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All Natural DIY Mould Remover

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Before the rise of the commercial modern-day cleaners we recognise today, the way we dealt with cleaning conundrums in the home was simpler. Some home grown wisdom, a little bit of elbow grease, and a remedy often made of natural ingredients that were easy to obtain, or already in the home. Many households are returning to these tried and true remedies in an effort to reduce toxins in the home, reduce their waste, and save money. earthYARD stocks a wide range of natural ingredients that can help you on your way to being a DIY master.

As Winter takes hold in Australia, many of us are spending more time in the warmth indoors, and keeping the doors and windows shut tight against cold and drafts. Wintry hibernation habits such as hot, steamy showers and drying clothes indoors, coupled with sometimes ineffective ventilation, can create a warm and moist environment which is perfect for enticing an unwanted guest into your home: Mould.

Mould is part of a group of organisms called fungi that also include mushrooms and yeast. It thrives in the moist, dark areas of your home that lack adequate ventilation. Mould spreads via tiny particles called spores, which are carried in the air. These spores are present virtually everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, and may cause health problems if inhaled by people who are sensitive or allergic to them. According to a fact sheet provided by NSW Health*, The people with the greatest risk of health problems from contact with mould are:

  • People with asthma, allergies, or other breathing conditions
  • People with weakened immune systems (such as people with HIV infection, cancer patients taking chemotherapy or people who have received an organ transplant)
  • People with chronic lung diseases (such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema)

Symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, irritation of the eyes and skin and sometimes wheezing. This is why it’s so important to keep mould at bay. To make sure mould doesn’t take hold in the dark, moist areas of your home, try some of these practical preventative measures:

  • Maintain proper ventilation: use exhaust fans when cooking, bathing or using a clothes dryer, and when the weather permits open windows to provide cross ventilation.
  • Reduce humidity: Limit the use of humidifiers, limit the number of houseplants in your home and don’t let them sit in trays of water.
  • Control moisture: Repair leaks and plumbing issues, and if water does enter your home, completely clean and dry carpets, etc and discard anything that cannot be cleaned and dried completely.

If you do discover mould this winter, there are many ways to remove it. There are a trove of homemade, DIY options that can reduce your environmental footprint, reduce your use of single-use plastic packaging, and are also gentle on the household budget. Instead of introducing further toxins into your home by using harsh commercial cleaners, try a natural home remedy to remove mould like the one below.

All Natural DIY Mould Remover Recipe

Ingredients:
½ Cup Bi Carb Soda
¼ cup White Vinegar
10 drops each Cold Pressed Lemon Oil and Clove Bud Oil

Method:
In a deep bowl mix the essential oils into the vinegar until evenly dispersed.
Mix in the bi carb soda a tablespoon at a time until you have a running paste.
Using gloves, dip a damp cloth into the mixture and wipe over mould area until covered.
Leave to set and dry (this will take approximately 10-15 minutes).
Scrub the dried paste to ensure you get everything.
Wipe clean with a cloth and hot water.
Repeat every few months to maintain a mould free space.

Note: As you’re working you will notice your paste begins to harden. You can increase flow by adding a touch more vinegar or a splash of hot water.

*Access NSW Health Fact sheet on mould here:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/mould.aspx

Spotlight on Pink Peppercorn

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Pink Peppercorn Oil - slightly sweeter than Black Pepper on the nose, useful for assisting alertness and stamina. Our Australian Pink Peppercorn oil is produced from the peppercorns found from trees in the western plains of NSW and northern Victoria.
Take a journey down many of our beautiful country towns and you'll notice streets littered with Peppercorn trees. Funnily enough, this tree Schinus molle is not a native to Australia despite it's widespread appearance. Pink Peppercorn is actually a Peruvian native.
Brought to Australia in the mid 1800s as a tree that could thrive on dramatic climate changes in arid areas, mostly were planted in public spaces for decoration.
The culinary uses for American Pepper as it's otherwise known are now widespread and fun fact, it's actually a member of the Cashew family - a warning to those with tree nut allergies.
On the oil front - a newer oil to the range for many, this pure essential oil is starting to hold it's own amongst the popular list.
We recommend teaming it with citrus and wood for a calming blend or substituting Black Pepper Oil for Pink Peppercorn Oil in massage applications on tired muscles.
Available now on earthYARD store in 25ml and 100ml. We'd love to know what you think of this one. Email us or find us on facebook and instagram

2 Buck Tuesday - Our Pledge

When I was a little girl afraid of the night my mother and father would sing me to sleep with “When you're down and troubled, and you need some love and care, and nothing, nothing is going right, close your eyes and think of me, and soon I will be there, to brighten up even your darkest night”. This song, You’ve Got a Friend was such a comfort and now, when I look back on those nights I am grateful to have had a warm and loving home and family. Not everyone has this luxury, and unfortunately to some, it does seem like a luxury rather than a basic right.

Last year I had the pleasure of being introduced to the founder of The Phoenix Rising Foundation, Rebecca Jaeger. A strong and determined Australian woman who believes that every child deserves the right to a healthy and happy childhood. Jaeger created Phoenix Rising as an institute of support to Australian youth and those suffering with mental health issues as a result of homelessness, displacement and abuse.

Phoenix Rising’s vision is to build retreats around Australia that can house youth, defence veterans and guests as well as provide access to critical therapy, education and wellbeing services.
To help Phoenix Rising achieve their vision, earthYARD is donating $2.00 from every order on Tuesday May 14th to their 2BuckTuesday national campaign.

If you are interested in creating a pledge to the campaign privately you can find more information on their website here.

Every child should have a friend.

  • As of June 2018, 31,800 Australian children were in long-term, out-of-home care and the rate of children aged 0-12 years who were the subject of child protection substantiation has increased from 2007 to 2017 across most states and territories (AIHW 2019).
  • In 2015 208,111 Australian children were suspected of being harmed or at risk as reported by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellness.
  • Abuse and neglect can cause significant long-term harm. Adverse effects of child abuse and neglect have been found to be significant and diverse in nature and may include; reduced social skills; poor school performance; impaired language ability; a higher likelihood of criminal offending; and mental health issues such as eating disorders, substance abuse and depression (Chartier et al. 2007; Gupta 2008).
Chartier MJ, Walker JR & Naimark B 2007. Childhood abuse, adult health, and health care utilization: results from a representative community sample. American Journal of Epidemiology 165(9):1031–8.
Gupta A 2008. Responses to child neglect. Community Care 1727:24–5.

RECIPE: Aloe + Calendula Toner

Australian plant extracts are highly sought after for skin care products around the world. Perhaps the sometimes harsh climates these plants thrive in have enabled them to develop compounds to store the very vital elements that allow them to live. These compounds that are extracted through a hydro-glyceric process are prized for their abilities to rejuvinate the skin, restore elasticity and replenish lost anti-oxidants.

Calendula Extract in particular has been used extensively for medicinal purposes such as scar and tissue healing, collagen stimulation and replacement due to the presence of favinoids, carotenes and triterpenes. It's Australia's star player in popular creams and lotions. Our Calendula Extract is made by us so we know it's perfect.

Aloe Vera Gel has become famous for reducing inflammation and reducing redness of the skin - hello sun burn - but did you know that Aloe is especially useful in speeding up skin cell regeneration? The polysaccharide-rich composition of Aloe Vera encourages hydration which is vital for keeping those cells happy and healthy. earthYARD has been making Aloe Vera Gel from Australian Aloe Vera plants for years and we're confident you won't find a better one anywhere else. 

Witch Hazel is our number one toner ingredient. Do you remember being a pimple-ridden teenager and mum coming back form the chemist with a bottle of Witch Hazel? That stuff would burn for a few seconds and then before you knew it you'd be wandering around like a movie star picturing yourself on the big screen. Or was that just me? Witch Hazel itself is a power house for clearing out the pores and reducing inflammation making it an essential ingredient for skin toners.

Chamomile Floral Water, soothing, calming and have we mentioned how beautiful it smells? Our Chamomile Floral Water is made by us, to order with a natural preservative meaning you don't need to add any extra preservatives to this recipe. The aroma alone is enough to make your skin sing, but Chamomile Roman Essential Oil which is what we use in our floral water eases skin irritations, rashes and scarring.
 

Aloe + Calendula Toner

4 INGREDIENTS, 4 MINUTES
(Makes 1L)

800ml Chamomile Floral Water
100ml Witch Hazel Extract
50ml Calendula Hydro Glyceric Extract
50ml Aloe Vera Gel

Mix all ingredients together with a whisk/spoon/soft blender. Divide into spray bottles. Use after cleansing daily for a smooth fresh face.

Happy mixing,
Bec x

The Blends You Need To Try

One of the things we love most about working at earthYARD is how inspired we get about oils, places, stories and people. Over the past year we have been hard at work developing 10 new blends that we're excited for you to try. 

You'll find these blends as our featured products for the month.

1) Double Happy Blend

Double Happy Blend

In Feng Shui, the double happiness symbol is one of the oldest symbols used to enhance, luck and love. This blend both reflects double happiness with double our normal amount of oils as well as each oil brings an uplifting and joyous element. This blend truly makes us happy with every use. Double happy infact. Contains: Orange, Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Bergamot, Lemon, Frankincense, Mandarin, Geranium, Cinnamon Bark, Basil, Sandalwood.

2) Dreamcatcher Blend

Dreamcatcher Blend

When it's time to get back to your inner child and reboot your soul, this blend will take you there. The perfect combination of grounding wood and uplifting citrus, Dreamcatcher is for the hippie inside, the wanderer and the dreamer.
Contains: Cedarwood, Orange, Tangerine, Myrrh, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang and Peru Balsam.

3) Force Blend

Force Blend

This complex blend is a force to be reckoned with. Resurface from the dark and and redefine your limits with Force Blend. Designed to help you rally your inner resources and push through the day. Combining Rosemary, Grapefruit and Peppermint with Myrrh, Citrus and Cedarwood this is a great blend for those mornings after the night before, whether it be a lack of sleep, a few too many (we've all been there) or even just a momentary need for a little nudge in your motivation corner.
Contains: Orange, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lemon, Bergamot, Peppermint, Lavender, Myrrh, Lime.

4) Hush Blend

Hush Blend

Life can be frantic and too much stress can work us up into a frenzy. For those times when we wish our elders, spirit guides, mothers and friends were there to hold us tight and whisper a quiet "Hush child", Hush Blend is there to calm us. Helpful for anxiety issues and refocusing back to now.
Contains: Grapefruit, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Majoram, Lavender, Orange, Petitgrain and Ylang Ylang.

5) Liaisons Blend

Liaisons Blend

Embrace your sexuality with our Liaisons Blend. Unlocking the aphrodisiac qualities of Ylang Ylang with a soft Orange and Rose Geranium to drive your inner desires. Whether you need to get in the mood or just create atmosphere, Liaisons is our secret love potion. Diffuse in the bedroom/kitchen/bathroom/hotel room or add a few drops to a massage oil for some extra spice.
Contains: Orange, Lavender, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Peru Balsam, Ylang Ylang, Rose Geranium.

6) Mojave Blend

Mojave Blend

In some areas of the Mojave desert, citrus trees thrive where others can not. It is this distinct awe-inspiring landscape that can have a tremendous effect on the soul. Every desert has a secret to keep and this blend pay hommage to the secrets a desert can keep. A predominantly citrus blend where six fruits are so closely aligned that the hint of chamomile just peaks it's head. 
Contains: Lime, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot and Chamomile. 

7) Nginha Blend

Nginha Blend

Home is here.
This blend of Australian natives pays tribute to the origins of our White Cypress and Buddah Wood (Buddhawood) oils. Both these oils are harvested by an indigenous community on Wiradjuri lands. The name for this blend comes from their traditional word for "here". 
Contains: White Cypress Wood, Buddah Wood, Eucalyptus Broadleaf Peppermint, Honey Myrtle, Rosalina, Jasmine.

8) Pharaoh Blend

Pharaoh Blend

This blend is pure indulgence. We were nearly going to call it Rubies but we couldn't settle on any one jewel. If this blend were jewels it would be all of the dazzling ones. Exciting the senses with gems of the essential oil world. Pharaoh Blend plays with Neroli, Chamomile and Sandalwood to draw from the riches of the earth and annoint us with a little bit a luxe. Unapologetic and worth every drop.
Contains:  Sandalwood, Yuzu, Chamomile, Neroli, Rose Geranium, Tangerine, Lime, Frangipani.

9) The Dunes

The Dunes Blend

Sometimes we just need to reach the shore. After a tough day/week or even moment, The Dunes is designed to help us unwind, take a deep breath and take stock of the here and now. Harnessing the power of Lavender and Chamomile with an infusion of Mandarin, Lemon, Bergamot, Cedarwood and Frankincense, this blend is an essential addition to any collection.
Contains: Mandarin, Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot, Frankincense and Chamomile. 

And finally...

10) The Lioness Blend

The Lioness Blend

The huntress, she provides for and defends her pack. She can take down a wild beast with her strength and then nurture her young with the same mouth. This blend is all about the power within and the feminine ability to create control. The Lioness has a strength that comes from motherhood and purpose. We've drawn from our inner Lioness to create a blend that serves to awaken that courage and strength when we need it most.
Contains: Orange, Petitgrain, Bergamot, Lemon, Rosemary, Basil, Cedarwood and Patchouli. 

 

DIY Hair Serum Recipe - Defrizz and shine

From time to time we like to play around and create great examples of products made from all natural ingredients that really work. Some we make available online for sale, others we just share the recipes for. This is one of those times.

Each one of these ingredients brings a myriad of benefits for your hair keeping it healthy, encouraging growth and naturally tames.

To make this serum you just need a bottle or blending bowl. Simpy add the ingredients together and shake or mix well. To use, warm a few drops in the palm of your hand and massage through hair starting at the tips and working up to the scalp. Leave in for 15 minutes for a quick treatment and then wash out or keep on hair and continue to style for a nourishing leave in serum.

RECIPE

We work with millilitres to create 1 litre of product, feel free to convert your millilitres into drops if you prefer.

 Oil mL
Jojoba Oil  520mL
Coconut Virgin Oil 100mL
Argan Oil 120mL
Avocado Oil 180mL
Rosemary Oil 20mL
Clary Sage Oil 20mL
Ylang Ylang Complete Oil 30mL

 

This recipe will last unpreserved for 2 years when stored in an amber or dark glass bottle. Feel free to add any PH stabilisers or natural preservatives like Elderberry Phytocide which you can source from many soap and natural ingredient suppliers for a longer lifespan.

Happy Birthday to Us

Wow. Talk about a milestone. These past 3 years have been an absolute wild ride and such a joy. We've learnt so much about our oils from you and we love hearing about what you do with them, how you use them and what you like (or don't like).

The single thing that keeps us going is you, our customers. It's your hundreds of ideas brewing, your passion and ambition, your search for better, your stories and dreams. This is why we do what we do.
To some we may just be another essential oil store. To others we're an essential (pun intended) resource.

We hope to be an incubator of ideas, vision and community. And to that end we've got some exciting things coming in our 4th year.
  • We want to develop a space where you can swap and trade ideas, knowledge and stories.
  • We want to support all your ideas by showcasing your creations and what can be achieved when you use pure and natural ingredients.
  • We want to bring new ingredients to the forefront and challenge the way we create.
  • We want to give back more, reuse more and up-cycle more.

They may be big goals but with you by our side we can achieve anything.

In the meantime a big birthday thank you is in order and for 24 hours everything on our store is 20% off (prices as marked). Starting now. Ends at midday tomorrow.

Happy birthday to us. We look forward to another super massive year with you, dear friend.

Cheers,
Bec x

8 DIY Green Living Cleaning Hacks with Essential Oils

Winter is a dirty month. Open fires, heater dust and walking dropped Autumn leaves through the house, not to forget the extra germs laying about form all those extra colds and flues. Essential oils should be an essential (pardon the pun) part of the green living home cleaning kit.

Here are 8 life-hacks for keeping your homes fresh and bacteria free.

1. Flies, Spiders and Insects

During the colder months flies can go into hiding, though not everywhere, and with flies, spiders and insects comes dirt, spider webs and bacteria. Citronella has always been a popular product for deterring mosquitoes and flies in Australia but did you know that it comes from the same family as Lemongrass? Lemongrass is made up of Neral and Geranial which when compounded together make Citral. Like Citranellol (found in Citronella) Citral can have a powerful effect on warding off unwanted pests. Add a few drops to water in a diffuser to protect a room or add to water in a spray bottle and spray around entrances and windows of your house.

2. All-Natural Fabric Softener

So many of our store bought fabric softeners are packed full of harmful chemicals. Fabric softeners can also act as an anti-microbial and what better anti-microbial than Tea Tree Oil. Add 2 drops of Tea Tree to a cup of white vinegar and pour into your next laundry load.

3. Slug Life

Wet winters can bring out the slugs and where there are slugs there are suffering gardens. Essential oils can help your struggling plants by creating a ring of protection around them. Add 5 drops of Cedarwood Atlas Oil or Australian Peppermint Oil to one cup of water, mix away for a few minutes until the oil is mixed well with the water and then spray in a ring around effected plants. The slugs will stay away. Alternatively try our ready made Peppermint Floral Water - pre-mixed and ready for the garden.

4. Soap Scum and Mould in Showers

If you live in extra cold climates during the winter months, like I do, you'll be familiar with the conflict of opening windows to dry out your bathrooms. If it's too cold or rainy I put off opening up the space until the sun comes out which can sometimes take days. The moisture builds up in the shower and next thing I know there's a new chore on the list - remove the soap scum and mould. Rather than tackling with Ajax or Easy-Off Bam which, when I was young and lazy, were my go-to products, I now mix up a bowl of natural mould remover and it works just as well (if not better), plus smells much nicer. Take 4 tablespoons of Baking Soda and 4 tablespoons of sea salt. Add 5ml of Lemon Oil and 2ml each of Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil. Use straight away by applying to mould on tile and grout, let sit for up to 10 minutes and then scrub away.

5. Counter Grease

Winter is the best time for hot soups, casseroles, home cooking in general and with it an increase in counter grease. If you find you've got some extra sauce on your bench tops try a few drops of Lemon Oil or Orange Oil in a small cup of vinegar for a green friendly cleaning solution.

6. Floors So Clean You Could Eat Off Them

All that extra dirt coming into the house can hold extra bacteria making it much harder to guard your family against winter colds and flues. Make up a floor cleaner by taking a bucket of warm water, one cup of white vinegar and 2ml each of Eucalyptus OilLemon Scented Tea Tree Oil, Clove Oil and 1ml of Mandarin Oil. Use a mop to sanitise your floors and keep them smelling so fresh and so clean.

7. Carpet Cleaner

Tiled and wooden floors are easy to clean but we often forget about carpeted areas. A regular vacuum is great for tidying up our rooms but sometimes we need to go above and beyond to keep them fresh, free of dirt and grime and smelling sweet. If you've got problem carpets make up a deodoriser by mixing 1ml each of Lavender Oil to about 500g of baking soda.

8. Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitiser

Hand Sanitiser is always handy to have around the house and in your bag for a quick clean and to prevent germs from spreading. Make a blend of 2mL Lavender, 1ml Eucalyptus, 1ml Cedarwood and 1ml Rosemary. Add to 200g of Aloe Vera Gel and pop into a pump bottle. For a spray version top with purified or filtered water into a 500ml spray bottle.

We'd love to hear from you if you have any other great home hacks for green living with essential oils. Get in touch if you have some great ideas.

New - Winter Protection Serum

earthYARD founder appears on Landline

earthYARD and Native Oils Australia founder David Johnson appeared on Landline last Sunday in an overview of the Australian essential oil industry and it's forecast for Australian farmers. And we could be more proud.

Last year our big brother company (of which we share a space with) had a visit from ABC’s Landline. After a much anticipation the full segment aired last Sunday the 15th of April, 2018.

The story is an overview on the current market and the bright future Australia will play in the global market.
Of particular importance are the growing opportunities that exist for conventional Australian farmers as essential oil production increasingly becomes a viable income stream that supports diversity in harsh conventional farming climates.

earthYARD is proud to stand behind our leader and mentor David Johnson in his mission to grow the Australian grown oil industry. Click below to watch the video.

David Johnson on landline - video link
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