15 Amazing Uses for Cucumbers

Any medical claims here were obtained by doing a little bit of research. I am not medically trained in any way and do not claim to know the validity of any of the medical claims.

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Here are some amazing uses for cucumbers. The picture is from www.rareseeds.com

Cucumbers

WHO KNEW CUCUMBERS COULD DO ALL THIS!!!

Spice up your 8 glasses per day of water with a slice or two of cucumber. It’s wonderfully refreshing, but there are amazing benefits to cucumber as well. Cucumbers are cooler than you think …

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1. Fat busting: Did you know that cucumbers are fat busters and they have a  photochemical in them? Just think about it. When women have swollen eyes they put cucumber slices on their eyes. Why do they do this? Because the cucumbers make the collagen in your skin tighten, thus the lack of puffiness. You can lessen the visibility of problematic cellulite by rubbing it with a cucumber. You can do this anywhere on your body. This is also true for wrinkles. Don’t spend hard earned dollars on miracle creams when cucumbers can do the same thing for chicken feed so to say. When your little one has had a rough day and been crying for hours, you can rub a cucumber under their eyes for a short while and remove the puffy evidence of their crying so long.                                                                                                                

2. Defogger: Don’t get annoyed about the fog on the mirror after your shower. Just rub a slice of cucumber on the mirror before you hop into the shower. It serves a two fold purpose, you have a fog free mirror and a pleasant smelling bathroom. The nice smell helps to boost your mood. Now you’ll be ready when the kids get up with all of their demands for your time.

3. Headaches: Since cucumbers have a high amount of B vitamins, sugar, and electrolytes, they help to beat that headache that’s been threatening to take over. You only need to eat some cucumber. They also replenish the nutrients missing in your body to help you avoid a hangover the next morning when you have had a little too much wine with dinner. Just eat a half of a cucumber before you go to bed.

4. WD-40 replacement: Cucumbers can help to get rid of a squeaky hinge simply by rubbing some on the hinge. Now you won’t have to worry about tearing your house or garage apart yo find the WD-40, just to get rid of a squeak. No more worrying about waking up the baby when you look in on her and the door to the baby’s room squeaks really loudly.

5. Crayon on the walls: Cucumbers make good erasers for the occasional art work on the walls by the budding artist in the family. When the next Picasso draws the next great painting on the wall with the crayons, just rub an unpeeled cucumber on the art work to erase it. But it might be a good idea to take a picture of it first. That way little junior won’t get too upset when he realizes his masterpiece is gone. This method will also work for pen mistakes.

6. Halitosis killer: When you put a slice of cucumber in the roof of your mouth and hold it there with your tongue for 30 seconds, the photochemical in the cucumber will kill the bacteria that is causing your bad breath. This is the same photochemical that helps hide cellulite and reduces the puffiness in your eyes.

7. Tarnish remover: Store bought tarnish removal creams could pose medical issues for the kids as well as yourself. The odor is fairly strong and could cause breathing issues. Not so with cucumbers. When you rub the tarnished area with the cucumber, be it the stainless steel kitchen faucet or any of the stainless steel appliances, it leaves a pleasant smell, the tarnish is gone, the item is streak free, and there is an added benefit for your hands. The cucumber leaves your hands feeling really soft.

8. Energy booster: When you’re feeling tired in the afternoon, don’t go spending a lot of money on energy drinks or Starbucks. All you need to do is grab a cucumber and eat it. The carbohydrates and B vitamins in it are just enough to give you a longer-lasting and healthier boost of energy than anything else that you can waste your money on. This includes soda, coffee, and those health hazard energy drinks.

9. Got The Munchies?: To keep from starving to death and for energy European trappers ate cucumbers. Did you know that? I sure didn’t, before researching cucumbers and their uses. You can eat a cucumber as a healthy choice when the munchies hit, if those big burly manly men can eat one to keep from starving and to give them extra energy. if your theater doesn’t offer healthy alternatives to munching on butter soaked popcorn, slice up some cucumbers and take them in a small plastic container, instead of giving in to the theaters unhealthy offerings.

10. Frugal facial: If you are a frugal person, then this hack is for you. Slice up a cucumber and boil it in a pot of water, let the chemicals inside of the cucumber mix with the steam. After removing the pot from the heat, simply lean over the pot, and let the steam hit you in your face. This will make your skin more radiant and healthy, and you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

11. Shoe polish: Would you ever have thought that a cucumber could polish your shoes? Well, guess what? It can. All you need to do is to cut a slice off of your cucumber and rub it on your shoe. Not only will it shine your shoes, but it will also repel water.

12. Pest control: When you happen to be unfortunate enough to have pests in your garden, never fear, the awesome cucumber is here. Put three or four slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and place them in your garden. You won’t smell it, but the chemicals in the cucumbers has a reaction that pests hate. For a whole year, the reaction will drive them from your garden. You only need to replace the cucumber slices periodically.

13. Sunburn: For those of you that love the sun and can’t stay out of it, and for those of you that have little ones that are always getting their sun screen off, this hack is for you. You and/or your little ones are not always protected by your sunblock. If by chance either one of you ends up getting too much sun, and you got too sunburned, but you don’t have any aloe, help is just a cucumber away. All you need to do is rub some cucumber on the sunburn. There are some doctors that even use cucumber to treat irritated skin and sunburns.

14. Blood pressure: In researching uses for cucumber, I found out that cucumber has been used to treat high blood pressure for a long time. If you have high blood pressure, add some cucumbers to your daily diet. Research is also being done into the use of cucumbers for lowering cholesterol.

15. Constipation remedy: As strange as it may sound, cucumber seeds are a natural diuretic. Next time you are constipated, try eating a cucumber. Add a cucumber to your daily diet if you are one of those unfortunate people that suffers from constipation all of the time.

 

Hacks For Winter

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5 life hacks to help you in winter weather

Winter Hack For Car
File images from January 6, 2015 show first significant snowfall of last year.

If you haven’t heard already, there is a winter storm coming and many of you are headed out to your local hardware and grocery stores to prepare for it.

Obviously, having a shovel and a snow blower will help you dig out after the storm arrives. Hopefully you have also stocked up on food, water, milk, toilet paper and all of the other essentials needed while you camp out at home while white stuff falls.

While most of you have planned out how you will survive the upcoming weather, here are some life hacks that could make your life easier when the snow finally arrives.

1) Use non-stick cooking spray on your shovel to help the snow come off

We know how backbreaking shoveling your driveway and sidewalks can be, but non-stick cooking spray will help prevent snow and ice from sticking and building up on your shovel and will help make digging easier for you.

2) Use rubbing alcohol and water to de-ice your windshield

When you do dig your car out during or after the storm, instead of blasting your vehicle’s defroster full blast to melt the ice off your windshields, you can make a simple solution to melt the ice instead. Fill a spray bottle with 2/3 rubbing alcohol and 1/3 water. Because rubbing alcohol has a lower freezing point than water, it will help get the ice off your windshield and windows much quicker.

3) Use hand sanitizer to help unlock frozen door handles

That item you keep in your purse or pocket can be also handy for something other than keeping your hands clean. Because hand sanitizer also contains alcohol, dipping your key in it might just be the key to help you from being locked out.

4) Using socks to cover your windshield wipers

If you got extra old pair of tube socks hanging around, using them to keep the snow off your wipers could save you some time getting your car snow and ice-free.

5) Use zip ties to create snow tires for your bike

If you are using a bike to get around in the snow and ice, placing zip ties at even intervals will help you get more traction on the ground.

Bonus life hacks:
– Park your vehicle facing east so the sun will help you melt the snow and frost off.
– Waterproof your socks by putting sandwich bags over them.
– Keep cat litter or car mats around to help you get traction for your car if it gets stuck in snow.
– Cover your side mirrors with a ziplock bag to help prevent ice from forming.
– Use a hot water bottle to warm your bed before you get in it.

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For Your Windshield

I am pretty sure that most of you have seen the covers for the windshield to keep the snow and ice off of it. The ones you buy ready made are sort of expensive. I have used thick sheets of plastic and heavy duty packing tape to make ones myself. I buy the plastic sheeting as thick as I can, and then cut it larger than what is necessary to cover the outside of the windshield from side to side. Place the plastic over the windshield very tightly and then tape the excess ends inside of the car on the framework of the windshield. You will need to make sure that the plastic is pulled very tightly for it to work correctly.

I have even used a large tarp to cut strips the size I need to cover the windshield from top to bottom, but making sure to leave at least one of the grommets on each side when cutting the tarp. It is important to leave the sewed sides on the tarp, and as I said earlier, and only cut strips the height you need to cover the windshield from top to bottom. You will need suction cups with hooks on them to put through the grommets. Once you have the cover over your windshield very securely, pull it as tight as you can to attach the suction cups, that are on each side of the tarp, to the inside of your windshield.

For Your Door Key

I have found that since alcohol does not freeze, dipping the key in some alcohol will help to melt the ice inside the lock.

Avon used to have a key that fit all locks that would actually warm up and thaw out the lock.

There are also little fake keys that I bought to put in the lock. These were mainly used while the car was parked over night. I also used them anytime that the car was parked for any length of time when it was raining or snowing. During the day, as long as the sun was shining, the fake key was not usually necessary. They had a little knob on them that popped off for you to take with you so that nobody could steal the fake key. As I haven’t had a car for several years now, I don’t know if the fake keys even still exist though.

For Your Clothes  And Your Bed

For any type of cloth that needs to be used to get you warm, just put it in the dryer if you have one. If you don’t have a dryer but you do have an iron, you can heat up the iron and run it over your sheets and at least warm up your bed before you get in it. This is sort of a modern version of a bed warmer like they used before there was electricity. A bed warmer would be placed in the fireplace for a little while to let it heat up. Then it was used to put it between the sheets to warm up the bed. My Great Grandmother had a few of these since she had seven children. The bed warmers are illegal in most states now days though. You can also use a hot water bottle though, and they are not illegal.

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Believe me, the warm sheets do feel very comfy and help in falling to sleep faster.

I hope these help you this winter.

 

DIY Ice Melt Recipe – Dawn and Rubbing Alcohol Hack – Myth or Fact

Look at the picture. Anybody would definitely hope that this recipe will work. Obviously you would have to make more that just 1/2 gallon in order to dissolve all of this ice.

There is a video after the recipe. It shows the results on one person’s test. I do know that many ice melt products will not work if the temperature is too low. I have no idea as to the temperature restrictions for this particular hack, and whether or not there are any period. Just thought that I should mention that in some cases there are temperature requirements for some products to work. After you watch the video you can decide for yourself. Decide for yourself is what I usually say when I try to present both sides. I’m not meaning to be sarcastic or smug or anything, just that everybody has the right to decide whether or not to try something new that they find out about.

Icy Steps And Sidewalk - To Melt It

SIDEWALK ICE MELT: For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish washing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks.

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I Googled for any fails on the Dawn and Rubbing Alcohol Ice Melt recipe. Pinterest had this one:  from One Good Thing by Jillie

Try this very stupid idea and get your skates ready: For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish washing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks. 

Apparently this was a fail, the same as the video above.

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From networx.com:

We Tested It: Homemade Driveway Deicers

Posted by Philip Schmidt | G+ | Jan 13, 2012

Disclaimer: These solutions were tested only for effectiveness at melting ice. Some may be harmful to plants, animals, paving surfaces, cream-colored carpets and other things you might care dearly about. The idea here was to find out what works in a pinch. If you need to deice on a regular basis, I recommend that you find a good, environmentally friendly ice melt product, or forget the melting altogether and just use a bit of sand for traction—and take your shoes off before going in the house.

Rubbing Alcohol

The freezing point of standard 70-percent rubbing alcohol is -20 degrees F, so it works pretty well as a deicer. In fact, alcohol is used in many deicing products for car windshields. 

Windshield Washer Fluid

Works pretty well, as you might guess, given it’s normal purpose. Washer fluid contains a small amount of methanol, and most solutions have a freezing point around -20 degrees F. It quickly melts ice and stays slushy for a long time. However, this is toxic stuff, and even though there must be untold quantities of it going into our storm water systems each year, it can’t be a good thing to use heavily around the house.

On this website, even thought alcohol worked,  there was no mention of the combination of Dawn and alcohol together. I don’t know whether or not to count this as a fail, that being the case.

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from topix.com:

How to make homemade ice melt for steps, sidewalks (works great)!

FreezeOut

London, KY

#1 Jan 25, 2013
If this freezing rain has your steps, porch and sidewalk icy, this homemade ice melt will work great using items you probably already have.
3 INGREDIENTS:
1. One quart lukewarm water.
2. 3 drops dish washing detergent
3. 1 ounce rubbing alcohol

Mix all 3 ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Coat icy surfaces with this mixture and the ice will quickly be gone. If you don’t have a spray bottle, the ingredients can be poured on the ice.

Judged:  X for 76  a check mark for 72  and a light bulb for 4

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Tina

Barbourville, KY

#2 Jan 25, 2013
FreezeOut wrote:
If this freezing rain has your steps, porch and sidewalk icy, this homemade ice melt will work great using items you probably already have.
3 INGREDIENTS:
1. One quart lukewarm water.
2. 3 drops dish washing detergent
3. 1 ounce rubbing alcohol
Mix all 3 ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Coat icy surfaces with this mixture and the ice will quickly be gone. If you don’t have a spray bottle, the ingredients can be poured on the ice.

This works great. I did it this morning. I just put mine in a gallon jug and poured it over my porch and steps. Melted off in just a few minutes.

Judged:  X for 58   a check mark for 17

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I visited quite a few other websites, but none of them mentioned the dawn and alcohol mixture. From what I read, as long as the temperature was above a minus 20 degrees, alcohol would melt the ice. But there was no mention of adding the dawn to it. The tests that I copied from those done on the topix.com website gave the results of those that reported in on the judging. I included those numbers. I was only able to use the X mark as there was no symbol for a check mark, so I just wrote the words “a check mark for” and put the number beside it. As you can see there were way more X s than there were check marks.

My conclusion is that dawn and rubbing alcohol is a myth that only works in theory, and that it does not actually work in real life. If in the future, I find out that i was wrong, I will post the results that mad me change my mind. I have been researching this for a few days now to bring this post to you.

How To Fix A Shrunk Shirt and More

  1. Want to fix a shirt that has been shrunk. Here’s how. Put the shirt in a bowl with iced water and one cup of hair conditioner. It will restore it to it’s normal size.

 

2. DIY- EASY OVEN RACK CLEANING
If your racks need cleaning, check out this handy tip!

DIY - Easy Oven Rack Cleaning

For any woman out there wondering how to easily clean oven racks…. Tub full hot              water and throw in few bounce sheets and leave it over night! This is without even              scrubbing!!!

 

3. Baby powder will easily untangle jewelry chains. Just sprinkle baby powder on the           chain and use a safety pin to pull it apart.

 

4.  Use delivery pallets to make various pieces of furniture. You can cut them and                make shoe organizers out of them. Put one in each family member’s closet and in              the mud room or utility room.

Where I live, some of the maintenance men actually fashioned a courtyard with the            pallets being used for the tables. It turned out looking right nice for being outside.

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5.  Miracle Cleaner

Into a spray bottle mix:
2 oz. Dawn dish washing liquid
4 oz. Lemon Juice
8 oz. White Vinegar
10 oz. Water
Now make your house sparkle!
*Please test it first before using on delicate surfaces. This is powerful stuff! If your               shower has a bad build-up of soap scum and crud it may take a time or two to get that       shine.

 

 

 

 

 

New Years Eve and New Years Day Are Over

Try starting the new year out with a few simple hacks that will make your life a little easier.

Here is a way to keep your boots from falling over and getting out of shape. The picture I got from,  http://www.awesomeinventions.com/simple-hacks/

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If you like an egg sandwich, but don’t know how to cook the egg without it spreading all over the frying pan, just coral it inside a large onion ring slice. Cut a large onion and use the larger outer rings of the onion as little holders for the eggs. If you want an omelet sandwich, or just an omelet by itself, just scramble the egg and put whatever ingredients you wish inside of it while it is in the onion slice coral. (I went to Google for the picture.)

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You can make your own fire starter kindling with dryer lint and an empty toilet tissue roll. Great for camping or cooking out in the back yard. Gather some dryer lint, stuff it inside of an empty toilet tissue roll and set it on top of your charcoals. Light it and it will burn long enough to catch the charcoal on fire. That way you won’t have to taste the charcoal lighter fluid in your food. I also used a paper towel roll and cut it into thirds. After I was done, I had to take the lint out of the long paper towel roll because it wouldn’t fit into the plastic bag. The ones I have are being kept for bug out or until the summer when cookout season starts again.

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To start a fire, you can also use Doritos or Pringles. They catch on fire quickly and burn long enough for the charcoals to catch on fire. These also keep your food from smelling like lighter fluid.

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If you can never keep up with your pony tail bands, try putting them around a large medicine bottle. You can also use an empty toilet tissue roll if you would like. I took the toilet tissue roll and covered it with wood grain looking contact paper, so it wouldn’t look so ugly sitting around. However, the first time it got wet, it was ruined. It fell apart at the seam, literally. That was when I went to the medicine bottle. They can get wet and it doesn’t do anything. Also, they won’t bend up and let the bands fall off of them.

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I hope that you are able to use at least one of these hacks. Let me know what you think about them in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

Life Hacks That Work Well

Some hacks that I really like to use.

  1. Use a banana and the pealing to fix a scratched CD or DVD. – Peel the banana and take a slice of the banana and rub it all over the CD or DVD. Then rub the peeling over the CD or DVD. The scratches are fixed so that the CD or DVD will play.
  2. When you are out of AA batteries, but you have AAA batteries, no problem. Take a small amount of aluminum foil and stick it on the positive end of the AAA battery and put it into the space where you need the AA battery.
  3. You can make a toilet paper holder out of an empty used CD container.                    1. You need a roll of toilet paper.                                                                                     2. You of course need an empty CD container.                                                             3. You will need to cut the middle circle out of the bottom of the empty CD                        container.                                                                                                                    4. You will need to take the cardboard core out of the roll of toilet paper.                      5.You will need to put the roll of toilet paper into the top of the CD container and              take the toilet paper, where the end is sticking out from taking the cardboard              core out of it, and stick it through the opening that you cut in the bottom of the            CD container, and close the container.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Now you have a toilet paper dispenser that you made yourself. Enjoy it when you take it camping, fishing, or just on a road trip and the restroom is out of toilet paper, then you can use your own.

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4. I have discovered a way to get ice out of the trays fairly easily. We all know that tap water has stuff like chlorine in it. But did you know that it also has calcium in it? I have found that when I keep the ice trays very clean, about a third of it stays in the trays when I try to put the ice into a container in the freezer. However, when I let some calcium build up in the trays, the ice doesn’t stick in the trays quite as badly as when I clean them out. Maybe three or four ice cubes, out of all of the trays, won’t come out. The white residue in the bottom of the ice trays is calcium. I figure that if we actually drink calcium in milk, eat calcium in milk products and take calcium pills, then having a calcium residue in the ice trays isn’t going to do anything adverse to me.

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I also pay attention to how high I fill each tray. I hope you can see in the trays below just how full I get the trays. the trays have seven rows with two wells in each row. I tilt the trays when I fill them. The water hits right in the middle of the top four wells. I let the wells fill from the running water until the water reaches the fifth set of wells down. When it reaches that point, I take the tray out from under the running water and just let the bottom wells be filled by the tilting of the tray. When I do this and they ice is ready to be popped out of the trays, there are just a few ice cubes that don’t come out. Maybe three or four ice cubes, out of all of the trays, won’t come out. This fact is due to not stacking the trays too high, and letting the calcium build up in the trays.

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The picture below shows the approximate angle of the tilt when I fill the trays. They are just shy of being totally upright, tilting down just enough for the water to get into the wells.

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The last picture shows how I stack them in my freezer. I stack three of them side by side and have two layers of ice trays that way. these trays are going from side to side. Then I put two individual trays in on top of the ones you see in the first picture. The second picture shows the last two trays going from front to back on the top of the other two rows of trays.

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If I put three rows on top of each other, then the bottom row of ice trays won’t empty very well. A lot of the ice cubes won’t pop out when I try to empty the trays. About one third of the ice cubes in each tray won’t pop out. I either run some hot water over the bottom of the trays or I just let them sit for a little while until the ice cubes melt a little bit and fall on out. Which way I do it depends o how much time I have.

 

Some Of The Uses For WD-40

I knew that WD-40 could be used for many different things. I thought I would list a few here, so I Googled it.  Boy was I surprised with the results. See the list of links below and pick whichever one you want. I intend on going to all of the lists just to see what is on them. One of the results when I Googled it even said that there are as many as 2,000 different uses for the WD-40, the link for that is http://wd40.com/uses-tips . That being the case, it is more efficient to provide the links to some of them.

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After seeing the topics on the list above, I am going to try some out myself. I clicked on a few of the lists and saw that WD-40 removes all traces of duct tape from any surface where it once was, it will remove lipstick from clothes when sprayed on the lipstick and then washed as usual, it will relieve arthritis when sprayed on the painful joint and so on.

 

12 Uses For Lavender Oil You May Not Know

Here are 12 personal body uses for Lavender oil that you may not have ever thought about. There is even one for pesky insect bites.

  1. Disinfectant for cuts and scrapes.                                                                                 Did you know that Lavender oil is a disinfectant that “will not kill good bacteria” on the skin. It will clean scrapes and cuts, and has the added bonus that it smells good.
  2. Help for pimples.                                                                                                       Just 1 drop of Lavender oil applied to the pimple inhibits the bacteria that causes the infection & helps bring back the balance to the over secretion of sebum.
  3. Disinfect and sterilize household surfaces.                                                               You can disinfect and sterilize household surfaces with just 10 drops of Lavender added to water in a small squirt bottle. DO NOT USE ON WOOD. Spray on surface and after 30 minutes, the surface will have been disinfected and sterilized. You don’t even have to wipe it off. This will work on surfaces such as:toilets, sink handles, telephone receivers, light switches, etc…
  4. Deter moths.                                                                                                              You can deter moths by hanging little fabric bags or pouches, with a few drops of Lavender oil on them, in your closet and  with your woolens. It’s a deterrent, but not a guarantee that you will get rid of the moths! The bags may be found at the Dollar Store, if you cannot find a substitute at home. This will also refresh your closets.
  5. Anti-fungal properties.                                                                                               According to a TV Doctor, 3 drops of  Lavender oil, when rubbed into the finger or toe nail (several times a day) has anti-fungal properties!  It is necessary to re-apply after washing your hands or bathing.
  6. Soothes minor burns.                                                                                                     After cooling a burn under cold, running water for approx. 5-10 mins (or more), gently apply the Lavender oil to affected area. The Lavender oil should help to lessen the pain of the burn immediately.
  7. Helps relieve insect bite itch.                                                                                       For insect bites, you need only dab on 1 drop of Lavender oil as soon as you realize that you have been bitten. This will soothe the itching and the inflammation.
  8. Aching muscles get relief.                                                                                               You can relieve aching muscles and obtain some much needed stress relief by adding just 4 drops of Lavender oil to your bath. By adding Epsom salt the effect will be enhanced. All you need to do next is to sit back and relax.
  9. Massage for headaches.                                                                                             You can help relieve a headache by massaging a few drops of Lavender oil into your forehead, your temples, nape of neck, and the inside of your wrists. The Lavender oil will also give your bathroom and your house an amazing smell that just lingers there.
  10. Dried and silk flower enhancer.                                                                                       Enhance your dried or silk flowers by adding a few drops of Lavender oil to them. By doing this you will have made your own potpourri. Just do not use this on wood furniture as it may stain it.
  11. Relieve insomnia.                                                                                                       To help to relieve insomnia, add a few drops or give a small squirt of Lavender oil on your pillow case. Close your eyes and have sweet dreams. I have heard of some people using the Lavender buds, in a little pouch inside their pillow case, to achieve the same peaceful sleep. Lavender oil will work to help fussy babies to calm down. You need only add 3 drops of Lavender oil to their bath water at bedtime.
  12. Fatigue blaster.                                                                                                                Last but not least is how to relieve fatigue. Our feet are very porous, so any time we soak our feet, the effect of whatever we use to soak in rapidly goes into our bloodstream. So by adding 5-8 drops of Lavender oil to a foot bath, the effects of the Lavender oil quickly reaches our bloodstream and starts soothing our different body systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

101 Uses For Coconut Oil

The differences in refined coconut oil and unrefined coconut oil.

Refined coconut oil as defined by Google;Refined coconut oil refers to coconut oil that has been bleached, and deodorized. The oil is derived from dried coconut meat known as copra.

Unrefined coconut oil as defined by Google; Unrefined coconut oil is often referred to as “virgin” or “pure” coconut oil. It is coconut oil extracted from fresh coconut meat rather than dried. The fresh coconut meat undergoes one of two processes: wet milling or quick drying.

When I Googled wet milling of coconut, this was the results;  Virgin Coconut Oil is derived from the fresh meat or kernel of a mature fruit of coconut rather than the sun dried coconut meat known as copra. Virgin Coconut Oils are produced one of two ways: Quick drying of fresh coconut meat, which is then used to extract the oil by mechanical means.Wetmilling method.

When I Googled quick drying of coconut, this was the results; Virgin Coconut Oil is derived from the fresh meat or kernel of a mature fruit of coconut rather than the sun dried coconut meat known as copra. Virgin Coconut Oils are produced one of two ways: Quick drying of fresh coconut meat, which is then used to extract the oil by mechanical means. Wet-milling method.

They are basically the same, just different words are in bold type for each different query. Just thought these definitions would be helpful when reading about this hack that I found and copied and pasted here.

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101 Uses for Coconut Oil

Katie – Wellness Mama

Coconut 101 Uses for Coconut Oil

I’ve said before that I am with coconut oil like the dad in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is with windex… I use it for everything. Right now, I have a five gallon bucket of it sitting next to my desk because we use so much and I don’t have anywhere else to keep it…

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of coconut oil, the Virgin Coconut Oil Book is a great resource and you’ll receive a free copy if you order anything from this company and it is your first time ordering (no need to order the book, it will add to cart automatically if you use this link and it is your first order).

Today, I’m sharing my top 101 (yes 101!!) uses for coconut oil:

Uses for Coconut Oil

  1. In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
  2. Taken supplementally for daily energy.
  3. As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
  4. On the skin as a basic lotion
  5. In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
  6. In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
  7. As an eye-makeup remover
  8. As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
  9. In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
  10. To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  11. To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  12. To support healthy thyroid function
  13. In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
  14. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
  15. As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
  16. In homemade lotion recipes
  17. To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
  18. Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
  19. As a delicious tropical massage oil
  20. It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metaboism
  21. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of friz
  22. As an intensive nighttime facial moisturizer
  23. Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
  24. Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
  25. Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
  26. Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
  27. As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours.
  28. On feet to fight athlete’s foot or toe fungus
  29. In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
  30. Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
  31. There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers
  32.  With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
  33. In natural Homemade Sunscreen
  34. In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
  35. In a filling and energy boosting Brain Powder Smoothie
  36. Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
  37. Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
  38. There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast
  39. Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
  40. Can help improve insulin levels
  41. Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
  42. Can help improve cholesterol ratios
  43. Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
  44. In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
  45. As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
  46. Better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils
  47. Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
  48. After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
  49. Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat
  50. As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
  51. As a naturally antibacterial skin cream
  52. In natural homemade diaper cream
  53. As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
  54. When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
  55. To season cast iron skillets
  56. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
  57. Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
  58. Can help resolve acne when used regularly
  59. Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
  60. I’ve used in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
  61. On split ends to de-frizz
  62. A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
  63. By itself as a great tanning oil
  64. Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
  65. Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
  66. Can help improve sleep when taken daily
  67. Can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally
  68. A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
  69. To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
  70. It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
  71. Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth
  72.  Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
  73. By itself as a natural deodorant
  74. By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
  75. For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
  76. Some evidence suggests that the beneficial fats in coconut oil are helpful for those with Autism
  77. In homemade vapor rub
  78. As a safe cooking oil for deep frying
  79. A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion
  80. Can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea
  81. As a completely natural baby lotion
  82. On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
  83. Mixed with catnip, rosemary or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent
  84. Can be used on mom’s nipple and baby’s mouth to help treat thrush
  85. Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
  86. Use to make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack
  87. Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
  88. When taken regularly, it can help fight candida
  89. When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
  90. Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
  91. Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
  92. On cuticles to help nails grow
  93. Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
  94. Add to smoothies to give them a nutritional boost
  95. Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
  96. In any recipes where vegetable oils are used
  97. Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
  98.  One reader swears by using coconut oil to treat yeast infection. She suggests soaking a tampon in it and inserting the tampon for a few hours.
  99. Naturally clears up cold sores
  100. Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
  101. Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness
You can also check out my recipe index or Start Here Page for many more recipes that use coconut oil!

 What Kind of Coconut Oil?

For external uses, expeller pressed or other types of refined coconut oil will work, but for internal use, an unrefined virgin coconut oil is best. This book provides more information about the benefits of coconut oil and the difference in the types of coconut oil.

I also love that this company supports small family farms in the Philippines. We order in five-gallon pails, which is more expensive up-front but which saves a lot of money in the long term.

My husband and I both take about 4 tablespoons a day and the kids get a couple tablespoons in food, smoothies, or hot herbal tea.

6 INSECT REPELLENT PLANTS YOU SHOULD GROW

In this post, Kelly Bagnasco goes into detail about six plants that repel insects off of people as well as keeping some insects off of useful plants. The six plants are: Feverfew;  Citronella Grass; Lavender; Pyrethrum or commonly called Chrysanthemums; Pennyroyal; and Marigolds. You will be amazed with what you read about these plants.

Kelly Bagnasco is a great resource for many things; these include great recipes, handy DIY projects, and life hacks that tell about numerous uses for many things. She has given me permission to use any of her posts that I think would be useful for my readers. She has been a blogger that I have followed for years. I even have made a website just for many of her great tips and information about the various uses for things from foods to everyday items that most people have around the house. You will see many of her posts on this website. She is so concise that there is not much else I could say to enhance any of her posts.

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6 INSECT REPELLENT PLANTS YOU SHOULD GROW
Keep friends and loved ones safe from bugs- Share this one!!!(by KnowledgeWeighsNothing) – This includes plants that repel biting insects such as: mosquitoes, gnats, ticks & fleas; and plants that protect other plants from aphids & mites etc.
Planting and growing insect repellent plants provide a great opportunity to get out in the garden and plant some plants which are a perfect mix of beauty and functionality. Some people are skeptical about using plants to repel insects, whilst others are 100% convinced of the insect repelling properties of many garden plants.
The thing is – if you take natural plant based insect repellents out of the equation; the only really option is DEET based products. There are serious health concerns about the toxic effects of DEET as it is absorbed into the body through your skin. Children are thought to be most at risk from side effects, as children’s skin absorbs more DEET than an adult’s. Sure, DEET has its place and it is even vital in certain situations and locations, but I think it is always worthwhile to also consider natural cures and solutions rather than just reaching for the pharmaceutical option each and every time.
At the end of the day, if you plant some of the plants listed below, at the very least you’ll be getting some pretty plants that smell beautiful. If however you are still not convinced by using plants to repel insects, why not check out: All Terrain Herbal Armor DEET-Free Natural Insect Repellent, it is biodegradable, cruelty – free, and contains no petrochemicals or animal by products.
Feverfew
Feverfew is great for repelling mosquitoes and other flying biting insects. It is ideal for planting around outdoor seating areas, pathways and close to doorways and windows; for maximum benefit, plant in conjunction with citronella grass and lavender (see below).
In addition to its insect repellent qualities, feverfew also has many medicinal uses. It is historically used to help treat nervous disorders, headaches and it also works as a laxative and helps ease bloating.
Pyrethrum also known as Chrysanthemum
Pyrethrum helps to repel a whole host of insects and bugs, including: aphids, leafhoppers, spider mites, harlequin bugs and ticks.
Pyrethrum is best used as a ‘companion plant’ to protect other plants with its insect repellent properties. It is planted close to plants which are affected by the insects above.
Additionally a natural pesticide can be made with pyrethrum flowers. The flowers need to be dried and crushed and mixed with water. It is beyond the scope of this article to give specific instructions on potency etc., so please carry out further research before trying this, as even though the pesticide is completely natural, it can still be harmful to humans in certain situations.
Pennyroyal
Pennyroyal helps to repel mosquitoes, gnats and also ticks and fleas!
Pennyroyal is often used in commercial natural insect repellent creams and sprays. Pennyroyal is great to plant in the garden, but it is best utilized as a topical insect repellent applied to the skin.
If you crush pennyroyal leaves and rub them onto your skin, this acts as an effective insect repellent. Additionally, you can also crush the stems and put them in pockets, bags and hats.
Crushed pennyroyal leaves and stems can also be rubbed on dogs to help repel ticks and fleas. Actually you will often see dogs rubbing in pennyroyal patches when outdoors.
Lavender
Lavender is most useful for repelling mosquitoes and gnats when planted in the garden; it can also be planted in pots and placed by doorways and windows. As with feverfew and citronella grass; lavender is best planted in the garden around seated and eating areas and also around windows and doors.
Cut and or dried lavender can also be placed on windowsills to stop mosquitoes entering the house. Additionally, dried lavender flowers can also be used in wardrobes to repel moths and keep clothes smelling fresh.
Lavender also smells amazing and has many medicinal properties, it aids relaxation and helps promote restful sleep.Marigolds
As with pyrethrum, marigolds are best used as a ‘companion plant’ to help protect other plants; however, marigolds do also have some mosquito repellent properties, so it’s a bit of an all-rounder.
Marigolds contain a chemical compound called thiopenes in the roots. This plant repels aphids, cabbage maggots, white flies and many other pests. Marigolds are particularly good at protecting tomato plants.

Citronella grass
Citronella grass is an old favorite; everyone knows it is commonly used as an insect repellent in outdoor candles, which are used around outdoor eating and seating areas. Citronella grass is a great mosquito repellent and it can be planted and used in a similar way as citronella candles, to keep flying insects away.
For best results, plant citronella grass in the garden and use in conjunction with feverfew and lavender.
Additionally, citronella grass has also been found to have a calming effect on barking dogs, which is worth considering if you have a dog which barks excessively day and night. Your neighbors might thank you for at least giving it a try!