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Top 5 Oils to Naturally Moisturize Your Skin: Number 1 is a Celebrity Favorite

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Skin care manufacturers often tout the benefits of natural oils in their products, but if you take a closer look at the ingredient list, you’ll see those natural oils are rarely found in high concentrations. 

 

The natural oil is often found somewhere in the middle of the ingredient list, with a large number of chemicals listed before it, or worse; at the bottom of the ingredient list, which means only a small amount of oil is actually in the product. 

 

So here’s an idea, why not cut out all the extra chemicals and simply use the natural active ingredients themselves?  If you’re in agreement, check out the top 5 oils to naturally moisturize your skin:

 

How to Make Natural Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

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Over the years, teeth whitening has become a billion dollar industry, and there is no shortage of products and services out there to help you whiten and brighten your smile. 

 

From store bought whitening kits, to costly laser whitening procedures at the dentist office, there are a number of ways to approach teeth whitening. 

 

For me, the best way to approach teeth whitening is the old fashioned way, or better put, the natural way.  Here’s a quick and easy whitening toothpaste recipe that you can use over and over again for months to come.

 

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3 Best Energy Efficient Light Bulbs: They Will Look Amazing In Your Home

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     According to Energy.gov, by switching to light bulbs and light fixtures that have earned the energy star rating, you could save at least $45 dollars a year.  That’s enough money to purchase yourself a nice little reward for going green:

Not bad for making a simple switch to energy efficient light bulbs right?  

 

Grease Stain Removal: The Natural Way

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There are few things in this world tougher to remove than grease:  

  • Dingy yellow grease stains on the stove top
  • Greasy smudges on your clothes
  • Oily hand prints on the walls
  • Grease build up on the counter top

No matter where it’s found, grease is an unforgiving invader that doesn’t quit.  

 

Fair enough, this grease stain removal recipe was created to wipe out the toughest grease stains and it works practically on any surface.  Keep in mind that embedded grease stains will cling to surfaces as if their lives depend on it, so be sure to read our “How to Use It” section below, so you’ll know exactly how to apply this grease remover and have the best chance of removing grease the first time.

 

To make this ultra tough, natural grease stain remover, you’ll only need a few items.  You can find them easily by clicking the links in the recipe list below.

 

Natural Air fresheners: That Really Work

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Those air fresheners in the store look amazing don’t they?  The emerald green rain forest, the raging water falls, the endless valleys of lavender; they certainly do a good job of capturing your attention. 

 

While the pictures on the outside of the can may be great, the chemicals on the inside of the can?  Ehhh, not so great.  More often than not, store bought air fresheners are full of propellants, solvents, and other chemicals. 

 

We think if people were aware of how easy it is to make a natural air freshener, they would definitely give it a try.  That’s why we put together a list of natural air freshener recipes that cut down on chemicals but are still strong enough to get the odor eliminating job done.   

 

Like most of our recipes, these natural air fresheners all have four appealing qualities:

They are…

  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Natural
  • And last but not least, they really work

Scroll down to take a look at the three best natural air fresheners.

 

Cruelty-Free Pest Removal: No Kill Option for your Home and Garden

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From the moment you start growing fruits and veggies in your garden, you can hardly wait until they’re ready to harvest.  Unfortunately you’re not the only one.  There are many animals that are staring at your veggies, mouths watering, just waiting for an opportunity to take a bite.

 

Fortunately, a little fencing can keep some animals away during the day but at night is when the real garden predators come out to play: rabbits, raccoons, deer, rats, mice and many others.

 

It’s fair to say no one wants to wake up in the morning to see half eaten vegetables in their garden with animal droppings left as payment.  So how do we deal with this issue? 

 

Well after much research, we can conclude that the answer won’t be found in your typical animal repellents.  We’ve often heard about dried mint, or cotton balls with mint oil being used as a garden pest repellent. Here’s the flaw in using those methods.  Dried mint is naturally biodegradable and when placed outdoors, it will degrade even faster. You would have to drop dried mint daily in your garden, and depending on how big your garden is, that cost could add up very quickly.  Even fresh mint grown in your garden will only occupy a certain area and may not be strong enough to keep larger garden pests away.

 

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Homemade Rust Remover

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Rust, rust, rust.  Rust on the car, rust around the faucet in your home.  If there’s one statement that’s tried and true it’s this, “If it can rust, it will rust.”  Rust can be annoying when it eventually and inevitably pops up somewhere around your home. 

The good news is after you finish using these natural rust removal methods, rust won’t be a bother to you no matter when it starts to appear.

 

Let’s breakdown a little bit of the science shall we?  What is rust? Rust is an iron oxide that is the lovechild of iron and oxygen when they react with each other in the presence of water.  So basically, unless you remove all of the oxygen, or all of the water in your home, it will be next to impossible to completely stop rust from occurring.  That being said, with a little effort, you can easily remove rust once you spot it.

 

Here are a couple simple and easy ways to remove rust that don’t involve a lot of ingredients or mixing.  Matter of fact, the first method I’m going to show you only has one ingredient. 

The second method, which is by far the most unique one, is called the Margarita Method, you’ll see why in a bit.

 

Buy Organic When It Counts: Top 5 Foods Worth Buying Organic

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Let’s be honest, buying organic can get expensive at times.  There’s nothing like walking into Whole Foods with healthy intentions and the first thing you see is a tiny bag of organic onions on sale for $10.  That’s enough to make anyone turn around and say “I’ll risk it.”

Don’t walk out of the store just yet.  Just make sure that when you shop organic, you’re spending your money on the right things so you’ll get the most out of your organic purchases.  We know the process of deciding what to buy and what not to buy organic can be tricky.  There’s a lot of healthy fruits and vegetables out there that have a very unhealthy amount of pesticide residue on them.  In order to help you shop smarter and avoid pesticide laden produce, we’ve brought you a list of the top 5 foods you should definitely buy organic.

 

 

 

Number 5 – Apples

We may need to put an asterisk next to the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  Yes, unfortunately apples made the list, the top five in fact. No worries though, organic apples are typically priced well and shouldn’t cost too much more than the non-organic options.  If you catch them on sale, all the better, that’s just more organic apple pie for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

Number 4 – Nectarines

Nectarines -Just a fancy word for little peaches.  This one snuck into the top five but don’t let it sneak into your shopping basket without being organic.  The higher up the list we go, the higher the levels of pesticides.

 

 

 

 

 

Number 3 – Kale

This one is a heart breaker but yes kale is on the list.  Beloved by many as a healthy addition to salads and a staple of almost any type of health conscious smoothie, kale has positioned itself in the number 3 spot.  

With the growing popularity of kale, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find it organic.  From our research, the price of organic kale is fairly comparable to non-organic kale.

 

 

 

 

 

Number 2 – Spinach

Throughout history, many kids have turned their noses up at this little green vegetable.  Maybe if the spinach were organic, it would have been a different story. Or maybe not.  Either way if you decide to buy some spinach for yourself or your family, definitely try to find it organic.

 

 

 

 

How to Make Money in Photography: With or Without a Camera

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There has never been a better time to get into the field of photography.  In the past, you had to buy an expensive camera, take lots of pictures, and then send them via email all over the country to different magazines and other outlets just to have a chance at having them published.  

Times have changed. Drastically. Now with just a reasonably priced camera, you can start making money in photography in just a short period of time.

There are a number of ways to approach photography, but we’ll keep it simple and stick to the most straightforward methods that will help you get started making money in photography today.

 

Home Remedies: Made Easy

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Home Remedy – a medicine made with ingredients available at home.  

It may sound simple, but for anyone who’s tried to make a poultice at home to relieve some aches, knows it can get really complicated.

That’s why I put together a short and sweet list of the best books and resources to read if you’re looking to learn more about home remedies.  Trial and error is going to be a part of the learning process, but you never want to make too many errors when it comes to your health.  The following references will give you a strong fundamental understanding of the natural vitamins, minerals, and herbs that go into home remedies and they will show you how to make and use the remedies correctly.

 

I’ll start out with the #1 book on my list, and one that I have been referencing for years:

 

 

 

 

 

Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch CNC  

In almost every vitamin store I’ve ever gone to, I’ve seen this book, and for good reason.  It has almost every supplement you could possibly think about using. It includes detailed explanations about each supplement, how it works, and what disease processes it works best on.  Before you start mixing and making remedies, this is a great place to start to understand the basics behind natural medicine.  You can read it cover to cover or use it as a great resource to learn more about a particular vitamin, mineral, or herb.