Posted on 13 Oct 2016

If you're a fan of essential oils you might have noticed something new in recent years: essential oil "solutions". In eucalyptus, lavender or tea tree, these products are sold where you'd normally find essential oils, but they're likely to be in larger bottles and they're cheaper.  What's the deal?

What is a solution?

A solution is a unique formula of essential oils which dissolves easily in water.   Although not as potent as pure essential oils, they have different advantages. 

Posted on 13 Oct 2016

Essential oils have helped improve wellbeing for centuries - and they're no less relevant to today's busy lifestyles.

Here's a few clever ways you can help your family & home with these wonderful natural essences.

1. Help kids sleep

Kids have busy lives too and find it hard to wind down.  The scent of lavender oil is proven to help relax, calm and soothe - and incorporating a diluted lavender into your child's bedroom routine is a master tip that might just get them (and you) some more zzzz's.

Here's a few ways to go about it:

Posted on 13 Oct 2016

Can't sleep?  You're not the only one - on any given night, 1 in 3 Australians are burning midnight oil they didn't intend to burn. 

There are some wonderful techniques and practical tips out there to help smooth the transition to sleep: but if you're looking for relief in the moment (and don't want to go down the pharmaceutical route) nothing beats the power of herbs and essential oils.

Here are the best traditional remedies for a satisfying snooze.

Posted on 19 Sep 2016

There are two things toddlers and puppies have in common.  One, they're both adorable.  Two, they can be, well - a little untrained, in the toileting area.

But that's okay.  Because you have Bosisto's!  Eucalyptus oil with its anitbacterial, stain removing and deodorising properties is pretty much the perfect companion for any toilet-training household, whether it's an gorgeous new ball of fluff or it's time to graduate to the big boy or girl undies.

So read on, because here is the Ultimate Toilet Training Stain Survival Guide (UTTSSG, not as catchy). 

Posted on 15 Sep 2016

With spring now fully apon us, it's time to bust out your rubber gloves and give your home a good spring clean.

But what about those places that most people forget?  Too hard, tucked away... but still gathering dust bunnies all the same.  Time to put them on your cleaning bucket list!

1. Top of the fridge

It's no-man's land up there, a spot few ever venture (except maybe to stretch on tippy toes and shove random things on top). That makes the top of the fridge a prime spot for hardcore grime.

That greasy black film up there is usually a combination of oily grune from the stove top and caked-on dust.

Posted on 14 Sep 2016

Springtime isn't all happiness and cherry blossoms for some: the 1 in 7 Australians who are hayfever sufferers.   Skin itchiness, sore eyes and nasal congestion can make the simple act of stepping outside an anxiety-inducing prospect.

Short of closing windows and doors and living in a bubble, what's the solution?  Antihistamines might seem like the obvious choice, but some types can have an unwanted drowsy effect - and of course, not everyone wants to take medication.

Instead, try these clever natural solutions to enjoy this beautiful season to its fullest.

Posted on 18 Aug 2016

Paid cleaning is a wonderful short cut to an organised home - if the household budget allows.

But what if your lotto ticket didn't come in?  Take a speed cleaning lesson from the pros.   Paid cleaning services are masters in the art of efficient cleaning.  Watch them as they work - they don't waste time or dawdle, but they get the job done brilliantly at the same time.

Here's how to clean fast and clean right, with tips from the experts.

1. Schedule your cleaning time

Take a tip from the pros and set up a regular weekly cleaning time.  It might be Saturday morning, or every fortnight on a Sunday.   Whatever time you choose, schedule it and clean with intention until you finish, because you won't get it done in fits and starts.

Posted on 18 Aug 2016

Being cooped up behind closed doors in winter can mean things like couches, curtains and linens start to smell a bit stale and musty.   When things could do with a bit of freshening, try this simple DIY spray – with lavender oil, it has a lovely calming scent and helps freshen with a long lasting aroma.  So much better than chemical scents!

Note: this spray is also lovely to use while ironing.

Posted on 18 Aug 2016

Aussies appear to have the leisure experience all wrapped up - backyard barbecues, lying on the beach - but it turns out we're amateurs compared to Danes.  The Danish have elevated it an art form, and even have a unique name for it - "hygge".

Prounced (roughly) "hooga", the concept is hard to explain because there's no exact same word in English, but it roughly translates to "coziness".

Posted on 17 Aug 2016

As temperatures nose-dive, so too does your skin’s moisture.  Heating indoors just makes things worse, sucking more humidity out of the air.   But dry and dull looking skin don’t need to go hand in hand with winter – here’s a few simple ways you can keep looking youthful when there’s a chill in the air.

1. Quit sugar

Overall skin health is determined by the healthy functioning of the liver and what we put in our body can have a big impact.  A nutrient rich diet, especially one that’s high in healthy monounsaturated fats like olive oil, eggs, nuts and avocado will help keep your skin supple from the inside out.