• Bay Leaf Bliss

    By Kindra Gordon Foodies know that a “bay leaf” can be the perfect ingredient to flavor soups, stews, vegetables and meats. In Spearfish, food aficionados will find a unique restaurant that’s been adding flavor to the community for more than two decades – the Bay Leaf Café. The menu touts a range of items with… [Continue Reading]

    Bay Leaf Bliss
  • Skin Cancer: Most Common Cancer In America…

    …But Among Most Preventable   You’ve likely heard it before, but it’s worth a reminder: The risk of skin cancer is very real. “Whether you hike or stroll, paddle a canoe or kayak or just sit in a mountain meadow watching the clouds go by, remember to put on your hat, apply sunscreen and have… [Continue Reading]

    Skin Cancer: Most Common Cancer In America…
  • 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]

    Hike For Your Health
  • Three Important R’s

    Earth’s future depends on our ability to reduce, reuse and recycle today.   By Kindra Gordon If you have not added recycling – or reducing and reusing – to your weekly repertoire, here are some staggering statistics to consider: A discarded aluminum can is still a can 500 years later. And, it only takes 10%… [Continue Reading]

    Three Important R’s
  • What are your dreams in life?

    Listening to our inner voice can be a powerful guide By Lorie Eichert Guest Oppinion What are dreams made of? Some say fantasy – wishing for what you may never have. They say, “Oh those are just silly pipe dreams.” Some say dreams are simple day dreams – you know the kind: instead of processing… [Continue Reading]

    What are your dreams in life?
  • Protect Yourself From West Nile

    Older adults more likely to develop serious problems from disease Older adults more likely to develop serious problems from diseaseEnjoying outdoor activities is a great summer – particularly after a long winter of being cooped up inside. But pesky mosquitoes can also be a part of summer – and some precautions should be taken to… [Continue Reading]

    Protect Yourself From West Nile
  • Healthier School Meals, Too

    As students returned to the classroom this fall, new federal nutrition guidelines went into effect to ensure that healthier, more nutritious meals are being served. The new standards for school meals are being implemented as a result of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 which aims to help combat child hunger and obesity.… [Continue Reading]

    Healthier School Meals, Too
  • Perfect Products To Pamper Yourself – Or A Loved One

    Tally Your Steps If you know someone with a FitBit – they are sure to rave about how much they love it! This tiny pedometer is smaller than a tube of lip balm, but it does so much more. Clip it to your waist and it counts daily steps and stairs climbed, and tracks how… [Continue Reading]

    Perfect Products  To Pamper Yourself – Or A Loved One
  • 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]

    Working Out – With Your Dog

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.

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