Q – Do you have a recipe for natural toothpaste?
A - Yes – here is one of them.
½ cup baking soda
10 drops pure peppermint essential oil (this is not the same as peppermint extract or fragrance oil. Also, it should be a high quality food grade essential oil, which is available from many health food stores)
5 drops pure myrrh essential oil (optional, also available in many health food stores)
Mix all ingredients in a small jar with a lid, cover, and shake well to disperse oils throughout. Use a small amount on a damp toothbrush the way you would use toothpaste.
The peppermint essential oil helps freshen breath, kill bacteria, and clear sinuses. The myrrh oil is highly antibacterial and anti-fungal. It is often used in the ancient healing arts of Ayurvedic Medicine. The baking soda restores a natural, slightly alkaline pH balance to the teeth and gums and helps to whiten teeth.
*You could use activated charcoal in addition to the above ingredients.
Q – How do you make Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah)?
A – Here’s an easy and tasty recipe:
Using a fine mesh sieve wash the quinoa with filtered water.
Add to pot and stand on a hot hob for a minute or so. This infuses the quinoa and helps in the cooking process – just take care not to burn it.
Add boiled water – roughly twice the amount but you might need a bit more.
Let the water simmer away until it’s gone – just like you would make rice.
You are left with fluffy tasty quinoa.
Save any leftovers in a sealed container and use cold in a salad – delicious!
*Option – Adding 1 x teaspoon of ginger powder, 1 x teaspoon of turmeric and salt and pepper to taste makes a wonderful aromatic version. (Ideal to use with Thai curries or stir-fries)
*Note – if you use turmeric always add black pepper, this is an aid in the uptake of the nutrients in the turmeric.
Q – What is the difference between a centrifugal juicer and a masticating one?
A – There’s quite a big difference, not only in performance but in price too, so budget could be a deciding factor here.
Centrifugal juicers are generally cheaper to buy and are often an adequate first time choice. They work by spinning the juice (at high speed) from fruits and vegetables with a grating device and the pulp ends up in a container. Designs will vary slightly but the mechanics are the same.
Masticating machines use a much lower speed that ‘squeezes’ the juice from the produce. They are quieter to operate. Some designs will have additional features like homogenizers to make nut butters, baby foods and frozen treats, or grinders for coffee beans and grains etc.
The masticating machines use much less speed, and therefore lower temperatures occur during the process. This equates to higher levels of live enzymes and nutrients in the juice, as they are not damaged in the extraction.
The cleaning of all juicers is best done directly afterwards as most of the residue will rinse off under a running tap. To be honest, it’s not a big deal – once you get used to dismantling and reassembling it’s done in a couple of minutes.
*If you need some help on the different models available – drop me a line.
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