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meganjoy ostermann

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I make my toothpaste. fantastic info and ingredient list.  i'm adding activated charcoal to mine:
Charcoal is an effective tool to help clean and brighten teeth. It can be used by itself, mixed with other ingredients to create a toothpaste/powder or even combined with other things to create a natural homemade mouthwash.  

When used properly and regularly, charcoal helps to lighten stains caused by many different products such as coffee, tea, wine, fruit juices and tobacco.

Charcoal is so effective because it adsorbs stain-causing materials like tannins found in things we eat and drink. Even better, it doesn’t adsorb the materials found in your tooth enamel, which keeps it safe. For this reason, activated charcoal is an ideal natural tooth whitener.
(from the Zen Charcoal manual that came with our coconut activated charcoal)

also learning to brush in intentional and thorough circles instead of all over the place without much attention.
3 years ago
I got a kingsize cotton mattress zip cover (mite/bedbug resistant weave) on eBay for $30, sewed a couple sheets into sacks, stuffed one with wild prairie hay I stole from university field bales, another with buckwheat hulls, and the rest with sheep wool from an etsy seller. if I did it again I'd go sheep wool and hay, skip the hulls (very heavy and pack down easily) and get the natural latex to help keep it uniform flat. all under $300 sheep wool is amazing
5 years ago
isn't there some html5 and/or plug ins you could easily conjure to set up subscriptions, one time gifts, (WordPress has such plug ins) and maybe even pledges in your own sites? it would seem all it would take is some coding knowhow... good to brainstorm and know exactly what you want first. I would consider it best to be in control.. sorry I bet you've considered this extensively I just haven't seen any mention of it and I'm kind of surprised you depend on scrubbly when it takes a percentage... unless you own that too
Hi Robert, and everyone,

just moved a few months ago and finally have an acre to play with, in California's magnificently endless growing season. I've found that burying my compost really helps all the surrounding soil regain moisture and richness. I generally turn it but often whatever seeds that get tossed in bolt out and I'm afraid of damaging them. I have a magnificent zucchini plant busting out fruit and I've barely watered it in the middle of the drought (I think the secret is my son's biodegradable g diapers I toss in, they hold moisture so well!)

so my question is, is/are there magical plant(s) that can break down compost just with their roots, that I can plant in such cases that turning isn't an option? and/or in cases of laziness? it would seem likely but i haven't found any information in my searches yet.

thank you!

5 years ago
catnip oil!!! studies have shown it to be 10x more effective than deet!! I've experienced its magic in essential oil blends with lemongrass etc. vitamin e and vanilla extract are nice additions also. I'd put catnip in a less expensive carrier oil (olive oil or something, canola is from rapeseed, def not good to ingest, probably bad topically also) and soak it in something like Lawton's rig as discussed above (just saw that vid last week myself. brilliant)
hope this helps! catnip oil is expensive, might be worthwhile to invest in some rig to extract it yourself since catnip can grow like crazy, in the Midwest at least, my grandma's was thick and almost 8' tall!
here's the start of our gopher proof (hardware cloth nailed to bottom) non PT wood raised lasagna layered bed. I'm using my son's used biodegradable g diaper inserts also for moisture conservation in the layers
plus cardboard feet from our new spyridon vibrams! love them
5 years ago
that is so so good to hear Sergei!! thank you so much. I strive to join you in your efforts, near or far. I will see if I can get the library to purchase your various works until I have money again:)
5 years ago
Hi Sergei, and everyone! thanks for being here!
question, I watched a film called Nicaragua Dreaming the other day, about an artist who went to Nicaragua to help impoverished community children express themselves through paint, and make a documentary about their lives. It was strange to see so many people so focused on poverty as a money issue that left them and their children malnourished, while they're surrounded by lush forest that must be full of wild edibles. I googled Nicaragua wild edibles and didn't find much but discovered a Facebook post from you, Sergei, in 2011, saying you were about to journey there to see about their plants. have you published any of your findings yet? did you perceive anything like this social issue there? anywhere else? it would seem that indigenous plant wisdom was seriously destroyed by conquistadors and colonizers;, I don't see why these people would express such ignorance otherwise..
I'm interested in edibles world wide and what we can do to help all people realize that starvation isn't necessary. especially in rainforest climates!!
thanks so much
5 years ago
my chia was microgreen sized in 2 days I think, in full sun in Cali. amaranth too. bigger every day. amazing.
I believe
lettuce grows pretty fast in wetter climates
mung beans are also cheap quick thick sprouts
foraging dandelions and plantains etc has been the fastest food for me!