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Welcome to my Sustainable addiction! I am a DIY addict, Wife, Mother and Grandmother.  I enjoy sharing my all natural recipes, cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene items, gardening and all things sustainable including my farming.  
We are a family owned, woman run small farm located near the Edisto River in Dorchester County SC.
Our farming operation consists of poultry, quail, eggs, dairy and meat goats. You can buy from us with confidence as we hold a permit from SC to sell Poultry and are also licensed as a Wholesale Egg Distributor.
Through our farming practices we provide for our community a variety of Poultry breeds, Heavy dual purpose birds, exotic and ornamental chickens as well as Cortunix Quail that are heat tolerant for our hot SC Summers. 

Whether you are looking for Farm Fresh Eggs, Fertile eggs for hatching (Chicken and Quail), hatchlings, grown birds or Dairy and Meat Goats (seasonal births) we have a large selection of beautiful animals.  
We also have Dairy Goats and kids. Current 2017 births so far are 5 kids Nubian / Alpine Saneen cross and 2 Nubian / Toggenburg Cross.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Make your own Air freshener ~ Naturally

Did you know that Americans will spend upwards of 1.7 BILLION dollars to buy air fresheners this year? That is a staggering number to me, but I do have to admit I am one of those people who just loves walking through gardens. The smells surround you and capture your senses. The smell of oak wood burning in a fireplace, leaves burning or fresh cut grass. The smell of evergreens in the fall or cinnamon and spice remind us the holidays are close by.  That being said, I can certainly understand our addiction to make our homes / cars and offices smell better ;0)  The good news is YOU and I do NOT have to spend that much money, instead we can save our money for more important things..... Like (fill in the blank)

 Making your own air freshener is not hard, in fact it is down right easy and only takes a few minutes. The best thing about it is, other than the savings is the Health benefits!  Seriously, have you ever thought about what is in the air fresheners? It is almost overwhelming when you walk down "that" aisle in the store, so many "scents" but are they all that they claim to be? Take a look at this before you buy that next can of "fill in the name brand" air freshener.

  • A recent investigation of 14 common air fresheners by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates in 12 products, including some fresheners marketed as "all-natural" and "unscented." None of the air fresheners listed phthalates on their labels.(Nice - sarcasm noted)
  • Phthalates are known to interfere with hormone and testosterone production.
  • known to cause birth defects or reproductive harm
  • In addition to phthalates, air fresheners may contain allergens and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde.
  • Above information taken from NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) you can find the full reports on the brands here   and the contents reports here  

Is it any wonder why we have Asthma, Reproductive problems, Cancer and an increase in children being born with attention / behaviour disorders??? And to think in our ignorance and the manufacturers "non" truth in labeling they have been taking our hard earned money and helping us to poison our families!

So Lets get started saving money, detoxing our air and homes. Our health with thank us!

All Natural Air freshener ~  A green, frugal & healthy alternative!

What you will need:

1 Spray Bottle  - any garden variety will do with adj. nozzle
16 oz. Water
15-20 drops Essential oils of your choice * Make sure you have "therapeutic grade" essential oils
1 tsp. Baking soda 

Put the water in your bottle add in the baking soda and shake well till mixed. Add in your essential oils, put on the top. Shake well before each use as the oil will float back to the top. That's it!! Spray away your smells, colds, flu, anxiety ~ the list just goes on! Use the fine mist on your sprayer as you walk through your home / office. I also spray a more coarse spray on my air filters. I spray down my couch cushions, pillow & blankets - I even spray around my dogs bed to help ward off any fleas that may have hitched a ride inside.

You have so many options: Depending on what you are in the mood for, what your favorite scent is or what healing properties (yes that is an added bonus) you have need of. Here are some blends below for you that I use. All of my Essential oils are Therapeutic grade - 100% pure.

Lavender - soothing, calming and relaxing

Rose - Just because I love the smell a LOT but - anti depressant, anti phlogistic, anti septic, anti spasmodic, anti viral, aphrodisiac

Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Peppermint & Lemon - Great for colds, flu, head & chest congestion. Rosemary also helps with focus and memory. They all have Antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties.

Clove, Patchouli & Orange oil - Memory focus and brain stimulation, tension and anxiety relief - smells wonderful

Sandalwood, Cedarwood & Orange - more of a musky earthy smell - great for concentration and mood enhancing

Cinnamon & clove - Smells like you are baking :0) something wonderful

Frankinscence - Increased brain activity, helps brain to rewrite old patterns.

For more information on what each of the Essential oils can be used for, and for their healing properties check out Livestrong.com and search for each one, you will find a pluthera of information. Also please do not allow people to tell you that there is NO medical evidence.... there have been plenty of scientific data recorded / tests done - they just do not know where to find the information. Here is a link to some of the tests... It is from Oxford! click here for the link 

Experiment, have fun and enjoy a better life, naturally! That is a change we can all LIVE with!

Check out my pinterest boards for more healthy alternatives / homemade recipes!