For me this year has been a great reminder to be self-sufficient and immersed in nature. During lockdown, when the world literally stopped I was amongst the lucky people that had enough to eat and a roof over my head. Because my basic needs were met, I could work from home, spend time with my dogs, play the piano, do house chores and generally take care of my mental health. I saw birds I’d never seen before, heard the echoes of dogs barking from a distance, watched squirrels eat their midday snacks and all the beautiful little creatures that felt safe and came out to play. It reminded me of my childhood, growing up in the mountains. The distinct smell of moss and rain, which I coin the Mussoorie Smell. Walking up a hill to get to school in torrential rain with a leech stuck on my leg. Often being prey to stinging nettle and getting soothed by its friendly neighbor, aptly named; the dog leaf. These are some of my most cherished memories.
As you can imagine, life in the city is somewhat different With a busy work schedule, switching off isn’t always so easy. It’s hard to just ‘go with the flow’. However over the years I’ve learnt that there are ways for me to engage myself in mindful practices, every single day. Not only is it my responsibility to take care of myself, but also to take care of my surroundings and I don’t need to be living on a mountain for that.
I asked Anya Gupta to share 3 of her favorite DIY sustainable activities that aren’t time consuming and require less than 5 ingredients! Read on below…
AG: DIYs are hands on, low waste and help use up existing resources. I love the idea of whipping up something yourself, especially if you use it often. Cleaners, face and body scrubs, balms, wipes, toothpaste and candles are common DIYs. We even make our own ceramics at Aura Pottery
I DIY my way through a lot of self-care and cleaning products. Toothpaste, lip scrubs and citrus based cleaners are some of my favourites. Here are 3 easy DIYs to try this weekend.
DIY Toothpaste: 5 tbsp baking soda, 4 tbsp coconut oil, 30 drop of peppermint essential oil. Mix all the ingredients together and bring to preferred consistency. Store in a glass jar and brush away. If you’re looking for a more pasty consistency, add 1 tbsp of bentonite clay. Here’s a step by step guide.
Bio Enzyme: Lemons are like superheroes. They go from complimenting food to powerful cleansers with just a little help from you. For this, you need to save your lemon/citrus rinds. Take 3 parts citrus rinds, 1 part jaggery, 10 parts water. Add this to a plastic bottle & mix well. To speed up the fermentation process, add a pinch of yeast. Release gas by opening the cap once a day for the first week and twice a week after that. After 75-90 days, strain the liquid and use it to clean floors, windows, toilets, dishes and sinks. Voila! Here’s a step by step guide.
DIY Lip Scrub: Ladies your lips need some lovin’ and nothing like a good scrubbing to help you get rid of dead skin. Here’s how you can make a nutritious lip scrub, in just a few easy steps. Take 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, 1 tbsp jaggery or brown sugar, 1 tbsp hemp seed oil, 5 drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix all the ingredients together and store in a small glass jar. Use 1-2 times a week or as frequently as you’d like to.
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