What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week
Bath Time: As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, it's nice to take a bath. I used to use bubble bath, but most of them irritate my skin. Now I use a cup of epsom salts, 2 tablespoons of sesame oil and 5 drops of essential oil for my soak. This week I got inspired to try the scrumptious combinations outlined in this article from Hello Natural. I'm starting with the ginger one!
Grain Free Taoists? For a lot of people I know or have treated, following a paleo-style or grain free diet is a healthful decision. I've often wondered how to reconcile the paleo prescription with the dietary recommendations I was taught during my Chinese Medicine training. This fascinating blog article about Taoist grain free diet proponents was very interesting to me in resolving some of these questions, and putting them in historical context. The article quotes the observations of the 4th Century physician Ge Hong, who I've mentioned a few times this week - he gave the instructions for preparing artemesia that Professor Tu Youyou used to develop the anti-malaria drug for which she was just awarded the Nobel prize for medicine.
Serious Book Lover! The label for Ex Libris Balm (it smells like books!) is from a 1940s 'Ex Libris' (From the Library) bookplate. As I update the labels on all my products, I thought I'd look at some other vintage bookplates. I got a kick out of this one, depicting a book lover with an anger management problem! Safe to say I won't be using this for my soothing balm!