In today’s world, many times you can’t go an entire day without some mention of “more healthful living,” “natural foods,” “organic diets” and many other terms all related to improving our health and protecting our world.   They sound like great ideas that we want to adopt into our daily lives, but it can be overwhelming.  Where in the world can you start?  Your diet?  Your household items?  At work?   The good news is that with a little research, you can make all of those things more healthful and natural.  Here are ten simple things that can get you started:

  1. Use herbs and essential oils in both food and wellness

herbs and essential oils

Of course, using fresh herbs in cooking is generally healthier because they don’t require preservatives, but it often makes your food more flavorful.  But, they can help provide relief for burns or itchy skin by using topical creams that contain herbs.  Try rubbing white flower oil on your temples to soothe headaches.

  1. Find out about natural foods that can replace over the counter, pre-packaged medicines

Natural Foods

These often have fillers of various “who knows what’s,” gelatins and sugars.  A great example is using ginger.  You can easily make a tea out of it with 2 cups of water poured over a peeled slice of ginger to help all kind of congestion and cold symptoms.  Plus, the ginger root itself can end up being cost effective as you can use it fresh in cooking.

  1. Schedule time for some sort of exercise daily

daily exercise

It doesn’t need to be a gym membership or a lot of expensive home equipment.  In fact, you may only need to invest in a good pair of running shoes.  A brisk walk, taking stairs instead of elevators and even going up and down every aisle in the grocery store can get your heart pumping and get you feeling great!

  1. Treat yourself to a massage

Treat yourself to a massage

It’s not just a relaxing reward, focusing on certain trigger points can relieve stress and many pains in muscles and joints and can even help with headaches.

  1. Spend some time with small talk

Spend some time with small talk

It’s been shown that just 10 minutes of chatting can be as effective as working on crossword puzzles or word problems for keeping you mentally sharp and focused.  And of course, there is the social interaction that many of us who work from home should have.

  1. Drink water

drink water

The benefits of water can never be overstated, and most of us simply don’t drink enough of it.  Dehydration can cause a myriad of problems, from muscle aches to headaches to sluggishness and even chest pains and rapid heartbeat.

  1. Research natural cleaning products

Not only are you eco-friendly, using natural cleaning products in your home can save money and possibly help with allergies and other illnesses in your home.  Citrus infused vinegar can be used as a window cleaner.  Baking soda and water make a paste that can be spread in the oven for cleaning.  It replaces the chemical filled fumes of the store brands.

  1. Cut down on waste

Cut down on waste

There are so many alternative ways to cut back on wasteful products that often end up polluting landfills, never decomposing.  Some ideas are reusing plastic bags by taking them for return grocery trip.  Better yet, try using some of the natural woven bags you can pick up in the grocery stores themselves.  Plan ahead and buy in bulk.

  1. Consider growing some of your own food

growing your own food

Not only are you eating more organically, but you have control over pesticides and other chemicals that are used.  If you don’t want to grow your own food, visit farmer’s markets and cook with seasonal crops.

  1. Check out organic beauty and skin products

Again, a little research can teach you how to actually prepare certain make-ups, soaps and lotions yourself.  Or, you can find people online who have made this a business.  Not only are you going more organic, but you are supporting small businesses who also do.

These are just a few small changes that can yield big results in your goal of more natural living.  Once you get started, you may find that you want to find more things you can do. You don’t have to jump in and make drastic changes.  You don’t need to have a goal that’s all or nothing.  As with anything, small steps along with trial and error are the only thing you really need to do.   It only takes a bit of research and an open mind to get you on your way!