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Yep. It is. I’ll bet you didn’t know that the humble little lime trumps any deodorant on earth. I can personally attest to its magical odor-eating super powers.
I began wiping fresh squeezed lime juice in my pits (I don’t think it’s possible to make that sound even the slightest bit attractive, so we’ll leave it at that) after a friend of mine mentioned this useful bit of info in a FB post. That was nearly 2 years ago and I haven’t spent a dime on deodorant since.
Mind you, I had long before ceased using antiperspirant chemical shit-storm sticks, rollers and what have you. Never-mind that they smell nasty and synthetic (definitely not sexy…and dude, what’s with the “powder” scent? reminds me of grandma’s diaper hut. I’ll go with the BO, thanks), they have been proven to cause CANCER. Fabulous! It’s not exactly the brightest idea to obstruct the bagillions of super handy pores that serve as channels to release toxins from your body via sweat.
I was over at my neighbor’s place last week, and by neighbors I mean 70 or 80 something year old “cortijeros” (that’s Spanish for farmers), attempting to converse in what may very well be Spain’s equivalent of America’s back woods Kentucky accent. Anyone who has gallivanted across the rural pueblos of Andalucia knows exactly what I’m on about.
Whilst attempting to gather some information as to where to find a local mechanic (as I write this I’m actually stranded 10 days later (the mechanic is working on “siesta time”) in a forest of olive trees (I mean there is a house too…I’m not actually in the trees) with nothing but my feet to get me to the nearest village, a mere 9k jaunt. I keep having flashes of ‘The Shining’ but then realize I don’t have a creepy little son repeating “red rum” over and over, the Mediterranean weather is beautiful (not a flake of snow here) and there are trees in the garden full of figs, almonds and pomegranates. Kinda makes ya wanna hang a hammock instead of kill your family). Whoa tangent! …and what on earth does all this have to do with hummus you ask? Trust me, we’re going somewhere…read on!
High five bitchez! *does back flip* There are 3 trees, ripe with delicious almonds growing in the garden! Rad. How much do those cost at Whole Paycheck again? …oh, and be sure to double that once they’ve slapped an “organic”/“raw” label on it. Seriously, it’s all about planting our own edible gardens. Money does in fact grow on trees! Think about it. What has more value: an inked up piece of paper that’s been touched by a kabillion grubby hands (and I can only imagine what else) or fresh food that sustains life? more »
A friend of mine gave me this little book called “Garlic and Vinegar…Discover their Power!“awhile back. It’s one of those glossy Globe Digest Series paperbacks that you’d find lurking about under the canned peas in your grandma’s pantry…and it is AMAZING.
There are recipes in there to heal anything from food poisoning to a stroke by simply using the magic of apple cider vinegar and garlic in combination with various herbs. I spent a good stint of the summer starting my mornings off with one of these tasty (believe it or not) elixirs to help detox my body after spending 4 months in Southeast Asia.
The Four Thieves Vinegar is probably my favorite. Given the bad ass posse of super herbs, I can see how this legend came to be: more »
My whole apartment smells like a post-apocalyptic mint bomb explosion. I like it. It means that I just made a couple batches of Waking Bird Healing Balm. Awesome.
This stuff is amazing and works wonders when applied consistently. I use it almost daily to maintain healthy ligaments, joints and tendons, because when I’m 100 years old I plan to have serious ninja skills.
I spent about a year developing the Healing Balm while I was studying internal kung fu in a traditional southern shaolin system. Qigong and herbs are holistic aspects of the art and were integrated into my training. The Healing Balm was a kitchen experiment to see if dit da jow (traditionally prepared in liniment (liquid) form) could be made into a balm that shared both the analgesic (pain soothing) attributes of a minty, cooling rub, plus all the healing benefits of the dit da jow herbal formula. more »
This might just be the best salad dressing ever. Bar none (well, at least I think so). I’ve concocted this recipe a few times and every time I make it I’m reminded of how freakin’ amazeballs it is.
Alright, here goes… oh yeah, I should mention that I rarely ever measure anything when I cook. This is my best guestimation of the portions. I recommend that you stick your finger in the mix (not while blending obviously, unless you like the idea of eating your appendages) and make minor adjustments according to your taste buds. more »
Body image is something that most people in the modern world grapple with on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter if you’re in great health, over or underweight, a super model, athlete, maimed or disfigured; the majority of people are not satisfied with what they see when they look in the mirror. Instead of focusing on what is awesome about one’s self, we tend to focus on what we perceive to be flaws and therein begins a downward spiral of low self esteem. We are programmed at a young age to believe that we must attain a perfect model of what the media and our cultural environment convinces us we should be; anything less is inferior. Seeing that the typical standards are practically non-human especially given technological advances in digital media, most people go about their daily lives believing that deep down on some level they are sub par and feel ashamed because of it. We are “Killing Ourselves Softly.” If this weren’t the case, plastic surgeons and the entire “beauty” industry would be out of business and the fear of aging would be obsolete. more »