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Give Dad his own custom-made essential oils perfume - zero waste, minimal, natural and simple

Father’s day is coming up fast, and of course I want to spoil Husband on this special day. Although I don’t really love these types of days (you know, Mother’s, Valentine’s, etc.) I do love the fact that we have kids who get so enthusiastic about these “celebrations” and so now I just roll with it. If you think about it, Father’s day gives you another very good reason to expose the people you love to more natural ways of living and giving. And on that note – here is a great idea for a Father’s day gift:

Homemade natural perfume for Dad, using manly essential oils.

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Zero waste shopping: How to keep your plastic-usage low, even without access to a bulk store. Simple and small changes matter

One of the biggest challenges you will ever face on your zero waste journey is shopping. Unfortunately, the world has not yet caught on to this “trend” and most stores still package EVERYTHING in layers and layers of plastic. Or, if you are lucky enough to find a bulk store the chances are very good that they will stock some, if not almost all, of the usual basics but the moment you are in need of something more specific or “special”, back to square one – plastic.

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Minimise anxiety: Exercise is self-care with an increased heart rate. Take care of your body, take care of yourself.

Studies have found that exercise can combat depression more effectively than either antidepressants, taken alone or combined with exercise. Getting our bodies moving is not only good for your body, but for your mind as well.

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Minimise toxins: Natural treatments for muscle pain, inflammation, joint stiffness and swelling

Since my arthritis diagnosis I have tried a few different things, some with big success. Other with not so much. The natural treatment that works the best? Essential oils. But before I go into the different oils and their uses, let’s first take a look at muscle pain and body soreness in general.

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Going zero waste is not going to save the planet

I have been on this zero waste journey for a while now, and although I have had a few major setbacks, I have managed to overcome most of the challenges. We waste less, although not even close to zero. And when we do have waste, we are more conscious of it and try to dispose of it in the most responsible way. That being said, I will never pat myself on the back that I am saving the planet, one plastic-less day at a time. I am not naïve, and I can see the damage that has already been done and that we are continuingly doing.  And unfortunately merely going zero waste will not solve the problem.

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Anxiety and overwhelm - if you do not minimise them, they will minimise you

Today, I am keeping it real. If you have been following my blog for a while then you will know that I struggle with anxiety. Not in the “I cannot function” type of way, but unfortunately also not in the “I am only quirky at parties” way. Some days I am fine, and then others not so much. Lately, my plate has been overflowing, and my beaker of emotions as well. With all that has been going on in our lives feeling overwhelmed has kind of been inevitable, and I think it is safe to say that I am staring burnout in the face.

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Minimise toxins: Salicylate sensitivity or intolerance and essential oils

Someone close to me came to me with a problem, and a request to find a solution, or at least a suggestion. She has a salicylate sensitivity, which makes simply using “normal” things like food and medicine and beauty products a bit of a challenge. With winter approaching, she wants to support her immune system but are unsure of how to go about this. Some of the more conventional natural treatments, such as certain foods, that are normally pushed to be immune boosting, are out of bounds for her. Their levels of salicylates are too high. So the question was: which essential oils can she use, safely, that will still be effective in helping to keep her and her family healthy during the winter months.

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Intentional and mindful gifting [Shameless punting of our new online shop]

Living intentionally and mindfully becomes easy once you realise that life is less about doing and more about being. And the real joy comes in when we are able to share this realisation with those closest to us. One of the easiest ways of sharing, or introducing, your new way of living is through the gifts you give. Giving someone a gift presents the opportunity of giving them something they need (even if they do not know it yet) and dressing it up in a special way.

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Zero waste kitchen - the essentials to get you started on the zero waste lifestyle journey

These are my zero waste kitchen essentials. Of course, there are nice to have products, many more must-have products, and even more lust-after products. But just remember, this is a journey and Rome wasn’t built in a day. So take it slow, change where you can and as you go along, and in a while when you look back you will be so impressed to see how far you have come.

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Simplify your life - Natural pain relief that are worth looking into - I don't mind being the guinea pig! [not a doctor!]

I was diagnosed with arthritis about 6 months ago. My preliminary tests indicated Rheumatoid, but my rheumatologist was not entirely convinced. Maybe osteo, maybe oligo, or any of the other arthritis variations. He also considered fibromyalgia, but before he could make a definite diagnosis I stopped going to him. I was tired of being prodded and poked and just getting more and more pills while nothing else really changed. That really riled me - why is healthcare only defined by the medication that you can be prescribed? Why do our medical practitioners (most of them in any case) not consider other factors? And then recommend a holistic approach? Do the medical community not understand that inflammation is caused by something that irritates the immune system, and that SOMETHING can be anything from physical activity to food allergens.

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Simplify your life - Natural treatment: Children with asthma - sucking the breath out of your childhood

A1 never gave us even a slight worry that she might have asthma. No niggling cough or wheezing chest. With A2 this was another story. She got chest infections easily. Her coughing never stopped, most days getting so bad that she would vomit. Her chest was graggy and made a faint wheeze when she breathed. She had her first proper attack just shy of 18months. Shortly after another. And another.  We ended up in ER with her with blood oxygen levels of 72 where it is supposed to be 95. After this episode, her paediatrician "diagnosed" her. I say "diagnosed" because before the age of 5 any medical opinion is given solely on the grounds of observation and medical history. After 5, or as soon as the child can follow more complex instructions, a breathing test can be done for a formal diagnosis.

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