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DIY $2 self-watering garden bed

garden

Grow produce easily, even in the toughest drought conditions

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by: Carolanne Wright

(NaturalNews) “When life gives you lemons, share them with neighbors!” enthuses theFood is Free Project, a grassroots organization based out of Austin, Texas. The project isn’t advocating sharing bad luck; instead, it’s championing the idea of connecting neighbors and communities with a bounty of free, homegrown fresh produce.It all began as a single, front yard organic vegetable garden with a sign explaining that the food was free for the taking. The sign also included contact information for those who wanted to learn more about growing food in a simple manner. The magic of the project is rooted in an economical, self-watering raised bed that “introduces people to a very easy method of growing organic food with very little work,” states the organization. Launched in January 2012, within three months, a majority of the surrounding neighborhood was on-board with their own front yard community gardens. But it didn’t stop there. The idea has spread around town and across the nation.

Build your own self-watering garden

The founders of the project realized that most people don’t grow their own food because of financial considerations, as well as the time it takes to maintain the plot. Through an ingenious and easy-to-build design — which uses recycled materials — participants can have a flourishing garden up and running in very little time. The best part, however, is that the bed only needs to be watered once every 2-4 weeks. This not only reduces time spent on upkeep but also drastically lowers the amount of water used. Another advantage is that there is no need to invest in building […]

Get natural looking beach hair at home this summer…

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with this fabulous essential oil spray

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon hair gel
  • 1 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • Spray bottle

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in spray bottle, spray hair, scrunch and enjoy!!

Come join us for our free* essential oil class Thursday June 26th at 7 pm

*Please note there is a small fee for supplies if you choose to do the make and take essential oil projects.

 

Too much fun around the camp fire this summer?

Essential Oils at Victory Energy Wellness

doTERRA’s Zendocrine

Detoxification Blend

helps cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down, leaving a heavy, weighted feeling. It can be used aromatically (three to four drops in your diffuser), topically (apply to abdomen or bottoms of feet to support the body’s natural detoxification system) or as a dietary supplement (available in a softgel).

Want to know more about how essential oils can benefit you?

Come to our free essential oil class this Thursday June 26th at 7 pm. We will be doing some fun make and take projects* you will not want to miss out on.

*Please note there will be a small fee for supplies if you choose to make a project.

 

Re-inventing Health With…

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Some Really “Sweet” Stuff

FACT: Sugar is not good for your intestines!

FACT: Sugar can be very good for your skin…

Those expensive sugar scrubs you see in department stores and spas… they cost pennies to make! Sugar scrubs are a simple beauty recipe with countless variations, and they can be incredibly moisturizing and exfoliating to the skin.

If you are new to making your own beauty products (or even if you are a veteran natural beauty alchemist) I highly encourage you to try out these sugar scrub recipes.

They can be used on face, body or (especially) feet for silky skin. You can add endless ingredients for your desired outcome, and they take under ten minutes to make.

Convinced yet?

Here’s The Basic Recipe:

Use 2 parts sugar (regular white or brown sugar work great) to 1 part oil (almond, olive and coconut are great), add 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil (or the gel from a few capsules), add your choice of essential oils, and mix well.

Sound simple? It is!

Here are a few of my favorite combinations:

  • Pumpkin Pie Scrub: 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice and a 15-20 drops of cinnamon essential oil.
  • Lemon Hand Scrub (for after washing dishes): 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil, 15-20 drops (or more) of lemon or orange essential oil.
  • Vanilla Lavender Relaxing Facial Scrub: 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup almond oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil, 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract and 15 drops lavender essential oil.

These last on the counter for up to 2 months (or more) and smell good enough to eat… Actually, they are […]

READY…SET…

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Stop

by and prepare for a safe summer with our free essential oil prep class.

Saturday June 14th at 10 am

 Recipe for a First-Aid Spray

  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
  • 2 drops Cypress
  • 8 oz. Distilled Water

Mix oils into ½ teaspoon of salt.  Put the salt and 8 ounces of distilled water into a spray bottle and shake vigorously.  This is a great first-aid spray.

To get an added benefit, add Tea Tree (Melaleuca) directly to any open wounds in addition to using the First-Aid spray daily until healed.

(Essential Oils Desk Reference is the source for the First-Aid Spray recipe.)

Re-Inventing Beauty with Essential Oil

Beauty with Essential Oils at Victory Energy Wellness

Pure and natural…

Join us for our free “Beauty with Essential Oils” class Thursday June 12th at 7 PM.

Essential oils are excellent for cleansing, nourishing, and strengthening the hair follicle and scalp. Rosemary and Peppermint in particular can help with an oily scalp and they also improve mental clarity and boost alertness. As any mom will agree, we could all use a nice pick me up in the morning! This shampoo is very invigorating!

Note: Rosemary essential oil should not be used by those with high blood pressure or if you are pregnant. You can substitute Lavender and Lemon for the Rosemary if you are unable to use it.

Homemade Rosemary Peppermint Shampoo

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup castile soap
  • 1/2 cup distilled or filtered water
  • 16 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil

Directions

Add the castile soap to a container with a flip top and then add the Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils. Finally, add the filtered water.
That’s it!

To Use

Apply a few nice squirts on your hair and shampoo and rinse normally.

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TOP 8 FOODS & HERBS FOR PREVENTING CANCER

By Derek Henry (Natural News)

With 44% of men and 39% of women now being diagnosed with cancer, it has become more important than ever to understand the foods that will not only nourish your body, but also detoxify it of any cancer causing agents.

Here are some of the most potent cancer destroying foods and herbs.

1. Sea Vegetables

Kelpkombu, and nori are three of the most common sea vegetables with remarkable effects on cancer. They are one of the richest and most bio-available sources of iodine, a substance lacking in the average diet that is implicated in many patients with breast and ovarian cancer.

They are also rich in calcium andpotassium, as well as all minerals, which assist in promoting a very alkaline environment, which makes it very difficult for existing cancer to survive.

2. Algae

Chlorella and spirulina are two of the most potent algae and are proven cancer fighters.

Due to their incredible detoxification action (including binding to and eliminating heavy metals) and immune-boosting properties (by promoting the production of healthy gut flora and fighting candida overgrowth), they are a must have when healing cancer.

3. Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms such as reishiand chaga have had a number of bioactive molecules, including anti-tumor agents, identified in their structure. These bioactive compounds include polysaccharides, alkaloids, tocopherols, phenolics, flavonoids, carotenoids, folates, ascorbic acid enzymes, and organic acids.

Studies show that long-term consumption of reishi prevents tumor proliferation and growth by increasing the level of antioxidants in an individual’s blood plasma while boosting the immunity of those suffering from advanced-stage cancer.

4. Aloe Vera

Research shows strong immunomodulatory and anti-tumor properties on polysaccharides in aloe vera, which means it boosts immune system function and destroys cancer tumors.

A study in International Immunopharmacology showed that aloe vera polysaccharides exhibited potent macrophage activating activities […]

DESSERT ANYONE?

 

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Kitchen Stewardship | A Baby Steps Approach to Balanced Nutrition

This recipe is a post from contributing writer Jamie Larrison.

When I was little, one of my favorite things about the Autumn season was the day after Halloween.

Not Halloween; we didn’t celebrate that holiday. But every year on the day after the big day, we would hit up the Walmart candy clearance sales. My favorites were the mini chocolate bar mixed bags, especially the Almond Joy candy. It wasn’t until 8 years and 5 cavities later I found out that they’re composed of 47% sugar!

Does this mean that health is a diet devoid of all sweets then? No, it just means smarter, real food choices. Like these absolutely amazing Almond Joy Cookie Bars!

Because these are made with coconut oil I find it best to keep them in the fridge, otherwise you’ll have a cookie bar puddle. If your house is generally cool, then they’ll just be a little softer.Some brands of almond meal are finer than others. I like using the coarser Bob’s Red Mill brand, but any will do.

There is only one major flaw I’ve found with this recipe… We eat these up so fast, you may want to double the batch!

 

Almond Joy Cookie Bars (Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar Free)
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Recipe type: Snacks
Author: Jamie Larrison
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Yield: 16
Gluten-free and refined sugar free ‘Almond Joy’ cookie bars!
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a […]

RELAXATION AND MEDITATION RIDS THE BODY OF ACCUMULATED STRESS…

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Meditation

We live in such a fast paced world that we rarely take time for ourselves. This type of a lifestyle can build up and store stress and anxiety in the body which over time can lead to illness. Relaxation and meditation rids the body of accumulated stress (both mental and physical) while strengthening the entire mind-body system to work more efficiently. Taking up regular forms of relaxation and meditation can promote not only improved health but also greater clarity, energy, mental awareness, confidence and creativity and fulfillment in life.

Whilst it may be true that meditation is strongly espoused in many eastern philosophies, people of any religion can practice meditation and derive considerable health benefits from it. With commitment, perseverance and regular practice, meditation can produce life-changing positive effects. By creating time and space to honor our basic need for stillness, we can transform our mental state, emotions, physical well-being and subsequent experience of life.

The stress of internal ‘mental gibbering’ is deeply entrenched in our existence. Tragically, we have forgotten the simple pleasure of releasing our worries and finding the underlying thread of peace in each moment. That is not to say that we should ignore stressors and negative influences in our lives. However, mentally agonizing over our problems is counter-productive to health and well-being. Meditation can very effectively halt the vicious cycle of obsessive worry.

Still feeling cynical? Science, the very epitome of cynicism, is even acknowledging the benefits of regular meditation. Meditation has been found to balance our brains’ alpha and theta waves, thus enhancing the synergy of our creative and logical cognitive faculties. Meditators exhibit superior pain resistance to electric currents administered to the skin. Research also indicates […]

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