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Hello Heartburn

As we all know heartburn is a royal pain.  In fact, in some cases it can be right up there with a case of bad gas.  You know nothing is more embarrassing than a really bad stomach that’s really just a bad case of gas, but that’s another story.  So I’ve been on the receiving end of heartburn.  It’s wasn’t pleasant.  It was like taking one of those really huge pills that gets stuck in your esophagus and no amount of water will get rid of it. Personally, I don’t like taking medication for something that is usually diet related.  I usually eat really well, but everybody has there nice little spurts of “I’m gong to eat donuts for the next month”.  So what had happened was, I was in college and busy.  I wanted something quick, easy, and easily portable.  My frozen meal of choice was ravioli.  There are many different variations of ravioli.  However, many sold on the market contain red sauce.  Mistake #1.  I was used to homemade red sauce with fresh tomatoes, and in all honesty I didn’t realize how acidic red sauce can be.  It had been a part of my diet regularly growing up. […]
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Spot Treatments for Acne

I know everyone or most people have had a “OMG I have somewhere to be and everyone is going to see this giant zit!”.   Been there done that, and no, I don’t want to repeat it.  Sometimes I find sulfur mask or purifying mask in general, either do two things to my face: Dry it out or only work once.  When my skin has been dried out by a facial mask, my moisturizer has to work over time aka I have to use it 3 times a day.  My moisturizer is too expensive for that.  So I have found  3 ways to treat areas that are prone to acne or pimples in general.  So the 3 ways I treat my skin are simple: Drink Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Create a 50/50 mix of ACV and water to spot treat Crushed aspirin mixed with a little water Spot facial mask of Honey, ACV, Baking Soda, and Peppermint Oil For #1, I mix 3ish tbsps of raw local honey, I have major sinus issues, with 3ish tbsps of ACV.  Once it’s mixed together I add water and drink it.  I like sour stuff.  So if you don’t like sour stuff skip […]
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Scrub Away!

Everybody needs a little exfoliation, and the best time to do it is during the winter.  Why?  Because 9/10 of the time we are completely covered, unless you’re lucky enough to live in a warm area year-round.  So after removing any dead skin, we can moisturize and protect our skin and keep it soft and supple.  I think winter is the best for exfoliation because people tend to use thicker lotions and creams to combat dry skin caused by winter weather.  Well there’s a problem with that.  These heavier lotions and creams can’t penetrate our skin as well as they should.  So sometimes patches of hard dry skin appear in areas we take care of really well.  By using exfoliation, we open our pores and remove dry skin that has built up so our creams and lotions can actually do their jobs.  With that said, let’s talk about scrubs.  Bath scrubs not Scrubs. Scrub #1:  This is for all my coffee drinkers.  Save your used coffee grounds and get your money’s worth twice! 1 tbsp of raw sugar (the chunky kind) 2 tbsp of olive oil (or grapeseed oil/coconut oil) 3 tbsp of coffee (medium or finely ground works) 1/2 ts of […]
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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Field Mice

  Ok, so I’m a country girl, and I love horses.  However, I don’t love field mice.  Field mice are not those gigantic alien looking huge rats you find in the city.  Field mice are usually the size of a pet mouse or a little fatter.  They eat everything from books (yes I’ve lost a few good books to them) to left-over food in the sink.  They are pesky little things that seem to come out of nowhere.  So here are some things to avoid when dealing with field mice. Food and good smelling stuff…safeguard it!  They’re sense of smell is really strong.  We have a lot of tea and other good smelling edibles in cardboard boxes.  Keeping food or perishable items in cardboard boxes is fine during the summer, but not so fine with cold whether coming.  So we transfer every item into plastic/glass tubs or containers.  Mice can’t eat through plastic or glass.  Also, a perk to this is that the smell of edibles is masked. Cleanup after yourself and keep everything tidy.  Spills, regardless of size, can be a meal to a mouse.  Clothes, blankets, etc. should also be put away if not in use.  Why?  Because […]
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7 All Natural & Organic Ways to Block Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are evil.  There’s just no other way to put it.  With summer’s hot days and cool (sort of) muggy nights, the mosquitoes come out.  There’s no way to avoid them, but you can detour them.  So before rushing to Walmart, Dollar General, etc. use some natural ways of repelling mosquitoes.  Here are the 7 ways you can say no to mosquitoes: Wear lighter clothing.  Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.  Unlike what the SyFy films suggest, mosquitoes do find you because of your blood.  They actually use their eyes.  Dark colors for them are easier to pick up from a distance. Work up a sweat!  I was always the kid after a late night muggy match that didn’t have many or any mosquitoe bites.  Why? Because I’m a sweater which means my body temperature raises relatively fast and stays high.  Mosquitoes like cool temperatures and cool skin.  They don’t like the heat. Your breathe..unfortunately bad breathe does not repel mosquitoes, but neither does freshly cleaned mouth.  Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide given off when we exhale.  Same goes for other creatures.  So if your into burning candles when your outside make sure your candles have citronella oil. […]
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How to Use Peppermint for Cramping and Spasms

     Peppermint is another hidden gem amongst herbs.  The properties listed in my previous post all applied to the scalp and hair.  However, there are other properties one can gain from topical use and from ingesting this herb.  Common issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallstones, and colic can be fought by simply ingesting peppermint in tea form.      So what causes IBS?  Doctors are unsure what exactly causes IBS, but they do know what is does to the body.  The problem, IBS, is related in the disregulation in the nervous supply to the bowels, which causes cramping, gas, and abdominal bloating.  It does not make passing gas difficult; it simply makes a person more sensitive to the formation of gas.  The sensitivity to the formation of gas causes spasms which lead to an urgency to use the restroom which leads to a loose stool, or an increased amount of bowel gas.  Once the stool or the gas is passed, the pain subsides.  However, an enteric-coated capsule, such as those in the picture below, can reduce the effects of IBS.  According to the New Herbal Bible, enteric-coated capsules should contain 0.2ml of peppermint oil, and take 1 to […]
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