Saturday, 01 March 2014
Spring and summer are favourite seasons for many of us and the one thing we all dislike is the mosquito invasion.
A good natural insect repellent is an absolute must, preferably one that is not loaded with questionable chemicals.
DEET, is the most commonly used insect repellent , it is a highly effective repellent that has been commonly used by since the 1960′s. But many people have sensitivities to this potent chemical and some studies have indicated it may be even be a weak neurotoxin! A very pleasant and effective alternative is now being made by a Fair-trade organisation, Lulu Life in the Sudan, it is wild harvested Shea butter with added lemon eucalyptus oil, a natural, plant-based insect repellent, which has been proven highly effective against mosquitoes.
Lemon eucalyptus oil, derived from eucalyptus leaves, is a natural mosquito repellent. It has been approved as effective and safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is recommended by the CDC as a means to prevent West Nile infection. A 2002 study in the New England Journal of Medicine compared different synthetic and herbal repellents and concluded that the herbal repellents that contain a high concentration of lemon eucalyptus oil were very effective.
Not only is Lulu Life Shea Mosquito Repellent a natural product that is made by a Fair-trade women's organisation it has a pleasant fresh lemony fragrance - and most importantly it works!
Friday, 07 February 2014
Zulu people are well known for their creativity and weaving skills and have for centuries been using natural materials to make baskets. They have now taken this craftsmanship and applied it to a new material, brightly coloured copper wire. Tightly woven with meticulous detail, Zulu Wire Bowls are a contemporary expression of the Zulu art of basket-weaving that has been passed down for generations.
These vibrant Zulu wire baskets come in myriad of colours and are made with intricate, mesmerizing designs Some weavers use the designs frequently found in natural fibre baskets, while others create their own bold, new designs: swirling patterns in black-and-white, natural earthy browns or bright rich colours.
Handmade under Fair Trade guidelines, these beautiful and dramatic Zulu bowls and baskets help African artisans to provide for themselves and their families and to build a better future.