Rehydration Recipe

Hope you had a fabulous weekend.  It’s been hot, hot, hot here and I was able to go kayaking on Whiskeytown Lake Saturday night; a wonderful evening paddle under a full moon.  Heaven! But on to today’s post.
 After getting a bit dehydrated and feeling sick the day after my little adventure to Glass Mountain with my son and grand kids a couple of weeks ago, I remembered a homemade replacement for
Pedialyte/Gatorade that I wanted to share with you. I volunteered years ago at a wildlife rehab organization and we used this recipe for stressed out, dehydrated fawns and such that were brought in for fostering. I have also given this to my children when they were sick and getting dehydrated due to diarrhea and vomiting.  It’s simple to make, cost-effective, and works!
2 quarts water

2 T sugar
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt substitute (made with potassium chloride)
1/2 t salt

Mix well and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.  You can drink as is, or add some Kool-Aid mix or maybe some Crystal Light for better flavor.

Thanks for stopping by Two Dogs.  I leave you with a picture of my Jacob’s ladder that is blooming so beautifully.  Have a great week!

Saline spray

Hey! Hey! Hey!  How is your day going?  Thanks for stopping by!  My little tidbit for today is home made saline spray.  You know, those pricey little bottles of salt water you buy to irrigate your nose with?  I don’t know about you, but I refuse to pay $15 for salt water.  Yes, $15 is the price of one of the well-known brands of saline spray used to irrigate one’s nose.  There are some cheaper ones, yes, but whatever they are charging it is too much.  We are talking nothing more than salt and water here.  Nope, not gonna pay it.  I found  an awesome alernative that I want to share with you today.  You will need a small mister bottle.  I bought a bottle of cold remedy nasal spray that had a cap I could remove (not all of them do) and when I was finished with the product I kept the bottle and cleaned it well. These are really the best ones to use (the ones that are meant for nasal applications) because the solution actually comes out in a mist. The spray pattern you get from some of the small generic spray bottles that you can purchase is just too coarse for me. Anywho, into this cleaned bottle I added my just-as-good-as-store-bought saline spray for virtually no cost.  I mean, how much can 1/4 teaspoon of salt cost you?  This makes way more than you can get into your little spray bottle, but to break it down into a half-ounce or so is just too much trouble and would be silly to even attempt.  Remember, we are talking nothing more than salt and water so I don’t worry about it.

Boil some water and let it cool. Use this cooled water in the following recipe.

Into a clean jar with a lid put:

4 ounces of water
1/4 teaspoon of salt

Shake vigorously and pour into your clean little nasal sprayer.  That’s it.  Nasal spray for no cost.  You are going to have a LOT left after you fill your mister.  Either save the leftover in your fridge or heck, just gargle with it and make more when you need it.  I use quite a bit of this stuff during allergy season so I do keep the extra around for a couple of weeks, but it is so easy to make you don’t really have to.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a fabulous week!