Two years ago my thyroid packed it in. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Syndrome and am now on daily medication to keep things ‘normal’. That little gland is amazing. I had no idea how important it is and how it is responsible for regulating just about every system in your body. When it doesn’t work and you have hypo-thryoidism it seems everything is affected and consequently your hair falls out, your body can’t regulate temperature, your metabolism grinds to a halt, your skin becomes dry, your nails turn brittle, your speech can be slurred, you have trouble thinking clearly and become forgetful and then there’s the lack of energy and extreme fatigue!
Anyway, at the time I was diagnosed I of course consulted with my friend Dr Google to see if there are any natural cures or remedies for an under-active thyroid. While I didn’t actually find anything specific to my condition, I did discover a naturopath living in Victoria who in 1995 was diagnosed by three separate medical practitioners with Parkinson’s Disease. He had lost his power of speech, couldn’t walk 5mtrs without assistance and it would take him an hour and a half to get dressed.
John Coleman became extremely dissatisfied with western medical treatment and his prognosis so he started to pursue other less conventional methods of treatment. By April 1998 he was completely symptom free. He then started a treatment program based on his findings to help people recover from Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative and autoimmune disorders. While Western medical practise still doesn’t have a cure and can only treat progressively worsening symptoms for these disorders, this humble and softly-spoken man from the outskirts of Melbourne is well worth listening to.
In order to recover from what he believes was triggered by stress and trauma in his early life, John had to radically change his lifestyle that included quitting smoking and altering his diet to being totally gluten-free and dairy-free. There are many other changes he had to make and all are listed in his book, Stop Parkin’ and Start Living. Besides giving up the cigarettes and changing his diet he also reduced the amount of chemicals in and around his home. This meant cleaning his home naturally.
I was so pleased a few weeks ago when Brydie from City Hippy Farm Girl posted a recipe for cleaning your home without the use of harsh chemicals.
I made up the solution and have been cleaning my home with it ever since. It is cheap to make with all ingredients readily available from your local supermarket. Pour a little into a bucket of water to wash your floors. Use undiluted to clean stains on carpets. Use on a wet sponge to wipe down surfaces like bench tops. It will clean bathrooms but shake baking soda over stubborn stains, grease, grime and soap-scum then scrub with a cloth soaked in the cleaning solution.
This environmentally friendly cleaning solution leaves your home not only clean but with the eucalyptus fragrance, smelling beautiful and fresh as well.
Making Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaning Solution
Makes: 2ltrs approx
Degree of Difficulty: 1/5
Cost: Just a few dollars – you’ll never want to waste money on commercial cleaners again!
- 1.5ltrs white vinegar
- 200mls detergent
- 20mls eucalyptus oil
- baking soda
In an old bottle (I used the white vinegar bottle), add vinegar, detergent and eucalyptus oil. Replace lid on bottle and give a little shake. You’re now ready to get cleaning! Take the baking soda with you and use as a scouring agent.
If you’d like to hear a little more about the naturopath, John Coleman and how he recovered from Parkinson’s Disease, here is a short video.
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