Saw Palmetto (Really!) Works for Hormonal Acne in Women

Saw Palmetto is a wonderful herb that has shown from many testimonials its effectiveness to treat and prevent the occurrence of hormonal acne.

How hormonal acne works:

Everybody, male and female, has both male and female sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone (as well as others) in their bodies. Men usually have more male sex hormones, and women usually have more female sex hormones. Sometimes an imbalance can occur for various reasons, and the body produces an excess of the opposite sex hormones, or the body doesn’t produce enough of the right sex hormones. Read more…

Make Your Own Effective, All-Natural Eye Makeup Remover

Removing cosmetics without scrubbing is important to avoid damaging your skin. Castor oil is excellent for removing eye makeup without scrubbing or using harsh soaps or chemicals.

In this recipe, it is combined with two other natural oils that help remove makeup while conditioning your skin and eyelashes.

Even mascara glides off effortlessly with this light oil mixture.
Read on for recipe…

Edibility of Wild Plants

Below is a link to a guide where you can learn how to distinguish types of edible/poisonous plants growing in the wild, as well as proper edibility testing methods for plants you come across.

Before you continue, please read below…I do NOT want to be responsible for someone accidentally poisoning themselves! 😦

This is to be used as a guide for -survival situations-. Continue reading…

Amazing Cloves and Clove Oil

It’s the weekend (or, like me, you are on vacation in the middle of the ocean) and your tooth starts to hurt. The pain has become so bad you can not eat, can not concentrate and whoa! you can not even enjoy yourself and have fun. What’s a gal or guy to do?

Let me let you in on a secret: you can temporarily mitigate the pain and suffering with oil of clove, an inexpensive and readily available essential oil. Here is what you do: Read more…

Essential Vitamins: Roles & Functions in the Human Body and Common Food Sources

The following is a list of vitamins essential to human bodily functions, and foods that contain them in large to moderate amounts. Everyone needs all of these (some on a daily basis) in order to keep their bodies working properly. If you can not get some of these vitamins from diet alone, supplementation is necessary.

Read on for full list…

Composting: Free Natural Fertilizer

If you grow anything at all (even grass!), then composting is one of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your plants. It’s natural, free, good for the environment and wastes almost nothing.

Plants naturally shed seeds, leaves, etc, and feed themselves by absorbing from the soil the nutrients that the waste leaves behind.

You can “shed” all kinds of materials to be broken down for your plants yourself, including fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, tea leaves, eggshells, grass, straw; and even paper.

Below is a chart of materials you can compost and how to mix them. Read more…

Reblog: The controversy of genetically modified foods (GMO)

Visiting the River

Bananas: Good Mood Food

So you’re depressed. Maybe you’re just feeling ‘under the weather’.

The amino acid tryptophan helps your body make serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood. Low serotonin = low mood; high serotonin = well, it won’t make you ‘high’ but it will improve your mood. Human bodies need vitamin B6 to help convert tryptophan to serotonin. Bananas contain both tryptophan and vitamin B6 in large amounts.

So it’s very simple … just eat more bananas! 🙂 Read more…

How To: Make Your Own Oatmeal Glycerin Soap

Glycerin soap is loved by people with sensitive skin, skin conditions such as acne and eczema, and mothers (for her baby’s ultra-sensitive skin). Glycerin soap has a lower pH than other soaps which is more in balance with the skin’s natural pH levels, helping the skin maintain its natural moisture. It is also hypoallergenic as well as hygroscopic (honey is also hygroscopic). Hygroscopy is the ability of a substance to attract and hold water molecules from the surrounding environment. So, you see how this would be beneficial for dry skin.

It can more than handle full body application in the shower, and is also gentle enough for a face wash. Make your own all-natural soap– trust me, you’ll be glad you did!


Read on for recipe…

Body Detoxification: Tips and Top Ten Foods

Detoxification is the process of removing toxins from the body or cleaning the blood. It does this mainly by the liver removing impurities from the blood, where toxins are processed for elimination. By giving your body nutrients found in natural, healthy (they’re called healthy for a reason) foods,  you can help your liver out by giving it what it needs, and help your other organs clean themselves and flush the toxins out of your body.

Once you begin a detox diet, you will start feeling better all over, you will have more energy, your skin will clear up, your digestion will be normal, and your mind will be sharper among many, many other things. You might even notice some medical conditions caused by diet clearing up (you’d be surprised to know just how much your diet affects you).

When starting a detox, if these foods are not a big part of your normal diet, then work them in gradually to avoid feeling a little worse before you feel better, as your body would have a chance to acclimate to all the changes taking place in it. Make sure to drink lots of water to flush the toxins out as they are removed from your tissues by the enzymes and vitamins in the detox foods. It is recommended that you stick to a regimen of mainly fruits and vegetables. If you are having a hard time staying away from meat, fish and lean chicken in small amounts are ideal choices. Stay away from processed foods and sugar completely, and no alcohol…unless it is one glass of red wine a day.

Below is a list of the top ten foods or food groups that are essential to a successful detoxification.

Read on for top 10 foods…

Sprout Your Way to Good Health!

Many would never think to eat sprouts that you’d normally just plant in the garden, even though Asian cultures use sprouts regularly in cooking.

They are very, very good for you, and really low cost too, at just a few cents a serving.


Read on for health benefits and recipes…

The Triad of Natural Cleaning Wonders

Baking Soda, Vinegar, and Lemon Juice!

They were what your mother and grandmother used; and with good reason! They make excellent cleaning products, are cheap, and are good for you and the environment.

WHITE VINEGAR:

Vinegar is the best multipurpose cleaner there is, in my opinion. When using vinegar to clean, always dilute with an equal amount of water. Store in a spray bottle for easy use. Don’t worry…the smell disappears as the vinegar evaporates and dries. Read more…

Tooth Whitening using Baking Soda

Coconut Oil is Great for Anything!!!

Coconut oil is one of natures most generous gifts to humans. It has so many different benefits for so many different parts of the body. These benefits can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial, etc.

You can take coconut oil both internally and externally to relieve and cure a large variety of ailments. You can also use this to cook with without losing any nutritional or medicinal value due to its high heat tolerance.

  • When taking coconut oil, the best and most effective kind to get is organic extra virgin coconut oil. It will be in the supplements section at any superstore or health food store.

Lots of research has been done on the subject of Fatty Acids and Monogycerides. Read on for proven cures…

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