Office at Windless Beach
2014, November 14: From the Office
(updated every Friday)...
Topic This Week: Hot Water Bottle to Save Energy and Ward of Chills.
If you have comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to send your thoughts in an email to: emily@sunflowernaturals.com.
 
Question(s):
Which is better: Hot water bottle or heating pad?
I prefer a hot water bottle. A hot water bottle is a long, steady low heat. Heating pads have coils that get too hot, not hot enough and have left marks on my skin. In addition, when trying to sleep with a heating pad the cord is a nuisance and a choking hazard. The worst a hot water bottle will do is wet the bed. For that reason, obviously you should never use both a hot water bottle and a heating pad at one time ;o)
 
A great benefit with the use of either a hot water bottle or heating pad, you can stay warmer under a blanket and turn down the heat a bit to save some money on your heating utility bill. Heating pads and other electric warmers consume additional energy - adding to your bill and potentially offsetting the savings. A hot water bottle will last for years and costs less than $15 - approximately $5 a year for three years. The savings are tremendous over electric warmers which also cost around $15 and last approximately three years, but consume electricity to operate.
 
To use a hot water bottle, fill it with hot tap water. Don't boil water or the seal will likely melt and the bottle will start leaking. I know this for a fact - it did happen to me. Getting burned with boiling water when I curled up under my blankets was not fun. Please, hot tap water only for your safety. Place the hot water bottle in a pillowcase or wrap in a small blanket. Curl it up close to you and drape a blanket over yourself. Ahh - the gentle sweet soft warmth of a hot water bottle to take away the winter chill :o)
 
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Use a Hot Water Bottle and Turn Down the Heat
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Statements about products and health conditions have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration.
If you have any concerns about your own health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.
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Office at Windless Beach
2014, November 7: From the Office
(updated every Friday)...
This week, I've got some information about the skin-building power of oatmeal. If you have comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to send your thoughts in an email to: emily@sunflowernaturals.com.
 
Question(s):
Is oatmeal really good for your skin?
Oatmeal is an awesome ingredient for skin care solutions such as baths, compresses and masks. One of my favorite resources specifically states, "Its many functional properties make colloidal oatmeal a cleanser, moisturizer, buffer, as well as a soothing and protective anti-inflammatory agent." (Colloidal oatmeal: history, chemistry and clinical properties.). It is also quite effective against atopic dermatitis, "Oatmeal, particularly avenanthramides, a newly discovered oat fraction, may be of particular value in restoring the cutaneous barrier and reducing symptoms of atopic dermatitis." explained in Natural advances in eczema care.
 
The next question quite often asked is, "How can I make colloidal oats?" Powder some oats in a blender until it is very fine. Mix it about half and half with distilled water. Heat it slowly until it reaches a gentle boil. Add more distilled water until the mixture is wet but thick like a nice thick gravy. Allow it to cool and strain off the water. The water is colliodal oat water - rich with nutrients to feed your skin. Store in the refrigerator.
 
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