• 10May
    via Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time by Kim R. McCormick on 5/10/13

    The recent discovery of aphids camped out on the big rose bush in my backyard got me Googling “organic pest control.” While I read about many different methods (beer, ladybugs, strong sprays of water), I was intrigued by this spray concocted by the editors of Organic Gardening.


  • 01Sep

    Anitbacterial Yoga Mat Spray
    via Craftzine.com blog by Laura Cochrane on 9/1/11


    Filtered water
    1/4 cup of Vinegar
    3 tbs Alcohol
    12 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
    1 tsp Tea Tree Oil

    Fill up your (dark-colored) spray bottle with the vinegar and Alcohol. Then add 1 tsp of Tea Tree Oil. Add 12 drops of Eucalyptus oil. Fill the bottle with water.
    Alternatively try a subtle mint essential oil.

    Take the spray and lightly spray the yoga mat and air dry it before rolling up.

  • 31Mar

    1 1/2 c. purified water
    2 ou. rubbing alcohol
    15 drops lemongrass essential oil
    20 drops cardamon essential oil
    Pour into a 16 oz. spray bottle and shake well. You may want to double the recipe for bigger bottles.
    Use it in your iron, before ironing! Spray it on your clothes when putting them into the drier.
    Spray it on your bed, your linens, your rugs!

  • 12Sep

    Fwd: Lavender For the Home: How-To



    show details 1:12 PM (20 hours ago)

    Because I’m allergic to dust mites, I make a Linen Spray in a 2oz. spray bottle adding 50% organic distilled white vinegar which immediately kills mites, bacteria, viruses, fungi, plus 50% water, 3 drops Lavender EO, and 3 drops Lemongrass EO. The EO’s are both anti-bacterial and used as disinfectants. I spray several times a week. This concoction smells fresh and clean when sprayed, no overwhelming vinegar smell. If sprayed after waking, by bed time there will be no scent at all. This multi-purpose spray can be used to disinfect anything!

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Date: Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 8:58 AM
    Subject: Lavender For the Home: How-To

    Lavender For the Home: How-To
    Hello, I saw this on Care2 and thought you’d like it as well. Care2 is the largest and most trusted information and action site for people who care to make a difference in their lives and the world.
    Because I’m allergic to dust mites, I make a Linen Spray in a 2oz. spray bottle adding 50% organic distilled white vinegar which immediately kills mites, bacteria, viruses, fungi, plus 50% water, 3 drops Lavender EO, and 3 drops Lemongrass EO. The EO’s are both anti-bacterial and used as disinfectants. I spray several times a week. This concoction smells fresh and clean when sprayed, no overwhelming vinegar smell. If sprayed after waking, by bed time there will be no scent at all. This multi-purpose spray can be used to disinfect anything!


    By Annie B. Bond

    One of the most popular articles we’ve ever put on Care2 is “Lavender Linen Water.” People seem to have a natural inclination toward this sweet, woody aroma. Lavender has age-old housekeeping uses and gifts, but the whys and wherefores have longs since been lost as have so many of the old folkways. Here are some of those whys and wherefores about lavender with some formulas to put it into wonderful use:

    Anti-Bacterial Spray
    Lavender contains up to 50 percent of an ingredient called linalool which kills bacteria and viruses. Put 20 drops of pure essential oil of lavender in 1 cup of water, and spray the air, table tops, door knobs, etc., anywhere you would usually use a disinfectant.

    Room Aromatherapy
    Lavender contains esters and aldehydes that help to regulate your moods, and it is widely used by herbalists to treat depression. Place a few drops in a water vaporizer, or on a light bulb.

    Lavender Tense-Muscle Massage Oil
    Because lavender contains ingredients such as aldehydes that help to reduce inflammation, and it helps relax tense muscles. Add a few drops to 1 teaspoon of a good carrier oil such as olive or grapeseed (available in the health food store).

    Lavender Linen Water


    Lavender Linen Water
    ©2002 Snowdrift Farm, Inc.

    Sprinkle on sheets or other other linens to freshen.
    Spray onto linens before ironing.

    1 teaspoon (100 drops) lavender essential oil
    5-10 drops peppermint, spearmint or rosemary essential oil (optional)
    2 oz. 80+ proof vodka
    24 oz. distilled water

    Pour essential oils and vodka into a bottle, cap and shake to emulsion.
    Mix with distilled water.

    The mix will cloud, and eventually separate.

    Shake well before each use.

    Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/lavender-linen-water.html#ixzz10AtAp24N

  • 17Jul

    Summertime Remedies from the Garden


    Summertime activities like hiking, gardening, and camping often result in sore muscles, cuts, scrapes, insect bites, sprains, sunburns, and other discomforts. Luckily, you can treat yourself to homemade herbal remedies straight from your garden! These simple recipes can turn classic herbs into medicinal preparations that soothe, heal, and rejuvenate. Rosemary and Thyme are natural pain relievers with antiseptic properties, plus Rosemary increases circulation. Lavender, Calendula, and Chamomile are calming, anti-inflammatory, and healing making them useful for treating minor abrasions, cuts, and scrapes. Peppermint and Eucalyptus are refreshing, cooling, and relieve soreness. Sage helps deodorize feet and can be used as a disinfectant for minor cuts and abrasions. Oregano is one of the best herbal antiseptics available and has been used historically for aching muscles and spider bites. How amazing that we can grow all of this medicine right in our own gardens!

    Aloe Vera, Lavender, & Peppermint Sunburn Spray

    Aloe Vera and Lavender offer immediate relief, shorten healing times, and are soothing while Peppermint is cooling and refreshing.

    4 oz organic Aloe Vera Gel
    15 drops organic Lavender essential oil
    10 drops Vitamin E Oil
    2-5 drops organic Peppermint essential oil

    Mix all ingredients, pour into a 4 ounce bottle, and apply to the skin as often as desired. Store in refrigerator to increase its cooling effect upon the skin.

    Herbal Liniment

    Herbal liniments offer instant relief for pain, inflamed muscles, bruises, and sprains.

    Rubbing Alcohol
    Fresh or dried herbs – combine any of the following: Calendula flowers, Chamomile flowers, Eucalyptus leaves, Lavender flowers, Peppermint leaves, Rosemary, Thyme, or Oregano.

    Chop herbs finely and place in a clean glass jar. Cover thoroughly with rubbing alcohol and cap with a tight-fitting lid. Place the jar in a warm area and shake daily or as often as possible. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth and pour the remaining liquid into glass bottles with mister tops. When properly stored in a cool dark place, the liniment will keep almost indefinitely. Make sure to label the liniment for “External Use Only”.

    Herbal Massage Oil

    This botanical-infused goodness accelerates healing times and soothes aching muscles, sprains, and areas that are inflamed or swollen.

    4 oz herbal infused oil* – choose one or a combination: Calendula, Chamomile, or Lavender.
    10 drops Organic Peppermint essential oil
    10 drops Organic Rosemary essential oil
    5 drops Organic Eucalyptus essential oil
    5 drops Organic Juniper Berry essential oil

    Pour all ingredients into a glass bottle and roll between palms to distribute the oils evenly. Massage into sore and tender muscles. If in a pinch, organic extra-virgin olive oil may be substituted for the herbal infused oil oils, but it will not have quite the same medicinal effects.

    Calendula, Lavender, & Shea Butter Balm

    A soothing and healing balm. Rub into sore muscles or apply to minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes, chapped skin, and other skin irritations.

    3 oz Calendula flower infused herbal oil*
    1 oz Shea Butter
    1/2 oz Beeswax
    20 drops organic Lavender essential oil

    Melt beeswax, Shea butter, and Calendula oil over a double boiler until melted, then remove from burner and mix in the Lavender oil. Quickly pour into tins or glass jars and allow to cool thoroughly before using or capping jar.

    Milk & Oatmeal Herbal Bath

    Nothing feels better on sore muscles than a peaceful soak in a bathtub!

    1 cup organic Milk
    1 cup organic Oatmeal
    1 handful fresh Chamomile flowers or 2 TBSP dried
    1 handful fresh Lavender flowers or 2 TBSP dried
    1 sprig fresh Rosemary or 1 TBSP dried

    Place oatmeal and herbs into a cloth or muslin bag and tie under the tub faucet. Turn hot water on and allow it to run through the bag so that the bathwater will be infused with the healing properties of the herbs and oatmeal. Once that the bathwater has reached desired temperature, pour the milk directly in. You can continue to use the bag like a washcloth and rub it along your skin, especially in areas that need some extra care!

    Herbal Foot Soak

    Soak those tired “dogs” with this rejuvenating and therapeutic blend of salt and herbs fresh from your garden.

    1/2 cup Epsom Salt
    1 tsp Olive Oil
    Sprigs of fresh Chamomile flowers, Eucalyptus leaves, Lavender flowers, Peppermint leaves, Rosemary, Thyme, or Oregano. If fresh herbs are unavailable, substitute with dried herbs or a few drops of essential oil.

    Boil water and pour over herbs, then add salt and olive oil. Once the water has cooled to a comfortable temperature, soak feet for as long as desired. For an even more luxurious experience, place a few smooth stones into the bottom and gently roll your feet over the stones to naturally massage and relax them.

    *Making Herbal Infused Oils:

    Place herbs in a clean, dry glass jar. If using fresh herbs, then wilt them first for 12 hours to remove most of the moisture (too much moisture will cause the oil to go rancid), cut into small pieces, and crush with a mortar and pestle before adding to the jar. You can skip these extra steps if your herbs are dried. Pour olive oil into the jar, making sure to cover herbs by at least 1 inch of oil so they will have space to expand. Stir well and cap the jar tightly. Place the jar in a warm, sunny windowsill and shake once or more per day. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out of the oil using cheesecloth. Make sure to squeeze out every precious drop of oil! Pour into glass bottles and store in a cool dark place.

    Content and recipes written by Irene Wolansky. Irene is the Marketing Director at Mountain Rose Herbs, and when not at work, she is often found in her kitchen creating herbal concoctions.

  • 06Mar

    See Dorothy make this cleaning spray at-

    This works really great, on countertops, toilets, sinks, wall fixtures – mild, yet effective!
    2 c. water
    3/4 c. hydrogen peroxide
    1/2 c. distilled vinegar
    20 drops tea-tree oil
    20 drops peppermint oil or oil/scent of choice
    Pour all into a spray bottle and shake/stir well.

  • 31Oct

    So-Easy Tangy Orange Cranberry Sauce  http://youtu.be/qkLLsbgJ-DY

    Sage stuffing -t: http://youtu.be/-QRJ403psbg

    pecan-stuffed mushrooms – on youtube -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuPryHYXDSg&list=UUuqdm31GUiVWTLXjvr1TFuQ&index=1&feature=plcp

    Tarragon Dressing -Mixed Masala Bowl: http://youtu.be/v-maIZdmKDg

    dolmas – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCPISqHAPnk

    pumpkin butter – http://youtu.be/iIP0p5Tq8Dc

    coconut pudding – t: http://youtu.be/8IrX_sSTepk

    fig jam – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh9cbJffD4Q

    Sprouted Lentil Hummus – http://youtu.be/VtPBIJBNOiU

    Raw Classic and Middle Eastern Aiolis Alert iconon youtube-: http://youtu.be/19SretEPP7Q

    Onion bread – http://youtu.be/Go8420x8iR0

    Masala Chai Sun Tea – http://youtu.be/SehtC9x8AAU

    Chocolate halvah torte – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE059eZw95c

    3 Eagles Qi Gong – http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit?ns=1&video_id=SnDWn8W6EUo

    kombucha lotion -: http://youtu.be/SSvpqXDnZjA

    halvah – http://youtu.be/6XBizdWpXIg

    chocolate fondue -http://youtu.be/mRK29VYX6yg

    “no-cheese” cheesy fondue-http://youtu.be/yCSlk9PuR1Q

    chip and veggie sauce/coating – http://youtu.be/XIHixaBGpdE

    Raw Cookie-Go-To-Go Bars http://youtu.be/pveoIZGp

    “Un-Chicken” Salad with Coconut Curry – http://youtu.be/Phsti3jHCwg

    Raw Berry Banana Kombucha Frostie-: http://youtu.be/BMG4VqFh9Ps

    on youtube-t: http://youtu.be/BMG4VqFh9Ps

    Strawberry Oat Bars -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xyz9lcXRE0&list=UUuqdm31GUiVWTLXjvr1TFuQ&index=1&feature=plcp

    Cranberry Coleslaw with Creamy Cashew Dressing: http://youtu.be/veQliFYtxi8

    Lavender Lemon Tea Cookies

    Detox Green ginger smoothie – : http://youtu.be/WWvJ7wJtbag

    Detox salad – http://youtu.be/0WOS-fcfsWc

    Garden Herb Roll-ups/Wraps-

    On youtube-http://youtu.be/V4i-Q5xfFAo
    Pistachio Honey Bites

    Pistachio Refrigerator Cookies – http://youtu.be/lcIN7Ferxgk

    Puttanesca – http://youtu.be/63QDnmW-O0Y

    Coco-Mint Truffles -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imoRvT-jsMA

    How to Open a Young Thai Coconut-

    Energy Bars – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5xczvTQdJQ

    Sun Cheese Sticks – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMGT_zqmcH0

    Tortilla Soup – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlTAtllyYTY

    Chocolate Mug Cake – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vsMAYiI4qk

    Cherry Brownie Hearts-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCODg0Ll5qQ

    Cherry Pie -On youtube -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FswCFqrfnog

    rawvioli-On youtube-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob57lEP4QOo

    Raw Taco Seasoning-

    Raw Sweet n’ Sour Sauce

    Raw Pho-

    Raw Sugar Cookies

    and Rawtitos

    English Toffee-

    Egg Nog-

    German Chocolate Cake
    on youtube -www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoeBqIUjhUw


    Sloppy Joes
    on youtube -http://youtu.be/ZLxEUSjOBh8

    Chocolate Orange Cheesecake on youtube –

    Chocolate Walnut Pie

    Strawberry Shortcake

    Raw Pumpkin Pie
    on youtube-http://youtu.be/DeEW7sW3G-I

    Raw Sweet Potato Casserole
    on youtube-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clNOZfXSVnY

    Raw Chocolate/Carob Covered Raisins
    on youtube-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ammqxmKMs9c

    7-Layer Dip – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnFSTb4xPlo

    Mushroom Soup/Gravy -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmpjUDrXb20

    Caramel apple bites – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTSnvDPBS1g

    Raw Egg Salad-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewdgWtgY57Y

    Vegetable Soup
    on youtube -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnTplrr-w7E

    Breakfast Wraps

    Hazelnut Fudge-

    Pinenut Pepper Poppers-

    Lemon Sheet Cookies

    Doughnut Holes –
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uQE0Oyo3BYPinenut Pepper Poppers

    Raw Fig Newtons-

    Raw Ginger Snaps –

    Raw Sprouted “Unfried Rice

    Sprouted wild rice pudding


    Butterfinger Bites

    Chocolate/Carob Chia Pudding

    Ranch Dressing

    Perfect Walnut Pesto

    Marinated Mushrooms


    Pecan Sandies-


    how to open a coconut-

    banana pudding

    Cinnamon Rolls

    Peppermint, Chocolate Mint Patties

    Key lime pie-

    sun/moon tea

    Here’s the artichoke dip.

    Cucumber Dip

    Here are the almond cookies!

    Yam Fries on youtube


    Chocolate Vanilla Mousse-

    Onion Rings-

    chocolate chip bars (raw o’henry bars)

    Vanilla Fudge – Covered Cherries – White Chocolate
    on youtube -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA3aX3CFhJg

    Pad Thai with Teriyaki Sauce

    Chiles Rellenos

    Mole Sauce-

    Raw Pancakes and Huckleberry Syrup-

    Eggplant Parmezano on youtube-

    Raw Pita Chips

    Blushing Mary Mix

    Vege Kabobs and Barbecue Sauce

    Lemon Pudding!

    Peach cobbler-

    Nacho Cheesy Sauce –

    Stuffed Peppers with Mock Refried Beans and Nacho Cheesy Sauce

    coffee cake-

    apple butter-


    BBQ Chips-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUna3o-9tbk

    Sour lemon candy tarts/bars

    meatless meatballs and marinara-

    fruit roll-ups/leathers


    raw almond crackers on youtube:

    Cheesy Chipotle Dip/Spread – On youtube:

    Walnut Chili Spread – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcsBTxv7llE

    Apple Pie – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcjDdPTAJX8

    Vege Tacos – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSf8JyPek2Y

    Essene Rye Bread – on youtube -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAKdwJd3X8s

    Guacamole – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io7MmdQAYoU


    Chocolate/Carob Almond Smoothie – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0n0vVpBiio

    Peppermint Truffles – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0SUpP_F9nw

    Granola – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT0pkpLrc6Q

    Raw Food Meals – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA7j2P19Yh8

    Vege Burgers – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDAUff7Avcs

    Sweet Sprouted Seeds-
    To see this recipe, go to:

    Chia Crisps/Crackers-

    Using the spiral slicer to make raw zucchini pasta with pine nut alfredo sauce

    Fermented Barley Juice Recipes-

    Chocolate nut butter cups and strawberries:

    To see how to make raw peanut sauce, go to:

    How to use the dehydrator:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6pcS5c808o

    To see how raw cheesecake is made, go to:

    To see how to make Raw Instant Cacao powder, hot chocolate, go to:

    Dishwashing liquid on youtube, go to:

    Thousand Island Dressing –
    To see this recipe on youtube, go to:

    Green soup/gazpacho at youtube-

    Pieter, the wheatgrass man makes Essene/Wheatgrass/Living Bread
    on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5w51A1fL4s

    Pieter, the Wheatgrass Man Opens a South American Coconut and hands one to Angela Stokes Monarch

    Dorothy interviews Maria as she makes her raw chocolate at Matt and Angela Stokes

    tai chi for enlightenment in Vilcabamba, Ecuador

    Tcandies, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2v_Ch3ZEY4
    Raw Chocolate Covered Dried Apricots and Raw Mounds Bars:

    cranapple juice made on video, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7NMcPowviw

    Raw Rhubarb Smoothie, go to-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9dq77uPucs

    Kevin shows his raised garden beds, part 2, go to:

    How to Make Your Own Lip Balm from Dorothy at taichibozeman.com/rawfoodblog and Mapuana:
    To see this recipe, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2eaEQxTfuY

    To See Sprouted Quinoa Salad (Tabouli)

    DIY Dish Soap

    Raw Ketchup:

    To see D make this raw mustard go to:

    eyeglass cleaner-

    Mung Bean Recipes – Salad and Party Mix –

    kale chips:


    mock tuna:

    raw vege kraut

    RAW Kombucha, go to

    Kevin shows part one of how to make your own raised garden beds in Bozeman, Montana

    To see Kevin change our aquasana filter on youtube

    Midnight Truffles

    cleaning spray at-


    squaghetti with garlic sauce, and squaghetti with marinara sauce:

    Valentine Pear:

    raw food snacks at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJCMQ8IG2oA

    sprout buckwheat and make buckwheat crunchies, go to:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyOkTR0Ftls

    cherry green smoothie, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAYo-1Qx24s

    raw grapefruit green juice

    white chocolate, and a tai chi/chi kung exercise for the kidneys, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX-DsU_SjIw

    raw asparagus with raw hollandaise sauce:

    raw carob/coconut fudge :

    brazil nut nog:

    how to juice wheatgrass, make banana ice cream and cashew nut butter:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZsEfbWwvYc

    tahini sauce: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omi2tukpL5A

    leek/pea soup, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3Rtxu1Rhyk

    raw vegan sushi rolls, see:


    banana split: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBrqN5dxs4U

    pine nut yogurt-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFOqLHaISHo”>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFOqLHaISHo

    Yang Style Short form : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldUr-IPHl38

    To see Dorothy make rejuvelac, go to :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al1hDSAv6cQ
    To see Dorothy teach how to grow wheatgrass, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmdQVeSZy9Y

    To see Dorothy make Chia Jam, and give a Tai Chi exercise on letting go of mourning, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wvxutez4Ka4

    almond milk-

    how to grow alfalfa and clover sprouts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JCpJV78-OY

    raw chocolate goji bark :

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