American Passion Flower

American Passion Flower Passiflora incarnata
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal     Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 6-9) 
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall     Ease of Germination:Moderate 

(Maypop) Important sedative used to treat insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, nervous disorders — especially in children. It is very safe; no side effects or contraindications are known. The herb is taken as a tea or in tablet or tincture form. Now incorporated in many commercial products, this herb has become a significant American herbal crop in the Southern U.S. and Central America. Grows as a vine. Produces showy sweet-scented flowers and edible fruits. 

SEDATIVE, CALMING, TEA OR TINCTURE, BEAUTIFUL FLOWER, SMALL YELLOW FRUIT, AERIAL PARTS ARE USED FRESH OR DRIED
ANNUAL IN WISCONSIN, CLIMBING VINE AT LEAST 10 FT, LOTS OF WATER AND WELL DRAINING LOCATION, SUN TO PART SUN, POOR SOIL OK, 18 to 24 inches apart. CAN BE IN POTS.

    

What Is Soap? Where Does Soap Come From?

Until the early 1900’s, much of the soap used was made at home. Fats from cooking and butchering were saved until there was enough to make a batch of soap. This all changed in 1916 when a shortage of fats (a main ingredient in soap) occurred during World War I. As an alternative was needed, enterprising companies developed the first synthetic soaps called detergents.

With a wide variety of oils available today, making your own soap is once again very inexpensive, and a good choice for those concerned about quality, health related benefits, and the environment.

Successful soap making today is a result of a much better understanding of chemistry, experience, and a wider variety of ingredients to choose from. Today’s soaps are milder and better for skin thanks to the availability of vegetable and plant based oils. Chemically speaking, soap is a salt. An acid and a base react with one another and are neutralized to form a salt or soap. A more basic explanation is: oils or fats combine with Sodium Hydroxide or “Lye” in a process called saponification to produce soap. 

Hand-made soap retains extra glycerin, known to soften the skin naturally. Glycerin is one of the best known humectants (attracts moisture to the skin). It is often extracted during the process of manufacturing commercially made soap, then sold as a valuable by-product. Natural ingredients are rarely used in commercially manufactured soaps.

OUR SOAPS, OILS AND LINEN SPRAYS ARE FREE

  •  FREE OF PRESERVATIVES
  •  FREE OF FRAGRANCES
  •  FREE OF PHYLATES
  •  FREE OF PETRO-CHEMICALS

Beard Oil

Nourish your bristles with all natural beard oil containing jojoba oil.beard oil
Jojoba Oil is an organic balancer which is extremely efficient in moisturizing and protecting not only your bristly bush but your skin underneath as well. Readily absorb by skin and beard with no oily residue.  Contains a manly blend of 100% pure essential oils. It’s the real stuff Man! Not that fragrance fakery. She’ll love the way you smell and you won’t feel like potpourri. 

Contains: a blend of Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Avocado and Grapeseed Oils with a light touch of 100% pure essential oils

Dryer Balls

01dryerballsLocally handmade dryer balls are a wholesome, natural, chemical free alternative to mass produced dryer sheets. The core is made from felted raw wool fiber sourced from Wisconsin which is then wrapped with wool yarn and felted a second time. Wool wicks moisture away so not only do you have the benefit of a reusable earth friendly product but you can also enjoy a slightly reduced drying time, reduced wrinkles, reduced static cling all while saving you money! This product is reusable and is guaranteed for one year although most people happily report using the product for at least two years. Pilling and a slight amount of shrinking may occur but does not change the effectiveness.