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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

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.