Vapour Rub

As many of us are at this time of year, I’m just getting over a cold. The last time I had a blocked nose I bought myself a small tub of vapour rub from Boots, but now I’m wondering if it wouldn’t just be better if I made my own. I’m still going to use up what I already have – I feel like it would be a bit of a waste if I didn’t – but considering that its main ingredient is petroleum (crude oil – Vaseline is made of this too), I definitely want to move on from it when I can!

I’ve had this recipe saved on Pinterest for a while now, and although I can’t vouch for it as I haven’t actually tried it yet, I thought it sounded quite simple and straight-forward so I’m definitely planning on giving it a go!

Coconut Chest Rub

Ingredients
1 heaping spoonful extra virgin coconut oil, in solidified state
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
*3 drops peppermint essential oil

*my first batch didn’t include this, but my next one did!!
As always, remember to keep essential oils out of the reach of children, and try to use organic ingredients when you can.

1. Mix them together in a small pot and rub into your chest and upper back.

2. If it’s coldish in the house (say, less than mid-20c C or 60s F) you can keep this out at room temperature. Otherwise, put it in a cool place (like the fridge or entryway) so the coconut oil doesn’t liquify.

You can find the original post at http://www.easypeasyorganic.com/2010/05/coconut-chest-rub.html.

Have you tried any similar organic/homemade/eco friendly vapour rubs or cold remedies? It would be great to hear about some more and learn which would be good to try!

Think Again

I love a good infographic and thought this one was great for depicting how much we can save by rejecting disposable food packaging! No matter how often I see statistics and images like this it still shocks me!

using styro

Liebster Award

liebster2In the past few days I have been lucky enough to be nominated for the Liebster Award twice, by Laura Kelly at The Next 50 Years and Dr Icecream at Med Until I Make It.

From what I gather, the Liebster Award can be awarded to bloggers with 500 followers or less, to help welcome them to blogging and to bring attention to their blogs. I have been blogging for less than a year and haven’t yet quite reached the 100 followers mark so I feel very pleased to have been recognised by 2 other bloggers! Thanks guys! :)

Here are the procedures I need to follow to accept the nomination, which I have taken from Laura Kelly’s post:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you.

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator.

3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 500 followers.

4. Tag other nominees in a comment to their blog so that they know they have been nominated.

As Laura was the first blogger to nominate me, I’m going to answer the questions she has asked – so here’s a little bit more about me!

  1. What motivated you to start blogging? I really felt that the only way I was going to achieve my goal of becoming more environmentally friendly was to start a blog and explain the ins and outs of it to others. I wanted to help other people towards this goal and also clarify each step in my mind too!
  2. What or who inspires you in life? Since joining the wordpress community I think I have been most inspired by Sian, who blogs at The Never Ending Headache, and Jess, at No One Gets Flowers for Chronic Pain. They constantly remind me how tough and yet how rewarding it is to deal with chronic pain, and I am always inspired by how brave they both are.
  3. What would your perfect day look like? It would be lovely and sunny and I would have a lazy day practising yoga, reading, eating some good food and spending time with my boyfriend.
  4. What is your favorite way to relax? Reading or knitting (I’m currently knitting a jumper for the first time!)
  5. Cats, dogs, or both? Cats (but that’s not to say I hate dogs!)
  6. How do you get your exercise? I like to practise yoga! I had a brief phase of running once a week, but then the weather got worse so sadly it petered out a bit.
  7. Favorite Ice cream? Hmmm…chocolate probably!
  8. The one book everyone should own? There are so many books that I love that I can’t really pick just one! I would recommend in particular Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Beth Terry’s Plastic Free Life.
  9. If you were granted the power to change one thing in the world what would it be and why? Obviously I would stop climate change ;)
  10. What super power would you like to possess and why? I would love to be invisible for a day and listen in on people’s conversations!
  11. What is one thing you would like everyone who visits your blog to know about you? I love hearing about what you’re doing to help the environment – it helps to remind me that I’m not alone.

And here are the 11 bloggers I would like to nominate for the Liebster Award!

  1. Earthniversity
  2. Tumbleweeds and Seeds
  3. The Non-Plastic Maori
  4. Mishmashcooking
  5. Relearning Human
  6. The Never Ending Headache
  7. Clump A Day
  8. No One Gets Flowers For Chronic Pain
  9. Love Lush Australia
  10. My Light Bag
  11. Andrea Elizabeth

Sorry to all those who I couldn’t nominate! I enjoy all the blogs I follow and wish I could give you all an award!

N.B. I was also nominated for a couple of awards a while ago that I haven’t yet followed up on, so look out for learning more about me soon :)

My questions (I have snaffled some of the above as I thought they were quite interesting!):

  1. What motivated you to start blogging?
  2. What or who inspires you in life? 
  3. What would your perfect day look like?
  4. What is your favourite way to relax?
  5. How do you get your exercise?
  6. The one book everyone should own?
  7. What super power would you like to possess and why?
  8. What is one thing you would like everyone who visits your blog to know about you?
  9. Do you have a favourite blog?
  10. What’s your favourite way to be creative?
  11. Which environmental cause (if any) is the most important to you?

Thanks for reading! Back to green posts soon! :)

Earth Hour

So this post is about the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour – similar to the National Day of Unplugging, which I previously wrote about, but this is only for an hour.

Basically, the idea is that you turn off all your lights at 8.30pm on Saturday 29th March for an hour – and appliances, TV, computer too if you like – and do something that is better for our planet (for some ideas, check out WWF’s list of 60 Things To Do In The Dark). If you really can’t do it at this time, pick another time instead, I don’t think it really matters! But if you do move it then I’d suggest you should go for a time that you normally have lights blazing and you’re using lots of power, just so it makes more of a difference to you.

I try to do something similar every now and again, but I love the thought of so many people turning their lights out at the same time, all to show solidarity for our world. UK attractions including Big Ben, the London Eye, Brighton Pier and Blackpool Tower will all be turning off their lights – joining in with thousands of people around the world!

One of my favourite ideas is curling up with a good book and some hot chocolate (I have lots of candles so I can make use of them too!), although my sisters should be around that day so I’ll make my priority catching up with them :)

Do you think this is a good idea? What are you going to do?

Umbrella

Well, it was raining here in London when I left the house this morning, and my umbrella closed itself twice just as I was walking down the road! So I thought maybe it’s time for a new one … but is it even possible to get an eco friendly umbrella?

It seems there definitely are some possibilities! Obviously the cheapest and greenest option – going without an umbrella entirely – isn’t really something that appeals! But umbrellas made from recycled products such as plastic bottles are available (if slightly pricey!) Here are some of the ideas I’ve come across so far; I hope they help you to find the ideal eco umbrella!

  • WWF Eco Umbrella, £29.95 – the canopy is apparently made of 100% recycled plastic bottlesWWF Eco Umbrella. And it has the bonus of supporting a good cause too!
  • Remarkable, an online eco shop, sells a variety of eco umbrells, ranging from £23 to £40, the more eco friendly the more expnsive of course, unfortunately. I would be most tempted by the 100% Recycled Blue Umbrella, as it also had a bamboo handle and shaft. But do I really want to spend £40 on an umbrella? Not really…
  • For something a bit weirder, how about this Eco Brolly?  (Although I haven’t worked out where to go on the website to actually buy it!) Basically it’s a foldable frame that you can attach an item - newspaper, plastic bag etc. – to as the canopy. Quirkiest idea I’ve found so far!

But what if you don’t want to buy a new umbrella? Although I’ve never tried it myself, I’ve found a good guide online on how to fix a broken umbrella. This is the best solution to both fixing your umbrella and avoiding having to buy a new one!

When I started this post, I was focused mainly on finding a new eco umbrella, but I think I might try and fix my old one before I spend the money on something new! What do you think? Have you tried any of these suggestions or something similar?

Have a green week!

DIY: Night Time Face Cream

Joanna:

Lovely eco idea for a night-time moisturiser from Lexi’s Green Guide:

Originally posted on Lexi's Green Guide:

Shea Butter

This DIY face cream only needs three ingredients. It will leave your skin smooth, moisturized, and fight blemishes.

Ingredients:

4 tablespoon of unrefined shea butter

3-4 tablespoons of sweet almond oil

5 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

  1. Add shea butter and sweet almond oil to a mixing bowl
  2. Use a hand mixer or manually stir ingredients until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps
  3. Stir in essential oil

Shea butter is non-comodegenic meaning it is less likely to clog your pores. Shea butter will moisturize your skin and leave it feeling soft and supple.

Sweet almond oil is also non-comodegenic and is rich in vitamin and minerals to combat dryness and heal your skin. Sweet almond oil is easily absorbed by the skin and won’t leave your face feeling greasy. If you do not have sweet almond oil then jojoba or grape seed oil are great substitutes.

Lavender…

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