Calendula Eye Compress
And we rounded out the week nicely with pink eye. I will always think of this hysterical scene (warning, f-word in the first 2 seconds) when I think of pink eye, but let me assure you, it was NOT contracted in this house same way. 3 out of 5 people in the house got pink eye and this compress helped. You just steep dried calendula flowers (or chamomile) in cold water tied up in this cheesecloth and put in on your eye. It feels nice and seemed to make it go away faster. (Although, we wouldn't really know that for sure. We had never had pink eye in the house before now.) I read you can also use chamomile tea bags, wet with cold water, right on your eye, too. Very convenient.
I am happy to report I am about 95% back to normal. These last 2 weeks have been rough, but really forced me to make all these herbal remedies that I had been meaning to try—so there you go. I am considering making the eMailorder #11 a little recipe book and cheat-sheet for all my go-to herbal recipes that I have personally used and really like, along with my deodorant, lip balm, vapor rub recipes and all that. I would find it really handy for myself, too. I actually got lazy and didn't follow my deodorant recipe exactly last time and it really didn't work as well at all, so I made another batch and it worked perfect. I still can't believe that stuff. Anyhoo, do let me know if this sounds good. I think a cheat sheet version is crucial along with a booklet, for easy reference, to post inside the medicine cabinet, or wherever.
So, there has been much discussion in our house this week about earthquakes and where Haiti is on the globe. Lots of questions about what would happen in Portland if an earthquake hit. And lots of questions about how we can help. For donations, we are going to look over this list and talk it over this weekend and have the girls help decide where we will send financial aid.