Add Beauty and Style to your Life

A great way to add beauty and style to your life is to build an outdoor area, which is still connected to your main dwelling. This area will add to the value of your home and will add a new and wonderful dimension to your relationships by enabling friends and family to relax together in comfort.

A patio that is able to be connected to your home with quality and good workmanship can easily be achieved as long as you plan it well and use superior products. A company that excels in durable and strong folding and sliding doors is Brio. Brio allows you to bring the outdoors in and can easily give you the functionality of an extra room. Brio’s exterior folding doors and exterior folding systems are designed to be long-lasting and hard-wearing and are able to withstand the toughness required when catering for children, pets or lots of entertaining. Sliding door systems are also utilized by the company to create a feeling of space and to let in extra light and airflow.

Another area of health and well-being to be aware of is the assurance of keeping insects such as mosquitoes out of your home. Brio’s pleated insect screen offers protection for your home and family while still having the capacity to let in that much-welcome fresh and clean air that every home needs.

You will enjoy a place to sit and talk in peaceful surrounds, or entertain on a more grand scale than you have been used to, with a patio. When considering the placement of your patio take into account temperature ranges and humidity and especially take notice of where ‘solar’ north is, so that your patio will offer year-round comfortable use.

Also take into account nearby buildings which may overshadow your patio making it less user-friendly because of the lack of light or lack of privacy. Overhanging trees and other vegetation need to also be considered – planting deciduous trees is a great idea to maintain the beauty and shade of plants in summer and yet having more of that beautiful, warm sunshine in winter. Building your patio on a north-facing slope means you will have increased access to the northern sunshine.

It can be a challenge to ensure that your patio blends in with the current design of your home and an architect can assist you to plan and create an exceptional space for living your life to the fullest. And, after it is built, you can have the enjoyment and fulfillment of decorating and furnishing your patio – just the way you like it.

Country living for health

The townships south of Sydney can offer a great lifestyle change. Their proximity to Sydney means that it is possible to live in the country, yet still be close enough to work in Sydney. These towns provide a relaxed escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are many healthy activities that can be undertaken.

Thirlmere is a semi-rural village in the Wollondilly Shire. Real estate Thirlmere means you can live in an area which has great bushwalks. Thirlmere Lakes National Park is an environmental area which has wildlife abounding, including beautiful water birds.

Picton Botanical Gardens is a lovely area which has many walking trails and tracks for cycling. Picton real estate offers the possibility of exercise and an outdoor life and adventures in the Australian bushland. Picton property enables you to become a part of this vibrant community.

The Hume Highway, which links Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne is a major thoroughfare. Off the Hume Highway, Bargo is also a small town with a country feel and healthy country air. Real estate Bargo is well-priced and the fresh country air is maintained due to the fact that traffic is only local. Nepean Dam and Avon Dam are both close by and are great for walking and picnics with family and friends. Wirrimbirra Sanctuary is an animal reserve with well-maintained trails and bushland walks for a healthy outdoor experience. The Wollondilly River has a number of swimming holes, namely Mermaid Pools and the Potholes.

Also in Wollondilly Shire is the town of Wilton. Wilton real estate is prime due to its proximity to Sydney and Wollongong. Cataract Dam is nearby and is very picturesque. Walking is a favoured past time in the area. Also, the Sydney Skydiving Centre offers a healthy and energetic and exciting experience. Bingara Gorge is a new development in the region of Wilton, which has a school and shops.

Come and explore the country lifestyle south of Sydney. Fresh air and freedom for the children to run and play and ride and grow healthy and strong. Enjoy bushwalking and picnics and skydiving. Enjoy living int he country with more family time on weekends and holidays.

Herbal teas for health and vitality

Herbal teas have been used throughout the centuries as a health-giving beverage. Herbal teas are available to purchase as tea-bags, or an alternative is to grow your own herbs, dry them and use the crushed, dried leaves to make tea.

A few fine slivers of fresh ginger in a cup to which boiling water is added makes a tangy, zesty drink. This tea will encourage perspiration which helps the body to detox through the skin. Ginger tea also activates the circulation. Some added honey for sweetening is a great addition for convalescents.

Tea by infusion is the most common way of making a herb tea. A herb tea is usually made by placing 1 teaspoon of dried herb, or 2-3 teaspoons of fresh herb, in a teapot and pouring over 1 cup of boiling water. To prevent the beneficial essential oils from dissipating, a lid should be placed on the pot. Leave it to stand for 2-3 minutes. For a stronger infusion stir the tea with a spoon for a few seconds. If the tea is left for 5-10 minutes it will be stronger, but the longer it steeps, it may become bitter.

Herb teas are usually not drunk with milk. Honey, licorice root or stevia are good additions as sweeteners. A sliver of ginger root, a slice of lemon, or stirring the tea with a cinnamon quill adds extra flavour.

It is recommended that a large pot of herbal tea be made at breakfast then chilled and drunk throughout the day. For variety the chilled tea can be added to fruit juice.

Consuming sufficient liquids is known to maintain hydration of the skin and vital organs. Our bodies need approximately 2 litres of water a day to ensure the maintenance of basic functions. Ensuring the consumption of sufficient fluids means that wastes and toxins are removed from our bodies. Circulation is stimulated and so oxygen flow to cells increases. Symptoms of lack of hydration include depression, fatigue, irritability and pain in the joints. Drinking water and herbal teas will increase fluid intake and health and vitality will be increased.

Dried fruits can be added to herbal teas for added flavour and aroma.

During the winter months it is a good idea to make up a thermos of herbal tea to drink warm throughout the day.

A decoction is another method of making a herb tea. A decoction is a herb tea made by boiling. Take 1 teaspoon of dried herb (2-3 teaspoons of fresh herb) and add 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and keep it just simmering for between 3-10 minutes with the lid on. This method is useful for seeds, bark, tough leaves and roots of plants, and the amount of simmering time depends on the toughness of the plant parts. Decoctions are then strained and taken hot or cold.

Experiment by combining different herbs from the garden. Lemon balm, lemon thyme and lemon verbena create a terrific lemon flavour and aroma. A good tea can be made from elderberry flowers and peppermint leaves. An energy boosting tea can be made from alfalfa and rosemary.

For health and pleasure and healing – herbal teas are a great addition to your life. They are potent though, so make sure you know the properties of the herbs you have, and know for certain that they can be taken internally.