• Spearfish foodie shares home-baked favorites in new cookbook

    Yum! That’s the word that will enter your mind as you page through the new cookbook compiled by Spearfish’s Peg Austin. Titled “Favorite Recipes from the Vanilla Bean Bakery,” the cookbook includes a host of recipes for special occasion breakfasts, salads, breads, sides, pastas, main dishes and sweets. Austin has been cooking up these creations… [Continue Reading]

    Spearfish foodie shares home-baked favorites in new cookbook
  • Pork: Flavorful, Fun to Cook & Nutritious

    By Stacey Sorlien, South Dakota Pork Producers Council Looking for a healthy protein source that offers lots of flavor and a variety of cooking methods? You’ll find some great options with pork – whether you’re making a family dinner, grilling in the backyard or planning a perfect holiday meal. Pork contains many of the nutrients… [Continue Reading]

    Pork:  Flavorful,  Fun to Cook  & Nutritious
  • Strategies to Rev Up Your Metabolism

    Your metabolism is like a fire: If you don’t add wood, your metabolism will die down. Therefore, eating regularly – and eating the right foods – can help fuel your body and your metabolism running. Most importantly, eating breakfast can make a huge difference in boosting your metabolism. A good breakfast should include carbs, protein,… [Continue Reading]

    Strategies to Rev Up Your Metabolism
  • Five Things To Know About Probiotics

    Perhaps you’ve heard people talk about probiotics – what are they and what do they do? Here are five things you need to know: 1. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are similar to beneficial microorganisms found in the gastrointestinal tract, or gut. Probiotics are also called ‘friendly bacteria’ or ‘good bacteria.’ These friendly bacteria perform… [Continue Reading]

    Five Things To Know About Probiotics
  • Oatmeal: A healthy, whole grain

    Like so many other parts of the supermarket, the hot cereal aisle now offers endless choices. However, with all the choices and combinations available, confusion about nutritional value is swirling – which oatmeal is best? Here is some good information: For starters, recognize that oats are a whole grain. According to the Dietary Guidelines for… [Continue Reading]

    Oatmeal: A healthy, whole grain
  • 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
  • Email Ettiquette

    As a former leader at Yahoo, it might be a surprise to hear Tim Sanders suggest that email is an Achilles’ heel. But for many of us, Sanders suggests email can be “friend or foe.” While email can be beneficial, he says if used inappropriately it can negatively impact relationships and advises these tactics for… [Continue Reading]

    Email Ettiquette
  • More Recycling Info

    In the Northern Hills, recycling services are offered in Belle Fourche, Spearfish and Sundance, WY, through Northern Hills Recycling. In Sturgis there are currently two drop-off locations for recycling. On site is along Junction Avenue across from Jacobsen Ford. The second site is on the east side of Lynn’s DakotaMart in the parking lot near… [Continue Reading]

    More Recycling Info
  • Wake-Up Stretch

    Including stretches into your daily routine is a wellness tip recommended by many health professionals. Jillian Anawaty, who teaches yoga and pilates classes in Rapid City, Sturgis and at Ellsworth Air Force Base through her business Vibrant Life Fitness, shares the following step-by-step stretch that moves through the spine, hips and shoulders. Anawaty says, “It… [Continue Reading]

    Wake-Up Stretch

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.