Temper the harsh effects of sun and soil on your skin with easy-to-make herbal treatments. For instance, to repel mosquitoes, add a few drops of citronella essential oil to sunscreen before applying it.
What better workplace could there be than a garden? Tending plants, surrounded by blooms, birds and sunshine, seems more like play than work. And within just a few weeks, your efforts bring additional rewards in the form of a beautiful, lush landscape and delicious food for your table.
The cost of a day spent working outdoors can be rough hands, sunburn and an occasional insect sting. But by taking just a few minutes to protect yourself before and after you go outside, your skin and hair can look as vibrant and healthy as your well-tended plants.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty from the Garden (Henry Holt and Company, 1999). For more recipes and ideas, connect with Janice at