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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

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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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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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).

 

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