Ideas for an easy, eco Easter basket

RecyclaRecycla was very surprised to look at the calendar yesterday and discover that Easter is this coming Sunday. She’s not quite sure how she let it slip her by, but she did and there’s no changing the calendar. Luckily, she has teenagers who are really just hoping for some of their favorite candies and maybe a few small surprises, so the Easter Bunny’s job will be easy this year.

If the Easter Bunny is going to be hopping by your house this coming weekend and you’re not yet ready, here are some easy ideas for an eco Easter basket: Continue reading

Natural Remedies for your pet

ecolassieEco-Lassie extolled the virtues last month of using natural things around your home for spring cleaning. This month she’s applying that same rule of thumb to your pets and home remedies for them.

Our old friend vinegar rears its head once again, only this time we’re talking apple cider. If you pet is prone to yeast infections, simply adding 1 ml per cup of water into its drink bowl acts as a powerful preventative. That’s about 12 drops per every 8 ounces of water.

 

And if by some chance your poor pet gets into a toxic alkaline, like drain cleaner, and here Eco-Lassie shudders, take the time to mix 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water, suck it up in a syringe, and dose your pet twice on the way to the vet ASAP.

 

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What about smaller injuries, those scratches your terrier gets digging, or the skin irritation your white Westie seems to get? Witch hazel is a natural astringent that also has an antiseptic effect. Soak a cotton ball and apply to the area. You can also find it in spray or lotion form if your pet develops a chronic rash.

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Then there are times your dog will develop “hot spots,” those areas of itching and rash he licks incessantly which often leaves a bald patch. These can be from many sources, from stress to allergies, but while you’re figuring how the cause, you can treat them simply with steeping black or free tea. Gently squeeze out the liquid after cooling and apply the damp teabag to the hot spot several times a day for a few minutes each time. The tannic acid in the tea helps to dry out the sore.

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Eco-Lassie is a fond champion of the wonders of pumpkin. This is an all-natural stomach soother to the digestion, whether your pet is having a bout of diarrhea or constipation. Because of it’s smooth consistency, it pushed other foods through if your pet is having difficulties or straining when he toilets. Because it contains fiber, it firms things up if she is having loose stools. Add 1/4 cup to a meal; just be certain you use canned pureed pumpkin, not the pie mix!

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Finally, don’t forget the same aromatherapy human find calming applies to your pets. Soothing scents can help to calm an anxious dog or cat. Thunderstorm nearing? A few drop of lavender extract on a bandana wrapped around his neck can help to calm him. If your simply won’t wear a bandana, put he extract on a cotton ball near his or her bed. Just look at this Corgi pup snoozing away through a thundershower!

Other quick remedies:

If you nip a toenail and it bleeds but can’t find styptic powder, try flour or cornstarch.

Baking soda made into a paste with a few drops of water will neutralize bee or insect stings. Salt often does the same thing in a paste.

Have a diabetic pet? Raise their blood sugar quickly with a spoonful of honey until you can get her to the vet. And honey can be used to help a festering wound heal.

Have an aloe plant? Break off a piece and apply directly to your pet’s skin to soothe an angry area. The aloe gel is safe if ingested but don’t let your pet eat the plant itself.

Ginger root is great for pets who suffer from car sickness. Give your pet crystallized finer or ginger snap cookies at least 20 mins before the dreaded ride.

Toxin-free Spring Cleaning

ecolassieEco-Lassie is tired of winter. This has been one long, hard slog for everyone, and it isn’t over yet. 

In the interests of hoping to bring Spring to its sense, she’s started to do her usual purge and clean at this time of year. Shaking out the winter cobwebs and bringing that sparkly shine to her house may just put a smile on her face. Continue reading

How to Clear Snow & Ice Without Harming the Environment

enviro girlLet’s talk about clearing snow first–when Enviro-Girl lived in town, she marveled at the gigantic snow blowers her neighbors employed to clear 20-40 feet of sidewalk and a short driveway to the street. Shoveling is fantastic exercise–guaranteeing sweat and increased heart rate within ten minutes–and it’s the friendliest way to move the snow aside.  (Take a moment to appreciate the irony of someone using a snowblower to clear their driveway before they drive to the gym to exercise…doesn’t make much sense, does it?)  The trick to making shoveling a reasonable task is using the correct tool–a shovel appropriate for your build and height–and attacking the snow Continue reading

Recyling: your cocktail shaker!

ecolassieEco Lassie has a few vintage cocktail shakers. You know, those cute ones every bartender knows how to use.

Hers has been out of the closet exactly twice in the past ten years, so she thought it would be interesting to see what other uses people had found for this interesting and stylish little strainer. Continue reading

Water Issues

New Years Enviro GirlThe news out of West Virginia should be a wake-up call to everyone.  A chemical spill contaminated the water supply for most of the state’s population–people couldn’t use their water to drink, to wash, even do laundry.  How is a tragedy like this possible?  How is it preventable?  How can we protect ourselves in similar situations? Continue reading