Wearing O’ Green Cake

Moist, colorful cake and you’ll think you’ve found the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s the perfect dessert to round out your St. Patrick’s Day feast. by Marge Nicol, Illinois This recipe and photo are by Marge Nicol of Illinois, as featured on Taste of Home Print Wearing O’ Green Cake … Read moreWearing O’ Green Cake

Toxin-Free Cleaning with Castile Soap

Castile soap originated in Spain centuries ago. “Castile” simply means the soap is formulated from only natural, plant-based, oils rather than animal fat (tallow). Castile contains no chemical detergents, is biodegradable, Earth-friendly and versatile as a natural cleaner.

Many people who are learning about the toxins in our household cleaners, hand soaps and body care products are choosing natural solutions instead. There are nearly 13,000 chemicals used in formulating cosmetic products alone, with FDA restrictions on only 11 of them! Just in body care products like shampoo, we find numerous endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are those chemicals which may cause severe neurological and immune system defects, and are shown to interfere with reproduction and development. Here is a small sampling of the harmful ingredients in most of our every day products:

Sodium Laurel Sulfate: Used in engine degreaser, industrial cleaning products, and 90% of personal care products, SLS (or SLES) can cause breathing problems, eye damage, and death. It is found in body washes, hair coloring kits, shampoo, laundry detergents, liquid hand soap, make-up products, toothpaste, and bath oils.

Phthalates: Used in shampoo and numerous other products even though it is rarely listed on the label, or is simply called “fragrance”, Phthalates interfere with the reproductive system, cause early breast development in young boys and girls, birth defects, and damage to liver and kidneys.

Parabens: Parabens are chemicals found in cosmetics, deodorant, shampoo and other products but are not often labeled. Parabens can mimic the female hormone of estrogen, and have been linked to breast tumors and cancer, hormone imbalance, and early puberty.

Benzoyl Peroxide: Often found in facial cleansers for treating acne, this chemical may act as a mutagen. It could produce DNA cell damage in humans and other mammals, is toxic upon inhalation, and irritates the eyes, skin and respiratory system. These are the statements appearing on the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for Benzoyl Peroxide.

It’s a simple process to begin eliminating these, and other dangerous toxins, from our homes. Many people make their own natural and effective Cleaning Products, Soaps, Laundry Detergents, Carpet Freshening Powder, Deodorant, and even Homemade Hair Color!

watkins safe natural castile soap for body and home careWatkins makes it simple to transition to natural home and personal care. The J.R. Watkins Castile Liquid and Bar Soaps are made with nourishing coconut and olive oils, and are free from dyes and harsh chemicals. To create the liquid soaps, they simply use basic salts and heat them with the natural oils to create a fluid, liquid soap. Castile Soap can be safely used as body wash, shampoo, dish soap, hand soap, laundry soap, mopping solution, carpet cleaner, as a vegetable wash, toothpaste, and pet shampoo. Note: As a shampoo, Castile soap may not the best choice for chemically treated hair that has either been  colored, permed, highlighted, bleached, or straightened.

10 Ways to use Castile soaps, with DIY recipes:

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The Thyroid Secret Free 9-part Series

Thyroid disease can literally tear your life apart! I know from experience. Over 30% of Americans will face a thyroid-related condition and half won’t even know it! If you’re suffering with unexplained weight gain or loss, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic fatigue, joint pain, memory issues, hair loss, or any of several other debilitating symptoms, you might have a thyroid condition.  Many doctors fail to diagnose thyroid disease correctly, or utilize testing which does not adequately measure your specific problems!

Take this free quiz and learn if you are at risk, or are already potentially suffering from a very treatable thyroid condition:  Free Quiz by Dr. Izabella Wentz, Thyroid disease expert, researcher, and patient advocate.

“Thyroid disease can tear your life apart…This is a solemn warning that you are living in a brave new world that is leaving you exposed to harmful substances and environmental triggers that put you at serious at risk. We are staring in the face of a disease which is lying dormant, which will raise its ugly head and begin devouring our very lives. What’s worse, no one is listening to us. –Dr. Izabella Wentz

For those who have a Thyroid Disease, or know a loved one who is suffering, you won’t want to miss the cutting edge thyroid research and solutions in the FREE 9-episode World Premiere Series that begins March 1, 2017.

the thyroid secret, world premiere free seriesSome of the topics you will learn about include:

  • Fertility
  • Hashimoto’s
  • Graves Disease
  • Complementary treatments
  • Nutrition
  • Emotions
  • Triggers
  • Symptoms
  • Supplements
  • Healing
  • Adrenals
  • Success stories
  • Toxins

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Planning the Garden

planning the garden, companion planting, gardening tipsWhether you have a city lot, a few acres of land, or just a small apartment patio, you may still choose to grow some of your own fresh, pesticide-free, and non-GMO food products. You might be surprised at how many things you can grow on just a small, sunny patio. For limited space, there are dwarf and bush varieties of many plants, as well as determinate types of tomatoes which only grow so big before sending their energy into creating tomatoes rather than additional vines.

If you haven’t already chosen the garden location, be sure to pick the area that receives sun for the longest period of the day, won’t be shaded by large trees or buildings during daylight hours, and has adequate drainage. The soil type and condition should be tested as well, allowing the gardener to add amendments as required to achieve maximum plant health and productivity.

Read on for tips on companion planting, where to plant, what to plant, sources for natural and heirloom seeds, and my number one recommended solution for solving any gardening problem!

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