Cost Effective Homemade Shampoo And Conditioner

Store bought shampoo and conditioner (even the natural stuff) contains an endless list of unpronounceable ingredients that are proven to be harmful to our health.  Essentially shampoo and conditioner acts as a base and an acid. Instead of using simple natural bases and acidic compounds they use a long list of chemicals that don’t do anymore than the simple way.  The base cleans and removes oil and the acid balances it back out to make your hair softer.  The natural and effective way to wash your hair is with baking soda and apple cider vinegar.  The baking soda acts as a simple base and the vinegar acts as a simple acid.  To make the shampoo and conditioner get two large squeeze bottles (can be found at a kitchen store or online), baking soda, and apple cider vinegar (the cheap brands work fine.)  Fill a squeeze bottle with 1/3 baking soda and 2/3 water.  Fill the other squeeze bottle with 1/3 ACV and 2/3 water.  Use the baking soda as a replacement for shampoo and the apple cider vinegar as a replacement for conditioner.  Amounts might need to be adjusted depending on hair types and the amount of hair you have.

*Note: If rinsed out all the way the vinegar should not leave a vinegary smell in your hair.*

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Place Mushrooms in Sunlight to Get More Vitamin D!

By placing any type of mushrooms in the sunlight for any amount of time you can increase the levels of vitamin d in the mushrooms.  Humans are able to absorb the vitamin d absorbed by the mushrooms.  Here’s how to do it:

  1. Obtain fresh Organic shiitake, maitake, button, oyster, shimeji or other mushrooms.
  2. On a sunny day in June, July or August, slice the fresh mushrooms. Place them evenly on a tray exposed directly to the sun from 10 am to 4 pm.
  3. Before nightfall, cover the mushrooms with a layer of cardboard to block moisture from dewfall.
  4. The next clear day repeat exposure to the sun from 10 am to 4 pm.
  5. Remove the mushrooms and finish drying (if necessary in a food dehydrator until they are crispy).
  6. When thoroughly dry, store in a glass jar or sealed container. Adding a tablespoon of uncooked rice as a moisture absorber will help keep the mushrooms dry. The mushrooms should be good for a year or more, depending upon conditions.
  7. Take 10 grams daily per person, about a small handful. Rehydrate in water for one hour. The mushrooms will swell. Then cook as desired.

Visit: http://www.fungi.com/blog/items/place-mushrooms-in-sunlight-to-get-your-vitamin-d.html for more in depth information!

Sliced fresh Shiitake mushrooms

Sun-dried Shiitake mushrooms

Award winning paleo coconut cookies!

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These cookies won third in a county fair being judged against cookies made from wheat and sugar.

1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup all natural or homemade chocolate chips

Directions:
Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips. Split dough into balls and put on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press thumb into center of all the cookies. Split chocolate chips up between the cookies and put them in the center. Bake at 350 degrees until firm and golden brown.

Link

WWW.farmsanctuary.org

More reason to grow or raise your own food or reach for products from animals raised naturally.

Simple Stir Fry

A quick stir fry perfect for a lunch to go or an easy dinner.

Meat of choice cut into strips
Veggies of choice chopped (bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, etc.)
Sea salt
pepper
garlic
honey or molasses
Oil for pan

Directions:
Add oil to pan and heat to medium heat. Add strips of meat and cook until half way done. Add chopped veggies. Season to taste and add honey or molasses to taste. Done when veggies are tender.

Simple paleo pizza crust

Easy,perfect,paleo pizza or pie crust.

1 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 egg
2 tablespoons water
6 tablespoons cold butter

Directions:
Mix all ingredients except butter. Cut butter into little slices and add to the dough. Mix butter in with hands until well blended. Press out with hands into greased pizza pan or pie pan. Add filling or toppings and bake. Can be used for pizza or pies.