Sunday, November 28, 2010

Epsom Salt and Home Remedies

I love using Home Made Old Fashioned Recipes,
Whether it be for baking or general health.
I am not a doctor, nor an expert in the field of anything, so I share this information without any knowledge of how well it works or claimed "Health Benefits".
For over 30 years I have used home remedies for all sorts of simple aliments, like small cuts, bruises and every other little mishap that comes with raising 4 kids.  Some work really well, others are more of a mess than any good.  I love using natural ingredients, I love knowing what I'm using.  Over half of the ingredients listed on the labels of most store bought health and processed food products available are a mystery to me, Even after I do a google search on them! 

I would love it if you would share your favorite "Home Remedy"
The following was emailed to me, I just wanted to share:

For Pampering:
~Glowing skin exfoliating treatment: Mix 2 cups of Epsom Salt with 1/4 cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches.
~Microdermabrasion Facial: Mix 1/2 TSP of Epsom Salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.~Bathtime Bliss:
Add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub; soak for at least 12 minutes, three times weekly. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent.
Pedicure Perfection:
Dissolve a half cup of Epsom Salt into two quarts of warm water. Pour the water into a container and soak your bare feet for fifteen to twenty minutes. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent. Massage the entire foot with Epsom Salt concentrating on the heels and ankles to remove any dry, rough spots. Then, rinse your feet off with clean tap water and dry them thoroughly.~Homemade bath crystals:
Mix two cups of Epsom Salt with a few drops of fragrance to create a custom bath crystal. Add a few drops of food coloring or 1/2 TSP of glycerin if you like. Store in an air-tight container.

For the Gardner in your life:
2 tablespoons per gallon of water; feed plants monthly.
1 tablespoon per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks.
1 tablespoon per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks. Also scratch 1/2 cup into soil at base to encourage flowering canes and healthy new basal cane growth. Soak unplanted bushes in 1 cup of Epsom Salt per gallon of water to help roots recover. Add a tablespoon of Epsom Salt to each hole at planting time. Spray with Epsom Salt solution weekly to discourage pests.
Shrubs (evergreens, azaleas, rhododendron):
1 tablespoon per 9 square feet. Apply over root zone every 2-4 weeks.
Apply 3 pounds for every 1,250 square feet with a spreader, or dilute in water and apply with a sprayer.
Apply 2 tablespoons per 9 square feet. Apply over the root zone 3 times annually.
Garden Startup:
Sprinkle 1 cup per 100 square feet. Mix into soil before planting.

For the Athlete :
· To ease muscle pain and fading bruises.
Add two cups of Epsom Salt to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub (double the Epsom Salt for an oversized garden tub) and bathe three times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes. Also can be used to make compresses.· To soothe feet aching from a tough workout or a long day,add a cup of Epsom Salt to a tub of warm water and soak them.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Spending Time with the Family this Weekend

Spending some time with the family this weekend.  I have alot of great things coming up next week.
I'm so excited !

Friday, November 12, 2010


The SpinnerWilliam-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905) 

My mind wanders into day dream land while spinning.  The motion, feel of the fiber, rhythm of the wheel and even the small sounds the wheel makes quickly drifts me into day dreaming.  I have found that Spinning has become one of the best ways for me to relax and unwind.  Stress just seems to melt away as the bobbin fills up with the fiber I'm spinning.   I think about what I will make with this new yarn, will it be for me or one of the kids? a hat? scarf? I start planning the pattern and thinking out the design.  I think about goals I want to accomplish and ones I want to start.
Somedays are just full of stress from everyday life and I really have to force myself to let it go.  Spinning has been a blessing for over 15 years now.  I'm sitting here now with such a huge headache wondering why I let it all get to me.  I'm heading towards my wheel now and I'm going to spin up some beautiful Alpaca.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Small Dogs Need A Little Warmth

I am the owner of 4 small breed dogs, Mini Dachshunds and a Mini Chihuahua.
Or should I say, They own me.
Most cat owners say their cats own them, well this house is definitely owned by the dogs !
Sometimes I think they have more space than I do. I know they have more space on the bed than I do, I fight for covers all night long!
My little dogs love to cuddle up under blankets and that is what gave me the idea to make these warm comfy blanket bags for them.
They are great around the house and car.  We take a 1500 mile trip every year to visit family and my dogs were much calmer this last trip all curled up in their own little bags.

I made a few up for others
You can purchase them at Copper Llama Studio at Etsy
I have them in extra small and small.
Each is Hand Knit
Extra small is perfect for young small breeds and mini's
Small is great for dogs under 19 inches long