<![CDATA[Modern Pioneer Mom - Calming The Chaos - Simple Natural Holistic Healthy Food Storage Self Sufficient LDS Preparedness Living - The Blog]]>Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:22:38 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Real Food Pantry Makeover - My Book!]]>Fri, 05 Jun 2015 23:42:17 GMThttp://www.themodernpioneermom.com/the-blog/real-food-pantry-makeover-my-bookAMAZON #1 BEST SELLER!
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<![CDATA[Dangers Of Antibacterial - Soaps, Hand Sanitizers, & Wipes]]>Thu, 09 Jan 2014 03:43:10 GMThttp://www.themodernpioneermom.com/the-blog/dangers-of-antibacterial-soaps-hand-sanitizers-wipes
Today I shared an article on my Facebook page about the FDA removing antibacterial soaps from store shelves if "manufacturers can't show that it's both safe and more effective than simply washing with conventional soap and water". 

Back in 2012, I'd written a post on my previous website about this very thing, & I haven't really addressed it here, other than some of the DIY recipes I've provided that use antibacterial essential oils.  Too many people still don't know this info & continue to purchase these products, I figured I'd share my nearly 2 year old post here as well, since the FDA finally seems to be sort of - kind of - maybe - finally - 'getting it'... and everyone needs to know about it.  Read on!  :)

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Anti-bacterials (including soap/detergent, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, etc...) may kill 99+% of bacteria, BUT the 1% or less that's left behind creates a stronger more resistant strain of bacteria that's even more dangerous.  It gets worse...  The following information comes from this link: Hand Sanitizers and Antibacterial Wipes: The Dirty Truth

Triclosan is the main ingredient in most hand santizers.  It weakens your immune system making it easier for you to get sick.  A study from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan shows that people exposed to Triclosan actually have a higher risk of developing allergies and asthma, which mean that Triclosan is killing off your good, beneficial bacteria and allowing yeast to overgrow internally.  

Triclosan has also been shown to increase drug resistance to antibiotics and, like Bisphenol A (BPA), is an endocrine-disrupting compound because of it messes with your hormones, and even worse, mirror them. Triclosan is actually in a ton of personal care products, such as soaps, deodorants, toothpaste, and lotions.  This means that hand sanitizers also put your thyroid at risk.  And to children, who’s hormones are developing, this can spell disaster.  

Additionally, if you are in the sun a lot, you need to know that when exposed to sunlight or ultraviolet light, Triclosan converts to dioxin, which increases the risk of cancers, and reproductive problems like miscarriage, birth defects, and altering sex hormones.  Dioxin is also a major ingredient in disposable diapers, tampons and menstrual pads.

3 squirts of hand sanitizer is LETHAL to a toddler! 
One child got severely sick from licking the sanitizer off her hands & after tests, they found it was as if she'd consumed 120 proof alcohol!  It's happening more & more.  Read about this specific case at the link I provided above. 

A few more links on the dangers of this stuff:

WARNING: Antibacterial Soap Linked to Major Health Threats

Hospital Warning: Antibacterial Wipes Found to Spread Super Bugs
Why Disinfectants and Antibacterials Are Overkill + 5 Health-Safe Alternatives

Do the simple time-proven thing. Use a pure soap & just wash the germs away... Like it's always been done!  Or use essential oils, (which are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal) & just make your own.  All you need is a germ killing antibacterial blend of essential oils.  It's easy, it's safe, & it smells great! 

I make my own "Thieves" oil with my favorite essential oils from Plant Therapy - & mix it with purified water & a squirt of glycerine in a 4oz - 8oz spray bottle.  (Just google 'Thieves oil recipe'...)  You can also do it 'pump' style by mixing it with aloe vera & witch hazel, which is a little thicker.  There are recipes all over the internet.

JUST
GET RID OF THAT TOXIC GROCERY STORE JUNK!

Here's a recipe similar to the one I use - I got this a while back but can't remember where from.  I would love to give credit where it's deserved, but I'm unable to at the moment.  It's a pretty general recipe (& info) that's used all over, so it could be listed in multiple places.  I use it all the time!

5 drops of each of the following essential oils mixed with 6 oz. water (or the water/glycerine/aloe mixtures described above):

Cinnamon
Clove bud
Eucalyptus
Rosemary
Lemon or Wild Orange

* Wipe doorknobs and other things touched by the public.
* Wipe dirty piano keys to clean and disinfect.
* Use to clean children's hands when traveling.
* Use on the steering wheel and gearshift of your vehicle.
* Use on public telephones to remove germs.
* Use on public computer keyboards and mice.
* Spray on hands before and after shaking hands with a lot of people.
* Spray in public restrooms on airplanes to reduce airborne bacteria.
* Carry for protection in countries with cholera, malaria or dysentery.
* Use as an air freshener for cooking odors or other unwanted smells.
* Take to the gym and spray all the equipment you use.
* Take to the supermarket and use to disinfect shopping cart handles.
* Use in the classroom for desks, tables and other items handled by children.
* Spray in your mouth and throat at first onset of cold or bronchitis.
* Spray on shower stalls and bathroom walls to disinfect and remove mold.
* Wash pesticides & chemicals off of fresh produce.
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<![CDATA[JUST. WOW.]]>Wed, 04 Dec 2013 04:11:44 GMThttp://www.themodernpioneermom.com/the-blog/just-wow18 Minutes of Robyn O'Brien that will make you go, "Whuh???"
GMO'S, KID'S FOOD ALLERGIES, CANCER, & MORE!
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<![CDATA[Real Food Chocolate Syrup Recipe Just Posted!]]>Wed, 25 Sep 2013 02:11:07 GMThttp://www.themodernpioneermom.com/the-blog/real-food-chocolate-syrup-recipe-just-posted
See food recipes under DIY tab.  Or just click HERE.
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<![CDATA[Where Are Those Hidden GMO's?]]>Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:07:57 GMThttp://www.themodernpioneermom.com/the-blog/where-are-those-hidden-gmos
I've talked quite a bit about the dangers of GMO's in the past, & recently I promised to post a list of hidden GMO's, which I'll do here at the end.  There are A LOT of them.  It's scary, it's wrong.  It terribly disturbs me that these people think they can play God & mess with what He has already perfected.  How can you improve on perfection!?

I've read pro-GMO sites including Monsanto's website & the GMO-compass website.  They speak very generally & positively about there being no dangers (but nothing's guaranteed, as they state) associated with GMO's.  They portray a picture that they're basically going to save the world, because they have control over Mother Nature which isn't living up to what it should.  (I sit here shaking my head & sighing nearly out loud, because there's so much I could say about that, I wouldn't even know where to start.  And yet as much as I have to say, it leaves me speechless.)  

I've found in my research that there are many more documented studies/scientific evidence on awareness websites/books/documentaries about the dangers of GMO's  - than there are studies/scientific evidence on ANY of the 'pro' sites I've seen proving that they are safe!  Yet the happy go-lucky "let's defend ourselves" wording they use deceives those who just don't 'get it' or who won't think for themselves... into believing they're the best invention that ever existed.  It's so sad.

Did you know that if you read the words "natural flavors" in the ingredients list (which are in nearly all packaged foods at the grocery store) - there is a good possibility you're consuming genetically modified organisms?  Natural flavors are in almost everything!  Did you know that GMO's are in more than 80% of grocery store foods?  Did you know that GMO's are in many personal care products?  (ie: bath & body)  AND did you know that GMO's are in pharmaceutical drugs & vaccines?  

Yeah...  I was pretty disappointed when I started finding all this out.  They. Are. Everywhere.

The agbiosafety website actually has the following statement...  

Potential Risks

The potential risks associated with plant-based pharmaceuticals include: pollen transfer to related species, contamination of non-transgenic crops intended for the consumption by humans, allergic reactions to the drugs produced from the genetically engineered plant, and persistence of genetically engineered material to persist in the environment and accumulate in non-target organisms (Daniell et al. 2001).
 


(Shaking head again.  I do that a lot these days.)

As far as personal care products go, did you know that as of Jan. 2013, there is only ONE company to have its entire line of products achieve Non-GMO Project verification???  ONLY ONE!!!  I've never used them, so I can't currently vouch for their quality, but if you'd like to check them out, it is Andalou Naturals.  There may be others out there, but they have yet to be verified.  But then, it's a little like organic certification.  It's expensive.  Not all 100% organic companies opt to label because of this, which may also be the case with non-gmo companies. So if you're concerned - ask questions.  Call the company, email them, check ingredients, etc. 

If you'd like to read more on GMO's as well as the gmo/pharmaceutical issue, here are a couple of articles to help you understand more...  

http://www.foodrenegade.com/gmos-and-pharmaceuticals/

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/897705/genetically-modified-organism-GMO/279978/GMOs-in-medicine-and-research

www.nongmoproject.org

Since making our whole foods / natural products transition over the past few years, we're reading less & less labels, because we don't buy very many things with labels.  But it's still important to check.  You CAN get non-gmo versions of some of these ingredients.  Look for versions that are specifically labeled non-gmo (more & more companies are doing this!)... Or look for organic versions.  Currently, it is against the law for certified organic companies to use GMO products.  NOW...  A word on that.  IF a package says "organic", it's possible for only 70% of the ingredients in the product to be organic.  So make sure you turn the package over & read the list.  Each ingredient should say 'organic' OR have an *asterisk* beside it leading you down to the note at the bottom that says "organic".  

((I know.  They make it so complicated))  :o|

HERE'S THE LIST:  You might want to sit down first.....

Aspartame (also called AminoSweet®,    NutraSweet®, Equal Spoonful®, Canderel®,  BeneVia®, E951)
baking powder
canola oil (rapeseed oil)
caramel color
cellulose
citric acid
cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
colorose
condensed milk
confectioners sugar
corn flour
corn masa
corn meal
corn oil
corn sugar
corn syrup
cornstarch
cottonseed oil
cyclodextrin
cystein
dextrin
dextrose
diacetyl
diglyceride
erythritol
Equal
food starch
fructose (any form)
glucose
glutamate
glutamic acid
glycerides
glycerin
glycerol
glycerol monooleate
glycine
hemicellulose
high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
hydrogenated starch
hydrolyzed vegetable protein
inositol
inverse syrup
inversol
invert sugar
isoflavones
lactic acid
lecithin
leucinelysine 
malitol
malt
malt syrup
malt extract
maltodextrin
maltose
mannitol
methylcellulose
milk powder
milo starch
modified food starch
modified starch
mono and diglycerides
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Nutrasweet
oleic acid
Phenylalanine
phytic acid
protein isolate
shoyu
sorbitol
soy flour
soy isolates
soy lecithin
soy milk
soy oil
soy protein
soy protein isolate
soy sauce
starch
stearic acid
sugar (unless specified as cane sugar)
tamari
tempeh
teriyaki marinades
textured vegetable protein
threonine
tocopherols (vitamin E)
tofu
trehalose
triglyceride
vegetable fat
vegetable oil
vitamin B12
vitamin E
whey
whey powder
xanthan gum

There are short cuts that help a little.  HERE at the Non-GMO Project & HERE at the Non-GMO Shopping Guide - you can find lists of brands/products that do not contain GMO's.  

YAY!  
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<![CDATA[How Homeschoolers Measure Up!]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2013 20:53:48 GMThttp://www.themodernpioneermom.com/the-blog/how-homeschoolers-measure-up Now THIS is awesome info :)
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<![CDATA[Lacto-Fermented Pickles - No "Canning" Needed!]]>Sat, 27 Jul 2013 20:42:57 GMThttp://www.themodernpioneermom.com/the-blog/lacto-fermented-pickles-no-canning-needed
I made my own pickles!!!  I'm so excited!  Ok... So, yeah.  A lot of people make pickles.  Why am I so excited? 

There's a difference.  These are lacto-fermented, they're FULL of nutrients & pro-biotics,& there was ZERO 'canning' needed.  No standing over a stove to wait for them to process, no sweating from the heat, & no having to worry about whether you followed the "FDA approved" directions correctly.  (I've said before, I trust God & history more than modern industrialization when it comes to food.)

Traditionally preserved & prepared foods ROCK, can I just tell you!  This took me about 10 minutes to prepare.  Mix it up, screw on the lid, & you're done.  Have you ever tried your own lacto-fermenting?  You should! 

I've been purchasing "Bubbies" brand of pickles, relish, & sauerkraut for a long while now (a good commercial brand of lacto-fermented foods).  Another brand that is ready made is "Farmhouse Culture".  But they're both expensive. I'm going to be switching over to yet another homemade food, which will save me a whole lot of money & be even healthier.  And this isn't the kind of 'get drunk' fermenting you might be thinking of...  (Sorry - I don't do alcohol.)

Lactobacilli bacteria convert the sugars and starches into lactic acid, & there are millions/billions of good-for-your-gut pro-biotics produced with this type of fermenting.  Foods that are fermented in factories have cheap processed vinegar, refined sugar, refined salt, artificial ingredients, & they're pasteurized which kills off any "healthiness" that was present. 

75% of your immune system’s cells are found in your digestive tract.  Your digestive tract is so closely connected to your immune system, it's not even funny.  Most illness/disease physically begins in the gut.  If you have problems with your gut (digestive system), which unfortunately the majority of people in industrialized nations do, then you're going to have other health problems.  (Houston, we definitely have a problem.)

When we digest our food, #1 it's broken down.  #2, the nutrients are built up & absorbed into our body.  If the digestion (breaking down) part doesn't happen correctly, then the nutrients aren't built up & absorbed completely or correctly.

In her book "Nourishing Traditions", Sally Fallon points out the following:

"Scientists are mystified by the proliferation of new viruses – not only the deadly AIDS virus but the whole gamut of human viruses that seem to be associated with everything from chronic fatigue to cancer and arthritis. They are equally mystified by recent increases in the incidence of intestinal parasites and pathogenic yeasts, even among those whose sanitary practices are faultless.

Could it be that in abandoning the ancient practice of lacto-fermentation and in our insistence on a diet in which everything has been pasteurized, we have compromised the health of our intestinal flora and made ourselves vulnerable to legions of pathogenic microorganisms? If so, the cure for these diseases will be found not in vaccinations, drugs, or antibiotics, but in a restored partnership with the many varieties of lactobacilli, our symbionts of the microscopic world."

I know of many people who have reversed so-called "incurable" diseases by simply healing their gut.  But that's a whole 'nuther story (and an important one)...  Where can you at least start though? 

More pro-biotics.

There are lots of recipes, each varying just a little... & lots of techniques/tools (such as fermenting crocks, special lids, & plain ol' canning jars with traditional lids.  You might want to read up a little & decide which style is best for you.  I went for simple for the time being.

This recipe is adapted from the recipe in Nourishing Traditions. 

Here's what I did (Photos of the process at top of post):


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Cucumbers to fill a quart jar (it specifies pickling or gherkins, but I used regular baby ones.  I really don't think it matters)
1 Tb. Mustard seeds
2 Tb. Fresh dill, snipped (I used dried, & it worked fine.  Fresh is just easier to keep from getting all over the pickles.  If you use dried, you can half the amount.  I didn't though.  I like lots of dill)
1 Tb. Himalayan salt (or other un-refined salt)
4 Tb. Whey (or 1 additional Tb. salt, if you don't have whey)
1-2 c. Filtered water

Wash cucumbers & place into a quart sized wide-mouth mason jar.  (You can leave them whole, slice them vertically, cut them horizontally, or chop them 'relish' style)

Pour 1 c. water into jar. 
Place cucumbers in jar of water. 
Combine mustard seeds, dill, salt, & whey (if using).
Pour mixture over top of cucumbers.
Add more water to cover top of cucumbers. 


*** Note:  Top of liquid should be at least 1" below the top of the jar.  If it's higher than this, pressure could build up & explode the jar (Kind of the same as when you fill something too high & put it in the freezer.  You don't want that)

Cover tightly, & keep at room temp for about 3 days before eating, transferring to cold storage, or  putting in refrigerator.

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Is that easy, or what!?  :)

How do you know if they're good?  How do you know that they're not going to kill you?  Use your eyes & nose.  The lid does not need to be vacuum sealed.  It can pop.  What you want is darker cloudy water with a few little tiny fizzy bubbles on top.  You also want it to smell "pickly" when you open it.  If it smells sour, rotten, or like alcohol... throw it out.  If it smells nice and... um... well, 'lacto-fermented'... then it's good!

You can lacto-ferment practically EVERYTHING!  Veges, fruits, condiments, meats, cheese, dairy, beans, non-alcoholic beverages, yeast (sour dough or natural sweet yeast), & probably more.

Besides Nourishing Traditions (pictured below), there are a couple of other really good books on lacto-fermenting.  My favorites are these:
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<![CDATA[Food Insurance - Dehydrated or Freeze Dried?]]>Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:47:25 GMThttp://www.themodernpioneermom.com/the-blog/food-insurance-dehydrated-or-freeze-dried
It's not just storing food...  It's food insurance!  We have medical, auto, homeowners, disability, & life insurance - for 'just in case' - So why do so many people look down on food storage/insurance?  They think we're hoarders, & THAT, I just don't understand.  If there were a disaster/emergency or unexpected unemployment, what would be more important to your family than a good supply of food & water?   It's imperative to survival, right?

I'm a huge believer in storing your own home preserved food.  And the fresher - the better.  However, I know that's not always easy to do, & sometimes convenience can be a blessing.  In fact, I do have some of each.  I've preserved my own through dehydrating & canning, &but I've also bought a few #10 cans of good quality dehydrated & freeze dried foods like berries, mushrooms, etc.

If purchasing is an option that is better for you, then the article below might help you out.  
Daily Bread is one of the better companies out there, from what I can tell.  This company is NON-GMO (Yay for them!!!), & they are not fans of junky preservatives & additives (Yay again!).  So I'm working with them to provide great articles, info-graphics, etc... to assist people in making purchasing decisions.

Here is a great link that explains the benefits of freeze dried foods for storage, & HERE is an infographic on the difference in freeze-dried meats (if you store meat).

Below is the article I wanted to share:

Freeze-Dried Vs. Dehydrated: Quality Matters

                Most people don’t know the difference between freeze-dried food and dehydrated food. They naively shop for food for their food storage and simply hope for the best. However, simply having food storage doesn’t protect your family from disaster. There are complications to the specific types of food that you store that can help you immensely to be prepared. The truth is, if you want the best for your family in case of an emergency you’ve got to learn the facts. It is definitely possible to make your food storage food last longer, taste better, and be more nutritionally sound if you do your research. Luckily, we are here to help you with that. Believe it or not, the answer to all your problems is freeze dried food.

                Freeze-dried food started out as food for military and NASA personnel, and now the technology has been made available for us. The process is simple; the fresh or cooked food is flash frozen and then put into a vacuum chamber. It is then packaged tightly to ensure that it will stay fresh until it is opened. Freeze-dried is foolproof. It keeps the optimum amount of nutrition, lengthens shelf life, and keeps the taste and texture of the food in its original form. Last but not least- it cuts ready time and ingredients down to almost nothing. All you need to make a freeze-dried meal is water, and it is extremely quick and easy to make.

                Why is this different than other types of food storage? Dehydrated food is often sucked of most it’s nutrients because of the way it is processed. When you are in a life or death situation your body is going to need nutrient-dense food to survive off of. Nutrition is something that becomes important with kids in growth spurts or young ages so that they can develop to their full potential. Dehydration also tends to change the flavor and texture of food items. If you slowly eat through food storage and replenish it as you go, it will be tough to negotiate with kids who hate the taste of what you’re giving them. Both canned and dehydrated often need other ingredients to make them bearable to eat, and both have a shorter shelf life than freeze-dried.

                Now days there are a lot of freeze-dried food brands out there, and with all the options, you can find pretty much any food item you could imagine. Some examples include: orange chicken, lasagna, and barbeque. Try out all the different kinds with your family! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to prepare, and how good it is for you.  Once you know your favorites, you can take them with you on camping trips and vacations to cut your cooking time, baggage weight, and money in half.

                Freeze-dried food solves the problems that every food storage guru experiences. So for convenient storage, easy preparation, optimum nutrition, and longer shelf life, make the smart decision and go for freeze-dried. It’s a great option for food storage or a quick dinner fix, so keep this in mind when stocking up for your family. Click this link for more information on Daily Bread Food and how it can help your family. Or, you can click this link and go their facebook page.

Author Bio- Dirk Puckett is an emergency preparedness expert, and loves educating others on the how-to’s of food storage.


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<![CDATA[Sprouts Anyone?]]>Tue, 09 Jul 2013 05:31:33 GMThttp://www.themodernpioneermom.com/the-blog/sprouts-anyone
Have you ever sprouted?  If you haven't... You should.  Seriously, I'm not even kidding.  
I've sprouted anything from alfalfa to clover (my personal favorite), to beans, to wheat, to quinoa.  YUM.  

I learned something at the Holistic Living Conference I went to a couple weeks ago.  Green Smoothie Girl (one of my favorite websites!) taught a class on plant based meals, & we were taught this:  

If you eat sprouts & they taste sweet, then your body is alkaline (a good thing).  
If you eat sprouts & they taste bitter, then your body is acidic (NOT A GOOD THING).  

*If your body is acidic, then it's a breeding ground for disease & illness.  Cancer THRIVES in acidic environments & cannot in fact live in alkaline environments.  So if you don't have access to pH strips to test yourself, try eating a handful of sprouts & see how they taste.  

If you're acidic, make sure to drink lots & lots of good clean filtered water & eat a bunch of alkaline foods to bring your pH levels down.  (I'll do a post with a list of acidic/alkaline foods soon, but there are also lists online).  
 
So anyway...  I was taught that when you sprout seeds, it boosts the nutrition content by up to 600%!  They're perfect for 'food storage' & your preparedness efforts, because if you're not able to get fresh produce in hard times or emergency, these little wonders will take care of that for you.  Just a few seeds & some water is all you need...  (Make sure you have water stored.  That's more important than anything else, actually) 

Like I said, clover sprouts are my current favorite.  I think they have a sweeter taste & last longer in the fridge.  My local grocery store use to sell a little sparse pint of clover sprouts for nearly $2.  I finally decided to buy seeds & do it myself.  Look what less than 2 Tbs. of clover seeds produced in 3 days. They're sooo yummy on sandwiches, wraps, salads, etc.

This amount of sprouts would have cost me around $4.00 at the store. But my big bag of seeds cost less than $7, & 5 large batches only takes me about 1/3 of the way through the bag. Much cheaper!
Bean sprouts are super fun too.  They can be used in salads, oriental dishes, soups, or just eaten by the handful.  My kids loved to watch beans sprout when they were younger.  They thought it was so fascinating.  Well...  actually, I think it's fascinating  :)
Now about wheat grass, which is wheat sprouts grown out a little longer than sprouts. 
(Photos below...)    

My favorite way to use wheat grass is in juicing or in smoothies.  (It's also the easiest).  You can also dehydrate it on low (below 115) & grind it into powder - then store it in the fridge/freezer to add to dishes, spice mixes, sauces, etc.  (Or fill empty gel-caps & give yourself a daily boost of nutrition).

My understanding through researching is that the grass does not contain gluten, so if you have issues with gluten, you *should* be ok.  However, you will want to do your own research & decide for yourself.  I have seen conflicting reports & opinions (as usual)...  So please don't take my word for it.

Wheatgrass facts:

One pound of fresh wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to 23 pounds of choice garden vegetables. 

This nutrient-rich grass contains 17 amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. 

Wheat grass retains 92 of the 102 minerals found in the soil. These minerals include calcium, phosphorus, iron magnesium and potassium. It is a rich natural source of vitamins A and C. Wheat grass has more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A as carrots. It is exceptionally rich in vitamins E, K, and B-complex.

* Wheatgrass juice is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream and gives immediate energy.
* Wheatgrass energizes and reduces fatigue.
* Wheatgrass is a appetite suppressant.
* Wheatgrass juice improves metabolism.
* Wheatgrass improves digestion.
* Wheatgrass juice enriches the blood, removes blood disorders, & lowers blood pressure
* Wheatgrass juice is antibacterial
* Wheatgrass juice helps cleanse the liver
* Wheatgrass juice helps prevent tooth decay
* Wheatgrass juice is good for skin problems. It improves complexion, helps acne, and can remove acne scars.
* Wheatgrass juice keeps hair from graying & removes dandruff
* Wheatgrass boosts the immune system
* Wheatgrass is calming to the nervous system
* Wheatgrass promotes regularity & helps fight constipation
* The chlorophyll present in wheatgrass will wash drug deposits from the body, neutralize toxins in the body, help purify the liver, and prevent ageing. The chlorophyll also stabilizes blood sugar levels.

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I use a sprouter as shown above, but to make your own wheat grass with a canning jar, just do the following:

Pour 1/4 cup of fresh whole wheat into a jar.
Cover with water (about 2" above top of wheat) & let soak overnight.
The next day, rinse wheat (with cool water), then drain well. Do this AT LEAST 3 times a day. 
Cover jar opening with cheesecloth or paper towel, etc... & secure with rubberband.
Keep in warm area, & expose to light (a window or small lamp work great)

In a day or 2 you'll notice little tails on your wheat. Within 4-5 days, beautiful green grass will fill your jar! Gently pull out the wheat sprouts & grass with tongs or your fingers...  (The first photo below is wheat grass grown in a jar.  It works great, but it is thicker when you use a sprouter)

If you're using wheat grass in a dish that you're baking/cooking, make sure you finely chop sprigs of the grass before using them, as they're not really digestible when they're whole.  If you're making a smoothie, it's fine to throw the whole bunch of grass blades in.
Word of warning.  Don't sprout tomato seeds or potato seeds.  They're poisonous.  If you want a good sprouting variety, my favorite is Pro-Vita Mix - by Life Sprouts.  Yum, yum, yum!  You can always buy your own seeds & make your own mix cheaper, I'm sure.  But if you don't have time, this is a great convenience alternative.  Once you start sprouting, you won't want to stop!  


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<![CDATA[Have You Tried Primal Pit Paste?]]>Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:09:54 GMThttp://www.themodernpioneermom.com/the-blog/have-you-tried-primal-pit-paste
So, I'm all for making my own deodorant, which I do.  It takes 5 minutes, it's non-toxic, it's cheap, & it works!  I have a whole post about it with photos on my blog, but to make it easier, here's my basic recipe below.  Now, IF you're not into making your own, then I have an AWESOME product for you to try!  Read the scoop below the recipe:

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1/4 c. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
1/8 c. Arrowroot powder

1/8 c. Redmond or bentonite clay (I prefer white/light gray over the green)
4 Tb. Organic un-refined coconut oil (antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal) 
20 Drops essential oils (your choice)

Add all ingredients (except essential oil), mix on low heat until melted, & remove from heat.  Let cool for about 3-5 mins.  Add essential oil, stir well, & pour into a shallow container or empty deodorant stick.  To speed up solidification, put it in the fridge/freezer for a few minutes.

My favorite essential oils for deodorant are Tea Tree, Thieves (I make my own), Germ Fighter, Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon, Orange, Frankincense, Lavender, Chamomile, Patchouli, etc...  

I have not had a problem with this staining my clothes.  Green clay will be more prone to slightly discoloring your undergarments, so I do recommend the white/light gray clay)  And this stuff works great!


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Primal Pit Paste is awesome.  Hands down.  They're getting 5 star reviews like crazy.  If I don't have time to make deodorant for whatever reason, or I'm out of town & forget to take mine, THIS is my 'go to' product.  

First of all, the only compensation I got from doing this review was 5 little teeny tiny sample jars to try.  That's it.  I will not try to sell you on a product I don't believe in, & I'm not receiving a dime for telling you about it.  I'm just excited that there are more good healthy deodorants that works & aren't slowly killing you!  So I'm letting you know about it.  ((Note:  I do also love Bubble & Bee's deodorant.  I used it for almost a year & never had a problem with it.  They have a stick, spray, & cream available.  So that's an option too.  Lots of yummy fun scents...  HOWEVER, I really honestly think my personal preference is Primal Pit Paste or my homemade recipe above.))

If you're not already aware, most commercial anti-perspirants / deodorants on the market today contain harmful parabens & aluminum.  These are linked to Alzheimer's and cancer, & parabens are endocrine disruptors, which wreak havoc on your hormones...  Not a good thing.  

All of Primal's products are handcrafted from organic & totally natural ingredients.  You can EAT it, & it won't hurt you!  Their Pit Paste ingredients are organic coconut oil, organic raw shea butter, baking soda, organic arrowroot powder, & organic essential oils.  ((Note:  If you're sensitive to baking soda - *ie, skin irritant* - they do have a sensitive skin variety available)).  

There are jars & sticks available, & they have a good selection of yummy smells - as well as unscented.  They also have a "strong" version for extra odor kill, & a kid's version in 'Lemonade' scent!  So far, I've seen it available in several natural food stores & in their online store.
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