Homemade Tonic Remedies

Natural homemade tonics

Tonics have endless uses, like cleaning and disinfecting to being used for homemade spa treatments and medical remedies. Making tonics with household ingredients saves money and exposure to harsh and unnecessary chemicals. Tonics have been turned to for thousands of years by numerous cultures for preventative and restorative medicinals. They can be prepared from mixtures containing things like herbs, produce, roots and various other natural ingredients. The effects can be gradual and many require repeated use for optimum benefits. They are intended to naturally energize, detox and clarify mental and physical properties. Tonics can be applied to skin for different facial… read more

Leafy Green Kale

Kale

There are many varieties of Kale, the leafy green we should all get more of. Black kale (also known as cavolo nero, dinosaur kale, dragon tongue, lacinato or Tuscan kale), Curly gray-green kale and red Russian kale, another variety that has red veins and a purplish colour, to name a few. Kale is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, so named because their flowers have four petals in the shape of a cross. Cauliflower, cabbage, cress, bok choy, and broccoli are others. Kale is wonderfully nutritious and is one of nature’s best sources of vitamins A, C and… read more

Natural Energy Foods

Natural Energy Foods

As power smart people we are always looking for sustainable energy sources, but do we think enough about what sustains us? We need fuel, too. Forget power bars and electrolyte replacement drinks. Check out these three nutrient dense foods that will keep your own energy at a steady and renewable pace. And they come in their own completely natural packaging, too. Bananas Bananas are one of the more popular fruits and are a staple in many households. They are known for their high potassium and manganese levels, and are also high in vitamins B6 and C. Bananas that appear greener… read more

Turmeric: A Super Spice

Turmeric

Turmeric, a yellow spice obtained from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, is commonly used in Indian curries and Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It is often listed among the superfoods because it contains a number of health-promoting compounds, including the potent antioxidant curcumin, which is showing potential as a treatment for a broad array of medical problems. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (2011), evidence suggests that turmeric may: Help fight bacterial and viral infections Reduce the risk of certain cancers Treat digestive upsets and illnesses such as ulcerative colitis and stomach ulcers Reduce inflammation and by… read more

Properties of Peanuts

Benefits of peanuts

Whether shelled, salted or ground up in its beloved peanut butter form, peanuts are a food product that is consumed worldwide. It is thought that they were originally grown in South America and made their way across the globe by distribution from trading travelers. Peanuts contain many nutrients and have quite a few health benefits, including bioactive properties. They provide a good source of heart helpful flavonoids and phenolic acids, which are protective antioxidants. Especially high levels of these can be found in their skins. Peanuts are high in fiber and protein, and are loaded with useful types of carbohydrates… read more

Taking Advantage of Rain

Heavy rains in Africa

Summer is upon Swaziland, and summer rains are in abundance with rains experienced five days in a week on average. This article is dedicated to the many Swazi homes that have made a change and decided to take full advantage of the season. Many Swazi homes in both rural and urban areas have installed external water tanks for water recycling purposes. It seems that the average Swazi has heeded the call to save tap water by using tap water for domestic purposes that do not necessarily require tap water. These water tanks are strategically placed where the roof gutter deposits rain… read more

Coffee Extinction

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A new study released by scientists at the U.K. Royal Botanic Gardens has concluded that wild Arabica coffee plants are at serious risk of going extinct within this century due to climate change. Two main types of analysis were performed: a locality analysis and an area analysis. In the locality analysis the most favorable outcome is a c. 65% reduction in the number of pre-existing bio climatically suitable localities, and at the worst, an almost 100% (99.7%) reduction, by 2080. In the area analysis the most favorable outcome is a 38% reduction, and the least favorable a c. 90% reduction, by 2080…. read more

Making Your Own Shampoo

Making your own shampoo

There can be some nasty harsh chemicals out there in commercially made shampoo’s, so here is a how to guide make an easy, organic shampoo for yourself or for a beautifully crafted home-made gift. The base ingredient we shall use is Castile Soap. Originating in Castile, Spain, it has come to mean a vegetable based soap. It should generally be made of predominantly olive oil and other vegetable oils. It should not contain any synthetic foaming agents or detergents or it defeats the purpose of making your own. There are some wonderful products online and of course you could find… read more

Common Cold Remedies

Common cold remedies

There is no definite cure for the common cold. Most products sold in stores act as short-term treatments. They provide symptom relief or shorten the duration of those symptoms. Or you can take a cheaper, natural approach. Below are seven home remedies that may help you feel better along the way. 1. Blow Your Nose Often It’s important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. If you blow too hard, the pressure can cause an added earache. The recommended way to blow your nose is by pressing a finger… read more

Waterless Cooking

Waterless cooking

Cooking without water could be the next household tradition. Waterless cookware is more than a concoction of efficient materials; it’s a method that allows food to baste in its own moisture, making additional water unnecessary. This method has actually been around for over a hundred years, but the introduction of stainless steel and other materials has enabled for its continued innovation. Like most innovations, there is an investment to be made in waterless cookware. But just as cast iron skillets and Kitchen Aid mixers can remain in families for decades, being past down as culinary heirlooms, waterless cookware may be used for generations as well. Only the energy saved using them will keep them relevant. How it’s made To… read more