The BEST Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Salad – So Refreshing!

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This classic Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Salad is a refreshing summertime salad that is served at most picnics and gatherings. It has the perfect balance of tang mixed with a little bit of sweetness that will have you eating this all

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Sweet And Spicy Zucchini Relish – A Classic Recipe Makeover

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Sweet and spicy zucchini relish is a terrific way to use up all of those zucchinis from your garden. It seems like every summer our zucchini plants produce high yields that we can’t eat or give away fast enough. We

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Fatty Coffee for Gets More Mileage

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I love “fatty coffee”, also called butter coffee or bulletproof coffee.  But the best part is that fatty coffee actually has health benefits and gets more mileage from the caffeine, so less does more if you love even more of peppy caffeine. Even more than a powerful energizing effect, the butter coffee helps the coffee …

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Health and Preparedness!

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Health and Preparedness: How Healthy Are You?
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Our health is a major concern for many of us and rightfully so as the impacts of poor health reach into every aspect of our lives. In the world today we are bombarded daily with messages about products to increase or treat a health issue, so much so that we often tune out the messages. We switch off the noise about taking care of ourselves as it has become a looped recording playing over and over again.

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The 5-Ingredient Natural Tonic That Will Keep You Healthy All Winter

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Are you searching for new and natural ways to keep yourself and your family healthy this winter? You may want to try making your own batch of Fire Cider.

Fire Cider is a spicy hot tonic that uses medicinal herbs to help boost the body’s immune system so that it can better fight off germs and infection. This recipe was developed in the early 1980s by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar at the California School of Herbal Studies.

Gladstar is the author of 11 books, including her best-selling Medicinal Herbs, a Beginners Guide. The founder and president of United Plant Savers, Gladstar lives and works from her 500-acre preserve, Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, in central Vermont.

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Fire Cider is one of what Gladstar calls her “cross-over” recipes, meaning it is part medicine, part food. In a recent interview with Off The Grid Radio, Gladstar noted, “It is the dosage and the way you take it (an herb or an herb combination) that would change it from a food to a medicine.”

Fire Cider

Ingredients

  • half-cup fresh grated ginger.
  • half-cup fresh grated horseradish root.
  • half-cup chopped onion.
  • quarter-cup chopped garlic.
  • raw apple cider vinegar.

Directions

  • Place the herbs in a quart-sized wide-mouth jar and cover with the apple cider vinegar.
  • Close jar with lid and let it sit for 2-3 weeks.
  • Then strain out the herbs.
  • Add honey (to taste) and a little cayenne to the liquid
  • Drink a shot glass full of liquid (about two tablespoons) daily or as needed

“Everybody loves it,” Gladstar said. “It is hot and fiery and really good.”

Gladstar says Fire Cider works as a good preventative medicine to take daily during cold and flu season, and that you can simply up your dosage if you are sick.

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Play and Prepping Healthy Fun!

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5 Common Foods That Just Might Prevent Alzheimer’s

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5 Common Foods That Just Might Prevent Alzheimer's

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Did you know that one out of three people over the age of 80 gets Alzheimer’s disease? In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.

Alzheimer’s can creep into your life slowly. Starting with simple forgetfulness, the disease can quickly escalate to wreak havoc.

Instead of sitting back and hoping you are one of the fortunate ones who will not get this degenerative disease, fight it with the proper diet. In fact, eating the right diet cuts the risk of Alzheimer’s by 40 percent.

Try eating these types of foods:

1. Omega-3 fatty acids.

Recent research shows that eating a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by 10 percent. The key is eating Omega-3s known as DHA that are found in such fatty fish as white herring, salmon and white tuna. High levels of DHA are needed for healthy brain development.

However, Omega-3s of all varieties, including walnuts, extra virgin olive oil and flaxseed, prevent inflammation of the brain that results in unhealthy protein build-up that can contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s.

2. Foods high in flavonoids.

Foods and beverages high in flavonoids are high in antioxidants, which are important for brain and body health as they combat free radicals and their damaging effects. Flavonoids are protective chemicals, known as polyphenols, found in plants.

People who eat a diet rich in flavonoids are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, research shows.

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Foods that are high in flavonoids include fruits, such as blueberries, apples, grapefruit and cranberries, as well as vegetables, such as Brussel sprouts, asparagus, kale, cabbage, kohlrabi, lima and kidney beans, garlic, spinach, peas and onions.

3. Foods rich in vitamins E and C

Busy brains create chemical reactions, and the by-products are free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells; in the brain, they can lead to deterioration and mental decline. Foods high in vitamin E and C fight the free radicals and support healthy brain function.

Research by Rush University Medical Center shows that people who eat a diet rich in vitamin E and vitamin C have 67 percent less chance of developing Alzheimer’s.

5 Common Foods That Just Might Prevent Alzheimer's

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Foods rich in Vitamin E include:

  • Almonds.
  • Spinach.
  • Sweet potatoes.
  • Avocados.
  • Sunflower seeds.
  • Buttermilk squash.

Foods rich in Vitamin C include:

  • Red peppers.
  • Kale.
  • Oranges.
  • Broccoli.
  • Strawberries.
  • Brussel sprouts.
  • Grapefruit.

4. Curry powder/turmeric

Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce brain plaque in the brain that can cause memory issues. Curry powder is used abundantly in India, where the rates of Alzheimer’s are considerably lower. A major ingredient in curry powder is turmeric, which contains curcumin.

Research shows that those who eat foods made with curry powder, or eat or drink turmeric regularly, have better brain performance overall. Turmeric also can protect the cardiovascular system and lower cholesterol.

5. Foods rich in folate

A deficiency in B vitamins, especially folate, can lead to memory loss and difficulty performing cognitive tasks.

Foods high in folate include:

  • Liver.
  • Chickpeas.
  • Pinto beans.
  • Spinach.
  • Lentils.
  • Beets.
  • Asparagus.
  • Avocados.

Final Thoughts

Other areas of your health are also important to help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. Encourage healthy habits such as exercise, healthy weight and adequate sleep.

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Health, as a prep?

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Just About Everything You’ve Heard About Eggs Is Wrong

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Just About Everything You’ve Heard About Eggs Is Wrong

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The American Egg Board launched “the incredible, edible egg” as its marketing slogan in 1976, and then five years ago it aired a new version in radio, TV and social media. Long maligned as a contributing cause of high cholesterol and heart disease, the egg actually is an incredible source of nutrition.

With no sugar and no carbs, the lowly chicken egg is an inexpensive source of high quality protein.

In addition to six grams of protein, an egg contains vitamin A, which is needed for the healthy cellular development; vitamin B12, which is important in the formation of red blood cells; all nine essential amino acids; and choline, which helps the body’s nerve, muscle and liver function. No wonder many nutritionists describe eggs as nature’s large vitamin pills.

Eating eggs boosts:

  1. Brain function.
  2. Bone development.
  3. Immune function.
  4. Memory
  5. Vision

Scientists also believe that pregnant mothers can boost the brain development of their babies by eating eggs.

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Long-term studies have shown that the effect of regular egg consumption on blood cholesterol levels is minimal. Some studies also suggest that egg consumption actually may boost the amount of “good” cholesterol in healthy individuals and even help prevent some types of strokes.

According to the USDA, one large egg has about 186 mg of cholesterol — the entire amount of which is found in the egg yolk. If you are diabetic or have high cholesterol, you may want to eat only the egg whites. The white part of a large egg contains about 60 percent of the egg’s total protein content.

Healthy individuals, however, will benefit from the nutrition-dense egg yolk. The yolk contains fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins A. E, and D, choline and the carotenoids lutein/zeaxanthin.

The high-quality protein in an egg is important for building and maintaining lean body mass. It can reduce hunger, and, as a result, help in weight loss programs.

According to authors Karen Cicero and Colleen Pierre in their book The Giant Book of Kitchen Cures, athletes in heavy training can benefit from eating hard-boiled eggs. Research indicates the choline level in the blood can drop by as much as 450 percent after heavy exercise. The choline in eggs is a natural way of boosting blood choline levels.

The choline content in eggs also is beneficial to older adults in boosting memory retention.  Cicero and Pierre call eggs “single serving packages stuffed with easy-to-digest protein for maintaining muscle and building immunity against pneumonia and flu.”

Need more convincing about the benefits of eating eggs? Here are some other interesting facts:

1. Brown or white?

An egg’s shell color indicates the breed of the hen that laid it, and not its quality or nutritional value. White-feathered hens usually lay white eggs and hens with red feathered hens usually lay brown eggs.

2. Yolk color

Have you been tempted to throw away an egg with a yolk color different from what you are used to? Egg yolk color is determined by the hen’s diet and has nothing to do with nutritional value. A dark yellow yolk indicates a hen that ate green vegetables. A medium-yellow yolk reveals a diet of alfalfa and corn. A hen that lays an egg with a pale yellow yolk probably eats wheat and barley.

3. Shelf life

Just About Everything You’ve Heard About Eggs Is Wrong

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Store-bought egg packages have a “sell by” date rather than an expiration date. Eggs usually are edible for up to four weeks after the “sell by” date. To gauge freshness, crack open an egg. If there is no unpleasant odor, it is OK to eat.

4. Label terms

  • Free-range hens have roamed outdoors at some point, but there is no regulation on how long they have been outside.
  • Cage-free eggs usually are from hens that roam a barn or warehouse. Actual living conditions can vary widely.
  • Certified organic eggs are from hens that have some outdoor access and that eat an organic vegetarian diet free of pesticides, animal by-products, or GMOs.
  • The USDA grades eggs as AA, A or B based on quality and appearance, not size or color. Grade AA eggs are nearly perfect with clean, uncracked shells, thick, firm whites and defect-free yolks. Grade A eggs are similar with slightly lower interior egg quality. Grade B eggs, which are not sold in supermarkets, may have slight stains and be irregular size or shape.

5. Refrigerate or not?

The USDA requires that eggs sold commercially in the U.S. must be power-washed. The washed eggs lose a natural membrane and therefore must be refrigerated. Eggs sold in much of the rest of the world are not power washed and thus, they retain a natural membrane that allows them to be stored at room temperature.

The average American eats 250 eggs per year, which adds up to a total consumption of 76.5 billion eggs. With their high nutritional value and their versatility as main courses, in salads and sandwiches and in myriads of recipes, eggs truly are incredible.

Sources

www.eggnutritioncenter.org

www.incredibleegg.org

Cicero, Karen. Giant book of kitchen counter cures. Jerry Baker publisher, 2001. Print.

Preppers and the food that can kill you!

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Two Old Salts Talking About “Salt”

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Castor Oil: The Old-Timer’s ‘Cure-All’ That Should Be In Every Stockpile

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Castor Oil: Why Grandma’s Miracle ‘Cure-All’ Should Be In Every Stockpile

If you have ever watched old cartoons or movies, you may have seen more than one reference to castor oil. The scene usually involves someone’s grandmother pushing a huge spoonful of castor oil down a sick person’s throat — with funny faces ensuing due to its horrible taste.

How did castor oil get its start? Does it really do anything for the body? And does it actually taste that terrible?

Let’s take a look at that old-fashioned cure-all.

What Is Castor Oil?

Castor oil is extracted from the seeds, sometimes called “beans,” of castor plants. These seeds are unique in that they contain a fatty acid triglyceride, most of which is ricinoleic acid. Although this type of fatty acid is found in other types of plants, such as cottonseed, it is only found in minute quantities. Castor oil is about 90 percent ricinoleic acid.

It’s important to remember that eating the seeds themselves will cause death. Depending on your size, as few as five seeds are considered a fatal dose. There is no anecdote. The oil, though, has no trace of the poison (called ricin) in it.

Native to India, this plant has been mentioned in written history since ancient times, and was used very regularly by our ancestors for a wide variety of health problems.

How Did Our Ancestors Use Castor Oil?

The fact that there were few actual physicians — coupled with the hard truth that there were not very many pharmaceutical drugs 150 to 200 years ago — left our ancestors with very few choices. Anything from Mother Nature was pressed into service in hopes that it would at least provide relief from symptoms while the body healed, or that it might actually do something to cure the problem.

One thing that is well-known about castor oil is that it is an irritant to the colon. So, why would someone take it? Simple: It cured constipation within hours. Many a grandmother was concerned with her family’s bowel movements, which is why just about any kind of tummy ache or nausea usually resulted in a big tablespoon of castor oil “just to be sure.”

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Indigestion and dysentery were very common in pioneer times, often due to poor food quality or cleanliness. Again, it was castor oil to the rescue.

Castor oil also has an interesting property in that it doesn’t freeze. That made it valuable to keep around in the winter months, as it could be used to oil sticky or frozen machinery parts.

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This oil has a stimulating effect on the body. New mothers who had a difficult time producing enough milk for their baby were often told to rub castor oil on the breasts to increase milk flow. This same remedy was also suggested for sore breasts and blocked milk ducts. If a baby was late in coming, a few tablespoons of castor oil were the general recommendation to induce labor. Although there is no scientific evidence to back this up, there are plenty of personal stories which relate that folk remedy actually worked.

Midwives and other women also suggested that rubbing castor oil on the abdomen each morning and night would relieve menstrual cramps.

Castor oil is also known for improving skin health. Pioneer women used it for everything from preventing stretch marks to healing diaper rash, as well as other types of skin problems, including killing lice, preventing hair loss, and stopping dandruff. Since castor oil does contain antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal compounds, it is very likely that this can work quite well.

One pioneer woman left some advice for those preparing to travel out West: “No one should travel without medicine, for they are sure to suffer from a complaint. Every family should have a quart of the best rum, a quart of castor oil, and a large vial of peppermint essence.”

Growing Your Own Castor Plant

Castor plants (Ricinus communis) are beautiful, with leaves as large as a dinner plate. However, they are difficult to grow in areas that receive snow or hard frosts. New seeds would need to be nurtured every year. In the South and West, castor plants can grow to be small trees, approximately 15 to 20 feet high.

The seeds are safe to handle, but, again, not to eat. If you have toddlers, this is probably not the plant for you.

Otherwise, castor plants grow nicely in full sun in average or compost rich soil. They appear to need very little care and are quite beautiful.

Making your own castor oil is a bit complicated. The seeds need to be dried, then hulled. The hulled seeds are then boiled to remove the ricin. After boiling, the seeds are then pressed to extract the oil. This is extremely labor intensive, so you might want to consider simply stocking up on a good supply since it is, currently, rather inexpensive and, unlike other oils, does not go rancid when stored out of sunlight.

Other Uses … Oil Lamps?

Thomas Jefferson placed castor plants around his property in hopes that it would kill the gophers and moles that plagued his garden. It didn’t work. The oil does repel moles, but not the plant itself. Jefferson suggested this remedy to George Washington. Jefferson, it is said, loved to invite Washington to visit his garden, where he somehow managed to nurse one plant to a staggering 22 feet in height.

In a pinch, castor oil works great in oil lamps. It burns very cleanly and was used for this purpose by the ancient Egyptians.

It was also called “Palma Christe” in ancient times, as the large leaves were said to look like Christ’s hands. It is possible that after people found out about its medicinal qualities, they believed the plant was sent from God.

*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure any particular health condition. Please consult with a qualified health professional first about this method.

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Harness The Power Of Nature’s Most Remarkable Healer: Vinegar

DVD: The Quick Wholesome Foods

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All-Natural Fall Remedies That Smart Homesteaders Store For Winter

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6 All-Natural Remedies That Smart Homesteaders Make Each Fall

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The fall can be a busy time if you’re trying to stock a well-prepared larder. Perhaps you’ve put up or purchased enough food to get you through the winter, but have you thought about keeping your family healthy as well as fed? There are many natural medicines that are easy to make at home during autumn to keep your family healthy all winter long.

1. Herbal teas

A great place to start for the beginner, herbal teas can be as simple as looking for tasty and health-promoting recipes in your favorite reference book and mixing them ahead of time. Dried herbs can easily be purchased for your first batch, but harvesting and drying them at home is a much more cost-effective and reliable method of ensuring availability. Even if you haven’t planted an herb garden, try learning to identify and harvest wild elderberries, yarrow, rose hips, raspberry leaf and mullein as a first step. Drying can be as simple as tying them into small bundles and hanging them in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. Once dry, store in Mason jars or other airtight containers in a cool, dark place.

2. Tinctures

Once you’re comfortable blending your own herbal teas, tinctures are a great next step. While there are many plant compounds that are water soluble in teas, some medicines are alcohol soluble and require a different extraction to get the full benefit. Examples of alcohol soluble herbs include most that are high in resins or naturally antibacterial alkaloids such as Echinacea, cleavers, nettle and elecampane. To make a tincture, start with a plain alcohol such as grain alcohol or vodka that is at least 50 proof (25 percent alcohol), preferably 80 proof or higher. For most herbs, a ratio of 1 part herb to 5 parts alcohol works well for extraction. Place the herbs and alcohol in a sealed jar out of direct sunlight for at least 2-3 weeks, shaking occasionally. Strain out the herb, and the tincture is ready for use.

3. Oxymel

An alcohol-free way to extract herbs that may not be water soluble is with vinegar. Oxymel is a mixture of a vinegar-extracted herb, with raw honey to both enhance the health benefits and the palatability. Ratios vary widely, but a common method takes 1 part herb, 2 parts vinegar and 2 parts honey for the mixture.

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Add all three parts to a mason jar, seal and wait 2-3 weeks before straining out the herb and bottling for use. There are many elderberry/vinegar/honey oxymels on the market today, selling for as much as $5-$10 dollars per ounce, when they can be made at home for just a few dollars per quart. Dollar for dollar, oxymel is one of the easiest and most economical natural remedies to make at home.

4. Infused oils

Following the same principle as tinctures and oxymels, infused oils extract herbal components into an oil base. Try a neutral oil such as sunflower, almond oil or light olive oil. A ratio of 1 part herb to 2-4 parts oil works well for most herbs. In the winter, herbal-infused oils can be great for treating burns, ear infections, topical fungal issues or respiratory issues when used as a chest rub.

5. Healing salves

Once you have an infused oil, a healing salve is a great way to improve the versatility of your remedy. Healing salves take infused oils and add a wax component to make them semi-solid at room temperature so that they’re easy to apply and store. Start with 8 ounces of infused oil and 1 ounce of beeswax. Slowly heat until the beeswax is melted, and then mix thoroughly. Pour into a storage container while hot. Healing salves often incorporate the use of essential oil and vitamin E oil to enhance their effectiveness, depending on the use.

6. Witch hazel extract

A commonly used astringent and topical disinfectant, witch hazel is easy to make at home. Witch hazel is a small bush/shrub that’s prevalent in the wild in the eastern half of the United States. An extract can be made from wild harvested witch hazel twigs, or if you prefer, there are many online sources to purchase dried witch hazel bark. For the most potent extract, harvest the twigs just after the plant has flowered late in the fall (October/November). Finely chop the twigs with pruning shears or scissors, cover completely with water and place on the stove on low to simmer. Most recipes slow cook the stems and bark for at least 8 hours, adding water during cooking to keep the plant material covered. Once it’s done cooking and cooled completely, it’s perishable unless alcohol is added as a preservative.  Add 1 part high proof vodka or grain alcohol for every 2 parts witch hazel extract, and store in a cool dark place indefinitely.

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11 Unusual Uses For Milk That Can Revolutionize Homestead Life

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Got milk? Although there is an ongoing debate about the complete range of health benefits that cow’s milk provides to humans, milk remains a staple beverage in many American households.

A USDA study found that the average American drinks 20.4 gallons of milk each year, and milk ranks fourth behind carbonated soft drinks, bottled water and beer as America’s beverage of choice.

Cow’s milk is about 90 percent water, but the remaining 10 percent of volume contains protein, carbohydrates, fat, Vitamins A, D, and B12, as well as various minerals, organic compounds and antioxidants that are beneficial to the human body.

What you may not realize, however, is that milk can provide other benefits beyond its use as a beverage. Here are 11 unusual uses for milk that make a big difference if you’re a homesteader:

1. Relieve burns.

You can experience quick pain relief and promote the healing of minor burns, including sunburn, by applying milk to the affected area. Soak a washcloth in whole milk and apply to the area for about 15 minutes. Repeat every few hours.

Another option is to create a milk paste with powdered milk, water and two pinches of salt. Apply the paste to areas with minor burns for soothing relief.

2. Take the itch out of insect bites.

Milk also can ease the pain, swelling and itchiness of insect bites. Create a paste with milk, water and salt, and place it on the bites. After a few minutes, redness and itching will be significantly reduced.

3. Repair china.

Did you know you could use milk to fix cracks in your fine china? Fill a cooking pot with enough fresh milk or reconstituted powdered milk to cover a damaged cup or plate.

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Submerge the china in the milk and then bring the milk to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 45 minutes. When you remove the china, the milk proteins will have diminished the appearance of fine cracks and lines.

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4. Skin moisturizer. 

Try applying cold milk to calluses or other hard, dry areas of your skin three times a day.

Another way to moisturize the skin with milk is to take a milk bath. Add 1 1/2 cups of powdered milk to your bathwater as it fills the tub. You also can prepare a moisturizing facial mask by mixing powdered milk with enough water to make a thick paste. Apply the milk paste to your face, let it dry for about 30 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

5. Polish silver.

You can clean your tarnished silver with the help of sour milk. Mix a cup of milk with a tablespoon of white vinegar. Soak the silver in the sour milk for 30 minutes. After rinsing with warm soapy water, buff the silver with a dry, soft cloth.

6. Revive leather.

To remove scuffs and to give a fresh look to leather shoes, purses and belts, moisten a soft cloth with fresh milk and gently wipe the leather. Let the milk dry before buffing with a clean soft cloth.

11 Unusual Uses For Milk That Can Revolutionize Homestead Life

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7. Remove ink.

We all have had leaky pens stain our clothes at one time or another. The next time it happens, try soaking the stained garment overnight in a dishpan of milk. Add a squeeze or two of lemon juice for extra cleaning power. Then wash it in your machine.

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If ink has stained your carpet, mix milk with enough cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the paste to the stain. Allow it to dry, and then vacuum the residue.

8. Take off makeup.

You also can use milk to remove makeup. Simply dip a cotton ball in whole milk or reconstituted powdered milk and then gently wipe your face with the cotton ball. For added antioxidants and a pleasant aroma, add a few drops of almond oil to the milk.

9. Boost the flavor of corn.

Want to make your sweet corn taste even sweeter? Add some milk to the water before you boil corn on the cob. When the corn is ready, you will notice a richer, sweeter taste.

10. Improve the flavor of fish.

When you defrost your frozen fish in a bowl of milk, the fish will have a smoother texture and a richer flavor.

11. Treat tongue burn.

Feeling the burn of spicy food on your tongue? Milk can dissolve capsaicin, the organic compound that makes foods spicy. Drink a glass of milk after eating spicy foods to alleviate the discomfort.

Now that you know some of the unusual uses for milk, you may be tempted to have more cartons on hand in your refrigerator. By the way, you can freeze milk for longer storage. However, you will need to leave some room in the container because milk expands when it freezes.

You can thaw frozen milk in the refrigerator or in cold water.

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The Easy-To-Grow Ginseng Alternative You Can Harvest Within WEEKS

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Used and revered in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, the root of the ginseng (Panax ginseng) plant has become increasingly popular in the West for use as an herbal medicine, as its adaptogenic and longevity-promoting properties have become more widely recognized around the world.

However, due to overharvesting in the wild, questionable sourcing practices, and the fact that it is difficult to grow, it is becoming more and more difficult to obtain a good source of ginseng for personal use.

Enter gynostemma (Gynostemma pentaphyllum), a vining herbaceous Chinese plant that exhibits comparable qualities to those of ginseng, but is much easier to grow yourself, and is considered to be one of the top anti-aging longevity herbs of Asia. For starters, let’s take a look at the health benefits of consuming gynostemma.

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There are many health benefits of gynostemma:

  • Contains many important nutrients that the body needs, including selenium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese and phosphorous.
  • Helps to rid the body of toxins, waste and harmful microorganisms.
  • Supports a healthy immune system.
  • Helps to bring overall balance to the body, and can aid the body in dealing with a number of different health conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure and acute and chronic inflammation (fights the free-radical damage that leads to aging of the body’s cells).
  • Helps to maintain healthy blood pressure.
  • Supports healthy digestion.
  • Reduces stress.
  • Reduces pain.
  • Supports a healthy liver and nervous system.
  • Helps to significantly increase the body’s production of superoxide dismutase, one of the most powerful antioxidants produced within the body.

Gynostemma can be taken as a tea, powder, tincture and in capsules. The tea is very tasty, making it a pleasure to consume. Both the leaves and the stems can be used medicinally.

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Gynostemma is considered to be quite safe for most people and can be consumed on a daily basis for overall health and wellness. In fact, there is a large group of people in China that consume gynostemma tea daily and typically live to be more than 100 years old!

Growing Gynostemma

The gynostemma plant can be grown from seed or from starter plants, and is an easy-to-grow herbaceous (non-woody) perennial. The leaves and stems are tender to frost. It will grow perennially in USDA Hardiness Zones 7-10, although it can be kept in a pot indoors during the winter in colder climates. Once established, it is root-hardy to at least 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Gynostemma needs rich, moist soil, and sunny or partial shade conditions. The plant’s tendrils allow it to grow more than 20 feet up a trellis, and it also can grow onto shrubs or trees, or as ground cover.

Spread by rhizomes, gynostemma can become invasive once established, especially in warmer areas, where it can grow year-round. Plant it in a larger container to keep it from running amok within and beyond your landscape.

The plants are dioecious, having separate male and female plants that are needed in order to produce seeds. The seeds need to be soaked for 24 hours in warm water and then sown 2-3 per pot in rich compost, thinning the seedlings once it can be determined which one is the strongest. The seedlings can be planted outside once the danger of frost has passed.

This article is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or to treat any particular medical condition. Always consult with a qualified health practitioner when considering the addition of any herbs or supplements into your health and wellness routine, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions. 

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Is your liver healthy?

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Is your liver healthy? Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Your eyes and skin aren’t jaundiced, and you feel ok. So, your liver must be fine, right? Wrong. The fact is, most people couldn’t tell if their liver were healthy or not without getting a panel done at their doctor’s office. The obvious signs of disease, things … Continue reading Is your liver healthy?

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4 Ways The Pioneers Stayed Healthy Without Modern Medicine

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History is amazing — not the dull, dry history you may have experienced in school, but the history of how people lived their day-to-day lives. We are so accustomed to our modern conveniences that we often have no idea how our ancestors did things. We look back through the years, and are often mystified about how they even survived.

Some of the things that medical science proposed in the past are laughable today. Take head bumps, for example. There was actually a time when the cutting edge of medical diagnosis, in some quarters, was reading the bumps on a person’s head. This was supposed to tell about chronic health problems that the person suffered. We can place that alongside “bleeding” a patient to release the evil spirits from their body, and bury the two of them in medical history.

Modern medicine has years of medical research behind it. While it is not yet perfect, the ability of our medical community to deal with trauma, sickness and chronic health issues is much greater than that of a few short generations ago. Treatments for diseases that were previously known as killers are available now, and emergency room techniques to save lives have progressed exponentially.

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All of that is enough to make us wonder how our ancestors even survived. Looking back in history — say to the pioneering days — one has to wonder how the people dealt with sickness, disease and injury, especially when you consider that most towns didn’t have a doctor. Yes, many died, but many more lived, and lived through things that we wouldn’t think they could have survived.

The conventional wisdom today is that people in the 1800s lived far shorter lives, but that is mostly not true. The average life expectancy has grown because of lowering infant mortality rates. In other words, for people who did survive childbirth, many lived to old age – 70s, 80s and even 90s.

The very fact that they survived tells us that we study what they did. We may yet see a day when all the fancy pharmaceuticals and medical laboratories are gone. Should that happen, the health techniques that our ancestors used may very well be the only thing left to us.

So, what did they do? Let’s take a look.

1. They ate healthier

When you talk about “American food” in other countries, the first thing any of them think of is McDonalds, Burger King and Coca-Cola, perhaps adding Starbucks to that list. This is the food that we are known for. Most of what we consume is either fast food, junk food or otherwise unhealthy food.

Our bodies need an incredible number of different nutrients to maintain health. Theoretically, we are supposed to receive those nutrients from what we eat. But donuts, greasy burgers and a side order of fries don’t supply those nutrients. Some people try to make up for this by taking vitamin supplements, but there’s a real question about how well those supplements absorb into the body. Some brands don’t dissolve properly and merely add to the waste our bodies process.

4 Ways The Pioneers Stayed Healthy Without Modern MedicineWhile the diet our pioneering ancestors enjoyed wasn’t as varied as our own, it was a whole lot healthier. Essentially, they ate meat, beans, vegetables and bread. Fruit was considered a delicacy, and things like sweets were extremely rare. Their favorite drink was fresh spring water — not sugar dissolved in carbonated water.

Not only did they eat a healthier diet, but the foods they ate were healthier than today’s equivalent. Cattle and hogs weren’t fattened up to the extent they are today, before slaughtering. Often they were grass-fed. But many pioneers ate game meat, which has always been leaner and lower in cholesterol. Even chickens were healthier, as they free ranged and fed off a more varied diet. The ground hadn’t been overworked, and so the vegetables that they ate had a higher mineral content, improving their nutritional value.

Nobody overate in the Old West. There just wasn’t enough extra food to even think of overeating. Besides, they burned a whole lot more calories wrestling steers or plowing with a horse-drawn plow, than we do punching keys on a computer.

2. They performed physical work

Our bodies need a certain amount of physical work to maintain health. Yet, except for those who go to the gym regularly to work out – or do hard labor on the job — few of us get that physical work.

Many of our chronic diseases were all but unknown in pioneering days. The physical work that people performed on a daily basis was enough to help their bodies regulate the critical balance of these key health indicators.

Even today, the best advice for a diabetic, whose blood sugar is high, is to take a walk. That allows their body to burn off some of that excess sugar, reducing their sugar level to normal. Yet most of us expect the doctor to fix our problems with medicine, rather than having to do anything to takes us out of our comfortable chairs.

3. They were leaner and more muscular

The combination of diet and exercise affected their bodies greatly. More than anything, if we were to look back in history, we would see a people who were leaner and more muscular than we are today. This came from a combination of hard physical work and diet.

4 Ways The Pioneers Stayed Healthy Without Modern MedicineEven housework was harder back then. Women had to have the physical strength to wring out clothes by hand, carry a dead animal to the kitchen to slaughter it, and draw their own water from the well. Most jobs that men performed required much more strength than what we have today. In fact, the average worker today probably couldn’t make it through a day of work back in pioneering days.

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We face a chronic nationwide obesity crisis, something that could not have existed back then. Oh, there were very fat people, but they were rare. Their lifestyle just didn’t offer much opportunity to store energy as fat. You were much more likely to find fat people in the settled areas of the east and west coasts, where there were more people who worked in sedate offices and stores.

4. They had more knowledge of natural medicine

Humans are very adaptable creatures. When we don’t have one thing we need, we tend to try and find something to use as a substitute. Our ancestors did this with medicine. Since they didn’t have all our modern medicines, they used what they had … what nature gave them.

Actually, many of our modern medicines are substitutes for what nature supplies. All medicines start in nature. Pharmacies, though, didn’t exist in the Old West. The only medicines around were in the doctor’s office (if there was a doctor) or the general store. So, people did what their ancestors had done and used what nature provided. In many cases, those medicines were just as good or even better than the ones we have today.

It wasn’t just doctors who had knowledge of herbal medicine; most people had at least some. It was not uncommon for a woman to grow medicinal herbs in her garden or for a cowboy to pick up plants along the way, when they had a toothache or upset stomach. Herbal medicine was as much a part of life as anything else.

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The 7 Healthiest Vegetables You Can Plant In The Garden This Year

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If you are looking to become more self-sufficient while boosting your nutrition at the same time, there is no better choice than with a home vegetable garden.

Homegrown veggies are superior to store-bought veggies in terms of freshness, taste and nutrition. When you add in their lower cost, and the pride you feel in growing your own food, it is a no-brainer. Plus, many veggies are easy to grow and do not require large amounts of space.

It makes sense that fresh-picked vegetables taste better than store-bought veggies, but why are they more nutritious? It has to do with that freshness. Supermarket produce usually has traveled many miles over a period of a few days to even a few weeks to get to your store. That long trip from farm to table allows nutritional content to degrade, especially if the vegetables have been exposed to heat. According to nutritionists, temperature is the top factor in keeping fruits and vegetables in the best condition.

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The 7 Most Nutritionally-Dense Vegetables You Can Plant In The Garden This YearIf you are looking to pack the biggest nutritional punch that you can with your garden this year, here is a list of seven veggies – based on government nutritional data (see chart) — that are the healthiest you can grow.

1. Kale – You’ve probably read about all the health benefits of this superfood, but did you know it was easy to grow, too? It likes sunny, cool conditions of the spring and fall and soil that has a neutral to slightly alkaline pH.

Kale leaves are rich in fiber, iron, vitamins A, K and C, and new studies link kale to lowered LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. Add it to salads, soups and stews for its hearty taste and nutrition.

2. Spinach – This super healthy vegetable does well in spring, fall and even winter in some locations. Leaves will turn bitter tasting, so it is a good idea to harvest them promptly.

Spinach contains the antioxidants beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin that are good for eye health and for digestion. Spinach also is high in iron, calcium and vitamins A, B and C.

3. Collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens — You can mix these greens — which are rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants — or eat them separately. A Harvard University study concluded that people who regularly consume dark green, leafy vegetables are about 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke. Eating these greens may also protect against certain types of cancers, according to studies by the American Institute for Cancer Research.

These greens are hardy in the garden. They don’t need much space, and they can thrive in partial sunlight.

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4. Carrots – You probably grew up hearing that eating carrots was good for your eyes. It’s true. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that gives carrots their orange color and helps the retina and other parts of the eye to remain healthy. This root vegetable, which is at its most nutritious in its raw state, also is a good source of fiber, antioxidant agents, vitamins C, K and B8, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, potassium, manganese and copper. Bugs Bunny was definitely on to something!

Carrots grow best in the cool temperatures of early spring and late fall. They can do well in small spaces and do not mind a little shade.

5. Red bell pepper – High in nutrition and low in calories, red bell peppers taste great raw in salads or cooked in pasta dishes. One medium pepper can provide 150 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C. At only 32 calories, that’s quite a boost. Red bell peppers also help combat atherosclerosis, which can lead to heart disease.

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Red bells come in many different varieties. They prefer full sun and soil of at least 65 degrees that drains well. As the plants grow, you may need to stake them, depending on the size of the peppers you are growing.

6. Bok choy – One of my new go-to-favorites, bok choy (aka Chinese white cabbage) is loaded with more beta-carotene and vitamin A than any other type of cabbage. It also contains vitamins C and K, potassium, magnesium and manganese. Additionally, the Harvard School of Public Health calls bok choy a better source of calcium than dairy products.

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Bok choy is low in calories – one cup contains about 20 calories – yet its high fiber content will help you feel full. You can use bok choy in place of other cabbages or eat it raw.

Bok choy requires rich, loose soil, and it will need fertilization not long after planting.

7. Sweet Potatoes – Many nutritionists place sweet potatoes first in their list of healthy veggies. They contain high amounts of vitamins B6, C and D, iron and magnesium.

Unlike other types of potatoes, sweet potatoes prefer hot weather, so they grow best in the South. If you live in a colder climate, you can have success with raised beds with covers. Either way, sweet potatoes like sandy soil and plenty of sunshine.

According to 2015 research by the National Gardening Association, 35 percent of all American households are growing food either in a home garden or in a community garden. This percentage is an overall increase of 17 percent over the last five years.

Another advantage of growing your own vegetables is that you avoid the dangers of chemicals. When you plant and care for your own garden vegetables, you know exactly what has been sprayed – or has not sprayed – on them.

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5 Ways That Living Off-Grid Makes You Happier And Healthier (And Even Extends Your Life)

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There are many reasons that people choose to live off-grid. One benefit we all share, however, is that an off-grid life actually can make us happier and even help us live longer.

There are many reasons for this. Here’s five:

1. It impacts what you eat.

Many off-grid homesteads grow, raise or catch a lot of their own food. This includes a robust garden and animals for meat. So we end up eating a lot of healthy food. Lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as protein from meat. This type of diet, low in refined sugar and low in processed food, is highly regarded by nutritionists and is recommended by experts for a healthier lifestyle.

2. It impacts what you don’t eat.

Conversely, by eating food raised naturally and locally, there’s a lot of bad stuff you don’t eat. For example, your fruits and vegetables aren’t drowning in pesticides. Your meat likely has been raised on wholesome foods and has no growth hormones or excess antibiotics. Your body thanks you.

3. It increases your physical activity.

America currently suffers from an epidemic — obesity. One-third of Americans are grossly overweight, while another third is slightly or moderately overweight. Obesity increases the risk of life-threatening health problems, including high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

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Since 1962, the number of obese people in America has doubled.

This is no surprise, as society left the rural lifestyle for the easier city life. But those of us who live off-grid maintain the type of lifestyle that reduces the risk of obesity. From chopping wood to shoeing horses to digging in the garden, our active lifestyle reduces the likelihood of life-threatening diseases.

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Physical activity also increases our mental health. It decreases the level of stress hormones while increasing feel-good endorphins like serotonin and dopamine. Physical activity makes us off-gridders feel good about our lifestyles.

4. It provides a boost of fresh air.

Most off-grid homesteads are in rural areas, away from the air pollution of modern cities. Elevated levels of carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and industrial air contaminants have been linked to many health issues. These include cancer, neurological and reproductive disorders, chronic eye and skin irritations, chest pain and breathing disorders.

5. It gets you out of the rat race.

Many off-gridders once had busy lives in modern society. But a hectic life in a fast-paced society can create stress. More than 40 percent of Americans say their stress levels have increased over the past five years. Stress can lead to physical symptoms like high blood pressure, chest pain, trouble sleeping, headaches and digestive disorders. It also worsens the symptoms of pre-existing physical conditions.

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Stress is harmful in another way. Sometimes people try and cope with stress by abusing alcohol or drugs. However, these narcotics tend to increase stress, along with all the health issues associated with drug abuse.

Final thoughts

Thousands of people have escaped the rate race and settled into a more rewarding and less stressful lifestyle. Not only does this make us feel better in general, but it also lowers the risk of long-term health issues.

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The Dirt-Cheap, All-Natural Way To Make Your Livestock Grow Faster On Less Feed

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Water is a crucial element of life. We sometimes spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars to ensure we have clean pure water for our family.

But what about our livestock? How clean is the water you provide for your animals?

I’ve been guilty of looking into a water trough and thinking, “Wow, that might need a good cleaning!”

Livestock will constantly drop bits of feed and dirt into the water trough when getting a drink. If it’s left unattended, then it’s not long before you’ll have some sort of anaerobic bacteria growing in the water.

This spells trouble for livestock. A good question to ask is: Would I drink out of that?

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One of the major battles in keeping any type of farm animal healthy and growing is managing the “bad bacteria” levels in the animals system. This is one of the reasons that sub-therapeutic antibiotics are used so heavily in modern agriculture. Of course, antibiotic over-use is fraught with side-effects. Two that come to mind are residues in the meat, and manure eliminating most of the good bacteria with the bad.

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If all we ever do is kill bad bacteria, as in the case of antibiotics, then we end up with a very compromised immune system — so much so that if the antibiotics are stopped, there is a huge risk of illness until the good bacteria is re-established.

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Good bacteria are aerobic. In other words, they flourish in high oxygen environments.

Bad bacteria are anaerobic and cannot survive in the presence of oxygen.

So, when we study the natural order of things, we find laws at work to help us keep our animals healthy. The closer we can mimic nature, the better. That’s the essence of natural farming.

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I was first introduced to the idea of using hydrogen peroxide (H202) — for something other than placing it on a superficial wound — more than 20 years ago. Peroxide is water with an extra oxygen molecule attached to it. Notice the extra “2” on its chemical name?

What if we could foster an environment that encourages the growth of good oxygen-loving bacteria and discourage bad oxygen-hating bacteria? And what if it actually helped them produce more milk and grow faster?

When we need to clean and disinfect things around the farm, such as watering and feeding equipment, we wash it with a solution of peroxide.

Most folks would stop there. After all, we hopefully killed all the bad bacteria in the watering trough. But what if we could encourage it to stay dead and encourage the growth of good bacteria if there is any present?

That’s where hydrogen peroxide comes in. On our farm we use a solution of 35 percent food grade and add a tiny amount to all our watering troughs on a regular basis (roughly 25-30 ppm). (The rule of thumb is adding 8-10 ounces of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide to 1,000 gallons of water.)

The organic farming company AgriSolutions reported that:

When hydrogen peroxide has been used for cattle, an increase in milk production and an increase in butterfat content have been reported. Farmers have also reported less mastitis in their herds. Pig farmers have reported that they have been able to market their pigs using less feed in a shorter growing time (as much as 30 days less). Turkey and chicken growers reported increased weight per bird using less feed. It is told that the reproduction rate of buffalo increases by placing hydrogen peroxide in the drinking water.

A word of caution here: Peroxide in concentrated amounts is caustic and will take the skin off your fingers or anything else you dump/spill it on.

Using peroxide as a water treatment is not new, and you can find studies around the Internet on poultry, cattle and swine.

While I believe hydrogen peroxide works great on our farm to keep livestock healthy, you should study it, try it and make your own judgment.

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The Surprising Way ‘Farm Life’ Keeps Kids From Getting Sick

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My children are almost never sick. They usually end up at the doctor’s office because they hurt themselves.

My wife and I have taught them the value of cleanliness and good personal hygiene, but we don’t rush them to the house every time they get their hands dirty.

I have embraced the same philosophy about high immunity with the kids as we do the livestock on the farm.

I believe if you work to keep the immune system strong, then when it encounters something foreign it can “learn from it” and recognize it in the future.

This philosophy is a radical departure from today’s germophobic society. Most people are using more antibacterial soaps, detergents and hand sanitizers than ever before. Society warns children not to get dirty and not to touch anything “filthy” — all in the name of trying to keep them healthy.

But researchers have observed the so-called “farm effect” — the low incidence of allergies and asthma in kids raised on farms — in central Europe for a long time.

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In fact, Dr. Mark Holbreich teamed up with European colleagues to learn more about why Amish children have such low rates of allergies and asthma.

The going theory is this early exposure to the diverse potential allergens and pathogens on a farm trains the immune system to recognize them, but not overreact to the harmless ones.

So it turns out that science may agree with my philosophy.

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It’s always good to have some research to back up your own convictions, but I think it’s pretty obvious if you look at it simplistically.

Amish kids are working on the farm at a young age. They are eating a lot of farm food and not nearly as much processed foods. Many of them are drinking raw milk as soon they are weaned from mom.

Contrast that with a child in front of the television or game system with very little biological diversity in a small backyard, and it can be tough to test your immune system as thoroughly as someone on a homestead farm who is introduced to all the little microbes (good and bad) that can be found there.

My advice: Let your kids play outside instead of trying to keep them as clean and sterile as possible and they’ll likely stimulate their immune system in ways that only nature can accomplish.

Here’s some tips to keep their immune system running at a high level:

1) Reduce sugar/fructose intake.

2) Eat off the farm — plenty of unprocessed pure foods.

3) Consume lots of good bacteria such as sauerkraut, kefir and other fermented foods.

4) Get plenty of sleep.

If you work on these four areas it can really give your children’s health a boost.

So take your kids outside and let them get dirty. If you don’t live on a homestead farm, then go visit one, or take them camping, hiking — something. It’ll do their immune system some good and their soul, too!

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Hawthorne- One of the sacred trees of the Druids, Celts and Herbalists!

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A beautiful and abundant tree known as one of the sacred trees of the Druids, Celts and Herbalists for thousands of years! Hawthorne Other common names- Mayblossom, Quick, Thorn, Whitethorn. Haw, Hazels, Gazels, Halves, Hagthorn, Ladies’ Meat and Bread and Cheese Tree. Latin- Crataegus spp. Parts used- Leaf, Flowers and Berries Constituents- Flavanoids, anti-oxidants, crateagolic acid, […]

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Health-Boosting Essential Oils To Get You Through The Holidays

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We’re now merely days from Christmas, and it is especially important to keep our immune systems in tip-top shape as we run around doing a flurry of activities and visiting people. In addition to more holiday errands, many of us also live where it is cold outside, which means more time in sealed-up homes and less time outside collecting Vitamin D from the sun’s limited winter rays.

It’s really no surprise that sickness seems to spread like wildfire this time of year. So what can we do?

Proper diet, sleep and personal hygiene practices all play crucial roles in supporting our immune systems. But we also can employ the help of essential oils – nature’s immune system supporters.

We can use these powerful plant compounds to not just treat ourselves when we come down with a bug, but to also help protect our immune systems proactively. Studies have shown that certain essential oils can keep our bodies healthy and help us to remain much more resistant to those disease-causing germs in the first place.

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Here’s some of the best essential oils for the job:

Clove. Clove oil exhibits antibacterial, antiviral and strong antiseptic properties. Clove oil also works to stimulate the immune system.

Lemon. Lemon oil has antiseptic properties and supports a healthy immune system. This essential oil also is great for purifying the air, and is useful in cleaning applications.

Cinnamon bark. Cinnamon bark oil exhibits antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, and is also an immune system stimulant.

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Eucalyptus. This oil also is known for its antibacterial, anti-infectious and antiviral properties, and also works as an expectorant and supports the health of the respiratory system.

Rosemary cineol. Rosemary is antiseptic and anti-infectious, and it also helps to ward off the flu, colds and viruses. Rosemary cineol essential oil also works great as an expectorant and exhibits high antioxidant properties.

When these five essential oils above are blended together and used regularly, they provide excellent immune system support during the holiday season, as well as throughout the rest of the year. Therapeutic-grade, commercially prepared blends of these five oils are available on the market from several essential oil companies.

Suggested Essential Oils for Specific Immune-Supporting Purposes

Suggested Oils for Supporting the Immune System Against the Flu:

Peppermint, rosemary, myrtle, eucalyptus, clove, copaiba, goldenrod, ginger, Idaho tansy (apply to bottoms of the feet), lavender, ledum, onycha (benzoin), orange, oregano, pine, sage, lavender, thyme and tsuga.

Suggested Oils for Supporting the Immune System Against the Common Cold:

Thyme, lemon, cedarwood, oregano, rosemary, rose and sandalwood.

Other Suggested Immune System-Supporting Oils:

Frankincense, geranium, clary sage, bergamot, pine, myrrh (with oregano), cypress, jasmine (for bacteria), juniper, fennel, lemongrass, melaleuca (viral), peppermint, ravintsara, rosemary (with myrrh for oral infection), spruce, basil, rosewood, patchouli, cassia, davana, elemi, eucalyptus, hyssop, marjoram, petitgrain, Roman chamomile, spearmint, spikenard, tarragon, sage lavender, copaiba, spearmint, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, fir, peppermint, mountain savory, lotus, cumin, tangerine, nutmeg, pink pepper and myrrh.

How to Use Essential Oils

There are four methods for using essential oils. They can be: 1) used aromatically (such as through an oil diffuser) in your home, office or car; 2) applied topically; 3) taken internally; or, 4) added to homemade cleaning products to help clean surfaces and to reduce the chance of spreading an infection around.

Some Words of Caution:

Some oils require dilution before applying to the body or prior to being taken internally, and only certain oils are recommended for internal use.

Be aware that only therapeutic-grade essential oils are recommended for internal use, and should only be used with the guidance of a qualified health practitioner. Therapeutic-grade essential oils are best for all applications, as lower quality oils may contain chemicals and solvents that can be harmful to your health. Lower quality oils also are likely to not be as effective as therapeutic grade oils in achieving your health and wellness goals.

Be sure to consult with a health practitioner to determine if essential oils are right for you and for your personal health condition(s). Not all essential oils are right for everyone, and those with serious health conditions should work with a qualified healthcare practitioner to determine the best solutions for their needs.

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12 Christmas Gifts for the Healthy Cook’s Kitchen

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Is anyone on your Christmas list trying to create a healthful, whole-foods kitchen?  Setting up such a kitchen doesn’t stop at the grocery store.  The right kitchen tools and appliances can make food prep creative, efficient, and fun.

Look to the following list to get ideas for your favorite healthy chef (or for dropping hints to your own “elves”).  The prices are accurate at the time of posting. but keep in mind that online retailers reserve the right to change prices from day to day.

Have a healthy, happy holiday!

Gifts under $20

 

Olive Oil Sprayer $10

Olive oil sprayer

Did you know that the cooking spray that the grocery stores tout as healthy contains flammable propellants like butane?  Make your own cooking spray with your favorite heart-healthy oil using the Misto Sprayer. You place cooking oil in the container, pump it manually, then spritz the fine mist as you would the store-bought sprays. I’ve had mine for 9 years and it’s still going strong.

 

OXO Salad Dressing Shaker $15

Salad dressing shaker

Kick chemical-laden store-bought salad dressing to the curb.  Make your own dressings quickly and easily – measurements are premarked.  You can store remaining dressing in this handy bottle.

Herb Scissors $16

Herb snips

Especially handy for those of us who grow our own fresh herbs, these special snips make quick work of finely cutting up your herbs. This pair comes with a handy little tool to remove the bits that stubbornly cling to the inner blades. (I just use my kitchen scrub brush for this.)

 

Gifts Under $50

 

Ceramic Blade Mandoline Slicer

Mandoline slicer

Use a mandoline slicer to make ribbon thin slices of vegetables and fruit for an unforgettable salad or presentation.  This one has a ceramic blade that never rusts or needs to be sharpened.

Spiralizer Vegetable Spiral Slicer $30

Spiralizer Christmas present

If you are gluten-free, reducing your carb intake, or increasing your veggie intake the Spiralizer is the kitchen tool for you. Watch this video to see how to use a spiralizer and check out this recipe for Zoodles Alfredo (made with zucchini noodles.)

Hamilton Beach Stack and Press Chopper $30

hamilton beach food chopper

Chop veggies with a press of your fingertips with this small countertop food chopper. Make a batch of salsa, chop veggies for relish, coarsely puree veggies, to thicken soup, or make coleslaw in seconds.  Because this one has a glass bowl, you never have to worry about it retaining odors of garlic or onions.  All of the parts that come into contact with your food can be popped into the dishwasher for easy clean-up.

Glasslock Food Storage Containers $33

Glass storage containers

 

Don’t taint your nutritious food by storing it in hormone disrupting, BPA-laden storage containers.  This 18 piece set has locking lids, making the containers ideal for your lunch bag.

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Oval Slow Cooker $30

 

Slow cooker (1)

If you don’t already have a slow cooker, you are missing out on one of the easiest methods of healthy cookery. You can use your slow cooker to make bone broth, delicious soups and stews, and for cooking roasts that will simply fall apart. What’s more, you don’t even have to be home.  There’s nothing nicer after a long day of work than walking into a house that smells like Grandma has been stirring pots on a hot stove all day.

Stoneware Muffin Pan $30

Stoneware muffin pan (1)

If you’re anything like me, you have searched high and low of a muffin pan that isn’t coated with toxic non-stick substances or made from aluminum.  The answer is stoneware. This muffin pan is made of the same type of material as pizza stones. It’s a bit heavy but it makes a delicious, fluffy muffin or cupcake. There’s no need for liners, as the surface is naturally non-stick. (Note: The shipping cost is $10 for this particular pan.)

 

Gifts Under $100

T-fal Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set $85

T-fal ceramic

Non-stick cookware can be toxic, leaching carcinogenic chemicals into your food as it heats up. This set by T-Fal is coated with ceramic and does not contain PTFE, PFOA, or cadmium, making it a much better choice.

Gifts Under $200

 

Meat Grinder $175

Meat grinder

The problem with the ground meat you get in the grocery store is that you just don’t know what’s in it. Some butchers use dyes and fillers to make their meat look more appealing, and others use the worst cuts of meat, since it’s less noticeable when you’re eating gristle if it’s ground. A meat grinder means that you always know what’s in your meatballs and burgers. This grinder also includes “stuffing tools” for making sausage. If the price of the electric meat grinder is too steep or if you are looking for off-grid culinary tools, you can go with a heavy duty manual grinder like this one.
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Ninja Ultra Kitchen System $200

Ninja

This is not just a blender…it’s like the Incredible Hulk of Blenders. It’s comparable to  a Vitamix without the $500 price tag. The kitchen system, pictured above has the blender canister, a food processor, a cough hook, and individual smoothie canisters that you can flip and drink from.

What are your kitchen splurges?

Share them in the comments below!

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Oregano Oil ~ Antibiotic Substitute

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 When we are talking about Oregano Oil we are not talking about the kitchen type oregano. The true Oregano to use is Origanum Compactum.

Here are some recipes to use for a natural antibiotic.

Recipe #1

10 drops of lemon essential oil

8 drops of mountain savory

3 drops of Oregano oil

Put into “00” Empty Gelatin Capsules and take 2 capsules 1 time a day

Recipe #2

4 drops of Oregano oil

2 drops of frankincense

12 drops of thieves ( proprietary blend)

Put into “00” Empty Gelatin Capsules and take 1 3 times a day

Recipe #3

5 drops of oregano oil

5  drops of thieves ( proprietary blend)

Put into “00” Empty Gelatin Capsules and fill the remainder of the capsule with peppermint oil. Take this with food , 2 times a day.

I am not a doctor and you need to seek medical council before trying something like this, but they are all natural and I have found that they work very well. I do not like the idea of going to a dr and them giving out antibiotics for every single thing! Not good at all. They give  out antibiotics a lot of times for stuff that doesn’t even need antibiotics.

Survival Mom DIY: Making Apple Cider Vinegar At Home

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DIY ACVI really love having fresh, raw, organic apple cider vinegar at home for all of its health benefits. If it can help me stay away from doctors offices or hospitals, I”ll take it. I want to avoid the Superbugs that live in those places. (I won’t even pick up those magazines they have sitting around, because sick people have been touching them).

It’s important to get the unpasteurized, raw, organic form. Pasteurizing apple cider vinegar kills the probiotics and beneficial bacteria found in the gelantinous substance called “The  Mother”. If you make it at home, it can be fun, easy, and practically free. I pick the apples from the apple tree in my back yard. They are small, sour, have some bugs, and not good for much of anything. Since they attract a lot of wasps, I decided to pick some of the apples off the ground and do something practical with them.

First, let’s go over some benefits, some of which are backed up by science and some that aren’t. There are home remedies made from apple cider vinegar that many people claim really work for them, even if science hasn’t documented it yet.

Home Remedies

According to WebMD: Carol Johnston, PhD, directs Arizona State University’s nutrition program. She has been studying apple cider vinegar for more than 10 years and believes its effects on blood sugar are similar to certain medications.

image“Apple cider vinegar’s anti-glycemic effect is very well documented,” Johnston says. The vinegar blocks digestion of some of the starch. “It doesn’t block the starch 100%, but it definitely prevents at least some of that starch from being digested and raising your blood sugar.”  I think that is amazing, but it doesn’t mean to increase unhealthy choices. After all, you don’t want to cancel out those health benefits.

Raw, organic Apple Cider Vinegar, (henceforth referred to as ACV)  can help eliminate Candida (yeast overgrowth) in your system. It is often blamed for fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yes…yeast infections. It also helps break up mucous, so it may help with allergies, sinus infections and other nasty things that go along with it like sinus headache and sore throat.

ACV may help both prevent constipation and diarrhea. (It must be those beneficial bacteria in there helping the G.I. system.)

Cleaning and Hygiene

I wipe down my counters with a solution of diluted AVC. After all, it is a disinfectant, and the vinegary smell goes away after it dries. I think it acts like a deodorizer as well.

I also clean windows with it, and wipe it with crumbled newspaper so it doesn’t leave a paper-like residue. It works just fine. My Grandma Angela taught me the tip about using newspaper instead of paper towels when I was just a kid.

Some people use a 3:1 ratio of water to ACV as a facial skin toner, and say it eliminates blemishes as well. Others said they put AVC on a cotton ball and applied to a wart and bandaged it overnight. I have not personally tried these things, but go ahead and experiment yourself.

We also use a few tablespoons in a quart mason jar of water for a hair rinse after shampooing. It makes your hair silky soft and glossy.

Eating

I have a AVC based salad dressing that I make that is really a health elixer. Yum!

  • Two to three parts ACV to 1 part Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I like a tangy taste, so I do 3:1) I fill a Mason jar 2/3 with AVC, 1/3 Olive Oil
  • 3-4 Garlic Toes crushed
  • 1/4 cup Raw Organic Honey (I use 1/2 cup)
  • 1-2 TBS Grated fresh Ginger
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

It solidifies a bit in the fridge, so leave warm up enough to be easier to mix just before you put it on a salad. I could actually just drink it straight out of the jar!

One of the health food stores I go to sells a popular well know brand of AVC. Under its shelf space there is a sign listing the following information:

Some of the health benefits of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar include:

  • Helps promote youthful skin
  • Helps remove artery plaque, infections, and toxins
  • Helps fight germs, viruses, bacteria, and mold naturally
  • Helps slow down the aging process
  • Helps keep blood the right consistency
  • Helps regulate menstruation, relieves PMS, and UTI’s
  • Helps normalize urine pH
  • Helps digestion, assimilation and helps balance pH
  • Helps relieve sore throats, laryngitis and throat tickles
  • Helps banish acne, athlete’s foot, soothes sunburns
  • Helps fight arthritis, and helps remove toxins and uric acid crystals from the joints, tissues and organs
  • Helps control and normalize weight

Make your own.

So, I decided it would be great to make my own at home. I began by washing the apples in the sink. Then, I filled my large Coleman cooler just over halfway with cut up apples, cores, and peelings. I mixed in a 4 lb. bag of sugar. I would have done 5 lbs, but now they make the bags smaller.

I covered it with cheesecloth for a few days and kept it in a cool place out of direct sunlight. This gives the natural yeast in the air time to come in contact with the apples and start multiplying in the liquid. Then I close the lid. Every few days, I open it to stir it, smell it, and look for the white mat of gelatin looking like substance: the “Mother”.

Over time (a few weeks), it turns into an alcohol, then into vinegar. I take the apples out around the one month mark, after they have settled to the bottom of the cooler. The remaining liquid remains. My vinegar usually takes four to six months before I think its ready. I like the nice deep amber color that develops. If I opt for jarring it up sooner, it is paler and not as strong because the flavor intensifies over time. It’s just your own personal preference.

Once, it’s ready, I set my cooler up on a chair and stick a bucket under the valve at the bottom. I open it and strain the liquid through a wire strainer lined with a coffee filter, layers of cheesecloth, or non-bleached natural Muslin. Low tech, but it works. After straining, I pour it into pint and quart Mason Jars. I add a little of the “Mother” back into each one. Sometimes even a few Apple Seeds!

I have heard some people who “can” their ACV, but I personally never have.  I have never had a batch go bad on me….yet.

If you do the following step, you may lose some of the probiotic benefits you’re aiming for. But, if you would like try it anyway, just warm it in an enamel lined pan at 150 degrees for 30 minutes and pour into your sterilized Mason Jars. You won’t be able to use this as a “starter” for more vinegar, so save some if you wish to keep any on hand. Give it a try, experiment with different methods, and you can soon enjoy your raw, organic, healthy, and cheap apple cider vinegar.