Great uses for White Vinegar!

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For centuries, people have been using white vinegar to clean and protect their homes. The Chinese believed that vinegar was a tonic capable of increasing vitality and strength, while also containing healing properties. The magic ingredient is acetic acid. However, this ingredient is only about 5% of the finished product. Though there are many types of vinegar now on the market, white vinegar has the most diverse list of applications and uses. Many homes are choosing to go green with white vinegar. As well as being environmentally friendly, safe, and non-irritating to allergies, it saves you money.

Kitchen

  1. Try adding a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water with poached eggs. The white vinegar helps the whites of the egg stay formed. Even if any shells are cracked or crack in the boiling process, the whites will not leak out.
  2. White vinegar can help wilted vegetables. First, soak the leafy greens in cold water with a little white vinegar. As a result, the greens will perk right up
  3. To get that seemingly impossible onion smell off your hands after chopping one up, rub your hands with vinegar. This will eliminate the smell from your hands.
  4. Cabbage family vegetables, like broccoli or cauliflower, can be cooked with white vinegar. By adding white vinegar to a boiling pot with these veggies you can reduce the gassy effects. Also, as a result, the taste of the vegetables improves as well. This technique also works on cooked beans.

Cleaning House

  1. If your garbage disposal is starting to stink, white vinegar is here to help. Mix equal parts of vinegar and baking soda and pour down the drain. After you let this fizzy concoction sit for a few minutes, flush it down the drain with warm water. Your sink will be clean and stench free!
  2. Dirty microwaves are a sight for sore eyes. In the event of unmovable and difficult food stains, a bowl of white vinegar will help. The steam from a boiling pot of vinegar and water will help loosen the food and get rid of odors.
  3. We all love fresh fruits but with fruits come fruit flies. Instead of ditching the fruit, place a bowl of white vinegar with mashed fruit and cover it with plastic wrap. Next, punch small holes into the top of the plastic wrapped bowl and watch your fruit fly problem disappear! The flies can crawl in, but they can’t crawl out.
  4. Cloudy stemware from your dishwasher will shine with a little bit of white vinegar. Take the glasses and wrap them in a paper towel soaked in white vinegar. After they sit for a while, the cloud deposits will rinse right off.
  5. Bleach to clean grout is one way to do it, but a better way is to use vinegar. Let the vinegar soak in the grout and then gently scrub with an old toothbrush.
  6. Dirty or scuffed CDs or DVDs can be easily cleaned with a soft cloth soaked in white vinegar.
  7. To remove water condensation marks on your wooden furniture or tables, try rubbing equal parts of vinegar and vegetable oil on the wood. Also, be mindful of the direction the grain is going. You always want to rub in the direction of the grain, never against.

Cleaning Clothes

  1. Unsightly mattress stains disappear when cleaned with a vinegar and water solution. Next, use baking soda on the stain and either brush or vacuum up the residue until dry.
  2. No doubt about underarm stains being one of the more embarrassing and very public stains one can have. Before you throw out a stained shirt, spray vinegar on deodorant stains before machine washing. Vinegar can also fight mustard, tomato sauce, and ketchup stains.
  3. Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle, you can freshen up bright colored clothing. Acetic acid won’t harm fabrics but will dissolve the soap residue that dulls dark clothing. Vinegar also acts as a fabric softener, static reducer, and a mildew inhibitor.
  4. Chewing gum that is stuck to fabric or upholstery will loosen and thus be easier to remove with vinegar.

Outdoor Solutions

  1. Vinegar also functions as a car cleaner and an organic pest remover
  2. Easily remove the sticker decal with white vinegar, and the sticker will peel off in a few hours. You might need to spray it a few times to make sure it’s properly soaked.
  3. A 3 to 1 vinegar and water mixture will keep your windows and windshield frost-free during the winter.
  4. Vinegar kills weeds and unsightly crabgrass that grows in the cracks of sidewalks and driveways. A half and half solution of vinegar and water will do the trick.
  5. Extend the life of that beautiful bouquet by adding a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water along with a tablespoon of sugar.

Pets

  1. Itchy ears can be relieved with undiluted vinegar. This works for cats and dogs alike
  2. Cats avoid vinegar, so spray their usual scratching spots with a vinegar solution.
  3. Outdoor areas can be protected from cats marking their territory with vinegar. Soak a sponge in vinegar and wipe the area with it. This will eliminate the smell and keep them away for good.
  4. A pet that just got skunked should be washed in a half-and-half vinegar and water solution. It will get rid of the odor and make their coat shine.

There isn’t much vinegar can’t do. It disinfects, deodorizes, and cleans almost everything. Shower curtains, sofas, car seats, you name it, and vinegar will clean it. Instead of using expensive and harsh cleaning chemicals, switch to vinegar instead. This is a product that will clean your hair, your pet, your car, and your home.

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Collinsonia Root!

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Collinsonia root (Collinsonia canadensis) is a unique plant that goes by many names: stone root, heal-all, knob-root, horse-balm, and many others. The root of the Collinsonia plant is the part most often utilized, but the leaves also have medicinal value. Collinsonia leaves are traditionally used as a poultice for sprains, burns, bruises, ulcers, and other wounds, as it may improve capillary function and support speedy healing.
Historically, collinsonia root has had many different therapeutic uses, specifically for irritations of mucus membranes, to support the venous system, and to treat hemorrhoids.
Circulatory Support
Collinsonia root is used to support various circulatory conditions and is believed to help support the integrity of veins and capillaries, which is why it is sometimes used as a remedy for varicose veins. It has also been historically used as a tonic to support the vasculature of the heart and cardiovascular system. Today, it’s most commonly used in the treatment of hemorrhoids.
Respiratory System
Since Collinsonia is regarded as a tonic for mucosa, it has been used for any irritation of the mouth and throat, including laryngitis, pharyngitis, and even bronchitis. One of collinsonia root’s earliest uses was for a specific type of laryngitis, resulting from the prolonged and excessive use of the voice in a strained or unnatural key.

Digestion Support

Collinsonia roothas been touted as a remedy for a wide variety of digestive issues, in addition to being a specific remedy for hemorrhoids. It was used to support the tone and mucosa of the digestive tract and to improve appetite, digestion, and assimilation of nutrients. It has also been used for diarrhea, constipation, and flatulence. 

Consider collinsonia root for: 

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Varicose veins
  • Complaints of chronic constipation resulting in lower abdominal “pressure” or feelings of incomplete evacuation

Cumin!

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Cumin spice with a nutty, peppery flavor is rich in phytosterols, plant chemicals that are known to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the body.

In addition to the benefits on cholesterol, it also has a good effect on the advanced glycation end products (AGEs) that are so damaging in diabetes. Cumin may help improve Blood sugar level, may promote weight loss and fat reduction.

AGEs are toxins that are generally found in high-heat cooked foods such as grilled items. They not only create oxidative stress and cell damage in the body, but also accelerate aging.

Cumin is a great supplementary source of iron and improves digestive health.

A few reasons to add cumin to your spice cabinet. You can use Cumin in powder or seed form in curries, rice and drinks.

Here are just a few ideas:

  •  Add a teaspoon of cumin to plain Greek-style yogurt.
  • Add several teaspoons to your favorite roasted veggie recipe – pumpkin, squash, carrots and sweet potato, etc.
  • Add a dash of cumin to spice up homemade guacamole.
  • Use it as an alternative to black pepper.
  • Sprinkle it onto lean, grilled beef.
  • Cumin with scrambled eggs.

Stay healthy!

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Household uses of Eggshells

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Fertilize Your Garden

Before using eggshells as fertilizer, be sure to rinse and remove the clear inner membrane of the eggshells and set them out to dry. Place the dry eggshells in a large and secure container. After filling the container with plenty of eggshells, mash them into fine bits with either a steel or wooden spoon. Once spring temperatures have softened the soil in your garden, sprinkle the ground eggshells into the soil; this will add a healthy dose of calcium carbonate.

Create a Non-Toxic Abrasive Cleaner

Say goodbye to chemical-based household cleaners that are tough on your hands and rough on your nose. There is a non-toxic compromise that involves, yeah, you guessed it, eggshells! Gather a dozen or so eggshells and place them on a baking sheet. You can either naturally dry the eggshells outside with sunlight, or put them in the oven for a few minutes on low heat. Using a mortar and pestle, coffee grinder or high-speed blender, blend the eggshells until they turn into a fine powder. In a mason jar, add three cups of baking soda, the cup of eggshell powder and mix them with vinegar or water. This formula works great on various surfaces, from pots and pans to shower doors and toilet bowl rings.

Start a Garden

Grow indoor plants all year round using this simple and effective trick. The next time you decide to make an egg-inspired recipe, cut the top off the shell of each egg and pour the egg out. This will help preserve most of the shell’s length. Carefully rinse the eggshell before storing. Remember not to toss out the egg carton, as it will be used to grow the plants. After the shells have fully dried, use a sharp needle or awl to poke a hole in the bottom of each shell– it will help with water drainage. Place an eggshell in each carton divot, then fill the eggshell halfway with soil and place seeds in the soil. With a spray bottle, mist the soil and keep the carton in the sun. Water regularly and watch for sprouts, as it may be time to transfer the plants into a pot or garden.

Make a Metal Thermos Stain Remover

You might be all too familiar with this problem– the daily hassle of trying to remove the brown streaks left inside of your favorite drink container. While it may be a struggle to keep your thermos spot-free, there is a helpful solution you can use–eggshells! Fill the thermos with eggshells a third of the way and add warm or hot water. Close the thermos and shake well for a few minutes. The mixture should rid your thermos of all stains.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

What better way to earn points with your kids, nieces, and nephews than by making your own DIY sidewalk chalk! You can use household items like eggshells, flour, and food coloring to make the process fun. Then get ready to watch the little ones paint masterpieces on the sidewalk.

Mix with Coffee Grounds

Trying new coffee brands can be hit or miss at times, but just in case you’ve bought coffee that is too bitter and still have a lot left, try your hand at this easy hack. Once you’ve thoroughly rinsed the eggshell in vinegar, followed by a quick splash of water, set it out to fully dry. After they are completely dried, mix the crumbled eggshell into the coffee grounds the next morning. Rich in alkaline calcium carbonate, the eggshells help neutralize the coffee’s acidity.

Feed Birds

You hear them chirping and see them in the trees, but why not help feed these little creatures using eggshells? Cover a baking tray with eggshells and bake them at 250 degrees until they are dry; they will then be brittle enough to be easily crushed. Spread the mixture of eggshells in a bird feeder or scatter them on the ground for birds to munch on. It not only provides a great source of calcium for the birds, but also helps females during the spring, as this is their prime time for laying eggs.

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Natural Appetite Suppressants!

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Natural Appetite Suppressants

There are scientific explanations as to why your scale is refusing to move even though you are on a diet. Not only do you have to follow your diet correctly, but you also need to boost your metabolism and digestion to shed the fat. Some major ingredients shown by research to help the body burn fat: herbs and spices. Spicy foods can act as natural appetite suppressants, the active ingredient in many spicy foods is capsaicin, a compound that not only acts as an appetite suppressant but also boosts metabolism so that our body can burn more calories throughout the day.  

There are many reasons why you might feel like you’re always hungry, including nutrient deficiencies, a lack of fiber or healthy fats in your diet, fatigue, or high amounts of emotional stress. Natural appetite suppressants can help you achieve satiety and avoid overeating, and they can help you do that without the dangers of diet pills to decreasing your appetite through hormone regulation, nutrients or essential oils used for safely promoting weight loss

Below is a list of herbs and spices that are the most effective and beneficial.

Cayenne

As you’ve probably noticed when you add too much, cayenne is a warming spice. This means that cayenne raises the body’s temperature, helping to boost metabolism.

Cayenne Pepper Weight Loss Recipe

Ingredients:

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 lime

1 cup water

How to Prepare:

Squeeze out the juice of a lime into a glass.

Add a cup of water and ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

Stir well before drinking.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon plays a vital role in lowering blood sugar, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. No wonder it is recommended as a condiment for people with diabetes. Cinnamon is also a great help in curbing cravings and keep you feeling full longer. Try to drink cinnamon-infused water first thing in the morning every day for four weeks to get the desired results. The warm cinnamon tea helps to flush out toxins and support better bowel movement, thereby preventing bloating.

Green Tea

Green tea has been consumed for thousands of years and is still one of the healthiest beverages available to us today. Undoubtedly, green tea is the best herbal tea for weight loss. It is rich in antioxidants called catechins. Green tea can lower levels of ghrelin (known as the hunger hormone).

Garlic

Garlic has very powerful healing properties. It may cause bad breath, but it helps in treating cardiovascular conditions, improves the immune system, and can help the body burn fat. This herb contains a unique compound called allicin that suppresses hunger and boosts metabolism.

Ginger

Like cinnamon, ginger helps control blood sugar, meaning it can help prevent a spike in glucose levels after a sugar or carb-rich meal. The spice also has the same thermogenic properties as turmeric and cayenne. Ginger can boost metabolism by 20% speeding up the calorie burning process. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the intestines, flush out toxins from the colon, and help to melt fat.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Essential oils have many health benefits, but one in particular, grapefruit, may also serve as a natural appetite suppressant. Grapefruit’s role in weight loss has been the focus of dozens of studies and seems to be due to beneficial acids, antioxidants, volatile oils and enzymes that help reduce your appetite, lower cravings, and help stimulate the lymphatic system.

The scent of grapefruit oil excites sympathetic nerves that supply the brown adipose tissue and adrenal glands, which may help stimulate weight loss.

The ones explored here are just a few among a wide range of herbs and spices that may help with appetite control and weight loss. Because they’re loaded with benefits, virtually free from calories and easy to use on all sorts of recipes. There is evidence that including more spices and herbs in your diet reduces your intake of things like flavor enhancers, salt and sugar, helping you lose weight without the negative effects. On the other hand, popular weight loss pills come with a number of side effects, including jitteriness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, indigestion, diarrhea, rapid heartbeat and headaches, which is why natural appetite suppressants are always better options.

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5 Herbs for Liver health!

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Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body. Aside from your brain and heart, your liver controls the toxin levels in your body. Responsible for cleansing the blood and converting waste products, the liver also helps digest carbs and fats. Heavy alcohol consumption, heavy drug use, and poor diet are all factors in poor liver health. Poor liver function can lead to diabetes, hepatitis, and cirrhosis. While an overall healthy lifestyle and diet will keep your liver health in top shape, these 5 herbs can provide extra health benefits.

Milk Thistle

Several studies show that milk thistle helps protect the liver and is often suggested as a treatment for alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis. Also known as silymarin, milk thistle is one of the most recommended herbs for liver ailments. Milk thistle has the ability to repair existing liver damage.

Dandelion

Another amazing herb is dandelion. Often prescribed alongside milk thistle or mixed with milk thistle, dandelion improves the health of the liver. Mostly found in capsules, teas, or bought in extracts, dandelions are rich in vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc, and potassium. Due to dandelion’s rich vitamin and mineral content, it helps the liver stimulate bile production.

Burdock Root

A fairly unknown herb, burdock root is great for healthy liver function. It is a blood purifier and stimulates bile flow. Since it helps stimulate bile flow, this is great for people who already suffer from liver damage.

Artichoke

Most people know artichokes as a delicious vegetable. What many don’t realize is that artichoke is actually an herb. Also known as cynarin, this herb helps stimulate the flow and production of bile. Many who suffer from liver damage struggle with adequate bile flow and production. Another great side effect of an artichoke is that it reduces the risk of developing jaundice, as well as prevents the development of gallstones.

Turmeric

One of the most studied herbs, turmeric is extremely beneficial to liver health. Turmeric has the ability to reduce inflammation, which also includes inflammation related to the liver.

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Foods that have more Potassium than Banana!

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The potassium-rich foods in your diet will help you stay healthy while losing weight. Bananas are great, but any extra potassium while working out consistently is highly recommended due to the loss of electrolytes. Also, it gets boring eating the same thing all the time. These foods help you avoid getting bored and reaching for something full of artificial flavors and sugars.

Avocado

Bananas contain about 487mg of potassium, while avocados boast a remarkable 708mg in just one cup of sliced avocado.

Sweet Potato

One sweet potato is about 5 inches long or 130 grams in weight. One sweet potato can give you about 438mg of potassium. This root vegetable also has a high amount of complex carbohydrates that help rev up your glycogen use.

Plain Yogurt

One serving of plain yogurt is about 579 grams of potassium compared to a bananas 487mg. This snack also contains protein, which is great for those who are trying to lose weight by keeping you full in between meals.

Coconut Water

Some people love it and others hate it. However, coconut water is excellent to rehydrate with after an intense workout. With 480mg of potassium in just one glass, you are sure to replace your electrolytes without all the sugar of other sports drinks.

Spinach

Popeye’s favorite, spinach, packs 839mg of potassium! That’s nearly double of what a banana gives you. Add this leafy green to smoothies, burgers, salads, and so much more.