Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

Relieving Sunburns Around the House

sunWhen it comes to the sun, I’m kind of a downer. I’d much prefer it to concentrate its attention on California and all those other places that are more accustomed to its rays, pushing the heat down and interrupting the haven of cool and calm that is Seattle. I know, I sound like a complete summer scroodge right now. Most Seattleites seem to welcome the sun with open arms, treating it like a special friend who comes around so rarely that every occasion of their presence must be taken full advantage of. Such gusto towards Mr. Bright and Yellow can entail sunburns, especially in a place where applying sunscreen isn’t exactly a routine activity. When such misfortune befalls you, there are a few interesting household remedies you can try to heal the pain with. Continue reading

Honey to Heal

ImagePro-tip: Eating just a tablespoon of local honey reduces seasonal allergies, or “hay fever.”

Though the science is inconclusive, theories suggest that honey made from nearby pollen acts like a vaccine, building up your immune system with small doses of allergens.

If Seattle’s spring pollen makes your eyes and nose watery, check out a nearby farmer’s market for minimally-processed honey.  Add its sweet goodness to your tea & coffee, baked goods, or eat it with a spoon.