Benefits of Baking Soda

Baking soda

Old wives tales have been around for years for the simple reason, they work. You can get countless products in extravagant packaging, however some of the best products are the simplest. Bicarbonate soda is a chemical salt and a leavening agent usually used in cooking. There are also so many other uses for the versatile product. Teeth – There’s some serious chemicals out there for cleaning and whitening your teeth. Bicarb doesn’t taste the best, however it leaves your teeth so clean. Use as you would a normal toothpaste. Breath – Freshen your breath with a little baking soda and… read more

Calcium Food Sources

Calcium rich foods

Calcium is best known for its role in promoting bone health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis, but it is also important for many other aspects of health. Calcium works synergistically with other minerals and nutrients, so even if you take supplements, it’s a good idea to obtain some calcium from whole foods as well. Foods with a very high calcium content include milk, yogurt (especially plain), cheeses (especially Swiss), and canned sardines and salmon (with bones). Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna are also good sources of vitamin D, which is required for proper absorption of… read more

Teaching Green Values

Teaching children to be greener

The choices we make in our home and in our lives will forever affect our children and all of the following generations. Here are a few ideas for ways to help your child be more environmentally aware. 1. Toy Swaps: Children outgrow their toys quickly. In order to reduce waste and save a little money in the process, set up periodic toy swaps. Parents and their children can take old and unwanted toys to swap out for newer, more age-appropriate toys. If you can’t do a toy swap, find a consignment toy shop in your area. It is better for… read more

Natural Pesticides

Natural insect repellent

Instead of using chemically laden sprays and lotions try going the all natural route. Chemicals can be harmful to you and your children. Here are a few household items to put to the test. Recently mosquitoes have been found in larger numbers to have the West Nile Virus. Although it might smell, bad onions rubbed on the skin will deter mosquitoes.  An increase in garlic consumption during the spring and summer months also helps to keep mosquitoes away. For another quick and inexpensive option, mist your skin with an apple cider vinegar and water mixture. Eucalyptus oil will also help ward… read more

Still Reliant on Nature

Travelling for traditional medicine

Traditional medicine is still used in many African communities in the present day. The blending of numerous herbs is usually a science not recorded in text books, but passed on from one traditional healer to another through either apprenticeships or informal training. Although western medicine is available in most communities, there are still people who prefer to use traditional medicine for many reasons including religious beliefs and economic circumstances. As mentioned above, traditional healers generally do not have any form of formal training. However the process of blending the medicine they use is quite complex in that it involves a… read more

Antibiotics in Food

Antibiotics in food

According to DeNoon (2012), 80% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to animals. This has raised concerns about the development of superbugs – bacteria that have evolved a resistance to antibiotics due to constant low-level exposure. Because these germs can’t easily be killed with antibiotics, they are more likely to have fatal consequences. Many organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), consider the development of drug-resistant bacteria to be among the greatest major health threats in the world. Farm… read more

Green Resolutions

2013 Green Resolutions

Many people vow to begin a new year with reformed behaviors. Months, or maybe even weeks into a different year however, well intended resolutions may get put on the backburner. Adding more sustainable behaviors is good resolve no matter when, but the start of a purported clean slate in time often lends to increased motivation. Integrating simple solutions throughout the year is essentially best when it comes to sticking to a plan. According to Bill Petro the history of making resolutions on New Year’s day began in Babylonian times. They had New Year’s festivities in March, but the Romans changed the custom… read more

Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic medicine

Ayurvedic Medicine is a Hindu medicine which focuses on diet, herbal treatment and yogic breathing. “Ayus” means life and “Veda” means knowledge or science. So the translation is the “science of life”. Ayurveda’s premise is that the universe is made up of five elements, air, fire, water, earth and ether. Each person has doshas, or energies, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, which is a combination of the elements. When there is an overload of doshas, the body becomes out of balance. Each individual has a distinct, personal balance of the three doshas that they must attain, tridosha.  Ayurvedic Medicine helps people reach… read more

Grow Your Own Salad

Growing salad at home

If you love salads, consider growing your own salad garden. With a few materials serving up a salad can be as easy as deciding what to snip onto a plate. First, choose if you want your garden indoors or out. If indoors, lighting will need to be adequate. Think about what you have to work with. Sunny windows are ideal, but also consider what you want to grow as well if you want seasonal produce or prefer full year salads at your fingertips. Do your research so that you know what plants prefer full or partial sun and consider which… read more

Oregano Health Benefits

Fresh oregano

Oregano has the highest antioxidant content of all the herbs, as well as being a source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin E, and other beneficial nutrients. Oregano also has anti-inflammatory properties, which means that it may be beneficial for those with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Although oregano is a nutritional powerhouse, consumers should be wary of inflated or false claims. For example, a company in Canada got into trouble recently for claiming that oregano supplements were a proven treatment for whooping cough and encouraging people to forgo the vaccine in favor of the company’s remedy. Oregano… read more