Weekly Tips for June 21, 2010

Posted on 20. Jun, 2010 by in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:  

1. GREEN-An update from last week regarding pre-packaged fruit and vegi platters, this weekend we hosted two more parties and the platters were prepared by RockIt Mom.  Even though it took some extra time chopping a whole watermelon, 2.5 flats of strawberries and lots of veggis, it was well worth it.  The produce was much fresher and better tasting and felt GREAT for serving personally prepared platters.  Suggestion: Take the time, put on your favorite high school CD and clean and chop away.  P.S. Don’t forget to use your Eat Cleaner Natural Produce Wash.  I would be lost without it.  You can check out more info on the right side of the site.

20 Natural Ways to Keep Your Breath Fresh

1.Brush – after every meal, and be sure that your toothbrush is in good shape. A chewed-up, disfigured brush will miss those hard-to-reach areas.

2.Herb Pharm Breath Tonic – is a favorite. The non-aerosol spray is made from a sugar-free blend of certified organic peppermint, cinnamon, ginger, and clove extracts that leave my mouth feeling fabulous and clean.

3.Tongue Scraper – This smooth plastic or metal tool glides over the tongue and removes dead cells and bacteria

4.Floss – removes plaque and food that you may not even realize was stuck.

5.Water – According to the Mayo Clinic, drink water – not coffee, soft drinks or alcohol. Chewing gum or sucking on candy (preferably natural) also stimulates saliva, washing away food particles and bacteria.

6.Fenugreek – put one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in four cups of cold water, boil, then simmer for fifteen minutes over a low flame. Strain and drink like tea.

7.Guava – unripe guava has been said to aid bad breath as it contains tannic and phosphoric acids.

8.Apple cider vinegar – swallow a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar just before each meal (you may want to add it to a glass of water)

9.Alfalfa – alfalfa tablets have been said to aid bad breath

10.Anise – the licorice-flavored seed, may aid in reducing bacteria

11.Chlorophyll – Try liquid or chlorophyll tablets.

12.Clove Tea/Mouthwash – Cloves are a powerful antiseptic. Make a tea by putting three whole or 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves in two cups of hot water and steep for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour through a fine strainer and use as a mouthwash or gargle twice a day.

13.Fennel – Slowly chew the leaves and allow the saliva to build up in your mouth. Or, mix the contents of a fennel capsule with baking soda, make into a paste, and brush your teeth, gums and tongue with it.

14.Lemon – If you can stand it, a lemon wedge sprinkled with salt will help stop onion or garlic breath.

15.Parsley & Mint – Chewing parsley or mint leaves has been a remedy used for thousands of years.

16.Natural gum – such as glee, is made with spearmint or peppermint essential oils. These oils kill odor-causing bacteria, and the chewing action stimulates the production of saliva which helps combat bad breath.

17.Sage – contains essential oils with antibacterial properties that help neutralize one of the causes of bad breath. Chew raw leaves.

18.Spirulina – is a very good source of chlorophyll and can be purchased either in capsule or loose form. It’s suggested to start with 500 mg three times a day, but please check with your medical professional first!

19.Tea tree oil – derived from the leaves of the native Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree, tea tree oil contains antiseptic compounds, which make it a powerful disinfectant. Try using a toothpaste containing tea tree oil, or put a few drops of tea tree oil on your toothbrush alone, or with your regular toothpaste. It has a strong aromatic flavor.

20.Baking Soda – Brushing your teeth with baking soda will help reduce the acidity in your mouth, which is less inviting for bacteria. Combine two tablespoons of dried lemon or orange rind, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and two teaspoons of salt.

2. HEALTHY 

CVS Pharmacy

Shop Beauty 360 assortment at this large drug emporium. Many of the products are without phthalates and other dangerous chemicals to add scent or other agents.

2. Whole Foods

I love the selection of natural make-ups, creams and elixirs at this marketplace – an obvious natural source for everything wholesome. You can get it all here, from baby balms to pure shampoos.

3. Walgreens

The drug outlet has also introduced pure creams like the Noah’s Naturals line, free of sulfates, parabens, propylene glycol, petrolatum, phthalates or animal by-products (and made without animal testing). It also sells some mineral shadows, but beware because these are made in China.

4. Pharmaca

Located in various cities in California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and New Mexico, the Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy functions like the typical pharmacy, only it fills holistic and alternative prescriptions alongside the traditional ones. But when it comes to cosmetics and body care, you will only find the cleanest brands made with natural herbs and minerals – like Jane Iredale blushes and Dr. Hauschka ultra-fine bronzer with jojoba oil and carrot extract.

5. Shop Online

Try sites like Tartecosmetics, which offer one-stop surfing for everything from natural lip stains to anti-wrinkle foundation, eyeliners, mineral powder, bronzers, self-tanners and eye shadows.

3. RECIPE – Fun Summer Fruit Dip.

Remember the good old days of summer with marshmellow fluff dip?  Instead of making this sugar loaded dip this weekend for my fruit platters, we got innovative in the kitchen. 

Very easy and simple: a tub of either fat free or low fat whipped cream (mildly defrosted).  Add Raw Aguave Nectar and Fresh Cinnamon.  Mix together and place in fridge to chill.  That is it, easy and simple.  The kids love it as well as adults.

Enjoy your first full week of summer vacation.  As always, love to hear all your thoughts, comments, ideas and requests.

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