IT’S SPRING AND IT’S TIME TO DETOX …YOUR LIVING ROOM AND BEDROOMS

Wow, it is hard to believe it is nearly the end of September and I still have a bit of spring cleaning to do. My children are on school holidays, which means a bit more of a mess around the house. Do you find you have to put your plans on hold when the children are home from school? I certainly do, so I tend to shorten my to-do list or have fewer expectations, otherwise I would be pulling my hair out. Anyway, back to cleaning. I thought we should tackle the living room and bedrooms this week. They are the areas we relax in and for most, spent a lot of time in, so it is worth making sure there are no items that could be harmful to your health. You will be surprised at the type of items that

NATURAL PESTICIDES THAT YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF

Spring is here and I love getting out into the garden, seeing all the new growth and colours. The warmer days bring lots of growth, but also many insects and pests. These can be a source of frustration, especially when I am trying to get my new plants to grow, while still maintaining older plants. There are many pesticides out there, but as you know many are not only kill pests, but can be very harmful to us. Also, some of these pesticides contain chemicals that get washed into the soil and taken up by plants, vegetables and fruit, which can’t be good for our health. To avoid using such pesticides I often make up my own natural pesticides. Over the years I have got tips from gardening books

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED ABOUT BRAGG'S ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

After a number of questions about Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with "the Mother', I thought I would have a chat about it. Well, actually I am going to leave it to the expert to explain. Dr Axe explains what this 2000 Year Old Super Liquid can do for you in the video below. Dr. Josh Axe is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist who helps people get healthy by using food as medicine. In short some of the benefits of using Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar are: Internal Benefits Rich in enzymes & potassium Support a healthy immune system Helps control weight Promotes digestion & ph Balance Helps soothe dry throats Helps remove body sl

IT’S SPRING AND IT’S TIME TO DETOX …YOUR KITCHEN

So, how are you this week? Getting some of your Spring cleaning done? Well, this article might help you a bit. Following on from our discussions last week on detoxing your bathroom, I thought we should have a look at another important room – the kitchen. In most homes, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where we prepare food, eat, entertain and clean up. With this comes the use of cleaners and utensils to keep this area in order, but often people don’t realise the amount of chemicals and toxic items that can be found in most kitchens. Cleaners Many of the chemicals found in the bathroom can also be found in the cleaners and detergents in the kitchen. With our obsession to remove ger

IT’S SPRING AND IT'S TIME TO DETOX …YOUR BATHROOM

With Spring’s arrival you are probably thinking about spring cleaning your home, but have you thought about spring cleaning your cleaning. We use a lot of detergents and disinfectants to clean our homes, hoping they will speed up the cleaning process, by removing all the dirt, stains and bacteria, but we don’t give much thought to what we may be coming in contact with or what we may be leaving behind. And that is only the cleaners we use on hard surfaces around the home, but what about the soap, the cleansers and cosmetics we apply to our own bodies? Do you know what is really in them? Over the next few weeks I am going to create summary sheets about the chemicals and unhealthy ingredients

A TASTE OF HOME - IRISH BROWN BREAD

No, I'm not homesick, but often I long for a taste of home. To catch up with everyone and have a cup of tea with a slice of fruit cake or even brown bread, I think that would be the most expensive slice of brown bread ever. So what is brown bread? In Ireland, most families grow up having brown bread. It tends to have a hard crust on the outside and a dense, but soft wholemeal centre. Traditionally most Irish mothers baked it like a round cake with a cross on top. As a child, I use to love coming home from school to the smell of bread baking. Mum use to bake about ten at a time, as she had a growing family of eight kids (yes, I know a true Irish family). The first tin to come out of the ove

WHY EARTHLY PASSION LOVES BAMBOO

You probably wondering why there is so much talk about Bamboo. Up to now, cotton has been one of the most popular fibres for clothing and bedding, but there has been a change away from this natural fibre. So, I thought I better explain why we love bamboo. Do you realise how many chemicals are used in the growing process of cotton? And that some of the most harmful pesticides used on cotton are either suspected or confirmed carcinogens (cancer causing). Not only that, but cotton requires huge amounts of water to grow. There has been many cotton producers who have tried to produce a more eco-friendly product, but the cotton requires unsustainable amounts of water. It takes 1500 litres (400 ga

GOT THE MUNCHIES? 3 QUICK AND EASY SNACKS THAT ARE NOT SO BAD FOR YOU

I don’t know about you, but there is always someone in our household who is getting the attack of the munchies, including myself. If you are like me you want to avoid overeating and to encourage your family to eat healthy food, but often the healthy food is not so appealing. Instead of being the food dictator supply your family with snacks that they will like, yet are not so bad for them. Ideal for work, school, on the run or just as an afternoon snack. The best thing is you will know exactly what has gone into them (no artificial additives or preservatives). 1. Oatmeal biscuits Ideal to have on hand in the pantry. Oatmeal biscuits can keep fresh in an airtight container for 1 - 2 weeks. Ing