Posts tagged Natural remedies

Green cleaning

While it is still February outside, I am starting to think about spring cleaning (it is never too early!) With less money in my pocket due to the economy, I have started to look for recipes to make homemade cleaning products. Many sites boost that you have all the cleaning items already in your kitchen pantry, you simply need to employ them for scrubbing rather than cooking. One great site that I found claims you only need 3, that’s right, 3 products to clean everything!

http://beingfrugal.net/2008/01/29/save-money-by-making-homemade-cleaning-products/

One recipe provided on the post that I thought would be useful was the bath tub cleaner. “My favorite bathroom cleaner is a spray bottle filled with 1/2 cup Dawn and as much vinegar as the bottle holds.  It works better than any commercial tub cleaner I’ve ever tried!” I wonder though how strong the smell of vinegar is and how long the scent lasts. Maybe using scented Dawn would help?

Another option I found while looking for homemade cleaners was green/ natural cleaners. Again, the ingredients are readily available in my house already, and the consistent theme I found was the use of vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. HGTV offers a list of household items and recipes to create your very own green cleaning products.

http://www.hgtv.ca/green/indoors_cleaningproducts.aspx

A floor wax recipe that I know of consists of mixing equal parts vinegar and mineral oil together and applying with a clean mop. Very simple, but also very green! Do you have any special recipes to share?

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Digestion aid

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After starting the detox program that I wrote about earlier, I wanted to have something that I could continue to put in my diet to keep the digestion track clean (without having to detox all over again!) I did some research and found this article from 1978. Now before you roll your eyes at me, let me say quickly that it is posted on a well-known site–Mother Earth News.

The premise is to use natural methods to keep your body healthy and strong and as we have gotten into the 80s and 90s, we saw a movement towards drugs as our salvation, instead of the traditional herbs that had been used for centuries by native peoples. One of these ancient medicines was Lemon Grass, a tall grass that grows in a warm climate (think CA or Mexico) and is used to make a tea with many healing properties. One of the selling points (for me) is that it aids in digestion and it is something that can be grown easily indoors in a pot (for those of you living outside the ‘warm’ climate of CA) or outdoors. With spring just around the corner, I am starting to look for what I will be planting  so that I can begin starting my seeds and planning my layout of my garden. I will keep my eyes out for Lemon Grass and try my hand at cultivating this ancient herb…it should be an adventure!

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Natural-Health/1978-09-01/Lemon-Grass-Tea-Benefits.aspx

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