Baking Soda

The Amazing Benefits of Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

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Baking soda is a chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. It is a salt composed of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder.

Baking soda has been used for many years in cooking and cleaning. However, it has health benefits as well. Be careful though when you take baking soda because it is high in sodium. Always check with your doctor on what amounts to take. Excess sodium causes things like high blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney problems.

Health Benefits of Baking Soda:

  • Neutralizes acid –  The alkaline properties in baking soda enable relief of acid indigestion, severe acidity, and heartburn.
  • Hyperkalemia – Is caused by high levels of potassium and in a study baking soda lowers the acidity in the body.
  • Promotes kidney health – Sodium bicarbonate helps in decreasing stone formation and removing of material that causes the kidney stones.
  • Treats bladder infections – The alkaline compound in baking soda decreases the acidity in the urine which is what causes the pain while urinating.
  • Reduces muscle pain and fatigue – Researchers suggest that baking soda is great for those who have prolonged and intermittent exercise.
  • Pesticide Poisoning – Research in animals has suggested that use of sodium bicarbonate or similar chemicals which make the blood alkaline might save people poisoned by OPs.
  • Reduces the duration of cold and flu – By mixing lukewarm water, salt and baking soda aids in helping to clean the mucus from the nose if done a few times a day.

Skin:

  1. Exfoliates the Skin – use on your hands or face by combining one teaspoon of baking soda with a half cup water and rub into hands or face (circular motions), then rinse.
  2. Relieves Skin Irritation – Baking soda is wonderful for reducing discomfort from sunburn, poison oak or poison ivy and great for allergic reactions.
  3. Relieves Insect Bites – By rubbing baking soda on a bee sting by combining 1 teaspoon and a half cup water to make a paste it will reduce the swelling and for bug bites, it will relieve the itching by just putting it straight on the bitten area.
  4. Relieves Diaper Rash – Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to a bath and soak for 10 minutes will help relief diaper rash.
  5. Soak Your Feet – Put 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda in water and soak for 20 minutes. You can also add some essential oil. Baking soda has antimicrobial properties which may protect body and feet from infection.
  6. Hand Exfoliator – by just simply placing a teaspoon of baking soda in your hand after washing them, will get rid of those dry skin cells and leave your hands really smooth.
  7. Sun Burn Relief – Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and water in a bowl. Make a light paste and gently put over the sunburned area, let sit on skin for 15 minutes and then rinse with cool water. You can use it as a soak in a bath for sunburn relief as well.
  8. Homemade Toothpaste – By combining 2/3 cup baking soda or more depending on how much you’d like to make and then add water and mix together, you have a very basic toothpaste. If you’d like to add peppermint oil to it, just add a drop or two.
  9. Teeth Whitener – Use a teaspoon of baking soda and add some water to make a paste. Rub it on your teeth and let sit for 5 minutes. You can do this once a week to keep your teeth whiter.

Cleaning:

  1. Air Freshener – If you use a ½ a cup of baking soda in a jar with 15 to 20 drops of essential oil and place a lid with holes in it, it will absorb the nasty odors and emit a light smell of the essential oil you added.
  2. Cleans Your Microwave – By adding 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a microwave safe container and then turn on the microwave for approx. 2 to 3 minutes and then let stand for 5. Your microwave will come out clean and get rid of the grime.
  3. Boosts Laundry Detergent – You can add ½ a cup of baking soda to your regular laundry detergent and it will boost and make whites brighter and soften the water.
  4. Deodorize The Refrigerator – By just opening a box of baking soda and letting it sit in your refrigerator is a great way to calm odors. Do this at least every 3 months or sooner if it has absorbed most of the baking soda.
  5. Removes Oil and Grease – Mixing 3 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda with ¼ a cup of water and then mix and rub on clothes will get rid of the stain.
  6. Deodorize Garbage Can – by mixing a ½ cup of baking soda and 2 cups of water and then pouring it into a garbage can, then scrub with a wire brush, let stand for 15 minutes and then rinse. Double the measurements for a 50-gallon trash can.
  7. Cat Litter Boxes – After you clean your cats’ litter box, pour a light layer of baking soda at the bottom of the litter box and then add your litter on top of that.
  8. Vegetable Wash – Adding a few tablespoons of baking soda to water and then put in a spray bottle and spray your vegetables and scrub lightly will get the dirt off your fresh vegetables. Then rinse very well with just water.
  9. Keeps Ants Out – This is a pet-friendly mixture. Mix 5 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 5 tablespoons of baking soda and put in a cup. Place the cup where the ants are and they will be attracted to the sugar and will accidentally eat the baking soda which will kill them. Remember it needs to be powdered sugar. The reason is that ants are smart and if you use regular sugar they can separate the regular sugar from the baking soda.
  10. Keeps Flowers Fresher Longer – by adding a ½ a teaspoon of baking soda to your vase, flowers will last longer.
  11. Pot and Pan Cleaner – Using 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water and rub on the pan where you want to get off the grime or stuck on foods. Let sit for 10 minutes. You should be able to scrub with a non-abrasive sponge, but sometimes some elbow grease is needed.
  12. Silverware Cleaner –Bring 1 liter of water, I piece of aluminum foil and 1 tablespoon of baking soda to a boil. Then place the silver you want to clean in the pot for approx. 15 seconds and longer if more tarnished. Then take some tongs and take out what is cleaned.
  13. Coffee and Teapot Cleaner – Mix a ¼ cup of baking soda with a pot full of water and pour into the area where you pour water and brew like you would coffee. As a teapot cleaner, combine 2 tablespoons baking soda with 4 cups of hot water. Let it sit for an hour and then scrub.
  14. Floor Cleaner – By adding a ½ a cup of baking soda to a bucket of water you can clean your floors without scratching them. If you want to use on carpet, just sprinkle and wait about 20 minutes and then vacuum.

 

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Sage

8 Impressive Health Benefits of Sage

Sage has been used in ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Greek medicine.  Native American use it in rituals when dried sage is burning they suggest it promotes healing, wisdom, protection, and longevity. Sage is a silvery-green shrub with extremely fragrant leaves and is in the mint family.

Sage comes fresh, ground and rubbed. Fresh is the most fragrant and flavorful. Ground sage is the most commonly used and needs to be kept in a jar with a lid in a cool, dark place. Rubbed Sage comes off very easily in a light, fluffy powder.

Eating raw Sage is definitely not suggested as it is very unpleasant. Cooking them is highly recommended as they have a harsh flavor. By cooking them you calm those harsh flavors.

Sage also comes in other forms for digestive and circulation problems, bronchitis, cough, asthma, angina, mouth and throat inflammations, depression, excessive sweating, skin diseases, and many other diseases. Sage leaves and extracts come in liquids, tablets, throat sprays, capsules, and lozenges

8 Sage Health Benefits proven by clinical studies:

  1. Cognitive – Studies have shown that sage is a brain booster. From increasing memory retention, recall ability and increased concentration. New research suggests that the essential oil from sage is great for opening neurological pathways for people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s
  2. Inflammation – Sage extract, tincture, and essential oil are all ways of helping with inflammation (because of the flavonoids and phenolic compounds) in health issues such as gout, arthritis, the cardiovascular system which can result in increased blood pressure and heart disease.
  3. Immune System – By applying sage topically (regularly) using salve or tincture gives an extra defense to prevent bacterial and viral infections with its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
  4. Skin – Regularly using a sage tincture, this has been shown to be effective in skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. By regularly applying salves and extracts to help soothe the blemishes.
  5. Diabetes – Sage regulates and inhibits stored glucose in the liver by preventing blood sugar fluctuations.
  6. Bone – Vitamin K is important for bones. Sage has a great level of Vitamin K in it which is beneficial for people worried about early signs of osteoporosis.
  7. Digestion – By adding Sage to your meals regularly, the rosemaric acid which acts as an anti-inflammatory being beneficial for people suffering from health issues that cause them to be prone to diarrhea and gastritis and get your digestion system less inflamed and back on track.
  8. Throat infections – Sage has been great in helping with pain in sore throats, infected gums, and mouth ulcers.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/09/030901091846.htm

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00110552

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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814605009076

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Argan Oil

10 WONDERFUL and BENEFICIAL uses of Argan Oil for your hair and skin (3 minute read)

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Argan oil is from the Argan (Argania spinosa) tree endemic to southwestern Morocco. The fruit from the tree has an oleaginous kernel that has “argan oil” in it. I’m sure you’ve heard that it is known as “liquid gold” or “Moroccan miracle oil” and there are reasons for that. It has been used for centuries in Morocco as a cosmetic oil to maintain a fair complexion, to cure skin pimples and chicken pox scars. It is also used for culinary reasons to add a nut flavor. However, keep in mind that for cosmetic uses, it needs to be cold pressed versus roasted.

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In this day and age and after many studies, we have found that there are many other uses for the “liquid gold”  or “Moroccan miracle oil,” as well.

Reasons to use Argan Oil

Acne – The triterpenoids naturally found in Argan oil have amazing health benefits for skin including the treatment of mild acne and acne-related scarring.

Psoriasis – Argan oil’s hydrating effects can make psoriasis feel better by adding much-needed moisture.

Eczema – Rubbing this into the skin after a shower will help lock in moisture and stop the itching.

Sun – Applying Argan oil can regenerate cells caused by UV damaged skin. It fades sun spots and heals dry skin that looks dry and leathery. Cancer – Compounds in Argan Oil are called triterpenoids. Triterpenoids are phytochemicals also known as isoprenoids. These are secondary metabolites. Many studies conducted have shown that metabolites are toxic to tumor growth.

Arthritis – Found to be particularly helpful with those that suffer from rheumatoid arthritis from the oil when massaged into the skin.

Hair – Argon Oil is well known to help dry hair. Use it overnight as an intense hair treatment or use it as a leave-in to help moisturize, during the day. It is great for split ends.

Skin – Argan Oil has approx. 80% fatty acids, which have been proven to erase crow’s feet and wrinkles by using it regularly which increases elasticity and by increasing the regenerative rate of healthy skin cells. So for an older woman for example, who have had your insides removed, it protects you from the sun, gives you elasticity, which promotes smoother skin and protects you from free radicals.

Burns and wounds – In a clinical study on rats, argan oil showed significant aid in burns and wounds.

Brittle fingernails – Rub some into your cuticles and fingernails to moisturize.

Antioxidant – Argan Oil has flavonoids and vitamin E which is incorporated into cell membranes, which protects them from oxidative damage. Flavonoids have shown potential in the treatment of breast, colon, prostate, pancreas, lung, and other related cancers.

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What makes Argan oil so effective?

Tocopherols (Vitamin E) – organic chemical compounds

Fatty Acids – A large group of monobasic acids found in animals and plants.

Polyphenols / Ferulic Acid – Organic compounds containing more than one phenol group; responsible for the color and flavor of some fruits and vegetables; may have antioxidant properties.

Phytosterols – Plant sterols and stanols that inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from the small intestine and, in effect, lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in humans.

Triterpene – Any of various unsaturated hydrocarbons, C10H16, found in essential oils and oleoresins of plants such as conifers and used in organic syntheses.

Squalene – A hexaisoprenoid (triterpenoid) hydrocarbon; intermediate in the biosynthesis of cholesterol and other sterols and triterpenes; found in shark oil and in some plants.

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3723062/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4321565/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3723062/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17524128

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3182282/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/26978857/

 

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10 tips for aging skin

Anti Aging

As we get older our skin changes with age. Lifestyle, hereditary, photo-aging, and diet are a few that contribute to it. Wrinkles, sagging, loose skin and lines it can be difficult to age without the worry of how we look.

Makeup is meant to enhance our features, not have negative effects. With aging, if you aren’t applying your makeup correctly, you can look much older than you really are. Wanting to hide our complexion is natural as we age and applying it sparingly is helpful.

Sagging, loose skin, wrinkles, and lines happen when we lose our youthfulness that is why it is so important to have a healthy regimen every day. Each and every day you are out and about your skin is being polluted by toxins in the air and your pores are clogging. When this transpires you end up with a dull canvas so to speak. By cleaning your face daily you can get this build up off of it and start with a clean canvas.

  1. I like using my vibration facial brush for exfoliation as it gets the dead skin off and revives my face and lips.
  2. The next step is moisturizing. An organic antioxidant anti-aging moisturizer is ideal for aging skin and an essential in moisturizing. Don’t forget to apply in circular motions.
  3. Always use a face primer those crevasses and wrinkles won’t show up as much and give you a smoother face before applying makeup. Don’t forget the eyelids, if you apply eyeshadow.
  4. The foundation you pick is imperative. DO not apply a thick foundation. You want a light and not flaky looking foundation. SO pick a color that is as closest to your natural skin color as possible and remember less is more.
  5. Under eye concealer can build up and show more wrinkles, but the primer should help. If you do use under eye concealer, I suggest not putting any powder under your eyes or on top of your foundation as it will harden your look and will show more wrinkles. Keep your face looking dewy with aging skin.
  6. Blushes for aging skin should be in a cream to go with your dewy look.
  7. Lipstick colors should stay in the neutral shades. By applying dark lipstick, you are just asking for people to dissect your face even more. Smooth, soft, dewy and moisturized is the look you want.
  8. Frosted, sparkling eyeshadow is a definite no, no. These will definitely enhance your wrinkles. Stick with neutrals on your eyelids.
  9. Eyeliner too dark can make your eyes look droopy.  I suggest a line on top and if you have to put it on the bottom, a sharpened eyeliner will be your friend.  Remember, less is more.
  10. Mascara is a must, I feel. For a more natural look, you could use a brown. Otherwise, if you like black or no mascara at all. By all means though whether you are using mascara or not an eyelash curler is a must.

The other alternative, of course, is going under the knife and getting surgery to correct our aging skin. Some chose to and some don’t.