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Rainy Days Tea

Posted on March 27, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Rainy days don’t have to be gloomy or depressing.  Make the most of the day by tuning into the relaxing rhythm of the rain drops and brew a cup of rainy days tea!  After all, water sustains life.  The rain is our friend.  Brew up this simple tea recipe and sip and enjoy.

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rainy days tea

Ingredients:

several cinnamon sticks
2 lemon slices
3-5 slices of fresh ginger
honey to sweeten

Boil water & add to ingredients and let steep for 5-10 minutes. 

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the following ingredients can provide many health benefits…

Cinnamon (Gui Zhi) harmonizes the bodies exterior and interior energetic levels to promote optimal health while also promoting circulation to the extremities – warming the hands and feet.

Fresh Ginger Root (Sheng Jiang) is warming and spicy in nature. It also is great for calming the stomach and relieving nausea.

Fresh Lemon is a energy circulator. It is astringent and sour in its properties, helps to cleanse the of impurities and it also a great source of vitamin C of course!

Honey is a energy (Qi) booster. It tonifies and nourishes the body. Local honey to your specific area has also been shown to help combat seasonal allergies.

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Time to Change Your Personal Care Products

Posted on March 4, 2014. Filed under: Allergies, Children, Health, Hormone | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Be sure to read ingredient labels

Be sure to read ingredient labels

~ By Dr. Greg Steiner

Have you ever looked at the label of ingredients on your personal care products?  Most of the words are near impossible to pronounce, and definitely don’t seem like things we’d find in nature.  With all the products we put on our body (i.e. shampoo, body wash, lotions, perfumes, etc…) it’s no wonder so many individuals have developed allergic reactions and skin issues.  If you’re one of the lucky ones who don’t seem to be affected by the chemicals found in personal care products, you can still be headed towards trouble in the future.  While small amounts of these products don’t usually overwhelm our system, an ongoing accumulation of toxins can make the body less able to withstand them.  While there are hundreds of different types of chemicals found in our personal care products, here are just a few you should try to avoid:

  • Sodium Lauryl and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)—Foaming agents which make products lather. Usually found in toothpaste, shampoo, body washes and soaps. These noxious substances are skin irritants.  Be wary of those labels that say “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (derived from coconut oil)” as they are trying to make it look like it’s natural but the way they make coconut oil into SLS is through a highly chemical and toxin producing process.
  • Parabens—Used to preserve products for longer shelf life.  Can also be disruptive to hormones
  • Artificial Fragrances aka Phthalates (like benzene and toluene)—Used to make things smell good, but have been found to be hormonal disruptors. Instead look for products that use essential oils for natural fragrance.
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)—Common preservative in skin care products. It’s been attributed to thyroid problems and has shown to cause reproductive disorders.
  • Propylene Glycol–Found in many industrial and commercial products, including antifreeze, liquid laundry detergent solvents & paint as well as personal care products. The side effects of this common product include irritation and sensitivity to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes,
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)—Often used in oven cleaner products as a powerful de-greaser. Found in many baby wipes, skin cleansers, lotions, shaving cream, lip balm, contact solution and laxatives.  PEG has been linked to kidney damage, leukemia, breast, uterine, and brain cancer.

As far as ingredients go, more is not better.  Try to choose natural products with a shorter list of ingredients.  Many of the ingredients found in bottles are just cheap fillers and not really important to the quality or effectiveness of the item.  Also, try to select products that can provide more than one use.  Shampoo can also work as a body wash, some facial moisturizers can also be used on the cuticles, etc…Or be bold and make your own personal care products.  There are dozens of recipes on the internet using coconut or olive oil, castile soap, vinegar, and essential oils which provide a great natural substitute and save money too!

 

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