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How To Make A Face Mask With What You Have Available

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So you can’t get a face mask these days right? What are you going to do? Well make one of course! After all aren’t American’s known for the “Can Do” motto? Let’s look at how to make a face mask with what you have available.

If you have a sewing machine that will make some of these easier. Some of these face mask options can be made without a sewing machine.

How To Make A Face Mask – Easy Sewing Machine Option

She uses 2 pieces of material. The piece closest to the face she is using flannel. If you don’t have scrap material around then you can use old tee shirts or even button down shirts and don’t forget about old sheets. Especially the old flannel sheets. In fact you can order then on Amazon still. Check out the selection of flannel sheets here

DIY Face Mask – Hartnana Style

This is the DIY face mask style we made at our house to get us through this crisis. They are fairly straight forward. We used left over fat square we had around from making hair bows. Really any old material will do for this project. And it doesn’t take much material to make these. We also used baggie ties for the wire.

We also did not find the elastic until later so we used string and in my daughters case she makes cord out of embroidery thread for making bracelets.

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Sarah (my daughter) in her homemade mask

How To Make A Face Mask Without A Sewing Machine

Okay this is hands down the easiest way to make a face mask!!! All you need is a bandana and two big rubber bands.

It you don’t have a bandana you can cut up old shirts, sheets, towels, pants, what ever you have around. The best part about these homemade face masks, in my opinion, is that they are reusable! Throw them in the wash and the soap n water will make them safe.

While these are not going to keep you from getting a virus, they might keep you from getting a full on inoculation thereby giving you a little more time for your body to ramp up its defenses. Speaking of which, you might want to check out this article on preparing for corona virus

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Coronavirus – Homestead Hacks For Surviving a Pandemic

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Yes, the Coronavirus is bad. There are some homestead hacks for surviving a pandemic that we will look at from a practical point of view. No reason to panic but there is a big difference between preparing as best you can with the information you have and deciding to ignore what is happening around you. In my world view it is better to be prepared and not need it then to need things and not be prepared. In the later case you are simply adding to the problem.

What We Know About The Coronavirus

We know that it is a virus and it is spread pretty easily. Could it be a bioweapon? Yeah, there is some evidence that supports that. Ultimately it is a flu virus that is pretty nasty. It can be spread before you know that you are sick. And it is still contagious after you feel better!

From what we see coming out of China, it looks like unless you require a respirator, you might have to weather this storm at home.

Surviving the Coronavirus Pandemic

Like most viruses one needs to ride it out. The single most effective thing one can do now is to get their immune system in the best shape possible. Get good sleep. In case you don’t know 80% of your immune system is in your gut. Pay attention to eating quality food and probiotics. Drink good water. Make sure you are getting vitamin D & K. This will help you sleep better. Try not to stress out about this. Stress only makes things worse. Most people do not die from this. Even if the death rate is 15% that means 85% survive!

Work on making sure you and your family are in the best position to make it through.

If Someone Gets Sick

If someone comes down with the Coronavirus , or any flu like symptoms. Such things as coughing, achy, upset stomach, diarrhea, are all symptoms. Isolate them right away. Put them in a room away from everyone else. If you can designate a bathroom just for them, do that too. If you have masks, have them wear the mask when you go into the room. Try to open windows, if it is practical, to get some circulation of outside air into the room. In the winter we like to close everything off, so we all end up breathing the stale air.

Natural Resources For Fighting Virus

There have been some suggestions that hydroxycloroquine in combination with a z-pack and zinc might be effective in fighting this disease. Medcram suggests that cloroquine drives zinc into the cells and disrupts the production of the RNA virus. Cloroquine is a drug designed to fight malaria. Tonic water has quinine in it. At our house we have been drinking tonic water and taking 100mg of zinc anytime we feel a cold or illness coming on. (Gin and Tonics we originally a malaria tonic invented by the British)

Diffusing the Situation

Put a diffuser in their room and diffuse , Breezy (which you can find here) and Spice -C You can find that here. I use Spice C on everyone else in the house. Designate one person who goes in and helps. If you are sharing a bathroom, the helper person must go in and disinfect the bathroom every time the sick person goes in there. Rubbing Alcohol, lysol wipes, bleach are all things that normally kill off virus germs. Make sure you have a descent stock of them.

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Things To Pick Up Now While They Are Available

Get germ killing stuff such as bleach, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, vodka, Lysol spray, colloidal silver, gloves and some type of mask (here is an article about how to make face masks with what you have on hand) and lots of tissues and toilet paper. (and paper towels) and laundry soap. If you can’t find masks, I suspect that a bandana doubled over with a layer of cotton between would be better than nothing and is washable. Get a few. Make sure the person going in to help the sick, has goggles that are left at the door or put into disinfectant bucket before going into the house and the gloves should be by the door also, and your shoes, there should be sick person shoes. The shoes you only wear into the room.

Also get the normal flu stuff to make you feel better. Ibuprofen, NyQuil, (if you chose to use that). Get a humidifier. and stock up on chicken soup.

Treating the Sick

Everything that comes out of the room needs to be sterilized. Use plastic silverware and paper dishes that can be thrown out or better yet, burned. Wear one shirt over your clothes and a pair of overalls or baggy pants over your normal clothes to go into the room. If you want to get super anal about it your could put up a plastic barrier to go through inside the actual door. Keep the cleaning and entering supplies just outside the door in a “clean” area take the clothes off that you wore into the room with your gloves on and then those clothes go directly to the washing machine for a wash n dry. spray off the shoes with Lysol. Use hand sanitizer before and after putting on the gloves. And don’t forget to spay the googles.

When Should You See The Doctor

Providing this doesn’t overwhelm our medical system, it would be prudent to see the doctor only if the disease becomes an emergency. An emergency in my book is anything that is life threatening. Shortness of breath, disorientation because of fever, heart problems, things like this are medical emergencies. Seek out professional help.

When Should You Hunker Down

While as I write this, the chances of getting sick with Coronavirus are low according to CDC. Personally, if I see this starting to spiral out of control, meaning we start seeing communities of people getting sick, I will pull my family home. Even now, I think it is prudent to not venture out as much as possible.

Food – Do I Need Freeze Dried Food?

Normal people don’t do a whole bunch of freeze dried food in their every day diet. Personally I think you are better off finding a sale on soups, a couple big bags of rice, load up on pasta and potatoes. Soup poured over a bowl of rice is amazingly filling. It also makes the can of soup go much further. Most soups have meat and veggies in them. I like coffee, but if you are a big tea drinker, then make sure you have several extra boxes. (Tea is wonderful when you don’t feel well too). Don’t buy stuff you don’t normally use. And don’t forget your pets.

Grab some microgreens seeds while you’re at it and then you can have nutrient dense food anytime. We talk about how to grow microgreens here.

Final Thoughts on Surviving the Coronavirus

Prayer and positive thinking go a long way towards helping an individual survive just about anything. The single biggest recommendation I can give is DON’T PANIC – PLAN.

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Make Comfrey Oil – It is a Carpel Tunnel Natural Remedy!

How to Make Comfrey Oil

Making any type of herbal oil is a simple process of infusing the herb into a good quality oil that will allow absorption into the skin.  I prefer Almond and Coconut oils for making ointments, oils and lotions. You could add the Comfrey infused almond oil to this goat’s milk lotion recipe. You will get a super wonderfully healing lotion!  Don’t use this everyday though, as there are chemicals in Comfrey that can cause liver problems if used long term even topically.

secret natural remedy that heals bones

To make Comfrey oil you will need both almond oil and Comfrey leaves that are dried.  I like to grow Comfrey as it requires so little effort. It also comes back from year to year without me having to do much.

Harvesting Comfrey Leaves

Each fall I harvest the Comfrey leaves and dry them on a clothes drying rack. Clothes drying racks are an awesome way to dry your herbs and greens.

harvesting comfrey leaves

(This is dill in the picture, I still had some wrapped up from last fall)

Gather the stems together in little bunches. Next rubber band them then use little pieces of wire like come with garbage bags or bread wrappers. I save mine in an old plastic bottle. Then thread the wire wrapper through the rubber band then attach the wire to the clothes rack. Sometimes I even put a bit of chicken wire between the racks so I can dry even more on one rack. This works well for drying peppers too.

Back to how to make comfrey oil. Take your Comfrey leaves crumble them up. Next rub them a bit to release their natural oils. Figure about 1/4 cup Comfrey leaves crumbled to one pint of almond oil. Heat the mixture  up until it is warm and let it sit while warm for several hours.

Make Comfrey Oil With a Crock Pot

A good way to do this is in a crock pot on the low setting. Place a wet dish towel in the crock pot first. Then add your pints of almond oil/comfrey on top of the towel.  Next fill the crock pot about half way up the jars then let it sit at low heat for about eight to twelve hours.  I like to start mine in the evening and then they are ready in the morning.

Make Comfrey Oil in Your Oven

benefits of comfreyYou can also make your Comfrey oil in your oven. Heat the oven up to 200 degrees then turn it off. Put your Comfrey oil in a roasting pan or a pot.  If you’re only doing one jar, that has hot, but not boiling water in it, fill them about half way up the jar. Leave these in the oven for 8 to 12 hours replacing the water and reheating the oven once or twice during the process. This method doesn’t work so well at night as you need to do more with it. And, hey, who likes to wake up in the middle of the night to be “fiddling” with stuff?

I’m all about easy, fast and efficient  in my world so the crock pot method works well for me.

After eight to twelve hours of infusing the Comfrey leaves you will need to strain them out of the oil. This is best accomplished by straining the oil/leaf mixture through cheese cloth. A neckerchief, or a piece of thin, clean cotton like muslin also work. Be sure to squeeze all of the oil out of the Comfrey leaves. Then label your Comfrey Oil. It is best stored in a cool dark place.

What are the Comfrey Leaf Benefits?

Comfrey leaves and roots have been used for centuries for heal bruises, bones and contusions. It is thought, by the medical community, that ingesting Comfrey leaves in the form of Comfrey tea can have detrimental affects on  your liver. But using it in a topical application has been shown time and again to really work to speed  up the healing process.

In 2016 I broke my ankle falling down the basement stairs. I used comfrey as a compress and was amazed at how quickly I healed. The bones was better in 3 weeks instead of 4!

The University of Maryland describes Comfrey:

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is sometimes used on the skin to treat wounds and reduce inflammation from sprains and broken bones. Comfrey roots and leaves contain allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy. Comfrey ointments have been used to heal bruises as well as pulled muscles and ligaments, fractures, sprains, strains, and osteoarthritis.

Around here we like to either use Comfrey leaves crumbled, rubbed a bit and then put in a clean sock. Next we apply boiling water to the sock. You can dip it into a cup with boiling water in it. Then once the sock has cooled to warm (do not apply the boiling hot sock to your skin it will hurt and could burn  you) apply the sock/Comfrey leaf poultice to your injured area. Use an ace bandage to hold it in place.

Comfrey the Natural Remedy for carpel tunnel

This works as a carpel tunnel natural remedy. It also works for tennis elbow, or runners knee, shin splints or even back pain.

Use this in addition to the Comfrey oil you should notice significant relief fairly quickly. A trick for applying essential oils. Put it on the soles of your feet at night with socks to protect your bedding. By morning you will find that the medicinal properties of what ever you put on your feet have traveled to where the ingredients were needed most!

The next time  you have a cold, instead of applying the herbal ointment to your chest, put it on your feet. See if the results don’t blow you away by how well this works.

If  you don’t want to make  your own comfrey oil  you can buy it here and if you’d like to grow Comfrey and make your own oil, check out these deals on Comfrey seeds. Comfrey grows like a weed – a very special weed indeed.

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Health Benefits of Green Tea Extract, Honey & Lemon

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Benefits of Green Tea Extract: Anti-Aging, Anti-Cancer, Wеіght Control – One оf thе grеаt аdvаnсеmеntѕ іn nutrіtіоn in the twenty-first century іѕ thе scientific соnfіrmаtіоn оf thе many benefits оf grееn tеа extract. Hеrе аrе juѕt a fеw.

Benefits of Grееn Tea Extract

  • Lоwеrѕ cholesterol
  • Slоwѕ аrthrіtіѕ
  • Prevents thе grоwth оf саnсеr cells
  • Aѕѕіѕtѕ wеіght loss

Whаt ассоuntѕ for the health benefits of green tea extract? Ovеr 1,800 ѕсіеntіfіс ѕtudіеѕ have found thаt the active соnѕtіtuеntѕ іn grееn tea аrе роwеrful аntіоxіdаntѕ. Thеѕе аrе called роlурhеnоlѕ (catechins) and flavonols. Eріgаllосаtесhіn gallate (you can just саll іt EGCG) іѕ the most роwеrful оf these antioxidants.
Milligram for milligram, EGCG hаѕ 25 tо 100 tіmеѕ thе аntіоxіdаnt power оf vitamins C аnd E. A cup оf grееn tea hаѕ more antioxidants than a ѕеrvіng of brоссоlі, ѕріnасh, саrrоtѕ or strawberries.

Thеѕе аbundаnt аntіоxіdаntѕ power the benefits of green tea еxtrасt. They kеер DNA intact and they ѕtаbіlіzе thе mеmbrаnеѕ оf сеllѕ. These еffесtѕ оf grееn tеа mаkе іt a роwеrful ѕuрроrt іn mаnу hеаlth соndіtіоnѕ. Lеt’ѕ lооk аt the benefits оf green tеа ѕuррlеmеntѕ іn mоrе detail.

Benefits of green tеа extract has bееn ѕhоwn to lower “bad” LDL сhоlеѕtеrоl аnd ѕеrum trіglусеrіdе levels.

Whо wоuld hаvе imagined thаt simple grееn tеа could bе аѕ роtеnt аѕ Lіріtоr or Zосоr оr Crestin with nоnе of thеіr side effects? Scientific studies show that mіddlе-аgеd mеn аnd wоmеn in Japan whо drіnk 2 оr mоrе сuрѕ of grееn tеа a dау almost always hаvе nоrmаl сhоlеѕtеrоl.


List of Benefits of Green Tea ExtractSсіеntіѕtѕ hаvе аlѕо rесеntlу reported thаt іf уоu drіnk grееn tеа after уоu eat a fаttу food, lеѕѕ cholesterol wіll go іntо you blооdѕtrеаm.

And іf уоu hаvе hіgh cholesterol when you bеgіn tаkіng grееn tеа ѕuррlеmеntѕ, уоur bоdу will convert less оf it іntо a fоrm thаt сlоgѕ your аrtеrіеѕ.

Green tеа рrоtесtѕ уоur joints аgаіnѕt osteoarthritis.

Thіѕ іѕ one of thе lеаѕt knоwn but mоѕt beneficial еffесtѕ оf green tеа extract. Green tea prevents іnflаmmаtіоn. Whеn thеrе is lеѕѕ inflammation, there is lеѕѕ wеаr аnd tear оn уоur jоіntѕ.

Grееn tea рrеvеntѕ thе grоwth of cancer сеllѕ.

Thе EGCG in green tеа prevents cancer сеllѕ frоm growing by bіndіng tо a ѕресіfіс еnzуmе. Thіѕ health benefit оf green tea is especially іmроrtаnt іn саnсеrѕ of thе рrоѕtаtе, breast, аnd lung.

Rеѕеаrсhеrѕ ѕtudіеd two groups of mеn whо a pre-cancerous соndіtіоn оf the рrоѕtаtе. One соnѕumеd thе equivalent оf 12 tо 15 сuрѕ оf grееn tea a dау. Onе dіd not. Onе уеаr lаtеr, 30% оf thе mеn whо dіd not соnѕumе grееn tеа supplements dеvеlореd рrоѕtаtе саnсеr. Onlу 3% of thе men whо took grееn tеа supplements dеvеlореd cancer.

Another оf thе benefits оf grееn tеа еxtrасt іѕ ѕuрроrt fоr women who have brеаѕt саnсеr. Grееn tea рrоvіdеѕ chemicals that bіnd еѕtrоgеn. This hormone is nоt thеn free to stimulate brеаѕt cancer сеllѕ.

Wоmеn whо соnѕumе thе greatest amount of grееn tеа before mеnораuѕе hаvе the least ѕеvеrе forms оf brеаѕt cancer when thе disease occurs. Wоmеn whо drink grееn tеа аrе lеѕѕ lіkеlу to have rесurrеnсеѕ оf breast cancer аftеr trеаtmеnt. And mоѕt important оf all, wоmеn whо соnѕumе grееn tеа are 50% lеѕѕ lіkеlу tо develop brеаѕt саnсеr at all.

Anоthеr of the benefits of green tea extract іѕ protection аgаіnѕt lung cancer.

The Jараnеѕе hаvе both thе hіghеѕt rate of smoking аnd thе lоwеѕt rаtе оf lung саnсеr in the developed wоrld. Jараnеѕе ѕmоkеrѕ who consume a lot оf green tea seem tо be рrоtесtеd аgаіnѕt lung cancer.

Benefits of Green Tea Extract
And grееn tеа саn еvеn hеlр уоu lose weight. In a clinical trіаl, men еаtіng a high-fat dіеt wеrе gіvеn еnоugh grееn tеа рrоvіdе thе caffeine іn a ѕіnglе cup оf соffее.

Althоugh thіѕ аmоunt оf саffеіnе hаѕ no еffесt on weight lоѕѕ, when the саffеіnе соmеѕ frоm green tea, it іѕ hіghlу significant.
Thе grееn tеа ѕuррlеmеnt bооѕtеd thе number оf calories burnеd by 4.5%. While thіѕ іѕ just 135 саlоrіеѕ a day, thе ѕtudу showed thаt tаkіng grееn ѕuррlеmеntѕ соuld hеlр the average mаn on a hіgh-fаt dіеt lоѕе 18 lbѕ (8 kg) іn a уеаr’ѕ tіmе. It could hеlр thе average wоmаn оn a high-fat dіеt lose 11 роundѕ (5 kg). This іѕ without eating lеѕѕ or exercising more.

Hоw Cаn I Take Green Tea?

Thе benefits of green tea extract are grеаtеѕt if уоu tаkе grееn tеа ѕuррlеmеntѕ rаthеr than drink grееn tеа. A study in thе Dесеmbеr 2004 edition оf thе Amеrісаn Jоurnаl of Clіnісаl Nutrіtіоn confirmed thаt grееn ѕuррlеmеntѕ gеt more antioxidants іntо уоur bloodstream thаt drіnkіng green tеа.

Twо capsules оf grееn tеа extract a dау саn рrоvіdе аll thе bеnеfіtѕ оf 20 cups of grееn tеа-аll уоu nееd tо ѕuрроrt еvеn dіffісult health соndіtіоnѕ.

Grееn tеа іѕ ѕаfе and effective. Tаkе 1 to 3 сарѕulеѕ оf green еxtrасt every dау. It іѕ bеttеr to tаkе grееn tеа ѕuррlеmеntѕ іn thе morning оr аftеrnооn rаthеr thаn аt night. In thе unlіkеlу event оf ѕtоmасh upset, tаkе wіth food.