Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Hulda Clark tested commercially available brands of toothpaste and found every single one of them tainted with toxic chemicals.

For instance, Colgate’s list of ingredients begins with fluoride, a much-debated chemical added to most water systems in the United States. What’s crazy about this debate is that it’s really like comparing apples to oranges. Let me explain. All published research regarding the benefits of fluoride used naturally occurring calcium fluoride in their studies. What is actually used in water treatment and toothpaste manufacture is hydrofluorosilicic acid, a waste product of the phosphate-fertilizer industry, and known to contain carcinogenic chemicals such as arsenic, beryllium, lead, cadmium, mercury, silicon, and radioactive polonium. You like that glowing smile? It’s radioactive! (Source)

Next on the list are abrasives: calcium carbonate occurs naturally in aragonite and calcite. Silica gel is a form of silicon dioxide made synthetically from sodium silicate. You’ve seen an iteration of this in little white packets marked “desiccant” and “do not eat.” Aluminum oxide has been found to kill blood vessel cells in the human brain. (Source)

Sweeteners: Saccharin was found to cause bladder cancer in rats. Sorbitol has a laxative effect in large quantities.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is added for foaming effect but has been found to cause skin irritation and cell toxicity. (Source)

Colgate Total and Crest also contains triclosan, an antibacterial agent that has been implicated in the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, hormone disruption, and cancer. (Source)

Hulda Clark published simple recipes for tooth care in her books. She recommended food-grade hydrogen peroxide as an effective antibacterial that also whitens teeth, but should only be used if you have no metal dentistry. I have no problems there, but my daughter is currently wearing braces.

I did a lot of research online for homemade toothpaste recipes, and found that they mostly had extra virgin organic coconut oil and baking soda in common. Those two ingredients alone is your basic toothpaste. Coconut oil has excellent antibacterial and tooth whitening properties, while baking soda acts as an abrasive.

Oregano oil is a powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, making it effective against periodontal disease. Peppermint oil is effective against bacteria that can cause gum disease.

Do those ingredients look good to you? All the benefits of toothpaste without the side-effects. Here’s my recipe.

homamade coconut oil toothpaste

Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Ingredients:
5 teaspoons extra virgin organic coconut oil
2 teaspoons baking soda
5 drops peppermint oil
5 drops oregano oil

Mix all the ingredients together until well incorporated. You only need a pea-size glob to brush your teeth with.

Happy brushing!

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Farmers Market Finds: blueberry kuchen and mini bundt cakes

Farmers Market Finds: blueberry kuchen, mini bundt cakes coconut blueberry and cinnamon, oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, cream cheese, bok choy, challah bread

Something I look forward to with the budding of barren trees in the spring is the return of the farmers market. I arrived bright and early on the first day of the season. It was still very cold. Wind whipped through us from Penobscot Bay. The market wasn’t yet in full swing. There were many empty spaces between the tables, but there was enough to get all excited about. I had $50 cash in my wallet and I was ready to spend.

Atlantic Baking Company was back, all alone on the edge of the Camden Farmers Market, or the mouth depending on where you come in through. All of last season I repeatedly bought three selections from them: challah bread, maple rolls, and cinnamon rolls. I remember coming in on the latter part of the day once and everything was sold out. Never again. I headed there first thing to get my fix, but on my way I passed a new pastry table: Kahren’s Kitchen.

Farmers Market Finds: mini bundt cakes

I had to try them. She had little slices of each of her items to taste. Maine blueberry kuchen, various sizes and flavors of bundt cakes, Finnish coffee bread… the free taste always gets me. I bought a box of four kuchen for $8 and three mini bundt cakes for $3 each: coconut, blueberry, cinnamon. Happy!

I still went to get a challah bread, but skipped on the maple rolls and cinnamon rolls this time. I felt a little bad that I had snubbed Hippie vendor’s rolls in favor of Kahren’s kuchen and bundts, but I wanted to try something new. Now that I’m thinking about it, though, those sweet rolls would have been good with masala tea.

Farmers Market Finds: shiitake and oyster mushrooms

I spent $5 on shiitake mushrooms and $3 on oyster mushrooms from the Mushroom Lady of Oyster Creek Mushroom Company. I stopped for a taste of flavored cream cheeses from Springdale Farm. I was on a roll with the sweets so I tried the cinnamon and the blueberry, both freshly made just within the past week. The flavors weren’t strong enough to make a difference so I bought unflavored cream cheese instead.

Farmers Market Finds: herb plants cilantro and basil and more

I was interested in buying cilantro and basil plants from Bahner Farm, but I wanted to plant them in containers so I could take them with me when I go to summer camp. Having fresh herbs to toss on top on my meals would make me a wee bit happier. Mike told me those two would be fine to grow in containers, maybe half a gallon. He said he’d be back with them again during the next couple of weeks. He thinks there’s one more frost coming. I bought bok choy for $2.

What are your favorites at your local farmers market?

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Stay Healthy While Planning Your Wedding

Staying Healthy While Planning Your Wedding

Photo by demesa.com

This is a guest contribution from Mark Wilcox of WeddingIntro.com.

Wedding planning is a must, but it is also stressful. If you are not careful you can make yourself sick planning your wedding. In this article, we will look at some ways you can stay healthy while planning your wedding.

Eat Well

The most important part of health is proper nutrition. Later we will talk about exercise, but you cannot outrun a bad diet. If you eat only junk, it is going to make you feel like junk.

I have found through my own personal testing that two mechanisms work better for diet. First is to cut back on sugar and carbs, processed foods in particular. Second, consider fasting. This isn’t the same as starving yourself. Rather consider skipping a meal or two. This will seem weird at first but you will get used to it. This skipping of meals is called intermittent fasting. For more information let me point you to Dr. Jason Fung.

Exercise To Feel Good

The most important way exercise can help is by releasing endorphins to control stress. Taking a break from wedding planning and getting your body moving will actually help you think of more creative solutions.

Consider looking into weight training. I’m a big fan of kettlebells. But you can choose your own program. You will not end up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Instead, it will make you look toned and fit.

Taylor Swift before the 1989 tour was a skinny girl with a cute face. After going through her training for that tour she toned her figure to the point where many people said she looked better than Victoria Secret models.

Another example is Ronda Rousey. She is beautiful. So beautiful they put her on the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in just body paint.

Relax

There is no point in trying to plan a perfect wedding, because you will never have perfection. Instead, focus on the experience. You are planning to only get married once. If you spend time only worrying about the perfect wedding you will miss out. Don’t compare your wedding to your friend’s wedding. Or a wedding you read about in The Knot. Or worse some wedding you see in a movie. Just relax. Pay attention. Spend time with the people you love.

Weddings are magical ceremonies, and one of the best days of your life. So eat well, get exercise, and relax. I hope you have an amazing wedding!

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Pigs in a blanket

Pigs in a blanket recipe

This little piggy went to the party. This little piggy went to school. This little piggy was an afternoon snack at home. This little piggy went to gymnastics practice. And this little piggy went wee wee wee all the way in my tummy.

It’s the middle of winter and these piggies are cold! Make them blankets from scratch! Sure, you can buy prepackaged dough that pops out of a cardboard can, but why? Making the dough from scratch is easy and fun. My 11 year-old daughter can do it by herself. Kneading it is the best part. She gets all kung fu about it. You can, too.

Ingredients:
2 cups organic all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup organic safflower oil
1/2 cup hot water
30 mini beef franks
1 egg, beaten
sesame seeds
flax seeds

Preheat oven 375 degrees F. Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Add oil and water. Whisk together until fully incorporated and you see no powdered lumps left. Knead the dough well on a floured surface. Divide the dough in half and roll out the first lump until it’s thin and semi-rectangular. Using a knife or a pizza roller, cut out 15 triangles. Position a mini frank on the wider end of each triangle and roll the dough around the little piggy. Brush with egg and lay on a greased baking sheet. Repeat until there are 30 little piggies in a row. Sprinkle sesame seeds and flax seeds. Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.

 

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Pigs in a Blanket
Yields 30
It’s the middle of winter and these piggies are cold! Make them blankets from scratch!
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups organic all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1 tablespoon sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 cup organic safflower oil
  6. 1/2 cup hot water
  7. 30 mini beef franks
  8. 1 egg, beaten
  9. sesame seeds
  10. flax seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Add oil and water. Whisk together until fully incorporated and you see no powdered lumps left.
  4. Knead the dough well on a floured surface.
  5. Divide the dough in half and roll out the first lump until it’s thin and semi-rectangular.
  6. Using a knife or a pizza roller, cut out 15 triangles.
  7. Position a mini frank on the wider end of each triangle and roll the dough around the little piggy.
  8. Brush with egg and lay on a greased baking sheet.
  9. Repeat until there are 30 little piggies in a row.
  10. Sprinkle sesame seeds and flax seeds.
  11. Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.
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Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi, Indian Potato and Cauliflower Dish

Aloo Gobi is one of those dishes I’ve enjoyed in lunch buffets at Indian Restaurants, but don’t usually order as an entree for dinner. It’s unassuming and understated, not as much star power as the tandooris or lusciousness as the tikka masalas.

When it comes to home cooking, though, Aloo Gobi wins because I can make it in under an hour. Also, a quick glance down the list of ingredients reveals at least five ingredients that are known to be cancer-fighting immune boosting superfoods.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is blowing up all over the internet with lists upon lists of the many benefits and uses for it, from nutrition to personal care to first aid to household uses.

Garlic has been shown to lower risks for certain cancers, as well as supports the immune system. We turn to our recipe for Honey Lemon Garlic Tea every time we feel under the weather and need a boost.

Ginger fights cancer, relieves motion sickness and nausea, aids digestion, promotes healthy circulation, and many more. It is a major ingredient in Hulda Clark’s recipe for Kidney Cleanse.

Turmeric contains curcumin, which is more effective than many pharmaceuticals against several chronic and debilitating diseases including cancer, and has no side effects.

Cauliflower and other Cruciferous Vegetables contain sulforaphane, one of the ten best cancer-killing phytonutrients.

So here it is, my version of Aloo Gobi, the cancer-fighting, immune boosting superfood that can be made under an hour. I started out with this recipe and modified as I went along.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 onion, sliced
2 medium diced potatoes
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1 head of cauliflower
Salt to taste
Rice
Cilantro

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute cumin, garlic and ginger until the spices are infused in the oil. Spread onions across the skillet but do not stir. Let the edges of the onion caramelize. Stir in potatoes and cover to steam. Season with turmeric, paprika, and garam masala. Stir in yogurt, water and coconut milk. Cover and let it cook for about ten minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, cut up the cauliflower into florets and stir into the stew. Cover and let it simmer for half an hour. Salt to taste. Serve on top of rice and garnish with cilantro.

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Aloo Gobi
Serves 4
The cancer-fighting, immune boosting superfood that can be made under an hour.
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
  2. 1 teaspoon cumin
  3. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  4. 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  5. 1 onion, sliced
  6. 2 medium diced potatoes
  7. 1 teaspoon turmeric
  8. 1 teaspoon paprika
  9. 1 teaspoon garam masala
  10. 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  11. 1/2 cup water
  12. 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  13. 1 head of cauliflower
  14. Salt to taste
  15. Rice
  16. Cilantro
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  2. Saute cumin, garlic and ginger until the spices are infused in the oil.
  3. Spread onions across the skillet but do not stir. Let the edges of the onion caramelize.
  4. Stir in potatoes and cover to steam.
  5. Season with turmeric, paprika, and garam masala.
  6. Stir in yogurt, water and coconut milk.
  7. Cover and let it cook for about ten minutes.
  8. While the potatoes are cooking, cut up the cauliflower into florets and stir into the stew.
  9. Cover and let it simmer for half an hour.
  10. Salt to taste.
  11. Serve on top of rice and garnish with cilantro.
Adapted from All Recipes Gobi Aloo
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