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Guest Post: The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

Why is it that some people put only pea-sized toothpaste on their brush while others put a lot? Which one is more effective? Does it mean that putting more toothpaste will allow you to maintain healthy teeth a healthy smile?

These are just some of the questions most people think of when using commercial toothpaste. The truth is that the quantity of toothpaste used each time you brush doesn’t determine its effectiveness. Just because you have used a lot of toothpaste at once doesn’t mean you can expect the best results right away.

In fact, it could be the exact opposite….


Vanilla Essential Oil

Vanilla essential oil benefits and uses

There are three types of vanilla essential oil*, which are:

  • extracted from Vanilla planifolia, sometimes labelled Bourbon vanilla,
  • extracted from V. pompona, sometimes labelled West Indies vanilla, and
  • extracted from V. tahitensis (which is not often used, due to the low vanillin content), sometimes called Tahitian vanilla.

You may also come across an oil called Mexican vanilla, which is also extracted from V. planifolia like Bourbon vanilla, but unfortunately is often adulterated with oil from…


Society garlic, Tulbaghia violacea

Society Garlic health benefits: Strong healing, no garlic breath

Society garlic, Tulbaghia violacea syn. T. cepacea, is also sometimes called sweet garlic and wild garlic (a name it shares with Ramsons) in English, wildeknoffel in Afrikaans, isihaqa in Zulu and moelela in Sotho.

It is native to KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape (South Africa), but is also found growing wild in other South African provinces as well as Southern Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho.

Description

Society garlic is in the Alliaceae family, as are Garlic, Ramsons, onions, leeks…


Weight Loss: Low Fat or Low Carb?

I don’t usually do this, but an article in the Guardian which I’ve just read is so important that I need to bring it to your attention.

The article in question is The sugar conspiracy by Ian Leslie. It describes how the nutritional science establishment suppressed evidence over many years to promote the idea that cholesterol and high fat content in the diet was the major cause of obesity.

The result of this was that official dietary advice since the 1970s has advocated a low…


Strawberry pavlova

Fruit Pavlova – Gluten free recipe

A fruit pavlova is a wonderful dessert for any celebration.

This recipe can be relied on to get an oooh! and lots of compliments from your guests at any party you’re planning. You can ring the changes by changing the fruit used as filling. Whatever you choose, it’s guaranteed to go down a treat, but it’s definitely not for anyone counting calories, carbs or aiming for a low fat diet! But it’s not every day we celebrate, is it?

It provides 6-8 Servings.

Meringue:
4 egg whites
250g (½ lb) caster sugar
1…


Bananas are a popular fruit

It’s amazing what a banana can do for you

I promise you’ll be shocked when you find out what a banana can do for you, but first some background information you might not know.

Although most people believe that bananas grow on trees, in fact the plant which produces this fruit is a (large) perennial herb. Bananas themselves are classified as berries!

There at least 50 different species of banana, but only one variety (the Cavendish) is usually sold commercially in the West. You might see other fruit that looks like bananas…


Essential Oils Safety Quick Reference

This is just a quick post to announce my new Essential Oils Safety Quick Reference, which you can download for free!

This is essential information for anyone considering using essential oils for whatever purpose you have in mind.

Eighteen pages of safety information about essential oils. Don’t start using essential oils without referring to this safety reference first.

Download it here.


Baked apple and custard

Baked Apples – Gluten free recipe

If you’re newly diagnosed as gluten intolerant/celiac, it’s difficult at first to find solutions to the question, “What can I eat?” I’ve come across several people who are finding it difficult to eat enough calories, and because of this, they are losing weight not so much because they want to, but more because of the perennial problem of finding enough gluten free calories!

It’s true that most processed food is off limits if you can’t stomach gluten,…


Aromatherapy is an art as well as a science

Introduction to Aromatherapy

“A sound mind in a sound body” (Latin: Mens sana in corpore sano) is a quotation from the writings of Juvenal dating back to the first century AD and speaks of the harmony and relationship of mind to body and vice versa.

A person’s state of mind isn’t only about thoughts and emotions but affects physical condition and function. This concept forms the whole basis of alternative medicine, (often called “holistic medicine” because…