Celebrate ONE Chemical Free Day!

Eco WALK the talk is happy to feature this article by guest writer and practising homoeopath, Dr. Priyadarshini Kamat.

By Dr Priyadarshani Kamat

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink? Soon we are moving in this direction.  Unless we act fast. 

Look around, Pause, Think.

We seem to be polluting everything in our wake, water, land and air. 

And what we give comes back to us in more than equal measures. 

Cancer, hormonal imbalance (hypo and hyper thyroid), asthma, eczema, chrons disease, cardiac illnesses, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments are striking more and more at an even younger age group than before. 

Nothing can happen at macro level unless it begins at the micro level.  And both you and I are the micro blocks of our world.  So let us do our tiny bit to save and protect our world, thereby protecting ourselves.  Let us begin by stopping the pollutants which are washed out from homes on a regular basis. 

If we take a really close look at the ingredients in our personal and home care items, you will be completely shocked to find out about the chemicals we constantly expose ourselves and our families to.  These chemicals are then washed out through our drains into the oceans setting in motion the vicious cycle of pollution. 

So my dear friends, let us make a pledge today, to observe at least one Chemical Free Day in a month. 

I am sure it is not too much to ask, is it? 

And if we do our sums correct, by adding up each family that takes this pledge, the magnitude of chemicals emptying into our oceans would decrease considerably even if we followed this habit for just one day in a month, to begin with.

Are you all then ready for a journey into a normal Sunday, in a normal household in a normal city? 


WAKE UP, and even before the sleep flees from our eyes, the tooth brush with the tooth paste starts fighting with the oral monsters. 

Pause – focus – ingredients – toothpaste – chemicals, chemicals – even in the so called herbal ones.  Now think, is there a natural solution?  Yes, it is the common salt and lemony lemon to the rescue.  Take a small piece of lemon, dip it in salt and scrub your teeth sparkling white.  Salt with its anti septic properties, gets rid of the bacteria along with tightening of the gums.  Lemon adds the dash of white along with vitamin C. 

For a little more pampering, you could scrub strawberries.

But what about mouth wash to attack those nasty germs at the back of our throats?  Well add the same salt and lemon to a glass of warm water and gargle away to glory.  This takes care of even minor inflammations.  Wasn’t granny really wise?


Ah ha! For a relaxing luxurious weekend bath or a shower. 

Pause – check – bath foam or gel – chemicals again.

Shampoo – oh! More chemicals.

Face wash – even more chemicals. 

But then don’t worry.  Let’s really pamper ourselves.  Let’s make a paste from rice or chick pea flour + yogurt + turmeric and give ourselves an authentic herbal scrub. 

The benefits? The flour naturally scrubs and takes away the dead skin.  The yogurt not only softens the skin but is armed with acidophil bacteria (good bacteria) takes care of the fungal infections common in humid weather.  The turmeric as you know if famous for its medicinal whitening and anti bacterial properties. 

An ideal replacement for shampoo would be a herb called Shikakai (Acacia Concinna) and Soap Nut (readily available in India).  These are the wonder herbs which have for generations, helped Indian women manage their long dark tresses, without a single bad hair day.  You could also use herbal mixes from  your local Ayurvedic shop. Just make sure the ingredients have no chemicals added.

If your hair is stressed out with all the chemically treatment, perming, straightening and coloring hair, why don’t you go in for a relaxing head massage with a personalized aroma blend.  Let it be an oily hair day.  The scalp would be grateful after all those harsh chemicals. 


Hey, hold on, I can hear you say, what about our hand wash? We need to wash our hands every now and then?  Yes, the same simple lemon cut into piece, kept in a beautiful looking box on our wash basins and used for scrubbing hands whenever needed, will not only disinfect our hands but add a glow to them (please do not keep them for more than 6 hours). 


On this chemical free day, why not steer clear of your dressing table and let your skin breathe naturally, without layers of chemical rich cosmetics.  Just one day..that’s not too much to ask.

These are just a few chemicals we have successfully eliminated from our personal care items.  So now let’s turn our focus to home care. 


Let’s begin with the kitchen.  Oh please!  How can one clean the greasy pots and pans and kitchen platform without our regular kitchen solutions? 

Here’s a relatively gentler and eco friendly household cleaner:

Mix together one teaspoon baking soda with two teaspoons common salt and half a lemon and watch the grease running for cover. 

Then we need sparkling floors free from dust mites and other germs. For a wonderful floor cleaner:

Mix half cup white vinegar + 2 -3 drops of Tea Tree essential oil in a bucketful of warm water.  Now mop the floor and see how the fragrance of Tea Tree will banish your nose blocks while sparkling and disinfecting the floors. 


But what about the harder to clean toilet pots and wash basins?  Well, our simple baking soda and vinegar can do wonders.  Pour half cup baking soda into the toilet pot, then drizzle with vinegar, scrub, let it stay for 10-15 mins and flush.  If there are difficult stains then borax can come to the rescue.  This combination of baking soda, borax and vinegar can also treat choked drains. 

What about the washing machine?  Should we keep it idle?  Ideally yes.  Consider the savings of electricity.  how about hand washing of clothes to burn a few calories?  I can already hear you saying – “We prefer the gym!” 

Ok then, here is the solution.  1/3 cup washing soda + 1 litre water + soap flakes instead of detergents + ½ cup borax for additional cleaning power.  Add this to the machine before adding the clothes.  Stir and add the clothes.

Yes I know this is not entirely a natural solution, but just much eco friendlier than our usual cleaning agents.  If you have come across some alternatives, please let us know and we can pass the word around to save the world. 

Hey, have you realized the savings on our pockets that we may enjoy en route to saving the environment? 

Ah ha!  Now the environment is blessing us, the home is clean, money is saved.  We have had some spa pampering.  So why not burn some aroma oil in a burner now, listen to some soft music and relax our tired nerves.  Happy relaxation.  See you later. 

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Author’s profile:

Dr. Priyadarshani Kamat,
B.H.M.S., D.M.L.D., D.H.A. (ITEC U.K.), D.H.A. (IFA, U.K.)
NatureNurtures, Homoeopathic and Holistic Therapy Center
Tel No: (65) 96647657 email : priya@naturenurtures.net

Dr Priyadarshani is a Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery from the prestigious CMPH College of Mumbai University a Post Graduate Fellow from the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR), Mumbai.  She also holds several diplomas in alternative medicine.

She has been practicing as a homoeopath for more than seventeen years.  Her training for seven years in the ever busy municipal hospitals of Mumbai and the rural and urban clinics run by the ICR has given her a profound knowledge of clinical medicine and a deep understanding of handling a variety of medical ailments through homoeopathy and mainstream medicine.  Her conviction to empower through knowledge is evident through the various workshops she conducts on homoeopathy, health and nutrition.  Her e-practice covers clients globally in USA, Japan, Russia, Pakistan, Australia and India.


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3 Comments for “Celebrate ONE Chemical Free Day!”

  1. Hi Bhavani,

    This is Hun Boon, we met at the last Green Drinks. Are you going for the one this coming Saturday?

    Anyway I have some thoughts after reading this.. Is natural always better than artificial chemicals?

    There’s this underlying assumption that natural substances are by definition non-toxic, but there are obviously natural poisons too.

    So how do we strike a balance?

    Appreciate your thoughts on this. :)

  2. beautiful article.how should i put this at guru.

  3. Thanks, Amit for stopping by. Just post the url to your website.

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