Your Essential Oil Toolkit

...er Mix baking soda, castile soap, and peppermint drops to make a scrubbing paste Put a few drops in your mopping water Add it to your vinegar & water cleaning spray If you have an upset belly due to overindulgence, put a drop of peppermint essential oil into a quart bottle full of water and shake. No more than 1 drop! Too much will make you sick.You’ll be surprised how strong one drop is. Sip on this. It should feel good. Don’t f...

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Thirsty bees

Did you know bees need to drink water? They seek out shallow water sources like puddles and bird baths. Even if you don’t keep bees, you can help out our little pollinator friends (and a host of other wildlife) by keeping a bird bath or even just putting a saucer of fresh water out for them. You can do this even if you don’t have a yard–try keeping a saucer of water on, say, a balcony railing or in a window box. If you keep...

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Addendum to the previous post: Nasal irrigation and pressure points

...from my stepmother, who was a nurse. All you do is dissolve 1 teaspoon of sea salt or kosher salt in 2 cups of water. The water should be close to body temperature, otherwise you’ll be uncomfortable when you snort it. Put the water in a cup or bowl big enough to get your nose into. You’ll have to play around to get the hang of this–it’s never pretty. First, stand over a sink. Then fiddle around with the bowl and the angl...

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Outdoor Sink Makes Water Recycling Simple

...rains into a simple 5 gallon bucket which I can then pour out into the nearby landscape. It is super simple grey water. Now instead of going inside to wash my hands or rinse produce from the garden, I can use the outdoor sink and easily recycle my water. Plus, there is less dirt and compost in my kitchen sink. This is the kind of so-simple-its-brilliant stuff I just love. While I would like my entire house to have a greywater system, that isnR...

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Notes on Mark Bittman’s “Behind the Scenes of What We Eat”

...ppings as vegetables. Then think about this– our friends at The Ecology Center just gave us a a booklet on water conservation. In there they recommend you eat one vegetarian meal a week in order to save 450 gallons of water a week. They estimate that it costs about 650 gallons of water to raise, transport and process the meat for a single hamburger. By comparison, a vegetarian meal uses about 200 gallons. Little changes in our diets can mak...

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On miso, caffeine and the search for a morning brew

...Japanese soup stock, dashi. You can make it with any stock you like, or do as I do in the mornings and just use water. It’s important not to simmer miso, because heat kills the beneficial critters in it. If you’re making a pot of soup, add the miso at the end, after you pull it off the heat. If you’re making it with hot water, take the kettle off heat before the boil, or let the water sit and cool some before using. • I use ab...

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Greywater Fed Tomato Plant Takes Over The World

...rown helped me install a simple ‘laundry to landscape’ greywater system. Most of the plants that get watered by the system didn’t get much water before and were just barely surviving. There are several fruit trees, a rhubarb plant and an assortment of perennial herbs lining a narrow strip of land along the side of the house. Now, the plants getting fed by the greywater are going bonkers. Last week the area became impassable it w...

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Greywater Workshops in Los Angeles

...Angeles CA 90004Cost: Sliding scale $25-50 limited work trade positions availableRegister hereReusing greywater, water from sinks, showers, and washing machines, is a great way to save water! In this workshop you will learn safe and simple ways to reuse greywater, common types of systems, what products to use, and take a tour of several existing systems. We will also be creating a mock-up of a laundry-to-landscape greywater system with all the pa...

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Indigo 101

...!! Yep. The results were always blue. Temp and pH indicator • It’s also important to use the best water you can. Graham has dyed with both LA tap water and water purchased from one of those free-standing water machines. He says he gets better saturation of color with the machine water. • Also, you’ll need a line to hang the fabric on. It’s a very drippy process, so you either need to be outside or on a floor you donR...

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Mud for the People! Building an Adobe Garden Wall

...oth to get out chunky bits that can lead to weaknesses in the bricks. To make both the bricks and the mortar, water is mixed with a half a coffee cup of asphalt. The asphalt helps the bricks and mortar resist water. Traditionally, prickly pear cactus soaked in water and fermented was used before the modern convenience of asphalt.   Our instructors went with a mixture of about one part clay to two parts sand for the bricks and mortar.  A...

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