Archive | November, 2010

Turkey Time

25 Nov

Thanksgiving.  That smell wafting across America today is coming from the 45 million turkeys being roasted, grilled, or perhaps deep-fried. Turkey is synonymous with Thanksgiving.   And while 99.9% of these will have come from industrial produced turkeys, each year more and more American families are opting out of eating these turkeys. They are instead choosing turkeys raised ethically, fed organic feed, and grown sustainably.

Why?

Certified organic turkeys are fed certified organic feed (no chemicals in the feed or soil); they are never fed any animal by-products, antibiotics, drugs, or growth stimulants.  And this means that when families eat organic turkeys, none of the above stuff is getting into their bodies.  More and more people are realizing that the manmade chemical laden society we live in is affecting our physical, mental and emotional health and the planet.  While it is hard escape chemicals, people are making changes where they have control –what they put into their bodies and what they put on the their bodies.

To learn more about food sustainability, about industrial produced turkeys, and the different options in choosing a turkey, check out these sites.

http://heritageturkeyfoundation.org/

http://www.slowfood.com/

http://www.sustainabletable.org/features/articles/thanksgiving/

We at Yum Scrub Organics wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

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23 Nov

Legend of Tea Tree Oil

“…In the legend of Eelemani we learn of a beautiful princess who has to leave her true lover and travel through the bush land of coastal New South Wales. The journey was long and the forest trail was unknown to Eelemani. She was concerned that the return to her loved one and family would be difficult. Eelemani was no ordinary princess and so she spoke to the Gods of the earth and planets and was rewarded with special seeds that were to be sown along the trails.

As Eelemani walked through the forests, the bell birds called reassuringly and willie wagtails
[bird native to Australia] followed protectively through their territory. The special seeds were scattered on the moist, fertile forest soil. Falling to the ground, they grew roots and shoots and flew towards the sunlight. So remarkable were these trees that their beautiful white paper bark stood out from all the other trees. At night the polished sheen reflected the light of the moon showing the trail. Eelemani felt so safe knowing that the Gods had given her such a powerful marker to protect her on her journey.

And so the trees of Eelemani flourished and over the aeons of time the Bundjalung people [Australian Aborigine] came to learn of the magical properties: Just as the trees had protected Eelemani, the leaves were found to protect against infection and skin ailments….”

Dr Alan Twomey – 1995 Tea Tree Oil National Conference – Folklore to Fact, August 1995

History Tea Tree Oil
Arthur Penfold in collaboration with FR Morrison published the first reports of pure tea tree oil’s antimicrobial activity in a series of papers in the 1920s and 1930s. In evaluating the antimicrobial activity of M. alternifolia, tea tree oil was rated as 11- 13 times more active than phenol while being milder and therefore safer for topical application. Shortly after the medicinal properties of the oil were first reported by Penfold, the tea tree industry was born. The oil was produced from natural bush stands of M. alternifolia with the plant material being harvested by hand and distilled on the spot in mobile wood-fired bush stills.

 

Tea tree oil became a household remedy in many Australian homes and was an essential part of every Australian soldier’s kit during World War II which is probably how the word was spread to the rest of the world on the properties and efficacy of the oil. Production ebbed in the 1950’s and early 1960’s as demand for the oil declined due both to the development of antibiotics and the waning image of natural products as the post WWII boom took off. Interest in the oil was rekindled in the late 1960’s early 1970’s as part of the general renaissance of the general interest in natural products that accompanied the baby boomer generation as they searched for the meaning of life.

The first commercial plantations were established in the 1970’s and 1980’s which led to the establishment of the first crude mechanical harvesting devices and forerunners of the larger, static distillation plants which have evolved to produce today’s consistent, high quality, 100% pure Australian tea tree oil.

Article is from the Australian Tea Tree Industry. www.teatree.org.au/index.php

© 2000 – 2009 Australian Tea Tree Industry Association (ATTIA)

What we are all about

23 Nov

We at Yum Scrub believe what you put IN your body is just as important as what you put ON your body; your skin absorbs what is rubbed onto it.   That is why Yum Scrub uses all organic ingredients and has no added chemicals.

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