What is your Dream?

I dream that we will no longer sell Junk- chips and Lollies in hospital waiting rooms. I dream that my children will not be offered soft drink at every sporting event. I dream that everyone will think twice about using personal products laden with chemcials on their skin. I dream that toxic chemicals will need to be proven safe before being sold. I dream that Organic food will be called food and the pesticide food  will be labelled accordingly.I dream babies won’t have in excess of 200 chemicals in their umbilical chord blood when born. I could go on but I think you get the idea. This is something that I can’t let go of. Once you have the knowledge it is hard to ignore. Please educate yourself, clean out your cupboards, take it all to the tip and ask how to safely dispose of it. Once you change, you will not look back. Your health will thank you for it.

Sometimes this is overwhelming and I certainly felt that way but I recommend replacing one thing at a time. Make the best choice everytime you buy. Remember you are voting with your dollar!

Unfortunately the big supermarkets don’t care about our health. You will need to look else where. I am not saying don’t shop there at all. All fruit and veg is better than No fruit and veg but always search for the best option.

Here are a list of some of my favourite online stores/apps/shops that are doing their bit to make the world a better place.

Nourished Life Online store for make-up and personal products

Bulk Wholefoods Online store for ordering organic and pesticide free wholefoods, personal care products too. Australia wide delivery.

Chemical Maze This is an App which lets you see what additives, preservatives and chemicals are in your food and personal products and cleaners. Search by name and number. This has been a great educational tool when shopping with my kids.

Think Dirty This is a free App. Scan barcoded products to check for ingredients. Not all Australian products are on here but they are adding more all the time.

The Food garden if you live in Central Victoria consider having a seasonal fruit and veg box delivered to your home. They are now donating half their profits to local farmers to encourage organic farming! How good is that.

Young Living essentail Oils No pesticides used in the growing of the plants used to produce their oils. They can effectively and safely be used to clean your home and replace many other products. Young Living thieves household cleaner is the best product I have ever used to clean my bathroom and benches. They have a range of personal care products from shampoos to deoderants and a kids range too. If this is something you are interested in please email belindajforsyth@gmail.com or call 0433589675 to discuss how I can help you.

Biome Fabulous online store with the best lunch boxes around. Natural cleaning products and all things eco.

Daylesford Health food and Organics a drive up the road from Ballarat, but a great selection and great prices. Also makes for a great lunch stop.

If I can encourage you to make a better choice that will be my reality, no longer a dream.

Belinda

 

Note: some of these links are affiliate links and I may receive a small comission at no cost to you,should you decide to purchase

 


Diffusing-More than just a scent

Essentail oils are plant extracts that are dervied by three process: steam distillation, resin tapping and cold pressing. The oil obtained from leaves, seeds, bark, skin of plants contains therapeutic properties that when diffused can have an amazing effect.

When I first received my Essential Oils I used a few drops in my diffuser. The diffuser uses ultrasonic technology to break down the oil with water into millions of microparticles and disperses them into the air. Diffusing essential oils is a perfect way to dispel odours and create a peaceful environment. Before I had a diffuser I had used some essential oils in an oil burner but I have since learnt that a cold air diffuser preserves their therapeutic properties. Using an oil will burner with a heat surce will destroy any therapeutic properties. There is more information in an article from Well Being Magazine that you might find useful

Essential oils when inhaled  reach our brain via the olfactory nervous system and can have an impact on our physical, emotional and spirirtual well being

Rosemary has been shown to improve memory and peppermint enhances mood and cognition( always use only 1-2 drops peppermint as it is strong). Lavendar supports nervousness, insomnia,helps to wind down and so many much more! Aide from it’s beautiful refreshing scent Lemon can enhance mood and concentration and was demonstrated in this study

Rosemary and lemon are perfect in the workplace for supporting concentration or for the studying student. Lavendar is perfect at bedtime.

Aside from the  support to mood, concentration and your emotions, Thieves essential oil has been studied for it’s effectiveness killing mould. Dr Close has used Thieves Essential oil, diffused for 48 hrs to kill mould spores. Watch a clip of Dr Close explain his findings.

As thieves is great at cleaning the air, it is perfect to diffuse for 30mins daily when you are suffering from a cough or cold.

Young Living has a number of diffusers but the three below are available with the Premium Starter Kit. There are a few different options and if you are interested in Essential oils visit my page on Essential Oils or email me at belindajforsyth@gmail.com


Removing Blue light from your Screens

Have you ever sat at the computer until late at night and then found it difficult to sleep? I know I have. Did you know about the affects of Blue light? Researches have shown that that exposure to light suppresses the secretion of melatonin which helps the body to sleep. Disruption of the production of melatonin can have negative affects on your body’s ability to sleep, disrupting your circadian rhythm.

I have known about this but have not known what to do about it and sometimes night time is the best time for getting some work done once the kids are in bed. Yesterday I came across f.lux software that will change the brightness on your computer screen to block out the blue light. Genius!! Wish I had found this sooner. Then today I was at work and mentioned it and one of the students (love when they teach me things, as they are way more tech savvy than me) also showed me how to alter the screen of my iphone! So I have thought that there are probably lots of other people out there who do not know about this function.  When you swipe up on your phone you will get the screen shown below. Tap on the brightness icon to adjust your settings and then you can set your phone to remove blue light from 7pm-7am.  if you don’t have an iphone your phone may have a similar setting just find your brightness settings and find out if this function is available

↑  brightness setting
Changing your settings will hopefully help with a better nights sleep for everyone. Don’t forget my previous post on magnesium salts that can also help your body to wind down.

Belinda

 

 

 

 

http://www.bluelightexposed.com/#what-are-the-effects-of-blue-light-exposure-on-our-health

https://justgetflux.com


Washing Powder

I have been making my own washing powder for a few months now and have had great results. If you think it is hard, think again. A little bit of effort to purchase individual ingredients and changing your habits and you won’t look back. I encourage you to have a look at what you are using and research if the product is safe for you.

Some of the ingredients I avoid include Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Phosphates, 1-4 dioxane. Side effects can cause skin irritation, respiratory problems, eye irritations to name a few.

I have settled on an a recipe that works well for me. I have modified a recipe published by Sistermixin.  These girls are doing wonders for raising awareness on additives and preservatives in food. If you have not had a look check them out.

Ingredients

  • 2 Bars of Dr Bronners soap purchase here *
  • 200g Epsom salts
  • 500 washing Soda
  • 500 Bi-carb soda
  • Essential Oils

Cut bars of soap into pieces. I do this in my thermomix but any blender should do. You want the soap to be as fine as possible. Add other ingredients and blend until combined. Store in a container in the laundry.

I add Essential oils 4-5 drops for the desired result

  • Degreasing- lemon Essential Oil
  • Stain removal- Eucalyptus Essentail Oil
  • Anti-bacterial(sports gear) Tea tree Essential Oil
  • Beautiful scent for linen- Lavender

At home we use a front loader and I use about 2 tablespoons. Dr Bronner’s bar soap is fragrance free. We also use it in our bathrooms. I purchase soap in bulk and store them in my laundry

Washing soda, bi-carb and Epsom salts can all be purchased from the supermarket. It is economical to also buy in bulk if you are going to make on a regular basis. I purchase from New Directions

I always use distilled vinegar in the rinse section of the washing machine. Vinegar will remove any soap residue and help soften the water. If using Lavender I would add in the rinse section too.

I hope you have success with this recipe and let me know how you go

Belinda

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Nut free Lemon Balls

Lunch box friendly snacks are something that I always need to have on hand. I like these as they fit the bill and my kids like them. They are easy and economical.  Sunflower seeds are high in Vitamin E, folate, copper, zinc, iron and fiber. They provide energy, maintain the immune system, stabilize blood glucose and prevent constipation. [source]

Ingredients

250g sunflower seeds, 60g coconut oil, 80g desiccated coconut, 80g pure maple syrup, 1/2 tsp vanilla powder, zest and juice of 1 lemon. Optional 5-6 drops of Young Living Lemon Essential oil for that extra lemon zing! Add more or less of the ingredients to your liking!

Method

Blend seeds and zest in a blender on high until mixture is fine. Add remaining ingredients and blend again. Add 1 tsp water if mixture is dry.

Roll mixture into balls and then coat in extra dessicated coconut. Refrigerate or freeze.

As a mum being organised makes a big diffference to your day and ultimately how I feel at the end of the day too.  Feeling organised is much better than the alternative. I try and source organic when I can and buy in bulk. I love shopping at Bulk Wholefoods  for nuts, seeds, all things coconut and lots more. They deliver Australia wide with a flat rate delivery fee.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/343568-what-are-the-benefits-of-eating-sunflower-seeds/