It really is time to come clean... soapnuts for everyone

The Good Life Letter 

20th March 2016

Every so often something will come along that will stop me in my tracks.

Whilst I was waiting for my teenage brood to empty the bathroom so that us normal folk could get a shave, I was reading one of my daughter's text books.

There, in a collection of verse was the following Cree Indian proverb:

Only when the last tree has died
and the last river been poisoned
and the last fish been caught
will we realise we cannot eat money

I don’t know if these few lines had the same impact on you as they did on me, but they have been haunting me ever since I read them.

In many ways the native folk in most major settled lands seem to have a much closer understanding of the base earth than those who followed them.

Intertwining their lives with those of the animals and plants they needed to survive was second nature to them – knowing that they were both super predator and loyal servant to the natural world.

From the great plains of Africa, the mountains of Tibet and the deserts of Arabia came the knowledge that the earth would nurture, heal and protect. In China, Australia and the lands of the frozen north the indigenous people lived and worked alongside the seasons, the tides and the flora & fauna.

Look around your own home now and see how much of your life is based in nature.

Despite the last ten years of researching and cataloguing ancient and natural approaches to life, I am ashamed to say that my own abode has few true acknowledgements to the planet we live on.

Even I view the world through the magic box in the corner, communicate via the electro-trickery of the internet and consume vast amounts of irreplaceable resources without thinking.

You too?

Here is one way to change back to a safe, ancient and natural practice on wash days

The modern world lies... as if we didn’t know

Most homes will have an automatic washing machine these days, it’s a fact of modern life.

Sitting in the corner of the kitchen they tirelessly wash our clothes, clicking through their programmes like good automatons should.

I can remember wash day being something entirely different for my mum and her twin tub.

Saturday morning's she would be wrestling armfuls of wet clothes with big wooden tongues from the washing side of the machine into the spinner.

Washing piles would be strictly arranged so that the cotton whites got the hottest and cleanest water, and the dark work denims and socks got the coolest and last dip.

Over the course of the morning she used one, maybe two, tubs of water to wash the entire week's washing.

That was the 1960s and she was a fan of ‘Dreft’ and ‘Daz’ powders long before they became ‘new’ or ‘improved’ or even ironically ‘original’.

By the 1970s washing powders were more scientific and had become biological with enzymes to help remove stubborn stains; and very quickly twin tubs, coppers and mangles became collector’s items as new machines took over.

Now each batch of washing received two, three or even as many as five changes of water as it washed – pumping the waste out into the sewers and into the watercourses.

Rather than simple soaps our rivers and seas began to fill with harsh chemicals and become imbalanced with nutrients which dramatically changed the micro flora, ultimately leading to blooms of bacteria, fungi and micro plants which robbed the seas of oxygen and killed the fish...

...the beginning of the last rivers being poisoned you might say.

No-one can say that standing over a copper or a twin tub was much fun, and I am not advocating that we should eschew the benefits of the automatic machine, but maybe we should think more carefully about what we use in it.

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Still buying chemically enhanced washing liquids? You’re nuts not to try this!

Next time you have to venture near a shop, just have a look at how much space is given over to washing powders, detergent liquids and stain removers – great pyramids of the stuff in even the smallest of corner shops.

The profit available from this product can only be guessed at, but TV commercials don’t come cheap and barely a daytime slot goes by without some new, bright shiny thing extolling the virtues of their product.

But what is the cost of all of this? The truth is that we can only guess, but with the rise in usage you can bet it won’t make for good reading.

Messed up ecosystems might seem a difficult concept for many people, but chances are that you and your family have your own issues to contend with.

Not least of these are the rise in allergic responses, rashes and even full blown eczema – all of which are directly caused by the type of washing detergent you choose.

Contact dermatitis is when the skin reacts to a stimulant by breaking out in sores and becoming itchy – behind the scenes the immune system is going into overdrive.

All of this can lead to a life of misery and an increased susceptibility of developing further allergic responses and more serious forms of eczema.

That is probably the best reason why most people have begun to switch to more natural wash day routines – that and the chance to save quite significant amounts of money.

By using the 100% natural soap nut liquid concentrate you could be saving every time you wash, around 14p a time... over the course of a month that could add up to a serious contribution to your household budget.

The soap nut, or soap berry is widely used in the Asian subcontinent, and harvested in the foothills of the Himylayas, where it grows in abundance.

So a very different ‘Indian’ origin from the thought I had at the start of the letter today, but a product which fits into the sentiment behind that proverb I’m sure you’ll agree.

I’ll leave you with another piece of Native American prose:

Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission.

This is the Indian theory of existence.


Discover the purpose of this natural berry, the amazing soap nut liquid

Yours, as always


Ray


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