DIY Home First Aid Kit

Store bought first aid kits can be quite expensive and filled with items that you do not use or maybe do not need in your all natural arsenal of injury management.  Depending on your family’s needs you may be able to put together a DIY home first aid kit.  As with any first aid kit, you will need to re-stock as supplies are used.  So what are the basics of a first aid kit anyway?

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What to do with all these blueberries

The blueberries are ready!
With just 80 calories per cup, blueberries offer many noteworthy nutritional benefits.  Blueberries are low in fat and full of dietary fiber and phytonutrients.  They are packed with vitamin C and an excellent source of manganese and anti-oxidants.  For these reasons, blueberries are great for your heart and brain health and they help to reduce cancer risk. (taken from blueberrycouncil.org)
There is no time like the present to stock up on LOTS of fresh blueberries and preserve them so they last beyond their short season.  Since I am a believer in buying local produce (and organic blueberries), we usually head to one of the local orchards and pick a case full of them as soon as they are ready.  Since blueberries are still on the Dirty Dozen List this year, I find it is best to buy them from farmers who are committed to using more organic methods of pest control for their berries.  Now, If you are anything like me you may be left wondering what to do with all these blueberries.

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How to make scented Shea butter

Shea butter is a fat extracted from the ground pit of the fruits of the Karite trees throughout west Africa. It is a creamy emollient that can be used on ones skin and hair and can even be eaten, usually as a butter added to rice.  Raw Shea butter has the appearance of hard chunks much like cocoa butter but is actually much softer and creamier. It melts as soon as you rub it in your hands or onto your body.

 

According to Deyale Sports Center Blog (www.deyale.com) the following are some of the benefits of Shea Butter for the skin:   Continue reading

Homemade Deodorant

I finally did it!  I successfully made my own homemade deodorant.

My journey with controlling underarm odor has been a long one.  About 20 years ago, back in college, I began to have allergic reactions to antiperspirant deodorants.  I would develop the itchiest, ugliest rash on and around my armpits within hours after using it, so I stopped.  I found a brand labeled as deodorant only, that did not have the antiperspirant (aluminum) ingredients in it.  After less than a year of using that I developed an allergy to that too, not to mention that it was not very good at controlling odor.  I switched over to the crystal which didn’t work AND caused and allergic reaction.  I tried spray on’s and expensive “natural” deodorants.  Nothing worked.  Eventually they would all cause me to have the itchy, ugly rash.  I struggled until about five years ago, when I finally found a deodorant that worked. Continue reading