Winter Drought?

By Erica Barry, Seth Berman Gardeners

Photo by Seth Berman

So the ground may be soaked or even still have snow, but the air in here is drying me out! Dormant Shmormant my body is active! If you find yourself, like me, with splitting chapped lips and creaky dry skin dont just sit back and wait for the heat to get turned off. Drinking 64 ounces of water per day wont solve this problem alone, try as it might. Here is the catch, can we re-hydrate while avoiding petroleum and chemicals?

Step 1: Get outside. Visit a park. Are you having trouble motivating? Hire Someone! Adopt a puppy www.petfinder.com

Photo from Petfinder

Step 2: HEALTHY Oils & Fats in your foods! Just to experiment, try substituting Vegetable or Olive oil in a recipe for Coconut Oil, Peanut Oil, Safflower Oil or Sunflower Oil. Not only do oils lubricate your cells, oils in your diet play an important role in providing lasting hunger satisfaction, in absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K, and in producing hormones and prostaglandins.

Step 3: Here are some oils I recommend for skin moisturization: Jojoba Oil, Sesame, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Apricot, Almond, Sunflower, Hazelnut, Soybean, Macadamia, Avocado, Extra-virgin Olive Oil

For a truly nourishing and deeply moisturizing experience, try mixing 7 parts coconut oil to 1 part Cocoa Butter with 40 drops of an essential oil (Vanilla or sweet orange are nice). Apply Everywhere!

As always, whether consuming oils in food or absorbing them through your skin, make sure to keep ORGANIC! Many harmful toxins are Lipophilic, meaning they concentrate in the oil parts of the plants, and come with them as the oil is extracted.

References:

“Dormant But Not Forgotten” by Michael Tortorello, January 23, 2013

Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles 2007 Storey Publications

Reader’s Digest Foods That Harm Foods That Heal, 2013

Written by Seth Berman

Seth Berman

Seth Berman is a master gardener from Cambridge, Massachusetts

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