• Dog Grooming – Not Just For Poodles

    More than cosmetic, grooming also helps pets stay healthy By Tiffany Smith, Owner/Operator Dogwood Lodge Pet Resort & Grooming Salon Many people wonder why you would ever take your dog to a professional groomer. However, did you know a lack of grooming can negatively affect the state of your dog’s health? Grooming does more than… [Continue Reading]

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  • Container gardening produces bountiful benefits

    By Lauren Harris Recent studies show that gardening is good for overall health: spending time raising vegetables and flowers will lower cortisol levels, limber muscles and improve your mood. Also, growing vegetables and herbs for your family to eat ensures what elements went into the growth of the produce. But what if you don’t have… [Continue Reading]

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  • New Health Care System: Only Change Needed is You!

    Guest Opinion By Dr. Robert L. McIntosh, HealthSource Chiropractic of Spearfish Implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act has brought with it a new buzzword in the healthcare world: “Wellness.” But how do you define wellness? I prefer to say that wellness is lifestyle. The choices one makes every day can either prevent or promote… [Continue Reading]

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  • Working Out – With Your Dog

    By Lucinda Schuft Staying fit is much more fun when you have an enthusiastic partner that eagerly urges you to keep up a routine. That partner may be already in your home – your dog. The walk or run will be great for both of you whether you get up and out first thing in… [Continue Reading]

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  • Beef Up Your Breakfast

     By Holly Swee, South Dakota Beef Industry Council, Director of Nutrition & Consumer Information Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day because it provides the “fuel” that gives you energy to get through the day. And, protein is particularly important at breakfast time. Here’s why: research suggests that including protein like lean… [Continue Reading]

    Beef Up Your Breakfast
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  • Hike For Your Health

    There are a bevy of benefits from hiking, and the Black Hills offers the perfect backdrop. By Kindra Gordon Beautiful scenery, the fresh scent of pine trees, blue sky overhead and a peaceful trail that unfolds in front of you. These are the ingredients for an inspiring hike in the Black Hills. Better yet, hiking… [Continue Reading]

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  • Products We Love For Summer

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  • Author of Save Your Brain shares these tips

    Written By: Kindra Gordon How do you keep your brain healthy throughout all stages of life? Clinical neuropsychologist Paul Nussbaum has devoted his career to that question, and highlights five things everyone can do to keep their brain young and sharp in his book Save Your Brain. Here, he shares some insight: Foremost, says Nussbaum… [Continue Reading]

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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.