FIY: Lemon

10 Ways to Use Lemon in Your Home

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There’s more to lemons than just making lemonade. It’s true that lemons make a refreshingly sweet drink and are a great addition to many recipes, but their usefulness doesn’t end there. Lemons have many surprising applications around the home. From cleaning out your microwave to brightening your whites, here are 10 ways to use lemons around the house.

1. Cleaning the Microwave

Lemons can remove hardened bits of food without using chemical-based cleaners or scratching your microwave’s surface. Simply mix 1 1/2 cups of water with 3 tablespoons of lemon juice in a bowl. Place the mixture in the microwave and cook on high for around 10 minutes. The steam will condense on the walls and help soften stubborn stains. When the time is up, use a rag to wipe away the food and reveal your freshly cleaned appliance.

2. Stain Removal

If you have a stain on a piece of clothing that won’t come out in the wash, try applying some lemon to the area. Soak the stain in lemon juice for an hour and reapply if the stain doesn’t go away. (You can also use a solution of baking soda and water to scrub out the stain if the soak doesn’t remove it.)

3. Natural Air Freshener

For a more natural approach to freshening up the home, lemons are a great way to eliminate odors. Cut half a dozen lemons into slices and combine with a handful of cloves. Place the mixture in a simmering pot on your stove and allow the aroma to fill your home.

4. Insect Repellant

Lemons are a natural way to keep bugs out of the kitchen. Just spray some lemon juice around the perimeter of your kitchen, including windows, thresholds, and any holes around the baseboards. Ants and roaches can’t stand the smell of lemons and will stay far away once they get a whiff of it.

5. Freshen Garbage Disposal

Use leftover lemon peels to deodorize even the smelliest garbage disposal. Simply toss the lemon scraps down the drain at least once a month to keep the disposal smelling its best. You can also throw in some orange peels for a nice blend.

6. Clean Knives

Lemons are a great way to clean sharp edges without worrying about cutting yourself. Start by pouring some lemon juice over the blade. Sprinkle the blade with some salt and rub thoroughly with a cork. The lemon and salt will remove any stubborn stains—just be sure to rinse the metal with water to stop rust accumulation.

7. Laundry Whites

Lemons are a great bleach alternative to get those whites looking brighter than ever. Fill a pan with water and lemon slices and allow it to boil. Then, turn off the stove and add your white linens. Allow the laundry to soak in the water for an hour before removing them and washing as usual.

8. Oxidation Prevention

It doesn’t take long for some fruits, like apples and avocados, to turn brown when left in the open air. To prevent this oxidation, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice over the fruit. The juice will help seal the fruit from the air and leave it looking freshly cut. (It will also add a hint of lemon flavor to your favorite fruit.)

9. Clean Cutting Boards

Cutting boards take a lot of abuse over the years. From crushing garlic to chopping onions and preparing meat, cutting boards take on some pretty messy tasks. To rid yourself of a smelly cutting board and help sanitize it for future use, cut a lemon in half and scrub away. You can also use lemon juice and scrub with a wash rag.

10. Weed Killer

The acidity in lemons makes them a natural weed killer. Cover the area where weeds typically grow with a spray bottle of lemon juice. However, be careful not to apply the juice on any other plants as the acid levels are enough to kill bushes and flowers.

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THEY SAY “NO GMO!”

First Scotland Then Germany Now Greece Has Kicked Out Monsanto As GMO Bans Sweep Through Europe  http://www.healthfreedoms.org/first-scotland-then-germany-now-greece-has-kicked-out-monsanto-as-gmo-bans-sweep-through-europe/

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First Scotland and Germany booted GMOs from their countries, citing fear of GMO crops contaminating their food supplies and concern over putting their food and beverage industries in jeopardy. Now, Greece and Latvia are telling Monsanto exactly what they can do with their genetically modified crops. The tide is turning. A tipping point just became evident through the actions of two additional European countries who have had enough of the Biotech strong arm.

Latvia and Greece have opted out of GMOs, as are Germany and Scotland, as part of the new allowances indicated in legislation that recently passed for EU countries.

The geographical opt-outs specifically target Monsanto’s MON810 GM Maize, which countries may choose to grow or refuse in the next several months. This is currently the only genetically modified crop allowed to be grown within the EU at present – but only when countries give specific permission.

As Sustainable Pulse explains, “while the European Commission is responsible for approvals, requests to be excluded also have to be submitted to the company making the application i.e. Monsanto for MON810.”

If additional member states deny Monsanto, we can be assured that the biotech company will try to find other ways to force their GM crops on the world (e.g. the Trans Pacific Trade partnership) but as we collectively say NO, upholding bans, and demanding labeling, we will rid this planet of the plague that is genetically modified food.

Source(s):

getholistichealth.com
reuters.com
naturalsociety.com
sustainablepulse.com
politicalvelcraft.org

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Butterflies & The Bees!

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naturalnews.com
Originally published March 15 2016

Bee and butterfly populations are dwindling: crops, the economy, and the future of the world are beginning to feel the effects
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer

(NaturalNews) In the quest for power and control, mankind has lost reverence for the biology and interconnected ecology that supports life on Earth. As mankind seeks dominion, he continues to separate himself from his natural surroundings, entering a state of disharmony that ultimately affects the natural systems in his body.

In agriculture, mankind has found ways to selectively engineer the genome of crops, taking out undesired traits to give crop produce a flawless appearance. How do these manipulations of crop DNA ultimately affect the human body?

Corporations continue to produce herbicides which are sprayed en masse to destroy the natural life science of plant growth. While the rest of the natural world feels the negative effects, corporations like Monsanto then profit from the poisons by genetically engineering their own seeds to withstand the chemical attacks they created (Roundup-Ready crops). Man-made, chemical science is replacing the natural science that has abounded and coexisted with humans since the beginning. What is mankind’s new age synthetic pesticide science doing to the harmony in the human body?

Studies already show that herbicides like glyphosate are destroying the natural microbiology that connects man with his natural surroundings. Glyphosate kills off several species of good bacteria that live in the guts and intestines of humans. These bacteria intelligently communicate with the body, aiding in digestion, protecting the blood, and activating immune system responses.

Pesticides and herbicides are actually threatening the global economy!
Studies show that pesticides and herbicides are also affecting the pollinators of the natural world, inhibiting their ability to fight off infectious mites and disease.

The more that mankind tries to control agriculture with chemicals and manipulations of DNA, the more he inadvertently hurts the pollinators – predominantly the bees and the butterflies. The corporations that are supposedly building the economy are actually destroying both the economy and the natural world. As the ill effects of pesticides take hold, pollinator populations dwindle, ultimately affecting the reproductive ability of important vegetable and herb crops.

A 2016 assessment from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), asserts, “Many wild bees and butterflies have been declining in abundance, occurrence and diversity at local and regional scales in Northwest Europe and North America.” The more than 80 scientists conclude that pesticides are among the many man-made problems causing the mass pollinator die-offs. Mass-produced pesticides are spurring the evolution of invasive species and pathogens. Herbicides also contribute to habitat loss.

Up to 8 percent of world agricultural production is due to natural pollinators
Without pollinators, fruit and vegetable crops suffer. Between 5 and 8 percent of global agricultural production is because of the natural pollinators. Bees and butterflies stabilize the entire agricultural system, contributing an estimated 235 to 577 billion dollars to the economy of world agriculture.

The IPBES report reminds that, “Pollinator-dependent species encompass many fruit, vegetable, seed, nut and oil crops, which supply major proportions of micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals in the human diet.”

Through four years of study, the IPBES found that 16 percent of bat and bird pollinators around the world are being threatened to the point of extinction. In Europe, 37 percent of bee species and 31 percent of butterfly species are declining. In some places there, 40 percent of bee species are threatened.

Ultimately, dwindling numbers of pollinators leads to lower crop yields, which leads to rising prices for some of the healthiest fruit and vegetable crops. The crops most at risk include apples, mangoes and chocolate.

“Pretty much nearly all your fruits and many of your vegetables are pollination-dependent,” said Simon Potts, deputy director of the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research at Britain’s Reading University.

The high yields and natural quality of more than three quarters of the “leading types of global food crops,” rely extensively on natural pollination. Strangely, this natural science of pollination is being threatened by mankind’s chemical science. Is it time to re-evaluate what science really is? How can we educate ourselves going forward to preserve the natural science that connects all living systems?

The IPBES is calling for alternatives to pesticides and the diversification of agriculture to sustain nature’s pollinators and the future survival of the human race.

Sources include:

TheGuardian.com
MDPI.com
Science.NaturalNews.com

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About: Okra

The Many Health Benefits of Okra

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According to a study published in 2005 in the Jilin Medical Journal, okra showed positive effects on nephropathy, or kidney disease. For the study, participants were put into two different groups — one was treated with okra, and the other was treated with traditional medical therapy. The study lasted 6 months, and while there were no changes for the group who used traditional therapy, those who took their treatment with the okra saw a reduction in uric acid and urine protein.

A study published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal outlined okra’s ability to protect against liver disease. Because of its strong antioxidant activities, okra was found to protect against chemically induced liver damage. The study also found okra to have strong antioxidant and hepaprotective properties, comparable to milk thistle or silymarin.

A study published in the Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences found that okra extracts could protect against diabetes. When rats with diabetes were given okra, they saw a decrease in their blood sugar levels and a normalization of their lipid profile levels. Multiple in vitro and in vivo studies have found okra to be a major blood glucose-lowering food — it contains large amounts of soluble dietary fibre — which is why it has been used traditionally as an alternative treatment for diabetes.

Okra has also demonstrated its ability to be a cancer fighter, having shown action against breast cancer cells, but only in preliminary lab studies. Researchers have discovered that a newly discovered lectin (a type of protein that can bind to cell membranes) in okra, Abelmoschus esculentus (AEL), actually induces cell death in human breast cancer cells, in vitro – 72 percent to be exact.

Research has also shown okra to possess the ability to fight depression. Although some fruits and vegetables have been shown to have various effects on mood, and the ability to elevate one’s mood (favonoids and quercertin), Okra had not made the list until recently, when researchers from Mazandaran University of Medical Science decided to examine its effect on mood. Their results showed that okra seed extracts acted as as strong agent for elevating mood, in some cases performing just as well as common antidepressants. Apparently, the positive mood effect of okra can be attributed to its high total phenol and flavonoid content.

When I come across scientifically validated information that sheds light on the knowledge of our ancestors and ancients, I am never surprised. This is commonly seen with quantum physics, astronomy, health, and spirituality, where our modern day measurements of ‘truth’ correlate with teachings of our ancient world. It’s good to see science shed light on the healing properties found within nature, as it’s a branch of knowledge we have neglected for many years now. Chemical based health, and our reliance on pharmaceutical grade medicine, have completely taken over, which is perhaps one reason why chronic illness and disease are on the rise.

“Let food by thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” –Hippocrates

Source(S):  http://worldtruth.tv/

Natural Mosquito Bite Relief

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Homemade Tea for Backaches

Homemade Tea for Backaches

Monday, August 04 , 2014

Category: Natural Cures

Hey, weekend warrior, did you hurt your back? Here’s a homemade herbal tea you might want to try…

Yarrow leaves contain anti-inflammatory elements that help relax your muscles. You should be able to find the dried leaves at any health-food store or online. Add a teaspoon of yarrow to a cup of just-boiled water. Let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup before each meal and a cup at bedtime. It can help pain fade away.

Note: Yarrow tea has an unusual taste, so you may want to add honey.

Home Remedies: Migraines

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Benefits: Cider Vinegar

 

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