Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Another YUMMY oil

Pumpkin Seed Oil For Health and Skin!

■Great for maintaining smooth skin.
■Increase energy.
■Lower high cholesterol levels.
■Help alleviate prostrate problems.
■Miner depression.
■Improve sexual health.
■Help stop kidney stones from forming.
■Prevent arteries from hardening.
■Learning disabilities.
■Can help increase milk production for lactating mothers.
■Help with bladder problems.
It can make a healthy salad dressing, adding a nice nutty flavour, yet it is no good for cooking as the heat destroys the essential fatty acids.

It makes a good massage oil, for helping to relieve headaches and muscle aches and pains.

When buying pumpkin seed oil, check to make sure it does not contain too much sunflower oil. A lot of manufacturers will add more sunflower oil to cut costs. And always buy cold pressed.

Like flaxseed oil, keep your pumpkin seed oil in the fridge.

To date, there are no known pumpkin seed oil side effects, apart from maybe a slight stomach upset. It has also been found not to interfere with any medication. So enjoy the pumpkin seed oil benefits.

~Herban Chica~: Toxic Free Fly traps

~Herban Chica~: Toxic Free Fly traps

Toxic Free Fly traps

The house fly ICK!
I can't stand flies and flies seem to love our yard and seem to lie in wait at our screen door, each time we open it.. 2 or 3 buzz right in.
I did some searching, wondering why flies seem so bad these last couple of years. I have had a dog for the last 11 years and never had a problem before so I didn't think it was because of that however, if you don't pick up the poop.. it is inevitable that you will attract flies.
The last couple of years I have had a garden, and from what I have learned from , this may be the cause of the abundance of flies that I have. flies love moisture and this will attract them..

I don't like using pesticides or anything that is potentially hazardous to my family or my pets and on I found a few recipes for fly homemade fly traps.

I have yet to try them, and will get back to you with the results! but I have cut and pasted from the website and there list is below.
Previously I have tried vinegar in a glass, wrapped in plastic and a few small holes punched in the plastic.. it was not worth my expensive Braggs applecider vinegar- it caught only a few itty bitty flies and that was it.

Homemade Flytraps and Repellents
Homemade fly strips. Making your own fly strip is simple. First, mix up a quarter cup of corn syrup with about a quarter cup of granulated sugar. Next, cut strips from a paper bag that are about 2 inches wide and about 18 inches long. Poke a small hole in the top of the paper strip and run the strip through your sugary concoction or simply smear some of it on the paper. Put a string through the hole, and hang it up. Just remember to keep a bowl or something underneath it to catch any drips.

Homemade flytrap. This one's even easier. Grab a mason jar, and put some syrup, sugar, soda, or any combination of sweet stuff that you can think of in it. Put the lid on and poke some holes in it that are just large enough for the particular flies you are dealing with to get in, and place it in the area with the greatest fly concentration. If you want some ideas for some homemade fruit flytraps, click here.

Plastic bag trick. This one is pretty odd but supposedly works well. All you gotta do is fill a plastic, 1-gallon zipper bag about halfway with water and hang it outside above your door. There are a couple different theories for why this works:1) The light reflections from the water look like spider webs, so the flies avoid the area. 2) The light reflecting off the water simply disorients the flies and they go elsewhere.

Natural fly control. I know these aren't really homemade . . . but whatcha gonna do about it? Anyway, marigolds, mint, and basil are all natural fly deterrents that can be planted outside. Inside, you can hang pine boughs, scatter orange peel, or scatter cloves.

Need some more Fly Control info?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Making "GREEN" cleaning products

Please Visit my new website and join me in a class on how to make your own
"green" cleaning products at home!

Monday, April 11, 2011


I am excited to announce that I have gotten together with a friend and we have created EarthWisdom, an outdoor education website that includes Medicinal Plant Walks and all sort of classes. Our next endeaver will be to incorporate a non profit group for children!
Please stay posted!
Check out our website at:

Monday, April 4, 2011

Medicinal Plant Walks and More

Please visit my other website below:
to learn more about medicinal plants of the Sonoran Desert and plant medicine making!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Healthier Laundry Detergent

Just finished my first batch of homemade liquid laundry detergent! It was fast and easy and I suggest it to anyone. My friends kids make it, that is how easy it is and the money you will save is AMAZING! especially with teenagers. I think it works out to less than .50 cents a load, I haven't calculated that price yet but my friend has, she makes it by the 5 gallon bucket and her recipe is a little different but here is my recipe.

Fels Naptha Bar
Washing Soda
Borax laundry booster

I grated a half bar of Fels Naptha and added that to about 8 cups of boiling water.
When that was melted I poured in a half cup of the Washing Soda and half cup of the Borax laundry booster and kept that on the stove but not on a boil. I kept stirring periodically until melted completely. This mixture will be thick, remove from stove and set aside.

I used plastic milk/water like jugs and and filled each with 11 cups of warm water and then poured the liquid laundry mixture into them, leaving room enough at the top of the jugs so that I can mix them or shake them periodically for the next 24 hours.

This is so easy and quick to make, and fun! I would love for your feed back if trying this recipe.

All ingredients can be bought at an Ace hardware store.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Our Desert Pharmacy

Medicinal Plant Walk includes book
March 27th
Usery Park, Levee Trail Head
For more information contact
carrie at