Save Money (!!) with Homemade Laundry Detergent

I think anyone would (or at least should) be interested in spending less money when possible. After all…why not have a little more money in your pocket just in case…? I stumbled on a way to make homemade laundry detergent, tried it, and was impressed. Very impressed, that is! Enough to want to share the tip with you! Here’s the recipe…

Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

1 bar soap (REAL soap, that is…not a “beauty bar”) (Fels-Naptha [found in the laundry detergent isle], Ivory, and Kirk’s Castile soap are possible [but not all] options)

1 cup borax

1 cup washing soda (NOT baking soda…washing soda is found in the laundry isle)

To make your detergent is really simple. Grate the bar of soap as finely as you can. It could be grated with a hand grater, or chopped finely with a knife. After the initial grating, put it in a food processor to get it as finely grated as possible. Then add the borax and washing soda. Process until mixture is a fine powder.

That’s it! Store it in a tightly sealed container.

Use 1 to 2 tablespoons in a regular washing machine. Use 1 tablespoon in a high-efficiency washer. For an extremely dirty or heavy load, up to 1-1/2 tablespoons in a HE washer, but no more.

This powder will go a LONG way and costs far less than commercial detergents.

Tips for use

* Grate your soap as finely as possible. Many people use a hand grater to do the job then finish the work in a food processor. However you do it, the finer the soap is grated, the faster it will dissolve in the washer.

* Note that this detergent does not produce a lot of bubbles, so it is excellent for HE washers. Despite that, it cleans exceptionally well, so don’t fret over bubble-less water.

* My recipe above is unscented. Your clothes will have no smell when finished. If you prefer to have your laundry smelling like rain, the tropics, oranges, or whatever, add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil of your choice to the food processor when combining the grated soap, borax and washing soda. Be sure to store the finished detergent in a container with a tight fitting lid.

* The detergent may be added dry to your washing machine. However, if you prefer using a liquid and feel more comfortable having the soap granules dissolved beforehand, place about 1/2 cup of very hot to boiling water in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon detergent. Stir and allow it to sit about 5 minutes for the soap to dissolve. Stir the mixture and place it in the washer according to the manufacturer’s directions. When doing more than one load, start the next load’s detergent dissolving while the current load is being washed. That will avoid any delay in getting your laundry washed.

* Use 1/2 cup of white vinegar in your fabric softener dispenser of your washing machine. This will help keep any residue of soap from accumulating on your laundry and the machine.

Check out the video below to see the process. Judi

How to Freeze Green Beans

Lots of people are harvesting from their backyard gardens right now. Even if you don’t have one, you may have been given some beautiful produce from a friend. If you’re like me, I REALLY appreciate such gifts. However, I’m just feeding two right now, so we can’t eat a bushel of whatever before it goes bad. Hence, the need to preserve those goodies so they can be enjoyed whenever we’re ready for them.

Such is the case with my green beans. My neighbor has a large garden and has graciously shared their abundance with us. So I froze the extra and made a video of the process. Perhaps there are some folks out there who just don’t know how to properly freeze their fresh veggies. So, I’m offering that tip to help. The link to the video is at the end of this post.

Here are the simple steps it takes to freeze those extra green beans…

* Wash them extremely well and allow them to drain. Cut or snap off the ends and any bad parts, then break or cut them into whatever size pieces you want.

* Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Place the prepared beans into the boiling water. Immediately set your timer for 2 minutes. (Do NOT wait for the water to come back to a boil before setting the timer.) As soon as the timer goes off, drain them.

* As soon as they’re drained, place the beans into a large bowl or pot of ice water. Allow them to cool in the cold water until they are no longer warm. Drain them well.

* Place the beans in freezer bags (one large bag or smaller meal-size bags…it’s your choice). Label bags with contents and date they were frozen. Lay them flat in the freezer, spreading the beans outward within the bag as much as possible (so you don’t have one large clump of frozen beans!). Once the beans are frozen, the bags may be repositioned in the freezer if needed.

* Enjoy them whenever you’re ready!!

Hope this helps in your quest to preserve that bounty. Judi

Chocolate Brownie Bars (No Bake, Grain Free)

Recently when I was grocery shopping, I felt like trying something new. I grabbed a couple Larabars. They looked interesting and I had never tasted one before. I opened one for dessert after supper that evening. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! One bite and I was hooked! It was awesome–delicious but not overly sweet, and the ingredients weren’t all chemicals or adulterated foods! They even passed the husband test!

With that, I looked on the Internet for recipes for such bars. They were everywhere. BUT, what I noticed was that the recipes were basically the same. All mimicked the original Larabar. Because of my nutrition background, I decided to work with it a little to boost the nutrient value even more. For starters, I came up with the recipe below. Chocolate Brownie Bars are no bake, grain free, no soy, etc. I added flax meal and chia seeds to boost the nutritional value, while cutting down a bit on the added chocolate chips. You can add more if you want, but I felt less was best here (from a health standpoint).

So…try them for yourself. They’re really easy and quick to make, and oh-so-yummy to enjoy. The recipe can easily be increased to make more at one time. I recorded a YouTube video and placed the link below, so you can see how they’re made. Enjoy! Judi

Chocolate Brownie Bars (No bake, grain free)

1/2 cup chopped dates
2 Tablespoons water
1/4 cup walnut pieces*
1/4 cup cashew pieces*
2 tsp flax meal
1 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp ground chia seeds
Pinch of salt**

Place chopped dates in a small bowl. Pour 2 tablespoons of boiling water over dates and allow them to soften for 5 to 10 minutes. Alternatively place chopped dates in a small microwave safe bowl. Add 2 tablespoons tap water. Microwave about 30 seconds, until water has boiled. Remove and allow dates to soften for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain any remaining water from the dates, but no need to pat them dry on a towel.

Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-power blender. Process until ingredients are well chopped up and stick together.

With a spatula, remove mixture to a large piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap. With spatula, form into a bar shape. Wrap tightly and place in refrigerator overnight to firm up and for flavors to blend.

Slice into small pieces and enjoy!

Note: This recipe can easily be increased so it can be formed in a loaf pan for larger size serving pieces. Line the loaf pan with plastic wrap before placing mixture into the pan. Wrap the formed bar with the excess of the same piece of plastic wrap before placing bar in the refrigerator to firm up.

* Walnut and cashew pieces may be natural or roasted and salted

** Omit added salt if walnut or cashew pieces are already salted

Easily Remove Stains from Fabrics

We all do it at one time or another–get something on our clothes that might leave a stain. There are lots of assorted stain removers on the market. Some work, some don’t. It seems there’s a chemical of some sort available for just about every job around the house. Is it truly necessary to buy a different chemical for literally everything? I think not. I’ve been using this trick for stain removal for YEARS. It works, plain and simple, and no special chemical is needed.

As soon as possible (and we know that right away is not always possible, hence…as “soon” as possible), take the item and run cold (yes COLD) water over the stain. Then use whatever soap is handy, preferably a BAR of soap (but liquid soap will also work–it’s just not quite as concentrated as a solid bar of soap) and rub the soap into the stain, working up a lather. Gently rub the soap in with your fingers. You could also take the fabric and rub it on itself to scrub the stain. As you work in the soap, you should see the stain diminish. Feel free to rinse with more cold water and repeat the process.

Leave some soap on the fabric, then put the item in the washing machine with your usual laundry detergent and cold or cool water. Do NOT use hot water, because heat will set stains. If there is any stain residue left on the fabric, any heat will set the stain and you won’t be able to get it out after that.

When the item comes out of the washing machine, inspect it to see if all the stain was removed. If you’re certain it came out, the item may be placed in the dryer. If you’re not certain–some stains can’t be seen easily on wet fabrics–allow the item to air dry. If the stain is still there, repeat the process. Do not subject the item to heat until you’re sure all the stain is out. Once it’s out, it can be dried in the dryer and will be good as new!

To see a demonstration of this where I took white cotton cloth and smeared blackberry jam on it and used this method to remove the stain, watch the video below.

Hope this trick helps you out someday!
Judi

FAST, EASY, Delicious Green Beans with Tomatoes

People are actively trying to work more vegetables into their meals these days…at least that’s what we’re told to do. AND that’s what we SHOULD be doing. Here’s a delicious way to add green beans and tomatoes to a meal. It’s extremely fast and easy to prepare, has great eye-appeal AND flavor. Try it sometime! The recipe is below, following by a link to my video on preparing this dish. Enjoy! Judi

FAST, EASY, Delicious Green Beans with Tomatoes

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 to 2-1/4 cups frozen, thawed green beans
1 to 2 Tbsp water
1/4 to 1/2 tsp dry basil leaves
1/8 to 1/4 tsp salt
1 small fresh tomato, cut into bite size pieces

Warm a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Allow oil to warm very briefly, then add the chopped garlic to the pan. Allow garlic to cook briefly, then add the thawed green beans to the skillet. Stir to combine and allow beans to heat briefly.

Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water, depending upon how soft you like your green beans. Sprinkle with basil leaves and salt; stir to combine. Add the chopped tomato. Cover skillet with lid and allow to cook for 2 minutes (YEP–that’s it!), or until vegetables are to your desired tenderness. Serve.

Recipe: Easy Corn Tortillas

Here’s an easy way to make your own corn tortillas. Once you’ve tried your own, I doubt you’ll be headed to the store for more. These are easy to make with or without a tortilla press, as detailed in my recipe below and also demonstrated in my YouTube video on how to make them (see link at the bottom of the post). Give them a try! Judi

Corn Tortillas
Makes about 10

1 cup corn flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp warm water
1/2 tsp vegetable oil

1 tsp vegetable oil for skillet

 

In a medium size bowl, combine the corn flour and salt. Add in a mixture of the warm water plus 1/2 tsp oil. With a rubber spatula, stir the mixture to wet the dry ingredients. With hands, combine ingredients well to form a ball about the consistency of play dough. If the mixture is too dry, add more warm water, no more than 1 tablespoon at a time. If the mixture is too moist, add a little more corn flour.

When dough consistency is right, cover the bowl with a damp towel and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.

Pinch off about 2 tablespoons of dough and with hands form a ball. With a tortilla press, line it with plastic wrap and press the dough into a tortilla. Without a tortilla press, place the ball between two sheets of parchment paper or waxed paper. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a round shape, roughly 1/8” thick.

Heat a dry skillet on the stove over medium to medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp vegetable oil to the pan. With a paper towel or napkin, spread the oil all around the bottom of the pan, wiping up excess.

Take the formed tortilla on the wax paper or plastic wrap to the skillet. Turn it upside down to allow the tortilla to fall off the paper or wrap onto the skillet. Allow it to cook until it starts to bubble and moves easily around the skillet. Flip the tortilla over with a spatula. Cook until it starts to brown. Flip the tortilla and allow the first side to finish browning.

Remove the cooked tortilla to a plate and cover it with waxed paper or damp paper towels. Repeat the process until all the dough has been cooked. Serve immediately.

To store tortillas: They may be briefly stored, covered tightly, in the refrigerator. To preserve longer, wrap air-tight and store in the freezer until needed.

http://youtu.be/2C2aLpdFf5s

Recipe: Delicious Lentil Burgers

Lentils seem to be gaining in popularity these days as more people are striving to improve their eating habits. I’ve enjoyed lentils for years in a number of ways and am happy to see that others are catching on to this ultra-healthy legume. The following is a recipe that I came up with forming cooked lentils into a “mock” burger. They are easy to make, hold up well in a sandwich, and are versatile in that they can be used in a variety of dishes. Following the recipe is a link to my YouTube video demonstrating making them. Try them sometime. See serving suggestions below. Enjoy! Judi

Lentil Burgers
Makes 8 Burgers

1 cup dried lentils, rinsed, drained
2-1/2 cups water
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs of choice
1-1/2 tsp granulated garlic
2 tsp dry celery flakes OR 1/2 stalk celery chopped OR 2 Tbsp chopped fresh celery leaves
4 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup cooked brown rice, divided

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Place lentils in a medium saucepan with water, onion, bell pepper, garlic and salt. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, covered, for 20 to 30 minutes until liquid is absorbed and lentils are tender.

In a large blender or food processor, place about 2/3 of the cooked lentils with remaining ingredients, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooked brown rice. Process until ingredients are mostly pureed. Place processed ingredients in a bowl with the remaining 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice and cooked lentil mixture. Stir to combine well. Portion mixture into 1/2 cup increments.

Warm a nonstick skillet over medium heat, then add 1 tablespoon of oil. Place lentil mixture by 1/2 cup increments onto hot skillet. With a spatula, shape as for a burger. Allow to cook until firm and brown on one side, about 15 minutes. Then carefully flip and allow the second side to cook until firm, about another 15 minutes. Serve.

Serving Suggestions:
* These burgers are fabulous served in a sandwich garnished with ketchup, mustard and/or mayo with lettuce, tomatoes and even pickles or hot peppers.

* These are also excellent served with mashed potatoes and vegetables, just like you would a standard meatball or ground beef patty.

* A brown gravy would also be a wonderful topping for these burgers.

* Sauteed onions and bell peppers would be another excellent accompaniment

http://youtu.be/M-IJNqsDb7Q

Recipe: Homemade Hamburger Buns

As most of you know, I used to own and operate my own bakery. I learned a lot during those years. But if nothing else, I became an expert in the fine art of making yeast breads from scratch. It was my mainstay. I made breads of all kinds and even concocted breads for people on request that they couldn’t find elsewhere. It was fun and delicious!

I’ll be creating a series of videos for my YouTube channel coupled with write-ups on my blog instructing how to make the assorted breads I made in my bakery. I elected to start with hamburger buns simply because I needed them for my husband’s lunches! So, here’s one recipe I used in the bakery. The recipe is followed by a link to my YouTube video where I demonstrated how to make the buns. Happy baking! Judi

Homemade Hamburger Buns
Makes 11 each 3-1/2 oz buns

1/2 cup water
3/4 cup milk
1.5 oz (3 Tbsp) butter
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 lb, 5.25 oz (about 5 cups) bread flour
1/2 oz (2 packets) RapidRise yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp salt

In a stand mixer bowl [or large bowl], combine the bread flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Stir to combine; set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat the water, milk and butter to 120 degrees F. Pour the warmed liquid and eggs into the dry mixture. Stir to moisten the flour mixture. Place in stand mixer, attach a dough hook, and mix on low to medium-low speed for 8 to 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. [NOTE: If you don't have a stand mixer or prefer to knead dough by hand, simply knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is smooth and elastic, yet still slightly sticky. Be careful not to work in much flour.] Remove dough hook, spray dough with nonstick spray, cover with plastic wrap, waxed paper or a damp towel, and allow dough to rest for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare your oven for proofing the buns. Turn on the light bulb (DO NOT turn on the oven). Bring a medium saucepan of water to boil and place it in the oven on the bottom rack that was moved to the lowest position. The upper rack should be in the middle of the oven.

After the dough has rested, portion the dough into 3-1/2 oz parts, or section the dough into 11 equal parts. On a lightly (and I mean LIGHTLY) floured board, gently form the dough parts into round patties and place them on a baking sheet that was greased or lined with parchment paper. [NOTE: The bottom of the buns will brown better on a greased baking sheet.] Place sheet on rack in the middle of the oven until buns have doubled in size, about 20 minutes. Remove baking sheet and saucepan from the oven.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake buns for 10 to 15 minutes until golden. Remove baking sheet from oven and place it on a rack to cool. Brush tops with melted butter, if desired. (This makes them look, taste, and smell fabulous!) When buns are completely cooled, slice them horizontally and enjoy!

Storage tip: If you don’t plan to eat the buns within a day or two, wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in heavy-duty freezer bags. Store them in the freezer until ready to use. To thaw, simply remove them from the freezer, unwrap them and lightly cover them with a clean towel. After they thaw, they may be stored air-tight until needed.

Easily Cut Bell Peppers (no waste, little mess)

Food to me is sacred. After all, we can’t live without it, right? Also, grocery prices have slowly gone up to the point that food runs are getting almost out of sight. It’s downright expensive. So with that, I can’t stand to waste anything! Nothing!! If I can find a use for some morsel of food, I try to save it if I possibly can.

I love to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Bell peppers are on my “regular” list of groceries to buy. However, they’re pretty expensive considering how much you get out of one little pepper. So, it’s best not to waste any of it, if at all possible.

I found a way to easily cut bell peppers with NO waste and very little, if any mess from the seeds going all over the place. I demonstrated how to cut them in a YouTube video recently. It’s short and to the point. Anyone can cut a pepper this way and there TRULY is no waste of any edible part of the pepper. Give it a try when you can and let me know your comments!

Happy eating!
Judi

Rosacea—No More Meds; My Skin is Clear

Since rosacea is not a life-threatening condition, it seems to be one of those diseases that researchers are slow to find a true cure for. At best, there is only a small fraction of medical research that focuses on helping rosacea suffers. There is speculation of the cause, but (to the best of my knowledge) there is no firm definitive answer that would lead to a cure for everyone who suffers. Medical science seems to be focusing more on the management of symptoms rather than eradicating the condition. We’re told to avoid trigger foods, exercise, sunlight, and hot beverages, among other things. Many of the things we’re told to avoid are actually good for us and shouldn’t be avoided for our overall health! There has to be a better way to manage this condition. Read on to learn how I successfully beat this horrible, embarrassing condition. This is my story of dealing with rosacea for somewhere around thirty-five years, until I finally found relief the natural way.

First, I’m not one to run to doctors all that easily. I admit that at times that’s not good, but nevertheless, that’s me. I had teenage acne for a number of years. My skin finally cleared up, but unfortunately not for long. I married when I was merely 17 years old—just when my skin cleared up from my years of acne. Then I started on birth control pills, and right away my blemishes returned. In fact, they stayed with me for around the next thirty (plus) years, until I found my own form of relief from my growing skin problems. I tried everything over-the-counter I could find to treat my acne and increasing dryness, redness, and skin sensitivity. Instead of getting better, it only grew worse and developed into an extreme case of rosacea.

Not knowing what I had, I experimented with over-the-counter products for about sixteen years until I finally broke down and visited a dermatologist. I was diagnosed with a severe case of rosacea and was prescribed the usual topical medication and also antibiotics. These helped a little, but the condition did not go away. Instead, it spread outward on my face and down to my neck. After a number of dermatologist visits and years passing by, I became a guinea pig for doctors, experimenting with different topical medications and antibiotics. My skin seemed to settle with a mild steroidal prescription topical cream and the antibiotic erythromycin because it had somewhat of an anti-inflammatory effect. I remained on that regimen for around fourteen years. However, my skin progressively got worse during that time, not better. Despite my medications, at times my face was as red as the red in our American flag. Forget avoiding trigger foods, exercise and sunlight. It was red all the time, no matter what! No doctor I saw had any other help for me, despite my continued and growing suffering. No doctor ever mentioned anything about diet nor examined me in any way other than writing prescriptions for my red, rough, dry, blistered face.

That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands (which is not unlike me). Over the years, I did a lot of personal research about rosacea, but at this point I renewed my efforts. I read everything and anything I could find of rosacea research and success stories people had posted and tried to find my own approach for resolving this life-long embarrassing and uncomfortable skin issue. I did so many things in desperation that I could not recount everything here. Nor would I recommend some of the insane tactics that I tried. But I can reflect back and isolate key factors that I believe led to my overcoming this horrible condition. Here are the key points that helped me.

• First I learned about the acid/alkaline imbalance the body can develop. (Even though this is contrary to what I learned in medical school while working on my master’s degree in nutrition, I decided to explore this avenue anyway.) I purchased a comprehensive pH testing kit. This was not a one-time test of urine or saliva. The test involved testing urine and saliva numerous times each day for about five days. Then, according to the directions, I did a lot of mathematical computations. I learned my overall pH was about 5.3, which was EXTREMELY acidic! Hmmm.

• With the very low pH of my body, I found a number of websites that listed foods that have an acidic or alkaline effect on metabolism. I focused on trying to bring my pH back up to within the normal range. It’s not an easy endeavor and takes time, but it’s certainly not impossible. It’s an important step for your overall health, whether you have rosacea or not. It’s also speculated to be an important factor in fighting cancer. A few key tactics that worked well for me were: Adding a slice of fresh lemon to all water I drank, eating a lot of watermelon, avoiding sugar as much as possible, minimizing all refined foods, and focusing on eating most of my foods from the alkaline list and minimizing eating foods on the acidifying list. This involves eating a lot of fresh vegetables, so that was an easy step for me, because I thrive on salads.

• I drank a lot of water with fresh lemon added…not soda, very little coffee and a modest amount of tea (green tea seems to be OK).

• I started taking Evening Primrose Oil, which is good for people with skin issues.

• I started consuming “green” drinks or supplements. By this I mean those that ARE green, like barley juice, chlorella, spirulina, etc. I took tablets at first, then switched to powdered form and made it into a beverage because it was cheaper. One drink a day has been plenty for me. Needless to say, some of the mixtures were not pleasant to drink. Especially unpleasant to me was any mixture containing spirulina because the smell (and taste) reminded me of old fish tank water. Yuk. However, I DID ABSOLUTELY notice an improvement in my skin from taking the “green” foods. There are apparently many nutrients in them beneficial to the body and they helped in healing my skin.

• I started weaning myself off the antibiotics. This process took about a year (yes, really). Obviously, rosacea skin is so sensitive and gets used to whatever it’s routinely subjected to. Making ANY change sets off the condition. So, when I cut the antibiotics and had severe flare-ups, I took them again for a short while to calm down the skin. Then I would try the process again, of cutting back or omitting the antibiotics. I was on and off of them for a year before the skin finally accepted NOT having the antibiotics in my system and the flare-ups calmed down. Whew. Needless to say, THAT was a process I don’t care to repeat.

• After weaning myself off the antibiotics, I did the same with the prescription topical creams. That process also took time, as the skin seemed to be “addicted” to them. I went off and on them until the skin gradually got used to doing without them. Any remaining creams I had on hand went in the trash!

• Next, I experimented with many of the different face washes and creams advertised as helping rosacea. None of them did anything good for my skin except for my lifetime friend—Cetaphil. I was introduced to it by my first dermatologist and it seemed to be the one wash and lotion that didn’t flare up my skin. So, I continued to use it until my skin calmed down ever further.

Gradually, and I mean VERY gradually, my skin calmed down with fewer flare-ups, and slowly began to look better. In retrospect, I think the healing of my skin had more to do with normalizing the pH of the body (which involves a lot of water intake and wholesome foods including the green drinks), and using non-irritating skin products than anything else. My skin was healing from the inside, not just being treated for the symptoms. As time progressed, my skin continued to look better and normalize more and more over the years since I stopped the prescription meds and normalized my body’s pH.

I have since started using clear glycerin soap to wash my face. Amazingly, now I can use it interchangeably with the Cetaphil face wash (something I certainly could not do when my face was so irritated). However, I prefer the glycerin soap because it’s cheaper and can be used for a whole body wash, not just my face. It also leaves my face feeling more moisturized than the Cetaphil facial wash. Obviously, the glycerin soap is very gentle on skin.

I continue to avoid eating sugar, honey, brown sugar, syrup…any sweetener as much as possible. I admittedly use stevia products as I enjoy sweet-tasting foods. I’ve learned to bake muffins using unsweetened applesauce and dried dates as sweeteners and it works well. They taste good and don’t upset my skin. (Obviously, I don’t make a steady diet of them.)

Regarding the Evening Primrose Oil, I’ve varied the amount I’ve taken ranging from one per day clear up to six (the maximum suggested number of caps per day). I find I need more in the winter when the air is dryer. During the summer, I now take two per day and it seems to be enough.

To this day, I have continued drinking one “green” beverage a day. Now I use only barley juice powder. (Spirulina and chlorella are quite expensive.) I mix about one tablespoon of the powder in a tall glass of water and use that to take any other supplements I consume in the morning. I’ve gotten used to it, so it’s no issue to me now, taste-wise. You could add some stevia to make it more palatable. Or, take it in pill form, which would work just as well.

So, in an attempt to help others who are suffering from rosacea, the following is a list of pointers that I learned that may help you in overcoming your rosacea.

• Test your pH with a comprehensive kit. A one-time test of urine or saliva isn’t enough to truly determine where you stand. Chances are, you’re on the acidic side, so take steps to correct it—NOW.

• Clean up your diet. Avoid sugar (Yes, I KNOW this is a tough one!). Avoid it like the plague. Use stevia if needed, but avoid other artificial sweeteners as they are acid forming in your body.

• Search the Internet to find a list of acid and alkaline-forming foods. Print it out and use it as your eating guideline. Focus on eating as much as possible from the list of alkaline-forming foods. It’s almost impossible to eat from the alkaline list 100 percent, but make that list of foods your main focus. Add fresh lemon slices to water. Eat all the watermelon you can get your hands on. Cut down on meats (they’re all acid producing). Cut out refined foods as much as possible. (Yep, that’s another really hard thing to do, but it’s VERY important for healing your body.) Eat lots of veggies and alkalizing fruits. Opt for whole foods as much as possible.

• Drink LOTS of water! (And don’t forget to add the fresh lemon slice.)

• If you’re not happy with your current face washing/moisturizing supplies, get brave and try using an unscented, non-colored, nothing-added-to-it bar of clear glycerin soap to wash with. It’s non-irritating and moistens the skin, sometimes leaving it feeling like no other moisturizer is needed (once your skin is healed). I still use a LITTLE Cetaphil moisturizing cream on my face. My facial skin has calmed down and is more normal now. In the summertime, washing alone with glycerin soap is often enough. In the winter, I may use a little Cetaphil cream. In the meantime, use whatever moisturizer agrees with your face to help keep it calm. Until your skin can calm down, try to avoid putting anything on it that might irritate it, like makeup or harsh chemicals.

• If you’re on medications and topical creams, it might be wise to stay on them while trying these other new things. This will allow you to determine if something is helping or not. When your skin calms down, AND IF you want to wean yourself off prescriptions, do it slowly. Visit with your doctor about making changes in meds before starting to be sure this would be the right move for you. Rosacea skin gets very used to those meds and flares up easily when things change. Do make changes slowly. Go back on meds temporarily if needed to calm the skin back down. Then try again. Remember, it takes time for rosacea skin to get used to changes.

• If it fits in your budget, experiment with Evening Primrose Oil to see if it helps. Start with only one capsule a day and go from there.

• Try adding some “green” supplements to your day. Barley juice powder, spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass powder…any of which would likely benefit your skin. If the powdered form in a beverage is not for you, purchase them in tablet or capsule form, which would work just as well.

• Allow time for the skin to heal. It took me over a year to wean myself off the erythromycin and topical meds. I’ve been off of them for roughly five years now. As I continue my regimen of eating right, consuming lots of water, and using nonirritating products, my skin continues to improve even more.

It’s to the point now that I’m happy to be in public without makeup. I no longer need makeup to try to hide the redness and bumps. My skin is clear. There is little to no redness, no irritation, no flare-ups, no bumps, and no dry or itchy patches. From my own experience of having an extreme prolonged case of rosacea, I believe that it can be treated with a totally natural approach, without prescription medications of any sort. It takes time to heal the damaged skin. But when given the right nutrients and gentle treatment, the body can heal itself, given enough time. My case demonstrates that!

If you’re suffering from rosacea, I certainly hope this information helps you! Please feel free to write and ask questions or let me know if this information has helped you in any way. If I can help, I will! Judi

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