My tea from China arrived today

I know a lot of teas actually come from China, but today the package of the first-ever tea which I ordered directly from China arrived. It is a premium-grade Phoenix Dan Cong oolong.

I put it in a Japanese tea container (chazutsu = cha (tea) + zutsu (cylinder)) but have not yet tried it because I’m still only halfway through the use of a teaball of another Dan Cong which I bought locally and which is nearly double the price. I can sometimes get as many as 4 steeps of Dan Cong from one teaball.

Upon inspection of the tea which arrived today, it appears very similar to the one I got locally and looks similar to other high-grade Dan Cong teas which I’ve seen pictures of. It has long, dark leaves which almost look like small strips of dried wakame (kelp) and no real aroma.

Late-night snack in 1374

It’s 1374 and you’re hungry for a late-night snack. I wonder if people even really had late-night snacks then. Probably not actually. They would make sure to eat well during the day, during their regular main meals.

Still, I often like to have a bowl of oatmeal or buckwheat porridge as a late-night snack and because I don’t use sugar nor any other sweeteners (I use stevia drops in tea or hot chocolate but usually not in food) it always makes me think.

I like to put raisins, dates, bananas, and other fruit in porridge but I think even raisins might have been rare to people in 1374. At night I usually only put raisins or dates in porridge. Tonight I was out of raisins and dates so I just had buckwheat porridge with the usual unsweetened soymilk. It was good.

Eating this way though I’m not unaware of how radically different my diet is from the vast majority of people. The primary way I consume grains is when they’ve been boiled. This really changes something with your body.

It’s kind of strange living on a diet for which I have virtually no support whatsoever from my surrounding culture.

It would be interesting to know exactly what foods people ate back in 1374. In some ways I think it must have been much closer to how I eat now.

HEPA air purifier

Was never so glad as right now to have a good-quality air purifier.

My windows are shut and the purifier is running on max and it’s helping.

Advice if you are getting electrolysis treatment

This advice has been acquired through experience.

1. Before treatment cleanse skin thoroughly with a gentle cleanser such as Nutribiotic Sensitive Skin cleanser which I highly recommend.

2. Do not apply anything to the skin prior to treatment. This means no lotions, serums, oils or:

3. Numbing cream – do not use. Areas like the upper lip are painful but numbing cream does not help reduce pain and can actually make it a lot worse. Just deal with the pain. It can help to squeeze something like a piece of cloth. Also opening the eyes can reduce pain which probably has to do with the fact that when the eyes are open the brain has to deal with processing a lot more sensory input.

You may find a breathing style that helps with dealing with pain. I find that shallow, slow, controlled breaths from the diaphragm help.

4. After electrolysis treatment cleanse the skin immediately with warm/hot water and more Nutribiotic Sensitive Skin cleanser. I stress immediately, like right after you leave the treatment room. Bring the cleanser with you. Gently apply a washcloth with warm/hot water to rinse and compress the skin. Do not rub but just compress and/or pat. Warm to hot water is not a problem but the water should not be really hot. Again, do not apply any products to the skin. No oils, serums, witch hazel, anything.

5. It may be advised to not shave immediately after treatment, however I find that it’s ok if done very gently and only with a non-electric, high-quality razor. Obviously it is easy to cut swollen skin. I use a normal shaving cream and multi-edge razor. I actually like the vibrating models which have a battery in them because they are more gentle. If you use numbing cream, which I discourage, DO NOT shave for several hours because you can seriously injure your skin. Do not use an electric razor which can seriously cut the swollen, sensitive skin. After shaving clean the skin again with more Nutribiotic cleanser.

6. Get some air. Go for a walk outside but try to avoid too much prolonged, direct Sun. A little bit of Sun is ok. Do not touch the skin and try not to touch it for the rest of the day.

My experience is that, following these steps, skin will heal extremely quickly from treatment – on the order of tens of minutes.

Not following these steps results in skin that can be irritated for hours and even days.

Following these steps I find that it is not necessary to do anything else. No icing is necessary. For the rest of the day I do not apply anything to the skin. Just let it calm down.

It’s also important to get good rest after treatment so that the skin can go through its natural rejuvenation cycle.

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