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Know Your Ingredient: Honey

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Honey is one of nature’s miracle products and can be used in a myriad of ways for both food and medicine. The seasonal variation in the flavour profile is just one of the things that makes honey endlessly fascinating, but it’s also a really powerful ingredient when it comes to nourishing your skin.

Origin

We get our honey from a local South Coast beekeeper named Tony Bee. He has been working with bees for most of his life. Tony is in his 70s now and has a real passion for bee health. He will only harvest honey when he knows they can make more, and won’t if it looks like a bad season as he doesn’t want them to starve.

Many large keepers don’t care and will just harvest no matter what, subsequently starving the bees and causing them to die.

He uses a low heat extraction method to remove the wax from the honey. He also moves his hives around to areas of abundant flowers to large orchards to help out with pollination on farms or fields.

I love working with Tony because he’s local and passionate. His honey is high quality and cruelty-free—he doesn’t even smoke them when he’s harvesting.

History of use

According to a Medical News Today article, cave paintings show that around 8,000 years ago, honey was first being used by humans, although there was no evidence of humans keeping and cultivating colonies of bees until 2,400 BC.

Honey was a mainstay in the medical practices of many cultures for centuries. Over 4,000 years ago, honey was used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, where it was thought to be effective in treating indigestion and imbalances in the body.

Before its use by Ancient Egyptians, honey was rubbed onto the skin to treat wounds and has been found in medicinal substances from over 5,000 years ago.

The beneficial properties of honey have been explored and studied in modern times, and there is evidence to suggest that some parts of its historical reputation may hold truth.

Applications

While honey has many therapeutic uses, it’s main use in skincare is for wound healing because of its antibacterial properties, some of which are detailed in this Dermatology Times article.

We use honey in most of our products including our new Day Cream, which is also a sunscreen. Super light on your skin, it soothes while it protects.

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CHRISSY GIFT VOUCHER with additional free shipping for the recipient.

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CHRISSY PRESSIES Last minute!!

Can’t decide what to get someone, why not a Saarinen Organics Gift voucher.

We are doing chrissy gift vouchers as a digital version with a coupon code that the recipient can put into our website to redeem there gift of their choice.

So simple, we will send you through a digital voucher with the coupon code on it, for you to print at your leisure and give your gift easily without waiting for snail mail to deliver a hard copy.

And i will also add to the voucher on top of your designated amount free shipping for the recipient.

All you need to do is send me your email address and i will send out a paypal invoice,

Pop me through an email to kay@saarinenorganics.com

So easy, stress free xx

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New Product

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I am so very excited to launch our new product range.

I have been working with Marine biologist Jo Lane of Tilba.

Jo has incredible knowledge of the right time to harvest seaweed, species identification, and the correct way to process to ensure all the integrity of the plant is kept.

Jo has a business called Sea Health where she sells her food-grade seaweed in three forms, do check her out.

After seeing the test results and research that Jo had done on our local species I knew I had to work with her to create a seaweed range.

Seaweed or Sea Kelp benefits include:

Hydration—seaweed is full of humectants that draw in moisture from the environment, and Vitamin E.

Youthful-looking skin—the amino acids in seaweed help your skin plump up, smoothing out fine lines with its anti-aging properties. The same mix of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants that can benefit your body when you eat seaweed can also help your skin when you apply it. The antioxidants in seaweed can help prevent free radical damage to the skin and protect against skin aging.

So with no further ado, I would like to introduce our SEAWEED AND COFFEE BODY SCRUB.

We make our delicious body scrub with:
Local Sea Health seaweed.
Local roasted Ragino Coffee from Wyndham.
Local honey and beeswax from Wyndham.
Our permaculture grown fresh herbal infusion in iodised water.
Blended with certified organic Rosewater, Almond oil, and Citrus essential oil—making this cream smell of chocolate jaffas.

Removing dead skin cells and soothing the skin with honey, hydrating and rejuvenating with seaweed is so divine for the whole body from the neck down.

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Free shipping from now till chrissy

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We would like to thank all our wonderful customers and give back a gift to you.

FREE SHIPPING

from now till Christmas

We know this time of year can be expensive and we are so well supported that we would like to give a little back.

If you are  thinking of giving a Saarinen Organics pressie to Mum, Dad, Nan or Pop or even a teenager, we have something for everyone, with great bundles and save upto 10% with the further discount of free shipping.

Some wonderful Eco, Sustainable Aussie made Chrissy ideas

Mum deserves a little time out after the hectic festive season with our
Revitalising mineral mask bundle.

Dad or any other member who has a terrible time with itchy dry skin, give them some relief with
our Itchy skin treatment bundle.

Nan would love a hand and body cream with relaxing rosalina essential oil.

Pops sore hip would love a Heat rub that actually works.

Teenagers a Pimples pack, to help rid of pimples over the school holidays.

WE ARE SO WELL SUPPORTED AND WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OUR LOVELY CUSTOMERS VERY MUCH

LOVE TO YOU ALL

XX KAY

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How I Transform Comfrey To Creams

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Once a year the comfrey that I have grown for two years is bursting with new sprouts and the transformation from seed to skin begins. The process of growing, harvesting, cleaning, and soaking overnight, chopping the root, and making our apple cider vinegar tinctures and oil infusions can take a number of days for each root.

From each plant, I produce around one kilo of comfrey once a year. So, while labour intensive the outcome is comforting. From the very first bottle to the last of the season the comfrey root tinctures and oils are carefully prepared into our popular Heat Rub made with 3 apple cider vinegar tinctures including the comfrey root;  Comfrey Ointment made with the root oil infusion and beeswax; and Gardeners Hand Cream made with apple cider vinegar root tincture.

Made from freshly harvested, permaculture grown comfrey herb on our eco-sustainable farm and available online through our shop and in carefully selected stockists around the country.

Use as often as needed. As with all topical products, it is advisable to test on a small area of skin first. For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes.

Buy our Comfrey Ointment

Buy our Comfrey Heat Rub

Buy our Gardeners Hand Cream

Apply comfrey externally, to treat joint inflammatory disorders, wounds, bone fractures, and gout. Commonly comfrey can be found in extracts, ointments, or compress pastes of comfrey leaves and roots.1

Comfrey contains an abundance of mucilage and holds a chemical compound that promotes cell generation, which strengthens the skin.2

Also in the comfrey plant is allantoin, which can have a moisturising and clearing effect, assists with hydrating and exfoliating, smoothes the skin, promotes wound healing, and provides a soothing anti-irritant and skin protectant effect.3

1 https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/comfrey
2 https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/comfre92.html
3 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allantoin

Benefits and features of Saarinen Comfrey products:

  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • No Animal Testing.
  • FREE from Added Artificial Preservatives, animal by-products.
  • FREE from Synthetically Produced Substances, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and Genetic Engineering (GE).

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Vitamin E — All Natural, GMO And Palm Oil Free

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The Vitamin E we use in our products is GMO-free and vegetable obtained.

Vitamin E Oil is a natural antioxidant. It is very moisturising (particularly helpful due to its close relationship with our Sebum Oil) and has been known to help minimise scars, help improve severe dry skin, and is also noted for its anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing benefits and its success in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Topical application of Vitamin E has been proven beneficial in many clinical trials. It has also been found to absorb the energy from ultraviolet (UV) light. This means its helpful in photo-protection and preventing UV-induced free radical damage to skin*.

The Vitamin E Oil that we use in Saarinen Organics products is a natural, GMO-free Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol T-50)—the purest form of natural vitamin E available and is obtained strictly from plant sources only.

So the very best thing you can do is to apply vitamin E nightly and also eat a wide range of food that contains high vitamin E to help you glow from the inside out, what you eat we can definitely see on the skin.

*http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-E

*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583891/

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Nicolina Bridal Trunk Show

We are so excited to be teaming up with the lovely Saarinen Organics for our Nicolina Bridal Trunk Show this Saturday!

Every bride who has an appointment will be receiving a gorgeous gift pack worth $97, just for booking!!

Saarinen Organics has been creating an All-Natural Skincare range using herbs grown on their permaculture farm at Wyndham, Sapphire Coast, since 2008.

Every one of their beautiful products is made by hand using traditional methods, helping your skin to glow naturally.

Stunning wedding gowns + luxurious skincare = the perfect way to spend a Saturday. We can’t wait!

— at Saarinen Organics..

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Macadamia Nut Oil — Certified Organic

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When we’re young, we hate when our skin produces excess oil, because it can cause acne. However, this same oil, known as Sebum, becomes our friend as we age because it helps us keep the skin moist and gives a youthful appearance.

Sebum is produced far less as we get older, with a considerable depletion occuring at age 40. This is why our skin dries out and eventually begins to wrinkle. The cosmetics industry encourages us to turn to synthetic moisturisers to help slow the process, but those products are simply not as effective on our skin as Sebum Oil.

Luckily nature is generous and provides multiple solutions. Recent research has found that palmitoleic acid, the omega 7 fatty acid found in Sebum can be sourced from multiple elements of the natural world. One such of these is particularly abundant, helpful, and native to Australia—Macadamia Oil.

Our Sebum supply declines as we age, however, the qualities of Macadamia Oil have been proven to act as a natural anti-aging tool.

When applied to the skin it is absorbed fully and doesn’t leave a greasy feel. Because it’s so close to your skin’s naturally produced oil, it’s able to help soften fine lines and wrinkles, providing a treatment that is both nourishing and grounding.

This is why we use certified organic Macadamia Nut Oil in our all-natural eco skincare range. Handcrafted on our permaculture farm in the Bega Valley, Wyndham, NSW.

A little about the properties of Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts contain over 75% of their weight as oil, the remainder is 9.0% proteins, 9.3% carbohydrates, 1.5% moisture, 1.6% mineral matters, and 2.0% fibre. The kernels of macadamia contain vitamin A1, B1, B2, niacin, and essential elements such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. The oil is a triglyceride oil and contains primarily monounsaturated fats up to 80–84%. Macadamia oil contains the highest percentage of monounsaturates when compared to both olive and canola oils.[1]

Macadamia nuts are also high in oleic acid (omega 9) and linoleic acid (omega 6) which helps the skin to restore its barrier function and maintain moisture. These fatty acids also boast anti-inflammatory properties, helping your skin to remain healthy and smooth.

Akhtar; et al. (2006). “Evaluation of basic properties of macadamia nut oil”. Gomal University Journal of Research, 22: 21–27. Retrieved 2 January 2016.

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Our Story

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Our story of how we grew our eco-sustainable business.
My husband Gregg and I, together with our daughter Gemma, live on our 5-acre farm in our self-built straw bale home in beautiful Wyndham, located in the Bega Valley area on the NSW Far South Coast.

A life long dream finally became reality for our family—to live an eco-friendly, sustainable life and produce an income that nourishes our mind, body, and spirit and leave only a small footprint behind us.

The land we needed had to be suitable for Mediterranean herbs and also Aussie medicinal herbs. Many Mediterranean herbs need many hours of sub-zero temperatures to re-grow the next year and also a harsher environment effectively creates an abundance of flowers, which are often the main source of the herb plants used. We also needed a good water source, non contaminated by large surrounding farms though not too isolated as we still needed a strong community to be involved in.

We found our piece of paradise, situated at the foothills of the snowy plains, bordered by national parks and lush with pristine soils and creeks. This provided the perfect foundations for our family-run eco business and new home. Gregg, a qualified carpenter, and I built our straw bale home powered by a large solar system with a solar hot water and solar bore pump, complimented by a slow combustion stove for providing warm meals and hot water, minimizing our family footprint every step of the way.

Following traditional permaculture and organic practices, we grow not only organic medicinal herbs for our business, but we also farm small-scale sheep, chooks, ducks, have planted over 200 fruit, nut, and berry trees, as well as grow enough vegetables for ourselves and friends.

A bore-water irrigation system and solar powered pump work efficiently to keep our plants and animals watered year-round. We are also committed to regenerating our land for the future, with a few acres along our creek frontage under re-vegetation in conjunction with Land Care, doubling as a wildlife corridor.

At first whilst I studied herb culture, we grew organic veggies and herbs, selling locally with the goal to sell dried medicinal herbs to manufactures of skincare and also manufacture an organic food range, as I was a retired chef. When our baby girl arrived, Gemma, it quickly became apparent that she suffered from a very dry skin condition from her neck to her scalp. The doctor’s opinion was cortisone, which I refused. I researched and found calendula ointment to be a good starting point to help keep the dry skin moist. So I started studying topical naturopathy which lead me down the path to a mentorship who handed down recipes from 9 generations, and thus Saarinen Organics was born. I loved making and learning about creams and herbs, it was exciting, new and the business just grew naturally.

Now well and truly committed to our health and that of our animals, plants and land, it was time to put our knowledge, skills, and philosophies into practice with our all-natural skincare range. From the ground up and every step of the way, we ensure purity in ingredients beginning with the most basic of all, capturing all water used in our products in a food grade stainless steel rainwater tank.

Lucky for us locavore living is well and truly alive in the Bega Valley with as many ingredients as possible purchased locally if they are not already being grown at our family farm. Honey and beeswax is from Tony Bee, Lavender essential oil from Mt. Darragh Lavender, fresh chillies from Disaster Bay Chilli, to name but a few.

Having studied herb culture and a naturopath mentorship, I have taken ancient toxin-free recipes handed down through the generations and perfected them overtime to bring you the best of what nature has to offer in its purest, simplest form. All products are hand made right on the farm and kept fresh by, you guessed it, a solar passive cool room housing our products and ingredients.

Products full of integrity, hand-made with love, and with the health of both you, and the environment at the centre of it all.

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Chest Rub

We are now in the depths of winter.

Our Saarinen Organics Chest Rub is a warming and comforting blend of essential oils to help you relax and breath deeply. My daughter says “it’s like a warm hug” with an uplifting aroma of our Australian bush.

I blend our Chest Rub with local low heated beeswax, certified organic olive oil and certified organic essential oils of Eucalyptus, Rosemary, T-tree (Cajput), Rosalina, Peppermint, and Lavender.

Furthermore, you can put these essential oils into a burner to help with the winter blues.
The following are extracts from research on essential oils.

Happy reading from Kay Saarinen.
Saarinen Organics
All-natural skincare
Herbs grown on our permaculture farm and made into our all-natural skincare, from seed to skin.

“Eucalyptus works as an expectorant and helps cleanse your body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that can make you feel sick.” From Dr Axe.

“Rosemary essential oil is known to relieve respiratory disorders such as whooping cough, asthma, sinus infections, and bronchitis.” From Doctors Health Press.

“Tea tree oil has been found to exhibit protective activity against bacteria, fungi, and yeast, according to a 2000 study from a German research team (3). These microbes can cause inflammation, which depletes the immune system and leads to symptoms including coughs and congestion. Fortunately, tea tree oil contains antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties. It’s a great essential oil for sore throats, coughs, and bronchial congestion.” From Doctors health Press.

“Peppermint is an essential oil best known for its antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, and expectorant properties. Peppermint is a common treatment for sinus infections, respiratory infections, coughs, colds, and sore throats. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2010 (2) suggests that the antispasmodic activity in peppermint oil helps relieve coughing. The menthol in peppermint oil is thought to calm and soothe sore throats, while also relieving coughs by thinning mucus.” From Doctors Health Press.

“Lavender is one of the most common essential oils available. It’s especially useful for respiratory disorders and symptoms such as colds, influenza, coughs, and sinus congestion; it can ease breathing problems when phlegm is trapped within the sinuses and lungs. Apply a few drops of lavender oil on the back, neck, or chest for relief.” From Doctors Health Press.

“Rosalina essential oil is an excellent oil for upper respiratory tract congestion and infection, particularly useful with small children. It is a gentle expectorant with anti-infectious properties because of its 1,8 cineole chemical content. This essential oil is extremely gentle on the mucous membranes as well as the skin.” From Still Point Aromatics.

Stacey Asplin reviewed Saarinen Organics— 5 star
May 12
I’ve been using Saarinen Organics for the past 8 years, all their products are amazing. I love thats it’s all natural local and Kay makes each product herself, I know what’s in it and it’s safe for my kids with no chemicals. Her calendula cream is awesome with her chest rub having an amazing smell and her face creams are so glorious to put on, once you’ve used her products you’ll never use anything else again.

Cheryl Tennant reviewed Saarinen Organics— 4 star
August 26, 2016
I recently bought a pot of chest rub and love it, more effective than vicks and without the chemicals that I was intolerant to. I already have others lined up to by this product as well.

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Heat Rub

So we are not all about skincare, we also have a wide range of products to help those in need. We love love our heat rub and have been making it for 10 years now.

Both Gregg and I were the guinea pigs, as we just couldn’t find anything on the market that would help our needs. We both work hard and needed something to help relax, I think that’s why we were able to nail it. I like hearing all sorts of feedback so we can improve, Gregg is so honest with his feedback—as hubbies are lol—along with our customers.

We have been honoured to have many naturopaths and massage therapists use it in their treatments with some amazing feedback.

So about our heat rub . . . I make it with three tinctures of fresh and dried herbs, and apple cider vinegar. This is a very old traditional method using a natural base acid to draw the goodness from the herbs without damaging cells. I was taught this method from my mentor who had it handed down nine generations. Most tinctures now are made from alcohol or universal solvents which I just found too harsh for my skin.

Using this method some tinctures can take from 3–6 months to make. Our heat rub has comfrey root, chilli and hypericum tinctures mixed with arnica infused oil and essential oils to help warm areas that need some TLC. Our comfrey root is grown here on our permaculture farm so we use it fresh in the tincture.

“Comfrey roots and leaves can provide natural healing properties for all different types of ailments because of its high allantoin content which makes cells grow faster. Comfrey contains a special substance called allantoin. This is one of the reasons why comfrey-treated bones knit so fast, wounds mend so quickly and burns heal with such little scarring. Comfrey is often called knitbone or healing herb”—Mother Earth News.

We make our hypericum tincture (St. John’s Wort) using fresh and dried flowers, as this is a noxious weed we cannot grow this on our farm though we often purchase this herb from wildcrafters locally.

Extract from Organic Facts, “Anti-Inflammatory Agent: The soothing nature of St. John’s Wort and the rich concentration of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds make it perfect for easing the aching pains of arthritis, in addition to gout, joint discomfort, and muscle aches. Just as it helps ease inflammation on the skin and in the gut, St. John’s Wort also lowers inflammation in the cardiovascular system, thereby helping to lower blood pressure and decrease stress on the heart.
Skin Treatment: If you use St. John’s Wort in topical application in the form of a salve or tincture, it can speed the healing process of burns, bruises, and scrape by stimulating circulation of oxygenated blood to those skin cells so that repairs can begin.”

We make our chilli tincture using fresh chillies from local growers and what we can grow ourselves. Chilli is fantastic to warm areas up without damaging the skin.

We buy in certified organic arnica infused oil and essential oils too—winter green, peppermint, and black pepper. All of which help warm small and large areas and help you relax.

Saarinen Organics
All-natural skincare
Helping you glow naturally

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ABC South East Story Box Landed At Our Place

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What a great program with many small rural stories out there, the story box got handed around the community for our chance to have a little chat.
When it was our turn it was 5:45 in the morning and I was thrown a bit on this one, my goodness, Trump was elected the night before and I wasn’t ready for that question!!!! lol
Thank you ABC for this.
xx KAY

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ABC Rural Came Out To Our Saarinen Organics Farm For A Radio Interview

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How wonderful that ABC Rural came all the way out to our permaculture farm in Wyndham to do a radio interview, in the foothills of the Bega Valley, NSW. The interviewer was so wonderful and had me at ease, chatting away. It was easier than I thought when talking from a place of truth and passion.

xx Kay

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Calendula Ointment

We grow our calendula flowers on our permaculture farm all year round, giving us access to fresh flowers for making our calendula oil infusion from scratch to create our amazing Calendula Ointment. We collect the seeds and sow them every season.

My daughter loves to help me pick the gorgeous bright orange calendula flowers, as we chat about life. We pick the calendula flowers after the morning dew has lifted when the flowers are open and before the native bees are out. It is so important to pick after a few dry days so the pollen is still fresh and abundant to get that really rich orange colour.

Once picked we spread the flowers out on a drying rack and pick out any weeds and bugs. I then take the fresh calendula flowers into my sterilised lab and begin the process of infusion. We use Victorian bio-dynamic olive oil to infuse our calendula flowers. It takes a very long time to infuse (there is a secret step I shan’t reveal that has taken many years to perfect).

I then blend the finished calendula infused oil with our magnificent local low heated beeswax to make our very popular Calendula Ointment. Our local beeswax is second to none, non-refined and low heated so it still has honey in it. Of all the samples that I have tested over the 10 years I have been making Calendula Ointment no other beeswax has come close.

Calendula is well known as natures antiseptic. I love using it as a lip balm, finger tip balm, dry knees, elbows and heels. My daughter suffered from a very dry eczema and it helped in relation to the very dry skin, helping to keep it moisturised all day and the beeswax gives a great barrier from the elements.

Click on the link below for a direct link to our Calendula Ointment.
http://www.saarinenorganics.com/…/lip-c…/calendula-ointment/

Thank you for taking the time to read our story and to all our loyal customers for your support over the 10 years that I have been making our Calendula Ointment.
xx Kay Saarinen

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Fertilizing On Our Permaculture Farm

Fertilising on our permaculture farm.
Its ALL about fertilizer and it has to be sustainable.

Over the 15 years we have been building up our permaculture farm, the biggest cost we found was buying in fertiliser for our hundreds of fruit, nut, berry trees, and shrubs. At first we bought organic pellets, we spread preparation 500, blood and bone, seaweed, fish emulsions and local sheep poo buy the trailer load.
All these things were great start-ups though just not economically sustainable when we are talking large scale. So of course we started up our worm farms and composts, still there wasn’t enough to go around. We cut the tussocks and mulched though again it wasn’t enough to go around so we had to buy in hay.

Finally we have fertilizing nailed with two systems.

System 1: In the orchard, we have Muscovy ducks that love a bath (though aren’t water-bound), so we were able to set up a cow trough and harvest their liquid fertilizer via gravity feed down the hill through a poly pipe and feed the trees. The ducks also have very large poop that is high in nitrogen and feeds the trees well. They eat the grass and the fallen fruit, this system has very little input from us now, we just empty the duck bath once a week and give them grain in the morning. In fact we have chairs in the orchard that we sit and just enjoy watching them potter around while we munch on apples. We now have a goat and two sheep that eat the tussocks and keep blackberry under control.

System 2: Outside the main fruit orchard we grow comfrey under all other fruit trees, this way the comfrey leaves die and compost under the trees, keep the weeds down and they fertilise them with potash, magnesium, and calcium. We also give each 1/2 a wheel barrow of pony poo just once a year, so under the trees are teeming with worms creating little ecosystems that feed the tree with very little input from us.

It took a while to get it right with poo. At first we had the little mini ponies, though they couldn’t be let out in the large paddock because they would founder so we had to lock them up and buy in dry hay, not sustainable. Then we tried a couple of big horses, they soon stripped the place and feed had to bought in, again unsustainable. We finally found that 2 x 10h ponies work for our land, they can be let out into the big paddock and we haven’t needed to buy in hay for a few years now. All our beds only get pony poo, straight on, no composting, we have a great poo picker upper that goes on the back of the mower that picks up poo, we pile it up and wheelbarrow it in the garden with ease. YAY!!!! Sustainable at last.

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Our Children’s Future Choices, Are Our Choices We Make Today

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“What I do now, what I show my child now, will depict what choices she will make for herself in the future”.
On our permaculture farm, where we grow our herbs for our all-natural, eco skincare range, I often think of our daughters future.
I often see the caption “children see, children do”.
Our daughter is constantly dressing up and running through our garden, she sees us working, harvesting food and herbs.
I want to teach her about eco choices across the board, products that care for the environment and her body as well.
We grow our herbs on our eco permaculture farm and manufacture from scratch incorporating local and certified organic ingredients.

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What Is Beauty To You?

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WHAT IS BEAUTY TO YOU?
Beauty to me is:
Clean and healthy skin.
Clean teeth and a smile.
Clean and healthy hair.
Clean and healthy food.
Clean words and thoughts.
Clean clothes.
Clean and healthy on the inside.
I want to teach my daughter that wanting to feel beautiful doesn’t mean to coat your skin with makeup or fear wrinkles, skin that is clean, shiny, and healthy is beautiful.
Health and beauty radiates through clean healthy teeth and smile, so brush them every day and laugh often, there is nothing more beautiful than a face with character, with lines of laughter, love and life.
Clean and shiny hair simply brushed up in a ponytail, neatly trimmed, is far more beautiful than hair sprayed and torched for hours each day.
To eat clean healthy food you will be a nice healthy weight and you will glow with the health of shiny hair, nails and skin, your breath and teeth will naturally be beautiful.
Clean words—there is nothing more ugly than harsh words and anger, stand up for yourself, there is no need to be mean or gossipy, you will be admired and loved.
Clean clothes—don’t worry about the fashions of the now, as long as your clothes are clean and feel comfortable to you, believe me girl when I say to you, a clean potato sack will look good on you when you are clean and healthy.
It is so ok to play in the garden and get covered in dirt.
It is ok to play in the sea, your hair full of salt and sand.
It is ok to cuddle your favorite chicken at the kitchen table.
And go wading in the dam knee-deep in mud to harvest reeds to weave your bags, this is not ugly dirty dirt, this is clean dirt you can wash off.
Ugliness is the dought we carry to needlessly be knee-deep in dept to cover ourselves in fashion and paint. Ugliness is anger and mean words and thoughts, drugs, smoking and fast food are the ugly dirty dirt you cannot wash off.
Glow naturally, age naturally and cleanly, this is the most beautiful and kind thing you can do for yourself.
Saarinen Organics.
All-natural skincare, to help you glow naturally from seed to skin.
www.saarinenorganics.com