Start Healing with Raw Local Honey

Honey has been a staple in the human diet since ancient times. It has an unusual chemical composition which prevents it from spoiling. Archaeologists have unearthed pots that are thousands of years old that are still good. Honey is low in moisture and high in acid, making bacteria and microorganisms unable to grow. Bees add glucose oxidase, an enzyme, to it that creates hydrogen peroxide as a byproduct. Honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Honey is great for:

Soothing a sore throat or cough –

Do you have a nagging cough? Kids can’t sleep? Give them 2 TBSP of honey and you’ll be good to go! Honey provides natural relief from sore throats by coating the throat and reducing inflammation! This is a much safer go-to than drug store cough syrups!

If you want to give it an extra kick, pour your jar of honey into a saucepan with a few sage leaves, and some ground up ginger. Add in fresh squeezed lemon juice. Simmer for 30 minutes on med-low. Let it cool and put back into the jar! Keep this syrup in the refrigerator for up a year. Add to a hot cup of water, spoon it out for the kids, or enjoy in tea! The taste is wonderful! You can play with adding other spices if you enjoy more of a kick! Cloves, garlic, or turmeric also add a power punch to this syrup!

Treat Wounds –

Honey has been found to kill all strains of bacteria in wounds. For the treatment of burns and wounds, WebMD notes: Honey is applied directly or in a dressing which is usually changed every 24 to 48 hours. When used directly, 15 mL to 30 mL of honey has been applied every 12 to 48 hours, and covered with sterile gauze and bandages or a polyurethane dressing.

Why use synthetic rub on creams when you can just go to the kitchen?

Natural Sweetener –

Processed sugars are a thorn in our country’s side. Surprisingly honey can be added to most recipes in place of sugar. The conversion is really simple:

For every 1 cup of granulated sugar, replace it with 1/3 cup of raw honey!

Honey contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Seasonal Allergy Relief –

We strongly believe that by taking 2 TBSP of honey a day you can naturally ease the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Honey contains traces of flower pollen, and exposure to small amounts of allergens works as a good treatment to combat daily symptoms.

Again, a sweet bite of honey is a lot less complicated than a synthetic alternative. However, if you need an over the counter aid after trying the honey then do so! We advocate in trying the natural option first, every time!

Kills bacteria –

In clinical studies, medical grade honey has been shown to kill food-borne illness pathogens like E. coli and salmonella, as well as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, both of which are common in hospitals and doctors’ offices.

While we aim to learn more about the beekeeping process over the next few years. We distribute honey at the Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Market each weekend for our friends at Humble Bee Honey! Their local raw honey is fabulously rich and you can’t beat the flavor!

Make life a little bit sweeter and reach out to your local Farmer’s Markets and Bee-Keepers  today to add more local honey into your diet! You wont regret it!

Flea & Tick Spray

 

Our All Natural Flea & Tick Spray

We are the proud fur parents of 2 Australian Shepard/Chocolate Lab mixes named Molly and Buster. They love to be outside, but need to be inside with us, warm at night. The fleas and ticks love their white fur!

As much as we don’t want them to suffer from bugs, we also don’t like using the toxic drops full of harsh chemicals. The main ingredients in our Flea & Tick Spray are Apple Cider Vinegar and a trifecta of tea tree, lavender, and lemon essential oils.

This mixture is safe and gentle enough to use on most animals, however we discourage using on our feline friends. Cats just have a hard time processing essential oils!

You can spray directly on them, rub it into their fur or brush it on.  Generously spray down any rugs, carpet, blankets, or beds they may have come into contact with!

Apple cider vinegar has a multitude of beneficial uses for you pets. It is great for their skin and hair, anti-fungal, and can help ward off unwanted health issues. The baking soda and salt help dehydrate any eggs that might be living on them, while the essential oils work their magic by repelling ticks and killing the fleas while calming your pet down.

This product can be helpful in fighting “hot spots”. Molly literally has a brown spot on her lower back that she just wont leave alone some days. Once applied, the lavender oil helps calm her down and go back to her normal self.

Flea & Tick spray is also recommended for human use! Did you know that ticks carry Lyme Disease? They transmit the very harmful and long term disease. Protect yourself and loved ones by spraying yourself down before leaving the house to go outside to work or play! Specifically in long grass or brush filled areas.

 

On Molly, our dog, we use it on what we refer to as her “hot spot”. She digs and bites at it, even without a bug problem. The lavender oil helps calm her down and not want to dig!

As always we have fresh batches weekly at the market and offer orders by mail!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us!

Grammy’s Sweet Lemon Laundry Sauce FAQ

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Grammy’s Sweet Lemon Laundry Sauce Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How much do I use per load?  – Just 1 tablespoon will wash a regular size, reasonably dirty load of laundry. However, for added softness we recommend 2 or if you just like it and want to use half the jar, be our guest! This product is gentle enough that you don’t have to worry about it eating holes in your washables.

2. Does it work in a high efficiency washer & dryer? – Yes! However, you must put it in     the rear of the detergent drawer, dilute it in a 1/2 cup of water, or simply scoop into  clothing chamber. Really we just throw some in and it works! 

3. Can you make it in a bigger size than a quart? Nothing is impossible, but at this time     my method involves using regular mouthed mason jars… so no, but perhaps if by               special order. We never turn down reasonable offers. We could probably fill a large             pickle jar with one batch. 

4. Can you make a batch without essential oils? Absolutely! Just ask!

5. Does it build up my septic tank? No! Unlike big box store brands of detergents, our         laundry sauce helps break it down! Just one more added benefit!

6. Is it really just 4 ingredients? Yep! Cross our hearts! 

7. Does it cure poison oak? Ok, it’s not snake oil or anything, but rub a little on your             rash! It’ll help dry it out!

8. Does it suds up? Kind of! You’ll see a few bubbles because of the washing soda! Not like box store brands, but you don’t that anyways!

9. Where can I get this wonderful Laundry Sauce? Currently we are offering the Laundry Sauce at the Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 10-2 and the Riverside Market at Glaser Estate Winery from 1-7 on Thursdays which are both located in Roseburg, Oregon.

UCC T-Shirt Fundraiser

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Last week our town was rocked by tragedy. Last week our community lost 9 precious lives to a senseless act of violence that we just can’t wrap our heads around. All we can do is hope, pray, grieve, and then help in the ways that we can. It is all we can do because this event is literally all that we can think about.

I am proud to say that I am a UCC Alumni. I sat on the student body council as the Public Relations officer from 2003-2004. My adult life started while I was at Umpqua Community College. I made many life-long friends there, learned valuable lessons, and chose my career path as an entrepreneur and graphic artist. I sat in Snyder Hall in that very room for Writing 121. Not in a million years would I have imaged that such a horrific act would happen there on October 1, 2015.

We ask that our Umqpua Valley Farmer’s Market Community and beyond help us in reaching our goal by raising funds with this exclusive #IAmUCC design long sleeved tee. Sport your green and show your love for UCC! They are directly shipped to you for $5 or shipped to us for free and we’ll have them available in Roseburg at the Farmer’s Market at our booth for pick-up. These must be ordered online though through Booster!

http://www.booster.com/ucc-relief-fund-tee-fundraiser

100% of proceeds and donations will be delivered directly to Umpqua Bank via check by Booster.com at the end of the fundraiser!

13 days left in this fundraiser! We are at 31 shirts sold as of today towards our 50! Please share this link with your friends and family!

Thanks in advance!

Erin Vee, Unintended Farms

 

 

Grammy’s Sweet Lemon Laundry Sauce

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The Perfect Laundry Soap – Grammy’s Sweet Lemon Laundry Sauce

What is the one thing you touch all day long, everyday. Besides bathing and the occasional skinny dip, when do you not have material touching some part of your skin? What you wash your clothes in matters! It matters a lot!

Grammy’s is super concentrated and does not need additives like fabric softener or bleach! The best part is that it only requires 1 TBSP per load instead of an entire cup! It works on either high efficiency or top loading washing machines.

We challenge you to go look at the ingredients in your laundry soap. Chances are there are several harsh chemicals and dyes that you can’t pronounce. That big cup of blue liquid isn’t doing you or your clothes any favors in the long term.

Grammy’s Sweet Lemon Laundry Sauce is made with four all-natural ingredients by hand in small batches to ensure quality! It is hypoallergenic, dye and perfume free. We include just a few small drops of lemon oil per batch to give it a cleaning boost utilizing citric acid. There is no lingering scent after drying. Just a simple, soft clean. feeling.

We offer Grammy’s Sweet Lemon Laundry Sauce in 2 difference sizes:

64 and 128 load jars.

Pick it up Saturdays at the Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Market in Roseburg or Wednesdays at the Canyonville Farmer’s Market at Seven Feathers

During the week you can find our products at Umpqua Local Goods on Cass Street in Roseburg, and the Douglas County Farmer’s Co-op on NE Stephens during the week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-Use It If You Can!

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Our world is full of treasures that other people like to call trash. We like to think outside the box at Unintended Farms and find different ways to make that “trash” work! We believe in re-using items as much as possible before turning to the store bought kit or solution!

Our green been canopy is a great example of a re-use project! The wood panels were free from our local hardware store! Most of the time if you walk in and ask if they have any scrap wood or pallets you will find these gems for FREE! We’ve used them to patch fence, but when I saw these two I saw something for my green beans to crawl up! It also adds a nice touch to the garden. Something different.

These were dug a foot into the dirt and then we ran cotton kitchen string to them to create the canopy. The wooden panels weren’t very tall so this was our solution to allow the vines to stretch out. When the beans hang down from the lines, it makes for very simple harvesting!

Save your boxes, bottles, scrap wood, and anything that looks like it could be useful for something else. We aren’t encouraging you to have a hoarding problem, but if it can’t be built into something new and you have the room… save it. Make something unique and purposeful.

Stay tuned! More re-use ideas and projects to come!