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Make Your Own Non Toxic Deodorant

It’s easy to use and make, you can add essential oils for a “pretty smell”,  if you want.

Deodorant Recipe

Ingredients:

6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred)

Directions:

  1. Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder.
  2. Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon or hand blender until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant, solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken.
  3. You can either scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. Makes about 1 cup. This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.

 BMSS Addendum: Be sure to use unrefined, organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil!

(Source: bodymindsoulspirit.com; March 25, 2015; http://tinyurl.com/p4apg42)

Eggshells ideal for Healing Tooth Cavities

Eggshells contain the perfect amount of the ideal substances for healing cavities – massive amounts of calcium and 27 other minerals. The composition of eggshells resembles our teeth. Eggshells provide the necessary amount of calcium to remineralize teeth. Just boil shells from one organic free range egg for about 5 minutes. You can add them daily into your smoothies or grind them into a fine powder and add it to your food.

Eggshells have unique beneficial medicinal properties

  • Bone tissue is composed of calcium.  Actually, human bones and teeth are very similar to an eggshell’s composition. One of the benefits of eggshells is the calcium contained in the shell (93 %), the bone marrow is fulfilling its hematopoietic function better.

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  • Additionally, eggshells also contain mineral elements: magnesium, phosphorus, silicon,  sodium, potassium, iron, sulfur, aluminum, etc.
  • There are 27 elements found in the eggshells.  Also the protein of a shell is composed of such essential amino acids as methionine, cysteine, lysine, isoleucine. Thus, properly prepared eggshells are the most balanced natural means to obtain calcium.
  • Eggshells are especially beneficial for small children because their bodies experience more intensively involved in the formation of bone tissue, which requires an uninterrupted flow of calcium. Shell’s included in baby food can be beneficial to prevent  rickets and anemia, which usually develops in parallel with rickets. Shell’s promote activation of blood in the bone tissue.
  • Studies also showed accelerated healing when using the shell for treating such orthopedic diseases as congenital dislocation of a hip or osteoporosis (softening of the bones).

To use  eggshells for medicinal purposes, you need to use organic eggs in order to avoid any chemicals or antibiotics.

How to prepare:
Take eggshells and put them in boiling water for about 5 minutes. The boiling will kill any pathogens. Then, air dry the shells and grind the shells in a coffee grinder. Take a 1/2 teaspoon a day. It is important to note that Vitamin D greatly aids calcium absorption.  So make sure to get enough sunlight or eat organ meats such as liver.

 

(Source: complete-health-and-happiness.com; April 3, 2015; http://tinyurl.com/nzzpz26)

Make Your Own Vitamin C Supplement At Home

For many years, people have used vitamin C supplements as a remedy for the common cold. Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in the body; it also contains antioxidants that help block free radical damage. (1)

Unlike vitamin D, which can be manufactured in the body from the sun, vitamin C must come from an outside source and cannot be stored in the body. (1) Thus, the only way to get enough vitamin C is through food sources and supplements, however, did you know that almost all of the vitamin C supplements on the market come from genetically engineered corn? (2)

You may be wondering how you can get enough vitamin C if you want to avoid store bought supplements. The simple answer is to make your own at no extra cost!

Importance of naringin and hesperidin flavonoids found in citrus peels

Homemade vitamin C has live enzymes, allowing for 100% assimilation in your body.  You needn’t bother with a dosage label or approval by the FDA. Your solution is citrus peels! (3)

In citrus, there are different types of flavonoids, a compound that exhibits antioxidant properties in the human body. Naringin, a powerful antioxidant, is a flavonoid found in the peels of grapefruit, mandarin, and lemons. Several studies have indicated that naringin is so powerful that it may reduce radiation-induced damage to cells. (4,5,6,7)

Hesperidin is another flavonoid found in the white inner layer of oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits. Studies have shown that hesperidin reduces the proliferation of cancer cells, induces programmed cell deaths (8), and plays an important role in helping those with hypoglycemia. (9)

Pharmaceutical companies and health food stores do not want you to know this!

It’s always best to purchase organic citrus fruits. After you eat the fruit, follow these four easy steps to make your own dried citrus powder:

  1. Save all your citrus peels and spread them onto dehydrator trays.
  2. Allow the peels to dehydrate at 100 degrees F for about 24 hours, or until dry and crispy.
  3. Grind the peels in a blender of your choice until they are as fine or coarse as you want.
  4. Store in an airtight container and leave in a cool location. (10)

When comparing gram for gram, there are higher levels of vitamin and minerals found in citrus peels than the fruit itself.  For example, there is double amount of vitamin C and triple amount of fiber in just 1 tablespoon of lemon peel compared to 1 wedge of lemon. (4)

After you’ve stored some dried citrus powder, try taking it by the spoonful on a daily basis or simply add into smoothies, soups, salads, juices, or raw desserts. Now that you know how to make Vitamin C, you can use this immune boosting remedy any time of year!

 

(Source: healthy-holistic-living.com; April 5, 2015; http://tinyurl.com/ksnyxqc)

How To Dry Herbs For Cooking

How To Dry Herbs To Use For Cooking

1. Once you have collected your herbs to dry, clear a kitchen bench or similar wide surface, cover it with clean brown paper or lining paper. Wash the herbs in a bowl of pure water, lay them out on your prepared table, the proceed as follows:

Dried herbs hanging

(a) If you are hanging them to dry, find a really dry room that is above 18c. Tie them around with string in smaller bunches. Smaller bunches allow them to dry faster and not grow any mildew. Natural drying takes 4 to 6 weeks.

(b) If you are planning on oven drying them see note 2 below –

2. In humid or rainy climates, it is best to oven dry herbs. Put a layer of brown paper in your oven and spread the herbs thinly across the paper. Put the oven on the lowest heat setting. Oven drying means you can store your herbs hours after harvesting, rather than weeks. With this method your herbs will never go mildew.

3. You will know when your herbs are dried when they are completely crisp, dry and not too brittle. But they will still retain some, if not a lot, of their original colour. Never ever leave them to bake brown. If you over bake your herbs they will be useless and you will have to throw them and start again. Barks and roots will go darker in the baking/drying process.

4. When the herbs are dried, crumple them up and place in an air tight container out of sunlight. Your herbs should last several years this way, not losing any of their potency.