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Does Baking Soda contain Aluminum?

Yesterday, I watched a video on Facebook on how a woman suggested adding a pinch of baking soda into your coffee to reduce the acidic level of your coffee. She says that she uses a brand of baking soda that does not contain aluminum.

This got me thinking….does the baking soda we have contain aluminum? I looked at the ingredients on the label…and no, it does not. We use good ole Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.

I decided to research this online and found the article below. By the way, I am going to try the pinch of baking soda in my coffee to reduce the acidic level.I will comment below on the results.

Enjoy!

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

Baking soda

I think we can all agree…

… that baking soda is pretty magical stuff. Of course it’s what makes our baked goods rise and get all fluffy, but it’s also good for deodorizing stinky stuff, cleaning carpet spots, making DIY cleaning pastes, and scrubbing messy ovens too.

When I hear the word ‘aluminum’ in regards to my food or personal care products, I definitely start paying attention, because aluminum is not something I want to be using or consuming on a regular basis.

What’s the Big Deal with Aluminum?

Aluminum is a common addition to some processed foods (especially certain baking mixes) and hygiene products (such as anti-perspirent deodorant).

The problem?

Aluminum is a neurotoxin that may lead to neurological disorders (1), and certain studies have even linked it to Alzheimer’s disease (2).

There’s still some controversy in the scientific community over the exact health dangers of aluminum, but the available evidence is enough to make me say ‘No thanks.’ Therefore, I make a point of avoiding aluminum cookware and any food or personal care products that contain the metal.

Since I don’t cook with processed food items, avoiding aluminum in that space is pretty easy. BUT, there is an ingredient that I frequently use in my kitchen that can be a big offender when it comes to aluminum—>

Good ol’ baking powder.

The Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder

This is where it can get a little confusing–since baking soda and baking powder are both white, powdery substances that we use in baking. But there IS a difference:

Baking soda is 100% sodium bicarbonate. It comes from soda ash, which can be produced synthetically or harvested from natural sources.  Generally, recipes that call for baking soda also call for some sort of acid, which helps to boost the leavening process and remove the slightly bitter taste that baking soda sometimes lends to recipes.

On the other hand, Baking powder contains some sodium bicarbonate, but also has other ingredients that act as acidifying agents. This means that you don’t have to add extra acid to your recipes to get the leavening action. The acidifying agents can come in the form of cream of tartar or an aluminum-based acid (3).

**Ding Ding Ding**

And that’s where aluminum makes its entrance.

Thankfully, not all baking powders contain aluminum-based acids–it just depends on the manufacturer. It’s easy to avoid the aluminum varieties– simply look for the “aluminum-free” designation on the label.

But what about baking soda?

Baking Soda was Framed

The concern over baking soda is actually a case of mistaken identity.

Baking soda, by definition, is sodium bicarbonate, and there is no reason for it to contain an acidifying agent–aluminum-based or otherwise.

Lemme say that one more time–

Baking soda does not contain aluminum.

I even called the Arm and Hammer (the “famous” baking soda company) to double check, and they stated very definitively that their baking soda is 100% sodium bicarbonate and contains zero aluminum.

Whew. It’s kinda nice to have one less thing to worry about, huh?

It seems that this whole confusion started because certain manufacturers have labeled their product as “aluminum-free baking soda.”

That would lead one to believe that there IS indeed varieties of baking soda that do contain aluminum, however, that is not the case. I believe the reasoning behind this labeling was because they were probably getting a bazillion calls each day from people who were confused by the difference between baking soda and baking powder–so they stuck the label on there to put everyone’s mind at ease.

However, all baking soda is aluminum-free, even if it is not labeled as such.

So to Answer the Question…

No, baking soda does not contain aluminum, but some varieties of baking powder can.

So look for aluminum-free baking powder the next time you are at the store, but don’t worry about the baking soda. You can buy the big bags of the cheap stuff–no problem.

~ Original article: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/01/baking-soda-aluminum.html

Numerology for Monday, 14 March 2016 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 14/March/2016

Relationships may be important to you today and it may help you to see your environment as a reflection of what you feel inside. You may feel impatient for your plans to be realized, but may have to re-evaluate big time. It is important you focus your considerable energy and drive on a positive goal.

Everything is relative and can be seen from many perspectives, so try to take this into account while building a firm foundation. Listen and share with others but the most important relationship you will ever have is with yourself.

~ Jane Alton

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When Secrets Are Revealed- Our Role in Accelerating Consciousness

Jonette Crowley, Center for Creative Consciousness

‘MARK’ Channeled by Jonette Crowley from the course:  The 9th Dimension Part III, The New World, Class 7 – “Inclusivity & Transformation” 

“When things that are false fall apart, it leaves you questioning what is real. When you question what is real, you will find truth.”  – ‘MARK’

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The unfolding on Earth is generally unpredictable; however, the elements of this rapid unfolding will first be an opening of secrets, mysteries and that which has been hidden. That will be happening at all levels. That will be happening at a personal level where you will begin to look at things within yourself that have been secret and conveniently hidden. We’ve talked before that in order for these secrets to come out, you must meet them with neutrality. When there is judgment, there will always be secrets because judgment leads to fear and drama and only neutral self-acceptance allows acceptance of whatever is…

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13 Lemon Essential Oil Recipes

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There are several lemon essential oil uses. It can be used to add a natural aroma to your laundry. It can be used as a room spray to freshen any room. Lemon essential oil can also be used to repel bugs and it’s terrific to clean with. Check out some of our favorite lemon essential oil uses and feel free to share your favorite lemon essential oil recipes in the comments section!

 

Natural Aromas Laundry Scent for the Dryer

5 drops bergamot essential oil

4 drops lemon essential oil

Place essential oils on a dampened washcloth. Place in dryer with laundry for last 1/3 of drying cycle.


 

Room Spray

6 drops eucalyptus essential oil

6 drops bergamot or lemon essential oil

4 drops pine essential oil

2 drop peppermint essential oil

2 ounces purified water

Combine oils and water in a glass spray bottle. Shake well and spray to combat odors.


 

Greasy Surface Scrubber

3 Tablespoons baking soda

2 teaspoons Sunshine concentrate

10 drops lemon or grapefruit essential oil

Water to make a paste

Use paste on a cloth to scrub surface.


 

Sink Scrubber

1 Tablespoon sea salt

1 Tablespoon baking soda

7 drops lemon essential oil

Enough water to make a paste

Combine and use to scrub porcelain sinks, tile, and stainless steel.


 

Carpet Freshener

1/3 cup baking soda

3 drops peppermint essential oil

7 drops thyme linalol essential oil

8 drops lemon essential oil

2 drops pine

Combine essential oils with baking soda in a glass container.

I like to use a sugar shaker.
Sprinkle onto carpet, wait 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
The essential oils will disinfect and deodorize your carpets.


 

Gentle Air Freshener

6 drops lemon

2 drops clove

Drop onto scent ball pad and diffuse.

This delicious combination makes your house feel both fresh and cozy.


 

Powerful Air Freshener

4 drops thyme linalol

3 drops pine

2 drops lemon or lavender

Drop onto a scent ball pad and diffuse


 

Moth-Away Sachet

Cedar chips or wood shavings

3 drops each lavender and geranium essential oils

5 drops each lemon and pine essential oils

Optional: Dry lavender flowers, clean pine needles, or 1 drop patchouli.

Combine all ingredients and place in a muslin bag.


 

Safer Mosquito Repellent

6 drops eucalyptus essential oil

2 drops geranium essential oil

4 drops lemon essential oil

1-2 drops peppermint essential oil

1 Tablespoon Herbal Trim

¼ teaspoon vegetable oil

1.5 ounces purified water

Pour all ingredients into a 2 ounce bottle with a spritzer top, and shake to blend.
Spray liberally onto all exposed skin areas, and repeat as necessary throughout the day.


 

Geranium-Rose Cleanser and Exfoliator for All Skin Types

4 Tablespoons ground oats

\6 large ripe organic strawberries

2 teaspoons light cream

1 drop rose or 2 drops geranium essential oil

3 drops lemon essential oil

Grind up oatmeal in a coffee mill reserved just for your skin care ingredients. Mash strawberries in a glass bowl, and then add oats.
Add enough cream to make a paste.Add essential oils.
Divide mixture in half. Apply to face, and leave 10 minutes.

Rinse off with cool water. Makes two applications.


 

Christie’s Safer Body Spray

5 drops frankincense essential oil

2 drops clove essential oil

6 drops lemon essential oil

3 drops red mandarin essential oil

3 drops pink grapefruit

½ teaspoon aloe Vera gel (optional)

½ teaspoon massage oil (optional)

1.5 ounces purified water

Pour all ingredients into a 2 ounce spray bottle and shake to blend.

Spray this soothing and spicy blend on the body.
The spray will feel lighter without the aloe Vera and the massage oil,
but the fragrance lasts longer with it.


 

Refreshing Bath                            

3 drops bergamot

2 drops lemon

1 drop rosemary


 

Citrus & Spice Bath

2 drops lemon

3 drops red mandarin

6 drops bergamot

4 drops Deep Relief blend

Ground lemon zest (Optional)

¼ capsule Super Antioxidant (for color)

¼ Cup Epsom salts

Combine all ingredients. Makes enough for 1 bath. Not for people with sensitive skin.
Don’t soak for more than about 10 minutes.

Do not add additional drops of essential oils to this recipe.

Astro Alert by Lindy Burke

Solar Eclipse

Tuesday evening (tonight) we will experience a New Moon in Pisces at 19 degrees and a Solar Eclipse in Pisces at 19 degrees. Very powerful.

This New Moon in Pisces calls for us to make connection with our intuition, compassion and feelings, some of which bubble up from our unconscious. We may be inspired to search for the meaning of life, or the meaning of unconditional love. Our left brain’s desire for rational, logical thinking is overpowered by our right brain’s need for creative outlets to give expression to the enormity of our feelings. Express yourself through the arts, singing, dance or painting, as long as it releases your emotions. This is a time for new beginnings, and that includes understanding our feelings.

This New Moon and Eclipse in Pisces can also fog your thinking, bringing foggy thinking with illusions, lies and deceit. Take your time making major decisions and don’t believe everything you hear.

This Solar Eclipse is especially powerful since Sun, Moon and Earth are totally aligned, creating a Total Solar Eclipse. This occurs only twice a year, with an influence that lasts six months.

The Pisces New Moon and the Solar Eclipse bring enormous change for those who have natal planets or sensitive points on or near the eclipse degrees. In the signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, and those born from the 23rd to the 29th of their birth month will especially feel the effects of this eclipse. Intense feelings may surface including grief, sadness and joy. Now is the time to face your feelings and heal.

~ Lindy Burke, Astrologer

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Numerology for Tuesday, 8 March 2016 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 08/March/2016

It may become clear to you today, what’s standing in the way of progress and what your next move needs to be. You may have to do things your own way and this can mean not conforming. Try not to hurt yourself or others ‘doing what you have to do’ – may be ‘tone it down a bit’ and resist the lure of escapes. You may want to break down what you believe is standing in the way of progress, but at the same time you may be holding on to what has gone. Now is the time to let go with love and move on.

~ Jane Alton

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Numerology for Saturday, 5 March 2016 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 05/March/2016

You may feel a great determination to get to the bottom of things today. In doing this you may feel very up and down and there may be a great deal of emotion. Be kind to yourself, stay positive and try to work with others more. Your piercing insights have great impact, but so do simple acts of kindness. Regulate rather than be driven by your intense energy. It is your intention behind your thoughts or actions that count.

~ Jane Alton

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