Miraculous Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller) is a plant rich in amino acids, vitamins A, C, F, B, niacin, and has traces of vitamin B12, with awesome anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, healing, and soothing benefits for your skin, but also hair and intestines. I believe everyone should grow this beautiful precious plant…


WAYS TO USE FRESH ALOE VERA:

  • Sunburn Remedy: Lots of chemicals and preservatives are found in beauty products, even vegan and organic ones. It is cheap and easy to get rid of your sunburns…
  • Cleansing Juice: because it contains vitamins and minerals, using a small amount of aloe vera gel (skin off), you can add to your organic fresh juices. Drink to lower blood sugar levels—especially for diabetics. Drink to help ease congestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections and prostate problems.
  • Moisturising face mask
  • Aloe vera reduces irritated skin, rashes, itchy bites..
  • Exfoliant and moisturise – slice a piece of the leave, sprinkle some sugar onto the flesh and just spread over your body an hour or two before having a shower.
  • Acne treatment: it is anti-microbial so it clears off the bacteria. Apply the aloe over the face.
  • Hair conditioner: Help hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair!
  • Clear sinuses and airways: Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor to alleviate asthma
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Make sure to get rid of the yellow liquid (aloe vera latex) as it may cause some rashes on your skin and probably other intestinal problems… To remove aloe latex, you should peel the thin layer of leaf first. After extracting the gel like substance, you will find the latex fluid under the leaf.

Positive Solutions for Sustainable Futures

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TRAVEL

walking: come on don’t be lazy and just use your feet it’s the cheapest way 😉

by bike: bike around the world! (Read my article about the benefits of cycling clicking here)

by bus: using Greyhound in Australia or FlixBus / Megabus / Eurolines and much more…in Europe

by train: last minute train tickets or book 2-3 months in advance – Ouigo.com / you can also travel a continent using a train pass ; for example in Europe there is Interrail / Eurail  – and you can probably bring your bike if you’d like!!

by car: Free Car sharing / Car sharing (www.blablacar.com) …simply hitchhiking! it costs you nothing but patience, a smile and a little bit of conversation

by air: Low cost companies: Jetstar Airways, Tiger Airways, Ryanair, AirAsia, EasyJet, Vueling, Iberia, XL Airways…

 

FOOD

Peace begins on your plate…it means PLANT BASED EATING!

DO NOT WASTE FOOD…Industry and around us it’s enough!

for example Foodsharing (in Germany), Disco Soupe (in France) – check out your local farmers market everywhere you go (prefer support organic, remember that you vote with your wallet)Food Not BombsAMAP / La Ruche qui dit oui (in France) – Organic shops – Foodswap

 

CLOTHES AND STUFF (Not too much! 😉 )

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Use second hand stuff : why buy new stuff when there is plenty of stuff people do not use or wear?

Support firms that respect environment and local people. Every action has a consequence somewhere else.

Go to Second Hand Shops in the nearest town, exchange stuff with friends, or give it to a charity (emmaus).

Brocantes & Vides Greniers – Garage Sales – Second hand websites: Craiglist, Gumtree, Le Bon Coin, Kijiji, Subito, Vibbo, Milanuncios, le97, …

Free stuff: donnons.org (France), your friends probably or friends of friends?

Sell your stuff when you haven’t use it for a year. Buying second hand you respect the saying: “Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed.” (A. Lavoisier)

MEETINGS

Just go somewhere and do some activities you’ll meet people with whom you can learn something: to speak/practice a common language, share a meal, to play an instrument….etc HAVE FUN 🙂

Meetup –  Couchsurfing –  Other social network groups …

DAILY LIFE

Pantry: buy in bulk (limiting the plastic packaging and all the petrol costs to our environment….Plastic can not biodegrade,  I fear that we’ve created a plastics time bomb that will last for centuries) – Possibly buy local products from organic producers/shops.

Using (second hand) glass jars, your herbs, nuts&seeds, grains, (home made?) dried fruits, etc will last longer and you can put your bulked products in it.

It’s not expensive to buy (one time and that’s it!) organic cotton&hemp reusable grocery bags you can reuse a million time!

Stuff: again second hand….you can really find some treasures there!…..

Food: Planting your own fruits and veggies you are more self-sustainable. If you don’t have a garden or a space to grow, you can always find a place on your windows or balcony. Herbs don’t take so much space!

Soaking the nuts activates and multiplies nutrients, neutralizes enzyme inhibitors and promotes the growth of vital digestive enzymes.

Cooking your own meals, you e.x.a.c.t.l.y know what’s inside. Plus, it’s relaxing and you will learn some techniques 🙂

Activities: Turn off the television – spend time doing some sport (anything you’d like), learning, reading, relaxing, meeting (real) people, doing what you like – but not being a spectator of advertisings trying to convince you to BUY.BUY.BUY…you do not need it to be happy.

Apricot Syrup

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2 ingredients apricot syrup yields 3 cups

(vegan, sugar free, gluten free)


Combine 1 cup of organic dried apricots(chopped) and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes, covered. Cool; whip contents in a blender. Add about one and an half cup water or enough to reach syrup consistency. Store refrigerated.