Saturday, August 24, 2013

Garlic Effective in Lead Detox (and it's Delicious)

Came across this article and thought it was worth passing along for anyone who has lead poisoning or knows someone trying to detoxify from it. 

I don't know about you, but we cook with garlic all the time. It tastes great and has lots of medicinal benefits. Oh, and let's not forget that it wards off vampires. 

WedMD has a decent page on the uses and quirks of garlic.

Ironically, as I was just paging through my new Real Simple, I also found a handy guide to cooking with garlic. I can't find a link online but here are some of the tips:
  • Choose tightly packed cloves with unbroken white or purply skin. Should feel as hard as an apple and have no dark spots. Don't buy ones with green shoots, but if that happens at home, just trim off before using.
  • "Garlic will remain fresh for up to two months when kept in a cool, dry place away from sunlight." Do not refrigerate.

To roast it (delicious!):

  1. "Cut off and toss the top third of the head to expose the cloves."
  2. "Place the garlic on a large sheet of foil and top with 2 TBSP olive oil, plus salt and black pepper. Fold the foil into a sealed packet."
  3. "Roast the garlic on a baking sheet in a 325-degree oven until tender 45 minutes to an hour. Let cool a bit, then squeeze. The soft cloves will squirt out. Use right away, or stone in the refrigerator for up to 3 days."
Lastly, to get the smell of garlic off your hands, I used to use a product called Good Bye Smell for tough odors, but it's hard to find and I'm not sure how nontoxic it actually is. I've also read that you can run your hands under cold water and use stainless steel to remove the smell. Sounds nuts, but I'm going to try it. Has anyone had success with this tip? 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Introducing Beautycounter: OOTF Approved Skincare!
I've tried more beauty products than I can count. Some that tout natural ingredients, some claiming to be organic and, many times, it's hard to know what's in products because the brands refuse to share ingredients. That is a huge red flag to me.

I'll be honest, it's been so hard to find good stuff that I have knowingly bought toxic products because I didn't like the so-called healthy beauty brands I found.

I'm a realist and I'm particular. Oh, and I have sensitive skin. Products have to work well, first and foremost. They need to be free of harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances and all potentially unhealthy substances because, let's face it, I'm using them every single day. Ideally, they are also not too expensive.

Until now, I found very few beauty products that met all this criteria. And most that were close looked unprofessional, or smelled funky, or were often unavailable.

But now there is Beautycounter. And I could not be more excited to share it with you, my friends, my family and anyone in my extended network.

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To a beautiful healthy you!