Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Homemade Sunscreen

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the wisdom of using sunscreen. Does it causes more skin cancer than it prevents? Don't we need the Vitamin D from the sun to PREVENT cancer?

My approach to the sun is to get tan slowly...15-20 minutes for the first exposure and then add 5-10 minutes each time after. I get nice and brown and don't have to worry about frying my skin. I am getting Vitamin D while NOT loading my system with sunscreen toxins.

However, that said, I have found that a change to a diet high in Omega 3 fatty acids seems to protect the skin from burning. I know of several folks that no longer get sun burned after changing their diet to one rich in traditional fats like grass fed butter, lard from pastured pigs and coconut oil.

Melissa Hull in Tampa shared here homemade recipe for sunscreen on that WAPF Yahoo message board. Here it is to share:

48 g liquid oil (can use olive, sweet almond, etc)
52 g coconut oil
20 g emulsifying wax (to mix water and oil)
10 g stearic acid (to thicken)

380 g water
10 g vegetable glycerine
35 g zinc oxide

Heat first 4 ingredients in a double boiler until incorporated. Then, with a stick blender, mix oil mixture into water until creamy and thickened. Add glycerine and zinc with blender. You can also add essential oils of your choice for fragrance (about 5 g for this recipe). had all the supplies, or you can look for a local soap supply store. is one store in St Pete.

If you have a favorite lotion, just use that and add 25% zinc oxide to the bottle- it's that easy! ( for an 8oz bottle, that would be 2 oz zinc oxide)

Friday, May 21, 2010

My Home Medicine Cabinet – What I Use to Remedy Ailments

Well, here I go again sharing instead of writing.  I love this article and can vouch for many of the remedies listed as being safe and effective.  Enjoy it, print it, source the items, file it, share it.  And let me know if I can help you find anything.

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Home Remedies

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What Veg*ns Can Learn from Traditional Foods

I loved this post from the Nourished Kitchen blog. If you are a vegetarian, please read it. If you know a vegetarian, please pass it on.

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What Veg*ns Can Learn from Traditional Foods