• 17Feb

    Soak 1/4 c. sesame seeds in water.
    In blender, combine:
    1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
    Starting off with 1/8 cup water, add a little at a time, pulsing constantly until desired consistency. You can add sesame oil, or olive oil instead of water.

    Keeps in the refrigerator for about 5 days or more.

    Now use it to make your own salad dressing or hummus!

  • 20Oct

    She does it in glass pie plates with organic black sunflower seeds, makes it very easy. Soak overnight, lay in soil…


    Or even easier-The SproutPeople eat their’s right after soaking 1-2 hours!


    Seed Shelf Life?
    at 70° 1-2 years
    Seed To Sprout?
    in 1-2 days
    Sprout Shelf Life?
    1-2 weeks
    1.5 to 1

    How-To Video

    Sprouting Instructions

    Yields approximately 1 Cup (1/2 lb.) of Sprouts.

    Seed Prep
    Measure out 2/3 Cup of seed*
    Pick out anything you don’t think should be there (shell or plant pieces, imperfect seeds if you wish (we don’t), etc.).
    Rinse your seeds to remove dust or debris.
    Note: Sunnys tend to be a bit on the “dusty” side (it is a byproduct of the Hulling process) so rinse and rinse some more – until the water runs clear.

    Transfer your seeds into your Sprouter, or a bowl.
    Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) water.
    Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.
    Allow seeds to Soak for 1/2-2 hours.
    We Soak for 30-60 minutes when growing these straight.
    We stop here when growing straight sunny sprouts. We eat our crop as Soaks.

    You can continue to grow your crop, but in our opinion they are at their best – when grown alone – just after their Soak. We eat them all within a few hours – they never even go into the fridge.
    If you insist on continuing, here is the method:

    Empty the seeds into your Sprouter (if necessary).
    Drain off the soak water.

    You can use it – it has nutrients in it.

    Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water.
    Drain thoroughly.

    Set your Sprouter anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses.
    This is where your sprouts do their growing. We use a counter top – in the corner of our kitchen, but where the sprouter won’t get knocked over by cats, dogs, kids or us.
    We don’t mind the indirect sunlight or the 150 watts of incandescent light, because light just does not matter much.
    A plant can only perform photosynthesis when it has leaves, and these sprouts are definitely not going to have leaves. Until a plant has leaves, light has little if any effect. Sprouts also happen to like air-circulation, so don’t hide your sprouts.

    Rinse and Drain again in 8-12 hours.
    And, perhaps one more…
    Rinse and Drain in 8-12 hours.

    We stop here. There is no real point in sprouting further.
    These sprouts are not intended to germinate fully. At most their germ is meant to bulge – but don’t try to grow a root. That is why they are called Soaks.

    As always, we suggest that you taste your crop at Every Rinse – including the very first – just after the Soak period. The soaked seeds are already alive and are now super-nutritious – and – they now have no enzyme inhibitors (a very good thing indeed) so they’ll digest themselves and nourish you.

    Your sprouts are done 8-12 hours after your final Rinse.
    Be sure – if you plan on storing your crop – to Drain them as thoroughly as possible after that final Rinse.
    The goal during the final 8-12 hours is to minimize the surface moisture of your sprouts – they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch.

    Transfer your sprout crop to a plastic bag, our shelf life extending Produce Storage Bags, or the sealed container of your choice (glass is good too).
    Whatever you choose – put them in your refrigerator – if you can keep from eating them all first.

    *Seed to Use
    If using Sproutpeople’s Single Harvest Pack – use the whole bag.

    These seeds will yield approximately 1.5:1 (you get 1.5 pounds for every pound of dry seed), so in theory you can start with up to as 2/3 as much dry seed as your Sprouter has capacity.
    We generally advise maxing out at 1/2 capacity, until you get used to growing a particular crop.

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  • 22Aug

    The Cheap Vegetable Gardener

    How to make picklesPosted: 21 Aug 2013 07:11 PM PDT

    The post How to make pickles appeared first on The Cheap Vegetable Gardener.

    Step 3 Brine the Pickles-

     sweet/salty/spicy as well as some extra components to have a nice balanced flavor profile.  Simply add the ingredients to a 1 quart mason jar, give it a little shake, then add your cucumbers.  Secure the lid of the jar and give the jar another shake and place in your refrigerator.

    My Pickle Brine

    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1 cup water (or enough to cover the pickles)
    • 3 T rawbsugar (artificial sweetener works here)
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp dill
    • 1/4 tsp pepper flakes
    • 1/4 tsp cloves
    • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp coriander
    • 1/4 tsp mustard seed
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper

    Step 4: Wait. This can be the hardest part, you need to wait at least 3 days for your pickles to brine, possible a couple of days more if you needed to add much more than 1 cup of water to cover your cucumbers.

    As more cucumbers come in you can simply add them to the jar and have a non-stop supply of incoming snacks…at least until the end of summer.

    For something a little more traditional you can also try the following:

    Alton Brown’s Dill Pickle Brine

    • 5 1/2 ounces pickling salt, approximately 1/2 cup
    • 1 gallon filtered water
    • 3 pounds pickling cucumbers, 4 to 6-inches long
    • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
    • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 teaspoon dill seed
    • 1 large bunch dill

    Directions: Same process as above though probably going to have to wait 6-7 days before your pickles are ready and are good for about 2 months.

  • 11Jul

    Natural Insect Repellent Recipe
    How to Make Natural Insect Repellent


    By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., About.com Guide
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    You can make natural insect repellent yourself. The insect repellent is safe and effective, plus it costs much less to make it than to buy it.

    There are a few different formulations you can make for your natural insect repellent. These repellents involve diluting essential oils that the insects find distasteful or which confuses them. The oils don’t mix with water, so you’ll need to add them to other oils or to alcohol. It’s important to use an oil or alcohol that is safe for your skin. Also, don’t go overboard with the essential oils. The oils are potent and could cause skin irritation or another reaction if you use too much. If you are pregnant or nursing, do not apply an insect repellent, natural or otherwise, until after you’ve gotten it cleared by your physician.
    Natural Insect Repellent Ingredients
    Different insects are repelled by different chemicals, so you’ll get a more effective repellent if you combine a few different insect-repelling natural oils. If you are making large amounts of insect repellent, a good rule of thumb is to mix the repellent so it’s 5-10% essential oil, so mix 1 part essential oil with 10-20 parts carrier oil or alcohol. For a smaller batch use:

    * 10-25 drops (total) of essential oils
    * 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil or alcohol

    The essential oils that work well against biting insects (mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas) are:

    * cinnamon oil (mosquitoes)
    * lemon eucalyptus or regular eucalyptus oil (mosquitoes, ticks, and lice)
    * citronella oil (mosquitoes and biting flies)
    * castor oil (mosquitoes)
    * orange oil (fleas)
    * rose geranium (ticks and lice)

    Safe carrier oils and alcohols include:

    * olive oil
    * sunflower oil
    * any other cooking oil
    * witch hazel
    * vodka

    Natural Insect Repellent Recipe
    Mix the essential oil with the carrier oil or alcohol. Rub or spray the natural insect repellent onto skin or clothing, using care to avoid the sensitive eye area. You’ll need to re-apply the natural product after about an hour or after swimming or exercise. Unused natural insect repellent may be stored in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight. If you wish, you may combine the oil with aloe vera gel to change the consistency of the product.
    More About Natural Insect Repellents

    * Natural Mosquito Repellents
    * Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe

  • 07Jul


    I often make this whipped shea body butter recipe as part of my own personal skin care routine and as a gift for family and friends. It’s easy to make, very cost effective and, the best part is, it contains only natural ingredients. You can even eat it, if you were so inclined.

    Whipped Shea Body Butter:


    1 cup refined shea butter (cocoa butter also works here)

    ½ cup coconut oil

    ½ cup light carrier oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil or a Healing Botanical Oil Infusion (more on that later).

    Optional: 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oil for fragrance (vanilla, lavender, orange, mint, etc.).

    Also: you can add other healing ingredients such as 1 tbs of neem oil, rose oil or sea buckthorne oil. You can even add manuka honey or aloe. This whipped shea body butter recipe is beautiful in its simplicity, creating an amazing, nutritive base that you can play around with.


    Melt your oils and butters (coconut oil, shea butter and carrier oil) down in a double boiler. I use a glass bowl or measuring cup in a pot full of water. Add ingredients to the glass bowl, and then place the bowl in a large pot filled 1/3 of the way with water. Turn the stove on medium high and stir the oils frequently.

    When the oils have melted, forming a uniform consistency, remove them from heat. Add in your other ingredients, if you wish. Stir, allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and then place it in the fridge for one hour. he hour, your mixture should have formed a solid, but uniform mass. Place it in a mixer and beat for 10 minutes or until you form a creamy, frothy butter that looks like whipped cream. Distribute the mixture into recycled containers or glass jars, and then refrigerate them for another hour.


    The body butter feels like rubbing silky whipped cream onto skin. It soaks in wonderfully and provides skin with non-greasy moisture that lasts all day.

    You can add 1/2 cup of this healing oil to your whipped body butter recipe, creating an all-natural moisturizer with skin soothing medicinal properties. :

    Healing Botanical Oil Infusion:


    1 mason jar

    1 large amount of dried herbs (enough to fill the jar) such as calendula or chamomile. Both of these herbs contain skin-healing properties, which help to decrease itching, dryness and inflammation. Calendula is also great for healing minor burns and skin infections.

    1 large amount of carrier oil (enough to fill the jar) such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, etc.

    1 slow cooker

    1 cheese cloth


    Add the dried herbs to the mason jar. Next, fill the jar with oil, covering the herbs, all the way to the top. Fill the slow cooker 1/3 of the way with water and turn on to high. Put the herb and oil-filled mason jar into water, leaving the lid off. Leave the lid off the slow cooker and allow it to cook for 6-8 hours. The heat from the slow cooker heats the oil, allowing it to draw the fat-soluble medicinal properties from the dried herbs.

    After 6-8 hours you should notice that the oil has a different colour, smell and consistency, indicating that it has absorbed the healing properties of the herbs. Strain out the herbs using the cheese cloth.

  • 31May

    Here are a few examples.

    1. Sore Throat Lollipops, by Homespun with Love.

    2. Digestion Remedy Tincture, from Wellness Mama.

    3. Natural Electrolyte Drink, at Wavelength Wellness.

    4. Homemade Vaporub, from Oh Lardy.

    5. DIY Bath Fizzies for Sick Kids, by The Coterie Blog.

  • 09May

    Quick, Easy, Homemade Deodorant…that Actually Works — Apartment Therapy Tutorial

  • 16Apr

    How To: Make Your Own DIY Remedy for Spring Allergies


    The ingredients include nettle, red clover, fennel, spearmint, peppermint, eyebright, yerba santa, calendula, lemongrass, lavender and stevia.

    Each herb was added for its particular healing properties:

    • Calendula, red clover, and fennel keep mucous membranes hydrated to help ward off infection.
    • Nettle is a natural antihistamine.
    • Spearmint and peppermint help open up airways.
    • Lavender has antiseptic properties in case infection creeps in (calendula is great for this too).
    • Eyebright is helpful for a whole slew of sinus issues and especially good for hay fever.
    • Yerba santa acts as an expectorant, reducing mucous and phlegm.
    • Lemongrass and a pinch of stevia are there to help make the tea tasty.
  • 06Apr
    via Natural Home Remedies by author on 4/6/13


    Most homemade toothpaste recipes require ingredients like baking soda (acts as a mild abrasive), hydrogen peroxide (3%) topical solution (kills germs), fine sea salt (antibacterial and teeth whitening properties), coconut oil, xylitol (prevents tooth decay), stevia, essential oils, and so on.

    Besides, you can also add dried herbs, orange rind, lemon rind, pure vitamin C powder, etc. All these ingredients are easily available and safe to use.

    Some recipes also use glycerin, but it is better to avoid using including it as glycerin tends to coat your teeth and prevents remineralization, which in turn, tends to weaken your teeth gradually.

    Check out the following video showing how to make a bentonite clay toothpaste.

    Thus, when looking for an inexpensive and safer alternative to your usual toothpaste laden with toxic chemicals and controversial ingredients such as fluoride and saccharin.

    Conventional toothpastes mostly contain sodium fluoride which can contribute in cancer, cardiac failure, and respiratory failure.

    Plus, Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS), another common ingredient is harmful as it is carcinogenic. Besides, it is associated with reproductive and developmental problems.

    Top 6 Homemade Toothpastes

    www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com offers a quick and easy recipe for preparing your own toothpaste at home.

  • 02Apr

    Homemade Elderberry Syrup


    If you haven’t heard of Elderberry Syrup yet, you are in for a treat. Elderberry Syrup is made from Elderberries (obviously) and is used in the prevention and treatments of colds and influenza. Elderberry syrup has actually been shown to be more effective at preventing the flu than even the flu vaccine! The flu vaccine is only designed to protect against a few strains, Elderberry syrup kills eight strains of influenza.
    Not only is elderberry syrup an amazing flu prevention but it can also be taken if you ever do come down with the flu. Elderberry syrup is truly amazing when it comes to influenza and sickness in general.
    There is one downside to elderberry syrup; it can cost a lot! Many store bought elderberry syrups cost an average of $18.00 for just 8oz. This depends on brands and ingredients of course. Which brings me to another point; many store bought elderberry syrups contain ingredients that I would rather avoid such as sugar, preservatives, alcohol, or glucose.
    The good news is that there is a way to make sure your elderberry syrup contains only ingredients that you want and save a lot of money. Simply make your own elderberry syrup and when I say simply, I mean simply! If you can make tea then you can make elderberry syrup.
    Elderberry Syrup
    ½ cup dried elderberries or 1 cup fresh elderberries
    3 cups water
    ½ cup honey (raw is preferred)
    Bring water to boil in a saucepan, add in elderberries and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 30-45 minutes or until liquid has reduced by half. Let the syrup cool and then strain through a fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth, or muslin. Add in the honey once cool and stir. Store your elderberry syrup in a jar in the refrigerator. Alternatively, you can make large batches of elderberry syrup and can them in mason jars.
    Keeps for 2-3 months
    Preventative: 1 Tbs/daily for adults, 1 tsp/daily for children over 1 year.
    Illness Remedy: 1 Tbs/2-3 hours for adults, 1 tsp/2-3 hours for children over 1 year.
    Curious to know how the price difference adds up? As I said, store bought elderberry syrup costs about $18.00 for just 8oz. Homemade elderberry syrup cost me just $2.00 for 8 oz. Seriously, this is one remedy that is definitely worth making at home!
    Don’t know where to find elderberries? Some people have access to fresh elderberries but for those of us who do not, simple go with dried elderberries. You might be able to find them in some natural stores but if not then you can buy them at Mountain Rose Herbs or Amazon like I do.
    Tincture -http://frugallysustainable.com/2011/10/building-your-medicine-chest/