• Got 10 Minutes? Use it for a quick bit of exercise

    By Ann Schwader, SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist When it comes to exercise, many of us can often find excuses why we just can’t fit 30 minutes of physical activity into our day – we’re too busy, too tired, or the weather is just not cooperating. So, why not try three, 10-minute bursts of physical… [Continue Reading]

    Got 10 Minutes?  Use it for a quick bit of exercise
  • Black Hills

    Summer Bucket List Ride a Bike. The Mickelson Trail offers over 100 miles of peaceful trails. Many local bike shops offer rentals. Cool off in a Cave. Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, Rushmore Cave and several others feature underground adventures and stay a cool 50 degrees year-round. Picnic at a Park. City parks provide playgrounds, tennis… [Continue Reading]

    Black Hills
  • True Health Care: The Future for America

    By Dr. Robert Kuyper According to the World Health Organization, America spent more on health care per capita ($8,608), and more on health care as percentage of its gross domestic product (17.2%), than any other nation. You might think that America ranks number one in overall health care in the world, but it doesn’t. America… [Continue Reading]

    True Health Care: The Future for America
  • Health Q & A’s

    Q:  At what age should you begin having your cholesterol checked regularly? A:  Age 35; If you are younger than 35, talk to your doctor about whether to have your cholesterol checked if you have diabetes, have high blood pressure, if heart disease runs in your family , or you smoke. Q: How often should… [Continue Reading]

    Health Q & A’s
  • Tips to Keep Cholesterol in Check

    Avoid trans-fat. Stay away from items that list “partially hydrogenated oil” on the label. Reading all food labels is essential, even if the nutrition facts states 0 trans fats. Use fresh garlic when cooking. Garlic has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels. Brew some green tea. The antioxidants in green tea help lower cholesterol… [Continue Reading]

    Tips to Keep Cholesterol in Check
  • Digital Domain Apps & Online Insights

    Game On: Get Fit Fitocracy is a website and app that tracks and shares workout routines, but it makes it competitively fun. Developed by a former video game guru, the site appeals to users by rewarding them with badges and points every time they submit workout details. For example, a 2-mile jog might net a… [Continue Reading]

    Digital Domain Apps & Online Insights
  • Recommended Reads

    Take these Steps to a New You It’s never too late for a new beginning, believes Christian speaker and author Joyce Meyer. In her newest book You Can Begin Again, she points to that theme throughout the Bible, in which God turns tragic endings into new beginnings. If you’re stuck in a rut, disappointed by… [Continue Reading]

    Recommended Reads
  • Stop Snack Attacks: Tips for Mindful Munching

    Source: Marjore Zastrow, SDSU Extension Do you ever find yourself just eating for no apparent reason? You’re not hungry, you’re bored, you’re nervous or anxious about something, you have food in front of you, or you just don’t have anything else to do? Many of us are trying to maintain a healthful diet and consciously… [Continue Reading]

    Stop Snack Attacks: Tips for Mindful Munching
  • Happy Feet

    Consider these factors for optimal foot health By Lauren Harris You’ve heard the old saying, “When momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Consider your feet in the same way: if your feet are experiencing neglect, pain, or discomfort, your life will be considerably more difficult. However, with a little research and strategic care, you can… [Continue Reading]

    Happy Feet

Natural Beauty Fixes With Tea

tea-438480_1280Sipping tea might be your go-to routine to help you unwind after a hectic day, but did you know that tea can also be used for several homemade beauty recipes?

Green, black and red teas have been used to improve the overall health and appearance of skin and hair for centuries. Rich in antioxidants and anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, tea is one of the most powerful grocery store staples that can be used topically. Here are several suggestions:

1.  Add shine to dull, lackluster hair. Rinsing hair with green or black tea can boost brassy and blah strands. Simply steep tea bags in boiling water for 15 minutes and allow to cool for a few hours or overnight. Pour it onto freshly-washed hair and leave on for ten minutes. Be sure to shampoo and condition afterwards to seal in the shine.
2.  Soothe a sunburn. Cold compresses made out of tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness. Likewise, if your legs are itchy and red after shaving, try pressing a cool black tea bag onto your limbs. The tannins work to provide immediate relief from razor burns.
3.  Minimize bug bites. To take down the sting and bumps, apply a used cold chamomile tea bag directly to the affected area.
Reduce puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles. It is believed the caffeine in tea helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area.
4.  Stop smelly foot odor. Soak your feet in a cool solution made out of boiled tea. The tannic acid in tea is both antibacterial and antifungal, so it stops feet from sweating and smelling funky.
5.  Moisturize dry skin. Spritz cool green tea onto your face (you can also apply it with a cotton ball) twice a day to draw out impurities, shrink large pores and get a healthy glow.

Editor’s Request: What’s your best health tip? Share it with us for the next issue by emailing dee.sleep@chickencreek.net.