Time To Be A #Prepper – NASA Confirms White – Red Dwarf Binary Star System – Planet X or Nibiru? #preppertalk

NASA Wise has confirmed the existence of a binary star system that is “particularly surprising”.  Check it out:

If any of the prophecies, legends, stories, tales, tablets, biblical scriptures et al that have pointed out some type of celestial event coming, NASA has certainly confirmed one possibility in space.

Will it fly by us? Is it Nibiru or Planet X? Or is it just another scientific discovery?

I certainly won’t be waiting until the last minute to figure out whether it is or not, but I will be prepping all the way!

Merry Happy Prepping!

Looking for the Safest Spots in the World? 10 Super Secure Places.

Here are 10 of the safest and most secure places in the world.  A couple of these bunkers/tunnels are a prepper’s dream!  Enjoy.

1. London Tower

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London Tower

Inside London Tower, lies England`s crown jewelry, Koh-i-noor, and ,a 109k diamonds, Star of Africa. London Tower is guard with armed forces, steel walls and thousand of CCTV camera. Any robber or burglar will think millions of time to breach the Security system

2. Sealand

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SeaLand

As the name implies, Seland is a country with lands of seaAlthough, the place is secluded in the middle of the ocean, this area is fully protected and it stands on its own international jurisdiction. The  location itself is located 10km across Suffolk beach ,England. It rules by a king and this area also has its own Independence day.

3. Granite Bunker

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Granite Bunker
Granite Bunker is an old bunker data that have been used since cold war. It is located in Salt Lake city and the bunker itself was built 200 meters inside a granite mountain.The front gate/door alone is featured with 12 tons of metal. It is so strong so that direct hit from a tank cannot penetrate it.

4.Norad Central.

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Norad Central
Norad Central is controlled by United States Air force and it is still operate effectively till this date. Norad Central is a building that was constructed 600m under Cheyenne Mountain. It is framed with 1.319 steel and each steel weigh 450kg .The building  covers 18.000 sq  area, 14X180m rooms with 2x 25 tons doors, and 15 rooms with 3 levels high.

5. Bold Lane Parksafe

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Bold Lane Park Safe
Bold lane park safe ,Derby, Derbyshire, England, was designed to be the safest parking area in the world. The parking area is facilitated with motion sensors and 190 surveillance cameras. Once the sensor indicate suspicious activity, the security team will checked it immediately. In 2003, BBC focus had listed Bold lane as one of the most secure places in the world

6. Fort Knox

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Fort Knox
Fort Knox is one of the most secure gold reserve in US. The building is located in Kentucky and it still operates till this second. Inside the building, kept thousands of gold bars, confidential data of US governments, and include the original script of Magna Charta. The door is 20 tons solid steel and it is guarded by trained forces with heavy weapon, surveillance cameras, and other advance electronic security system

7. Area 51

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Area 51
Since at the front gate, Area 51 is an exclusive territory for most people in US and the rest of the world. In this area, US Air force designs, builds and tests their new weapons, missiles and defense systems. Area 51 is located in Nevada desert and beside their secret activities, this place was known for the UFO crash site.

8. Data Fortress –Alpen Swiss

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Data fortress swiss
Data Fortress is a secret bunker in Alpen mountain Swiss  belong to Mount 10 company. The bunker become famous because many confidential documents, data and files are kept  here. The bunker is monitored 24/7. It is facilitated with thousand CCTV cameras, motion sensors, armed forces and heavy metal gate.

9. Florence Prison

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Florence Prison
Different from other fortress, this fortress is a special fortress to keep criminals, murderers, drug dealers, robbers and rapers stay inside. The prison is located in Colorado, US. The prison has 1000 jail from steel, and it is featured with long distance active sensors. At the outside of the fence, the security forces prepare hundreds of tracking dogs to stop the bad guy from their flee

10. Air Force One

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AIR FORCE ONE
Air Force One is an iconic plane and it is known for the advance technologies and defense systems. Boeing 747-200B Air Force One is featured with advance tracking system, Anti- nuclear shell, advanced telecommunication and satellite system, include Aerial refueling system and many other more. In a critical situation, this plane can fly in the air for a week.

Of course, you can always create your own safe place at home, using our security laminates – keeps the culprits out!

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The Preppermint Case – Versatile, Easy to Gro, Healthy Herb: It’s So Mint!

PEPPERMINT – For a Prepper, its Mint!

Although this article is a bit lengthy, it’s worth it.  A thorough examination of the wonderfully aromatic herb – MINT, including medicinal uses to how to dry it properly.  Hope you enjoy!

Overview:

Peppermint (Mentha piperita), a popular flavoring for gum, toothpaste, and tea, is also used to soothe an upset stomach or to aid digestion. Because it has a calming and numbing effect, it has been used to treat headaches, skin irritations, anxiety associated with depression, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs, used to treat symptoms of the common cold. In test tubes, peppermint kills some types of bacteria, fungus, and viruses, suggesting it may have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Several studies support the use of peppermint for indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.

Indigestion

Peppermint calms the muscles of the stomach and improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. As a result, food passes through the stomach more quickly. However, if your symptoms of indigestion are related to a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, you should not use peppermint (see “Precautions” section).

Flatulence/Bloating

Peppermint relaxes the muscles that allow painful digestive gas to pass.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Several studies have shown that enteric coated peppermint capsules can help treat symptoms of IBS, such as pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. (Enteric coated capsules keep peppermint oil from being released in the stomach, which can cause heartburn and indigestion.) However, a few studies have shown no effect. One study examined 57 people with IBS who received either enteric coated peppermint capsules or placebo twice a day for 4 weeks. Of the people who took peppermint, 75% had a significant reduction of IBS symptoms. Another study comparing enteric coated peppermint oil capsules to placebo in children with IBS found that after 2 weeks, 75% of those treated had reduced symptoms. Finally, a more recent study conducted in Taiwan found that patients who took an enteric coated peppermint oil formulation 3 – 4 times daily for one month had less abdominal distention, stool frequency, and flatulence than those who took a placebo. Nearly 80% of the patients who took peppermint also had alleviation of abdominal pain.

Itching and Skin Irritations

Peppermint, when applied topically, has a soothing and cooling effect on skin irritations caused by hives, poison ivy, or poison oak.

Tension Headache

One small study suggested that peppermint applied to the forehead and temples helped reduce headache symptoms.

Colds and Flu

Peppermint and its main active agent, menthol, are effective decongestants. Because menthol thins mucus, it is also a good expectorant, meaning that it helps loosen phlegm and breaks up coughs. It is soothing and calming for sore throats (pharyngitis) and dry coughs as well.

Plant Description:

Peppermint plants grow to about 2 – 3 feet tall. They bloom from July through August, sprouting tiny purple flowers in whorls and terminal spikes. Dark green, fragrant leaves grow opposite white flowers. Peppermint is native to Europe and Asia, is naturalized to North America, and grows wild in moist, temperate areas. Some varieties are indigenous to South Africa, South America, and Australia.

What’s It Made Of?:

The leaves and stems, which contain menthol (a volatile oil), are used medicinally, as a flavoring in food, and in cosmetics (for fragrance).

Available Forms:

Peppermint tea is prepared from dried leaves of the plant and is widely available commercially.

Peppermint spirit (tincture) contains 10% peppermint oil and 1% peppermint leaf extract in an alcohol solution. A tincture can be prepared by adding 1 part peppermint oil to 9 parts pure grain alcohol.

Enteric coated capsules are specially coated to allow the capsule to pass through the stomach and into the intestine (0.2 mL of peppermint oil per capsule).

Creams or ointments (should contain 1 – 16% menthol)

How to Take It:

Pediatric

Do not give peppermint to an infant or small child. Peppermint oil applied to the face of infants can cause life-threatening breathing problems. In addition, peppermint tea may cause a burning sensation in the mouth. For digestion and upset stomach in older children: 1 – 2 mL peppermint glycerite per day.

Adult

  • Tea: Steep 1 tsp. dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and cool. Drink 4 – 5 times per day between meals. Peppermint tea appears to be safe, even in large quantities.
  • Enteric coated capsules: 1 – 2 capsules (0.2 ml of peppermint oil) 2 – 3 times per day for IBS.
  • Tension headaches: Using a tincture of 10% peppermint oil to 90% ethanol, lightly coat the forehead and allow the tincture to evaporate.
  • Itching and skin irritations: Apply menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint, in a cream or ointment form no more than 3 – 4 times per day.

Precautions:

The use of herbs is a time honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider.

Do not take peppermint or drink peppermint tea if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD — a condition where stomach acids back up into the esophagus) or hiatal hernia. Peppermint can relax the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus, allowing stomach acids to flow back into the esophagus. (The sphincter is the muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach.) By relaxing the sphincter, peppermint may actually make the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion worse.

Peppermint, in amounts normally found in food, is likely to be safe during pregnancy, but not enough is known about the effects of larger supplemental amounts. Speak with your health care provider.

Never apply peppermint oil to the face of an infant or small child, as it may cause spasms that inhibit breathing.

Peppermint may make gallstones worse.

Large doses of peppermint oil can be toxic. Pure menthol is poisonous and should never be taken internally. It is important not to confuse oil and tincture preparations.

Menthol or peppermint oil applied to the skin can cause a rash.

Possible Interactions:

Cyclosporine — This drug, which is usually taken to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ, suppresses the immune system. Peppermint oil may slow down the rate at which the body breaks down cyclosporine, meaning more of it stays in your bloodstream. Do not take peppermint oil if you take cyclosporine.

Drugs that reduce stomach acid — If peppermint capsules are taken at the same time as drugs that lower the amount of stomach acid, the enteric-coated peppermint capsules may dissolve in the stomach instead of the intestines. This could mean the effects of peppermint are lessened. Take peppermint at least 2 hours before or after an acid-reducing drug. Antacids include:

  • Famotidine (Pepcid)
  • Cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • Ranitidine (Zantac)
  • Esomeprazole (Nexium)
  • Lansoprazole (Prevacid)
  • Omeprazole (Prilosec)

Drugs that treat diabetes — Test tube studies suggest peppermint may lower blood sugar, raising the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Medications changed by the liver — Since peppermint works on the liver, it may affect medications that are metabolized by the liver (of which there are many). Speak with your health care provider.

Antihypertensive drugs (blood pressure medications) — Some animal studies suggest that peppermint may lower blood pressure. If you take medications to lower blood pressure, taking peppermint also might make their effect stronger.

Harvesting your Fresh Mint:
The best time to harvest mints for drying is just before they flower. Mint leaves retain the highest oil content prior to flowering. The oil content in herbs is what gives the herb its aroma and flavor. If possible always cut mint mid-morning after the leaves have dried but before the heat of the day. Harvesting in the early evening is also a good time. When you harvest mint cut stems of equal length and at least 4″ -5″ long. You will need the length in the stems if you intend to hang your mint upside down to dry.

Herb Drying Methods:
Most herbs can be dried either in the oven, in a dehydrator or by hanging in a dark, warm area.

Drying Herbs Using the Hanging Method: All herbs must be dried thoroughly before storing and particularly those with high moisture content such as mint, basil, rosemary and tarragon. To dry herbs, gather a bunch of herbs together by the stems and tie tightly with twine. Cover the bunch of mint with a brown lunch bag and secure. Covering the herbs with a brown bag will help them to retain their color and oil content during the drying process. Hang the bunch of herbs upside down in a dark , warm (70 degrees – 80 degrees) well-ventilated, dust free area. We dry our herbs in the  garage or you can use other structures if needed. It typically takes 1-2 weeks for the herbs to dry completely.

Drying Herbs Using the Oven Method: Drying mint in an oven is a faster way to complete the process, but you will loose some of the oil content from the leaves. Dry in a very cool oven (high temperatures will result in tasteless herbs).  Basically, just turn the oven on to “warm” (140 to 200 F) (or 65 degrees C to 93 degrees C, gas mark 1) for 20 minutes, then turn it off and pop in the herbs. Strip dried leaves from stems and discard the stems. Take care to not crush the leaves as this will result in flavorless herbs. Place the leaves on a baking sheet in a single layer. Turn the oven on to ‘warm’ for 20-30 minutes then turn the oven off. Place the baking sheet in the oven and leave until the herbs are dried. Oven times vary based upon the make and model of the oven, so some trail and error is required.

When your mint leaves are completely dry, either carefully remove them from the brown bag or off of the baking sheet depending on the drying technique that you used. I recommend not crushing your herbs, but rather storing them whole and then crushing them if needed right before using. Store the dried herbs in airtight containers such as canning jars. Never store herbs in plastic containers or plastic wrap as the oil will leech out of the herbs into the plastic. Check your stored herbs frequently after you have stored them for the first few weeks to look for any signs of moisture. Herbs will mold quickly in closed jars if not completely dry. Once you are sure the herbs are completely dry, place them in the airtight containers, and store them in a cool, dry place away from light.

How to Make Peppermint Tea:

Take a bunch of mint leaves and leave them on a plate in a warmish area for 24-48 hours. (Or use the dried mint you’ve made as above).

Boil water in your kettle.  Make sure the leaves are dry.  You will need about 2 teaspoons of crushed leaves for your cup.

Pour boiling water over. Let tea steep to your liking.  Add honey for some sweetness.

Mint is a valuable herb to include in your garden and to dry and store.

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Gardening Protection: 10 Natural Insecticides and Repellents For You to Use

Howdy Folks! Yes, I put that SH*T on my plants (see further down) to keep the bugs away!  Besides Franks, here’s a few ideas to tell those pesky insects to bug off:

Depending on the kind of vegetables you’ll be growing in your vegetable garden, the methods of getting rid of the pests will change. And since that could turn out to be a never ending topic, let’s tackle this a little differently. Given below are some general and natural insecticides for vegetable gardens that will work for any kind of vegetable garden. So take note and start moving.

Also, here is a good guide to herbs that you can grow that are also natural repellents: Your Garden: Growing Herbs That Repel Insects & Other Critters Naturally

Tomato Leaves: Take some tomato leaves and add cornstarch (1 tbs) and water (3-5 pints) and blend well in the juicer. Now strain the liquid and transfer the contents into a spray bottle. Spray around the plants for getting rid of ants in vegetable garden. Actually a whole other set of bugs as well.

Vegetable Oil Soap: Take any mild liquid soap and measure out about ½ cup of the same. Add vegetable oil (2 cups) in that and mix together in a blender. To a tablespoon of this mixture, add 1 quart of water. Use this formula to cover both sides of the leaves on our plant. Make sure that you do not use a stronger formula ‘coz it’ll be harmful for your plants. And even though this is a tedious process, it really works in answering how to get rid of bugs in houseplants as well as other insects that infest houseplants and vegetable gardens.

Garlic Spray: Take about 4 garlic cloves and chop them up. Now add them in a liter of water and let it sit through an entire night over. You can boil garlic cloves in a cup of paraffin wax as well. Now add some soap flakes to the same by grating about a level full of any mild soap bar in it. Mix the liquid well and transfer into a spray bottle. Spray over the leaves.

The other alternative to this is to add hot chillies or onions to the same. Garlic has been known to get rid of spider mites, rabbits, mosquitoes and several other garden pests. This has been seen to work wonders as a natural insecticide for basil and other plants.

I would suggest to watch the reaction of your plants after spraying with a garlic infused recipe.  Some plants may not like it.

Mixed Recipe: Mix 3 tbs of onion and garlic juice, 1 tbs pf Tabasco sauce, 3 tbs skim milk, 2 tbs baby shampoo in 1 gallon of water. Mix all ingredients well and spray all over the plants. Repeat every 10 days.

Neem Oil: Neem leaves are extremely bitter to taste and are usually used as a natural insecticide. Oil made from these leaves is also makes for one of the very effective and natural insecticides for vegetable gardens. Just dab a cotton ball into the neem oil and spread over the plants. Neem oil as insecticide will not only repel the insects but also discourage them from breeding.

Cloves: Crush several cloves in a gallon of water, mix well, let sit overnight and then use this mixture to spray over the plants. The strong smell of the cloves drives the insects away.

Wormwood Spray: Take some wormwood leaves and dry them out till you have about 15 gm of these. Add these to a liter of water and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Now cool the liquid and spray on plants. This is a strong solution and should only be used for larger pests and insects.

Cayenne Pepper (Diluted Frank’s Red Hot Sauce) – I put that SH*T on everything, including my plants.  Diluted with water of course.  Or use powdered cayenne pepper mixed with a litre of water and 1 tsp. of baby shampoo. Spray onto plants.

Crushed Mint & Cucumber Peels: Problems with ants? No more. Use this in your garden and also, along any entry points ants may have into your home. Bitter cucumbers work best.

Essential Oils: Try essential oils such as lemon balm (citronella), pennyroyal, lavender, and rose geranium mixed with 1 tsp baby shampoo and 1 litre of water. Wash before and after spending time outdoors.

The advantage of using natural insecticides for vegetable gardens is that it rids the insects without harming the plants. And that is exactly what you need in the end. Now that you know what some of the ways of controlling insects in vegetable gardens are, use them and rid the area for a cleaner and better garden.

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Protect Your Money: 5 “Waste Not Want Not” Food Saver Ideas

I have a few pet peeves about wasting food and sometimes it seems like its inevitable.  Hence this post.  I wanted to find the most interesting and useful tips about saving food which in turn saves money.  Here are 5 ideas that I found (with more to come):

DON’T YOU JUST HATE IT WHEN …

1. You make tomato sauce but only use a couple of spoons of tomato paste. The rest just sort of sits in the fridge till …

Enter Martha Stewart:

Most recipes call for only a small portion of tomato paste — you use a tablespoon or two, and the rest invariably goes to waste. To save the remainder: Carefully open both ends of the can with a can opener. Remove one metal end, and discard it. Leave the other in place. Wrap the entire can in plastic wrap, and freeze overnight. The next day, use the metal end to push the frozen paste out the open end. Discard can, tightly rewrap unused portion, and store in freezer up to 3 months, slicing off just as much as you need each time you cook.

(Geepers, I used to just plastic wrap and elastic it. Duh. And then it would just not be so good looking the next week.)

2. Left over pasta gets, well, you know, ewww.

Pasta is super starchy hence, when left over without proper assistance, ends up being a sticky mess.

I’ve heard that mixing in your sauce works.  I’ve tried that, but it just doesn’t taste quite the same, so what I do now is separately store the sauce and pasta.

The best thing to do is to add olive oil into the pasta while its still slightly warm, but not cold enough yet to get sticky.  Mix well, you don’t need a lot but enough to make it glossy.  Store in a ziploc bag or I just leave it in a bowl covered with a plate in the fridge overnight.

The next day, I simply boil water, drop the pasta in for no more than 30-40 seconds, and voila. The pasta is ‘refreshed’ and tastes delicious.

3. Vegetables like carrots & celery go limp in the fridge.

Part A)

While it may hold true that vegetables that have lost their ‘crispness’ in the fridge may have also lost their nutritional value, I also don’t believe they have lost all their nutritional value.

Ice cold water is the droopy vegetables saviour.  Carrots, celery, asparagus, broccoli – even lettuce, will become crisp after a 1 to 2 hour chilly soak.

Part B)

In order to avoid veggies from going limp & mouldy, wrap them up in kitchen paper first, then put them into your re-used bags or ziplocs into the veg drawer. The paper helps to reduce any moisture from getting in, resisting mould growth & help to preserve crispness.

4. A recipe calls for wine, but only 1 cup & you really won’t be drinking the rest. It’ll just sit there.

I found this on a food site for which I forgot the address. Stupid. Never thought about freezing the stuff.

Waste no wine…

Submitted by Evie, Holywood

Freeze any left-over bits of wine in yogurt pots. It all adds flavour and richness to stews, risottos, pasta sauces and even gravy and you dont have to open a new bottle every time.

5. You have no clue what to do with ‘all that stuff’ in your fridge? Oh ya, let’s make a Garbure! (It’s French for “all the stuff” soup.)

Gather up all the bits from your fridge – coarse outside lettuce leaves, that bendy carrot, bit of onion, green tops of leeks and spring onions, a few herbs, etc… Put in a pan with water to cover; add a stock cube or meat jelly or gravy or even those leftover bits of tomato sauce and boil until the veg are soft. Whizz in processor or liquidiser. The French call this ‘Garbure’ and it’s almost always delicious and different each time. Can be thickened with leftover potato, or some small pasta shapes can be added, or a cooked chopped bacon rasher. Soy sauce and a slowly poured beaten egg will make it Chinese-ish. Curry paste,and garlic, or grated cheese, or mushroom ketchup … almost any mixture you invent will taste better than a tin of soup, and it’s practically cash and additive free!

I will definitely be on the prowl for more tips & ideas, so follow us here on our blog for Part 2, Another 5 “Waste Not Want Not” Food Saver Ideas.

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10 Unusual and Useful Hiding Places for Valuables at Home

Burglars don’t want to be seen or heard, so if they do enter your home, they want to be out quick. Break-in, run-out.  Money, jewellery and small electronics are the choice prizes for most of these culprits, since small to pocket and carry is what they want.

1. A Decoy Can Be The Best Place to Hide

There are several ways to distract burglars, the best one being to leave out a decoy.  One of my favourites I’ve heard is to leave a jewellery box on your bedroom dresser or a box in your sock drawer that contains $50-$200 in cash, some fake gold & cubic zirconia jewellery plus one key with the label, “safety-deposit box”.  Albeit you may lose a few bucks, the illusion has been created and the deal sealed with a fake safety-deposit key.  The burglars will take that and run, as the majority of break and enters last no longer than 10 minutes from start to finish.

Always remember, burglars can’t afford to be seen or heard, so they need to be quick.  With adrenaline pumping, their decisions will be immediate and reactive to what they have found.  A decoy is a perfect way to satisfy them.

Other great places to consider:

2. Sew an extra “pocket” at the bottom-back of long window curtains (not sheers).

3. An empty, opaque aspirin, medicine or vitamin bottle. Roll up your money, use an elastic & insert.

4. Tape your money envelope & even small jewellery (use duct tape, a handy person’s best friend!) to the bottom of your dining room or kitchen table.

5. Tape your stuff to the bottom of your cat’s litter box. Or in the alternative, wrap it up in skid marked underwear (ewww is all I said when I heard that one!)

6. A couple of coffee cups, with your valuables taped inside, upside down in the dishwashing rack or machine.

7. Suitcases or chests with false bottoms.

8. There is usually a compartment hidden at the bottom of stand up and table lamps.  As long as you are careful (electricity), its a good stashing place.

9. Hidden crawl spaces underneath your home.  Air ducts in an apartment.

10. In plain sight specialty modified items, such as furniture & even documents, like these (which I love!):

And to top off the good, here’s a few of the worst I’ve heard:

Sock & underwear drawers

Glove compartment of car (like really?)

Stereo equipment

Mattresses

The biggest suggestion when hiding your valuables is to have a second person you can trust to know where they are.  This holds true especially in the case of the elderly because should they pass, their valuables may accidentally end up either being thrown out or eventually sold at a garage sale.

Since burglars don’t want to be seen or heard, we suggest our quality security laminates for basement windows, patio doors and 1st floor windows. No burglar is going to try bashing glass over and over.  Otherwise, we hope that the ideas above help with securing your valuables.

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Thyme Out for Acne – Strong Anti-Microbial Effects Claim Scientists

Thyme Extract May Be More Effective Than Benzoyl Peroxide (& safer too, don’t ya think?)

Its About Thyme!

A new study has been carried out by researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University and presented at a Society for General Microbiology conference that claims the tasty, fragrant herb Thyme, most of us cooks love to use, can kill the bacteria that cause acne.

The researchers conducting this study said that acne remedies “currently preferred by herbalists” include thyme, marigold and myrrh tinctures, so they used extracts from these plants in the laboratory study. During the research, they looked at the effects these different herbal extracts had on the bacteria that cause acne. The researchers suggested that herbal extracts may have an application in acne treatment as they may be able to reduce “aggravation of the skin” due to their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities.

Sources of this story, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph & Metro (UK) do not make it clear whether this testing was done on humans or not, so this science study is early in its research.  The full submission of the research papers has not been put into the full publication process as of the date of this blog article.

Basic Results

The researchers found that marigold, myrrh and thyme tinctures had a greater antibacterial effect than the control alcohol solution. The thyme tincture had the greatest effect, with a specific concentration of tincture reducing bacteria levels more than benzoyl peroxide did, with the latter at the highest concentration prescribed to patients.

Researchers Interpretation

The researchers concluded that their study showed a strong antimicrobial effect against acne-causing bacteria in the lab, and that this suggests it may be useful as a treatment of acne.

History & Usages for Thyme

Thymus is a Greek name for “courage,” but to the Greeks it also meant “to fumigate.”  It has been used through the centuries as a remedy for many ailments, from epilepsy to melancholy.  Many herbalists today suggest Thyme for intestinal worms, gastrointestinal ailments, bronchial problems, laryngitis, diarrhea, and lack of appetite.  It appears to have antiseptic properties, and can be used as a mouthwash, skin cleanser, anti-fungal agent for athlete’s foot and as an anti-parasitic for lice, scabies, and crabs.  It’s suggest that for skin inflammations and sores, a poultice can be made by mashing the leaves into a paste.

Thyme is another member of the venerable Lamiaceae, the mint family. It is said to be one of the best herbs to use as a cough and cold remedy, acting both as an expectorant to clear the lungs of congestion and as a antitussive, calming coughing spasms. Thyme tea will settle the stomach, help you sleep, soothe a sore throat, relieve aches and pains, and encourage your body to sweat, helping to eliminate toxins and bring down a fever. Thyme oil can be used to treat cuts and wounds to prevent and treat infections … and now acne!