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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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Naturally Good Sweet Almond and Macadamia Oil

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Carrier oils, basically they carry any essential oil, the proteins and the nutrients into the skin. Hence why these oils are so widely used in aromatherapy and massage. Not only are they incredibly nourishing and versatile as ingredients on their own they are the foundations of natural skin care and cosmetics around the world.

How are oils made?

Most carrier oils are cold-pressed. Some heat may be applied to the uncooked nut but as this is generally kept below 60°C to ensure minimal change to the natural oil, it is considered a cold-press.
The concept of cold pressing nuts has been around since the early 19th century although some believe there are examples of beam presses going back 400 years.
The heat that is generated up to 60°C as mentioned above occurs from the friction created during the press.

The friction and the pressing strips the oil out of the nut which is then filtered off to give you the 100% pure oil.

Sweet Almond (Prunus amygdalis var. dulcis).

Almond oil is one of the best natural oils for hair and skin care. Packed full of nutrients like Vitamin E and potassium as well as fatty acids such as linoleic acid which works to reduce the appearance of cellulite but also deeply moisturise the skin.

Using Sweet Almond Oil in place of cosmetics that boast the same beneficial claims is comparable if not even better and unless you have a nut allergy, there are no side effects. Almond oil is useful in relieving the itching caused by eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and all cases of dry scaly skin. It absorbs slowly and is non-irritating.
Sweet Almond can also reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes, act against wrinkles and ageing, and can also work as a natural make-up remover (not that you need makeup!).

We love Sweet Almond oil that much that we even planted our own trees even just to look at the beautiful blossoms.

Macadamia (Macadamia integrifolia).

Have you ever been to or driven past a Macadamia plantation? Every time I visit the far north coast of New South Wales I’m taken by the plantations that dot the Tweed Valleys inland. I imagine myself a bit like Alice in Wonderland frolicking/running through the endless columns of beautiful lush arching foliage.

As a kid I got the luxury of searching the floor under the canopies for lost nuts which I’d take home and spend hours cracking each shell, devouring the nut. Little did I know how much the little nuts would play a part in my life.

Macadamia is my go to. Rich is Omega 7 (palmitoleic acid) and also is very good at keeping you looking youthful and hydrated. Macadamia oil has been known to heal worn out skin especially after exposure to the sun or harsh winds.

Because Macadamia oil is a slower absorber it is a regular oil of choice for massage therapists which is one of the reasons why we’ve picked it for our Day Spa at Home Massage Gift Pack.

Luxury massages don’t have to be so expensive. Nor should you have to wait weeks to get into your favourite therapist. To experience a quick fix at home and rejuvenate your partner/friend/family (or make them help you out), try our Christmas gift pack available for a limited time only for just $39 (worth $49). Add a few drops of Lavender for a calming and de-stressing massage or try Grapefruit for a refreshing and energising experience.

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4 Seasons of Oil

We love oils. That’s a bit obvious.

A lot of what we’ve been showing you lately has been a little more swayed towards the types of products that can be created when using oils as base ingredients (queue moisturisers, cleansers, scrubs, serums, soaps, beauty products in general). This week we want to touch on how essential oils can become a necessary companion to each season and the trials and tribulations we face over the course of a year.

Right now, as we come into the warmer months, with the festive season firing up, the work year beginning to take its toll on our minds and bodies, it’s important to keep ourselves refreshed and focused. If you’ve ever worked in a large office, you will know all too well that by October the silly season has well and truly taken a hold over many of your colleagues. Lunches become longer, productivity drops, and morning hangover cures frequent more than just Fridays. Well that was my experience anyway in my early twenties working for a mass media company in Sydney.
What I found was that it was becoming harder and harder to produce consistently good work at the end of the year. The year had flown and the company I had worked for had gone through some major changes. I was exhausted. But I wasn’t prepared to stop. I knew I had to put on a brave face, attend after work events and then pull my sorry backside into my swivel chair early the next morning to do it all again.

I had an aromatherapist prescribe me a bottle of Ylang Ylang Complete oil to boost my immunity levels (which were flailing at best) and to work as an anti-depressant to drive away the feelings of anxiety and stress I had built up as a direct result of my lower productivity levels. It recharged me, energised me and kept me going until Christmas Eve when I packed up my desk for a two-week work year detox.

Picture this: It’s now January, you’ve made it through the Christmas mayhem, you’ve eaten far too much, sunned yourself a little bit more than you’d like and maybe a wine too many on New Year’s Eve. It time to centre yourself, look ahead and start making those small changes that will help to forge new pathways.
To make smart decisions about the year ahead you need a pure mind and body. Orange Oil has been used as a diuretic to help your body get rid of any excess toxins and gas. Did you know Orange Oil also has been said to promote urination which is of course is an important bodily function in detoxification. Like a car needs a service every now and again to ensure it’s in tip top working condition, so does a body. Orange Oil can tone up every system in the body. To achieve this, we recommend diffusing Orange Oil in our Orb Diffusers, adding a drop or two to laundry for a wearable tonic.

Autumn in Australia is a beautiful time of year and has always been a personal favourite of mine. It’s about early April when you can smell the air start to turn, it smells of change. If you’ve been working hard at your goals, it’s about now that you can start to see some results (depending on the goal). Things are changing, leaves are bursting with colour and it’s a more serious time of year.
To compliment the freshening air outside, Lemon Myrtle is a beautiful, rich, smooth aroma that brings the outside in. Lemon Myrtle is an anti-septic, some believe even better than Tea Tree Oil, so we recommend diffusing this essential oil towards the end of Autumn when your bodies are at risk of typical change of season ailments.
Fun science fact:
In 2004 it was confirmed that the anti-viral properties of Lemon Myrtle were critical in reducing skin lesions in children at a 10% solution. Just something to bring up at the dinner table.
Burke, Briant E., Baillie, Jon-Eric and Olson, Richard D. Essential oil of Australian lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) in the treatment of molluscum contagiosum in children. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Vol. 58, Issue 4, May 2004, pages 245-247.

Finally, we come to Winter. I don’t know about you, but as much as I try to embrace Winter, I find it desolate, harsh and dull. I’ve been very lucky in my life with Winter colds and flus. I seem to be able to avoid them somehow. I put it down to protection of oneself from the elements. I try to avoid going out if it’s miserable or windy, but there’s probably some truth in that Winter is a great time to rug up and binge on Netflix.
If you do find yourself caught out in the cold and you’ve got skin like mine you’ll notice when you look in the mirror that your face is all wind chaffed, red and sore. I know I said I was going to avoid skin care in this post, but Geranium oil is just a wonder with calming redness and soothing skin.
Also an anti-depressant, this feminine floral oil is great for increasing circulation, which if you’ve been as sloth like in winter’s past as I have you’ll understand that there is always a need to increase circulation.
Geranium oil is queen for hormonal and emotional balance and Winter is the best time to work on your inner goddesses ready to take on Spring again. Word of warning! Geranium oil is an emmenagogue which stimulates menstrual flow. Avoid when pregnant.

All four of these oils have been our favourites for getting us through the changing seasons and it’s a perfect selection for newcomers to the essential oil world.

Give the gift of courage, strength, energy and balance this Christmas with our 4 Seasons Gift Pack. Each pack comes with 1x 25ml bottle each of Madagascan Ylang Ylang Complete, Australian Cold Pressed Orange Oil, Australian Lemon Myrtle Oil and Egyptian Geranium Oil for just $51 (Save $10).

 

Great Christmas Ideas

Yes, yes, it's only October. But on the other hand, IT'S ALREADY OCTOBER!
I don't know about you but every year I try to get as much as I can sorted before the madness that is December. Post slows down, parties pick up, shops get full, budgets get tighter. After many years of last minute rushes to the department store on Christmas Eve I said enough was enough.

October is a great time to start putting together present buying wishlists because we have that ever so slightly more relaxed mental zone that allows us to dream up unique presents including ones we can make ourselves.

This is why we've decided to give you access now to our Christmas Gift Guide. It's full of new gift packs, DIY options, new blends, new skin care products and our picks for Christmas appropriate single origin essential oils.

One of our new products we're extremely excited about is our Perky Coffee Scrub, expertly created to increase circulation, exfoliate dead skin cells and leave your largest organ feeling refreshed, nourished and healthy. 

Whilst we're on skin care, have you ever bought a moisturiser and thought, this is just not right, it either feels wonderful but smells terrible or smells amazing but is terribly bad for you. We'll we've got a solution. We've created an all natural balancing moisturiser suitable for all skin types. The best news is that it's fragrance free because we want you to be able to customise it the way you like it. For Christmas we're giving you the ability to get our beautiful deep penetration moisturiser and add one 25ml single origin essential oil for only $30. We'll provide you with everything you need including a mixing spatula, a pipette to help you get the right measurement of oil (we recommend 3ml in every 200ml), and a pump bottle for presentation and practicality.

We'll touch on some of our other great deals and packs over the coming weeks but right now, have a browse through our gift ideas list and get your wishlists in order.

Happy shopping!

Bec

PS - don't forget that now when you spend $150 or more you get FREE SHIPPING! Bonus savings for Christmas!

All New Skin Care Range

At earthYARD we're all about making life easier for our customers which is why we came up with a new range of skin care products that use the very same oils and raw ingredients you've been loving from our store.

Why is this making your life easier? Well our All Natural Balancing Moisturiser is fragrance free! Which means all you need to do is add your own hand crafted blends using the oils you adore and you've got your very own personalised moisturiser.

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Christmas pressies are sorted this year! We've got 200ml sizes (perfect little tubs for individualised gifts) and 1L tubs for bulk mixing. Just add 3ml of oil blends to the 200ml or up to 20ml for the 1L.

Get mixing!

The other new product in our range is a special one. We've spent the past few months trying all the coffee scrubs out there (because who doesn't love a coffee overload!) and there was always something missing. So we thought, hey! we can do this ourselves! So we did.

mixing scrub

We've concocted our favourite mix of oils and raw ingredients to bring you a beautiful coffee scrub with added magnesium, coconut oil and a fresh and powerful aroma that will be sure to awaken the senses whilst nourishing the skin to its deepest layers. Also perfect for Chrissie gifts (or keep it all to yourself, we nearly did). Check it out here.

coffee scrub

We're constantly trying new ideas and we hope to add new products to this range over the next few months. We'd love your feedback on them, get in touch and tell us what you think. 

 

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