how to make deodorant

How to Make Deodorant and Other Zero Waste Eco Friendly Toiletries

I’d been playing around with eco deodorant for years, and in 2016 stopped using it altogether. Which was fine. Until a combination of a heat wave and stressful time led to sweating much more than usual and needing a little help. (Who knew the scent of sweat changes when we’re stressed?) Or as my dear friend Nic put it: “Ren, I love you, but you stink.” Good job I love her just as much. So began playing around with various recipes and learning how to make deodorant. Since then I’ve perfected my winning deo formula, which genuinely works, which I’ll …

The UK Has a Health Postcode Lottery, So How Can We Take Back Control?

As regular readers may have already noticed, I’m a tad obsessed with the health of my family. I just wish that living well always equated to being well and there were no other variables to consider. Welcome to the UK health postcode lottery, folks. Apparently where we live plays a big part in how healthy we are likely to be. Who knew? According to this government report, people living in the least deprived areas of the country live around twenty years longer in good health than people in the most deprived areas. (Greater London is quite high on this list …

how to make sauerkraut

How to Make Sauerkraut: Failsafe Basic 2 Ingredient Recipe and Other Krauty Ideas

Home made probiotic-rich food and drink will almost always contain more beneficial bacteria (to keep our gut healthy) than their commercially made counterparts. Sauerkraut is a prime example. Most shop bought kraut has been pasteurised, which is a process that involves heating the food/drink in order to preserve it for longer. Which means, unless you are buying raw, organic kraut (at around £5 for a tiny container), much of the probiotic goodness will have been killed off in production. Learning how to make sauerkraut was one of the first things I did when I started taking my own gut health …

elderflower kombucha

How to Make Elderflower Kombucha, Drying Elderflower, Basic Booch (Failsafe Recipe) & Lots of Secondary Fermentation Ideas

I adore the scent and sight of elderflower – it always fills me with the exciting notion that summer is well and truly on its way. I’ve been making probiotic rich drinks for five years now, and have been doing lots of secondary ferment experiments this past year. My elderflower kombucha is absolutely delicious, very palatable and of course loaded with gut goodness. What is kombucha and where did it come from? Kombucha is an ancient beverage, which originated in China over two thousand years ago, and was introduced to Europe in the 1950s. It is made from brewed tea …

I Care Deeply about the Climate Crisis, but I am Not a Vegan. Here’s Why

As I might have mentioned a few thousand times already, I am fully on board with the Extinction Rebellion and support their efforts to bring the climate crisis to the public’s attention. I applaud them for doing everything they can to bring about vital changes to prevent catastrophe. My reasons are simple: I have three children and (call me old fashioned) would like to see them growing up in a world where we have enough food to eat, water to drink and aren’t in danger of being wiped out by extreme weather. Not a big ask, really. Surely going vegan …