Posted on 16 Oct 2017

It's hard not to fall in love with Spring... the lighter, brighter, longer days... the freshness in the air, and trees bursting to life with colour.   But unfortunately for some, the love affair has an ugly flipside: seasonal allergies.

There's nothing to celebrate about red, itchy eyes, a dripping, congested nose and nagging headaches.

But nature giveth and nature taketh away, and fortunately she has some remedies to counteract the sniffles.   Here's our roundup of 8 of the best.

1. Saline

Want immediate relief? Sinus irrigation is the way to go.

Posted on 12 Oct 2017

The new year is the ideal opportunity to take a look at what makes up your life and press "reset".   There's literally hundreds of ways you could shake up your routine and make yourself a priority, but here are some simple ideas to get you started.

1. Revamp your fitness routine

You either just read this and thought "Hmm, great idea!" or, "What fitness routine?".  Whichever camp you fall into, refocusing on daily health habits should be number 1 on your feel-good list.

Posted on 22 Aug 2017

What if we told you that most people don't vacuum properly?  It seems like one of those obvious housekeeping skills, but you'd be surprised.

If you've been unsuccessfully battling dust in your home or your carpets constantly look dingy, chances are these tips can help you.

1. Dust first!

First, shake your curtains to loosen any dust from them.  Then using a damp microfibre cloth (or your favourite method) dust your furniture.

2. Prepare the area

Pick up toys, pet beds and other large items from the floor.  At least once a month you should also put chairs on top of tables, move small furniture to another room and pull furniture away from the wall so you can vacuum those places, too.

Posted on 21 Aug 2017

In a world of pressing deadlines and traffic chaos, rising bills and shrinking sleep windows, it's no wonder headaches are a frequent fact of life for many.

When that cup of coffee's no longer cutting it and your bad day culminates in a splitting head, the easy way out is to pop a painkiller.  But if you're a frequent headache sufferer, looking into natural remedies is a much better solution.   They're surprisingly effective and better address the affects of stress, rather than just masking pain.   They engage other senses in your body like smell and touch, and the little rituals involved - like making a cup of tea - force you to stop, relax and be mindful.

Here's our top 10.

Posted on 17 Aug 2017

Imagine your home was an oasis of calm... a place you walk in and feel instantly more centred, serene and balanced.  Sound like a fantasy?    Perhaps not.  

Read on for some tips, which according to the ancient art of feng shui, may make a big difference to the energy and feel of your home.

Balancing your home's yin and yang

If chaos and disorder is typical of your abode, feng shui says that might be because it's energies (depicted as 'Yin', the feminine, and 'Yang' the male energy) are out of balance.   Yin and yang are part of the same energy concept, so both are needed and have an inverse relationship -  the trick is making small adjustments to ensure they're in harmony.

Posted on 17 Aug 2017

If you'd like to give the man (or dad!) in your life a real treat, make him this natural, essential oil shaving cream.

It's perfect for sensitive skin with a super moisturising formula for a close, comfortable shave.  The oils have antibacterial properties too, so are great for troubled skin and for treating ingrown hairs.     (Come to think of it, it's just as good for girls too!)

DIY natural shaving cream

What you need:

Flip top, wide neck glass containers (try craft stores)
1/3 cup shea butter
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup fractionated coconut or jojoba oil
10 drops Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil
5 drops Bosisto's Tea Tree Oil

Posted on 23 May 2017

Customer Sheila Cramer brings you our latest Customer Top Tip. It's a bed-making routine we can definitely recommend!

'When I strip the beds I spray the mattress with eucalyptus, re-make the bed and just before pulling up the top sheet I spray lavender, then a few drops of lavender oil onto the pillow and pull the bed cover over the top. Come bedtime I pull back the bed cover, hop in and the freshness feels like little bit of luxury.'

Posted on 18 May 2017

Did you know the average person spends more time each year nursing a sore throat, fever and runny nose than they do on holiday?  Adults get about three colds per year, each lasting a week or two.  

Then there's the flu.  Last year's season was the worst since 2009, with more than 220,000 cases resported.  And as this year's flu season fast approaches, it's time to start thinking prevention. 

The flu vaccine is an obvious first choice - it reduces your risk of flu by 40-50 percent and is highly recommended for people aged 65 or over, pregnant women, indigenous Australians and those with diabetes or chronic heart or lung conditions.

But apart from the vaccine, what else can you use to bolster your immunity?  Here's a run-down.

Posted on 11 May 2017

When it comes to living a sustainable life, odds on we're all guilty of a few sins.  Maybe you keep the water running when you brush your teeth, accept those plastic supermarket bags or shove things in the recycling that don't belong.

The good news is, you don't need to implement complicated grey water systems or set up a worm farm to go green.   You can reduce your family's eco-footprint with a few really simple tweaks to your everyday routine.

1. Think about the clothes you buy

"Disposible fashion" (ie. cheap garments from chain retailers) is fast burying our planet in a mountain of textile refuse.  We quickly discard cheap items when they fall apart and buy more - but the impact this cycle has on the environment is huge.

Posted on 11 May 2017

Unlike say, ironing, nobody teaches you the right way to mop because it seems so darn obvious.  Wet the mop, mop the floor.  Right?   Nope... turns out there's a right way to mop, and many of us aren't doing it correctly.

Here's how to get your floors mirror-shiny.

1. Gather your supplies

Choose a mop based on your floor type.  If you have a floor with a lot of texture, you'll want the more classic white string or rag mop.  If you have a smooth floor, a sponge mop will work well.

Ideally, try to find one with a built-in wringer, not one that requires a bucket attachment to wring it out.  You'll see why in step 6.