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175 Dehydrator Recipies

So, you’ve finally done it. You read our article on buying a dehydrator and now what do you do? Your brand new machine is in your kitchen, but you’re not sure where to start. What do you try first? There are literally thousands of recipes available, and not just dehydrating apples and grapes. We’ve compiled […]

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GreenGeeks Web Hosting Review — How Does This Green Web Hosting Company Stack Up Against Mainstream Rivals?

GreenGeeks web hosting rivals the market leaders and is quickly taking the web hosting market by storm, surpassing many of its older, more established competitors. Yes, there are a few niggles, just like with any other hosting company, and this GreenGeeks review will cover them. But overall, there’s very little to be discontented with when […]

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How to Control Slugs Naturally

Slugs are an absolute nightmare in the vegetable garden. They’re bad enough in your ornamental garden, but among your fruit and vegetable plants, these little mollusks are the gardener’s nemeses. The rasp away at your plants and can devour entire crops in short order. Young, tender seedlings are often the victims of the insatiable appetite of an […]

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50 Simple Ways to Go Green

Most of us would like to be greener, but sometimes it seems like such a huge effort to transform our homes and lifestyles into the ultimate temples of green, zero waste, carbon neutral, uber healthiness. Because it seems like such a huge feat, many people simply don’t bother making any changes. So we’ve compiled a […]

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10 Uses for Lavender Oil

ref=”//realselfsufficiency.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Lavender.jpg” rel=”attachment wp-att-673″> Lavender oil is amongst the most common essential oils people tend to keep around the house. Not only does is it a power aromatherapy agent, it is so versatile you soon keep in on the short list of basic household necessities. Most of us here at Real Self Sufficiency proudly admit to having at […]

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Using Off The Grid Solar Energy

ref=”https://realselfsufficiency.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Off-The-Grid-Solar.jpg” rel=”attachment wp-att-633″> Most people thinking about adding solar to the home are  curious about how to convert and store solar electricity so you can completely take your home’s electrical source off the grid. While this isn’t entirely feasible (more on that below) the alternative energy movement is relatively dynamic and there are some technologies and players […]

Natural Acne Treatment

ref=”//realselfsufficiency.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Tea-Tree-Oil.jpg” rel=”attachment wp-att-499″> Whether you’re a teen hit with puberty, or have late-stage acne, everyone wants clear skin, and no one wants to suffer through pimples and blemishes that hang around forever. These natural acne treatments help balance your skin’s pH and clear up troublesome skin problems. Follow the Basic Steps of Skincare We were astounded when […]

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The Latest on Residential Solar 2015

ref=”https://realselfsufficiency.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Solar-Picture.jpg”> As the last U.S. Federal tax subsidies dry up at the end of 2016, the question exists as to how solar power will continue to remain affordable. Even as the last tax incentives expire, the costs for solar installation continue to drop steadily. There are several reasons for this, but mostly, it’s the wider adoption […]

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Foraging For Beginners: Why Bother Foraging?

Well, foraging has a huge range of benefits, if it’s done correctly, and it’s something humans have been doing since we first clambered out of the ooze and into the sunlight. Let’s look at some of these benefits:

Physical Activity

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If you’re going to forage, whether for salad greens, seeds, nuts, or anything else, you’ve got to get out of the house and move around. In the digital age, we humans don’t do anywhere near as much physical activity as previous generations, because everything’s done for us. Our predecessors had to work to get anything done, from making their own bread to going to the green grocers, the butchers, the chemist, the haberdashery, and a variety of other vendors to get their weekly supplies. We hop online and get it all delivered, or else we just drive up the road to the nearest supermarket, where everything’s all crammed together in one place. So many of us lead very sedentary lives, with some getting no real physical activity, and the extent of their contact with nature and the great outdoors is the trip from the front door to the car. We all know we should get out more and do more, but it can be a challenge. Foraging allows you to focus on something other than actual exercise. You’re busy looking for food, after all, so you bend, stretch, walk, and generally move around. Which means you’re exercising without consciously doing so, improving your general health, flexibility, and range of movement. You’ll find yourself enjoying the great outdoors, getting back to nature, and away from the television, tablet, laptop, desktop, game console, and the rest of our electromagnetic radiation-generating devices. This helps to recharge your batteries, lift your mood, and improve your mental and physical well-being.
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Foraging For Beginners: 6 Basic Things You Need to Know

Foraging sounds like a great idea, right? Get back to nature, save loads of money, get some exercise, get loads of free food, and so on. And it is – but there’s a bunch of things you need to know. So, before you go haring off to harvest anything and everything, there’s a variety of basics you need to be aware of. Please, please take the time to understand the basic essentials of foraging.

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Foraging For Beginners: Wild Asparagus

Asparagus officinalis, or common asparagus, is the regular variety that is cultivated by people across the globe, but it’s also the most common type that you’ll find in the wild. It escapes from kitchen gardens and allotments and goes “feral”, reverting back to its natural state quickly, where it produces large numbers of long, slender […]