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Getting down to the roots of cannabis. Roots Most growers give little thought to the roots of cannabis plants beyond ensuring that they are healthy and supplied with water, nutrients, oxygen and drainage—before discarding them at harvest time. But the roots have been used in folk medicine for millennia, and contain several compounds that may be of medicinal value.

Use of cannabis roots as medicine through history There is a long documented history of utilisation of cannabis root as medicine. The oft-cited Chinese herbal Shennong pên Ts’ao ching, dated to around 2700 BCE, mentions that cannabis root was dried and ground to form the basis of a paste used to reduce the pain caused by broken bones or surgery. It was also crushed to extract the fresh juice, or boiled to make a decoction, and in this manner used as a diuretic, as an anti-haemorrhagic to stop post-partum bleeding in childbirth (as well as other forms of bleeding), to ease difficult childbirth, and to reduce pain and swelling from bruises and scrapes. This Turmeric Lemonade is Better at Treating Depression Than Prozac. Turmeric is one of the most potent natural cure-alls. This anti-inflammatory, antioxidant packed, cancer fighting, anti-bacterial and anti-viral superfood, turmeric has now been found to lift depression more effectively then any other conventional drugs.

Turmeric Fights Depression Turmeric is a super root which is very beneficial for our health. It’s rich in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, is great for brain health, lowers the risk of a heart disease, and has been found to lift depression, as we previously mentioned. In a clinical trial on major depressive disorder (MDD), Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) was found to have equal effects as the prescription drug fluoxetine (the generic form of Prozac), without any adverse effects. Dr. You should also know that new research has found that adding turmeric to your dishes greatly reduces inflammation in the body. Turmeric Lemonade (for 4 servings) Ingredients: 4 cups cold filtered or sparkling water. Yarrow: Insect Repelling Herb Stronger than DEET. DIY coffee-coconut exfoliant bars for face and body.

These simple bars will work magic on dry skin, while filling the shower with a wonderful aroma of coffee. If you’re looking for a luxurious shower treat to exfoliate and moisturize dry winter skin, then this is the perfect recipe to try. These coffee-coconut exfoliant bars call for a handful of ingredients, come together in minutes, and will keep indefinitely in the fridge or freezer. In the shower they smell divine, while the coffee grounds and sugar provide the perfect amount of abrasion to leave your skin feeling silky soft. © K Martinko Ingredients: 1/2 cup finely ground coffee (freshly ground beans are best, but you can use pre-ground if necessary)1/2 + 1/3 cup coconut oil1 tbsp pure shea butter2 tbsp white sugar1/4 tsp vanilla extract or a few drops vanilla essential oil (optional)Ice cube tray, mini muffin tin, or other small moldSteps:Melt the 1/2 cup of coconut oil and shea butter in a glass jar or bowl in the microwave.

Is Your Perfume Poisoning You and some non-toxic DIY recipes. Have you ever walked through the perfume section of a department store and come out the other side with a headache? Perfume has always given me a headache and the funny thing is, I never really thought about why. I just didn’t wear any and tried not to breathe when visiting department stores. Headaches are just one of the many side effects that can be caused by your perfume including: Asthma Allergies Migraines Sinus Problems Not to mention, they may contain hormone disruptors and toxins linked to cancer and birth defects. Want to know what ingredients in your perfume could be causing these symptoms? Wrong. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Fragrance is considered a trade secret, so companies don’t have to tell us what’s in it – often dozens or even hundreds of synthetic chemical compounds.

In a lab test commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, 17 popular fragrances were tested and the results revealed: You can download the full report here. You can… Or you can… EO Blend 1. Whipped Dandelion & Coconut Oil Moisturizer. This recipe is super easy to make and requires just two ingredients: coconut oil and dandelion flowers. Coconut oil, reputed to have many health benefits when used both internally and externally, is readily available in most areas. I live in small town USA and found two types to choose from in my local grocery store. I buy it in larger quantities for soap making and other projects, through Mountain Rose Herbs. Dandelion flowers have been traditionally used to heal rough, chapped skin and soothe sore, achy muscles.

Here are a few ways to use whipped dandelion coconut oil moisturizer, but you can probably think of plenty more! Use straight on the skin as a moisturizer.Use as a treatment for flaky scalp.Use as a soothing aftershave.Use as a chapstick.Use as a massage cream for sore back, legs, and feet.Use on your pet’s skin irritations. Please note that while many enjoy the benefits of coconut oil, some may find it too drying or show signs of allergy to it. Measure out: You may also like: 7 Ways To Get Rid of Ants Naturally.

It’s a compliment, I’m sure . . . The way ants are descending on my kitchen. The sticky sweet smell of homemade strawberry jam is irresistible if I do say so myself. But after watching them take an afternoon dip in my coconut oil I’m not feeling very hospitable. I draw the line at coconut oil, y’all. There are certain spices, such as cinnamon and turmeric, that are thought to repel ants, but I haven’t had much luck with them. 7 Ways To Get Rid Of Ants Naturally 1.

When a forager and goes out and discovers food, it marks the path from the food to the nest using a pheromone trail. Peppermint Essential Oil Not only does this one really work, it smells great to boot! To use: Place a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe on baseboards and other entry points. (Where to find peppermint oil) Tea Tree Essential Oil Tea tree is a great all-purpose oil to have around. To use: Place a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe on baseboards and other entry points. (Where to find tea tree oil) Clove Essential Oil. How to Make Organic Herbal Cough Drops. By Dr. Paul Haider Lots of people have a lingering cough right now. Here is a fast and simple way to make your own organic herbal cough drops. Cough drops from the drugstore are expensive. These organic herbal cough drops are much more effective, inexpensive, and easy to make… plus they are organic and better for you. And these organic herbal cough drops keep well sealed in a jar in a cool dry place for a very long time.

Make them ahead of time… so you have them when you need them. Steps for Making Organic Herbal Cough Drops Ingredients: 2 1/2 – Cups filtered water 2 – Cups of Organic Honey 5 – Teaspoon of herbs – use one teaspoon of each – slippery elm, chamomile, eucalyptus leaves, licorice root, and mullein. Candy thermometer and candy molds Optional - You can add different types of flavourings such as cinnamon bark and lemon rind or whatever you like to make it taste different.

Procedure Add these to your water and let them boil down. Non-Toxic Bug Repellent Recipe with Coconut Oil. NOTE: A few weeks back, my recipe for bug repellent was featured on the website. Since there are still some high days of summer left and the bugs are in full swing, I wanted to share my recipe for bug repellent on here too! By Jessica Espinoza Looking for an all-natural, non-toxic insect repellent that doesn’t contain the chemicals (like DEET) that most of the commercial brands do? There are many natural, non-toxic ingredients that can be used to make a bug repellent that won’t harm you and your family. Catnip Cedarwood Cinnamon Citronella Clove Eucalyptus Geranium Lavender Lemongrass Patchouli Peppermint Rosemary Tea Tree Note: Some citrus oils, like lemon, also have strong bug repellent properties, but are also considered “phototoxic”, meaning that the skin could damage or burn easily if those oils are applied to the skin and then exposed to any source of ultraviolet (UV) light.

Bug Balm Recipe This recipe makes approximately 4oz (1/2 cup) of bug balm. HerbMentor News 92: How to Make Cayenne Salve. Every two months we feature a different herb on so that we can really dive into learning particular plants on a deeper level. During this cold and dark time of the year we are learning more about one of the hottest and most popular spices in the world: cayenne. The health benefits of cayenne are truly astounding! From its heart-protective qualities to boosting the immune system, it will even stop bleeding from a cut or wound!

If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than anything else. —Dr. In this article we are going to look at one of cayenne’s many benefits: easing pain. History of cayenne Cayenne comes from the Capsicum genus that also includes bell peppers, chilies, paprikas and habaneros.

This genus is from the Americas and has been cultivated for use for at least 7,000 years. The etymology of the word Capsicum is believed to have been derived from Greek, meaning “to bite”. What makes it bite? Cayenne has a hot and acrid taste. 45 Cool Uses For Lemons. Why do we Love lemons? It's a funny love affair. These amazing little sour fruits captivate us from the first taste and keep us coming back as witnessed by these babies trying lemons for the first time... Uses for Lemons you may not have thought of...

Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavor to our foods. However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. . * If you do consume lemon peel, stick to organic lemons to reduce your pesticide exposure. Source: True Activist. 3 simple homemade toothpaste recipes. While some people in rural parts of the world may resort to the use of brick, charcoal, rangoli powder, mud, salt or ash for toothpaste, western brushers usually rely on a tube of mystery ingredients to make their pearly whites sparkle like the Pepsodent girl's.

But the ingredients found in conventional toothpastes — including sodium fluoride, synthetic dyes derived from petroleum or coal tar, sodium hydroxide (also known as lye or caustic soda), sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, artificial sweeteners, and triclosan — might make us think twice about the products we employ for the sake of our teeth. Of course, we’re not actively swallowing the stuff, but it’s unavoidable that a bit will slink down the gullet from time to time. And given that most of us brush our teeth 730 times or more a year, there’s no shortage of opportunity to ingest ingredients better left in the lab.

The most controversial of all the ingredients is fluoride. 1. 2. 3. Related stories on MNN: DIY Peppermint Mouthwash | The Dabblist.

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Home-made Coconut Oil Deodorant. Homemade Lavender-Lemongrass Body Wash. Share What do you put on your body every day? By the time I’ve finished my morning routine I’ve used shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, toner, moisturizer and sunscreen for my face, and lotion for my body. Somehow, it took me close to a year before I started wondering what the heck was actually in those bottles in my shower. Isn’t it odd that we’ve become so conscious of what we put inside our bodies, and somehow managed not to give any thought about what we were putting on them?

All of that changed a few weeks ago when a friend recommended The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database which rates products according to the chemicals they contain and how harmful they are. I decided to replace some of the items in our routine with safer, natural products – preferably something homemade (well, yeah!).

Scrapple and I have been using it for about 2 weeks now and will never go back! Give it a try! 1 Tbs steel cut oats (optional – to infuse) 1 c. distilled water 1 Tbsp honey 1. 2. How to Make Medicinal Vinegars & Oxymels. Share Medicinal vinegars (Vinegar Extracts) have been around since ancient times, and were an excellent way to preserve and dispense herbs before distilled spirits were known about. While the advantages of using vodka or brandy to make your herbal tinctures are many – including greater potency and longer shelf life, there are those who wish to avoid alcohol for personal reasons or due to the higher cost, making vinegar extracts ideal for them to create.

Vinegar extracts (also known as “aceta”) are weaker than alcohol based tinctures, so the required dose is higher. And, while vinegar won’t draw out as many of the beneficial components of an herb that alcohol will, it does excel at drawing minerals and vitamins from a plant. Add those extra nutrients to the already established benefits of apple cider vinegar and you have a very acceptable option for your herbal remedies toolbox. Making a Vinegar Extract: Dosing a Vinegar Extract: Making an Oxymel: Source: Happy Armpits: Make Your Own Coconut-Oil Deodorant (Recipe Included!)

By Ana Jadanec Guest Writer for Wake Up World I’ve always been picky about deodorants. Not because they didn’t do their “job”, but there was always something I wasn’t too happy with. Scent, consistency, usability, bottle shape, irritation, drying factor… Well, this whole pickyness escalated in 2003 when I read the ingredients printed on the packaging of my store bought deodorant. Aluminium jumped right at me. Let me just explain what this most abundant metal in Earth’s crust does, and how it ended on our armpits. Aluminium-based complexes react with the electrolytes in the sweat to form a gel plug in the duct of the sweat gland. The more I focused on finding a health-friendly deodorant, the more problems I’d create.

I allowed all this for years because my skin has always been very free-spirited and abundantly willing to express itself and its dislikes since childhood; so, I just took it as one of those things that the biggest bodily organ does on an equally strange human body. Ingredients: