Sometimes, the simplest, centuries-old methods are still the best option.
When it comes to helping to prevent the spread of disease, washing [PROPERLY] with good, old-fashioned soap & water is still our most effective weapon -- Seriously.
As the reality of our nation’s situation begins to sink in, it is important that we all realize we are in this together & we each need to do our part to slow the spread of the devastating pandemic we are facing. We need to act together, to suppress both panic & cavalier attitudes about what we are battling.
Many people are feeling helpless in the face of COVID-19, but washing our hands properly & frequently with soap & water is public health practice each of us has control over that will significantly slow the rate of transmission-- but only if everyone does it consistently. Our hands are the most common way this virus is spread from person to person.
Just how does washing with soap help?
Soap works by rupturing & breaking ‘lipid-membrane type’ virus & bacteria molecules apart, & then surrounding the fragments & severing the chemical bonds that allow the undesirable materials [viruses, grime, bacteria] to stick to skin surfaces. Securely surrounded by the soap molecules, the trapped microorganisms & proteins are then safely rinsed away. Coronaviruses, like COVID-19, as well as herpes, H.I.V, & Ebola to name a few, are all in this ‘lipid-membrane’ family, making thorough hand-washing an incredibly effective means of preventing their spread.
Proper technique is key.
Proper technique is key ensuring the virus molecules are destroyed, a quick rinse is not sufficient.
Effective hand washing involves the following steps:
Inexpensive & effective… In this age of advanced technology, it is truly remarkable that such a simple & ancient item as soap can help us the way it does.
In the face of this global pandemic, washing your hands frequently is one of the least expensive & most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 that we have in our arsenal.
So, stay safe, stay home, don’t panic, but don’t take this too lightly either. Practice social distancing, ensure you have the proper provisions--and for goodness sake--
WASH YOUR HANDS! Soap = Hope. We are all in this together.
As most of my customers are aware, I have MS & am immuno-compromised. Therefore, in light of the first confirmed COVID-19 cases here in Maine, I have made the hard decision not to attend the Farmer's Markets this Friday Mar. 13th & Mar 20th.
I will re-evaluate our attending at that point [fingers crossed for some resolution to this dismal situation by then] IN THE MEANTIME, I am happy to offer FREE SHIPPING on any size order to all our customers in the state of Maine today through Mar 21st. I would hate to deprive anyone of soap to wash their hands with LOL!
Mainers please use code CORONAFsMe at checkout, or choose 'Pick Up' & arrange to come grab your goods from me.
THANK YOU for your understanding & support.
Be safe, take care, & for goodness sake WASH YOUR HANDS!
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While supplies last, grab one of our Cara Cara Orange, Meyer Lemon, & 'i Tres Grandi' (The Big Three) extracts!
Each one provides the bright lift your baking needs to get you through 'til Spring.
Meyer Lemons, for the uninitiated, are a hybrid of citrons & mandarin oranges, providing a sweeter, intense citrus note. Delicious anywhere you would use classic lemon to flavor.
i Tres Grandi is comprised of the
classic flavors so often used in Italian baking, perfectly balanced for you all in one bottle -- and just in time for
all your Easter baking needs!
The Big Three indeed!
And the Cara Cara?
Don't get me started!
I am just in LOVE with that soft color -- almost the same shade as a quince blossom! Aside from that gorgeous color, they provide a slightly tangy, less acidic orange note that is heavenly!
We are so excited to be a part of the first Holiday Market this season!
Come on down & knock that Holiday List out with enjoying a beverage or 2 & seeing all the AMAZING, locally made treasures.
#shoplocal & give everyone on your list something truly special. We will be there with plenty of gift sets & smiles!
It is that time of year again -- when the temperatures begin to drop & the air gets a bit blustery; time for pumpkins & apple picking. Time to start thinking about ROSES. Not the lush blooms of Summer, no!
Now is the time to think about ROSEHIPS.
Now, in fact, is the perfect time to harvest them, as they typically best after first frost.
There has been a lot of buzz about Shampoo Bars in the media lately.
There is also a lot of confusion on subject & a lot of mis-information floating around out there. In an effort to clarify the subject, in this post we will talk about reasons to make the switch, about hair & hair-care, & also about how to use SLS-Free, natural shampoo bars properly & that pesky 'transition period.'
Why Make The Switch?
Looking to make the change over to Shampoo Bars? There are many great reasons to do so! They are an excellent green choice. Shampoo bars eliminate the need for wasteful plastic bottles & are a perfect option for those looking to make their bathrooms a plastic-free zone. Many also eliminate the use of chemical surfactants & preservatives, such as parabens & sodium lauryl sulfate, making these natural shampoo bars a healthier option than the chemical laden bottles seen in most drug stores. Not only are people literally bathing themselves with these chemicals, but the chemicals then make their way down the drain & into our groundwater. Sadly, the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has reported finding these chemicals in nearly every water supply they have tested. Using products without these ingredients helps to reduce that contamination.
Another great reason to switch is that Shampoo Bars are fantastic for travel. Being solid instead of liquid makes them super easy to fly with. Packing a shampoo bar is infinitely easier than dealing with the hassles of traveling with any liquid these days.
TRAVEL TIP: Simply save the empty tin from a package of Altoid mints, tuck a slice of your bar inside,
& you are ready to fly!
More than being TSA friendly, many bars are biodegradable & therefore perfect for camping & safely washing up in freshwater lakes or streams.
Before using your shampoo bar in this manner, please ensure that it is indeed biodegradable, chemical-free, & that it has a low nitrogen footprint -- Sadly, you will find some ‘natural’ soaps & shampoo bars on the market these days are filled with the same chemicals as bottled, mass-produced options.
Additionally, Shampoo bars are very long lasting & economical, with many users finding they need to wash their hair much less often, saving time & water. Being small & solid, they are most often sold with reduced or zero-packaging as well. All of these are really great reasons to make the switch.
One soap to clean everything? It may sound too good to be true, but savon de Marseille style soaps have a long history of doing just that! It is time to revisit this centuries old product that fits perfectly into a modern, eco-friendly, zero-waste lifestyle. Join me as we explore its history & many uses.
A traditional, hard soap crafted from olive oil & salty sea water, this style of soap has been made in the south of France for over 600 years. It has been used to clean everything from infants to kitchens, stone floors to laundry, & is one of the most gentle, moisturizing soaps made. Cut in large, square blocks, the soap cubes are meant to be grated or rubbed to use rather than picked up as you would traditional bar-soap. In 1688, Louis XIV set in place regulations limiting the use of the title “Savon de Marseille,” defining it as a soap made of at least 72% olive oil with no animal fats, & so began the proud tradition of stamping the cubes.
In this house, we look forward to peony season every year. Classic peonies, tree peonies--all colors & sizes, these gorgeous flowers fill our gardens with beauty & fragrance. We cut them by the armful & bring them indoors to fill that space up with their beauty & fragrance too!
One of my favorite ways to enjoy peonies is to make jelly with them. That's right! Not only do they smell great--they taste great too! The jelly is almost as beautiful as the flowers themselves, & it is a fun & tasty way to stretch out your enjoyment of these fleeting beauties.
This year, peony season was delayed greatly by the cold, wet Spring we have had here in midcoast Maine. As a matter of fact, the bulk of my pink peonies have only just opened, which is really unheard of being that it is July 2nd! I had been holding out for the pinks & was only just able to make our jelly for this year. You can make peony jelly with any color petals, but I prefer to use the pinks as they make the MOST AMAZINGLY colored jelly, as you will see as I run us through the whole process.
Mournful puppy-eyes aside, Dugan did his duty & jumped right in to the tub for bath-time.
Here he is giving the Small-Sized chunk a test run. We have cut these soaps into easy-to-hold chunks instead of bars to make them easier to hold onto & lather into your pets fur. MUCH easier to handle than a plastic bottle of shampoo & no cap to remove makes Bath-Time easier for both of you.
I am pleased to be offering bags of fresh lemon verbena in store again! I have just put our over-large plant back outside in the garden. My family looks forward to our lemon verbena every year & I consider it a true harbinger of the approaching Summer.
Beyond its use in tea, many people are stumped by this herb & totally unsure how to use it. I will share one of my favorite recipes here, as well as usage tips & links to sites with more detailed growing info & traditional medicinal uses for this amazing plant. If you haven't been using it, get to know Lemon Verbena--you will be glad you did!
My husband & I were blessed with 2 beautiful girls. When I was diagnosed with MS, I couldn't keep up the pace working retail. We decided on a simpler life, built a cabin in the woods, & moved to mid-coast Maine