Six way to naturally prevent fleas

6 Home Remedies for Fleas- keep your dogs bite free without using harsh chemicals.

Why the ingredients: The essential oils/ingredients used here are all natural insecticide/pesticides, shown to either kill or deter the pests due to their various compounds/naturally occurring chemicals. Indeed, many of them are found in commercial flea/tick preventative.

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skunk de odor

Homemade Skunk-Odor Remedy for Dogs (and Things)

A quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1 tablespoon of dawn or other liquid dish soap (gentler detergents are actually preferable). Peroxide is something that neutralizes the compounds in skunk odor (or something like that), and dawn cuts the oil in the skunk spray.

Mix all three together and sponge the mixture over your dog, especially the affected area, taking great care to not get any into her eyes, mouth, ears, nose, or any wounds. Rub the liquid into her fur and leave it in for 5 minutes. Rinse the dog thoroughly with water. And that’s that!

Don’t forget that collar! Ask me how I know.

A few words of precaution:

1. Use a brand-new bottle of peroxide, since an open bottle in your cupboard tends to lose its potency over time.

2. Only mix this immediately prior to using. Since the mixture releases oxygen, it loses its efficacy fast.

3. Do not store this mixture – and do not keep it in a covered container, as it might explode due to the gas build-up. Pour the excess down the drain, followed by a bunch of water.

4. Wear rubber (or latex) gloves! The mixture will irritate your bare skin, and skunk odor is a bitch.

No pun intended.

5. Take great care to NOT get any into your dog’s eyes, ears, mouth, nose, or on any wounds, as it may cause an irritation.

6. Do NOT substitute the baking soda in the recipe for anything else – especially not washing soda. Washing soda is caustic and can cause burns.

The mixture can be used on other things, like upholstery (which I didn’t have to do, thank God), but remember that it could cause bleaching.

One more thing – the quicker you get to it, the better, as time is of the essence here.

CREAM OF DANDELION SOUP: a weed has its moment in the sun


I have organic seeds and plant a crop just because its so good for you.  this way i KNOW what it’s growing in and what didn’t pee on it.  and it’s organic.  it has so many health properties as well.

By foraging in your backyard, you can turn a crop of this cheerful but maligned weed into a tasty, traditional French soup.

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Jack Snacks

sounds delish!

Buttoni's Low-Carb Recipes

Jack Snacks Baked only 10 minutes

Browned 12 minutes Baked 12 minutes

Just starting your low-carb diet?  Bet you’re wondering what YOU can snack on when the rest of the family is enjoying verboten foods.  Well this recipe, if you can call it a recipe, is one solution.  It’s suitable for Atkins Induction Phase, Keto diets and even Primal followers that eat occasional cheese.  Takes just minutes to make and bake!

And if you seed the jalapeno, like I did, these were not even all that hot (I don’t like real hot/spicy foods).  Leave the seeds in if you like to spice things up!  These are delicious and so low-cal/low-carb you could eat the entire batch if you were so inclined!  The hubs and I split this batch equally and we both loved these!  Now, to be quite honest, I’ve also just melted plain old pepper-jack cheese before, but these really are better for some…

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DIY Homemade Plantain (herb) Ointment


©beverly armstrong 2015


Plantain may just be a weed to others but it has amazing properties that are perfect for first aid treatment of
bites, stings, wounds, allergies, rashes, sunburns,and other skin problems.  To make plantain ointment, all you
need to have is the following:
* 4 oz olive oil infused with dried plantain leaf
* 1 oz of beeswax
* 5 drops of vitamin  E (oil)
* 3 drops of peppermint oil
* 2 mason jars


1. For the infused olive oil, fill a dry quart mason jar with dried plantain leaves and the olive oil.  Tightly seal.
Place the jar in a crock pot with a layer of towel at the bottom; fill it with water reaching half the jar.  Set it to warm for two days.
2.  To make the ointment, pour beeswax and strained oil in a pan over low heat.  Stir and remove when melted.  Add the vitamin E oil and the peppermint oil and stir.  Transfer to a dry mason jar and let stand for a day to harden. Use when needed.

©beverly armstrong 2015