My Favorite Natural Products For Your Healthy Family

One thing that many Waldorf families have in common is a love of things that support  total health. Many families choose Waldorf Education and Waldorf homeschooling because they feel this supports the development of the whole child in an appropriate way. Many families who choose Waldorf Education are also interested in a healthy, organic lifestyle and products that support family health, self-care, cleaning, and more.

I have been buying and eating organic food for the past 25 years. In this time, I have also embraced the use of herbs and the making of herbal infusions, essential oils, alternative health care systems, organic personal care products and cleaning products and more. Many, many people are futher along on this path than I am, but today I wanted to share some of my favorite family care, personal care, and cleaning products. I know many of these kinds of products could be easily made by hand, especially things such as laundry detergent and deodorant, and sometimes I have, but I also wanted to share my favorite brands with you (no affiliation, just happy using the product) so if you are short on time or just getting started on this path, you will have some tested recommendations!  Please do feel free to add your own recommendations in the comment box, share your favorite product lines, and more.

I have asthma, and we are headed into flu/cold season here in North America as well, which is always cause for concern for my lungs.  Therefore I  use the Environmental Working Group guides for products to often help discern which products have a higher risk of respiratory effects.

Family Care

I have used both homeopathics from  Boiron and  many of the herbal tincture products from Herb Pharm for both adults and children. My favorite general things to have on hand include arnica gel, collodial silver, and oregano essential oil.  I also like to have a selection of something similar to a Thieves Oil  as we head into flu/cold season.  You can find recipes on-line as to how to make a version of Thieves Oil out of basic essential oils.

My favorite supplements and probiotics so far are from the Jarrow line.

To make herbal infusions, I typically order directly  from either  Frontier Co-op or Mountain Rose Herbs.

Water Filters – I am currently looking for both in-house filters and shower filters.   If you have a recommendation, please leave it in the comment box!

(We also use allopathic preventative medicine and chiropractic medicine for general health as well, but this post is mainly about products!)

Personal Self-Care

For deodorant,I like Purelygreat and the Bergamot and Lime Schmidt’s. I have tried Primal Pit Paste without good success due to senstitive skin, but that seems to be what most people I know use.  I have also heard good things about Piperwai deodorant from several people now. Deodorant is fairly easy to make as well.

For lotion, I tend to use just straight oils instead or a combination of oils mixed with a facial lotion or body cream.

Facial cleanser/anti-aging products.  My dermatologist remarked to me that she felt cleanser in general wasn’t as important because it is on your face such a short amount of time compared to creams, serums, eye cream, etc.  so to invest in better quality brands for those things.  Derma E has some products that are rated highly in the Environmental Working Group SkinDeep Database (and some are not).  I don’t really have any tried and true favorites in this category yet.  I keep trying new things!  Please leave me your recommendations!

For shampoo and conditioner, I have not found ANY natural shampoo that I have liked for my hair type and texture. I have on my list to try Carina Organics Shampoo and Conditioner and see if I like those.

Soaps/body wash –  I like shea butter soaps and those generally score well on the EWG database. I find olive oil based soaps drying for my skin.  This one is a little hard for me since I was raised on Dove soap, LOL.

ToothpasteDavid’s Natural Whitening Toothpaste in peppermint is supposed to be good; does anyone use it?  It is flouride-free.  For  small children, we used flouride-free toothpaste and Kiss My Face toothpaste for the older children.  Our teens now prefer a regular brand of whitening toothpaste (yup, I know).

Hand soap – I like to try to find things at Amazon’s Subscribe and Save for products such as these, but Amazon doesn’t seem to carry any of the products marked with the green gold standard or a “1” , the next level down,  in the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.  Miessence and Beautycounter both get high marks in this category; perhaps you can find a person who sells those products, or order from the ATTITUDE line directly from their  website.  ATTITUDE is one brand that seems to get consistently high marks in the EWG Database for both personal care products and cleaning products.

For sunscreen, (which I don’t wear a lot except on my face/neck and the backs of my hands due to the blocking of Vitamin D, probably much to the horror of some medical professionals),  I try to choose from the EWG Best Sunscreen list.

For all of the above items, I try to check the Environmental Working Group database several times a year since recommendations change due to manufacturer’s changes in formulation.

Cleaning Products

Laundry Detergent – is super easy to make; however, if you are in a pinch and want laundry detergent you can try BioKleen powder; Seventh Generation Free and Clear, or ATTITUDE laundry detergent.  Or, many folks use soap nuts.

All purpose cleanser is also easy to make and you can add essential oils to make everything smell lovely.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner – many natural substitutions here, but  Green Shield or Seventh Generation scores high on the EWG list for a premade one.

Dishwasher Detergent/Powder and Detergent for Hand-Washing Liquids – I like ATTITUDE for both the dishwasher and hand washing of dishes.    I have also used Seventh Generation and Ecover in the past; I think Seventh Generation scores higher in the EWG database though.

Share with me your favorite tried and true natural and organic products! I always love to hear people’s recommendations!

Blessings and love,

Carrie

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “My Favorite Natural Products For Your Healthy Family

  1. Oh I love hearing of other’s favorite things. Our favorites include dessert essence toothpaste and deodorant, dr.woods coconut soap, coconut oil for face moisturizer, and shea butter for lotion. For face cleaner, I use a mixture of witch hazel, distilled water and apple cider vinegar with tea tree essential oil. I usually use a shampoo bar from Emily’s homestead for shampoo and I vary on conditioner.

  2. Hi Carrie, great post, thanks!

    We have a Berkey water filter, which is great. If you let it run out, it does take what seems like a long time to filter and fill again (which is probably good for the water quality). We called them to make sure that it filters pesticides and herbicides since we live in an area with a lot of farming and are on a well. And it does. If you are on city water and they fluoridate, Berkey also makes fluoride filters to add to your filtering system.

    Deod – Primal Pit Paste, but I recently heard that if you are using natural deod it can help to do an armpit detox once a month – bentonite clay and ACV and water. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off. I’m going to try this soon.

    For my face, I have been using Evan Healy products lately and I love them. I got a little starter kit (I use the rose one) for like $20 on sale (sold at Whole Foods and other natural grocery stores) and I have been using their stuff ever since. Their Rose Geranium Hydrosoul, oh my goodness, bliss in a (glass) bottle. When my children are bickering I go into the bathroom and spray it all over my face and neck 🙂

    I use organic coconut oil on my body, usually with some essential oils mixed in, and lately I have been wondering if using it transdermally like that is helping to keep me healthy – because of its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, etc properties. Interesting.

    Oh, and last winter I started taking Fire Cider everyday. It will kick whatever you are fighting if you take it in time. I think it is made in Maine but it is probably available where you are in an organic grocery (Whole Foods does not carry it here in MD). I am sure it is online as well. You can (and probably do) also make it yourself. The product is kind of pricey but you don’t take a lot each day, just a tablespoon or two.

    Thanks again for sharing your favorite products, I always like to hear what other people have found works best for them. Have a great Labor Day weekend!

  3. Hello. Radiant life catalog has while house and drinking water filtration a systems. I don’t have a whole house one, but the drinking ones are awesome!

  4. Fit organics laundry detergent is great. They are USDA organic. They have a dishwashing liquid too, but it left my dishes filmy.

    Mother dirt products are fabulous! They do not have any preservatives, so they have to be used within 6 months of the first use. My daughter has excema and our pediatrician recommended thier products. We haven’t had any issues with her excema since switching to this brand. I’ve also found I don’t need deodorant after using Mother Dirt. It doesn’t remove the good bacteria from your skin like all the other soaps. I would highly recommend trying it out. They are a relatively new company so they haven’t been rated on the EWG site.

  5. Hi Carrie! We use Dr. Bronners for a lot in our house. I like the regular castile soap as shampoo/body wash with a vinegar rinse for our hair. If that’s not what we’re using, then I usually have a bottle of Yes to Carrots shampoo and conditioner, which I have been super happy with. I don’t think it has the best rating, but it also doesn’t have the worst and the price is very good. We also love Kirk’s castile soap. For toothpaste and deodorant it’s just plain baking soda or Tom’s flouride free/Tom’s aluminum free. Dr. Bronners also makes Sal Suds which I like for cleaning floors and bathtubs. I use vinegar for pretty much everything else. I do use homemade detergent in the laundry with vinegar in the rinse and seventh generation dish soap. Fun post! Thanks for sharing!

    • And I forgot to say that for water we are planning on installing a reverse osmosis system for the whole house. According to my husband, it’s not a huge job but I honestly have no clue what it all means 😊 Maybe look into that option? I have heard great things about Berkey filters but we currently recieve a water delivery from Nestle. They were rated in the top 3 for bottled water and I use it for drinking and cooking. Having just moved, we have not gotten to the whole house water system yet.

  6. I really like Andalou Naturals for shampoo products. I have noticed a difference since I started using the shampoo and conditioner. My hair is much fuller. I have hypothyroidism so hair loss is a constant battle although I have naturally thick hair. As I have gotten closer to 50, I have struggled with the brittle/wiry issue. These products are really super. I order them from Vitacost but I am sure you can get them many places.

  7. I love this post! Thank you. I have some things to share:
    Deodorant – baking soda! After showering and drying off I dip two fingers into a little jar of baking soda and rub it under my arm. Also, I have used it at times when I haven’t gotten to shower (camping) and it works great. (Someone people’s skin may be too sensitive for this. Try a small amount first)

    Shampoo:. I use 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in a 2oz. squeeze bottle and fill it with water – shake well. Brush hair scalp to ends. Wet hair with cool water and squeeze baking soda solution into scalp and massage. Rinse with cool water. I have fine dry hair so I only need to do this ONCE A WEEK!!! and careful not to use too much. I am not using the whole 2oz bottle for one wash. Oily hair will likely require more and more than once a week. You have to play with it and figure out what works for you. I brush and wet my hair with cool water during showers the rest of the week but don’t silly the baking soda.
    Conditioner/Rinse:. Apple Cider Vinegar. I use a 4oz bottle -fillef 1/4 to 1/3 with ACV and fill with water. Use this after baking soda wash and on its own on days when not washing with baking soda. Always use cool water on hair – it keeps the hair follicle smooth – no frizzies – ACV also keeps hair smooth. Squirt onto wet scalp and hair. Comb through with a wide tooth comb. Rinse with cool water.

  8. Water filters – check out Berkley Black filters… https://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkey-water-filters/black-berkey.html

    Deodorant/ sunscreen (I know… what, why both…) I use it for deodorant is a friend’s mix of natural organic ingredients… Lotions and Potions by StarLight. I have a contact for her if needed… love her product!!

    As far as lotions for my face I use Lotions and Potions’s Miracle Salve. This is an AMAZING sunburn cure as well. Great ingredients!!

    Shampoo and Conditioners I use Avalon Organics, seems to work with my hair… lots of it and very thick!

    Soaps tend to be homemade locally or Dr. Bronner’s

    Toothpaste – Bentonite Clay with Baking Soda is the absolute best… you want something without glicerine.. make the teeth sticky.

    Sunblock is either my friend’s mix above (deorderant, which is formulated as sunblock, I just use it as deorderant as well cause it works.) Or Goddess Garden organics…. zinc.

    Toilet cleaner… straight vinegar… let the water out of the toilet bowl (there’s a trick) when you leave for the day, fill the bowl with straight vinegar, close the lid, place the container of vinegar on the closed lid (this way you remember to clean before use when you return home), scrub, flush, all done. SUPER EASY!! The longer the soak the easier the cleaning!

    Dish Soap – seventh Generation works the best for me.

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for reading.

  9. Thank you for yet another great post, Carrie! And thanks to those who posted comments, also. Always great to hear new healthy products for the family!

    Jarrow’s Fem-Dophilus probiotics is really helpful for vaginal and urinary tract issues. It saved me from what would have been a course of antibiotics on two separate occasions! I was so happy to find something that not only clears up the problem but actually benefits my health and doesn’t have unpleasant side effects!

    I hesitate to recommend this next healthy home product because it comes with a big price tag, but it brought priceless relief to my family and so I feel compelled to mention it: a natural mattress! Our son suffered from terrible bad congestion at night, snoring, frequent night wakings–it was so bad that a doctor even recommended that his adenoids be removed! Thankfully before we took that step I kept researching and learned that our traditional mattress might be contributing to his issues. There are lots of natural mattress options out there and we ultimately decided on an organic latex mattress. Our son’s issues resolved, literally, overnight!!! His congestion was gone! He started sleeping through the night! It was truly remarkable.

    You mentioned water purifiers and that is a step we are looking to take so I’m grateful for the recommendations. I would also suggest an air purifier. I’ve read that indoor air pollution can actually be five times worse than outdoor air pollution! So, we are trying to take measures to improve our indoor air quality using HEPA filters, air purifiers, and making sure we choose low/no-VOC products if we have to do any sort of home improvements (we recently moved and our new place needed some work done; we found AMF Safecoat products have a good reputation for paints, stains, and sealers — some can even help seal-in off-gassing on new products like baby cribs or dressers made from particle board, etc.)

  10. I read somewhere that BO can be a sign of lack of magnesium. I’m unsure if that’s a fact but I had magnesium oil spray on hand and it’s worked really well so far as a deodorant! I’m still sweating but I don’t smell. I’m sure this is different person to person, but I’m so happy and this will be my new deodorant! Next, I hope to mix with some eo’s for a scented deodorant!

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