Thursday, July 5, 2012

Beat the Heat Giveaway! Day 4

My counter hit 10,000 visits! Seems like a reason to celebrate to me. So here is what I have in mind. Each day- for five days- Monday through Friday -I am going to do a post on how I’m beating the heat. Leave a comment sharing something you do to Beat the Heat and I’ll enter you in a drawing to win the pattern of your choice- which I will purchase through the gift button on Ravelry. Leave a comment everyday and that’s FIVE chances to win. Looking forward to a FUN week and reading your Beat the Heat comments!

Violent storms blew through these parts early this morning. I am so thankful that we didn’t lose power, the basement stayed dry, and only a few big limbs are down. Unfortunately it hasn’t cooled things down much, and we’re in for another day of near 100-degree temps.  Strange weather seems to have become our norm.

Today I’m sharing a simple concoction I use when I feel like I’m melting.

I’ve been a fan of witch hazel water for years. It’s a mild astringent, readily available at our grocery store, inexpensive, and my skin seems to respond well to it.  My “Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs” points out that the name witch hazel derives from the old English word for “pliant”, and that  in fact witch hazel wood was used for archery bows.Interesting.....

This summer I’ve been adding a few drops of tea tree oil to the witch hazel. Tea tree oil is astringent as well as an antiseptic. Its fragrance is herby – somewhat medicinal- I find it refreshing.  I started with just a few drops and was sure to test it on my wrist first.  I added about 15 drops to 200 ml for my last batch. It’s cooling and takes away shine, and best of all it helps to stop my glasses from sliding down my nose.

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