Natural Skin Remedies

Natural blackhead removal

Blackheads can be quite the little beasts on our skin. Many products, that we tend to use to remove blackheads, contain agents that are harsh on the skin. Besides the harsh agents, we should also be concerned with the bottles these products come in. Most are not recyclable. The one simple way to eliminate both of these concerns is an all-natural blackhead remover that you can easily create in your own kitchen. Some of the produce might even be found locally at farms or farmer’s markets. Slice a lemon in half and drizzle honey on top. Rub thoroughly over skin… read more

Natural Bug Repellents

Natural bug repellents

I am a self confessed hater of bugs.  Any kind, big or small.  I have a total aversion.  My flatmate, however, hates it when I use a repellent spray.  I do too actually, however, no bugs is better than being bitten (or scared to death)! I have found some alternatives to spraying the air with toxic pollutants when invaded by the little creatures. Apparently eating more garlic is a natural way to repel bugs, however I eat lots of garlic and I seem to still see them buzzing or crawling about. You can apparently place bits of garlic around a… read more

Simple Solutions…

Green initiatives at school

My son’s school has a Java Connection to raise money for middle school events.  It used to consist of foam cups, cheap donuts, throw away paper plates and napkins, bulk food service coffee…all a personal affront to me each time I accompanied my son to have breakfast and visit the school.  So I simply asked if I could donate paper cups to the middle schoolers for the Java Connection. The teacher suggested it would be better if I came in to talk about sustainability (smart teacher) so I did. I posed a couple of questions: Instead of throwing away the… read more

Urban Farming

Urban farming

Would it ever be possible for people to walk down their own street and instead of seeing bare land in the landscape visualize urban farms filled with fresh vegetables grown by a community and shared by that same community? Regardless of whether it is a small cluster of herbs or a larger space covered in fruits and vegetables, it creates the idea of food sustainability within a community. Not only does it spread the ideology of food sustainability, it composes the thought that community collaboration is essential. Urban farming can have a major impact on climate change as well. If… read more

Anti-inflammatory foods

Blueberries are a great anti-inflammatory

Anti-inflammatory eating has many health benefits that could see us live healthier, longer lives. If we incorporate lots of plant foods and moderate portions of animal foods into our diet, we would see a much healthier population. Below are ten foods that are high in anti-inflammatory properties which have anti-aging benefits also. 1. Blueberry A rich source of anti-oxidants, blueberries are high in phytochemicals which can help prevent some diseases and reduce inflammation. 2. Green Tea Green tea has many polyphenols that have potent antioxidant properties which are said to be greater than vitamin C. The flavonoids in green tea… read more

Eco friendly wine

Green wine

Green wine doesn’t exactly sound very palatable to the average oenophile; however its popularity has grown rapidly around the world. There are many types of ‘Green Wine’ and unless you live in Portugal and are au fait with Vinho Verde (literally green wine) which translates as “young wine” with slight pétillance, ‘green wine’ means that it is cultivated in an environmentally friendly way. There are organic wines, biodynamic wines and organically grown grapes. All labelled under the umbrella of ‘green’, yet their meanings are very different. Biodynamic wineries are fast taking a strong hold on viticulture (the science, production and… read more

BPA health risks

BPA health risks plastic bottles

Some say they are harmful, some say they are not. Who should we trust?