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a few tips for coping w/ heat from East Texas

In honor of our first 100 degree day of the year, I thought I'd share
this.  Get a rag or small dish towel and wet it, then wring out
slightly.  Get some peppermint oil and drop about 4 drops along the
length of it.   Wet it slightly again and knead for a few moments to
work the oil throughout the rag.  Wear this around your neck while
working in the yard and you'll feel cooler.  Also 5 or 6 drops in your
bath is most cooling and refreshing.    For those of you prone to leg
& foot cramps, drink a big glass of orange juice before going out in
the yard, morning and afternoon.  8 to 12 oz.  The potassium prevents
the cramps and all the water you are drinking flushes that out.  So it
needs to be replenished.  Or eat a banana if you don't like juice.
It makes a difference.

Hope that helps y'all not so accustomed to this type of heat.

Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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