Yogurts Garden and Health Benefits | Reader's Digest

Yogurt’s Garden and Health Benefits

Sure, yogurt's good for your body, but you'll never guess what else it can do!

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Make moss “paint” for the garden
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 yogurt 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.

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 yogurt on your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  • For a revitalizing facial mask, mix 1 teaspoon plain yogurt 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.

Relieve sunburn
For quick, temporary relief of mild sunburn, apply cold plain yogurt. The yogurt adds much needed moisture and, at the same time, its coldness soothes. Rinse with cool water.

Cure dog or cat flatulence
If your pet has been a bit odoriferous lately, the problem may be a lack of the friendly digestive bacteria that prevent gas and diarrhea. The active culture in plain yogurt can help restore the helpful bacteria. Add 2 teaspoons yogurt to the food for cats or small dogs weighing up to 14 pounds (6 kilograms). Add 1 tablespoon for medium-sized dogs weighing15-34 pounds (7-15 kilograms). Add 2 tablespoons for large dogs weighing 35-84 pounds (16-38 kilograms). Add 3 tablespoons for dogs larger than that.