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Posted on 13 Dec 2018

You'll need:

1 cup white sugar

1/3 cup almond oil (fracionated coconut, grapeseed or olive oil are also good alternatives)

12 drops peppermint essential oil

Skin-safe food colouring, if desired.

How to make it:

  1. Combine sugar, almond oil and essential oil in a bowl
  2. Optional step - divide mixture equally in two bowls and add red or green food colouring   
  3. Layer different coloured sugar in a jar, or just add plain white peppermint sugar mixture to a jar.
  4. Use a tablespoon or so at a time, in the bath or shower.  Scrub legs, arms, elbows and declottage and rinse thoroughly.
Posted on 17 Oct 2018

With the weather warming up, it's getting to the season of 'b's' - barbecues, bathers and bugs.  

If you're not a fan of the chemical scent of commercial insect repellents, or feel uneasy about applying them to your kids, here's a natural alternative you can try.

Homemade Bug Spray

You'll need:

Up to 100 drops of essential oils (eucalyptus, citronella & lavender oil are the most well known for their insect repellent properties)

1 Tbsp vodka or rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol, available at chemists)

1/2 cup natural Witch Hazel

1/2 cup vinegar or water

1 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)

Posted on 03 Oct 2018

This lemon zest hand scrub is perfect for gardeners, but you'll love it even if you don't have a green thumb.  With natural exfoliating, moisturising & antibacterial ingredients, it removes dirt, grime and stubborn odours leaving hands wonderfully soft.  (Not to mention smelling so delicious, you'll want to keep sniffing them!).

Keep it right next to your kitchen sink to replenish hands after a big day outdoors, in the shed, or doing dirty housework inside!.

Posted on 18 Sep 2018

This three ingredient hand lotion is very easy to make and also makes a lovely gift if you find the right jars!

You'll need:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp beeswax (available on Ebay or local honey farms)
  • 5-10 drops lavender oil

Directions:

Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together using the double boiler method (a glass jug or similar sitting in a pan of slowly heated water). Stir as it melts.

Once melted, add the lavender oil and remove from heat. Let cool completely.

Posted on 29 Aug 2018

With all that downward dogging, our yoga mats can get a bit on the whiffy side.  Here's a lovely spritz with the antibacterial powers of essential oils to keep yours fresh.

Posted on 16 Jul 2018

Itchy, dry scalps are an embarrassing problem all year around, but can get worse in winter's drying conditions.  Using nourishing natural oils along with the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of essential oils can help soothe.

Peppermint, tea tree and rosemary essential oils are all excellent for hair care, but we've used eucalyptus oil, which gives a cooling effect when applied on the scalp. It also contains antibacterial properties that help inhibit fungus and bacteria and has a stimulating effect on the scalp, encouraging good circulation.  You can use a combination of oils (totalling 4 drops) if you prefer.

Posted on 18 Jun 2018

If you automatically grab for an over the counter remedy for headaches you're not alone.  But if you're keen on taking a more natural route, you might be surprised how effective essential oils can be. 

From a psychological point of view essential oils go straight to our emotional centre to help alleviate tension and stress.  And from a purely physical point of view our sense of smell - or olfactory system - delivers sensory data directly to the brain, where it immediately impacts the brain's nerves and blood vessels.

Essential oils that are best for temporary headache relief include Lavender (which also relieves anxiety), and Peppermint, with its cooling, astringent effect.

Posted on 02 May 2018

Brrrr... it's chilly these autumn mornings alright!  

These peppermint & eucalyptus shower melts will give you a good incentive to get out from under your warm doona - they smell so incredibly refreshing and will help make you feel more awake and ready for your day.
(Not to mention help clear your sinuses if you're congested!) 
 

You'll need:

Cornflour
Baking soda
Witch Hazel (in the skin care section of pharmacy/ supermarkets)
Peppermint Oil
Eucalyptus Oil
A silicone mould or silicone icecube trays
food colouring - if desired

Posted on 17 Apr 2018

We love peppermint oil.... not only does it smell minty and divine, it's also a wonderful oil for clearing the head and jolting the mind out of its fog.   That makes it a great wake-up oil and a fantastic start to the day.

This versatile toner can be used to freshen the face and tighten the pores in between cleansing and moisturising.  Or, just lightly misted over your face anytime during the day to feel refreshed and awake.

Makes about 1 cup of toner

Posted on 15 Nov 2017

If you've been waiting all winter to free your feet, the time has come!   As the weather warms up, the sandals and thongs come out... the only problem is your feet may need some TLC before you want to show them to the world.

Peppermint is the perfect essential oil for foot care, as it helps improve blood circulation, has germ killing properties and a high level of menthol, which creates a pleasant, tingling cooling sensation.   This easy DIY foot scrub nourishes dry skin and improves the appearance of rough, dry spots.   To keep feel healthy & soft, exfoliate once a week.