AS we start to venture out more often, you might find yourself travelling in your car for longer. But it's time to scrap pricey air fresheners in a bid to keep your vehicle smelling nice, because a humble wooden peg will do the trick - and it works in your home, too. Professional cleaners have agreed that the best and easiest way to keep your car smelling fresh is to use a wooden peg on your air-con vent. Simply add a few drops of your favourite essential oil, which will be absorbed by the wood. "This is an awesome idea for a waste-free air-freshener," a cleaner revealed online, according to Mail Online. "I love this, it is a nice, natural alternative to nasty air-fresheners," another added. Nikura Sweet Orange essential oil, £2.29 from Nikura or Amazon Many pointed out that wooden pegs are actually super cheap to buy - so not only is the method effective but it's more affordable, too. In fact, you can pick up a pack of 100 from Amazon for less than £10 … [Read more...] about Professional cleaner reveals how you can keep your car smelling fresh for a year – all you need is a peg
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F rench bee keepers are up in arms over the authorisation of an insecticide they warn could sound the death knell of their already decimated bee population. Bee hives have been hit in Europe , North America and elsewhere by a mysterious phenomenon called "colony collapse disorder". The blight has been blamed on mites , a virus or fungus, pesticides, or a combination of factors. With the honey harvest in France down to just 10,000 tons this year - three times less than in the 1990s - the country's national apiculture union, UNAF, slammed what it called the "scandalous" authorisation of sulfaoxaflor, which attacks the central nervous system of insects. According to UNAF, sulfaoxaflor acts like a neonicotinoid, a pesticide based on the chemical structure of nicotine that many blame for being at least partially responsible for plummeting bee populations. The European Union set down a temporary ban on the use of three out of five key neonicotinoids in 2013, and is mulling a … [Read more...] about Keepers warn of ‘bee-mageddon’ after France authorises controversial insecticide
Whether you want to boost your baby's health or give yourself a beauty overhaul in preparation for the return to freedom, here are Checklist's 10 top brands that can help you and your family on your wellness journey. Nurture growing babies and tots the natural way Parents everywhere know how much time and effort it takes to give your bundle of joy all they need to grow up strong, happy and healthy. But there can be so many times where eating well is a struggle. When weaning, it’s often difficult to know exactly how much your baby is eating and as a result, how much goodness they’re getting on a daily basis. And as they get older little people don’t always want to eat what’s best for them. Therefore, a gentle and complementary supplement is often the key to ensuring they get all the goodness they need, and even the fussiest babies will love Nature & Nurture Baby and Child Vitamins. This dietician-approved liquid supplement is vegan-friendly and made … [Read more...] about 10 top tips for gorgeous skin, better health and a happier you!
Drinking ‘diet’ cola or lemonade is as bad for you as full-sugar varieties, a major study suggests. Those who consumed sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened drinks were more likely to die young, researchers found. They analysed data on 1.2 million adults from 14 studies, with some tracking participants for more than 20 years. During this time there were 137,310 deaths. The risk of dying increased with each additional 250ml of sweetened drink consumed a day – less than a standard 330ml can of pop. Consuming sugar-sweetened drinks was linked to a 5 per cent increased risk of dying from any cause and a 13 per cent higher risk of dying from heart disease. Researchers who analysed data on 1.2 million adults from 14 studies found those who consumed sugar-sweetened or artifically sweetened drinks were more likely to die young (stock picture) People who drank the most were 12 per cent more likely to die from any cause and 20 per cent more likely to die from heart … [Read more...] about Diet soft drinks are no better for your health than their sugary counterpart, new study suggests
DIET drinks are no better for your health than sugary versions, a new study suggests. Drinking artificially sweetened drinks “raises your risk of dying young” with consumers more likely to die from heart disease, researchers found. Experts at Zhengzhou University in China tracked 1.2 million adults over more than 20 years to learn more about their consumption of soft drinks. They found 137,310 deaths occurred - with the risk of dying increasing for every 250ml of sweetened drink consumed each day. The standard size for a can of a soft drink is 330ml with a bottle being 500ml. Writing in the Journal of Public Health lead study author Dr Hongyi Li said people who consumed sugar-sweetened drinks had a five per cent increased risk of dying from any cause. This is while they had a 13 per cent higher risk of dying from heart disease. Those who drank the most sugar-sweetened drinks were 12 per cent more likely to die from any cause and 20 per cent more likely to die from … [Read more...] about Diet drinks are ‘AS BAD as regular versions raising risk of dying young’