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How to detox using Swedish Bitter

on Tuesday, 08 May 2018. Posted in How to, Opas Blog, Health - Viewed: 320

How to detox using Swedish Bitter
Today I want to talk about detoxing with Swedish Bitter. Swedish Bitter, as you may know, is a old recipe from the 1500's. It was first produced by paracelsus and then later discovered by Maria Treben.

Fertilize your plants with these common household ingredients

Written by Mercedes on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in How to, Opas Blog - Viewed: 20572

Fertilize your plants with these common household ingredients

In mid summer I decided to fill my balcony with roma tomatoes, sweet peas, and squash varieties such as the straight neck squash and butternut squash.

After my first two 5 gallon buckets, 2 bags of organic dirt, and a pack of bamboo sticks -- I couldn't believe how expensive my adventure was going to be. I had not yet invested in fertilizer! Yikes! 

How to keep skin hydrated during the fall and winter

on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in How to, Opas Blog - Viewed: 3076

How to keep skin hydrated during the fall and winter

The summer is behind us and a new season is on the horizon -- Fall. Cold fall, rainy fall, and not so moisturizing to our skin fall. We all know this feeling. Summer is gone, but so is the intense UV rays and heat. In summer, our skins ability to protect is on high and we are in constant correction of any damage caused by too much sun exposure. During this intense UV exposure the stratum corneum, our skins outermost layer of the epidermis, tends to thicken and creates so called light calluses.

In addition to the traces of summer left behind on our skin, soon comes the transition into cooler temperatures. On top of that, the skin layer becomes thiner due to the lack of sun and low humidity.

How to make your own Elderflower Syrup

on Monday, 07 October 2013. Posted in How to, Opas Blog - Viewed: 5989

How to make your own Elderflower Syrup

Did someone say Elderflower Syrup?

Elderflower, one of my favorite smelling flower out there -- so sweet, fresh, and flowery. Elder, a common tree in both USA and Europe has been used in history for its medicinal purposes.

Its berries are rich in vitamin C and Potassium and the flowers are rich in A, B1, B2, B3 and vitamin C.

How to make Dandelion Honey

on Friday, 04 October 2013. Posted in How to, Opas Blog - Viewed: 7208

How to make Dandelion Honey

Dandelion who? Dandelion honey!

Dandelion honey! It's a great alternative to bee honey for us vegetarians and vegans. What can you use dandelion honey for? Coughing a lot? Sore throat has you this season? No problem, drop a teaspoon of dandelion honey in your teacup combined with hot water and or your favorite tea. Not feeling so well or feeling like a cold is coming your way?

Dandelion honey is a great remedy for these troubles. See below our delicious homemade dandelion honey. All dandelions we used are wild and picked from our garden and the meadows. I really enjoyed picking these dandelions.

Build a Insect Hotel

Written by Thomas on Monday, 10 September 2012. Posted in How to, Opas Blog - Viewed: 5743

insect hotel variatBuilding a insect hotel is fun and educational, especially for the kids. Kids learn about different insects and what types of houses they prefer to live in. In addition, insects need nesting sites so they can lay their eggs and in return they help pollinate our fruit trees and flowers.

For example, the carpenter bee. Carpenter bees are often mistaken for a bumble bee because of their similar appearance.

The carpenter bee is an important pollinator of many open-faced flowers such as the Scarlet globe mallow, california poppy, evening primrose, and the water star grass.

The carpenter bee likes to live in holes in wood logs and dwellings.

How to harvest Nettle

Written by Mercedes on Friday, 29 June 2012. Posted in How to, Opas Blog - Viewed: 10524

Wild Nettle Plant (Urtica dioica)

Stinging Nettle, a plant not many are aware of is one of the greatest healing plants out there. What is so special about nettle? Nettle is that plant in the garden that you discovered accidentally when it's prickly little hairs decided to sting you. It grows like a weed in the right soil conditions, preferably where mineral rich and wet ground abounds.

How to plant seeds in egg cartons

Written by Mercedes on Wednesday, 28 March 2012. Posted in How to, News - Viewed: 5609

Egg Carton for seeds

Save your egg cartons for the garden! Using egg cartons to plant seeds or seedlings is a cheap and effective way to get your herbs, flowers, or plants off to great start.

How to purchase quality tea

Written by Mercedes on Monday, 30 January 2012. Posted in How to, Opas Blog - Viewed: 7869

How to purchase quality tea

Tea is consumed all over the world and are of importance to many different cultures. Drinking tea is said to bring well-being, that is, if practiced regularly. Tea helps flush out toxins from the body making it a healthy regimen.

Different varieties of tea can make us happy, sleepy, awake, calm, or help us to digest. Buying tea is easy but there are some things you should look out for when selecting the most purest and quality promising teas.

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