Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Caramel Apples




Caramel Apples Recipe Description:

If it’s Autumn, it’s time for caramel apples.

Everyone will enjoy this popular seasonal treat all Fall long. You’ll find them at Fall festivals. And, they’re a traditional Halloween party treat.

You loved them as a kid. You’re kids and grandkids will love them, too.




Ingredients:
  • 10 apples, washed and stems removed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • Food sticks


Caramel Apples Recipe Directions:
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan.
  2. Add brown sugar and corn syrup.
  3. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in condensed milk.
  5. Continue to cook and stir for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir in.
  7. Push a food stick into the apple where the stem was.
  8. Dip apple into caramel.
  9. Dip apple into peanuts.
  10. Place onto a sheet of buttered, waxed paper.
  11. Allow to cool.
 

Recipe Tip: You can use other things for dipping or coating your apples. Beside peanuts, other kinds of chopped nuts are popular. Also try mini M&Ms, mini marshmallows, and granola.

Friday, September 17, 2021

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH


National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

For the first time in its history, the Ready Campaign, in partnership with the Ad Council, identified the Hispanic community as a key audience, and will launch a series of Public Service Advertisements specifically designed to encourage preparedness within the underserved demographic.

Weekly Themes
Each week in September, the campaign will focus on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families and communities.

Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the Coronavirus.

Week 2 September 5-11: Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Week 3 September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Natural disasters don’t wait for a convenient time. Preparing for them shouldn’t wait either. Start today by signing up for alerts, safe-guarding important documents, and taking other low cost and no cost preparedness actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for you and your family.

Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Reduce Stress Techniques

HELPFUL WAY TO REDUCE STRESS

BY LIP INK®



Friday, September 3, 2021

NATIONAL AMERICANA MONTH

NATIONAL AMERICANA MONTH

During September, National Americana Month brings our nation together to reflect on elements of life in the United States that have knitted us together and made us Americans.

Indulge in the nostalgic and quintessentially American music, flavors, art, and events you love most.

Other views of Americana are of the coastal sort.  Take your pick. Historical or theatrical, poetic, scientific, uptown, downtown, city slicker or country bumpkin, Americana comes in all shapes and sizes.  The question for National Americana Month is, what does it mean to you?

 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Anti-Vax Moms Mamalitia


Triggered leftists are reportedly threatening a group of moms opposed to mandatory vaccines in California who have formed a pro-Second Amendment group empowering women called the “Mamalitia.”


On Sunday, the Mamalitia group announced it would cancel public meet-and-greet events after receiving terroristic threats following media hit pieces which mischaracterized the group as dangerous radical extremists.

“Mamalitia community has canceled all public meet and greet events due to media attacks, irresponsible reporting and false claims that have invited terrorist organizations to threaten our women and children,” reads a press release put out by the group.






“In a time where we should all be embracing and encouraging strong women with goals to protect their home and family, the media and politicians try to create a story that puts those same women and children in danger.”

Last week, the group was covered in a report by CBS Sacramento, which framed the organization as part of the January 6 event at the US Capitol, and accused them of using inflammatory language which could incite violence.

From CBS Sacramento:

Dr. Richard Carpiano is a professor of public policy and sociology at the University of California, Riverside who has followed the group and its movements on social media since its founding.

He says Aguilar was in Washington, D.C., in January when a violent coup stormed congress, though there’s no evidence she breached the building.

But she has been seen on social media alongside members of groups like the Proud Boys.

He’s concerned that with this rhetoric some group members could become violent.

When you’re showing pictures of you with weapons, you are advertising services to train people in firearms. There’s no reason whatsoever to think they’re not pushing some extremist view,” he said.

The article also cited state Senator Richard Pan (also a former UC professor), who claimed the group had bullied and harassed lawmakers.

“Not only did they protest the public health measures but they then employed tactics to bully and intimidate people,” Pan told CBS Sacramento.

The group’s founder, Denise Aguilar, defended Mamalitia, saying, “We are not violent, we have not been on a watchlist. We are simply a group of women who are training each other and networking together.”

Mamalitia’s purpose, Aguilar says, is to arm women with guns, knowledge and survival skills.

The group says despite the attacks they’re still encouraging women to join their growing movement if they align with the following mission statement:

Mamalitia is a community of constitution loving women that recognize our empowerment comes from fully engaging in our children’s education, our wellness, food and financial sovereignty, and overall skills. We are committed to building the world we want to live in, getting back to our roots while empowering women from every walk of life.

“The tyrants have created women who are ready to go like it’s 1776,” the group proclaims on their website Mamalitia.org.



https://www.newswars.com/mamalitia-group-of-pro-2a-anti-vax-moms-under-assault-following-media-smears/

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Possible Benefits of MCT Oil

What Are The Possible Benefits of MCT Oil?



Medium-chain triglycerides are a type of fat that is found in certain oils and dairy products. MCT oil is a supplement made of these fats. But what are the potential health benefits of MCT oil?

Many articles in circulation recommend the use of MCT oil. They claim that it can help people lose weight and that it has several other benefits.

This article explores the health benefits of MCT oil, as supported by scientific evidence. It also considers the risks around the use of MCT oil, as well as where to source it and how it can be used.

Overview
MCT oil can be derived from coconuts, and is often used to aid weight loss or improve stamina.


MCT oil is a dietary supplement that is made up of MCT fats, which are fats that can be found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and dairy products.

MCT oil is mainly used by people looking to lose weight, or boost their endurance during a workout.

Some supporters of MCT oil also claim it can improve the ability to think, as well as help with various forms of dementia.

What are MCTs & Why Are They Different From Other Fats?

Fats are made up of chains of carbon atoms, and most of the fats in a person’s diet are made up of 13 to 21 of these atoms. These are called long-chain fatty acids.

In contrast, short-chain fatty acids are made up of 6 or fewer carbon atoms.

MCTs refers to medium-chain triglycerides that sit in the middle of the other two types. They are of medium length and made up of 6 to 12 carbon atoms.

MCTs are found in coconut oil and are processed by the body in a different way to long-chain fatty acids. Unlike other fats, they go straight from the gut to the liver. From here, they are used as a source of energy or turned into ketones.

Ketones are substances produced when the liver breaks down a lot of fat, and they can be used by the brain for energy instead of glucose or sugar.

As the calories in MCTs are used straightaway, they are less likely to be stored as fat. This principle is the basis of the ketogenic diet, which many people believe is an effective way to lose weight.


Potential Health Benefits of MCT oil

There are several potential health benefits of MCT oil. Some of these are supported by scientific evidence, while others are yet to be proven. Each potential benefit and its available evidence is explored below:

1. Better Brain & Memory Function

The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation have reported the pros and cons of MCTs in respect of brain and memory function, as well as their potential benefits for those with Alzheimer’s disease.

But to what extent are the claims surrounding MCTs backed up by scientific evidence?

A 2016 review notes that in three studies, the brain’s take-up of ketones in people with Alzheimer’s was the same as in healthy people. In contrast, the brain’s take-up of glucose was poorer in those with Alzheimer’s than healthy people.

The reviewers also note that ketosis has a slight beneficial effect on thinking ability for those with Alzheimer’s. Ketosis is when the brain uses ketones for energy instead of glucose.

More research is needed to say with certainty that MCTs or MCT oil can improve brain and memory function. That said, initial research is promising, and there is growing interest in the use of MCTs in this area.

2. Energy Boost & Increased Endurance


MCT oil may help to improve endurance, and provide energy for intense exercise.
Supporters of MCT oil claim that it can help boost a person’s energy and improve their endurance when they are working out.

A 2009 study found that consuming food rich in MCTs, rather than longer-chain fats, improved the time that recreational athletes could endure high-intensity exercise.

This evidence is encouraging but too limited to conclude for certain that MCTs or MCT oil can improve exercise endurance, as one 2010 study notes.

3. Weight Loss & Improved Weight Management

A popular claim that supporters of MCT oil make is that it helps with weight loss. This area has been studied the most by scientists.

A 2003 study found that MCTs increased the calories and fat that overweight men burned. It concluded that MCTs might be helpful in the prevention of obesity and to stimulate weight loss.

A 2014 study found that MCTs led to a greater increase in the hormones that reduce appetite and make a person feel full. This was in comparison with longer-chain fats.

The evidence suggests that MCTs may play an important role in weight loss and management.

However, it is important to note that studies have looked at MCTs as a type of dietary fat rather than MCT oil supplements specifically.

4. Lowered Cholesterol

MCTs may also have a part to play in helping to protect heart health by lowering cholesterol.

A 2009 study that looked at 40 women found that consuming coconut oil reduced bad types of cholesterol and improved good ones. The comparison was to soybean oil and taken alongside a calorie-controlled diet.

As MCT oil is high in the MCTs found in coconut oil, it is also likely to improve cholesterol levels. However, as the study did not look at MCT oil specifically, this cannot be said with certainty.

5. Lowered Blood Sugar Levels

MCTs may also help to improve blood sugar levels and play a potential role in diabetes management.

A 2007 study found MCT improved diabetes risk factors, including insulin resistance, in a small group of participants with type 2 diabetes.


Risks & Considerations
MCT oil should not be used for cooking. Solid coconut oil should be used instead.
MCTs from dietary sources and MCT oil may have some health benefits. However, it is important to remember that when a person consumes these, they are consuming fats.

Taking MCT oil adds extra fats and calories to a person’s diet. As such, excessive use of MCT oil may not be beneficial and could lead a person to gain weight.

MCT oil supplements are created from versions of food oils, and so are not considered a natural product.

It is important to remember that MCT oil has a low smoke point, so it is not suitable for cooking.

However, solid coconut oil, which is high in MCTs, can be used in cooking and may be used to replace olive oil or other cooking oils.

Sources of MCTs

MCT oil supplements are available in many health food stores and are available for purchase online.

Some people prefer to consume MCTs in their diet, which may be more natural than taking supplements. MCTs are found in:

  • coconut oil
  • palm kernel oil
  • milk
  • butter

Takeaway

MCTs have many potential health benefits, and taking MCT oil supplements may also be beneficial.

While MCTs may not lead to dramatic weight loss, they may be able to play a role in overall weight management. They may also help boost energy and endurance, although more research is needed to prove this benefit.

A growing body of research also suggests that MCTs may improve a person’s ability to think and fight the effects of conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Again, this is an area that needs further study.

It is worth noting that consuming MCTs from dietary sources may mean that a person gets more nutritional benefit than taking MCT oil supplements.


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

13 Brilliant Uses for USED Coffee Grounds









Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. But coffee is good for more than just a morning pick-me-up. Used coffee grounds have many practical uses in your home and in the garden. You can even incorporate used coffee grounds into your daily skincare routine.


Here are 13 clever uses for used coffee grounds:

  1. Body scrub – Turn used coffee grounds into an exfoliating scrub that will leave your skin silky smooth and glowing. Just mix coffee grounds with olive oil or coconut oil, brown sugar and a few drops of your preferred essential oil. Use in the shower to slough away dead skin cells from your arms, legs and feet.
  2. Fertilizer – Sprinkle some used coffee grounds directly over the soil in your garden for added nitrogen. Plants need nitrogen to grow and produce fruits or vegetables. Coffee grounds also keep soil moist. (Related: For the organic farmer: Grow healthier plants with organic fertilizer mixed with compost tea.)
  3. Pest control – Sprinkle some used coffee grounds wherever you need to shoo away pests like slugs and ants. The strong smell of coffee wards off these critters without harming beneficial plants or leaving traces of chemicals, as is the case with chemical pesticides.
  4. Facial scrub – Prepare an all-natural rejuvenating facial scrub by combining coffee grounds, jojoba oil, castile soap and your preferred essential oil. Use daily in the morning to feel more energized.
  5. Cookware cleaner – The coarse texture of coffee grounds is great for removing caked-on food bits and gunk from your pots, pans and dishes. Just sprinkle them directly onto your cookware and scrub with a soft sponge or brush. Make sure to rinse thoroughly afterward to remove the smell and taste of coffee.
  6. Refrigerator deodorizer – Put a bowl of used coffee grounds in the refrigerator to remove foul odors. You can also put a bowl of used coffee grounds in cupboards or in the closet to banish stubborn odors.
  7. Hand and foot deodorizer – Keep a dish of used coffee grounds by your kitchen sink or prep area for deodorizing your hands after handling pungent ingredients like onion and garlic. If you have smelly feet, wash them with cold water and then scrub them with used coffee grounds to eliminate odor.
  8. Garbage disposal deodorizer – To banish foul odors from your garbage disposal, send 1/4 teaspoon of used coffee grounds and a cup of ice down the disposal. Run it for a few minutes.
  9. Under-eye treatment – Look more awake by slathering some used coffee grounds onto the under-eye area. Leave on for 10–15 minutes before wiping them away with a wet cloth.
  10. Air freshener – Sprinkle some used coffee grounds onto your favorite wax melts and add them to your wax warmer. This is an easy and affordable way to freshen up your house without essential oils.
  11. Hair rinse – Massage used coffee grounds onto your scalp and rinse thoroughly for healthy, shiny hair. Plus, the caffeine in coffee grounds is thought to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.
  12. Lip scrub – Gently exfoliate your lips with a homemade coffee lip scrub. Just mix coffee grounds with a few drops of sweet almond oil. Use no more than twice a week to avoid irritating your lips.
  13. Vermicompost – Vermicomposting involves feeding organic material to earthworms to make rich soil. Instead of throwing away used coffee grounds, put them in your vermicomposting bin. Worms will make short work of used coffee grounds and give you dark, rich soil in no time.

Friday, August 6, 2021

13 Cheap Family Weekend Getaways 2021

13 Cheap Family Weekend Getaways 2021

Fun affordable Personal and Family get away that we all can afford in the USA

BY BETH LUBERECKI

February 18, 2021


While it’s great to plan and save up for a big, weeklong family vacation, sometimes it’s just as good to get away for a long weekend with the kids. And weekend trips can often be cheaper—depending where you go, that is. Plan your next escape with one of these cheap family weekend getaways.


1. Oxford, Mississippi

Known as the “Cultural Mecca of the South,” Oxford, Mississippi, is a great alternative to pricier destinations like Charleston and Savannah. Average daily hotel rates can start as low as the $75-range, and it’s within a few hours by car from cities like Memphis (where you would fly to if traveling by plane); Jackson, Mississippi; and Birmingham, Alabama. Admission is free at the University of Mississippi Museum, whose collection includes everything from 19th-century scientific instruments to artwork by Georgia O’Keeffe and Man Ray and which offers a variety of kid-friendly events and programs. William Faulkner’s home Rowan Oak is also under the museum’s umbrella, where it’s free to roam the grounds and just $5 to tour the house. Head to the historic town square to find Neilson’s Department Store (the oldest continuously running department store in the South) and legendary Square Books, where the whole family can find good reads and attend free live tapings of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour.


2. Washington, D.C.

If you live close enough to either drive or take a train into Washington, D.C., you can have an affordable weekend getaway here. That’s because admission is free at the 17 DC-area Smithsonian museums, where the kids can check out everything from dinosaur fossils to an Apollo Lunar Landing Module, and the National Zoo, where you can find resident pandas Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. There’s also no cost to visit major city landmarks like the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, or to take a tour of the U.S. Capitol. It’s easy and affordable to get around by foot or via the city’s Metro subway and bus system. And there are lots of good, cheap eats to be found, from the legendary half-smokes at local institution Ben’s Chili Bowl to the crab cake sandwiches at Market Lunch in Eastern Market. Tip: To potentially save even more money, check out hotels near Metro stops just across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia, which can often be cheaper and are just a short subway ride away.


3. Scranton, Pennsylvania

About two hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, Scranton is a cheap weekend getaway that ticks a lot of boxes—especially if you’ve got tweens and teens who’ve been binging The Office. There’s a free, self-guided walking tour that will take you to spots around the city made famous by the show. Little train lovers will want to visit the Steamtown National Historic Site (free admission, extra fees for train rides), while the whole family will enjoy spending time at Nay Aug Park, home to an oh-so-cool treehouse, two playgrounds, walking trails, and two pools plus a waterside complex ($5 for pools and waterslides, free for everything else). The park also sits along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, a more than-70-mile stretch for hiking and biking that travels alongside its namesake river. Average daily hotel rates in the city can start as low as $75.


4. Rockford, Illinois

Less than two hours from Chicago and Milwaukee, Rockford is a city on the rise. This “Amateur Sports Capital of the Midwest” is home to spots like the new Atwood Park Silent Sports Trail System, whose first five miles are open for hiking and biking, and the site of free shows put on by the Ski Broncs water-skiing team during the summer. Go fishing, ice skating, hiking, or cross-country skiing at Rock Cut State Park (free admission) or try to spot some paranormal activity at the supposedly haunted Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum ($8 for adults, $5 for kids). The Burpee Museum of Natural History ($10 adults, $8 kids) features the world’s most-complete and best-preserved juvenile T. rex skeleton (named Jane), while the Rockford Art Museum offers free admission for kids ($7 adults), as well as free family-friendly programming. The kids can also burn off some energy at the Grove Nature Playscape, a playground made with materials like fallen logs and tree stumps at Severson Dells Nature Center (free).


5. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This perennial family fave for a beach trip also makes for a cheap weekend getaway, with the average nightly hotel rate coming in at around $110. In addition to 60 miles of free beaches, the area also offers a slew of no- or low-cost activities for the whole family. There’s free admission at spots like the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum and Vereen Memorial Gardens, and free entertainment at locations like the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach during the summer months. Myrtle Beach is also home to more than 35 mini-golf courses and a state park ($8 adults, $4 kids) that’s great for surf fishing, bird watching, and shelling. Tickets to the Brookgreen Gardens complex aren’t super cheap ($18 adults, $10 kids), but they’re good for up to seven consecutive days, which means you can spend some time at its Botanical Gardens one day and then come back to visit its Lowcountry Zoo another.


6. Murrieta, California

An easy getaway from Los Angeles or San Diego, Murrieta offers activities for all kinds of interests. The city is home to more than 50 free parks including California Oaks Sports Park, which has tennis and basketball courts, a skateboard park, and a playground. It’s also a great place for hiking and biking at spots like the Sylvan Meadows Multi-Use Area, where you might see poppies and other wildflowers in bloom during the spring. Take the mile-plus trail to Tenaja Falls or bring a picnic to Lake Skinner Recreation Area ($6 adults, $3 kids), where there’s also a splash pad for the little ones. Kid hotspot Mulligan Family Fun Center has mini-golf, go-karts, arcade games, and rides. The Murrieta area is home to family-friendly breweries like 8 Bit Brewing Company and is also a jumping-off point for Temecula Wine Country. Average hotel rates are in the $75 to $115 a night range.


7. Dublin, Ohio

Get a taste of Ireland without having to travel across the Atlantic in Dublin, Ohio. An easy drive from cities like Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis (and not far from Columbus, Ohio), Dublin offers authentic Irish pubs and Celtic kid-friendly treats like the Shamrock Sundae at Graeter’s Ice Cream. The whole family can search for the 11 magical spots on the free Irish Fairy Door Trail and check out the sculptures that are part of the Dublin Art in Public Places program, which include the striking Field of Corn honoring the area’s farming history. Dublin offers more than 100 miles of bike trails and 60 parks; don’t miss Ballantrae Community Park and its free splash pad, located behind a statue of dancing hares, or the waterfalls located around the city at spots like Indian Run Falls Park. Hotels in Dublin average around $125 a night.


8. Pensacola, Florida

Home to award-winning, sugar-sand beaches, the Pensacola Bay area makes it easy to watch your budget and still have a great weekend getaway. Hotel rates can start as low as $69 a night in the off-season and there’s a range of options for every price point. In addition to spending time on the sand, families can look for winged creatures of all kinds at spots along the Pensacola Birding Trail; the area is a major stopping point for birds migrating north in the spring. The free Pensacola Beach Eco-Trail features 29 stops offering info about the plants and animals in the area, while Bay Bluffs Park lets visitors travel by boardwalk along its namesake geologic feature. Set the teens and their phones loose on the Pensacola Photo Trail and take the whole fam back to the past at Historic Pensacola, where tickets ($8 adults, $4 kids) are good for seven days and offer admission to several different sites.


9. San Antonio, Texas

For a budget-friendly weekend getaway in a bigger city, try San Antonio, where average hotel rates are under $200 a night (and sometimes way under). It’s free to visit San Antonio’s most famous landmark, the Alamo, along with the city’s four other missions. You can stroll along the San Antonio River Walk for no charge, or hike or bike along the River Walk Mission Reach trail. Other admission-free spots to explore include the tranquil Japanese Tea Garden and San Pedro Creek Culture Park, where the kids can splash around in the water while also learning a little about the city’s history and culture. Head to Historic Market Square for shopping and good eats, or stop by Yanaguana Garden, an uber-cool free kids’ play space at the Hemisfair site that features a splash pad, climbing structures, sand play area, and giant chess and checker boards. End the day by attending a free showing of “San Antonio – The Saga,” a video art projection displayed several nights a week on the façade of the city’s San Fernando Cathedral.


10. Kansas City, Missouri

Visit this middle of America city known for barbecue and jazz for some wallet-friendly family fun. It’s totally free to ride the KC Streetcar around the city’s downtown area; the route travels between River Market, home to the City Market farmers’ market and all kinds of food vendors, and historic Union Station, where you’ll find a planetarium and the Science City museum. Admission is free at the Peace Pavilion, which features 25 interactive exhibits to help teach kids about concepts like self-acceptance and cooperation, and the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, where you can learn all about how currency is made. Look for the more than 200 watery wonders in the City of Fountains and check out the Hallmark Visitors Center (free), where you can learn about the history of the greeting card company and even make a star-shaped bow to take home as a souvenir.

 

11. Clear Lake, IA

For a great selection of family-friendly activities and events, book a cheap family weekend getaway in Clear Lake, Iowa, says Sara Broers of Travel with Sara. “Located two hours south of Minneapolis and two hours north of Des Moines, right off of Interstate 35 in North Iowa, this town of nearly 8,000 people is filled with affordable family experiences,” she says. These include a family-friendly beach, boat tours on the historic Lady of the Lake, water sports galore, holiday events and even a kite festival on the lake in the middle of winter.



12. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

National and state parks are wonderful, budget-friendly destinations that every family should explore, with a wealth of free or low-cost activities ranging from hiking and boating to wildlife classes and ranger-led talks. A great example is Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, which is within a half-day’s drive of approximately half the nation’s population. Admission is free, and there are numerous campgrounds throughout the park. Not a camping family? Head to nearby Gatlinburg, which overflows with family-friendly accommodations for all budgets and styles.


13. Helen, GA

Just an hour and half north of Atlanta in the North Georgia Mountains, Helen, Georgia, welcomes families to experience all this German town has to offer. “There is cheap river tubing, hiking, biking, golf and a fun, walkable downtown in Helen,” says Becky Beall of The Travel Voice by Becky. In fact, floating down the Chattahoochee through the heart of downtown Helen is one of the town’s most popular summer activities. Visitors also love shopping in the eclectic stores, sampling sweet treats at the Hansel & Gretal Candy Company, and touring the area’s wineries.



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Monday, July 26, 2021

40 Bizarre Home Remedies Our Grandparents Taught Us That Actually Work

40 Bizarre Home Remedies Our Grandparents Taught Us That Actually Work 













These days, it has become all too common for people to reach for a pill bottle or call the doctor anytime something goes wrong, or even for the smallest scrape. The simple, wacky home remedies of our grandparents, those weird concoctions formed from everyday household goods, are often mocked by today’s medical establishment. But surprisingly, the truth is that our grandparents actually knew a lot more about the world than we give them credit for, and many of these old-fashioned folk remedies actually work. Not just that, but many of them work better than the synthetic pharmaceuticals that so many people stuff their bodies with today.

Here are 40 weird, wacky, but shockingly effective home remedies that still work today, and would make grandma proud.

1. Use Garlic and Olive Oil for Athlete’s Foot

Everyone knows about the many health benefits of garlic, but did you know that it can fix your athlete’s foot problem in a jiffy? Just mince some garlic cloves, mix them with natural olive oil, and then use bit of cotton to rub this mixture onto the affected area between the toes.

2. Potato Slices for Headaches

Headaches and/or migraines can ruin even the best day, but there is a weird natural solution that works: potato slices. Just cut a few slices from a raw potato, soak them in a very thin cloth, and apply them to your forehead or directly to the temples.

3. Ease Cuticle Infections with Vinegar

Done too much manicuring? Cuticles all torn up and infected? Make a glass of vinegar and warm water, then put your fingers in it for about 15 minutes. Repeat this procedure once a day or so until the infection fades away.


4. Use Vinegar to Cure Swimmer’s Ear

There’s nothing that ruins a good day at the beach like coming home with swimmer’s ear. But when your grandparents told you to drop some vinegar in your ears, they weren’t kidding. The acidic properties of vinegar can kill off that awful swimmer’s ear bacteria, leaving you feeling like yourself again. Just take out some white vinegar, dilute it with distilled water, and put three drops into the problematic ear, three times a day, until the problem fades.

 

5. Olive Oil for Eczema

Feeling itchy already? Eczema can make anyone grow crazy. But olive oil, which is full of antioxidants and often used as an ingredient in professional skin creams, isn’t just good for athlete’s foot: it can ease the symptoms of eczema as well. Simply rub some olive oil onto the eczema-affected areas of your skin, and it should help quite a bit. Moreover, olive oil is named in the Bible as a cure-all remedy.


6. Fix Hiccups with a Spoonful of Sugar

Yes, seriously. The legends are true. Don’t get too overzealous with it, because diabetes isn’t something to mess around with, but this old-fashioned trick will halt the hiccups in their tracks. The reason why is because the behavior we call “hiccups” are actually just spasms of your diaphragm, so having a spoon of dry sugar will throw off the nerve muscles and cure their agitation.


7. Get rid of warts with duct tape

It sounds crazy, but it works. Instead of going to all the work to get your warts frozen off, just covered them with duct tape. After cleaning a wart off, just apply a strip of the tape to the affected area, and then keep it there for three days. After that, remove, rub the wart area with a pumice stone, and then apply new tape.  Continue this process every three days until the wart goes the way of the dinosaurs. Here are 26 practical survival uses for duct tape. 


8. Treat Acne with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil might seem like the cool new kid on the block, but it’s actually an old-timer that’s been around since the 1800s. In addition to many other uses, coconut oil is an effective treatment for acne, since its antibiotic properties prevent further breakouts. Just apply coconut oil to the skin, maybe mixing it with a little raw honey.


9. Have a Little Yogurt for That Bad Breath

Bad breath, officially known as halitosis, is a terrible thing to live with. But the cure for it is right there in your fridge: yogurt. At least two servings a day of this probiotic wonder, ideally a plain brand with no sugar, changes the landscape of your tongue so that it won’t breed any more the bad bacteria that produces that distinctive stink.


10. Deal with bug bites by using toothpaste

Well, not technically the toothpaste itself, but rather, the peppermint oil inside the toothpaste: if you have the pure peppermint oil itself, that’s even more effective. Either way, applying peppermint oil to a bug bite—even if it’s just through dabbing on a little toothpaste – will immediately reduce the raw itchiness we all know too well.

11. Use Licorice to Eliminate Corns

Yes, licorice, everyone’s least favorite candy. But the one thing worse than licorice is having a corn on your toe. If you soak some licorice with oil, apply it all to the affected area, then wrap it tight under plastic wrap (and maybe a sock) for 6-8 hours—for instance, overnight—this will cause the licorice to soften the corn.


12. Ease Your Hangover with Apple Cider Vinegar

Drinking might be fun, but hangovers aren’t fun for anyone. But when you used to see grandpa downing a shot of apple cider vinegar after a night with his buddies, he knew what he was doing. Apple cider vinegar balances the pH levels in your stomach after a little too much alcohol throws it off. Just gulp down a teaspoon of this vinegar, or a small shot-glass. If you can’t take it straight, dilute it with some water. Here’s how you can make raw apple cider vinegar at home.


13. Constipation with beets

The human body needs to eliminate waste, and when it gets all bunched up, major discomfort ensues. One home solution you may have heard from your grandparents was to eat some fresh-steamed beets, then drink the water they were steamed in. This should clear out your colon like magic. Just be warned that when you do go, your stools or urine may be bright red: nothing to worry about, just the natural dye of the beets.


14. Vodka for stinky feet

Having trouble with foot odor? Get some vodka. No, we’re not suggesting that you get drunk and avoid the problem. The key is that alcoholic is an antiseptic, which means it eliminates the fungus that causes foot odor, and dries your feet out. Just soak a thin cloth in some vodka, swipe your foot down, and feel the smell go away.


15. Mix Cumin, Honey, Cinnamon and Ginger for Diarrhea

A bad case of the runs can keep you up all night. Instead of taking drugs that will simply constipate you, thereby causing more stomach pains, a better natural remedy is to combine a teaspoon of cumin, and the same portion of honey, cinnamon, and ginger into a paste that you can drink. Check these 10 health benefits of cinnamon that surprised even us.


16. Lemons for an Earache

Pain in the ears can be soothed by the application of freshly-squeezed lemons. Just squeeze a lemon onto a Q-tip, and delicately rub this just inside the ear to restore pH balance.


17. Stinging Nettle for Hair Loss

You can’t force hair to regrow once it’s already gone, but you can slow down the rate of hair loss through the use of stinging nettle, an herb often used for tea. Drinking stinging nettle tea a few times a day should help, and you can also massage stinging nettle itself in your scalp.


18. Cure Nausea with Olives

Whether it’s from motion sickness or an unpleasant sight, the familiar (but unpleasant) side effects associated with nausea can be cured by eating olives, due to the tannin inside them.


19. Potatoes for Spider Bites

If a spider managed to sink its teeth into you, ease the itching and swelling by shredding a potato, wrapping the pieces in cloth, and applying to the bite area. Note, this is a treatment for symptoms of a regular, non-deadly bite: if the bite comes from a more deadly spider, such as a black widow, seek immediate medical attention.


20. Raw Honey for Chapped Lips

Don’t ever waste your money on Chapstick again. Much has been said about the healing properties of raw, organic honey, but if your lips are chapped, you can simply apply honey to the affected area—rub it on, just as you would Chapstick—and it will do the job nicely, and taste better to boot. Just make sure the honey is both raw and organic. Here are 23 survival uses for honey that you didn’t know about.


21. Garlic for Allergies

For a more natural antihistamine when your nasal allergies act up, eat lots of garlic, whether it’s straight bulbs or slices on crackers. Garlic contains a lot of the antioxidant quercetin, which eases allergy symptoms. If there’s no garlic in the pantry, onions work as well. This is how to treat allergies naturally.


22. Buttermilk and Ginger for Diarrhea

If you don’t have cumin on hand, another weird-but-effective home remedy for diarrhea is to mix half of a teaspoon of dry ginger into a cup of buttermilk, and drink it.


23. Treat Styes with Potatoes

If you haven’t noticed, potatoes are a lot more powerful than people realize. If you get a stye on your eye, just grate a potato, wrap the gratings in a cloth, and press to the affected area to ease inflammation.


24. Avoid Mosquitoes with Garlic

If you don’t want to get eaten alive with mosquitoes, enjoy a garlic-rich diet, because mosquitoes are totally repelled by garlic. For further protection, rub garlic oil on your skin. If it’s already too late, you can also ease the stinging of the bites with garlic as well. Here’s a DIY mosquito trap that really works!


25. Yams for Menopause

To up your dosage of vitamin A, lower your cholesterol, and add more antioxidants to your diet, start incorporating yams—real yams, not sweet potatoes—into your regular daily diet. This will help with common menopause symptoms.


26. Apples Help the Bowels

Apples are high in pectin, a naturally occurring fiber that both bulks up and softens stools. This means that apples are an effective treatment for both diarrhea and constipation. Just make sure to eat the skin too, which contains valuable ursolic acid.

 

27. Banana Peel for Poison Ivy

While bananas won’t prevent you from getting the allergic rash that 85% of the population contracts from touching poison ivy, they can help. Rub the inside of a banana peel against poison ivy rash for relief from the pain and itchiness.


28. Honey for Acid Reflux

As soon as the symptoms of acid reflux begin affecting you, swallow three spoons of honey, and it should help you achieve better digestion.


29. Blackstrap molasses for Constipation

If you suffer from frequent constipation, try injecting a little blackstrap molasses into your diet, whether as a coffee additive or an extra ingredient in cookies. This molasses should ease constipation, but be careful not to over-indulge, because too much molasses will increase constipation.


30. Pine Syrup for Sore Throats

You know what helps a sore throat? Pine needles. Yes, really. To make pine syrup, collect a cup of freshly-washed pine needles, and thoroughly blend them. Meanwhile, boil water, corn syrup, and a bit of salt, mix this with the needles, then steep for a few hours. Keep this syrup in the refrigerator for at least a month, then keep it on hand forever to treat sore throats. See how to make pine syrup at home (step by step guide with pictures).


31. DIY Cough Syrup

If you want to make a good cough syrup from the ingredients of your pantry, mix together ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon of honey, and a few spoons of water. Mix it all together, and have 1-3 teaspoons to ease coughing symptoms. This is how I make my own cough mixture.


32. Garlic for toothache

Nothing will keep you up at night like a bad cavity or an exposed nerve. While garlic won’t cure the underlying issue, chewing on garlic at night, particularly chewing whole cloves in the affected area, will ease pain tremendously.


33. Put on Wet Socks to Treat a Cold

Hear us out for a minute. To treat the symptoms of a common cold, begin by soaking your feet in hot water for at least three minutes – or just taking a bath. Meanwhile, soak a pair of your socks in ice water. Put the socks on your feet, cover them up with a pair of wool socks, and then go to bed. As you sleep with these horribly cold feet, the blood vessels will constrict, pushing nutrients up into your body to push out the infection.


34. Fix Dry Skin

To soften dry skin, break down two bananas and mix them with a bit of honey. Apply this paste to the skin, let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then wash it off, and your skin should feel softer.


35. Teabags for Burns

Get a cool-temperature, wet teabag, of any tea, and place it directly on the burned area. This won’t fix the burn, but it will relieve the pain almost immediately.


36. Oil Pulling

This might have become a trend recently, but it’s actually an old practice that our grandparents learned from their grandparents. Basically, enhance your dental routine by taking a spoonful of coconut oil – though other oils work as well – and swishing it in your mouth for five minutes a day, specifically pulling it through the teeth, and then spit it out into the toilet. The oil will “pull” all of the toxins out of the mouth, allowing you to spit them out in one go. When used in addition to standard brushing and flossing, oil pulling will help digestion, reduce gingivitis, prevent receding gums, get rid of bad breath, strengthen teeth, and much, much more.


37. Help Eczema with an Oatmeal Bath

If the horrendous itchiness of eczema still has you down, you can hugely reduce the itchiness by following your grandmother’s old advice taking a bath of oatmeal. There’s a reason that so many lotions and pharmaceutical eczema treatments contain oatmeal as an ingredient: it really works! For a home solution, just make a bath for yourself, fill it with colloidal oatmeal, and then soak for a while.


38. Stop Your Snoring

Is your snoring annoying your wife or husband? Try drinking a glass of warm milk with a teaspoon of turmeric powder added to it before bed, and hear your partner’s relief.


39. Basil Leaves and Ginger for Fever

Fevers are the body’s way of pushing out an infection, but when it’s time to cut back on the heat, here’s a home solution. Crush some ginger and basil leaves together into  paste, then add a teaspoon of honey. Squeeze out the liquid, and then take a drink ever four hours or so.


40. Soak Golden Raisins in Gin for Arthritis

If there’s one thing that afflicted so many of our grandparents, it was the terrible swelling pains of arthritis. But they had a home remedy that still works today. Get some golden raisins, soak them in gin, and let it sit overnight until all of the gin has been soaked up. After this is done, eat about ten raisins a day. While this won’t fix the underlying problems of arthritis, it will greatly ease the symptoms. Here are more old fashioned arthritis remedies your ancestors used.


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