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You finally have a bit of time to relax and take a little me time. But do you remember the way that store-bought body wash made your skin feel? Kinda icky. You see, body washes that you buy in the store are loaded with chemical additives and fragrances that can irritate your skin. Not only that, they damage aquatic environments once they disappear down your drain. By making your own natural body wash, you can experience softer, smoother skin and also protect the environment! Just follow this simple recipe.

Ingredients:

½ cup of liquid castile soap
2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
30 drops of lavender essential oil
10 drops of chamomile essential oil

Each ingredient in this body wash recipe has a specific purpose. The castile soap generates a gentle later to remove oil and dirt buildup from your skin. The honey soothes irritated skin while working to prevent acne, and the olive oil provides a touch of moisture. Lavender and chamomile essential oils create a relaxing scent without irritating your skin. You can use different essential oils if you have them on hand, but aim to include about 40 drops in total. Whisk these ingredients together in a large bowl, and then use a funnel to pour them into a bottle for storage.

You can use this homemade body wash just like any other body wash. Apply a small amount to a wash cloth or bath sponge, and gently spread the lather all over your body. Consider making a double batch and giving some of the body wash away to friends. They’ll enjoy the natural scent of lavender and chamomile, and you’ll be spreading the word about natural, green living. Include the recipe so they can make their own body wash, too.

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Dairy Goats For Your Small Farm

Goats are a lively and productive alternative to keeping dairy cows on your homestead. As a huge bonus, their milk is flavorful and full of nutrition. Use this quick guide to understand the basics of keeping dairy goats.

Legality

Always check your local ordinances and laws for livestock restrictions. Even if you’re allowed to keep chickens, it doesn’t mean you’re allowed to keep livestock. Don’t skip this crucial step!

Food and space

Where will you keep your goats? Ensure they have adequate shelter, housing, food, and water. A fence is necessary for shelter from the elements, as well as a fence.

Find your goats (yes, plural)

Goats are herd animals. For this reason, you should never buy just one goat. They can become depressed if separated from their friends, just like human beings. Always buy at least two goats so they have a companion. Opt for dairy breeds like Nubian, Nigerian Dwarf, or Sable.

Basics of goat breeding

Goats are mammals, which means they produce milk for their young. Just like humans, goats only produce milk for a certain time after giving birth. For this reason, you need access to a male goat to breed females for milk. A female goat can be bred every 12 – 15 months.

Make sure you have a plan for the kids! Many goat owners sell the babies at 8 weeks old to turn a profit. The mother goat will continue to produce milk for 10 months after giving birth, although the amount of milk decreases over time. Let the goat dry up for at least two months before she’s bred again.

Milking

The big upside to goats is that they produce more than enough milk for both you and their kids. You do need to milk a goat daily, and sometimes even multiple times per day. You can get more by milking up to three times a day, but make sure you have a plan for the milk. A goat can produce up to a gallon a day after birth, and about a quart a day 10 months after giving birth.

Always practice safe, clean milking procedures. This keeps your goat healthy and comfortable while preventing sour flavors in the milk.

The bottom line

Goats are a fun, lively addition to any homestead. Keep in mind that dairy goats can be a lot of work, but they can pay off in tons of milk and laughs.


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