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Dec 07

Winter Emergencies

Winter Emergencies 

Snow Shoveling

Do you live in a cold climate? Here are a few tricks for winter emergencies that make your life a little easier.
Need to leave and your car lock is frozen? Have a lighter handy, hold it’s flame to your key for a few seconds and then unlock your car!

Spray your shovel with nonstick cooking spray before shoveling, snow will slide right off!

You can make your own de-icer by  mixing 1 tsp Dawn dish washing liquid, 1 tbsp rubbing alcohol and 1/2 gallon warm water.

Use your porch as a refrigerator! As long as it is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit outside, you can store fruits and vegetables in a cooler!  Keep animals away and watch the temperatures, if it gets too cold, you don’t want to freeze them!

Stuck with your car? Sprinkle cat litter or bird seeds under the tires to gain traction!

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Sep 20

Natural Earache Remedy : Onion Wrap

Natural Earache Remedy

Onion

Earaches can be very painful and come on very suddenly.
The reason for the pain is quite simple.
Through the accumulation of fluid and the clogged Eustachian tube, the pressure equalization in the middle ear can no longer take place. The Eustachian tube is normally filled with air, but when the air is replaced by the body through the liquid, the resulting pressure on the eardrum causes the pain.
The underlying disease is simple, most of the time. In principle, the ear has a cold and is plugged up. The cause is usually a virus. Therefore, antibiotics are not useful since they work on bacterial infections only.They eliminate neither the pain faster nor reduce the risk of complications.
If you are also running a fever and the wrap does not bring relief in a couple of days, do see your doctor though to rule out an bacterial infection.

How does an Onion Compress (Wrap) work

The objective of the compress is to get the onion fumes in the ear.
The essential oils of the onion have a strong expectorant, the build up of secretion is thus eliminated and the pressure and the pain subside.

What you need for an Onion Wrap

Of course onions. One or two are sufficient, the kind that make you cry, are the best! You also need a cotton sock or a cotton handkerchief or towel.
Peel the onion and cut it into small pieces. Fill the pieces into the (clean) sock or fold them into the handkerchief or towel.

Warm Wrap

The preferred application is a warm wrap. Place the onion pieces into a microwave until warm (times vary by Microwave and how many onions you have, start with 30 seconds or so). Make sure they are not too hot before placing on ear, you should only have one layer of cotton fabric between the onions and the ear, so the oils and fumes can reach the ear. Do not try to stick onion pieces into the ear canal.
Place the onions (in sock or cotton material) on the ear, wrap something around to keep in place, like a bandana, hat or scarf or another towel. It’s easiest if you lay down so the wrap will stay in place.
If you do not have a microwave, heat the onions with steam, do not place them in water or they will loose their oil.
Leave on ear for up to an hour!

Cold Wrap

Use a rolling pin or something similar, like a bottle for example, to crush the onions just a little to release the oils. Place them on the ear and secure with a headband, hoodie or lay on them.
Sore Throat
The onion wrap also works wonderfully for a sore throat, you will need more onions and a larger piece of cotton of course, the rest of it is the same as with the wrap for the ear.

Aug 31

Spaghetti Ice Cream Dessert

Spaghetti Ice Cream

Spaghetti Ice Cream

Looking for something different for a yummy dessert?
Try Spaghetti Ice Cream! It is made with Vanilla Ice Cream, homemade Whipping Cream, Strawberry Sauce and White Chocolate! Check out the Website, it  has all the resources you need, instructions, recipes and an “How to Video”!
Visit the website at www.spaghettiicecream.org

 Watch the Video  How to make Spaghetti Ice Cream

In order to make this delicious dessert, you need a ricer.
SpaghettiIcecream.org offers a variety of ricers, but this particular one is top of the line!
Durable, dishwasher safe and made in Italy!

Ricer

Ricer




Jun 04

Sunburn and SPF, UPF, UVA and UVB

Protect Your Skin from a Sunburn

SunhatDid you ever hear people say: ” I can’t tan, I have to burn first ?”  Well, I have seen plenty of lobsters out there, and you really don’t need to look like one, to tan.

A friend of mine, a red head, notorious for sunburns, goes on a cruise once a year. She usually burns, and figured, why even bother with sunscreen? I explained the whole SPF thing to her, and she decided to try it. On her next cruise, she slapped on the sunscreen, tried to stay out of the sun during peak sunburn hours (10 am – 4pm) and got a nice surprise!  For the first time, she did not get a sunburn and she had a nice little tan ! She did, however, burn her lips, she did not think to put a lipstick or lip balm with a sunscreen in it, on. So it is possible to tan without getting burnt, even for red heads.

Of course, having a tan means you have sun damage, unfortunately.

Sunscreens  are products combining several ingredients that help prevent the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation,UVA and UVB, damage the skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. Sunscreens vary in their ability to protect against UVA and UVB. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It has wavelengths shorter than visible light, making it invisible to the naked eye. Ultraviolet A (UVA) is the longer wave UV ray that causes lasting skin damage, skin aging, and can cause skin cancer. Ultraviolet B (UVB) is the shorter wave UV ray that causes sunburns, skin damage, and can cause skin cancer.

We all need to put on sunscreen every day.Infants need to be kept out of direct sunlight until they are 6 months old. Keep them in the shade and cover up their skin. After that, they may be able to use sunscreen (check with your pediatrician). They should always wear a sunhat when they are outside.

For women it’s easier, since a lot of day creams and make up have sunscreen in it already. I guess there are even after shave lotions now, that have sunscreen in them.That’s only good enough for every day use though, if you are going to be outdoors for longer periods of time, you need to cover your whole body with sunscreen! Use about a shot glass full of lotion at a time. You need to reapply every 2 hours, especially after swimming and toweling off, or sweating a great deal.

In Hawaii, I have observed a lot of (mostly Japanese) women, who are covered from head to toe and also carry an umbrella with them, they don’t want to take any chances. That is, of course, the best protection, clothing ! Not all clothing is created equal though.UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and indicates how much of the sun’s UV radiation is absorbed. A fabric with a rating of 50 will allow only 1/50th of the sun’s UV rays to pass through. This means the fabric will reduce your skin’s UV radiation exposure significantly, because only 2 percent of the UV rays will get through.  The easiest way to test if a fabric can protect your skin is to hold it up to the light. If you can see through it, then UV radiation can penetrate it – and your skin.The color of the fabric also plays a role. Darker-colored fabrics are more effective than lighter at blocking out the sun. For instance, the UPF of a green cotton T-shirt is 10 versus 7 for white cotton, and a thicker fabric such as velvet in black, blue or dark green has an approximate UPF of 50.

Always wear a hat, and of course sunglasses !!

SPF means sun protection factor.Most sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher do an excellent job of protecting against UVB. SPF  is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. Here’s how it works: If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer — about five hours.

SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 keeps out 98 percent. They may seem like negligible differences, but if you are light-sensitive, or have a history of skin cancer, those extra percentages will make a difference, and as you can see, no sunscreen can block all UV rays. Sunscreen, regardless of strength, needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.  “Reddening” of the skin is a reaction to UVB rays alone and tells you little about what UVA damage you may be getting. Plenty of damage can be done without the red flag of sunburn being raised. Don’t think that you are OK on a cloudy day,up to 40 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation reaches the earth on a completely cloudy day. This misperception often leads to the most serious sunburns, because people spend all day outdoors with no protection from the sun. You can also get the UV rays in the winter, snow reflects the rays, just like water does, and makes them even more potent.So don’t forget sunblock in the winter.

That’s why it is so important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen,offering protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Mar 22

Passionflower

Passionflower

PassionflowerThe Passionflower is a natural remedy for anxiety and insomnia.
This plant is native to southeast America, but is also grown in Europe now.
It is available in various forms, Infusions, Teas, Liquid Extracts, Tinctures and Capsules.
Studies of people with generalized anxiety disorder show that passionflower was as effective as some chemical drugs in treating symptoms.
According to folklore, passionflower got its name because its corona resembles the crown of thorns worn by Jesus during the crucifixion.
Herbs are a natural approach to treat ailments and strengthen the body. They  can interact with other herbs or medications  you take though, so check with a doctor before taking  herbs if you are on prescription medication or are taking other natural substances.
I have personally tried Passionflower and it helped me to relax and be able to sleep at night.

 

 

Feb 28

Loose Weight by eating Soups

Loose Weight by eating Soups!

SoupSoup is a comfort food, makes you think of Grandma’s Home Cooking and even helps you get over a cold! There is nothing like a pot of Chicken Noodle Soup to make you feel better.
But Soup is more than that! It can actually help you loose weight. A 2014 study concluded, that soup eaters have smaller waists than people who do not eat soup.
Broth based soups have less calories than cream soups, so try and stick with them if at all possible! If you do have a craving for something heartier, look for low-fat milk or low-sodium broth.
Add your own vegetables for some extra fiber!
Get in the habit of having a bowl of soup before dinner! It takes your brain 20 minutes or so to realize, that you had enough to eat! That is why you have that “stuffed” feeling when you eat too fast, you do not give your brain the chance to register that your stomach is full and send out the message to stop eating.
By eating soup first, you have a little break between courses (and fill your stomach some), which gives the brain more time to realize that you had enough to eat!
Here are a couple of cookbooks I discovered, that can help in your efforts.

The Stop & Drop Diet shows you how to eat healthy versions of the foods you love so you can drop up to 5 pounds in 5 days!


Have you ever tried Cold Soup? Check out the recipes in these books!

Jan 24

Detox with Schüssler Salts/Cell Salts

Detox Your Body

Salt 6The days are getting longer again, Spring is on it’s way soon.
We tend to eat more fatty foods during winter, have more snacks and maybe a little more alcohol, so it’s time to Detox Your Body and get it back into top shape!
The right combination of Schüssler Salts or Cell Salts, support the process and kick Your Metabolism in gear.
You will feel better, have more energy and improve the look of your skin. You will also support your body’s self healing power.
These are the Salts you need:

  • Natrium Sulfuricum D6  (Schüssler Salt 10)

  • Kalium Sulfuricum D6 ( Schüssler Salt 6)

  •  Calcium Sulfuricum D6 (Schüssler Salt 12)

Start in the morning with Natrium Sulfuricum, it helps get rid of excess water and supports bowel function.
At noon, it’s time for Kalium Sulfuricum, which fights chronic infections and regenerates the skin.
Calcium Sulfuricum gets taken in the evening. It has an anti-inflammatory effect and supports the growth of cells. It helps to regenerate the 
mucous membranes and supports bowel function. It also gets your Metabolism going.

How do you take the Salts?

Its recommended to dissolve 3 tablets in hot water and drink it, one swallow at a time. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help get rid of toxins.
If you are not able to dissolve the tablets in water because you are out and about, take them with you and dissolve 2 tables under your tongue. 

Remember that Schüssler Salts might have a different number  than other manufacturers of cell salts do.
Always double check the name of the cell salt.

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