Wednesday, November 9, 2011
It is that time of year again, where we face that dreaded coughs, sneezes, stuff noses and fevers. Never s fun time for anyone but I thought I would share a few tips to help make that time just a little bit easier.
- Make sure you get plenty of rest...this is the most important thing you can do for getting better
- Eat right...you should be eating those cold and flu foods regularly; chicken noodle soup os great for colds
- Sore throat...try drinking tea with lemon and honey added; gargle with 2 tsp salt in 1 cup warm water; enjoy a cup of licorice tea;
- Take supplements to help ease symptoms - Vitamin C, Echinacea and Zinc can help shorten the life of that cold or flu
- For stuff nose try using a saline spray, apply hot or cold packs to sinuses, use steam to clear them or apply some menthol cream under nose
- Stay warm and wear a hat, lose of body heat makes it harder for your body to heal itself
- Wash your hands often to prevent the cold from spreading to others
- Let your fever do it's job...instead of medicating a fever, let a moderate fever run it's course; fevers over 104 in adults, 100.4 in infants, or 102 in children should be seen by a doctor
- Try taking a natural remedy...elderberry juice is great for boosting immunity, and sage extract for an expectorant
- Drink ginger tea - add 2 teaspoons shredded ginger into a cup hot water and drink 2-3 times a day
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Has anyone ever tried Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap...ok I hadn't until today! Oh let me tell you that I just love this stuff!! I have looked forever to find the right scent that I wanted to try and after a lot of searching I finally found the one I wanted. Boy was that search worth it. I just have to say that I love, love, love this soap! It is unlike any soap I have ever used. To quote their site, it leaves your skin feeling "silky-smooth and refreshed"...I readily agree!!!
Normally when using body wash or soaps I always feel like they have left a film on my skin. I have enough issues with my skin to begin with and don't need to add to them. What you have to realize is that 3 years ago I was very badly burned on both my arms...a story for another time...and while that skin that was grafted is tough, it is also very sensitive.
18-in-1 Uses...from Dr. Bronner's FAQ
- Always dilute for Shave-Shampoo-Massage-Dental Soap-Bath!
- Peppermint is nature's own unsurpassed fragrant Deodorant!
- A drop is best Mint Toothpaste; brushes Dentures Clean!
- A dash in water is the ideal Breath Freshener & Mouth Wash!
- Peppermint Oil Soap for Dispensers, Uniforms, Baby, Beach!
- Dilute for ideal After Shave, Body Rub, Foot Bath, Douche.
- Hot Towel-Massage the entire body, always towards your heart.
- Pets, silk, wool & body tingles head to toe - keeps cool!
- 3 dashes in water rinse most Sprays Off fruit & vegetables!
- 1/4 oz in qt H2O is Pest Spray! Dash, no rash Diaper-Soap!
- Made in the USA...a very big plus for me!!!
- USDA Organic Certified
- Fair Trade Certified
- No synthetic foaming agents, thickeners or preservatives
- Completely biodegradable...camping here I come!!
- All vegetable based
- 8 scents to choose from: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Almond, Rose, Baby Mild, Citrus (my personal fav), Lavender, and Tea Tree
- 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Cylinder Bottle and Label
- 18-in-1 Uses...gotta test these!!!
- Had a hard time finding the fragrance in my closest selling store
- Saponified Organic Coconut Oil *
- Organic Palm Oil *
- Organic Olive Oil (with Retained Glycerine) *
- Organic Hemp Oil
- Organic Jojoba Oil
- Essential Oils
- Citric Acid
- Vitamin E
Where to buy:
I got mine at a semi-local health food store, so you make check your local store. It is also sold at Target, but they did not have the scent I was looking for and it was very hard to find in the store. You can also buy it online from Dr. Bronner's, but I would be careful purchasing it elsewhere online because of all the couterfeit products out there (just saying).
Monday, October 10, 2011
Live Ready Now is a great little informative blog that I just love!! They touch on all aspects of homesteading and living in a healthier way!! So grab a drink and head on over and check them out...oh and they are hosting a one year anniversary giveaway so don't forget to check that out to!!
Live Ready Now! Blog
Live Ready Now! Blog
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I have been gathering some links to some great sewing and craft tutorials. Grab a cup of tea and check them out! I will be adding to the list as time goes on, so make sure to come back and check it out often. If a link doesn't work please let me know!!
1. Junie Moon - tutorials are down on the right column
2. TipNut.com - DIY Projects and Tutorials
3. Amy Butler - Free patterns from Amy
4. Sew4Home - Loads of sewing Tutorials!!
5. BCC Cross Stitch - Free cross stitch patterns
6. jcaroline creative - How to's and project ideas
7. Everything your mama made and more - 1000+ Tutorials and patterns
8. AllFreeSewing - Free sewing patterns
9. CraftGossip.com - Sewing Tutorials from other sites listed here
10. ATimeToStitch - How To Insturctions
11. Craft Passion - How to Amiqurumi and loads of links for patterns and tuts!!