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How To Make Amazing Naturally Flavored Water

How To Make Amazing Naturally Flavored Water
How To Make Amazing Naturally Flavored Water. Photo – TheYummyLife.com (with permission)

Finally – a way to drink something that has tons of flavor as well as super health qualities! Although I say “finally” – aficionados of the natural way will not be surprised that these “ancient recipes” beat all comers. Because as they say, “There’s nothing new under the sun”! We think this is infinitely better than some trademarked artificial-additive drink in a plastic bottle. The link to the full recipe is at the foot of the article, after our commentary (as usual).

Part of the problem people often have with staying hydrated is, quite simply, that chugging water throughout the day seems boring. But that’s how they get you – with artificial beverages that excite your taste buds, but might even harm you in the long run. Making your own fruit water gives you some delicious flavor and nutritional qualities while also being super-hydrating!

These easy-to-make natural waters are made with just water, fruit (organic please!), ice and herbs. They are full of nutrition, healthful qualities, delicious flavor and look fantastic as you can see! Imagine the reaction you are going to get from your guests! These drinks could also be amazingly perfect if you are detoxing or simply if you are seeking something that is refreshing and delicious without containing any artificial sugars or other chemical additives.

Another great benefit of this refreshing “DIY” fruit water, in addition to the amazing nutritional content: You are completely eliminating the use of evil plastic bottles and other disposable packaging.

Plastic bottles are reported to leach toxic chemicals such as BPA (and possibly phthalates, which you really don’t need) into their contents. Also, plastic garbage is spreading far and wide across the world… slowly breaking down and entering the food chain. [1] This is horrendous and needs to stop! I think it’s time to start thinking seriously about banning plastic and using natural alternatives. “Detox” and “plastic” don’t really sit very well together…

If you’re truly committed to caring about life and future generations, you will be doing all that you can to limit your use of single-use plastic bottles. Use (and re-use!) high quality food-grade glass containers. They don’t leach anything into your food, don’t contribute to the hideous mountain of discarded plastic.. .and they look cool as well. Speaking of which, did you know that you can get Ball Mason Jars on Amazon?

Here, then, is the link to the Five Amazing Recipes For Healthy Naturally Flavored Water

Note – it’s mentioned in the recipes at the link but we think it expedient to say it again – be sure to wash fruit thoroughly, especially if you are planning on leaving the drinks overnight before drinking them. You don’t want bad bacteria or even pesticides messing up your drinks.

How To Make Amazing Naturally Flavored Water
How To Make Amazing Naturally Flavored Water. Photo – TheYummyLife.com (with permission)

Reference:

[1] Great Pacific garbage patch. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_garbage_patch

Fizzy Toilet Freshener Bombs DIY

Fizzy Toilet Freshener Bombs DIYImage – Onegoodthingbyjillee.com

We discovered a great tutorial for how to make your own “fizzy cleaning toilet bombs”! I have to say, this has immediate appeal as anything that diminishes scrubbing the bowl gets my vote. As an added bonus – it’s a lot more eco friendly than using chemical-based cleaners.

There’s something a little idea amusing about this whole idea. Partly I think it is the fact that you can toss something down there and forget it for a while, but also it might be just the phrase “toilet bombs”… I can just see the marketing angle: “After you’ve let one off, let one off.” Or “Bombs away!” šŸ™‚

Ok but seriously. What’s great about this is that is an all-natural formula using just essential oils, baking soda and citric acid. Citric acid provides the fizz and also attacks hard water stains, which are alkaline in nature.

I would much rather use this than bleach. Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is nasty stuff. Not only is it a highly toxic chemical to have around the house, but there is also some argument over whether it releases poisonous chlorine or chloramine fumes if it comes into contact with urine. In other words, it’s less than ideal! It also harms wildlife if it gets into the environment. So this natural alternative is more eco-friendly as well as more health-friendly. Please see also our page Never Need Bleach Again for a simple, low cost general purpose cleaner that can be used instead.

One thing to note – some people have asked where to find citric acid. It’s available at grocery store, “in the baking aisle next to canning supplies”.

Ok, here’s the link to the full tutorial: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2014/10/fizzy-cleaning-toilet-bombs.html

Make Your Own “Breathe Jar” For Sinus Congestion

Make Your Own Breathe Jar To Relieve Sinus CongestionImage – Onegoodthingbyjillee.com

If you have used OTC nasal sprays for decongestion, you might be interested in this. This “Breathe Jar” is an alternative that utilizes nothing but pure essential oils.

Something here really caught my eye: It’s interesting to note the complaint about nasal sprays voiced by the OP – she states that the standard nasal sprays work for a short time but then once you stop using them, the problem comes back worse in a kind of “rebound effect” – keeping you dependent on the sprays. Not good!

My general opinion on this type of pharmaceutical medicine is that it was not the lack of the pharmaceutical that caused your body to be unwell in the first place, so how can the pharmaceutical make you better? Modern medicine has no concept of the body’s natural equilibrium of health – and tends to regard such ideas as “pseudoscience”. (Despite all the reports about what actually gets results.)

My view (and that of many naturopaths) is that the body seeks wellness. Its natural tendency is to want to be healthy, vibrant and alive – and it strives for these conditions, informing us (as best it can) as to what it needs in order to achieve them. All ailments (this is again just an opinion not medical advice, I have to say this!) can be viewed as imbalance. Restore the balance and the body is much better able to fight whatever comes along.

That’s the basic theory of natural medicine. There are actually some fairly technical reasons behind this that are based on millions of years of evolution and adaption to plant medicine. We literally became who we are in synergy with wild plant life. It is part of us! Then, some time around the dawn of agriculture – perhaps because of agriculture – it all went south. Now we can’t make any medicinal claims for legal reasons – however a look at the comments section from all the genuine people reporting on their experiences – this speaks more loudly than all the advertising in the world if you ask me.

Ok, here’s the link to the full tutorial: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2014/01/make-your-own-breathe-jar-to-relieve-sinus-congestion.html

Further Reading: Please check out our giant list of 40+ top essential oils with full tutorials and science reports for each one: https://www.herbs-info.com/essential-oils/essential-oils.html

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