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50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making

50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making
You may be realizing that most conventionally made products out there contain a lot of toxic chemicals. Not only that, many of these products are harmful to our environment in a number of ways. Making things yourself not only saves you money and helps the environment, but it lets you know where your products are coming from and exactly what has been put in them. You can make anything from food items to personal care and cleaning products, all in very simple ways. Remember: Whenever you can, use organic foods and ingredients in recipes. Use sea salt instead of table salt. 50 Things You Can Start Making Homemade Ketchup – This ketchup won’t break the bank, tastes better than the real deal, and contains no added sugar, so it’s good for the whole family. Homemade Mayonnaise – This is a great recipe for any mayonnaise lover out there wanting to make their own at home. Peanut Butter – It is so simple to make this pantry staple it would be silly to buy it. H/T: Natural Living Ideas

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Forget the Silicones: Six Plants that Cause Breasts Growth Plastic surgery became the fashion, but nature still gives the best. Here are tips on plants that are not common, and have a powerful effect on breast size. The first on the list is the fenugreek, seed originating from Greece. Seeds can be purchased in any herbal pharmacy, and should be soaked in water overnight. The second day you should massage your breasts with this water. Black Dye A deep, black dye can be created using water, tannins, and iron. Any natural material can be colored a black tone by first soaking the item in a tannic acid solution. Then the material is immersed in a second solution of iron salt to give it the permanent dark pigment. To get started, you will need: a) 15 large acorns or 2 large oak galls. The quantity of acorns or oak galls will depend upon the amount of natural material you want to dye. b) Enough lemons to create a cup of lemon juice.

How to Make Pine Pitch I try to collect pine resin deposits that happen naturally, usually caused by a fracture in a limb by a storm, lightning, or animals scratching on the bark. I also gather resin that oozes naturally out of the broken knots in the pine tree. The runny clear resin, the dried up clumps of amber or the flakey white drips, dried from seasons past, are all good resin for making pine pitch. Usually I collect my resin in some sort of metal container, such as a soup can or a little larger can with some pre-punched holes in the bottom of the can. The holes are about the size of a common finish nail and covers the bottom randomly.

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training Shaolin Kungfu practiced by monks from Shaolin Monastery takes martial arts to a brand new level. As Shaolin monks believe the strength comes only from the mind, there are almost no limits to what can be done with their bodies during the trainings. They practice techniques centered around balance, strength, endurance, and self defense. They can endure incredible amounts of pain while barely flinching. The design and arrangements of their movements are based on the medical knowledge of ancient China and conforms to the rule of movement of the human body.

Pitch and hardener (primitive epoxy) I have read a couple of formulas for hardening pine pitch or other conifer pitch. One calls for a 5:1 pitch to hardener ratio, the hardener being wood ash. For starters, wood ash is the least reliable hardener. There are many other suitable hardeners. Yoga For Beginners — 20 Minutes That Will Change Your Life If you aren't a master of the downward dog or don't even know what that term means, don't worry. Yoga may be a widely popular exercise trend but not everyone has jumped on the wagon. If you're new to yoga, you've come to the right place. Extraction of Woad by Teresinha Roberts 9. Concentrating the Pigment Let the liquid in the jar settle for a couple of hours. You may see a blue sludge at the bottom of the jar. Carefully empty 2/3 of the jar or siphon most of liquid away with a glass siphon.

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Using natural plant dyes By Kate Aimson Published Beltane 1999 “However did they first find out that by picking these leaves and mashing them, and then peeing on them and throwing wood ash on them, you’d get this blue dye?” says Jenny Nutbeem, as quoted in an issue of Country Living magazine. This is a subject which has been discussed in White Dragon before - how craftspeople in the past worked out their craft. Part of the answer must be when you know what you are doing, and have the relevant experience, then they can use your intuition and make leaps of discovery. 5 Quick and Easy ways to use YouTube in class with the sound turned off! - Teach English Spain YouTube is a wonderful resource for language teachers and learners. When I mention this to trainee teachers, many of them assume I am only talking about YouTube clips which have been specifically created for language learners. When this happens, I’ll show them a few simple ways to use authentic YouTube clips for speaking practice. These activities can be used if you have access to interactive whiteboards, desktop projectors, laptops or let your learners use their mobile devices in class. Remember the old adage: a picture tells a thousand words.

How to Dye With Oak Galls Oak galls are a natural source of tannin that can be used to colour natural materials. Galls form when a tiny gall wasp lays its egg in the leaves or twigs of an oak tree. Iron-gall dye first saw use in the 12th century and continued to be a source of dye and permanent ink for over 700 years, according to the Maryland State Archives. Black iron-gall dye can be made and used at home to dye leather or natural materials for crafts. Skill level: Moderately Easy Scotland To Construct World's Largest Floating Wind Farm The International Energy Agency recently announced that the world is on track to produce 26% of its energy demands from clean, renewable energy sources by the end of the decade. Each of the Scandinavian countries has proudly advertised initiatives to boost their renewable energy-generating capacity, and now Scotland is about to follow suit: its government has declared that it has approved the construction of the U.K.’s first floating offshore wind farm. Not only that, but it’ll be the biggest in the world. The new development, called Hywind, is to be installed 25 kilometers (16 miles) off Scotland’s easternmost point by the Norwegian energy company Statoil. Five enormous floating turbines will be able to produce 135-gigawatt hours of electricity each year, roughly enough to power 20,000 homes, which will be transported via anchored undersea cables to the Scottish mainland.

Oak, Common Botanical.com Home Page Botanical: Quercus robur Family: N.O. Cupuliferae ---Synonym---Tanner's Bark. The Common, or British Oak, for many centuries the chief forest tree of England, is intimately bound up with the history of these islands from Druid times. A spray of oak was for long engraved on one side of our sixpences and shillings, but is now superseded by the British lion.

I use regular vinegar for my household cleaning. Will check out all the suggestions. Thanks! by ohiograndma Aug 24

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