A Shabbat Picnic and Baseball

Well, Matt is still out of town. He has been in New York for the past week and a half and won’t be back for a few more days. It has been quite the experience. Both he and a friend went to take care of some business, and his wife and family and we are here sticking it out together. The fellowship has been good, but we want the guys to get back soon.

For Shabbat this afternoon, we are meeting up at the soccer field up the hill and having a picnic and some time for the kids to all play baseball. The food is all prepared on the Sixth Day the day before Shabbat.
We are having our usual for Breakfast:

English Muffins
hard boiled eggs
bananas

They may also mix up some raw oatmeal with some honey and cinnamon too. They do that sometimes, and sometimes we have yogurt. Those are both something simple and easy for the 6yo himself to mix up.

Our friends will be bringing sloppy joes and egg salad and who knows what else-surely something else yummy, and we will be bringing the following:

Hummus and flat bread-more like a thin crunchy tortilla, actually
veggies: carrots, celery, zucchini
potato salad
green salad
pina

We will take our gloves and a ball and bat, the stroller, some blankets, the dogs, and sit and have a good time.
and white beans and garbanzos for dinner.

It should be a lovely time.

I am your God.
Walk in My laws, and guard My right-rulings, and do them.

And set apart My Sabbaths, and they shall be a sign
between Me and you, to know that I am your God.”
Ezekiel 20:19-20

Shabbat Shalum and blessings to you!

Mrs. Dixon

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Mrs. Jacque Dixon and her husband, Matt, are busy preparing and training seven of their nine children up in YHVH’s narrow way. Currently living in Costa Rica, her goals include: encouraging families in the Way, in Scriptures, in child training, home schooling, true femininity, and support of widows. Walking Therein is where Jacque writes encouraging articles of faith, home schooling and the daily adventures of the Dixon family, with a mix of news and reviews also thrown in from time to time.

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Homemade Teeth Cleaner Info and Recipes

Here is a video I have been wanting to make myself. We have used homemade teeth cleaner for about 3 years. We started out just mixing together virgin coconut oil and baking soda. In the past year, we have added Essential Oils. I am also in the process of figuring in just how much crushed egg shells to add into it as well. This adds calcium and a texture to clean teeth as well.

You may wonder why all the hullabaloo about making your own teeth cleaner. If you look into it, you will find that commercial toothpastes generally incorporate a combination of chalk, soap, glycerin and flavorings.  We are concerned about being natural and not adding all sorts of harmful chemicals to our bodies, and YHVH made plenty of natural items for us to use to heal and keep our bodies healthy with. Even Tom’s of Maine scores show health risks when you look into it and the chemical components they use. Fluoride, found in almost all commercial brands of toothpaste, has been proven to be an unhealthy and even poisonous toxin to put into your body as it is formed in toothpastes, salts and waters.

Another option to clean your teeth would be the sticks that Jocelyn found recently that are used in Africa to clean teeth. – but we haven’t had opportunity to try them yet, so we can’t give you an opinion on that!

Here is what we use for our teeth cleaner. I am horrible about measuring things like this, so this is a rough estimation. Formulate it to your likings and use my recipe as a guideline!

4 TBSP baking soda

Seriously, a smidge of Sea Salt – do it to taste or it will be REALLY salty. I added too much on the first batch, and I was sure Matt was going to LOVE it! lol

1/8 tsp. dried, crushed and powdered egg shells

2 TBSP coconut oil

Essential Oils
(Some of my choices are: Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Oil and Cinnamon, but in powder, not oil)

We start with the Sea Salt and baking soda, then I add the Essential Oils, and then I add the water. If you want to add more coconut oil instead of adding water, feel free. This is about what suits and fits your family and their tastes. Moms, you may need to sweeten it up and not use the peppermint for your little ones to start with. Or maybe add 5 drops of peppermint oil, so that they warm up to it. Suit it to what will work for your family.

With the EOs, you will want to measure to your taste. I am for less, but that is personal preference. A few of the choices I mentioned have antiseptic properties, so I would add one of them to any or every batch. That would be the Tea Tree and the Lemon. the TTO is very strong, and I would not add more than 5-10 drops, unless you like/don’t mind the flavour. We mix it with Peppermint mostly, and you can taste it, but it isn’t too strong. You will want to use at least 15 and probably 25 drops of the other EO’s. As you will see in Trisch’s video, she tasted the combination several times to get just the right combination. You will likely want to do the same thing. And, who knows, you may revisit it later and change it again to fit your tastes.

If this recipe is not sweet enough for you, you can add some raw honey or some Stevia. The Stevia also has its own properties and may be something you want to add for that purpose and consider the sweetening as a benefit of its other properties. From what I have heard, raw honey is such a beneficial food to add for teeth, I want to be sure to add it and to use it daily for my little, especially, who is having issues with his teeth.

My friend, Trisch, also adds in the video, 1/2-1 tsp. celtic sea salt or himalayan salt, ground fine. I have not tried this, but will be looking into this. Here is Costa Rica, supplies are limited. I am thankful to be able to even acquire Organic Coconut Oil and the Essential Oils. So, we will be adding into the mix Sea Salt for its minerals and benefits.

We did not add water when we initially started making our own teeth cleaner, but now we do.  This recipe is totally one that you can determine what you want to do as far as flavouring and consistency. If you want a bit thicker or runnier tooth cleaner, that is up to you. I leave ours runnier, because it is easier to waste it when it is clumpy and falls off of the toothbrush, but ours is plenty runny with the coconut oil when it is warmer. When it is colder here, I need to add water. If you are where it is cold, you may want to add water, because Coconut Oil hardens under 70 degrees, and with make it thicker due to temperature. Adding water to the toothbrush also helps in making it not clumpy when you use it.

I am interested in trying to get Samuel, the two-year-old, to brush his teeth more. His teeth are not in good shape, and he is showing signs of the same issues Eric had at his age, which we had surgery for him for. With this teeth cleaner and adding some calcium to his and my diets, I am looking forward to seeing how his teeth remineralize. (See what Trisch says in the video about this.)

This video is by my dear friend, Trisch, and I loved hearing her voice and seeing her sweet face on it. I know you will love getting to know her on here as well.

Enjoy!

 

Trisch also mentioned this link, which is also on her blog: Save Your Teeth.com

Benefits of the different natural and organic ingredients mentioned:

Stevia: In addition to other benefits, Stevia also inhibits the growth and reproduction of some bacteria and other infectious organisms, including the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Coconut Oil: “The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.

Tea Tree Oil – “Antiseptic/ Bacterial, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Viral, Anti-Inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Immuno-Stimulant, Cleans Wounds, Repairs Skin“  ~ Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
Peppermint Oil – this one has too many known benefits to list, so I will list the dental health benefits: “Dental Care: Peppermint oil, due to its antiseptic properties, is useful for dental care. It removes bad breath and helps teeth and gums deal with germs. No wonder, it is added in numerous toothpastes. It is also useful for treating toothaches.”  The rest you will find here: Health Benefits of Peppermint Oil
Lemon Oil – “…stimulating, calming, carminative, anti-infection, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, sleep inducing, and antifungal properties. These benefits of lemon oil include its ability to treat stress disorders, fever, infections, asthma, over weight, insomnia, skin disorders, hair disorders, stomach problems and tiredness.” ~Health Benefits of Lemon Oil
Orange Oil – “The health benefits of Orange Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti inflammatory, anti depressant, anti spasmodic, anti septic, aphrodisiac, carminative, diuretic, tonic, sedative and cholagogue.“  ~ Benefits of Orange Oil

Raw Honey: “Honey has been used to treat wounds for thousands of years. The antiseptic properties of honey will clean wounds and inhibit bacterial growth. Its natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties aid in treating cuts and burns. It promotes healing, reduces swelling and prevents infections.

Bentonite clay: “Bentonite clay also re-mineralizes cells and tissues, alkalizes the body and is very effective in protecting our bodies against radiation.”

Diatomateous earth: “When taken internally, many health benefits (of DE) have been reported. Significant benefits enjoyed have been lower cholesterol, relief from arthritis pain, increased energy, more regular bowel movements, lower blood pressure, smoother complexion, and sinus and cough relief.

Sea Salt: The main benefit of sea salts are their mineral properties. These vary based on the location and processing of the salts. There are definitely more benefits of minerals in sea salt, however, than there are in conventional table salts.

In this video below, they use a type of mud for homemade teeth cleaner, so clearly, there are many variations.

They are using natural clay which has minerals in it (helps build the teeth) & horsetail which is also good for the teeth and also peppermint extract. You can also use bentonite clay. We have food grade diatomateous earth that we add to our food, which is also a good source of natural silica as well. I am pondering if there would be a benefit to adding some of that to the teeth cleaner as well.

 

Shalom!

Mrs. Dixon

Mrs. Jacque Dixon and her husband, Matt, are busy preparing and training seven of their nine children up in YHVH’s narrow way. Currently living in Costa Rica, her goals include: encouraging families in the Way, in Scriptures, in child training, home schooling, true femininity, and support of widows. Walking Therein is where Jacque writes encouraging articles of faith, home schooling and the daily adventures of the Dixon family, with a mix of news and reviews also thrown in from time to time.

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These statements are purely the opinions of the owner of this site and are not meant to imply that they can heal or prevent any cases diseases of the body or teeth. If you need more info on these natural remedies, please consult a physician you trust who has knowledge of them.

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Natural Deodorant Info and Recipes

Had an interesting discussion about deodorant that you make without using talc or GMO corn starch. Both of these are a common component in deodorant recipes, but are not safe for use with our skin, the largest organ on our body. Why not use talc? Talc is Carcinogenic and a risk factor for ovarian cancer and also a lung irritant. Why not use GMO?

GMOs are organisms that are unnaturally altered by the forceful injection of  foreign substances. These substances can range from pesticides to DNA. These GMOs are unnatural and spread unchecked via cross contamination, so it is near impossible to recall GMOs from the market. GMOs are not labeled in the United States and are in most processed foods. GMOs are linked to many chronic diseases and illnesses.
http://www.environmentabout.com/1003/gmo-crops-toxic-and-deadly-environment-for-plants-and-animals

We use baking soda a lot in our home. We use it for handwash, shampoo, facial scrubs, etc., and I used to just use a pasty soda and water mix for deodorant when we didn’t have vco. We also use it to clean with and do our laundry, as well, with it.

Some Essential Oils you might use in your deodorant:

lavendar and lemon smell great and are have antiseptic properties.
orange oil, frankincense, peppermint are some that simply smell great.
tea tree oil and oregano have anti-bacterial, antifungal, anti-viral properties.
*Oregano oil can burn your skin, so take care with it.

Be sure to look up any essential oils you might want to use to see any properties they have and/or any precautions for the oils.

Here are some links to pages with homemade deodorant recipes and info.

Known for their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, citrus fruits—especially oranges, grapefruits and lemons—make ideal bases for homemade deodorants.

And this was interesting as well, from the same article:

If you don’t mind the extra labor, replace the talcum or cornstarch with truly old-fashioned deodorizing ingredients. Oven-dry and grind two dozen clean eggshells, sifting and regrinding several times to reach the fine-powder stage. Or dry and grind to a powder one or more of the following: sandalwood, marigold, orris root, calamus root, violet petals or licorice root.
Homemade Citrus-Based Deodorants | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5851885_homemade-citrus_based-deodorants.html#ixzz1kE8co4by

This was also interesting to me, because I have started drying and using our homegrown eggshells and grinding them into powder to add to our toothpaste- which also uses baking soda as well! I love the idea of using the dried pith from the peels. That is a great idea. I am not sure if there is any type of healing values to it, but I know when eaten, the pith has valuable health properties.

Also check out these recipes. These all include corn starch, I think, but you could try it without it. We use baking soda without it, and it works well for us.:

http://tammysrecipes.com/homemade_deodorant_recipe
http://www.mybeautyrecipes.com/deodorant.html
http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2008/07/homemade-deodor.html

Though not a deodorant, persay, this is also good for deodorizing:

Natural Deodorant: Dab cider vinegar under your arms either full strength or diluted.
http://www.realcountrylife.com/cures.html

Hope this gives you some good ideas for natural uses for deodorants. Please share with us your recipes, ideas and experiences with any of these products.

Mrs. Dixon

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The Battle

There is a battle daily for our children-for their hearts. The battle must be ours. We must determine to keep their hearts.

We must keep them first to us as young children, showing them the Father, so that when they grow up, their hearts will be his.

Allowing them to be in the world will not accomplish this.
The world wants their hearts too.

Pray for them.
Live with them.
Walk with them.
Know them.
Listen to them.
Teach them the Father’s Ways.
Love them.

Read Scriptures with them.
Daily.
Keep their hearts to him.

And know that it doesn’t ever stop.

Mrs. Dixon

 

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Living Learning Moments Meme – 06-18-11

For My Week: Tending our new goat. Gotta find a name for her! :) Any suggestions?! Need some help here. :) Um… other things? Let’s see! Cleaning, cooking, the prospect of going to spend the night with Dad tomorrow night, then to town to get some new tennis shoes [holes in the bottom don't work well in the Costa Rica rainy season, ya know]. Hopefully getting some stuff planted in the front yard, and finishing getting the goat pen finished up so it’s all nice and cozy for her. Again, I’m in need of a name!

A Photo:

http://i693.photobucket.com/albums/vv296/cityonahill/nature/misc/fishyfishy.png

Momma’s fishy planter. She’s had it forever and there’s a little plant in it now, which we got from our neighbour. ;) we have another planter with the other seeds she gave us in it, the blue big teacup one that Jocelyn got for Momma for Mother’s Day a couple of years back. :)

The favorite thing I did: Well… got a goat. :) that’s one of my favourite things!

The weather outside was: …today? It was overcast and gray, rainy and full of clouds. Rainy season in Costa Rica…

I am reading: Currently? Well, I’m still reading Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, and I started reading A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, but to tell the truth, I have not read much in the past month or so. I should! I love to read.

My projects around the house: Finishing the goat pen, and getting some things planted in the front lawn.

I learned about: …sunspots. Yeah, I did. “Sunspots are temporary patches on the surface of the sun that are caused by intense magnetic activity. These structures sometimes erupt into energetic solar storms that send streams of charged particles into space.” /// hmm, never knew that. ;)

I made: Sourdough sesame seed bread dough, which is going to be put in the fridge to rise overnight so I can make it in the morning. I’ll share the recipe when I finish with it and get photos.

I am working on: Reading more of YHVH’s word. I really need to do that more often than I do.

I am looking forward to: Having our own goat! And making my sourdough bread in the morning and seeing how it turns out. :)

My Scripture verse for the week: “Trust in YHVH, and do good; settle in the land, and feed on faithfulness. Then you will delight yourself in YHVH, and he will give you your heart’s desire. Commit your way to YHVH; trust in him, and he will act.” (Psalm 37:3-5)

On my prayer list: Mostly myself. I know selfish of me, but I am really needing it right now. I’d appreciate your prayers too!

I am thankful for: YHVH. I love you so much, Abba, and I pray that I may be used for your glory

*smile*: “I’m always a little disappointed when I walk away from my car and it doesn’t explode after I press the lock button.” /// ROFL yeah, after watching The Bourne Ultimatum, then seeing this, I had to laugh. :)

Shalom and blessings!

-Miss Rachel

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