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Children More Likely to Eat Fruit & Veggies if They Grow Their Own

Added March 23, 2017, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, How To, Parents

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With spring time in the northern hemisphere once more, it is time to turn our thoughts to the outdoors, the garden and encouraging our children to help us grow our own food in the months ahead. The younger we start to give our children the opportunity to discover the delights of sowing, harvesting and eating their own produce, the better - and the more likely they are to enjoy fruit and veggies in their daily diet! How to create a child friendly ...

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The Plastic Bottle Addiction That is Ruining Our Oceans

Added March 21, 2017, Under: Environment, Technology

Koh Rong, Cambodia - January 24, 2016: Garbage and plastic bottles on a beach left by tourist at, Rong Island near Sihanoukvile. Anvironmental pollution concept picture, Cambodia. South East Asia 2016

There are estimated to be five trillion pieces of plastic polluting our seas of which a sizeable proportion is made up of bottles and tops designed to be used just once - and thrown away.  Something has to change - and drastically. And the latest fear is that a plastic island is now being formed in the Arctic. Just one standard PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle can take hundreds of years to degrade, breaking down into ever smaller fragements while absorbing harmful chemicals ...

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Is There Any Link Between Too Much Sleep & Alzheimer’s?

Added March 16, 2017, Under: Health, Insomnia, Vitamin D

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Many of us worry about suffering from insomnia and being sleep deprived.  But the opposite could be true.  What if we find that we, or someone we care about, is having too much sleep.  What if someone regularly sleeps for more than nine hours at night? We worry about not getting enough sleep but, with five million diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the USA alone, the thought of developing Alzheimer's is becoming of much greater concern. Could this be an early sign of ...

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The Pitfalls of Hormone Changes in All Age Groups of Women

Added March 15, 2017, Under: Exercise, Headaches & Migraines, How To, Insomnia, Skin Conditions, Women's Health

  The hormonal changes that lead to hot flushes and night sweats in menopause are often treated, by those who don't have them, as a subject for jokes but, if you do suffer from them, they can be far from funny. Hormones have always been an unpredictable force in many women's lives, impacting on their happiness. But there is no need to just grin and bear it as we are going to share some of the natural ways in which you can ...

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Look Forward to Lovely Lavender Lemonade in the Summer Months Ahead!

Added March 9, 2017, Under: Headaches & Migraines

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Now that it is spring in the Northern hemisphere, we begin to look forward to the warmer, sunnier months of the year. And what could be more inspiring than thinking about making a healthy, natural summer drink. If you and your family would like to enjoy the health benefits of lavender lemonade, here is what you will need: Ingredients 1 cup raw honey 5 cups pure water Just a single drop of our own Lavender Essential Oil  6 fresh lemons that have been peeled and juiced Lavender sprigs ...

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Heated Swimming Pools & Something That Might Surprise You

Added March 8, 2017, Under: Diseases, Environment, Exercise, Health

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Canadian researchers have worked out a way to test just how much urine can be found in a swimming pool, and they have concluded that pool water can contain up to 0.01% urine. How much is that in actual figures? The same researchers estimate that an 833,000 liter (220,000 gallon) pool could contain about 75 liters of urine (20 gallons) on average or a smaller 416,000 litre (110,000 gallon) pool was estimated to contain 30 litres (8 gallons) and they used public, private and ...

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Pregnancy & the Natural Ways to Avoid or Fade Stretch Marks

Added February 28, 2017, Under: Diets, Exercise, How To, Skin Conditions

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Being pregnant can bring the discomfort of unsightly stretch marks caused by the sudden stretching of the dermal layer of the skin. The areas most affected are usually the thighs, stomach, buttocks and breasts. Why do stretch marks appear during pregnancy? This can be because too much weight is gained and too quickly.  It can be a fine line between "eating for two" and dieting too much - leading to nutritional deficiencies that can endanger both the mother and her unborn child. It can also ...

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Cupping Therapy is an Alternative & Ancient Chinese Healing Method

Added February 26, 2017, Under: How To, Inflammation, Skin Conditions

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Relatively unknown to most people living in the West until recently, cupping therapy is an alternative therapeutic method that has been popular in China for some thousand years or even longer. There was a lot of discussion about "cupping" at the Rio Olympics in 2016 among the commentators.  It has become popular with successful sportsmen because it is said that there are a host of health benefits. According to IBT "During the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, American Swimmer, Michael Phelps ...

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What is the Condition Known as Varicose Eczema?

Added February 23, 2017, Under: Diseases

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Varicose eczema is a skin condition caused by increased pressure in the veins of the legs.  It is a chronic inflammation of the outer layers of the skin - but it is not contagious. This condition usually affects older women and can take some time to heal. It is the skin on or near the varicose veins in the legs, and on the ankles, that is most affected.  Being overweight puts you more at risk. While moisturisers, steroid ointments and compression stockings are ...

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Combine Epsom Salts & Lavender Essential Oil for a Comforting Bathtime

Added February 18, 2017, Under: Health, How To

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We have written about the health benefits of Epsom Salts before and of course we are very fond of essentials oils. Now you can combine the two and gain even more benefits. Combining Epsom Salts with Lavender Essential Oil and other ingredients makes an ideal restoration and relaxation soaking experience - for both mind and body - reducing stress, preventing colds and flu and topping up your mineral levels Of course, Lavender Essential Oil is well known for helping to promote a good ...

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