It’s a ginger thing

Ginger is grown as a root and is a flexible ingredient that can be consumed in drinks (tea, beer, ale) or in cooking. It can be used to make foods spicy and even as a food preservative. For over 2000 years, Chinese medicine has recommended the use of ginger to help cure and prevent several health problems. It is known to promote energy circulation in the body and increase our body’s metabolic rate.

Here are two of my favorite ways to use and enjoy ginger.

DIY Ginger Slimming Body Wrap

“Mix 1 tablespoon of ginger paste with a few tablespoons of your favorite lotion. If you can’t find ginger paste, ground ginger is ok, but I would recommend the paste.  Be sure to be generous with the ginger.

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Take a hand towel and wet it down in water as hot as you can stand it. Wring out the excess water then place it on the area you want to wrap for a few minutes until it cools. This opens up the pores, making the wrap twice as effective.  You can also do the wrap at night after your bath because your pores are already open and you can just sleep in it and shower in the morning to rinse.

Apply a thick layer over skin on the area you wish to reduce. Do not rub in. Wrap area with several layers of clear plastic wrap. Loosely wrap over that with Ace bandages, starting from the bottom and working your way up. Do not wrap too tightly or you will be uncomfortable. The goal is for it to be just tight enough to stay on. Any tighter than that and it will feel like a corset and you won’t be able to keep it on long enough to get results. Lay down or sit and relax. You don’t want to do too much bending or moving. You can get up and walk around if you need to. You are not confined to your bed or chair but take it easy. Watch a movie or read a book. This is your spa day so no housework until your wrap is over. You want to leave it on for at least 4 to 6 hours.  Right away you will begin to feel a tingling sensation as the ginger begins to work.  After we removed the wrap and wiped off the mixture we still felt the warmth on our skin minutes afters. It felt so good. We really enjoyed the ginger effect and found it really relaxing.
Some have lost as much as three inches! My Mom and I didn’t measure ourselves, but we really enjoyed our own do-it- yourself spa wrap and I hope you will too!

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Ginger Lemon Tea

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Boil a generous portion of the ginger root in a  medium pot of water.  After it comes to a rapid boil, remove the pot from the fire and cover with the lid.  Allow the tea to steep for at least 30 minutes to hour.  For a spicier ginger flavor, add a little ground ginger to the pot as it’s steeping. Add lemon to taste. I like to have a cup with breakfast and a cup after dinner. It’s tasty, spicy and it’s all good! Enjoy hot or cold.

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Here ‘s a list of some of the amazing benefits of ginger that you may not aware of. Although some of these are still being debated, you could do your own research if you want to use ginger for medicinal purposes.

Maintains Normal Blood Circulation.  Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help to improve blood flow, as well as help prevent chills, fever, and excessive sweat.

Remedies Motion Sickness. Ginger is a known effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness. The exact reason is unknown, but in a study of naval cadets, those given ginger powder suffered less.

Improves absorption. Ginger improves the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body. It does this by stimulating gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion.

Cold and Flu Prevention. Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that to treat cold and flu symptoms in adults, steep 2 tbsp. of freshly shredded or chopped ginger root in hot water, two to three times a day

Combats Stomach Discomfort. Ginger is ideal in assisting digestion, thereby improving food absorption and avoiding possible stomach ache. Ginger appears to reduce inflammation in a similar way to aspirin and ibuprofen

Colon Cancer Prevention. A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

Reduce Pain and Inflammation. Ginger contains some of the most potent anti-inflammatory fighting substances known and is a natural powerful painkiller.

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Fights Common Respiratory Problems. If you’re suffering from common respiratory diseases such as a cough, ginger aids in expanding your lungs and loosening up phlegm because it is a natural expectorant that breaks down and removes mucus.. That way you can quickly recover from difficulty in breathing.

Ovarian Cancer Treatment. Ginger powder induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells.

Strengthens Immunity. Ginger helps improve the immune system. Consuming a little bit ginger a day can help foil potential risk of a stroke by inhibiting fatty deposits from the arteries. It also decreases bacterial infections in the stomach, and helps battle a bad cough and throat irritation.

Combats Morning Sickness. Ginger has demonstrated a success rate of 75 percent in curing morning sickness and stomach flu.

DIY- Hanging door sign

I love Pinterest and spend a lot of time pinning ideas to try later. I found one idea that I could not wait to try. In my house I have 3 doors close to each other. Every time I have a gathering I spend over half of my time showing my guest which door leads to the bathroom. This simple idea helped me solved that problem with this easy DIY hanging wall sign.

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You need to purchase the following items:

(1) wooden sign in any shape you like (I choose oval and the plaques can be found at any hobby store or your local Wal-mart.)

(1) tiny bag of hook screws

Wooden letters, stencils or vinyl signs that you rub onto the wood.

(1) wrought iron bracket( found mine at the 99 cents store in the gardening section.

Step 1: lightly sand your wood plaque

Step 2: I painted the iron bracket and the hook. I wanted mine to have the look of brass(you do not have to paint them it is totally up to you)

Step 3: I then painted the oval plaque in a light color and went around the edge with a darker color to make it look vintage.

Step 4: Allow the paint to dry at least 4 hours or over night.

Step 5: While your items are drying hang you bracket above your door.

Step 6: Time to put it all together! Take the oval plaque and screw the hook into the top of the plaque.

Final step hang the oval plaque onto the bracket.

There you have it a simple yet stylish sign so you can spend more time entertaining your guests and less time telling them which door is the bathroom!

 

No More Key Mix Up!!!!

Super easy to make and a cute way to organize your keys on your key ring.

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The cost on this project was NONE if you use supplies you already have. It obviously can be done in 10 minutes or less, but depending on the detail and embellishments added, it can take a little more time.

Supplies:
■Nail polish
■Keys
■Clear laquer
■Tape
Directions:

Tape a round the shaft of the key to provide a clean paint line but also to protect it from getting paint on it that will chip when you put the key in and out of the lock.

Paint 2 -3 coats of nail polish, allowing the paint to dry in between coats. Be sure to paint the sides, too

Finally, after all the polish has completely dried, apply 1 -2 thin coats of clear glaze or lacquer on both sides allowing it to dry in between coats. It only takes 10 or so minutes for it to dry to the point of being able to handle it but you will want to wait 24 hours before using your key so it will fully harden

After dry, remove the tape and enjoy your fabulous new keys!