"Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute's environmental and humanitarian program for youth (preschool to university). Their mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for animals, the environment and the human community"
First 9 Weeks:
We will concentrate on Waste in the typical house. Paper Plates, Paper Towels, disposable everything and make our own cloth products. Here we will make our own kitchen towels, napkins, maybe even tissues, and even bathroom cloth.
I think we'll discuss a bit about "Mama Cloth" or reusable menstrual solutions and maybe try making some as well. That will fit into her 'Health" class anyway. She's not quite ready for that product, but she will be soon. ;-)
I think we will concentrate on the harsh chemicals in most cleaners. So from there we might try to do a few "Safe" experiments, depending on what I feel comfortable with. I am saving all the 'yucky' chemicals I have right now to show her where and how to properly dispose of them. And we will freecycle some too.
We will make laundry detergent, softner, household cleaning products, soaps, shampoos, etc etc
We will concentrate on herbal remedies. This one should be rather fun because from there we have some excellent people that can give us great advice and help us stock our natural medicine cabinet.
1 Bar Soap; (Ivory, Fels Naptha, Zote, Castile)
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
Opt. Essential Oil of your choice
Grate soap into large sauce pan (or shave with knife).
Add 6 Cups water, heat and stir till soap melts.
Add Soda and Borax and dissolve.
Pour 4 Cups Hot Water into 2 Gallon Bucket, add soap mixture and stir.
Add 1 Gallon + 6 Cups water and stir. Let sit 24 hours. It will then start to gel up a bit which is what you want.
Too Easy on this one, Not even a 'recipe'.
Just add 1/4 cup white vinegar. If you want you can try a few drops Essential Oils of your preferred scent.
Mix Equal Parts Witch Hazel and Distilled Water in a spray bottle.
Add in one drop each of citronella and peppermint essential oil per each ounce fluid ounce.
3 oz Honey
4 oz finely ground almonds
2 oz Apple Cider Vinegar
2 oz Distilled Water
6 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Mix all in a bottle and shake well. Use and then when skin is still slightly damp, apply a bit of coconut oil, cosmetic grade sweet almond oil or oil of your choice
All Purpose Cleaning Spray:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup white vinegar
20 drops essential oil of your choice
Mix all in spray bottle
16 oz spray bottle, fill half way with water
add in 2 tbs castile soap
30 drops Tea Tree oil
Shake well, fill the rest of the way up with water.
2 tbs Coconut Oil
3 tbs baking soda
20-25 drops peppermint or spearmint oil
Put all ingredients in plastic type bag, mush, cut off a corner and go! Or mix together well and store in a small jar.
Baby Bath Milk
1 cup powdered milk
¼ cup corn starch
¼ cup finely ground oats
2-3 drops lavender, rose, or chamomile essential oils
Mix ingredients together and put in a shaker style bottle. To use, sprinkle a small amount in warm bath water.
That's all for now, but we'll add some more as we go along.