ticked off?

by admin on May 18, 2017

tickedoff

anthony : ” dont move”

me: what? whats on me?

anthony: just DONT MOVE ( as the truck begins merging to the shoulder of the road)

me: WHAT IS IT ( i can see him staring at my cheek lol ) IS IT A SPIDER, a BEE???

anthony:  just DONT MOVE

me: ****WHAAAAACK***  straight to my face

anthony: darnit, i said dont move ( laughing, kinda)

me: what was it? ( looks at hand, dont see any guts)

anthony: it was a TICK and now its somewhere in the truck!

well.. its in the truck.. but i hit myself so hard i nearly wasnt!

yeah, so…. we took my pups for a walk a few weeks ago in the woods - when we returned, i was finding ticks on them for days. even after a bath and a good brushing. i knew at that point, i was going to be making something for my babies  - especially since the breed type is known to be sensitive to the drugs available to repel ticks and fleas for dogs. after just losing my nina in january, i am not even willing to take the risk of putting something like frontline on my dogs knowing full well they could have an issue with it simply due to their breed type. so, i started my research. then, i thought you know, as much as i am in the woods with them - i should probably make something that works for them, and me. safe for both of us.

so i began my recipe -  i was torn on whether i wanted a spray or a concentrated form. i had a few different ideas swirling around up here - i was developing different ways to deliver the ingredients i wanted - and couldnt make up my mind - until i had the AH_HA! moment. and once i did, i knew exactly what i was doing. im leaving it up to you. thats what im doing. i did the research and picked your ingredients, but you can pick your method of application.

so let me explain. i knew if i made a spray, i was going to use a lavender hydrosol as the base for the spray - simply because it only serves to help keep the ticks away. more so than water, more so than oil, more so than witch hazel, more so than alcohol. Not to mention, its perfectly safe for dogs. BUT - its also pricey, at least, the good stuff is. the uncut, real organic hydrosol is. ( be careful when searching to buy hydrosols - take caution if you see them being sold cheap. its SO easy to blend with water and sell off a cheap version of something that should not be cut if you care to have the benefits actually work. ) aside from that - on its own, lavender hydrosol is awesome! its so versatile. you can create all sorts of things out of it - or just use it as is, for so many things. it makes a great aftershave, its awesome for sunburn, its wonderful for rashes, as a facial toner, as a skin mist, as a room spray, a night time pillow case help you sleep aid, linen spray, etc.. i encourage you to do some research and experimenting with it.  one of the really nice things about it - you can add your own essential oils to it to create custom blends to your liking. which also means, you can add our tick repellent to it - and have a spray AND a concentrate.  BECAUSE :

i made a concentrate for our tick repellent -  i ended up deciding that was the best route for delivery with the most ability to repel ticks on the body, and for larger areas like clothing and bedding and tents and such - a spray makes good sense. so hence, the hydrosol. PLUS - even if you arent looking for a tick repellent, the hydrosol is wonderful just to use on its own for all sorts of other things. so i thought why not bring the product in.

so what is hydrosol anyhow? hydrosols are byproducts of the essential oil extraction process. they consist of water and plant essence. they do contain many of the same compounds of the plant as the essential oil does, however they also contain some, that the oils do not. they also tend to be more mild. which is perfect for some of us, and our furry friends that have such amazing ability to smell! unfortunately their great sniffers, also make them quite sensitive to the powerful aromas in most essential oils.

now, we do also have the concentrate - which can also be used on you - and canines. i specifically chose the oils ive chosen - to be what i believe is the most effective, while being the most safe. granted, as with all essential oils - use caution and patch test prior to use. discontinue use if irritation occurs, or if puppy displays obvious odd behaviors.

you can search the internet for essential oils to repel ticks - and you will probably find, peppermint and lemon eucalyptus all over the place, however - neither of those oils are in our tick repellent. for good reason. yes, they are good at repelling ticks, but they do have downsides with certain issues - such as age, size, and certain medical conditions. However, -there is an essential oil as effective, in fact its more effective,  and very safe  —– geranium. in fact, it is so safe, it is one of the few oils that can be used directly on the skin, undiluted. now, dont go out and just buy any old geranium oil and expect it to repel ticks - because they arent all this good at it. there are multiple kinds of geranium - the one we use here at bg, just so happens to be the best at repelling ticks :) we also have lemon oil, and just like geranium oil - there are all sorts of lemon oils out there - we use lemon with the highest ability to keep those ticks away. we also have lavender, and just like geranium and lemon, there are multiple sorts - we use…. yes, we use the best… imagine that. food grade, therapeutic, top of the line.  and lastly, there is a bit of light patchouli in there. each oil ive chosen has specific abilities to do certain things in this blend that i think are important. certain oils repel ticks because they cant stand the scent, certain ones mask your own odor which makes you harder to detect by the tick. certain ones wont allow tick eggs to hatch, certain ones kinda choke them out. LOL no, really. haha. so yeah - i promise you i have done my homework to the best of my ability and came to a formula that i hope is the safest and most effective for you and your family.

originally i was going to sell this to you in pure form - but i decided to put it into a fractionated coconut oil for delivery if you choose to use it directly on the skin, yours and pups. the ratio is about 70% essential oil 30% coconut. i did this to ensure the oils are as safe as i can possibly make them for your dogs, while still being effective. you can use the oil on their collar, you can put a drop between their shoulder blades and at the base of their tail. for people, a dab on the wrist, ankle, and base of the neck near the hairline should do the trick.

please keep in mind, these are essential oils - not frontline or commercial tick meds that last for months in your dogs system ( which is actually quite terrifying if you ask me) so they will need to be reapplied more often. before a walk in the woods or trip to the park, for certain. i am not a vet - so please talk with your vet or research online how often for your dog. dogs come in all sizes and breeds - so please do your homework to ensure all safety measures are taken. for reference, i applied the concentrate directly to my 6 mo old australian shepherds about a week ago and so far, no ticks.  i also used my hydrosol spray mix to treat the area of my lawn where my dogs most often go… and gave them each a quick spritz with the hydrosol spray on their legs.  i plan to reapply after their next bath, or before the next walk in the woods. use your discretion - and do some research regarding your dog breed if you are going to be using this on your pets.

if you do choose to add essential oils - or-  our concentrate to the hydrosol mix -

please follow these amount recommendations -

essential oils of your choosing : 10 drops per ounce. so, 40 drops total

our ticked off tick repellent : 80 drops per ounce, 320 drops total.

our ticked off repellent comes in a 1/2 oz amber glass bottle, with a screw cap, and a 1 drop dose cap is included. if you use the drop cap, be sure to SECURE the cap in tight ( they are a little tough to get on).

ive printed up a little info brochure to go along with your hydrosol and tick repellent. so be sure so snag one with your purchase. ( online orders, one will be included with each order)

alright - thats about all for now - any questions - please comment on the facebook post and i will answer to the best of my ability!

thanks!

until next,

-heidi

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GUEST BLOG : laundry by michelle

by admin on April 28, 2017

laundry-bar

so ive asked michelle to write a blog in her words - all about her love of doing laundry, and our laundry soap bar. Im not a fan of doing laundry. me?  i put it in the wash, i take it out and put it in the dryer and thats good enough for me. but michelle, oh no - laundry is a vacation for her, according to her. she loves to do it. hang it, dry it, love it, stain remove it, for all i know shes got a shrine in her closet with a giant lint ball shes been building for years in the center with lights shining down on it. you get the point…

aside from the ease and versatility of our laundry soap - such as, one bar making 2 entire gallons of laundry soap, or, use half and save the other half for an unbeatable stain remover stick! you can turn it into a thin liquid detergent by grating and mixing into a gallon of warm water, or a thicker concentrate stored in a mason jar to be mixed with water as needed. its chemical free, its a built in fabric softener, and saves you money!  oh yeah, and  you can use it for more than your laundry! read on to see what michelle does with her beloved laundry soap bar!

so here, are in michelles words ( and, fair warning -  there are a lot of them, but a great read!) - why she loves our laundry bar so much.

In this day and time, it seems we are bombarded every day with something new that is bad for us. Don’t eat this, don’t drink the water, don’t breathe.  Everything we come in contact with anymore seems to have the potential to cause harm or even promote conditions that can cause death.  Although it seems extreme, there really is truth behind all of it. Fact is our world has been polluted. The food, water, air.. are not the same as they were 100 years ago.  We all have to eat. We can’t stop breathing. Unless you want to walk around with a gas mask on, you will breathe in toxins. Even if you eat all organic, there are still trace toxins that will make their way into that food no matter what you do. You can only do your best and eliminate what you can. After all, stressing over every little thing will make you sick quicker than the toxins in your food. There is one area of your life, though, where you do have great control. The choices you make in this area can and will make a difference on your health and the health of your family. This choice comes in the form of your cleaning supplies in your home, and specifically, your laundry.  I had NO idea the products that my mom used, and her mom swore by to get super clean and gleaming white laundry,could be harming my insides and outside. My Bodygoodies journey has taken many paths. My first path was obvious, since I suffered skin issues. I started using the products to help my outside, and what do you know? They worked and continue to keep my skin healthy. My second path was the one that lead me to my garbage can, with arms full of an arsenal of cleaning products, laundry detergents, fabric softener , and dryer sheets. I was given some soap that Heidi made for the laundry. Real soap.She told me to replace my detergent and fabric softener/dryer sheets with just a tiny bit of this real soap per load. This little bit of unscented, thin liquid couldn’t possibly clean my laundry! I mean, I don’t just have laundry, I have LAUNDRY! I have dirty,boy children, and an even bigger,  dirty boy husband( he takes down trees for a living and he brings about 25% of a tree job home on his clothes )I have dirt layered with dirt, on top of dirt, and some grease on top of that. Twigs and bugs also come embedded in pockets and creases. To top that off, I get some goo, which I’m  pretty sure science hasn’t even identified yet. All of this yuck needs to come out. Did I really think a tiny bit of this soap could clean all of that? No, I actually didn’t and thought Heidi had finally lost her magic touch, but I was game and gave it a try. And what do you know? It worked. I had to put my thoughts in a corner for ever doubting Heidi. She knows her stuff! Not only did it get the clothes clean, but they were super soft! Softer than any fabric softener had ever made them. I like to hang dry some of my garments, but when using typical laundry products, the clothes would end up stiff. Not so with real soap! And the smell. There was none, but there was no odor either. Just naturally clean and fresh. So I was hooked . I thought if it did that great on my clothes it would work in other areas of cleaning my home. I now use it for floors, counters and even dishes. I eliminated virtually every other cleaning supply in my home. I only have one bleach toilet cleaner that I will use on the occasional stain left behind in my white Corian sink,  by a certain dirty boy that doesn’t know how to rinse a sink out yet! I use my laundry soap to clean my toilets, too. Need a great shower cleaner? Use the laundry soap and a magic eraser to get your shower or tub cleaned quickly! … so all of that amazing cleaning power should be the best part, right? And the fact that I use the same jug over and over for my liquid which is great for the environment and not having to buy a million cleaning products, should be the icing on the proverbial cake. Those things are hands down, fantastic! But, the absolute best thing about pitching all the chemical crap for a bar of real soap has been its effects on the heath of my inside and outside, as well as its effects on my child.
I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 23. My son was diagnosed at the age of 5. I had NO idea that the popular laundry detergent and fabric  softener that was used by my grandma and mom, and then me, could have contributed to our condition. It also was A HUGE CULPRIT  in my eczema that no doctor could ever help me with. It’s crazy what is allowed to go into this stuff, and then we wonder why even tiny little babies and children are suffering with this skin issue! It can be caused, yes caused, by your laundry products. Even if your skin issue stems from an internal source, it can be brought out or worsened by the junk in these products. Just because you may not use it directly on your skin, the residues remain in your clothing and still absorb. AND don’t think switching to a product designed for babies will help either. These “gentle” baby products are the exact same with the same junk, just wrapped up differently. So the next time you wrap up your pink- cheeked,  bundle of joy in that soft blanket, smelling of baby powder kisses, just remember what goes into the products that MADE  that blanket so sweet smelling  and soft. I always had some sort of rash and who knew that all of my skin issues were worsened by this stuff and actually caused some! The fragrance that smells of waterfalls and lilies is only a mask hiding 100s of toxins that are so harmful to your lungs and health! Optical brighteners in most laundry detergents may make your whites sparkle, but do you know they can cause dermatitis? Have you ever been wearing a long sleeve shirt and your body starts to warm up and you begin to itch? You can say thank you to your detergent. This ingredient is a big cause of skin distress in babies and children.  And the damage these products cause your lungs is crazy! Your dryer is like an in- house, gas chamber. The wonderful scent that is being emitted from the machine, the one that reminds you of the air after a spring rain, is slowly damaging your lungs. Who would have known that my asthma was caused by that stuff, and after a few years of it being out of my home, I have no trace of asthma. My son’s lungs are healed as well. No more inhalers! My overall health has so greatly improved that I would not believe it if it hadn’t happened to me. Just do your own research on sodium lauryl sulfate. This stuff is in everything. It is horrible. It is in laundry detergent, and in toothpaste, shampoo, body wash and facewash! It is KNOWN, from many, many, many (did I say many?) studies to cause skin irritation, organ toxicity, neurotoxicity , cellular damage, and so much more! Yet we use it to clean our mouths, skin, and clothing!? WOW is all that can be said. Then you have your waste water from bathes and washing machines flowing out of your house and into fields and waterways.  There is a by-product of sodium lauryl sulfate that filtration can’t remove and it never breaks down. Ever. It is a major groundwater contaminant, known to do so much harm to wildlife and humans.  And it is ALLOWED to be sold to us!
Make the switch. You won’t regret it. Try the detergent alternative- real soap. One bar of Bodygoodies laundry soap bar will make you 2 gallons of laundry concentrate. A little bit goes a long way and you can use it to clean so much more. This newly formulated bar contains a powerhouse, cleaning additive, made from the peels of oranges, called D- limonene. It is food-grade, but tough on grease yet safe on your skin and on the environment!  I love this stuff just as much as I love the soap for my body. But I love to clean (REALLY I do. I even tried it on my muddy, black top driveway. Had to see what it would do! Made cleaning it easy and it didn’t harm the grass) so I get excited every time I use it! For those of you that prefer other forms of fun, you will appreciate how good it cleans and how little you need to use. Less time, and less money spent, makes everyone happy!

michelle :)

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