We all dream of planning grand adventures. Of making lists, of packing, saddling up and setting off to create memories that will last a lifetime. But now more than ever, human lives are busy and complicated. As well as work pressures, there’s more often than not other lives – human or otherwise – which rely on our inputs and which impede on the realities of being able to get away for much longer than a day or two. And that’s before we take into account the travel restrictions.
But what if we could all look at our current situations as an opportunity to make realistic plans for adventures that still give us the mental nourishment of ‘getting away’. Adventures that can also support our many local communities still suffering the economic consequences of bushfires and lockdowns.
The upsurge in the human desire to reconnect with nature and our food is heartening. After the devastating bushfires experienced by so many, is it possible for humans to also reconnect with fire? After a bushfire season like we…
One of the most important things to keep us healthy in both body and mind is sleep. But as we strive to juggle families, work and living clean and sustainable lives, the amount of sleep we get is easy to neglect and its quality is often the first thing to suffer.
Growing your own medicinal garden is easy and the benefits of having fresh herbs on hand – both medicinal and edible – are immeasurable.
It’s difficult to know the age and viability of dried herbs, so growing varieties which are suited to both your climate and soil conditions will ensure you have the highest chance of gaining the best therapeutic and culinary outcomes.
Indoor plants are a quick and easy way to bring your garden and the beauty of nature into your home. They can visually appeal, with variegated leaves and sometimes stunning floral displays that are unique to indoor plants. They can also improve the health of your home.
Hands up if you’re feeling a bit helpless in the face of climate change? It seems our governments are doing little to help, our pleas for change are falling on deaf ears; and big business and greed seem to have more say than good people caring for the Earth. Don’t be disheartened though. Activism comes in many forms and there are many ways we can help heal the planet.
It’s not uncommon for bathroom benches and shower recesses to be filled with plastic bottles: bottles for shampoos and conditioners, hair treatments, face washes, toners, moisturisers, deodorants … and that’s just the basic products! Then there are all the other lotions and potions that promise great things and claim to have unique properties that will keep your face looking younger, your skin supple and your hair shiny.
Finally the concept of living sustainably is becoming more mainstream and people are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental issues of our time. As we engage with mainstream media and social media we are seeing more ways to reduce our waste, grow our own food, create less carbon emissions, pollute the planet less and generally live more in harmony with the planet.
Bone broth, or stock, is a culinary art and medicinal food that has been used for generations and has recently made a comeback as a popular gut healing food. Broth is made when animal bones are simmered gently for many hours in a pot of water, rendering the minerals and nutrients into a form the body can easily assimilate.
Honey is one of the most ubiquitous products in Australian homes. Most households have a jar of honey on the shelf, whether it be for eating or medicinal use, but lately we are realising that not all honeys are the same.