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Natural, non-toxic DIY cleaning products you can make on a budget

These days' supermarkets are providing a wide range of cleaning products which all promise to make life easier and tackle dirt in a matter of seconds. While these options may seem convenient and effective, most people don't realize that these chemical-laden cleaning products are slowly poisoning our body and the environment.
And if you thought making your own environment- and body-friendly household products is time-consuming, expensive or won't work, this article will quickly change your mind.

Baking soda: to clean, deodorize, scour and soften water.
Washing soda: similar to baking soda, but stronger and inedible.
Castille soap (or unscented soap): use biodegradable, unscented soap to clean just about anything.
Borax (sodium borate): to clean, deodorize, disinfect and soften water.
White vinegar: to remove grease, mildew, odors, wax build-ups and tougher stains.
Unscented cooking oil: to clean woody surfaces.

FYI: Borax is a mild skin irritant, just as baking soda is. It is a natural substance which doesn't accumulate in the body, can't be absorbed through the skin and is environment-friendly.

All-purpose cleaner #1
Perfect all-around cleaner for bathroom, kitchen and dirty toys.

• 1 teaspoon borax
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
• 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
• 2 cups warm distilled water
• Essential oils of your choice
• Spray bottle (glass is best)

Add borax, washing soda, and castile soap to a spray bottle. Add 2 cups of warm distilled  water (or boiled water). Shake and use as needed.

All-purpose cleaner #2
Can be used to remove water deposit stains and dirt from chrome fixtures, windows and mirrors.

1/4 cup vinegar
1/8 cup baking soda
1/4 gallon or 1 liter water
• Essential oils of your choice (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. Use as needed.

Non-Wood Surface Cleaner
This works great to clean windows, mirrors, countertops and other non-wood surfaces.

• 2 parts white vinegar
• 1 part water
• Essential oils of your choice
• Spray bottle

Fill a spray bottle with vinegar, water and essential oils

Wood Surface Cleaner
• 3 parts unscented cooking oil
• 1 part vinegar
• Essential oils of your choice
• Spray bottle

Fill a spray bottle with all ingredients, give it a good shake and you're good to go. Do not make too much at once, or the oil may go rancid when stored over longer periods.

Floor Cleaner
Works for tiles, laminate or non-wood floors.

• 16 parts water
• 1 part borax
1/2 part castille soap
• A few drops tea tree oil (antiseptic)
• A few drops of essential oil of your liking

If you have a sticky, greasy floor, replace half of the water with vinegar. Many people add lemon or lavender essential oil for the refreshing and antiseptic properties.

For hardwood floors, you can swap the borax for vegetable oil and add 1/2 part lemon or lime juice and citrus essential oil.

Oven Cleaner
• Baking soda
• Water
• Spray bottle

Make a paste of baking soda and water. Spray entire internal surface of the oven with water. Add a 1/4-inch thick layer of baking soda paste on the bottom of the oven. Close the oven and let sit for about two to three hours. Wipe up the paste and surrounding surfaces with a damp cloth.

Drain Cleaner
Great to tackle germs and smelly drains.

• 4 cups baking soda
1/2 teaspoon basil essential oil
1/2 teaspoon thyme essential oil
1/2 ounce dried thyme grounded thyme
1/2 ounce rosemary ground rosemary leaves

Add essential oils and ground herbs to a jar. Mix well and add baking soda. Shake and stir until mixture is well combined. Store in a cool, dry place for up to one year. To use: run warm tap water through the drains for a minute or two to warm up the pipes. Pour one teacup or half a mug of the powder down the drain. Add a little hot water to help send it down and let sit overnight. Rinse with plenty of water.
 

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Deaths by carbon monoxide(CO) poisoning are truly tragic as they can be avoided.  Prevention, like with health care, is key to avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning.  The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be flu-like and include shortness of breath, mild nausea, and mild headaches.

Moderate levels of CO exposure can cause death if untreated. Symptoms of a moderate level of exposure include prolonged headaches, dizziness, nausea and light-headedness. In addition to being safe when heating or cooking during these cold months, it is also important to check on friends and families, especially the elderly, during severe cold snaps. Be sure they have adequate heating sources and are using them properly.

DO install a carbon monoxide detector near all sleeping areas in your home. If the alarm sounds, leave your home immediately and call 9-1-1.

DO call 9-1-1 if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous

DO have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances checked by a qualified technician every year.

DO stay with friends or at a community shelter if it is too cold in your house.

DO NOT use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, or garage.

DO NOT use a gas range or oven to heat a home.

DO NOT run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.

DO NOT run a generator (any gasoline-powered engine) inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open.

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Even mild stress can thwart therapeutic measures to control emotions, a team of neuroscientists at New York University has found. Their findings, which appear in the journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, point to the limits of clinical techniques while also shedding new light on the barriers that must be overcome in addressing afflictions such as fear or anxiety. 

"We have long suspected that stress can impair our ability to control our emotions, but this is the first study to document how even mild stress can undercut therapies designed to keep our emotions in check," said Elizabeth Phelps, a professor in NYU's Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science and the study's senior author. "In other words, what you learn in the clinic may not be as relevant in the real world when you're stressed."

 

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Researchers report that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants' speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time.

The 30 study subjects were young, female, undergraduate students. The new findings appear in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

 

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Dr Oz announces the benefits of organic virgin red palm oil.  Virgin Palm Oil is palm oil that is traditionally made and maintains the natural nutrients of carotenes (precursors to Vitamin A) and the antioxidant tocotrienols (Vitamin E). Typical RBD (Refined, Bleached, and Deodorized) palm oil has these nutrients stripped from them resulting in a clear oil. In its natural state, palm oil is red in color due to a high concentration of carotenes and tocols. 

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Huge Body/Weight Loss Challenge in West LA for 8 weeks with huge cash prizes! Join any week of challenge. See the body/weight loss challenge page on menu! Life changing and fun. Bring a friend.

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Aloe  Aloe eases Inflammation inside the body as it does on the outside of the body - on the skin. Aloe vera also keeps the digestive system healthy and functioning as it should. It's like a healing shower for your insides! For high quality and good tasting mango aloe go here: ALOE   Then go to shop top right!

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Recent launch of free healthy web social network for your health and wellness goals! Go through this link for extra mentoring, tracking, networking with others, articles etc and click on the "Click to Join" button. See here.

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Lavender  Placing some dried lavender in your pillowcase, or even using essential oil of lavender, is often the perfect solution for those with sleep issues. Lavender oil is used in aromatherapy to calm and to aid in sleep, and it’s also great for depression and anxiety relief. Some people even enjoy using dried lavender to prepare a tea before bedtime. But if you prefer to avoid taking anything internally, then simply smelling the aroma is enough to aid in a restful night. Don’t take the oil internally, however. And if applying topically, make sure it’s blended with a carrier oil. Lavender oil on its own can be too harsh for the skin.

Although caution must often be taken no matter how natural our sleep aid, the good news is there are plenty of safe alternatives that won’t leave you heavy lidded come morning. Just a few nights without sufficient sleep can be enough to throw off your health, both mentally and physically, so trying some herbs could be just what you need for your sleeplessness. Hypnotherapy for sleep is also a good alternative.

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Some healing LA groups for you:

Supportive weight Loss

Holistic Healing LA

Womens Healing Network

Holistic Practitioners LA

Powerful Women LA

http://www.meetup.com/innerstrengths

Be Kind Whenever Possible. It is always Possible. -Dalai Lama

 

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THURSDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthDay News) — Man’s best friend protects against eczema in young children, but his nemesis, the cat, does not, new research shows.

Children with a dog in the home at age 1 had a significantly reduced risk of eczema at age 4, but children who had a cat were more likely to have the ailment at the same age, the study found. Dog ownership also conferred protection against becoming allergic to cats.

 

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Gym Going Green

The Greenasium really wants to be green. To do it, the new gym in San Diego is turning its customers into real gym rats. The Greenasium which opened Wednesday, has three specialty spin bikes that push electricity back into the grid, helping provide power to the gym and other electricity customers. Its the first human-powered fitness studio in San Diego, according to its owners.

Co-owner Byron Spratt says "As the bike (spins), the wheel creates DC power, converts it to AC power, which is plugged back into the wall, which puts energy back into the grid." Spratt expects to add elliptical bikes in October to help offset their carbon footprint to an even greater extent.

 

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BUFFALO, NY(WBFO) - The Patient Centered Medical Home model has been gaining popularity with medical practices, including some in western new york. Now the civilian health care approach is being adopted by the Veterans Administration Healthcare system.

 

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What are some of the basic principles of holistic medicine?

Optimal health is the primary goal of holistic medical practice. It is the conscious pursuit of the highest level of functioning and balance of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of human experience, resulting in a dynamic state of being fully 'alive'. This creates a condition of well-being regardless of the presence or absence of disease.

Prevention and Treatment. Holistic health care practitioners promote health, prevent illness and help raise awareness of dis-ease in our lives rather than merely managing symptoms. A holistic approach relieves symptoms, modifies contributing factors, and enhances the patient’s life system to optimize future well-being.

Individuality. Holistic health care practitioners focus patient care on the unique needs and nature of the person who has an illness rather than the illness that has the person.

Relationship-centered Care. The ideal practitioner-patient relationship is a partnership which encourages patient autonomy, and values the needs and insights of both parties. The quality of this relationship is an essential contributor to the healing process.

Source: American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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PARIS, June 9 (UPI) -- A French-led international team of scientists says it has discovered how polyphenols in red wine and green tea inhibit prostate cancer growth.

The scientists -- who say their findings might lead to a major advance in the treatment of prostate cancer -- said they discovered antioxidants in red wine and green tea disrupt an important cell-signaling pathway necessary for prostate cancer growth.

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MD's visiting India to see how Ayurveda might be able to be introduced into Western medical doctor's curriculum!!