Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tip Tues: Alternative Uses For Cranberries

My Thanksgiving memories are stained with cranberry sauce. But beyond turkey platters and festive holiday meals, there are many alternative uses for cranberries. From home-made lip gloss to decorative touches, cranberries have multiple uses.

The Miami Skin Institute, for example, recommends cranberries for exfoliating the skin, according to the Nov. 20 issue of First magazine.

Here's a recipe for creating a lip gloss that will exfoliate dead skin from your lips:

1. Take 10 cranberries, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of almond oil and put them in the microwave for two minutes.
2. Mash and stir up the mix
3. Cool down the mixture then use a fine sieve to strain the goop.
4. Pour the mixture into a small container.
5. Apply on lips as needed.

Here are other uses for cranberries:

1. Aromatherapy: Place cranberries around a burning candle in a bowl filled with water. This mixture is appealing to the eyes and the nose. Replace the berries after two weeks. Use common sense with the burning candle.

Source: First

2. Medicinal: Many alternative medical sources tout cranberry juice as an excellent treatment and/or prevention of urinary tract infections (UTI). Here's a link to a University of Pittsburgh report about cranberries and UTI.

3. Salad dressing. Whip up a 1/2 cup of cranberry sauce (jellied version) with 1/3 cup of red wine vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water.

4. Sandwich spread: Mix together two tablespoons of mayonnaise and three tablespons of cranberry sauce.

source: Woman's World 11/21/06

Here is a link to cranberry recipes from Epicurean.com



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