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Multi purpose basil bug repellent

Keeping your house bug-free is challenging and even more so during the summer. Mosquito bites can be irritating and sometimes even painful. Mosquitoes can also carry diseases like the West Nile Virus. Other insects like ticks and fleas can be pests as well. Commercial repellents and bug sprays can be harmful to everyone in your household, so it is important to find natural and safe ways to get rid of pests in your home. Using basil as a natural repellent is a great way to do that, as most bugs hate it. Remedies: 1. Take a bunch of basil leaves and add to a 4 ounce cup of water until it is packed. Let the basil infuse for 2 to 3 hours. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle along with 4 ounces of water. Note: Instead of fresh basil you can also use basil...

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Bug Bam wristband bug repellent

An essential thing to get for your kids this summer: Bug Bam Mosquito-Repelling Wristbands: Recyclable and made from 100% natural and non-toxic ingredients, scientifically proven to repel mosquitoes and other flying, biting insects. Used by the U.S. Navy and the Boy Scouts of America. The bug bam Mosquito-repelling wristband ($3.95) is available at Whole Foods and online, where you can also find Bug Bam’s Mosquito, Flea, and Tick Pet Tags for dogs and its Mosquito Repelling Area Grid. Take a healthy step: your bug bite-free kids and pets will thank you!  For more on the Bug Bam....

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Friendly bugs can help fight your cold

The flu season is almost here and just in time comes a new interesting study linking the benefits of friendly bacteria “probiotics” and warding off colds. Probiotics are often called “friendly bugs.” Probiotic comes from the Greek word pro, meaning “promoting” and biotic, meaning “life.” There is some debate about how to define probiotics. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” Bacteria usually cause disease, so the idea of taking a few billion a day for our health may seem literally hard to swallow. New study suggests that you can treat and even prevent colds by taking probiotics. They may give our body the boost it needs to fight off colds and flu. The trial involved 198 students from Massachusetts’ Framingham State University, and...

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16 green spring-cleaning tips to simplify your life

Spring is a beautiful season of transition from cold to warmer weather. Leaves are turning green and flowers are blooming. It is also a perfect time for cleaning your home. Let’s look at natural, chemical-free ways to clean your home. Your wallet and mother earth will thank you! 1. Clean hard water stains with a lemon: Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it on hard water stains. These stains are especially common on showerheads and faucets. The acids in the lemon will cut through hard water stains without ruining the metal or glass. 2. Synthetic-free dryer sheets on glass: Use dryer sheets to clean shower glass, mirrors, and other glass in the house. It is a great way to save money and avoid toxic chemicals in window cleaner solutions. Make sure to use a non-toxic dryer sheet. 3. Window squeegee for pet fur:...

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