Apr 22, 2017

On Earth Day & everyday......


Everyday is a good day to resist those 
who would destroy her...




Mar 20, 2017

Go Johnny Go

"If you tried to give rock & roll another name,
    you might call it 'Chuck Berry' "   - John Lennon



RIP 
& Thank You....

Feb 22, 2017

DIY Deodorant....

I have finally found a deodorant I really like here .... It is so fresh, clean smelling & best of all .....detoxifying....
and it lasts for hours...I have tried a few others & they were ok but this one is my favorite.... this is incredible simple to make...15 mins tops... & there are no worries about aluminum or other nasty chemicals...

Most of these ingredients are household items for me...

3 TBS Arrowroot- which absorbs perspiration

2 TBS Baking soda -neutralizes PH &  body odor

6 TBS organic Coconut oil- antibacterial


2 TBS Bentonite Clay- this is a powerful healing clay which absorbs toxins, heavy metals & chemicals. It also gets oxygen to the cells... it is odorless, non staining & has a velvet like texture... 

(I was out of Bentonite Clay so  I used French Green Clay this time...this clay has powerful properties... according to Mountain Rose herbs " It literally "drinks" oils, toxic substances & impurities from your skin"  it also is great for toning your skin as well... so far I have had problems with staining with the green. )   

A couple drops of Vit E oil- great for the skin & helps to keep your product form going rancid...

Just mash up the coconut oil then add the rest of the ingredients & mix until smooth... then put in a jar...now I just have to design a label for the jar!!  This makes about 3-4 ozs & will last you a very long time...

I guarantee you will never buy processed deodorant again after trying this... it is wonderful!! 

Think Healthy!



Feb 2, 2017

Happy Fire Cider Day!!


Today is National Fire Cider day. A day to celebrate folk medicine that has been handed down to us.  Mother Earth gives her medicine to us freely & we should share it freely....
In 2102, Shire City Herbals decided to trademark the name Fire Cider then proceeded to bring lawsuits against herbalists selling this product. This is wrong on so many levels...You can read all about it here at freefirecider.com, hear Rosemary’s story as well as get some more recipes.

 I first found out about this recipe from Rosemary Gladstar & her amazing books on Herbalism & all it wonderful healing recipes… Here is her Fire Cider recipe, that she formulated many years ago, in her own words….

I started with Rosemary Gladstar’s recipe but then found this one from Mountain Rose Herbs that i combined it with.... Plus I mix it up once in a while with a few favorites listed at the bottom... : 

 Fire Cider 
1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root 
1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root 
1 medium organic onion, chopped 
10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped 
2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
 Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon 
Several sprigs of fresh organic rosemary or 2 tbsp of dried rosemary leaves 
1 tbsp organic turmeric powder 
1/4 tsp organic cayenne powder
 organic apple cider vinegar
 raw local honey to taste 

 Prepare all of your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart-sized jar. If you've never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus opening experience! Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well. Store in a dark, cool place for a month and remember to shake daily. 

 I also throw in echinacea, thyme, beets, lime peels, peppercorns….whatever your taste is…Have fun playing around with it…. Just take a tablespoon or two a day helps boost your immune system & ward off colds & flu viruses, bronchial congestion …. 
I am making a new batch this weekend.. I hope you try this you will love it...
 Please share this freely with everyone!!!

Jan 23, 2017

Springing ahead....

Hello all...

I was recently inspired by Arhaus ( you can visit here)  to share tablescapes focusing on spring...I am sure many of us are looking forward to a new season in a big way... 

As I was going through my pinterest boards, I realized how symbolic this was especially for this time in our nation... In looking forward to Mother Nature's time of rebirth ...
She also reminds us of resurgence, awakening, regrowth & restoration...it made me feel hopeful & positive for the future.... 

So in thinking of a Spring Tablescape I thought of Moss, candles, flowers, & bird-nests...things of Nature... These are a few of my favorites...I really love the moss mushrooms with the bird-nest...that is going to be a must-do to recreate for a get together this spring...
These ideas can be adapted no matter what the size of the table whether its for two or twenty.. Enjoy!








& it wouldn't be complete 
without a touch of Bohemian!


Have a great week !

Jan 19, 2017

The Mighty Pine

I love Pine..I am fortunate to live in a state where there are so many... That's why we are called the Pine Tree state....I love how it looks... That it stays green year round...how beautiful it looks covered with snow...It is an amazing tree....I lost one of my huge pines this year...I felt like an old friend had died...
Pine is an very powerful medicinal tree... so my favorite salve is Pine Resin. 

It great for wounds, splinters, well just about everything!! 
It is highly antiseptic with an incredible drawing power...
infections, toxins, it immediately starts destroying bacteria.

So I make pine resin oil all summer....I go to a number of trees & take a bit from those whose sap is running ...I get about 1/3 of a jar of resin in my old pickle jar....
I always thank the tree after... 
You want to pick out any sticks or debris as much as possible...it can get messy....then cover the resin with olive oil & cover with cheesecloth ......I infuse it by solar so its sits on my window sill for about 6 weeks..I usually have 2 or 3 jars here & there...I also give it a good stir every few days...


 Strain it through cheesecloth & you have this jar of gold... 
Time to make the salve....

In a double boiler, 
I have an old enamel one I use just for my salves, 
melt 1 oz of organic beeswax 
8 oz of pine pitch oil 
then add 10 drops tea tree oil 
add a couple drops of Vit E oil to the jars & fill.
I add the lids & as it cools it seals up.
This makes 2 half pint jars so I usually double & triple the amount when I do them up.. 
One of the best parts is the beautiful fragrance when you open a jar in the mid winter...It is heavenly!

You can also make pine cleaner..
just add some pine branches in a jar 
& cover with vinegar & leave for a couple of  
weeks.... It smells wonderful & cleans great....

I also like Pine tea...I drink it 3-4 times a week during the winter...it is very high in Vit A & C....just cut the greenest part of the pine needle into a bowl...the usual recipe is 1 Tbsp to 1 cup but I use 2 : 1 ratio...I like my tea strong...Put the pine & water in a pan & bring to a boil. Then cover the pan & lower it to simmer for 6-7 mins. the needles will fall to the bottom of the pan. 

Strain into your favorite mug & add some honey to taste... Highly beneficial & really delicious...

If you have access to pines you won't be disappointed if you try any of these recipes....

"Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend, 
Unnerves his strength, invites his end."
Ralph Waldo Emerson 



Jan 1, 2017

Words of Wisdom for 2017....

Welcome to 2017....what this year will bring is yet to be revealed....But what we do with our lives can be your choice.....I no longer do resolutions...I haven't for years...instead I do reaffirmations...to remind myself to protect my boundaries fiercely.....to keep the lessons I have been shown over the years in place  not to dwell on them but remember to trust & listen to my instincts...   
Here are a few... 
I hope they feel familiar...







 Hard to do but worth it...








This is what I do every morning... this is really worth printing out & keeping by your bed to say to yourself before you even get up...

May this be a very positive & uplifting New Year...

Peace
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