Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Green First Aid?

"Go Green!" is a fad that doesn't seem to be going away. Cars, houses ... and now first aid? Granted, French pharmacies have had a bright green cross over their doors (when the light is on, the pharmacy is open) since neon was invented. Pharmarcists there are treated much like a visit to the doctor. The patient describes symptoms, the pharmacist nods knowledgeably and then prescribes.

Comes now Graham and Rosemary Haley who wrote "Haley's Hints Green Edition: 1,000 Great Tips to Save Time, Money and the Planet!" which is quite a job if you ask me.

They suggest the following remedies for summer:

Sunburned? Toss a handful of baking soda into a bathtub of warm water and soak.

Mosquito bite? Dip a cotton ball in vinegar and daub at the spot.

Bee sting? Make a paste of baking soda and water, slap it on and let it dry.

Poison ivy? Rub the area with the inside of a banana peel! The Haleys are quoted as saying, "It should reduce the irritation within a few days." And I add, 'If you can stand to smell like a banana for that long."

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