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Sunlight Chronicle
Volume II Issue 6
June 2013

Sunlight Natural Health
6302 Falls Road, Suite C

Welcome to the June Edition of the Sunlight Chronicle!

June is National Safety Month!

With summer just around the corner and the increasing desire to be more active, it is good to know how to enjoy the outdoors in a safe way.  Within this newsletter you'll find some tips to help you keep cool, stay safe and still have fun. Enjoy!
I hope you are enjoying the warmer temperatures and sunny days and maybe even getting some Vitamin D naturally.  June is National Safety Month.  What could be a better time to focus on outdoor safety for summer fun?  Read through this issue of the Sunlight Chronicle to find natural first aid remedies and natural sun protection options. 
We would like to introduce our brand new Wellness Package option  beginning July 1, 2013.  The package entitles you to reduced office visit charges, as well as more time to pay your visit fees over a 12 month commitment period. Refer to the included brochure below for further details.  If you have any questions, just give us a call.

Best Regards,
Dr. Janene Martin
Natural Homemade Sunscreen Recipe
by Wellness Mama

Most sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals that in many cases may actually promote skin cancer growth and free radical production in the body. In fact, in the years since sunscreen use began, skin cancer rates have actually risen, and a 2007 document from the FDA stated that: “The FDA is not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen use alone helps prevent skin cancer” In fact, many reports show that most sunscreens actually raise skin cancer risk.  Even natural commercially available sunscreens often have toxic ingredients! Check out your brand here

Considering many people these days are actually Vitamin D deficient, I consider lack of sun exposure to be a much bigger problem than too much exposure. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many types of cancers including the most deadly types of breast cancer. Lack of Vitamin D has also been linked to problems during pregnancy including pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, premature labor and more.
As a society, we’ve literally cut off our nose to spite our face when it comes to sun exposure. To avoid skin cancer, which is not a particularly deadly cancer, especially if caught early, we’ve shunned the sun and the Vitamin D our bodies produce with sun exposure.

On top of that, sun exposure itself is not conclusively linked to skin cancer, and many other factors, such as Omega-6 Vegetable Oil consumption can have a big impact on skin health!
In most cases, my approach to sun exposure is to get adequate daily exposure, without getting close to the point of burning. Since most of us don’t work outside these days, it actually takes effort to get daily sun, rather than to avoid it.

In the event that I’m going to be out in the sun for much longer than my skin is used to, it is often easy enough to just put on a hat or shirt  to shield my skin.

If none of these options are available, for instance, on a day at the beach in early summer before I’ve been in the sun much, I will very occasionally use natural sunscreen. I’m yet to use it this year, and hope not to at all, but I wanted to share my recipe so that if you are in the sun for extended periods of time this summer, you have a natural option.
This would also be a more natural alternative for really young children, those taking medication that increases sun burn risk, or those who burn very easily.

Just to clarify, even though this natural sunscreen smells great and is naturally moisturizing, I don’t recommend using it daily since the Vitamin D you get from the sun will be more beneficial in the long run!

Natural Homemade Sunscreen Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder). This makes a natural SPF of 20+ or more can be added.)
Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference

Note: All ingredients and many essential oils are available here.
How to Make Natural Sunscreen:

1. Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.

2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.

3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.

4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!

5. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.

Additional Notes:
  • This sunscreen is somewhat but not completely waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming
  • Make sure not to inhale the Zinc Oxide- use a mask if necessary!
  • This recipe has an SPF of about 20, though adding more Zinc Oxide will increase the SPF
  • Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen
  • I recommend coconut or vanilla extract or lavender essential oils for fragrance
  • Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge
  • I prefer to store in a small canning jar and apply like a body butter. It will be thicker, especially if you use coconut oil in the recipe.
  • Remove the Zinc Oxide and this makes an excellent lotion recipe!
  • An Even Faster Way To Make Sunscreen:· Get a bottle of your favorite lotion (that doesn’t contain citrus oils!)
  • Add a couple Tablespoons of Zinc Oxide
  • Mix well
  • Use as Sunscreen
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Featured Products for June
Your Natural First Aid Kit
Boiron Arnica Montana
Arnica grows in the mountains of Europe and Siberia. It was used in folk remedies for aches and bruises, gout and dysentery. It can be used internally as a homeopathic preparation or externally as a cream. Arnica is an exceptional treatment for sprains, strains, bruising and shock after emotional trauma or physical injury.


Manuka Health Manuka Honey (MGO 250+)
Manuka honey comes from New Zealand and is derived from bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. It is widely used to treat wounds and infections. Manuka honey naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, which gives most honey its antibiotic quality. Honey also contains methylglyoxal (MGO), another powerful antibacterial component. While MGO is a compound found in most types of honey, it is found in much higher concentrations in manuka honey. The higher the concentration of MGO, the stronger the antibiotic effect. Our Manuka Health Honey contains at least 250 mg/kg of MGO.

Boiron Ledum Palustre
Homeopathic ledum comes from wild fresh rosemary in flower. It is widely used for its antiseptic qualities and helps prevent infection in cuts and wounds, especially if there is bruising or swelling. Ledum is particularly helpful for puncture wounds and animal bites, including but bites.
Ultimate Aloe Gel
Aloe vera has been used for centuries to heal the body internally and externally. This summer, use Ultimate Aloe Gel to protect your skin from the elements and for soothing relief for dry skin, burns, insect bites and minor. Ultimate Aloe gel is a unique rejuvenating tonic made from 100 percent aloe vera through a unique whole leaf process that retains aloe’s natural enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Young Living Essential Oil Insect Repellent
Essential oils are excellent natural insect repellants. For indoor use, repellents can be diffused or put on cotton balls or cedar chips in closets, drawers or corners. For outdoor use, repellent can be mixed with a little water and sprayed directly onto the skin. Excellent oils for repelling insects include palo santo, peppermint, geranium, lemon, rosemary, lemongrass, thyme, spearmint and citronella.
Featured Recipe
Raspberry Rosehip Iced Tea
By Whole Living: Body + Soul in Balance
Fruit juice is a great way to sweeten iced tea brews naturally. The raisins in this recipe also add a natural sweetness. If you can't find raspberry juice, substitute cherry juice. For an easy berry variation, try blackberry leaves with blueberry juice.


1/4 cup dried rosehips
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried raspberry leaves
1 1/2 cups naturally sweetened raspberry or cherry juice
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
4 orange slices, for garnish (optional)


1. In a large pot bring 4 1/2 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the rosehips and raisins. Partially cover the pot, lower the
heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat, stir in raspberry leaves, cover, and steep for 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, place a large strainer lined with cheesecloth or a damp paper towel over another pot or heatproof bowl. Strain tea, pressing on the herbs to extract all liquid. Add raspberry and orange juices and stir to blend. Let brew cool completely, about 45 minutes. Fill four tall glasses with ice. Pour tea over ice and garnish each with an orange slice, if desired. Serve immediately.
Prep time: 5 min.   Total Time: 30 min. + cooling   Yields: Serves 4
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Naturopathic Doctors in Maryland.
About Us

At Sunlight Natural Health you will find a team of licensed professionals who approach your health care from varied holistic modalities.  This gives you the control over the health care decisions that are right for you.
Sunlight Natural Health is located on Falls Road in the Bare Hills Business district just 1 mile North of Whole Foods grocery and serves the Greater Baltimore, Maryland / Washington DC, and Southern Pennsylvania area. We provide health care for all ages addressing chronic, acute, and preventative health care needs.
Jump start your health! The Sunlight Natural Pharmacy offers a selection of the highest quality vitamins, herbs, and nutritional supplements to support your health needs.  Find all of your vitamins and supplements at Sunlight Natural Health.  Whether you’re looking for immune or adrenal support, digestive enzymes, or natural allergy relief, we can help you find the products you’re looking for.

We treat you, not your disease!
Our Licensed Practitioners

Dr. Janene Martin, N.D., is a licensed naturopathic physician whose practice includes functional medical assessments, lifestyle and nutritional counseling, homeopathy, herbal and nutritional supplementation, and hydrotherapy.
Gina Corso, M.Ac., L.Ac., Chinese Herbalist, is a licensed acupuncturist and certified Chinese Herbalist who offers a balance of traditional and contemporary healing modalities focusing on women's health.
Amy Joyce, M.Ac., L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist who combines classical acupuncture, practical body wisdom, and meditation to facilitate mindful healing.
Jessica Luty Kabrhel, LCSW-C, is a licensed psychotherapist assisting adolescents and adults with personal growth, recovery, and healing.
Anita Wilson, LMT
, is a licensed massage therapist who offers custom massages utilizing Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, reflexology, sports massage, and myofascial release to help reduce stress, promote relaxation and relieve muscular pain.
Kasia Kines, M.S., LDN, CNS, CN, is a licensed nutritionist who focuses on the environmental aspects of nutrition and offers a holistic nutrition program that includes a detoxification protocol for a wide variety of conditions.
Wendy Kurtz, M.S., B.S., B.A., is a certified colon hydrotherapist trained in the SLO-FIL technique and a health coach who focuses on treating the whole person.
Heather Lindh-Payne, LCSW-C, is a licensed psychotherapist using a psychodynamic and holistic framework to help adults, adolescents, and families.
Karolina J. Tittel is a wellness consultant & TLS Weight Solution coach who coaches groups and individuals in healthy lifestyle behaviors using the Transitions Lifestyle System.
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