Home-made All Natural Deodorant with men and women’s fragrances

Deodorants are very important to me.  I DO NOT LIKE body odour.  But neither do I like the chemicals that are in most commercial deodorants/ antiperspirants.  The human body is meant to sweat to cool the body.  The bacteria from our skin and hair cause body odour when we sweat.  Deodorants neutralise and/or kill the bacteria.  Antiperspirants use aluminium that actually blocks the pores and stops the sweat from leaving the body.  Control Your Impact explains that antiperspirants are actually drugs which “change the function of the body” and are thereby regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Both types regularly contain parabens, aluminium, propylene glycol, Triclosan, TEA, DEA, FD&C colors, fragrance, talc, and many more.  These ingredients have links to Alzheimer’s, cancer and allergic reactions.  After discovering this information it was clear to me that I needed an alternative.

My safe deodorant search began when I was pregnant with my first child.  I tried the commercial all-natural brands from the crystal, to Tom’s of Maine and while these had acceptable ingredients, they didn’t work.   I finally settled on a Kiss My Face liquid rock that still contained ingredients I didn’t like.  I had myself convinced that no totally safe, chemical-free deodorants worked.

Last summer at a farmer’s market I purchased an all natural deodorant made locally.  I bought it with suspicion… and LOVED it!  It worked.  It smelled good.  It felt good.  And did I say, it WORKED!  The best part about it was that I recognised all the ingredients and could find most of them locally.  This was encouraging.  I knew that I could make my own deodorant if I really tried.  I started searching the internet for recipes and came up with several that had some of the same ingredients.  So I tried them.  The baking soda/coconut oil/corn starch deodorant worked well.  But it could only be used as a putty applied with finger tips because the coconut oil would melt in the steamy bathroom during showers.  I wanted something that could be poured into an old deodorant container and applied conveniently.  So I knew it needed something to make it drier and something to make it more solid.

And I found it.  My homemade deodorant contains:

Coconut Oil: naturally antibacterial and a great moisturiser.
Baking Soda: deodorises
Arrowroot Powder: adds extra dryness
Cocoa Butter: moisturiser for shaving and stabiliser (solid at room temperature)
Bees Wax: stabiliser (makes the deodorant more solid)
Essential Oil: antibacterial, antimicrobial, and smells good!

***UPDATE!  I have since changed the recipe to exclude kaolin clay since it does contain aluminum which I was unaware of.  It is a naturally occuring aluminum, and from my research does not absorb into the body but I removed it from the recipe regardless.  The ingredients have been adjusted and the recipe works fine without it.  If you want to include the kaolin clay, use 2 heaping tbsp. clay, and 2 heaping tbsp. arrowroot powder. Thanks!***

All ingredients can be found in natural health food stores.  Alternatively, ingredients can be ordered online from Mountain Rose Herbs: “Exceptional quality certified organic herbs and spices, with a strict emphasis on sustainable agriculture.”
By clicking on the links above you can buy directly from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Does it work?  Yes it does!  Both my husband and I have put it to the test.  I have gardened in it, worked out in it, and stressed out in it with no smell!  My husband works a physical job and worked all day in it, and still didn’t smell the next morning.

Recipe (by weight, or use the measurments in brackets if you don’t have a scale):
1.1 oz. cocoa butter (1/8 c.)
2.0 oz. beeswax   (3 Tbsp. melted)
1.5 oz. coconut oil (3 Tbsp.)
1.5 oz. baking soda (1/8 c.)
1.0 oz. arrowroot powder (3 1/2 heaping Tbsp.)
15 drops clary sage essential oil (for men) or other
10+10 drops of vanilla essential oil and cinnamon essential oil (for women) or other

Directions:

Wash and roll down your empty deodorant container.
Melt cocoa butter on low heat in pan.  Stir constantly.
Add coconut oil and beeswax and stir until melted.  Turn off heat.
Add baking soda and arrowroot powder, stirring vigorously.
Add essential oils.
Pour quickly into empty deodorant container.  Make sure it has been rolled down all the way.
Allow to cool.
 And you are done!

Hints:

  • Use OLD dishes!  Bees wax is hard to get out of your bowls and spoons!
  • Make sure your deodorant container doesn’t have holes in the bottom of it.  If it does, cut out parchment paper to the size of the container, and seal the edges inside the container with melted beeswax before you get started.  You don’t want your product leaking all over the counter before it hardens.
  • Keep heat low to prevent burning.  MELT.  DO NOT BOIL.
  • If mixture hardens before you have put it in the container just reheat and stir to melt again.
  • If final product is too hard, roll it up, take it off the deodorant container, reheat and add 1 Tbsp. coconut oil or cocoa butter.
  • If final product is too soft re-melt it and add 1/2 Tbsp melted bees wax.
  • If final product is too greasy re-melt and add 1 Tbsp. arrowroot powder.
  • Be careful when rolling up the deodorant for the first time.  It may be a bit stuck at first and you can easily break the turner if you force it.
  • Other essential oils will work fine with the recipe.  Lavender and Tea Tree oil have great antibacterial properties.  Just be cautious with essential oils: some are not supposed to be put directly on the skin.  Always read your labels first.
  • If you would like to make the recipe without a plastic container, simply do not add bees wax, pour into a glass jar and use your finger tips to apply.

Making your own body care products is fun and satisfying.  Keep in mind that you may have to play with recipes to get them perfect for your own body type.

For a link to more essential oils that have masculine fragrances click here.  You can make your own combinations of essential oils too.   For a link to mixing your own essential oil fragrances click here.

Some people’s skin is very sensitive to baking soda.  You can make the recipe without the baking soda but I find it less effective.

I would love to hear your experience with the product!  If you make changes to the recipe that make it work better for you, please share!

This post has been linked to The Prairie Homestead Blog Hop #56, Farmer’s Daughter’s Homsteading Link Up, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #21, From The Farm Blog Hop #42Simple Living Wednesday Link Up, Little Farm in the Big City: Homestead Helps Wednesday, Frugal Living: A Natural Parents Network Blog Hop and Natural Parenting Group Link Up.

Loving Carrots Homemade Cake Topper

A picture floating around on facebook from Grist caught my eye, and after I was asked to make a cake for my sister-in-law and her new fiance I couldn’t get the picture out of my mind.  The couple are both “earthy” and I thought they would enjoy the concept.  How could I make a safe version of this on a cake? 

Photo of loving carrots from grist.com

I am not interested in using chemical-laden food coloring and gum paste.  I used to make marshmallow fondant cakes which was fun to use but my “healthy” conscience won’t let me make make them anymore.  Marshmallows are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial flavour and coloring.   I don’t believe that the articificial coloring is safe to eat, and I don’t even want to get into what is in gum paste.  So I decided to make a non-edible cake topper.  Play dough.  I found a simple recipe on line and worked food coloring into the play dough.  Then I baked the play dough at 200F for several hours to harden it. I cut out parchment paper the shape of the carrots and put it under the carrots on the cake. I bought some carrots with greens, and attached several greens to the carrots with pins.  The cake is a natural carrot cake with organic flour, organic cane sugar, and coconut oil.  Click here for the recipe. Note that I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. 

The icing is a cream cheese icing.  You can make organic icing sugar by blending white organic cane sugar until it is powdery.  Just use it up right away or it will harden and be unusable.  Most icing sugars have corn starch in them to keep them soft. 

I finished the cake by putting names on in chocolate icing, and surrounded the cake with mint leaves. 

The cake was a unique hit and fun to make!  Feel free to share your safe and natural cake ideas.  I am always looking for more inspiration!

This article has been shared with Frugal Days Sustainable Ways #20.

I KISSed my son’s birthday party. Eco-friendly and sustainable.

In grade nine I learned a saying that was supposed to help me keep my writing simple and straight forward.  KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid.  It sounds kind of rude but it has a point.  Writers can easily get carried away, write too much, say too much and lose the reader in the process.  But let’s go beyond writers.  After attending a million birthday parties for young children (that’s what happens when you have 3 kids) and seeing chaos rule in some situations, I am now using this mantra for the parties I throw.  Besides, it is kind of stupid to let a birthday party ruin your finances, the environment, and your peace of mind. 

I am guilty of not KISSing during past birthday parties.  My kids’ birthdays are all within 3 weeks of each other and in the past I have thrown one huge party to cover all the birthdays at the same time.  It worked, but it couldn’t possibly be held at home (30 kids is a bit much for our house) and since the birthdays are in the winter we have to rent a facility to host the party.  Money.  Planning.  Keeping things under control.  Food for 30 kids.  Phew!  It wasn’t keeping it simple.  I was stupid.

This year we decided to throw separate parties, and the first one up was my nine year old son’s.  So today we threw him a party at home.  He invited 7 of his good buddies.  The rain held off and the party was a sucess.  I Kept It Simple.  Not Stupid.  Here’s how.

Invitations
The invitations were made online at evite.com.  It was free, required no unnecessary paper, was immediately delivered, and parents responded promptly.  I wouldn’t do it any other way from now on!

Planning
Keeping 8 nine year old boys entertained can be a challenge.  The birthday was in the winter, and we don’t have a TV.  With a little planning, it isn’t a problem.  My teacher-background helped me out here… keep the kids moving from activity to activity and nothing gets wrecked.  What do 9 year old boys like to do?  Well, my guy likes to play sports, create things, and eat.  So we planned to play hockey, do a scavenger hunt, build bird houses, and eat.  In the invitation I requested rain gear, old clothing, and a hockey stick.  They all brought them.  I made the cake and ice cream ahead of time, chopped carrots and apples during the party, and fed those hungry, growing boys. 

And don’t forget to plan an appropriate time!  KISS!  A party from 2-4 pm on a Saturday does not require a meal.  Cake and snacks are great!  Cheaper and easier. 

Activities
My son was outside playing hockey when the boys arrived.  They joined in, one at a time, until a great game was going on and the boys were fully entertained.  Before they started losing interest we moved on to the scavenger hunt where they had to run across our small acreage to find things from old leaves to a container of sand, pond water, and charcoal from an outside fire.  This took them about 15 minutes.  Once completed they moved into our garage which Muscle In The Arm (aka my husband) had turned into a temporary workshop.  They made chickadee bird houses.  Muscle In The Arm pre- drilled holes and partially cut the wood so the boys could still do some sawing and hammering but not be overwhelmed.  8 kids is manageable for such a project.  They stained them with a water-based, low-fume stain and those done early went back to hockey.  By the time this was done there was just enough time left to eat.

Food
In the past I have been guilty of staying up until the wee hours of the morning making gorgeous fondant cakes covered in colorful fairies, flowers, or hockey logos.  They were fun to make: much like playing with playdough.  This last year, though, I couldn’t make another fondant cake without a guilty conscience.  The amount of nasty food coloring that went into the fondant was frightening, and the ingredients of the marshmallows used to make the fondant was horrifying.  I vowed I would never make another fondant cake again.  Chocolate, however, is all natural, and Chocolate Sun Drops are equally all natural and delicious.  The cake was a child’s delight: homemade cake covered in chocolate icing and decorated with chocolate sun drops.  The ice cream was homemade and preservative/additive/coloring-free.  Sugar? Yes. Organic cane sugar.   Artificial anything?  No! 

Along with cake and ice cream I served organic apple slices and carrot sticks, and “almost” healthy chips that were also all natural.  No juice, just water.  The kids didn’t notice in the slightest that there was no juice.   Juice adds extra, unnecessary sugar to an already sugar-loaded party.  The kids gobbled up the food and for once I didn’t cringe at the thought of what they were eating at a party.  No hotdogs.  No pop.  No preservatives.  No artificial color.  No GMOs.  All organic and all natural. 

Gifts.
KISS.  We didn’t have any.  That was easy!  No made-in-China, fall-apart-the-first-day, or duplicate toys.  No wasted wrapping paper.  No difficulty deciding what to buy the birthday boy. No bored kids watching the birthday child open half a million gifts he doesn’t need.   In the invitation I said “ABSOLUTELY NO GIFTS!  My son is saving to buy a pig (his choice) for a needy family through World Vision, and if you would like to make a SMALL donation you are welcome to”.  And they did.  We raised $70 which allowed my son to “buy” the pig, and then “buy” soccer balls for less privilaged children in other countries.  My son had the fun of deciding where the money would go, and felt no pain about not getting gifts.  He learned something about giving to others instead of receiving.  He received gifts from family members which provided him with more than enough new toys. 

Goody bags.
KISS.  They took home their birdhouses, and I made “monster-sized” oatmeal chocolate sun drop cookies to take home in a paper bag.  No cheap candy, no junky toys.  Which also meant no fighting when the kids went home and met up with their siblings who didn’t attend the party.  I made extra cookies to send home for the siblings. 

Decorations
Most of the party was held outside.  In the house, I set the table minimally with stainless steel plates, cutlery and cups, and orange cloth napkins.  The cake graced the table and the fruit and vegetables added extra color.  No one noticed there were no toxic balloons, no unsustainable paper streamers or paper plates, napkins, cups or plastic cutlery.  All eyes were on the all natural smartie-like chocolate sun drops on the cake.

All in all, the party was a smashing success in the kids’ eyes as well as in my eyes, which says a lot.  There was literally nothing to throw away.  Food scrap went to the chickens.  The plates, cups and cutlery were washed and put away.  No wrapping paper or packaging to toss.  The kids had an acceptable (in my opinion) sugar intake for a birthday party but did not get unnecessary sugar (extra candy, or pop) and ate all natural, non-GMO, organic food.  The most expensive part of the party was the wood for the birdhouses, which ended up costing us less than $5 per house.  But this wasn’t much in comparison to renting a gym, buying goody bags, plates, cutlery, cups, decorations, and a main course.  It was, in fact, Simple.  I KISSed the birthday party.  Now, repeat for the next 2 kids!

I would love to hear some of your simple birthday party ideas.  Please let me know what you do to keep your parties simple!

This post has been shared with Frugal Days Sustainable Ways #19 and Homestead Barn Hop #55.

Let Them Grow Food: Local, organic, non-GMO and healthy!

This Wordless Wednesday post has been written to be shared with Natural Parents Network topic: eating local. 

Removing pumpkin seeds for roasting.
Pitting plums for preserving.
 
Planting tomato seeds.
Picking (and eating) blackberries.
Blackberries off our bushes.
Harvesting edamame from our garden.
Eggs from our chickens.
Fresh from the tree.
Organic, all natural, locally-grown teether from our garden. 

Hamming it up!

Lemon flax pancakes in coconut oil.

My standard pancake recipe took a twist, a dash and a splash tonight… a twist of lemon, a dash of flax, and a splash of coconut oil.  With fantastic results. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. white flour
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax
  • 4 tbsp. demerara sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • grated lemon zest from 3/4 of a lemon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • lemon juice from above lemon
  • 4 heaping tbsp. milk powder plus
  • 2 1/8 c. water
  • OR replace milk powder and water with 2 1/8th cup milk, almond milk etc. 
  • 2 tbsp. coconut or olive oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil for frying. 

Directions

  • In a medium bowl combine first 7 ingredients and whisk well. 
  • In second medium bowl mix beaten eggs and lemon juice. 
  • In glass pitcher mix water and milk powder well.  Add to eggs and lemon juice and mix well.
  • Add melted coconut oil or olive oil to wet ingredients and mix well. 
  • Make a well in centre of dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients into dry. 
  • Fold ingredients together just until mixed.  Do not over-mix. 
  • Melt half the second amount of coconut oil in frying pan on medium heat and spread to coat pan.
  • Add pancake batter in 1/4 cup amounts.  Flip pancakes when bubbles break. 
  • Add remaining coconut oil as needed to keep pancakes from sticking to pan.
  • Serve with homemade, canned peaches, homemade peach syrup and homemade yogurt for a fantastic, light meal!  (or anything else you like!)

Makes about 15 pancakes.

This article has been shared on Fat Tuesday: March 20th, and Homestead Barn Hop #54.

Product Review and Giveaway: La Bella Stella Educational Song CD

My children have a special spot in their hearts for CD songs and stories.  Without a TV in the house, my children turn to other sources of amusement which often includes music.  They love to sing and dance, and so they were eager to listen to a new music CD. 

La Bella Stella is an educational song CD from the “Celebrate Earth Music Series“.  The songs are mostly space-themed, including the stars, planets and galaxy.  A few, including Nature’s Lullaby, Nocturnal, Safe at Home and So Long To The Day are more earth-themed.  La Bella Stella is the fifth CD to be released in the Celebrate Earth series. Recess Music is “dedicated to entertaining, encouraging, and educating children and families about our magnificent green planet through Earth-friendly music.” 

The songs are sung in different genres and by different singers. From the foot-stomping beat of Nature’s Lullaby to the soft rhythm of Man in the Moon, the songs seek to both entertain and teach children about our beautiful, grand earth.

This review/giveaway is running in conjunction with the upcoming release of La Bella Stella, March 27th, just in time for Earth Day 2012. 

Quick Rating: 3.5/4

Child Appeal: 3.5/4

My 5 year old daughter turned the songs on and immediately started dancing.  Part way through the songs, though, she stopped, stood still and listened.  Then the questions started.  “What is a galaxy mom?”  “How do they put a man on the moon?” 

The music, in my opinion, could be enjoyed from a young age to probably age 7, but appealed most to my 5 year old daughter.  The packaging is bright and colourful, which appealed immediately to my children.

Parent Appeal: 3/4
The songs are well-sung, catchy and educational.  The earthy-feel of the songs attracted me to them.  The songs include planets, birds and bees, baby otters, owls, and fawns.  I especially enjoyed listening to Nature’s Lullaby

Eco Appeal: 4/4
This section is important to us, being a green living blog.  The CD is packaged minimally with a cardboard case over a plastic CD holder.  It was shipped simply in a padded envelope as would be expected.  A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this CD will go to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, an air and space science centre located in Concord, NH. 

Functionality: 4
The CD is high quality, the packaging is appropriate and the age group suggested (4-11) is more or less appropriate, although I would suggest more to the 4-7 age group. 

Overall, I would give this CD a 3.5 out of 4.  I would definitely buy it for my children to listen to.  The music is cheerful and educational, the themes are good, and it satisfied my eco-tooth with charitable donations based on sales, and acceptable packaging. 

Win This CD:
If you would like an opportunity to win this CD please visit the Recess Music website and leave a comment at the bottom of this review about something you learned there, or which CD you’d be interested in listening to. http://recessmusic.com.  All comments that are not related to the Recess Music website will be disqualified.  Contest is open to USA and Canada residents only.

Contest Deadlines:
The winner will be drawn based on a number selected by random.org, at 9 pm PST on March 15th, 2012.  The winner will be announced on this blog within 24 hours of the contest ending.  I will announce that a winner has been selected on facebook and twitter.  If the winner does not contact me within 24 hours I will select another winner. 

CONTEST IN NOW CLOSED.  WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED AND CAN BE FOUND IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

Disclaimer:
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The Truth About Brown Sugar

A few years back when I was about ankle-deep in healthful eating knowledge (I may just be up to my neck in it now…) I was surprised and disgusted to discover that the brown sugar I thought was so much better for my family was really just highly-refined white sugar with some molasses put back into it. So I started buying Demerara sugar. I had heard that demerara sugar was a less-refined cane sugar and better for you. THEN I discovered that the sugar I was using was actually just Demerara-STYLE (note the word style was not in bold on the packaging) and was, once again, just white sugar with more molasses and a coarser grain. It wasn’t until then that I really started looking at packaging, researching sugars, and realising that there is more to sugar than I thought.

Brown Sugar: Common brown sugar is really highly processed and refined white sugar that has had the surface molasses syrup added back in, which imparts its characteristic flavor. -Small Footprint Family

www.levelground.com

When looking for a healthier alternative to white sugar, look beyond the “brown sugar” label and go for the less refined, “raw” sugars such as demerara, turbinado, muscavado and rapadura.

For years I have heard that less refined sugar is better for you but I didn’t really know why. Sugar is sugar, and less refined sugar does not contain enough extra nutrients compared to refined sugar to make that matter. I had to spend some time finding out WHY there is some truth to it being less healthy.

Refined sugar has had a number of things done to it during the refining process. White sugar is bleached with sulphuric acid, is spun through a centrifuge to remove the outer coating, and has phosphoric acid and calcium hydroxide added to it which is absorbed and traps impurities. It is then put through a carbon filter to remove impurities, then crystallised by vacuum and dried.

Raw sugar is pressed, and the juice is mixed with lime to remove impurities. It is then evaporated and put through a centrifuge to separate the crystals. It is then dried.

See the difference? Much less has been done to it or added to it.

From a green perspective, the production of raw sugar uses much less energy, creates much less waste, and uses fewer chemicals.

Shall we make it greener? 80% of USA sugar is grown domestically. The sugar that is grown out of North America, however, is often grown in poor countries by impoverished farmers. Fair Trade Certified sugar must be grown and purchased following strict guidelines including fair wages, strict pesticide regulations and environmental regulations including ecosystem care and waste control. Don’t buy non-domestic sugar that is not certified fair trade.

And even greener? Buy organic sugar. Most sugar fields have a high rate of pesticide usage. Pesticide use on certified organic sugar is strictly controlled. Sugar cane and sugar beet crops are now often from genetically modified seeds. Certified organic products are not genetically-modified, by regulation.

Honey in a honeycomb.

And of course there are other less-refined sugars that are even better for you such as honey and maple syrup.  Honey is arguably the least refined available.  It is not only delicious, locally-available and pure, but it offers antiseptic, antioxidant and cleaning properties.  Maple syrup is also very lightly refined.  Nothing is added or removed, and it is high in minerals and antioxidants.  Local maple syrup is also easily available. 

So now that I am self-proclaimed “up-to-my-neck in healthy food”,  you will only find in my pantry organic raw sugar, fair trade turbinado brown sugar,  maple syrup and honey.  Quality, eco-friendly, organic and safe.  We just ordered our first batch of honey bees this spring and we hope to someday provide ourselves with our own sweetener on our little homestead. But that is a story for another day. 

This post has been shared on Homestead Barn Hop #53Real Food Forager’s Fat Tuesday, Green and Natural Thursdays LinkupFrugal Days, Sustainable Ways and Natural Parenting Group Linky.

Salt of the Earth: Making Your Own Salt.

Sea salt is one of those ingredients that you don’t really think very much of.  Or at least I didn’t. Like flour and sugar, salt is a base ingredient that you use in combination with other ingredients to create a master piece.  Run to the store and buy your basic ingredients and you have a homemade meal. Right?  That’s what I thought until I read a blog about a woman whose hobby is to physically collect salts around the world during her travels.  She raves about the distinct differences in salt flavours from different areas of the globe.  So, who would have thought of making your own salt?  (Obviously, not me).

As is often the case, it is easy.  So easy, in fact, you will ask why you didn’t think of making your own before.  You need an ocean (or other large body of salt water), a good sized but manageable container with a lid, a large OLD stainless steel pot, a sieve, a shallow pan and a stove top.  We used an igloo cooler which was a manageable size.  Hawaii was a fun place to collect it… the water was warm.  And if you don’t want people looking at you funny, go at night.  It makes it into a more exciting adventure :).

Go deep enough into the ocean so the surf isn’t breaking any more, (meaning that the water will contain less debris) and collect your water with your manageable container.  I imagine collecting by boat would work too.

Once home, pour your water through a sieve into a large stainless steel pot.  Simmer on low for as long as it takes until the salt crystals start to form, and you have a thicker slurry of salt water at the bottom, about 2 inches.  This could take a day or more.

Pour salt water into a shallow pan and place it in direct sun until the water is completely gone.  You will have gorgeous salt crystals that you can grind in a salt grinder!  This amount of water makes approximately 1 lb of salt. 

When I tell people I have made my own salt I get some very strange looks.  Why would anyone want to make her own salt when she could go to the store and buy it, very cheaply?  As with most homemade things, I get a real feeling of satisfaction out of making it.  There is something very appealing to me about making something from basic, earthy materials.  I get the same feeling when I make pottery.  Or when I garden.  Or eat eggs and drink milk from my own animals.  It is an earthy-satisfaction that just does not occur when I run out to the store and buy salt/milk/eggs/vegetables/pottery.  Try it!  It will put a proud smile on your face. 

Notes:

  • Use an OLD stainless steel pot.  It will oxidise and never be the same again.
  • Don’t boil water until there is no water left.  Your salt will taste like stainless steel.  (we’ve done that).
  • The deeper you collect your water, the less impurities will be in it. 
  • If you are flying, don’t bring your salt home in carry-on baggage.  They might not believe you when you tell them it is salt. 

This post has been shared on: Homestead Barn Hop #52, Whole New Mom Traditional Tuesdays, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #17, Our Simple Farm Link Up, Living Well Blog Hop #32 The Morris Tribe’s Homestead Blog Carnival #1 and Real Food Forager’s Fat Tuesday.