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Gardening Gifts Set – 1 Pr Women’s Bamboo Gardening Gloves, 1 Kneeling Pad & 1 Essential Tips Growing Vegetables Booklet

Protection, comfortable gardening and success in growing vegetables is the 3-item goal of this excellent quality gardening gift set for women. The gloves, made from spun bamboo fiber, are naturally silky soft, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and odor-inhibiting because they actually wick away moisture. The glove’s palms are coated with natural foam latex that provides extra grip. The gloves come in VERY stretchy medium size, equivalent to a Size 7 or 8 women’s glove. The foam garden kneeling pad is firm but offers comfortable support and excellent protection for your knees, where cushioning really matters! This pad is larger than standard. It is lightweight, water resistant, is designed with a built-in foam handle. It will protect your knees from gravel, concrete, sod and other hard surfaces. The final item in this bundle is a 72-page, detailed and colorfully illustrated booklet chock full of useful, easy-to-read information on garden techniques that insure your success as a gardener. It includes info on garden site preparation, inter-planting, succession planting, tool choice, cultivation, freezing, drying, curing and more; and how-to tips for growing over 42 common vegetables, annual and perennial herbs. Comes shrink wrapped as one unit and is a terrific gift for anyone interested in gardening.

Heartburn at 3 a.m.

So, last night I had gyoza for a late dinner and enjoyed every last bite. But in the middle of the night, I ended up with terrible heartburn. Because I don’t have my gall bladder anymore, I have trouble digesting fats and I guess I just ate too much fat too late into the evening.

But, my new love came to the rescue! I got up and put a drop of peppermint oil on my tongue. Not only did it stop my heartburn immediately, it also cleared my throat, nose and sinuses. I went back to sleep inhaling this remarkable quality oil.

My new love is doTerra Essential Oils. I’ve long used oils and herbs, but sourcing for quality has been sketchy.  Some oils that are, indeed, organic, are mixed with heavy carrier oils; some distillation processes are not that great; and few are tested by third party quality controllers.

Peppermint_lgdoTerra oils are therapeautic grade oils, insanely pure and 3rd party tested. They are of the highest quality of any that I’ve found. I decided to become a Wellness Advocate and sell them.  Here’s a link to my doTerra site.

If you’re interested in therapeutic essential oils, you’ll recognize the quality of this fine product line the minute you begin to use them. They are a bit pricey, but well worth it!


Bamboo Yarn for Knitted Knockers

I love bamboo as a textile. I have bamboo sheets that are soft, silky, warm, cool, antibacterial and wear like iron.  I’m also a knitter and have begun knitting with bamboo yarn…a newcomer on the textile scene.

Here’s a picture of a yarn called Universal Yarn Bamboo Pop Cream. Click on the pic and it’ll take you to Amazon and the description page.

bamboo yarn 

Universal Yarn Pop Cream

Have you ever heard of Knitted Knockers? It’s a group of knitters who knit breast prostheses for women who’ve had mastectomies and don’t want silicon implants. Since bamboo is antibacterial and so durable, it’d be a great yarn to use if you’re inclined to be part of this amazing group.  You can Google them and get the full story on how to get involved.

Osha Root Extract 4oz

Osha Root, or Bear Root, can help relieve breathing problems. It helps clear mucus by increasing expectoration, relieving congestion and making breathing easier.

I’ve used Osha Root for some time, especially when I’m coming down with a cold or experience seasonal allergic responses like sore throat, sneezing, coughing, etc. I used a tincture and just drizzle into the back of my throat. The tincture I use has an alcohol base so it burns, but I have to say, it quickly gets rid of whatever’s trying to brew back there.

Osha Root also increases blood circulation to the lungs, and for this reason, it functions as a support mechanism for emphysema, pneumonia, asthma, and allergies. It has long been used for cold, cough, and other respiratory ailments since the root contains valuable oils, including camphor, ferulic acid, saponins, phytosterols and terpenes.

Because of its range of efficacy, Osha Root is attributed by many herbalists as the best American herb for lung and throat problems.

Even though it’s considered safe with no associative negative side effects, Osha should be avoided by pregnant or nursing women.

Because it’s difficult to cultivate, Osha Root is generally wildcrafted and made available in tinctures, sprays and capsules.

This tincture (above) is made by Iowa Select Herbal Extracts and available on Amazon (click on the pic)

Wise Deluxe Survival Kit

Here’s a version of a survival kit that includes freeze-dried food, not simply high calorie bars.

It supplies 1 person for 2 weeks or 2 people for 1 week  and is packed in a rolling duffel. Contains: Tissues (6 pkgs), 4-in-1 dynamo flashlight, playing cards, waterproof matches, waste bags (2), 50 ft. nylon rope, note pad and pencil, mylar sleeping bags (2), work gloves, 36 piece bandage kit, water filtration bottle, stove w/16 fuel tablets, fork, knife and spoon, sierra cup, water purification tablets (20), duffle bag on wheels, water 8.5 oz (9), Swiss army knife, multi-function shovel, 5-in-1 survival whistle, emergency ponchos (2), hygiene kits (2), dust masks (2), hand warmers (2), tube tent, 1st aid kit, 12 hr bright stick, 30 hr emergency candle.

Meals include: Stroganoff, chili macaroni, creamy a la king and rice, pasta alfredo, creamy pasta and veg rotini, teriyaki and rice, creamy tomato basil soup, hearty tortilla soup, apple cinnamon cereal, brown sugar and maple cereal and crunchy granola.

In the Great Stuff section of this website, you’ll find a link to Mountain House, which also has a wide variety of excellent freeze dried foods. Remember these kits are for short-term emergencies.  If there are more people in your family or you expect to be out of your home base for longer than a few days, you need to get serious about creating a kit that will keep you healthy and strong for at least month.

All survival kits should include cash, a copy of your insurance policies, home mortgage information, medical info and medicines,  copies of birth certificates, your banking info and your credit card numbers. In case you have to really put your life back together, these items will go a long way toward making that a little easier.


Ready America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit 4 Person Backpack

I have a pack very similar to this one.  I’m posting this one so you can see what should go into a ‘grab and go’ survival pack…bare minimum.  This pack (available on Amazon) includes sufficient lifesaving supplies  for four people for 3 days, which is what the Red Cross recommends. It includes:

Water boxes, food supply, emergency ponchos,  survival blankets, 4 12-hour lightsticks, 4 pair nitrile gloves,4 NIOSH N-95 dust masks, pocket tissues, emergency whistle, leather gloves, Multi-Tool, 10 yards of duct tape, 4 pair goggles, 3 bio-hazard bags, premoistened towlettes, emergency communication plan/contacts, first aid kit that has 107 pieces, Emergency power station 4-function (flashlight, AM/FM radio, siren, cell phone charger) and a backpack.


Plastic Bag & Bottle Dryer

Here’s a great way to dry plastic bags for reuse. Someone gave it to me as a gift and I use it every day without fail. One of the handiest kitchen gadgets ever!I have it hanging about my kitchen sink (chain and hook are included)  but it stands alone as well; the center column can be used to dry reusable water bottles. There are 8 spokes for plastic, pastry, or other lightweight bags.  Made  from sustainably harvested wood.

Essential Oils for Flu & Cold Season

4 Thieves Oil

Thieves oil has an interesting history that’s rooted in the herb mixture used during the bubonic plague.  Gary Young, founder of Young Living oils, studied the properties and effects of essential oils against micro-organisms that cause disease.  It’s true that in studying them myself, I’ve learned a lot about their hertz resonance, their medicinal, preservation and disinfectant qualities and to that end, have stocked my cupboard with a wide variety of essential oils, and have been collecting recipes which I will, in time, pass on to you.

Here’s one that’s timely as we enter winter.  Mix the oils according to the recipe and use 1 drop of the mixture to 1 oz. of water.  I add a little white vinegar (about 1 teaspoon) to the 12 oz. bottle because it helps diffuse the oil into the water and not clog up the spray mechanism:

40 drops clove oil
70 drops lemon oil
40 drops cinnamon bark oil
30 drops eucalyptus oil
20 drops rosemary oil
10 drops each of tea tree, lavender and cedar oil

You can also adjust the smaller dosages to your preference but leave the first 5 ingredient ratio alone. For the last 3 ingredients, I’ve also  used geranium oil, camphor or grapefruit in place of the cedar or lavender …all chosen for their medicinal and anti microbial properties (as well as fragrance).

Use 1 drop of oil mixture to each ounce of water. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and you are good to go.

Spray in bedrooms, near litter boxes, in the bathroom…wherever you need it.