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Source: mizar5.com/Make_Your_Own_Vitamin_C.html

Vitamin C is much more than just “ascorbic acid”. Citrus fruits have rutin, hesperidin, bioflavonoids, monoterpenes and limonene essential oils in their pulp and peel.

  • Use organic citrus fruits (grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, lemons, limes)- consuming concentrated pesticides is a BAD idea…
  • Cut the peels into thin strips; lay out on cheesecloth with none of the peels touching each other. Let dry for a couple of days. Alternatively dry in a dehydrator.
  • Grind in coffee grinder or VitaMix to make a powder. Add to drinks or food. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Start slow. If you take too much, you’ll get diarrhea… no one wants that. Use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon max.

*Info provided for educational purposes only!

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Natural Mouthwash

Source: frugallysustainable.com/2012/02/antiseptic-homemade-mouthwash-recipe/

Basic Mouthwash: 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 3 drops peppermint essential oils. Mix all ingredients in a glass jar and shake well. Swish in mouth, then spit out. Store on bathroom counter.

Old-Fashioned Disinfectant Mouthwash: 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Combine ingredients and store in a glass jar. Shake well prior to use. Swish mixture in mouth, then spit out. Will keep indefinitely on the counter.

Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash: 1 part hydrogen peroxide mixed with 1 part water. Swish mouthwash in mouth, then spit out. Mix enough for single use and discard extra solution.

Lemon Whitening Mouthwash: Not really a mouthwash, but you can rub a piece of lemon on stained teeth for a whitening effect.

Herbal Mouthwash: Create an herbal infusion by steeping 2 cups of boiling water, 1/2 ounce of whole cloves, 1 ounce of Oregon grape root, and 1 ounce of rosemary in a pint-sized glass mason jar, overnight. In the morning strain the infusion using a piece of cheesecloth. Swish in mouth, the spit out. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Will keep for 1 week.

Simple Essential Oil Mouthwash: To 1 cup of water add 20 drops of either cinnamon, clove, wintergreen, or tea tree oil. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar. Shake well prior to each use in order to distribute the essential oils. Will keep on the bathroom counter indefinitely.

Antiseptic Homemade Mouthwash: 

Combine all ingredients in a pint-sized glass mason jar and shake well.

  • 5 ounces Rum or Vodka
  • 4 ounces water
  • 1/2 ounce vegetable glycerin
  • 1/2 ounce powdered myrrh gum
  • 5 drops essential oils of cinnamon
  • 5 drops essential oils of clove

*Due to the alcohol content, can have a drying effect. Don’t use every day. Shake well prior to use. Swish in mouth, then spit out. Will store in glass jar on bathroom counter indefinitely.

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Tooth Powder

The usual tube of toothpaste presents many hazards. Sodium lauryl sulfate is irritating to gums, fluoride is NOT all it’s cracked up to be (and quite a challenge for the body to handle in large amounts), artificial colors/flavors, unpronounce-able chemicals and some toothpaste contains sugar (?!).

Try these recipes for Tooth Powder! They’re cheap and will make you feel quite exotic:

BASE POWDER:

  • 3 parts Baking Soda
  • 1 part course grind sea salt (Real Salt or Celtic Sea Salt)
  • Optional: montmorillonite (french) clay (helps scrub and reduce stains)

MEDICINAL BITS

  • Clove essential oil: gum healing properties
  • Tea tree oil: germ-killing
  • Myrr powder: germs-killing

FLAVORINGS:

  • Essential oils: peppermint, cinnamon, fennel, basil… anything you like
  • Stevia

SAMPLE DIRECTIONS (your method and ingredients will vary according to your unique tastes)

  • Fill a jar 3/4 of the way full with baking soda.
  • Add salt to almost fill the jar.
  • Add a half teaspoon of clay (optional).
  • Pour into a larger jar, add 8 drops cloves and 3-5 drops tea tree.
  • Shake!
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-4 parts bentonite clay
-1 part baking soda
-1/2 part myrrh gum powder
-1/2 part ground cloves
-1/2 part ground stevia
-essential oils of cloves and cinnamon

Directions

1. Add all ingredients to a mason jar. Tightly close the lid and shake jar until well combined.
2. To use, apply a small amount of tooth powder to your tooth brush with a spoon and brush as you normally would.

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Freezable Foods

Source: www.simpleorganizedliving.com/2011/02/10/freezable-foods/#ixzz1v8R7DMgN 

Baked Goods & Baking Supplies

  • Breads, Buns, Muffins, and Rolls: Double-bag to prevent freezer burn; should be fine for several months
  • Granola: freeze it in mason jars or zip-top bags.
  • Chocolate: they keep for much longer this way and taste “fresher”.
  • Nuts: Freezing keeps oils from going rancid.
  • Flour and Sugar: Great in the summer when weather is more humid.

Dairy: most dairy products should keep for at least 6 months

  • Butter/Margarine: Just stick the whole package in the freezer and remove when you’re ready to use.
  • Block Cheese: Slice and shred it before you freeze it, otherwise it will crumble.
  • Cream Cheese: Might be a bit “lumpy” after it defrosts but it still tastes the same.
  • Milk: Might be helpful before a vacation. Pour about 1 cup of milk out before freezing because it will expand.
  • Yogurt: Let it defrost a bit before eating so it’s really creamy.

FruitBefore freezing fruit, make sure it’s washed, dried, and divided up into smaller portions. This will make it easy to quickly grab what you need without defrosting the entire batch. Fruits should keep for up to a year if properly sealed.

  • All Fruits: You can pretty much freeze any fruit you plan to use in smoothies because it will get mashed up anyway, however, don’t plan on freezing fruit simply for eating — it will be really soggy.
  • Berries: great for pancakes and smoothies. 2-cup containers of crushed berries can be used for making jam, ice-cream toppings or, for berry shortcake.
  • Bananas: Peel rotten bananas and put 4 in a bag or freezer container {most recipes call for 3-5 bananas}
  • Jams and Jellies: Freezer jam is a much easier way to go.

Herbs: Freeze fresh herbs in ice-cube trays to use for soups, stews, and casseroles later in the year. Here’s a free Herb Reference Sheet that explains how you can use and preserve different herbs.

Veggies: List of 20 different vegetables and how to freeze them: Vegetable Freezing Worksheet

Meals
  • Soups, Stews, and Broths: Divide into 1 or 2 cup portions so they defrost quicker.
  • Casseroles: Lasagna, fajitas,enchiladas, chicken dishes… Make sure all the ingredients are fully cooked before you freeze. Just defrost and bake as normal.
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Meat: You can freeze cooked meat, raw meat, ground meat, shredded meat, “whole” meat, etc. Just make sure it’s properly sealed to prevent freezer burn.

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http://www.meetpenny.com/2012/04/recipe-pork-peppers-crock-pot-bag/

Just put everything into the freezer bag. Then, toss it around just a bit to make sure everything is coated well. Place it in the freezer until needed.

Plop contents it right into the crock pot frozen. At mid-day, give it a little stir to separate the pork chops. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours.

Or, thaw your bag in the refrigerator first. Cut your cooking time to 6-7 hours.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 pork loin chops
  • 1 onion, cut in chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bell peppers, assorted colors, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Salt and pepper the pork chops.
  2. Place the pork chops and all ingredients into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Release the air and seal. Toss gently to distribute the ingredients. Freeze.
  3. Remove from the freezer. Take the ingredients from the bag and place them in a slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Serve over rice and with hot sauce, if desired.

 

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Sleep Remedies

Source: http://wellnessmama.com/2582/sweet-dreams-sleep-tincture-recipe/

SLEEP Tincture Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP dried Yarrow flowers (relaxing and nutrient packed)
  • 2 TBSP dried Catnip (naturally calming)
  • 2 TBSP dried Oatstraw (also helps with bed wetting)
  • 2 TBSP Chamomile flowers (calming and relaxing)
  • 1 TBSP dried Mint leaves
  • 1 TBSP dried Hops flowers
  • 1 TBSP dried stevia leaf
  • boiling water
  • 2 cups 80 proof or stronger vodka or rum
  • glass quart size canning jar with airtight lid

How to Make Sleep Tincture:

  1. Put all herbs in glass jar
  2. Pour boiling water to just cover the herbs and mix well
  3. Fill the jar the rest of the way with alcohol (don’t use rubbing or grain alcohol!)
  4. Cap with airtight lid and leave in cool, dark place for at least 2 and up to 8 weeks, shaking daily.
  5. After several weeks, strain the herbs out and store in small tincture bottles for use as needed.
  6. Normal dose is 2-3 droppersful for adults and 1 dropperful for kids over two.

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