[permaculture] what about lubrication?

Marimike6 at cs.com Marimike6 at cs.com
Fri Apr 4 09:27:11 EDT 2008

I've been away at the beach for a week and am just getting back to reading 
john2116's query "i just saw david bloom speak on a youtube video and he said 
that brazil imports no oil what so ever. what about lubrication oil for the 
engine? how can we make this out of renewable resources?"

I haven't read the rest of the thread, so just delete this if I'm repeating 
what everyone else has said.

There are two fine lubricating oils that have been placed at the top of the 
performance mark by every machinist. The first is the traditional sperm oil, 
from spermaceti whales. Not sustainable.

The second is a very common scrubland weed, ubiquitous in most of Mexico and 
grown commercially in, I think, Arizona for a number of years. That one is 

It's a woody shrub with a soapy bean, and not just good for shampoo. Works 
fine as a machine lubricant. Both sustainable and a good use for otherwise next 
to useless semidesert scrubland.


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