Some Helpful Tips

Eco-friendly CleaningYou think all cleansing products are healthy for you and the environment? Think again.

We only recommend manufacturers who don’t use ingredients known or suspected to be toxic to humans and/or the environment. The following tips are set out as we see them rather than having to kowtow to vested interests that harm you while getting at your money.

Economy – Buying in Bulk
Big name brand suppliers often make products using cheap petroleum based chemicals or other risky ingredients so that they can maximise profits by supplying cheaply to supermarkets. Some healthy alternatives might initially seem expensive in comparison, eg Aussan’s NASAA approved hard surface cleaner is about $6~7 for 500ml compared to about $4~5 for the ‘spray & wipe’ type cleaners containing poisons like the heart and wildlife toxic salicylic acid that is banned or restricted overseas. However, unlike many toxic sprays, you can buy Aussan in a five (5) litre container actually making it cheaper than the poisons you would otherwise use on your bench and hence in your food.
See Healthier info sheet.

Find out from suppliers of your chosen healthier alternatives if you can buy their product/s in bulk and then compare value for money against the big name chemical poison brands. Many healthier products are concentrated so part of any comparison should include number of uses per volume of product.

Function – Multi-Purpose
With today’s understanding that we desperately need to take care of our planet there really is little excuse to accept toxic products from any manufacturer and it is our responsibility to our Earth home to insist that the toxic practices be stopped. Healthier Products, to get the ACO, NASAA, etc, approval such as the Aussan hard surface cleaner mentioned above must be made without toxic ingredients. Strange though it may first appear, one healthy cleaning product purchased more cheaply in bulk than a big brand poison might be able to act in multiple functions, eg; surface cleaner, fabric softener, fruit protection, etc. Logics suggest benefits don’t stop there, for example if we use it as a fabric softener its potential would probably include:

  • Not harm the environment like toxic chemical alternatives.
  • Not harm your or your family like toxic washing products do through skin absorption.
  • Not scum or clog up the washer’s user cleanable filters like conventional fabric softeners.
  • Not cause internal mechanisms and pipes of washing machines to get dirty or scummy as quickly and therefore reduce maintenance costs by not having to call out expensive tradesman so often.

Eco-friendly House

Where you find a certified organic product (eg ACO, NASAA, etc) that you like, why not ask the manufacturer and more likely the distributor if they have heard of any uses for it other than the one for which it was specifically designed. This has the potential to reduce the large number of different products you probably have around the house and particularly the more risky ones you currently use.

Light Exercise
Persons with serious illness often give up on normal activities of life and that is not good. Normal Life includes exercise and large amounts of quality water so important in removing toxins from the body.

For sick people unable to walk 1~3km a day (or when it is cold or wet), a small set-low-to-the-ground trampoline (prices range from as low as $100~150). where they can step onto it several times a day, say in front of the TV or a fire, and just gently bounce without feet even leaving the surface while watching TV may be an option.

Oedemas – Blisters, Burns
Persons on chemotherapy, stem cell transplant and some other circumstances may develop large oedemas or blisters. While patients are in hospital they are supplied large non-stick dressing pads to cover the wounds but when they are sent home don’t expect to find anything even close to the size you need at even the larger chemists. Gauze and bandages by themselves are damaging when the oedemas have to be home dressed every day or two as their removal tends to tear apart any healing achieved.

In the absence of any useful help from any doctor, hospital or chemist:
We already knew that honey dissolves at just above human body temperature or in water and that UMF20 active manuka honey virulently fights bugs including the very difficult to treat hospital scourges of MRSA (multi-resistant staph aureas) and VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococcus).
We coated a gauze pad with UMF20 MANUKA honey, placed it over the blisters and wound a sterile bandage over them. Gently running luke-warm water on the honey soaked gauze allowed us to remove them for redressing with minimal effect on the healing wound sites.

Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey produced by European honey bees foraging on the Manuka or Tea Tree

Many sick people can’t tolerate a lot of solid food and thus soups may have to become a serious option. Sadly people boil the heck out of soup thus destroying ALL the foods’ enzymes, much of its nutrient value and turning its healthy alkaline PRAL into the more acidic state that cancer and other diseases love.

We learned a good quick way to make soup is by lightly blending the raw vegetables and then warming them up to under 50c so enzymes are less damaged. Using the blender first rather than boiling for ages can also save a fair bit of expensive electricity.

Super Foods:
Super foods can be useful to persons not getting their full range of nutrition due to impaired appetite. Unfortunately some superfoods can be unpalatable, eg Raw Cacao is very bitter.

Purchase a capsule maker plus 500 empty vegetable capsules and try capsulising. When taken this way the healthy and nutrient loaded bitter Raw Cacao powder leaves a only pleasant chocolate aftertaste.