Category Archives: Home Environment

Books I Love

A little while ago I uploaded a survey asking what you’d like to read more about on the Be Genki blog, and a number of you asked for a list of books that I recommend, so here goes…

(if you’d like to purchase any of the books, I’ve added links to Amazon when you click on the book cover image)

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
This little book is a practical guide to personal freedom . It’s one to keep forever and read once a year to remind yourself of the four agreements so that they become second nature to your every moment. With gems like…
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Keep Your Family Healthy and Support the Environment by Choosing Oeko-Tex Fabric for the Home

Renovating and refurbishing the home, although exciting, can be a daunting task with an endless amount of options. So many colours, fabrics, and finishes to choose from. However, there is one fabric range that I just came across which sounds wonderful: OEKO-TEX. Continue reading

Smells Good. Or Does It?

Have you ever thought about the effect that your personal and home fragrances may be posing? Whilst it is lovely to have a beautiful scent wherever you go, is it worth the expense to you, your loved ones and the environment? When you walk in to a room, does EVERYBODY really need to smell you? Does the outside of your fridge REALLY need to smell like vanilla?

There are literally thousands of perfumes, artificially fragranced bath, body and skin care products, candles, aroma reeds, air fresheners, room fragrances and household cleaning products that promise to leave your living spaces smelling clean and fresh. But do they? Continue reading

New Book Just Released: Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be Genki.

For a number of years I’ve been writing Be Genki Rituals and contributing to several blogs, with the aspiration to help educate and inspire holistic health and happiness. From doing this I have received countless queries from readers asking for tips on how to improve an area of their life. So I thought it seemed like a natural progression to put together a self-care guide, drawing down on the diverse principles and practices that I have studied and applied over the years. Continue reading

Invite Fresh Air Into Your Home

These days we spend more and more time inside, surrounded by stale air, computers and televisions that are all sources of hazardous positive ions that can rob us of our good senses and disposition, leading to bad moods, weakness and sleeplessness.

Most indoor environments also contain chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene found in carpets, furniture, paints, plastics, varnishes, adhesives, detergents, dyes and fire retardants. They are known to irritate the eyes, nose and throat, cause headaches and allergic dermatitis, psychological disturbances, and considered to be carcinogens. Continue reading

What is Aromatherapy?

Not a day goes by where I don’t come in contact with essential oils. Whether it’s with a bath, my skin and body care products or within the candles and oil burners that scent my home I truly love the joy of using aromatherapy to help create a mood. Continue reading

Why Do People Ignore Warnings and Continue to Purchase Mainstream Brands?

BookI was having a conversation with a friend last night wondering why people still choose to purchase mainstream household and personal care products that contain man-made toxic chemicals that are linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility, dermatitis and other allergies, learning disabilities and respiratory disorders.

Is it convenience? Laziness? Do they simply not care? Lack of education? The misconception that natural is more expensive? Continue reading

Spring Clean Your Living Space and Invite New Possibilities in to Your Life

garbageThe old “Spring Clean” has taken on an entirely different meaning for me this year… I’m about to start commuting between the United States and Australia, so a few weeks ago I thought “what a great opportunity to simplify and de-clutter my life”. Continue reading

Become a Conscious Consumer

ShoppingBagEvery time you buy a product you are saying to that company, ‘keep on doing what you are doing.’ You are supporting everything that company does: every source of raw material, every packaging solution, every environmental standard that they are undertaking, every form of employee relations, every marketing choice.

With so many brands on the market and mixed messages in the media it is no wonder that you may be a little confused and unsure about how you can make a difference. Continue reading