DIY Cat Deterrent with Eucalyptus Oil

Here at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery we are proud to stock 100% pure essential oils, all produced inAustralia. Our very own Eucalyptus oil is so versatile and we are constantly finding and documenting more recipes and uses. We have been producing 100% Pure Eucalyptus oil since 1991. Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal, removes oil based stains and sticky things, acts as a penetrating oil, as well as having medicinal properties. Therefore is an ideal natural product for in and around the house, in the workshop and for the body. One of our most popular is our cat deterrent. Please read on for more information including the recipe.

CAT DETERRENT

Even the most ardent cat lovers don’t appreciate the smell of cat urine indoors or outdoors. Cats who use flower beds as a litter box present an even more serious problem. While it’s difficult to convince cats to do anything they don’t want to do, you can make homemade cat repellent that may convince cats to take their business elsewhere. Homemade cat spray is safe and environmentally friendly.

Here is a few ideas to keep them at bay from areas you don’t want them:

Eucalyptus and Lemon may be the very essence of freshness to humans, but to animals, especially cats, it’s off-putting. Cats have 40 times the number of odor-sensitive cells in their noses as humans, according to PetPlace. Because of their superior smelling abilities, they are sensitive to citrus-based products and Eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil is used as a deterrent for numerous animals, among them fleas, mosquitoes, mice and rats and — and you guessed it — cats. Use both of these natural repellents to your advantage.

Recipe

  • 600ml of water into a 1lt spray bottle
  • 400ml of vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • the zest of one lemon
  • 20 drops Emu Ridge eucalyptus oil.
  • Shake and spray where you would like cats to avoid. It does a great job!

This method not only helps deter your cat from destroying furniture or walls, but gives your a house a beautiful clean fresh smell as well!

You can also Soak a cotton bud or ball in Eucalyptus oil and put it in the pot plants that they like to keep them away and pop them any other areas that are off-limits to cats.

Even some oil on a tissue in the vents of your car another favorite spot for cats to mark their territory, will help keep them away!

For 100% pure Australian Eucalyptus Oil go to our online SHOP 

Another Handy Hint:

Indoors – Cats dislike water and the prospect of getting wet. Indoors, if you catch your cat approaching an area you want to keep him out of like scratching furniture, give him a quick spritz of water from a spray bottle. Repeat this process until he doesn’t return to the area again. The spray can also be applied to a cloth and wiped onto specific spots.

Outdoors

For outdoor areas, you can purchase an automatic sprinkler attached to a motion sensor and place it in your garden. These sprinklers spray cats who approach an off-limits area with a harmless burst of water, discouraging them from coming back.

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Certain plants when planted around your garden beds work as a repellent for cats to, ask you local plant nursery.

 

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Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil

This 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.
One company, F.H.Faulding & Co purchased Emu Ridge in 1923, establishing two plantations in 1938 for the purpose of systematically harvesting it on a rotational basis. (The Narrow Leaf responds well to pruning.) Most success, however, was achieved by individuals who set up stills as a seasonal sideline.
Our oil is distilled in the traditional method at Emu Ridge. The leaf is placed into a pot containing water, beneath which a fire is lit, steam carrying the oil is passed through a system of cooling pipes, the oil separates and is piped off into containers. The raw oil undergoes another refining process to produce the final product crystal clear oil.
Native farming is far better for our environment, no sprays and chemicals, a great renewable resource and natural product.

SOME USES FOR THIS VERSATILE & 100% NATURAL OIL

  • In and around the house:
  • A disinfectant for cleaning floors, toilets etc
  • A deodorizer, 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 woolens & 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 vaporization, 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.

Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee – Eucalyptus cneorifolia

Eucalyptus cneorifolia | Kangaroo Island Narrow-Leaf Mallee

The Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) is the variety of Eucalyptus tree that Emu Ridge sustainably grows and harvests for its famous Eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil was Australia’s first true export overseas!

In the early 1900’s there were over 100 Eucalyptus stills on the island producing eucalyptus oil from the Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee, making it the biggest export off of Kangaroo Island during that time. Today Emu Ridge is the only Eucalyptus oil Distillery in South Australia.

The Kangaroo Island Narrow-Leaf Mallee is native to Kangaroo Island. Bev and Larry Turner founders of the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus oil distillery in 1991 were lucky to have an honors student Adam Steer do a study on (Factors affecting oil yield, and genetic selection for the improved oil yield, in Eucalyptus cneorifolia growing on Kangaroo Island) After many years of research and through selective breeding Larry and Bev have endeavored to  collect seeds from the best oil-bearing, disease free and drought resistant plants. These seeds are then grown to seedlings and looked after at the Emu Ridge nursery. Sustainability of the species is the key to it’s future and also the reputation of the oil. Buying from local and small businesses like Emu Ridge is the best way to support the future of trees like the Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee.

Description: A small mallee type to 16′ with cream flowers. This species is used primarily for essential oil extraction and is often cultivated for the attractive foliage. It is quick growing, suitable for windbreaks and erosion control, salt effected areas and does well on limestone type soils. It is a rare species from Kangaroo Island and has no closely related species. It is from the Myrtaceae family.

Culture: Sun, well drained acid or alkaline soil, sandy loam, low moisture requirement.

Uses: Shrub or small tree, essential oil production, ornamental, windbreaks, coastal area plantings, cut flowers, foliage and fruits.
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The Kangaroo Island Narrow leaf mallee trees are easily recognized by their erect stems,  narrow leaves, crowded fusiform buds and hemispherical fruit. They are often cultivated because of its attractive foliage. They are a fairly hardy plant, with only a few threats including inadequate recruitment and livestock grazing.

Like the name suggests, the leaf of the tree is narrow and long with beautiful dark olive green foliage and bright lime green new foliage. You can hold the older leaves up to the light and see the many eucalyptus oil cells throughout the leaf. However, the leaf does not have a fragrance unless you crush the precious oil cells.

The beautiful new growth from Spring is where all the good oil is, so our distilling time is seasonal. We only produce our oil at the end of Spring and throughout Summer. The difference in yield is huge from only 1% in the Winter to 4% in the Summer. For example, our distilling pot holds about 500kg of leaves per cook, which produces only 1 – 2 litres of eucalyptus oil in winter, but produces  5 – 10 litres of eucalyptus oil in the summer.

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Distribution and population only occurs in South Australia. Common on the eastern part of Kangaroo Island, and occurs in restricted pockets near Waitpinga on Fleurieu Peninsula. There has also been findings of this plant near coastal locations of southern Fleurieu Peninsula, between Deep Creek and Victor Harbour.

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The fruit of the tree is a small football shape, as shown in the picture below, with the red tops dropping off to welcome the white or cream fluffy flowers inside. We use the the leaves, fruit and flowers to decorate all kinds of different products in our retail shop, and also use them in our pot pourri.

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The picture below is of part of our plantation at Emu Ridge. Larry selectively bred the eucalyptus with the help of research working with the Waite Institute in Adelaide. He planted his trees in contour rows and harvests every second row so that the remaining row will protect the new growth from the Kangaroo Island weather. The trees are harvested to the ground and are re-harvested every one to two years. This keeps the tree as a hedge instead of growing into a taller tree.

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Below are the trees left to grow tall. The name “Mallee” means several slender stems. The tree ends up with a “canopy” of leaves up the top. Multi-stemmed or single-stemmed trees can grow up to 10 meters high, with the adult leaves alternating. The leaves are generally on petioles 5-10 mm long, sub-erect, glossy and an olive-green colour.

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Below is a famous strip of road on Kangaroo Island which travels through the “tunnel” of Narrow-Leaf Mallee trees…. we have a few of these beautiful cathedrals on the Island.

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Source – Dean Wiles

Below are photos of the bark. The  bark is somewhat fibrous, greyish-brown to dark-grey, compact rough bark longitudinally fissured , being replaced  by a smooth greyish bark.

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Below is a photo which shows the many stems growing from the mallee stump.

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The Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) predominately covers the Eastern side of Kangaroo island as you can see in the below images.

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Artworks using the Kangaroo Island Narrow-Leaf Mallee – Eucalyptus cneorifolia

Below is some artwork I would like to share with you from 2 of my favourite and Kangaroo Islands most  accomplished and admired artists.  Janine Mackintosh and Scott Harshorne. Each has a unique take on nature, Janine with meticulously sewn assemblages of natural objects and Scott with his giant, sparse oils reminiscent of herbarium sheets.

Scott Hartshorne’s oversized branchlets of native Kangaroo Island trees are the perfect complement to the detail of Janine’s assemblages. They strip down the tree to its essence and present it boldly and powerfully.

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Dry Branch: A Study In Complexity Eucalyptus cneorifolia, Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee.

Visit Scott’s Facebook and Webpage

Janine’s assemblages present in mesmerising detail the natural world of Kangaroo Island and in particular her own Heritage listed property. Her art is a message to save what we have left of the complexity of biodiversity.

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INDUSTRY- Artist Janine Mackinosh Yacca (Xanthorrhoea semiplana ssp. tateana) gum, Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) leaves, metal farm disc, linen thread and bookbinder’s gum on canvas by

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LAMENTATION – Artist Janine Mackintosh Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) leaves from a drowning tree, linen thread and bookbinder’s gum on canvas

Visit Janine’s Facebook and Webpage

Eucalyptus Oil

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Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Produced on Kangaroo Island South Australia

Bev and Larry have been producing Eucalyptus Oil from the Kangaroo Island Narrow-Leaf Mallee since 1991. Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery is an important part of Kangaroo Island’s Tourism industry, adding to the variety of Kangaroo Islands produce and preserving important history.

For more information on Emu Ridge’s history, please click on the blog links below:
History
Kangaroo Island History – Emu Ridge
Emu Ridge – The last South Australian Eucalyptus Oil Distillery!

Their shop on Kangaroo Island is the main outlet for their Eucalyptus Oil. Their online shop is also largely used by our supporting customers, from all over the globe!

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References:

These pictures were taken from our very own trees here at Emu Ridge to illustrate the unique species.

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_cneorifolia

Australian Government Department of the Environment – http://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/ab8e9576-38e6-4dc7-9b36-becca5028f42/files/kangaroo-island-mallee-woodlands.pdf

Department for Enviroment and Heritage – file:///C:/Users/Emu%20Ridge%20Office/Downloads/pa-fact-pafacteucalyptuscneorifolia.pdf

Biodiversity Heritage Library – http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/19423960#page/315/mode/1up

Emu Ridge XMAS SALE 2018 10% OFF!

As a thankyou to our customers for supporting our family owned business we would like to offer all our wonderful customers 10% off all our products*.

Just use the coupon code xmas18 on the cart page before 12/12/18.

We wish everyone a safe and happy festive season and wonderful 2019! Remember to subscribe to our quarterly newsletter to keep up to date with what’s happening at Emu Ridge and also to hear about any specials we may have.

Click here to shop now and don’t forget to use the coupon code xmas18.

We offer unique Australian made gifts for that special someone. We can also expertly tailor a gift to suit your  individual requirements,  full of excellent local produce. We provide customised Christmas or Corporate gifts 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.

Cheers from Larry, Bev and our great team at Emu Ridge.

*excluding sale items

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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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

Buy Australian And Support Local Producers

At Emu Ridge we are a proud, family owned business that produces and sells 100% pure Australian Eucalyptus Oil, as well as many other associated natural products.

Australian manufacturers, farmers, fishermen and processors make some of the best products in the world. By purchasing our goods, you’re not only supporting local jobs and our economy, but also getting great products you can trust.

The best way to identify genuine Australian goods is looking at the label. If the label says “Product of Australia” this guarantees that what you are purchasing is something that is truly Australian. Slogans such as “Made in Australia” and many others can quite often be very misleading. Buying locally produced products means you can have the confidence of knowing  that the products have had to meet high Australian standards, so they are of a superior quality and it is also nice to know that we are always only a phone call away if you have any questions.

We are proud to say that all of the eucalyptus oil we supply is 100% pure and 100% produced in Australia. It is produced in an environmentally sustainable manner, in a pristine environment. Did you know that 90% of the worlds eucalyptus oil these days is produced by countries like China and Brazil? They use an Australian species called The Tasmanian Blue Gum or ‘Eucalyptus globulus’and Radiata’. Unfortunately, if you buy your Eucalyptus oil from a pharmacy  or supermarket, it is more than likely not 100% pure and certainly not Australian produced. We don’t use any sprays or chemicals on our trees as they are native to our area, they are called the Kangaroo island Narrow Leaf Mallee or Eucalyptus cneorifolia. We can re-harvest our trees every one to two years, due to the fact that Eucalyptus Mallee trees always coppice new shoots, so  they are always generating new growth which is great for the environment.

So look on the side of the label for Product of Australia, and with Australia’s strict labelling regulations we must also have how many mLs per litre are in 1 litre of Eucalyptus oil, so our label also says 1000mL/l  (per litre) that way you know that it is 100%  pure. If its not on the label who knows what it is, or where it comes from!

Some deceptive brands even go as far as to write Produced by Australian Eucalyptus Trees!!! Yes but where!!

We hope this has helped you understand Australia’s labelling laws and we look forward to you supporting our business.

Click on these links if you would like to know more about Emu Ridge and our Eucalyptus oil Distillery History or our range of pure natural Australian produced products.

Keep Your Farmers Close

Sensory Play with Eucalyptus Rice

Sensory Rice is a great learning tool and its fun to make and play with! Add some coloring to the rice to make it interesting and attractive. If you like you can then add some Emu Ridge eucalyptus oil, it will help keep their sinuses clear.  Learning, fun & healthy natural remedy all in a one-stop-shop!

1. Just add a small amount of water with the rice add some food coloring

2. mix it in and put it in trays to dry, if the weather isnt warm  you can dry it in a low heat in the oven.

3. Once dry add a few drops of oil and put it in a jar ready for play

 

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4. Don’t forget to buy 100% Australian Eucalyptus Oil from Emu Ridge Online Store!

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SENSORY PLAY WITH RICE  HAS MANY LEARNING BENEFITS:

  • Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.
  • Sensory play uses all 5 senses, but the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Toddlers and children process  information through their senses. They learn through exploring these.
  • Sensory play is unstructured, not  product-oriented; it is the purest sense of exploratory learning.
  • Self-esteem: sensory play offers kids the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and children feel safe to change or experiment with what they are doing.
  • Language development- experimenting with language and trying new words.

 

Kangaroo Island Gifts, Vouchers & Wrapping Hacks

We have a wide range of beautiful gift packs and boxes for sale in store and online. 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 Christmas or Corporate gifts 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.

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We also have Gift Vouchers available that can be used in our Cafe the Bar or Shop. To order one of our unique gift packs or gift boxes, visit our online store

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How clever is this? Remember, when you order our products or purchase them in store, we are always happy to gift wrap them if required, just let us know.

This video hack below shows you how to wrap unusual shapes to, it really cool! Check it out!!

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Fighting Kangaroos

These 2 male Kangaroos fought for about 45 minutes until we stopped them. We have never seen them fight for so long and they were right next to our Emu Ridge back deck for all the visitors to see. It was an amazing experience, a special thanks to Mark for sending in your great video footage, it’s definitely something that people don’t get to see every day.

 

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