Enhance Your Beauty During National Rice Month

September is National Rice Month. Rice is the most widely consumed food staple in the world, but it also fits into the global natural-beauty movement in the form of rice bran oil. Rice bran is a byproduct of the milling process. The bran layer is polished off the grain, resulting in white rice. The rice bran contains an oil that has beneficial health and beauty applications.

As a culinary ingredient, it’s well-documented that rice bran oil is an incredible source of the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and antioxidants that help fight disease and promote good health. Rice bran oil is a source of vitamin E and other micro-nutrients that can help fight free radicals and combat the effects of aging. It’s no wonder the healthy oil that comes from rice bran has become so popular among chefs and home cooks.

Rice bran oil can also be used to soften your skin and condition your hair. You can simply massage it into your skin for added protection against the elements. For shiny tresses, you can rub a couple drops in your hand and run it through your wet hair.

Teresa Scarborough of California Rice Oil Company, based in Fairfield, said she uses rice bran oil to create soaps and lotions, which she enjoys giving to her friends and family during the holidays.

So the next time you’re looking for a natural beauty product, pick up a bottle of rice bran oil. A little goes a long way, so it’s an affordable choice as well as a beautiful way to celebrate National Rice Month!

Award-winning show pig

My 14-year-old son recently showed his market hog at the Yolo County 4-H Spring Show at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland. He named his pig “Cow,” which is a reflection of my son’s dry sense of humor. His spotted pig won the title of “Reserve Champion of All Other Breeds.” My son was rather pleased at his first venture into the world of show pigs. He’s already thinking of new names for his next hog!

Horse painting

Horse painting

Horse-painting was a featured activity during Vacation Bible School at the Countryside Community Church in Esparto this week. My 8-year-old son was one of several children to fingerpaint a horse as well this spotted mule in red, white and blue.