“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” ~William Shakespeare
According to Wikipedia, “A natural product is a chemical compound or substance produced by a living organism—that is, found in nature. The term natural product has also been extended for commercial purposes to refer to cosmetics, dietary supplements, and foods produced from natural sources without added artificial ingredients.”
Let us look at some of the benefits of natural products or why we should use natural products:-
Sustainable & recyclable/ biodegradable- Natural products are biodegradable or can be recycled back easily. It is believed that some products like polythene and plastic take hundreds of years to get decomposed and recycled and are hence dangerous for environment. During the tsunami in December 2004 in Chennai, loads of polythene was found on sea shores. It was a signal from nature that nature had returned back to us what it could not decompose and recycle.
Petroleum-based plastics like PET don't decompose the same way organic material does. Wood, grass and other natural products go through biodegradation when they're buried, and they are decomposed by microbes such as bacteria in the soil into other useful compounds.
Eco friendly and non-polluting- Natural products do not cause any type of pollution to the environment (air / water/ noise/ soil) and are more environment friendly in that sense. Eco friendly is a short form of ecology friendly, which means it is not harmful to the environment in any way.
Medical treatment without side effects- Natural products sometimes have a biological activity which can be utilized for therapeutic benefit in treating illnesses and diseases. While traditional medicine systems like Ayurveda and Unani medicine use natural products, some of the modern medicines also use natural products.
Go Natural, Buy Natural
Few decades back, we had a slogan in India, “Be Indian, Buy Indian”, but the world has globalised now and bodies like WTO are encouraging and supporting free trade between nations. Now the time has come to go more and more natural and buy natural. Natural catastrophes that we are seeing across the world are nature’s reminders to us that we are mere tenants of the Universe and not the owners.
We need to know our limits and respect nature to avoid nature’s fury.
“By cleansing your body on a regular basis and eliminating as many toxins as possible from your environment, your body can begin to heal itself, prevent disease, and become stronger and more resilient than you ever dreamed possible!” ~Dr. Edward Group III