COVID-19 Facebook Q and A

With more than 28,000 Michigan residents testing positive for COVID-19, Dr. Dr. Anurag Malani from Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is answering some important questions about what everyone needs to know.

The Front Porch Project

Photographer Brittany Thompson has been taking pictures of her neighbors on their front porches for The Front Porch Project

Chef Bobby's soothing herbal tea

Chef Bobby’s Immune boosting and soothing herbal tea: Start with 2 quarts of cold water in your tea kettle. One thumb size piece of fresh ginger root 1/8 of a teaspoon of ground turmeric Half a teaspoon of ground fennel Three pieces of starAnnise about the size of a quarter Two cinnamon sticks The juice of 1/2 lemon Your favorite green tea preferably a plain tea So Michigan rock honey to taste And a micro plane/box grater to grade the zest of a lemon for garnish Fresh sprigs of Rosemary and Time are also recommended to stir and garnish your tea. It establishes a harmonious aromatic sent that is very calming and soothing

DIY soap with Change Soap Founder, Tina Ersig

Lye safety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR6ttCSrLJI How to make: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP7mvbAdYWc Lye Calculator If You Want to Make a Larger or Smaller Batch of Soap: https://www.brambleberry.com/calculator?calcType=lye If they would just rather buy soap, available at all Whole Foods in Michigan and ChangeSoap.com Soap Recipe Ingredients: 8 ounces olive oil (regular store bought) 8 ounces palm oil (sustainable if possible) (currently available on Amazon) 8 ounces coconut oil (the solid kind at the grocery store) 8.21 ounces of water 3.67 ounces of lye (currently available on Amazon or at small hardware stores. Make sure it’s 100% lye) Directions: Weigh oils and heat over stove until 120-140 degrees Weigh water While wearing protective gloves, long sleeves, pants, and eye protection, measure lye. Always carefully add lye to water, not vice versa. Carefully mix water and lye together, don’t breathe it in. It will heat up fast, let cool to 120 – 140 degrees When both oil and lye/water are within a few degrees of each other (120-140 degrees), carefully pour lye mixture into oil and mix with an immersion blender until it’s a thin pudding texture. Then pour into your “loaf”, it can be a box lined with parchment paper or even a garbage bag. Wait 24 hours and cut your soap It’s best to wait a few weeks if possible before using because it makes a harder, longer lasting bar. But in a pinch, it’s ok to use after a few days. Greener Cleaner Website: www.GreenerCleanerMichigan.com (248) 496-1800