Thursday, August 11, 2016

Self-Reliance Tip of the Week - Nasty Little Nits
They're driving me crazy mom!!

In fourth grade either my little sister or I brought lice home from school. Not on purpose mind you. Man that itched like crazy! My older sister and her friend Debbie spent much of their free teenage time helping us get rid of them.The skin across my body crawls to think about the time I spent with those nasty little things crawling on ( and biting )my head! They are miserable to have, and miserable to get rid of. So, how do you get rid of them?

Well, the way we got rid of them was to use the commercial "RID" product. In my experience, we had to do more than one treatment because the first time didn't completely get them. This is actually a pesticide...on your brain. If used often can cause health problems. Is there another way?
Here is one mom's experience:

Treating lice in my home was a detour in our summer to say the least. After some research, I made up an effective solution of apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil and water.
  • Apple cider vinegar helps restore natural pH to the scalp.
  • Tea tree oil is reported to be the most effective in repelling and eliminating lice.
  • Eucalyptus and rosemary also are considered to be effective.
  • Lavender is great to sooth itching.
  • I first washed and rinsed the hair, and then, without adding conditioning agents, I poured this solution through each of my family member’s hair. The solution actually has a rather nice smell. The lavender seemed to calm down the apple cider vinegar smell. I then put coconut oil on the hair.
  • Coconut oil is reported to suffocate the lice so that they cannot live nor grasp onto the hair.
    I combed through my daughter’s oiled hair with a nit comb and braided about 20 strands in her hair so I could keep a watch on things. Throughout the day I would spray the hair with the apple cider essential oil solution I had made. I also sprayed couches and my car. All bedding and clothing worn was put in a hot water wash to sanitize them. These parasites can’t live in temperatures of extreme heat or cold. You can also bag items for 24 hours to ensure lice are killed if you cannot wash these items.
Here is her recipe for the spray:

Lice Hair Rinse

3/4 C Apple Cider Vinegar (with the “mother” in it)
1tsp. Tea Tree Oil
1tsp. Eucalyptus Oil
½ tsp. Lavender Oil
3 1/2 C distilled water.

Mix and it’s ready. I used about 1/3 of the solution on each head of hair for the initial dose. Do not rinse the solution out. Let it dry. I later applied coconut oil to the hair. After using the hair rinse, letting it dry and applying the coconut oil (and in my case braiding) I would spray the hair wet with a spray bottle a few times a day to moisten the scalp. Spray bedding and furniture down to deter lice. Note: this is to be used externally, not internally.  We did this rinse twice, a few days apart, and for a total of about a week of spraying and monitoring. Be sure to close your eyes when spraying the solution so as to not bother your eyes.

Recipe by Kelly Pomeroy
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It is nice to know that there are natural alternatives because my experience was miserable. All of the ingredients are easy to store for emergencies also. Thank you Kelly Pomeroy for Knixing those Nasty Little Nits so we could benefit.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Self-Reliance Tip of the Week - Jason Bourne Is Like An Apple

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My fork gonna do some Jiu Jitsu ....

My husband and I like good action flix now and again. The Jason Bourne Series is no exception. By the time it's over the viewer might feel like they have been on an upside down train ride mixed with a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wedgie (all except for Bourne Legacy...sorry...lets pretend that one never existed) and the burning desire to learn seven right now. 

His versatility is unparalleled by anyone and has the ability to squeeze out of tight places better than a chameleon with the speed of a cheetah. His skills likely put Captain America to shame...except they are both imaginary. So sad...I know. 

But, what isn't imaginary is the versatility of apples. With the seasons moving along, it is getting time for apple harvest. It is easy to say, "I don't have time to process any apples." If we take the extra time, we will realize that apples are like Jason Bourne.

So, what kind of culinary treasures can apples be turned into? Here are just a few.

#1 Good ol' fashioned apple sauce!!!

Here are instructions on how to process your own. You can make unsweetened or sweetened. 

#2 Dried apples

Dried apples are so awesome because they are a very versatile snack that kids and adults love because of the condensed sweetness. 

#3 Apple Butter

Do not underestimate the skills that apple butter brings to the table. So so so yummy!!!

#4 Apple Pie Filling

Home made apple pie filling kicks the shazbot out of the stuff you buy at the store. It makes making apple pie a cinch! And no artificial ingredients to boot!!

#5 Apple Fruit Leather

"Fruit roll ups" can't touch real, sweet, melt in your mouth apple leather. 

I am just getting warmed up too! There are SO many more things you can do with apples to preserve them. Here are 27 ways!!!

So the  next time you're up for an adventure, break out the apples from your nearest orchard or farmer's market and get crackin'!! You've got an upside down train to catch!!