DIY: Pine Floor Cleaner Recipe

Here is a simple easy recipe to make your own natural, non-toxic pine floor cleaner with just a few basic ingredients and essential oils.

DIY Pine-Sol Floor Cleaner

Continue reading “DIY: Pine Floor Cleaner Recipe”

Arborvitae (Thuja plicata) Essential Oil

Known as the “tree of life”, Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in unique benefits. Arborvitae essential oil is concentrated in tropolones, such as hinokitiol, which are a group of chemical compounds that protect against environmental and seasonal threats and have powerful purifying properties. These compounds also contribute to Arborvitae’s natural insect repellent properties. Thujic acid, another tropolone found in Arborvitae, has been studied for its ability to protect against common threats in the environment. Native to Canada, all parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for health benefits and for building vessels, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. Because of its natural preserving properties, Arborvitae prevents wood from rotting, which makes it popular in woodcraft and for preserving natural wood surfaces.

Arborvitae Thuja plicata Essential Oil
Arborvitae Thuja plicata (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

PRIMARY BENEFITS

  • Protects against environmental and seasonal threats*
  • Powerful cleansing and purifying agent
  • Natural insect repellent and wood preservative

Continue reading “Arborvitae (Thuja plicata) Essential Oil”

Raising Backyard Chickens for Eggs. Part 4 – Feed

So you are wondering what to feed your chickens?  There are a lot of options and misconceptions about chicken feed.  Organic, medicated, vegetarian, all natural, scratch and cracked corn just to name a few.  I will try to clear up some of the confusion by passing along what I have learned over the years we have been chicken owners.

In order to sort through all of the confusion, first lets start by clearing up industry standard terms (adding some of my own commentary on each).
Continue reading “Raising Backyard Chickens for Eggs. Part 4 – Feed”