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Calendula Special *2 days only!*

For 2 days only, when you order a Calendula Balm, you will receive a FREE sample of our NEW Calendula Cream, soon to be debuted!  If you have sensitive skin or require fragrance free products, this one is for you!  This offer lasts thru midnight Tuesday April 10th, 2012!  All proceeds from the sales help us care for the special needs horses we have adopted and retired at Ferrell Hollow Farm!  Our vet is coming this week for x-rays of 3 of the drafts feet and hocks, and to assess our mare with hoof canker.

Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Calendula Balm is very beneficial for healing wounds, soothing dry, cracked or chapped skin in both people and animals and taking the sting out of bug bites!  It has a very mild, natural scent with no essential oils added, making it exactly what those with sensitive skin need.

Cindy Daigre, owner of Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Equine Senior Retirement Farm, is continually inspired by the beauty of the gardens she lovingly cares for and regularly creates unique herbal blends based on the plants surrounding her home. As with all of our products, only cruelty-free ingredients are used.

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Lavender Fact Sheet-for people and animals!

Lavender

 

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Lavender is grown mainly for the production of essential oil of lavender.  Essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile oils that can be extracted from aromatic plants. The fragrant, pale purple flowers and flower buds are used in a water-and-steam distillation process to extract the oil. It is best to use organically grown plants, free from chemicals.

How to Grow Lavender

Lavenders flourish best in dry, well-drained, sandy or gravelly soils in full sun.  All types need little or no fertilizer and good air circulation.

Using the Dried Flowers

Dried and sealed in pouches, lavender flowers can be placed among items of clothing to give a fresh fragrance. Flower spikes are often used for dried flower arrangements, potpourri and in sachets.  Floral water (hydrosols) can also be made from the flowers.

Using the Essential Oil

Lavender is a favorite for the herbal first aid kit and is typically for topical purposes; not given internally. It speeds the healing process of wounds by encouraging cell growth. A few drops of the essential oil of lavender can be diluted in water and used to clean wounds. It can also be mixed in a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, for a relaxing massage.

Lavender has a very calm and soothing aroma which can be beneficial when inhaling it.

Cindy Daigre is the founder and director of Ferrell Hollow Farm, an Equine Retirement facility in Middle Tennessee focusing on the unique concerns of Senior and Special Needs horses. For more information on her equine business, including nutritional consultations and natural products, visit: www.ferrellhollowfarm.net

 March 2012

NEW Calendula Balm

Inspired by the summer flowers in bloom at Ferrell Hollow Farm, a new natural product has been specially formulated and is available for sale:

Calendula Balm!

Cindy Daigre, owner of Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Equine Senior Retirement Farm, is continually inspired by the beauty of the gardens she lovingly cares for and regularly creates unique herbal blends based on the plants surrounding her home. As with all of our products, only cruelty-free ingredients are used.

This product along with all of our natural care products, have been used with positive results on a variety of people and horses including those with sensitive skin conditions.

Ferrell Hollow Farm’s Calendula Balm is very beneficial for healing wounds and soothing dry or chapped skin in both people and horses!

Calendula Balm                 1 oz jar                     $8.50

Ingredients include Almond Oil, Calendula, Shea Butter, with a touch of Lavender.

Contact:  Cindy Daigre http://www.ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

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Gardening Naturally

When I walk out my back door, I see beauty in front of me.  The gardens that I designed four years ago are bursting with color and life.  It is inspiring.  Each year I put more in place and have more to tend.  It is therapeutic for me to work close to the earth.  Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees love my garden, and so does my cat Pookey.  She is my little helper 🙂

I grow many herbs and plants for the benefit of the horses.  When it is time, I will harvest, dry and store them for my horses or herbal blends for customers.  I do not use pesticides or chemicals in my garden–hand weeding and hand picking the old fashion way.  It is better for me, the environment and the animals.  Have a look and my hope is that you will smile and enjoy!

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FHF Natural Fly Sprays

Ferrell Hollow Farm has developed two natural fly sprays and I have been asked what's the difference between the two.

The original formula (#1) contains apple cider vinegar–not the watered down kind–the pure, raw form which still contains the pulpy residue that you shake up before using.  It also contains garlic oil, which I make from the garlic I grow in my garden.  I bet you are thinking–phew-that must stink!  But I suppose it is a matter of preference–I don't think it does.  Other pure grade essential oils are also blended in that have fly and mosquito repellent properties.  So all combined, it smells a bit like vinaigrette salad dressing :)  The reason that it works, is that it puts an invisible shield around the horses that the flies don't like!

The second formula (#2) was developed as some horses are sensitive to smells, like my Francis.  He snorts and carries on and steps away like it was the worst stuff in the world if he gets a whiff of vinegar.  The #2 formula does not contain any vinegar.  Instead it only contains pure grade essential oils chosen for their ability to repel insects as well as soothing coat conditioners.  It smells lemony fresh!

I do not use any essential oils that may cause skin reactions.  I have many special needs, sensitive horses in my care and my line of natural products are always tried on them first before becoming offered to others.  To date, I have not had any issues with skin reactions on any of them!  So I do consider them safe to be sprayed as often as needed.

Purchase a FHF Natural Fly Spray and receive a FREE sample of the other fly spray formula!  Good thru the holiday weekend–Monday May 31, 2010.  Order Now to give them a try!  http://ferrellhollowfarm.net/Store.html

A Little Customer Service Please

I am not sure what is wrong with people these days–but it seems like customer service training skills are lacking.  Young people who feel entitled–they should be paid no matter how they act, or are resentful that they even have to work.  Older people who are grouchy.  I am sure you have run into them.  My sister worked in retail management for many years and finally left that profession because she just got fed up with dealing with people all day long.  She also tells me I need to leave the farm more often.  Maybe I am becoming more intolerant 😉

Let me share an experience I've had this morning.  I was at a local farm supply store picking up a few needed items.  All of the staff know me and what I do and I know them.  They are polite and friendly and always ask how I'm doing.  We share animal stories.  One of the girls wanted to buy a Coat Spray from me to use on her horse this Memorial Day weekend as her horse would get sweaty during the ride.  She also has a dog she would like to use it on.  I described it's benefits, ingredients and let her smell it.  Sold!  She asked if I would take a check to which I said of course.  She said well I can give you cash, but not until I get off of work.  I told her not to worry–take the spray and I would collect another time.  She said Really?!  Of course.  But she didn't like the feeling of that and went and got her checkbook and wrote a check. 

Then the store manager and I started talking about how bad the bugs were this year.  She said mosquitoes were terrible in another area of the county that had been affected by the recent flooding where she was riding.  The horses were getting hives and anti-histimines and even a steroid shot was not working.  These horses belonged to a vet in my Murfreesboro vet's office, who I know.  She had bought one of my Natural Fly Sprays, which they carry, and the store manager said it wasn't working on the heavy mosquito infestation.  I told her that I could custom blend her one to target mosquitoes specifically.  She said, really?  How much would that cost?  I told her the cost of the fly spray and that I normally do charge more for any custom blending and would like to try and help her.  I told her I would bring it back and drop it off for her at the store.  She went and got her checkbook and wrote a check.  She had written it for more than the price I told her.  I told her that was not necessary but thank you!  She gave me extra–and you know what?  She will get extra from me in return!   I try to treat people the way I would like to be treated, and sometimes it just pays off :)

A Part of Farmwork

With Spring comes the rush of new grass.  At Ferrell Hollow Farm, we have 6 pastures for the horses.  Right now 5 of them are in use.  That unused one was cut for the first time of the year 4 weeks ago.  Yesterday it was time to cut again.  I take care of all of the mowing on our 70 acres.  The pastures with the tractor, the smaller areas with the zero turn mower and of course the weedeater.

My tractor is a big blue Ford diesel with a red bushhog mower.  We had to do a bit of tinkering to the mower before it was ready to go.  Haley & Tess's lower 4 acres was full of buttercups–as beautiful as those tiny little flowers are, they are considered weeds. So I mowed them down, which should keep them from going to seed and spreading even more.

After a short rest break, I decided it was best to get that lush 5 acre field cut while I had the tractor out and before the motivation to do so waned.

Bushhogging 5-13-10  The path cut–the grass was very tall!

  Bushhogging 2 5-13-10 The grass blowing in the wind was really pretty.

You can bet that I had Ferrell Hollow Farm's all Natural Insect Repellent on and with me!  The bugs were just flying up in the air as the grass was cut, and not one bit me 🙂
 

Bushhogging 3 5-13-10  Bushhogging 4 5-13-10

It was too good of a day to think I would actually finish the mowing, when as I turned a corner about half way thru the job, a bolt broke off and the right sway bar and arm that attaches to the mower broke off.  Well, there's always another day to get it done!
 

The Gardens of Ferrell Hollow Farm

It is no surprise that I am an avid gardener and my gardens are a sense of pride and accomplishment for me.  I spend time in these gardens every single day, except for in heavy rains and the cold of the winter.  It is peaceful and therapeutic to work in them.  My cats and dogs like to "work" in the garden with me and we discover bugs, bees, lizards, frogs and other critters together.  There is beauty in every living thing.  Enjoy the show!

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