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Home Alchemy 102: Making Your Own Hand Balm

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In Home Alchemy 101, we talked about one way to make your own Vaseline. Now it's time to add another layer of skill, and make a hand balm that incorporates some skin-nourishing solid oils.  By weight, you'll need the following: 50% liquid oil (e.g., olive, sweet almond, grapeseed, etc.) 40% solid oil  (e.g., coconut, shea butter, cocoa butter, etc…) 10% beeswax 10-20 drops essential oil per cup of the other ingredients. The process is nearly identical to creating Not-Petroleum Jelly. First, choose your oils and the batch size you'd like to make. In a double boiler, melt together the oils and the...

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Make Your Own Calcium Supplement -- From Eggshells!

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Make Your Own Calcium Supplement -- From Eggshells!

If you're buying pastured or organic eggs and throwing away the shells, you're throwing away an important part of your purchase. Eggshells consist almost entirely of high-quality calcium. Dried and powdered, one medium-sized eggshell provides about 750 - 800 mg of elemental calcium (calcium carbonate) plus trace amounts of other micro-elements such as magnesium, boron, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, sulphur, silicon, and zinc. In short -- the composition of an eggshell is very similar to that of our bones and teeth, and the minerals are in a highly absorbable form. This is not something you want to be throwing away....

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How To Make Your Own Supplements

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How To Make Your Own Supplements

Making Your Own Supplements It's time for another of Yes, You Can Make That At Home. Today's guest? Nutritional supplements. Item:            Home-assembled capsules Replaces:    Purchased herbal supplements If you've been following this blog you probably know that it may be a smart idea to include lots herbs and spices in your diet. The problem is, the flavors in some high-nutrient herbs and minerals don't necessarily play well with one's favorite foods. Take kelp, for example. Now that we're a sea-salt kind of family, adding a consistent dietary source of iodine has become pretty important -- and kelp, once something we...

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Home Alchemy 101: Make Your Own Vaseline

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Home Alchemy 101: Make Your Own Vaseline

  Make Your Own Vaseline Welcome to Home Alchemy 101! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to put our money where our mouths are, and start crafting stuff that makes a difference. One item at a time, we're going to replace those bottles, jars, and tubs of dubious substances in your medicine cabinet with simple, homemade versions. You'll know what's in each one. You'll know how to make each one. And you'll know what they do, and why they do it.  This isn't something most people do, these industrialized days, so it's going to feel a bit odd at first. Rather...

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Women’s Iron-Deficiency Anemia: The Stereotype That Refuses to Die

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Women’s Iron-Deficiency Anemia: The Stereotype That Refuses to Die

Apologies to anyone who is squeamish about the topic, but in this post, I'm calling nonsense on the idea that women are prone to iron anemia because of menstruation. This story starts with dietary guidelines -- and the recommendation that men consume about 10 mg dietary iron per day, and women about 18 mg. Less than that 18mg for women, the narrative goes, leads to anemia, and to your doctor chiding you to eat more spinach and chug iron supplements.   Those darn red blood cells and their iron needs...   Anemia is an important health topic. According to the WHO/CDC, mild iron...

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