Someone asked me to share about the first Over The Moon product predecessor I ever made. I think it’s kind of an ironic story, so here it is.
We used cloth diapers from the start, and I wanted cloth safe diaper ointment. I was still trying to get used to not bringing home a paycheck, so trying to spend a little as I possibly could while still keeping everyone healthy. Add to that, we knew within her first week that she was allergic to dairy, and the list just grew from there. We were given some calendula based zinc oxide diaper ointment before she was born, so we tried that first. Whoah. The zinc oxide unleashed a scream from her tiny ten pound self that could only be described as terrifying. So we tried another brand. It still had zinc oxide, but less, and she seemed to do better with it. But then we ran out, and the local stores stopped carrying it. I wound up buying a brand I respected and trusted, but couldn’t really afford, just to get us by until I found something that fit our needs better. It was a pain to carry around in the diaper bag because it always melted. Because of the melting issue, a friend gave me a diaper stick to keep in my bag. It was awesome! It wasn’t the most effective formula, but it was a neat, tidy, in a portable twist up tube, and it got the job done on the go.
Of course, I wanted to replace it for my friend, but I couldn’t afford it. I’ve always been fairly resourceful, and figured I could probably learn to make her a new one. And who doesn’t love home made gifts?! I spent weeks researching ingredients and containers. After about two months, I had my first “Owie Ointment.” It was VERY different from what I sell in my shop now. It had some ingredients that, in hindsight, were superfluous, and I couldn’t get a good jar for it at the time. I still have the left overs of that first batch in the deep recesses of our linen closet. (It's in a giant wheat germ jar, but I kind of don’t want to let it go). But through that process of just wishing to repay a favor, I learned how to infuse my own oils; work with oils, butters and waxes; and a little bit about herbal applications.
Two more years of learning, experimenting and playing around with recipes, and Over The Moon was born. During those two years, I rid our home of bleach, ammonia, carpet cleaner, insect repellent, furniture polish, disinfectant wipes and sprays, antibacterial soap, window cleaner, floor cleaner, toilet bowl and other bathroom cleaners, conventional shampoos, conditioners and soaps, shaving cream, even conventional pain killers, cough syrups, etc…. so many things I don’t even think I remember everything we used to use. About the only thing left is our non-stick cookware, and I’m in the process of reseasoning stripped cast iron and picking out stainless sauce pots. So we have a very natural-minded home, and the result has been more self reliance, and fewer medical bills. I know it doesn’t work that way for everyone, and there are more pieces to our puzzle, too (like the food we eat, the foods we don’t eat, and other practices) that also affect our health.
What green/natural living habits or changes have you made in your home? What changes are you hoping to make in 2014? What results have you noticed so far as you implement more natural living practices in your life?
I am the mama who is over the moon in love with her family and green living.