Bet you didn't know this, over 500 foods in your grocery store have plastic chemicals in them. The stuff is called ADA or azodicarbonamide. It's been added to bread, hamburger and hot dog buns, bagels, tortillas, pizza, and pastries to name a few. This is a potentially hazardous industrial plastic chemical., It has been banned in many countries, but of course here, I really think our country wants you sick so you will be paying hefty prices for medicines that cause many side effects, calling for more medicines to fix that, and on to infinity. Greed and money seem to fuel our country instead of striving for the good health of all of us. This stuff is also used to bleach flour, and is used in making shoes and yoga mats. It causes asthma and allergies among other illnesses. You can write to your congressmen, and refuse to eat foods containing the stuff, might help. We touched on this last week, Subway uses it in their "healthy" sandwiches but has said they will be removing it at some point in time.
Got some honey in your cupboard? Did you know you can use it to moisturize your skin? Just smooth it on a freshly washed damp face. Dab some on a pimple to speed healing. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and 10 drops of lavender essential oil to your bath tub, to ease muscle strains and aches. It's a good wound healer, just put over cut, scrape or injury. And you thought it just sweetened things up!
If you have gas or bloating issues, make tea with 1/2 teaspoon each of coriander, fennel and cumin seed, steep, and drink a cup before lunch and dinner.
I recently moved a big desk that had been sitting in the same area for many years, on carpet. The grooves in the rug were bad. So I tried something I had heard of and it worked like a charm. Put ice cubes in those ruts, spaced fairly close together and leave over night. Use a fork, and gently comb the flattened area then vacuum, no more ruts.
Keep hoping winter will end soon, but until it does, here is a recipe for anti oxidant rich soup to keep you well til spring.
In 2 tablespoons of olive oil, sauté 1/2 cup chopped red onion til soft, add 2 minced cloves of garlic and 1 inch of grated fresh ginger. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1 bay leaf, and 1 and 1/2 cups of lentils you have soaked overnight. Add 1/2 of a butternut squash, diced and 5 cups of stock, home made is best but you can buy some with low salt. Simmer til the squash is soft and enjoy.
Had a little excitement around here yesterday, a neighbor started some trash burning and left , it was breezy. Soon it took off and started a pretty good fire. First time since I have lived here that we had fire trucks and other fire fighting vehicles parked up and down our road. Created a thick smoke for a while, was glad when the fire was out. We are usually in a very quiet area, with nothing more exciting than an occasional deer or copperhead in the yard.
There are leaves forming on the snowball bush, and weeds coming up in the driveway, spring must be getting close. The tomato fields are plowed and ready to plant. Will be glad to get outside again, cabin fever is setting in. Had a few nice days as a teaser but so far they are few and far between.
Have a great week, see ya next time.