In the Barnyard: Who are Bohemian Farmgirls?

Bohemian Farmgirl is something that has evolved over years of trying to figure out how to weave all of the meaningful parts of my life together. This is what it means to me, and if it touches part of your soul then my guess is that you are a Bohemian Farmgirl too.

1. Growing a Family--First and foremost, comes family. This may be your biological or chosen family, but whomever your family includes, it's roots dig deep and provide grounding for growth above the surface of the soil.

2. Planting a Farm--Modern homesteading is a way of life for a Bohemian Farmgirl. This may include anything from a windowsill garden to acres of land, buying local and supporting small farms to growing and raising all of your food yourself, and cultivating dreams of homesteading no matter if you live in the city or country.

3. Nurturing a Creative Life--This is the heart of a Bohemian Farmgirl and what brings us all together creating a community of ideas and inspiration. Living a creative life is the wellspring of joy that provides energy to make our dreams reality, no matter what the circumstances. And we all help each other along the way.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Green Housekeeping vol. 1: Free Recipes

Did you know that essential oils such as lavender and lemon contain antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties?  This means they are perfect for cleaning naturally without all the harsh chemicals and artificial scents that go into conventional cleaning products.  Here's a recipe for an all purpose cleaner that you can use in any room of the house on any surface.  No rinsing required, just shake, spray and wipe!
In a 32 oz spray bottle combine:
1/4 tsp lavender essential oil*
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 to 3 tbs castile soap (such as Dr. Bronner's)
Enough water to fill bottle

*Note:  Essential oils and fragrance oils are NOT the same thing!  Fragrance oils may be diluted essential oils or artificially scented and will NOT give you the antiseptic cleaning properties of pure essential oil..

Other essential oils that are great for this recipe: lemon, orange, eucalyptus, patchouli, sandalwood, thyme, tea tree.  Try mixing your own unique combinations of scents!  I like lemon and peppermint, rosemary and thyme, or orange and patchouli. 

Stay tuned for more Bohemian Farmgirl Green Housekeeping recipes...

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