Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Liquid Salad?

Years ago, in the early 70's, the boys and I lived in "waiting wives" housing at Niagara Falls Air Force Base while their father served in Viet Nam.  My next door neighbors (we shared a duplex) were an AF officer whose name I've forgotten, and his wife Lois.  I am thinking she must be the source of this recipe in old notebook that has totally fallen apart.  At any rate,  I visited the Farmer's Market this Sunday, and filled my kitchen with fresh veggies.  And remembered how we all used to love this.

Lois's Gazpacho

  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled
  • 1/2 cup canned tomato juice
  • 1 medium onion.
Combine these in a blends, puree for 30 seconds or until fairly smooth. Pour into a large mixing bowl.
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1/4 C Olive Oil
  • 1/3 C Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Tabasco
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp of pepper.
Mix all of these into the bowl of puree.
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chives or green onions.
Dice the above vegetables fine, stir into the puree.

chill at least 4 hours, all day or overnight is better.

The Farmer's Market yielded a huge (and delicious) Cantelope, and fresh Georga Peaches.  I have recipes for iced cantelope soup with grated fresh ginger, or for chilled cantelope and peach soup.  Not sure which to experiment with next.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Reactions to Raindrop Treatment

Shared by one of my mentors: Gabriel Mojay

Skin Reactions after 'Raindrop Treatment': Nonsensical Explanations

June 30, 2014 at 9:20am
Nonsensical excuses are being made to explain away skin irritation, itching and rashes caused by the dermal application of undiluted essential oils in 'raindrop technique'.

The owner of the website below, on a page entitled 'Skin Reaction after Raindrop Treatment: Three Reasons', pronounces: "Experiencing skin reactions or rashes after using the oils or after having had a Raindrop Therapy done on you is experiencing a “healing crisis” (which means some physical and energy toxins is releasing out from the body)".


...A "crisis" of sorts, yes... but "healing"? - no. It's skin irritation.

The founder of the technique, who according to an inquiry made by Eva Briggs MD pleaded guilty in 1983 to the unlawful practice of medicine, offers: “If a rash should appear, it is an indication of a chemical reaction between the oils and synthetic compounds in the skin cells and interstitial fluid of the body (usually from conventional personal care products). Some misconstrue this as an allergic reaction, when in fact the problem is not caused by allergy but rather by foreign chemicals already imbedded in the tissues.” (From a booklet entitled 'Raindrop Technique', as quoted on teamessence.com.)

...An altogether more pragmatic explanation — simply blame it on other products, with the help of some nonsensical 'science'.

Tisserand and Young discuss raindrop technique in 'Essential Oil Safety' (2nd ed) - a vital text for anyone working with essential oils - as follows (my highlights):

"There are reasons for avoiding this practice, especially in vulnerable groups such as infants, children or the elderly.

"First, the risk of skin reactions increases with essential oil concentration, and the widespread use of raindrop technique could lead to an escalation of skin allergy to essential oils. Undiluted thyme and oregano oils, for example, pose a risk of skin irritation.

"Second, when essential oils are applied undiluted to the skin, percutaneous absorption may lead to relatively high constituent concentrations in the bloodstream, which increases the risk of systemic toxicity. Wintergreen oil, for example, is moderately-to-severely to toxic, and many basil oils are potentially carcinogenic, with recommended dermal use levels of below 2%.

"Finally, the risk of drug interactions is increased. Topically applied methyl salicylate can increase the anticoagulant effect of warfarin, causing side effects such as internal hemorrhage (Le Bourhis & Soenen 1973), and wintergreen oil contains 98% methyl salicylate."

...Many choices in life are difficult ones, full of conflicting considerations; some, however, are easy — either believe the inconsistent and preposterous excuses of the hucksters, or accept the extensive evidence and considered judgment of those who are dedicated to accuracy and truth.

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