Friday, April 19, 2013

Make your Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir

I have been taking vinegar daily for awhile now but I get tired of the taste
 So here is how to make apple cider vinegar just a little bit more "drinkable."

Do you know what they say ACV can do for you? Well they say that
It is a natural remedy for heartburn.
Can help clear up skin conditions and acne (read this post for more information)
Promotes digestion and will keep you regular
Helps control weight
Can help regulate blood sugar (as a type 1 diabetic this has made a huge difference for me)
Helps reduce sinus infections and sore throats (my husband starts drinking this like crazy whenever he feels a cold coming on)
It is rich in enzymes and potassium
Can help ease menstrual cramps
Helps promote youthful healthy bodies
Sweetened Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir:
  • 1 1/2 cup of cold water can use bottled
  • 2 tbs of apple or grape juice
  • 3 tbs of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp honey

Place all the ingredients together in a glass and stir until it is all mixed together. 

Apple Cider Vinegar cures nail fungus

Who knew there was a natural remedy for nail fungus? It isn’t easy to get rid of. If you have nail fungus, you’ve likely tried all kinds of sprays, lotions and creams to no avail. They all claim to work but none actually do anything. Who would guess a simple natural remedy such as apple cider vinegar eliminates nail fungus? In fact, apple cider vinegar has long been known for its anti-fungal capabilities.
Most cures are slow cures and apple cider vinegar is no exception. Still, it works faster than some over the counter cures. In fact, you should see results within a few days when using apple cider vinegar as a natural remedy for nail fungus. It may take months to eliminate nail fungus altogether. You must be patient and persistent.
In order to see results with any nail fungus treatment, you must be diligent. Nail fungus is stubborn because it hides and grows in a closed space. Nail fungus must be treated daily in order for the apple cider vinegar cure to work. No treatment for nail fungus can be done halfway. You must be on top of things to see results. Do not stop treatment until the fungus is completely eliminated.
You may have noticed ads concerning internal treatments (pills or tablets) for nail fungus. These require a prescription from your doctor. Prescription meds can cause liver damage and cannot be taken by everyone. Another option is having the nail removed surgically. The good news is, apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy for nail fungus that can be used both internally and externally. There are absolutely no harmful side effects with apple cider vinegar and no surgery involved.
Topical Application
Using apple cider vinegar as a natural remedy for nail fungus is very simple. Apply full strength apple cider vinegar directly to the infected nail or nails three times daily. Be sure the vinegar gets well under the nail. Cutting back some of the nail growth may help. You can use either an eye dropper or a cotton swab to apply the apple cider vinegar. Do not wipe it off. Let it dry naturally. This allows the vinegar to work on the fungus long after application. Go barefoot whenever possible to discourage fungal growth.
Internal Application
In order to increase the effectiveness of the topical vinegar, you should also be taking apple cider vinegar internally. This gets the anti-fungal powerhouse into the bloodstream, where it can work on areas the topical treatment can’t reach. Once again, this a very simple natural remedy treatment. Just take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar three times daily.
If you drink a lot of soda pop or other sugary beverages, or have an insatiable sweet tooth, this could worsen nail fungus and make it harder to eliminate. Sugar feeds fungus and helps it grow. So, at least while you are using this natural remedy for nail fungus, keep your sugar intake down. If you follow all the natural treatment guidelines diligently, you should be able to kiss nail fungus goodbye within a year of beginning treatment.



>From Natural Health magazine, Jan/Feb 2000:

Elderberries are thought to protect against infection with the
influenza (flu) virus.  And once the person comes down with the flu,
elderberries may also reduce the severity and duration of the illness
and its symptoms.  Elderberries are also believed to relieve upper
respiratory congestion caused by colds or allergies, and are
currently being studied as possible treatment for the herpes and
Human Immunodeficiency (HIV) viruses.

What it is:
Elderberries are the dark purple fruit of the elder tree.  Though the
majority of research on the healing properties of the elderberry has
been done on the European black elder, the North American species is
believed to have the same curative properties.

How it works:
Elderberries contain antiviral proteins that prevent viruses from
invading cells. Elderberries are rich in vitamin C -- an antioxidant
that boosts immune function -- and in bioflavanoids which according
to Bradley Bongiovanni, N.D., a naturopath in Cambridge, Mass.,
strengthen cells, making them less reactive to allergens and germs.

Elderberries may possess expectorant and astringent properties that
encourage the release of phlegm and reduce congestion.  The berries
also induce sweating which may help break a fever of rid the body of

A 1995 placebo-controlled study of 40 patients diagnosed with
influenza published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary
Medicine found that 90 percent of flu patients who had taken 10 ml of
elderberry extract four times a day were completely symptom-free
after three days.

Symptoms of patients in the untreated control group persisted for six
days.  According to Madeleine Mumcuoglu, Ph.D., the study's lead
author and a former virology researcher at Hebrew University in
Jerusalem, research has shown that patients who take elderberry
extract have elevated levels of immune system proteins called
cytomkines in their bloodstreams.

In a 1998 study at the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem,
chimpanzees given a tablespoon of elderberry extract every day during
the cold and flu season were three times less likely to get sick than
those in the control group, who received fruit juice.  Those in the
treated group who did get sick were only ill for an average of 24
hours, compared to two to six days for those in the control group.
There hasn't yet been any research on elderberry's decongestant
properties.  Preliminary laboratory studies indicate that elderberry
extract inhibits reproduction of the herpes and HIV viruses in vitro.

Elderberry extract is slightly acidic and can irritate the stomach
lining.  Taking it with food should minimize any discomfort. While
there are few known side effects for commercially prepared elderberry
extracts or capsules, the bark and leaves from the elder tree may
produce an allergic reaction of they come in contact with the skin.
Raw berries are mildly toxic and will cause vomiting and diarrhea if

How to take it:
Dosages vary depending on the manufacturer's formulation, so read the
labels, but they usually range from 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of
extract twice daily for flu prevention, and up to 4 times that amount
for treatment.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bird Feeder DIY

Bird Feeder DIY

found this idea, now I just need a glass drill bit

 What do you do with your empty wine or beer or non alcohol bottle after its empty?? Why, make a bird feeder of course. I love the color and design of this bottle so I had Alan convert it into a bird feeder for our backyard. I need to add some red ribbon to it to attract birds, but besides that I really like how it turned out.
Using your glass cutting drill bit cut two or three holes at the bottom of the bottle.
 Then, find a saucer that is bigger than the bottle bottom and, using epoxy, adhere the bottle to the saucer.

 Use baling wire, or any other easy to bend wire, wrap the top of the bottle with wire and create a hanger.
Fill with bird feed of choice. That’s all.
Hang in nearest tree and enjoy bird watching all summer long.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Make it Yourself Vitamin C Serum

Make it yourself vitamin C serum 

The other day I found a Recipe for making this and I made a couple changes
What you will need:

Vitamin C powder (L ascorbic powder). pure vegetable glycerine, which is a great base for serums and makes your skin soft and healthy, I also add a few drops of essential oils of choice, I added something citrus
careful if your skin is sensitive
Some kind of dark colored small glass bottle. 
  • In a small bowl mix 1 tsp of Vitamin C powder with 2 tsp of vegetable glycerine.
  • Mix
  • Apply a few drops onto face or skin and rub in
  • Keep in a cool dry place.


Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Deciduous shrub or small tree. Leaves lobed, with uneven bases. 2-7". 

Buds hairy, stalked at base, without scales. Leaves and twigs hairless. 

Seed pods stubby, with 4 parts. Flowers yellow, petals very narrow and 

randomly curved.

Height: 10-25'.

Common Names: American Witch Hazel, Hamamelis, Hamamelis Water, Hazel 

Nut, Snapping Hazel, Snapping Tobacco Wood, Spotted Alder, Striped 

Alder, Tobacco Wood, Winter Bloom.

Flowers: It blooms after the leaves drop, September through December.

Habitat: Woods. Indigenous to North America and Canada.

Parts Used: Bark and leaves.

Harvest: The leaves can be gathered throughout the summer and dried 

quickly to ensure that they do not become discolored. The bark is 

gathered in the spring after sprouting.

Constituents: Leaves: Tannins, composed mainly of gallotannins with some 

condensed catechins and proanthocyanin, flavonoids; quercitin, 

kaempferol, astragalin, myricitrin, volatile oil containing hexenol.

Bark: Tannins, mainly the hamamelitannins, with some condensed tannins 

such as- gallocatechin, l-epigallocatechin and l-epicatechin, saponins, 

volatile oil, resin.

Medicinal Properties: Astringent, anti-inflammatory.

Uses: In the treatment of varicose veins, it should be applied on a lint 

bandage, which must be constantly kept moist. A pad of Witch Hazel 

applied to a burst varicose vein will stop the bleeding.

It is used for eye inflammations, hemorrhoids, bites, stings and skin 

sores, diarrhea and dysentery, and many other conditions for which a 

plant high in tannins would produce relief by virtue of its astringency. 

Herbalists consider it one of the best plant medicines to check 

bleeding, both internally and externally.

A tea made from the bark or leaves is given to stop internal bleeding. 

The same tea can be injected into the rectum to allay the pain and 

itching of hemorrhoids, which today comes to the consumer in the form of 

"pads" or ointments for hemorrhoid treatment.

A poultice of the fresh leaves or bark is useful for relieving the pain 

and swelling of inflammations. Dipped in a cotton ball, witch hazel 

water is dabbed on insect bites to calm pain and relieve itching. It is 

especially soothing on chigger and tick bites, as well as mosquito 

bites, and poison ivy rash.

Preparations and Dosages: TWIGS AND LEAVES:. Tincture [Fresh Herb, 1:2] 

10-60 drops as needed, and diluted for topical use.

BARK: Standard decoction topically.