Is it assur to
1) Use a lemon as a skin treatment?
2) Allow children to make “dough” with baking ingredients (for the entertainment value) if it will not turn into something edilble?
- We are allowed to use food for therapeutic uses, and it isn’t considered baal tashchis, because the food is not being wasted, rather used, (in this case on the outside of the body).
- If it is clear that no one will want to eat it (even the child) after the child has finished making his “recipe”, then it isn’t a correct thing to do, because it is just ruining the ingredients. However very often the child will be all excited to eat what was made, then it is permitted.