 2016 to be exact), was my FINAL hair appointment. I haven’t even gone in for a cut yet, and it’s been more than eight months! I started using Light Mountain Natural Color It’s Henna and/or Indigo in different combinations so you can choose the color that’s right for you. The Amazon link is to the Mahogany color I use in my hair.
They also have a natural “Color the Gray” system, too. I haven’t tried it because my hair hasn’t grayed yet, but I’m sure at my age I’ll be shifting over to that at some point too!
I won’t ever go back to harsh chemical colorants and expensive hair treatments again—ever. My hair is healthier and way more conditioned than before. I do need to go get a haircut, though, at least in a few months when I’ll need to make an appearance again. 🙂
14) Body Oils and Butters
I make my own. Enough said—-except EASY and CHEAP! Here’s a body butter I use often, and I’m including some links for other easy recipes I’ve tried from very reputable sources I love!
15) Beer or Ale
My husband used to be a die-hard beer aficionado, and he even loves his Bud-Light too! But, since we started creating our own beers with herbs for health, he now just sticks with our own! I just have to stay up on having a brew or two continually processing. But since HELLO—IT’S EASY AND CHEAP to make, it’s not a problem! I purchase the herbs I use at Starwest Botanicals, but often, I just use the herbs I grow in our gardens or forage for herbs here in the mountains where I live!
16) Household Cleaners
I rarely buy any cleaners anymore. Actually, since I haven’t actually purchased a cleaning product in over a year (probably more), I guess it can certainly go on this list. They are super EASY AND CHEAP to make! 🙂 I hope you’re not getting tired of hearing that!
Here’s how to make perfect gentle soft scrub:
All you do is sprinkle baking soda on the area that needs cleaning, the squirt a bit of white vinegar on it. It will bubble away, and it’s almost magical how even tough grease comes right off. I use this combo to clean stainless steel surfaces too. You just have to rinse really well, but your appliances will be shiny and beautiful! If you want scent, just add some essential oils!
17) Calcium Supplement
EASY & CHEAP! I raise chickens, and all parts of them are used for our health. I happen to use their eggshells to make our own Calcium Powder. I know that it’s easy to pick some up at the store, but I like to know where my stuff is coming from.
That probably goes without saying. But if you are in an area where you are allowed to keep some backyard chickens, I highly recommend it! They make wonderful pets, they provide you with a daily egg (at least until they start aging, then egg production slows down), and if you need a lift of spirits, chicken watching will do just that!