Another generous $10 donation from EB. See right side bar on the journal for a complete tally of support received in Nov and don’t forget to click on ‘thank you’ for a complete list of names of the generous folks who have contributed and supported this work since 2004 – if I forgot someone, please be so kind to give me an email.

Thank you so very much!  

Urban Homestead Happenings

Lots of work in the garden – fall plants, clean up, turning over and amending the raised beds, organizing saved seeds and so on.

To Africa

This week we delivered the two sun ovens to our friend, Mr F (whose friends are going to Kenya this month). Mr. F informed us that the ovens we be going to help out a family in need. The husband died of AIDS and the brother now has taken in his brother’s family, a very common practice – they look after each other. Mr F also went on to say that part of Africa is desolate and has been stripped of wood. The deforestation has to stop somewhere; however, the villagers need to warm and cook their meals. The sun oven is a stop gap measure till the programs (likeBillion Tree Campaign) are put into place to reforest the region. The folks there will be taught conservation practice and the ancient and sustainable art ofcoppicing.    We have the luxury to make choices, the choice of living the sustainable path; however, these folks don’t have that luxury of choice.   We’d like to be more involved with such outreach operations and we hope that throughprofits from the store we’ll be able to send even more ovens to places and people who really need this appropriate technology.

Botanical Tooth Care

OK, so what happens when we can no longer get toothpaste in convenient tube or, if you make your own like we do, even baking soda trucked in from some pit. Many of the natural, homemade recipes on the internet are great but require ingredients that one cannot make/grow themselves. So what’s the alternative?

I remember when I was a teenager, watching a great series on PBS calledMillennium: Tribal Wisdom And The Modern World ‘ it visited many tribes and villages throughout the world.  On one episode David Maybury-Lewis focused on the tribe (name escapes me) in Africa. I remember the camera showing a group of young men dancing, smiling.   These “backwards bushman’s ” teeth were a leaming pearl white. Of course, there was no dentist or tubes toothpaste and no aisles of tooth care products to be found within a thousand miles of these people. How did they keep there teeth so healthy?   It’s all about what you eat, the Western (processed, bleached white, starchy, sugary) diet doesn’t help. Certainly “the bush” offers tribes around the world solutions for health and hygiene and not to mention diet.

Here a few dental solutions you can find growing in your garden.

Tooth Care

1) Mash some fresh strawberries and use as you would any other “tooth paste”

2) Using fresh sage leaves, rub over the teeth to clean and whiten.

Breath Fresheners

1) Chew fresh parsley to sweeten the breath.

2) Chew fennel seeds to freshen the breath.

3) Chew anise seeds to freshen the breath.

4) Chew a few peppermint or spearmint leaves or drink a cup of peppermint tea

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  1. Mary says:

    Grow a neem tree and chew on the twigs. I believe this is what people do in India.

    Great site, by the way!