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Sunblock

Sunblock

Whew! It’s hot today. I’m sitting outside with a deliciously icy glass of t’sane’s Ruby Rainchild (hibiscus and elderflower) tea in hand. It’s fabulous, you must try it!  Even though I’m in the shade, I’m glad I put on my sunblock – not sunscreen. So, what’s The Difference? A sunscreen uses chemicals to absorb the UV rays. While, there hasn’t been much study done on sunscreens, I’ve come down on the side of caution because these chemicals are absorbed into the skin. A sunblock (also known as physical sunscreen) uses minerals (most commonly zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) sit on the surface and physically reflect the UV rays. Because these minerals are not absorbed into the skin, they are usually considered safe for use on young children. But seriously folks, topical lotions and sprays can help protect you from the sun’s damaging rays, but, as with everything, don’t overdo it. Sitting in the shade with a ruby red, thirst quenching glass of iced tea is simply divine.
In the Loop June 18

In the Loop June 18

Looking forward to this event. Saturday, June 18th | 10am -4pm 1802 33rd Avenue SW in Marda Loop https://twitter.com/acgurholt1 https://www.instagram.com/intheloopevent/

WHAT’S IN YOUR CUPPA?

By: Donna Easto, C.H., H.C., H.E. Canadians drink almost 10 billion cups of tea a year. Next to water, it’s the world’s most consumed beverage. In 2015, the tea market in Canadian grocery stores was worth $426 million. Most of us drink teas for taste and for their reputed health benefits, and most of us are unaware that chemicals and additives have been showing up in teas since around the early 1800s. These adulterants help to reduce manufacturing costs and increase producers’ profits at the expense of consumers. In 2014 testing was done by CBC Marketplace into the levels of pesticides in some teas on our grocery store shelves. Utilizing an accredited lab, CBC used the testing method employed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to test pesticide residues in dry tea leaves. They tested 10 brands of green and black teas, including Canada’s most popular brands. The results were alarming: half of the teas tested contained pesticide residues above the allowable limits in Canada; eight of the 10 brands tested contained multiple chemicals, with one brand containing residues of 22 different pesticides. The test results can be found here: http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/blog/full-tea-test-results. Aside from pesticides, teas can also contain GMOs.…

KIDS AND HERBS

I love taking my granddaughter on herb walks this time of the year. It’s fun to discover herbs growing within walking distance of home; it’s a together time for just we two, and it’s a great learning experience. She learns how to identify some useful plants, and I learn to see the world anew through those almost four-year-old eyes! Dandelions are a natural for this age group, they’re colourful and they’re everywhere. Because dandelions are an important part of a bee’s diet, it gives you a chance to talk about important questions such as, “What is a weed?” and “Where did the bee on the box of my favourite cereal go?” If you’re patient, you’re sure to see simple bees working in the bright yellow flowers. Pineapple Weed, a sister to Chamomile, is a humble little plant growing in waste areas and in cracks in the sidewalk. How can this unassuming plant be of any use to anyone? Are there mosquitoes around? Crush the plant and rub it into your skin and watch the “skeeters” skedaddle. Smell the crushed plant – it does smell like pineapple, and, if you found it in an unspoiled area, chew it or take it…

When tea leaves are added to water, they absorb some of it and become rehydrated. This absorption of water into the tea leaves allows for the initiation of steeping, the process of extracting the soluble compounds from the tea leaves and dissolving them in the water.

kinetics of steeping tea