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    All About Kombucha

    Kombucha – that’s a funny word, isn’t it? Kombucha has been around for about 2,000 years. It is basically a sweetened tea that is fermented by a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Kombucha comes with tons of benefits including- 1. Detoxification- it’s abundant in many of the enzymes and bacterial acids your body uses to detox your system, so in essence, kombucha really helps the liver. 2. Joint Health- it contains glucosamines, which can aid in the prevention of arthritis. 3. Digestion and gut health- being naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, kombucha is a probiotic beverage. Probiotics improve digestion, fight harmful yeast overgrowth,…

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    Dehydrating Fruits

    There are many ways to preserve fruits, including canning and freezing. But did you ever think of dehydrating them? This is a low-cost way to preserve your produce without worrying about botulism (a deadly bacteria) and saving freezer space. How to dry your fruit- • Make sure it is ripe • Wash under cold water • Remove any blemishes, pits, or stems • Cut and slice evenly • Remove skins (optional) • Soak in lemon juice and water for 10 minutes, drain and blot dry 1. Preheat oven to 130-160 degrees Fahrenheit 2. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet 3. Arrange fruit in a single layer, do not allow…

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    Dying Easter Eggs With Natural Dye

    Easter is already here! That means dying Easter eggs! This year, we challenge you to use natural food-based dyes instead of the artificial ones bought in stores. Here’s why – Artificial dyes are often made of petroleum, can contain carcinogens, and can cause a range of issues, such as: • Allergies • Hyperactivity • Learning impairment • Irritability • Aggressive behavior • Chromosomal damage • Insomnia • Eczema In other words, there is simply no need for them and what they cause, when we have plenty of foods and natural substances that can provide the colors we need! Red- beet juice, beet powder, pomegranate juice Orange- carrot juice, carrot powder,…

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    How to Make and Use Tomato Powder

    Tomatoes can go bad pretty quickly and when we do use them, a lot of it ends up getting thrown away. And if you have a garden, you almost always end up with more than you can use. Want to waste less? Try making tomato powder (don’t worry, we’ll show you how to use it also). Start with about 8 lbs. of tomatoes. Rinse and remove stems. Slice them thinly and place the slices in one layer on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Set your oven to the lowest temperature, using the oven fan if you have one. Leave tomatoes in the oven for about 5 hours, or until you…

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    Zumba

    Exercise is a great health tool. But sometimes it’s hard to find an exercise that is fun and that you enjoy doing. Are you looking for something different? Have you ever tried Zumba? Zumba is a dance exercise that incorporates salsa, flamenco and merengue dances (don’t let that scare you though, you don’t have to know this to try a class). The classes are very high energy, set to upbeat music and feature choreographed dance. Zumba really is for everyone- whether you’ve got moves like Jagger or even if you think you can’t dance. All you really have to do is move to the music and have fun! Zumba is…

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    10 Things to Add for the Best Bath Ever!

    Welcome to another edition of #TryThisThursday presented by GOLO! Baths are relaxing, and sometimes just what you need after a long day. There are many things that can be added to your bath to enhance the experience. Here are our top 10 favorites! 1. Honey– helps moisturize skin. Add 1 tbsp. honey to 1 cup warm water, mix until it becomes runny and add that to a warm (not hot) bath. 2. Milk– contains vitamins and nutrients that will help hydrate your skin. Add a couple cups to a lukewarm bath. 3. Ginger– contains antibacterial properties that can help you if you’re dealing with the flu, a cold or congestion. Add ½ cup…

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    DIY Bee Watering Station

    Here at GOLO, we really care about the bees- because they are important to our food and oxygen sources. It is getting considerably warmer outside, and it’s getting harder and harder for our little friends to find sources of water. Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to make a bee watering station that will allow them to hydrate without the risk of drowning. Here’s what you will need: • A shallow container- flower pot base, a platter, a pie tin • Pebbles, marbles or glass beads • Water 1. Fill the container with water so that only the tops of your marbles or pebbles are exposed, which provides a safe landing spot…

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    All About Diatomaceous Earth

    Have you ever heard of diatomaceous earth? It sounds like something from the time of the dinosaurs, doesn’t it? Well, to be honest, it technically is! Diatomaceous earth (or DE) is an all-natural product made from fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Silica, an important mineral, makes up 85% of it. There are two types- food grade and non-food grade. The one we are discussing today is food grade, which is safe to be taken internally by humans. What does it do and how do I use it? • Detoxification- DE can be used to detox the body, killing parasites and viruses that will contribute to illnesses. It…

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    DIY Mason Bee House

    Bees are important! Many of our foods and trees that provide oxygen are pollinated and made possible by bees. So, why don’t we do something nice for them for a change? Today, we are going to show you how to make an upcycled Mason Bee House! You only need 5 things to make this easy house: • 1 empty tin can, label removed and washed • Bright colored spray paint (optional) • Rolls of scrap paper, hollow bamboo stalks, or hollow reeds to put inside • Nail and hammer to make a hole in the can • Twine to hang the bee house The first thing you want to do…

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    DIY Citronella Candles

    It’s that time of year again- the time where the mosquitos come out of their hiding places and try to ruin our good summertime fun! The typical method to repel them is a citronella candle. Citronella works by masking the scent of carbon dioxide and lactic acid in humans, which are the scents that attract mosquitos. It is all natural and made from the distilled oils from several varieties of grass. Little did you know, they are very easy to make! Here is an easy DIY mosquito repellant candle- Ingredients: • Mason Jars • Floating Candles • Sprigs of Rosemary • Slices of Lemon • Citronella essential oil Instructions: 1.…