Winter dry air brings on itchy dry skin. One way to moisturize, (if you don’t have someone nearby to do this for you) is to slather lotion on a towel and, in the same way you dry your back in a diagonal motion with a towel, work the lotion into your skin while at the same time, exfoliating the dry skin.
Today I learned from my locker room/gym buddie, Candi, who has been helping me with gardening tips, that Marigolds make a good insect repellent. Just snap off one of the heads and rub it on your skin. I tried it and it works. You just have to apply often, but it’s better than applying poison, and it’s a good way to put those dead heads to use.
My “Easter Lily” bloomed again!
All you professional gardeners must be dying to let me know that this is not an Easter Lily. In the locker room this morning (making this official locker room news), I was very nicely told that Easter Lilies are white.
OK ok. This is the lily that I got for Easter. So it is MY Easter Lily!
I was not having a bad hair day, I was having a bad hair week….two weeks actually! It was heavy, oily, and limp.
It suddenly occurred to me that maybe it was the expensive shampoo and conditioner I was using, which is too heavy for my hair.
I was sharing my hair woes in the locker room and my friend Susan suggested that a little Dawn dish detergent on my hair would take care of it. It sure did. I didn’t even have to use the blow dryer, my hair was nice and fluffy again.
Since then, I have done some more reading about hair products and have gone back to experimenting with different combinations of baking soda, borax, apple cider vinegar, and honey a couple of times a week. Big difference. Just a reminder that although we often think about what we are putting IN our bodies, we also should be mindful of when we are putting ON our bodies.
Most recently, on Monday mornings, I’ve been doing the aqua fitness class at the Bond Wellness Center, with a very social, chatty, happy group! What a great way to start a week! By the way, if you haven’t tried aqua fitness, its a great way to add some variety to your strength and cardio workout. When I can, I go to Patti’s class at 7 am, and Bruce’s class at 5/5:30 pm (schedule). Continue reading “Fresh and Fermented”
My latest health craze is Bone Broth. A few weeks ago, I blogged about having itchy skin. Other women in the locker room have had the same problem, and the common denominator is that we all spend time in the pool.
I tried a lot of new things to combat this skin delimna. Maybe it was the combination of several changes, or maybe it was one magical thing, but whatever I did, it worked! So I don’t dare to stop any of them.
Every day now I do the following:
- Brush my skin (see blog entry from Feb 25th)
- Moisturize with Cetaphil lotion
- Wash with Cetaphil bar soap or African Black Soap (don’t really know much about that, but it states that it’s good for dry skin)
- Take 2 Tbsp. of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
- Drink 1 -2 cups of real, home made Bone Broth
- Drink more water
The apple cider vinegar was suggested to me, thinking that perhaps the ph of my body was causing the itching. That led me to finding articles about bone broth. In addition to being a natural probiotic (which helps with body ph), it is one of those miracle health foods, providing collagen, protein, calcium, and lots more. This is not chicken stock, it’s bone broth.
This morning we got in a discussion about probiotics and home made Kimchee. Stay tuned for that recipe!
Chicken Bone Broth Recipe
(from Dr. Axe website – https://draxe.com/recipe/chicken-bone-broth-2/ )
Total Time: 48 hours Serves: Varies
4 pounds chicken necks/feet/wings (you can get organic chicken parts from Nature’s Green Grocer in Peterboro).
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 medium onions, peel on, sliced in half lengthwise and quartered
4 garlic cloves, peel on and smashed
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
3 tablespoon ACV
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs fresh thyme
5-6 sprigs parsley
1 teaspoon oregano
18-20 cups cold water
Place all ingredients in a 10 quart capacity crock-pot.
Add in water.
Simmer for 24-48 hours, skimming fat occasionally.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Discard solids and strain remainder in a bowl through a colander. Let stock cool to room temperature, cover and chill.
Use within a week or freeze up to 3 months.
A few days ago I was lamenting in the locker room about how the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) I was a member at was no longer going to be open this year…..where was I going to get organic locally grown veggies….whine whine whine! Sue and I were still chatting when another lady told us about Newfield Farms in Temple. Tim the farmer already had a strong online market were you could order organic food from his site and it gets delivered to a pick up site in Peterboro! Woo-Hoo! And new this year is the ability to purchase a CSA share and basically reserve your food spot each week! YUM! And the best thing about the CSA – you only get what you order! NO more getting veggies you aren’t going to eat! Can’t wait to get my first order this spring! Visit his online market here
This morning, I met a new person in the locker room who was using this brush on her arms. She told me how effective it is for healthy skin. I thought it was ironic that she just happened to talk to me about this because unbeknownst to her, I have been very irritated this winter with dry, itchy skin on my back, my legs, and arms. I’ve tried moisturizing with Shea butter, vitamin E, including fatty acids in my diet, and with the recent spring like weather, soaking up some vitamin D. One, or all are helping a little, but not enough. Looking forward to trying this.
Stay tuned for results!
I’ve tried many different anti-fog products for goggles during the many years I’ve been swimming. I tried “Cat Crap”. It is AWFUL. It works like CRAP. It made my goggles fog more than ever, and left a greasy film on them. “Spit”, on the other hand, works great. I found it at swimoutlet.com. A little goes a long way, so your Spit will last forever.
Through chit chat in the locker room this morning (thank you Pam and Susan), I became aware of this birding event that any bird lover can participate in! I love birds! There’s something soothing and relaxing about watching them zoom in and out at the feeders. They all just seem to get along, taking turns and being nice to each other! Continue reading “Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count”