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turmeric We all know turmeric as the bright yellow spice that gives curry dishes their inviting colour; and as South Africans we most commonly think of it as the key ingredient in traditional yellow rice. What you might not know however, is that turmeric is also loaded with amazing medicinal properties. This precious golden spice can be used for so much more than its warming taste! Turmeric really is a natural health and beauty superstar – here’s a look at the key benefits you can enjoy by adding more turmeric to your daily diet and skincare regime:
You put so much effort into making sure the food and water in your family’s home is 100% healthy, to keep immune systems strong and energy levels high. However, there’s one healthy living essential that often goes overlooked, simply because we can’t see it. We’re talking about the air in your home; better quality air naturally means better health and wellbeing for you and your loved ones. Let’s take a look at some of the fab eco appliances available at our online store, all designed to improve your home's air quality and help you breathe easy!
eco-nappies Being a new parent means facing amazing new challenges, a ton of excitement and joy, a long stretch of sleepless nights and of course – nappies, nappies and still more nappies! Your baby’s first years of life will be spent wearing diapers, and while the most committed eco-warriors among us stick to 100% cloth nappies, most of us find it a lot more practical to use disposables, at least some of the time. However, not all disposable diapers are created equal – the ordinary brands you’ll find on supermarket shelves are simply loaded with chemicals, colours and fragrances. Here’s a look at some of the common “hidden nasties” cropping up in commercial diaper brands today. Rest assured you’ll find none of these lurking in the nappies sold by Faithful to Nature!
  There’s a lot of discussion these days about the downside of disposable plastics – those single-use bottles might seem convenient, but when you consider how bad they are for you and your environment, a little “quick-fix” convenience is hardly worth it. In case you still needed some convincing to ditch the plastic, here’s a look at 5 great reasons to choose glass packaging instead – this green and gorgeous alternative is fast becoming the packaging of choice for health-conscious households everywhere.
apricot-kernels These unassuming little seeds might not look like much at first glance – but their list of health and beauty benefits are seriously impressive! We’re talking about apricot kernels, which have come into the spotlight lately for their potent cancer-fighting properties. These little superstars are the soft parts found at the centre of apricot seeds, and they’re jam-packed full of goodness. Here’s a look at the health-boosting, disease-fighting nutrients that make apricot kernels so special:
  • Amygdalin: Also known as B17 or laetrile. This natural substance helps to destroy malignant tumours, and kills cancer cells without harming the immune system.
  • Antioxidants: Promote a healthy, clear complexion; high vitamin A and E content also contributes to beautiful healthy skin.
  • Calcium: Supports strong, healthy bones and teeth.
  • Vitamin C: Provides immune system support.
  • Iron: Helps to form red blood cells, prevents anaemia.
  • Potassium & Sodium: Support healthy electrolyte balance.
  It’s clear that there are just so many benefits to eating apricot kernels regularly – and if you’re wondering how to work more of these little beauties into your daily diet, here are two delicious, simple recipes you can try at home.

An Acidic Rinse Lemon juice or vinegar mixed with water can also be used as a last rinse to give your hair a shiny and bouncy look. All you need to do is mix one cup of water with the juice of one lemon or two...

It’s time to ditch those chemical-laden hydrogenated cooking oils, and reach for the healthier alternative everyone’s talking about – coconut oil has really taken the world by storm, thanks to its amazing multi-faceted health and wellbeing benefits. It’s no wonder organic coconut oil is one of our all-time best-sellers, and in case you still need convincing, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best reasons to cook with this multi-tasking culinary wonder! Please Note: For maximum health benefits, be sure to use extra virgin, organic coconut oil that has not undergone extensive processing, and is free of additives and preservatives.

raw-foods

They say “you are what you eat”, and by eating more real, raw, “live” foods, you’ll find the saying rings true – you’ll be radiantly healthy and full of energy, just like your favourite raw foods. There are plenty of myths surrounding the raw food diet; that it’s difficult, expensive or imbalanced. This is simply not true; raw eating is easier than you think, and there are plenty of delicious, wholesome raw recipes to prove it. With a little help from the world’s most powerful superfoods, you’ll find raw nutrition is actually exceptionally well-balanced – and the health benefits are well worth investing in the right equipment, and putting a little extra effort into your meal planning! Here’s a look at some of the wonderful advantages to eating raw: