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An Orange tree can become a Lemon tree

You can recycle trees where where limbs are tired, but the trunk is still in good condition.

A lemon tree can become an orange tree or even a mandarin tree. As long it belongs to the category citrus. Looking for a new tree, let e.g. the citrus tree grow until next year without cutting it. When ripe, cut the tops and plant them in the trunk of a severed citrus tree. Attach the limbs as the picture below and let be.

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C2If a trunk looks like this, the tree has been reworked. Four limbs is recommended.

C3In this strain, the process has been done recently. Some argue that the quality deteriorates, but it’s not correct. Interested parties who buys these lemons are very selective.

C4This lemon tree has been allowed to re-grow as a lemon tree. But if you want a change, it works as well.

How to clean an antique lamp and other similar items

To clean old delicate items naturally like the lamp below is very easy. We found three solutions and all gave great results:

1: Vinegar and Salt. Remeber to clean with come water and dry the item
2: Fresh lemon juice. Remember to clean with some water and dry the item
3: Mild natural soap and water. No cleaning or drying is needed after treatment. 

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Make Your Own Almond Milk

You need:

1 parts Almonds
4 parts Water
Natural Honey
Blender/Juicer

Put almonds with the dark brown skin in water for 24 hours (loses easier this way). Then peel the almonds and leave in water for couple of hours, e.g. 12 hours
Put in juicer or blender
Sweeten with natural honey

You can leave the milk with no honey added, and when consuming  sweeten the milk with honey as the taste may differ.

With Parts we mean to divide chosen amount. E.g. if you have one cup of almonds, use four equal sized cups for water.

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Restoring a coffer from 1800

This coffer from late 1800 we found in a antique store in Catania, Sicily. It is easy to find old furniture cheap in Sicily.

This one we decied just to clean with some natural soap and water. And then painted with ecological paint to keep the feeling of the coffer. For a more perfect finish just grind it before painting. The front, both short sides and the top we painted twice, but left the backside and inside with just one round of paint. This for sustainable thinking as you do not see those parts anyway.

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Indoor Air Improvement Plants

Having plants indoors is an excellent solution to increase the indoor air quality. Plants are the lungs in the environment. Research shows that indoor plants:

  • Help improve indoor air quality
  • Help reduce sick building syndrome
  • Help improve well being
  • Help improve productivity and performance
  • Help to lower stress and negative feelings
  • Help to reduce noise
  • Improve business image with potential clients
  • Contribute to fulfilling at least 75% of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Criteria

(Source: www.ambiusindoorplants.com.au)

This choice is very important especially in urban areas as studies shows that we spend 85% of our time indoors and the air is more polluted. Many do not know that indoor air is many times more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor plants also helps reduce stress and background noise in stressful environments.

Indoor Plants Contribute To At Least 75% Of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Criteria: (source: www.ambiusindoorplants.com.au)

IEQ criterion Indoor Plants
Air pollution mitigation Reduce all types of urban air pollution
Low Emitting Materials Absorb toxic emissions – VOCs etc
Ventilation effectiveness Increase effectiveness – remove CO2/add O2
Lighting OK for Plants – OK for staff also
Noise Absorb & buffer noise
Views Add aesthetics & calming greenery; lower stress
Thermal comfort Not directly influenced but tend to stabilise humidity in human comfort zone, so could have unquantified effects here
Systems controllability Not directly influenced but stabilisation of temperature and humidity could lower air-con. energy consumption

Recommended Plants to Purify Indoor Air:

orcOrchids “Dendrobium” and Phaeleonopsis”

Neglect them for easy care, avoid too much water and sunlight.

Releases oxygen during night therefore great to have in the bedroom.

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Pothos

Survives in less light and colder temperatures

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Ferns

Soft plant, easy care, avoid direct sunlight

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Peace Lilies

Keep in shade and cool temperature

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Anthuriums

Exotic look, effective air cleaner, easy care

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Philodendrons

Easy care, attractive because of its unique colors

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Palms

Easy care, perfect for smokers home

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Schefflera

Long-lasting, keep the leafs dustfree, perfect for smokers homes

 

Source plant photoes: Wikipedia, plantoftheweek.com

Treat Diabetes with Prickly Pear/Fichi d’India

Prickly Pear or as in italian called Fichi d’India, has been used in Mexico to treat diabetes for over 1,000 years.
– Faster and more effective glucose entry into the cells.
– Lower blood sugar in people suffering of type 2 diabetes. Decrease sugar levels by 20 to 45%.

This lovely fruit has many names like Super Fruit, Prickly Pear, Nopal Cactus, Barbary Fig and Indian Fig. Please see more health benefits in the chart below.

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Foods Improving Eyesight

Sight Improving Foods

What does Off Grid Living mean?

Off grid living is a choice for more people. Some says it is for the crises, but mostly it is actually being tired of this modern life style with bills and stress that comes with it. But the most important reasons are that more people are looking to reduce their footprints in the environment, assert their independence from the existing system and avoid reliance on fossil fuels. How does this lifestyle work?

House going of the grid: water, electricity, phone line ecc are normally connected to a municipal or national system. Some houses decides to provide themselves with own electricity with renewable solutions (solar, air, heat pump) and in water rich areas also dig their own water supply, where also renewable sources supply water heating.  Some even build their own sewage system. In some countries you can also become tax free by building your house on wheels. To reduce construction costs some make their own construction materails from recycable materials or use local materials.

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Two types of Off Grid homes

(Photo: 1st: treehugger.com, 2nd: pg.webring.com)

Foods: many people also produce their own foods having a farm with food produce and animals. Some also rent a part of their land for others who likes to produce their foods but do not have land, and pays rent with foods to the land owner. By collecting rain water in sustainable water basins brings enough water to the crops all year around. Some adjust their lives to eat by seasons and/or eat only what the geographical area gives.

Recycling: many houses has their own compost system. Some houses recycle waste and brings them or sells them to ecological systems. There are people making themselves a living only by collecting waste and selling them to recycling centers.

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Home water collector and home made green house

(Photo 1st: unknown, 2nd: blog.ellams.com)

For some off grid living means to be with out recidence and travels as tourists. Some countries asks only to exit the country for some days to get at new permission to stay in the country for a longer time.

In all ways Off Grid Living means to be autonomous or self -sufficient…more or less…

Olive Oil for Health and Beauty

My name is Johanna and I’m the author for this site. Here I want to share some benefits of using olive oil in daily health and as a beauty product.

I use Olive Oil for:
– facial moisturiser, day and night
– make up remover with cotton pads (works great on mascara)
– facial cleaning
– body lotion
– irritated parts on body that appears especially when the weather changes

Results:
– healed my dry feets
– healed somekind of allergy I got on feets and hands
– less wrinkles in face, e.g “chicken feets” by the eyes are much smaller
– red dots on arms and legs dissapeared
– hands looks more “alive”
– save money
– skin has much better health and aging signs are much less

It is the only “cream” I have. It is natural and a bottle lasts one year. For body cream I use it immediately after the shower when the skins pores are open and it feels less sticky. Or mix the oil with almonds.

I have a bottle in the bathroom and a smaller one by the bed for the feets before going to sleep.

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