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Many Uses of Epsom Salts

Epsom Salts

Epsom salts, otherwise known as magnesium sulphate, is made up of a naturally occurring mineral. Named after the town of Epsom in England, where the compound was first distilled from a spring. There are many uses of Epsom salts and, as its popularity is on the rise, so too is the knowledge of its many health benefits. Magnesium regulates activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body. A deficiency in magnesium can lead to all sorts of health problems such as high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues. Sulphate is essential for many biological processes. It… read more

Cleaning With Vinegar

White vinegar cleans naturally

Cleaning is not the most fun thing to do, especially in the bathroom.  But, at the end of the day it still has to get done. Allow me to help you clean your place up a little with a simple eco-friendly, budget-friendly solution – white vinegar. Vinegar is a natural organic bi-product of fruits, vegetables and grains.  That makes it a safe and natural cleaning product.  It doesn’t contain any harmful toxic chemicals and takes a life time to go bad.  Vinegar’s acidic properties make it a great household cleaner.  Vinegar has been used for generations as a stain remover,… read more

Free Range Eggs Are Best

Benefits of free range eggs

In addition to being a great source of protein, eggs contain antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other health-promoting substances. However, recent studies have shown that not all eggs are created equal. There are many types of eggs available, including organic, free range, free run, and regular eggs with no special classification. Free range hens are not kept in cages and they have outdoor access at least part of the time. Eggs labeled “organic” are also free range because to obtain the organic label, the hens that produce them must be allowed to go outdoors. However, there are much stricter guidelines… read more

The Revival of Sisal

Naturally sustainable sisal

There is a revival of the use of sisal. Sisal is extracted from the fleshy leaves of the Agave Cactus plant and has a wide variety of uses these days. It yields a stiff, durable fibre used for a range of products, most notably rope and industrial fibres. Back in the 1970s, global production was booming with Kenya and Tanzania accounting for over 30 percent of the total produce and China, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Mozambique also taking part in its production. In 2006, however, production decreased  dramatically. This was due to the the fact that sisal initially caused… read more

Produce and Pesticides

Pesticides residual on fruit

The knowledge that pesticide residues are found in some of our foods and store in our systems no doubt lends to some extra scrubbing and rinsing when it comes to the produce department. If what is on your salad plate is of concern to you, then it is likely you have heard of the dirty dozen produce list, which showcases apples as the pesticide winner. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has currently added to this list, now reinstating it as the Dirty Dozen Plus in order to accommodate new categories of green beans and leafy green produce that contain high… read more

Alien Plants

Water hyacinth a major environmental problem

Travelling to different parts of the globe can be an exhilarating experience, so much that when our travels near an end we wish we could take every beautiful thing we have seen back home with us. People with an affinity to plants and vegetation may encounter a new species of plant they reckon would look good in their farm or garden and they obtain seeds of such plant not knowing that they may have sentenced their environment to a fierce attack. The invasion of an alien plant. Alien plants are plants that have found a way into an environment in… read more

Whole Grain Benefits

Whole Grain Health Benefits

Antioxidants protect against the oxidative cell damage that can cause a variety of deadly diseases. Many people are aware that fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, but few know that whole grains are also rich sources of these beneficial substances. Modern diets are abundant in refined grains such as white flour and white rice, which have been stripped of much of their nutritional value during processing. Whole grains contain the plant’s embryo (germ) and food for that embryo (endosperm), as well as a protective covering (bran). These parts of the grain contain many health-promoting ingredients including antioxidants, dietary fiber, and omega-3… read more

Hair Care Naturally

Natural hair care

Today there are many options when it comes to hair care, from styles to colors, you can customize your locks as much as you desire. Many products are out there to help achieve this. However, you must be careful not to use chemicals that damage your hair and environment. Luckily you can alter your hair without sending toxins through the roof or atmosphere. Let’s start with hair enhancement. Enhancing your hair and keeping it healthy elevates your natural beauty. To add shine to your hair you can add apple cider vinegar to your shampoo or conditioner. If you are a… read more

The Hamburger Issue

Issues with the meat industry

The food industry is a notorious contributor to global warming. The process for many mainstream meat suppliers can be a system diluted with inefficiencies. For example, genetically modified crops fed to animals which are often also genetically modified to grow and mature faster, and are given large doses of antibiotics which are never naturally present in their biological systems. Sometimes the animals are kept in deplorable conditions (as seen in the popular documentary “Food, Inc.”, which the author highly recommends for further information, as it was one of the main sources for this article.).  In the documentary, cows were seen… read more

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