Keepin' your skin Local!

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Rhonda

The good news is that many people are eating healthier these days.  That can mean many different things depending on your starting line.  For some, it’s adding more fruits and vegetables and less Twinkies.  For others, it means choosing organic food more often and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals.  It can also mean purchasing more local items, which are generally fresher and help support the local economy.

But what about what you put on your skin, not just in your mouth?  You may remember from that high school biology class that your skin is actually an organ.  In fact, it’s your largest organ, covering 20 square feet.  That’ a lot of skin!  Some medicines are delivered through the skin, via a patch or cream.  So, that must mean that what you put on your skin goes into your body!  Now, isn’t that a thought!

Imagine you are pondering the next great fountain of youth product to make you even more beautiful.  How about slathering this on your face:

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Niacinamide*, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Panthenol**, Polyethylene, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4***, Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Tocopheryl Acetate^, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract^^, Dimethiconol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Peg-100 Stearate, Dmdm Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Laureth-4, Laureth-7, Disodium Edta, Fragrance * Vitamin B3, ** Pro-Vitamin B5, ***Amino-Peptide, ^ Vitamin E, ^^ Green Tea

Ick.  Well, it does have Green Tea as the last ingredient.  Since they list the ingredients in order from most to least, they probably just waved a tea bag near the container.  I won’t name the product, but many skin care labels look like this.

Let’s try this instead:

99% Natural Ingredients: aqua(water),organic cold pressed olea europaea(olive)fruit oil, hamamelis virginiana(witch hazel),kosher vegetable glycerin, organic helianthus annuus(sunflower) oil, organic cocos nucifera (coconut), cetearyl alcohol, organic butyrospermum parki (shea butter)fruit,lavendula augustafolia(lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract.

That is Purple Prairie’s Lavender Lotion, made by our friends in Clearwater, Minnesota.  I can read and understand those ingredients!  I’d much rather put coconut and olive oil on my skin that crosspolymers.  And I am certain I will remain just as radiant.  Because there is no fountain of youth, sadly.  The secret is to keep your skin moisturized, get some fresh air and be happy.  And I hear buying local keeps you beautiful, too!

Purple Prairie Botanicals was started in 2000 by Bethany Albers.  She would sell her products to friends and co-workers (including my mother!) and then at farmer’s markets.  I was so thrilled when she was ready to be sold at Coborn’s.  All Purple Prairie products are free of:

  • Petroleum
  • Parabens
  • Synthetic Dyes
  • Artificial Preservatives
  • Animal Ingredients
  • Detergents
  • Sulfates
  • GMOs
  • Gluten

We’re proud to offer products with these high standards.  They have great scents from essential oils and most everyone can find one they like.

Plus, as I have said many times before, when you buy local, your money stays in the community.  When you purchase a Purple Prairie item, that money goes back to Bethany and her team in Clearwater.  They may be spending their money in your restaurant, or your uncle’s gas station or on your kid’s school fundraiser.

Enjoy your summer.  Keep buying local, which is easy to do when our store is full of beautiful tomatoes and sweet corn and other seasonal offerings.  But remember your skin all year long!

Rhonda
Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager

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How to make Salmon Kabobs

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Summer has arrived! Along with that comes the grilling season! June is National Seafood Month, and so I thought I would share a new recipe that was passed on to me. I tried it and fell in love with it.  Now it is mine and my husband’s go to appetizer when I arrive home from work on a Friday night. It’s great if you don’t really want a lot to eat but just a little snack to enjoy with your glass of wine. Then it is time to relax on the deck after a long week of working.

Using Fresh Herbs to make Salmon Kabobs - www.cobornsblog.comThis recipe is so unbelievably easy to make and not only can you use this as an appetizer but you can serve this for dinner as a main entrée.  What a way to impress your guests with these beautiful salmon kabobs.

I started a fresh herb garden this year on my deck and my patio has never smelled so good!  I have so many different aromas it’s worth growing them just for the smells. I grow fresh cilantro, oregano, sweet basil, chives and dill.  This recipe is perfect because I can use my fresh oregano or if I want to change it up I can use fresh dill.  Don’t worry though, even if you don’t have fresh herbs you can always use dried herbs in this recipe.  You would just use a little less than if you were using fresh.

How to remove skin from Salmon

How to prepare a Salmon Kabob

How to grill a Salmon Kabob

Salmon Kabobs

Grilled Salmon Kabobs
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Fresh Oregano, chopped
  • 2 tsp. Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • ¼ tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs. Norwegian Salmon Fillet, skin removed and cut into 1”-2" squares
  • 2 Lemons, very thinly sliced into rounds
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • Bamboo Skewers soaked in water ½ hour
Instructions
  1. Spray grill grates with oil.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  3. Mix oregano, sesame seeds, cumin and red pepper flakes in a small bowl; set spice mixture aside.
  4. Beginning and ending with salmon, thread salmon and folded lemon slices onto pairs of parallel skewers to make 6 kabobs.
  5. Spray the fish lightly with oil and season with kosher salt and reserved spice mixture.
  6. Grill the salmon, turning occasionally, until internal temperature of salmon reaches at least 145°F, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Notes
• If you are using dried oregano instead of fresh use a ½ teaspoon.
• If you like a little more spice in your food you can always add more red pepper flakes.
• Always soak wooden skewers at least a ½ hour before using so they don’t start on fire.
• When making kabobs I always use 2 skewers for each kabob. It makes it easier to turn the food on the grill.
• Make sure to spray your grates with oil before starting the grill.

 

These kabobs make a beautiful presentation and what a way to WOW all your guests at your next backyard grilling party.  Enjoy…. I did!

Jayne
Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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Freshen Up with Essential Oils from Coborn's

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Rhonda

Spring is finally here and that’s a great time to try essential oils.  You’ve likely heard of essential oils, know someone who uses them or use them yourself.  And everyone has an opinion on what’s the best brand or the best way to use them.  I just want to share some of my favorite, easy ways to use essential oils and maybe include some education along the way!

What are Essential Oils?

So what is an essential oil, anyway?  They are highly concentrated, aromatic essences of plants.  They are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs.  Essential oils are 100% pure plant oils and are very different from synthetic fragrance oils.

Different plants have different amounts of oils.  It takes 50 pounds of eucalyptus to make one pound of essential oil.  But it takes over 2000 pounds of rose to make the same amount!  That is why different oils have different costs.

Different oils also have very different properties.  They can be relaxing, energizing, nourishing or balancing.

Essential oils are very concentrated.  Please take time to learn about their properties and actions before you use them.  Use reputable information.  Oils are great fun, but very powerful.

Essential Oil Uses and RecipesMorning Jumpstart Recipe using Essential Oils from Coborn's - www.cobornsblog.com

Morning Jumpstart

Now, onto the fun!  There are endless ways to use oils throughout the day.  I jumpstart my morning by sprinkling a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint in the shower, away from where I stand.  The hot water activates the smell and the smell wakes me up!  Quick and easy.

Facial Mist Recipe using Essential Oils from Coborn's - www.cobornsblog.comFacial Mist

Next stop is my poor, winter weary face.  Earlier in the season, I was so dry and dull and nothing was helping.  I found a simple recipe for a facial mist.  It’s just 4 ounces water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin and 24 drops of the oils best suited to your skin type.  I used lavender, geranium and sandalwood that is blended with jojoba.  I put it all in a small spray bottle, shook it and spritzed it.  I use it before my moisturizer and another light spritz to set my makeup.  After a couple weeks, a salesperson in a store actually complimented me on my lovely skin.  That wouldn’t have happened a few weeks earlier!  And it was a much less expensive solution than those miracle creams.  And likely safer.

Local, Quality Skin Care from Purple Prairie. Available at Coborn's - www.cobornsblog.comRemember that your skin is the body’s largest organ.  Whatever you apply topically absorbs into your bloodstream.  It’s the reason medicine can be applied via a topical patch.  So slathering ourselves with chemicals that you wouldn’t ingest just doesn’t make good sense to me, personally.  There are so many great options. If you don’t want to make your own products, there are many high quality, safe skin care items that use essential oils, like our great local friends at Purple Prairie. (I had to get my local angle in here!)

How to Diffuse Oils for better sleep - www.cobornsblog.comDiffusing Oils

Another favorite way to use oils is with a diffuser.  There are many styles to choose from, we have three at home that are electric.  You simply fill them with water and oil.  They can be like mini humidifiers, adding moisture and great scents to your house.  My teenage son was waking up with a dry throat this winter, so we put one in his room.  Adding lavender or neroli oils give the added benefit of better sleep. Plus diffusers are a much better choice than spraying chemical air fresheners in your house.  Do you really want to breathe that in?

DIY Cleaning Supplies using Essential Oils from Coborn's - www.cobornsblog.comDIY Cleaning Products

Speaking of spraying chemicals in your house, another great way to use oils is in DIY cleaning products.  You can find great recipes online.  I get email newsletters from Aura Cacia and it just recently included tons of great ideas.  One favorite is to put 18-27 drops of your favorite oil on a cotton ball and vacuum it up!  It’ll stay in the bag and freshen while you work.

Spring is a great time to fill your house with the fresh smell of lemon, orange and grapefruit.  In the winter, I prefer the earthy smells of pine, vetiver, and sandalwood.  But when they weather warms up, I am ready for sunny citrus smells.  It’s all about what you like!

I hope you were able to find my blog helpful. Visit your local Coborn’s and fun Aura Cacia oils and Purple Prairie skin care in the Natural Foods Department.

Rhonda
Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager

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