Sunday, July 24, 2011

Banish Wrinkles Face Cream

 This is an easy recipe to make, only takes a few minutes and works like a charm. The ingredients are available on Amazon, or Swanson Vitamins, I use Amazon as it gets you to the other sites quickly.
  You will need:   3 teaspoons of Jojoba oil
                             3 teaspoons of Apricot Kernal Oil
                             1 teaspoon grated beeswax
                             4 teaspoons rose water
                             1/4 teaspoon borax( laundry aisle, grocery store)
                             5 drops carrot seed essential oil
  I am all about easy and little clean up so I save tomato sauce cans or small soup cans, wash with hot soapy water and use as my containers. You will need a small bowl of lots of ice and some water for quick cooling.
  In the first can, put the jojoba oil, apricot kernal oil and beeswax. The smaller you grate the wax the quicker it melts. With a wooden stir stick, I use barbecue wooden skewers, stir these  together in a small pan with about an inch of boiling water. remove with tongs and set aside. Put the rosewater and borax in the second can and heat  stirring until the borax melts. Remove from heat.
  Next with a small whisk, also found on Amazon, put the can with beeswax and oils in the ice water bath and start whipping, when it begins to thicken and turn white, slowly add the rosewater and borax. Keep whipping til thick and creamy. When cool, add the carrot seed oil and blend. Store in small jar, I use pimento or garlic jars, and keep in frig. Toss the cans, dump the water, easy clean up and great skin cream.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What's in your fruit and vegetables/

It's July 10, 2011. I was on the back roads to church this morning, and watching the field hands picking tomatoes  for use at our local J. B. Hunt plant in Newport.  Tennessee is a big grower of tomatoes and tobacco. This year, more tomoato fields have been claimed, and some of the corn and other crops normally grown have been replaced with the red veggies. Oh, excuse me, green veggies. These fields are set up in early spring with long rows of raised white plastic beds, each tomato is inserted through a small opening, and as they grow they are staked, and tied.
  Today, picking has begun. But the tomatoes are green. And dozens of discards litter the ground, not good enough to meet the canning standards I am thinking. Here's where the brain kicked in this morning, When I buy a can of tomato sauce or paste, its red, not green. So how do green tomatoes become the sauce, paste and spaghetti sauce we buy that are bright red?
  Did a little research and found that  not only tomatoes but almost every other fruit and vegetable we buy are ripened in chambers filled with ethylene gas. A person can have extreme difficulty breathing if exposed to this gas in concentrated amounts. And yet it can permeate concrete walls. Its also highly explosive in high concentrations. If you would like to read this for yourself, and see the very long list of  chemically ripened fruit and vegetables, go to:  You may never look at  a mango or orange the same way again. There is also some good information at on ethylene gas. Well worth the reading. We have so used this ripening process that we have now created ethylene resistant tomatoes that will no longer ripe in the gas filled rooms.
 For many years, I have picked the last of the crop of tomatoes and wrapped them in newspaper, placing each one in a paper bag and putting the bag in a dark closet, therefore being able to eat ripe tomatoes as late as December and January, now I find I was creating my own ethylene gas, and that was causing them to ripen. This is a very slow process done at home, and doesn't scare me into not doing it anymore. But I am now looking at what I buy at the market in a can, in a whole new light. I wonder what effect this has on our health in the long run, anyone with good information would be welcome to enlighten me.  One more interesting website you might want to check is : Thanks for loaning me your ear.