Natural Popsicles

Natural popsicles and iceblocks

Summer has reached its peak and the global smog has yet to simmer down. By cooling your palette you can alleviate the stresses of heat elsewhere. This brings us to our main topic:  Popsicles. Though staples of childhood and summer, they’re great year round at any age. And they’re easy to make yourself. I like to make Popsicles using fruit flavored tea. It tastes like normal Popsicles but lacks the high sugar content and is lower in calories.  To do this, pick out a tea of your liking.  Most fruit teas are herbal and thus, caffeine free. You can find… read more

Oil Spills

The effect of oil spills in the ocean

The effects of oils spills are devastating. Wildlife are killed or injured which affects the food chain, which in turn affects us. The reasons for oil spills can vary. Ships may have machinery break down or fail which in turn causes a spill. The people managing the ship may have made careless mistakes. Natural disasters may cause an oil spill too. If a hurricane was a couple of miles away, the winds from the hurricane could cause the oil tanker to flip over, pouring oil out and spreading it. Illegal dumpers dump oil into the oceans because they do not want to… read more

Self-Sufficiency

Growing vegetables at home

Modern technology has revolutionized our lifestyles. Many necessities are mass-produced and you can eliminate almost any task by switching on an appliance. But like any great invention technology is a tool that can be used appropriately or abused. A struggle of modern life is to remain self-sufficient. But doing so can help you save money, energy, and better your sense of accomplishment. This doesn’t mean taking drastic measures. Just by sewing a ripped pair of pants you’ve saved time and money by not buying a replacement pair. These are a few suggestions to get you started. When buying fresh produces… read more

Green Tea and its Benefits

Green tea and its benefits

I caught a cab the other day and the Japanese driver had the most beautifully glowing skin. He looked about 55 years old and I was shocked to find out he was 20 years older. He told me his secret was green tea. No surprises there! It has been around for over 4,000 years and green tea contains catechin polyphenols, carotenoids, Vitamin C, chromium, manganese, selenium or zinc. It is a more potent antioxidant than black tea as it contains  epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a very powerful antioxidant. Apparently, EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, a compound found in red… read more

Natural Cold Remedies

Fighting Colds the Natural Way

A cold or flu is virus spread by coughing, sneezing or personal contact. There are many natural remedies to help prevent and treat colds and flu. A favourite of mine is my mothers old remedy of boiling lots of garlic (decongestant), ginger (anti-bacterial), lemon (vitamin C) and honey (throat soother) in a saucepan and slowly sipping it. I always waited until it was lukewarm and down the hatch it would go, as I found it quite repulsive as a child. Now, as an adult, I enjoy it when I am sick, partly because my tastes have changed and partly because… read more

Our Health is Precious

Healthy personal care

Good health is a precious thing, and so it follows that you need to be vigilant about what you put in and on your body. The personal care and household products you choose not only affect your health and well-being, but also the health and well-being of those you share the planet with. As a consumer, you have the power to choose products that are safe for everyone. If a personal care or household product is labelled “eco-friendly” or “green”, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it is earth-friendly, people-friendly or animal-friendly as even the “natural” and “fragrance-free” products often still… read more

Eco-Friendly Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo is like a miracle material. It has endless advantages and is highly renewable. It is actually from the grass family, not a wood, as commonly perceived. It is a perennial evergreen and giant bamboos are the largest of the grasses. Bamboos are some of the quickest growing plants in the world so it makes it quite a resourceful product indeed! It can be used for building materials as well as a food source and many other products. Bamboo matures in three to five years. When compared to other soft-woods, which take ten to twenty years to mature, bamboo is… read more

Green Smoothies

Vitamin boosting smoothies

Green smoothies are a fast growing fad that could see you give off a new glow and have boundless energy! Packed full of antioxidants, green smoothies are natures youth elixir. A great start to the day and a perfect alternative for an afternoon snack. Below are some ideas to get you started, however there are endless options and it is always up to your preferred tastes.   Place all ingredients in a blender and serve immediately. If too thick add some filtered water to the blending process. Vitamin Booster ½ bunch Kale – high in beta carotene, vitamin k, vitamin c,… read more

The Ethical Consumer

Breathing in pollutants

Sustainability is about reducing our carbon footprint and managing environmental resources, but it is also about our responsibility toward all we share this planet with. I discovered the significance of how profoundly the impact others could have on my health after a serious injury that compromised every system in my body. As I needed ongoing assistance, I met many people who didn’t realize that they can negatively affect others by the personal care and household products they choose. Exposure to perfumes and scented products can trigger adverse reactions in virtually anyone, but for children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those… read more

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