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Witch Hazel

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on August 3, 2009


Spring Water

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 28, 2009

national aquifers


Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 27, 2009

Permanent makeup
Why get it: Eyeliner, lip and brow color tattooed onto your skin can be a permanent solution for women who want the look of makeup all the time.
The problem: Colored tattoo ink isn’t necessarily designed with the human body in mind. In fact, the FDA hasn’t approved any tattoo inks, and many of the colored inks used for permanent makeup are the same as those used in the automotive and printing industries. The FDA has received numerous reports of allergic reactions in women who received makeup tattoos. These tattoos are also notoriously difficult to remove, even with newer technologies. If you decide later that you’d prefer a different color or no makeup at all, you could easily face multiple painful laser treatments and no guarantee of completely removing the pigment.

Mary Jane

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 27, 2009


Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 24, 2009


Buying Dr. Bronners Castile vs. making it with lye


By itself, soapwort is an attractive garden plant with delicate pink flowers and attractive foliage. It is aromatic, and releases a pleasantly fruity scent during the blooming season. In the past, individuals extracted its sap using it for
laundering or to freshen worn fabrics. This combined with its fruity aroma made it a popular addition to the cottage garden. In the Middle East it was implemented into daily grooming rituals, or applied topically to alleviate skin conditions. American Shakers valued this plant for its perceived ability to eliminate toxins or sooth poison lily outbreaks. Although soapwort is a beneficial herb for any garden, the roots are poisonous and should never be ingested!

This hardy perennial grows eighteen inches to three feet in height. Soapwort prefers full sun, but will tolerate light shade, and grows best in moist soil. This plant should be sown in spring. If left to its own devices, soapwort is a prolific herb which sends out runners, and self seeds. Thin seedlings to two feet apart. For a second bloom, cut the plant back. Soapwort is an aromatic plant whose scent intensifies in richer loam. Gardeners should not plant soapwort near ponds as root secretions have been known to poison fish. This plant does not grow well indoors.

The edible flower can be used to garnish fruit salads or sweet dishes. For household purposes, the entire plant can be submerged in purified water, and boiled for half an hour. This will release a soapy liquid which can be added to laundry. It can take the place of detergent, and is gentle on fabrics, and helps revive worm down material. In ancient times, Romans would use soapwort to soften the water within their baths. Individuals who suffer from skin allergies due to harsh soaps can benefit from soapwort, using it both as a gentle shampoo and body wash. Simply boil the plant, and strain.

African Black Soap

Navy Bean Soup

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 24, 2009

I am not really a big believer in recipies for soups because they always come out good if you know how to create balance. But if you have not made much soup from scratch before it is worth a go. This recipe might give you some ideas:


  • 8oz dried navy beans
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 7.25oz diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1.5 vegetable water


  1. Combine beans, vegetable broth, tomatoes, onion, celery, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, garlic, and bay leaf in a stock pot
  2. Bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 2 hours.
  3. Add additional vegetable broth and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for an additional two hours.
  4. Discard bay leaf and serve.

Portion serves 3 large helpings.


Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 24, 2009

My main conflict with the evolutionists is that they wish to assert their theory as fact and to employ government power to ban discussion of creationism and intelligent design on the grounds that they are unscientific or, worse from their point of view, religious. I am against banning any idea, theory, speculation or body of guesses. Human history shows us to be far too error-prone to go around eliminating dissent by majority vote of one of the more ignorant classes in our society, namely politicians.

Science has been itching to replace religion in Western culture for some time. You can see for yourself how science assumes the characteristics of religion. There is the priesthood (scientists, or at least those who call themselves scientists) and laity, which is the rest of us. Theory becomes dogma. Dissenters are persecuted. The high priests of science want the government not only to fund them, but to enforce their dogmas with the power of the law.

I believe in the separation of church and state. I also believe in the separation of science and state. In fact, I believe in the separation of practically all aspects of life from the state, which should basically tote the mail and guard the coast.

We, as mortals with short life spans, would not even be concerned about the origins of life, except the evolutionists wish to use their theory to destroy religion, and religious people want to use their theory to defend religion.

True science means simply the search for truth, but a search conducted with an open mind and tolerance for dissent. There is nothing wrong with a person believing that a dinosaur evolved into a canary, but there is also nothing wrong with someone believing that God created the first man and woman. I’ve never seen any physical evidence to support either belief, and one is no more improbable than the other. The only fact is that some beliefs have to be accepted on the basis of faith, and that goes for evolution as well as creationism.

The trouble is that both science and religion provide a person with a worldview, and unconsciously the person begins to evaluate everything he or she sees or hears or thinks up in accordance with the worldview. I see no reason to include any discussion of evolution or creationism in secondary schools. There is a large volume of facts biology students need to learn without wasting their time on theories that have no practical value. It’s like teaching molecular physics to students studying auto mechanics.

There is always more to learn than there is time to learn it, so we should be more practical in designing our school curricula. Not every student needs to read Shakespeare or learn calculus. I’ve had no occasion to solve a quadratic equation since I left high school. Students should be taught only what will be useful to them. Survey courses – giving them a taste of what is on the large menu of learning – are useful. Practical courses, such as personal finance or typing, are useful. Teaching all children a second language would be extremely useful, as would be music and drawing.

We should try to keep ideological and political disputes out of the public schools. We have to recognize that fanatics and ideologues will try to inject their materials into the public schools, and we should guard against that. I truly despise people who try to use children in adult conflicts. We should also guard against the state imposing its views on the students. The best way to do that is to abolish public education, a great idea whose time I hope will come one day.

In the meantime, just remember that facts are scarcer than theories, speculation, assumptions and guesses.

May 5, 2008

Charley Reese [send him mail] has been a journalist for 49 years.

Deodorent Recipes

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 24, 2009

Tooth Powder Recipes

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 24, 2009

Peppermint Tooth Powder Recipe

2 TBS Baking Soda
1tsp finely ground sea salt
10 drops organic peppermint essential oil

Herbal Tooth & Gum Powder Recipe

3 parts oak bark
6 parts comfrey root
3 parts horsetail grass
1 part lobelia
1 part cloves
3 parts peppermint

Use comfrey root for gum healing

Organic Peppermint EO and org tea tree oil for whitening. Put directly on toothbrush and  brush.

Distilled Water

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 24, 2009


There is so many harmful things in our tap water from runoff, pollution and chemicals added by the water companies, which in America is mandated by the government. This can include heavy metals, fluoride, chlorine, antibiotics, pesticides and many other dangerous materials. Basic water filters can not removal all of these toxins. For this reason distilling water is the best option, it is the only way to get truly pure water.

Here is the basics about some of the stuff found in our water:

Pesticides and antibiotics are often found in our water because industries such as the cattle industry routinely dumps blood and excrement into our lakes and rivers. These animals are treated with antibiotics and it gets put directly into our water system. Obviously chemicals also run off from the agriculture industry. Pesticides are very harmful to the body.

Fluoride is a toxic chemical that is not supposed to be ingested into the human body, yet we routinely poison our water with it in America under a government-mandated policy that seeks to “protect against dental cavities.” There is no data that shows that this is actually preventing cavities and we are only one of a few countries that add fluorine to our water. Flouride was added to water in prisons because it found that it actually lowers IQ and would encourage complance and submission to authority.

Chlorine is also a toxic chemical that is placed into our water for the same reason it is put into swimming pools: to kill bacteria. There is so much bacteria in our water systems that they have decided it is safer to add poisonous chemicals to our water. This chemical is absorbed through our skin every time we bathe or shower and because it is in our water supply it is constantly present in our bodies.

Heavy Metals such as Mercury or lead are a product of pollution that is present in our water. Mercury is highly poisonous that the amount that fish absorb from swimming in oceans polluted with Mercury cause us harm just from eating them. Imagine what it can do when we are exposing ourselves to them on a daily basis. I think we are all aware of the dangers of Lead poisoning. In recent years we have been warned about products coming from China containing toxic levels of lead. Lead can be used in paints and many things as a cheap emulsifier.

How Do I Distill My Own Water?

You can easily evaporate it with a home made system or purchase a solar evaporator like the one above. It works through evaporation leaving all impurities below. It is a quite simple process,  as the sun heats the water condensation will form on the glass above the water. That condensation will roll down on the slanted glass into a collector. The diagram above illustrates how this model works, but there are creative ways to make your own version.

Information on this model is available at: