My Story | Earth Gypsy Evie

My Story

The name Earth Gypsy doesn’t come from any cultural or ethnic background. The word gypsy, to me, means someone that lives an unconventional lifestyle. While “going green” has become quite popular in the past few years, I still feel that my lifestyle and ideas are unconventional. Some may even say bohemian! Evie is a nickname given to me by my dad when I was a little girl. Although he is the only person to have ever called me Evie, (and still does) I have always liked it as a nickname.

Gyp·sy also Gip·sy

n. pl. Gyp·sies also Gip·sies
1. A member of a people that arrived in Europe in migrations from northern India around the 14th century, now also living in North America and Australia. Many   Gypsy groups have preserved elements of their traditional culture, including an itinerant existence and the Romany language.
2. See Romany.
3. gypsy One inclined to a nomadic, unconventional way of life.
So, yes, I tweaked the definition a little, but this is what the word means to me. 
My love and reverence for the earth can be, for some, considered bohemian or gypsy-like!  Our Earth is vast, amazing and beautiful. We don’t own the earth or anything on it, we are simply residents and we must do our part to preserve it.

I have always loved nature and it wasn’t until I was older that I developed a true understanding of how important preserving our planet is. Having children, for many of us, changes our perspective on life. We begin to look more into the future in order to ascertain a healthy, happy, and safe life for our children. When I became pregnant with our first son I wanted to make some changes in my life. The first one being more cautious about the products I was cleaning my home with. I began reading labels and found that there were not very many products that were labeled as safe and non toxic. In fact, most products were labeled as keep away from children and use in well ventilated areas! I realized at that moment that I wasn’t about to use any of those products. At this point, I read many books and spent countless nights at my computer. I found a few products that I could purchase that I felt comfortable using. I also learned how to make my own cleaning products. I was amazed at how simple and cost effective they were. Not to mention equally effective as most of their toxic counter-parts.

 All of the research on cleaning products led me to realize that there are many aspects to having a healthy home. I began to learn about organic foods, preservatives, artificial colorings and other ingredients. We had always eaten a seemingly healthy diet. It wasn’t until I began to really read the labels that I found that we needed to make some changes there, too. The results we saw in our healthier and improved diet was well worth it. My husband and I saw ourselves contracting viruses less often and generally having more energy.

With all this I began to think, we are watching what we are putting in our bodies and around us, what about the things we are putting on our bodies? At about this same time, my husband had developed a serious case of allergies. It attacked his eyes and sinuses so violently that he missed countless days of work. All the Doctors’ visits sent him home with new drugs, none of which helped. At this point we were eating a very healthy diet and living in a home that was being cleaned without the use of chemicals. It wasn’t until I got rid of all of our current skin care and hair care products that his allergies subsided. I replaced all of our body care products with natural/organic products. It was quite the task that once again had sent me to the internet for more research. I learned that I didn’t have to go around looking natural to actually be natural. I found many companies that offered exactly what I was looking for.

The changes we made in our home spanned a few years, it was not, by any means, overnight!

  Several months after making the last of these changes I noticed something I had not paid any attention to-my inhaler. For most of my adult life I have had to use a rescue inhaler and now it sat untouched, for how long I can not remember. This is not to say that living more healthy made the asthma symptoms go away, it is to say that eliminating the toxins in my immediate environment kept the symptoms from flaring up. These being my personal experiences and opinions, I invite you to create your own. Research, find what works for you, as what works for one may not work for another. And this may lead you to ask, “so, what do you do?”… on to find out.

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