Go crazy with the white vinegar!

Did you know that White Vinegar is an effective, chemical-free and cheap cleaner and disinfectant?

It can be used to clean all areas of the house – bathrooms, kitchens, toilets, etc.

You can pour it down the drains to clear smelly drains, and use it on the inside of shower glassware.

Use it as a rinse aid in the dishwasher instead of commercially purchased rinse aids and it will smell lovely, and also splash a bit around the inside of the dishwasher every now and then to keep it clean.

Its great for cleaning windows as well and will bring your oven up lovely and sparkly too.

Give it a go!

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Our eBooks on Amazon

We started off with two eBooks on Amazon as we wanted to get as much info out into the world as possible on how to live a natural and chemical free life.

Over the years’ this has grown into quite a few more eBooks than two! If you go onto Amazon and search us under ‘Hayshee Natural Living’ you will find them all.

We try to keep them as cheap as possible – mostly free! On the homepage of this blog there are links to our two most popular eBooks – follow the links and have a look!

Happy Natural Living!

xx

Checkout these great vegetarian recipes from Jamie Oliver

Thanks Jamie!

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/category/special-diet/vegetarian

What exactly is Fairtrade?

Another good question!

World trade rules aren’t always fair. Small-scale farmers and workers in developing countries face the challenges of rising food and fuel costs, an increasingly unpredictable climate and volatile prices for their goods.

Today more than 6 million people – farmers, producers, workers and their families across 58 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean benefit from the Fairtrade system through unique Fairtrade standards.

Fairtrade assists producers in developing countries to obtain better and fairer access to markets and trading conditions which in turn promotes long-term sustainability and environmental responsibility.

By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. This enables farmers and workers to improve their position, and have more control over their lives.

By choosing Fairtrade Certified products, you help create a brighter future for millions of farmers, workers and their families in developing countries.

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What exactly is Organic?

Good question.

Organic farming is a system of growing agricultural products without the use of synthetic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, fertilisers, antibiotics or genetically engineered products.

Organic production is now the world’s fastest growing food sector.

Organics aims to work in harmony with the surrounding environment. They recognise that our health is directly connected to the food we eat.

There is a growing concern about the potential long-term effects of chronic, low level exposure to the combinations of chemicals in non-organic food and in the air and water as a result of chemical farming practices.

For the vast majority of human history, agriculture can only be described as organic, and it was not until the 20th century that a synthetic way of farming was introduced.

Farming techniques that are used now in organics were used many centuries ago. They inclide crop rotation, green manure, composting and biological pest control, along with holistic farm management.

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Peppermint tea

Peppermint Tea is brilliant as an aid for digestion, and consequently great to drink as a ‘Table Tea’ at dinner time. Its naturally caffeine-free and has a lovely strong minty aroma.

Kids love it and love the novelty of having a cup of tea with dinner!

A soothing herb that apparently possesses the following health benefits:
-Beneficial for  irritable bowel syndrome
-eases nausea
-controls flatulence
-fights bad breath
-fights stress
-helps clear congestion related to colds and allergies

For years I have used Peppermint as an aid if my kids are feeling a bit tired and under-the-weather, it seems to work wonders for them to have a ‘lie down on the couch’, with a cup of Peppermint Tea.

If you have a teapot, its a lovely tea to brew up a pot of, and if the taste isn’t for you then try it with some pure honey – really yum.

Enjoy!

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So whats the story with Palm Oil?

Theres a lot going on in the media at the moment in regards to palm oil and orangutans.

Deforestation is becoming wideswept throughout Borneo and Sumatra for the benefit of producing Palm Oil and a major concern for the habitat of orangutans, which are already very endangered.

Here are some quick answers to some of the questions you may have :

What is Palm Oil?
Palm Oil is an edible form of vegetable oil obtained from the seeds of the palm, which mainly grows in Indonesia and Malaysia – where over 80% of the worlds supply of palm oil is produced.

What products is Palm Oil found in?
Baked goods, confectionary, cosmetics, body products and cleaning products.

What are the other names for Palm Oil?
There are over 30 different names for Palm Oil and this list is growing. For a thorough and up to date list checkout this website under the ‘Palm Oil’ tab :
http://www.saynotopalmoil.com

What can you do to help?
Don’t buy products that contain Palm Oil! Use your dollar for voting, it really counts. Read labels thoroughly. Spread the word by telling everyone you know, and consider joining mailing lists from websites that are in the know : see the links below.

Helpful links :
http://www.safepalmoil.com
http://www.orangutan.org.au
http://www.cognis.com
http://www.orangutans-sos.org
http://www.saynotopalmoil.com

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Three fantastic remedies for the bathroom

I have to confess that every bottle of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and liquid soap that enters my house becomes ‘laced’ with bits and pieces by me before it eventually reaches the shower cubicle!

Let me share this with you, and explain why, and you too may end up doing the same.

I always remove the lids and add the following:

1) Apple Cider Vinegar. I always add about a tsp full to all bottles destined for the bathroom. I adore Apple Cider Vinegar. It is brilliant for dandruff, itchy scalp conditions and for preventing nits. It is also an antiseptic, and is fantastic for skin conditions of any sort, acne and mossie bites. Don’t add anymore than a tsp as it can sting eyes and ears, and we don’t want that!

2) Tea tree oil. There is nothing more brilliant for natural prevention of nits (head lice). I always add about 5 drops into the shampoo and conditioner bottles and the same for liquid soap. It is also an antiseptic and great for numerous skin conditions.

3) Coconut Oil. Once again nits (head lice) hate this and it is lovely and soothing for the skin, and fantastic for your hair. I add about a tsp to a bottle.

I always add the same to the children’s bath water – about 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, about 4 drops of tea tree oil and only about 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (the bath can become very slippery otherwise) and its brilliant. Kids always have cuts or grazes or something, so this combination is very healing in the bath water as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar is available in our Online Store – follow the link from our homepage.

Have fun!

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Endless Mossie Spraying across communities in Australia

In the area I live in there are a trillion mosquitoes that also live here.

They love it here – there are swamps and bush and everything you would want if you were a mossie.

Going outside in the summer without mossie repellent is not a good move, you will be eaten alive.

However, our local council have what they consider to be the best solution to the mossie situation. A few times a year they sweep over all the mossie infested areas and spray a bacteria from the base of the helicopter. This apparently is the ultimate solution and we should all be very happy about this.

I just about had a heart attack when I first witnessed this – what the heck?!

The spray is a bacteria that kills adult mossies, but not larvae. You would think that the effects of this would be fairly instant but in the height of summer it does not appear to make any difference at all and the mossies are not phased at all by the bacteria.

Council will tell you that the bacteria, BTI, is quite safe. Of course they will. They won’t tell you its not safe will they?? Checkout this link for a review of BTI and the effects on human health :

http://www.nosprayzone.org/pesticides/NSZPaper.pdf

On top of this they do what they call a ‘Sweep Fog’ once a month between 3am and 5am where they drive the streets releasing a fog which settles in 10 minutes. Many people in my community are not even aware that this happens. By the time everyone gets up in the morning the fog is all settled nicely into the world and the only effects they will notice is less mossies for a few weeks. If they are lucky they will not experience a rash, headache, cough or allergic reaction to the spray, and if they do they will probably put it down to getting a cold, not a reaction to the mossie spraying that just occurred whilst they were sleeping, more than likely with windows open.

But get this – when I phoned the council to ask them 1) What on earth was the spray they were spraying on top of my family and I? and 2) When did the information/permission forms, etc get sent out as I obviously did not receive them?… I was told by the lady that I spoke to that I was THE FIRST PERSON TO EVER PHONE AND ASK THESE QUESTIONS IN THE 15 YEARS THAT SHE HAS BEEN DOING HER JOB.

The first person! In 15 years!

I actually had to sit with my head in my hands for 2 seconds whilst dwelling on this.

Good Grief.

So lets dwell on that :

*For 15 years communities have been allowing a helicopter to spray bacteria on top of them without ever asking what is in the spray and what effect it could have on their health?
*For 15 years a truck has been ‘fogging’ the streets of communities with chemicals in the early hours of the morning with out even telling them when and where they are coming.
*For 15 years not one member of these communities have complained?
*For 15 years communities have been OK with this?

The main reason, the council says, that they spray is because of 1) Residents phoning them and complaining about mossies (don’t they use mossie repellent??), and 2) because the mossies carry Ross River Virus evidently.

Granted Ross River virus does look a bit awful – headaches, flu symptoms, aching joints, etc. Nasty. But there have not been any recorded cases of it in Queensland for many years. Some would say this is because of the spraying…but I could go round and round in circles here saying that the mossies are not killed by the spraying and still biting….(see above).

So I say to you now – you have a human right to protest, complain and look after your family and yourself.

If this spraying and sweep-fogging is happening in your community (or you live in mine!) and you are NOT happy about it – then do something about it!!!!

Another day of being sprayed on the Gold Coast

Good Morning Northern Gold Coasters!

Look into the sky – see that helicopter? It is currently spraying a spray called BTI into YOUR environment in an attempt to prevent mossie larvae forming after all the recent rain.

Are we supposed to be grateful for this?

Did you know that if you are living on the Northern Gold Coast right now, yes right now, you are breathing this spray?

Are you really OK with this?

Who are the council fooling saying that spray is not floating into our environment this morning with the current breeze and occasional showers?

The reason they are spraying this morning is because there is a king tide due. This, to put a long story short, can cause a mountain of mossies.

And as people phone the council and moan, moan, moan about the mossies, the council are only responding to public pressure.

Do you remember signing a consent form to allow yourself to be sprayed? Hmmm, me neither.

Did you know that BTI kills bees?

Did you know that BTI is a researched carcinogenic?
Oh, What is a carcinogenic?
A carcinogen is any substance that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer. This may be due to the ability to damage the genome or to the disruption of cellular metabolic processes.

If you are happy with being sprayed with a carcinogenic, then please don’t read any further. After all, it’s freedom of choice here at this blog, and that’s your call.

If you feel like this sort of situation doesn’t work for you, that you are entitled to know what yourself, your family and your pets are consuming – then please make a call to the Gold Coast City Council and tell them this. Tell them you are unhappy. Tell them you want to know more.

Tell them that you value your health.