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by Ron and Jean
Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:21 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: cat antiseptic
Replies: 12
Views: 6586

Re: cat antiseptic

I am pretty sure Lavender is safe for cats and dogs, you wouldn't want to use some of the stronger oils, and you need to make sure it is rinsed off with salt water so they don't lick it. It works wonders for infection, swelling and inflammation.
by Ron and Jean
Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: comfrey root
Replies: 3
Views: 986

Re: comfrey root

You don't need to peel it just make sure it is clean (nail brush may help). Don't use it if any chemicals like weedkillers have been sprayed near where it was growing. Make sure you cut it into small pieces before drying it half centimeter or smaller. It may be better to turn it straight into a macc...
by Ron and Jean
Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:47 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: cat antiseptic
Replies: 12
Views: 6586

Re: cat antiseptic

I use a couple of drops of lavender essential oil then rinse with salt water
by Ron and Jean
Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Sinusitis
Replies: 62
Views: 8772

Re: Sinusitis

Tinnitus tends to be in one ear. MMM it may be that you have ear wax, or pressure in your inner ear form a cold. The pillow was possibly pressing the wax and causing the noise. Go see a GP or someone who can check for wax, alternatively put almond oil and cotton wool in your ear to soften the wax tw...
by Ron and Jean
Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Home made skin toner
Replies: 14
Views: 4186

Re: Home made skin toner

You could make your own lavender aromatic water by adding lavender essential oil to water (50 drops per 100ml). Leave it for a week or so in a dark place (in a glass bottle ans essential oils can corrode plastic) and then run it through a paper coffee filter to remove the excess oil. It would be lov...
by Ron and Jean
Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: new chickens,feed question
Replies: 19
Views: 2347

Re: new chickens,feed question

We don't use oyster shell. Instead we have a dish that lives in the oven and gets filled with egg shell. Once the oven has been used and the shell roasted we put them in a mortar and pestle and feed the shell crumbs daily. This solved the paper shell problem we were having.
by Ron and Jean
Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Nasturtium capers?
Replies: 18
Views: 2372

Re: Nasturtium capers?

Thanks for all the replies. I think I was wondering if they needed steeped in salt before I put them in vinegar. In the end I soaked them in salt for 24 hours then put them into pickling vinegar. Most of the seeds had already dried and fallen so I only had a few green seeds to experiment with. White...
by Ron and Jean
Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:53 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Nasturtium capers?
Replies: 18
Views: 2372

Re: Nasturtium capers?

I already have some in vinegar. I have grand plans to surround the kids trampoline with nasturtiums next year and get a bountiful harvest (presuming they are as good as I imagine they will be). Do you cook with them too? I thought they may be quite nice in tomato based pasta sauce mix...
by Ron and Jean
Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:10 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: hen keeping advice pls
Replies: 6
Views: 847

Re: hen keeping advice pls

I hadn't thought of a shed being too big for chickens to keep warm in winter. We have 6 girls in a 6'x6'shed. I thought so long as there home was wind and water tight their feathers did the rest. We are new to hen keeping too and this will be the first winter with hens. Should we be making the roost...
by Ron and Jean
Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Nasturtium capers?
Replies: 18
Views: 2372

Nasturtium capers?

I have always thought nasturtim seeds would make great caper substitutes. After nibbling a few seeds in the greenhouse today I now have the urge to pickle some. To my suprise there were a few recipes on google. Has anyone tried this and can recommend a good recipe?
thanks
by Ron and Jean
Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Monthly cycle natural/ herbal ideas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1309

Re: Monthly cycle natural/ herbal ideas?

Vitex agnus castus is great for balancing progesterone in second part of the cycle. It is best taken as a low dose in the morning from ovulation to menstruation. Also avoiding what you crave helps - coffee, chocolate, cheese?!? (at least these are my pmt comfort foods). Geranium is also great as a h...
by Ron and Jean
Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Monthly cycle natural/ herbal ideas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1309

Re: Monthly cycle natural/ herbal ideas?

That depends which bit isn't running smoothly....
by Ron and Jean
Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:16 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: What can I use my old tumble dryer for?
Replies: 3
Views: 2040

Re: What can I use my old tumble dryer for?

You could use the motor to make a go cart....
by Ron and Jean
Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:08 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: How long will it keep?
Replies: 4
Views: 734

Re: How long will it keep?

If you don't drink it I would be inclined to freeze it. That way it won't go off and your efforts will not go to waste. You could freeze it as ice cubes if you only plan to use a bit at once. If you mix it with vodka so it is at least 25% alcohol it would probably be good for a couple of years (don'...
by Ron and Jean
Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:51 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: wild food field guide
Replies: 5
Views: 1160

Re: wild food field guide

Francis Rose 'A wild flower key' is a great book for identifying wild plants. The pictures are really clear.