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Archive for the ‘Home Remedies’ Category

Mini Homestead Happenings for 1/16/2010

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 16, 2010

Just wanted to note that we are researching natural cat care in an effort to take better care of our fury family members. All 6 of them. If anyone has any tips, we are open to hearing about them.

I have made two stews for the cats, which I will post one per week over the next couple of weeks. I hope your fury friends enjoy them as much as mine do.



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What is Homeopathic Medicine?

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on March 5, 2009

Find out why the pharmaceutical companies are worried about homeopathic medicine

What is Homeopathic Medicine? by Jim Pretin

 Have you ever heard of homeopathy?  You probably have, but have no idea what it really is.  Homeopathy is a system of medicine that treats an illness or condition with highly diluted concentrations of natural ingredients that mimic the symptoms of the condition being treated. It seems like an odd premise, but in spite of the unusual mechanism behind it, it is a very effective method for treating disease.

 How do you cure someone of an illness by giving that person a tiny concentration of something that actually causes the illness?  According to proponents of the science, homeopathy not only works, but works better than conventional medicine.  They say that somewhere along the line the pharmaceutical industry got involved in medicine, at which point natural remedies were abandoned in favor of chemical formulations.

If you browse through your local pharmacy, you will notice that there are actually quite a few products in the Cold & Flu aisle that are homeopathic. The easiest way to to find out if a product you are interested in is homeopathic is to read the label on the back and take a look at the ingredients. In homeopathy, all of the ingredients are diluted, so each ingredient in a homeopathic product has the letter X or C after it.

So, if one of the ingredients is Zinc 20X, that means the product contains Zinc that has been diluted 20 times. One of the most popular cold medicines on the market, Zicam, is actually a homeopathic remedy that consists of nothing more than homeopathic zinc in a nasal gel.  Most people that use Zicam do not even realize that it is a homeopathic product.

There are homeopathic remedies available for almost any condition you can think of. Cold, flu, allergy, even bedwetting; there is a homeopathic remedy available for almost every condition.  Homeopathy is universally recognized as being safe because the ingredients are always natural substances diluted many times over.

The big drug companies claim that any relief felt from the application of a homeopathic medicine can be attributed to the placebo effect. And, because the FDA does not require homeopathic products to undergo a clinical trial before being sold to the public, the detractors feel that homeopathy is junk science. So, is homeopathy a bunch of hodgepodge, or does it really work?

In my opinion, it works. There have been several clinical trials done over the years to test the efficacy of homeopathic products. Liddell Laboratories makes a product called Vital HGH which contains homeopathic HGH. Vital HGH is designed to treat the symptoms of aging and/or a rundown condition. In a small clinical trial performed years ago, a group of test subjects who were deficient in human growth hormone, ranging in age from 45 years and up, were given the Vital HGH formulation.

The results speak for themselves. During the five month clinical trial, the levels of HGH in the blood increased in every test subject, and more than doubled the average level of HGH.  I personally have used homeopathic remedies to treat my allergies, and not only do they work, but they seem to prevent the symptoms from returning for an extended period of time.

The main reason why big drug manufacturers try to downplay the effectiveness of homeopathic medicines is so they will not have to make them.  Most homeopathic products are incredibly cheap to manufacture and the profit margins are extremely small. A prescribed conventional medicine costs a lot more.

If the public began demanding natural, homeopathic remedies for their ailments, drug companies would have to make these kinds of products to stay in business, and then their revenues would tumble and their profits would shrink.

Imagine if Pfizer had to stop manufacturing Viagra, which they sell at $20-$30 per pill, and instead make a homeopathic product that would retail for only $20 for a one month supply.  That is why drug companies often spend significant money to debunk claims that homeopathy works, using misinformation tactics to instill a belief in the public that homeopathy is a sham. This simply is not true. Homeopathy works, and is much more affordable.

Conventional medicines are still necessary because sometimes homeopathy does not work for each and every individual. But, next time you go to the pharmacy, take a look at some of the homeopathic brands on the shelf and give them a whirl. For common ailments that are not life threatening, homeopathy is probably a cheaper and more effective alternative.


Jim Pretin is the owner of, a service that helps programmers make free HTML forms.

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I thought this article may be helpful to some of you. I fing the topic a very interesting one. What do you think?

Have a nice day!


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What Do You Know About the Wonderful Uses of Vinegar?

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on March 1, 2009

I found this article interesting and wanted to share it with you.

by C. Raymond Merrick

 If you don’t currently include apple cider vinegar or traditional balsamic vinegar in your general diet, you may want to consider it’s many uses. You will soon learn about the numerous advantages and uses of vinegar you may never have considered or known about.

More Information About Apple Cider and Balsamic Vinegar

First and foremost, don’t confuse natural vinegar with the man-made synthetic ethyl-alcohol vinegar. This unnatural imposter has zero nutrition value and this author does not recommend it for human consumption.

Airborne bacteria known as “acetobacter aceti” create vinegar when they come into contact with liquids having less than 18% alcohol content.

The earliest references to vinegar are found in the writings of the ancient Sumerians (widely thought to be the world’s earliest civilization). They used it as a general tonic, a condiment, an anti-biotic, a detergent and preservative amongst other uses.

You will discover some wonderful things about the world of natural vinegars. A world where fine vinegar labels are read like fine wine labels.

Two Popular Vinegars – Apple Cider and Balsamic Vinegar

Apple-cider vinegar is probably the best known natural vinegar. It is inexpensive and can be used in recipes and for the general purposes mentioned throughout this article.

All natural vinegars have beneficial uses but not all vinegars are created equal. Gourmet vinegars have been favored by royalty for many centuries.

The balsamic vinegars “aceto balsamico” date back to 1046 AD. Modeno, Italy is the birthplace of this rich tasting vinegar.

The recent increased interest in balsamic vinegar has most likely been brought about by the varied creations that include the slightly sweet flavored and rich flavored vinegar.

The Many Beneficial Uses for Vinegar

1. Salad Dressing. The gourmet vinegars make a very fine salad dressing.

2. Mold Elimination. Prevent mold producing bacteria by wiping down jars of preserves and canned foods with vinegar.

3. Skin Burns. Apply ice cold vinegar as quickly as possible after the injury. It will also prevent burn blisters and diminish scarring.

4. Remove stains from stainless steel and chrome with a vinegar-dampened cloth.

5. Mildew Elimination. It will eliminate mildew, dust and odors when vinegar-soaked cloth is used to wipe down walls, cabinet shelves and other similar surfaces.

6. Poaching Eggs.  Add  a teaspoon of apple-cider vinegar to the water to prevent separation.

7. Pet Food Additive. Add it to your pets’ drinking water: to eliminate body odor and encourage shiny coats.

While we only covered two of the most popular types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar, there are many more varieties. Start reading more about vinegar uses and you will be amazed at it’s history and usefulness.

As you discover the many wonderful uses for vinegar, you will definitely want to add it to you life and diet.


About the . C. Raymond Merrick is a former Title III-C Nutrition Program Supervisor. He reveals even more beneficial uses for apple cider vinegar as well as information about balsamic and other types of vinegar.

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I use vinegar for cleaning. The fumes from bleach makes it hard for me to breathe due to my asthma. It is known that vinegar is a natural disinfectant. I use it as an all purpose cleaner, in place of Jet-Dry, and when running monthly empty loads in the washing machine and the dishwasher. It is also great as a laundry rinse.

What do you use vingar for?


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Homestead Happenings on Yet another Cold Autumn Day

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 20, 2008

Brrrr…. It is so cold outside today. Zowie says it smells like snow.

So, today’s activity is a holiday one. My nephew and I are making tied fleece pillows to give as gifts, reusing child size tied-fleece throw blankets that we no longer need and the fluff that has been taking up space in its box for far too long. I will post with instructions when I am done. They will be easy to make, and won’t cost anything. I have no budget for the holidays this years, simply because we have no money to spend on anything.

We will also be making candles from candle leftovers. I will post more on this later as well. We won’t get to this today, but are hoping to be making them on Sunday.

I ran the dishwasher, and dried and put away the last of the laundry from last night. Isaiah took the trash to the dumpster, and I found out that Zowie made the honor roll for the two classes that she is taking at an area high school. Go Zowie!!!!!!!! I am a proud mama. Mom will be cutting the piece out of the newspaper about it so we can have it.

We have finished watching seasons 1 and 2 of Father Murphy, which is based during pioneer/wild west days, as well as Season 1 of Young Riders which is based on the Pony Express times. Both great series. I wish that they would put the rest of the Young Riders series on DVD, but it hasn’t happened yet. And I wish that they had continued making the Father Murphy series as well.

The two new kittens are having eye issues, resulting in tons of gunk seeping out of them. We are remedying this with chamomile tea bags three times a day.

I hope you are all doing well.


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