Return to the kitchen

  • by 100 Good Things
  • July 23rd, 2015
  • 2015, July

balm

Nutritionist Cyndi O’ Meara says we can heal a nation by going back to our kitchens and cooking. “It is our empowered, divine honour to be in the kitchen, to feed our family, to heal a nation.”

Bone broth, spices and herbs are a regular feature in my household. I believe in replenishing our bodies by returning to the basics, eschewing processed food whenever possible and practical. I love making personal care products in my little kitchen (in fact I have had more success making body potions than sweet treats). What’s not to love? You need just a few choice ingredients, a few minutes and you are rewarded a nourishing balm you can eat off the jar (if you so desire).

Then I met a gentleman who shares my penchant for minimal-ingredient personal care products. Like me, he obsessively researches his ingredient sources. And very much like me, he understands just because it [seemingly innocuous chemicals] is common does not mean it is right or the truth.

He has been teaching Cambodians displaced from the redevelopment of Boeung Kak Lake how to make body balms with everyday kitchen tools and food ingredients from the market. Completely eschewing hi-tech gizmos, he looks to traditional cultures for answers and comes up with a range of balms I am madly in love with.

I love his deeply nourishing three-ingredient lip balm. There’s a Baby Calm Balm I use even on myself. The star, in my opinion is his petroleum-free, paraffin-free, essential oil-infused Relief Balm. I would name it Miracle Balm if I were audacious enough. It is miraculous on bug bites.

Above all, this gentleman provides the impoverished and illiterate with the dignity of a useful job that pays them fairly. Certainly it’s a labor of love and I admire his intentions. We all believe we can change the world, one good thing at a time.

Visit 100 Good Things store to purchase this range of handcrafted virgin coconut oil-based body balms. The ethically and sustainably produced merchandise at 100 Good Things are sourced with care and understanding.

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