In the months since my last post many things have gone on at the farm. We hosted a benefit for breast cancer support over two weekends. More than 1000 people graced the shop to either wrap soap, purchase products or join in the festivities of the day. It was a whirlwind time and continues to be as we restock all of our supplies.
In the last two weeks, 1000 bars of soap have been created. Dutch Chocolate, Gardener's Soap with a cornmeal twist, Oats/Honey, Litsea (the best selling aroma of the summer), No See "Um, No Smell "Um soap for those in the outdoors, Bug Off soap.....the list could go on for this entire page. Each one serves a purpose whether it be therapeutic or to bring a memory back from childhood.
We visited the goat farm where we get all of our milk from. There were more than 800 goats there with new ones being born daily. These little ones were so tiny and the mamas did such a great job doing what comes naturally to care for them. The facility was clean and well maintained. The milk had a heavy cream on top which I gladly poured right into the soap blend.
Numerous new products were developed and will be on the shelves shortly. Just today I put 15 new items on my ETSY store. Most of them were soaps. If there is anything you are particularly looking for, let me know.
As we prepare diligently for the fall open house I am grateful for the wonderful business and group of supporters that I have. Not many people can say that they love their job but I certainly do. It's a treasure to work with these raw materials and a blessing to have the wonderful patrons and clients that I do.
Stay tuned for more timely updates. Again, thank you for patronizing my Farm Store.
Bergamot is bright, uplifting and has a terrific citrus aroma. It reduces tension, spasms, loosens tight muscles and is tends to improve even the dullest mood. It is a lemony citrus with a hint of herbal green aroma. It's great also... for belly upset too.
Vanilla is warm and radiant and brings a soothing quality to any product it is used it. Anxiety and stress symptoms can be gently alleviated with vanilla. The memories of pure vanilla in the kitchen bring a beautiful sense of calm and quiet to many.
Together these make a scrumptious edition for a February comfort product while we are still surrounded with a more dull chilly outside. It brings the aroma of a floral citrus together with a warm fuzzy. This is a delectable combination for total body pampering.
I get questions about many things frequently. Today was a terrific question about milk recipes....breast milk. I had a little recipe tucked away that I pulled out and am going to share it with you too!
Breast Milk Whipped Body Cream
3 ounces Jojoba Oil
1 TBS Beeswax
1 TBS Shea or Mango Butter
1 TBS Raw Honey
Vitamin E (3-5 Drops)
2.5 ounces breast milk
Essential oil of your choice
Heat Jojoba, Beeswax and Shea or Mango in a double boiler. If you are using Shea you will have to heat it for 20 minutes at a warm temperature for 20 minutes to assure that the graininess is out. How warm? If the beeswax is melted, you’re good. If it is still grainy you can still use it and the grains will melt with body heat. Add the honey during the last 5 minutes of this process.
Make sure breast milk is room temperature. When done with the above add the breast milk and vitamin E. It will be quite liquid. Allow it to return to room temperature. You can speed up the cooling process by putting the pan in the refrigerator. You will need to intermittently whip it to get it to fluff. So, as it cools begin whipping. Then put back in the fridge for further cooling. When it is whipped to a consistency that you like transfer it from the pan to a container and leave the container open until it truly is room temperature and cover. You do not want any condensation in the jar.
As we approach the end of the year a new page in our calendar will be turned. Not only is it a new month but a new year. We may review what happened in the year....what went well, what didn't go so well and what we might like to change in the next year. As you review or contemplate consider what you might be willing to do for yourself. What might make your world a better or different place?
Are you stuck in the same essential oil story day in and day out? Might you step out of that box and choose something that might be unfamiliar. Perhaps think about the qualities of the essential oils that you know and look for a therapeutic application instead. For example, I happen to love Patchouli. Patchouli is not always the best friend for someone that is looking for an uplifting combination. Patchouli is indeed wonderful for anxiety, stress, depression and for skin conditions but maybe another choice might be better if you are looking for brightness. Two of my favorite essential oils are orange and lemon. Both pack a punch for getting the cheer on and the hum drums out. For an added zip I like to add a little peppermint essential oil to either the orange or lemon. For a warmer comforting uplift consider adding some vanilla essential oil to the orange or lemon.
Diffuse, dilute in jojoba, sunflower, lotion, bath water, make a room spray or roll on. The possibilities are endless and this is just my personal example. What favorite can you set aside or combine with something else to create a different "take" on your world? What oils await with a therapeutic connection that you have been looking for or didn't even know existed? If you don't know where to start, come to the shop or schedule an aromatherapy consult. The possibilities are endless. Approach 2017 with grace knowing that you can choose creativity which can benefit health. Stop.....smell the herbs, the grasses, the flowers, the roots, the bark, the leaves, the resin, the fruit....smell the oil and change your world.
It is so difficult to believe that a month has elapsed since my last post. These thirty days have been a flurry with more than 1000 people visiting the farm. I have known for many years that we are never promised anything and to be grateful. 27 years ago I taught this to my young daughter. I always reminded her that no one owed her anything and to be grateful for everything. Today, I live it once again, this time it is more personal.
This holiday season I am reminded of that lesson. Many individuals graced my doorstep these last four weeks. Each person came with different needs and motives for shopping in my little farm store. The shelves were particularly full with attention paid to every last detail. People shopped for their loved ones, friends, card groups, book clubs, corporate partners, teachers and for themselves. Gifts were selected for acquaintances so a "one stop shop gift set" was the perfect gift. There were more choices this year and the packaging was new/improved.
What continued to weave throughout the days was the kindness of those that entered. Each individual exhibited the most kind, generous and confident heart. There were hands lent to help, voices used to comfort and time to actually talk with those around. Laughing went on and on with glances at "Poop Genie". Yes, it does really work.
The gist for me is the mesmerizing view of the love, that surrounded the farm. It is memorable and something I will never forget. It was a month of gratitude, profound gratitude. Thank you for choosing my little farm store. It means the world to me....because I know you don't have to. I'm grateful for everything.
This weekend marks a jump into the Christmas spirit with the Farm Store Christmas Open House. This is the fourth annual event. This year includes aromatherapy products (more than 1000 to choose from), handmade soaps, sprays, rollers, aroma-sticks, pain relief products and much much more. In addition we will feature Wildtree Products, herbal heat packs, paintings, Orgonite Pyramids, Fair Trade, scarves, fuzzy hats and oodles of Victory Bracelets on the tree. Please join us Friday night between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. or Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.. You won't be disappointed.
So many people suffer from mental health issues year round and they are especially exacerbated during the Christmas season. There are a variety of reasons for these feelings including increased expenses, winter lay-offs, memories of a loved one passing away, busy-ness of the season, loneliness, holiday commitments and troubled relationships (to name a few). There are some aromatherapy essential oils that are known to be uplifting.
High notes including lemon, grapefruit, orange, neroli, lime and bergamot are great for raising your spirits. If you are stressed and anxious you might not want to be uplifted but instead calmed. Lavender can be used for both anxiety and depression. Ylang Ylang, Frankincense and Blue Cypress are some of my favorites for anxiety . They are relaxing and soothe the brain. If your anxiety keeps your brain ruminating rosemary would be a great choice.
Planning for the holidays takes a little time. These essential oils can be added to your favorite lotion, diffused, blended in a carrier or dropped onto potpourri. They are wonderful and perform a valuable relaxing effect on the body.
I make a product called Busy Bee. It could actually be called "Busy Brain". Who doesn't suffer from that at one time or another? Sometimes though we are unable to turn off the busy channel in our brains. There are several essential oils that help reduce the busy and bring a little more calm to life.
Cedarwood is an essential oil that I use a lot. It is a base note and in my experience many have had their brains quieted with Cedarwood. I'm not saying ditch your conventional medications if you are on some however consider augmenting by adding Cedarwood to shampoo, lotion or cream. An added bonus is that it is great for respiratory conditions including nasal congestion.
Vetiver is an essential oil that comes from a root. It is thicker to pour and also a base note. I love Vetiver. It has a unique aroma which isn't for everyone. The calming and quieting effects are notable. One bonus is that is beneficial for immune function.
Those are the two oils in my Busy Bee Blend. It's helped many a busy mind.
People often ask me why I use certain oils in soap. I always explain that there are qualities of the oils that are desirable (or undesirable). Selecting oils is a balancing act for sure in order. Oils are selected based on which soap I am creating. For example I add certain oils for a strong hand cleansing bar that I might not use in a daily bar of soap. The hand bar wouldn't hurt the skin of the body but there are oils which are more adventitious for more tender skin. Coconut oil is by far the most versatile of all of the oils and can be found in the majority of soaps made on the farm.
Coconut oil offers a superior cleansing action and a fluffy lather. It quickly combines with other oils to create a smooth consistency. It doesn't separate or get lumpy. It creates a hard bar so it lasts longer in your shower. The creaminess of the soap made with coconut is unmatched. The bubbles last forever with the coconut bar. Are there any downsides? Yes! If you make a soap with solely coconut oil and don't add other oils the resulting bar might be drying and hard on the skin. Thankfully, this is a well documented fact and additional oils are always added to every bar of soap on the Farm.
Check out the wonderful bars on the Farm. You'll be glad you did.
I can't believe it has been over a month since I have updated the blog. My apologies. The Farm Store has been busy with customers and creating products for my Christmas Open House which is right around the corner (November 18 starting at 5 p.m. and November 19 starting at 10 a.m.). There are many new items in the shop for your healthy Christmas giving.
Glycerin is a natural humectant. It draws water to the skin and helps it to retain moisture. It's almost as if the soap has lotion built right in. Do all soaps have glycerin?
The answer to that question is, "No". Glycerin is a naturally occurring byproduct in the soap making process. When mixing the lye and oils both glycerin and a detergent are created. In the commercial soap making arena glycerin is removed from the soap and sold to other industries where is might be used in pharmaceuticals, foods and cosmetics. Sometimes it makes the "glycerin bar" you see when you shop which appears as a clear soap.
So, reading between the lines you understand that once glycerin is removed from the soap you are left only with the detergent....a harsher alternative. When soaps are handmade the glycerin remains and the soap is cleansing and also softening and mild.
The best part is that as a handmade soap maker I know exactly what is in every bar of soap. It's locally made with as many locally grown ingredients as I can get my hands on. And, did I mention that I strive for organic?
Buy handmade soap. Buy local. Be healthier.
My name is, Polly J. Huenink-Schellinger. I am a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Holistic Nurse, Reflexologist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Parish Nurse, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Facilitator.