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Your face is the most expressive and sensitive part of your body, and generally reflects your health and wellbeing. Mostly we just take it from granted that we have facial features, skin, and facial expressions, but the interesting thing is the science behind the different parts of your face.

Blushing

We have all experienced blushing at one point of another. Our cheeks flush red when we feel embarrassed. But did you know that the amount you blush differs for each person and is dependent on the sensitivity of the autonomic system, which uses smooth muscle fibers to control the blood vessels. These muscles widen to release more blood and this is when our face reddens. Blushing is actually a very intricate biological response to emotional situations.

Eyebrows

Our eyebrows are not there just to look pretty. Their primary role is to protect the eyes. They prevent sweat from the forehead dripping into the eyes and they cast a shadow over your eyes which help to protect them from harsh sunlight. When women pluck their eyebrows, they are minimizing this shadow which makes the face appear brighter and more open. Eyebrows also contribute quite considerably to our facial expressions.

Epidermis

Our skin is made up of three layers. The outermost layer is called the epidermis and is comprised of about 5 sub-layers. As disturbing as it sounds, the top two layers are made up of dead skin cells, which are held together by a mixture of oils, water, peptides, and acids. Together, these outer layers provide a barrier against the environment.

Exercise

We all know that we have to exercise our body to maintain our health, but it is a little known fact that our facial muscles need to be exercised too. Doing so can slow down the signs of aging, reduce tension in your head and neck, and liven up your complexion by encouraging oxygen to flow to your face. Facial exercises are simple and involve working each area of your face for a few seconds each day. For example, practice wide smiles, frowning, flicking your eyes upwards, and pouting your lips.

Self-Cleansing

You should always wash your face thoroughly each morning and night. Nevertheless, did you know that your skin cleans itself while you sleep? As you sleep, your body is working to expel toxins from your body. One of the ways it does this is to push toxins out through your skin. This can cleanse your face from the inside out, but can leave you with a substance build-up on the surface of your face so it is crucial to wash your face when you wake up.

The Skin/Hair Relationship

Did you know that the link between skin and hair is very close? The sebaceous gland (which secretes oil) grows out of the hair follicle. The type of hair we have on each part of our body is directly associated with the size of the oil gland in these areas. Our oil glands are larger on our face so the hair here is finer, whereas the oil glands on our heads and legs are much smaller which results in thicker hair.

Health Clues

We know that the appearance of our face can be a clue to our overall health; for example, bright, clear skin signifies health, but dull, blemished skin does not. However, each specific area of our face is actually associated with different parts of our body. The face can be used as a diagnostic tool to point out which areas of your body’s health you need to work on. For example, the area underneath your eyes is associated with your kidneys, your nose is associated with your heart, and your bottom lip is associated with your intestines. Problems in these areas might indicate specific health concerns.

Melanomas

Melanomas are malignant moles that might be cancerous. We should all be checking for these on a regular basis. However, these spots are not always darker than your normal skin tone. Sometimes they are flesh-colored and other times they are reddish or whitish. Be sure to check thoroughly as they do not always look the way you expect. Pay special attention to any moles that are itchy or painful, or any mole that grows.

Skin Type

Your skin type is determined by how active your sebaceous (oil) glands are. If you have oily skin then your oil glands are over-active. Another factor at play is how well your skin seals in moisture (using fatty lipids). Dry skin is usually caused when this second function is deficient, along with under-active oil glands.

Spots

Finally, let’s talk about spots. Your skin contains two kinds of pores; the first are for excreting perspiration and the second are for excreting sebum. When sebum production is high, pores can become clogged up and bacteria can be trapped. This can easily result in the development of spots. Inflammation occurs when white blood cells flood towards the infected area

Our face is not as a straightforward as we assume it is. It can signify specific health problems in specific areas of our body, it self-cleanses and excretes toxins as we sleep, and our eyebrows have important protective functions. Blushing, spots, and skin type are all determined by a complex series of biological responses. Be aware that cancerous moles can sometimes be flesh-colored and require you to look closer to spot them.

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The Sustainable, Responsible Practice Of Seed Harvesting

Even the most effortless of practices, like saving seeds, can be beneficial for you and the environment. And though I’m guilty of ordering my seeds a lot more often than I should, I must admit this habit costs me a considerable sum of money. Now, the trend of harvesting seeds is all the rage, and it can do you better than just helping you save a couple of bucks. It’s a good way to live off the planet in a way that’s sustainable and responsible. Not to mention, it makes you feel like a crafty farmer.

Get Precious Seeds

There are certain seed varieties that aren’t as readily available now as they used to be. This is mainly due to them not being as profitable as other varieties. The corporate thought process allows hybrid seeds to take the place of natural ones.

While many corporations think a certain variety of seed won’t be as profitable to grow, the environmental conditions in your area can prove otherwise. Once you start saving your own seeds, you become reliant upon your sources and self-sufficient to a great extent.

Better Quality

It’s highly likely that you’re giving more love to your mall garden of crops than a farmer who has thousands of acres worth of crops to tend to. This gives you the benefit of getting better seed varieties that are healthier, resistant to disease, and produce better yield as well.

Also, since your crops will have thrived from the environment and temperature in your area, it’s probable they’ve adapted to the surrounding conditions as a variety. This can be beneficial because you won’t have to take a risk with new seeds that might not adjust to the environment you plan to grow them in.

No More Hybrids and Genetically Modified Organisms

Genetically modified organisms are highly common among seed varieties that you find at the local market, and even if you try to make a smarter move by purchasing organic types, it won’t be the most affordable decision.

By harvesting seeds from your own crops, you can avoid having to buy mediocre seed types developed to adapt to a wide range of climates. While this may seem beneficial, crops that stem from such seeds won’t be immune to attacks from pests.

When it comes to seed harvesting, you need to know that seeds from each crop category are derived differently. It also depends heavily upon the crop’s composition. Seeds that are often surrounded by dense membranes of pulp have to be dried before they can be stored carefully. Dry seeds just need to be dried a little more for good measure before storing. (more info here – also see My Homestead Planting Guide)

This is just a heads-up as to what’s about to come. I’ve grown interested in seed harvesting recently so I’ll be sharing how you should save each different type of seed. Until then, you can prepare to invest a little more effort in the farming process. Happy Farming!


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