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The Sights & Sounds of Forests are More Vital Than Ever

Added August 26, 2019, Under: Environment, Exercise, Health

At this time in our history, the world is worrying about the extensive and hugely damaging forest fires in the Amazon - and how it will all end. The Amazon rain forests are at great risk, desperately needing the rain after which they are named. Why we need rain forests Rain forests are forests which grow in areas of high rainfall.  Tropical rain forests are found between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn and receive between 68 to 80 inches ...

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Is it Time to Go a Little Bit Wild in Your Garden or Back Yard!

Added August 22, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

The past few years have seen a surge in support for wildlife - and this includes your own garden and back yard. Gone are the days when everyone had to have a very neat and pristine "plot in the sun" with rows of straight bedding plants. Back then, every part of the garden had to be weed-free and without the slightest sign of any pests.  Shrubs and bushes had to be strictly pruned and lawns take on the appearance of bowling greens.  ...

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What is a Tussie Mussie?

Added August 21, 2019, Under: Environment, How To, Natural remedies

You would probably never guess - but a tussie mussie is a small bouquet of leaves and flowers from different herbs. The idea dates back to medieval times but became very fashionable in the Victorian era. Another name for a tussie mussie is a nosegay - and they were often given as gifts to be held or worn attached to clothes. Why nosegays were used Nosegays were originally intended to be put to the nose either for the the pleasant sensation of sniffing something ...

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Are You Able to Buy Fresh Goji Berries in Your Local Store?

Added August 18, 2019, Under: Nutrition

A recent news item here in the UK was that fresh goji berries were now becoming available to buy in supermarkets. Up to now, it has only been possible to buy them dried. On this side of the pond, fresh goji berries come from Morocco in North Africa.  They obviously need a very warm climate.  And in spite of summers becoming warmer here in the UK, goji berries are not a commercial possibility - yet. When we took over our allotment plot some ...

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How Modern Parents can Limit their Children’s Screen Time

Added August 16, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Insomnia, Parents

It is a common concern among parents today - and that is how much "screen time" their children are spending on their different devices. But what are the solutions? Here in the UK, nearly twenty five percent of parents say they use pocket money to bribe their children away from their screens.  And such bribes are not limited to screen time, they are used for getting them to bed on time and to encourage them to get on with their homework too. In ...

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If Motion Sickness Affects You, These Could be a Simple Remedy

Added August 10, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Drugs, Health

Motion sickness, surgery, chemotherapy or  morning sickness (in pregnancy) can all lead to continuous nausea or vomiting. And for anyone faced with such nausea, it can be a very unpleasant experience. To alleviate nausea and vomiting, many will turn to drugs. But there are alternatives to medications These include herbal remedies, vitamins, aromatherapy or hypnosis - and now acupressure wristbands. But can a pair of bracelets, applying pressure to a certain point on your wrist, really relieve nausea and vomiting? Acupressure bands come in different colours, ...

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How to Use Coconut Oil & Essential Oils to Deter Bugs from Biting

Added August 6, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Diseases, Environment, Health, How To

No one enjoys being bombarded by unwanted insects during the hot summer months. But what can you do about this situation without resorting to standard commercial bug repellents that contain the controversial chemical DEET as well as other neurotoxic ingredients - fragrance, Dimethicone, Sodium benzoate, butane and propane? There is a solution if you use natural insect repellents such as coconut oil plus essential oil. Why you should avoid DEET? DEET (officially known as N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is the most widely used insect repellent pesticide in the ...

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Ice Cold Drinking Water & is it Harmful or Harmless?

Added August 3, 2019, Under: Exercise, Headaches & Migraines

Modern refrigerators and freezers often come with an ice and cold water dispenser. But is drinking such cold water (and then even adding ice to it) actually good for you? While we all know that it is important to drink plenty of cold water every day but at what temperature should we be drinking it? It’s important to stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water throughout the day. But can the temperature of your water affect your digestive health? On looking into this question, ...

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