Jen is off to the International Herb Symposium in US today!
Back at the Yurt Thurs 11th July. Phone will be out of use until then.
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One space left for Reiki II practitioner training this weekend at the yurt.
Let me know if you’d like to be the one!
Time to stock up on your vitamin D
Vitamin D can be made from sunlight on the skin so those with darker skin need more exposure than those with paler skin. Think of the typical Scottish peely-wally legs…a good example of adapting to one’s environment! Depending on your skin type, it is recommended that 5-30 minutes of sunlight a few times per week is sufficient to prevent deficiency. In the winter months we mostly rely on our stored vit D and intake from our diet, although it has been suggested that we can get 90% of our requirement from sunlight – so let’s get outside!
If you are lucky enough to find yourself in the sunshine then remember that prolonged exposure (depending on your skin type) can cause burning, so get the sunscreen on!
It is of course best to avoid burning, but if does happen…
Cool, hydrate & repair damage
• Aloe vera is cooling for red burning skin
• Use natural after-sun lotions with Chamomile, Lavender & Calendula
• After skin has cooled and is no longer burning apply almond oil to nourish and prevent peeling
• Drink extra water to avoid dehydration
• Include essential fatty acids in your diet, e.g. flax seed oil for tissue repair
• Avoid sugary processed foods as they can affect the body’s ability to heal
Natural skin protection – don’t put anything on your skin that you can’t eat! Oxybenzone and retinyl palminate on your cucumber sandwiches, anyone? Both these chemicals are common ingredients in sunscreens and are known to be harmful to humans. Oxybenzone has been linked to cell damage, hormone disruption and allergies and in a study was found in 97% of participants urine! That which is not absorbed is washed off our skin and ends up in our water system. Alternatives are safe and natural sunscreens which can be found from your local health food shop, herb shop or online.
Promote internal sun protection by eating lots of berries and superfoods like spirulina which can help you build up a natural, internal sunscreen and can help block excess UV rays along with your suncream.
As you are probably aware, the sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm so this might be a good time for your siesta. Also remember to give yourself some time in the shade… even if you are very excited to see the sun!
Fresh & wholesome
Summer is an easy time to live a healthy life – fresh foods, lots of time outside, light, fresh air, drinking more water and increased activity. Growing your own food is an excellent way to do all of these at once. For more info
If you don’t have the space or time to do this yourself you can still eat local organic and happy food by getting a regular veg box delivery. For those in East Lothian or Edinburgh my favourite is Phantassie Farm http://www.phantassie.co.uk/ Soulful, earthy people, just the type you want to grow your veggies! They also supply http://www.earthy.co.uk/
Ah, this pesky seasonal demon! The most effective way to prevent hay fever is to start taking your herbal medicine in the winter, long before the season starts. This works by improving the integrity of the mucus membrane, therefore making it less likely for potential allergens e.g. pollen to get through. Will add a reminder in the next newsletter 🙂
Viva la sol!