Archive for February, 2013

February 21st, 2013

10 Unexpected Uses for Lemons: Kiss the Chemicals Goodbye!

You all know how much I love home made anything as long as you all start to stay away from chemicals in your home as much as possible. Trust me, you will notice a big difference after awhile. You sense of smell will become enhanced and you will start to smell things you didn’t know were around you. That is a good thing.
This article was brought to you by “Wake Up World”. My kind of words. Enjoy the information and I hope you all start to practice this information I put up. We can make our un-healthy environment so much better by doing just a few things around our homes.

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21st February 2013

By Amanda Schoonover

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Nature supplies us with some great stuff, no? Like lemons. In a lemon you can find a tangy compliment for any beverage, a flavor-enhancing ingredient for food, a deodorizer, a stain remover and plenty of other uses. Lemons are inexpensive, safe for human consumption and environmentally friendly. Grab a few on your next supermarket trip for these 10 common uses.

1. Laundry brightener

Add a half cup of lemon juice to your whites for extra brightening. That’s it!

2. Air freshener

I recently found an excellent tip that’s especially good for dry winter days: Fill a pot with water and place it on the stove top. Add lemon juice and peels along with cinnamon sticks, cloves and apple skins (all optional). Simmer for as long as you’d like. It really freshens the room while also adding a little moisturizing.

3. Hair lightener

Spritzing or squeezing a mixture of two-parts lemon juice and one-part water into your hair as you sit in the sun will gently lighten your locks. Enjoy a good book or just bask in the sunshine making vitamin D while your hair dries.

4. Cleaner

Squeeze lemon juice onto counter tops and in gritty places, like fridge drawers, followed by wiping down with a wet cloth. Add vinegar for an extra cleaning.

5. Stain remover

It may take some extra elbow grease, but it beats using heavy chemicals to get rid of stains. Plus, it doubles as an arm workout. Use a lemon, vinegar and water mixture to remove stains on your counter top, tub and more.

6. Guacamole savior

You know what makes me sad? Making fresh guacolomle only to have it brown. But there’s an easy fix! Squeeze some lemon juice on top (without blending) before popping it in the fridge to prevent browning. Lemon works as a natural preservative for plenty of other foods, too.

7. Grease remover

No need for harsh chemicals to remove the greasy film on your pots and pans — use a lemon! Squeeze juice onto the surface and let sit for five minutes. Then add some baking soda to easily scrub away the grime.

8. Scar and age spot lightener

Be very careful not to go out in the sun while lemon juice is on your skin. It will actually cause your scars to darken. But while I’m indoors, I like to dab a drop or two on any dark spots after showering. But just be aware: it will bleach your sheets.

9. Salad dressing

Forget salad dressings full of sodium, sugar and artificial flavors, encased in wasteful packaging. How beautiful is it that we can flavor our greens with one simple squeeze of a zingy lemon and a little olive oil? I love to squeeze half a lemon over my baby spinach instead of heavy dressings.

10. Water enhancer

While I love water in its natural state, a little lemon juice makes it a tad more exciting, while adding to it valuable nutrients. Lemons are an excellent source of calcium and also provide small amounts small amounts of iron, copper, potassium, and B vitamins. And don’t waste the skin! Grate the peel for a zest to bake into muffins, breads and other foods.

Also read: What’s The Best Water To Drink?

There’s really no need for harsh chemicals. Before you buy chemical-laden air freshener, toilet-bowl cleaner or bleach, consider tapping into the power nature with lemons. Most of nature’s ingredients are safe to humans, inexpensive and good for our world.

What are some other natural ingredients that you use daily? Now that I’ve “naturalized” my cleaning products, I’m about to move onto the beauty cabinet. Good thing I recently received some excellent tips from this article!

About the author:

Amanda Schoonover lives in New Jersey where she blogs, takes photographs and advocates for low-impact living. She loves to write about frugal, eco-friendly lifestyle choices and sustainability at her blog, a thrifty hippie. You can also follow along with her on Twitter at @athriftyhippie.

February 15th, 2013

8 Super Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds

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I found this in an article in Care2. They have quite a bit of good natural ideas.

If you enjoy sprinkling sesame seeds into your cookie batter, on your salads and in your stir-fries, you’ll be happy to know that you’re doing your health a big favor! Tiny, crunchy, nutty sesame seeds are a nutritional wonder. Here’s a glance at the wonderful ways in which they boost your health:
These little seeds are loaded with essential minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, phosphorus and calcium.
The zinc in sesame seeds promotes bone health and prevents osteoporosis later in life.
Among all the nuts and seeds commonly eaten across the world, sesame seeds have been found to contain the highest amount of phytosterols, which are known to lower bad cholesterol.
Sesame seeds increase your levels of Vitamin E, which plays a vital role in fighting disease.
Studies show that sesame seeds can improve the effectiveness of certain diabetes medication.
Sesame seed oil is known to reduce hypertension and ease stress.
The antioxidants in sesame seeds fight free radicals, thereby promoting youthfulness and strengthening the immune system.
A substance in sesame seeds has been found to inhibit the spread of many cancers.

Try these…
Whole-Wheat Crackers with Sesame
Kale Chips with Sea Salt & Sesame Seeds

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-super-health-benefits-of-sesame-seeds.html#ixzz2KylS48zf

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