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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

Autumn is for serious stuff

There is something about Autumn that makes us get a bit serious.

The Summer slumber phase has well and truly left and before the cold bitter winter hits we've got three whole months to prepare our homes and bodies.
I feel as though whenever Autumn comes around it doesn't just bring a change in the air and a change to our leaves, it also gives us a kick to get things done around the office.

It's been one whole year since we left the organic stamp in our rear view mirror and drove towards a new quality assurance program, one that celebrates purity and cleanliness. Is it green and clean? Yes. Is it 100% pure? Yes. Is it the best available? Yes. These three questions are the first that are asked to our farmers and the most important questions out there.
To back us up we've brought in a GC-FID (Gas Chromatography Analysis machine for those playing at home), which allows us to profile and test every new oil to earthYARD. We've called her Gertrude and she's just marvellous. It's a lot of work to implement a brand new quality assurance program but we couldn't be more pleased with the results.

Slowly over the next few months we'll be making results available for everyone so watch this space for a new hit of science-stuff.

Onto a slightly less heavy note, we really want you to tell us what's missing from our store. Are you after more beauty, more raw materials, more blends, more tips. It's your time to shine and we want to hear what you've got to say so let us know now.

GO ANSWER - IT'S REAL QUICK - WE PROMISE.


Oh, and you loved the sale category so much we made it permanent. We'll be switching things in and out of this every month so keep checking back to see what's new.

Happy Autumn earthYARDians.

Love,
Bec x

What is Single Origin?

If you drink coffee, you would have no doubt heard the term Single Origin as well as its opposite term, blend.

Single Origin, in coffee, is when the coffee beans are sourced from one specific geo-location or even one specific farm. The flavours are normally more intense and defined. Basically it's as true as it can be. What you're experiencing is the unique flavour that is the coffee bean of that origin.
What happens when you blend that coffee bean with a coffee bean from a different plantation is a muddle of flavours. I'm not saying that this is a terrible thing, one of my favourite coffee blends comprises of beans from two completely different plantations, what is interesting though is the unique qualities each bean brings to that blend.

Just like coffee, an essential oil from one plantation can be completely different from an essential oil produced elsewhere.

Lavender from Australia is much higher in camphor than Lavender from Bulgaria and each of these constituents play a crucial role in the best usages of that particular oil. If you want to learn more about constituents, head to our resources section and download our cheat sheet.

Another major benefit to single origin is that it really celebrates and honours the farmer. A single beautiful quality product is produced in its entirety from one location. 

Single Origin is also a way of stamping and certifying a product to be completely pure. When something is called pure you believe it's is exactly that, not chemically or aromatically enhanced, just simple and pure. 

A few decades ago there was a trend towards cheapening a pure product to stretch it further. Cheapening occurs when aromatic chemicals and fractionated constituents are blended into the oil to make it more or less like something. This practice is fine if you're not swayed by purity and the science behind this is actually quite fascinating, but all in all it's not the real deal and the real deal does exist. Cheapened products generally end up in your commercial household products and cheap skin care items as margins can be higher and quantity for money is skewed in favour of the manufacturer.

Some fractionations occur from natural products or pure essential oils, like our fractionated coconut oil, and this in itself is just another prime example of the many uses of essential oils, but some are, unfortunately, chemically derived. It's for this reason we encourage the understanding of purity and for all the reasons above why we choose to only range single origin essential oils.

There are some amazing things happening in Australia and given that we as a country have an incredibly diverse climate, there are many more amazing oils we can produce here. These will be slightly different to their native brothers and sisters but no doubt will be amazing in their own right.

Single Origin gives to the farmer as much as it gives to the consumer. The consumer receives the opportunity to experience a truly individual essential oil. The farmer receives bigger returns and a pride in product that is unlike any other.

At earthYARD we encourage our customers to know their oils including where they come from and how they were produced.

We talk to Modern Hair and Beauty magazine about all things oil and beauty

modern hair beauty magazine

We were so lucky to chat to Modern Hair and Beauty magazine about all things oil and beauty for their 13th issue. From the what's in it that does it, to our pick of tips for oils for beauty and even use around the house.

There is such a big oily world out there still being explored and we're only just starting to understand the importance of natural ingredients in skin care and health. Let alone how essential oils can improve every day living.

We are also super excited that natural beauty alternatives and raw ingredients are finally landing themselves on the mainstream map and we're looking forward to bringing new discoveries to light across 2018.

Keep an eye out on our resources page for new studies, products and references.

Modern Hair and Beauty magazine is out across newsstands now.

What a year! Merry Christmas earthyardians

Its been a stellar year here at earthYARD, we hope it has been for you too!

A moment of reflection: This year we launched our retail ready range, stood behind our Australian farmers in their fight for quality and fairness, developed a new skin care essentials range, introduced our now super popular orb diffuser, launched a line of base creams and lotions, brought you bunch of new and exciting blends and had a tonne of fun doing it.

There are a lot of great things coming in 2018, some are even available now (check out our new blends Warrior and Breathe Free).
We trust you'll stay safe, healthy and will get to delight in at least a little bit of fun with your family and friends.

We're taking a bit of a siesta from Friday 22nd to Jan 8th. We'll still be taking orders over the break (the internet never sleeps) but please be aware that orders may not be dispatched until January 8th. 

Have a Cheery Christmas from everyone here at earthYARD

Bec x

Black Friday is coming

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Black Friday is nearly upon us. Mark the date in your calendar, everything will be 20% off. Prices will already be reduced, so now is the time to sign up to our newsletter list to get access to extra super secret discount codes and deals.

We've got some exciting things lined up for the 4 days from skin care gifts, bulk buy discounts, free gifts and more. Sign up today.

9 Completely Unique Christmas Gifts Using Essential Oils

Coming up with interesting, personal and unique Christmas gifts every year can be a bit trying. Avoid the last minute dash to the department store and instead opt for one of these ideas for something different.

 

Why Diffuse

To diffuse or to burn. The buzz out there is that diffusing is the new burning and people are just going bonkers for these ultrasonic beauties.

There are so many ways to use essential oils from direct to chakra application, burning them, wearing them, reed diffusing them, room spraying them, atomizing them, you name it, we've done it. But the method we've stuck to is diffusing. 

reed diffuser

What is diffusing?
Diffusing is the best way (we think) to get all the benefits of the essential oil. Diffusers use ultra-sonic technology to atomize the essential oil in water and pushes the cold steam into the room. Diffusing allows us to inhale the aromas, activating the limbic system (biology lesson alert) which is the emotional centre of the brain. Remember those times when you smell something and an emotion is triggered, freshly cut grass, baking bread, rain, essential oil inhalation is a bit like that. Emotional triggers are learned and essential oils work a bit the same way.

Diffuse Lavender and think calm thoughts, you can learn calm and trigger it by diffusing lavender. 

This is the only reason to diffuse. Here's a small list:

Remove odours, promote sleep, purify the air, create comfort, reduce cravings, support the immune system, boost memory recall, set a mood, de-stress, heal depression. It's just a small list.

oil burner

Why no burn?
Heating oils can create volatility. This can dramatically change the aroma but also can burn off some of the important natural compositional constituents that carry the benefits that we use oils for. For example (Science time):

One of the constituents of Eucalyptus oil is Cineole. Cineole is known for it's anti-spasmodic benefits. It also burns off quickly and at lower temperatures than some of the other constituents in the oil. By applying direct heat to the oil the heavier volatile's are turned into resin which is left in the dish and don't make it into the air.
It was thought that this could be fixed by adding water, but the end result hardly changed.

A diffuser atomizes the enter oil.

Okay, we've sold you now how do you care for your diffuser? Simples. Use a rubbing alcohol to or a white vinegar to wipe out the inside of the diffuser which will neutralise any residual odours. That's it.

Is it safe?
It sure is. Provided you're putting good quality pure oils into your diffuser no nasty chemicals will be diffused.

puppy and kitten

What about for pets?
There are studies and reports out there that say some oils are not good for cats and dogs. Just be mindful that animals have a much better sense of smell and less is more. If your pet starts to react to the oils you are diffusing it's best to remove them form the room. Most oils are fine but best to do some research before you diffuse at home.

Cats are particularly sensitive to polyphenolic compounds which can be found in: cinnamon, tea tree, thyme, birch, wintergreen, clove, and oregano.

There have been reports of dogs being irritated by anise, clove, garlic, horseradish, juniper, thyme, wintergreen, and yarrow. 

Use common sense and dilute the oil before diffusing and monitor your pet's reactions.

We've tried and tested many diffusers and have settled on one that ticks all our boxes:

1) Auto shut off. When the water level reaches below a certain point the diffuser will automatically turn off.

2) Run time. On full speed you can get 6 hours straight run time out of our diffusers. At low speed we have reports of up to 22 hours.

3) No neon. Need we say more.

4) Quietness. You can hardly hear it. No whirring or hissing.

5) Decor appeal. Looks pretty smart on the shelf, by the sink or under a plant.

6) Affordability. No need to pay through the nose for what we believe should be in every home.

Our diffusers are $59.95 and come in two beautiful wood grain finishes. Spend over $250 with us you get one free. Now that's a pretty nifty Christmas gift.

Bec
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