Posted on 15 May 2019

Is your medicine cabinet a graveyard of expired gout tablets and empty bandaid packets?  You're not alone.  Most of us only consider it when we're sick and needing something: the perfect recipe for frustration.

Before winter hits, do yourself a favour and declutter this often neglected area - you'll be glad you did.

Step 1

The first step of any organisation process is to take everything out of the space.   Completely empty the shelves.   As you pull bottles off the shelf, take note of the expiration date and set any expired medicines aside. (Don't throw it in the bin - in Australia, any local pharmacy will take expired medication to dispose of it properly.)

Posted on 13 Feb 2019

If you're on a mission to improve your fitness you've probably got your runners, tunes and cool water bottle sorted.  But here's something you may not have considered as part of your 'fit kit': essential oils.

There are some wonderful essential oils that can help you increase energy, manage stress, treat little workout injuries, even keep your gear in top shape.  Jump into these!

1. Citrus

Motivation can escape even the most driven of us from time to time - but as always, nature has a remedy for that.   All citrus oils - from orange or grapefruit, to lemon, lime or bergamot - work on your brain chemistry to boost mood and give you an instant 'lift'.  They've been said to boost physical energy levels as well as awaken the brain.

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


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

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.