Weekly Tips for August 1, 2010

Posted on 01. Aug, 2010 by in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:

Well, just as we finally get some true summer weather, we roll into August! For some school starts in less than 2 weeks for others at the end of the month.  Let’s make the most of whatever time we have left and ENJOY–ENJOY–ENJOY!!  Go Dawn Patrol and have breakfast at the beach, hike that trail you have been wanting to do ALL summer, make that new recipe, eat outside EVERY night.  What are you doing to make the most of your summer break? 

GREEN - SWITCH TO SOLAR NIGHT LIGHTS

Now you can harness the sun to illuminate your driveway, paths, steps and decks with easy-to-install solar lights that recharge (for free) during the day.  Let the light of the day brighten up your night. Powered by a built-in photocell, solar night-lights require no wiring and no electricity, and they turn on automatically at night.

HEALTHY - FIVE TIPS ON HANDLING A BAD SUNBURN

Your first instinct is to reach for the moisturizer, right? Heck to the no. Do not use heavy moisturizers after getting a sunburn. It’s like putting more olive oil into the frying pan.  Heavy moisturizers will trap in the heat of your skin. They may also contain alcohol and fragrances that don’t let your skin breath. Once your skin has cooled off and started to heal (but not blister,) considering adding moisturizer. And keep it natural and/or organic to keep the chemicals off and out of your already sensitive skin.

–Cold compresses covered in chilled aloe vera is a great idea. Aloe isn’t drying, and chilled aloe will bring down the heat quickly. Pick up some organic aloe vera gel and consider using a hemp washcloth. Rinse a cold compress with the gel and leave it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. (Or better yet, introduce your bottle of aloe to the refrigerator and just keep it there.) Then place the chilled wash cloth on your parts. You can also do the same with chilled used tea bags. Tea has tannins that help the healing process – and they are great for burnt eyelids.

–Cool down the skin as quickly as possible. Take a cool shower. After you’re out – let yourself air dry. Or you can simply run ice cubes over your skin. Seeing how fast they melt on your burned skin shows you how much heat you are still radiating. And on the hottest, most humid days, who doesn’t like a little ice bath?

–Take a bath in baking soda. Baking soda is cooling and will help the skin retain moisture. It also can take the sting out of a burn. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a tepid bath and soak for at least 15 minutes. Instead of drying the burned area with a towel, let it air dry.

–Finally, spritz yourself in organic vinegar. It sounds insane, but people swear by this home remedy. (Throw a Google on it and see!) Apparently, the acetic acid in the vinegar sooths and moisturizes sunburn skin. Put it in a spray bottle and spray as needed. Others also swear by witch hazel. Sunburn is partially due to skin inflammation, and witch hazel is long known to be a great treatment for inflammation. Use a cotton ball or similar and cover the burned area. Witch hazel has a cooling affect and takes the sting away.

RECIPE - MEXICAN SQUASH SOUP

Who wants to eat soup when the weather is finally warming up? But cruise the local farmer’s market and get your fresh organic supplies and enjoy.  Skip over to the Recipe Tab for more details.

Thought to Ponder:  If  you had a friend/visitor at your house, what top five sights would you want them to see while in your city?

Have a great week and let’s hear your thoughts.

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