Happy Thanksgiving – Give Thanks and Prayers

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone gets to spend some quality time with family and friends this holiday whether you eat turkey on Thursday or a meatless meal with friends – remember to say a prayer of thanksgiving for all that you have right now.

Please remember those citizens of foreign countries who are still at war, for our troops who cannot spend time with their own families because they are always on duty protecting our freedoms and for those who are less fortunate than you and need the basic necessities to survive.

And Thank You for continuing to read this blog…I appreciate your patronage.

If you are a Black Friday shopper, be safe & courteous and click on the links of the fabulous offers I am promoting.

God Bless -

Green Blogger aka Alicia R Young

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Natural Cures for a Cold: Stage 3 Stuffy Nose

It’s that time of year again….cold and flu season. Once a year or maybe more if you have a weak immune system, you’ll catch the common cold, a sinus infection, bronchitis or the flu. There is help for the common cold and sinus infection that will save you a trip to the doctor’s office and lots of money.

I experience 4 stages of a cold; first there’s the ticklish scratchy throat (time to start taking Vitamin C), which turns into a sore throat – Stage 1;  then the sore throat turns into sinus congestion with a sinus headache – Stage 2; after the sinus congestion (excessive runny nose) I get a stuffy nose for a few days, and finally hoarseness or laryngitis. However, my first defense against a cold or sinus infection is not prescription medicine (which do not cure the common cold anyway – science says), it’s Natural Cures for the Common Cold.

By taking an active and aggressive defense against the common cold bug, I can knock it out in just a few days. Plenty of rest is a key component of getting well again and back at 100 percent operating level.

This is my defense against the common cold or a sinus infection. Everything can be found at your local drug or grocery store.

Over the counter teas, vitamins, cough drops and tissues help alleviate the symptoms of a common cold and sinus infection.

Relieving a stuffy nose 101: 

Tissues – Spend a little more of the super soft kind. I prefer Puff’s line of tissues because they have an extra layer of softness that won’t leave my nose dry and sore.  Ensure you have a few extra boxes in your closet. I got through at least 2 small box of tissues in a few days. Keep 1 in your living area, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen (yes, the kitchen). These are the places where you will likely spend the most time as you recover from a cold.

Cough Drops – Opt for any flavor you choose; however, select the brand with Vitamin C and Zinc to get the most benefit. Hall’s has coupons for many of their cough drops with extra cold fighting vitamins. I keep several Halls’ Defense cough drops nearby at all times while fighting a stuffy nose. Soothing flavors keep my throat moist and my nasal passages open.

Vaporub – A menthol based salve will alleviate a stuffy or runny nose within a couple days. Popular Vick’s Vaporub works well for adults, but can be quite overwhelming for children. I prefer an Ohio based company, Skinner’s Vaporizing Salve, which is available in many drug stores or you can order online through the company’s website as well as Amazon. Rub a little behind your ears, on your chest, under your nose and on your feet (put on a pair of heavy cotton socks too). It’s best to do the all over body rub at night. However, you may also apply a warm compress to your chest such as a heating pad or warm washcloth.

Hot/Cold Liquids – Alternate between hot teas (try Traditional Medicinals Herba Tussin or Breathe Easy) and cold beverages such as water and sports drinks, which will prevent dehydration and keep mucous membranes moist. Note – do not over hydrate yourself, this will cause more work for your kidneys and liver. Read more info about this study here.

Saline Nasal Wash/Spray. Common store bought versions like the Neilmed Nasal Rinse that comes with pre-measured packets of a salt-baking soda mixture and a nasal wash bottle. You can also mix your own nasal wash using 1/4 teaspoon pure salt (should be iodine free) and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Mix this together with warm, not hot water, and using a bulb syringe flush one nostril at a time (allow water to run out of other nostril). It will feel funny going up into your nasal passages at first – somewhat like getting water in your nose while swimming. Blow your nose after each nasal rinse and you should start feeling better after just a few times.

What do you find the most helpful when treating a cold or sinus infection? Post your responses below!

 

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#Recycling: Reusing Dryer Sheets

Originally posted on RecycleBank.com by Sebrina Zerkus Smith.

Do you use dryer sheets to soften your clothes and reduce static cling? These are not usually biodegradable, but you can reuse these sheets for many other household uses. And if you don’t use dryer sheets, great for you because they can be replaced by using vinegar in the wash or on an old towel in the dryer without clogging your dryer duct.

  • Keep some used dryer sheets in a container in your car for wiping the dashboard. Place one under the driver side seat to give it that new car smell.
  • Use one to smooth your hair and prevent winter fly-aways.
  • Use them for cleaning bug splats from your windshield. Just wet one or more softener sheets and wipe over splats. Wait a couple minutes, wipe again and then flush with water.
  • Use on grill, headlights, side mirrors and any other surfaces.
  • Place used dryer sheets in the bottom of your trash can before you add the new bag, It will absorb any drips or leaks and leave the can smelling fresh. This works especially well if you use paper grocery bags in your can, which tend to leak easily.
  • Place a used dryer sheet near the trashcan at your next barbecue or picnic; it will repel bees and flies. Also, wipe one over your arms and legs to repel mosquitoes.
  • Soften the soles of your feet by soaking your feet in some warm water and rubbing them with a used fabric softener sheet.
  • Place a used fabric softener sheet inside your vacuum bag next time you change it to freshen as you clean.
  • Place them in the rafters of your home to keep spiders and other bugs from nesting.
  • They’re great for removing stuck on foods from your pots and pans. Fill the grimy pan with water and drop the sheet inside. – - Let soak for about an hour and wash as usual.
  • Use old dryer sheets to easily wipe up messes like talcum powder and flour.
  • Use old dryer sheets in the bottom of flowerpots to cover the drainage holes.
  • Stuff them in and around any place that needs freshening like tennis shoes, closets, laundry hampers, luggage and dresser drawers. Tuck one in your pillow and sleep on a fresh scent every night.
  • Use them instead of paper when doing ‘paper piecing’ for quilts. First ironed them smooth, then trace your pattern onto the dryer sheets. They’re lightweight, don’t add bulk to your quilt & they smell great.
  • Use them to remove pet hair from your clothes and furniture.
  • Run a sheet over a piece of thread before you thread the needle when sewing. The thread will glide through the eye and won’t tangle when sewing.
  • Rid your house of unwanted pests. Find any place where pests like mice are entering your house and stuff the hole shut with used sheets.
  • Use them to remove soap scum on your glass shower door, or use to wipe windows when cleaning.
  • Used dryer sheets make great dusting cloths for your wooden furniture.
  • Use just like you would a Swiffer sheet on your floors to pick up dust and pet hair.
  • If your scissors are dull and not cutting as smoothly as they should, wiping them with a used dryer sheet will remedy the problem.

Which of these are you more likely to reuse dryer sheets? I especially like the car uses and removing pet hair from clothes.

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