Australian Eucalyptus for colds, flu and a great decongestant!

Keeping cold and flu at bay is getting trickier by the year, for a natural remedy to kill germs, decongestant and a nice clean healthy feeling Emu Ridge Eucalyptus is a one stop shop.

  • Great for an inhalation, you can use a bowl of hot water a few drops of eucalyptus oil and a towel over your head like my mum used to make me do!
  • Or just drop a few drops in the bottom of the shower each morning.
  • For little ones a drop in the bath is a great soothing remedy.
  • Don’t forget to follow up with constant nose blowing, tiresome but if your dedicated its an effective way to avoid spread or infection to the chest like bronchitis.
  • A nice warm drink of lemon honey and a few drops of eucalyptus oil does the cold and throat wonders! Click to order

More Ideas to kill bacteria and keep the colds away –

  • scent a tissue and breath it it,
  • burn it in an oil burner or even a saucepan on the stove with water and a few drops of eucalyptus oil
  • clean and scent heat pump vent in the ceiling, great in the airconditioner vents too, it kills bacteria and clears your head
  • mop floors and clean surfaces e.g.  bench tops and toys
  • add to the laundry and so much more!

All these ideas will keep the flu away.

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Mother’s Day in Australia

Wishing all the Mums, Grandmums and Mother Figures a wonderful day on Mothers Day. Below is the meaning of Mothers Day.

Mother’s Day in Australia

Many Australians celebrate Mother’s Day by showing their appreciation for the achievements and efforts of mothers and mother figures. It is annually observed in Australia on the second Sunday of May.

What Do People Do?

Many people appreciate their mothers or mother figures, which include stepmothers, relatives, guardians (eg. foster mothers), and close family friends. Some organizations have Mother’s Day patrons who work together with the media and general community to raise awareness on Mother’s Day events that aim to raise funds for charitable or non-profit causes.

Mother’s Day events and activities may include:

  • Organized walks or runs to raise money for causes such as breast cancer research.
  • Visits to the zoo, movies, or botanical gardens, or other places of interest.
  • Breakfasts, brunches, lunches, afternoon teas or dinners at restaurants, cafes, or at home.
  • Handmade gifts or cards being presented to mothers or mother figures.
  • Flowers, chocolates, clothing, gift vouchers and other gifts that are given to mothers or mother figures.
  • Mother’s Day poems being printed, broadcast, or presented to mothers and mother figures.
  • Mother’s Day stories being publicized in magazines, newspapers, radio, television or the internet.

Many families may also spend the day having a picnic in the park or the beach on Mother’s Day, if the weather allows it. Father’s Day is also celebrated in Australia on the first Sunday of September to honor fathers and father figures.

Public Life

Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday but it is on a Sunday, when many organizations, schools, and government offices are closed. Public transport systems run to their normal Sunday schedules and restaurants or cafes may be busier than usual as some people take their mothers out for a treat. Shops and department stores may also be busy in areas where there is Sunday trading.

Background

Many Australians follow the Mother’s Day traditions that stem from observances in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. The Mother’s Day date in Australia is the same as the date observed in the United States, which is the second Sunday of May each year. However, it is an Australian who is credited with having started the tradition of giving gifts on Mother’s Day: Janet Heyden, a resident of Leichhardt Sydney, started a campaign in 1924 to collect gifts for lonely aged mothers.

What Is the History and Importance of Mother’s Day?

The origin of Mother’s Day can be traced back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. The Greeks celebrated the annual spring festival specially dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks celebrated the day to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus and mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Romans also celebrated a spring festival called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess.

Today Mother’s Day is observed in several countries including US, UK, India, Denmark, Australia, Mexico, Turkey, Italy, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. The Mother’s Day is special to many of us who want to take an opportunity to thank our mothers for all the sacrifice, love, care and support shown to us. Celebrate this Mother’s Day season by gifting something unique, perfect and best presents to your mum and expecting mums.

How Can You Celebrate Mother’s Day in Australia?

You can do many things to celebrate Mother’s Day, but the main goal is to show mum your appreciation. One of the perfect ways to show her that appreciation is with a good gift;  if you need some inspiration, be sure to check out our online shop.

What Should You Get Your Mum for Mother’s Day?

We have a wide range of beautiful gift packs and boxes for sale in store on Kangaroo Island and online at Emu Ridge. They are a unique Australian made gift for that special someone. We will also expertly tailor a gift to suit your  individual requirements,  full of excellent local produce. We provide customised  gift hampers as well. So if you have a special occasion for someone coming up and would like a gift basket and are not sure what to choose, we are here to help you with heaps of gift ideas. If you would like something delivered on Kangaroo Island we are happy to hand deliver your voucher or gift if it is within the Kingscote area. Otherwise we can arrange delivery for you at a small cost. All other orders are delivered by Australia Post.

How to keep mice out of the house Eucalyptus Oil is a mouse Deterrent

Essential oils provide a natural and effective means of pest control.

Here are some simple tips on how it get rid of mice and rodents with our Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil.

  • Emu Ridge eucalyptus essential oil dipped cotton balls in the corners of the room.

  • Wipe it across door ways to stop them from coming inside.

  • Burn it in your house in an oil burner.

  • Pop some oil diffusers around.

A great deterrent for not only mice but insects to. They don’t like the smell! You do need to do it regularly as Eucalyptus Oil does evaporate over time.

Vintage Car Fans – My recipe book also has a post given to me years ago. Vintage car owners soak a cotton ball with Eucalyptus oil and put it in the upholstery doors to protect the cars from rodents. Vintage cars are not sealed like the modern cars these days. Another Eucalyptus oil tip, its a great penetrene oil so was used to loosen nuts and bolts and they used to put a capful of eucalyptus oil in the radiator as well.

Home-made Mouse Trap

We have heard that there are a few mice around! So if you have a bit of time spare, this is an awesome mouse trap that is simple to make. You can easily try this at home to help solve your mice problems.

Here is some of an extract of research being done with Eucalyptus oil deterring rodents. Full story here.

Rodent repellents are chemicals which by taste or odour or possibly by both will prevent animal from feeding or gnawing. Such substances may be used in protecting an area from rodent infestation or in protecting packaged food, packing materials, electric cables, and other important vulnerable materials. Mature and healthy house rat, Rattus rattus of both sexes, was exposed to 5, 10, and 20% eucalyptus oil applied as spray in laboratory pens in bichoice tests. Each concentration was applied through three different modes of application, that is, daily, once, and alternatively in a week. Repellent effect of the oil was assessed based on food consumption from treated and untreated sides for four days. In overall, food consumption was significantly () low from treatment side compared to the untreated side indicating significant repellent effect of the oil at all the three concentrations tested. Repellent effect of the oil was, however, not found to differ significantly between the two sexes. Percent repellency in both male and female rats was apparently more with daily application of 5 and 10% eucalyptus oil. Present studies reveal the potential of eucalyptus oil in repelling away R. rattus; however, further studies may be conducted to enhance the persistence of repellent effect for longer period of time.

During the present studies, significant differences were found in mean daily food consumption from treatment and untreated sides at different modes of application and at different concentrations of the oil between male and female rats. This may be due to the sex specific variation in response to R. rattus towards the oil. Similar sex specific differences in response to R. rattus of two sexes towards toxic baits were reported by Kaur et al. [31]. During the present studies, higher standard deviation values than mean values of food consumption were observed in some cases which may be due to individual variation in response shown by rats of different species [32].

In overall, no significant difference in repellent effects of oil applied as spray was found between the two sexes and among the three concentrations of the oil tested during the present studies. All the three concentrations were equally effective and the repellency was highest when the oil was applied daily. The cost of spraying 5% eucalyptus oil (the minimum effective concentration) per 1 m2 area comes out to be Indian Rs 10 (US $ 0.17), which can be considered cost effective if we keep in view the extent of loss caused by R. rattus through damage and contamination of food. Among the various components of eucalyptus oil, 1, 8-cineole is the most important one largely responsible for a variety of its pesticidal properties [29]. The presence of this essential oil also provides defense advantage to eucalyptus leaves against herbivory and attack by harmful insects [33]. The present study is the first of its kind evaluating repellent potential of eucalyptus oil against vertebrate pests. Previous to this, repellency of eucalyptus oil has been recorded against the tick, Ixodes ricinus [34] and against acaricide-resistant mites [35]. Application of 1.0% concentration of 1, 8 cineole reduced oviposition rate of Thrips tabaci by 30–50% as compared to untreated controls [36]. Eucalyptus oil (1%) added to sugar syrup, repelled honey bees [37]. Eucalyptus oil (2%) on filter paper and wood floor repelled termites [38]. Eucalyptus oil can also protect plants against rice weevils, pine processionary moths, and mushroom flies [28]. Essential oils of eucalyptus appear particularly potent as mosquito repellents [39].

Since eucalyptus oil possesses a wide spectrum of biological activity and is regarded as safer compounds, there have been attempts to commercialize and market the insecticides/repellent products containing eucalyptus oil as such or based upon them. Quwenling is a eucalyptus-based product that has been successfully marketed as an insect-repellent in China [40]. It provides protection against Anopheles mosquitoes parallel to DEET and has, in fact, replaced the widely used synthetic repellent, dimethyl phthalate.

5. Conclusion

The present studies reveal the potential of eucalyptus oil applied as spray in repelling away R. rattus of both sexes. Percent repellency was more when the oil was applied daily and alternatively as compared to when applied once a week indicating low persistence of the repellent effect due to volatile nature of the oil. Further studies may be conducted to prepare formulations of the oil leading to slow release of the oil so as to increase its persistence for a longer period of time.