Additional Homeopathic Remedies for Coughing and Congestion

The cold and flu season is upon us again. We Can Live Green has blogged about homeopathic remedies for coughs and colds here, here, here and here. (Yes, we blog about coughs and colds a lot!) We wanted to add a few more suggestions to our list of homeopathic remedies for coughs and colds. You can never have too many ideas when it comes to trying to beat a cough or cold!

1. Humidifier – A humidifier is cheap, easy to use and will pay dividends when it comes to getting over a cough quickly. The water vapor helps you or your loved one breathe easier. It also helps reduce coughing. It also just feels good to breathe in some moist air when your air passages are inflamed!

2. Warm steam shower –  Turn the shower on hot, close the door, and read a book while the bathroom steams up. Give it at least 10 minutes. Your airways will respond immediately. If you don’t have a shower, use the bathtub or even the faucet!

3. If the cough is dry – open the freezer and breathe in the cool, humid air. Doing this is particularly helpful for a dry cough as it helps reduce the swelling in the airways and makes breathing easier. Coughing is also significantly reduced.

4. Honey and lemon cough syrup – This recipe is easy! 1 Tbsp lemon, 2 Tbsp honey, 1/2 cup warm water. Stir honey and lemon into warm water. Enjoy! The lemon has loads of vitamin C and helps cut congestion. The honey helps soothe the throat. Brilliant! (Don’t feed honey to anyone under the age of 18 months old.)

At We Can Live Green, when someone is sick, we have our little ‘cough/cold routine’. The ‘cough/cold routine’  includes everything we’ve blogged about in our cough and cold posts. And, at We Can Live Green, we just keep repeating the cough and cold routine, day in and day out, until there are no more sniffles and coughs to be found. The ‘routine’ may not eliminate colds, but it certainly helps reduce the severity and duration of the illness. We’ll take that!

Dedicated to Healthy and Thrifty Living

We Can Live Green

Homeopathic Remedies for Ear Infections and Swimmer’s Ear

The summer months bring lots of days spent at the pool, lake, river or ocean. With those great summer memories come a lot of water in the ears for little ones, which can add up to swimmer’s ear and ear infections. How do you keep kids healthy during these summer months?

WCLG has found two homeopathic remedies that work well (we’ve tested them!). They are also very easy to find in your local health market or pharmacy.

1. Traumeel Ear Drops – A homeopathic preparation used to treat inflammation and infection of the middle ear and outer ear. There are multiple active ingredients listed – including such common homeopathic treatments as Camomilla, Arnica and Echinacea. A widely distributed treatment for ear pain. And it works!

2. Mullein Garlic Ear Drops – Another widely distributed, commonly used treatment for outer and middle ear inflammation and infection. Primary ingredients include garlic (antibacterial), mullein (expectorant – anti-mucous and inflammation), St. John’s wort and Calendula. This product works really well! A word to anyone using the drops – the drops are yellow and smell very garlicky. And they really work!

Good luck and tell us how these work for you!

Dedicated to Healthy and Thrifty Living.

We Can Live Green

Cloth Diaper Service – Is it Worth it?

Disposable diapers (Pampers, Huggies, Luvs, etc.) have been around in various forms since the late 1940’s. Check out this fascinating diaper timeline for more information.  Interestingly, cloth diapers have been around for centuries. If you have some spare time and would like to read up on some diaper history, check out this page. Lots of diaper trivia!

Somewhere between the 1940’s and the present day, cloth diapers became much less common and disposable diapers took over the marketplace. In a continuing effort to find healthy thrifty choices for families, We Can Live Green is giving cloth diaper services a try. Here are a few things we discovered:

1. Cloth diapers are easy. Disposable diapers are popular because they are just so darn easy. The general perception is that cloth diapers are a lot more work – too much work – as perceived by many moms today. From first hand experience, this is wrong – especially when using a cloth diaper service. You just throw them in the trash bag provided, set it out once a week and presto! new clean cloth diapers arrive. It’s really magic when you think about it.

Cloth diapers take about 20 seconds to put on and there are lots of neat ways to fold them. Youtube has tons of great instructional videos on how to fold a cloth diaper.  WCLG found that the amount of time used to put on a cloth diaper was equal to that of putting on a disposable diaper. Try it yourself and tell us what you think!

2. Cloth diapers are more affordable. A months’ supply of cloth diapers for a newborn runs in the $80 range. This includes the service of having the diapers washed and delivered to your home every week. Our estimates for disposable diapers for a newborn run in the $100 plus range. $20 a month saved  – and you’re helping the planet! There is also the cumulative economic impact of investing in a product and service that is reducing pollution and minimizing the use of resources.

3. Cloth diapers are environmentally friendly. We have all seen the complex calculations of how much water it takes to wash a cloth diaper versus throwing a disposable diaper away in a landfill, etc. Forget the complex calculations. Cloth diapers are reusable, recyclable and they reduce waste in our landfills. A disposable diaper takes 200-500 years to biodegrade. Yikes! But cloth diapers can be reused time and time again. This not only cuts waste, but reduces impact on the planet by using less resources.

WCLG has fallen in love with cloth diapers. Not the dirty ones, mind you. Check them out in your area please! Nothing says ‘I love you’ to your little bundle of joy like knowing you are doing everything in your power to create a healthy planet for your baby to flourish and thrive. You can find out tons of information on cloth diapers here. We also found a cloth diaper service directory here. While not a complete directory, it is a step in the right direction.

As a reminder, WCLG is not compensated in any way for this blog or any of the posts contained herein. We review products we are excited about and believe in, and we blog about products and services that WCLG believes will better our planet and our future.

Dedicated to Healthy and Thrifty Living,

We Can Live Green

Support Your Local Farmers – You Will Save Money, Be Healthier and Support Your Local Economy…

We have all read about eating local. And we have all read ways to gain access to eating local – growing your own fruits and veggies or taking advantage of farmer’s markets, co-ops, and CSA’s. (Community Supported Agriculture) WCLG feels that the public has heard a lot about their options – except for CSA’s. That is our focus today.

What is a CSA? A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a way in which a consumer can buy produce directly from the farmer. The produce usually comes in the form of a box/crate and the farmer provides a variety of in-season, local produce for the consumer.

The advantages include:

1. You are eating produce at the height of its nutritional value, grown in a way that is sustainable and ethical. Often times, the produce you are eating from a CSA may have been picked a scant few days, or even hours, before your pick-up. In a grocery store, the travel time can be weeks.

2. You are saving money. You are not paying additional costs for shipping (etc) that is factored in to the cost at grocery stores.

3. You are supporting your local economy. You know the name of your farmer. They educate you on the variety of produce they send you. They even offer cooking tips and recipes for more exotic produce.

4. You are supporting a lifestyle that does not over tax the environment by ‘force-growing’ fruits or vegetables repeatedly on land that is over-farmed.

The great thing about a CSA is that it keeps you honest. What do we mean? Well, you can’t have tomatoes or blueberries year-round. You take what nature gives you. If there is a hail storm, your peaches might be a bit unattractive. You might have to do a little extra washing of your potatoes. But it feels good to know that you are eating better, cheaper and in a more sustainable fashion. In fact, it feels great!

Localharvest.org – a long time We Can Live Green favorite- offers more insight into CSA’s. We also suggest looking over their tips and questions for further information.

Dedicated to Healthy and Thrifty Living!

We Can Live Green

Originally posted on Wecanlivegreen's Weblog:

In case you haven’t heard, Earth Day is this Sunday. So, in honor of Earth Day, a couple of things to consider doing this weekend:

1. Take a walk. Outside. Even if you live in the city. Nothing beats a little fresh air (even if it is chilly).

2. Dig around in some dirt, or sand…or even mud! It’s really fun. You will feel like a kid again, and you might just slow down enough to start to think about this marvelous planet!

3. Watch Planet Earth. WCLG does not support the idea of just sitting in front of the TV, but Planet Earth gives viewers an intimate portrait of our planet and a window into many places that few of us will ever be lucky enough to visit.

For a birds-eye view of Earth from space, take a look a these pictures.

For Earth Day 2012, attending a…

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Earth Day 2012 To Do List

In case you haven’t heard, Earth Day is this Sunday. So, in honor of Earth Day, a couple of things to consider doing this weekend:

1. Take a walk. Outside. Even if you live in the city. Nothing beats a little fresh air (even if it is chilly).

2. Dig around in some dirt, or sand…or even mud! It’s really fun. You will feel like a kid again, and you might just slow down enough to start to think about this marvelous planet!

3. Watch Planet Earth. WCLG does not support the idea of just sitting in front of the TV, but Planet Earth gives viewers an intimate portrait of our planet and a window into many places that few of us will ever be lucky enough to visit.

For a birds-eye view of Earth from space, take a look a these pictures.

For Earth Day 2012, attending a parade is cool, planting a tree is great, but building a personal relationship with the planet you call home is even better. Let us know what you do. We’re happy to post pics! Look forward to hearing from you!

Dedicated to Thrifty and Healthy Living,

We Can Live Green

Food for Thought – Energy Update

We Can Live Green came across some interesting graphs on energy usage globally over the last 200 years. See here for the full article. The article provides great food for thought on energy use in general, and fantastic inspiration to continue to find ways to reduce energy use on a daily basis.

We Can Live Green’s book, We Can (All) Live Green details ways to reduce energy usage. More tips can be found here. The great thing about reducing energy usage is that you save money in the process. Let us know of any tips you have for saving energy so we can pass them along to readers!

Dedicated to Thrifty Healthy Living

We Can Live Green

 

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