Happy New Year!
This year I resolve to be more SUPER!
When I fell in love with my dog Usha, I was fostering her because she had a doggie cold. Even though she was under the weather, it never affected her cheerful personality and exuberant energy. This girl loves to play. And play, and play. To Usha’s great pleasure, there’s an amazing dog park near us, and right next to the French Broad River to boot. Nothing like a great romp with friends, followed by a swim!
It’s dirty and fun, and watching dogs play is better than any t.v. show I’ve ever seen. Swimming all the time gave Usha some itchy skin though, which only got worse when I’d wash her with regular shampoo.
In my desire to make as much of my own products as possible, I came up with this recipe for her, which has been amazing. It’s mild, soothing, easy to make, and works great.
DIY Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
1 cup Oatmeal Water (directions below)
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 cup Castile Soap (I used Dr. Bronners lavender scent because I love the smell, and fleas don’t)
To make oatmeal water, put 1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned or quick cook) in a bowl and add about a cup and a third water. Let this sit at least 8 hours, overnight is what I did. Strain the water from the oatmeal, you can use a coffee filter, tea strainer, cheese cloth,whatever you have that’ll get the job done.
I strained directly into my storage container, which is a 33 oz. seltzer water bottle. Add your cup of vinegar and soap to the water, cap it and shake well, and you’re good to go!
It really does work wonderfully. Just a few tips: It’s not a high suds soap, but a little does go a long way. I also choose to store mine in the fridge, I don’t know if this is exactly necessary, but I know it can’t hurt. And give it a good shake before use, the ingredients will separate over time.
Bath time on the porch. 🙂
If you use it, or have a recipe that you prefer, I want to hear about it!
(Originally published 10/23/12)
Hydrogen peroxide is the only germicidal agent composed only of water and oxygen. Like ozone, it kills disease organisms by oxidation! Hydrogen peroxide is considered the worlds safest all natural effective sanitizer. It kills microorganisms by oxidizing them, which can be best described as a controlled burning process. When Hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic material it breaks down into oxygen and water.
Whiten Clothes – An Alternative to Beach
Add a cup of Peroxide to white clothes in your laundry to whiten them. Peroxide is great to get rid of blood stains on clothes and carpets. If there is blood on clothing, just pour directly on the spot, let it sit for about a minute, then rub and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
Your body makes Hydrogen peroxide to fight infection which must be present for our immune system to function correctly. White blood cells are known as Leukocytes. A sub-class of Leukocytes called Neutrophils produce hydrogen peroxide as the first line of defense against toxins, parasites, bacteria, viruses and yeast.
Rejuvenating Detoxifying Bath
Use about 2 quarts 3% Hydrogen peroxide to a tub of warm water. Soak at least 1/2 hour, adding hot water as needed to maintain a comfortable water temperature.
To cure a foot fungus, simply spray a 50/50 mixture of Hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.
Colonic or Enema
For a colonic, add 1 cup (8 ozs.) 3% H202 to 5 gallons warm water. (Do not exceed this amount) For an enema, add 1 tablespoon of 3% H202 to a quart of warm distilled water.
Soak any infections or cuts in 3% for five to ten minutes several times a day. Even gangrene that would not heal with any medicine has been healed by soaking in Hydrogen peroxide. Put half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus or other skin infections.
Bird Mites Infections
Patients infected by tiny mites report that hydrogen peroxide effectively kills the mites on their skins. They spray it on their skin a couple of times (with a few minutes in between the applications) with amazing results.
A tablespoon of 3% Hydrogen peroxide added to 1 cup of non-chlorinated water can be used as a nasal spray. Depending on the degree of sinus involvement, one will have to adjust the amount of peroxide used.
3% H2O2 is used medically for cleaning wounds, removing dead tissue, and as an oral debriding agent. Peroxide stops slow (small vessel) wound bleeding/oozing, as well.
Some sources recommend soaking infections or cuts for five to ten minutes several times a day. However, washing and rinsing action is sufficient. You shouldn’t leave the solution on open tissue for extended periods of time as, like many oxidative antiseptics, Hydrogen peroxide causes mild damage to tissue in open wounds. Therefore it is important to use with caution.
Healing Properties: Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. You will not have canker sores and your teeth will be whiter. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% Hydrogen peroxide into your mouth and hold it for 10 minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
Many people don’t realize that hydrogen peroxide makes a very effective and inexpensive mouthwash. Use 3% H202 – add a dash of liquid chlorophyll for flavoring if desired.
Use baking soda and add enough 3% H202 to make a paste.
Or, just dip your brush in 3% H202 and brush. Soak your toothbrush in Hydrogen peroxide to keep them free of germs.
Hydrogen peroxide is not a pain killer; however, as an anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal agent, it is effective at treating the pathogen that is causing the infection. The following is from my own personal experience: My dentist wanted to give me a root canal some time ago as one tooth was inflamed and, in her opinion, would die. I felt some discomfort but told her that I would give it chance to heal. I rinsed with hydrogen peroxide (several times a day) as well ascoconut oil (once a day). The discomfort went away and I have had no further problems with the tooth.
Having used 3% Hydrogen peroxide as a mouth wash for sometime ago, I am thrilled to note that my teeth have been beautifully and effortlessly whitened. I used to pay so much for professional whitening, those silly strips and uncomfortable trays. Live and learn.
NOTE: Do not swallow any peroxide. When the peroxide rinse is done, be sure to rinse out your mouth with water.
Peroxide is a bleaching agent and is used for lightened hair. Dilute 3% Hydrogen peroxide with water (50 / 50) and spray the solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, faddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually so it’s not a drastic change.
Hydrogen peroxide is used as a disinfectant in CIBA Vision’s Clear Care no rub contact lens cleaning solution, due to its ability to break down the proteins that build up on the lense from the eye’s immune response, resulting in increased comfort for those with sensitive eyes.
Sanitizing / Disinfectant / Cleaning
Straight or Diluted Hydrogen Perioxide
Clean your counters and table tops with hydrogen peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters. Use hydrogen peroxide to clean glass and mirrors with no smearing.
Keep a spray bottle of 3% (straight) to disinfect the interior of the refrigerator and kids’ school lunch boxes.
In the Dishwasher
Add 2 oz. of 3% Hydrogen peroxide to your regular washing formula.
Clean with Hydrogen peroxide when your house becomes a biohazard after its invaded by toxic mold, such as those with water damage.
Use 1 pint 3% Hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of water.
3% Hydrogen peroxide is the best stain lifter if used fairly soon – although blood stains as old as 2 days have been successfully lifted with Hydrogen Peroxide. Although it will bleach or discolor many fabrics. If a little peroxide is poured onto the stain it will bubble up in the area of the blood, due to a reaction with catalase. After a few minutes the excess liquid can be wiped up with a cloth or paper towel and the stain will be gone.
3% H2O2 must be applied to clothing before blood stains can be accidentally “set” with heated water. Cold water and soap are then used to remove the peroxide treated blood.
You can also add a cup of hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
Use as a vegetable wash or soak to kill bacteria and neutralize chemicals. Add 1/4 cup 3% H202 to a full sink of cold water. Soak light skinned (light lettuce) 20 minutes, thicker skinned (like cucumbers) 30 minutes. Drain, dry and refrigerate. Prolongs freshness.
If time is a problem, spray vegetables (and fruits) with a solution of 3%. Let stand for a few minutes, rinse and dry.
Add 1 ounce 3% Hydrogen peroxide to 1 pint of water and soak the seeds overnight. Add the same amount of hydrogen peroxide each time you rinse the seeds.
Read more– <3, Angie
(Originally published on 4/2/13)
Today’s modern home is loaded with toxic and polluting substances designed to make domestic life easier. In the US, 1 in 3 people suffer from allergies, asthma, sinusitis or bronchitis (US National Center for Health Statistics). Treatment for these conditions should include reducing synthetic chemicals in the home environment.
This cleaner is ridiculously easy to make, and works gently and effectively in every way you’d need it too, except maybe windows. It’ll clean them, but the citrus oil will leave streaks.
I know this recipe isn’t a new one, but in my opinion, if your only going to make one cleaner from scratch to replace something store bought and full of chemicals, this one should be it.
(Originally published 2/20/13)
I’m a huge tinkerer. I love experimenting, with recipes I eat and recipes for homemade cleaners and beauty products. Sometimes it is really confusing and time consuming to figure out and compare different recipes from different authors. It seems everyone has her own favorite measurement units. Cups, ounces, milliliters, teaspoons, tablespoons and drops… Yipes! For easier orientation here is conversion list for units frequently used in homemade recipes:
This list has saved me a million headaches, I hope it helps you out as well!
(Originally published 11/27/14)
Root cellars are for keeping food supplies at a low temperature and steady humidity. They keep food from freezing during the winter and keep food cool during the summer months to prevent spoilage. Typically, a variety of vegetables are placed in the root cellar in the autumn, after harvesting. A secondary use for the root cellar is as a place in which to store wine or home-made alcoholic beverages.
Vegetables stored in the root cellar primarily consist of potatoes, turnips, and carrots. Other food supplies placed in the root cellar over the winter months include beets, onions, preserves/jams, salt meat, salt turbot, salt herring, Winter squash, and cabbage.
In the days before fresh produce was available in supermarkets year-round, a root cellar was an essential part of every home. They’re a lost way of life and were once a crucial link in the subsistence chain. In one form or another, we may need to rely upon them once more — this time after the pole shift. Conditions might render a root cellar a luxury, but it’s an option we should be knowledgeable about.
Here are some excellent key points from the book “Root Cellaring” by Mike & Nancy Bubel. This book is a goldmine of information, and if you’re considering putting in a root cellar, it’ll walk you through every step.
This incredibly ambitious buried school bus cellar inspires thoughts of all kinds of buried junk; An old car, van, cargo container, or:
An old non-working refrigerator. A chest freezer would be great as well.
Beets and carrots store best buried in sand.
Cabbages hanging upside-down by their taproots. I love the cans, but stop stacking your home canned goods people! Safety first!
(Originally published 11/20/12)
Cabbage and I have never been great chums. I have many clothes-pin-to-the-nose memories of both my mother and grandmother boiling huge pots of cabbage at New Year’s. Besides the atrocious smell, I can’t stand mushy vegetables, so it’s no surprise that cole slaw has been my preparation of choice when it comes to cabbage. Still, I like to experiment with my veggies, and I thought I’d share my formula for roasting a whole head of cabbage.
I started playing with this because roasted Brussels sprouts make me deliriously happy. And hey, big cabbages turn out delicious too!
Tonight I started with this lovely savoy cabbage.
Cut the head into quarters.
This was a pretty small head, so it fit nicely on my toaster oven pan. Turn the root ends out since those are denser, this allows them to get more heat.
Next, drizzle the wedges with your favorite oil, I used a good olive.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then with a square of aluminum foil, cover the center of the wedges to protect the looser leaves from burning.
Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes, and check. You’re looking for the stem to be nice and tender, I like to still have a bit of crunch, just pull it out when it gets to the doneness that you like. There’s not an exact science here, because cabbage can vary in size, looseness, etc.
This is what mine looked like when I declared it done.
You have yourself a tasty side dish or light dinner.
My favorite pairing with these wedges are poached eggs.
The yolk makes a nice sauce and is a pretty yummy meal.
(Originally posted on 10/11/12)