Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pineapple Bleach

It's been over a month since my last post! So many things have been happening in my life. Spending time with my family and enjoying our day to day rituals.
I was also able to take a trip by myself down to the Tree of Life in Patagonia, Arizona.
What a wonderful experience!
I am still digesting everything and I am really looking forward to sharing wonderful information with you in the future!
Today, I am at home, cleaning house and taking care of loose ends. It's snowing outside, and beautiful. Between the cleaning and longing for the warm sun I must be in a tropical mood because today's post is about the wonderful pineapple! I have been meaning to make this post since June! I think that pineaple just might be my favorite fruit! I love to eat it fresh, make ice cream in my VitaMix, and dehydrate it for a scrumptious snack. The girls love dehydrated pineapple in their school lunches!

Fresh pineapples are wonderful, but what do we do with the rind?!?!?
Well, you could compost it but before you do that you could...
Make bleach, the best all natural kind!
Take pineapple rind and put it in a jar.
Fill jar with water.
Leave jar out on counter for 24 hours to ferment (don't tighten lid too tight, you don't want it to explode).
After 24 hours, use fermented pineapple juice to whiten whites or even clean your bathroom!
To whiten whites just soak in fermented pineapple water for a couple of hours and voila!

What's better than a gentle bleach that is safe for us and the environment?
After your done making your bleach, don't forget to compost!

The delicious pineapple originated in Brazil, it takes 18 months to grow, and contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain, which breaks down protein. Pineapples are a cooling food, wonderful for people with intestinal disorders, as it aids in digestion of starches and protein; as well as destroying intestinal parasites. Pineapple juice relieves chronic bronchitis and has a soothing effect on a sore throat, possibly because it contains the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain which literally digests foreign microbes or diseased cells in the bronchial tissues.
A person with hemophilia or those with kidney or liver disease may choose to avoid raw pineapple as it may reduce the time taken to coagulate a persons blood.

Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality and often appear in household art motifs. Have you ever noticed pineapples on brass door knockers or light fixtures?

That's all for now!
Think warm thoughts!


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