• The Value of Volunteering

    Helping others can also boost your own physical and mental health. By Kindra Gordon Ask a senior citizen what their secret is to health and longevity and you may be surprised by the answer. Usually it’s not about some special medicine or vitamin – instead they may likely tell you that they volunteer in their… [Continue Reading]

    The Value of Volunteering
  • Score Your Health

    By Kindra Gordon We’ve all heard the term “antioxidants,” and we know they are good for us. But beyond that do you know if you have an adequate level of antioxidants in your body? According to the National Cancer Institute, antioxidants are defined as “substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable… [Continue Reading]

    Score Your Health
  • Don’t Just Sit There

    Make movement a priority every day. By Steve Howard Many of us sit too much. I have even heard some in the exercise world say that ‘sitting is the root of all evil,’ and I can’t really disagree. We sit to drive, watch television, play video games, use a computer, and often while we work.… [Continue Reading]

    Don’t Just Sit There
  • Think Different!

    Guest Opinion By Lori Weischedel, CFT Fitness is not just about losing body fat and getting in shape. It’s about being healthy and well overall – having a good metabolism and body composition, preventing premature aging as well as the negative conditions that are associated with aging. As a 47-year-old busy mother of two, I… [Continue Reading]

    Think Different!
  • Portion Patrol

    To manage your weight, you must also manage how much you eat. By Kindra Gordon A baseball, a deck of cards, a golf ball and a dice – what do these items have to do with meal time? They can actually provide a great visual cue for portion sizes – ensuring you’re not consuming extra… [Continue Reading]

    Portion Patrol
  • Guest Opinion: Back in Shape & Pain Free

    Exercises to safeguard your back Here at HealthSource, we know two things; 1). You must move better in order to feel better. 2). Your posture is the most important indicator for the health and wellbeing of your muscles and joints Change how you move and feel better today. Move better by incorporating exercises into your… [Continue Reading]

    Guest Opinion: Back in Shape & Pain Free
  • Seeking Healthy Fast Food?

    Eating healthy while on-the-go is often challenging – but it can be done. Here are several options to consider: McDonald’s: Premium Southwest Salad. Opt for this hearty, fresh salad, which comes with mixed greens, black beans, corn, cheese, and tortilla strips. To keep it extra-light, hold the chicken and wield the lime wedge instead of… [Continue Reading]

    Seeking Healthy Fast Food?
  • Don’t Diet: Instead Adopt These 8 Healthy Habits

    Have you ever tried to lose weight on a diet – only to find it doesn’t work, or you simply gain the weight back? That’s why Zonya Foco, a registered dietitian, author and certified health and fitness instructor, says people need to lose the diet mentality. Instead, she recommends people focus on incorporating healthy habits… [Continue Reading]

    Don’t Diet: Instead Adopt These 8 Healthy Habits
  • Wise About Wellness

    Compiled by Kindra Gordon What tried and true strategies might you add to your daily routine to enhance your health and well being or aid an ailment you’re struggling with? We posed those questions to health professionals in the Black Hills, and here they share their quick tips and advice: Body Basics Grace Andrus, doctor… [Continue Reading]

    Wise About Wellness

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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