Sustainable Living / Permaculture

Sustainable Living, Permaculture, Earth Bag Houses, living off the grid, Earth ships

My Favourite Green Smoothie Recipe (to date)

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Just made this… like 5 minutes ago, I’m sipping it for my breakfast.. its absolutely refreshing and tasty!!

I DARE you to try this without getting ADDICTED.. LOL

1 Ripened Banana

1 Ripened mango sliced or chopped

6-8 mid sized strawberries

2 tablespoons of mixed chia and flax seeds,

500 mls of water, 200 mls of Guava juice

Healthy handful of spinach and 1-2 handfuls of kale.

Blend. Enjoy.. makes approx 3-4 servings (glasses)

-THC-

Usury Free: Time Based Currency on the horizon?

Tommy UsuryFree Kennedy provides us an overview of our current economic system and some insight into Usury Free – Time based Currency. It has the potential to help re-shape the way we do business and resolve our current economic model globally. A RESOLUTION without the requirement for a REVOLUTION… very interesting concept to mitigate the design flaws of USURY… Peace and Plenty by 2020. Check out his blog…

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I did not know John The Engineer Turmel was a med pot activist!!! Cool!

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-THC-

~RELATED Media & Links~

* The Argentine Success Story (.pdf )

* John the Engineer Turmel: Argentine Solution submitted to Alex Jones Contest (Video)

* Tommy UsuryFree Kennedy’s Website 

* Canadian Awareness Network (site)

* Exposing Faux Capitalism (blog)

DIY Natural … Cool Home made products to save you a bit of money!

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DIYNatural.com

Very Cool website, I was on my Twitter account moments ago and seen someone had made their own home made products, and so I asked them where they got the “recipe” for it and they enlightened me on this website.. just had a glance at it, and I am already liking it a lot.. some very cool and thrifty ideas to create your own home made shampoos and conditioners that are safe most importantly, natural and effective… You can purchase Baking Soda in bulk here online

Props goes to @CreateDestroyy for sharing this with me! Thanks again! I can’t wait to give some of these a go and start saving money long term with this…

I hope you all find this information as useful as I did.

 

-THC-

CANNABIS for ALL Canadians…… Yes you can!

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Image Credited: Cannabis Culture

This write up by Matt Mernagh explains how accessing legal Cannabis in Canada has been simplified now (click image or link to go to the article) , under the new regulations to take effect 1 April 2014 under the MMPR cannabis is easier to access in the way that you don’t need to apply to the government for this, its pretty much a conversation with your doctor and he/she signs a medical document substantiating your request/requirement for Cannabis consumption… I think EVERYONE in Canada should  become LEGAL medical Cannabis users.. in effect then Cannabis is legalized, you just need to follow the foot trail and do a little bit of paper work and have a consultation with your medical practitioner..  He just confirmed everything I was talking about with TWEED inc. Via my recent emails with them, as I intend to juice cannabis fan leaves and stems.. now I can justify myself to use it for health purposes and also to medicate to help me with sleep at night and fueling my creativity … I’m really happy that the changes taking place are the right ones.. however I suspect this is the half-measure before full legalization… Cool beans.

All Credit goes to Mr. MERNAJUANA... Vote him for MAYOR of Toronto Folks he’s running!

Cast your vote’s here folks!

Edit: I will note, I don’t agree with the fact that the new MMPR forces Medicinal Cannabis patients to pay more for their medicine.. and scraps their rights for PERSONAL Growing …But, it does open doors to more Canadians to be able to access the medication. I personally feel, if enough people get personal use licenses, we might be able to tip the scales in our favour of OUTRIGHT LEGALIZATION … We have to wait and see what the Election in 2015 brings us and hopefully, its someone that makes a sweeping change in the RIGHT direction for ALL CANADIANS … Medical user or not.

Since TWEED inc. has been approved, I wonder if Justtin Trudeau will fulfill LEGALIZATION as he mentioned.. Or will he let his ties between himself and CEO of TWEED inc. get in the way? (ie. Trudeau won’t leagalize because it could potentially crush TWEED inc’s Profits.. lets hope not, I don’t think JT would do us over on that) This will be the ULTIMATE test for Justin Trudeau.. I would be curious to know Mr. Rifici’s stand point on that issue, if he is open to the idea of full Legalization.. perhaps he is, (perhaps he is just doing what he can right now within the law, or is that to naive?) and is using his position right now in the Medical side, to leverage himself to potentially be Canada’s biggest supplier of Cannabis for medical and then Recreational when and if the laws change… But how much demand will there be from Tweed Inc if people are able to Grow their own if full legalization takes hold??

-THC-

~RELATED~

* Article Indicating Chuck Rifici’s ties to Liberal Party Caucus  (first para, member of party board of directors)

* Sample Medical Document (Health Canada)

* Health Canada FAQ’s Marijuana

Some cool uses for BAKING SODA!

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I decided to give Baking Soda a shot.. lately I’ve been using boiled water with a teaspoon or two of baking soda in it and drinking it for health purposes, to aid in digestion and cleansing… I ended up stumbling upon an article the other day about taking Baths in Baking Soda for detox.. and let me tell you, that bath was amazing.. Super relaxing, and after I got out, I was pretty much ready for bed.. I felt so refreshed, I encourage all of you to try it out…

Here’s what I did… I cranked the hot water to start filling the tub, threw down 2-3 cups of baking soda in the tub with some Epsom salts couple handfuls will do, don’t be shy, and a bit of bath foam suds to get it looking nice LOL… soaked in the tub for 40 mins while listening to some chill tunes to space out a bit… after getting out, I did feel a bit weak so, make sure you have some nice cold water by the Tub if you’re going to try this out..

I’m really loving this approach to alternative health, it allows me to run all these mini or micro experiments… I’m glad I latched onto this one.. I think for now I will continue to use baking Soda here and there in small amounts .. I read somewhere you can make deodorant with it and coconut oil so I might start making some of that too.. may as well, this stuff is cheap too $1 something at the store for 500 grams … ya can’t get a better deal than that folks!

-THC-

~RELATED~

* 51 Fantastic uses for Baking Soda

* Baking Soda Baths bring you balance

* Bicarbonate

* Bicarbonate Increases Tumor PH and inhibits spontaneous metastases

* Manipulating PH and Tumors 

* Health Benefits of Baking Soda

The NEW – NekNomination !!

A friend of mine I grew up with overseas, his brother Gavin featured in the above video, taking the NekNomination to a different realm, than the deadly drinking game it was spiraling out to be..  Gavin is seen just being himself and helping out a homeless man in Manchester UK .. these acts of kindness ONLY HELPS repair our world! SHARE and Spread!!

BRAVO Gav !!

Read the Article here

-THC-

What Da Heck are Pumpkin Seeds good for?

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Well Pumpkin seeds, as benign as they might appear, are quite a “superfood” if I may.. in that they serve a multitude of purposes as munchies but also for nutritional health and overall well being read more for its useful applications…

Factoid:  a one cup serving (64 grams) of pumpkin seeds has 44% daily value (DV) of zinc, 22% of copper, 42% magnesium, 16% manganese, 17% potassium, and enough iron (17% DV) to improve iron-deficiency associated anemia. University of Maryland mentions that Pumpkin seeds can be used in conjunction with other seeds herbs and spices as an anti-parasite.. here is what they have to say about nutrition and supplements…

” Nutrition and Supplements

  • Avoid simple carbohydrates, such as those found in refined foods, fruits, juices, dairy products, and all sugars, except honey.
  • Eat more raw garlic, pumpkin seeds, pomegranates, beets, and carrots, all of which have been used traditionally to kill parasites. In one study, researchers found that a mixture of honey and papaya seeds cleared stools of parasites in 23 out of 30 subjects. Drink a lot of water to help flush out your system.”

Pumpkin Seeds can be eaten casually, or used to garnish foods with, but also, they can be used as ammo to naturally kill off parasites and or worms, in dogs and humans read more here…..and here for the hardcore skeptics LOL..

So I will say, last night, I went out and bought some with my girlfriend, we both got bags of seeds, I ate roughly half the 200 gram mark, so almost 2 cups worth.. I awoke this morning @ 330 am to do my oral cleanse with Coconut oil + sea salt rinse +brushing, followed by a hot glass of water with sodium bicarbonate to drink, an hour’s wait and then my green shake which consisted of, kale, spinach, 1 whole lime + seeds,tiny bit of lychee juice, 1 tbsp maca powder, 2 tsp of baking soda, some water, an orange and a banana…I’ve just napped for an hour and a half to make up for lost sleep this morning, as I felt it important to get up early and start my day, as we were bound to get up early anyway.. feeling great and alive  and wanted to share that with you all… I hope some of this nutritional information will serve as an inspiration for others to get well and start eating on the right path… I know I’m starting.

~RELATED~

*Green Med Info’s write up on ‘pumpkin seeds’

*How to eliminate Parasites

-THC-

Oil Pulling

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What is Oil Pulling? For those that do not know, it is the practice of swishing in your mouth for minimum 20 minutes, sesame oil, or raw organic cold pressed coconut oil in your mouth. Why would you do this? Well, its believed to be an a Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification.  It is said that it aids in removing harmful bacteria, fungus, and other organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums and even throat. It is best done, in the morning on an empty stomach soon as you wake up… If you are going to do this, ensure you swish it and pull it through your teeth for at minimum 20 minutes, spit into the toilet so you don’t fill your sink with pathogens, rinse with warm water and sea salt, then brush your teeth lightly.

I haven’t done this lately, until last night, and I must say, after doing it, it was like a weight was lifted.. I encourage you to experiment with this and try and see if it helps with your health..  Here are some of the listed potential benefits Oil pulling may have in store for you…

• Migraine headache relief
• Correcting hormone imbalances
• Reducing inflammation of arthritis
• May help with gastro-enteritis
• Aids in the reduction of eczema
• May reduce symptoms of bronchitis
• Helps support normal kidney function
• May help reduce sinus congestion
• Some people report improved vision
• Helps reduce insomnia
• Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption
• Aids in reducing pain
• Reduces the symptoms of allergies
• Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms

Still not convinced? Check out the related links below…  😉

-THC-

~Related~

*Green Med Info – Oil Pulling to Optimal Health (includes references to studies)

*Mechanism of Oil Pulling therapy (in vitro study)

*Food Matters article on Oil Pulling

Earth Bag homes / Earth Ships and Micro Homes – Would you Live in One?

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A book I purchased a few months ago since Chapters didn’t have the book in stock I wanted at the time, it  is called   Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks And Techniques. Instead I opted for “Off On our Own” – By Ted Carns.. and I was pretty impressed nonetheless.. the book goes into how they achieved their own way to get out of the system and live off the grid. They have a zero waste system and grey water treatment detailed in the book, among a plethora of other cool and eco savvy tricks and tips. Anyone looking for a “get off the grid” information book would appreciate reading this one, that I can say!

It may have been approximately 2-3 years ago that I took an interest in Permaculture.  What drew me into the subject was pretty much affordable housing that you could construct on your own with the help of friend. This could be done on some land that you own or are renting in an effort to avoid the pains that go along with having a mortgage debt overhead, and or if you simply just want to reduce your ecological footprint and live in harmony with the Earth.

There are many cool Permaculture niches in terms of home building design, EarthBag building technique is one of the many varieties. Earth bag building is a form of building with woven polypropylene bags with a rough mixture of 30-40% clay 60-70% sand mixture. Its pretty neat as they also utilize barbed wire on each layer to create whats called, “tensile strength” for the house.

 Another form of Eco Housing is the Earth Ship building method which utilizes recycled tires and rammed earth to build the foundation/retaining walls of the house structure as well. Recycled glass bottles are commonly used to mimic stained glass windows, a very neat touch adds a feeling of modernity to the structure. I believe this method termed Earthship Biotecture was founded by Michael Reynolds.

I will give a brief mention about Nader Khalili. He was an Iranian-American Architect who founded the super-adobe construction system as well as Geltaftan Earth-and-Fire system known as Ceramic Houses. He is a man that I believe worked purely from the heart and with love as, he has achieved greatness. Indeed it is sad that he has passed away in 2008. The Cal Earth Institute carries forward his principles and ideas.

The other and more popular and common home design with regards to reducing your ecological footprint at least in the western world seems to be the niche of micro homes.

There are two approaches to Micro homes, the Do-it-yourselfers and prefabricated for instance, Nomad Micro Homes I recently read an article over at VanCityBuzz and this is how I just recently found out about Nomad Micro Homes. I will admit I do like their design and the way they are going with it. $30,000 is much more affordable than the laughable mortgages most people sign themselves up for, I have yet to do so, 😉 I don’t want to follow the pack. I am much more interested building my own home with my hands to my specifications and needs.

I had this idea to solve the housing crisis in the world and it starts with Earth Bag building. Say if I was to round up 4-6 motivated people to help me build my EarthBag home so that all I had to foot was the building materials and food for my friends doing the labour? (in return for helping me I help them with their homes)

That to me would be much more cost effective so I could live free unstrapped of a mortgage and also in harmony with the environment. In return I would help them build their homes so they could live mortgage free as well and in harmony with the environment also. Anyone that helped them build there’s would have their home built also etc..
The core idea is helping people help people, you help me with labour on my home. In return I promise to help you back with building your home and then your friends. Since I will not have a mortgage to pay and probably no job, I would make it my job and lifelong mission to change the housing situation in the world. I will at least help those people that helped me prop up my house. If we could perpetuate that, or do that for the homeless and poverty stricken countries, what a drastic change in the world we would have!!!

And why you may ask, well my personal beliefs are that, I believe everyone on this planet is entitled to a home without a mortgage, food and clean drinking water, this is the the spark behind this blog post 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed, please comment if you have experience or anything to add, or even constructive criticism on my idea, I take everything with a grain of salt so don’t worry