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The best toothpaste ever

I have no idea why this one has taken me so long. Well, maybe I do. Personally, I quite enjoy brushing with plain old bicarb (baking soda) and have found it to be very effective. My teeth are white and clean. The strange salty taste doesn’t bother me. And I love its complete simplicity. Really, […]

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Lavender, part three – other infusions

Here are four more very easy ways to harness the fragrance and power of Lavender in infusions. Lavender tea Add one to two teaspoons of dried Lavender flowers, or one to two tablespoon of fresh heads, to a cup of freshly boiled water. Steep for five to ten minutes. Strain and drink, sweetened with honey […]

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Skin brushing, part one – the basics and the benefits

I can’t urge you enough to give skin brushing (also known as dry skin brushing or dry skin brush massage) a try. I would be most surprised if someone who has tried it, doesn’t keep it up. The rewards occur at many levels, but include an immediate sense of well-being that is hard to beat […]

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Deodorant dangers, part two (especially for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers)

When it comes to personal care products, especially deodorant, there are two main areas of concern for pregnant women and mothers of young babies: passing the toxins in them to your baby the way that they interfere with attachment. Toxins in breast milk and the womb Some of the most dangerous chemicals are those known […]

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Deodorant dangers, part one

A while ago I wrote about the potential dangers of parabens in deodorants and other personal care products. Sadly, parabens are just one of the nasty ingredients that commercial deodorants and antiperspirants typically contain. Almost every deodorant on the supermarket shelves – as well as many in health shops – contain one or more aluminium […]

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Travelling light

Have you noticed the sweet little collections of tiny packages of personal care products, marketed as convenient, pint-sized travel packs? They seem more like a waste of excessive packaging to me, but there is definitely something appealing about having everything you need, ready to use, and not taking up a lot of space, when you […]

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Freshly ground, part two

Freshly ground, part two

This next post in my series on re-using coffee grounds is on one way to benefit from them for personal care – in a body scrub. So, without further ado, here goes: Coffee grounds on their own or as the main ingredient can form the basis of a wonderful exfoliating body scrub. They invigorate the […]

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Rooibos: DIY skincare

Getting back to Rooibos, in this post I’m going to tell a bit about how this wonderful tea can be used to benefit your skin. The first and most obvious way is to drink it regularly. But Rooibos can also be used directly on the skin. Rooibos is very gentle and can be used beneficially […]

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Spotless nipples

My next post was going to be on Rooibos again, and I will definitely be getting back to that. However, I have to digress first to tell you some other spotless discoveries I’ve made or remembered now that I’m a breastfeeding mom again. Many moms of newborns will be all too familiar with nipple problems, […]

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Rooibos: skin deep

My last post was about using Rooibos as a baby bum cleaner to avoid or treat nappy rash, but there are so many other wonderful uses for this herb that I’ve decided to write some more about it. This post is about the properties of Rooibos that relate to skin (and hair) care. As mentioned […]

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