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 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...
Peppermint Essential Oil has lots of uses but today I am going to concentrate on its use with common household pests.
If you ever have had an ant infestation in your house, you would know that it can be difficult to get rid of the ants and even find out where the ants are coming from. We all want to limit our households exposure to toxic chemicals, so the best way I have found to keep ants away naturally is with Peppermint Essential Oil. The Peppermint Essential Oil kills the ants on contact and the smell of the oil deter's them away. You can either place a few drop of essential oil in areas that are affected or you can make up your own peppermint essential spray by combining 10 drop of peppermint essential oil and water in a small spray bottle (cosmetic size). Then spray around sideboards and entry points and anywhere where the ants are seen.
Peppermint is also a good deterrent for spiders as they don't like the smell and they taste with their legs. You can make up...
In a perfect world we would all grow our own vegetables organically or purchase organic vegetables free of pesticide residue for our families. But for a lot of families this is far from reality. Many families now live on small blocks of land, or in apartment complexes and townhouses and don't have the room for a vegetable patch. And unfortunately Organic Vegetables can be very expensive so this isn't always an viable option for all families.
To ensure that you effectively clean your fruit and vegetables before consuming you can make up a vinegar wash.
3 parts water (or 750ml's)
1 part vinegar (250ml's)
Clean sink or large bowl to Soak Fruit
Remove any soil debris from the fruit and vegetable prior to placing in the solution as this decreases the effectiveness. After you have removed any soil soak the fruit and vegetables in the solution for around 5-10 minutes.
Only wash Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries prior to consuming as wetting t...
Kombucha is everywhere now you can buy from your local health food store and even your local supermarket may stock it. But it is very expensive to buy and if consume regularly you may just want to make your own. I have been making my own Kombucha and have been selling and sharing my Scoby's for a few years now. If you can get a Scoby off a friend or from a seller with a good reputation it is very easy to make your own.
What you will need:
Starter Tea or Distilled White Vinegar
Boiled Filtered Water
1 or 2 litre Jar
Tea Towel (tight weave cloth) or paper coffee filter
Elastic or Rubber Bands
Plastic or Wooden Stirring Utensils
To make 1 litre you will need -
2-3 cups of water, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 teabags or 1/2 tablespoon of loose leaf tea, 1/2 cup of starter tea (125mls) or vinegar.
To make 2 litres you will need -
6-7 cups of water, 4 teabags or 1 tablespoon of loose leaf te...
Growing up near the bush on Sydney Northern Beaches we always had to be aware of ticks both as young kids playing in our bush gardens and for our furry friends who we regularly had to check for ticks during the summer months.
Most people who live in area where ticks are present aware that tick especially the paralysis tick can be deadly to our fury friends and make a human sick if left in for too long.
A great recipe to repel ticks that is both safe for humans and can be used on our furry friends is -
Tick Repellant Recipe -
15 drops of lemongrass essential oil
15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
15 drops of lavender essential oil
1/2 cup or 125 ml's of water
Add the ingredients to a spray bottle.
Other essential oil that you can added to your tick repellant blend is Geranium which also repels lice and fleas or Lavender Tea Tree which repels fleas and ticks this is a milder version of tea tree oil (be aware regular tea tree can cause temporary paralysis in certain breeds of dogs).
Most mainstream store bought deodorants contain Aluminium and it is the Aluminium in these deodorants that prevents sweating so you don't smell. No one wants to smell however Aluminium exposure has been linked to Alzheimer's disease and it also interfere's with your estrogen production which may promote the growth of both cancerous and non cancerous breast cells.
As a consumer and daily user of deodorant I made the decision years ago to stop using deodorant that contains this ingredient. I have used some great natural store bought deodorants but I also have made my own natural deodorant. I will share with you a recipe that works and stops the smell.
What you will Need:
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
3 tablespoons Shea Butter
2 tablespoons Bicarbonate Soda
3 Arrorwroot Powder or Corn Starch
10-12 drops of your Essential Oils (Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemongrass, Geranium, lemon, Rosemary and Thyme)
Put the Coconut Oil and Shea Butter in a double boiler or make your own double...
There is nothing worse than having to throw out food due to a moth infestation in the pantry. The best ways to keep the pests at bay in ensure that all your food items are stored in air tight containers once opened.
However if you suspect that you already have moths in your pantry you take the following steps to get rid of the problem ASAP -
1) Check all flours and grains in your pantry first as this is preferred breeding areas for moths, also check any sweets, dried fruit etc. You are look for moths, larvae and eggs which look like webbing or clumps of grains.
2) Remove any suspected moth infested food from your home.
3) Wipe down your pantry shelves with the following homemade natural moth prevention spray -
1/4 cup of vinegar
1/4 cup of distilled water
4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil, 8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 10 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Add to a spray bottle
4) Add dry Bay Leaves to each shelf in your pantry to repel future moths.