TAG: Natural

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

War and the Environment

The effect of war on the environment

Human beings and infrastructure are often the focus of discussion when the destructive consequences of armed conflict are under consideration. The natural environment in which we live is often forgotten, yet it may well be the one of the most affected casualties of war. Warfare takes place on all three forms of environmental media ie. water, air and land. This very fact renders the environment vulnerable to abuse and misuse when two or more combatants are at war, especially because destroying the environment requires little effort, whereas defending the environment is not an easy feat, even for the most militarily… 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

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

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

Preventing Acne

Organic skin care

With the amount of chemicals packed into skincare and acne treatments as well as the addition of the commonly prescribed contraceptive pill for females, I thought it best to provide some alternatives to the treatment and prevention of acne. There are many things that can cause acne, which manifest in boils, pimples and abscesses. It can be caused by a  number of factors including hormone imbalance, dietary deficiencies, allergies, environmental toxins and stress overload. If your other organs such as kidneys and liver are not at optimum working condition, then the skin takes over as the detoxification organ. Suppressing acne… read more

The organic home

Organic home

If you haven’t noticed the onslaught of “natural/organic” products in the past few years then you have been hiding in the Himalayas. Pure products are omnipresent and it seems the “organic” industry can only get bigger. Amongst some stellar natural products, there are also some dubious impostors that claim to be something they are not. Of course the only way to truly know how natural the products are, is to make it yourself. In a modern world there are some commercial beauty and cleaning products I cannot live without, however, there are some common natural products found in your cupboard that can… read more