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Rose Oil and Rose Water

 

Rose oil is one of the most sought after and expensive oils in the world. It was discovered hundreds of years ago, during the time of the Moguls.

The story goes that Princess Nour-Djihan and Emperor Djihanguyr rode through a garden canal filled with rose water on their wedding day. The heat of the afternoon sun separated the oil from the water, and the couple couldn’t help notice its intoxicating scent. The oil was skimmed off the water to create perfume. And so began the production of rose oil, traced back to 1612 in Persia. Read more

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10 Uses for Vinegar

I like to start off spring with clean stuff and clean spaces, both inside and out. You probably have a stash of all kinds of cleaners for designated purposes, but I like to use vinegar as a fix-all because it’s a safe, inexpensive, all-natural household cleaner.

There are so many things you can do with vinegar when it comes to cleaning up your house and garden apparatus, and it evaporates quickly so you don’t have to worry about your clean items smelling funky. Read more

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Eucalyptus: The Essential Oil of Spring Cleaning

Jennifer Burcke from 1840 Farm shares with us her favorite uses for eucalyptus oil.

I like to keep a toolbox of essential oils for mixing up homemade cleaning solutions to freshen up our home. Among my favorites are eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass and peppermint. Each of them has a distinct and refreshing scent, helping to infuse the farmhouse with a pleasant, light aroma. They pair wonderfully together, allowing me to use a combination of oils to keep our home clean all year long. Read more

orange oil

Well, Orange You Sweet

Some of the more common plants in our lives can also be the most potent when turned into an essential oil. Lavender, rosemary and peppermint immediately come to mind, but one of the most overlooked, in my opinion, might be the lowly orange. Yes, you may turn to this fruit when you need a natural dose of vitamin C, but the essential oil – derived from the peel – has many useful benefits around the home. Read more

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Keeping Chickens Naturally

I recently visited with Lisa Steele, author and 5th generation chicken keeper, to glean information from her on how she keeps her flock healthy and antibiotic-free. She provided me with her recipe and several of my poultry fans have asked, so I’m paying it forward!

Adding probiotics to your feed keep your chickens natural has so many benefits, including boosting their immune systems and aiding in respiratory problems. Additionally, it’s an inexpensive and easy way to keep tabs on what your flock is taking in. She recommends these steps for keeping your flock – chickens and ducks of all ages – healthy, the natural way.

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