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.

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.

Jul 14
by Maryclaire Mayes

View From My Window – July 2014

a2a27ec0-eb1c-43d6-ba95-ffd2d689958cWhat is The Fourth of July? Is it just another day off from work for a party and the first holiday of summer? In the past it was always called Independence Day and there is a reason for that. Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by delegates from the 13 colonies in 1776.  The Declaration of Independence changed the course of history. It celebrates the experiment of a new kind of government. For the first time in history, the people, not kings or conquerors, would rule a nation.  Elected delegates would vote; representing the will of the people, because they declared it is a natural right for man to be free.

After the vote, John Adams writes to his wife, Abigail: “Yesterday the greatest Question was decided, which never was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was or will be decided among Men. A Resolution was passed without one dissenting Colony ‘that these united Colonies, are, and of right ought to be free and independent States, and as such, they have, and of Right ought to have full Power to make War, conclude Peace, establish Commerce, and to do all the other Acts and Things, which other States might rightfully do…’ This . . . Day . . . will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. . . . It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

So on this day, July 4th 2014, Independence Day, have a party, celebrate, have fun, just remember what you should be celebrating for. I am celebrating the fact that I have the ability to live my dream, be independent and own my own business making our healthy skincare products! What about you? What are you remembering and honoring about the fourth of July?

May 14
by Maryclaire Mayes

View From My Window – June 2014

FasciWith the warm weather comes the bugs! Our pony Caddy and the goats never seem all that bothered by the bugs. I think they may have thicker skin. But our big strong horse, Fasci is so bothered she will come running back into the barn to escape the horse flies. She has a beautiful sleek coat and sheds out quickly but has thin skin that the bugs love.

I have noticed over the years the welts she gets from bug bites get bigger and bigger. None of the fly sprays or my homemade repellants work for more than an hour or two. Lately I have noticed that she rubs on trees to scratch them and turns them into open sores. I use our Tea Tree lotion Stick on them and that was healing them up nicely, until she got a really bad bite right where her belly and back leg meet.

I couldn’t figure out how she was scratching that one and she was making an awful mess of it. I will spare you the pictures, trust me I’m not bothered by much but I thought it was gross.  I bought some spot-on bug repellant like we use on the dog ( I don’t like to use them, but we have so many ticks I feel it is the best option). So far it has been working for a week so no more new bites. But she was still scratching the ones she had so they couldn’t heal.  Then I saw her do it. She was using the goat hutch. So we moved the hutch out of the pasture for now and everything seems to be healing now.

May 14
by Maryclaire Mayes

Soap Saving Tips

Waterfall Soap DishHandcrafted soaps are not drying like commercial soaps and are worth the extra cost to keep your skin soft, smooth and irritation free. Handcrafted soaps retain the natural glycerin in the soap, it helps keep the moisture in your skin. But it also can make your soap soft and it will get used up more quickly.
Here are some Soap Saving Tips to make your handcrafted soaps last longer.

1. Soap Savers, these come in many styles. The idea is to keep your soap dry in between use, keeping them dryer keep the bar harder and it will last longer. We have a small plastic soap saver. I know they are not “All Natural” but they clean up nice and last forever. We also have a nice cedar soap deck for those who prefer a natural way to keep your soap dry in between use. We even have one that helps keep your sink clean, the Waterfall soap dish.

2. Place your soap in the shower where the spray doesn’t hit it directly.

3. Some people go the extra step of alternating bars in the shower, so the bars have extra time to dry out in between use. I have a basket of soaps that I sometimes use for this.

4. When your soap ends too small to handle, wet and stick it to your new bar. The smaller the used bar the easier it is to stick to the new bar.