the nature strip

Sitting in a bucket of chemicals
April 22, 2013, 1:51 pm
Filed under: Eco, Health

Imagine lining up bucket after bucket of different chemicals and then smothering yourself in it. That’s what millions of people do everyday… moisturisers, deodorants, hair care products, perfume. Many of these products contain suspicious chemicals that personally, I would rather keep away from my precious skin.

There is so much conflicting information out there about the safety of products and so many inconclusive studies, it’s hard to know what’s safe and what’s not. But for optimum heath, I would rather err on the side of caution and not contaminate my body. Prevention is better than cure right? And there’s no denying that cancer rates are soaring… wonder why?

One little gem of a find is Australian Biologika deodorant.

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A key selling point for deodorant is that it smells good, and keeps you smelling like flowers during your day-to-day modern life escapades i.e. racing to the shops because you’ve run out of wine, doing downward dog in your yoga class, running for the train because you’re going to be late for work (again), singing twinkle twinkle little star (for the 23rd time) to your “I don’t feel like sleeping” baby, burning up because everyone seems to be looking at you, only to discover your spinach from lunch is still in your teeth…

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Australian Biologika deodorant smell so fragrant and lush it will make you want to smell other people’s armpits.

And they are aluminium free, cruelty free, and vegan friendly. In fact, this company does a whole body care range made with natural and organic ingredients.

I’m currently smelling like Lemon Kiss. The ingredients for this deodorant are: organic Aloe Vera Juice, Purified Water, Calendula Extract, Rosehip Extract, Lavender Extract, Chamomile Extract, Vanilla Extract, Almond Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Organic Lemon Scented Tea Tree Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Jojoba Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Xanthan Gum, Organic Ethanol, Australian Bush Extract of Kakadu.


Just relax your shoulders and… walk
April 18, 2013, 2:25 pm
Filed under: Health, Nature

I’m on a crusade at the moment to get out in to nature. When you live in the city, this isn’t always easy. But when you do escape the rat race, your lungs can breathe, your shoulders relax, and you feel good to be alive.

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My partner and I left our bub with the grandparents while we treated ourselves to an afternoon bush walk . Most people would probably prefer a romantic dinner and drinks for some bonding time, but bush bashing – just the two of us – suited us fine.

great north walk - crosslands to berowra

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We stomped through marshland, marvelled at warrigal greens…

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We studied gum trees and clambered up looming boulders…

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We crossed bridges and meandered through rainforest…

Great North Walk

We huffed and puffed ourselves to the top of the hill for an amazing view of the river and then stomped back down again.

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My partner jumped off the bridge in to the river, for a swim… 



I took photos.

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The Great North Walk is 250km in total. We did 7km from Crosslands to Berowra Waters.

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That means there is 243km of this walk left to explore. I’m looking forward to it.

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Sugar & dairy free home-made chocolates
April 2, 2013, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Food, Health

Eating chocolate doesn’t have to be confined to Easter. But when I’m talking chocolate, I don’t mean sugar-laden crap!

The Nature Strip sugar and dairy free chocolate

The domestic kitchen goddess in me created some tasty chocolate treats over the Easter weekend that are sugar free, full of healthy fats, and ever so tasty (if I don’t say so myself) – I ate six in a row so I should know!

The Nature Strip sugar and dairy free chocolate

These chocolates were created using cacao powder, raw dark chocolate, shredded coconut flakes, chopped almonds, dates and a drizzle of maple syrup. I didn’t have a recipe, I didn’t know quantities – I just added as I went, sampled a bit, and added more to get the perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and scrumminess.

The Nature Strip sugar and dairy free chocolate

The Nature Strip sugar and dairy free chocolate

Steps involved:

  1. Chop almonds in a blender with some water and coconut oil (olive oil could be used too)
  2. Chop some dates in to small pieces
  3. Shred coconut flakes in a blender (or simply use desiccated coconut)
  4. Mix ingredients all together in a bowl
  5. Add raw cacao powder
  6. Melt raw cocao chocolate on the stove
  7. Add to mixed ingredients
  8. Add maple syrup to taste
  9. Create little chocolate balls or put in to chocolate mould
  10. Put in to fridge to set
  11. Eat and enjoy

The Nature Strip sugar and dairy free chocolate

Along with enjoying an Easter without the sickly indulgence, I also learned that people in Holland are very clever. They honour the Easter Hen, not the Easter Bunny. As it is hens that lay eggs, it makes sense to me.

I’m off to research how the Easter Bunny came about, using my home-made chocolates for brain power.

Bend and stretch
November 27, 2012, 1:39 pm
Filed under: Health

iyengar yoga

Watching Romper Room as a child, I never understood the importance of the lyrics “bend and stretch, reach for the stars.” However, now when my back is aching and my shoulders are hunched, I get it. I understand that bending and stretching is a must to maintain the workings of the body – both inside and out.

I practice Iyengar yoga. Some classes resemble S & M with participants tying themselves up in straps and hanging upside down in ropes. But each stretch encourages strength, flexibility, and courage.

The class is thriving with women and men – some in their eighties. Mr Iyengar himself is now in his nineties and still practicing.

I know when I finish a class I feel lighter – I have a spring in my step and my moodiness has been replaced with well being.

What yoga do you practice? Do you have a favourite pose?

Co-op organic veg box
October 12, 2012, 4:20 pm
Filed under: Food, Health

co-op organic veg box

I don’t know about you but I dislike supermarkets. It’s something about those horrible neon lights. The bad deal they give to farmers.  Their monopoly over small business. The processed rubbish they market to all of us to buy.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t use them for emergency toilet paper but I avoid them if I can. For the staples, I’m lucky to have a local co-op that offers delicious, vibrant, wholesome fruit and veg. For a meagre $40, we collect a box of in season produce fresh from the farm every week, via a neighbour’s garage.

This promotes community spirit, experimental cooking and joy.

Water ain’t so clear
August 28, 2012, 11:00 am
Filed under: Health

water alkaliser

When running a bath for my little one, my bathroom smells more like a public swimming pool than an area for cleansing. The smell of chlorine is powerful – it makes my nose crinkle in distaste – and bub has developed eczema on his skin as a result of bathing in it. I now limit him to a shower or a bath every few days to give his skin a chance to breathe and repair.

This got me thinking about the tap water that so many in of us consume. We are so lucky to have a plentiful amount of water to drink in western society but the debate about the safety of fluoride in drinking water is rife and the thought of consuming chlorine let alone copper and lead doesn’t make me want to skip through meadows with joy so I recently invested in a water alkaliser.

These things ain’t cheap – I can’t deny having minor heart palpitations when seeing  the cost.  I went the cheaper route and purchased one from ebay to be kind to the bank balance.

On setting up, I tested the tap water’s ph balance before alkalising – wish I hadn’t… scary.

The alkaliser I purchased removes chlorine from the water as well as fluroride. The taste difference is significant. The water tastes clean and sort of minerally.

It’s replenishing – it’s good.