Natural Bug Spray Recipe

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I live in the South and half of my backyard is the woods.  So the bugs down here are atrocious.  I came across this Natural Bug Spray recipe, made a few changes, and tested it.  Right now, the weather is hot, humid, and evening; all which make a perfect storm for bug bites.  After my family and I spent over an hour in our backyard, I’m happy to say that none of us were bit!

Here is the Natural Bug Spray recipe:

  • 1/2 Cup White Vinegar  (I used 5% ascetic acid which can be found in most stores)
  • 1/4 Cup Witch Hazel  (this can be found near the Rubbing Alcohol section at the store)
  • 1 Tablespoon Rubbing Alcohol 91%
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 10 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Clove Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil  (Tee Tree Oil)

* I use doTERRA Essential Oils, so that is what this recipe was made with.

 

 

 

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Using Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade to Lower Your Cholesterol

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All my life I’ve had very high lipid levels. I have a family history of heart disease and get the high cholesterol from that. The 252 you see here from 6 months ago is actually the lowest it’s ever been.  Even when I was 60 lbs less than I am today, my lipid profile was always very high. But…..I refuse to take statins and prefer natural approaches.

The first pic compares the results from last August 2017 to February 2018. The second pic are the results of a test called Lipoprotein A, which is a “sticky cholesterol.” Lipo(A) test is a more accurate determination of cardiovascular disease risk than cholesterol levels.

“Evidence suggests that Lp(a) may be more firmly retained in the arterial wall than LDL. Furthermore, Lp(a) transports oxidized phospholipids whose plasma levels are strongly correlated with the severity of coronary artery disease. Interestingly, these Lp(a) associated oxidized phospholipids possess pro-inflammatory activity. This might be one of the links between lipids and inflammation in atherosclerosis.

There is also some experimental data suggesting that Lp(a) may promote clot formation in arteries burdened by atherosclerotic plaque. This may be one of the mechanisms behind the involvement of Lp(a) in heart attack and stroke.”

https://www.docsopinion.com/health-and-nutrition/lipids/lipoprotein-a/

Less than 75 is considered desirable for Lipo(A). And here I got a 13!!

Since I know DE works for me (I see the results), for maintenance level, I’m going to take 1 tsp of DE once a day for 1 month, and do that twice a year.

There are so many benefits of Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, and to list them all would make this a very long post.  In fact, I use this for my organic garden so I don’t have to use pesticides and it works!  One of the most important things to know about DE is that in order to ingest it, it MUST be FOOD GRADE!!  Another note is that you need to drink a lot of water when you ingest this powder as it will dry your body out if you do not drink enough.  The general rule is to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces.  Water is great for you anyway, so you should be drinking a lot.  And third, you need to take DE either one hour before or 2 hours after you eat.  Reason is that DE is highly absorbent and will absorb whatever nutrients you take with it.  While you can put it in a smoothie or any other drink or food, problem is you will miss out on the nutrients associated with the food or drink that you take with it.  That is why I put a teaspoon in a glass of water and nothing else.

Feel free to message me if you have any questions.

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Detoxifying Your Body The Natural Way

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I recently had a spinal fusion revision surgery.  Revision surgeries are harder on the body and take longer to heal than “first-time” surgeries.  I was experiencing excruciating pain and was on narcotic pain killers for 5 weeks.  I had a HUGE build up of toxins in body from taking the pain killers, as well as the anesthetics and other drugs that were given to me during my hospital stay.  After I was finally off all the meds, my body did not feel healthy like it use to feel; I felt “off.”  So I made a detoxifying tea and I really did feel better, more “alive” after drinking it for 1 week.

Here is the recipe:

  • 4 Tea Bags of Dandelion Root Tea, using 4 Cups of water
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
  • Juice of 1 Lemon

The detoxifying tea had a strong “tea” flavor which I do not like so I added an extra 1/2 cup of cranberry juice.

Drink 1 liter of the detoxifying tea every day and drink it for 1 week.  The amount of this recipe is a little over 1 liter.  In addition to the tea, be sure to drink lots of water to help flush the toxins out of your body.

The dandelion root tea has a natural diuretic effect which allows the liver to eliminate toxins from your body quicker.  Dandelion root tea also strengthens your immune system.  Lemon juice helps cleanse the liver, cleanses the colon, assists with gas and bloating, and helps eliminate toxins from your body.  Cranberry juice cleanses the kidney, lymphatic system, and intestines.

This detoxifying recipe worked well for me.  Prior to detoxing, I felt sluggish, tired, and weighed down due to all the build up of toxins in my body.  After completing the detox, I felt more “awake” and had more energy.  I felt renewed.  Even though I feel better now, I plan on detoxing my body using this tea a few times a year.  Approximately 80% of your immune system is in your gastrointestinal system.  So it’s very important to keep it “clean” so it can work harder for you.

 

 

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My Personal Story using Epsom Salt for Healing

DrTealsSix years ago I had lumbar spinal fusion surgery, and over the last couple of years I was having lower back pains again.  One of the screws was misplaced and had to have a revision on my previous surgery.  Unfortunately I am finding that revision surgery is much harder on the body and takes longer to heal.  Three and a half weeks after my surgery, my doctor gave me the okay to soak in baths… meaning it is okay to submerge my back in water now that the skin tissues have healed completely.

As stated earlier, I was in tremendous pain before surgery and would soak in epsom salt baths for about an hour every other day.  The package says to use two cups of epsom salt in a bath, but I used at least double because of the severity of my pain.  When I got out of the bathtub, it eased some of the pain and made me more limber when I moved.  So after the surgery I figured it would be a good idea to go back to that practice.

Now that it has been over a month after surgery and followed up with my doctor, he verified that my tissues were completely healed to be submerged in a bath.  So recently I returned to soaking in epsom salt baths, using the same measurement of salt that I used before.  The reason this helps is because epsom salt reduces inflammation.  And as you can imagine, this surgery produced a tremendous swelling in my back.

I am happy to report that I am now feeling the same results as I did after soaking in epsom baths before surgery. I am again feeling more limber and therefore am moving with a little less pain.  I cannot promise that everyone is going to get the same result but I am sharing what I experience, and would highly recommend at least giving it a try.  Epsom salt bags are relatively inexpensive, so it is worth giving it a try.  As always, first check with your doctor if an epsom bath could be okay for you.

The picture above is the brand I use.

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Natural Pesticide for your Garden

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I found a “natural solution” to combat garden pests, tried a few days ago and it works!!!! I’m so happy about this so I thought I would share this recipe with you since I know a lot of you aren’t particularly fond of using chemicals in your garden bed.

I have a HUGE garden and for the past few weeks or so, the green bean plants have been totally infested with Japanese beetles…so many of them it’s sickening. Yuck!  I’m into organic foods and gardening and I don’t want to use the chemical sprays you get from the store. I tried several “natural” approaches and none of those worked, except for this particular one. Here is the recipe:

In a large bowl, combine the following:

  • 2 Tablespoons of liquid soap (either Mrs. Meyers, Castille Soap, or Murphy’s Oil Soap)
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 3 drops of Lemon or Orange Essential Oil
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, cut coarsely
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder

Mix well and let the mixture sit overnight. Next day, strain the solution so that garlic chunks don’t clog up your spray bottle.  Pour the solution into a spray bottle and keep for up to 2 weeks. It works!!!!

The soap mixture (soap, water, and oil) is an insecticide. While the garlic and chili powder repel the nasty pests. The smell is VERY strong so I keep my spray bottle out in the garden to help repel the nasty bugs. Make sure to spray all over the plants, including the underside of them.

The trick is to spray this mixture on the plants as soon as you see any pests, which is when it works best. It took me a few days to see the full results but that was because I waited so long to find a good solution.

This solution is suppose to work on the following pests:  aphids, mites, white flies, thrips, mealy bugs, Japanese beetles, borers, leafhoppers, and slugs. Garlic also deters larger pests such as deer and rabbits.  The only pests that we have problems with are the Japanese beetles so I know this solution works well on getting rid of them.  As for the others pests that I mentioned, I don’t know because we haven’t had any problems with them.  It’s definitely worth a try especially since most the substances for this solution is found in our cabinet.

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Turmeric -The Wonder Spice

 

turmericTurmeric is probably the most effective spice that exists. It is a bright yellow colored spice that is acquired from the Curcuma Longa plant which originates from the Ginger family, which is another powerful spice. There are at least 10 main health benefits of turmeric:

1. Curcumin Contains Powerful medicinal properties. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and as a medicinal spice. Turmeric contains compounds with medicinal properties. These compounds are called cucuminoids of which the most effective one is curcumin.

Curcumin is the main active ingredients in turmeric. It is a very powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.   However, the content of turmeric is not very high, only about 3%. So sprinkling turmeric in your food or drink won’t be effective.

To experience the full effects of turmeric, then you need to take an extract that contains at least 95% curcuminoids. Since curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, make sure that the turmeric supplement or extract has black pepper in it, also called piperine, which is a natural substand that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%. It’s also important to take curcumin with a fatty meal since it is fat soluble.

2. Curcumin is an Anti-Inflammatory.  A lot of people think that inflammation in the body is a bad thing, but it’s actually beneficial because it helps the body fight foreign invaders and also helps to repair damage to our tissues. Without inflammation, pathogens could easily take over our bodies and kill us.

The problem with inflammation is when it is long term and is turns against one’s own body. Inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic disease, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative conditions. Therefore, anything that can fight chronic inflammation is beneficial in treating and preventing diseases. Curcumin is a strong anti-inflammatory. It targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway at the molecular level.

3. Curcumin Significantly Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the Body.  The main reason antioxidants are so important to the human body is because it protects it from free radicals. Free radicals can built up in cells and cause damage to other molecules, such as DNA, lipids, proteins, etc. This damage can lead to cancer and other diseases.

Curcumin protects the body by 2 ways. First, it is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals from damaging cells. Second, it can also boost the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.

4. Curcumin Improves Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases. There is a hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) which is a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain. This BDNF hormone helps the brain to multiply and increase the number of neurons, along with forming new connections. Many brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of BDNF, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Curcumin can increase brains levels of BDNF, and by doing this it can delay and in some cases reverse many brain and age-related decreases in brain function.

5. Curcumin Lowers Your Risk of Heart Disease. The main benefits of curcumin when it comes to heart disease is improving the function of the endothelium, which is the linking of the blood vessels. When the endothelial is not functioning properly, then it has a hard time regulating blood pressure, blooding clotting, and other factors related to blood.

Curcumin can improve endothelial function and is as effective as exercise and the drug, Atorvastatin, but without side effects. It also reduces inflammation and oxidation which are both very important in heart disease.

6. Turmeric Can Help Prevent Cancer. Cancer is basically an uncontrolled growth of cells which keeps other “healthy” cells from functioning properly.

Curcumin can reduce the angiogenesis which is the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, it can reduce metastasis (spread of cancer), and can contribute to the death of cancerous cells. Curcumin may even help prevent cancer from occurring in the first place. As a preventative measure, my family and I take 900mg of Turmeric, with 95% curcuminoids and black pepper every day.   The picture associated with this post is the bottle that we use.

7. Curcumin May Prevent and Treat Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world and a leading cause of dementia. Unfortunately, there is not good treatment for it yet. Preventing it from happening is very important.

Curcumin has shown to cross the blood-brain barrier which not many drugs can do that. Inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin has beneficial effects on both of these.

One key feature of Alzheimer’s disease is a buildup of protein called Amyloid plaques. Curcumin can help clear these plagues. It is not known at this time whether curcumin can slow down or reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s.

8. Curcumin Supplements Help People Who Have Arthritis. Arthritis involves inflammation of the joints. Since curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory, it would help with the arthritis inflammation.

9. Curcumin Helps Fight Depression. Depression is linked to reduced levels of BDNF and a shrinking hippocampus, an area of the brain related to learning and memory. Studies have shown that curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin (lower levels are linked to depression) and dopamine (helps control the brain’s rewards and pleasure centers).

10. Curcumin May Help Delay Aging and Fight Age-Related Chronic Diseases. Oxidation and inflammation play a role in aging. Since we know that curcumin plays a great role in combating oxidation and inflammation, it will slow down the aging process. I’m not saying that curcumin will “keep you young forever.” But it will combat some of the harmful effects of unhealthy habits, poor environment, etc that may speed up the aging process

 

*Side note: Keep in mind that certain supplements, including those made from turmeric, can interact with other medications. For example, turmeric may slow blood clotting, so people taking drugs with the same effect, like anticoagulants, should be cautious about taking turmeric supplements. Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.

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Bonnie Plants do NOT sell GMO Plants

I’m very pleased to announce that Bonnie Plants do NOT grow plants from GMO seeds!

The screen shot below is taken directly from their company website 🙂

Way to go, Bonnie!

 

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