Activated Charcoal – Dog Poison Remedy

While anecdotal, and not used on a human, this is my lifesaving story and the reason I will NEVER have a day without AC in my house.

I stepped away from the cacao pudding I was making to stir something on the stove in the other room. When I returned to the dining room, my 12 lb. dog had eaten half of the pudding. Chocolate is poison to dogs. Cacao is lethal.

The chemical theobromine is present in raw cacao. In large enough quantities it is even poisonous to humans as well, however, you’d have to ingest a ridiculous amount. For dogs it doesn’t take much raw cacao to make them sick or even kill them.


Poisoning symptoms for dogs include hyperactivity, excessive drooling, dehydration, refusing to eat or drink, loss of bladder control, seizures, shaking, rapid pulse, breathing difficulties, nerve damage, heart failure, and death. Knowing this, naturally I freaked out.

My first instinct was to make him vomit. I gave him a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and that didn’t work. I remembered reading that a big danger associate from theobromine is dehydration so I gave Mason water with chicken broth in it (to make it more appetizing). I’m sure that helped but later on when he lost control of his bladder, my poor little Mason could barely make it 5 steps to the door before peeing on the rug.

I called animal poison control, they informed me that the amount of cacao he consumed was very dangerous and on the cusp of lethal. By that point he had started to develop the shakes, along with symptoms of confusion, and lethargy– very scary!! I was informed that he MUST vomit the cacao and that if I brought him to the emergency center for treatment he would be given an injection to make him vomit, followed by some tests to see if he would need intravenous fluids. I had given him copious amount of fluids, but as for the throwing up part, peroxide wasn’t working. An hour had gone by, I knew I had to act and fast.

My next course was to try to give him something to adsorb the chemicals before they entered the bloodstream any further. I gave him one capsule of AC, knowing that is can adsorb toxins in the system. Within minutes he began to vomit and then he vomited 3 times in the next 15 minutes. At that point, I made a second call to the emergency line and was informed that he didn’t have to come in to be seen, we just needed to keep an eye on him.

Even though he appeared to have gotten rid of all the cacao in his stomach, I was concerned about any remaining cacao in his digestive system. I gave him another AC capsule (since he threw up part of the first one). After his second dose of AC he got progressively better. He stopped excessively drooling and became more alert. Within 24 hours he regained his strength and control of his bladder. We have not noticed any long term effects, suggesting that we stopped the progression of the poisoning just in time.

How to peel an entire head of garlic in 60 seconds!

Directions on how to break up and peel an entire head of garlic into cloves in seconds-

I do this all the time. So simple and a thousand times fresher than store prepared garlic!!

Choose a whole unpeeled head of garlic – ideally, one with no shoots and heavy for its size.

Grab two medium to large-sized bowls. I prefer stainless steel prep bowls because they have a lip to grasp onto for shaking. Take the first prep bowl and put a whole unpeeled head of garlic in the bowl. Cover that bowl with with another same-sized prep bowl. I find one head of garlic at a time in the bowls works best.

Now the fun part!

Firmly grasp the bowls together and shake vigorously for about 60 seconds. Kids love to help do this part. Have your kids shake, shake, shake their booty. You will hear the sound change when the cloves are separated and peeled. Open the bowls and presto chango, the whole head of garlic is separated into cloves with every clove completely peeled. You are now a kitchen magician.



Here’s my favorite thing to do with all that delicious garlic, I make sheet pan roasted chicken with garlic and veggies.   This is very similar in  flavor to a popular urban legend recipe called, “Engagement Chicken,” where a cook makes this meal for their love and while eating this the partner decides, I need to lock this person down!

Romance Chicken- Sheet Pan Chicken and Roasted Root Veggies

romance chicken

Place about a cup of each vegetable on a parchment or foil lined sheet pan,

  • potatoes cut into wedges
  • onions cut into wedges
  • carrots cut into small chunks (or baby carrots)
  • one or two heads of garlic – depending on your taste for garlic – I LOVE GARLIC!

The chicken juices make the veggies delicious with tons of caramelized flavor.

Toss veggies in roughly 3 tablespoons of olive oil. I use my misto to spray the oil on and use less oil.    You want the veggies to be in a single layer so they roast evenly. Nestle into the veggies 4 bone in, skin-on chicken breasts. I cut the breasts in half if they are large.  I cook the chicken with the skin on so it stays moist, it can be removed after cooking if skinless is preferred. Lightly drizzle chicken with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper  generously and roast in oven set at 425 for 45 minutes to an hour depending on chicken size.

The veggies caramelize and are infused with the delicious juices from the chicken..and the garlic!  So delicious, a super easy and very adaptable meal for different sized families.

They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. This meal will have everyone love struck.

How To Do Oil Pulling – Addicting Way To Start The Day

Oil pulling is a fancy term for using an oil like coconut oil or sesame seed oil as a natural mouthwash.  It is an Incredible way to start your day!
By now I’m sure you have heard about how miraculous coconut oil is. I have been oil pulling for years. Your mouth feels so fresh and it lasts all day. I first started doing oil pulling  while I was pregnant. I had problems with sensitive teeth from years of stripping the enamel using store-bought tooth whitening strips.  With oil pulling and using my homemade tooth whitener / remineralizer my dentist noticed the I have reversed my receding gums.

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Indian ayeruvidic remedy that promotes complete health and healing. Through oil pulling you will greatly reduce the amount of toxins and bacteria in the body. Bacteria in the mouth teeth, gums goes into your body and burdens your immune ststem. Oil pulling works to remove this harmful bacteria and plaque before it is reabsorbed by the body. Additionally it whitens teeth naturally. 



How to do oil pulling:

This how I start my morning – everyday – even before I have my coffee. 

-Buy an organic oil like coconut, sunflower  or sesame seed oil.

-Swish 2 teaspoons – 1 tablespoon of oil around the mouth and through your teeth for 15-20 minutes. 

-Then spit out oil and rinse mouth out well with water. 

Oil Pulling Tips & Tidbits

-Oil pulling is best done upon waking on an empty stomach 

-Remember, organic, cold-pressed, unrefined oils are always best because they are the least processed and have the least pesticide residue.

– I scoop coconut oil out as a solid and let it melt in my mouth before swishing. I have also used sesame seed oil, I love both and like to switch it up.

– This practice can be done several times a day.

– You can start with a few minutes and build up to the full time.

– You need to swish for 15 minutes or longer for maximum benefits.

Oil Pulling- an incredible way to start your day! 

-15-20 minutes is purported to be long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts reabsorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out. After this, spit oil into the trash can; don’t spit into the sink! Do not swallow the oil as it is full of bacteria, toxins and pus that are now not in the mouth and throat!
Afterwards, rinse well with warm water to clean excess oil remaining in mouth and then brush teeth like usual. 


This little practice does it all. I have heard many people on my blog saying that it helped improved acne. It is also recommended for people with sinus congestion, headaches, migraines, inflammation.

  • Encourages gum growth, color, and resiliency.
  • Improves breath.
  • Pulls bacteria, viruses, fungus and other harmful agents out of the mouth and throat.


Ideal for people with teeth sensitivity, receding gums, chronic bad breath, teeth discolorations, plaque, and people looking to restore/keep pristine oral health. I love having a healthy mouth.

Breathe easy with fresh breath and a smile on fleek!Oil Pulling: A natural way to start your day

Best All Natural Teeth Whitening Routine

Healthy Homemakers put natural tooth whitening on the map with our organic tooth whitener blend! I’m going to share my favorite tooth whitening agents and methods.

It all started when I was researching natural tooth whitening agents. have tried all the other store bought methods; I had to ditch the store bought strips because my teeth became way too sensitive to endure any more teeth whiting aka tooth torture. Also harsh chemicals in whitening strips besides being sensitizing and expensive are just not worth it especially since I’ve been pregnant and /or breast feeding for the last 6 years and I avoided anything close to a chemical.


  1. Activated Charcoal

Adding water to activated charcoal turns it into a magnet that attracts tannins which are staining agents contained in wine, coffee, tea, and also stains like tartar. Leaving your mouth detoxified, teeth remineralized, and producces rapid results.

Activated charcoal is the best natural tooth whitener although this seems counter-intuitive because it is soot colored.  However, it works like a charm and is my favorite all-time whitening agent and the main ingredient in my tooth whitener.  It is also great for detoxing and is food grade, so it’s safe if you ingest some. People use it for detoxing the mouth and body.

Black Out Your Mouth For Whitening Power

all natural tooth whitener








2. Oil Pulling

What is Oil Pulling?

oil pulling - a natural remedy for oral health

Oil pulling is a ancient ayeruvidic remedy that increases oral health and whole body healing by detoxifying the teeth, gums and mouth.  I have used it myself for several years.  It’s apart of my daily routine. Oil pullilng naturally whitens teeth. Evidence even shows that it is beneficial in improving receding gums and removing harmful bacteria and plaque.

How to do oil pulling:

The concept is incredibly simple, swish natural plant based oils in your mouth.

  • Measure out 2 teaspoons – 1 tablespoon of a food-grade vegetable based oil (like coconut, sesame, sunflower, or olive.  Ideally you are using a high-quality oil that is organic and unrefined.
  • Swish oil through teeth and around mouth for 15-20 minutes.
  • Spit out oil and and rinse mouth out well with water.

Oil pulling is best done upon waking on an empty stomach, and this practice should be done first thing in the morning. Scoop it out as a solid and let it melt in my mouth before swishing

-You can start with a few minutes and build up to the full time.  

-Oil pulling 15-20 minutes is said to be long enough to break up the plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts reabsorbing the toxic filled oil. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out.

Oil Pulling Benefits-

Helpful for detoxing body and alleviating conditions like arthritis, asthma, headaches, migraines, inflammation, hormone imbalances, infections, liver problems and congestion.

3. Tooth Mask

What is a detoxing tooth mask?

This is something I like to do and it is quite simple – a healthy homemaker exclusive. At night, I slather my teeth with a mixture of detoxing clay and water and let this paste sit on my teeth for an hour or more.

The benefits of a tooth mask-

  • Whitens and Brightens Teeth
  • Removes plaque, tar stains, and tannins
  • Remineralizing
  • Reduces inflammation in gums
  • Detoxifies mouth, gums, tongue and in turn the whole body (mouth is a point of entry for bacteria)


4. Tongue Scraping


Tongue scraping is the ayurvedic practice that removes all that gunk that collects off your tongue. The body deposits toxins onto the tongue and it is important to scrape them off so as not to reabsorb them into the body. The layer on your tongue is a combination of bacteria, candidas, food particles, dead cells that have collected. Our body works to detox while we sleep in many ways.

This is the best method to improve your breath. When you wake up and have morning breath – tongue scraping will leave you feeling very refreshed. Tongue scraping  improves your immunity because your not reintroducing germs and bacteria back into the system.

How To Scrape Your Tongue.

Holding the two ends of the scraper in both hands, sticking out your tongue, and placing the scraper as far back on you tongue as possible. With firm but gentle pressure, scrape the surface of your tongue in one long stroke. Rinse the scraper and repeat until your tongue feels clean and is free of coating (usually 5 to 10 times).

But isn’t brushing your tongue enough?

A tongue scraper is a more effective method of removing this scum from our tongue. The scraper is like a squeegee that can take the coating completely away to reveal a pretty pink tongue that is fresh.

How To Make A Detoxing Clay Tooth Mask

how to make a tooth mask

People use face masks on their skin.

Hair masks on their hair.

There’s a mask for seemingly everything – even tooth masks.

What is a detoxing tooth mask?

This is something I like to do and it is quite simple – a healthy homemaker exclusive. At night, I slather my teeth with a mixture of detoxing clay and water and let this paste sit on my teeth for an hour or more.

What type of clay to use?

Bentonite Clay For Internal Or External UseBentonite clay.  Once water is mixed with this healing clay it gains an electrical charge which attracts impurities and toxins from the mouth. Clay adsorbs toxins into to its inner surfaces, where they’re held and not re-released.

Bentonite clay has long been acclaimed for its holistic uses to both internally and externally cleanse and detoxify the body of impurities. I use it in multiple products such as Healthy Homemakers tooth whitener and Sweet Face – raw honey face mask.

Why Do A detoxing tooth mask?

Number one reason is improved tooth and gum health. I do this to detox my mouth of germs, bacteria and other nasties. The reduced toxic load in the body help make a person thing more clearly, process thoughts quicker and clearer and be more productive.

The benefits of a tooth mask:

  • Whitens and Brightens Teeth
  • Removes plaque, tar stains, and tannins
  • Remineralizing
  • Reduces inflammation in gums
  •  Halitosis remedy
  • Detoxifies mouth, gums, tongue and in turn the whole body is refresher (mouth is a point of entry for bacteria)

Directions For Clay Tooth Mask-

For a polished clean shine that’s oh so pretty…

– Mix up 1-2 tsps of  food grade bentonite clay with 10 drops of water to mix up a thick paste.

-Leave paste on teeth and gum line (it will get into your saliva and detox your whole mouth) for at least 20 minutes. You can even sleep with it on and let it work its magic #ALLNIGHTLONG.

Do every week or few weeks for  polished teeth and clean feeling mouth.

*Bentonite clay is less abrasive than baking soda.

The Oil Cleansing Method: Diy Crunchy Skincare

oil cleansing method - wash your face in oil and get beautiful results!

Magic happened the first time I tried oil cleansing. I had a skin care breakthrough! I’ve come to tell the tale of a spectacular new skin care technique- the oil cleansing method (OCM). Soap has not touched my face in a year. Am I completely filthy? Broken out? Ha, think again.

Remember way back when, your first experience straightening your hair. You never knew your hair possessed such potential- the shine, softness, and liquidity. A wow moment.  I liken that to the oil cleansing method– you don’t know the silky skin texture and vibrancy you possess waiting to be brought out. Except the more you add heat to straighten hair the worse condition it gets– while the more you cleanse your skin with oil the better it becomes! Hey Now!

Yes, you read that right! I wash my skin with natural plant oils. My fav part is the soft to the touch like a rose petal, silky smooth feel. Oil cleansing works better than any commercial product on the market I’ve tried.

Oil has a knack for giving your face exactly what it needs. It works phenomenally for cleaning and balancing *ALL* skin types. And bonus: no need to really moisturize your face after you wash.  Two birds, one stone.

my oil cleansing blend for dewy fresh skin


Like dissolves like.” In order to dissolve something you need a solvent similar to what you are trying to dissolve.

Think about salad dressing. The vinegar (made up of mostly water) doesn’t combine at all with oils. Oil and water repel each other, Oil is hydrophilic meaning it’s creating separate layers. If you were to skip vinegar and fill a bottle with several oils, they’d combine well into each other. Water (and toxic detergents) doesn’t effectively dissolve oil. Oil dissolves oil.

Plant based natural oils clean, dissolve and replace the excess dirt, grease and grime that accumulates throughout the day. 



  • Detoxes the buildup of gunk on your skin, minimizing and refining pores.
  • Soap strips oils triggering skin to overcompensate. OCM signals your pores to have a balanced amount of oil on your skin.
  • Natural oils lubricate, soften and moisturize skin like no other.
  • Protects skin from oxidation, preventing wrinkles and sun damage.
  • Preventative and soothing for acne, redness and inflammation.
  • Great make-up remover.


HOW TO DO OIL CLEANSING- The easiest breeziest thing you’ll do today.

What Do You Need?

  •  Organic, cold pressed or expeller pressed plant oils, such as castor oil or sesame seed oil.
    • The higher the quality of the oils, the better the results.
  • Clean wash cloth or microfiber cloth.
  • A glass container with closure to store your oils in. I use a 2 oz. vile with a dropper.
  • Optional
    • Essential oils for scent and therapeutical properties.
    • A funnel for pouring oils into glass.

To Cleanse Face-

  • Combine oil blend (more about which oils to use below) in a small glass container, you might need a small funnel to fill container up.
  • Shake, shake and shake oils up some more until oil blend is well incorporated.
  • No need to wash skin before applying oil– remember water repels oils.
  • Put a dropperful of oil onto your hand and massage into face and neck always smoothing skin upwards and outwards for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Soak washcloth in hot-as-you-can-handle water and ring out. Tip head back and lay the washcloth over face for 30 seconds to let steam open up pores and soften up oil buildup.
  • Use washcloth to thoroughly wipe off all oil.
  • Repeat process of applying clean oil to skin and applying hot wash cloth on face and wiping off excess oils. I like to repeat process 2-3 times to ensure skin is thoroughly cleaned.
  • When done, completely rinse out washcloth with dab of organic soap like Dr. Bronners and allow towel to air dry. I use my wash cloth twice before I launder them.
  • Check yourself in the mirror- look how brilliantly clean and fresh faced you are!



Identify your skin type from the three described below. Select oils from the list below (oils can be bought online here or at your local health food store). Find out exactly what your skin loves, one new thing at a time and pay attention to how your skin responds.

organic oil blend for oil cleansing

TYPE A-  **Most Common** Slightly Dry- Normal- Slightly Oily- Or Combination Skin:

Try an oil organic oil listed below or combination of oil mixed with castor oil. Add more castor oil if your skin is oily and less if it is dry try 25% castor for dryer skin and 50% for less dry. Castor oil is a great natural astringent and pulls grime and toxins from deep down in the pores. 

  • Olive oil- very cost effective, easily accessible, high antioxidant content
  • Sunflower seed oil- vitamin rich, cost effective, high in linoleic acid
  • Grape seed oil- light feeling oil, can be drying
  • Sweet almond oil- high in linoleic acid
  • Safflower- high in linoleic acid
  • Pumpkin seed oil- emollient, rich and thick oil
  • Jojoba oil- like a second skin, protecting and emollient and allows skin to breathe
  • Apricot kernel oil- great for sensitive, inflamed and dry skin
  • Pomegranate seed oil- great for conditioning mature skin, natural SPF, just a couple of drops in your formula to start
  • Sesame seed oil- rich in linoleic acid


TYPE B- Sensitive, Extra Dry, Flaky:

Try an organic oil listed below or combination of oils listed below.

  • Skip drying oils all together like castor oil and grape seed oil
  • Avocado- conditioning, penetrates deeply, high in vitamin E, healing,
  • Apricot kernel oil- mature, sensitive, inflamed and dry
  • Jojoba- acts like a second skin, protecting and emollient and allows skin to breathe
  • Pumpkin seed oil- emollient, rich and thick


TYPE C- Acneic, Extra Oily:

Try an organic oil listed below or combination of oils listed below mixed with castor oil (natural astringent). Add more castor oil if your skin is oily. Try a blend that contains at least half castor oil.

  • Pumpkin seed oil- emollient, rich and thick
  • Carrot seed oil- good for hyper-pigmentation, sun protection, psoriasis and eczema
  • Rose hip seed oil -heals hyper-pigmentation, great for conditioning mature skin
  • Hemp oil- conditioning and softening, great for reversing signs of aging
  • Grape seed oil- light feeling oil, can be drying
  • Sunflower oil- vitamin rich and cost effective skin conditioner
  • Tamanu- healing, very moisturizing, good for acne
  • Apricot kernel oil- all skin types aged, sensitive, inflamed and dry
  • Neem oil -used for all skin disorders (avoid this if you’re pregnant or attempting to be)
  • Turmeric oil- for acne/oily skin, and mature skin

*Optional* Add Scent
– Add between 5-10 drops for each 1 oz. blend 
of oil.   **Are you pregnant or trying to be?  Make sure each essential oil is recognized as safe to use during pregnancy. 

  • Some good essential oils include: lavender, rose, myrrh, tea tree, lemon (steam distilled), geranium.


My Fresh Face Oil Blend- This hits all the right notes and compliments my skin (Suitable For Those in Type A-Normal & Mostly Balanced Skin) Available on etsy: here :-)

  • .3 ounce jojoba oil
  • .2 ounces hazelnut oil
  • .2 ounces argan oil
  • 1.0 ounce castor oil
  • .1 ounce carrot seed oil
  • 2 drops  rose essential oil
  • 4 drops geranium essential oil 
  • 2 drops neroli essential oil



  • Oil cleansing method voyageurs have said extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil (can clog pores) don’t agree with many people’s skin.  Some use these oils with favorable results- there are no steadfast rules.
  • Castor oil can be your best friend or an untouchable. It should be appropriate to use as long as you don’t have very dry skin. But otherwise try in your blend.
  • Experiment with oil blends by adding one new thing at a time to see how your skin reacts.
  • Research ALL essential oils before adding them to your blend. Never use photosensitive essential oil, wintergreen, or any irritating or dangerous oils. *Never apply essential oils to skin without a carrier oil.
  • You only need to do the oil-cleansing method once a day, I usually wash up at night before bed.
  • There can be a skin transition period, up to 2 weeks, so stick with it even if you break out a bit at first. This could be your skin detoxing clogged pores.
  •  The OCM is miraculous at normalizing skin. If you have oily skin, it will become much more balanced.  Same goes for dry skin.
  • Oil blend should keep for 6 months to 1 year if stored out of direct sun but time varies depending which oils you use. (Some are more shelf stable than others.)

Quality ingredients in – deliciously beautiful face out.

Your skin will thank you- Merci Beaucoup  ❤


Yogurt Melt Drops- No sugar added, gluten & dairy free

As a self-proclaimed deal diva I was discouraged that I couldn’t find organic yogurt drops at a decent price. Even the ones I buy my bunnies (actual bunnies) are expensive at $3 a bag, considering how fast they eat them. So a mission was born: time to create a delicious yogurt drop snack at a delicious price.

When formulating this recipe I kept a couple things in mind-
-These are for my little girls, so no added sugar is ideal.
-They need to be healthy, try to get some nutrients and fiber in there.
– And my little peanuts are napping so I only have about 20 minutes to make them!

You know what they say pressure makes diamonds- and this recipe is a gem! I took full advantage of those precious minutes and threw together a few healthy ingredients and concocted these little melt in your mouth drops.

I would guess that this recipe cost me roughly $4 to make and I produced about 500 drops. I would guess my batch made the equivalent of 5+ bags worth of the commercial yogurt drops but without the preservatives and the cost. That’s a considerable savings! Now if only I can just get my husband to stop eating them!



Organic ingredients:
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2/3 cup coconut / cashew milk
7 tbsp (one packet) creamed coconut
3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp citric acid

Combine ingredients in food processor and mix on high for 2 minutes until all chunks are broken down and mix is blended well.


Use a rubber spatula to move the batter into a pastry bag or zip-able bag and cut the corner to create a small opening.


Squeeze the batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Make the dots tiny (dime sized) so they are easy for little fingers to grab.


**Tip** To make parchment or wax paper stick to the pan, spray the pan with non-stick spray before laying the paper down.

Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for 2 minutes before eating. And try to save some for the kiddos or just make a double batch.

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