Health matters

Aloe vera - water-wise and has useful health benefits
Aloe vera features in many South African gardens as an ornamental plant due to its drought-resistance and interesting form - making it a useful plant for rockeries and low-maintenance landscaping. Aloe vera is also known around the world for its medicinal properties, which includes an ability to soothe and moisturise skin.
Make your own shower bombs
With winter upon us, shower bombs are just the right way to add a little aroma-therapy to your morning shower. Place the steamer on the floor of the shower opposite the shower head so that the steam and shower mist gently hits it. Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your shower bombs to help clean out your sinuses and leave your feeling fresh.
Why you need to avoid decongestants
If you have high blood pressure, chances are you are already getting plenty of exercise and eating healthy foods to try and manage your condition as best as possible. But did you know that decongestants and similar OTC medications have an adverse affect on your blood pressure?
Many benefits of apple cider vinegar
I have been on a bit of a health kick lately - trying to loose a few kilos and tone up before winter, because I know that I tend to chow down on hearty foods during the winter months. One product I have added to my diet is apple cider vinegar, and I decided to research the benefits of this product and how it can help you lose weight.
Dry shampoo for bad hair days
Late for a meeting and don't have time to wash your hair? Or it's too cold to jump into the shower? Here's a nifty way to make your own dry shampoo in a jiffy - and it's just as good as a bought spray dry shampoo. This dry shampoo is also handy if you need to spend some time in hospital, or on your back, and can't get into the shower.
Dremel MultiTool for the perfect pedi
I use my Dremel MultiTool to smooth away dry skin and keep my heels nice and soft. It doesn't hurt in the slightest and easily removes dried skin. If you have cracked heels, use the sander to gently remove as much dry skin as possible and then apply heel balm. The results will be much faster.

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‘Til breath do us part
If romance is on your mind this February you may be better off investing in your oral health than flowers or chocolates. Bad breath is possibly the ultimate turn off – three in five South Africans surveyed said it was the most unappealing thing a date or partner could have, far worse than dirty nails, stained teeth or bad skin.
How to install RO water purifier
Having previously posted a while ago on the advantages of installing a water purifier, here's another article that shows how easy it is to install an RO water purifier system under your kitchen sink. I have been drinking purified water for the past 3 years and one noticeable fact is that my 5-year old kettle has no water stains and still looks new.
Crazy hair with hair chalk
Hair chalking is the easiest and most affordable hair trend for the season. It's non-permanent, so you don't have to worry about permanently changing the colour of your hair, and you can add any colour to match your outfit - or your mood...!
Healthy eating ideas
Sometimes it can seem like a huge task to start cooking in a healthy way, especially if you’re used to cooking with lots of oil and fat. But choosing healthy, lower-fat cooking methods is a practical way of making sure we get the nutrients we need without the added kilojoules.
Soy candles
I was watching a TV programme the other day that included a comment about using soy candles instead of wax candles. I know that wax candles are made from paraffin wax, but only now realise that this wax emits harmful carcinogens. Research has shown that there are a list of toxic products used to manufacture wax candles – for example carcinogens such as formaldehyde and acroleium.
What's for breakfast...?
During the night your body rests but it requires fuel to take you through the day. Depending on how you break your fast is how well your day will go. Breakfast is especially important for children and, although breakfast cereals are the quick and easy option, natural foods are better for healthy growth and healthy minds.

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
A few months ago I put together a feature on Juice Your Way to Health that looked at the health benefits of various fruit juices. We all know that an apple a day is supposed to keep the doctor away, but I was surprised to learn about another benefit of apple juice.
A follow up on BPA in canned foods and plastics
I recently posted an article on BPA and the hidden chemicals that might be lurking in your canned foods and bottled water and other drinks. Some chemicals - known as xenoestrogens - have the potential to cause serious health problems over time, as well as increase abdominal fat from the estrogenic effect.
Juice your way to good health
We know fruit juices are good for health, but are you still using packaged or bottled juices? If you work out the difference in price between packaged or bottled juices and fresh fruit, you will soon see that a juicer will not only save you money in the long run, but also ensure that your family enjoys the full benefit of fresh fruit daily.
Health benefits of apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a health aid for centuries. Known for its healing products, apple cider vinegar has been consumed to lose weight, cleanse the body and as an aid to good health.
Warm or cool mist humidifier?
Warm or cool mist humidifiers are designed to provide a room with more moisture. A child or adult suffering from sinus infections, allergies, excessively dry skin or consistent symptoms of cold due to lack of moisture in the air, can benefit by using a humidifier.
Treat dry, itchy skin
Winter is the time when many people suffer from dry, itchy skin. For some, the problem is worse than just a feeling of dry, tightness; skin can flake and crack and eczema can occur.

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Keep colds and flu at bay
As the days get cooler and shorter and you spend more time indoors, you're more at risk of getting sick. It happens to us all. There you are innocently minding your own business, getting on with your life, when you notice that tell-tale little tickle at the back of your throat. But help is at hand.
How not to bulb up over winter
Winter is just a month or two away and that means 'comfort' food. When it's cold we tend to crave hot, stodgy foods that make us feel full and warm, but unfortunately these foods are normally the ones that fill us up in other ways!
Are you still using hair products that contain ammonia?
Ammonia is used in hair colourants to open the hair strands and allow colourant in, and is about as delicate as a blunt can opener, not to mention the smell and scalp irritation it causes.
Finding it hard to slow down?
Do you feel as if life is whizzing past without a moment to catch your breath? Do you feel like you battle to keep up with the demands of work and home? You are not alone.
Reduce your cholesterol
Have a salmon fish dinner. Snack on a handful of nuts. Pour a dash of olive oil in your salad. And bite into that rich, creamy chocolate. Now you can do all this guilt-free! All these foods help in fighting bad cholesterol.
Looking for new packed lunch ideas?
If you're tired of eating peanut butter sandwiches and spending a fortune on lunches, we take a look at some healthy and creative lunch options. Taking the time to prepare and pack a healthy lunch is one of the many ways to trim your budget - and your waistline.

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Life changing 'My Omega' index test launched in SA
For the first time in South Africa, an affordable 'Fatty Acid Profile' home test kit is available through your health practitioner or online. The test is being dubbed the HS-Omega-3 Index Test or My Omega.
Health benefits of strawberries
In the latest issue of Home-Dzine Online we discuss how to grow your own strawberries. While you know that strawberries are one of the most delicious fruits, did you also know that strawberries help maintain good health?
Do you suffer from neck ache?
Some may think that injuries in the workplace only happen to those who work high-intensity jobs like construction workers, firefighters or police officers. But you're probably unaware that sitting at your computer and typing - something you do every day - can leave you at risk for significant pain and discomfort.
The five most common foot problems
Nearly eight in 10 adults have experienced some type of foot ailment in their lives. Yet despite the pain, close to three in 10 do nothing about it, simply choosing to live with their pain.
Jamie's 'beef' about pink slime!
You have to love Jamie Oliver. In 2011 Jamie launched a campaign on his US foor show , "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" to highlight what manufacturers are legally allowed to put into prepared foods such as minced beef, hamburger patties, viennas and such.
Homemade citrus scrub
PetitElefant shows us how to make a citrus and salt scrub. She says it smells like heaven in the shower, a little drop of citrus sunshine for your day.

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Health benefits of fish oils
Fish is still one of the healthiest foods that we can consume and, while oily fish such as salmon, tuna, halibut and others are high in fish oil, the easiest and most affordable way to reap the benefits of fish oils is by taking supplements.
Teeth whitening that works
New technology and access to OTC whitening products mean that everyone has access to teeth-whitening products that are affordable and effective.
Foods that you make look and feel younger!
While we don't easily want to tell our age, knock off a few years with these anti-aging properties and you'll gladly tell people how old you are. Plus, you will benefit both health and body!
6 resolutions for body, mind and soul
No matter what you call it: the diet roller-coaster, diet yo-yo, dieting merry-go-round - it still comes down to one important fact - it doesn't work. Ask anyone who has tried fad dieting and you'll hear stories of how they lots a lot of weight in an instant only to pick it back up again.
BPA in canned food
Eating canned soup can cause the amount of BPA (bisphenol A) in the body to soar, compared to eating soup made with fresh ingredients, according to findings from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Pamper your nails
Not everyone can regularly schedule a visit to the nail salon. If your nails are in need of some serious help but you don"t have the time or money to make it to the salon, here are some simple ways to achieve a professional looking manicure at home.

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How to handle chicken
With meat becoming more and more a luxury buy, chicken could well be the most affordable food to prepare for your family. However, there are do's and don'ts when it comes to freezing, defrosting, handling and cooking chicken.
Are you a workaholic?
For most workaholics there is no such thing as a day off, or a good nights sleep. There is always something that needs to be done, something that just can't wait.
Stress-free holiday
The biggest cause of holiday stress is setting huge expectations for yourself and then failing to live up to them. An important way to combat this is to plan and get organized ahead of time.
Don't throw away the seeds!
Pumkin seeds can be roasted, boiled, dehydrated and even microwaved. They make a healthy snack or a tasty addition to salads, soups, sautéed vegetables and baked goods.
Medicine cabinet in need of a checkup?
When you first moved into your home, your medicine cabinet was probably the picture of good health: clean, organised, uncluttered. Fast forward a few years, and things have changed.
Read the label
Did you know that there are no regulations for safety testing on cosmetic products, and while some products may claim to be "natural" or "gentle" there really is no standard for these claims.

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More than just a pretty fruit
Rich in potassium, great for a school snack and hunger buster, bananas are more than just a fruit - in so many ways!
Clean spa, whirlpool or jacuzzi
We all know what a dirty bathtub ring looks like. Now imagine what that scum buildup is doing inside the jet plumbing of your Jacuzzi or Spa style bathtub!
Natural care for summer hair
Long or short - summer can be hard on hair. It can so easily become dehydrated and weathered by sun and wind. Before your hair becomes a frizzy, dried out mop, try these natural care solutions for your summer hair
Top 10 tips for tip-top toes
With the average person set to walk up to 920,000 steps this summer, let's put out best foot forward with tips for good toes.
Is a plastic cutting board safer than wood?
New information shows that wood cutting boards are actually safer than the plastic or so-called anti-bacterial kind.
Protect children from skin cancer
Summer is on the way and that means that children will spend more time outdoors and an increased risk of skin cancer.

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Colourful containers
Grow your own wheatgrass in colourful recycled cans on the kitchen counter or other sunny spot. Wheatgrass likes plenty of light, but not direct sunlight.
Too much processed food?
Do you really know what is in the processed food that you eat or serve to your family?
Herbal tea
A cup of herbal tea a day could very well keep the doctor away!
What is BPA?
BPA (Bisphenol A) is found in polycarbonate plastics - used to make all sorts of household articles, including baby bottles.
Give your body some green
Greens are leaves which contain chlorophyll, and they are probably the most neglected food group in the entire supermarket. But yet it is these humble green warriors which make magic for our cells.
Natural remedy for sinus sufferers
Eighty-four percent of folks who flush their sinuses twice daily with a saline solution reported dramatic reductions in symptoms like congestion and sneezing within 72 hours.

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Perform Heimlich Maneuver
The other day I almost choked on a peanut (seriously) and got quite frantic when I realised that no one at home knew how to do the Heimlich Maneuver. That peanut quickly got coughed out, but what about next time...?
Perform CPR on a child
Time is very important when dealing with an unconscious infant who is not breathing. Brain damage begins after only 4 minutes without oxygen, and death can occur as soon as 4 - 6 minutes later.
 
Drink Rooibos tea
Rooibos tea is touted as one of the healthiest drink on the market, with a whole host of benefits. Yet not many know the full benefits of drinking Rooibos tea:
 
Healthy medicine
Here's a nicer, cheaper alternative to commercial cough syrups, which may help you cope with a nagging cough.
 
Coffee good for you ?
Coffee has been blamed for everything from indigestion to cancer, but almost everything people think about coffee is wrong. It's actually one of the healthiest beverages we can consume.
 
Is your home poisonous?
The air we breathe leaves much to be desired. Sometimes just looking out your window at all the pollution may be enough to make you shun the outdoors.
 

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Keep the dreaded flu at bay
It's the time of year again when colds and flu start making their annual appearance. Here are a few tips on reducing ilnesses in your family by keeping the house as germ-free as can be.
 
Benefits of tea tree oil
I have been using tea tree oil for personal and home use for about five years, and have discovered for myself the, cleansing, healing and antiseptic properties of this little-known oil.
Get rid of mould
Over the years I have found three natural ingredients that kill mould: Tea tree oil (an essential oil found in most health food stores), grapefruit seed extract and vinegar. There are pros and cons of each, but all three work. Vinegar is by far the cheapest.
Store veggies for longer
Buying fresh produce and meat from the grocery store is one challenge, but keeping it fresh is a whole other issue. We have all had unpleasant experiences in the past with expired foods or fruits and veggies simply gone bad, so how can we stop wasting food?
 
DIY makes you fit
It's a fact ... You can burn calories and get fit while performing do-it-yourself projects in and around the home. And put a power tool in your hand and you're really hot!

Fresh home
Have you ever noticed how the warm scent of a candle wafting through the air can be uplifting, energizing, or make you feel warm inside? Wonder no longer, study after study has shown that scents do affect your mood!

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Home remedies
You don't always need to use harmful chemicals in the home to sort out odours, stains and other problems. There are plenty of home remedy solutions ...
 
A healthy home
We're all trying to do 'our bit' for the planet, and here's how you can make a difference in your own home.
Allergic to your animals?
Pets and allergens don't have to go together. Mild allergies shouldn't have to stop pet lovers from enjoying their animals. Following some simple tips and investing in pet-specific products can leave you breathing easier in no time.
Living with pets
Many pet owners love a good cuddle, but is it unhealthy for you (or your pet) to spend the night together in the same bed? In this article we explore this (potentially furry) issue.
Seven time savers
Are you feeling that there just aren't enough hours in a day to do everything. Here are some small changes that you can make to add time ...

 

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