Monthly Archives: June 2013

oooooooooh…that’s kinda hot

It’s a HOT SUMMER in New England….so the age old question becomes SUNBLCK VS. SUNSCREEN

1. Sunblock Vs. Sunscreen

Slathering yourself with sunscreen isn’t the same thing as applying sunblock, a popular misconception surrounding sun protection. The key difference is how they work. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sunscreens are chemicals that shield your skin by absorbing and/or reflecting both long- and short-wave ultraviolet rays from the sun, known as UVA and UVB, respectively.

Sunblock, on the other hand, is made of physical or inorganic ingredients, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, that physically deflect harmful UV rays, daily exposure of which could cause wrinkles, premature aging, and skin cancer.

 

2. The Sun-Protection Factor

The “sun-protection factor” or SPF is the number on sunscreen labels that tells you the relative amount of sun protection that your sunscreen can provide you—or, more to the point, how long your skin can be exposed to the sun before it begins to burn. The EPA recommends sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15.

3.  The choice is yours.

The bottom line is which do you prefer to wear…block or screen.  There are some great natural products on the market that accomplish UVA/UVB protection without harmful chemicals on your skin.  Which ever you prefer make sure you wear it and re apply OFTEN!

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Ouch……that hurt!

Sorry folks….it’s pesky mosquito season again.  Want some natural ways to prevent the summer feasting?   Here you go……

Mosquitoes have complex methods of detecting hosts and different types of mosquitoes react to different stimuli. Most mosquitoes are active at dawn and dusk, but there are also mosquitoes that seek hosts during the day. You can avoid being bitten by making sure you aren’t attracting mosquitoes, using attractants to lure mosquitoes elsewhere, using a repellent, and avoiding actions that diminish the effectiveness of the repellent.

Mosquito Attractants

Use this list of items and activities that attract mosquitoes as a list of things to avoid or that can be used as bait to lure mosquitoes away from you.

 

  • Dark ClothingMany mosquitoes use vision to locate hosts from a distance. Dark clothes and foliage are initial attractants.

     

  • Carbon DioxideYou give off more carbon dioxide when you are hot or have been exercising. A burning candle or other fire is another source of carbon dioxide.

     

  • Lactic AcidYou release more lactic acid when you have been exercising or after eating certain foods (e.g., salty foods, high-potassium foods).

     

  • Floral or Fruity FragrancesIn addition to perfumes, hair products, and scented sunscreens, watch for the subtle floral fragrance from fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

     

  • Skin TemperatureThe exact temperature depends on the type of mosquito. Many mosquitoes are attracted to the slightly cooler temperatures of the extremities.

     

  • MoistureMosquitoes are attracted by perspiration because of the chemicals it contains and also because it increases the humidity around your body. Even small amounts of water (e.g., moist plants or mud puddles) will draw mosquitoes. Standing water also allows mosquitoes to reproduce.

Natural Repellents

It’s very easy to make your own natural mosquito repellent. These natural products will effectively repel mosquitoes, but they require more frequent reapplication (at least every 2 hours) and higher concentrations than DEET. Because of the differences between types of mosquitoes, products that contain multiple repellents tend to be more effective than those containing a single ingredient. As you can see, natural repellents tend to be volatile plant oils.

  • Citronella Oil
  • Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
  • Cinnamon Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Cedar Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Clove Oil
  • Geranium Oil
  • Possibly Oils from Verbena, Pennyroyal, Lavender, Pine, Cajeput, Basil, Thyme, Allspice, Soybean, and Garlic

You can mix these essential oils with witch hazel in a spray bottle and apply as needed.

Another plant-derived substance, pyrethrum, is an insecticide. Pyrethrum comes from the flowers of the daisy Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium.

Things that Lower Repellent Effectiveness

 

  • Many Sunscreens
  • Dilution from Rain, Perspiration, or Swimming
  • Absorption into the Skin
  • Evaporation from Wind or High Temperatures

Are you hungry?

Leek fritters with minted yogurt……yummmmmmmmmm……

 

Post image for Summer CSA Recipes: Leek Fritters with Minted Yogurt

3-4 Leeks
I bunch Spinach
¼ cup Olive Oil
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 cup Flour
2 Eggs
½ stick Melted Butter
½ cup Milk
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Cumin
¼ tsp Cinnamon
1 pinch Clove
¼ tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Red Chili Flakes

1 cup Greek Yogurt
½ cup Chopped Mint
½ cup Chopped Parsley
2 cloves Garlic
Juice from 1 Small Lemon
½ tsp Salt

Start by making the sauce. The flavor gets better if it sits while making the fritters. Combine the yogurt, mint, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, and salt in a food processor until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and reserve for later.

Remove all of the dirt from your produce. Chop the leeks and spinach into thin, half-inch pieces. Heat a large frying pan with olive oil and sauté the leeks with salt until soft. Add the spinach and heat until wilted. Set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, eggs, butter, milk, and baking powder with a whisk until smooth. Stir in all of the spices and cooled greens until evenly combined. This is your batter, fry them up just like little pancakes until golden brown on both sides. Serve warm with the minted yogurt sauce. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

How’s about a foot rub? REFLEXOLOGY!

Have you ever had a reflexology treatment? It is  A M A Z I N G !  Reflexology is an ancient healing art that arrived in the United States in the early 1900’s.  The origin is not clear but some credit the ancient Egyptians for its birth, while other sources credit the Greek’s (everything started with the Greeks right?)

Reflexology is an alternative healing art form that involves applying pressure to the feet, hands or ears on specific points that correspond to body parts or systems.  The intended effect is to stimulate the body’s natural energy, or Qi, to accelerate healing, promote general well being and to relieve stress.  Whatever the effect is, most receivers will tell you that it FEELS FANTASTIC.  You be the judge!

etant has some amazing practitioners that would love to give you an incredible reflexology treatment; whether it is your first one, or if it has just been TOO LONG since your last session.  Call or go online to book one today!