Whether you’re suffering from dry skin or joint pain, why not try the natural approach. We take a look at 5 food you should eat to beat…

1.) Skin dryness: healthy cold-pressed oils

Dry skin can be associated with lack of healthy fats in your diet. An easy way to get more of them is to increase your intake of nourishing cold-pressed oils – especially flaxseed, hemp seed or avocado oils.

Just So Festival is a curious place for a two year old and the perfect place to experience our first ever eco family festival.

We arrived at Rode Hall in Cheshire on Friday morning; after a short queue of traffic we pitched our tent and hung up our bunting. If the memories of Glastonbury have put you off festival camping, then let me assure you there is space a plenty and the toilets and showers were the cleanest we have ever seen.

Beacon Hill Farm is an eco-friendly retreat that possibly boasts some of the best views in Northumberland. A part of the Premier Cottages collection, it not only hosts a delightful array of cottage holiday homes, but a spa, semi-ancient woodland and its very own lake.

We embarked on our journey to Beacon Hill Farm late in the afternoon, arriving in darkness to a more than welcomed roaring fire and complimentary bottle of wine. Oak Cottage is full of charm, with a true English Country feel. With two bedrooms; a twin and double with an en suite, there is ample room for a family of four to reside here for the week. Based on one level, families don’t need to worry about stair gates and Isabella enjoyed running through the spacious hallway to the living room or bedrooms. The decor is delightful with the log burning stove and duck print curtains in the living room.

Eating sustainably doesn’t have to be difficult. From eating produce in season, to cutting back on meat, there a lots of ways to become the proud owner of an eco-friendly diet.

Most of us probably eat, on average, about three times a day. Factor in the time spent shopping for food, and there is a big chunk of our lives that can be dedicated to sustainable living. And while eating our greens can do wonders for our health, eating green can do plenty to aid the health of the planet. 

Green Beauty is the safer, cleaner and inexpensive way to Beautiful.

The practice of natural beauty treatments is traditional, varying from country to country. Weekly coconut oil hair massages remind me of India and Ayurveda – Are there any specific beauty practices that you remember growing up with from your culture?

DIY treatments were around long before the big commercial brands were. A fact that is exploited by today’s beauty giants in advertising their beauty care products. There are Organic brands on the market where you can purchase some delightful products but you are going to have to pay a greater price.

We’ve all heard of a ‘retail therapy’ fix but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as whipping up a luxurious DIY beauty treatment from ingredients that can be sourced from your pantry. Plus, this way you can be rest assured that what you’re putting on your skin is free of toxic petrochemicals, parabens, sulphates, synthetic dyes and artificial perfumes. DIY products have less packaging which in turn means a smaller carbon footprint.

One thing to bear in mind is that due to the lack of preservatives these treatments have a shorter shelf life and therefore are best made in smaller batches and when required.

These are just a select few recipes that I’ve found to be my holy grail but there are plenty more a mouse-click away.


For Body

A wake-me-up scrub for sloughing of the dead skin…

  • Equal parts ground coffee and granulated sugar
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • Few drops of vanilla extract

Mix to right consistency. Apply to skin in circular motion before shower.

For Hair

Smoothing, ph. Balancing and restoring after shampoo rinse

  • Equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar and Water

Pour over hair allowing a little time for soaking and rinse (The smell will subside after your hair has dried).

For face

To banish the flaky, chapped skin and provide a smooth base for make-up

  • 1 tbsp. Oats
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. yogurt

Mix the ingredients into paste and massage into face. Rinse. Moisturise.

With widespread unemployment and mainly part time hours available, more and more people are turning to volunteering. Some people volunteer to fill up their time or give something back to their communities whilst others aim to gain new skills and improve their career prospects. Whatever your motivation for volunteering is, it is defiantly worth while doing especially in the environmental sector. I recently embarked on seeking eco volunteering opportunities, and this is what I found…