Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Oil and Products

Easter Opening hours at Emu Ridge

Larry, Bev and the  Emu Ridge team hope everyone has a lovely Easter Break. We are going to be open for everyone everyday 9am – 3pm.

Enjoy our Eucalyptus and Natural Products, Local Produce, Kangaroo Island Cider Tasting and Sales and the Cafe.

This lovely Easter Bilby artpiece painted by our volunteer Laura Hepworth, an artist from the UK. If your not sure what a Bilby is see below. We are all about Australian Natives so we are using our Native Bilby for our Easter wishes.

Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)

The Australian Easter Bilby
Bilbies, or rabbit-bandicoots, are desert-dwelling marsupial omnivores; they are members of the order Peramelemorphia. At the time of European colonisation of Australia, there were two species. The lesser bilby became extinct in the 1950s; the greater bilby survives but remains endangered. It is currently listed as a vulnerable species. It is on average 55 cm (22 in) long, excluding the tail, which is usually around 29 cm (11 in) long. Its fur is usually grey or white, it has a long pointy nose and very long ears, hence earning its nick-name, the rabbit-eared bandicoot. Bilbies Burrow for Safety!

Greater Bilby on ground near its burrow

Greater Bilby in captivity. Photo: Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage.

The Bilby is an important part of traditional indigenous culture in the deserts of Central Australia. The large rabbit like ears of the Greater Bilby (referred to as Bilby) have also made it a popular Australian icon at Easter. Sadly, through habitat loss and competition with introduced animals, the number of these small mammals has dramatically reduced over the last 100 years.

As members of a group of ground-dwelling marsupials known as Bandicoots, Bilbies have long pointed snouts and compact bodies. Bilbies measure between 29 and 55cm in length and differ from other Bandicoots by their larger ears, long silky fur and longer tails.

Bilbies are remarkable burrowers, using their strong forelimbs and claws to build extensive tunnels. One Bilby may make up to twelve burrows within its home range to use for shelter. They have long slender tongues that they use to eat a specialised diet of seeds, insects, bulbs, fruit and fungi. Bilbies are active at night, sheltering in their burrows during the daytime.

Where is it found?

A hundred years ago, Bilbies were common in many habitats throughout Australia, from the dry interior to temperate coastal regions. Changes to the Bilby’s habitat have seen their numbers greatly reduced and today the species is nationally listed as vulnerable. They now occur in fragmented populations in mulga shrublands and spinifex grasslands in the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory; in the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts and the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia; and the Mitchell Grasslands of southwest Queensland.

What are the threats?

While there are many threats contributing to the dramatic decline of Bilby populations, the most important of these are habitat loss and change, and competition with introduced animals. As agricultural activities extended over the more fertile regions of Australia the Bilby’s habitat has changed rapidly. Changing fire patterns also affect the type and abundance of food plants.

Competition with introduced animals is a major threat as domestic stock like cattle and sheep eat the same plants. Rabbits compete with Bilbies for their food and burrows and foxes and feral cats also prey on them.

Having disappeared from the areas intensively grazed by livestock as well as those areas densely populated by Rabbits, Cats and Foxes, Bilbies now only survive in small isolated populations in the driest and least fertile regions of arid Australia.

What is happening?

The Bilby is protected throughout Australia where it occurs. A national Recovery Plan is being developed to ensure the survival of the Bilby. Key recovery actions include:

  • managing the Bilby’s remaining habitat;
  • breeding in captivity;
  • monitoring existing populations; and
  • re-establishing Bilbies in areas where they previously occurred.

The ‘Save the Bilby’ project, based in the Queensland town of Charleville, is an example of a few determined individuals making a big difference. The local team aims to build a predator-proof enclosure surrounding part of a national park to reintroduce Bilbies into far western Queensland. They have raised money for their project by running “meet the Bilby” evenings, with a talk, video and meeting of the captive Bilby breeding colony, and by selling Bilby merchandise in shopping centres across southern Queensland.

Source environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/bilby-macrotis-lagotis

All Natural Easter Eggs

I love these ideas if you’re wanting Natural food dyes for deep, rich, earthy coloured Easter eggs! Aren’t they beautiful? Anything from wine to onion skins can be used as an all natural dye. All you need to do is put the eggs in boiling water with your desired “natural dye” and boil away for 8 – 10mins. Your natural dye could be coffee, wine, red cabbage, spinach leaves, grated carrots, beetroots, onion skin, cranberry juice or anything else that you fancy. Great way to get the family together over Easter and create something different.

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Another great idea if your wanting Natural food dyes and earthy Easter ideas these are beautiful.  Find the instructions here.

If you like things natural make sure to check out our web-shop! We produce & sell 100% Australian made Eucalyptus Oil & other great natural products as well.  Buy Australian Made today.

 

Thanks to Megan for sharing this fantastic idea on this link. You will find other great ways to naturally dye your eggs here!

For other great natural products see our Online Store.

EASTER EGG DYE COLOR CHART – MCCORMICK

The above picture  is from McCormick and it is a very handy cheat sheet for Easter and mixing colours.

Sustainable Emu Farming – Working together supporting SA

We are proud to be associated with Wayne from Southern Emu and Andrew Fielke from Tuckeroo.  We have had a long association with Andrew and his Australian Native Produce. Andrew has developed a great new range of Emu Meat products that are available at Emu Ridge on Kangaroo Island. Wayne has been farming emus for over 20 years and we are proud to support this South Aussie battler, promoting, bottling and selling his Emu Oil. It truly is an amazing 100% pure natural Australian Product, which is what Emu Ridge is all about!

Emu Ridge believes in farming our natural resources in a sustainable way, promoting and selling PURE NATURAL AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTS.

You may find these 2 links interesting about Emu Oil  – Australian Emu Oil and more Interesting facts about Emu Oil

You can also purchase our Emu Oil here.

 You can purchase our Emu Oil here.
OUTBACK SCENE: Wayne Piltz, Southern Emu, Moorook, with some of the emus on-farm.

 OUTBACK SCENE: Wayne Piltz, Southern Emu, Moorook, with some of the emus on-farm.

Australian emu meat is making its way to more plates, after a partnership between a producer and a chef translated to more retail opportunities.

Southern Emu director Wayne Piltz, Moorok, who farms emus with son Darryn, has been in the emu industry for more than two decades and said it has been through some tumultuous times.

“I was involved in the initial build-up in the early to mid 1990s,” he said. “At that stage there were more than 100 farms. I found out last year that I’m the only licensed emu farm left in SA.”

In the past year, Wayne has teamed up with chef and native food enthusiast Andrew Fielke to supply emu meat for his Tuckeroo food brand.

While Wayne is celebrating the news of the meat partnership, he said the primary income in emus remains from oil.

“A kilogram of emu fat is worth three or four times a kilogram of meat,” he said.

The birds are killed at an abattoir at Wycheproof, Vic, which is about about an 800-kilometre round-trip, but is the closest facility available.

Wayne sells half the fat to the abattoir with the other half rendered into emu oil, with the majority of the Southern Emus oil sold to the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery on Kangaroo Island.

At one stage, the farm ran up to 2000 birds, but this year Wayne said they killed about 330, with all meat going to Tuckeroo.

They have 600 birds on the property, with about 28 hectares fenced into emu pens.

“This year we might hatch 600 chicks if we know we have the markets for them,” he said.

He has selected breeders, which can each produce up to eight eggs at a time.

Emus build up fat supplies in spring and summer ahead of their breeding season from March to June.

They are fed grain, hay, protein additives, vitamin additives and even used cooking oil to help build fat levels.

Wayne said the optimum slaughter time was before the breeding season, at about 18 to 20 months old. He aims to produce about 8.5kg to 9kg of fat per bird, with fat worth between $25/kg to $35/kg.

He said meat returns essentially covered the cost of slaughter.

 TASTE TEST: Tuckeroo’s Andrew Fielke and Southern Emu’s Wayne Piltz with emu pate at the Murray River and Lands on your table stall in the Adelaide Central Markets.

Innovative restaurants create growing demand for native produce

Consulting chef and owner of food supplier Tuckeroo Gourmet Retail Andrew Fielke says the next big trend in local cuisine is native foods.

“I’ve been a native food distributor since 2001, and in the past two years we’ve had phenomenal growth and interest in the sector,” he said.

Mr Fielke has teamed up with Riverland operation Southern Emu to produce a range of emu meat products.

He has worked with emu on and off through the years but liked the idea of sourcing a supply from an SA business.

“As a Riverland boy, I’m passionate about supporting local producers,” he said.

The range of emu products includes pate, pies, kabana and sausages, while his next project is a smoked emu in a proscuitto-style.

He wants to retail these in gourmet shops, while some will also be available in selected Riverland outlets, such as Flavours of the Riverland, as well as at the Riverland Markets.

Mr Fielke said the move towards native foods was started by leading international restaurateur Rene Redzepi at noma in Copenhagen, who set the trend for using food sourced from the local regions.

This has been taken up by high-end Australian restaurants, using native Australian produce.

“This trend then filters down to gourmet shops, hotels and restaurants throughout Australia,” he said.

Mr Fielke also supplies the emu kabana and pate to camping tour companies out of Alice Springs, NT, and Darwin.

“It allows international tourists to enjoy outback Australia with a native food inspired meal,” he said.

Since 1991 we have believed that farming our natural resources in a sustainable way is our greatest asset. Eucalyptus is but one of the things that grows naturally on our property. The government is making it very hard for us to farm this way on Kangaroo Island! Our Wallabies and Kangaroo’s are culled (shot ) and left to rot in the ground. They revoked our Emu Farming licence and we are now only permitted to sell emu eggs for both edible and hollow eggs sales, not for meat and leather. We will continue to fight these regulations. Farming our natural resources is far better for the environment. We used to be sheep farmers way back in another life!
I hope you enjoyed this story ~Bev~
Source – some of this Story was in the Stock Journal written by  Elizabeth Anderson News

Iconic Australian has its own Day, National Eucalypts Day

Eucalypts: Some things you may not know about an iconic Australian

Eucalypt Day is an initiative by Eucalypt Australia to continue in its quest to raise awareness of eucalypts and celebrate the important place that they hold in the hearts and lives of Australians. Eucalypts even have their own national day — on March 23.

DID YOU KNOW

You’d be hard pressed to go more than 10 minutes without spotting a eucalyptus tree in Australia.

They dominate our landscapes from the bush to our backyards, paddocks, parks and pavements.

They are extraordinary plants and many people love them.

One of those people is botanist Pauline Ladiges.

The world expert has been studying this iconic group of plants for the past 55 years.

“The most interesting thing for me is the diversity of the whole eucalypt group and its extraordinarily ancient history,” said Professor Ladiges from the University of Melbourne.

So how much do you know about this iconic plant? Let’s take a closer look.

What’s in a name?

The term eucalypt — meaning well (eu) covered (kalyptos) — was first coined by French botanist Charles Louis L’Héritiert de Brutelle in 1788.

 

Info on our unique Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus tree Kangaroo Island narrow leaf mallee Eucalyptus cneorifolia  

You can find our unique Eucalyptus oil for sale here

The ancient fossil link to Gondwana

The roots of the eucalypt go back to when Australia was part of the supercontinent Gondwana.

The oldest known examples of eucalypt fossils are 52 million-year-old flowers, fruits and leaves found in Patagonia.

“There are some superb fossils that I don’t think anyone doubts that have been described from South America,” said Professor Ladiges.

“The eucalypt group has to go back beyond that [age] because the fossils are so recognisable.

“They just look like fruits off a tree down the road.”

Sequencing of the eucalypt genome from the rose gum (Eucalypt grandis) — a species found in coastal areas of New South Wales and Queensland — indicates the group goes back at least 109 million years.

At that time, flowering trees were starting to take off and dinosaurs roamed the land.

A diverse Australasian

Today, botanists have identified around 900 species of eucalypts divided into three different groups: Eucalyptus, which make up the bulk of the species; Corymbia, the bloodwood eucalypts mainly found in the north; and Angophora.

Eucalypts come in all shapes and sizes and dominate the landscape from alpine regions to the outback and edges of rainforests.

There’s the mighty mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans), the world’s tallest flowering tree; the gnarly snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora); the multi-stemmed bull mallee (Eucalyptus behriana); the apple or cabbage ghost gum (Corymbia flavescens) found in northern Australia; and the twisted Sydney red gum (Angophora costata).

“The only place they don’t really dominate is the very, very arid parts of Australia,” Professor Ladiges said.

But while we think of eucalypts as being uniquely Australian, there are also a handful of species in New Guinea, Timor, Sulewesi and even one species — the rainbow gum (Eucalyptus deglupta) — on the Philippine island of Mindanao.

Bark up the right tree

One of the most distinctive features of eucalypts is their bark.

Some trees have smooth bark — as the tree grows it sheds old layers from its trunk or branches. The new bark underneath is often brightly coloured that fades over time.

There are also half-barked trees that have thick bark around their trunk but smooth limbs.

“In some areas where a fire might be more like a grass fire, a lower storey fire, you’ll find trees there that only have rough bark at the base,” Professor Ladiges said.

Other trees are completely covered in rough bark. The old layer of bark stays attached to the tree and forms a thick protective layer against fire. Rough barks can be a bit trickier to identify because the texture can take different forms.

If the bark has long stringy bark, it might a stringybark, if it has tough, blackened furrowed bark it might be an ironbark, and if it has really short fibres it might be a box or a peppermint.

But beware: not all trees with stringy bark are actually stringybarks, said Professor Ladiges.

There are about 30 species in eastern Australia that can be classified as stringybarks, but she said the word gets used for similar species that are not closely related.

The Darwin stringybark (Eucalyptus tetradonta) used in Aboriginal bark paintings in the Northern Territory is one of these false stringybarks.

Indigenous people across Australia also use bark to make canoes and shields.

In New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland there are a number of protected scarred trees. As the name suggests these trees bear scars from where the bark was cut away and sometimes engraved.

There’s oil and gold in them thar leaves

A eucalypt’s leaves are packed with oil glands that produce the aromatic compounds that give us their distinctive scent.

“Some smell very strongly eucalyptus-like, some smell really like peppermints, and the lemon-scented gum has a more lemony smell,” Professor Ladiges said.

These compounds help protect the tree from attack by pests.

“Oil glands make them unpalatable to insects, but then you get insects that adapt to eating those sorts of leaves,” she said.

In 2013, biologists discovered that a yellowbox tree (Eucalyptus mellidora) in sheep paddock in New South Wales could change the smell of its leaves from one side to the other to protect itself against attack.

Scientists also discovered the leaves of trees in Kimberley contain microscopic traces of gold, using sophisticated imaging techniques.

Eucalypt leaves also change over a tree’s lifetime.

The leaves of a young sapling are held horizontally to maximise the surface area for gathering light. As the tree ages, the stalk of the leaf twists so that the leaf becomes vertical and is not exposed to as much radiation.

But it’s not just the shape that changes, the structure changes, Professor Ladiges said.

“The anatomy inside changes. Instead of having an upper and lower surface both sides will have photosynthetic tissue,” she said.

This enables the leaves to maximise photosynthesis and minimise exposure to heat.

“They also have a lot of thick-walled cells, a lot of fibres. So they are really, really tough.”

They’re fruits not nuts

May Gibbs is a favorite author of mine, her Gum nut babies were ahead of their time soo cute!

It doesn’t have the same ring to it, but Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are technically gum-fruit babies.

“People call them gumnuts but they’re actually capsules which means that they open by valves at the top of the fruit. These valves dry up and open up and seeds drop out,” Professor Ladiges said.

These hard, woody capsules have a thick wall, which is not destroyed by heat. The capsules open up after fire to release the undamaged seeds.

Professor Ladiges said the shape and number of these capsules is distinctive from species to species.

Reading the fire risk of the country

Features such as oil-filled leaves and bark that can easily shed make eucalypts highly flammable.

This ability to stoke a fire is part of their survival strategy, said Professor Ladiges.

“If a fire is hot but goes through fast it will do less damage than a really slow burning fire.”

“The fact that that helps fire go through fast was clearly a selective advantage to the species because then their seeds wouldn’t have been cooked.”

Even if the tops of the trees are destroyed by fire, many species can re-sprout from buds under their bark or from a lignotuber at the base of the tree. But not all species can re-sprout.

A handful of species only regenerate from seed, which makes them very vulnerable to frequent, high intensity fires.

These species include the mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans) and alpine ash (Eucalyptus delegatensis) in the Australian alps, and a group of species such as the salmon eucalypt (E. salmonophloia) in Western Australia’s wheatbelt.

 

 

 

By gum, it’s kino

Many species of eucalypts ooze thick, red resin known as kino.

Recent research based on two Queensland species, the lemon-scented gum (Corymbia citriodora) and cadaghi gum (Eucalyptus torelliana), has shown eucalypt resin has antibacterial properties.

Resin has been traditionally used by Indigenous Australians to treat cuts and wounds.

While the most famous eucalypt-muncher is the koala, kino is an important food source for the yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis), a small tree-dweller that lives in the forests of eastern Australia.

 

Summer and winter

Eucalypt flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators.

Most eucalypts flower in summer, Professor Ladiges said.

“If you went down the coast now in Victoria you’d have messmate (Eucalyptus obliqua) and manna gums (Eucalyptus viminalis) flowering. And they’re basically pollinated by insects,” she said.

While these species of eucalypts have pale coloured flowers, others such as the Darwin woollybutt (Eucalyptus miniata) and the large-fruited mallee (Eucalyptus youngiana) are more brightly coloured.

These species flower in winter and are pollinated by birds.

“The colour is the stamens — the male part of the flower.”

The flowering cycle also differs between species, with some flowering longer than others.

Some alpine ash eucalypts in the Australian alps are also starting to flower early in response to recurrent fires, Dr Bowman said.

What’s that eucalypt?

There are so many different species the best way to identify different species is to get a field guide for the local area, Professor Ladiges said.

While it may not help you put a name to the plant sitting on the verge outside your house, it will help if you go bush.

“Once people start getting their eye in for the bark, the fruit and the juvenile leaves they’re well on their way to identifying a plant.”

So go out bush and get closer to this iconic — and extraordinarily ancient — Australian.

 

some info By Genelle Weule  Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-01-26/eucalyptus-trees-an-iconic-australian/9330782

Eucalyptus Oil Is Good For Your Health – Learn How

We sometimes forget that a lot of people don’t know the amazing uses of our Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil. Here is a few amazing benefits for Health, Skin and Hair.

Why is Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Good for Health?

The following list will give you an idea about extensive medicinal benefits of eucalyptus oil:

1. Eucalyptus oil is a vasodilator by nature. Hence, massaging the body with it regularly will help you improve blood circulation throughout the body.

2. The aromatic oil is a blessing for diabetic patients as it can keep their blood sugar under control efficiently.

3. When it comes to getting rid of the intolerable pain of kidney stones, eucalyptus oil is considered as one of the best solutions. Massaging the lower abdominal area with it will give you almost instant relief.

4. The anti-bacterial property of eucalyptus oil makes it a true remedy for all types of infections. It is also an amazing anti-inflammatory agent that can fight against issues like diarrhea, ear inflammation, and so on.

5. Eucalyptus oil is known to be highly effective in treating lung infections. You need to massage your chest with it in order to keep your respiratory organs, such as nasal cavity, lungs, etc. clear from congestion.

6. Inhaling eucalyptus oil or getting a chest massage with it slowly is helpful in curing asthma.

7. The fragrant oil is also capable of providing instant relief in bronchitis and other related symptoms.

8. It has also been found that eucalyptus oil can heal regular cold and cough.

Eucalyptus Oil Massage

9. You can easily get rid of muscle fatigue and muscle sore by channeling the lactic acid all the way through the lymphatic system and it can be done effectively with the eucalyptus oil massage.

10. The scented oil has great effects on measles. You can either massage the reflex points of your feet with it or spread it throughout the home.

11. Eucalyptus oil can cool down our body and keep us away from ailments like heat strokes, sun strokes, etc. during the scorching heat of summer.

12. If bad breath makes you embarrassed, just add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your mouthwash and see the difference!

Why is Eucalyptus Oil Good for Skin?

Important skin benefits of eucalyptus oil are listed below:

13. Mix a few drops of eucalyptus oil with sweet almond oil or pure coconut oil and massage your skin with it. It will rejuvenate your skin and make it softer.

14. Due to its antiseptic properties, eucalyptus oil can be used for treating minor cuts, wounds, blisters, bumps, boils, insect bites, and other similar skin problems.

15. Eucalyptus oil is considered as an indispensable part of aromatherapy. You can combine it with bath salt or whole milk and inhale the aroma through steam so that your skin can absorb it easily and turns naturally beautiful.

Why is Eucalyptus Oil Good for Hair?
Apart from skin, eucalyptus oil can also benefit our hair in the following ways:

16. A mixture of this essential oil and olive oil can stimulate our hair follicles and boost the flow of blood throughout our scalp. Consequently, we get long and strong hair.

17. You can blend eucalyptus oil with vinegar and massage your scalp with this mixture in order to get rid of dryness and itchiness.

18. The vapor of eucalyptus oil has long been used for killing head lice and spoiling their eggs.

19. Regular application of eucalyptus oil can help you avoid scalp infection by preventing the clogging of skin pores.

20. The amazing essential oil can improve the overall health of our hair by making it longer, thicker and glossier

Also check out this link re Emu Ridge Emu Oil for your scalp and hair

We found this info here  http://bit.ly/Ul3AG2

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Celebrate St Patricks Day at Emu Ridge on Kangaroo Island

If your going to be on Kangaroo Island on March the 17th come and Celebrate St Patrick’s Day Emu Ridge!

We are looking forward to entertaining you on St Patrick’s day. We are so sorry to inconvenience anyone re our evening event, It has unfortunately been cancelled. We will still be serving our St Pats inspired Menu all day !

 

Children friendly.

St Patrick’s Day Menu

St Patrick’s Day Menu pdf

$30 per head for 3 courses including a complimentary tea and coffee

Entrée: Pot of Gold Soup (Creamy roast garlic, broccoli & vintage cheddar, with gold flaked pepper) $8

Main: Deconstructed Guinness Beef Pie with St. Patrick’s Colcannon Potatoes and pea, mint & feta salad. $16

Vegetarian: Spinach, mushroom and feta Quiche

Dessert: Bailey’s ice cream Cheese Cake/Gluten Free available  $8

gluten free &/or vegetarian options available on pre-booking requests.

Our everyday and St Patrick inspired Menu is available and till 5.oopm. 

St Patrick’s Day Drinks available all day including:

Irish Illusion

Baileys on Ice

Local Wines

Kangaroo Island Ciders

Local Drunken Drone Beer

Beer Hahn Super Dry Beer

Coopers Beer

Soft drink/Water

St Patrick’s Day is an annual observance that is popular in Australia on March 17. … Many Australians come together on St Patrick’s Day to celebrate Irish culture and remember St Patrick’s life and achievements. Find out more about the history behind St Patrick’s Day

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