August 25, 2012

Gluten Is Bad for Us All ! (Every Human)

Photo by Carly K.
A very interesting article that tries to prove that gluten is bad for us all as human beings. Read on and open your mind...I know myself and many others feel better when they avoid gluten! Lupus or NOT!

August 20, 2012

Bug Sprays..Just Say No!

The moral of the story is:  if it kills bugs it's not good for humans either! There are more natural ways to go. Sad to say that it looks like the previous owners of the house we moved to, were fans of Raid and other bug killers.

For gardening a small amount of soap and oil mixed with water sprayed on plants will kill the bugs and not harm the plants...use after rain and whenever you see bugs/eggs on plants.

Lavender is one of the most incredible bug deterrents. Heard recently that lavender will deter bedbugs too.

Garlic is incredible too. We would make a strong garlic "tea" and put it in a sprayer to spray for bugs.

Grow some of the herbs in your garden and it gets even cheaper to make these herbal bug deterrents.

August 15, 2012

Green Up Your Home

One of the things I disagree with is use of the CFL (Compact Florescent Lightbulbs). CFL's have mercury inside and I don't think anyone inventing these bulbs was really thinking about this one...where do CFL's go when they "die" or break? Did you know you are supposed to take them to a recycling collection unit that handles toxic wastes? Did you know that if a CFL breaks in your home you should contact an environmental company that removes mercury. I'll stick to incandescent or LED if you have the money...LED's can be VERY expensive.

The rest of this article looks good and I will incorporate more things into our "new" home (it was built in the 1950's but it is new to us....

August 13, 2012

Got carpet?

                                                                  Photo by Carly K.

If you have carpet in your house, if you can, remove it. Carpet is a toxic soup of chemicals. The carpet chemicals can outgas and we breathe them in...ewww! There are other rug options made from natural materials, such as sisal, wool, silk, jute....etc. Make sure the backings and other "ingredients" are natural and non toxic and "green" as well.

You can recycle carpet. Check for collection and recycling companies in your area. Some companies will remove the carpet from your home and recycle it.... for a large price tag of course. If you remove it personally, make sure that if you would like to recycle the carpet,  you ask the company what size you will need to cut it and roll it into for collection.

Some natural rug companies:

Carpet Recyling (keeps rug out of landfills and they can recycle it into other products too)