Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

How to toast pumpkin seeds? They pop, like popcorn! It’s really fun and fast in your toaster oven.

Recipe of the Day – Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

 1 c. Pumpkin seeds

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground black pepper

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. Bragg’s Aminos Acids or soy sauce

1/8 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. curcuma-aji sauce (optional)

  1. Heat  the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine pumpkin seeds, olive oil and spices.
  4. Spread  onto baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes.
  5. Set aside to cool.

Word of the Day – pepitas – pumpkin seeds

Tip of the Day – Sprinkle on your salads and soups, yum.

Remedies for Toe Fungus

Seems to be quite common here, where the air is so moist, to have foot fungi. I know, because I saw it on the yoga and chi students, not mentioning the guys in town with the yellow, cracking, swollen painful feet. I had it for a time in Montana, but it left while on a fast. A reader asked me to post these recipes she found, so here they are, in her writing:

Recipes of the Day – Foot Fungus

-So, Vick’s Vapo Rub is good because of the mixture of Thymo (Thyme Oil), Camphor and Eucalyptus Oil. This you apply 2x a day for a few weeks, if it’s a mild case, or 5-16 months if extreme.

-You can also mix a 1:2 mixture of white vinegar:water and soak 15 minutes 2x a day for weeks to months, depending on the severity. You MUST wash and dry your feet super thoroughly however if you use the vinegar treatment because any moisture can cause MORE fungus. Also, vinegar can actually burn your skin, so, if it at any time,it  becomes painful, dilute with more water and use the soak every other day. Keeping a clean, BLEACHED OUT basin or bucket is MUCH safer than doing this in your tub or shower, as any foot and or toenail fungus can be extremely contagious.
Word of the Day – hongo – fungus
Tip of the Day – No matter what, if you have toenail fungus, you should not share socks, shoes, or nail polish with anyone else. If you live in close quarters with other people, take 1 Tbsp. Bleach and 1/2 Qt. Water, mix and spray down shower or tub and leave it for at least 15 minutes before rinsing, wiping clean, and allowing anyone else to use it. Bleach all socks between uses so that you don’t give it back to yourself. Get an anti fungal spray for any/all shoes you own and have worn with foot fungus. Pre-spray any shoes you might wear without socks.

 

Most doctors recommend an oral pill for mild to severe fungal infections but for people with liver disease, an aversion to pharmaceuticals, etc. there are a ton of homeopathic remedies.
Cool, eh?

Herbal Toner for the Skin

From Herbal Treatments from Enmar’s Herb Class here at Madre Tierra in Vilcabamba- Her name is Enma Cordero. You can find her here on FB too.

Recipe for the Day – Herbal Toner

Toner Ingredients:

1 T. fresh parsley

squeeze of lemon

1 T. fresh sage or lavender

Directions: Chop the herbs very fine, cook in one cup of water for 10 minutes, then add the lemon after.

Word of the Day – Tonificador de piel – skin toner

Tip of the Day – Use daily after washing, to tone and firm the skin. Keep refrigerated.

Egg White Lemon Mask

Awhile back, probably 10 months, I wrote a post about sun-gazing. And after 45 weeks of daily sun-gazing, I finished! I started with 10 seconds, and added 10 seconds a day, to 1 minute per week. I did that for 45 weeks, as instructed, with proper eye care, (looking at the compass directions around the sun, not in the middle), and beautiful meditations, and today reached 45 minutes.  I cleared out physical problems, emotional, spiritual while meditating. Today I pretty much cried the whole time at the grace of amazing, Divine, divine Love being poured, being shared with me.  Now I’m supposed to walk barefoot 45 minutes a day for 6 days. And one can stop at that point. But it’s better to do it a year. I’m doing it.

Recipe of the Day – Egg-white

Lemonl Mask

From Enmar’s Class on Herbs in Your Garden

Ingredients:

1 egg white

3 drops lemon

1 c. water

Directions: Whip the lemon and egg white until it just starts foaming. Put on your skin and leave for 10-15 minutes.

Word of the Day – masque – mask

Tip of the Day – Do twice a week to firm and tone your skin.

Neem Tea

I have a neem tree on my land. – Neem leaf is used for leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, intestinal worms, stomach upset, loss of appetite, skin ulcers, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), fever, diabetes, gum disease (gingivitis), and liver problems. The leaf is also used for birth control and to cause abortions.

The bark is used for stomach and intestinal ulcers, skin diseases, pain, fever and malaria.

The flower is used for reducing bile and phlegm, and treating intestinal worms.

The fruit is used for intestinal worms, urinary tract disorders, hemorroidd, bloody noses, diabetes, phlegm, eye disorders, wounds, and leprosy.

The twigs are used for intestinal worms, low  sperm levels, coughs, hemorroids, urinary disorders and diabetes. Some chew neem twigs instead of using a toothbrush, but this be careful because some have fungi.

The seeds and seed oil are used for leprosy and intestinal worms., birth control and abortions.

The stem, root bark, and fruit are used as a tonic and astringent.

Some people apply neem directly to the skin for skin lice, skin diseases, wounds, and skin ulcers; as a mosquito repellent; and as a skin softener. Neem is also used as an insecticide.

Recipe of the Day –Neem tea

Ingredients:

1 pot of water

handful of neem

Directions: Bring the water to almost a boil. Then turn it off and throw in the neem. Let it steep, top on, for twenty minutes. Tastes good!

Word of the Day – te -tea

Tip of the Day – This is such a diverse herb. Look above and use it for what you need!

 

 

 

DIY Tooth Powder

Jose stopped over today. As I was cutting him some bananas,  I was about throw one to the dogs. He stopped me. “Dorothy, you can’t do that anymore. Because the bad men are filling the bananas with poison, and throwing them over the fences.Cheaper than meat.”            Dang it.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Tooth Powder

Ingredients:

  • 4 T. Bentonite Clay
  • 3 T. Diotamaceous Earth
  • 1 T.Baking Soda
  • 2 T. Powdered Mint Leaf (optional) OR
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Cloves
  • 2 grains salt
  • Essential oils for taste- completely optional but Peppermint, Spearmint and Cinnamon are good.

Directions:

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl or pint size mason jar and store in a small glass jar with a lid. Mix gently..

Word of the Day – pasta de dientes – toothpaste

Tip of the Day – Wet the toothbrush to activate the charcoal, and dip into the powder. You can have a separate small glass jar for each family member since you dip your toothbrushes in it.

DIY Face Scrub

My daughter left me some great, store-bought face scrub, and after using it and seeing my glowing, healthy skin, I was reminded I could make my own. Here’s one recipe:

Recipe of the Day – DIY Face Scrub

  • 1 tsp organic panela or raw cane sugar (something that will fill your face with vitamins and minerals)
  • 2-3  drops aloe vera or water
  • 1 – 2 drops your choice essential oil

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Gently rub into clean face, and neck,avoiding the eyes. Rinse with cool water, and pat dry.

Word of the Day – cara – face

Tip of the Day – Us 2-3x a week. A friend told me one cause of wrinkles is the accumlation of particles, make-up, etc….

Vegan Tomato Soup

Okay, Tiko has a new friend, and they love other. Already the first day they slept together like old friends! Meet Lucas

Recip of the Day –  Vegan Tomato Soup

Blend:

5 ripe tomatoes

1/2 onion

1/2 block tofu

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 box veg broth

About 1/8 cup Marsala cooking wine

1 tsp minced garlic

Add blenders mixture to soup pot. 

Add: 

Remaining half box broth

1 can drained pinto beans

1 can drained chickpeas

1 bag roasted peppers and onions

1 box sliced mushrooms 

Chopped broccoli

Chopped spinach

Diced cilantro 

Diced green onions

About a dozen chopped baby carrots

Word of the Day – inventar – to invent

Tip of the Day – M says, “I made this up. it urned out good. I think I even remembered all the ingredients. Oh – the other half box of tofu I drained and put in the freezer and then crumbled and threw it in the pot. Freezing it first is supposed to give it a meaty texture.”

Arcilla (Clay) for Inflammatory Stomach

A guest who had been here for a month, gave me the nicest compliment. She was from Canada, and said, “You know what? I’ve been following this woman’s blog for about a year. And her name is Dorothy. And all this time, I didn’t know it was you!”  Sweet!

Recipe of the Day – Arcilla Clay Treatment

This remedy for acid/inflammatory stomach was given to my daughter and I by a pharmacist, who recommended it for cold sores! Because cold sores are from an inflammatory stomach. Which I happen to agree with, as so many conditions are from an acidic system.

Ingredients:

a block of arcilla clay

juice of one lime

a little water

Directions: Get the block of clay a little wet with the water and lemon. Rub it on your stomach and wait two hours before washing off. It will alkalize your tummy.

Word of the Day –  arcilla – clay

Tip of the Day – Use the remedy for gas, for liver problems, colonitis, any problems in the stomach. The clay draws out poisons. Also on your face!

Ground Avocado Pit Soap/Shampoo

Story from my daughter in Montana – “It was really fun! This guy said he pawned his trumpet 🎺 earlier today but he heard Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong that I put on through the door and so he came in and gambled $20. He won $1400 and gave me $100! He said he only needed $400 to get his trumpet back and that he would’ve never stopped in if he hadn’t heard my music!”

A friend gave me these great ideas for natural make-up: Beet juice for the lips. The ash of one burnt almond for eyeliner. And here is Avocado Pit Shampoo!

I did a blog on the avocado pit smoothie. But avocado seeds can be added to your soaps and shampoos to use as an exfoliant, and to eliminate dandruff.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Avocado Pit Shampoo

Ingredients:

1 avocado seed

2 c. water

8 oz.water

3 T. aloe vera

3 T. castile soap

1/2 tsp. coconut oil

20 drops essential oil of choice – I used rosemary today, or fresh herbs:

2 tsp. dried rosemary

2 tsp. dried rose petals

Directions:

Wash and dry your avocado seed. Grate (The color will turn orange ) and put into a pot with the water. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 30 min. Strain into a bowl, cool and pour into a bottle with the rest of the ingredients, shaking often. Shake before using.

Word of the Day – champu- shampoo

Tip of the Day – You can use this forever. You never have to use commercial shampoos. I’ve been using my natural ones for years and years.

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