"There is more to life than increasing its speed." -- Mohandas Gandhi
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need forComplicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the Philosophy is kindness." --- Dalai Lama
"This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet." ---Rumi
"All that we are is a result of all that we have thought" ---Bhudda
"If every household in the US replaced one bottle of shower cleaner containing chlorine bleach with a hydrogen-peroxide-based shower cleaner we could prevent 1 million pounds of chlorine from entering our environment."
"If every household in the US replaced just one box of 48 oz petroleum-based powder laundry detergent with a vegetable-based product we could save 96,000 barrels of oil."
"Not by harming life does one become noble.One is termed noble for being gentle to all living things." ---Dhammapada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
"If every household in the US replaced just one box of 85-sheet virgin-fiber facial tissue with recycled ones, we could save 280,000 trees."
"He who knows that all things are his mind, That all with which he meets are friendly, Is ever joyful." ---Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
"If every household in the US replaced just one 25 oz bottle of petroleum-based dishwashing liquid with a plant-based product, we could save 81,000 barrels of oil."
"In whom there dwells no self-deception and no pride, Who is desireless, whose wrath is put away, whose self hath cool become --He is Brahmin." ---Udana
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ---- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of the decisions on the next seven generations." ---Great Law of the Iroquois
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ---- Dalai Lama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" ---Mahatma Gandhi

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Toxin-Free Flea Remedies

With the advent of spring and the longer days upon us, we’re apt to be spending more time outside, and so are our pets.Welcome to flea and tick season.

Even if your cats and dogs don’t go outside, they are at risk of picking up fleas from visitors to your house. And once infested, fleas are an insidious nightmare to get rid of.

You can go the high-tech chemical route with nasty flea collars and toxic flea medication… or you can try one of these natural and inexpensive solutions.

Pet Shampoo – DOGS ONLY

This is a great dog shampoo you can make out of things you might just have lying around the house already. This shampoo should not be used on cats, because they are very sensitive to citrus.

  • 10oz water
  • 1 T liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronners)
  • 1 t vegetable oil
  • 1 t orange oil (fleas hate it), or 5-10 drops of rosemary oil

Skin Rub

This one is safe for dogs and cats, albeit potentially messy. Simply mix it together, and rub it into their coat.

  • ½ teaspoon rosemary oil
  • ½ cup olive oil

Flea Powder

Safe on both dogs and cats.

  • ½ t dried eucalyptus (you can substitute fennel or rosemary)
  • ¼ cp cornstarch

Grind the herb(s) up in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Mix into the cornstarch and then sprinkle on your pet’s fur, taking the time to rub it into the skin.

NOTE: With most natural remedies, using them sooner is better. Although these herb-based medicinals won’t go bad quickly, most herbs lose their potency after a few weeks.