How to Make Kombucha Tea

Kombucha tea

Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that dates back to ancient times. If someone offers you Kombucha, they also will probably offer a long list of health benefits to convince you to drink it. Their claims, however, lack a substantial amount of scientific evidence. Not because the evidence isn’t there, but because little testing has […]

Chemicals Used In Dry Cleaning & Their Dangers

Chemicals Used In Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning has been around for many decades. Dry cleaning involves cleaning clothes with an organic solvent rather than with water. Certain clothing fabrics can only be washed by dry cleaning. People don’t usually think about what kind of chemicals are being used in the process of dry cleaning. You just walk into a store, […]

The Healing Benefits of Bath Salts

Bath

The healing benefits of bath salts, both Epsom salts and Dead Sea salts, have been known for centuries. Today, Epsom salts and Dead Sea salts are a popular, natural ingredient in many home made bath salts. They both have benefits that make taking a soak in the bath not only a relaxing experience, but a […]

The best way to cook asparagus

The Best Way To Cook Asparagus

Preparing your asparagus before cooking Before washing, hold the tip of the asparagus stalk in one hand and the root end in the other. Slowly bend the stalk until it snaps near to the white end. Discard the root ends as they are very fibrous and don’t make for very good eating. Save the green […]

Essential Oils Used in Thieves Blend

Lemons

There are various recipes and blends for Thieves oil in circulation today. In addition, the origins of the original Four Thieves Vinegar (or blend) vary wildly. However, the common consensus today is that the essential oils of rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus, clove and cinnamon are the basis of any Thieves blend recipes. All of these essential […]

Making Natural Perfumes at Home

Perfume Bottle

Centuries ago all perfumes were made from natural elements such as plants; however today most commercial perfumes are made from synthetic ingredients. Since I began working with essential oils in aromatherapy I have found that I have become more and more allergic to synthetic perfumes and fragrances, perhaps my body’s way of rejecting anything that […]

Benefits of Stinging Nettles—For Food and Medicine

Stinging Nettles Pasta Dish

Taking an inventory of herbs in my cupboard recently, I realized how much we use stinging nettles. In fact, I have several ½ gallon jars full of the stuff pushed to the way back. But 1 quart jar stays in my tea cupboard because my husband drinks a cup of nettles infusion every morning. If […]