Nine (9) Unexpected Reasons You Should Never Trash Banana Peels

Published August 16, 2014 by by : teacherdahl


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Soothe Rashes

soothes rashes

For poison ivy rashes, the Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry recommends rubbing the infected area with the lining of a banana peel for a temporary cooling effect.

Feed the Roses

rose feedFor healthier rose blooms, cut banana peels into one-inch strips and bury them at the base of the plant. Do this every month. According to SF Gate, because the peels decompose quickly, they easily release potassium, magnesium, phosphates, and other minerals that nourish the roses.

Polish Silver

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Throw a few peels in a blender with some water. Use a cloth to apply the paste on silver to rub away some of the tarnish.

Polish Shoes

shoe polish
Shoe polish contains naphtha, combustible petroleum that disintegrates wax. Use a banana peel lining instead to polish your kicks.

Ripen Avocados

soften avocado
Place a tough avocado in a paper bag with ripened banana peels (or the whole banana) and close. Within about 24 hours, the peels’ ethylene, a hormone that induces ripening, will soften the avocado.

Repel Pests

repellent
Forget insecticides. For aphid problems, bury chopped-up peels (whole ones will attract squirrels and other rodents) one to two inches deep in the soil around plants.

Tenderize Meat

meat tenderizer

To avoid tough, dry meat, place ripe banana peels in the roasting pan before placing in the oven.

Remove Warts

removes warts
The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests cutting a small piece of a ripe peel and placing it on a common plantar, or flat wart. Affix tape to keep it on overnight.

Compost

compostAfter using banana peels, throw them in the compost bin.It will ward of worms.

source: takepart.com

Health Benefits of Lemon Water

Published August 10, 2014 by by : teacherdahl

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 1 Supports the immune system: The juice of half a lemon in a glass of water is rich in vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and assists the body in fighting colds and flu. Nutritionist Michele Chevalley Hedge says lemon also enhances the body’s ability to absorb iron, an important nutrient for a healthy immune system. “Vitamin C may increase non-heme iron bioavailability fourfold,” Chevalley Hedge says. “This refers to iron availability in the body from non-meat sources.” 

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2 Aids digestion: As lemon juice is similar in atomic structure to the stomach’s digestive juices, it has a positive effect on the gastrointestinal tract. It helps cleanse the bowel by flushing out waste more efficiently and stimulates the release of gastric juices, which aid digestion. The digestive qualities of lemon juice can also help relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and bloating. 

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3 Repairs skin: Lemons are great for combating skin ageing, Chevalley Hedge says. The antioxidant properties help combat free radical damage, which is responsible for the symptoms of ageing. “We know that lemons are rich in vitamin C and that is really what creates collagen synthesis, which is wonderful in terms of keeping wrinkles at bay,” she says. “Vitamin C is required in the synthesis of amino acids into collagen and the job of collagen and connective tissue is to hold things tight and protect our skin tissue.”

 

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4 Reduces appetite: Lemons contain pectin, a soluble fibre commonly found in citrus fruits. Pectin helps stave off hunger as the fibre creates a feeling of fullness, which results in the suppression of hunger cravings. By feeling fuller for longer, you’re less likely to snack or make poor food choices. 

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5 Balances pH levels: Lemons are one of the most alkalising foods for the body and a good pH level is essential as too much acidity in the body can be inflammatory. “Lemon water is very alkalising and most of us have acidic bodies,” Chevalley Hedge says. “Educated foodies still think of lemons as being acidic when they are quite alkalising.”

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6 Cleanses the urinary tract: Lemon juice is a diuretic, meaning it encourages the production of urine. As a result, toxins are released at a faster rate, helping to purify the system and keep it healthy. Lemon juice can also change the pH level of the urinary tract which discourages the proliferation of bad bacteria.

 

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7 Freshens breath: The antiseptic qualities in lemon juice help kill off bad bacteria in the mouth by acting as a disinfectant. A glass of lemon water is also a healthier morning wake-you-up than coffee. While there is no evidence-based research on lemon water’s optimal temperature, Chevalley Hedge recommends drinking it at room temperature. “Most health professionals agree room temperature is closer to your own body’s temperature and seems to calm the digestive system,” she says.

If you’re concerned about the acid harming tooth enamel, rinse your mouth with water afterwards. “You would have to drink copious amounts of lemon water to strip the enamel,” Chevalley Hedge says.

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8 Protects overall health: High levels of potassium in lemons can help brain and nerve functioning and control blood pressure. Lemon water can also ward off stress and depression, which have been linked to low levels of potassium. Lemons also contain vitamin P, which improves capillary permeability and overall blood flow.

9 Promotes healing: Ascorbic acid, vitamin C, promotes wound healing in the body and is an important nutrient in maintaining healthy bones, tissue and cartilage. It also calms inflammation in the body.

“Vitamin C travels through the body, neutralising any free radicals,” Chevalley Hedge says. “Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells of the body, damaging them and their membranes and causing inflammation.”

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10 Detoxifies the liver: Lemon water acts as a liver cleanser by assisting in detoxification. It purifies and stimulates the liver by encouraging the production of bile, an acid required for digestion. Lemon water can also help control excess bile flow, decrease the amount of phlegm produced by the body and assist in dissolving gallstones.

 

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source: huffington post

Why Tears Fall When Cutting Onions

Published August 6, 2014 by by : teacherdahl

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It’s a well-known fact that onions make you cry. We’ve all experienced this while cooking; we start chopping an onion, our eyes start stinging and the next thing we know we have tears rolling down our cheeks.
Blinking or rubbing our eyes only makes it worse. It’s happened to us all, but have you ever wondered why?

When you slice into an onion you’re breaking apart the cells inside. These release their contents which form sulfenic acids. These acids mix with enzymes to produce a gas called propanethiol S-oxide. As this gas reaches our eyes and mixes with the water in them, it forms sulfuric acid.

This acid makes our eyes sting, which results in more tears and this added water produces more acid, which in turn produces more irritation. Cooking the onion then deactivates the enzyme and our eyes return back to normal.There are a number of different suggestions about how we can avoid this. As you will see, some of them are quite logical and useful; others are just downright impractical or even dangerous.

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Some Suggestions:

Cut the onion under, or near, running water
In theory this method ensures that the gas gets absorbed by the running water instead of your eyes. It’s not very practical from a saving water point of view though, and cutting anything under water is quite likely to end in an injury. Other tips based on this theory include chopping onions with your tongue sticking out!

Chill your onions first

This is supposed to slow down the amount of acid that is released. The onion doesn’t need to be frozen, just chilled in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and is one of the more sensible options.

Wearing goggles
It is possible to actually buy “onion goggles,” although tight-fitting swimming goggles would likely do the same job. They just have to stop any gases from reaching your eyes. It may seem excessive, and you may be ridiculed by your family for standing in your kitchen in swimming goggles, but at least you’ll know that you can chop as many onions as you like without crying!

Some dubious advice includes holding a burning match in your mouth. Ignore it. We’ve also heard about whistling and chewing gum or bread—although preferably not all at the same time!

Some people say that wearing contact lenses helps as the lenses form a barrier for the eye. Others say that wearing contact lenses makes it worse because they make it harder for the eye to produce tears to wash the acid away. Professional chefs tend to just chop them quicker, so that the gas doesn’t have time to reach the eye. This always looks easier than it is, though.

Whichever method you use though, it is worth it because onions have lots of health benefits, from loweringcholesterol to being high in vitamin C. So maybe it’s worth all the tears after all.

Nothing in this blog post is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner 

source : healthmeup.com

HOW TO WASH & WHITEN YELLOWED PILLOWS

Published August 2, 2014 by by : teacherdahl

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One of the most common reasons why pillows can turn yellow is sweat. Even when you’re sleeping your body continues to sweat to keep your body at a comfortable temperature. Depending on the type of fabric your pillowcase is made from, sweat can seep through the fabric. As the sweat dries, it can leave a yellow stain on the pillow. Even if you use pillow COVERS underneath your pillow CASES, the yellowing can still occur.

In the past when the yellowing got really bad, I would simply toss the pillow and buy a new one. But I hated doing that because the pillow was still perfectly good. Recently I came across an old article from Martha Stewart Living that suggested pillows should be WASHED at least twice a year. Wow. I hope I’m not the ONLY one who didn’t know that! I have washed an occasional pillow in the past but usually because something was spilled on it.

Basically it involves the following ingredients:

hot water

  • HOT HOT HOT water
  • 1 cup of laundry detergent
  • 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
  • 1 cup bleach (you could try “A Natural Bleach Alternative“ if you are opposed to chlorine bleach)
  • 1/2 cup boraxNot only did the whole pillow-washing process turn out to be much easier than I anticipated, it worked like a CHARM!

Just look at these “BEFORE” and “AFTER” pictures! It’s almost like my poor pillows were just WAITING for me to rescue them! ;-)

before and after pillows

WASHING {and whitening} your pillows:

  • Check the care label to confirm that your pillow (down or synthetic) can be machine washed – most can be.
  • Remove the pillow case and any pillow protector
  • Fill the washing machine about 1/3 full with HOT water (I even added a couple of pans full of boiling water).
  • Add all the ingredients in the Miracle Laundry Whitening Solution (or, if you’re just looking to wash your pillows, add your detergent now) then start the machine and allow it to agitate for a few minutes to makes sure all the detergent dissolves before adding the pillows.

inside washer

  • Once the detergent is dissolved, add the pillow(s), and then allow the washer to fiil the rest of the way with HOT water. I washed two pillows at a time, which helped balance the load when it came time for the spin cycle.

agitate pillows

  • Agitate the pillows for several minutes, then turn the pillows OVER to allow the top side to get the full effect of agitating in the HOT water. Agitate for several minutes more.

machne control

  • Put your machine on the 2nd rinse cycle or just run it through twice manually.

DRYING your pillows:

  • For down and feathers, use the air cycle. For synthetics, use the low heat setting.

dryer balls

  • Place the pillow(s) in the dryer, add a couple of tennis balls covered in clean socks or a few Homemade Dryer Balls to help FLUFF the pillows as they tumble dry. (If it’s a nice day you could also set them outside in the sun to dry!)

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  • Now isn’t that just about a thousand times better!?!? :-)

reposted from : onegoodthingbyjillee.com

 

Sex Disinterest, What Can Be Done?

Published July 25, 2014 by by : teacherdahl

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What is sexual dysfunction?
When you have problems with sex, doctors call it “sexual dysfunction.” Men and women can have it. There are four kinds of sexual problems in women.

Desire disorders. If you have a desire disorder you may not be interested in having sex. Or, you may have less desire for sex than you used to.

  • Arousal disorders. When you don’t feel a sexual response in your body or you start to respond but can’t keep it up, you might have an arousal disorder.
  • Orgasmic disorders. If you can’t have an orgasm or you have pain during orgasm, you may have an orgasmic disorder.
  • Sex pain disorders. When you have pain during or after sex, you may have a sex pain disorder. In some women, the muscles in the outer part of the vagina tighten when you start to have sex. A man’s penis or a vibrator can’t get into the tight vagina.

What causes sexual dysfunction?
Medicines, diseases (like diabetes or high blood pressure), alcohol use, or vaginal infections can cause sexual problems.

Depression, an unhappy relationship or abuse (now or in the past) can also cause sexual problems.

You may have less sexual desire during pregnancy, right after childbirth or when you are breast-feeding. After menopause many women feel less sexual desire, have vaginal dryness or have pain during sex.

The stresses of everyday life can affect your ability to have sex. Being tired from a busy job or caring for young children may make you feel less desire to have sex. Or, you may be bored by a long-standing sexual routine.

How do I know if I have a problem?
Up to 70 percent of couples have a problem with sex at some time. Most women sometimes have sex that doesn’t feel good. This doesn’t mean you have a sexual problem.

If you don’t want to have sex or it never feels good, you might have a sexual problem. The best person to decide if you have a sexual problem is you! Discuss your worries with your doctor. Remember that anything you tell your doctor is private.

What can I do?
To improve your desire, change your usual routine. You may want to rent an erotic video or read a “sexy” book with your partner.

 

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  1. Arousal disorders can be helped if you use a vaginal cream for dryness. Mineral oil also works. If you have gone through menopause, talk to your doctor about taking estrogen.
  2. If you have a problem having an orgasm, masturbation can help you. Extra stimulation (before you have sex with your partner) with a vibrator may be helpful. You might need rubbing or stimulation for up to an hour before having sex. Many women don’t have an orgasm during intercourse. If you want an orgasm with intercourse, you or your partner may want to gently stroke your clitoris.
  3. If you’re having pain during sex, try different positions. When you are on top, you have more control over penetration and movement. Empty your bladder before you have sex. Try using extra creams or try taking a warm bath before sex. If your sex pain doesn’t go away, talk to your doctor.
  4. If you have a tight vagina, you can try using something like a tampon to help you get used to relaxing your vagina. Your doctor can tell you more about this.

What else can I do?

  • Learn more about your body and how it works. Ask your doctor about how medicines, illnesses, surgery, age, pregnancy or menopause can affect sex.
  • Practice “sensate focus” exercises where one partner gives a massage, while the other partner says what feels good and requests changes (example: “lighter,” “faster,” etc).
  • Fantasizing may increase your desire. Squeezing the muscles of your vagina tightly and then relaxing them may increase your arousal. Try sexual activity other than intercourse, such as massage, oral sex or masturbation.

What about my partner?

  1. Talk with your partner about what each of you like and dislike, or what you might want to try.
  2. Ask for your partner’s help. Remember that your partner may not want to do some things you want to try. Or, you may not want to try what your partner wants.
  3. You should respect each other’s comforts and discomforts. This helps you and your partner have a good sexual relationship.
  4. If you can’t talk to your partner, your doctor or a counselor may be able to help you.

If you feel like a partner is abusing you, you should tell your doctor.

How can my doctor help?
Talk to your doctor about your sexual health. Explain your problems openly and honestly. Your doctor can also give you ideas about treating your sexual problems or can refer you to a sex therapist or counselor if it is needed.

 

source : American Family Physician

Bedwetting blues

Published July 23, 2014 by by : teacherdahl

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Bedwetting is something many families face. The good news? Most of the time, it is not a sign of many major medical or emotional issues. The bad news? It can still be a traumatizing experience for your child, especially if not dealt with properly.

The thing with bedwetting is that it can be a stressful problem for your child. Your child will feel embarrassed and guilty about wetting the bed, and is anxious about spending the night anywhere else for fear that it may happen. And as a parent, you can’t help but feel helpless.

How common is it?

What you and your child need to know about bedwetting is that it’s absolutely normal! Especially for children under the age of six. Also known as Enuresis, bedwetting is a very common problem for children, especially for boys. For some, it happens more often than usual but it is not an uncommon thing for a child to have an accident or two.

Why is your child having this problem? There are a few bedwetting causes:

Did you have a bedwetting problem when you were a child? Chances are your child will have the same problem as it is heredity.

Your child’s bladder may be smaller in size (children’s bladders only reach full size past 12) and not developed enough to hold urine produced during the night.

Your child could be a deep sleeper who doesn’t respond as he should to the internal signal to urinate.

For more serious cases, your child can have some underlying medical causes such as urinary tract infections, chronic constipation, diabetes and a structural problem to the nervous system. However, these cases are often very rare.

Emotional factors such as anxiety, being bullied, starting a new school, stress and so forth.

Addressing bedwetting blues

  • First, don’t let the issue slide. While bedwetting usually goes away on its own, you will still need to address it to provide your child support and positive reinforcement during this process. The most important thing to do? Reassure your child that it is a normal part of growing up and that it will not last forever. This will comfort your child and help him eventually grow out of it.

Here are more suggestions on how you can address the bedwetting blues.

  1. Be sensitive
    It is important to tell everyone else in the household to be sensitive about the issue. Bedwetting can have a serious emotional effect on your child so making a big deal out of it will only cause him to feel ashamed. If you have other children, tell them not to make fun of their sibling as it will only be more difficult for him to overcome the problem.

Also, you have to watch your own sensitivity levels. It can be frustrating to change the sheets every time, especially in the morning when you are rushing for work. Without realising, you may even lash out at your child, which will linger in his mind and make him feel ashamed. So remember to calm down and work at being less annoyed at the situation. Strip the sheets and leave the cleaning for later if you must. Keep rags and cleaning products nearby for fast cleaning.

      2. Get your child involved

Let your child help, whether it is to tidy up or to help strip the sheets off. By doing so, your child will feel better about himself knowing that he has helped out. This will also help him feel less inept or babyish about himself.

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Work out an action plan with your child on how best to deal with bedwetting, whether it is telling you immediately or asking for help if he needs to go to the toilet. Getting your child involved this way makes him feel more in control of his problem and better able to cope with it. Also, offer your child praise when he has a dry night.

    3. Avoid the accident
Oftentimes, bedwetting can be avoided. Limit how much your child drinks in the evening, especially when it gets closer to bedtime. It is recommended that your child has 40 per cent of his liquids between 7 am to noon, another 40 per cent between noon to 5 pm, and the remaining 20 per cent after 5 pm.

     4. Encourage regular toilet use throughout the day. Teach your child to urinate once every two hours so that he doesn’t get used to holding it in. Also, encourage double voiding – urinating at the beginning of the bedtime routine and then again just before falling asleep.

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Make sure the toilet is accessible for your child so he can use it during the night if needed. Use small night lights so he can find his way through the room. Also, place the bed as close as you can to the toilet. Every few seconds count when it comes to bedwetting.

3. Pay close attention to your child
Bedwetting can be an indication of bigger issues, especially emotional ones. If you notice your child wetting the bed more regular than not, then make sure you pay attention to his behaviour. While it is rare that a child wets the bed because of a bigger issue, things like withdrawing himself, sudden changes in appetite, fearfulness, mood swings, loss of bladder control even during the day and bruising on the body can be signs that there is a lot more going on with your child’s life that needs to be addressed immediately.

Note: 

You also need to see the doctor when your child starts complaining of a burning sensation when urinating, when he has swollen feet or ankles, when he is urinating more than usual, when he starts wetting the bed after being consistently dry for at least six months, and when he is still wetting the bed at age seven.

Other than that, you and your child need to remember that bedwetting is a common problem and nearly all children outgrow it. With a little patience and positive thinking, it can be resolved.

source : yahoo she

 

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