30
Aug 14
by Dean Mayes

View From My Window – September 2014

We have been thinking of going solar for sometime and now we are happy to say we have finally done it. In 1986 we built a tiny passive solar home. It worked well  and was a very comfortable home. Family emergencies moved us north to live with Dean’s father and we missed our little home.

After a few years we were on our own again and we dreamed of building another passive solar home but doing a full passive solar house just didn’t work out. We did incorporate many passive solar designs to take advantage of as much of the sun’s energy as we could afford at the time. Since we have a large south facing roof, it is a perfect set up for a solar photvolactic system. So now in addition to our super insulated house and solar gain through the windows, we have a 10kW photovoltaic-solar system on the roof to making electricity.  This will supply all of our electrical needs with a capacity to convert our hot water over to electric which we plan to do in the near future.  We use a lot of hot water here at Alabu


31
Jul 14
by Maryclaire Mayes

View From My Window – August 2014

Fasci - view from my windowMy view from my window has changed significantly.  While part of me is saddened, there is a part that is very happy.  For lots of different reasons, we have been considering finding a new home for my mare Fascination (Fasci) for some time. I was using her less and less, especially since our neighbors moved away and I no longer had my helpers come every morning to help me with chores. But I refused to part with her unless I could find her a good home and I did. A young girl contacted me and came to visit and she just fell in love with Fasci. She sends me pictures and tells me tales of their adventures together ( I never knew Fasci liked to swim!). It seems like they have both found their best friend and I think Fasci is happier with all the attention and spoiling, that only a young girl knows how to do. Her new owner is better than I had hoped and this story definitely has a happy ending.


29
Jul 14
by Maryclaire Mayes

Psoriasis Awareness Month

Psoriasis Awareness Month

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month.  Many people find Alabu Skin Care because they are having problems with their skin. One of those problems is psoriasis; an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and typically appears as scaly patches that are red and raised. Psoriasis is can be mild or a very severe disease. Non medical  approaches like diet changes, reducing stress, using a moisturizing soap, keeping moisturizers on your skin and avoiding hot showers can help the condition, but it is often not enough. There are five different types of psoriasis which makes it difficult to self diagnose. If you suspect you have psoriasis you should check out the National Psoriasis Foundation.  They have mountains of information to help.


13
Jul 14
by Maryclaire Mayes

Black Flies in Horse’s Ears

Caddy earsI have battled flies in horse’s ears since I was a kid. Here in the Northeast the black flies are here from April until frost. If you don’t do anything, these nasty little blood suckers turn your horses ears into a crusty mass of dried blood. I’m thinking it doesn’t feel too good to your horse either.

One solution is a fly mask with ears, but our Pony Cadilac Man doesn’t care for them. I know people say that not clipping the hair in their ears helps, but ears couldn’t be any hairier than Caddy’s so I’m not sure it makes any difference. But here is what I have found that works great and I didn’t have to look too far; Alabu Tea Tree Body Butter.  I apply it every morning inside his ears and it heals any bites already there ( sometimes I forget to check for flies in his ears in the Spring) and keeps them from getting new ones. I also use it on the sheath area and the inside of our pony’s back legs where the horse flies like to bite. It heals and protects from them too. I have to say it works better than anything I have ever tried. I could probably apply less often, but Caddy really likes it, so usually he gets it every day. I think he likes the ear massage as much as keeping the flies away.


09
Jul 14
by Maryclaire Mayes

Lavender Essential Oil – Super Star for Your Skin

Lavender Essential Oil - LavnederLavender essential oil is one of the most widely used essential oils. Our ancestors knew they could use Lavenders camphor floral fragrance to deodorize and “clean” clothes and bedding as well as bodies. Research has shown that Lavender essential oil does indeed have some antibacterial and antifungal activity. In addition,  it is an excellent aid in healing wounds and ulcers of the skin. But that’s not all. It also has some local anesthetic properties that help to relieve pain.Lavender Essential oil can be used to relieve pain from burns and bee stings. And if that’s not enough to make you think you should have some of this oil in your medicine cabinet, new studies are showing it is useful in the treatment of antibiotics resistant bacteria like MRSA. More information about Lavender Essential oil can be found here at Robert Tisserand’s web site.