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We all have yeast living on our skin. When the yeast grows out of control, a skin disease called tinea versicolor can appear.Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin. It’s also named pityriasis versicolor and is caused by a type of yeast that naturally lives on your skin. When the yeast grows out of control, the skin disease, which appears as a rash, is the result.
The infection can happen for any of the following reasons:
- Oily skin
- Hot climate
- Excessive perspiration
- Weak immune system
Because the yeast grows naturally on your skin, tinea versicolor is not contagious. The condition can affect people of any skin color. It’s more likely to affect teens and young adults.
Signs and Symptoms of Tinea Versicolor
Acidic bleach from the growing yeast causes areas of skin to be a different color than the skin around them. These can appear as individual spots or patches. Common signs and symptoms of the infection include:
- Patches of skin that may be white, pink, red, or brown and can be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.
Tinea Versicolor Natural Treatment
FungaSoap® cleansing wash helps relieve the discomfort of itching and dryness associated with athlete’s foot while it cleans and refreshes skin. This patented soap is enriched with tea tree oil – an essential oil used as a disinfectant and antiseptic for centuries.
Along with the FungaSoap Tea Tree Oil, purchase a bar of Lava Soap.
Scrub the tinea versicolor patches with the Lava Soap and leave the soap on for 5 min. to exfoliate the skin and fungus. This will allow the FungaSoap to penetrate deeper, and helps begin dry out the oils and moisture from the skin
Thoroughly rinse off the Lava Soap.
Apply the FungaSoap liberally to versicolor patches and let it sit for 15 min. A tingling sensation will probably be felt on the areas where the tinea versicolor is present.
Rinse well but do not wash treated area again with any soap.
Dry area thoroughly.
Repeat treatment once daily.
The Smart Faucet is a 1.5gpm aerator with an antimicrobial handle that controls water flow from the faucet. Water only flows when the handle is depressed, although there is a locking disk for continuous flow when needed. Installation may require a wrench but is easy and installation only takes a few minutes. The Smart Faucet requires no batteries or electricity to control water usage.
The Smart Faucet reports savings of up to 15,000 gallons when compared with a standard 2.5gpm aerator and the company offers a one-year limited warranty on parts and components.
Save water while you are soaping up your hands or brushing your teeth with this automatic faucet shut off valve. Great for disabled, elderly, children, arthritic hands or any situation where you don’t want to touch the faucet handles. Set the water handles to desired volume and mix after installing, push back on the lever for water. Let go of the lever and it shuts off the water.
- Beautiful chrome finish Faucet Shut Off Valve
- Installs on most bathroom faucets in minutes
- No batteries, No electricity, No plumber, No special tools
- Antimicrobial handle
- Made in the USA
Take a wash on the wild side.. We were excited to be introduced to A Wild Soap Bar. A Wild Soap Bar’s natural products are handmade in the USA, biodegradable, cruelty free, minimally packaged with recycled & recyclable materials, and do not contain synthetic fragrance oils, petroleum products, FD&C dyes, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates, antibacterial triclosan, TEA, or other harmful chemicals. 100% of base oils are certified organic.
A Wild Soap Bar offers over two dozen soaps and soap gift sets. All of them specially created to soothe, invigorate, and deep clean. Here are a few of the amazing soaps:
Cedarwood Scented with a fir needle essential oil blend and filled with ground cedarwood and moroccan red clay, this exfoliating bar is sure to please the outdoor lover with its fresh forest scent.
Sassafras offers a fresh fragrance with great lather and a clean rinse. Sassafras Soap is spiked with cinnamon, spice and everything nice plus sassafras root and sweet orange oil. The exfoliating texture sloughs off dead skin cells while the warm spicy scent brightens your day.
The All Natural Soap Sampler is a fragrant, colorful soap assortment that’s great for travel, guests, or just someone who loves soap! In it is 8 of Wild Soap Bar’s most popular soaps.
A wild Soap Bar handcrafts soap using the slow cold process method, which means no external heat is used so the goodness of the natural ingredients are preserved for you as much as possible. Each bar begins with a high percentage of nutrient rich organic extra virgin olive oil to which we add organic coconut oil for fluffy lather, organic palm oil to increase longevity, organic high oleic sunflower oil for its superior skin care properties, and organic castor oil for a dense creamy lather that conditions and moisturizes. Next wild-crafted and organic botanicals are responsibly added, fragrant organic spices, purifying earth clays, and tropical butters for their exceptional skin care benefits. Finally, the wildly aromatic olive oil soaps are scented with only pure essential oils extracted from plants… fresh clean scents, the way mother nature intended.
When one thinks of pesticide poisoning, they most likely think of pesticides that are utilized on produce, such as apples, lettuce tomatoes, lettuce and other fruits and vegetables. There are additional means of pesticide exposure that occurs from insecticides and lawn treatment, but additional exposure is common from the many flea and tick control products that are used everyday.
Here are a few simple ways to minimize exposure to pesticide poisoning:
- Grow your own produce. Growing your own crops means that you can use healthful methods to control any pests. There are all-natural remedies for controlling pests and enriching soil. Or you can use organic pesticides.
- There are certain produce items which contain the highest levels of pesticides. Avoiding these crops can reduce your pesticides consumption levels by as much as 90%. Some of these items are fruit like cherries, apples, peaches, pears and grapes. Vegetables you could avoid are celery, spinach and sweet bell peppers. Remember, if they are organically grown, then these are safe to eat.
- If you spray your lawn, switch to organic lawn care. Only treat your lawn with organic products. This decreases exposure to harsh chemicals to you and your pet.
- Choose natural and organic garden care products when caring for your lawn. Be sure to read the labels to make safe choices to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning.
- Use natural flea and tick prevention products that are safe for you and your pets. Wondercide was founded on the principal of ecological and ethical means to make the world safer.
Stephanie Boone, founder of Wondercide, started her company when her precious dog Luna became so ill from veterinarian-prescribed flea and tick prevention meds. Veterinarians suggested she put Luna down, but that was not the answer. She sought out help from scientists, professors and holistic veterinarians to develop Wondercide. Stephanie stated, “Treating the source, not the symptom” drives her to educate the public and offer an alternative to toxic flea and tick prevention medications. Luna is now 14 years old and is healthy and happy.
Evolv™ is natural and organic and is the alternative to the harsh chemicals found in veterinarian prescribed and over-the-counter flea and tick preventive medications that sickens and kills pets every year. Evolv not only repels, it kills on contact. Wondercide states, “Effective on all life cycle stages, this bio-based formula safely protects your your pet without risk to adults or children.” It’s a safe and natural way to keep your pets free from critters, all while being safe for pets and children.
Did you know that the majority of organic waste can be recycled by worms? A worm composting system can convert over 70% of your home waste into beneficial compost.
How to make a worm composting bin
To make a worm composter, you’ll need:
- A short, wide plastic bin
- A drill
- Damp, shredded newspaper or straw (for bedding material)
- Compost worms. You need 1,000 to 2,000
Step one: First you need to drill a holes in the bottom and top of the bin.
Step two: Put up to 10cm of gravel (or sand) in the base of the bin..
Step three: Next, add some of the bedding material (Newspaper or straw).
Step four: Put the worms in a space in the bedding material and add some more bedding on top.
You can keep the worm composting bin outside but if the temperature drops below 40ºFahrenheit, you’ll need to bring the bin inside. You can keep it in a shed or garage, for example.
Worms can eat foods such as:
- Used coffee grounds and tea bags
- Fruit and veg, and their peelings (Not cooked potatoes)
- Horse/cow manure
- Egg shells
They can’t eat foods such as:
- Oily foods
- Cat/dog faeces
You need to distribute the food within the worm bedding. Feed the worms gradually at first. Don’t add more food waste until the previous food has almost all gone. You may need to experiment with the number of worms if you are generating a lot of food waste.
As the bin generates new worms, you’ll be able to add more food.
After around 10 weeks, you’ll be able to remove the finished compost and add it to your garden. Firstly, shift the finished compost to one side of the bin and on the other side where the new space is, add fresh bedding and food waste. Once the worms move over to the clean bedding, you’ll be able to harvest the finished compost.
Worm Composting Issues
Here are some common problems experienced by worm composters and how to avoid or rectify them.
If the bin smells, it may be that there is not enough air, so try adding more air holes. It may also be that there is too much food so ensure that the food is being eaten before you add more. This problem can also be caused by the mixture being too wet so try adding more bedding that is damp (not wet).
Fruit flies aren’t dangerous but they are a nuisance. This problem is mainly caused by the food being exposed. Make sure that when you add food, you bury it well in the bedding.
If the worms are dying, check that the bedding is not too wet or dry. Also, make sure that there is enough bedding. If there is no bedding, you need to harvest the compost and add fresh bedding.
Ready-made worm composting bins are readily available in a variety of sizes and indoor/outdoor applications.
Fix leaks. The most common fixture that leaks is the toilet flapper. Checking for leaks should be part of your overall maintenance plan and should be done on a regular basis. Perform a water audit. Take a look at your water meter when no one is likely to be using water. If the meter is moving, you have a leak.
Install water-saving devices. Can you transform your single flush toilets to dual flush with a kit? How about installing a Smart Faucet in every bathroom? The EPA has rolled a complete line of water saving fixtures under its WaterSense label, however, but these are merely minimums. Individuals should go beyond the minimum by installing 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) shower heads when the WaterSense minimum allows shower heads with flow rates of 2.5gpm. Rebates may also be available from your local utility to promote the installation of new high efficiency toilets that utilize 1.28 gallons per flush or better.
Upgrade to water saving appliances. Old dishwashers and top-loading washing machines are incredible inefficient, utilizing as much as 25 gallons per load of dishes and 35 gallons of water per load of laundry. New high-efficiency models utilize a fraction of the water. Dishwashers in the two gallon range are very effective and front-loading washing machines use about a third of the water of what top-loaders use and rebates may be available. The less water an appliance uses, the less electricity and natural gas that will be needed to heat that water.
Rethink landscaping. Plant what’s appropriate for your region and you will reduce water consumption, increase habitat for native species and raise the value of your property. Re-landscaping is a big expense, but you are paying to water and maintain plants every year, year and year out, when you could be pocketing the money you currently budget for water.