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The Great Shoe Debate (Should We Wear them Inside?)

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The Great Shoe Debate (Should We Wear them Inside?)

Overview Over my years studying Chinese Medicine and living in different parts of the country, I have encountered different viewpoints on this issue.  There are some distinct pros and cons that I have heard from roommates, healthcare providers, and from my own body talking to me.  Today I'd like to offer both sides and a compromise. On Removing Shoes The arguments to remove shoes upon entering a house start in the energetic and/or cultural realm.  It is seen in Japanese culture and many others as respectful to remove one's shoes when entering a house.   Roots for some cultural motivation go...

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Home Remedies for Itchy Summer Skin

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Home Remedies for Itchy Summer Skin

Flora Balance Our skin is naturally populated with bacteria and fungus as part of our immune defense agains more harmful microbes.  Sometimes this delicate balance gets thrown off by temperature or moisture changes.  Skin itching, patches of discoloration, and odor are possible outcomes of this change.  Not to worry though, there are a few things you can try at home before you head to the dermatologist.  Natural Topicals Coconut oil, honey, and vinegar are chemical free substances with anti-microbial properties.  Vinegar foot soaks can help keep summer feet in check by fighting minor fungal issues.  Coconut oil is great under...

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National Herbs and Spices Day (June 10)

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National Herbs and Spices Day (June 10)

Out With the Old You can celebrate Herbs and Spices Day by going through your cooking seasonings to check for expired products.  If you're not sure, give them a smell.  If they smell dusty or don't smell like much at all then it's time to toss them.  If they still smell pungent, they will likely taste that way too.   If you keep herbal medicines on hand, go through those too.  Make sure you have basics like skin salve or aloe vera gel, something like Curing Pills, and anything recommended by your licensed natural health care provider.  If it takes you a long time to...

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Summer Skin Tips

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Summer Skin Tips

Hydration and Health How much water you drink can affect the health of your skin, so make sure to keep up with your hydration especially in hotter months when you sweat and are exposed to more sun.   Sunscreen can help keep skin safe from the effects of the sun.  Moisturize if you're exposed to air conditioning - it can dry out skin because it typically  reduces humidity.   Dry skin can flake and clog pores so summer acne can happen by this mechanism. The Effects of Heat and Humidity Warmer weather can cause your skin to produce more sweat and oil,...

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Essential Oils to Repel Ticks (with info on people and pets)

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Essential Oils to Repel Ticks (with info on people and pets)

Essential Oils To Repel Ticks According to studies reviewed by Healthline, the best essential oils to repel ticks are: Oregano (this oil has also been found effective against Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease) Spearmint Cedarwood Citronella and Thyme together Clove Bud Red Thyme Lemon Eucalyptus These studies were largely on treated clothing dragged through tick infested areas, or worn as pants.  The essential oils were sprayed diluted on the cloth. Are Essential Oils Safe for Pets? The ASPCA recommends avoiding use of essential oils with pets.  They do specify however that oils used topically in absolute or non-diluted form is dangerous.  Diffusing...

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