Everybody loves summer, but not everybody loves the creatures that it brings, specifically the pesky mosquito. There’s nothing more annoying than constantly having to swat away mosquitoes when trying to enjoy the outdoors, and with the recent Zika virus epidemic there is even more reason to ward off these pests.
Although commercial bug sprays may be effective at keeping mosquitoes away from you, most of them contain the chemical DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). DEET has been shown to cause a variety of health problems, ranging from mild side effects such as skin irritation or allergic reactions, and more serious long-term effects, such as nervous system interference.
Although most commercial bug repellents contain harmful substances, there are many natural foods and compounds that produce scents that can effectively repel insects.
Lemon eucalyptus essential oil, which is extracted from the leaves of the lemon eucalyptus tree has been proven throughout various studies to be effective at repelling mosquitoes.
Citronella essential oil, which is extracted from lemon grass, also has a strong scent that is proven to ward off mosquitoes and other flying insects.
One study also found that substances made from the peel of common citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines and grapefruits were all found to be effective at repelling mosquitoes. This proves that natural, strong smelling plant-based substances and citrus fruits have the ability to repel mosquitoes without causing harmful side effects to the people using them.

An effective, and aesthetically pleasing, method of using essential oils and citrus fruits as mosquito repellent is through the use of mason jars.  Here is everything that you’ll need to make your own mason jar bug repellents:
  • 2 mason jars
  • 10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary (optional)
  • Floating disc candles
Add an even amount of slices of lemon and lime to each jar
Put 2 sprigs or rosemary into each jar (optional)

Fill the jar about 3/4 full with water
Add essential oils, 10 of each type to a specific jar (don’t mix them together)

Add more water (if necessary) until the jar is almost full
All you have to do to activate these natural mosquito repellents is by lighting a candle. They made great additions to porches, backyards, campfires or any other outdoors place where people (and mosquitoes) like to spend time.

My grandma even told me about this. I didn’t really believe it till I tried it out though.

If your bathroom or kitchen drain is clogged, you don’t actually need to buy an expensive, toxic drain cleaner at the supermarket or hardware store. There’s a tried and true home remedy for clearing drains, whose primary ingredients you almost certainly have around the house anyway: baking powder and salt.

You’ll need:
  • ¾ cup baking powder
  • ¾ cup salt
  • ⅔ cup warm vinegar
  • hot water
Here’s how:
Stir the baking powder and salt until they’re mixed well.

Pour the mixture into the clogged drain.
In order to measure it out better, try filling an unused sugar dispenser with the mix, or sticking a small funnel into the drain in question.

Now pour the warm vinegar in…

Now the blockage should be clear and the sink will drain again properly. With this homemade solution you can both save money and avoid noxious chemicals — your drain will thank you and so will the environment!

I can’t stop laughing at what this father did to get his teenagers to stop texting at the dinner table. Brilliant!

It’s a sign of the times, but it’s really just a bad habit. Texting at the dinner table or in any situation where other people expect your attention is simply rude. This father had enough and took drastic measures to let his sons know how he felt…


He gives his sons a taste of their own medicine by doing his own “texting” the way his generation knows it. It’s playful and humorous, but it’s also clear that the boys got the point. Maybe more kids could use lesson like this. !



School Wants Parents To Take Responsibility – Their Poster Is Spreading Like Wildfire Online. It’s a timeless question: where do a school’s responsibilities begin, and where does it end?
This is especially relevant when considering where to draw the line between what constitutes parents’ responsibilities, and the schools’.
A Portuguese school decided to clarify the matter once and for all, by sticking a poster – and the message it sends is now spreading like wildfire.
The school also shared its sign on their Facebook page, and the message contained within it quickly began to spread around the world.
The simple but effective sign highlights five key points where the school is determined should be managed by the parents, as follows:
“Dear parents
  • We would like to remind you that magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, and thank you, all begin to be learned at home
  • It’s also at home that children learn, to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show the utmost respect for their elders and all teachers.
  • Home is where they learn to be clean, not talk with their mouths full, and how/where to dispose of garbage properly.
  • Home is also where they learn to be organized, to take good care of their belongings, and that it’s not ok to touch others.
  • Here at school, on the other hand, we teach language, math, history, geography, physics, sciences, and physical education. We only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents.

    The online response has been immediate.
    Do you think that schools in the US should be posting this in their hallways, too? Share if you agree that parents need to take responsibility for their children’s behavior!


Mix Bananas, Honey and Water: Cough and Bronchitis Will Disappear

Treating chronic cough and bronchitis has always been a challenge even for conventional medicine…well, up until now.

This new natural remedy contains some of the oldest and most powerful ingredients that soothe the throat and lungs and cure coughing and bronchitis in no time!
Thanks to the mighty properties of honey and bananas, which are included in the recipe, you can use this remedy for both children and adults and enjoy its flavor as well!
Anything from sore throat, bad cough and even stomach problems can be treated with this drink.
Here is how to prepare it:
  • 400 ml boiling water
  • 2 medium ripe bananas with dots
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
First, peel the bananas and puree them with a wooden fork or spoon. Do not use metal cutlery, since the bananas tend to darken when in contact with metal.
Next, place bananas in pot and add boiled water to them. Let mixture steep for 30 minutes.
Finally, when the remedy is cooled off, add honey. You can strain mix if you prefer it transparent. It is important to add the honey last, so it doesn’t lose its important properties over to the boiling water.
  • Drink 100ml of this remedy 4 times a day (total of 400ml per day).
  • This amount is sufficient for one day and you can prepare a fresh one the following morning.
  • First results come in 5 days.
Appreciate nature more and always turn to it for more beneficial remedies!


This is Why you Should Never Let your Dog Lick your Mouth

“It is not just what is carried in saliva. Dogs spend half their life with their noses in nasty corners or hovering over dog droppings so their muzzles are full of bacteria, viruses and germs of all sorts.” Basically, your dog’s mouth is disgusting and can pass diseases onto you through dog kisses…Like Capnocytophaga Canimorsus: This one’s really bad. How bad? This man was told by his doctor that his capnocytophaga canimorsus infection was caused by a dog licking his open wound.
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This Tiny Berry Is Being Called The Next Superfruit

A relatively unknown fruit, called the buffaloberry, could be the world's next big superfruit, according to a new study published in the Journal of Food Science.

Researchers who collected wild buffaloberries in North and South Dakota found the tiny red, slightly sour fruits are rich in lycopene — an antioxidant that appears to lower the risk of certain types of cancers — as well as an acidic compound called methyl-lycopenoate that can be used as a natural food colorant. They are a type of pigment called carotenoids that give fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and carrots their red or orange colors.
The fruits are also a good source of other phenolic antioxidants, the compounds responsible for their tartness and generally thought to play a role in preventing cancer and slowing cellular aging.
According to the study, the lycopene content of buffaloberries tends to be "high in comparison to tomatoes and other commercially available fruit."
The shrub on which the edible berries grow is native to North America and is found growing on many Indian reservations, land that's unsuitable for most other crops. The hardy shrubs can grow pretty much anywhere, even in dry environments with poor soil quality.
These berries have traditionally been eaten by Native American people, but the new findings suggest that it could be a valuable food crop, especially for regions in need of economic development. 
Buffaloberries are high enough in sugar to taste good as a fresh or dried fruit (they have the consistency of a raisin when dried) and its acidity makes it desirable for wine makers.
Although commercial production of these fruits is currently very limited, researchers believe that the "potential for growing, consuming, and marketing buffaloberry fruit on and around Midwestern Native American Reservations provides both and economic and nutritional opportunity that should be exploited.