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Tips For Surviving A Pandemic

Household Tips and Hints

The Healthful Pomegranate

Beware of Bad Peanut Butter

Stay Healthy

Tips For Surviving Severe Weather

Is your produce really safe? Hidden among the greens.

Beware of Bad Foods

The Idiocy of the FDA

The Dangers of Chlorine and Issues With Sucralose

What's So Keen about Quinoa? (pronounced "keen wha")

An interesting article about sugar substitute called Taste Test

You need to know more about those supposedly good supplements you think you are taking..

Food containers made from corn.

I have been asked what is Digital TV.

Foods That Fight Cancer and Other Informative Information

'The Silent Killer: Inflammatory Breast Cancer'

For a free copy of Taking a Closer Look at Phytochemicals, a brochure from the American Institute for Cancer Research, call 800/843-8114

To learn more about the benifits in health with Herbs, click on Herb Research Foundation

Is your food 'intoxicating' you?

For possible allergic reactions to food, click on Food Allergies

Hallalujah Acres is of interest to everyone.


Sea Vegetables Information

There is no better vegetable source of minerals than sea vegetables.
Like the mineral-rich ocean, sea vegetables hold high quality
calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, and trace minerals including iodine.
They also contain vitamins A, B, C, D, E.

Agar-Agar - gelatin from a variety of seaweeds, cooked together and
allowed to harden; it is then cut into bars or made into flakes. Used
in kantens, gelatins, jams, jellies, and toppings.

Arame - a black seaweed with a mild, sweet flavor. Arame is great with
other vegetables, or alone seasoned with brown rice vinegar and shoyu.

Hiziki - black curls of seagrass; one of the most mineral rich foods.
A serving contains 10% of the daily recommended calcium intake. Very
tasty cooked with other vegetables for interesting and nutritious
side dishes.

Kombu - sea kelp, highly valued as a flavor enhancer. Kombu cooked
with beans tenderizes them and makes them easier to digest. Use in
beans, soup stocks, or stews.

Nori - green laver or sea lettuce. Nori can be used as is, or toasted
over an open flame or burner for a crisper texture. Crumble it into
soups, vegetables or grains.

Sushi Nori - tender, premium nori sheets toasted to a rich, deep green
color, ready-to-use for sushi. Can also be used as a condiment or
garnish.

Wakame - best known for its beautiful green color and delicious taste
in miso soup, but it is also wonderful in salads, side dishes, or as a
condiment.

Wakame Flakes - an instant form of wakame, good in soups, salads,
stir-fry, and as a condiment. Quick and easy to use.

In Favor of Fish

Scientists at the University of Padua in Italy checked the health of residents of two African villages. One set of villagers ate mainly fish, the second a vegetarian diet in which just 7 percent of their calories came from fat. Only 3 percent of the fish-eaters had high blood pressure, compared to 16 percent of the vegetarians; also, the fish-eaters' cholesterol levels were lower. They got three to five grams of fish oil daily, about what's in a salmon steak.

Unusual Spice Uses

Spices are just for cooking. Right? Not any more!

  1. Cayenne pepper sprinkled on garbage can lids will keep animals out of the trash.

  2. For a relaxing bath try this: Combine equal amounts of rosemary, peppermint and lemon thyme in a cloth bag. Hang the bag from the tub faucet while the water is running. After the bath, massage the bag into your skin for an even more sensual experience.

  3. A whole Bay leaf will keep weevils out of stored flour, cornmeal, and other grains without flavoring it.

  4. Mint repels mice. Long stems of it placed along the eaves in your attic will encourage mice to choose a different winter home. A word of warning - anise attracts mice.

  5. Rosemary is a symbol of remembrance. Enclose rosemary sprigs in your Christmas cards, birthday cards, etc., for a fragrant reminder.

  6. Plant garlic bulbs around the edge of a flower garden to keep animals out of the bed.

  7. Cold hands and feet? Sprinkle a small amount of cayenne pepper in socks and gloves to help keep them warm. Warning: Cayenne pepper should not be used in or around any mucous membrane.

  8. For natural mouthwash boil 10 cups of water, mix 1 tablespoon each anise seed, dried peppermint and rosemary. Double the amounts if using fresh spices. Boil for about 20 minutes, a steady boil, not a rolling boil. Strain, cool and refrigerate to be used as needed. Warning: this is not meant to be ingested.

    And on the basis of the mouth....

    Mint Toothpaste

    6 teaspoons baking soda
    1/3 teaspoon salt
    4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
    15 drops peppermint or wintergreen extract

    Mix thoroughly. Should be a tooth paste consistency. Store in a container. You'll be surprised with how fresh your mouth feels.

    Vegetable glycerin is made from the oils and fats of a plant-based ingredient, generally coconut or palm oil. The oil is heated to a high temperature under pressure with water. The glycerin backbone splits off from the fatty acids, and is absorbed by the water, from which it is then isolated and distilled.

  9. For a refreshing potpourri add 1 tablespoon dried peppermint leaves and 1 tablespoon cinnamon bark pieces to a sauce pan of water and simmer.

  10. Bouquets of mint, rosemary, and thyme wrapped lightly in cheesecloth and hung in a closet will repel moths.

  11. Pennyroyal Herb

    Although it is a pleasant-smelling member of the mint family, it is not recommended for internal use. The most common use for Pennyroyal is as an insect repellent. Mixed with bay leaves it has been used to repel moths from woolens. The mountain folk rub the leaves on their skin or make a liquid by steeping it and spray it on themselves or their pets to repel biting insects such as fleas, gnats, chiggers and mosquitoes.

  12. For Bedbugs

    A strong decoction of ripe red pepper is said to be as efficacious an antidote to bedbugs as can be selected from the multitudinuous recipes for the purpose.



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