Homemade Natural Cleaners – Getting Started

Homemade Natural Cleaners - How to Get Started :: Five Little Homesteaders

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I like to do things as naturally as possible.  I also like to do a lot things myself.  One area that this is especially true is when it comes to cleaning my home.  Homemade natural cleaners are one of my favorite DIY projects.  Call me a weirdo, but I find it incredibly satisfying to whip up a batch of homemade natural cleaners in my kitchen with supplies that I have on hand.

What about you?  Are you ready to get started with making your own homemade natural cleaners?  Do you already do it?  What do you make?  Read on to learn more about my efforts.

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Types of Flour – Understanding Different Wheat Flours

Types of Flour :: Five Little Homesteaders

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I’ve been confused lately.

It started long ago, in my early twenties, when I learned that there are significant differences between “all purpose” and “whole wheat” flour.  It seems like eons ago since I was confused about the simple differences in theses types of flour.  Fast forward to now and I’m confused all over again when it comes to buying wheat berries for my grain mill.

Can you relate?  If so, I’ve got the post for you.

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Health Benefits of the Sun

Health Benefits of the Sun :: Five Little Homesteaders

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While it is true that over exposure to the sun resulting in sun burn (especially during adolescence) can lead to skin cancer and skin damage, it is also true that some exposure to the sun without protection from sun screen and excess clothing is not only beneficial but health promoting!

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Health Benefits of Mushrooms

Health Benefits of Mushrooms :: Five Little Homesteaders

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Mushrooms.  You either love them or you hate them but are they healthy?

The definitive answer, I’ve found, is YES, mushrooms are very healthy.  The health benefits of mushrooms are numerous.

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Choosing Good Coconut Oil

Choosing a Good Coconut Oil - Understanding the Labels :: Five Little Homesteaders

If you’re a reader of this blog, chances are you’ve already jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon.  I know I have.  I use it in place of all other oils in my recipes (save a little bit of extra-virgin olive oil here and there) and have started using it in place of butter sometimes, as well.  (Though don’t worry too much…. there are still healthy doses of butter being handed out around these parts.)

You’re probably aware of coconut oil’s many health benefits - http://wellnessmama.com/2072/benefits-of-coconut-oil/  and you may know how to use it in cooking - http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/02/07/how-to-cook-with-coconut-oil/ , baking - http://www.thekitchn.com/how-do-i-use-coconut-oil-in-recipes-good-questions-187047 and as a supplement.

But are you confused when it comes to choosing good coconut oil?  Do you understand everything that is written on the labels?

When it comes to choosing good coconut oil, you need to understand refined vs unrefined, cold-pressed vs expeller pressed, virgin vs. extra-virgin.

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Herbal First Aid – Assembling a Kit

Herbal First Aid - How to Assemble a Kit :: Five Little Homesteaders

Like most of you, I like to keep things as natural as possible around our little homestead.

I’m not afraid to break out our family’s first aid kit when a particularly bad cut comes across my motherly-path but for minor cuts, bruises and other common ailments, the big guns aren’t always necessary.  For a lot of complaints, items in my herbal first aid kit can easily soothe and fix the problem.

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Health Benefits of Chocolate

Health Benefits of Chocolate :: Five Little Homesteaders

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Did you know that every evening while I sit here at my desk working on the blog, I am usually munching on a handful of dark chocolate chips?

It’s true and it’s delicious.

I decided that I needed to research a little about how much damage I may (or may not) be doing to myself by enjoying this evening treat.  Turns out – I don’t have to worry so much!

Dark chocolate (generally a chocolate with 72% or more cocoa solids) may actually be beneficial to your health – in moderation of course!  So, fellow chocolate lovers, munch on!

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Alternative to Cough Medicine

An Alternative to Cough Medicine :: Five Little Homesteaders

I hope you are all fairing well this cold and flu season.

We’re doing pretty well over here but did have one bad bout of illness.  It was primarily respiratory in nature and was no fun, especially at night.  Three little kids hacking all night long is enough to leave a (prone to over-worrying) mother awake a good portion of the night.

Since most OTC cold medicine is contraindicated for children below 6, this illness, in particular, had me looking for a good alternative to cough medicine.

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