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Ahhh, is there anything sweeter than the woodsy scent of rosemary? Aside from being a favorite seasoning for roast chicken, rosemary is also a staple in homesteaders’ medicine cabinets.

A popular medicinal herb since ancient Greece, rosemary’s potent power lies in its evergreen leaves. Rosemary contains some of the highest antioxidant levels found in common herbs. Oils are extracted from the leaves to make potent medicines.

If you’ve never used rosemary for healing, now’s the time to start! Here are a few of my favorite rosemary cures.

Skin healing

Rosemary’s antioxidants help heal skin more quickly. Use it as an anti-ager to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, or even to heal blemishes. It’s also a fantastic herb for getting a healthy shine back to your complexion.

Hair growth

Studies suggest that rosemary promotes hair growth. When massaged into the scalp, rosemary oil increases blood flow and circulation. It’s even been known to prevent baldness and treat dry, itchy scalps.

Muscle stiffness

Are your feet aching after working on the homestead all week? Don’t fret! Massage rosemary oil onto the soles of sore feet or any other sore muscle. Rosemary speeds up the healing process by increasing circulation, getting you back on your feet in no time.

Germ buster

If you find your home overrun with sniffles, guard your immune system with a daily cup of rosemary tea. Use the dried rosemary leaves to make a zesty tea with a hit of lemon. Rosemary helps boost your immune system and can even be used to speed up recovery times if you come down with a bug.

Stress reduction

There’s something soothing about the scent of rosemary. If you’re prone to stress or anxiety, diffuse rosemary oil for a soothing scent. In a pinch, you can also rub rosemary oil on your wrists for quick relief.
Some people report that they feel more relaxed after drinking a tea made of rosemary leaves. So sit down, enjoy the aroma, and have yourself a nice, hot cup of tea.

The bottom line

Rosemary is good for way more than seasoning chicken. This wonder of an herb is good for nearly anything that ails you. Remember to go to your doctor for recurring or more serious maladies. But if you suffer from minor ailments, give rosemary a try!

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How to Keep Jeans From Fading

Jeans are one of life’s comfort clothes. It always feels good to wake up on Saturday morning and slide on a pair of casual denim blues. These days, jeans can go almost anywhere from a day of shopping at the mall to a casual evening dinner. At one time faded jeans were quite trendy. The more faded and soft they were, the more stylish they seemed to be. Recently, dark jeans have made a comeback with the whitewashed look “fading” into the background. If you want to stay with the trend and keep your jeans dark, you may want to give a little thought as to how to keep them blue. Here’s how to keep jeans from fading:

Cold water and vinegar

One simple solution that will help to keep your jeans dark is a vinegar pre-soak followed by a cold water wash. Simply dilute vinegar with water and soak your jeans for ten minutes. Follow up with a cold water wash in the washer. The vinegar helps to set the dye in the jeans and cold water is less likely to cause dye removal than is hot water.

Turn them inside out

Before placing your jeans in the washer, turn them inside out. This helps to protect the dye and causes less external wear to your jeans. Jeans tend to last longer when washed in this manner. This is one of the simplest way to preserve your jeans.

Use a laundry detergent designed for darks

Both Tide and Woolite make a detergent designed specifically for dark fabrics. These are available in most supermarkets. In a pinch, you can use any very mild detergent but if you have a pair of dark jeans you particularly cherish, invest in a detergent for darks.

Avoid the dryer

The heat from the dryer can promote fading. Line drying is your best alternative for preserving color long term. If this isn’t an option, use the dryer on a cool setting and for the shortest time possible.

Wash them infrequently

The more you wash them, the more likely they are to lose the color. Have several pairs of jeans so you can alternate them and you avoid washing them too often. Try to avoid getting down on your hands and knees or other positions that my cause your jeans to show premature wear.

If you want your jeans to stay dark, get these tips a try. Not only will you preserve the color, you can increase the lifespan of your favorite denim blues.


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