How good is Manuka Honey?

Active honeys are sourced from the flowering plant species of Leptospermum that are native to Australia and New Zealand. The indigenous people from both lands have been using Manuka in their traditional medicines for centuries. Honey is naturally antimicrobial arising from factors such as the osmolarity, pH, hydrogen peroxide content and saturation of sugars. Active honeys have a far greater antibacterial capability to normal honey. Active honeys commonly have a naturally thick consistency with a strong rich flavour, being relatively dark in colour when compared to most honeys. The antimicrobial properties in active honeys help to heal cuts, wounds and abrasions, and even fungal conditions s

HOW TO ENCOURAGE EARTH FRIENDLY KIDS

When kids are young they are influenced by their parents and can be guided to make the right decisions. However, as they get older and more independent the parents influence lessens, but that doesn’t mean it is hopeless cause. No matter what stage your children are at, your actions is what will encourage and affect how your kids grow into the sort of adults that will acre for the planet. So how do you support your children make more eco-friendly decisions? Here are a few tips: Get your children to collect items that can go into the recycling bin. This activity can be made into a game. Let them see how many objects they can get and how many different types. Not only will they understand that

ANTISEPTICS AND THEIR NATURAL ALTERNATIVES

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HOME DÉCOR - THE ECO-FRIENDLY

It is always exciting when moving into a new home. Deciding where to place furniture and decorating it to make it your home. It is very easy to follow the masses and copy current trends. There is no problem in doing this, but often the accessories and furniture needed for these designs are expensive and not very eco-friendly. Our first house had a lovely sixties look that wasn’t quiet to our taste – I so loved the orange, green and brown striped wallpaper in the kitchen, NOT! So we renovated the house on a budget, but although we were on a budget we didn’t consider the sustainability of the renovations and the green qualifications of the items we used too much. I did make a few furnishings -

PLANNING FOR A GREEN MOVE

I know my posts have been a bit slow lately, but with our move to our new house I had a number of things going on. You think it should be easy for me, as I have done this house moving malarkey a few times, but to be honest it is still one of the most stressful things to deal with and it is made even worse if you are not organised. I’m sure there are a number of you going through the same thing (I feel for you) or are thinking about it, so I have decided to write down a plan and not just keep it to myself, but post it here so others can use it and avert a disaster. 1. Know your dates What date do you pick up the keys of your new house and what dates do you need to be out of your current house