How to Make Soap Nut Liquid

What are soap nuts? They are berries that contain natural saponins and are popular today as a natural soap replacement. You can read more about them here.

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You can throw whole soap nuts into your laundry or dishwasher, but sometimes it can be easier to use soap nut liquid. Soap nut liquid is also used as a base for many different things that can be used around the house.

You can use the liquid as is or add it to other recipes. Soap nut liquid can be used in:Continue reading →

What Are Soap Nuts?

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Soap nuts aren’t actually nuts, but berries!

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Soap nuts come from a genus called Sapindus which includes a group of small trees and shrubs that produce a berry that contains natural saponins.

There are a quite a few different species of soap nut trees, even some that are native to North America. For the most part, they grow in tropical and sub-tropical areas around the world. They require a lot of water and some species can grow to be over 80 feet tall.Continue reading →

What is Apitherapy?

Apitherapy, also known as “bee venom” or “bee sting” therapy, has been around for thousands of years. If you are a beekeeper you might be familiar with this, but most individuals have never heard of it before!

What is Apitherapy-

Apitherapy is the medicinal use of bee products or, as Dr. Stefan Stangaciu, editor in chief of the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Association, says it’s the “art and science of treatment and holistic healing through the honeybee and her products for the benefit of mankind and all the animal kingdom.”

The practice of using bee products for medicinal purposes has been around for thousands of years. The Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans have used various bee products in many of their medical practices.

It’s not surprising that there’s an entire field dedicated to the use of bee products as medicine when there are many known benefits to honey.Continue reading →

How to Reduce: The Most Important of the 3 R’s

Last Earth Day I talked about how recycling is not the be-all and end-all to our problems. Here are 10 different ways you can help reduce waste in your own home.

10 WAYS YOU CAN REDUCE WASTE THIS YEAR

1. Use Reusable Bags

What it reduces: Using reusable bags when you go grocery shopping will reduce plastic waste. You won’t have a need to use plastic bags if you bring your own!

If you forget your reusable bags opt for paper bags. It’s easier to recycle and paper bags come from a renewable resource. If you do end up using some plastic shopping bags, check and see if there are any areas that will accept plastic bags for recycling.Continue reading →

DIY Pallet Coffee Table

I wanted a nice size coffee table for our living room but I didn’t really want to spend $100+ for what I wanted. We had just moved into our new apartment and were still getting things settled.

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I had seen various pallet coffee tables on Pinterest and decided I wanted to make my own. This particular table is what inspired me to build mine.

I asked my father-in-law, who works at a warehouse if he could get me a few pallets for my table project. A few days later he came by with 4 pallets. I picked the two best out of the four to be my table.Continue reading →

History, Identification, & Uses of St. John’s Wort

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St. John’s Wort is best known for its use in treating depression. It has many uses but also must be used with caution as it interacts with many medications.

St. John's Wort

 

St. John’s Wort lost its popularity in the 1800’s but has made a rebound in recent years. It is the number one treatment for depression in Germany and at one point it had outsold the antidepressant Prozac.

In the mid-1600’s it was popular to use earthworms and other animal parts as a medicinal ingredient. An oil compound made up of St. John’s Wort, earthworms, and other herbs were a popular remedy at that time.Continue reading →

Do You Know Your Bees & Bee Look-A-Likes?

There are over 4,000 species of bees native to North America. There are many different types of bees and many insects that look like bees, but do you know the difference?

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Bumblebees

Bumble Bee
Bombus spp.

Bumblebees are one of the most commonly known bees. There are 50 species native to North America and are best known for pollinating tomato plants. They are large, furry, and mostly black with yellow, white, and sometimes even bright orange stripes. Bumblebees are ground nesters and often make their nests in abandoned mouse nests. They do form colonies with one queen and workers, but they do not get as big as honeybee colonies.Continue reading →

Benefits of Honey

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Honey is well known for being a health food but does it have health benefits or is it just another fad food?

Benefits of honey

Honey is made up of sugar, water, and some vitamins. It does not contain any fat but does contain minuscule amounts of protein and fiber.

Let’s take a look at what all is in honey:

  • Sugar (fructose, glucose, and sucrose)
  • Water
  • Vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, & C
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Zinc

See a complete composition of honey here.Continue reading →

5 Ways You Can Help Save the Bees This Spring

Bees are a pretty big topic right now with the declining populations and the U.S. listing a bumblebee species on the endangered list for the first time. It is important now more than ever to try to save these pollinators especially when the U.S. might eliminate the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

More than $15 billion worth of food is pollinated by bees in the U.S. every year. That’s a lot of food! As bee populations go down, the amount of food production also goes down. This means higher prices for the consumer. Things like pesticides, loss of habitat, and more contribute to the decline of bee populations. Luckily, there are 5 easy ways we can help bee populations at our own homes!

5 ways you can save the bees

1. Plant Native Plants

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The Difference Between Raw Honey and Honey

Honey is a big topic right now and is being praised for being a healthy food. There are worries of honey being fake or filled with corn syrup. Some say that the lack of honey pollen means it’s not honey and that processed honey is no longer honey anymore either. The question is, is it?

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Difference Between Raw Honey and Honey

In the U.S. there is no legal definition that separates the difference between raw honey and honey. When a product is labeled as “raw” it refers to honey that has not been heated or filtered.

There are two types of honey; comb honey and extracted honey.Continue reading →