Saturday, September 20, 2008

Get Rid of Poison Ivy--Naturally!

Poison ivy is a real problem at my farm--and it seems to be popping up everywhere--even my driveway this year. In the past, I've sprayed chemicals on it, although I didn't feel comfortable doing that at all!

In searching for recipes for my new natural home cleaning kit, I ran across a natural poison ivy killer--white vinegar!

So, I conducted an experiment and sprayed white vinegar on the leaves of the plant. It worked!

Just wanted to spread the word!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Essential Home Natural Home Cleaning Kit

I'm excited about our newest product--

You don't have to use chemicals to create a clean home environment! Instead, you can use simple ingredients and essential oils. And these natural cleaners don't cost much to make. Our kit gives you the information you need--and the essential oil blend that will leave your home clean and great smelling too!

The kit includes:

Equipment ListSupplies List (most can be purchased at the grocery store)

2 oz. bottle of Essential Home Oil Blend (lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, and sweet orange)Recipes for:

General Purpose Cleaner

Drain & Garbage Disposal Cleaner

Mold & Mildew Eliminator

Garbage Pail Deodorizer

Smells-Good Kitchen Rinse

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Creamy Soft Scrub

Bathroom Deodorizer

No-Wax Floor Cleaner

Carpet Deodorizer

10-Product Labels

Everything is packaged in a natural, reusable 7" x 10" jute bag. Order the kit through for $17.95 plus shipping. Refills of Essential Home Blend available separately.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Weekly Giveaway--Win a Bar of Lavender Soap!--Sept. 15-21, 2008

Enter to win a bar of our natural Lavender Soap! Each week, we will be offering a Soapwerks' product as a give-away--it is our way of thanking you for your support of our blog and our store.Contest Rules:
1. Visit our Etsy shop by clicking here:
2. Pick out your favorite item from the store.
3. Come back here and post a message in the comments section, stating what you like and why.
4. PLEASE leave your e-mail so we can contact you if you win.
5. The contest closes at midnight on August 17th. The winner will be contacted and will be given 5 days to claim the prize. If we do not hear from him/her, another winner will be chosen.
6. Our give-away is open to anyone anywhere!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Essential Oil of the Month--Rosemary

Rosemary is one of my favorite plants to grow. It is associated with remembrance and was traditionally used at weddings and funerals. It is also believed to chase away nightmares.

Rosemary is antiseptic, antispasmodic, and improves circulation. Thus, is is effective in cases of headache, mental fatigue, dandruff, and poor memory. Rosemary also eases stiff, aching, or overworked muscles.

Rosemary blends well with peppermint, lemon, and lavender essential oils.

When you purchase an essential oil, make sure it is 100% pure. It is best to store essential oils in amber bottles, away from sunlight and high temperature. The shelf life of an essential oil is 1 year if stored under the correct conditions.

This recipe uses rosemary sprigs to give you the softest hair ever!

Hair Softening Rinse

½ cup rosemary sprigs
1 teas. borax
4 cups distilled water

Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Add herbs and borax, stir, cover, and steep for approx. 2 hours. Strain, bottle, and use within 10 days or discard. Use as the final rinse after shampooing and conditioning. Do not rinse out. May stain light-colored towels.