Best-selling author Alan Hayes has committed his life to living a sustainable lifestyle and has encouraged others to do so for the health of the planet.
His simple recipes for success are widely dispersed through his It's So Natural columns.
Hayes was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his service to the community and to the environment as an author and has pursued his interest in herbal lore and natural alternatives for many years.
He has shared his vast wealth of knowledge in the books that he has written so that people can live in harmony with the environment and leave behind what they have enjoyed for future generations to also experience.
It is his knack for adapting the wisdom of the ages into solutions for modern problems, particularly environmental issues, that sets him apart. His suggestions are economical, easy to use and they work.
He gets down to the grass roots of environmentally safe advice and solutions for home, health and garden, showing how easy it is to make natural products within the home and to live a sustainable lifestyle.
Hayes has gathered and practised these ideas, inventing and refining them in response to his needs and to the needs of other people. A number of other ideas have passed down through generations of his family, and are sound herbal lore.
He has created a self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle with his wife on a small farm and grows his own vegetables and fruit, recycles and makes his own household products from natural materials. His home is carbon-neutral and is heated and cooled by the sun.
He is recognised as one of the foremost exponents of the natural lifestyle and he has published more than 36 books on herbs, health and natural alternatives. He continues to share his knowledge in two new books released from publishers Pennyroyal Press.
The Concise It's So Natural, Volumes One and Two, are brief and eclectic compilations of the weekly It's So Natural newspaper column. They include the versatility of herbs in and around the home for health, garden and household pests, cleaners and cosmetics, and many other products and applications that are just as effective as chemicals.
They are perfect bound books in full colour on silk matte white paper.
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