How To Make Your Own Wonderfully Scented Mason Jar Oil Candle

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I just love these Mason Jar Oil Lamps we just discovered! Not only can you use a variety of different oils, but they will be cheaper to run than regular candles – and by adding spices or a few drops of your favorite essential oils, you can create your own wonderful custom aromas that will fill the space with a golden vibe!

It’s yet another creative way to use the glorious Mason Jar. You could also use bigger jars if you want something really long lasting – and these oil lamps make great survival kit items – giving you an additional potential light/heat source in times of need. I imagine that pretty much any vegetable oil could be used – so it’s a good way to use up old vegetable oils that seem a little ‘past it’ or lower grade than you would like to use for the kitchen.

One thing that’s important – please be sure to follow similar safety procedures as when using ordinary candles: Don’t leave them unattended; place them on a safe, flat, stable burn-proof surface (a large earthenware plate or similar; be sure to place them somewhere they can’t get knocked over, our of the reach of children or pets – and last but not least, don’t leave them underneath / close to a curtain or other combustible materials. The heat from a candle flame can travel straight up a surprising distance if the air is still. These lamps should certainly be made and used with adult supervision.

We have a few other candle tutorials for those who want to check them out:
How To Make Your Own Insect Repellant Pure Beeswax Candles
How To Make Your Own Spa Quality Natural / Herbal Product Range

Oh and did you ever see our post about How To Make A Mason Jar Herb Garden?

Ok here’s the link to the full Mason Jar Oil Candle tutorial: Have fun! :)

Honey Buttermilk Bread

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Check out this amazing bread recipe we just discovered at! Note that although the photo shows two loaves, the ingredients in the recipe are enough for two (if you are making more loaves you can “scale up” the quantities proportionately). It has just a touch of sweetness from the addition of honey – but it is not so sweet that it cannot be used to make sandwiches.

One of the interesting things about this recipe is the inclusion of real buttermilk. This is an ingredient from the old days, especially popular in the Southern USA – and the real thing may be difficult to obtain in many places. You can buy a commercially-available buttermilk (which might have some dubious ingredients i.e. modified corn starch (GMO!) and locust bean gum) – so for ultimate results you might want to make your own.

Making buttermilk is not difficult but does require a starter culture. Fortunately, has given instructions for the best ways to do this step also.

Also, this bread recipe involves kneading, so if you don’t wish to do that, check out Peasant Bread – which is a no-knead bread recipe.

The Peasant Bread bread recipe we posted (a few days ago) was one of our most popular posts ever! I’m guessing that the popularity of these recipes is a “sign of the times”: People are clearly really interested in making their own bread – perhaps it’s a kind of reaction to a world with too much artificial – and people are getting caught up in the sentiment (not a bad thing IMO). But what I want to know is, how many of my readers are actually making the bread? So maybe you could let us know in the comments if you tried the recipe – and how you got on.

Ok here’s the link to the full Honey Buttermilk Bread recipe: Have fun! :)

Harvesting And Using Dandelion Roots

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We discovered a fantastic page over at Common Sense Home that gives a tutorial on how to harvest and use dandelion roots. The link follows after our introduction to the topic. We’ve also included several other links to other pages on dandelions so that you can learn all about this interesting and useful plant!

Dandelions, the wonderful yellow flowers that are adored by children and cursed by lawn owners, are in fact one of the most versatile of herbs – with numerous uses for the flowers, leaves and even the roots! It’s a sad fact that they are sprayed and destroyed in such great numbers by people who have no knowledge of their real value and virtues.

Not only can dandelion plants be used in an astonishingly wide variety of delicious recipes but they have a tremendous number of uses in herbal medicine – and have been employed by herbalists since very ancient times. Dandelion is commonly listed in ancient herbals (this link is to our giant “master list” of ancient herbal textbooks).

A search of Pubmed shows over 500 scientific papers reporting on the various properties of dandelion and there are some very interesting results. A few of the studies have found antidepressant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects for dandelion or its extracted components. A new 2014 study found evidence that one dandelion species (Taraxacum mongolicum) had an effect against Hepatitis B in human cells.

There are many, many more. Pubmed is my standard “go to” source for herbal research and a fast way to catch up on the actual scientific work that has been done.

Here are some more interesting dandelion links from our website: – our main dandelion “mega page” with herbal uses, scientific studies and records of dandelion from old herbal texts.
How To Make Violet And Dandelion “Spring Tonic” Honey
40 Amazing Things To Do With Dandelions – check this page out for a giant list of awesome dandelion recipes and more! :)

Important note – if you are going to harvest and use dandelions, be sure that they haven’t been sprayed with weedkiller. Dandelion is one of the plants that is often targeted by the brainwashed sprayers of evil herbicides, so you might be best off collecting dandelion roots from your own organic garden… and of course wash your harvest carefully.

Ok here’s the link to the full Harvesting And Using Dandelion Roots tutorial: Enjoy! :)

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How To Make Homemade Natural Adhesive And Goo Remover

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If you’re concerned about the use of potentially toxic or carcinogenic solvents such as those used in some adhesive remover products, then you’ll be sure to appreciate the natural formula we just found to do the job! The link to the tutorial follows after our introduction to the topic.

The formula uses only three ingredients – coconut oil (or other vegetable oil) and baking soda plus a few drops of orange essential oil which not only apparently adds “grease cutting power” but will add a pleasing orangey fragrance.

I’m uncomfortable with using chemical solvents and don’t trust them. Many years ago in my late teens (I was young and needed the money) I worked in a chemical factory that made solvent based adhesives for the shoe industry. It was one of the few available jobs in the crappy town that I lived in, so I took it. One of the rooms in the factory was the “solvent room” and the people who worked in there were all noticeably crazier than the workers in the other parts of the factory. I think they may have been permanently high from the ever-present fumes! One of them I clearly remember used to carry a broom around while he worked and pretended it was a guitar, rocking out wildly even though there wasn’t actually any music playing at the time. Maybe they were just attempting to alleviate the tedium – but I’m fairly convinced that the solvents were affecting them and that life-span of workers in that factory would have been shorter than the average: All workers used to have monthly health checks to ascertain whether the chemicals were messing us up. I got out of there as soon as I could but there were many there who carried on for many years.

For those who are still uncertain as to why not just buy a product off the shelf to do the job – here’s some actual info. Typical solvent-based goo-remover products may contain ethanol (alcohol), xylene, acetone, toluene, methanol and / or other solvents. Xylene is actually quite nasty stuff and the Xylene MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) states “Contact may cause eye, skin and mucous membrane irritation. Harmful if absorbed through the skin. Avoid prolonged breathing of vapors or mists. Inhalation may cause irritation, anesthetic effects (dizziness, nausea, headache, intoxication), and respiratory system effects. Excessive exposure may affect the liver and kidneys.”

The Toluene MSDS states that “The substance may be toxic to blood, kidneys, the nervous system, liver, brain, central nervous system (CNS). Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.

I could go on but I think you get the point: Make your own easy and cheap solvent-free goo remover and you just removed a potential health hazard from your life…

Ok here’s the link to the full Natural Adhesive / Goo Remover formula: Have fun! :)

Peasant Bread – The Best & Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make

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We discovered a fantastic recipe for peasant bread – a “perfect” simple and natural bread recipe – and had to share on account of the rave reviews that it is getting! This is a great tutorial which includes not only photos every step of the way, but detailed instructions. The link follows after our introduction to the topic.

This is a no-knead bread. Which is awesome, because the effort required for kneading is one thing that puts many people off. Note that the recipe calls for the use of a pyrex bowl – and it seems from the original tutorial that the choice of bowl is somewhat important to the end result; so this is one minor investment that may be needed. However, it should pay for itself quickly if you make bread on a regular basis. ;)

One of the things that we like best about this recipe is that it contains no artificial ingredients. So you have full control over what you are feeding your family – and believe us, that’s a good thing: Many commercially available “big brand” breads contain additives of various kinds – including some that are highly suspect; for example Azodicarbonamide, known by the E number E927, is considered a respiratory sensitizer and has been banned in the EU – but is still in use in the USA as a flour additive!

Another thing about this bread that is awesome is of course the monetary saving. Someone calculated that the cost of one of these loaves of bread is under a dollar, including the cost of the energy used for the baking. That’s pretty amazing.

However what most people are raving about is the flavor. What is it about home made bread fresh from the oven that is just so unbeatable? I think partly it’s the “ultra freshness” – especially when the bread is still warm.

Ready to knock the socks off your dinner party guests? Ok here’s the link to the full peasant bread recipe: Enjoy! :)

More: Check out this page also for how to make Ciabatta bread –

Banana And Almond Butter Ice Cream

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Ice cream – as everyone knows – is one of the most awesome things in the known universe. However let’s be honest: “Normal” ice cream is not the healthiest thing in the universe. In fact, health-wise, it’s a big fail. In addition to outrageous amounts of sugar (one of the worst things you can eat) and cow’s milk (not even digestible by humans, according to some), you might find all manner of other colorings, flavoring additives and other weird stuff that is neither ice nor cream. So, ice cream is both good and evil simultaneously and obviously, this is a conundrum that really needs to be solved. Urgently. ;)

Fortunately, some clever folks have figured it out! You can make your own super-delicious AND healthy ice cream using only frozen bananas and almonds! And we’ve found a great recipe for you, with the link at the end of this page. This recipe is sugar free, dairy free, gluten free and is also paleo.

Paleo” is an intriguing type of diet that has come to prominence in the last few years. Short for paleolithic, the paleo diet is based on the (presumed) diet of Paleolithic humans (i.e. from the era before the agricultural period began.) The general concept is that humans evolved for hundreds of thousands of years as hunter-gatherers and that our systems are not ideally suited to an agricultural diet consisting largely of grains and processed foodstuffs. So the paleo diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. [1]

The paleo diet is also known as the “caveman diet”, “Stone Age diet”, or “hunter-gatherer diet”.

I think it’s important to jazz up your healthy paleo ice cream and make some alternative flavors. No problem – because you can see the almond / frozen banana ice cream recipe as a “base” and also add in all manner of other ingredients in order to make your own flavors. I’m thinking I would go for peppermint oil and raw cacao chunks for a perfect healthy mint choc chip…. but there are several other options listed at the original article (link below) and I’m sure that you could come up with your own. I’m guessing that you could easily swap out the almonds for either some other type of nuts or even something else. Let’s get creative! What would you add? Coconut flakes? Maca? Dates? Lavender flowers? Let everyone know in the comments!

Ok here’s the link to the full banana and almond butter ice cream recipe: Have fun! :)



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