From the minute we get out of bed in the morning, to the time we climb back under the sheets at night, we are exposed to countless thousands of synthetic chemicals, many with known harmful consequences to our biology.
We go into the bathroom, we brush our teeth. We rinse our mouths with mouthwash. We shampoo and condition our hair. We wash our faces and bodies. We moisturize our skin. We have been awake for scarcely half an hour and we have already slathered ourselves with sodium laureth sulfate, parabens, etc.
The society in which we live teaches us to go to the pharmacy, buy all these products, and use them daily so that we feel clean and *smell nice*. But what if you discovered that none of them were necessary, and that you could achieve the same or better results by using products that you already have in your kitchen, and that are safe to put inside your body, as well as on it?
Here are some recipes I’ve found or developed:
One egg yolk
Warm water to measure one cup.
Stir and pour over wet hair. Massage into scalp and rinse. No conditioner necessary.
1/2 tbsp baking soda
Warm water to measure one cup.
Juice of one orange
One egg white
1/2 tbsp cocoa
Whip with stick blender until thickened. Very luxurious and smells great 🙂
1 tbsp ground oatmeal
1 tsp plain yogourt
Mix into paste. Apply to wet face, massage and rinse.
Pure cocoa butter.
Solid at room temperature. Scrape flakes off with spoon and melt in warm hands. Apply to dry skin.
2 tbsp cocoa butter flakes
A few drops pure vanilla extract
Warm cocoa butter flakes in microwave or over low heat. Stir in vanilla extract. Pour into small round case while still warm. Apply to dry lips with finger.
1/4 cup baking soda
1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide
A dash of peppermint extract
Stir into paste. Keep in dark-coloured container, as light will degrade the peroxide into oxygen and water.
Way better than Listerine 🙂
3 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tbsp sea salt
About 1 tbsp sunflower oil, just enough to make a paste
A few drops of essential oil (I like orange)
Feels great rubbed in anywhere you have rough or dry skin.
Unrefined coconut oil
Rub it on, rinse it off. It will leave your skin clean but feeling moisturized.
Sugaring (for hair removal):
2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
Bring to a boil in saucepan, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes until solution is dark amber in colour. Remove from heat, let cool for 10 minutes and transfer to glass dish (so it may be re-heated later). To use: rip clean cotton fabric (old sheets or pillowcases work great) into 1-2” wide strips. Use a butter knife to apply solution to skin in direction of hair growth, cover with cloth strip, hold for a few seconds, tear off against the grain in one swift motion. Unlike wax, this solution will not clog your pores or follicles, can be rinsed easily with water, and the fabric can be rinsed, dried and reused again and again. Also your skin will feel incredibly smooth and nourished.
While White men, women and children were marching on Saturday March 15th, I was busy celebrating the first birthday of my best friend’s firstborn son. Beautiful little Woden! Here is a picture of the cake I made for the party guests:
This child is amazing. Huge inquisitive blue eyes that stare into your soul. Fierce intelligence and an urge to communicate his wishes to everyone in the room. When you interact with him, it is clear that he not only understands everything you say, but forms a thought in response to you. He responds unambiguously to yes or no questions. “Do you want banana?” “Yeh!” “Woden, did you poo?” “Yeh.” You look and there is, in fact, poo. His masculinity is also very pronounced at this age: when he climbs or pulls himself up on something, he makes the manliest little grunting noises, and his expression is pure power and determination. He’s so awesome. (This one year old kid is more of a man than most of the 20- and 30-something males I know haha..)
Of course we know that we must secure the existence of our people, and each of us does what we can to make that a reality. But the importance of this becomes so much more concrete when you look into the clear blue eyes of a white child, and he looks up at you with such hope and possibility. It is up to us to make his world a safe place to grow up in. It is up to us to protect him from the things that would destroy his pride in himself and his heritage. It is up to us to teach him the values, traditions and skills of his forebears. He is our future as a people.
Hail to the parents of white children everywhere! That their little ones grow ever stronger and smarter, with the love and support of our European family.
Asleep within the seed the power lies,
Foreshadowed pattern, folded in the shell,
Root, leaf, and germ, pale and half-formed.
The nub of tranquil life, kept safe and dry,
Swells upward, trusting to the gentle dew,
Soaring apace from out the enfolding night.
Artless the shape that first bursts into light–
The plant-child, like unto the human kind–
Sends forth its rising shoot that gathers limb
To limb, itself repeating, recreating,
In infinite variety; ’tis plain
To see, each leaf elaborates the last–
Serrated margins, scalloped fingers, spikes
That rested, webbed, within the nether organ–
At length attaining preordained fulfillment.
-Goethe, The Metamorphosis of Plants (poem)
As spring draws nearer, I find myself thinking more and more about the nature of plants, and how much we can learn from them about ourselves.
Over New Year’s, I spent some time at a biodynamic farm, and had a chance to learn a bit about what biodynamic agriculture is all about. The idea is that the land itself is a living entity, and that the plants, animals, and humans that live on that land are part of a system that is interrelated. Compost plays a large role in this: only organic matter that is generated on the farm is used in the compost, and there are some very specific and rather odd preparations which are added to the compost (dandelion flowers stuffed into cow mesentery and buried over the winter then dug up in spring for example). The point of this as I understand it is that the health of the soil is paramount to the health of the farm and everything on it, and these are methods to re-introduce minerals and nutrients back into the soil. Of course they have done studies trying to quantify the value of this approach in terms of yield, versus regular organic and conventional farming, but I think that is missing the point. It’s not about what you take from the soil during this growing season, but about what is put back into the soil for subsequent years and generations. That’s where it really spoke to me.
Craig Holdrege of the Nature Institute writes in his recent book Thinking Like a Plant: “By taking root in the earth, plants become in a way more dependent on their environment and more vulnerable than a roaming, self-mobile animal. But this dependency is the flip side of openness to the environment and the plant’s ability to engage with that environment and to do what animals cannot, namely create, essentially out of air and water, living substance.”
All living organisms are adaptive. The genetic predisposition of a plant to achieve a particular form is shaped by many factors in its environment, much like animals and humans. Through its leaves, through its roots, it is in intimate contact with its surroundings and responding to stimuli. Although a plant can survive in less-than-ideal soil and light conditions, it will not achieve its true ideal form: its growth will be stunted or it will appear retarded.
It is no surprise that when you plant native plants in your garden, they are more resilient and drought-resistant, they attract and support local wildlife like birds, butterflies and bees; they are specially adapted to the geography, climate and ecosystem in which they live. The plant knows how to function as a part of that system.
We also know what happens when invasive foreign species of plants are introduced into an ecosystem. They can quickly become out of control, squeezing out native plants, shading them from light or choking out their roots. They can even change the pH of the soil to make it uninhabitable to native species.
Cultivating and observing plants is great for the body and mind. I encourage you, even if you don’t have a piece of earth to call your own, bring a plant into your home and see what it can teach you about yourself!
OK, I realize that many of you started following my blog just yesterday, and here I am writing about shampoo. Please bear with me!
On Sunday morning, after being inspired by a comment thread on TP under About Tomorrow, I decided to challenge myself to stop using shampoo. The first couple of days were not bad of course, I just rinsed with water and brushed it out. But by yesterday, I was pretty greasy and kept my hood up all day (people in my office kept asking, “what are you, cold?” haha). So this morning, I used one tablespoon of aluminum-free baking soda mixed with one cup of warm water, poured it over my head in the shower, massaged it in a bit and rinsed. For a conditioner, I mixed up one egg white, juice of one orange, and a teaspoon of cocoa and rinsed that through my hair.
Honestly, I can’t remember my hair ever feeling better than it does right now. It’s so light, smooth and tangle-free, and feels like the build-up of products has been stripped away. I used to use a dandruff shampoo ($15.99), a regular shampoo ($10.99), conditioner ($10.99), mousse ($5.99), and blow-dry lotion ($4.99), all of which are filled with toxic shit. Now I feel like I can confidently throw it all in the garbage!
This is my new approach: I won’t put anything on my body, that I wouldn’t put in my body. Anyone who’s ever got shampoo in their eyes or mouth knows it stings and tastes disgusting. I had always willfully ignored the fact that skin is porous and absorbs everything that is applied to it to some degree. If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth or eyes, why would you put it on your skin?
Freeing myself from the tyranny of Unilever and Proctor and Gamble is of course one tiny step in becoming a better European. I know there are many others much further along the road than I am, but I feel that at least I am moving in the right direction, and making progress each day. Not to mention I smell delicious 😉
This post is all about the story behind the Thulean Perspective t-shirts I’m selling!
Basically, when the call went out to us for assistance, after making a small contribution, I wished I could do more. I had a vision of the shirt that I wanted to create, and originally I was only going to make a few for myself and a couple of my friends. I simply grabbed one of the promo photos from Burzum.org and brought it into AutoCAD as a raster image, then used my mouse to trace the light and dark areas as closed polylines and used hatching to fill them in. I chose Cry Uncial font for the text, and found that the special “ô” and “ð” characters were not available in that font, so again I used closed polylines to make the little marks. Pretty simple really…it only took me a couple of hours in total.
I found out once I started looking at quotes that it is far cheaper per unit to have at least 50 shirts printed at once, especially with this where there are three screen-setups (one for each colour/side). So I had 50 printed in assorted sizes.
I think they turned out great, and I’ve been receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback! Shirts have gone out to all over Canada, the States and Europe. I’ve worn mine a few times so far and I find it’s a great conversation starter: people ask “who’s on your shirt?” and then I tell them a little bit about Varg and about the events that have befallen him and Marie and the injustice and ongoing persecution. Then I refer them to the website. It gets the word out there to people who would not otherwise know anything about it.
So where can I get a shirt, you ask! I’ve been taking all orders directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are $20 (CAN) each plus the basic cost of shipping. All profits will be going directly to Varg and Marie’s fundraising effort. Please get in touch if you’re interested!