- Megan Bingham
In Forgotten Ways for Modern Days, Rachelle Blondel (coauthor of Granny Chic) offers an array of natural household recipes to maintain a nontoxic household environment.
Blondel emphasizes that having a lifestyle that is free from harsh cleaning products improves your life as it flows day to day. When you use these recipes, there is no risk for anyone in your family (children and pets included) will inhale toxic chemicals.
Each adapted recipe and project is accompanied by a beautiful photo, with detail instructions for assembly. Blondel inserts helpful tips for everyday ingredients, such as interesting uses for eggshells and honey. Forgotten Ways also includes step-by-step instructions for harvesting throughout the year, along with beauty and health recipes for acne-prone skin.
Here are a few DIY examples from Forgotten Ways:
Forest-Fresh Floor Cleaner (page 18)
Stir vinegar and castile soap together. Pour mixed liquid on washing soda until dissolved--you may need to add boiling water to help the process. Add essential oil and combine. An easy alternative for your hardwood floors, and refreshing as well!
Rachelle also includes DIY projects and gifts. This project for kindling wraps is ideal for autumn and winter.
Kindling Wraps (page 63)
- Finely chopped kindling wood
- Dried herbs and grasses
- Tissue or newspaper, cut in 2-inch wide strips
- Raffia Twine
- Beeswax, paraffin or old candle stubs to melt down
- Old Paint Brush
Wrap tissue or newspaper stripes around the kindling wood, and 4-5 pieces of dry herbs and grasses. Tie with raffia twine. Dip the bundle into melted beeswax, and add extra later with paint brush.
When using for a fire: Use one or two bundles.
Forgotten Ways for Modern Days: Kitchen Cures and Household Lore for A Natural Home and Garden is a perfect book for anyone who is looking to start a natural lifestyle.
Photo Credit: Free download 'Bonfire', via Pixelbay