Pinedora Weekly Issue 16

News This Week:

Last week was intense, to say the least! Between the fire, the winds, and the freeze that followed, we definitely learned that our biggest challenge here is by far the elements. But we find ourselves inspired, rather than discouraged. Things could have turned out much, much worse than they did and we consider ourselves extremely blessed despite the hardships. We have replanted what was lost in the greenhouse and we’re back on track with everything. This week we will also be potting up any seeds we have left for the purposes of selling whole plants (along with all our produce) at the weekly Show Low Main Street Market starting next month. But all this time spent in the sun lately really makes me wish that we were still making our all-natural sunscreen that we made under The Good Stuff company years ago. However, we gave our recipe to a dear friend who also attends the same markets. So if you are looking for a great all-natural sunscreen, contact us and we will let you know where you can still get it from- it’s fabulous!!

Health & Wellness:

For as long as mankind has lived under the sun, there have been sunburns. Various cultures throughout history have been known to use indigenous plant-life for sun protection, and the use of zinc oxide paste goes back for thousands of years. Synthetic sunscreens were first created in the early 1900’s, and with them came the ever-increasing risk of skin cancer. And while the first melanoma was discovered in the late 1700’s during the rise of modern science, the ever-increasing part goes along with the ever-increasing use of chemicals in cosmetic products nowadays. We slather on these products that are supposed to be protective, and then bake out in the sun all day while these chemicals are being cooked into our skin. And if you think about it… what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body- since the skin is the largest organ of the body- so shouldn’t what you put on your body be as healthy as what you put in your body??

 

Pinedora Weekly Issue 15

News This Week:

I apologize for this issue being a little late, but we’ve had a trying day here in Pinedale. You may or may not have heard, but there was a house fire earlier today that set the whole neighborhood into frenzy.  The winds around here can be extreme, to say the least, and today was no exception. It also goes without saying that fire and relentless, ever-shifting winds can potentially spell disaster. But thankfully, with the help of our incredible first- responders and everyone working together, the only loss was from the initial point of ignition. Our deepest sympathies go out to those involved in the house fire, and although they were not year-round residents here in Pinedale (and they just arrived two days earlier, and also volunteer at our local library), we will be reaching out to them to offer any help we can give. We feel that it is very important to help others! This world has gone too far astray into hatred and selfishness; if people could only realize that other people are people too, no matter who they are or where they come from/what they look like. Human kindness is definitely an issue that needs to be addressed by us… human kind!  Do keep in mind if you travel up north to go camping, please be mindful of any campfires or cigarettes, as it only takes one small ember to travel and take a toll on so many other lives.  We watched this fire jump and spread within minutes.

Health & Wellness:

Did you know that kindness actually has health benefits? Even just witnessing a random act of kindness can produce oxytocin, occasionally referred to as the ‘love hormone’ which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving overall heart health. Kindness can also help to increase energy levels, happiness, pleasure, and even lengthen lifespan. Kindness stimulates the production of serotonin- This feel-good chemical heals your wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy. It also helps to decrease pain, stress levels, anxiety, and depression. So random acts of kindness not only help others, but they also have a positive effect on your overall health as well. However, this does not include selfish acts of kindness- only by acting from a place of love, and out of true kindness and caring for others can these benefits be achieved. So get out there and help others, but remember, no cheating!

Pindora Weekly Issue 14

News This Week:

 Happy April everyone! We hope you had a great Easter and didn’t fall subject to any harmless April Fool’s shenanigans. Although if you did, we’d love to hear about it! This week we are proud to announce that the Greenhouse is fully planted!!! We’ve got lots of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, peas, lettuce, kale… and we now also have 33 chickens and 10 ducks. So this Market Season we will have lots of fresh goodies for everyone! Not to mention all of our other great products like herbal teas and bitters, fire ciders, and all of our skin care products too. We are so excited for this season; we can hardly wait for it to begin!

Health & Wellness:

April is National Humor Month, and what a great thing to celebrate! Each issue this month will end with a joke, though I have to warn you, I’ve been told my jokes are pretty terrible at times. But it’s the thought that counts, right? After all, a laugh a day helps keep the doctor away. In fact, laughing decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain, although I wouldn’t recommend this for rib fractures. Laughing burns calories and improves the function of blood vessels and blood flow, which can help protect against heart attack and cardiovascular problems. Laughter brings people together in ways that trigger healthy emotional and physical changes in the body. It also helps to relax the whole body and can release muscle tension for up to 45 minutes. So let food, and laughter, be thy medicine.

– I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, ‘I’m going to mop the floor with your face.’ And I said, ‘You’ll be sorry.’ He said ‘Oh yeah, why?’ And I said, ‘Cause you won’t be able to get into the corners very well.’          -Emo Phillips.