Hello, again, Friends of Enota!


Today we ‘re going to talk

about garden tips for the

sustainable garden. These are

practical tips to increase your

“green factor”.   Enjoy!

The thicker you mulch the garden, the less you’ll need to water. Mulch with dead plants, dead-headed flowers, chipped tree branches, pine cones, etc.

Mulch garden pathways with several layers of cardboard; this serves as a weed barrier, yet eventually biodegrades and can be worked into the soil.

Recycle paper eggcrates and paper cups to start seeds for next year’s garden. When the seedlings are ready to transplant, remove about an inch of paper from the bottom, and plant directly into your garden… No root disruption for the young plants, and it recycles those paper products!

Create teepee-shaped tomato cages, pole bean teepees, etc.  out of fallen branches. These often can be used for two years; but, when they become dry and brittle, either use them for kindling in the wood stove, or chip them up for mulch.

Create an outdoor sink area for washing veggies from the garden. (Scavenge an old sink from a yard sale or thrift store, and use your garden hose for washing.) Place a bucket under the sink and reuse the rinse water to water your garden… this gives back all the nutrients you’ve rinsed off the veggies, AND keeps your kitchen a bit cleaner!

Compost, compost, compost! Kitchen scraps, grass clippings, raked leaves, manure and old bedding from your animals, dead plants from the garden, chipped branches… layer with soil, turn occasionally, and – voila – you have wonderful, organic compost to feed your garden.

Don’t waste anything. If you can’t eat it, the chickens can! And, if they won’t eat it, into the compost pile it goes!

When a garden spot is through for the year, let the chickens forage, scratch, and fertilize it in preparation for next year’s planting.

Create raised garden beds by making a compost bin out of old 2 by 4’s, etc. Add compost materials, a layer of soil, etc. as you would any compost bin, adding both brown and green materials thoughout the season. Stir it or chop it occasionally. Once it is full, allow it to rest one season, and it will become the best raised bed you’ve ever had! Keep some of these going each year and you’ll have a fantastic raised garden.

Save as many of your own seeds as possible. Otherwise, stick to heirloom seeds, purchased from a reputable source.

Another way to compost: Use a 55-gallon barrel for composting. Turn it on its side and roll it a few times to mix the materials. Simple and effective.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these sustainability ideas, and that some of them will be useful for YOUR garden.

We invite you to visit Enota Mountain Retreat and see first-hand our organic farming and gardening. We have hands-on tours for those desiring to “play in the dirt” milk a cow, etc.

Make your reservation today for a cabin, RV site, or retreat facility.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180, Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966 email:


official web site: http://www.enota.com



October 27, 2011

Greetings, Friends of Enota!

Since we’re approaching cold and flu season, today we are going to talk about home remedies for these ailments.  We hope you will learn something interesting from these natural remedies.

What is Pyrexia?


Pyrexia, from the Greek pyretos meaning fire, was known as ague in past centuries, and is a frequent medical symptom that describes an increase in internal body temperature to levels above normal. Pyrexia is a fever, and it is most accurately characterized as a temporary elevation in the body’s temperature set-point, by more than 2 degrees.

Is Fever a Disease?

Fever is not a disease but a symptom of disease. Per Wikipedia, “A fever is one of the body’s mechanisms to try to neutralize the perceived threat inside the body be it bacteria or a virus.”

Best Natural Remedies for Fever

Egg Whites:

By far the best method to lower a high temperature quickly:

Soak 2 handerchiefs or cloths (NOT washcloths – they are too absorbent and will absorb the eggwhites rather than apply them to your skin) in egg whites and put on the soles of the feet (cover with socks). The egg whites instantaneously start to draw the temperature down. Check the feet periodically, and apply new eggwhites when the current ones have dried.

(The egg whites are also a miracle cure for minor and more severe burns. Soak or coat affected area in egg white. While the egg white is still wet you will feel no pain from the burn. As soon as it dries up the pain comes back so reapplication is necessary. This also prevents scarring from the burns.)


Put a couple potatoes in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Remove and slice them; place the slices on the soles of your feet – covered with socks, of course. Your fever should be down within two hours, and the potatoes will be “cooked”!

Oil of Oregano:

This natural remedy is good for children. It is especially good for fevers from viruses such as flu or chicken pox. Rub two drops of Oregano Oil on the sole of each foot. Rub it in. The fever will begin to decrease within 5 minutes!

You can rub a few drops on chest for congestion or sinus trouble too. Or use two drops behind the ear and rub into the area for ear ache.

Oil of Oregano is also good for cuts; it prevents infection. It is especially good for finger cuts, which are difficult to keep clean. It is also good for toenail fungus – drop several drops around nail bed, under nail, and around affected toe. Three times a day and the toe infection will be gone in a few days.


Slice onions and apply to the soles of the feet, covering with socks. The onions will draw out the fever. Reapply new onion slices when the prior batch has turned dark.

The following story is unconfirmed but believable. In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people, a physician visited many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon one farmer and, to his surprise, everyone in the household was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing, the farmer’s wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then Onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

We at Enota hope you will not get the flu or a cold; but,  if you do,  remember these practical home remedies!  And,  remember to get lots of rest and relaxation to prevent illness.  For a nice family getaway or work retreat, book a cabin or conference center here at Enota Mountain Retreat.  We are a family-friendly,  pet-friendly, and eco-friendly facility, nestled in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

Oh, Honey!

October 25, 2011

Greetings, Enota Friends!

Today we’re going to talk about a sweet topic – honey.  But, we’re not talking about cooking, baking, or sweetening tea. Instead, we will discuss the medicinal use of honey and its’ uses in beauty products.

Is honey good for you?

Yes!  There are lots health benefits

related to honey. 

Honey is a miracle food; it never goes bad. Archaeologists in Egypt found 2000+ year- old jars of honey in tombs and the honey was still good! Although bacteria loves sugar, it doesn’t grow in honey. The unique chemical composition of honey (low water content and high acidic level) creates a low pH environment that makes it very unfavourable for bacteria to grow..

Honey has antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties. It is used as a remedy for many physical illnesses. Its powerful healing attributes have been recognized for thousands of years; especially its reputation for healing wounds. Honey fights infection, assists tissue healing, reduces inflammation, and decreases scarring.

Honey is also used for treating digestive problems such as diarrhea, indigestion, stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis.

Alternative medicine has used noey honey to treat various medical conditions, including hair loss, bad breath, arthrits, yeast infections, acne, and sleep disorders!

For Detox and Weight Loss:

The Honey Water Detox

For 3 days, take only honey with water or tea. Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of pure honey per each 150 cc’s of water or tea.. Drink this for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and whenever you feel tired or thirsty. Keep yourself hydrated, but limit your total consumption of honey to 150cc’s each day. (150 cc’s is just slightly less than 2/3 cup. Or, put another way, this is equal to approximately 8 Tablespoons of honey per day). After the 3 day detox, slowly introduce foods back into your diet, starting with soft foods the first day. You will be amazed at how great you feel AND you will be amazed at the weight loss! People have reported weight loss of up to ten pounds in three days!

Skin Care Tips with Honey

You can make your own beauty treatments at home. Making homemade beauty products means that there are no (chemicals in your face masks! 

Honey is a great natural anti aging skin care product. It contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase which, when combined with water, produces hydrogen peroxide, a mild antiseptic. Honey is a humectant, which means that it attracts and retains moisture, making it a natural moisturizer for dry skin. It rebuilds the moisture level in the skin without making it oily. Honey also provides a calming effect without irritating the skin and helps replenish necessary skin moisture, especially during the winter months.

Honey Facial Mask Recipe:

1 Raw Egg

2 Tablespoons of Honey

Splash of Milk

1 tsp Vitamin E oil

Raw egg on my face? Yep! When the facial mask dries, the egg proteins constrict on the skin. Then, when you wash the mask off, you also wash off loose skin cells. If you have dry skin, use two egg yolks in place of the whole egg; and, if you have oily skin, use 2 egg whites. For normal skin, use the whole egg.

Place the egg in a small bowl; Add the honey and mix; next, add the vitamin E oil and a very small amount of milk. If you use too much milk, the consistency of the facial masque will be too liquid and the mask will not apply properly. Apply to face and allow to dry; then wash off.

Facial masks are a nutrient delivery system. They are much thicker than a moisturizer or topical treatment, and because of the long time it stays on your face, it generates heat, pores open, and the nutrients enter the skin.

Applying a facial mask once a week helps revitalise the skin and keeps it smooth and youthful. Normally, the face mask is applied on clean skin for about ten to twenty minutes. Then, wash the face with lukewarm water and apply a thin layer of moisturizer.

We hope you have enjoyed our discussion on some of the lesser known aspects of and natural uses of honey.  For another great nature experience, come visit us here at Enota Mountain Retreat.  Book a cabin for your family or bring a group and enjoy our retreat facilities… There is something for everybody at Enota.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

Sustainability 202 – You!

October 23, 2011

Hello, again, Friends of Enota!

Today, as promised, we will continue to talk about practical, do-able ways for you to make a difference in our world’s endeavor towards sustainability.

Save energy to save money.

If at all feasible, walk or bike to work. This will save on your gasoline and car maintenance costs and will simultaneously provide your body with an exercise program!

Consider telecommuting if you live far from your work. Within the past few years,  a growing number of corporations are using telecommuting;  check into it.

Make fewer trips to town; for example, combine grocery shopping with a doctor’s appointment.  You’ll save time, money, and the environment.

Consider new buying habits:

Find  (gently used) products online.  Consider looking on Craig’s list or Free

Sharing to find  many items for free or at very good prices.  Amazon.com is

also a good source – and not just for books!

And,  try yard sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops for just about everything!

Borrow from libraries or friends instead of buying personal books and movies.

Get to know your neighbors and set up a neighborhood co-op to  share power tools and other appliances.

Buy food and household items in bulk. This will save money and decrease the amount of packaging you are paying for and disposing of.

Wear clothes that don’t need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use.

Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay more now, but you’ll- and the earth – will  be happy when you don’t have to replace items as frequently!

Keeping Trash Clean:

Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.

Donate or recycle electronics responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.

Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event.

Green Cleaning:

The big secret: you can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need them. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.

Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging.  And, it improves your indoor air quality.

So, there we have several practical ideas on how YOU can improve your

sustainability score.  Remember  – Every little bit helps.

And, for a first-hand eco-village experience, come visit us here at Enota Mountain Retreat. Enjoy the clean land and air, the organic gardens and farm animals, and the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains.  Rent a cabin or campsite. Or book your retreat in our group facilities.  There’s something for everybody here at Enota.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

Sustainability 102 – You!

October 20, 2011

Greetings, Enota Friends!

As promised, today we will talk about a few simple ways we can all save energy – and money!  You may have seen some of these tips before, but, hopefully some will be ideas you hadn’t thought of in relation to “going green”.

 Save energy & save money!

Well, it’s nearing the end of October, and it has turned cold up here in the North Georgia Mountains.  Last night it was in the thirties… Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the fall and winter to save on heating  costs.

Let’s say you normally keep your thermostat at 70 degrees in the cooler months… turning it down 3 degrees will save on energy costs. Make it a habit to dress in layers. Keep warm slippers, blankets, and sweaters handy throughout your home so that you aren’t tempted to turn the thermostat up.

Furthermore, turn the thermostat down to 59 degrees while you are at work and/or during the night while you are asleep.  Turning the thermostat down 11 degrees will result in a 13% savings on gas and a 2%savings on electric. (This is based on a gas heater with an electric blower.)

“The rule of thumb is that you can save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your thermostat” full time, says Bill Prindle, deputy director for the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.

Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.

If at all feasible, use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.

These  steps can help  your finances  and the environment!

Unplug appliances when you’re not using them.

This simple step can also prevent damage to electronics if there is a power surge or electrical storm.

An option:  use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts  “vampire” energy use.

And, don’t forget to turn off the lights as you leave the room.  

Save water to save money.

Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower both your water and heating bills.

Install a low-flow showerhead. They are fairly inexpensive and the water and energy savings will quickly pay for your investment.

Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.

If you have outdoor landscaping, plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden.  Find out which occur naturally in your area. Outdoor watering – unless it is for food – can be very costly to your budget and the environment.

Skip the bottled water.

Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.

Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably glass aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.

These are just a few of the energy-saving tips we have discovered… Next time we’ll talk about a few more…

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

Sustainability 101

October 18, 2011

Greetings, Enota Firends!

Today we are going to talk about sustainability – a big word for “going green”.  Sustainability is much more than recycling ones grocery bags – it affects many facets of our daily lives today and those of future generations.

We at Enota are very conscious of sustainability, and we hope you will be, too.  It takes a village… an Eco-Village…

What is sustainability?

Sustainability has emerged as a result of significant concerns about the unintended social, environmental, and economic consequences of rapid population growth, economic growth and consumption of our natural resources

Sustainability is based on one principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony.  This, then fulfills the social and economic  requirements of present and future generations.

Why is it Important?

Sustainability is important because it makes sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.

Sustainability is the capacity to endure. It is  long-term maintenance.  It has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and includes the concept of  responsible management of  resources.

In  ecology, sustainability describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time, a necessary precondition for human well-being. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems.

 Overview of Sustainability

 Working towards  sustainability is  a social challenge that entails, among other factors, urban planning, transport, and national/international  law.   Lifestyles and consumer habits are also major factors.

Ways of living more sustainably can take many forms from reorganising living conditions (Eco-Villages or sustainable cities) to reappraising work practices (e.g.,  building with green resources),  or developing new  technologies which reduce resource consumption.

We at Enota are very conscious of sustainability, and we hope you will be, too.  It takes a village… an Eco-Village…

Enota Mountain Retreat is an example of an eco-village.  We keep our waste to a minimum, recycling and reusing, focusing on the use of natural products, and organic gardening and farming methods.  Some things require a bit more work, but it’s worth it.  Next post, we’ll talk about many ways that YOU can help the sustainability effort.

For hands-on organic farming and gardening experience, visit us here at Enota.  Book a reservation for a campsite, cabin, or retreat facility… You will be glad you did!

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

Try A Winter Garden

October 16, 2011

Greetings, Friends of Enota!

Most of us associate gardening with warm weather,  but

vegetable gardening doesn’t have to stop in October.

Many species of plants, including some vegetables, can

 survive – and even thrive – throughout the winter months.

 Although we’re now in the middle of  October,  it’s not too

late to get your winter garden going!

Tips For Winter Growing

Offer your vegetable plants protection.

While several species are able to develop well in cold

weather, shielding plants from freezing winds will

improve your crops.

Plant your vegetables near fences, or between shrubs

and trees, to protect your garden from undue stress.

Grow your winter vegetables in a raised container.

This allows the soil to dry out quickly,  preventing

 saturation. Plants use little water in the fall and

winter. Dry soil  keeps the roots from freezing, or

developing rot associated with continuously sitting

in water.

Make sure your winter vegetables

get plenty of sun.

All plants need sunlight in

order to thrive. Choose a

location that will provide

the amount of light

 necessary for proper

maturation.  This location

might be different than your summer garden.  If

 there are deciduous trees near your garden areas,

they will be bare during the winter and might provide

a much longer time of sunlight than during the summer

months. To produce a harvest, most vegetable plants

need a minimum of six hours of sunlight daily.

Protect the soil.

Cover crops, like fava beans

or red clover, will enrich the

soil and minimize weeds in

next year’s garden. A cover

crop can help to prepare

the growing area for springtime plants the following year.

What to Plant

Plant garlic, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower

in September and  October and they will grow

through the winter,   producing a harvest in

early spring.  Mustard,  collards, carrots and

beets  also grow in the cold.

 And, Kale, a type of cabbage that’s full of  antioxidant

 compounds,  is a very nutritious choice for a winter


So, enjoy a winter garden this year!

Whether you are a gardener or not, there is

something here at Enota for you to enjoy.

We are a health-conscious, sustainability-

focused facility, located in the midst of pristine

forest lands.  We have hiking paths, organic

gardening and farming,  and fishing, but we are

also located near to many tourist areas. Come

visit us here at Enota, where there truly is

something for everyone!

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email: enota@enota.com

official web site:  www.enota.com

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