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Not all Aloe Vera is Good For You

 

Looking at the ingredient list in most store bought aloe vera gels, and you’ll find things like drying alcohols, numbing drugs like lidocaine, and synthetic preservatives that can wreak havoc on your body.

Aloe is not necessarily a ‘bad’ culprit. However, with so many options that market ‘pure aloe vera’ it is important to read the labels for accuracy.  See where aloe vera falls on the ingredient listing; if it is not the first or second ingredient, it is probably not that high in pure aloe vera.  Applying an aloe vera gel may feel good; it is the drying alcohol as a coolant (and harmful for our skin), and a drug to numb the pain.  This type of aloe vera gel does not heal the skin; it just covers up the pain from the sunburn.

 

What is the answer?  If you have an aloe vera plant, you are already on your way to skin healing benefits.  The gel in the leaf of the aloe plant is high in antioxidant benefits, thus helping to heal the skin from the free radicals affecting it from a sunburn.

The best answer?  Sunscreen!  You may not feel or know you are sunburned until hours after sun exposure.  Be proactive, wear sunscreen, and reapply.

Write-Up is From Daisy Blue Naturals

 

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Weird Ways to Main Your Mouth

~ From the Institute of Natural Healing

Taking care of your teeth does more than keep them whiter. It keeps the rest of you healthy. It even prevents heart disease. As more research comes out, it becomes clear that the bacteria in your mouth can make a serious impact on the rest of your body. The secret to keeping a healthy heart may be a clean mouth.

But brushing and flossing may not cut it.  And if you’re using regular store-bought toothpaste and oral hygiene products, it’s really not enough. In fact, these products can be harmful. Most oral care products come with shady ingredients—like fluoride.

Using natural brands of toothpaste, skipping the fluoride, and flossing every day is a good start. But if you want to create the healthiest, brightest smile you can, here are 5 tricks you’ll never learn from your dentist.

1. Activated charcoal:

We all want white teeth. But bleaching your teeth is dangerous and expensive. Instead, use activated charcoal. It sounds crazy. This is the stuff that filters water and is even a poison remedy in emergency rooms.

But it’s also a little-known teeth-whitener. It pulls toxins and teeth-staining tannins from your mouth. And, more important, it may also prevent these toxins from making their way to your heart. Don’t use regular charcoal. Buy the activated kind that comes in capsules. Open one up and pour the contents onto a damp toothbrush. Brush your teeth and let it sit for a few minutes. Yes, your teeth will turn very, very black. No, it’s not permanent. Rinse thoroughly when you’re done.

2. Coconut oil:

This one’s pretty weird too. But it works. Coconut oil has some pretty miraculous health benefits. It also happens to be antimicrobial, which is great for treating minor wounds and skin conditions. This translates to your mouth, too. Using coconut oil in place of a conventional mouthwash is called “oil-pulling,” a process that kills bacteria naturally. It can kill Streptococcus and Candida, which cause tooth decay, inflammation, and secondary infections in the body.  These are some nasty bugs that you don’t want in your mouth—or your heart. Swish a tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil around in your mouth for about 15 minutes to see the benefits for yourself. Don’t swallow the oil when you’re done.

3. Vitamin D3:

You know that the sunshine vitamin fortifies your bones and keeps your hormones in balance. But it also helps to prevent tooth decay. A review of 24 clinical trials between 1920 and 1989 shows that getting enough vitamin D3 lowers risk of tooth decay by 50 percent. The studies include over 3,000 children in six different countries.4 Though its effectiveness has been a subject of debate among dentists, the data doesn’t lie. Foods like wild-caught salmon, eggs, and mushrooms are excellent sources of this vitamin.

4. Probiotics:

Probiotics can work wonders for your dental hygiene. They give good bacteria the tools they need to kill off the harmful kind. You want to stop harmful bacteria in their tracks before they can make their way to your heart. These good bacteria are especially effective at killing Streptococcus, which is responsible for cavities. They’re just as useful for fighting off bad breath and plaque.5 Supplementing with probiotics helps keep your gut and your mouth healthy. If you need some extra help, oral probiotic rinses are available too.

5. Xylitol:

You may already know xylitol as a safe, natural alternative to sugar. But it doesn’t just satisfy your sweet tooth—it actually protects it. Using xylitol in place of sugar in foods and drinks will prevent Streptococcus and other nasty germs from surviving in your mouth.6 You can also sprinkle it right on your toothbrush. This will lead to better breath and less plaque. But even better? It may also help prevent heart disease by keeping bacteria under control. Make sure that you get xylitol that is made from birch bark and not GMO corn.

Following these 5 steps may not make your trips to the dentist any more enjoyable… But it will make them less frequent. They’ll also keep your teeth strong and white while keeping you away from fluoride.

Most important, they may help reduce your risk for heart disease. A cleaner mouth may be the first step towards a healthier heart.

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Mail Holders

This is Pinecone’s Idea!

Cut a U-Shape from an Envelope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use your favorite gift wrap to cover the Envelope:

 

 

Cut a hole with a 3-hole punch in the Envelope then hang them up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insert your Mail or other documents:

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Organizational Boxes

I love Boxes and my Cats do too!  I like to use various sized boxes for many storage needs.  For papers and file folders I cut down a Large USPS Priority Box then decorate it with my favorite wrapping paper.  It makes it easy to find mail, magazine, notes, pens and various office supplies.  It keeps the clutter down and I can easily move the boxes with all its contents and best of all they make a great cat bed!  For drawers such as ones that go to a sewing machine I collected various sized boxes and small tupperware containers to store all the lose thread, needles and sewing / craft items.

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Paper Holders

I’m not really sure what to name this Invention.  My Mother invented this.  Take a clear sleeve and insert your paper (article, notes, inspirational quotes or whatever), then insert a hook through the top hole.  Hang however you want.  I hung these in my Kitchen onto a cute Bamboo Hook.  It holds recipes I want to try or other helpful Kitchen Tips / Gardening / Cooking Ideas.  Protects the paper from getting splashed with water, wrinkled or plain lost.

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Dishwasher Sign

Don’t buy a clean / dirty dishwasher sign just make one.   Simply design your graphic of a clean or dirty sign – print – laminate or tape the sides together – 3 hole punch the top and hang it from a suction hook on your dishwasher.

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Bean Sock – Heat Packs

Home made heating pads!

 

Buy 4 lbs of Beans.  I like Pinto Beans because Kidney Beans and Rice tend to stink up the house when microwaved.

 

Buy 2 pairs of log socks in various colors or designs.

 

 

 

Stuff socks with Beans and tie off with string.  Place in Microwave for 4 minutes and 20 seconds.

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Electrolytes & Hot Weather Pet Tip

– sent in by Pinecone

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Natural Household Cleaners

by daisyblue     Safe and Clean Information    |   PDF Version of 7 Safe Cleaners – DIY

Our favorite 7 natural cleaners, using ingredients found in your home!

What you will need:  empty bottle / spray bottle, water, vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, Kosher salt, natural soap, and a lemon!

  1. TOILETS

½ cup Baking Soda

10-20 drops Tea Tree Oil (#2507)

Add the above ingredients to your toilet.Next, add ¼ cup white vinegar to the bowl, and scrub away while the mix fizzes.

  1. DISINFECTANT SPRAY / MILDEW SPRAY

White vinegar – in a spray bottle

Spray direct on areas of mildew, and let sit 1 hour.Rinse with warm water, and use a sponge to remove any lasting bits of mildew.

  1. TUB/SHOWER/SINK SCRUB

¼ cup Baking Soda

¼ cup Natural Soap(DB Laundry Soap)

Mix together, and create a paste.Use paste as a natural scrub.

  1. CUTTING BOARDS

Cut a lemon in half, and run it over the surfaces.Let sit for 15 minutes, and rinse!

  1. POTS & PANS

Use Kosher salt as an abrasive on your pots and pans to naturally remove left on food & grease.

  1. NATURAL FABRIC SOFTENER

Mix 20-30 drops of essential oil of choice (we like lavender or a citrus) to a one-gallon jug of white Vinegar.  Add 1/3 cup to each load of laundry.Shake before use.

  1. OVENS

Heat the oven to 125°F. Once the oven is warm, grab your spray bottle of white Vinegar, and spray directly onto the affected areas.Turn off the oven and let it cool.Use a towel to scrub away the mess. If you need more cleaning, sprinkle baking soda or salt on the area, and spray with vinegar.Follow with a good rinse/wipe.

Cleaning should be FUN, not toxic.

Not ready to mix up your own cleaners?  Here are some options for you!

  • Daisy Breeze Laundry Soap – this all purpose, concentrated, laundry soap works for more than just laundry!  Laundry, Bubble Bath, Dish Soap, Doggie Shampoo, Deck Cleaner, Automobile Soap….and more!

Ingredients:Water, Saponified Olive Palm, Castor, and Coconut Oils, Essential Oils, Potassium Sorbate.

DB Citrus Laundry Soap, #7202, $20

APRIL ONLY Earth Day Sets (read more below, or in the Monthly Promos Article).

  • DB Clean Natural Cleaning Concentrate – natural cleaner that makes up to 48 gallons of cleaning power!  Works great for kitchen, bathroom, mirrors, windows, dishes, and floors!

Ingredients:Water, Saponified Olive & Coconut Oils, Orange Valencia, Tea Tree, Pink Grapefruit & Eucalyptus Essential Oils, Neem Oil, Rosemary Oil Extract.

DB Clean, #7209  $16

  • Lemon Oil – natural Citrus Limon Peel (lemon essential oil), is cold press extracted from the rind of lemons grown in California, and diluted to a safe to use amount in natural vegetable oil.  Safe to apply direct to the skin, making it a perfect companion to jazz up your cleaning.  Use as a furniture polish, add to your soaps for an added citrus boost, and add a few drops to water and make a refreshing room mist.

Lemon Oil, #2504  $19

 

 

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