Homemade cough medicine

Homemade cough medicine is easy-peasy to make, and minus all the additives that pharmacy cough medicine has.

Its also very effective and safe for children over the age of 18 months.

Heres the Recipe:

Take one onion and cut in half. Its best to use an organic onion as sadly conventional onions are smothered in sprays. Place the 2 halves face down in a dish. Pour honey over the top of the onions, about 3-4 Tbsps onto each one. Then pour 1 tsp (or 1/2 a tsp depending on taste) of Apple Cider Vinegar over each onion half.

Cover the onions with a cover that does not touch them, for example a large pudding bowl.

Leave overnight. In the morning remove the onions, and give them a little squeeze to remove any excess onion juice.

The liquid you have left is your cough mixture. Mix it around and pour into a more suitable container, unless the dish works for you.

Take 1 tsp every couple of hours for a cough. This is also great to build up immunity at the beginning of winter, and  for colds and flus.

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I love lipbalm

Its true.

Although I am supposed to be a grown-up, I still adore lipbalm tenfold over lipstick.

This has worked out well for me, as its very easy to purchase all natural and organic lipbalm. I always found it a bit more tricky to find the same in the form of lipstick, however constantly new and gorgeous natural products arrive on the market and there are some natural lipsticks now appearing in shelves.

About 5 years ago my teenager did a study on ‘lead in lipstick’ for a science project. The facts and results were alarming. Quite alarming.

Mass produced and some of the most gorgeous lipsticks ever made, sadly contain very, very high levels of lead. This of course was common knowledge before the school project, but personally I had never looked into the actual depth of it until then.

I was inspired to search further for details as to what society is actually putting onto their lips.

From what I have researched, some of the brands that include lead in their lipsticks are :
-Christian Dior
-Lancome
-Clinique
-Yves Saint Laurent
-Estee Lauder
-Red Earth
-Chanel

…in other words, lovely brands with divine products – that are sadly loaded with lead.

The FDA does grant approval for lead to be present in lipstick (the Food and Drug Administration), but claim that it is present in such miniscule amounts as to not effect human health.

And maybe this is the case too. But is it worth the risk?

Lead is essentially an element that is toxic to humans. Really we should make every effort to distance ourselves from it.

We can make a choice every single day to reduce the chemicals, and any additive we do not desire in our daily lives, so this is another opportunity really.

There are some beautiful lipbalms and now lipsticks too that are naturally and organically produced….you can even make your own! Its dead easy – I will post a recipe in the future and you’ll be whipping up homemade pottles of lipbalm before you know it!

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Have a little bit of dark chocolate a day – its good for you!

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delivered an opinion supporting the health claims that chocolate aids healthy blood flow!  EFSA found that scientific evidence supports the claim the cocoa flavanols help maintain endothelium-dependent vasodilation which contributes to healthy bloodflow.

As a consequence, they recommend that we eat a teeny bit of dark chocolate a day, well… can’t complain at that!

Ps. If you buy Fairtrade dark choccie you are also doing a great thing for the world…you know what to do!

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Apple Cider Vinegar is your liquid gold

It really is. This humble vinegar has so many health properties that its like an age-enhancer, first aid kit, wellness promoter and natural remedy for ailments liquid all sitting in one bottle looking innocent.

I use it everyday, and you can too as its so easy to purchase (good Health Shops or Organic shops have good quality brands) and super easy to use.

So passionate am I about Apple Cider Vinegar, that I have combined all the wonderful uses into an eBook – currently available on Amazon in two languages – English and French (Français, Oui! Oui!). Its a bargain price at only $2.99, or is available free on kindle library. Follow the links at the bottom of the page to purchase.

Apple Cider Vinegar has high levels of potassium, even more than bananas. We are lacking potassium everywhere we look – our soils are constantly stripped of essential minerals.

Here is just a few things you can use it for :

* Cuts, scraps, grazes, pimples, insect bites, splinters, and as a general skin antiseptic.
* Sore throats – gargle 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar in water every hour (spit out the liquid afterwards)
* General wellness. Splash a bit of apple cider vinegar in your water bottle every time you fill it up.

And so much more!

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Household uses for good old White Vinegar

Did you know that normal white vinegar can be used as an effective weedkiller? The acid in the vinegar acts as a herbicide, and if you heat up the vinegar it makes it super strong!

Yes, the humble white vinegar is seriously the most versatile liquid ever and vinegar has been used by civilisations all over the world.

Heres some of its marvellous uses :

– Clean brass and copper by making a solution that uses equal parts of lemon juice and white vinegar. Apply the mixture with a soft cloth, leave it for a few minutes and then wipe clean with a lint free cloth.
– When you rinse lettuce, cabbage and other leafy veges, add one tabsp of white vinegar to the water. Insects and grubs just float to the surface!
– White vinegar is a great stain remover in the laundry.
– Use white vinegar instead of harsh cleaners in the kitchen in your ‘Spray and Wipe’ bottle. Its very effective for wiping down stove tops too, and so much better for your health than commercial chemical laden cleaners.
-Pour a bit of white vinegar into the drain hole in the kitchen, laundry, bathroom, etc, to keep drains smelling nice (well, as far as drains smelling ‘nice’ go!).
-Add a couple of splashes of white vinegar to the final rinse of towels and sheets – its a great antibacterial.
-Use white vinegar to clean windows, as long as you use a super clean cotton cloth, the results will be sparkling!
….and use for carpet cleaning as its colourless and a great deodorant.

Added bonus is that it is super de dooper cheap (available at your Supermarket), biodegradable and there are no nasty side effects. Gotta love that!

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Don’t underestimate sleep

I heard an interesting radio article this week about sleep…and the part that stuck in my mind was that if a person goes to bed a hour later each evening for a week, only one hour, then by the end of the week he/she has (in theory) missed a night’s sleep.

So true!

We need this vital ingredient so much for recovery, growth and recuperation before we arise the next morning and start again.

If you are missing that night’s sleep a week, then try going to bed an hour earlier each night…you may really notice the difference by the end of the week.

Goodnight everyone!

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Pest Management sprays on the Gold Coast of Australia

Good Morning!

If you live on the Gold Coast of Australia, and you are UNHAPPY (I am using capital letters here as most people are actually OK with being sprayed periodically..) with the pest management spraying that is applied to urban suburbs, then it wouldn’t do any harm to phone the Gold Coast City Council and let them know this!

The spray being used is a bacteria known as BTI. There is also a sweep fog used in the early hours of the morning in all suburbs periodically which is synthetic pyretherum. The Gold Coast City Council will tell you it is ‘safe’ (we’ve heard that before) and they will also tell you that housing areas are not sprayed, and that the helicopters only spray on days where the wind is minimal to avoid drifting, etc.

I think we all know by now that these are pretty vague guidelines. It doesn’t take much ‘wind’ for spray to drift and what is a ‘built up’ housing area exactly? When the helicopters periodically spray our area I would estimate that they are only about 500 metres away from housing at one point.

If you feel you would like to establish whether or not this is a ‘safe’ spray for yourself, then please do some research on this, and please, by all means, let people know, particulary the council.

Are we not entitled to choose whether or not we would like to be sprayed?

Gold Coast City Council : Ph. 55828211

Some common homeopathic remedies

There are many, many homeopathic remedies, and a small number are in everyday use all around the world.

I love that global-feeling that goes with Naturopathy.

In Europe a few years ago I visited a chemist to purchase some Rescue Remedy, the Pharmacist opened a door behind the counter, and beyond that door was like an endless walk-in-wardrobe for Naturopaths, with floor to ceiling shelves stuffed full of homeopathic remedies as far as the eye could see. Just amazing, and I think I may have been speechless. The Pharmacist was advising and prescribing homeopathy, and people were leaving with little bags of remedies. Brilliant!

Here are some of the more common daily-used remedies:

-Aconite. A popular remedy for the early stages of fevers and chills. It has been used with great success for the onset of croup. Its also used for upset stomachs and for fear and fright.

-Arnica. As you know I could rave on and on about this commonly used homeopathic rememdy…in fact I have dedicated a whole post to it in the past! Sometimes called the ‘King Of Remedies’, this is a useful all-round therapy for shock, tiredness, bruises and sprains.

-Belladonna. Used by many for  symptoms of fever and heat, especially in children and at the start of a fever.

-Chamomilla. For pain in teething, and for irritable conditions such as infant colic.

-Nux Vomica. Useful for indigestion and that bloated feeling after eating too much. Its also good for sleeplessness.

-Pulsatilla. For over-indulgence in rich foods, earache, teething, headache and chickenpox.

-Rhus Tox. For stiffness, muscular strains and ailments brought on by wet and cold.

Its a good idea to store your homeopathic remedies in a cool and dry place, and not to store them near highly vapoured items (like essential oils for example).

Have fun!

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I Love Earth Hour!

Please support Earth Hour! It is fun and a brilliant initiative at the same time xxx

Is Diet Coke any ‘better’ than Coke?

The short answer is this : NO.

Our society seems to always be looking for an alternative to the bad foods, and replacing it with something that is just as bad for you….

What exactly is the matter with drinking water?!!

Here are just some of the ingredients in Diet Coke :

Phenylketonurics
Phenylalanine
Colour (150)
Food Acid (338, 330, 331)
Artificial sweeteners
Cyclamate
Aspartame
Saccharin
Flavours
Caffeine
Preservative (211)
Antifoam (900)

Antifoam! Anyone fancy a glass of antifoam?

Aspartame!….don’t even get me started on that.

Every single one of the above ingredients could have its own blog post alone.

Please consider your health, stop listening to the advertising that this is a ‘health product’, drink more water and make a choice that your body will thank you for!

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