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I hope you’ve settled well into 2006 and look expectantly toward good things for yourselves and your family as the year progresses
This month’s Prairie Inspiration offers you a variety of good things: health news for the whole family, help for stressed skin, alternative ideas to ease pain and more. I hope you find it useful.
Wishing you plenty of love, joy and a Happy Valentine’s Day!
A Favorite Quote
"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."
- Lao Tzu
For Your Health
Three Health Finds
On the subject of pain:
“Use Your Brain To Lose Your Pain” is the title of my daughter’s prize winning science fair project this year. She studied the effect an individual can have on their own pain by employing simple relaxation and imagery exercises. The idea was sparked by a study at Stanford University. You can read more on the Stanford website by following this link:
Stanford Study on Pain
Note: The people who volunteered as subjects for my daughter’s science fair project experienced an 86% success rate in reducing their pain without watching their brain scans. Their success suggests that similar relaxation techniques will be valuable tools for anyone who is dealing with pain and can provide another layer of relief for those who seek natural solutions.
New Treatment for Head Lice:
I expect there is someone in our group who is struggling with head lice (my sympathy to you and your family). I’ve recently learned of a new non-toxic treatment that boasts a 96% effectiveness in stopping head lice - as an added bonus, it’s easy and inexpensive.
Learn more at these links:
One more good reason to drink green & black tea:
Researchers following a large and lengthy (15 year) study from Finland report “Tea consumption was inversely associated with the risk of ovarian cancer. Each additional cup of tea per day was associated with an 18 per cent lower risk of ovarian cancer.” Pour me another cup!
You can read the details at this link:
Answers to Your Questions
“All soaps seem too drying for my skin and I’m noticing more lines on my face all the time. Is it necessary to wash my face every day?”
Yes, you generally want to wash your face daily, and in some circumstances more than once a day.
Washing your face keeps it clean – it’s surprising the variety of substances that collect on your skin daily. Things like smoke, other pollutants in the air both indoors and out, dust, germs and matter that transfers from our hands; I could list more, but I trust you have the concept. Neglecting to wash your face regularly puts you at risk for acne and other infections.
Presenting an attractive appearance is a motivating reason to wash your face. Your skin is continually in the process of shedding small flakes and producing oils - even dry skin. If you don’t wash the flakes and oils away, they can accumulate and your skin will appear oily, flaky or dull and lifeless.
A final reason to wash your face with water is to hydrate the top layers. Skin will soak in the moisture and if you follow up with lotion it seals in that moisture; use moisturizers after washing your face and your skin will reap greater benefit than if you were to use the same product on dry skin.
I also have some ideas for you to help with your dry skin:
In considering the varied environments you might encounter day to day, realize that no matter where you live there are conditions to stress you and your skin. Extremes in temperature, blowing sand, pollution, even chorine in the swimming pool or hot tub can dry and irritate skin.
An example: January in North Dakota usually brings deep snow, bitter cold and an abundance of gloomy days; this year has been a surprise to everyone, with mild temperatures and bare ground. Even with the expected warmth, we have wind and cold weather enough to affect my sensitive skin. I take precautions to limit my skins exposure to the winter conditions and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
Dakota Free Products to help dry skin:
Organic Facial Cleanser, Scrub & Mask:
A pure, organic powder ideal for cleansing the skin, refining the pores, exfoliating areas of dry or flaking skin, absorbing excess oils, decreasing redness, inflammation and acne
Organic Facial Cleanser, Scrub & Mask
“Baby Your Skin” Balm:
An intensive balm is used to moisturize, soothe and protect skin.
“Baby Your Skin” Balm
Fragrance-Free Massage Oil:
A pure, gentle massage & body oil that is moisturizing for the skin.
Fragrance-Free Massage Oil