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There’s this myth that living a natural lifestyle is something for the rich; after all if you want to eat apples and grapes, you need money for that. This belief has kept many of us stuck in a cycle of artificial flavours and chemicals. The truth though is that you can live a natural lifestyle. Notice the emphasis on ‘lifestyle’? You don’t have to give up your entire life, but you can make a few changes here and there. So here are 3 ways you can add natural living to your lifestyle.
This is not as hard as it seems especially if you’re a Nigerian woman. What you need to do is add more vegetables to your food, eat lots of fruits (pawpaw, mango, watermelon, bananas, etc) and cook food that is grown. Try to limit your consumption of artificial juices and sodas and if you can, make your own juices. Drink water.
There are so many cleaning agents in the market especially for toilets, sinks and floors. Many of these things are not healthy or good for you as some of them emit chemicals that can be harmful to you and your children. Do you know that you can make these cleaners yourself from natural products? Baking soda makes a good cleaning agent and you can make scouring powder from egg shells. Read our article on Natural Cleaning Agents.
Another way you can go natural is in your beauty products. Look, let’s be honest with you, we have so many natural beauty products in Nigeria, like Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Palm Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil…just to name a few and these are all medicinal. You have NO reason to be shelving a mini fortune each month just because you want beautiful skin; we’ve got it all right here. So do away with some of the chemicals you use. Introduce Shea butter for your skin, coconut oil for your hair, Aloe Vera as a make-up removal agent – just quick examples.
As natural hair seems to be trending in Nigeria these days, we know that not everyone might be comfortable with keeping natural hair and really, that’s a decision only you can make. However, that should not stop you from incorporating natural living into your lifestyle, it can be done. It’s healthier and it is cheaper too.