Photo by: Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Last week we learned all about causes of dry itchy winter skin and some options to help get around it. This week I want to share with you some of my favorite homemade recipes with you. I have personally used all of these and hope that you enjoy them as much as I do. The Recipes If you have any known allergies or sensitivities, please avoid and/ or substitute these ingredients in each recipe. If you experience any reactions to your home-made
Photo by: Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Our Skin: a Quick Overview The skin is our largest organ and plays a very important protective role. To better understand dry skin and the “winter itch”, let’s start with a quick review of skin anatomy. The skin is comprised of three distinct layers, the hypodermis, the dermis, and the epidermis. The Hypodermis is the deepest layer and contains primarily subcutaneous fat which provides structure and fullness to the skin, acts as a shock abs
Why Sprout you ask? Because it’s simple, inexpensive, delicious, nutritious and sprouts are packed with health benefits! It’s not hard to understand why sprouts are so good for us when you think of it. It doesn’t matter what you are sprouting seeds, nuts, grains, legumes, really they are all the same thing…seeds. Seeds that left outside in the right conditions would produce a whole plant. Think of all that potential! All of these nutrients are trapped in this little package.
A muscle spasm goes by many names; A cramp, charley horse, knot, or even a trigger point. It can take you by surprise any day, any time; waking you in your sleep, striking you while you’re out for a walk or run, or even sitting at your desk. Nearly everyone can share the experience of an unwelcome spasm, but the reason it occurs and the remedy is less obvious. Causes A spasm is an involuntary, and often painful, contraction of muscles. The causes vary and are worth becoming a
Carving jack-o-lanterns around Halloween is a fun way to use pumpkins. Besides this classic Halloween carving tradition, there are other ways to make use of pumpkin. Keep reading for 3 other uses for pumpkin and a bonus recipe. A little bit about pumpkins… Pumpkins fall under the category of winter squash, which also includes butternut squash, acorn squash and spaghetti squash. Winter squash vary in colour, size, shape and flavour, though they share common characteristics. Th
Summer is a time when schedules and routine become relaxed; kids may stay up later, watch movies at sleepovers right before bedtime, or eat more sweet treats. As summer comes to a close, new routines and schedules are formed in preparation for back to school. In the midst of this preparation, we can forget to pay attention to the fundamentals of our kids’ health. These fundamentals, such as diet, hydration and sleep affect their growth, development, focus, behaviour and perfo
It is with heavy hearts and anticipation that we read updates about the wild fires in BC, now declared a state of emergency. The wildfires continue to burn out of control in both BC and Alberta, creating the unsettling haze that is causing symptoms in many and raising questions on how to protect our health. The smoke has affected everyone, but those most at risk are young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with chronic lung or heart diseases. The most obvious sy