May 22, 2013
This just in courtesy of Micah: Mr Ghost EMF Detector
EMF smog is invisible and this device will reveal the vibrational world!
The dangers of EMF and RF’s are becoming known and because we cannot feel or see the fields this is a handy device to alert us to the areas of high radiation as well as safe or quiet spots. The earth’s magnetic field is a very different resonance than the frequency chosen for digital equipment and more and more research is revealing the weakening and deleterious effects of these fields on our health.
SImply google EMF’s and you will find a slew of articles. Here is just one of 1,000′s that will clarify the basic thoughts about EMF’s.
February 13, 2012
I’ve been on a break from posting. But these recipes caught my attention. Making your own toothpaste is so ridiculously easy, and cheap, I’m not sure I’ll ever buy another tube! You can adjust to your perfect intensity and flavor without the questionable use of flouride and preservatives.
We’ve been told since childhood the important benefits of brushing our teeth regularly which include avoidance of tooth decay, gingivitis and halitosis. Brushing removes plaque, food remnants and tartar (which forms plaque). Brushing too hard can cause problems with gums, so it’s about gently cleaning your teeth. We also know that flossing and regular visits to the dental hygienist greatly improve dental health.
Here is Vivian Goldschmidt’s version. She is one of my favorite strong bone bloggers and authors. www.saveourbones.com
Save Your Smile Toothpaste
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil. I recommend: Extra Virgin Certified Organic Coconut Oil – 54 fl oz
3 tablespoons baking soda .
1/2 small (individual) packet of stevia. I recommend: Truvia Natural Sweetener — 140 Packets
20-25 drops of peppermint oil – you can adjust this to taste. I recommend: Vitacost 100% Pure Peppermint Oil – 4 fl oz
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and store in a tightly sealed container.
LuSa’s recipe is a bit more complex:
LuSa Organics Homemade Toothpaste
2 tsp Natural Liquid Soap (try unscented Dr. Bronner’s or similar. We’ve used our bar soap grated into water but it makes too thick of a toothpaste for my squeeze bottle.)
4 Tb Coconut Oil
1 Tb Water
2 Tb Xylitol (optional)
1/2 tsp Stevia powder
10-20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5-10 drops Spearmint or Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Boil a small pan of water. Measure out 1 Tb and stir into it Xylitol (optional). Stir to dissolve. Melt coconut oil and add to water mixture. Measure in soap and stevia and blend (a stick blender works well if you have one. Otherwise use your regular blender or whisk by hand like mad). Blend while the formula cools enough to stay combined. Add essential oils and transfer to a clean squeeze or pump bottle. Cool completely, shake well.
Then smile at your self-sufficiency with those squeaky-clean teeth.
July 2, 2011
It is time to harvest and tincture one of my herbal allies, motherwort, Leonurus Cardiaca, also called Lionheart. This herb grows where she wants in my garden and I never know from year to year where she’ll show up – here is motherwort with the day lilies.
Years ago this tincture was recommended to me by Susun Weed to help me with sleep issues. Over the years I have used it to calm menstrual cramps, calm anxiousness. It can be dried and used as a smudge along with sage and mugwort. It makes a bitter tea- so sweeten with honey and use it for a stress-diffuser. Livestrong.com has a good article listing other uses for motherwort. Also, more good information at Herbalist.com where it mentions that motherwort is well-known and used in Europe:
The sedative (nervine) action of the herb, claimed by the herb’s historical use was demonstrated scientifically well enough for the Commission E, the official German herbal pharmacopaea, to recommend it to the public………Older scientific data on the herb’s neurological and cardiac properties are based on studies by Chinese researchers of an extract called leonurin from Leonurus sibiricus, an herb very closely related to Leonurus cardiaca.
To tincture: you will need a jar with tight-fitting lid, scissors and vodka. Cut the top 8-10 inches of the flowering tops. Then cut the plant material directly into your jar. The flowers are prickly, be cautious. Put enough flowers and leaves to tightly fill jar, pour in vodka to very top. Put on lid, shake, turn over a few times to make sure most of the air bubbles are dislodged, maybe you’ll need to add some more vodka. Then label, leave in dark place for 6 weeks. Strain, put in smaller dropper jars. Voila.
June 19, 2011
Perfect treat for Father’s Day- I’ve just picked 4 quarts of organic strawberries at McEnroe’s Farm up in Amenia, NY. Tough picking because they’ve let the weeds grow up- so there were thistles to wrestle with (ouch) and slim pickings because this is only their first week of picking. So I was a bit early. Hope my dear friend, T, will go with me later in the week or even next week. No matter, I’ve frozen 3 quarts (for sorbet and the winter) and will use the rest for shortcake topping and for snacking. They are very sweet!
I have tried a new vanilla muffin recipe from food.com. It only makes 9 (really, I tried to stretch it but 9 it is) muffins/cupcakes so you might like to make more, these are going to go fast in my house. I also used a gluten free flour mix instead of all the separate flours. 22 minutes in the oven was perfect time. The recipe also has chocolate frosting. I am not going to make that. I will make strawberry topping, see below.
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 1 hr
- Serves: 9, Yield: 9 Cupcakes
◦ 2/3 cup soymilk
◦ 1/4 cup canola oil
◦ 3/4 cup agave nectar
◦ 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
◦ 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
◦ 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour
◦ 1 teaspoon baking powder
◦ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
◦ 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions (adapted from food.com):
Preheat oven to 325°F;
Line muffin pan with 9 Liners and fill 3 remaining muffin cups with a little bit of water.
Mix together soy milk, canola oil, vanilla and almond extract and agave nectar.
Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt one by one and mix for 1-2 minutes. Mixture will be thin.
Fill 9 muffin cups approximately 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 1 hour to allow agave to set.
Serve with 2 cups strawberries halved and cooked with 1 T maple syrup or honey, 1 cup water and 2 T arrowroot powder on low flame, stir until thickened;
Garnish with fresh berries and whipped tofu cream topping (1/2 cake organic tofu, 2 T tahini, 1 T agave syrup (or to desired sweetness) , pinch salt, 2 T grapeseed oil blend until smooth and creamy.
April 20, 2011
Living at the edge of the continent. This is how Larch Hanson, a seaweed harvester for forty years, describes himself. He has some powerful advice about including seaweed regularly in our diet. Here is his latest article as well as a link to William Spear’s article about protective diet in Huffington Post.:
April 4, 2011
Where IS everyone going? This is an amazing video of air traffic crossing our earth! You can even see night and day traveling east to west over the 24 hour satellite compilation/simulation:
Hat Tip: Bill Tara
February 21, 2011
March 8, 2011 is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
WD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements, regardless of divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.
I will be celebrating this powerful annual event by joining the WomenforWomen.org group walking across the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia. You, too, can find a group near you and cross a bridge in solidarity for ending violence against women. Last year thousands of women and joined together on 119 bridges to honor our mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers who took such a strong stand for women’s equality 100 years ago.
January 20, 2011
Did you know that the single item of clothing women in need often need most is a bra? Soma Intimates is conducting their second bra drive and you can donate your new and gently used bras to any of their stores and they will pass them on to a woman in need.
“Bras are among the least donated but most needed items for the homeless and victims of domestic violence,” states Laurie Van Brunt, Soma Intimates’ Brand President. “It sounds like a small thing, but donating a bra truly makes a difference to women who are struggling financially or emotionally, or both. We’re thrilled with the results of our first charity drive and wholeheartedly thank our generous customers. Our original goal was to collect 10,000 bras, and we certainly exceeded our expectations more than two-fold.”
Based on the success of the event, Soma will continue this initiative in January 2011 through Valentine’s Day as a way for women to clean out their drawers at the start of the New Year and to give back to their local communities at the same time.
“The bra drive dovetails with the mission of Soma Intimates,” Van Brunt says. “Soma’s goal is to make women feel wonderful from the inside out, and there’s no better feeling than helping women who are in desperate need of something as simple as a bra. Each boutique is able to support local charities to build stronger communities, and we look forward to continuing this very special program.”
Last year, these bras were donated to local women’s shelters and breast cancer support groups in each region. Bras that were not wearable were sent to The Bra Recyclers, a textile recycling organization that recycles bra components to ensure that no bra ends up in a landfill. Soma also donated more than 2,500 new bras to Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides professional attire for disadvantaged women.
The Bra Recyclers is a division of Bosom Buddy Recycling, LLC based in Gilbert, AZ. They are a textile recycling company specializing in recycling bras and donating a portion of bras to deserving women in communities around the world. Established in October of 2008, The Bra Recyclers has expanded its supports to 19 organizations around the country by providing them with recycled bras. The Bra Recyclers does its part to impact the environment by delaying the amount of unused bras/textiles that go to landfills, thus reducing the pressure on virgin resources. For more information visit www.brarecycling.com
Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 100 cities in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, the UK and the West Indies. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 550,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visitwww.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.
Use this Soma outlet locator to find a store near you.