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5 Things To Do with Yogourt

Think yogourt is just a healthy snack? Find out how it can help your skin, garden and pets.

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Make a facial mask

You don’t have to go to a spa to give your face a quick assist. To cleanse your skin and tighten the pores, slather some plain yogourt on your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. For a revitalizing facial mask, mix 1 teaspoon plain yogourt with the juice from 1/4 slice of orange, some of the orange pulp and 1 teaspoon aloe. Leave the mixture on your face for at least five minutes before rinsing it off.

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Make moss “paint”

Wouldn’t it be nice to simply paint some moss between the cracks of your stone walkway, on the sides of flowerpots or anywhere else you want it to grow? Well, you can. Just dump a cup of plain active-culture yogourt into your blender along with a handful of common lawn moss and about a cup of water. Blend for about 30 seconds. Use a paintbrush to spread the mixture wherever you want moss to grow-as long as the spot is cool and shady. Mist the moss occasionally until it gets established.

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Relieve sunburn

For quick, temporary relief of mild sunburn, apply cold plain yogurt. The yogourt adds much needed moisture while its coolness soothes. Rinse with cool water.

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Make finger paint

Ready for some messy rainy-day fun? Mix food colouring with yogourt to make finger paints and let the little ones go wild. You can even turn it into a lesson about primary and secondary colours. For example, have the kids put a few drops of yellow food colouring and a few drops of blue in the yogourt to make green finger paint. Or mix red and blue to produce purple.

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Cure animal flatulence

If Bowser has been a bit odoriferous lately, the problem may be a lack of the friendly digestive bacteria that prevents gas and diarrhea. The active culture in plain yogourt can help restore the helpful bacteria. Add 2 teaspoons yogourt to the food for cats or small dogs weighing up to 14 lbs (6 kg).  Add 1 tablespoon for medium-sized dogs weighing 15-34 lbs (7-15 kg). Add 2 tablespoons for large dogs weighing 35-84 lbs (16-38 kg). Add 3 tablespoons for dogs larger than that.

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