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REVIEW: LADERA GRANOLA

I want to thank Ladera Granola for sending me a bag of their granola to review!  I’m SO HAPPY to know about this company. We have tried lot of different brands and I will honestly say this is the most fresh, tasty granola we’ve ever had.  It’s opposite of bland and the texture is really nice.  

Ladera Granola began in the kitchen of Karen Butterfield – medical doctor and mother of 3.  This family business is on a mission to to promote healthy diets, active living, and sustainable business practice… and they make a fantastic product!  What’s not to LOVE??? It’s refreshing to find a company who cares about the quality of their food.

A few facts about Ladera Granola: 
  • Baked by hand and roasted at low temps to preserve the flavor and health benefits
  • No preservatives, trans fats or cholesterol
  • Granola is packed with proteins, fibers, minerals and natural oils
RASPBERRY PARFAIT
Recipe here
INTERVIEW WITH TAYLOR 
 
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT LADERA GRANOLA?  “It tastes extremely good… like actual honey and oats… like real food.  The consistency was very nice.  It’s not sticky.  Taste good with any flavor of yogurt.”
HOW DO YOU LIKE TO EAT GRANOLA?  
“I like to eat it with almond milk as a substitute for cereal.  I like it with yogurt and fresh fruit.  And I’ll eat this kind dry.”
 
ANY OTHER THOUGHTS?  
“I’d like to try other flavors by them”
 
I definitely recommend this brand.  
It’s sold by the package and in bulk. 
 Go buy some right now! 
 
THANK YOU AGAIN
LADERA GRANOLA!
 
Follow Ladera Granola on Facebook here
Get recipes and healthy encouragement from their Pinterest here
And stay in the loop on twitter here
 
BE PICKY WITH WHAT GOES IN YOUR BODY.  
YOU ARE WORTH IT!
HAVE A HEALTHY DAY FRIENDS.

GUEST PRESENTATION AT SCHOOL – DIY FUN!!!

My daughter, Taylor, attends a super cool school called Cedar Hall.  It’s a school on a farm!  The classical learning style helps develop a love of reading, learning and exploring.  
The hands-on “farm” learning teaches the students about life and gives application to what they are learning.  
WE LOVE IT!
 
I was honored last week when I was invited to do a demo and show the kids how easy it is to make chemical-free common household (and school) products. 
 
 IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!
The entire Middle School.
 
As you can see, I pulled out my stash of goodies from my “chemistry lab” and handed out a sheet with the recipes for them to follow.
Are YOU curious as to what we made???
Well, I thought I’d be a nice blogger and share with you 🙂

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We made hand soap and all-purpose spray for both the girls and the boys bathrooms.  Each decided on the essential oil “flavor” they wanted.
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TOOTHPASTE
We all made a batch to take home and try out. 
* 1 part Baking Soda
* 1 part Coconut Oil
* 5-10 drops of essential oil:
peppermint  spearmint  eucalyptus  grapefruit
lemon  lime  cinnamon  rosemary  orange
* And everyone gets their own toothpaste container! 
 
NO DOUBLE DIPPING IN MY TOOTHPASTE!!! 
The spearmint was the most popular, followed by peppermint and orange.  A few tried cinnamon and we decided it “tasted” like those Christmas cinnamon brooms… 
so not for me.
I did warn the kids that this tasts/feels salty because of the baking soda.  Add more coconut oil if you want and you can add a little stevia or sugar to sweeten it… but that seems weird to me because we are trying to remove sugars from our teeth, but some recipes add it.  
Check out how easy this is on my DIY Toothpaste video.


 Right now Tropical Traditions has their Coconut Oil on Sale!
This is no doubt the best quality you can get and I absolutely LOVE this awesome company.  
Click HERE to take a look and buy.

STUFF TO KNOW ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS
* Citrus oils pul toxins out of plastics and should only be used with glass.
* Essential oils should not be used undiluted on the skin.  Some can be used with “carrier oils, waxes,     butters, alcohols, or other diluting measures
* Do not take essential oils internally – especially wintergreen and eucalyptus
* If you’re allergic to a food, you will be allergic to that oil.
* Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral properties… good for cleaning!
* If you use product on a child under 5 yrs, use half the amount of essential oils
* Always test a small area of your skin first to make sure it isn’t  going to irritate your skin
Click HERE for other DIY Products I make!
I buy all of my DIY products from 
They have an impressive amount of high quality brands to choose from, with such a LOW price!  Shopping HEALTHY, NATURAL, and ORGANIC doesn’t have to be expensive!  
Check them out HERE and order a few Essential Oils to start your own Homemade Collection!
And if you’ve never shopped with Swansons before you will get a $5 coupon as a THANK YOU for choosing them!
Here are some of the wonderful products that came to my door last week from SwansonVitamins.com
Tis the season!
LOVE THIS!
Frankincense & Myrrh!
My absolute favorite Natural Deodorant!
Finally something that works!
Makes the winter season a little less cold (along with my UGGs!)
Go shop and I’d love to know what you pick up!
Goodbye for now,

GUEST POST: DIY SALVE AND GIVEAWAY!

A few years back, a friend of mine gave me a cute little tin can of stuff called Eden Salve from the BULK HERB STORE.  At the time I didn’t know what salve was, but it smelled nice and easily fit in my purse.  My friend told me I could use it for bug bites, rashes, stings, burns,… ya know, all those fun things that happen to our kids!  It didn’t take long for me to realize that this stuff REALLY WORKS and is now my NEW FAVORITE THING!  It’s my “ONE PRODUCT I would take if I were stuck on a desert island.”  No one has ever asked me to answer this question, but if you did, Eden Salve would most definitely be my answer!  Well, the Eden Salve drew me to THE BULK HERB STORE, where I found out how to make PLANTAIN TINCTURE:  THE BEST “ITCH CREAM” 

Now let me introduce you to a new friend, Kristin Amaro.  I recently found out she was making this salve herself and couldn’t help but ask her to write it down for us!  So take a few minutes and follow Kristin as she teaches us how easy it is to make our own healing ointment.  Oh, and in case you were wondering, she is a talented photographer as well! You should most definitely check out her website!

One more thing before I pass the baton:  Kristin has generously donated a large jar of GREEN SALVE  for a GIVEAWAY for one of my healthy readers!  ENTER TO WIN at the end of this post!

Guest post by: Kristin Amaro
“My garden does not whet the appetite; it satisfies it. 
It does not provoke thirst through heedless indulgence, 
but slakes it by proffering its natural remedy. 
Amid such pleasures as these have I grown old”
~ Epicurus

I have always been a fan of the natural remedy.  I do not diminish in any way the value of modern medicine and doctors – I agree there is a place for these things!    However, the more I learn and see, the more I realize that so much is available to us right there in our gardens.

Over the past year or so I have been suffering with knee pain – degenerative arthritis/torn meniscus is what I’ve been told.      These knee issues (along with the occasional post-workout muscle woes) put me on a quest to find some relief outside of the traditional doctor prescribed treatments & medicines.  My search took me to the wonderful world of herbs!

Herbs are not new to me.    I have used them for teas, cooking and aromatherapy.   One herbal product in particular has made me a true believer in the healing properties of herbs.     For over three years I have been a fan of a product called, “Eden Salve” (or “the green stuff” as we sometimes call it).   Eden Salve is an organic salve formulated from a number of herbs and other natural ingredients.      This stuff……..is………amazing (I could give you many personal testimonials about how this salve has helped me).     I have used it on everything from burns to bites, chapped skin to rashes.    There are more uses and testimonies on the product’s testimonies page.    This product is made and sold by The Bulk Herb Store (BulkHerbStore.com).  They also offer a variety of herbs, products and a wealth of information to their site visitors.

So I was on the Bulk Herb Store website recently and came across some herbal “mixes” – one of which was called “Arthritis Salve Mix”.     Oh yesssss – that sounds right up my alley!!     After further investigation, I found they also offered other herbal mixes (“Muscle Salve Mix” and “Green Salve Mix”).

Hmmm….I wonder if I can put ALL the herbs together in a hot bathtub and just never get out.

It only got better after that.    I then found their “Salve Kit” which contains all 3 mixes along with organic beeswax and cute little tin containers.     The kit has some cost savings and it would allow me to get my feet wet with salve making!

After seeing all of this, I suddenly had burning within me a very strong desire to be a maker of salve.     So I set out to purchase my supplies, gather my tools and turn my kitchen into a salve making factory.    I was happy to involve my 10 year old daughter, Abby, in the process.    She is the Eden Salve power user of the household so she was eager to see and participate in the process and potentially have an endless supply of Green Salve to use to her heart’s content.

So…..let’s make salve!   (All links are located at the bottom of this post to products that are used)

Ingredients & Tools

Before getting started, I got all my tools and ingredients together – let’s take a look at what I used:

  1. A crock pot and some dishtowels.     I know you are super jealous of my old school crock pot.
  2. Herbs and beeswax (these items were purchased from BulkHerbStore.com as part of their “Salve Kit”).
  3. Oil (coconut, olive or sweet almond) – I use Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut.   Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t shut up about this coconut oil.    It’s everything within me to not nest a sub-post right here about how fabulous this Coconut Oil is.
  4. Vitamin E Oil (this acts as a natural preservative).   My bottle came from Trader Joe’s.
  5. A pot (used to warm beeswax and infused oil).    You certainly could use your crock pot instead of dirtying up another pot.
  6. Mason jars with lids (I use the tall 1.5 pint jars) and straining cloth (cheese cloth, cotton sheet or an old t-shirt work for this).
  7. Something to pour the finished product into.    I used the tins that came in the salve kit as well as wide mouth ½ pint mason jars.    Although I love mason jars for storing the salve, I would prefer swapping the two piece lids out with one piece lids.    I don’t know about you, but I have a special knack for causing the two piece lid to fly apart in different directions when I open it.    A problem easily remedied by using one piece lids.
  8. Here are a few more things that didn’t make it to my photo shoot:    a strainer, a chopstick and something to stir with.

The Process

The herbal mixes I received from the Bulk Herb Store Salve Kit have directions on “How to make salve” printed right there on the herbal mix label, as well as on their website.  I’m going to go over that process here and show you pictures of how things were looking for me.

Fill mason jars 2/3 full with herbal mix

Pour your oil over the herbs, leaving about an inch at the top – I gave it a nice little stir with a chopstick.   Then I wished that I had some sushi to eat.

Note:  For me, the temperature in my house is below 76 degrees so my Coconut Oil is normally in a solid form – this does not make nice for pouring.     In order to liquefy it, I placed a bunch of oil in a 32 ounce Pyrex measuring cup and placed that in a pot of hot water on the stove.    I put the stove on low heat and let the oil just melt.    Then, I was able to pour the oil directly into the Mason jar without any mess.       After I poured it all out, I licked the remaining oil from the Pyrex cup.     Just kidding.    Maybe.    
Put a dishtowel at the bottom of the crock pot.     The instructions don’t really say why to do this, although I’m assuming it’s so the jars have a nice little barrier between them and the ceramic crock.

Put the lids on the mason jars and set them in the crock pot.  Fill with warm water (leave about an inch at the top) and set the crock on low.    The instructions indicate that water should be “hot” but not boiling.

The crock pot lid may not fit over the mason jars, so place a damp towel over the opening to the crock pot and then put the lid on top of the towel.     If you are worried that the environment will not stay hot enough, let me reassure you.     IT WILL BE HOT ENOUGH!

Be excited!!    The oil is in a happy infusing environment….the salve is going to start taking shape!

The Waiting

After getting the oil/herb concoction hooked up in the crock pot, it’s time to wait.  In order for the oil to become infused with the wonderful properties of the herbal blend, it must stay in the hot water for 3 days.     Take note of the start time and add 3 days – mark it down!

During the infusing process, check the crock pot a few times a day and replenish any water that has evaporated (remember water should be about an inch from the top).    If a towel is being used to cover the opening, ensure that it is still damp – if not, run it under warm water, give it a squeeze then replace it over the crock along with the lid.     During the waiting process your friends may or may not make fun of you for having a towel-covered crock pot sitting on your counter for 3 days. If this should happen, don’t fret….they will come around when you give them a sample of your awesome salve.

The Salve Making Home Stretch

After the 3 days of waiting, the oil is ready to be made into salve.     Here comes the fun part!

Carefully remove mason jars from crock pot….use a dishtowel to remove them since they are super hot from being in the water for 3 days!      Get your pot, strainer and straining material ready.

Pour the herbs and oil into the cloth covered strainer.  Let it sit until the oil has strained through.   While you are waiting, take in the aroma of the infused oil.

Warning….you are either going to really, really like this smell (like me!) or you are going to really, really dislike it.   You may also find yourself dreaming of rubbing it on a brisket…. I’m just sayin’

After the oil has strained, give it a nice squeeze – don’t be wimpy, squeeze it good!   You want to get every drop you can of this liquid goodness.    Take a moment to give yourself a little massage with the oil that’s left on your hands!!

Note:  you will need to measure how many ounces of oil you have in order to determine how much beeswax and Vitamin E oil to use in the following steps.   To do this, I poured the oil from my pot back into a few of my mason jars and got my reading that way.   I first wiped them out to remove left over herb bits.   There may be an easier way to do this, but this was how I did it.


Beeswax Pastilles

 

Determine how much beeswax and Vitamin E oil you need.   For the beeswax, the instructions on the salve mix suggest 2 to 3 ounces of beeswax per 8 to 9 ounces of oil.   Note:  my first batch of salve was a bit on the hard side….I used 3 ounces of beeswax per 9 ounces of oil.    My second batch, I scaled back the beeswax (2 oz beeswax to 8 oz oil) and found the consistency to be much better for me. 
For the Vitamin E oil, use one drop for every ounce of infused oil you have.
The beeswax have just added to the infused oil
With the stove on low heat, warm the oil and beeswax until it’s melted.    This could also be done in the crock pot to save a pot from getting dirty.   I did not want to do this because it meant cleaning out a very hot crock pot.   Ain’t nobody got time for that.    I opted to just use a new pot instead.     Note: once the wax is melted, it looks very much like it did before adding the beeswax. I was very tempted to just throw more beeswax into the pot so it would get “thicker”.    Trust the math and stick with the plan.

To the melted mixture, stir in the Vitamin E oil (one drop for every ounce of infused oil).   Pour the concoction into containers and let cool until the salve is hard.     Now, give yourself a pat on the back – we just made some salve!
A few of my mason jars with freshly made salve – waiting to be cooled!
The salve (in a tin from the Salve Kit), after it’s cooled….

The This & That’s

  • Be sure and write the name of your salve and date made on your containers….according to the Bulk Herb Store instructions, salve can keep for five years and more.
  • Keep your salve out of light and extreme heat
  • If you find that your salve is too hard, melt it down and add a bit more oil.   If it’s too soft, add a bit more beeswax.
  • love, love, love the smell of the salves!     Of course, I had several people strongly dislike the smell.    It may be fun to add some essential oils to the mix.
  • This may seem random, but when I give the salve to people to use, their first move is to rub their finger pad across the surface in the same way you would if you were going to get some lip gloss from a tin (sorry fellas, just roll with this).      How I get my salve is I “scrape” my nail across the surface – away from me –  so that the salve ends up on top of my nail.   You get more salve this way and you can dig into it cleaner than you would with the pad of your finger.
  • The Salve Kit made enough for me to have jars all around the house as well as give to my friends.   I still have some of the herb mix left over.     I did run out of the beeswax (the Salve Kit comes with 1 pound) during my second production of salve, so I kept a reserve of infused oil to use as a massage oil.
  • Share salve with friends and family and let them experience the healing property of herbs!

The Testimony

I have been using the Arthritis and Muscle Salves for almost a month.    I am……loving…..them!

Share with friends!

The Arthritis Salve

I will confess that I had a bit of an expectation that rubbing this salve on my knees would immediately enable me to do a 3 sets of mountain climbers, lunges and squats followed a time of jumping up and down rejoicing about my new knees.

This ain’t that kind of salve.

However, I will report that when I rub this on my knees, my knees feel better.    Do they feel better forever?  No.   But, they feel better!   When I rub it on my knees at night (and I’m talking about a really good rub down with a generous amount of salve) I wake up with knees that feel less stiff.

Not only that, but I feel good about using this because I know the ingredients – and they are all natural.    

The Muscle Salve

 
The first time I used the muscle salve, I had just started feeling the soreness from a 30 minute dumbbell circuit I did earlier in the morning.   Since I had not lifted weights in awhile, I knew that I would be super sore.    I rubbed the salve on all over my arms and some parts of my legs – I did this a few times over the course of 2 days.   After the rub down, I still felt pretty sore.   However, I wasn’t as sore as I expected to be.   There is no telling if that’s because of the salve, or maybe I didn’t lift as hard.   So, I was kind of unsure after that experience.
I had a few more opportunities to rock the Muscle Salve that were very successful.    I had the same reaction that I did for the Arthritis Salve.   The combination of massage and salve made my muscles feel significantly less sore.    Now I don’t have any clue what science is actually going on once I rub the salve in, but according to the Bulk Herb Store website this salve “penetrates the skin, soothes and helps to heal damaged muscles, while reducing inflammation“.     All I know is, I felt better.    Nobody can argue with that.
The Green Salve
 
I haven’t had an opportunity to use my Green Salve yet…..the herb recipe for this mix is slightly different from the Eden Salve that’s made and sold by the Bulk Herb Store.   However, I would expect for it to work in much the same way.

The Links

The Bulk Herb Store– Buy your complete Salve Kit here.
Eden Salve
Swanson Health Products Essential Oils
Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut

Great selection of bulk herbs, books, and remedies. Articles, Research Aids and much more.
Thanks for joining me on this journey of Salve Making!

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Kristin Amaro is a wife and mom living in the great state of Tennessee (a transplant from the great state of California).   Her days are full of many blessings which include home-school teacher for her daughter,  photographer & designer for afH Capture+DesignDatabase Analyst for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, artist for Doodle Noshings and serving in her church as a leader in Celebrate Recovery.    Oh yes, she is also a maker of salves.
All photos are copyright 2013 Kristin Amaro for afH Capture+Design and may not be used without permission

GIVEAWAY TIME!


Thank you Kristin for this awesome tutorial and for donating a large jar of Green Salve for one healthy reader to WIN in this GiveAway!  My family and I can testify that this stuff works!

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HOMEMADE CONDIMENTS!!!

Meet Tricia and Cary Bush.
Tricia is one of my good friends, and my official LIVING HEALTHY Mentor!  She is a focused, uncompromising homeschool mom.  Somehow, she runs the healthiest home I’ve ever seen for her husband and 5 children!  


 
I’m now very excited to say that Tricia is passing along her HEALTH wisdom to more of us through her new 
Isn’t that a great idea?  
 

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FROM CHEMICAL TO NATURAL HOUSE CLEANERS

Hey Friends! 
 These are my thoughts and my passion for making my own HOUSE-CLEANERS.  If you decide to join me after reading this, then check out the 

Do you ever get overwhelmed with this whole “HEALTHY LIFESTYLE” thing?  Well I have many times.  In my journey for better health, I have learned that it’s a process.  One step at a time!  Seriously, I started with switching from white to wheat.  I did the best I knew to do at the time.  Then we eliminated soda from our diet and replaced it with water.  Big step!  Fast forward 13 years and I am now growing my own scoby to make Kombucha – weird.  Anyway, America has gotten so far away from living healthy.  Don’t get me wrong:  I am so thankful for our human advances and I love living in this time in history!  I am often thankful that I was not born in Ancient Egypt!  Seriously!  In fact, that was my biggest takeaway as I taught the course to my daughter a few years ago.  I am SO THANKFUL for heat and air conditioning, for electricity, for my car and my iPhone.  It’s hard to imagine life without my computer, social media which makes my business possible, my UGGS (on my feet as we speak), and Starbucks – the place where these blogs and ideas come together 🙂  Oh, I need to mention my contacts, my Clarisonic, the variety in my closet, and HGTV!  Ok, I could go on and on and on…………………………………………………..!

What we are finding now is that some of the eases and conveniences are extremely harmful to our health.  For this blog series I will focus on
 
HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS and PERSONAL PRODUCTS.

Ok, so in 1989, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did a 5 year study and found that chemical levels in the home were 70% higher than outdoors.  They found that housewives have a 55% higher risk of cancer than women working outside the home!  And get this: Children are more susceptible to air born toxins.  Kids respiratory rates are 3x higher than adults, therefore they inhale and absorb 3x more the amount of contaminates!

I began paying attention to the chemicals in my house a few years ago when my son, Iver, was sick with asthma and allergies.  He was really sick for a year of his life:  3 ER visits, MANY sleepless nights involving the nebulizer, and a week long hospital stay.  After 9 months of praying and searching, we found a wonderful allergy doctor, DR. WOLF, who found the cause to be a sinus infection! We could not have found a better doctor. Iver had to battle that infection with antibiotics for a period, and now he is doing great!  I have been Iver’s “nurse” long enough now to see the effect his diet and his environment plays on his body.  It’s very real, very powerful, and very controllable!  During that sick year, as we call it, my eyes began to open to the fact that our home was not helping him at all!  I started taking measures to rid his environment of anything that could trigger his asthma… dairy, gluten, dust mites (yuck! by the way), and MY CLEANERS.  How ironic… I was doing my best to keep our home germ free and clean, when in reality, my efforts were making him worse.  Uggggg

THE WEEK IN THE HOSPITAL
 We thank God for friends who stick by our side, pray for us daily, and come to play DS when we are cooped up in a hospital room for a week. 
 Love you Cary and all who loved on us!
 
This was the day we knew we were good to go home.  His O2 levels were staying up with no help and this kid was out of bed and climbing the walls… back to normal.

I am still in the process of eliminating (the best I can) chemicals and toxins from my house.  I want my home to be a safe, healthy environment for my family. After switching some of our cleaners to chemical free brands,  I noticed 2 things:  1.  Our budget was hit.  2.  I missed the smell of “clean”.  I associated “clean” with the smell of chemicals.  Hhhmmmm, let’s think about that for a minute.  If I am smelling it, it is being absorbed into my body via my lungs!  Oh great :/  And if it touches my skin, it is being absorbed into my blood stream (and I’m not one to wear gloves).

So, the EPA analyzed 2,983 chemicals we use and found that:

  • 884 are toxic
  • 146 can cause tumors
  • 218 can cause reproductive complications
  • 778 cause acute toxicity
  • 314 can cause biological mutations
  • 376 can cause skin and eye irritations
[Source: The United States House of Representatives through NIOSH, 1989]

Not good.
 
Now if you haven’t noticed already, my sources are old!  BUT competition within companies to make products “faster acting”  “longer-lasting” and “more powerful”  are causing our health conditions to worsen.

One example: more and more people are developing asthma.  The number of people diagnosed with asthma has grown by 4.3 million from 2001-2009.  Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  So sad.

During our “sick” year, I switched out my cleaners to non-toxic brands, but I am taking the NEXT STEP in my JOURNEY FOR HEALTH.  I will be making my own products.  This will save us lots of $$$ and teach me more about the tools God, Himself, has given us to use from the earth… not only are they not harmful, but they are HEALTHY!!!  

I invite you to join me!
Let’s take this journey together!!!
Click HERE for all of my DIY HEALTY HOME CLEANERS
Have a HEALTHY day!
BONUS FEATURE 
A few months after the hospital stay, Iver was back to normal.  I  realized that he had not been himself in a year.  I spent one rainy weekend looking at old video footage and boo-hoooing as I made this video.  I was, and still am so thankful to have this boy back!
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DIY TICK REPELLENT


Spring is here and my kids are running around in the woods every chance they get.  They love exploring, hiking, and camping.  They have established clubs and hideouts within the trees and bushes behind our house.  
There are so many reasons I love them playing outside –
Adventure. Imagination. Being familiar and comfy in nature.
 But one thing makes me go “EW”…
 
TICKS!
YUCK! YUCK! YUCK!
Well today I’m happy because our homeschool science class learned about ticks and then made  
HOMEMADE TICK REPELLENT!!!
It’s chemical free, non-toxic, natural and so easy to make – I thought I’d share!
What We Used
1 cup water
squirt bottle
2 cups distilled white vinegar
15-20 drops of essential oil……..
 Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint 
(use less peppermint if used on young kids)
If you want to learn more about icky ticks, read
by the TickEncounter Resource Center
 
Oh, don’t forget to make homemade 
“itch cream” to heal bug bits and stings.  Instructions HERE.
 
ENJOY THE SEASON!

STUFF WE MAKE…of EDEN

My desire is to make my home an environment that promotes health.  I’m constantly evaluating our current conditions, making adjustments to brands and products and experimenting with alternatives.  I really started changing things during the “sick year” we had with my son.  Read post about that here.  I want to thank allergies, asthma and infection for waking me up to the fact that I can have more control over the health of my home than I ever imagined!  So here are some of the changes we’ve made.  I hope you find some of this helpful!

       ↓ YOUTUBE VIDEOS ↓

DIY Plantain Tincture Itch Cream – for bug bites, stings & more
DIY Bug Spray

DIY Tick Repellent

DIY Refresh Your Skin
DIY Foam Hand Soap

DIY Laundry Soap
DIY Dryer Balls
DIY After Sun Lotion
DIY Toilet Cleaner
DIY Dusting Spray
DIY Sink Cleaner
DIY Oven Cleaner
DIY Microwave Cleaner
DIY Glass/Mirror Cleaner
DIY All Purpose Kitchen Cleaner
Why Replace Chemical, Toxic Cleaners with Natural

DIY SHOPPING LIST HERE!!!

PURCHASE THESE PRODUCTS FROM MY DAUGHTER’S ONLINE BOUTIQUE

♥ OF EDEN ♥

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DIY collage

 

BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL

 

Coconut Oil has been described as the “Healthiest Oil On Earth” 

It is rich in
FIBER, VITAMINS, AND MINERALS!
Here are some health benefits:
  • hair care
  • skin care
  • stress relief
  • maintaining cholesterol levels
  • weight loss
  • increased immunity
  • proper digestion & metabolism
  • relief from kidney problems
  • heart diseases
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • dental care
  • bone strength 

Check out The Coconut Research Center for a list of various references on scientific research done on coconut oil.



This is what Dr. Oz has to say about the 
amazing benefits of coconut oil:

 

Diabetes This is one fat that diabetics can eat without fear. Not only does it not contribute to diabetes, but it helps regulate blood sugar, thus lessening the effects of the disease. Island people have consumed large amounts of coconut oil for many generations without ever encountering diabetes, but when they abandoned it for other foods and oils, the results were disastrous.

Weight Loss The connection between coconut oil and weight loss is interesting. Farmers in America discovered this early last century when they tried to fatten their cattle by feeding them coconut oil. Instead of gaining weight, their cattle lost weight! So again, this is not news. Do a simple Internet search such as “benefits of coconut oil” and you will get plenty of details.

Bone and Dental Health Coconut oil improves calcium and magnesium absorption in the body, which in turn is greatly beneficial to dental and bone health. The improved calcium absorption created by coconut oil use ceases tooth decay and aids in the development of strong teeth. The combined increased calcium and magnesium absorption are of great benefit to middle-aged women who may become afflicted with osteoporosis.

Coconut Oil: A Good Saturated Fat? You may ask, isn’t coconut oil a saturated fat? And aren’t saturated fats harmful? Yes, coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fats. But whether or not saturated fats are harmful depends on who you ask. Among mainstream nutritionists, the idea that saturated fats cause heart disease is an “absolute truth” that is never questioned. Those who question this belief, however, point out that mankind has been consuming mainly saturated fats – in the form of butter, lard, coconut oil, etc – for thousands of years, yet heart disease was rare before the 1920s. If anything, the rise of heart disease in recent decades may correspond to the increasing use of polyunsaturated vegetable oils like corn, safflower and canola, as well as margarine.


the BEST PLACE to buy COCONUT OIL is TROPICAL TRADITIONS!

Read more about 
HANDCRAFTED VIRGIN COCONUT OIL 
and
 MASSED PRODUCED MACHINE MADE COCONUT OIL here.

People are using Coconut Oil for…

Check this out for recipes and tutorials!
Check this out to learn more about the different types of Coconut Oils.

Consult you doctor before you try coconut oil for medical purposes.