Essential Oils are becoming increasingly popular and one area of essential oils that I don't believe is discussed enough is Essential Oil Safety. Essential oil safety is extremely important for you and your family and even our fury friends.
Essential Oils can pose a toxic risk to your pets especially cats. You may ask why are some essential oils so dangerous for cats? Essential oils are rapidly absorbed through the skin or orally and are metabolised in the liver. Cats are at great risk of being poisoned by certain essential oils as cats are missing an essential enzyme in their liver that helps to metabolise essential oils therefore they are at risk of poisoning from these particular essential oils. It doesn't matter what brand the essential oil is it is actually the higher the concentration of essential oil i.e. 100% the greater the risk to the cat.
Researchers have found that deterioration in lung function of women working as cleaners or regularly using cleaning products was the same as smoking 20 cigarettes a day over 10 to 20 years.
The study was published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the study examined data from more than 6,200 participants, analysing their health over a period of 20 years.
It is suspected that inhaling cleaning chemicals causes irritation of the mucous membranes of the airways and therefore damaging the airways permanently. These products are full of chemicals designed to strip dirt and grime off surfaces, so it’s likely they are way too harsh for our lungs.
Bathrooms are a prime target area for mould because of the amount of moisture in the room daily. To limit mould in your bathroom always keep the window open even if it is only slightly while bathing or showering and if you have a bathroom exhaust fan alway ensure you leave this on when showering or bathing as well.
If you already have mould in your bathroom or another room in your home you may have used bleach in the past to get rid of this mould only to find that the mould return. The mould will return because bleach does not kill the mould spores but only bleaches the colour out so you can no longer see it.
It is really important to get rid of the black mould spores as black mould spores can cause conditions like chronic coughing and sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches.
Clove oil kills mould spores and is safe to use however I always wear gloves when cleaning with clove oil as it...
Silverfish are another household pest that we don't want around. They consume starches and carbohydrates and are capable of destroying book bindings, wallpaper and photos as they consume the glue found in these. They also consume linen, silk, cotton, and carpet. If you find your clothes with holes in you may think it was moths that put the hole in your clothes however silverfish can get in clothes baskets and clothing draws and may leave your clothes with holes.
So how do you get of these pesky little creatures. The conventional way to get rid of these is by using pesticides containing permethrin and deltamethrin. However these are harmful for our health and should never be in the house especially around children and animals.
Luckily like most household pests there are essential oils that silverfish don't like and are a great control for these pests.
The best oils to get rid of silverfish are Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Citrus oils (Lemon, Orange), lavender, peppermint and basil essentia...
I have only used facial oils as moisturiser for years now and Rose Hip Oil has been one favourite oil based moisturiser as it is great for a more mature skin type.
Rose Hip Oil is a great anti aging facial oils as it has high levels of both Vitamin A and C both of which are anti aging and if used every day will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The Vitamin A in Rose Hip Oil combined with the essential fatty acids can help to improve your overall skin tone and age spots. The essential fatty acids in Rose Hip Oil also help the skin.
Rose hip oil is great by itself but for even better results you can add some great Anti Aging Essential Oils to you daily moisturiser.
The best Anti Aging essential oils to add to your daily moisturiser include -
Frankincense - Helps to prevent scars, smoothes out fine lines, soothes skin and promotes it regeneration.
Rose - Is anti inflammatory oil which helps to soothe and heal your skin. It also helps to balance the moisture levels in th...
At one stage or another all my three children had mild eczema. With my first child I would use the creams I was recommended from the pharmacy for eczema and a mild steroid cream to control it when they had a bad flare up. The eczema would come and go and always seemed to be worse in winter when the air was drying. Winter would also be when we wouldn't be swimming in the ocean which is one of my families favourite pass time in summer (salt water is also excellent for eczema).
Hughie my third child also had eczema and I didn't want to use steroid creams on him when he got a flare up and that was when I discovered the wonder's of coconut oil for eczema. I started adding coconut oil to Hughie's bath daily and after a few daily baths the eczema disappeared. Daily coconut oil baths became my routine for Hughie and the eczema didn't return.
I also noticed that Hughie never had a nappy rash while I gave him these coconut oil baths. I later researched and discovered that coconut oil has anti...
Here is another really easy Homemade Natural Christmas Gift made from ingredients that you will probably already have in your home. Sugar Scrubs are a natural gentle exfoliator which are great for the skin and by adding coconut oil it is also very moisturising at the same time. The Sugar Scrub is the perfect homemade Christmas gift for friends, or family members.
How to make Exfoliating Sugar Scrub -
1 mason jar
2 cups or sugar - white or brown (organic preferable)
1 cup of coconut oil
12-15 drops of essential oil combination
5 drops of food colouring if you would like to colour (natural food colouring preferred)
Step 1 - Melt your coconut oil on the stove (on low heat) or in the microwave for 25 seconds.
Step 2 - Put your sugar in a bowl and combine melted coconut oil until well combined.
Step 3 - Add chosen essential oils and combine well again.
Step 4 - Finally if you wish to colour add your food colour in now.
Step 5 - Once all combined add to your mason jar and decorate with s...
I thought over the lead up to Xmas I would focus on DIY Natural Mama Christmas Gifts that you can make yourself for teachers, friends and relatives.
The first gift is something that I would personally love to receive as being a busy mum of 3 kids there is nothing I love more at the end of a busy week is have a relaxing bath once all the kids are in bed.
The relaxing bath salts recipe contains Epsom Salts which is an excellent source of magnesium and by just having a relaxing bath in Epsom Salts you can naturally increase your magnesium level without having to take a supplement. Also the sulfates in Epsom Salts assist the body in flushing out toxins and heavy metals. Epsom Salt baths also help to relieve muscle tension, pain and inflammation of the joints.
The baking soda adds a softness to the bath water and it also help to sooth skin.
I am going to be really honest now. I hate slime and have tried to keep it out of the house, but with 3 kids aged 9, 7 and 6 this wasn't happening.
I hate slime for a couple of reasons -
1) Most slime is made out of glue and borax. Being a Natural Mama I am not happy about my kids playing with either of these with their hands.
2) Slime gets on clothes, bedding or carpet it isn't easy to get out. Or at least that's what I thought!
I now let me children make their own slime as I found a slime recipe that doesn't have Borax and Glue as ingredients. This made me a happy Natural Mama, I will share this recipe with you in another post.
I also found that slime is easily removed with one of my favourite natural household cleaners, vinegar. All you need to do is soak the slime affected area with vinegar and then remove the slime with water and wash like normal. The same applies if you get slime on your carpet pour a little vinegar over the slime and then wipe with a cloth and clean with wat...
Using natural laundry stain removers for most stains on clothes works very well. Most of the items that you can use you will probably have in your kitchen cupboards at home.
1 # White Vinegar
White Vinegar is an essential item to have in your natural home laundry. White vinegar is cheap and very gentle on fabrics and safer to use than bleach or fabric softener.
White vinegar is great for removing yellow perspiration stains and odour from underneath the armpits of shirts. I use it daily as a stain remover for your kids white cotton school tops. It even removes tomato sauce stains.
White Vinegar is a great natural fabric softener and when added to the final rinse section of your washing machine will keep your clothes soft. Adding the vinegar to the final rinse also helps to keep your clothes smelling fresh even if you leave them in the washing machine for a while prior to hanging your clothes out.
Using white vinegar in your washing machine regularly will help to keep away musty washi...