Friday, July 31, 2015

Diet for Lupus sufferers

I myself am a Lupus sufferer, so I thought I would try to find some things that could help other Lupus patients with their flares.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Remove tea stains from carpet

How to Remove Tea Stains From Carpet

If you have carpets in your home, you have carpet stains.
There's just no avoiding it.
But there are a handful of useful tricks using pantry and kitchen items already on hand to help remove tea and other stains if you act fast enough


*Try blotting the tea stain with a white cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, as that will only spread the stain and cause it to possibly set deeper into the carpet fibers. Continue blotting with clean towels until you get most of the tea stain up. Blotting is repeatedly pressing directly down onto the spill.

*Mix a half cup of white vinegar with one cup of warm water and apply it to the tea stain using a spray bottle. If you don't have a spray bottle, you can carefully pour the mixture on the stain.

*Blot up the vinegar mixture using clean white cloth or paper towels until the towels come up clean.

*Make a solution of one teaspoon dish detergent to one cup warm water, and apply to the tea stain if the vinegar did not remove the tea stain completely. Blot as much up as possible, removing the soap mixture and the tea stain.

*Rinse the carpet by spraying or gently pouring clear water on the stain. Blot as much up as possible, and let the area air dry for at least one hour.

*Check the area after about an hour. If any of the tea stain remains visible, mix one teaspoon of peroxide in one cup of warm water, spray the stain and blot until the stain is gone.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Benefits of dry brushing...

I must say I had never heard of this...


1. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage.
When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.

2. Exfoliation
Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to "breathe."

3. Increase Circulation
When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.

4. Reduce Cellulite
Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite.
Dry brushing is also said to help reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue, although some believe the effect is temporary (and mostly a result of skin become more plump and swollen after brushing).1 The Huffington Post reported:2
"When we'd heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs."

5. Stress Relief
The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative (especially if you do it in a quiet space) and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.

6. Improve Digestion and Kidney Function
Dry skin brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function. According to one skin care and spa expert:3
"…many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and more."

7. It's Invigorating
Many people become "addicted" to dry skin brushing (in a good way) because it simply feels so good. Along with glowing and tighter skin, regular dry skin brushers report feeling invigorated after a quick session.

Courtesy of Health Digest.
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DIY Lace Painted Dresser

Old furniture now looking great ;)

For directions, please go here:

Monday, July 20, 2015

Healthy Cheesecake Popsicles!


(8) 5-ounce Dixie Cups
Popsicle sticks
8 sheets graham crackers, crushed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 (small) packages cheesecake instant pudding mix
4 cups milk
sliced strawberries and blueberries

*Crush your graham crackers into small pieces, using a food processor, blender, rolling pin--whatever you've got!
*Stir in melted butter to combine.
*Combine pudding mix and milk, whisking together until smooth.
*Add a small layer (a spoonful or so) of pudding mix to the bottom of your cups.
*Next, add a layer of your graham cracker "crust" (again, about a spoonful).
*On top of your graham cracker crumbs, layer in a few sliced berries.
*Fill cups up the rest of the way with the remaining pudding mix.
*Insert Popsicle sticks and freeze until set.

How to get rid of Pet Stains on Carpet....

How to get rid of Pet Stains on Carpet

Use good old vinegar and baking soda.
The steps are the important part.

Pour enough vinegar to soak the stain and THEN add a small amount of baking soda.

If you do the reverse, you will have a noisy, bubbly mess.
Do it the right way, and you can hear the recipe cackling away, telling you how it is cleaning and deodorizing without leaving any residue.

You need to let the spot dry for a day or two before sweeping, then vacuum

Cover the spot with a bowl or plate so that we don’t have baking soda kicked around.

You can actually see the yellow color being absorbed up into your little mountain of baking soda. Works on old stains as well.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

DIY Microwave Cleaner

Cleaning your Microwave Oven....

*Place 2 cups of water in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons baking soda.

Pop it in your microwave and cook it on high for about 90 seconds.

Any dried food will then wipe off with a damp cloth.
*Place 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon baking soda in a bowl.

Heat it in the microwave till it boils.
Leave in there for a few minutes by which time the food spills will have softened and should wipe off with a sponge.

*Make up a mixture that is 50% vinegar and 50% water.
Heat in the microwave until it boils.

The steam in the microwave will loosen the dried on food and a sponge dipped in the mixture will rub off the remainder.

*Place a lemon, cut in half in a small jug (container) and top it up with water.

Heat in the microwave until boiling point and then let it sit there for 10 minutes.

Dried food will wipe away fast and the microwave will smell fantastic.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Easier way to cook Corn on the Cob!

Never boil corn again!

Want to know the easiest way to cook corn on the cob? Throw it in the oven at 350° for 25-30 minutes. That’s it. Leave the husk on, it will trap in the moisture, leaving you with juicy, tender corn. The husk and silk will peel away easily once it’s cooked. Cut off the large end and it slides right out with no silk.

Homemade Pain Cream

Homemade Pain Cream.....

- For those days we over do it a little

You Will Need:
Pan or double burner
Measuring equipment (cup, scale, ect)

1.5 oz beeswax
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup oil of choice ( olive oil, grape-seed oil, ect)
Essential Oils (You can use your own combination):

*Add your beeswax, coconut oil, and your oil of choice to your pan.
*Turn it on medium to low heat and let it all melt down slowly.
*Remove from heat and begin allowing your mixture to cool.
*Depending on the consistency you want you can add 1/4 cup of water, to get a more lotion type texture or leave as is for it to be a thicker cream.
*If you add water make sure to stir well.
*After the mixture has cooled some add your essential oils.
*It is normal for it to still be in a liquid state.
*Then transfer it to your storage container of choice with a secure lid and allow it thicken.
*Then it is ready for use.
*If the texture is thicker than you like make sure you try it before changing anything.
*Often as soon as it hits your skin it melts and blends in.
*However, if you would like it to have a softer look you can whip it with a whisk or mixer.

Can Be Used For:
Sore muscles
Joint Pain
Pulled muscles

DIY Home Remedies for Dizziness

I sometimes suffer with severe dizziness. I thought since I am going to give these a try, I would share it with you all.

Here are the top 10 home remedies for dizziness.

1. Deep Breathing
Deep breathing is one of the best ways to deal with dizziness. It will help provide an adequate amount of oxygen to the brain, which in turn will relax the nervous system and reduce dizziness.

Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
Place one hand on your abdomen, place the thumb of your other hand against one nostril and close your mouth.
Inhale slowly through your open nostril and try to fill your belly with air.

Hold the breath in, close both nostrils and purse your lips.
After 2 to 3 seconds, exhale slowly and try to extract air from your belly.

Repeat these steps 10 times.
Then, sit quietly for 5 minutes and breathe normally to avoid getting dizzy again.

2. Drink Water
Dehydration is a common cause of dizziness. This can be due to not drinking water for a long time or failing to rehydrate your body during and after exercise. Dehydration can also result from vomiting or diarrhea that causes excessive fluid loss.

When you feel dizzy, try drinking a glass of water. To keep dehydration and dizziness at bay, drink an ample amount of water throughout the day.

You can also try drinking herbal tea with a little honey, soups and broths, or fruit juices.

3. Eat Something
Dizziness can be caused due to a low blood sugar level, especially for diabetics. In addition, hunger can make you more prone to dizziness. So, when dizziness hits, try eating something. In fact, it’s a good idea to avoid remaining hungry for long periods of time if you are prone to dizziness.

Eat a snack that is high in carbohydrates or sugar like a chocolate bar or a banana.

Any fruit high in water content will do the trick.
A bowl of yogurt with fruit is another good option.
A handful of roasted nuts like cashews, almonds or walnuts may also work.

4. Ginger
Ginger is a time-tested remedy for dizziness and the nausea that often accompanies it. It stimulates blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body, which helps reduce the intensity of dizziness.

Chew on a small slice of fresh ginger root or suck on ginger candies to overcome dizziness.
Drinking ginger ale or ginger tea a few times daily will help prevent dizziness.

Another option is to take ginger supplements after consulting your doctor for the appropriate dosage.
5. Lemon

Another excellent remedy for dizziness is lemon. The vitamin C in lemon boosts the immune system and helps the body fight illness. In addition, several other nutrients in lemon make it a natural energizing agent. It can quickly hydrate the body to keep you feeling energized and refreshed.

Squeeze the juice of ½ lemon into a glass of water. Mix in 2 teaspoons of sugar. Drink it to get relief from dizziness.
Another option is to add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, a pinch of black pepper powder and salt to a glass of water. Drink it 3 times a day, as needed.

6. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry, also known as amla, is a popular Ayurvedic remedy for dizziness. Amla is a rich source of vitamins A and C that boost your immunity, improve blood circulation and help treat and prevent dizziness.

Grind 2 amla fruits (de-seeded) into a paste.
Mix in 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds and a cup of water.
Let it sit overnight.
The next morning, strain and drink the water.

7. Honey
Due to the natural sugars in honey, it can instantly boost your energy level and prevent dizziness. Moreover, honey can prevent low blood sugar, one of the common causes of dizziness.

Mix 2 teaspoons each of honey and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of cold or hot water. Drink it 2 times a day.
Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice in a glass of warm water. Drink it to get immediate relief from dizziness.
Another option is to mix together 1 teaspoon each of honey and cinnamon powder and have it once daily in the morning for a few weeks.

8. Ginkgo Biloba
The herb ginkgo biloba is another effective home cure for dizziness. It helps improve blood flow to the brain to stop or prevent dizziness. Moreover, this herb helps in treating tinnitus, which can also cause dizziness.

This herb is readily available in the market in tablet, liquid extract and dried leaf form. The standard dosage is 120 to 150 mg of gingko biloba extract, in 3 divided doses daily for a couple of months.

Note: Ginkgo biloba may interact with certain medications. Consult a doctor before taking this supplement.

9. Feverfew

Another good herb to treat dizziness is feverfew. It can also treat accompanying symptoms like headaches, nausea and vomiting. It also improves blood circulation.

Eat a few fresh feverfew leaves when you feel dizzy to overcome the symptoms.
You can also steep 1 teaspoon each of dried feverfew leaves and peppermint leaves in a cup of hot water for 15 to 20 minutes, then strain it. Drink this tea a few times daily for a few weeks.
Alternatively, you can take feverfew supplements after consulting your doctor.

10. Eat Healthy
Green salad!

Eating a healthy diet can help prevent dizziness by eliminating many of the conditions that contribute to it. You can prevent dizziness related to anemia, low blood pressure and low blood sugar by eating foods high in iron, vitamin A, folic acid and fiber. Also, choose foods that are low in sugar and fat.

Eat iron-rich foods like liver, tofu, spinach, almonds, dates, lentils, fortified breakfast cereals and asparagus. You can opt to take an iron supplement, after consulting your doctor.

Include foods rich in vitamin C in your diet, such as oranges, lemons, bell peppers, broccoli, grapefruit and spinach. You can opt for vitamin C supplements after consulting your doctor.
Also, eat foods rich in folic acid like green leafy vegetables, liver, sprouts, fortified cereals, peanuts, bananas and broccoli.
Avoid iron-blocking beverages like coffee, beer and wine.
Eat small meals several times a day and do not skip meals, especially breakfast.

Additional Tips:
Sit or lie down immediately when you feel dizzy.
If you are experiencing an imbalance in your body’s equilibrium due to dizziness, lie down and concentrate on the immobile objects around you. This will distract your mind from the dizziness.

Incorporate some sort of physical exercises in your daily life to improve blood circulation throughout your body and prevent dizziness.

Once a week, massage your whole body to boost blood circulation.

Get plenty of rest when suffering from a health issue to help your body recuperate faster and minimize feelings of dizziness.
Go for a yoga session and meditation to help you come out of the problem effectively.

Avoid moving and standing up suddenly if you are have had previous instances of dizziness.

Avoid driving a car if you experience frequent dizziness.
Avoid using caffeine, alcohol and tobacco as these substances can worsen your condition.