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DIY Vapor Rub

DIY Vapor Rub

DIY Vapor Rub When your family has the sniffles, make a soothing, petroleum-free vapor rub at home:  Ingredients 1/2 cup coconut oil, 2 TBSP beeswax  20 drops of eucalyptus oil (only 4 drops for use on babies and young children) 20 drops peppermint oil (omit this oil...

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Grandma Medicine

Grandma Medicine

Photo from the Florida Historical Archives  Much of the folk wisdom your grandma or great grandmother knew has been lost. At Fresh Start - we want to help you re-learn what Grandma knew! Read below for a few of the herbal cures granny used - and come by and talk...

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Ways to Use Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Soap

Ways to Use Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Soap

We all love Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap but if you're only using it for body wash or shampoo, you're missing out. Take a look at all the ways you can use this wonderful product!1. SHAVINGDilute one part Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap to two parts of water and massage into...

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DIY Hand Sanitizer

DIY Hand Sanitizer

DIY Hand SanitizerIngredients:1/4 cup organic aloe vera gel Available at Fresh Start20 drops of essential oil1 TBSP rubbing alcohol (optional)Colloidal silver (optional) - Available at Fresh StartMix all ingredients and store in a reusable silicone tube.Use a small...

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Reasons to Get a Salt Lamp

Reasons to Get a Salt Lamp

Salt Lamps are more than just an attractive addition to your home decor, they have many health benefits:They Help You SleepImpurities in the air have an impact on the quality of sleep. Positively-charged particles can actually reduce blood and oxygen supply to the...

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Infusing Loose Leaf Tea

Infusing Loose Leaf Tea

You've finally made the move to loose leaf tea - but now you need to know how to make it! Makeing a great cup of tea is simple and it starts with a tea infuser. An infuser is what is used for steeping the tea. A tea infuser basically functions as a tea bag. The tea...

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Keeping the Back-to-School Bugs Away

Keeping the Back-to-School Bugs Away

Summer’s over and the kids are headed back-to-school! It’s the time of year when you return to your routine of homework, early bedtime and a host of extra-curricular activities!  Often, these changes can be stressful and can lead to a weakened immune system. The...

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Repurposing Old Essential Oil Bottles

Repurposing Old Essential Oil Bottles

1. Make Personalized Blends for Gifts and for Yourself Mix up a batch of your favorite blends for sleep or immune boosting or whatever you like. Use these for yourself or give them as gifts. 2. Make Travel-Sized Products Avoid the hassle at the airport by...

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CBD Salve

CBD Salve

Early research suggests CBD contains anti-inflammatory properties, reduces pain, enhances circulation and promotes regeneration of cellular activity. There are a wide variety of conditions that can be treated by using CBD ointments and other CBD infused...

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DIY Bug Spray

DIY Bug Spray

If you'd like a natural alternative to chemical bug repellent, try making your own! Fresh Start has all of the ingredients you'll need to make this. Homemade Bug Spray Ingredients 30 drops citronella essential oil 30 drops geranium essential oil 20 drops lemon...

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Apple Cider Vinegar Detox

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox

If you'd like to remove the effects of processed foods and other chemicals, you may want to try an Apple Cider Vinegar Detox.  Benefits may include: giving the body a good dose of enzymes increasing potassium intake supporting a healthy immune system helping with...

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Healthy Energy Bites

Healthy Energy Bites

Ingredients Chia Seeds Toasted unsweetened coconut Honey Cocoa powder Oats Ground flax Vanilla extract Peanut butter Simply stir all of the ingredients together in a big bowl until they are evenly combined. Cover and chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least...

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DIY Elderberry Syrup

DIY Elderberry Syrup

DIY Elderberry Syrup All of the following Ingredients may be found at Fresh Start: 1 cup fresh or 1/2  cup dried elder berries 3 cups water 1 cup raw local honey 1 organic cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, and a pinch of dried ginger root (optional) Directions...

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DIY Vapor Rub

DIY Vapor Rub

DIY Vapor Rub Ingredients: 2 T beeswax, grated or in pellets 1/3 cup and 1 T coconut oil 30 drops eucalyptus essential oil 30 drops peppermint essential oil Optional: 10 drops of rosemary or cinnamon Melt beeswax with oil of choice until just melted - in...

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Apple Cider Vinegar Uses & Benefits

Apple Cider Vinegar Uses & Benefits

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for many years and many are familiar with some of its benefits. Here are a few: Can Help With You Lose Weight Lowers Cholesterol Keeps Blood Sugar Levels Regulated Reduce Blood Pressure Improve Quality of Your Skin...

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Aromatherapy & Essential Oils – History and Current Use

Aromatherapy & Essential Oils – History and Current Use

Essential oils have been used since at least 3,500 BC and in the last several years have become an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  Over the last several thousand years, man has continued to find uses of essential oils in everyday life.  The following is a...

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10 Important Essential Oils to Have On Hand

10 Important Essential Oils to Have On Hand

Essential oils are used extensively in aromatherapy and various traditional medicinal systems and have been used for thousands of years. Due to the numerous health benefits of essential oils, they are increasingly being explored by the scientific community for the...

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10 Amazing Essential Oils for Weight Loss

10 Amazing Essential Oils for Weight Loss

The use of essential oils for weight loss is an old practice that has recently gained global attention, given the constant search for better weight-loss methods. Losing weight can be difficult, but since obesity is a very dangerous condition, it becomes important....

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Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamins and Supplements and Why They Are Important Vitamins are substances that are found in many of the foods we eat. Your body needs vitamins to work properly, which makes them some really important substances! Your body uses vitamins to do many things, like help...

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What is Organic?

What is Organic?

Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources...

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What is Fair Trade

What is Fair Trade

Fair trade is a movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainable farming. Fair Trade advocates the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental...

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Essential Oil Dilution Guide

Essential Oil Dilution Guide

Essential Oil Dilution Guide Note: The dilution levels given are for high quality, pure essential oils.  If you are using an essential oil that is not a premium oil or has already been diluted by the manufacturer, the below dilution guide will need to be adjusted. ...

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Health Benefits of Tea

Health Benefits of Tea

Types of Teas and Their Health Benefits From green tea to hibiscus, from white tea to chamomile, teas are chock full of flavonoids and other healthy goodies. By Julie Edgar FROM THE WEBMD ARCHIVES Regarded for thousands of years in the East as a key to good health,...

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Quick Guide to Teas

Quick Guide to Teas

a) Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it’s a high concentration of EGCG and has been wide studied. inexperienced tea’s antioxidants could interfere with the expansion of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and body part cancers; forestall obstructive of...

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Brewing the Perfect Cup of Tea

Brewing the Perfect Cup of Tea

A great cup of tea begins with fresh, cool, water. Measure the leaf - approximately 1 teaspoonful per cup.  Heat the water and pour it directly over the leaves.  For green teas, heat the water to the point where bubbles just begin to form.  For oolong teas, heat the...

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Teas Explained

Teas Explained

Teas Explained   Black Tea - The most widely consumed teas, black teas are full-flavored and characterized by a tannic, woody flavor with subtle, flowery nuances. Body - Body refers to the weight of prepared tea on the tongue. A tea can have a heavy, medium, full...

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Ways to Use Herbs

Ways to Use Herbs

Using Herbs Facials Using ordinary kitchen ingredients (fruits, vegetables, etc), you can make natural facial masks. By adding an herb or two, it's easy to customize  — to moisturize or remove excess oil, unclog or reduce pores, soften skin, and/or heal blemishes,...

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Storing Teas

Storing Teas

How to Store Tea Tea absorbs moisture and other aromas very easily, so it's important that tea is stored in an airtight container, away from strong-smelling items. Most tea stores well up to a year, but it depends on many factors. Storage: Loose tea should be stored...

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