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To be perfectly honest, I think everyone should be doing everything that they can to get away from toxic chemical products and switch to natural products (especially homemade), but I think that as Pagans, we have a greater responsibility to the earth, and we should set a higher standard for ourselves and those around us.
I think we can all agree that paganism is widely referred to as an “earth-based” spirituality. We connect to the the earth and all that it has to offer, and we respect it and what grows and lives upon it. For that reason, it seems sensible that we’d all try to go for natural products that are less likely to harm ourselves, our children, the animals of the planet, and the environment.
It’s become so easy to just go to the store and buy a toxic product. I understand that. They’re usually cheaper than the natural ones, because going natural has become trendy. (Which is really sad, in my opinion.) Even the ingredients for natural products can be expensive, if you fall into the trap of buying things labeled as natural or organic. (Or buy from craft stores.) The thing is, if you know what you’re looking for and you’re willing to put in a little effort, you can actually get and make natural alternatives pretty easily and affordably.
I think that the effort and time should be well worth it for anyone who claims to follow an earth based religion or path. You can’t really be respecting the earth and polluting it at the same time. I know that in this day and age, it’s nearly impossible to go fully natural, but I think we should be doing our very best. If there are things that we can swap out that are better for us and the environment, we certainly should.
I think it’s also part of our responsibility to our faith and our planet to share as much information as we can about going natural. I try to share recipes and DIYs whenever I come up with something, and I think we all should. Learning how to make natural alternatives should be easy for anyone. The more we share, the more good we do. Sharing these tips with each other is also a great way to bond with one another.
One of the other bonuses to making and using natural products, as a Pagan, is that you can really make those products magickal. What if your air freshener helped open your third eye? What if your carpet powder cleansed your space of negative energies? That can be done when you go natural, especially if you make your own products. There’s also a certain kind of ritual and magic in making your own natural products. You get to have that sense of accomplishment, you know you’re doing a good thing for your family and the planet, and you’re really connecting to the essence of every ingredient and what it does for you both practically and spiritually.
So, do you make and/or use natural products? Do you feel that Pagans have a greater responsibility to the earth as part of our path? Leave your comments below.