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Homemade Vitamin C

homemade vitamin c

Homemade Vitamin C was today’s project. The urban homestead has a lemon tree and a grapefruit tree, so we have lots of raw material. We have never used any pesticides on the trees, so this stuff will be all organic! I have always felt wasteful throwing all those peels away. To find out I could have been making Vitamin C, among other things, out of them, made me very happy.

The Ingredients

We eat grapefruit every morning, so afterward, I take the peels and scrape out the remaining fruit and membrane, leaving the white pith.

The Process

drying grapefruit peels

Then I slice the peels very thin and lay them on a baking sheet. When I have a full sheet (not more than a day or two) I turn the warming oven on to 150F and dry them for an hour or 2. Then I turn the oven off and leave them in there while it cools. After all that, if the peels are crispy and snap when I break them, I go on to the next step. If not, I repeat the drying process.

Here in Southern California, the humidity is such that if the peels sit for too long, they start to mold. So drying them in the oven is a must.

Next, the dried peels are placed in the high-speed blender and ground as fine as it will get them. This is fairly powdery, but there do remain a few chunks. I put the powder into a pint or quart jar and add a paper napkin or small piece of paper towel, to absorb any moisture.

 powdered vitamin c

Potential Problems

This is a new project, so I am not sure if mold is going to be a problem. My sources say the powder should last about 3 months on the shelf and 6 months in the freezer. Hopefully, I will get enough made to last from final harvest to the following season’s first fruits.

powdered vitamin c

The Results

I stir a teaspoon of this into my carrot juice in the morning. Sometimes 2t if I have a cold. Seems to work great. The rest of the family is not excited about the taste, so I am going to mix it with some raw honey and make little pills for them to try.


Colloidal Silver on the Homestead

I am going to venture into the realm of home remedies today. Keep in mind that I am not trying to provide a peer-reviewed, scientific study, here. I am merely sharing what works for me and my family. Make your own judgment.

silver lung

For several years now, we have been using colloidal silver. We take a shot in the morning when we feel a cold coming on. We spray it on cuts and scrapes. I use it for mouthwash/gargle. It is probably one of the most effective immune builders/health maintenance/illness prevention measures I have ever tried. Colds rarely progress beyond a tickle in the throat and when they do, they don’t last very long. We are far less prone to allergies and when they do flare up now, it is much easier to identify a specific cause and remedy it. Using a colloidal silver nose spray keeps sinus infections at by and cleanses the sinuses. If they’re not plugged, they’re not going to get infected. A nebulizer or inhaler with colloidal silver keeps lungs clear and prevents inflammation of the bronchial tubes. I can breathe through my nose at night for the first time in years. I even use it to sanitize my earrings, which has helped to eliminate allergic reaction to the metal posts and wires.

We also use colloidal silver on our animals. When we had livestock, we would put some in their water to prevent parasites. Sprayed on injuries it would promote healing and prevent infection. We put some in Mrs. Susie’s and Mr. Cuddles’ drinking water once a week to help boost their immune systems and prevent parasites.

If you look for colloidal silver in the health food store, you are going to see some outrageous prices. Now you are really going to wonder if we are wealthy, to be able to use it so liberally. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have invested in colloidal silver generators. One has a magnetic stirring feature and the other is very compact and portable, able to run off AC or battery power. At first glance they might seem pricey, at over $200 for the fancy one and $70 for the portable, but considering the savings over buying colloidal silver at the natural foods store or making your own, as well as the savings in health care costs, we feel they have more than paid for themselves. After the initial investment, the only cost is distilled water to make the stuff and replacing the silver rods every few years.

There are many other uses for colloidal silver besides those I have mentioned here and many cautions against it. I highly recommend investigating the links in this article for yourself if this is something you want to try. You can also google it, which should bring up all kinds of interesting points of view.