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Prairie Inspirations Newsletter - Volume II, Issue IX

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 Comments (8)

As Americans reach out with help and concern for those displaced or destitute after the recent hurricanes hit the gulf coast, I add my hope for a much quicker than expected return to normalcy for everyone affected. I especially extend prayers for any who were already coping with Chemical Sensitivity or other debilitating illness in addition to this recent tragedy.

For those not directly impacted by the wind and water of a hurricane, there is still the shared grief for those who were hit and the heightened awareness that life’s not predictable. In the midst of all the uncertainly I wish you freedom from fear and peace in your heart.

This month the newsletter topics are a diverse mix; I hope you find the assortment helpful.
Autumn Blessings!
Christine

Christine@dakotafree.com

 

A Favorite Quote

“Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.”
Corita Kent, American muralist and printmaker

 

For Your Health



Pesticides can be a significant problem at schools for the students and the staff. If you have a school age child or work at a school, you can request advance notice of any fumigation being done to limit pesticide exposures.

This summer a report was published in the Journal of American Medicine on illness related to Pesticide use in schools. The conclusions of the reports read: “Pesticide exposure at schools produces acute illnesses among school employees and students. To prevent pesticide-related illnesses at schools, implementation of integrated pest management programs in schools, practices to reduce pesticide drift, and adoption of pesticide spray buffer zones around schools are recommended.”
You can read the entire report on the JAMA website:
JAMA on Pesticide

In Pennsylvania a law went into effect this year dictating that schools and daycares notify before they apply pesticides; you can read more about the Pennsylvania law at the following link:
PA Law

New York has had a pesticide notification law since July 2001:
NY Law

I hope the idea spreads far and wide


Pesticides can be a significant problem at schools for the students and the staff. If you have a school age child or work at a school, you can request advance notice of any fumigation being done to limit pesticide exposures.

This summer a report was published in the Journal of American Medicine on illness related to Pesticide use in schools. The conclusions of the reports read: “Pesticide exposure at schools produces acute illnesses among school employees and students. To prevent pesticide-related illnesses at schools, implementation of integrated pest management programs in schools, practices to reduce pesticide drift, and adoption of pesticide spray buffer zones around schools are recommended.”
You can read the entire report on the JAMA website:
JAMA on Pesticide

In Pennsylvania a law went into effect this year dictating that schools and daycares notify before they apply pesticides; you can read more about the Pennsylvania law at the following link:
PA Law

New York has had a pesticide notification law since July 2001:
NY Law

I hope the idea spreads far and wide

 

Answers to Your Questions
“What’s the problem with Alcohol as an ingredient in lotion?”
Alcohol is drying and irritating to the skin; these effects are not desirable and so I don’t see a reason to use alcohol in lotion or moisturizer. I want the ingredients in Dakota Free to be beneficial to the skin.

“Does your Prairie bar soap work for hair?”
Yes, without a doubt Pure Prairie Soap does a fine job on hair. It doesn’t contain the synthetic chemicals found in liquid shampoo, it’s more cost effective and helps you simplify life with one less bottle in the bathroom. Using a natural bar soap also avoids the entire issue of synthetic preservatives; a winning combination in my view.
Pure Praire Soap

“What does your man use for aftershave?”
Tea Tree Gel; it works great to soothe nicks and stop razor burn. It has astringent properties and is a light moisturizer. Just what he needs after a shave and just what I need for my legs or underarms after I shave.
Tea Tree Gel

 

Handy Hints
Home preservation offers me an affordable way to feed my family organic fruits and vegetables. My freezer holds bags of corn, peaches and green beans; I filled jars with relish yesterday and I’ve put up gallons of pickles. Boxes of tomatoes, peppers and apples are still waiting for me to make the time for them.

If that sounds like too much work, remember that canning can just be for fun or used for giving unique gifts.

This website is for those who want to preserve the bounty of the summer garden, whether you grow it yourself or shop the Farmer’s Market; you’ll find tips, recipes and ideas for canning, freezing and pickling at this link:
Home Food Preservation

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