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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Winter Sore Throat "Tea"

Winter Sore Throat "Tea" ´¯`*•.¸¸✿

This is a must share!!! the season is upon us!!


Make sure you have some of this ready... great recipe for sore throats and chest colds

Makes about 2 cups
2 lemons thoroughly cleaned and sliced
2 piece of ginger about inch thick sliced into thin pieces
Honey (about 1 cup-maybe more)

In a 12-16 oz. jar combine lemon slices and sliced ginger. Pour honey (organic is best) over it slowly. This may take a little time to let the honey sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices. Make sure when the honey has filled in all the voids, there is enough to cover the top of the lemon slices. Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a "jelly". To serve: Spoon (about 1 tsp) jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it. Store in fridge 2-3 months.

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Stripped Screws???

Use a Rubber Band to unscrew stripped screws.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Kitchen "Miracle" Cleaner

How to clean your cookie sheets--

Kitchen "Miracle" Cleaner!

You put about 1/4 cup of baking soda in a small glass bowl and squirt in hydrogen peroxide until it makes a nice paste. Then you rub it on the offending dirt/stain/grease...whatever!
You can usually just use your fingers...but you can also use a small sponge as well.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

3 easy remedies to help a dry nose

3 easy remedies to help a dry nose

1. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is simple, natural, effective, and it smells good. It also doesn’t glob like petroleum jelly does, so the risk of a big chunk getting sucked up isn’t there (although its solid at room temperature, it’s softened before use here.)
You will need…
-1/2 teaspoon or so of virgin coconut oil
-Cotton swabs
-A small bowl

Place a half a teaspoon or so of coconut oil in a small microwave safe bowl and warm it until it is soft enough to be easily applied (about 10 seconds.) It does not need to be melted down into a liquid, and in fact should be left semi-solid. Dip a cotton swab into it and generously cover it. Apply to the inside of each nostril so that there is a good through coating. Apply up to 3 times a day (and always before bed.)

2. Steam Bowl
Allowing steam to fill your noise can moisten the mucous membranes that have become dried out and painful. This really helps relieve discomfort in the short-term, and also clears out your nose so you don’t have to blow it a bunch (which dries it out even more.) With each breath it’s like a warm comforting wave of moisture is sinking into your sore nose and making it feel better by the second. I usually follow this treatment with coconut oil about 15 minutes afterwards.

You will need…
-A large bowl
-A towel
-Hot water

Bring several cups of water to boil and then pour into your bowl. Place your face over the bowl (not too close though, as the steam can be quite hot) and drape a towel over your head and the bowl to trap the steam. Breathe deeply for 5-10 minutes, and then follow up 15 minutes later with an application of coconut oil. If you don’t feel like making up a bowl of hot water just for your nose, even inhaling the steam from a cup of tea or taking a hot shower can really help.

3. Almond Oil and Aloe Vera Gel
Almond oil is a natural emollient, or moisturizer, helping the sensitive skin in the nostril to become softer and more pliable, therefore lessening the chance that it will crack. It may also help lessen evaporation. Aloe vera can help soothe the dryness quickly, but it won’t provide the same lasting moisture as the almond oil. I use it mostly for the initial relief (I refrigerate mine) but you can stick to just almond oil if you like.
You will need…
-1/2 teaspoon almond oil
-1/4 teaspoon aloe vera gel (optional)

Thoroughly mix almond oil and aloe vera gel. Soak a q-tip in the mixture and swab gently inside your nostrils. You can also apply with a cotton ball that has been soaked, but I find this way to be slightly more difficult.
When I find my nose dried out and painful I tend to sink into despair. It sounds dramatic, but when it gets so dry it cracks and bleeds it can really be a downer. Before actually realizing I could probably do something for it, it felt like I had to suffer through the whole winter, but with the above remedies (that are truly about as easy as it gets) a dry nose is one less thing I have to worry about during these frigid months.

-Turn down the heat, turn up the humidifier. The heat will dry out the air more than it already is, while the humidifier adds moisture. This will also help if you wake up with dry eyes/a dry throat.
-If you are suffering from a nose dried out because you have a cold and have been blowing it too much, using a saline spray can help loosen up mucous and provide moisture/relief in a less harsh manner.
-Since it’s colder in the winter it’s easy to drink less water, but it’s just as important to stay hydrated. If you aren’t drinking enough, where will your body get the moisture to keep your nose comfortable?

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

DIY Vicks Shower Pucks

Love this idea!!! We are starting to get into the flu season.

Great Idea!!!

DIY Vicks Shower Pucks

~ put these in the bottom of your shower when you're sick and let them melt away while you have a hot shower. Leaves you feeling less stuffy and helps to clear up colds faster.


1 Cup Baking soda
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1/3 - 1/2 Cup Water
2 - 3 tsp Vicks vapor rub
muffin tin
paper cup liners

Heat water enough to melt vicks in. Add in baking soda and cornstarch and mix into a thick paste; if you need to, add more water. Line a muffin tin with paper cups, fill each cup about half way with mixture. Let dry overnight. Remove from paper cups when discs are hard and store in an airtight container.

*** one reader's tip ***
Use Doterra essential oil called Breathe instead of Vicks, no greasy residue.

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