DIY Hand sanitizer

This was posted in a *magazine* that I read recently.  With all the bugs and viruses going around here is a natural way to reduce illnesses:

“Wipe out germs without harsh chemicals and drying alcohols.  Try this gentle but effective at-home recipe from Treatment Alternatives for Children by Lawrence Rosen, M.D. and Jeff Cohen (Alpha, 2012).

*3 ounces filtered water

*1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

*10 drops cinnamon essential oil

*10 drops clove essential oil

*10 drops rosemary essential oil

*10 eucalyptus essential oil

*20 drops lemon oil

Instructions: Mix ingredients in a 4-ounce spray dispenser, and shake gently.  Mist onto hands; massage for 30 seconds.

* magazine February 2013


Cancer virus put into children’s vaccines

The drug company Merck is on video admitting that they put cancer viruses into the vaccines that are given to children.  The more information that we read and are exposed to is FINALLY admitting chemicals and preservatives are being put into what is “supposed” to be helping our children.

Watch the article below and stay informed!


Did you know coriander is also cilantro?

I am sharing this article because I was surprised to learn that coriander seeds and cilantro are the same thing!  There are so many wonderful benefits or cilantro that instead of taking supplements you could be adding these things to your diet for wonderful health benefits!!!  Bring on the salsa!!! 🙂

Hailing the benefits of coriander!

by Leanne Ely

Did you know that when we talk about coriander we’re talking about the seed of the coriander plant, also known as cilantro? It’s true! Coriander and cilantro are essentially the same thing. That green herb many of us call cilantro, is actually known as the coriander plant to many people around the world.

Coriander is a leafy aromatic herb that after blooming produces coriander seeds which can be purchased whole or in a powder form.

People tend to either love or hate coriander, but there is no denying that it offers a slew of health benefits. Both its leaves and seeds pack a punch in the flavor and nutrition departments.

Let’s take a look at what coriander seeds can do for us:

Salmonella protection. If you end up eating something that’s carrying salmonella-causing bacteria, enough coriander in your system can possibly prevent you from developing an illness from the offending food.

Heavy metal removal. It’s easier than you might think to ingest metals like mercury and lead. Coriander has been found to take dangerous metals like lead, aluminum and mercury right out of our bodies. Avoid being a metal head and eat coriander. It’s said that this spice can actually remove those heavy metals from your brain!

Gas prevention. A little coriander seed can settle your tummy and prevent gas.

Anti-inflammatory. Coriander can help arthritis sufferers by soothing inflamed joints. Make a tea out of coriander seeds and water and see if it brings you some relief.

UTI prevention. If you suffer from urinary tract infections, try adding some coriander to your diet.

Lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Add some coriander to your daily intake and you may find your blood sugar levels even out. You may also find that your LDL cholesterol levels decrease and your HDL (good cholesterol) levels increase.

Coriander is rich in dietary fiber, iron and magnesium. Coriander seeds can reduce menstrual flow while cilantro leaves mixed with turmeric can help treat blackheads and pimples. Coriander even works as an antihistamine!

Homegrown coriander is far superior to the packaged spice you find in stores, so if you’re a fan of the spice, why not try your hand at growing your own? It’s dead easy to grow in your own planter and when it takes, you get an herb and a spice all in one!

Now how do you go about enjoying all that coriander? 

*    Sprinkle some coriander into your pancake batter
*    Add coriander to chickpea dishes
   Buy a pepper mill and dedicate it to coriander seeds! Leave it at the table with your pepper grinder and add this healthy spice to any foods you like
*    Warm some coconut (or almond) milk and add cinnamon, honey and powdered coriander for a lovely, comforting drink

Copyright (C) 2012 Leanne Ely, CNC All rights reserved.

An article about determining what PLU codes mean?

This information was brought to my attention recently.  When choosing your favorite fruits and vegetables it is helpful to know which ones have been organically grown and which ones have heavy pesticide on them or maybe they have been genetically modified.  Healthy eating and vitality comes from getting the most nutrients and vitamins from our energy source (food). Eating foods with chemicals and/or  that have been made in a lab will have adverse reactions by your body.  Please choose wisely and share this important knowledge with others!

Raw Earth Living:

“What does the number on a fruit sticker mean?

FEBRUARY 27, 2010

Editor’s Note: We’ve compiled info from 3 different sources to help uncover what many already know about what those little stickers on produce actually tell you- in our attempt to further help you as a consumer KNOW what you are eating and if it has been genetically modified…


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7 out of 10 items in grocery store shelves contain ingredients that have been genetically modified. Fruit and vegetables do not come with nutrition labels but they do have stickers (PLU – Price Look Up Code) which contain pertinent information.

Next time you decide to purchase that apple or cut a slice out of that melon, consider the PLU sticker. This sticker will tell you whether the fruit was organically grown, genetically modified, or produced with chemical fertilizers, herbicides or fungicides.

PLU stickers that have 4 digits and begin with a “3″ or “4″: produce is conventionally grown. This means that this produce was sprayed with weed killers and chemical pesticides.

PLU stickers that have 5-digits and start with “8″: produce was genetically engineered (man intervened by manipulating the genes to produce a larger or brighter colored food). This produce may have been chemically treated.

PLU stickers that have 5-digits and start with “9″: produce was raised organically. You can be sure that this produce was not treated with any chemicals.

If you see other variations of code on your produce, you can refer to the following website and look up the PLU code as well as other information regarding this topic:

Note: the adhesive used to stick the PLU onto the fruit is edible but the sticker itself is not.

Having some origin coding would be great for seeing how far a particular fruit/vegetable traveled but that is something still hidden in our giant supermarkets.


Price Look-Up codes, commonly called PLU codes, PLU numbers or PLUs, are identification numbers affixed to produce and other products in grocery stores and supermarkets to make check-out and inventory control easier, faster, and more accurate.

The code is a four or five-digit number, identifying the type of bulk produce, usually including the variety.

Organic produce is denoted by a five-digit number whose first digit is 9 (e.g. 94011 for organic yellow bananas); an 8 prefix indicates genetically modified food.

The codes have been in use since 1990. Currently, there are over 1300 universal PLU codes assigned.

Use of PLU codes eliminates the need for grocery store checkers to identify each variety of produce visually. This advantage is especially important with the growth of the organic produce market; organic and conventional oranges, for example, may look the same but have very different prices.

The system is administered by the International Federation for Produce Standards, an affiliate of the Produce Marketing Association.


Price look-up codes are generally printed on small stickers or tags.

They can tell if your fruit is conventional, organic or Genetically Modified.

Those PLU code stickers that you have to peel off your fruit and vegetables do more than just convey prices to the cashier. If you know how to read them, says Marion Owen at, they can tell you a thing or two.

Conventional produce gets a four-digit number.

Organic produce gets a five-digit number that starts with 9.

Genetically modified items also get a five-digit code, but that code starts with 8.

4139: Conventional Granny Smith apple
94139: Organic Granny Smith
84139: Genetically Modified Granny Smith



All PLU codes…

Here is the PLU of a Gala Apple I am eating.

APPLES (4173)Variety: Royal Gala
Variety Info:
Type: Global
Category: FR
North American Size: 100 size and smaller
Rest of World Size: AFW = less than 205g

“4401″: A four-digit code indicates conventionally grown items, here white-fleshed peaches.”

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