The cat-gardening chronicles 23



Wrinkles and your garden!


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Since cat-gardeners and for that matter, all cats sleep away 18 hours of each day it seems like a waste to buy wrinkle creams for our fur! But there are plants to grow which herbalists claim will do the same work that wrinkle creams promise to do, and will be much cheaper, in fact, almost free of cost!


If your skin has been almost burned by too much sunshine, add 2-3 drops of Chamomile to a small bottle of Avocado or Almond oil; use every day for a week or so. Or try Marigold oil, leave for 20 minutes, blot off and freshen with diluted Cider vinegar says The Green Witch, A Modern Woman’s Herbal by Barbara Griggs!


You can grow aloe vera in the garden. Then make a whipped egg-white combined with aloe vera gel to make a firming mask for sagging skin, it says. If you have made mayonnaise, save the whites of the egg. Whip them up and add a teaspoon of lemon juice, to improve oily and greasy skin. This Herbal says that honey softens the skin and Clover honey is great for ageing, sallow skin. You can also blend a couple of slices of apple with two teaspoonfuls of lemon juice, to make a home made moisturizer!

For a weary and jaded skin, a tasty summertime tonic is the crushed flesh of ripe cherries!

Drinking fresh grape juice or peeled and crushed fresh grapes will refresh your skin.


How to make your own almost free home made wrinkle cream! This aromatic toilet vinegar needs a large quantity of rose leaves, lavender flowers and jasmine flowers. Weigh them, and to every 4 oz of rose leaves (petals) allow 1 oz each of lavender and jasmine. Mix them well together, pour over them 2 pints of white vinegar, and shake well, then add halfpint of rosewater and shake again. Stand aside for ten days then strain and bottle. A Modern Herbal (Mrs. M. Grieve, 1931).


We think that the best way to deal with wrinkles is to fall in love with them, nap a lot, dream a lot and save the money from not buying any creams, to buying lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and catnip for your home help!


Gardening every day also keeps wrinkles away or at least when you are so happy to find a new begonia coming up, or that sinking African Violet finally putting out a small blue flower, you forget all about your skin and instead worry about those pests attacking the beauties in your garden!


Treat us to Havana’s Banana Cake!


Many cats enjoy an occasional nibble of fruit. You might like to try these banana cakes from Cat Nips! Feline Cuisine Rick & Martha Reynolds.


  1. half cup whole wheat flour
  2. one fourth cup unbleached white flour
  3. half cup quick cooking rolled oats
  4. one fourth teaspoon baking soda
  5. half cup mashed ripe bananas (about one banana)
  6. one egg
  7. 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  8. one tablespoon vegetable oil
  9. one fourth cup milk
  10. half teaspoon catnip

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. In another bowl, beat together the bananas, egg, honey, oil and milk. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Drop one fourth teaspoonfuls of batter onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes, until firm. Cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



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