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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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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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How You Can Reduce the Stress & Improve Emotional Well-Being Too

Added July 31, 2019, Under: Environment, Exercise, How To, Inflammation, Insomnia, Vitamin D

Stress seems to be constantly on the increase but this could be because more attention today is being paid to the problem. And mothers in particular will put the welfare of their families first to the detriment of their own health. Meanwhile, you should be putting yourself at the top of the list for reducing stress and improving emotional well-being so that others will benefit too. If you can reduce stress while improving your emotional well-being, studies have shown that you will lower ...

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Sunflowers Give Us a Happy Feeling & Healthy Seeds

Added July 23, 2019, Under: Environment, Vitamin D

  Who can resist smiling when they see sunflowers growing.  They are well known for being "happy" flowers.  At the same time, sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. These bright and colorful flowers are as warm and  inviting as the summer sun. With brilliant yellow petals (known as rays), sunflowers have an unmistakable sun-like appearance. Originally from the Americas, sunflowers were cultivated as a valuable food source for centuries. With the European exploration of the New World, the flower’s popularity spread to the ...

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This Ancient Drink Shares Its History with the Honey Bee

Added July 20, 2019, Under: Environment, Natural remedies

Many consider the alcoholic drink known as 'mead' to be one of the oldest in the world. Made with fermented honey and water, it has a long and glorious history. It is referenced in the ancient cultures of all these countries - China, India, Greece and Egypt. The earliest documentary evidence suggest that a fermented honey beverage was drunk in India some 4000 years ago. The ancient Greeks called mead 'ambrosia' or 'nectar' and it was believed to be the drink of the gods, ...

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Top Ten Tips for Taking your Pet on Vacation

Added July 18, 2019, Under: Environment, Pets, Top 10

Whatever time of the year, more and more pet owners are deciding to take the 'Ruff with the Smooth' and bring their pets with them on their holidays. And often with successful outcomes. With many more holiday destinations catering for pets - and dogs especially - vacationing with your pet need not be so difficult. But it is wise to bear in mind the type of pet, their temperament, their size and their unique likes and dislikes when you are planning that trip! Our top ...

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How to Heal Your Gut With These Seven Simple Steps

Added July 1, 2019, Under: Environment, Health

  And they all begin with the letter R just like our earlier post on the environment - Our Seven Suggestions for a Zero-Waste Lifestyle. Here are those seven simple steps 1. REST - and that means a rest from food!  When you have a day (or longer) without food and you give your digestive system a rest, your body will go into cleaning mode - that is, detoxing, helping to remove the  toxins and debris in your system by keeping your bowel moving as ...

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Are You Up With the Larks or Are You a True Night Owl?

Added June 28, 2019, Under: Environment, Health, Insomnia

Many people find that they can be divided into two types as far as their sleeping habits are concerned. There are those who tend to wake early but struggle to stay up after a certain time in the evening.  I am one of those!  They can be categorized as being "up with the larks". Then the other group find it very difficult to wake up in the morning, preferring to lie-in late but can remain active late into the night.  These are ...

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