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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tomato Powder

   Once upon a time, a truck used to come around in the area where we lived. The name on the truck was 'Charle's Chips'. I remember the chips came in a big can, and the best flavored ones were the barbecue ones.

   I have always tried to emulate food I like. Then I convert it into a healthful, nourishing recipe, if possible.

   It took years for me to figure out how to make the powder that goes on barbecue potato chips, but now, alas, I have my answer.

   This long, sought after secret was in an ingredient called, 'tomato powder'. The good thing about tomato powder is that you can use it on other things than potato chips. I use mine for chicken, fish, and potatoes. It kind of looks like paprika, so now I can use tomato powder in place of paprika.

Homemade Tomato Powder

   Here is how you make it:

Take about 3-5 good sized tomatoes, and put them in a crock pot or slow cooker. Turn on high for about an hour. They are ready to use to make tomato sauce with when the skin begins to crack. Turn off the slow cooker and let cool (unless you are in a hurry).

 Once cooled, peel the skins off and set aside (do not throw away). Puree the tomatoes. Put the pureed tomatoes in a jar and either freeze or keep refrigerated. Use in any recipe calling for tomato sauce.

   Now take the tomato skins and let dry. You can turn the oven on warm, or whatever the lowest temperature is and put the tomato skins in the oven to dry. Make sure you put the skins on a glass or metal pan or plate. You can also dehydrate them in a food dehydrator.

   It is recommended to turn the tomato skins occasionally, as I have found that as they dry, they tend to stick to whatever surface they are drying on. When they are fully dried, they can be ground into a powder form by putting them in a blender or food processor. If you really want a lot of tomato powder and need it in a hurry, do this recipe with several tomatoes. The more dried tomato skins there are in the blender, the better the grind will be.

   The sauce came from a recipe in the book, 'Square Foot Gardening Cookbook'. If you don't need the sauce part of this recipe, just give it to a neighbor or friend! But I can't imagine cooking too many things without using tomato sauce!

I would like to give credit to those who I learned from on how to make tomato powder, but unfortunately, I went to several web sites when I was researching this and found all this info on it. Now I don't remember where those web sites are, but I am grateful to those who taught others on the web, how to make tomato powder.

  Did you know that tomatoes contain an ingredient called 'lycopene'? The more lycopene a tomato has, the better it is for you. Cooked tomatoes are actually very good for protection from prostate cancer. Black Krim tomatoes have the greatest amount of lycopene in them. (Black Krim tomatoes are an heirloom tomato that is dark in color).

Safety and Health Tips

I know this may be a repeat from a long time ago, but, I have two different tips today that can be helpful.

I have heard of two different houses burning down due to leaving the house while the dryer is running. You can clean the lint filter off by pulling it out and taking the lint off it. Also, you can use this lint for the outside birds who would love it for making nests. But if you use a scented sheet in your dryer to keep clothes from sticking together, that could be harmful for birds.

Never leave a house with the dryer running, unless it is on the air cycle (no heat). Also, clean the pipe out that goes from the dryer to the outside of the house at least once a year, if possible.

The other tip is one I heard somewhere, but have no idea where. When you get inside your car on a hot day, you will turn the air on probably (unless your thyroid isn't working!). The air the comes out will be carrying toxins, and the one in particular is the fumes that are heated up from the outside heat. When you turn the air on in the car, those fumes come right inside the car, and they are carcinogenic. If they are inhaled, they can be harmful After I read that, I always open up the windows in the car and let the heat out first, while having the air conditioning on. I also open up the top of my car. Hot air rises, so I am hoping all the hot air, and the air from the engine that comes into the car, will all go out of the car. Just one more step to be on the safe side. Let your car air out!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Problem Isn't With The Grocery Store

Did you know that the first supermarket in America was build probably around 1946? What did they have before that then? Farmer's markets? Outside markets? Small grocers? I don't know because I wasn't there, but I do know that my ancestors owned a small grocer that sold eggs and produce in the early 1900s.

   What is the problem with our food today? Why is it that we go into a grocery store and find shelves filled with all kinds of boxes and cans of food? Is this normal, and if so, why do we have it?

   After months of trying to study this problem, I am coming up with some answers. First, let's consider a few things. People in the olden days died, and many did not have good resistances to diseases like the flu. Many died of bronchitis, or other lung diseases. In spite of that, many did live long lives. What makes a person live a long life?

    In the early American days, there was good soil. When the Pilgrims came over, Squanto taught them how to plant their gardens. They brought seed over here from Europe and already knew how to garden, but with Squanto's help, they grew a lot more than they imagined!

   We had good soil here, and access to unpolluted water to catch fish with. As the population grew, people spread out over the land and build farms. They engaged in bartering, which was a system that worked well for them. For example, if one person had an abundance of eggs, but not much milk, she could trade her eggs with someone who had milk to trade (and remember, this was before homogenized, pasteurized milk). Trading would go on in the little communities. Everything was fresh and people were able to trade their abundance with others who had other items in abundance. People made their own soap and candles. There were no trucks around spraying for bugs. There was no trucks on these farms to kill the insects, and it was hard to deal with the destruction caused by insects, at times. There were no sprinkler systems, thus, no water tainted with chlorine and fluoride, as well as other undesirables. Everything was pretty much pure. Yet people still died. Why?

   The death rate in NYC was great. Could it be though, that there were so many people living together in these crowded conditions that spreading germs was inevitable? People lived in buildings (in the 1800s) like apartments and it doesn't seem like there was any room for farming. NYC was so crowded (I did genealogy research because this is where some of my ancestors came in) and people from all over the world kept coming in. There was Little Italy and Chinatown. Many Irish came to NYC as well as German people. I can't imagine how these people lived or even what they had to eat or drink. Have you ever heard of Hell's Kitchen? It is near NYC.

   But there were other parts of New York and surrounding states that had a lot of land. People started and built farms. You can still see some of these farms today. Unfortunately, with the increase in technology, many have sold their farms and gone into other businesses.

   Today,  farms are going extinct. The farms that are left have to survive. Why is this? Modern technology has provided a way to make larger farms which require less farming skills (which, to many, are considered 'primitive'). Instead of America being made up of tons of little farms, it is made up of a few large, huge, agricultural farms, owned by corporations. These corporations provide food for every grocery store in America. What is the trade-off though?

   There are a couple of trade-offs. One is, that the animals on these farms have to be given anti-biotics on a regular basis, for fear that the animals will contract a disease and could contaminate the other animals as well as the food that the animal is supposed to supply. So, when you drink your glass of milk provided by a large corporation, it will have antibiotics in it. You might think that is good, but in reality it is bad for you. Antibiotics kill your gut flora, which is necessary for you to have a healthy gut and to digest your food properly. Antibiotics also kill good bacteria as well as bad, so if you are trying to build up your immune system with probiotics, the antibiotics will kill the good bacteria as well as the bad.

   All this goes back to doing what is best to build our immunities. We could sterilize our houses inside and out, to get rid of the bad germs, but whenever we do that, we destroy good germs too, in fact, the ones that will fight off the bad germs. We could create an environment that is not as sterile, and that would help provide a good environment for the good germs to grow in. If we get sick with a disease like Scarlet Fever for example, during the time of our sickness, our bodies are building an army of good germs that will fight off the germs that cause Scarlet Fever, and when we are well, we have a built-in immunity to Scarlet Fever and probably will never catch it again during our lifetimes. (I am not saying that you should not take antibiotics if you have Scarlet Fever! They could save your life like they did mine.) As important as antibiotics are in killing germs that cause diseases, they should only be reserved for times of sickness, or life threatening diseases. On the other hand, we do not want to stay on antibiotics for no reason. But that is what we do when we eat meat and drink milk and use milk products because of the antibiotics that are in them from the agricultural farms.

   Another reason that large agricultural farming is bad, is due to the use of growth hormones given to the animals. For example, chickens are given growth hormones that make them abnormally large and plump in just a short time. A chicken takes several months to grow big and large, but if it has been given growth hormones, it will be big in just three months. How's that for a nice Thanksgiving dinner entree? That big fat juicy turkey you ate for Thanksgiving last month probably was filled with growth hormones. Is it any wonder that girls begin puberty much earlier than their mothers and grandmothers did?

  Here's another reason why big farms are bad: The animals have to be tied and can't roam around. That might not sound bad to you but think about a couple of things. The animals have to stand in the same place where they go to the bathroom. The animals are filthy. What does this do their minds? Chickens in chicken houses never see any light. They live in darkness until they are killed or if they die first. There is no room for the chickens to move around in these chicken houses. When animals are kept in horrible conditions like this, it could affect their minds. It could also affect hormones that go through their blood streams. And we eat the product of all this!

   So, that problems really are not with the supermarkets, although they are the carriers of all these strangely produced foods. The problem lies with the farms. The problem lies with the government's support of large agricultural farms which are owned by large corporations. People used to get their food from local farms, with untainted growing methods, but today these farms are being discouraged. They are being pushed out of the way by the large corporations who own these large agricultural farms.

   People today even make fun of farmers. They call them 'primitive' and try to communicate to others that they are outdated. These people tend to trust 'science' over years and years of proven methods. There is a kind of 'pride' that people have with associating with science and technology. We laugh at anything old fashioned, but we would be surprised at how much wisdom these old folks have!

   Let me give one more example. This is kind of funny (if any of my friends who are guilty of doing this, please realize that I think it is kind of funny and I am not using it to make fun of you!), but I have been making soap for many years. For a while, I used Dial soap because I heard it was good in clearing up diaper rashes. I reasoned that it should be good for my face because I still have a problem with acne. Well, I had a skin sore on my body and asked the doctor about it. He told me to stop using Dial and recommended that I use something mild. That was when I decided to make more homemade soap and use it. The sore cleared up and never came back. The doctor explained that the soap you buy in the stores has chemicals in it. I had no idea. But I have given soap to my friends and family, and occasionally someone will laugh and ask me why I am making soap when I could just buy it at the store!

   Large agricultural farms owned by corporations have to use antibiotics, growth hormones, and cannot allow their animals to roam. Local farms do not have to employ these means to grow good food. But we need local farms in every area to cover the people in all the places in our country.

    The Grocery store sells whatever people will buy. So, if we continue to buy Smithfield bacon or Tyson's chicken, the store will continue to sell those items. But if we ask for organic, free-roaming meat that doesn't have growth hormones or antibiotics in them, then the stores will carry those items as well. The stores will be successful as they sell the items that people will buy. So, let's invest in the food that we eat and the food that we want our local supermarkets to carry.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Safety Tips and Confession

I have a health tip and a concern today. Actually, I have a couple of tips and I will start with those.

* Make sure you remember to blow out all candles before going to bed.
* Take off the lint off the lint filter in the dryer.
* Open the windows and let fresh air into the house
* Try to minimize the use of the microwave.

Anyway, what I want to write is something I am concerned about. I am researching and studying how food affects the body and ultimately our health. I would love to be a food expert and would enjoy making the decisions of what foods are good for you and which ones are bad for you. This would serve my family, but I would love for whatever I learn, to be able to share it with others. But I also know there is a danger in doing this.

  Some things are controversial, and knowledge of certain subjects requires change on the parts of the hearers. For example, the Gospel is a message that, when applied to one's life correctly, will change the person's destiny forever. But it will also require the person to be willing to change in many areas. This is hard, and this reason is why many resist the Gospel message. Not only is the message rejected, but the person who shares it is also perceived as some kind of angel or deity. All kinds of wrong assumptions are made, and people get angry at those who are ministering the Gospel and accuse them of being 'holier than thou'.

  It is possible for the person sharing the Gospel to be proud, and to present the message in an insensitive way. That doesn't change the validity of the message. The message is separate from the person. The person sharing the message is not God. If anyone acts like they are God, that is pride. The person sharing the Gospel doesn't really understand the Gospel very well.

   But when it comes to food, this same thing can happen. With knowledge, pride can set in. If knowledge does not get applied, it will result in pride. "Knowledge puffs up but love edifies."

  I spend a lot of time learning about nourishment, how to cook properly, how to build a good immunity system, how to remove toxins (or minimize them), how to separate good food from bad food, etc. I think my heart wants to learn these things, not only for me and my family, but I want to share them with others. I want people to be able to prevent cancer. I want to see people live to be 105 and not be in a nursing home. Yet, I know because we live in a system that is ruled by people with an agenda, that it is not easy to incorporate principles that will help us.

   What I want people to understand is, I am not at a level of this standard of health that I am promoting. What I realize, is that, everything in life is a process. It is not like you learn to eat right, and then all of the sudden you are eating perfectly well, and never get sick. That is not reality. I have ideas of what the standard of good health is, but I am nowhere near that level.

  Please do not feel condemnation from me if you aren't living up to any kind of perceived standard. I am putting this information out for my benefit and yours, but it doesn't come overnight for any of us.

   I have had friends with cancer, and I have wanted to help them with the things I have learned. I will ask their permission to share and help. If they don't want it, I will leave them alone. I care enough about my family and friends to learn what is best, but I am not going to condemn anyone who doesn't want help.

   So, what I am trying to say is that, with knowledge, pride can come, and also misunderstandings about motives. If I know a lot about nourishment as it relates to food preparation, I don't want any of my friends to feel like I am a threat to them, if they do not want to change. Every day is an experiment day for me. I learn new things every day. Just because I know these things does not mean I have reached a standard of perfection that others haven't reached yet.

  I love what Mark Cahill says about evangelism. He is a seasoned evangelist and is very skilled at what he does. But he will tell you that every day he practices evangelism. When we learn something new, we put it into practice. It doesn't make us better than anyone else. It doesn't put us at an unattainable level.

  So, when I write all of these blogs, please remember that I am just a learner like everyone else. Please do not feel threatened when you are around me. If I come off in a prideful way, please tell me. I just 'practice' whatever I learn that is based upon truth. Each day I grow a little more in my understanding of life. Hopefully, I will be able to share with others what I learn. And I don't have to have a perfect grasp on something before I share it with others.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I Want To Get Out Of The System

     I wrote a note on this, a while back, on Facebook. I will attempt to communicate my heart on this matter, without sounding like I'm paranoid or a conspiracy theorist.

   There are so many factors involved that this article could end up sounded jumbled up, but everyday I am seeing more evidence that brings about concern. It's not a concern based upon fear, so much, but rather a concern for being prepared for the future.

  For the past 40 years of my Christian life, I have seen people respond to this in fear. Some move away to a remote place of safety. Others are storing food away for when this time comes. While I don't think these things are necessarily wrong in themselves, I believe there are two things God wants us to keep in mind.*

1. God wants His people to be prepared.
2. God does not want His people to be afraid.

  So, what is the real problem at hand, and how can I explain it in such a way that it will not take pages for my readers to have to read through?

 There are many problems in our environment and in our society, that seem to make us feel helpless, when it comes to living. There are threats to our economy, and there are threats to our safety. There are threats to our livelihoods and basically there our threats to the well being of our society. They are not just threats that some politician can come in and fix. I am ultimately talking about threats that, if left ignored, could wipe out human existence.

   In this article, I can only cover a spectrum of this, so I will focus on the food and drug industry in America, more specifically.

   The food and drug industry is bigger than we are. Let's go back to the days of Early America. Men and women boarded a ship and eventually came over here and settled our land. Yes, half of them died during the first winter due to sickness, but what they had was precious, and what they had, has been lost today.

   They came over here with seeds from Europe. They also made friends with the Native Americans, and these Native Americans helped them to survive by teaching them how to successfully plant. Early Americans had a lot of land and grew everything they needed to have in order to eat and feed their families. They were also resourceful, and used different parts of an animal for things that they needed. Clothing, oil, eating utensils, and meat all came from one animal, in many cases.

   As America grew and developed, people lived on farms. People used what was called the 'barter' system in which one person traded his goods with another person for the goods offered by the other person. At some point down the road, banking was set up. Now people could 'buy' the things they needed instead of having to 'barter' for them.

    Factories were built, and the first supermarket came on the scene in 1946. The time came when you could buy your own soap instead of having to make it from scratch. Textile mills came about. You could buy your own clothing instead of having to have someone make it, or having to make it yourself.

   The time came when people could buy several items and pay for them with a check or credit card. Today, you can go to other countries and use a credit card. Nothing in itself, is really wrong up to this point, but some things took place that could prove to be harmful, as our country progressed in development.

    At some point within the past 50 years, the government took more and more responsibility over the food industry as well as over the medical industry. Unless we are inside the government, we do not know what takes place and all the decisions that are being made every day, under the guise of protecting the people.

   As a result of this, the Food and Drug Administration was formed. The FDA, as we call it today, has a lot of power, and has taken away the power from the people. Also, governmental funds have helped establish industrialized farming and supports colleges which produce those who work in our present medical field.

   I don't want to make this sound like a political article, but I want people to see what is going on in order for us to be prepared. So, please don't write this off as something political or tearing down of our government. We have to be prepared though, for what is coming.

   Today, the FDA has the power to shut down farms, if they deem it necessary. If those in the FDA feel like consuming raw milk is dangerous, they have the right to penalize those who sell raw milk. If the FDA believes it is fine to put fluoride in toothpaste, even though fluoride is a known carcinogen, they have the legal authority to keep fluoride in the toothpaste, if they want to do so.

    Some of the recent decisions made by those in the FDA have been harmful to people. One example is a farm which produced cheese made from raw milk that was shut down. The FDA came into a health food store, armed, and demanded all of the cheese to be removed. They removed all the cheese from any store that carried it, stating that they believed it was tainted. They tested the cheese over a period of months, and found that the cheese was not tainted, yet they refused to allow the farm to be reopened.

    From the angle of the government, and the industrialized food department, we have today a corporation which owns much of the food industry. The name of this corporation is Monsanto. Monsanto has so much power in the decisions of food production and much of these decisions are unwise. They are not only over many food chains, but are also over many companies associated with agriculture. Like the FDA, their decisions aren't based upon what we know will be helpful for people, but their interests are in what brings in the most money. Anything that is a threat to their making money come in, is challenged by them.

   Monsanto is the originator of the biological process of modifying food genetically. They are taking seeds and changing their genetical structure to make the plant have certain qualities. This is done to make food stretch so that the byproducts can be used in many other products. This way, food can be produced on a massive level. Instead of local farms producing normal, healthful food, now we have enormous farms producing tons of food products that can be used in prepared food products, and sold on our grocery stores shelves. The key thought in all of this is 'massive production'. Monsanto doesn't care if your food is nourishing. They only care that the food can be stretched and added to other food products they produce and put on shelves of every grocery store chain.

   Today, your choices are (when it comes to food) to buy from a local farm (farmer's markets) or to buy from the grocery store, which is ultimately under Monsanto or some other large food industry corporation. Measures are being made today to try to do away with local farms. Can you see why? Do we see a problem here?

   Everything is in this system now, and we are duped into assuming that this system is a normal part of our environment. After all, most of us were born after 1946, so we have no memories of our moms or grandmas making soap or apple cider. And those who do have those memories, welcomed the grocery stores when they came into being. After all, who really wants to sit there and stir a pot for making your weekly amount of soap when you could be doing other things?

   I am not saying though, that grocery stores are bad. I use them all the time. The grocery store is really not the problem. It's the system that's the problem. It's the gigantic corporations that own all the food production that is causing the problem. They are the ones calling the shots and making the decisions of food safety and evaluation, and their decision making is not good.

   So, what is the answer? I hope you now have some background information on what the problem is, so that we can come up with some answers.

   The problem is simply that all of our modern, convenient food items are regulated and come out of large food corporations that care only about making money, and you and I are victims of their judgments on safety and nourishment of food products sold in stores. If there were Godly men and women running these corporations, such as Monsanto, then wisdom would be used and decisions would be made that would be good concerning food. But what we have is corporations run by greedy men and women, who don't give a rip about people. They do not have an eternal perspective, nor do they understand or care about cause and effect. If they want to add mercury to vaccines, they will do so. It might be the only way they can mass produce the vaccines and preserve the ingredients in the vaccines so they aren't lost. But wouldn't it be better to be healthy and not need a vaccine int he first place? The FDA will not go in that direction, for if people were healthy, they wouldn't need vaccines, nor would they need medicine (drugs) to make them well. They would lose money.

    We can be somewhat free of this system, if we take action. Sadly, we might even have to take action in a political way in order to protect our freedoms from the government dictating what it thinks we should eat and what should be allowed to be put into our foods to make it the way it will sell best and not rot on the shelves in the meantime.

   But the main things we can do are to support local farming, and grow our own food. Learn how to grow food without the use of chemicals (another subject for another time). This is really important because the government does see gardening as a threat to their corporations and there are some legal actions that are trying to be made to prevent people from gardening.

   I remember a time when I was growing up, where farmers were actually made fun of. They were thought of as 'Old fashioned' or passe. The idea was for people to not become farmers. This whole action was a form of peer pressure and I believe the same source behind the large food corporations is the same one making fun of farmers.

   Government is good, and God ordained government. The problem we have today, is not with the government itself. It is with the people we elected into government, and what was done behind our backs or without our knowledge that is causing all our difficulties. We can pull away from this system though, and form our own. We can also form our own communities and work together using our own standard of work ethics. Of course, this will be hard to do if our country turns communist or Muslim, but we would have to go underground if that is the case.

   So, Early Americans grew their own food locally and shared their abundance with their neighbors. They bartered for the things they needed. They had fair laws and everyone was involved in the process of growing food. Today, most of our food is grown on Industrialized farms, lacking nourishment, and having additives put in to make them last a long time. Food is not only lacking in nourishment, but also dangerous to eat. Eating at McDonald's might be fun, but there is a trade off. The trade off will benefit the Food and Drug Administration when you get sick from eating food that is actually tainted and devoid of nourishment. The FDA doesn't want you to know this. You are being pulled into it by your taste buds and desire for convenience, and they know this. McDonald's will thrive as long as people keep pulling up in their drive through and entering their arched building. The choice is still yours and mine. How are we going to decide?

So the remaining questions are: How do I get out of the system and How can I survive outside the system? Those will be put on another blog sometime. In the mean time, study organic gardening. Learn to do hard things and don't be afraid of a lot of work. Find others who are interested in organic gardening. Support your local farms and join organic food clubs or co ops.

* We don't first make a case, then try to make connections to support it. We take what evidence we have, then build our case from that.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Homemade Aspirin vs. Store Bought Aspirin

  I know you probably think I am nuts for making many products from scratch instead of buying them from the store. I have to laugh at people who ask me why I go through all the trouble of making soap when you can just buy it at the store.

   One time I had an irritated spot on my body and it wouldn't go away for anything. It was situated in a place where I could not see it, so when I was at the doctor's office one day, I asked him about. I had a really good gynecologist but then he retired and I had to find another one. He was old fashioned and not really into all the modern discoveries of natural healing, but he was a caring doctor. I was surprised at his answer concerning my skin irritation. He asked me what kind of soap I was using, and I told him 'Dial'. He told me to stop using it. He also said that store bought soaps have chemicals in them that are undesirable. So, I have been making my own soap and have no more skin irritation.

   The companies that make aspirin are no different than the soap companies. They have to make a product that will work effectively, and they have to make a product that will be able to last for a long time on the shelves. So, in a sense, we have processed aspirins available at the store, as well as everything else that is processed.

   My quest for natural aspirin came when I found out that tomatoes do well with a little bit of aspirin water. What I struggled with though, was that in order to follow the recipe for this aspirin water, I would have to buy a bottle of aspirins from the store. If I am doing organic gardening, then I really can't put anything in it that might have other ingredients, thus, my search for aspirin made from scratch went on.

   I had learned that aspirin comes from a tree called a 'white willow' tree. The aspirin itself comes from the bark of this tree. Not every willow tree will have this kind of bark though. It has to be the white willow tree.

   Of course, I found this product on, put out by a company called 'Frontier'. Come to think of it, I have other products from Frontier as well. I have sassafras Root Bark in the same kind of bag as the white willow bark. I ordered the white willow bark and followed the directions on the package, which is pouring 1 cup of hot water over 2 teaspoons of white willow bark and letting it steep for a couple of minutes. Viola! Liquid aspirin made right in front of your eyes!

   I let mine steep in a little glass teapot designed for steeping herbs in. In fact, mine looks very much like this one:

It has a glass insert that has holes in it, yet the holes are small enough to keep the herbs inside. You pull the insert out after it gets done steeping. I just take the two teaspoons of willow bark and place them inside the insert, then pour the water into the tea pot and place the cover on the top. I guess you steep it until the water turns into the color you want it to be.

  I took the drink after it was cooled off. It really did take my headache away! I have to admit, I bought the willow bark capsules and took them when I had a headache, but they didn't seem to help. I am so glad to have a natural way to take aspirin again, and the tea seems so much better than taking it in capsule form.

   The white willow bark comes in both organic and non-organic. The price difference is about $6, but I don't know what any other differences would be.

  So, next time that headache comes around, here is a way to create a homemade aspirin product without the chemicals and additives that are in regular store bought aspirin. It's not difficult to make either.

The organic white willow bark is a little over $16 and the regular white willow bark is a little over $10. The size of the bag is one pound which should last for a while (unless your family has a lot of pain or needs to use aspirin on a continual basis.). Plus, you can use some on your tomato plants for good health. I could never figure out the measurements because they used a different measuring system than I am used to, but I would assume that it would be the equivalent of a capsule in a quart of water. Then it is sprayed onto the plants, but only once a month, according to the directions I found on the Internet.

Aspirin Recipe From Frontier

2 teaspoons white willow bark
1 cup boiling water

  Put the willow bark into a tea bag, infuser, insert inside of glass tea pot, or cheesecloth. I personally think that using cheese cloth could be kind of messy. Pour the hot water over the bark and let it steep for a good couple of minutes. Then strain the tea so that all the willow bark is in the cheesecloth or tea pot insert. Sweeten as desired.  Leftover bark can make a good compost ingredient!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Fantastic Healthful Cookbook Recommendation

  I don't know what it is about this cookbook, but every woman should have this in her home. Yes, men can benefit from it as well. Actually, this cookbook (if that is what you want to call it) should be in everyone's home, not just for the recipes, but for all the information and research that is printed in this book.

  This book is chock full of information of other cultures and how different people ate in the past. For example, here is an excerpt from the section on Breads and Flour Products: "Mexican women had a custom taken from traditional Indian food preparation of soaking the corncobs in lime water before they made the tortillas." Of course, there are instructions on how to make 'lime water'.

  The book covers a lot on fermentation and soaking grains, as well as a section called, 'Feeding Babies' (including safe recipes for milk-based and meat based formulas.). Lots of stuff on vegetables, salads, salad dressings, yogurt, kefir, meat, fish, poultry, condiments, cultured dairy products, and a host of many other things. The food is definitely not boring or tasteless, but it does require some work to prepare it, but every recipe in this book is nourishing and safe to eat.

  In the back, there is a section on Superfoods. All kinds of goodies are in this book. You might wonder what this book is called. Here it is:

  If you can check it out from a library, good for you. Just make sure you have lots of paper to take notes with and to copy recipes down. You can order it through as well. Just click on the link and it will bring you to the page. Be sure to read the reviews as well.