Monday, September 20, 2010

One Minute Unsweetened Chocolate Substitute

If a recipe calls for 1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate and you don't have any on hand, combine 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder with 1 tablespoon butter, margarine, or vegetable shortening.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Healing Oil Bath

Dry, irritated skin is the greatest culprit with either eczema or dermatitis. Store shelves are stocked with dozens of creams and lotions, but the natural way is less expensive.

6-8 drops pine, geranium, or lavender essential oils

1. Add essential oil to a hot bath. Swirl to disperse the oil, then get in and soak for about 10 minutes.

2. Carefully get out of the bath (it will be slippery) and massage any oil still left on the skin. Don't take this bath more than once every 24 hours.