Oil vs. Lotion

Why are so many people afraid of using oil?  There is a lot of confusion out there regarding oil and lotion:

Oil vs. Lotion

Many of us are used to using lotion on our skin and have never thought about using oil.  But once you know the facts, you’ll never go back.

What is Lotion?

Lotion is an emulsion of oil and water.  But as we all learned in primary school, oil and water don’t mix.  So how is lotion created?  A chemical binder is required in order to keep the oil and water bonded- chemicals like cetearyl alcohol.

Preservatives in Lotion

Another problem with lotion is the fact that it has water as an ingredient.  The presence of water creates an environment where bacteria can grow; therefore, a preservative is required in order to prevent this.  Every lotion on the market contains chemical preservatives for this reason.

Oil is a Better Approach

Natural oils are a much better option because they do not contain any water.  This means oil has:

  • No preservatives
  • No chemical binders

Will Oil Moisturize My Skin?

Yes! We all have access to water- just turn on the faucet or the shower.  There’s no problem in getting your skin wet.  If you use oil after your shower, you will help lock in the moisture from your shower.  Even if you haven’t gotten your skin wet, oil will help moisturize and infuse your skin with essential vitamins and fatty acids that it needs.

Will Oil Make Me Break Out?

No! Our own skin produces oil in order to keep it healthy and functioning.  If you’ve ever gotten “pruney fingers” after a bath or a swim, you’ve seen the effects of sucking the oil out of our skin.  Oil is not only a natural component of our skin, it is essential to keeping it youthful and looking great.  And some acne is actually caused by a lack of fatty acids in our skin!

Benefits of Oil:

  • Vitamins A, B, C, D & E
  • Fatty acids
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Prevents & reduces sun damage
  • No artificial chemicals or preservatives
  • Matches the natural components of skin

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Dr. Oz’s Recommended Supplements

I saw a great Dr. Oz show the other day where he listed out his top recommended supplements from all of the shows he’s done over the past year. Some of them were quite interesting so I thought I would list them out for anyone who is interested.  They address different problems such as a slow metabolism, bloating and cancer.  Please check with your doctor before you take any supplements.  The information below is not meant to be medical advice.

  • 7-Keto: used to help boost the metabolism.  He recommends taking 100 mg in the morning and 100mg at night.
  • Forskolin: also used to help boost the metabolism.  Recommended dosage is 125 mg a day.
  • Caraway Seeds: used to help control bloating.  Just take a handful after a meal and chew!
  • Relora: helps reduce cortisol levels (cortisol is the stress hormone and can make you gain weight).  Take 250 mg 3 times a day with meals.
  • Saffron Extract: helps control the appetite (billed as an appetite suppressant). He said to make sure that it is “satiereal saffron extract”.  Take 88-90 mg 2 times a day.
  • IP-6 Inositol Hexophosphate: use for cancer prevention.  Take 500 mg 2 times per day.
  • Black Raspberry: use for cancer prevention.  It is full of anthocyanins which help scavenge free radicals.
  • L-Carnosine:  helps fight aging.  Take 500 mg 2 times a day with food.
  • Primrose Oil: helps fight wrinkles.  Take 500 mg 2 times a day.
  • Biotin: helps fix brittle nails and hair. It’s a B7 vitamin.  Take 500 mg 2 times a day.
  • Black Currant Oil: helps improve hair.  Take 500 mg 2 times a day.

And there you have it!  These are the top supplements Dr. Oz recommends.  If you want more details, check out the Dr. Oz Show website.

Misozuke: mucho yummy!

I tried out a new farmer’s market yesterday in Palo Alto.  It occurs every Sunday rain or shine (and it was raining) on California St in Palo Alto.  It was a very cute one where they block off about one block so that no cars can drive and vendors set up in the street.  I usually go to the Farmer’s Market in San Mateo, so it was fun to try something new for a change.  I saw some of the same vendors as I usually see in San Mateo, but I also discovered some new ones.  The most exciting one was a stand selling “tofu misozuke“.  I had never heard of it before, so I was interested to give it a try. They described it as an aged tofu that originally comes from the Fukuoka province in Japan.  Basically they take a  block of tofu, wrap it up in a cloth and dunk it in miso and let it age for several months to a year.

I’m not a huge tofu eater so I wasn’t sold at this point, but they said that it resembles some of the more complex cheeses like blue cheese, and this did get me interested because I love cheese, especially the stinky complex ones.  It was out on the table and looked creamy and spreadable.  They also had thin crackers so I took a swipe and tried it.  It was delightful!  The taste was complex- the easiest way to describe it is that it is umami.  It really did taste as close to a complex cheese as you can get with no dairy.  It was creamy and delicious and just a little was very satisfying.

They recommend eating tofu misozuke with wine or sake, which does sound delightful, but I think it’s delicious on its own.  And since I’m trying to cut out dairy and watch what I eat, this is a great substitute for cheese for me. I’ve included a photo of it here.  You can see that it’s not much to look at- just looks like a creamy blob of tofu, which I guess it was it really is.  Because it’s aged in miso there is sodium in this, but the good news is that a little tofu misozuke goes a long way because the flavor is so complex.

I thought that maybe because it was an aged food that it contained lots of probiotics, but when I asked the vendor she didn’t really know much about the nutritional profile of the misozuke.  She just said that because it’s tofu, it’s probably the same as regular tofu but with more salt.  I’m guessing that the aging changes the profile of the tofu somewhat, but there’s nothing scientific that I’m basing this guess on so take it with a grain of salt.

I just love discovering new things at the farmer’s market and this was something really different, so I thought I’d share it with you all.  It doesn’t seem to be widely available (I guess not even in Japan) but who knows, if you keep asking your farmer’s market or local grocer we could start a tofu misozuke craze!

 

Use Olive Oil to Help with Scalp Psoriasis

Anyone who suffers from scalp psoriasis knows that it can be both physically as well as emotionally painful.  Those dry, flaky scales and red patches are uncomfortable and they are extremely embarrassing.  They can occur all over the scalp, but most often they tend to congregate around the front of the hairline- the exact place where they can’t be hidden.  No matter how great an outfit you have on or how fabulous your makeup looks, when you have red scales surrounding your face and white flakes dropping off on your clothing, it doesn’t look or feel good.  Going to the office with a gnarly scalp and flakes all over your clothes can actually lead to discrimination, even if people don’t realize that they’re doing it.

One of the most frustrating parts of scalp psoriasis is that most of us who suffer from it don’t really know what brings it on.  I’ve tried experimenting and for a while I thought that maybe it was a dairy problem.  But even after I cut out dairy, I found that it came back.  I do feel like it comes and goes throughout the month, so it may be related to hormone changes.  Whatever it is, it’s very frustrating not to know what it causing it because then I can’t do anything to try to avoid it.  I even asked my dermatologist and got the very unsatisfying answer that doctors don’t know what causes it, and they don’t have a cure. Well thanks for that- really helpful.  That send me on a quest to try to find something that would help.  One thing that I do think really helps is strong sunlight.  This is great during the warmer months where I can get outside and hike or run and cure my scalp psoriasis at the same time.  But I live in a very foggy place several months out of the year, so during this time it’s really not possible to get enough sunlight on my scalp to have any sort of impact.  That’s when I turned to experimenting with natural remedies to see what could work.

Olive Oil- a natural remedy for scalp psoriasis

Being already involved with skin care and natural remedies, it was natural for me to turn to the many wonderful oils available.  It just seemed to make sense that moisturizing the scalp and providing it with the many fatty acids and polyphenols found in oils would be a good idea.  First I tried some of the more exotic oils like tamanu oil and sea buckthorn oil  I really expected the tamanu oil to work, but found that it just moisturized my scalp and didn’t help cure or prevent the psoriasis.  Then I tried the sea buckthorn oil and I thought that worked better.  It didn’t get rid of the psoriasis, but it did seem to improve it.  I still had some red areas and flaking but it was better.  The downside is that sea buckthorn oil is a dark red color.  I find that when I put it on my face it will wipe off and not stain, but it was staining my scalp.  It didn’t really help to have a stained red scalp- that was only slightly better than the psoriasis itself!  So I decided that I should carry on with my experiment and try some different oils.

I had already been using a blend of oils on my body that was 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 sesame oil and 1/3 grapeseed oil, so I figured I’d give that one a go.  I started putting it on my scalp and found that it was actually doing a better job than the sea buckthorn, and without the red staining.  All three oils (olive, sesame and grapeseed) are clear so there is no issue with discoloration.  This blend was working pretty well.  Again, the psoriasis wasn’t completely gone but I did notice a marked improvement (and when you’re suffering with this ANY improvement is terrific!).  So I carried on using the blend for about a week.

Then I ran out of the blend and was left with just olive oil in my house, so I decided to give it a try.  It worked the best!  I’m truly not sure what about the olive oil works so well, I just know that it does, and that I love it!  As of right now I don’t have any redness or any scales at all.  I’m going to try it for the month and see how it goes.  I should also note that it’s been raining like crazy where I live so I don’t have the added benefit of sunlight to help me out.  If the olive oil can keep the psoriasis at bay this month without sunlight, then I’ll be sold.

How to apply the olive oil to your scalp

So what do you do?  I read some blogs about warming the olive oil and wrapping your head in a towel- let me just say that I don’t do that.  I don’t think it’s necessary.  I put the olive oil in a small travel sized shampoo bottle so that it’s easy to get out.  Then I just squeeze a little onto my finger and apply to my scalp right around the hairline where I really get the redness and scales.  I do this twice a day: once in the morning after a shower and once at night before I go to bed.  For the application before I go to bed I really pile it on.  Yes, it will make your hair look oily, but since I’m going to sleep anyways, who cares?  Actually olive oil is very good for your hair too, so if your hair is dry you can put it all over your scalp and hair and sleep with it (maybe put a towel down on your pillow though).  The nighttime application is the one to really try to soak your scale with the oil and let it seep in.  Then after my shower in the morning I will do a very light application around the scalp, being careful not to let too much get onto my hair because I don’t want it to look oily.  I’ve actually found that just a touch of olive oil works like a styling product in my hair and oddly gives the front some volume, so I like it.  But if too much gets on the hair then it does look a little oily (which isn’t ideal).  If you have a really bad case of scalp psoriasis you may want to bring a little bottle with you to work and lightly reapply some olive oil during the course of the day.

I’m going to try some other oils to see if they work as well and I’ll post my findings.  I wish that dermatologists and chemists would actually investigate these natural remedies further sot hat we could see what about them really works.  Olive oil is very high in oleic acid- not sure if that’s what helping it or if it’s the polyphenols or just something else entirely.  There’s definitely a moisturizing effect, but I don’t think that’s the only thing as I found certain oils work better than others.  I have to believe that there’s something specific in the olive oil that’s helping and since oleic acid is the primary fatty acid in it that would be my guess at this point (but again, I’m not a scientist).  I’m just thrilled that I’ve found something that’s working, so I’m sharing it here.  It’s cheap, it’s natural, there are no side effects, and it’s effective- what more could you ask for?  One tip- look for organic virgin olive oil that is cold pressed to get the good stuff.  And let me know if it works for you!

 

Eat More Veggies Diet

I just got back from a great vacation in Brazil where I ate and drank my way through the country.  For anyone who has been there, you know that visiting Brazil entails eating a lot of meat and drinking a lot of caipirinhas (Brazil’s national cocktail made with lime, sugar and cachaca).

While it was delicious and fun, sadly I could feel my clothes growing tighter as the trip went on.  So I sucked it up and got on the scale when I got home.  Oh the horror!  I won’t mention any numbers here, but suffice it to say that it wasn’t pretty. So I made a resolution to go on a diet and lose weight (sadly no more delicious caipirinhas for me).

But losing weight is easier said than done.  Which diet should I do?  I decide this time around to actually do something sane and just eat right.  I’m calling it the “Eat More Veggies” diet and that’s pretty much the fundamentals of what I’m doing- eating more vegetables.

The Eat More Veggies Diet

So what is the “Eat More Veggies Diet”? It’s pretty simple- I’m trying to make vegetables the fundamental part of each meal. Certainly every meal must have vegetables involved, but the goal is to make them the primary part.

  • Breakfast: I like eggs so this meal is maybe the one exception.  For breakfast I’m eating two eggs with onions and a ton of herbs (dill, rosemary, thyme, oregano, anything I can find).  I really try to load up the eggs with the herbs so that it kind of overwhelms the eggs, although I guess it’s still primarily protein.  I also put a huge helping of sauerkraut on the plate which I buy every week at my local farmer’s market.  If you’ve only ever eaten canned and pasteurized sauerkraut, then you’ve never really had sauerkraut.  It is truly delicious when it’s fresh and unpasteurized and has the added benefit of containing a ton of probiotics.
  • Lunch: I’ve been partial to stirfrys for lunch and might have something like a head of broccoli sauteed with a little olive oil and a lot of garlic.  Then I might also stir fry some chicken breast.  But when I go to serve myself I put a huge heaping portion of the vegetable and try to limit the protein to around 2-3 oz.
  • Snack: I get really hungry at around 4pm, and I used to try to fight it and hang on for dinner which made me miserable.  Then I realized that if I actually eat something at around 4pm then I’m not really that hungry for dinner.  So that’s what I’m going with.  I try to eat some raw ready to go vegetables at this meal.  Something like carrots, pickles, sprouts or sugar snap peas.  If I already cooked for lunch, I don’t want to cook again here.  The sprouts have been interesting because they are so nutritionally dense that I have a theory that they fill me up at a nutritional level.  I sometimes wonder if the body eats until it gets what it needs nutritionally.  Our regular American diets are so nutritionally deficient that maybe it’s not wonder that we overeat.  If I open a bag of Cheetos I can eat the whole thing, and at the end I feel a weird mixture of still being hungry but feeling sick.  So at this meal I’m just trying to get nutrients in my system to satisfy whatever cravings are going on.  I also like to eat a few nuts at this meal as they are so delicious (and good for you).  And I may also add a little protein here (about 2 oz).  If I’m still in a snackabilly mood then I might eat an apple.  I always forget how filling apples are.  I think the combination of sugar and fiber really satiates me- I’m rarely hungry after I eat one.
  • Dinner: and then comes dinner, which I try to eat before 7pm.  I’ve been going with a huge salad and a little bit of protein (like adding anchovies to my salad which I love).  I love all oily fish so I may have some sardines on the side or smoked trout.  I also always try to have a huge bowl of salad in my fridge at all times.  Then I’ve basically got a meal ready to go at all times.  I use about 8 different vegetables in my salads to make it interesting, and I try to switch them up depending what I can get at my local farmer’s market.  Because I’ve eaten the meal at 4pm I’m usually not super hungry at dinner.  But if I’m still hungry after the salad then I may root around for something yummy like one square of dark chocolate, some more nuts or some fruit.  I particularly like snacking on dried fruit because it is sweet but also feels like snacking food.  I just make sure that I know how much I’m eating and how many calories it is because it’s easy to overeat dried fruit and pack in a lot of calories.

So that’s pretty much my plan.  I’ll keep updating how it’s going.  Wish me luck!

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What You Should Know About Natural Skin Care Products

Not many people are aware of the fact that skin is the human body’s largest organ. Human skin has a highly complex biological structure, and it performs a wide range of important life-sustaining activities in the body. It is possible for a person to live without an appendix, spleen, gall bladder, or one of the two kidneys, but people need their skin. There are many types of identified skin ailments. Visit any drug store and you will spot hundreds of creams, capsules, and lotions for various skin problems. In the last few years, organic skin care products have earned a good reputation, and this popularity is not without a reason. Organic skin care products are known to attack the root of a problem without causing any side-effects. Most ingredients in organic products are nutrients that help the human skin return to its healthy state once again.
Main functions of the human skin

The human skin has a large number of life-sustaining functions. We are mostly unaware of these important biological functions, until something goes wrong. Some common functions are listed below:

  1. The human skin regulates the temperature of the body and protects internal organs from various harmful elements.
  2.  It is through the human skin that we are able to perceive sensations.
  3.  The human skin carries out the excretion of several waste materials from the body.
  4.  The skin provides great immunity to the body from external environment.
  5.  The skin also plays an important role in storage of the blood and synthesis of Vitamin D (through sunlight exposure).

It is the skin that makes us aware of the environment in close surroundings, provides protection against dangerous bacteria and other tiny bugs, participates in the excretion of various harmful and unnecessary toxins from inside our bodies, and helps us to experience touch. Considering the importance of the various functions performed by the human skin, it is easy to understand why we need to take all steps necessary to protect it from infections and diseases.

Why Choose Organic Skin Care Products?

Answering this question is quite simple now, since nearly every person has heard about various toxic ingredients in commercially available skincare products. Most of these products are sold without any major warnings. In the last few years, electronic and print media have covered such issues extensively. Many non-organic skincare and beauty products have been reported to contain potentially dangerous chemical ingredients.
A large number of commercially manufactured skincare and beauty products consist of ingredients that are not easily eliminated by the human body. Therefore, these chemicals are  stored or “trapped” in various tissues of the body. Over a period of time, a person’s body may accumulate considerably large quantity of these chemicals. These substances can have adverse health effects. They may even give rise to comparatively bigger and more complex health conditions than the ones they were supposed to treat when you first used them in the form of an over-the-counter cream, lotion, or tablet.

As compared to commercially manufactured products, organic skincare products provide a safer and more holistic treatment. These products treat the root cause of the problem. For example, if a given skin problem is due to the lack of a particular nutrient, an organic skincare product will provide just that. These natural skincare products have no synthetic or artificial ingredients at all. Therefore, you do not have to worry about toxic chemicals or any kind of side-effects. However, it is advisable to check even an organic product for negative skin reactions.

Skin care products do not contain concentrated or isolated natural substances that have been proven to be potentially dangerous by researchers. A common example of such a natural but potentially hazardous substance is parabens. It is important that you read all usage instructions carefully after purchasing an organic skincare product. You can put a product to the best use only when you follow the instructions published on the label or found in a separate usage manual. Also, it is important to buy organic products from reputed companies or well-known online retailers of organic products only.

The Organic Way of Keeping Age at Bay

Getting old in our society certainly has a stigma attached to it. It seems that it is not easy to grow old unless one is comfortable hearing about ”crow’s feet” and “wrinkles.” So it is no wonder that most of us are worried about both getting old and looking old. But getting old hardly means that you cannot be fit and fine. Instead of fighting the aging process, why not do our best to grow old gracefully? Taking care of yourself, having a positive frame of mind, and working towards maintaining a good appearance are things that can help every person age gracefully.

Growing old gracefully will have you taking care of your inner beauty as well as your outer appearance. To many people, advanced age means a host of illnesses, a shabby appearance, and even memory loss. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Of course, you can go through various cosmetic procedures that will lift any part of your body. Or you can try a variety of skin creams and potions that cost a life-savings, but how much real satisfaction will all that give you? Isn’t the whole point of looking good based on feeling good? You have to feel good about yourself first. The rest will follow.

Going organic is a great way of keeping your age at bay. Yes, that’s right. Choosing the organic way of life can help you overcome the obstacles that age places in front of you. Following are some of the best organic methods you can use to age gracefully and keep looking and feeling fabulous!

  •   There are two kinds of oils that can be superbly beneficial for you. One is castor oil, and the other is fish oil. Castor oil is an excellent organic home remedy for the skin. It keeps wrinkles away and provides the skin with a soft texture. Applying it regularly to the scalp has also been known to keep hair loss at bay. Fish oil, on the other hand, is great for the body. Taking a fish oil supplement everyday will help your concentration, and keep your faculties at their best.
  •     Organic honey is another delight for people who are aging. Honey applied directly onto the skin, especially under the eyes, is  great for wrinkles and crow’s feet. Organic honey is one of the most powerful natural moisturizers on this earth, and it minimizes the appearance of wrinkles. Adding honey to your regular diet is also a good thing.
  •  Coconut may not seem like the most popular aging remedy but it actually should be. Use fresh coconut to produce coconut milk, and apply it onto your skin. It brings a glow to the skin and also provides moisture. Make sure you use fresh coconut and not store-bought coconut milk, as it may contain preservatives and other additives.
  •    Potatoes are another of nature’s ways to keep age at bay. Grind fresh potatoes and extract juice from them. Use this potato juice directly on the skin. Doing this regularly will make your skin free of blemishes, and you will notice less wrinkles as well.
  •   Pure and organic essential oils are also great for aging skin. Different kinds of essential oils are available at specialty stores. Sandalwood, rosewood, frankincense, geranium, and rose jasmine can work wonders for your skin. You can use them as a simple lotion to apply at night before going to bed.
  •    Milk is another natural way to ward off  age wrinkles. You must use fresh milk , preferably from an organic farm. Store-bought carton milk will not do, as these contain chemical and additives.. Apply fresh milk on the skin, and let it dry naturally. Then pat the milk off with a warm cloth.
  •   Choosing to eat organic food products is also important. You can start your own organic garden to grow fruits and vegetables, or you can buy from organic stores. Eat organic, and you will stay young even as the years gracefully pass by.

Organic Skin Care Tips: Living Life the Organic Way

News reports are surfacing almost daily about torturous animal testing conducted for the production of skin care and beauty products. The media also reports frequently about the dangerous chemicals used in skincare products by world-renowned companies. It is no wonder that many women today are worried about what’s in their beauty and make-up products.

Choosing skin and personal care products is not as easy as going to the supermarket and buying the first thing off the shelf. It requires much more thought and consideration. That is why more women are choosing to go organic as far as their skin care is concerned. If you are worried about what to put on your skin, then going organic is probably best for you. Here are some organic product skin care tips to help you select the best product for your needs:

I.    Read product labels before buying them. It is extremely important to learn how to decipher the information on labels in order to make the right choice in skin care products. The first 25% of ingredients listed are the most important since 90% of the content is composed of those. The middle third of the ingredients makes up about 5-8% of the content, while the last third amounts to only 1-3% of the overall content.

II.    Skin care product manufacturers often use the word “natural” to mislead consumers. The word “natural” literally means “existing in, or formed by nature.” But, in the beauty and skin care industry, the word “natural” can mean any ingredient that has been derived from a natural substance. Consequently, “natural” may actually mean “previously natural.” For instance, a company may print that their product contains “Cocamide-DEA derived from coconut oil.” The truth is that while Cocamide-DEA is made from coconut oil, a chemical called diethanolamine is also used to produce it. Diethanolamine is a chemical that has been known to cause cancer- hardly natural and certainly not organic.

III.    An organic certification label from a third party is the only way to confirm that the skin care product is truly organic. Identifying a logo that guarantee a product is organic is crucial for the informed consumer. Certified organic products should contain at least 95%  organic materials, excluding the water content. The remainder of the materials may be natural and non-organic, while produced under the most stringent guidelines. Unfortunately skin care and cosmetics industry manufacturers frequently misuse the term “organic.” The true definition of organic states that any product containing carbon is organic. Since technically, all living things contain carbon, a literal and liberal usage of “organic” may be taken by unscrupulous companies. For instance, even if a product contains petrol, a manufacturer can legally label it is “organic,” and that’s why third party and certified organic labeling is so important.

IV.    The amount of water in skin care products is another way manufacturers misuse the “organic” status. A skin care product manufacturer can very well dump some tea bags into water and let them infuse creating a product base. The maker can then use this water for an end-product that is 75% water based. Hence he will have a product that he can label as 75% “organic.” So always look for ingredients  on products where water is not present in the top third of the list.

V.    In many countries around the world, ingredients which are forbidden in organic foods are allowed in organic-labeled skin and beauty care products. This lack of continuity may fool a lot of people. It is extremely important to be aware of this possible contradiction for products manufactured or purchased abroad.

VI.    Sadly, miracle ingredients for your skin just don’t exist! Yes, that’s right. Miracle products that do wonders for your skin are a myth. But when you choose organic products, you can be sure of the fact that the ingredients that you put on your skin are active, wholesome and pure.

VII.    Choosing organic products for the skin is a great way to say “no” to the torture of animals during lab testing, a terrible process still widely used in the creation of commercially produced products.

How to Grow Your Own Organic Food

There is nothing more basic than to coax the earth into providing food for yourself. Yes, that’s right. Growing your own food can be an immensely gratifying experience. Working with the rhythm of nature is peaceful and liberating. You can grow your own organic products just to prove that you can do it. You can also go organic by growing your own food to save money. Or you can choose it as a way of life!

Growing your own food and going organic in the process is a skill set that is immensely helpful. Do it yourself for your own sustenance, or teach someone else to do it. Both acts are powerful in bringing about a change in the normal sphere of the world. In fact, growing your very own organic foods is not as difficult as it may seem. If you have access to a roof, a deck, or even a patch of earth the size of a flower bed – you are ready to start. You can feed yourself or others. Any person can start their own organic garden to grow their own food, with the patience and time to just do it.

All of the knowledge possessed by the best of farmers of a century ago can now be accessed with an internet connection. We all know that the internet has made a lot of knowledge available to the common person for free. With the huge amount of resources available to you, you can now start your very own garden and grow your own organic foods. Read on to find out how you can get started on a basic, organic way of life.

  •   If you have a garden, stop the application of all pesticides, weed killers, sprays, and fungicides immediately. This should be done without any exceptions.
  •    It is a good idea to start your own food production scheme in a small way. Twenty-five square feet is a good start. Choose an area where sun is available almost year-round. If some of this area gets shaded from the sun for part of the year, that is fine as well. Choose an area away from fences or buildings since the proximity to other properties could result in contamination of the soil with chemicals, heavy metals, or paint.
  •     If there is debris on the soil in this area, remove it. If plants are growing and you want them transferred somewhere else, use a shovel to dig them out and put them in a new location.
  •    Next, use organic materials like fine plant material, dried grass, or leaves to cover the area from non-pesticide gardens.
  •    Use crumbly black soil that is available from under forest trees and spread it thinly all over the garden area. Better yet, use compost from another person’s garden. This way, you will be putting worms, bugs, and other soil-beneficial life forms into your garden.
  •    Now, with a shovel or pick, start mixing the upper three inches of the organic material and soil together. Note that burying the organic material deeper than that may destroy your garden, since the soil and plants won’t get enough oxygen to thrive.
  •   Try keeping the soil damp so that the organic material can grow. But don’t let it get soggy.
  •  Do not ever walk on the garden soil you have created.
  •    Now that the soil is ready, you can start planting your own roots, herbs, vegetables, and fruits.
  •     It is a good idea to start a compost heap in the garden. Take all the organic materials you can find and dump them together. Coffee and tea grounds, tea bags, fruit peels, and fruit cores are good for composting. Throw handfuls of dirt on top, and then mix the whole thing with your shovel. Keep the heap damp, but not soggy, so that the organic life can flourish. Apply this to the soil once in a while, and your organic garden will flourish.

Growing your own food could also come in handy if there’s a natural disaster like an earthquake.  Then you’ll have your own food source at home.  It may sound far fetched but it could happen.