Archive | July 2016

How not to feel the burn…

Natural Remedies to Relieve Sunburn

Soothe a sunburn with these holistic remedies

Summer is a time of fun in the sun, but sometimes this fun can have negative consequences.

If sunscreen isn’t applied well enough while you are outside, it can result in a nasty sunburn. Even if sunscreen has been applied, sunburn can still happen. So what can be done to help relieve the itching and pain? To help soothe sunburn, keep these five natural remedies in mind.

Witch hazel

Witch hazel is a known natural astringent, capable of providing long-lasting anti-inflammatory relief. Prevention.com suggests using this remedy often on the inflamed area to reduce the amount of pain and swelling caused by the sunburn. For smaller areas, simply dip cotton balls into the liquid and dab it onto the sunburn gently. If the sunburnt area is larger, moisten a cloth with the witch hazel and lay it over the burn.

Diluted apple cider vinegar

There is a simple apple cider vinegar mixture that can reduce the pain of sunburn drastically. Because of apple cider vinegar’s astringent qualities, it is the perfect natural solution to soothe sunburnt skin and is incredibly easy to make. Combine one cup of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the affected area to cool the burn.

Aloe

Many people know of aloe’s ability to soothe burns, but they typically turn to the store-bought gels and oils rather than the natural source. Instead of heading out to the store to purchase aloe, consider using your own aloe plant. Simply break off a leaf of the plant and squeeze the gel-like liquid onto the sunburn. Then, gently rub it in until it is evenly spread across it. The relief should be almost instantaneous. If you don’t happen to have an aloe plant around, WellnessMama.com suggests looking for an aloe gel that has no preservatives to reduce the amount of chemical exposure.

Peppermint oil

If the sunburnt skin isn’t blistered, the Farmer’s Almanac suggests applying peppermint oil to the sunburn. The holistic nature of peppermint will cool the skin, reducing the amount of pain the burn causes. Use a peppermint infusion for the best relief results, rather than a concentrate.

Lavender

Lavender is a useful herb to have around the house, as it can be used in many ways. Not only is it known for its calming influences, but this plant can also be used in many ways to sooth sunburnt skin. Add lavender oil to a cool bath to soothe a large sun-burnt area. The lavender oil can also be mixed with water in a spray bottle to create a calming remedy. Just mix together one cup of water with about 20 to 25 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle, then spray it on the affected areas.

Sunburn can be painful, but you can easily fight the pain with these helpful natural remedies. Using these natural resources will soothe the burn, while giving you peace of mind.

 

When the Chips are Down… Healthy Alternatives….

Cutting Out Potato Chips? Try These Healthy Alternatives

If you love potato chips but want to eat healthier, try one of these recipes

Potato chips are a quintessential American snack, but they cannot be considered particularly healthy.

High in saturated fats and starchy carbohydrates, potato chips, especially eaten with regularity, can result in unwanted weight gain and a loss of energy. To combat the negative effects of eating potato chips, try a healthier alternative that cuts down on the fat but does not cut down on the taste. Here are five kinds of chips to try for yourself.

Kale chips

Kale may not seem like the most appetizing alternative to potato chips on its face, but it may come as a surprise how capably they fill the role. Making kale chips is a relatively simple prospect: per Greatist.com, preheat your oven to 375 degrees ; rinse, dry, and de-stem one large bunch of kale; shred kale into large pieces and toss in olive oil with the seasoning of your choice; and bake for 10 – 15 minutes until crisp. Tossing kale with a bit of salt and vinegar will provide the same crisp you expect from potato chips, only with significantly less fat and more antioxidants.

Apple chips

For a sweet alternative that works exceptionally well for dessert, try these apple chips as recommended by MarthaStewart.com. Start by cutting two apples crosswise in slices 1/8 of an inch thick, making sure to remove seeds from the core. Arrange on a baking sheet covered in wax or parchment paper, set the oven to 325 degrees and bake for 2 1/2 hours, flipping the apple slices at the 1-hour mark. To punch up the sweetness, add cinnamon or a pinch of brown sugar. If you want to try a unique flavor combination, season the apple slices with lemon zest.

Sweet potato chips

If you are married to the idea of using a potato for your chips, try the unique taste of sweet potatoes. A good natural source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, fiber and potassium, sweet potatoes are also delicious in the form of baked chips. To avoid the hassle that cutting sweet potatoes tends to present, use a mandolin slicer to ensure a consistent thickness. OhMyVeggies.com recommends brushing the chips with 1 tablespoon of olive oil mixed with a clove of minced garlic, sprinkling with rosemary and salt and baking on the center rack of the oven at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. To give your sweet potato chips a bit of a kick, instead try a blend of cayenne, cumin, curry powder, chipotle and sea salt.

Zucchini chips

FoodNetwork.com recommends this recipe for parmesan-crusted zucchini chips for those who want a healthier alternative, but also want a bit of delicious cheese. Zucchini can be sliced by hand or on a mandolin, depending on your preference, with the slices tossed in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Dip each zucchini chip in a mixture of 1/4 cup of parmesan, 1/4 cup bread crumbs and a pinch of salt, then lay on a cooking spray-coated baking sheet and place in an oven preheated to 450 degrees for 25-30 minutes. The addition of cheese will net a bit more fat per serving, but the zucchini itself remains a great source of vitamin C.

Tofu chips

Tofu makes a delicious alternative to the standard potato chip, and this recipe from Yummy.ph is as easy to make as it gets. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and apply oil to a foil-covered baking sheet. Slice a block of firm tofu into thin pieces and mist with cooking spray, then season. Yummy.ph recommends a mixture of salt, paprika, onion powder, black pepper and cayenne, but experimentation with different spices is a worthwhile practice for these chips. Remove from oven after 25 minutes or once the tofu has begun to brown.

These recipes will fill any void that the absence of greasy potato chips will leave, and given the personal touch that they involve, they will also make for a great conversation piece at your next gathering. Get creative with your snacking and try different combinations wherever possible, and you may soon stumble on a new favorite.

 

Homegrown & Immigrated Terrorism

Hello fellow Patriots,

We have been informing people about the ever growing threat of homegrown and immigrated terrorism.

We have preached the need of preparedness, the need to train, and the overall ideology of PATRIOTISM & being a great human being as a way of life.

Here is a small list of threats to America and our way of life: (Not in any particular order…)

Islam/Isis: Terrorist/Racist

Black Lives Matter: Mostly Black Terrorist/Racist

The New Black Panthers: Black Terrorist/Racist

La Raza: Which translates to “The Race”: Mostly Hispanic Racist/Terrorist

Democratic Party: Code name for Communist.

Corrupt politicians from both parties…

The list above is far from complete but is a sampling of groups that want to destroy America and our Constitution…

Please read study Constitution and preach Patriotism to ALL.

Educate yourself.

Teach others.

Train everyday…

Be prepared for battle and disasters everywhere you go…

Stay vigilant!

Best regards,

Viking Patriot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Mosquito Repellents

 

All Natural Mosquito Spray Repellents

Recipe #1

What you’ll need:

  • 4 oz spray bottle
  • 2 oz of witch hazel
  • 2oz of distilled water
  • Essential Oil (20-25 drops for ages 3 and up) (40-50 drops for ages 10 and up)

Add all ingredients to the spray bottle; shake well and apply as needed. Shake well before each application. Avoid spraying on your face. If you get any of this repellent on your hands avoid touching your eyes and mouth. Ages under 2, spray on their clothes ONLY.

Essential oil combinations safe for ages 3 and up:

  • 10 drops of lavender + 10 drops of citronella
  • 8 drops lavender + 5 drops geranium + 7 drops cedarwood
  • 10 drops lemon eucalyptus + 10 drops lavender
  • 5 drops lavender + 5 drops geranium + 2 drops patchouli + 8 drops spearmint
  • 5 drops geranium + 5 drops citronella + 2 drops patchouli + 3 drops lemon eucalyptus + 3 drops lavender + 3 drops spearmint
  • 10 drops citronella + 5 drops lemon eucalyptus + 3 drops patchouli + 3 drops lavender

Essential oil combinations safe for ages 10 and up:

  • 10 drops geranium + 15 drops lavender + 5 drops patchouli + 10 drops lemongrass + 10 drops citronella
  • 15 drops lemongrass + 15 drops eucalyptus + 20 drops citronella
  • 20 drops lavender + 20 drops lemongrass + 10 drops peppermint
  • 20 drops rosemary +  20 drops cedarwood + 10 drops peppermint
  • 15 drops lavender + 10 drops basil + 10 drops rosemary + 15 drops spearmint
  • 15 drops eucalyptus + 20 drops lavender + 15 drops lemongrass

**This spray also repels flies, gnats, and ticks.

Recipe #2

What you’ll need:

  • 16 oz spray bottle
  • ½ teaspoon of vegetable glycerine
  • 14 oz of witch hazel
  • 40 drops of either lavender, lemongrass, citronella, OR tea tree oil

Mix all ingredients in the 16 oz bottle and shake well and apply as needed. Shake well before each application.

  • Recipe #3

What you’ll need:

  • Plastic spray bottle
  • 8 oz of distilled water
  • A pinch of epsom salt
  • 10-12 drops of peppermint oil
  • 10-12 drops of purification oil

Add all the ingredients to spray bottle and shake well. Spray your skin and clothes generously, avoiding your face.

The above information was copied from here: http://survivallife.com/3-homemade-mosquito-repellents/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL-7-5-16-content-mail-a

Use at your own risk!