How to reduce plastic usage

Plastic Free July has become a global movement where individuals, families and businesses avoid single-use plastics for a month in a bid to reduce plastic pollution. The idea is that at least some of the new behaviours adopted throughout the month will become...

Elderflower Cordial Recipe

Elderflowers come from the elder tree and grow in hedgerows and woods. The tiny white flowers are beautifully fragrant and can be used to make cordial, wine and tea.   Picking elderflower The flowers are ready to be picked when the little buds are newly open, usually...

Natural Beauty: What’s it about?

When it comes to putting things INTO our bodies, we’re pretty good at considering the ingredients and maybe even their origins. But we often overlook this when it comes to what we’re putting ONTO our bodies.  We sometimes forget the skin is an organ – our biggest one...

Hypnotherapy – The Lowdown

What is it? (and will a swinging watch make me think I’m a chicken?) Absolutely not! The key is in the name: hypno – short for hypnosis; and therapy – something which assists positive change within someone. Hypnotherapy therefore is far from ‘stage...

Uses of Dried Coconut

Last week, a friend (who is developing an interest in health foods) messaged me to say that she had bought a packet of dried coconut but didn’t know how best to use it. I replied with a list of ideas and she asked me to blog about the uses of coconut, for her and for...

A Green Christmas Tip 3

Did you know that electrical waste (or e-waste) produced in the UK each year could fill Wembley Stadium 6 times? Much of this waste is produced at Christmas time due to fairy lights, unwanted gifts and replacing old with new. How should we dispose of electrical goods...

A Green Christmas Tip 2

Wrapping paper   Most of us like to give presents to our loved ones and part of the excitement on Christmas morning – especially for children – is unwrapping gifts from under the tree. But do we consider the environment when using wrapping paper? According to...

A Green Christmas Tip 1

Christmas cards   Most of us like to send greetings to friends and loved ones in the run up to Christmas, but do we really consider the environmental impact of sending cards? According to research from Green People, approximately 1 billion cards are thrown away after...

A Green Christmas

For many, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year with its traditions such as sending cards, exchanging gifts, decorating trees, cooking special meals and so on. Worryingly, most of us are unaware that it can also be the most environmentally destructive time....

Soothe Sore Throats & Colds

When I’m coughing and spluttering and full of cold, I don’t like to waste my money on expensive sugary syrups and sachets. I choose to make myself a simple hot drink packed with spices that are known for their healing properties. This drink nips most of my...

Easy DIY Facial Scrub

So many facial products contain a host of chemicals which can strip the skin of its natural oils. This causes the skin to produce more oils to replace those lost, making your complexion look oily.  There are some good organic facial products on the market whose...

Wellbeing on a Budget

Wellbeing is your mental state. It’s how you feel and how well you cope with everyday life. Our wellbeing can change, sometimes infrequently and sometimes very frequently, from moment to moment.   Indications of good mental wellbeing are: * Feelings of...

DIY Lime Body Scrub

We hate dry skin! With winter just around the corner and the cold weather it brings, we’re guessing we’re not the only ones suffering. One way to get rid of rough, flaky skin is a good body scrub. It’s so easy to make your own – no...

Quick Meditation

  1. Find somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed. 2. Sit comfortably with your back straight and your hands resting on your lap, facing upwards. You can either sit on the floor cross-legged, or on a chair with both feet flat on the floor – whatever...

Easy Bathroom Cleaner

If, like me, you live in a hard water area, you are probably constantly battling with limescale in the kitchen and bathroom. Chemicals used in household cleaning products affect the air quality in your home and have been linked to lung damage, according to a Norwegian...