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Posted on 16 Jul 2018

Why do it the long way around when there's clever shortcuts?  And best of all, they don't involve chemicals?  Here's our favourite fast-and-clever cleaning tips...

1. Freshen the dishwasher with a lemon

Forget fancy cleaning tablets - running your dishwasher on a hot cycle without dishes in it does 90% of the cleaning all by itself.   To help cut grease and make it smell even fresher, skewer a half a lemon inside.   For an extra anti-fungal, antibacterial boost sprinkle in a few drops of tea tree oil, too.   And don't forget to frequently clean your filters.

2. And use the other half a lemon to...

Polish your stainless steel taps and sink drains - best of all, it leaves them citrus-scented!

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 19 Jun 2018

With so many people using it every day, your pantry can get very cluttered very quickly.  Yet it's one area of the house which, if set up properly, will make your heart sing every time you open its doors.  

If you've been too intimidated to try, don't worry - it doesn't need to be Pinterest Perfect.

Just a few simple but clever ideas can turn your pantry from the cupboard of chaos to an oasis of organisation.

1. Chuck & scrub

There's no point even starting while your food items include Curry powder from 1997 and Honey & Soy marinade from before your first child was born.

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 17 May 2018

Are you an all-or-nothing type?  A bits and pieces cleaner? Maybe a hate cleaner?   Understanding your cleaning personality can help you discover ways to do it better and faster.   Which one do you identify with most?
 

Posted on 17 May 2018

Want to remain fighting fit this winter?  Here are 10 powerful immune-boosting foods you should try and include in your diet.
 

1. Red capsicum

We often turn to the OJ for our vitamin hit but did you know red capsicum has double the amount of vitamin C than citrus fruits?  Naturally boost your immunity by including capsicum in salads, on home-made pizza and in casseroles, stir-fries and soups.
Other terrific - but often overlooked - sources of vitamin C are kiwi fruit, blackcurrants and strawberries.  In veggies, go for broccoli, kale and brussells sprouts.

Posted on 16 May 2018

With chilly temperatures signalling winter's arrival, it's definitely woollens weather.

Give your woollen items - blankets, throw rugs & garments - a real treat this winter and wash them in eucalyptus oil.  Why eucalyptus?  It's used in many wool wash formulas for a good reason - it helps keep wool fibres soft and fluffy and nourished, with its antimicrobial properties it deters pests, moulds and dust mites, and it freshens those musty odours woollens can develop, leaving a beautifully crisp bushland aroma.

Here's our famous "DIY" version of Wool Wash.

Posted on 16 May 2018

If you hadn't noticed, winter is almost here and baby - it's looking like a cold one.

Interested in staying snug as a bug at home without paying a fortune (or even saving money?).   Here's our tips.

1. Bedding

Time to get out your winter blankets!  Having an extra layer across beds (and throw rugs on the couch) can prevent itching fingers reaching for that heating dial when spending down time at home.

Woolen underlays and flannelette sheets can also make beds more cozy, reducing the need for heating at night.  Check out department stores' pre-winter sales for new woollen items.

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