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citrus | The Green Beagle

Fresh Citrus Candle

Fresh Citrus Candle

Fresh Citrus Candle

 

 

I just found this on Facebook from one of my friends and I think it is an amazing idea!! This is so simple and a great way to reuse citrus rinds instead of just throwing them out, you can also use the rinds as extra exfoliant in body butters, washes and scrubs! This is a simple and quick way to freshen up your home with ingredients you already have at home! No more having to go out and spend money on sprays, candles or other expensive fresheners. I cannot wait to try this!

Supplies:

Citrus Fruit (orange/lemon/lime/grapefruit)
Organic Olive Oil
(olive, vegetable, olive, coconut, avo, whatever you have at home)
Essential Oil (if you want to mix scents and get fancy)

Directions:
1. Cut the fruit in half.
2. Cut out the fruit but leave the core center attached.
3. Pour oil in to the cored out fruit.
4. Add any other essential oils or even bits of the fruit in to the oil.
5. Light the stem and it will burn for hours.

Citrus Herbal Bath Mix

Citrus Herbal Bath Mix

Citrus Herbal Bath Mix

Use only dried materials.

1 oz. Organic Orange peel

1 oz. Whole Organic Orange flowers

1 oz. Organic Lemon Peel

1 oz. Organic Comfrey leaves

1 oz.Whole Organic Chamomile

1 oz. Organic Almond meal

This mixture will make approximately 8 to 10 baths. Store in a dry space. You can always add or take away any of the ingredients if you are not fond of them. There are any number of herbs you can replace these ingredients with.

Directions: When you are ready for a bath you can put a large handful of the mixture in muslin or mesh bag and drop the bag in the hot tub or you can leave it hanging on the faucet just enough to dangle into the tub. Some prefer to drop the herbs directly into the water. If you have a metal tea strainer or something of that kind, that will do as well. Another option is to make an infusion of herbs and then pour the liquid into the tub. All of these options work for your herbal bath.

Herbal Knowledge: Orange peel soothes the skin and is a natural antioxidant, Orange flowers help circulate oxygen to the brain, Lemon peel is an astringent, Comfrey leaves are used to relieve pain and reduce swelling, Chamomile relaxes and soothes the body, an Almonds are high in Vitamin E which is good for the skin.

All-natural and organic lavender flowers

January’s Top 5 Eco-Pet Picks

Bug-Off-soap Wysong Pet Health
Wysong Bug Off™ is a natural soap handmade in small batches of the purest natural ingredients.  Pets can be regularly bathed with Bug Off™ to help naturally repel bugs.  Bug Off™ includes Saponified Olive, Coconut, Palm, Soybean and Castor Oils, Spring Water, Essential Oil Blend, Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, and Vitamin E.  (Not recommended for pets under six months of age, or those with highly sensitive skin.)

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Organic Catnip Kickin Chicken Old McDonald never had a chicken that looked this good! With long spindly legs made of cotton cord and a tuft of white faux fur hair, this chicken will hold a cat’s attention all day. Our durable corduroy material is generously stuffed with organically grown catnip. Measures 3” made in Montana.

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Cat Grass (Wheat Grass Triticum aestivum) Cats love grass. They nap and play on it, and like to eat it too. Wheat grass is good for cats, providing essential vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in Chlorophyll which acts as a natural detoxifier, mild antibiotic and deodorizer. An easy to grow organic treat for pet health and vitality. Certified Organic!  Rice Hull Gardens are a complete container garden in natural, environmentally friendly pots made from renewable grain husks, primarily rice hulls, and organic pigments. Equally suitable indoors or out, these highly durable pots will retain their beautiful shape and texture for about five years. One hundred percent biodegradable, Rice Hull Gardens celebrate gardening with a light footprint on the earth.

Litter-Lite
Litter Lite™ is comprised of biodegradable cellulose pellets; it is dust-free, and non-allergenic. After use, it can be composted, used as mulch, or flushed away in moderate amounts. Lightweight and chemical-free, this economical litter is also ecological. Especially important following surgery due to its pure design. Litter Lite™ is the world’s best cat litter!

Citressence-Air-Spray

Citressence™ is a pet odor counteractant. It is a botanical and citrus formulation that contains safe natural extracts which have the capability of molecularly neutralizing, not just masking, most offensive pet odors including dog odors and cat urine odor.

Citressence™ imparts an initial light citrus scent, which quickly fades along with the offensive odor. Citressence™ is highly concentrated, very economical and extremely safe and efficient.

Citrus Tasting Class

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Citrus Tasting Class
Type: Education – Class
Network: Global
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: University of Houston, Oberholtzer Hall (see Urban Harvest website for directions and parking information)

DescriptionCome sample the many exotic varieties of citrus available to us here in the Houston area. There are golden grapefruit, pumelos, blood oranges, and Chang Shou kumquats and many more! Be a contributor and bring your home grown citrus to share with the class. (Show up about 15 minutes early!) This is meant to be a brief introduction to growing citrus locally. Save seeds to start your own orchard. Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit is available. View the Urban Harvest website (www.urbanharvest.org) for more details and to register for this class.