First I want to say that we were in Knoxville this past weekend for a show so we decided to head out to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. I took this picture at the Old Mill. They still grind wheat and corn there three times a week. I always love picking up freshly ground whole wheat flour there!
I had been hearing so many good things about this homemade enzyme cleaner that I wanted to make some to try. The recipe said that it would take three months to make or you could add a teaspoons of yeast and it would be ready in about two weeks. You will need lemon, lime and / or orange scraps. We use lots of lemons so that is what I had the most of. I wanted to make a large batch so I put our lemon scraps in a bag and placed them in the freezer. I just kept adding to it until I had plenty for the recipe.Once I had enough I set them out to thaw and cut them into smaller pieces that would fit in the top of the container I was using. Here is what you will need
1- 2 liter plastic bottle
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 liter of water
2 cups of citrus scraps
1 teaspoon of yeast ( optional if you want to speed up the process)
Pour the brown sugar into the 2 liter bottle then add your citrus scraps. Then add the 1 liter of water. If you want to add the yeast so that it it done sooner you will add it now. Screw the cap on tightly and shake until the sugar is dissolved. For the first couple of weeks shake the bottle everyday but leave the top loosened to avoid gas build up from the fermenting process. Use your marking pen to write the date on the plastic bottle.It will take 3 months for the ingredients to ferment or two weeks if you use the yeast. When it is ready use 1/2 cup cleaner to 1 liter of water.Use more if you want a stronger concentration. I chose to make a small batch using the yeast so that I could try it out in two weeks. It was AWESOME!! So I made a huge batch without the yeast which will be ready in about two and a half months. I used lemon, lime and pink grapefruit scraps. I would have loved to have had some oranges also. Next batch I will make sure we have some oranges on hand. This is really true I don’t know when I have used a cleaner that has worked this well. I was amazed at how it cut through soap scum, grease and dirt. I was using it on everything! I love that it works so well and is chemical free!!
I had read that you can even clean your fruits and veggies with this. 1 part enzyme cleaner to 10 pats water. Have you heard about this cleaner and if so would you be willing to try it? Check out these and all of our other all natural organic chemical free products at Eco Natural
Well after some warmer weather then some colder weather and even a few snow flurries it looks like Spring is here! We were really happy that the ground had dried enough that we could start getting ready for our garden. In the herb garden the mint is popping up everywhere Our neighbors Bradford Pear trees are in bloom and they are gorgeous. Here are our sweet grandsons in some bright Spring colors. ( see how easily I was able to incorporate slipping this picture of our grandsons into this post ) So we are seeing signs of Spring all over the place here in Tennessee. What about you have you been seeing signs of Spring yet?
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You probably don’t think much about salt but you should.We haven’t used table salt in about 7 years now. We started using Sea Salt when we found out how bad plain table salt is for us. When we lived in California I discovered Himalayan Pink Salt. We used it all of the time until we moved back to Tennessee .A lot of things that are so readily available in California are more of a challenge to find here. Some things Whole Foods can order for us and others we just order from the source but that’s a whole post in itself!!
The Global Healing Center says that common table salt is a health destroyer. Many people are not aware that table salt is composed of 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals like iodine and absorbents even sugar! Processing salt turns it into sodium chloride an unnatural salt that the human body sees as a toxic invader.The body cannot dispose of it in a natural, healthy way. Which can lead to inflammation of the tissues, water retention and high blood pressure. Studies show that for each gram of table salt that your system cannot process your body will use over twenty times the amount of cellular water to neutralize the sodium!! This can lead to gout, cellulite, rheumatism and arthritis as well as kidney and gallbladder stones.The average American consumes 5,000 mg of sodium a day!!
Himalayan crystal salt is FAR superior. It is millions of years old pure and untouched by many of the toxins and pollutants that come with other forms of ocean salt. It contains the same 84 minerals and elements found in the human body! It’s unique cellular structure allows it to store energy, It’s minerals exist in colloidal form meaning that they are tiny enough for our cells to easily absorb
Here are some health benefits
Encourages excellent blood sugar levels, lowers incidence of sinus problems, promotes healthy sleep patterns, can increase bone health, reduce muscle cramps and also helps reduce the chances of gout, rheumatism and arthritis.Here is one of my favorites Aides in reducing the common signs of aging!! If you would like to see the other health benefits check here Global Healing Center
When Alan read of all of the wonderful things this salt can do he asked why we weren’t still using it. I told him that it was hard to find since we moved back. The next thing I know he tells me that he has ordered some.Actually he ordered a WHOLE lot of it. It makes everything you put it on taste soooo good. It really is remarkable the difference in the taste of this salt and regular table salt and what about all of the good things it does for your body!! How about you, do you still use plain table salt?
Do you think you could go a week without eating processed foods? A few years ago this would have been hard for us but now it is a breeze! We pretty much eat fresh or frozen or food that we grow in our garden that we have put up ourselves
.I try to always take the weekly challenge over at Reduce Footprints and a couple of weeks ago she had a challenge on eating food with six ingredients or less. I have put a bit of a spin on it this week.
.. We eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits. We buy our nuts, seeds and grains in bulk. This is fresh homemade local bread. It only has 5 ingredients in it. We don’t eat dairy but I saw this local cheese and I checked the ingredients on it and there was only milk, enzymes, annatto for coloring and salt. These local soups and salsa’s were packed full of great veggies, herbs and spices and NO preservatives!! Really though most of our meals can be prepared fresh without a lot of effort and time and there is no comparison in the flavor and nutritional value. I think you will be surprised when you start reading the labels of the processed food you buy.. Just take the time to Google the ingredients especially the ones that you can’t pronounce. I bet you will be amazed what is allowed to go into the foods we buy. Even labels that say “natural” need to read over thoroughly . There are a lot of ingredients that are considered “natural” but I sure don’t want to ingest them!! That is why we all need to be diligent in reading the labels on the products we purchase. I went to the store the other day and was going to pick up some coconut extract for a recipe our daughter was going to make. They only had imitation coconut extract and I knew right off I didn’t want that. I read the label and the second ingredient was what they use in antifreeze! I read this article recently Food Babe Investigates It was such an eye opener!! It is about how food companies exploit Americans with ingredients that are banned in other countries. I think you will be appalled to find out what ingredients companies like Me Donald’s, Pizza Hut and Betty Crocker are putting in our food. The article is well worth the time to read!!
So here is my challenge. See if you can go a week without eating any processed food. If that is to hard for you try only buying processed food with just a small amount of ingredients that you know aren’t bad. Are you up for it? Also are you a good label reader?
We have some gorgeous Spring colors in our all natural mineral blush and eye shadows that will look great this season. Don’t forget about your pets this coming season. Our Pet Shampoo kills fleas and ticks naturally while conditioning their coat and skin. The groomers who use and sell our pet products say that their clients are thrilled at how clean and fresh their dogs smell as well. The Pet Relief balm is wonderful for “hot spots” and dry itchy skin. You can check these and and all of our other all natural organic chemical free products at Eco Natural
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