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Medical Uses of Honey

Researchers are learning more and more about the possible health benefits of honey. Honey has a long medicinal history. Many people swarm to honey for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature's best all-around remedies. But outside of the...

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Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, and while it is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow color.

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa pla...

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How Good is Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is one of the most common varieties of winter squash. Like other winter squash, it has a hard exterior and firm flesh and is full of vitamin A, potassium and fiber. Contrary to the name, winter squash is grown in the summer and harvested in the fall. Due to it's thick, tough exterio...

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Why We Need Trees

Did you ever stop to wonder why we really need trees? Trees serves a purpose other than looking good during Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. The trees around us are extremely important and have always been necessary for improving the human condition - both during its life and after harvest. It is ...

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Vinegar for Laundry

Vinegar has many used in the laundry room. It is effective to use as a fabric softener, static reducer, stain pre-treater, fabric brightener and even to clean the washing machine. For all of these applications, you can use distilled white vinegar for laundry. It's a good idea to purchase your vinega...

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Co-Washing Your Hair

One of the main benefits of co-washing is that it is a great way to get a mid week moisture boost. Some ladies notice their hairís dryness is reduced by incorporating co washing once or twice during the week. Some ladies may find co-washing beneficial in the first few months of their hair journey....

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Whiter Teeth Without the Bleach

I got this from a friend. For pearly whites that wow without harsh chemicals treatments, try this natural whitener: Mash 1 ripe strawberry to a pulp and mix with 1/2 tsp baking soda. Using a soft toothbrush, spread the mixture on your teath, let sit 5 minute, then brush as usual. The malic acid in ...

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Mystery Stain Remover

My daughter has a pair of white pants that had some mysterious stains on them and nothing she tried including bleach would remove the stains. Then I remembered that I had some Zep mold & mildrew stain remover In the house. I sprayed some on the stains and like magic the stains disappeared.

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Clean Out Your Closet

Go through your closets and get rid of some of the stuff. You can have a yard sale with it, take it to a consignment shop, or even donate it for the tax deduction for more money in your pocket. This will also give you an incentive to clean out your other closets as well.

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Vary Calorie Intake

Try varying your daily calorie intake. Instead of consuming (for example) precisely 1800 calories each day - you can mix it up. Eat 1500 calories one day, and 2100 calories the next. This can be as simple as doubling a portion size or cutting it in half. The trick is to keep the body guessing.

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