DIY Reed Diffuser Refills

A common question, I have an empty diffuser bottle and sticks and it’s to nice to throw away? Can I make my own refill when my Diffuser runs out?

 So here are a couple of easy options for you!

How To Make Homemade Reed Diffusers
This is a great way to disperse Emu Ridge essential oils around your home.

A glass or ceramic container with a narrow opening at the top.
Essential oils of your choice Emu Ridge Eucalyptus and Lemon Mrytle work great together.

To keep it natural use a thin lite oil like Sweet Almond or Safflower Oil. You can also use either Vodka and water or rubbing alcohol, Reeds or bamboo skewers. You can find replacement reeds online pretty inexpensively, but if you have bamboo skewers in the kitchen or craft room, just trim off the pointy ends before use.

Below are 3 recipes you can use to make your own naturally without those nasty chemicals. Number one is the easiest!

1. If you’re using an oil base, you will want to use 30% essential oil to 70% base oil. You can experiment with the percentages to see what works best for you. If you find that the oil is not getting drawn up the reeds  at the speed at you would like then try adding in a little vodka to help.

2. If you’re using the vodka or rubbing alcohol and water mixture, you will want to add approximately 12 drops of essential oils with 1/4 cup of water then add about 2 tablespoons of vodka or rubbing Alcohol this makes it water soluble.

3. Pour the mixture into your bottle and place one end of the reeds or skewers into the solution, allowing it to saturate the reeds. Then take them out, and place the opposite ends into the bottle. You will want to rotate which ends are in the scent solution about once a week.

HINT: The rattan reeds work much better than bamboo skewers as they have hollow channels through them which  help to wick the oil up them and disperse the scent.

Have fun!

We also have the option of purchasing this gorgeous Reed Diffuser

We sell this refreshing  fragranced Reed Diffuser by Maine Beach. It is infused with native lemon myrtle, wild orange, eucalyptus & jasmine. Click here to order

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.

DIY Fly and Insect Deterrent

Flies certainly are annoying little things, especially when they bother you and/or your animals.

One of our family members has horses that are constantly being bothered by flies during the summer. We found a great recipe and asked her to put it to the test! It’s 100% natural, easy to make,  it’s much cheaper than the toxic commercial brands and it is also better for the environment.

After Heather’s tried the recipe this was her recommendations.”I’m so happy with it, it worked great! It’s maybe not as strong as commercial brands so just use it more regularly. It is definitely worth it if you think about all of the horrible chemicals you are stopping from getting on your animals, yourself and into the environment. Just apply the spray as needed.  Now my horses aren’t bothered from the flies and I don’t have to worry about spraying all those horrible chemicals on them”. Great thanks Heather! She also found another great use for it below!

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Home Made Fly/Insect Spray

What You Need

What To Do:

In an empty spray bottle, add all of the above ingredients. Fill the rest of the bottle up with water and put the sprayer lid back on and give it a shake! Easy, all done! You can use any type of vinegar, organic apple cider vinegar generally smells nicer, but they all do the same job in this case. Before you spray the animal, gently shake the bottle so that all of the ingredients are incorporated. Spray directly on the animal where you want to prevent insects. If you are spraying around eyes, cup your hands over the animal’s eyes to protect them when you spray. The dish soap helps the mix to stick and stay on the animal longer!

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Another handy hint from Heather: “The little ants drive me crazy sometimes, they love to get into our horse feed, especially when I mix molasses into it. I found this recipe is also a good solution to that problem. Just spray around the food bowl/container and your animal’s feed will be free of those pesky ants”. Thats great we know that Eucalyptus oil is a deterrent to any insect!

This recipe can also be used on other animals besides horses such as cows, sheep, goats, dogs etc. However dont use it on cats they lick too much.

We are really glad that we can share this recipe with you. It not only works for flies, it will also deter other pesky insects like mosquitoes, fleas, ants.

To buy our Eucalyptus Oil, as well as many of our other great products, visit our Online Store and keep an eye on our blog for other great ideas!

How to rid your dogs of Fleas and Ticks, and it works for us too! 100% Australian Eucalyptus Oil

Flea and Tick repellent for your pets:

One of the most common problems your pets may be dealing with is annoying fleas and other parasites. They can cause great discomfort for your pets as well as health problems such as skin irritations, allergies, anaemia and even death if not treated.

Chemical treatments may get rid of fleas, but they can also cause side effects such as breathing problems, tremors, vomiting, skin irritations and permanent nerve damage. Using natural remedies such as Emu Ridge eucalyptus oil is a safe alternative to chemicals, as well as keeping your pet’s coat healthy and vibrant, because the fleas and other insects hate the smell of eucalyptus oil. You may need to apply the oil more often than you would chemical formulas, but it will effectively and safely repel fleas without hurting your pet.

What To Do:

  1. Begin by shampooing your pet. Mix 5 drops of eucalyptus oil into approximately 250 ml of a natural, no-tear pet shampoo. Use an eyedropper to measure the oil and mix well.

  2. Start the bath water to get it to a good warm temperature. Place a cotton ball into each ear of your pet to avoid water and soap getting in, and then wet your pet’s coat thoroughly and completely.

  3. Bathe your pet as you normally would with the eucalyptus shampoo, creating a nice rich lather from head to toe. Be careful not to get shampoo in the eyes. Rinse your pet and repeat with the eucalyptus shampoo. This time, rinse extremely well.

  4. Towel-dry your pet from excess water and follow with a thorough blow-drying.

For added protection after and between baths, you can make a repellent:

1 cup of water, 2 cups of distilled white vinegar, 2 teaspoons of vegetable or almond oil and 3 drops of eucalyptus oil  then put the mixture into a spray bottle. Mist your pet lightly with the mixture every so often and let it air-dry. You can also mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, which will repel ticks and fleas.

HINT- This deterrent also works for flies and other insects as well. Spray onto the pet’s dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on 2-3 times per day. Don’t add the eucalyptus oil for cats, it is great for horses, dogs, goats etc. This recipe below is tried and tested to.

You can also use a cotton wool ball soaked in Eucalyptus oil and gently dab behind your pet’s ears, along their back and under there arms, and then groom, this is a great deterrent.

Keeping your carpets parasite free. Make a simple flea repellent carpet powder by mixing 1 cup of cornstarch with 15 drops of eucalyptus oil and dust this powder all over the carpets, leave for 15 minutes and then vacuum. A parasite free home  will help your dogs be safe from further reinfection of fleas.

Eucalyptus oil can also be rubbed into your pet’s collar to work as a natural flea collar. Below is a great recipe to deter fleas with this natural flea collar. Reapply approx every 2 weeks.

The eucalyptus oil has been proven effective in most cases, but you may have to alter the recipe to find the best solution to meet your pet’s particular needs.

DETERRENT FOR BEDDING & THE HOME: Use a eucalyptus or tea tree dilution in watering can to wash floors, soak pet’s kennel and favourite sleeping patches on sand or paving or doormats etc.

Rinse all bedding after washing with strong dilution of eucalyptus or tea tree oil (with a dash of vinegar to

mix the oils into the water) and dry without rinsing. Repeat at least monthly.

Remember to vacuum carpets well and frequently. The flea life cycle is about a month in the summer, so keep up intensive treatment for at least a month.

Eucalyptus oil is also handy for your dog in other areas to:

  • Skin therapy: It can be useful to help soothe skin after insect bites, stings, and skin rashes.

  • Antiseptic qualities: Its disinfectant properties can be useful for skin problems and also when cleaning bedding. Add a few drops of oil in the wash works wonders.

  • Antiviral and anti-inflammatory.

  • Works as an expectorant.

  • Respiratory therapy: Good for relief of chest congestion.  Its inhalant properties help to combat respiratory problems such as sinus infections and bronchitis.

  • Fragrance: Eucalyptus can also be very effective against pet odor.

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Repellent of ticks for you and your family:

Ticks are terrible as these creatures can be as lethal as a venomous snake in the wrong scenario! If your camping, hiking and getting outside to play, then don’t let these pesky parasites stop you. Here’s how to make a simple and home-made repellent!

FOR YOU & YOUR FAMILY:

In a spray bottle mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar (you can also use apple cider as it doesn’t smell as strong), 1 cup of water and 20 drops of Eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent).
After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin and hair before going outdoors. Re-apply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body.

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You can order Emu Ridge Eucalyptus oil right here – we can post Eucalyptus Oil nation-wide within Australia.

Did you know Arthritis/Joint pain

Eucalyptus Oil soothes and penetrates the skin to bring quick relief to inflammation sufferers.Eucalyptus Oil relieves pain in joint and muscles pain, it can help arthritis, chronic pain, injuries and rheumatism.  Very effective on both dogs and humans, but should not be used on cats. This essential oil increases circulation and dilates blood vessels, bringing a feeling of warmth to the area where applied and encouraging healing with improved oxygenation of the blood. Mix it with Emu Oil and you will find amazing results. This link with take you do all the amazing uses for Emu Oil and how to use it. It can be used exactly the same as its used for human use its moisturising, great for itchy dry skin and eases pain. It can also be taken orally. This is another pure natural Australian product, I swear by!

Risks of Using Eucalyptus Oil on Your Dog

  • Only use 100% pure, not all oils are equal!

  • Be aware of the label, its the same rules for dogs as it is for us. Dogs are more sensitive. Keep essential oils out of their reach, and when applying essential oils avoid the mouth region, eyes and mucus membranes.

  • Its advisable to be careful using eucalyptus oil or any essential oil undiluted for your pet. In its pure form it can burn sensitive areas the same as people.

  • Do not use eucalyptus oil for cats the same as you would for dogs, cats LICK their fur so it can get straight into their digestive systems and cause toxicity.

  •  Introduce any oils slowly, and always be sure to monitor your pet’s behavior and symptoms for any signs of distress or discomfort.

  • Remember smaller dogs need alot less than a larger dog.

We have used it on all of our dogs over the past 26 years, it has been very successful and our dogs never had any side effects.

~Bev~

Eucalyptus oil a natural floor cleaner

The best floor cleaner around, a teaspoon of Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus oil and warm water. Great for any floors, no streaks, degreaser, keeps away insects, kills bacteria and smells so fresh and clean, Clean the natural way it’s better for the environment and yourself.

There are many great benefits when it comes to cleaning naturally. Not only does it save money, but you also know exactly what you are using. I think people these days are looking for natural cleaning products in their homes. Our environment is filled with toxins and one of the biggest offenders is commercial household cleaners, they can cause allergies, rashes and can be very expensive.  I personally became allergic to perfumes, preservatives and certain chemicals about 15 years ago, I get rashes from many things so have to be very careful. This is when we started producing our own personal care natural product range.

At Emu Ridge we like to clean naturally and keep as many toxins as possible out of our home and workplace. Cleaning your floor with our Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus oil and water is completely non toxic so you feel safe using it around your children, pets and yourselves! Its also safer for the septic, its a 100% pure essential oil, cruelty fee and produced in Australia!

 

 

WHAT WE DO: Fill the mop bucket with about 1/4 full of warm water. Add a teaspoon of Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus oil and mop away, its great for wooden, slate, tiles and lino!

I have been told that you an also add 1/4 of a cup of vinegar as well but we just use the above recipe!

Another tip, fill a separate plastic mop bucket with hot water. This bucket can be used for rinsing out the mop, so you aren’t mopping the floors with dirty water.

Use a mop made of natural fibres, we use cotton.

Believe it or not, every time I employ a new staff member they don’t know how to mop a floor properly so here is some advise. Stand up straight when you mop so you don’t get a bad back. Spin the mop if it gathers up to much so that you cover a larger surface, it saves time. Lastly we only dry mop, it stops streaking, our new staff just slosh the water on the floor and it takes forever to dry. Wring your mop out so that you cant get any more water out of it at all, then dry mop the floor, if its a wooden floor go with the grain, again no streaks. Happy Cleaning!

 

ABOUT US

Our unique oil is the only one of it’s kind in the world. It is distilled from the leaf of the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia). Emu Ridge is the only commercial Eucalyptus Distillery remaining in South Australia.
Distillation of the oil began in the 1880’s and dozens of stills were established, making it one of the Island’s major industries. We founded Emu Ridge in 1991.

SOME OTHER USES FOR THIS VERSATILE & 100% NATURAL ESSENTIAL OIL

In and around the house:
A disinfectant for cleaning floors, toilets etc
A deodoriser, a spot & stain remover, e.g. soiled clothing, anything sticky, stickers, chewing gum, paint & ink marks.
Cleans bathroom tiles, brass, ovens, plastic & vinyl. For washing woollens & clothing.
The Body:
For cuts, burns and abrasions, the oil is a natural antiseptic, acne, relieves insect bites, is an insect repellent, soothes muscular aches & pains, a mouthwash, hand & skin cleaner, training oil, in the bath for a feeling of wellbeing, a decongestant for colds and flu by vaporisation, inhalation or embrocation, for sore throats, (adults a few drops with a teaspoon of honey).
In the workshop:
Cleans paint brushes, removes tar & stains & is a penetrating oil for any seized or rusted parts.
Animals:
For cleaning pets, removing fleas and ticks.

To read more about the history and uses for eucalyptus oil, take a look at some of our informative Blogs

I hope you have enjoyed my post happy cleaning ~ Bev ~


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Kangaroo Island EVENT HIRE & FUNCTIONS at Emu Ridge

Emu Ridge caters for all kinds of events; birthday parties, weddings, school formals, conferences, hens and buck shows, Christmas parties much more. We offer 3 different seating areas and bar facilities which are all fully licensed.

The atmosphere at Emu Ridge is spectacular, whether you are having an event during the day or later at night. We often have wildlife that come up to the back deck and are happy to just sit and nibble on the grass. If you are thinking about using our venue at Emu Ridge, bookings for guided tours and/or meals are essential for groups.

We are fully flexible as to how you want to arrange the evening, ie venue hire only, or combinations of venue hire, additional decorations, wait and bar staff, fully licensed bar, food (including special dietary requirements), caterers, self-catering, music, entertainment, we have had a lot of experience and are happy to help you plan your event.

These are our 3 different dining areas:

The Front Deck (outdoor) – Seats up to 150 people:

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The Back Deck (outdoor) – Seats up to 50 people:

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The Dining Area (indoor) – Seats up to 25 people:

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Tiffany’s wedding album, this lovely wedding was  hessian and lace theme. See this link for the full album.

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Lucy’s Moroccan themed wedding. Link for the full album.

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KICE Year 12 formal 2016; another great event held here at Emu Ridge. Link to the full album.

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The Kangaroo Island Netball Association had there annual vote count night here. Each club decorated their own tables. Link to the full album here.

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Sealink’s staff Christmas party. Full album here.

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We celebrated our 20th anniversary here as well and had a local KI band perform; “The Famous Strangers”. Link to the full album here.

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In addition to our function areas at Emu Ridge we also have equipment we hire out for functions in the area of your choice.

Just to give you an idea we have a 12 x 6 marquee, BBQ, stainless steel benches, tables, chairs, tablecloths, cutlery, etc. Enough to cater for 150 guests. Please enquire if you are interested.

Our Marquee hired for a garden wedding. See pics here

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Camping Ideas for the School Holidays

School or family holidays are always a great time to sit around a campfire, tell a few stories and try something different.

These campfire cones just look like the perfect thing to pop on the campfire, on the BBQ or in the oven! Yum ?

We also love this BBQ meme we found circling the web this Summer!

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If your on Kangaroo Island don’t forget to visit us at Emu Ridge, and no matter where you are you can always buy our great pure natural Australian products online. Our Eucalyptus oil is very handy to have while travelling or camping, it is an insect repellent, its also great for bites, it keeps the colds away and its antibacterial. We also make 2 natural necessities for camping and school holidays, an insect repellent and Sunscreen.

How to fold a T/Shirt – Emu Ridge

Is this how you fold a T/Shirt? Check out the video below, you might learn something! Lucy is one of our lovely staff at Emu Ridge and this short video clip shows you a very simple way to fold a shirt, so easy! I wish I was taught do fold this way! Thanks Lucy

Emu Ridge is on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, we are proud to Manufacture and Retail many wonderful Australian produced natural products.

Foot and Shoe Odor

Smelly Stinky Shoes be gone!

The smell of stinky shoes can be overwhelming and make you want to throw them away. Heres a few great tips to remove and prevent the odors for someone with stinky shoes!

Just pop in some Tea Bags!

To make the teabags even more efficient add a few drops of Tea Tree or Eucalyptus oil, you can also wipe the insides of your shoes on a regular basis to kill the bacteria that causes the odour.

Here’s another tip, its an old wives tale but apparently it works. Stuff the shoes with newspaper. That’s right. Newspaper! Leave over night and your shoes should be “stink-free” come morning!

Baking soda is also awesome. Stuff some old cotton socks with stuffing, add some baking soda its great for absorbing odors, seal with a rubber band or stitch the top closed. Ive heard kitty litter can be used the same way. Just leave these socks in your shoes when your not wearing them.

Dryer sheets with a few drops of Eucalyptus oil will absorb the odors. Tear them in half and leave in your shoes when you not wearing them.

If you can, wash them, pop them  in the washing machine add a teaspoon of Eucalyptus Oil with normal washing detergent and then dry them completely. From then on use the above tips and they will never stink again!!

Cheers, Bev

Proprietor of Emu Ridge

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