Category Archives: Drinks and Tonics

How to Make Orangina (Fermented Orange Juice)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 19, 2014

Oranges are the most commonly grown fruit tree in the world. A hybrid of ancient cultivated origin, possibly the pomelo and the mandarin, the orange is widely grown in warm climes with Brazil and the United States (California and Florida) predominant.

The elementary school I attended in Dunedin, Florida happened to be located only a few miles from a Hood’s orange juice factory, now owned by Coca-Cola.

Many days, my classmates and I could smell the distinctive aroma of burning citrus peels from the belching smokestack. While the smell didn’t bother me too much, many of my classmates found it nauseating with some even choosing to stay indoors for recess on days when the wind was blowing in the school’s direction.

While burning citrus peel waste may not seem too problematic, the process of extracting the juice from the oranges in a factory setting definitely is.  Read more…


Juicing 101: Why Do It, Which Juicers are Best, Recipes to Try

by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP February 3, 2014

Editor’s Note:
I’ve written before how juicing saved my life back in my twenties when I was constantly traveling and experiencing health challenges as a result.  In this latest post on boosting immunity, Melanie Christner describes the background of juicing and how and why it can literally save your life plus some yummy combinations to try and an overview of the best juicers on the market.

Don’t forget that Melanie’s class on the GAPS Diet starts soon. Find out more by clicking here if doing GAPS to reverse autoimmune disease is something you’re considering this year plus you will get a free 30 Day Prep Guide for GAPS!

What To Do?

…when we breathe, bathe, ingest, walk on, cook with, drive in, & live in toxic chemicals…from the carpets our babies crawl on…to the fillings in our teeth, and the lotions we put on our skin? It can be maddening. Heavy metals, petrochemicals & other toxins are pervasive in our human domains, settling unwelcome, into our tissues & brains…and overwhelming our immune systems.

These toxins don’t just hang out. To quote Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of Gut And Psychology Syndrome, “Stored toxicity does not just sit silently in the tissues of our bodies. It causes symptoms of chronic diseases and lays down the ground for cancer formation”.

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Fluoride in Kombucha: Should You Be Concerned?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 1, 2013

kombuchaMy friends Will and Susan Revak, founders of OraWellness, recently wrote a thoughtful article on their concerns about fluoride content in kombucha. The research they uncovered convinced them that the best course of action was to stop drinking kombucha – either store bought or brewed themselves.

Given the devastating health effects that fluoride can wreak, particularly on growing children, they are certainly right to be troubled about the potential for excessive fluoride exposure from kombucha, a traditional Russian drink made from fermenting plain black tea (or a combination of black and green tea) and sugar.

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How to Make Vanilla Extract

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 6, 2013

One of the most lovely gifts I received this holiday was from my friend Lindsay, a member of the local buying club I coordinate.

She gave me this beautiful bottle of vanilla extract shown in the picture to the right that she had made herself.  I was very touched and not just because I really love handmade gifts. Anyone who spends any time in the kitchen knows that vanilla is one rather expensive flavoring that you use frequently in so many recipes!

In fact, vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron due to the intensive labor required to grow the vanilla seed pods.

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Coffee Substitutes (Healthy and Caffeine Free)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 8, 2012

The recent article A Visual View of Caffeine seemed to generate comments mostly related to coffee and whether or not drinking coffee is a healthful habit.

With so many assaults on our hormones today and many people living under constant and seemingly never ending stress, it seems to me that a coffee or even a tea habit can’t help but exacerbate these problems over time leading to health challenges and hormonal imbalances.

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