Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil – Natural Treatments for Head Lice (Nits)

Looking for a natural remedy for Nits/head lice? Look no further!

Emu Ridge oils are Aussie produced and 100% pure, our  Eucalyptus Oil and  Tea Tree Oils  are a great preventive treatment.

  • Add a teaspoon into your shampoo
  • Add a teaspoon of essential oil to a spray bottle, fill with water and shake, then spray onto kids hair and hats before they go to school.
  • An easier way is to dab a few drops behind the ears and at the back of the head when outbreaks of head lice are going around at school.

Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil are insect deterrents they hate them!

These 2 products are  great versatile all natural products everyone should have in there home! To learn more click here What is Tea Tree OilWhat is Eucalyptus Oil?

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DIY Eucalyptus Shower Discs

Shower discs are a great way to clear your sinuses as well as keeping  your bathroom smelling fresh. These all-natural eucalyptus vapour discs are simple and easy to make, they are also non-toxic, so they are safe to use around children and pets.

They are great in the toilet too!

Each year we love having children from different schools that enjoy doing work experience at Emu Ridge on Kangaroo Island.  One School that has supported us for many years is the Mount Barker Waldorf School in Adelaide.

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These lovely girls enjoyed their work experience with us and had fun making the vapour discs, this was one of their projects. We always enjoy having the students, they are always a great help to us. Our business  is filled with diversity so they get to be involved in many different aspects of our business.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Baking Soda

  • 1 Tsp Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil

  • 3 Drops Emu Ridge Lemon Myrtle Oil

  • 1 Cup Water

  • Bowl to mix it in

  • Silicone Molds or Lined Muffin Trays

 Directions:

1. Mix the water and baking soda together to form a thick paste.

2. Add the eucalyptus oil and lemon myrtle oil to the mixture.

3. Spoon the mixture into the molds.

Hint – Silicone muffin liners really are great, they pop right out with ease, make sure you line normal muffin tins with a liner, foil works best the paper ones can get stuck to the discs.

4. Let the discs set for 24 hours until the are dry and hard.

(if you cant wait that long you can also dry them in an oven, pre-heat it to 120c and pop them in for just over an hour. If you do this add the oils after the discs have cooled as the heat will evaporate the oils, they will still soak into the disc.)

The girls had fun packing them up, and we sold them in our shop. You could do this to and give them away as a gift or simply just put them in a jar or a ziplock back to use for your own personal use.

How to Use

Put a disc in the bottom of your shower in a corner away from the main water flow when you get in. It will slowly dissolve releasing the eucalyptus oil into the shower and the steam from the shower will all rise together, helping to clear sinuses for when you have a cold or flu.

You don’t have to wait until you have a cold to use these either!  Essential oils are proven to reduce stress, with so many of us now including aromatherapy into everyday life.

Hint – You are not only going to clear the sinuses, baking soda and eucalyptus oil will also clean and disinfect the bottom of the shower. Two jobs in one!  To buy our Eucalyptus Oil and Lemon Myrtle Oil, as well as many of our other great products, visit our Online Store

These are also great to pop into the toilet to clean and freshen!

DIY Vapor Rub all natural or buy online at Emu Ridge on Kangaroo Island

I became allergic to perfumes and preservatives many years ago and this prompted me to develop our natural range of products for Emu Ridge.

Our Vapor Rub was specifically made for babies and children as a decongestant for colds and flu. Just massage into the chest area, on the throat, on the back between the shoulder blades & on your feet, its great for sinus relief. Adults can add a few extra drops of Eucalyptus oil to the mixture to make it stronger.

Our Vapor Rub is available directly from our online shop Ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil & Bees Wax. Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Thyme & Clove.

Our products are all made in small batches and they are lovingly made, bottled and labeled by hand by a real person. This is Sandra, she has been making natural products and skincare for decades.

Do you ever read the ingredients label? Sometimes, the things we trust to use with our family can have some surprising unhealthy additives.

Vapor rub helps with symptoms of a common cold or minor aches and pains of the muscles and joints. You can purchase vapor rub in shops, but many of these products contain toxic ingredients — such as camphor — that are harmful to your health.

Our Eucalyptus essential oil functions as an expectorant, helping to cleanse the body of toxins, making it great for relieving symptoms of the cold and flu. It has also proven helpful with sinus and respiratory problems.

DIY –

If you have nothing in your medicine cupboard. You can make a natural alternative, just mix about 10 drops of Emu Ridge eucalyptus oil with 25ml of Olive, coconut or Emu Oil and rub on your chest. You will be breathing easy in no-time, the natural way! Remember its great for rubbing on the bottom of your feet before you go to bed if you have a cold to!

Below is a great natural recipe you can also make at home from Dr Axe if you have the time.

I hope you have enjoyed our post, stay healthy ~ Bev~

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School Holiday Activities on Kangaroo Island

We like to be children friendly at Emu Ridge. Each school holidays we always organizes a range of activities for children to do while their parents have a browse around our shop. These include crosswords, word finds, making bath salts, colouring-in competitions and lots more! See below for some templates. Our kiddies corner is always popular, the little ones can enjoy toys, books, blackboards and more.P1040673

These bright, colourful bath salts are fun and easy to make as well as smelling beautiful, whether they are mixed into your bath water or simply left open beside your bed.

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Making Bath Salts always popular every holidays

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Easter Colouring-In Competition 2015

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Making Bath Salts

we also have fun outdoor activities such as hop scotch and tic-tac-toe (noughts and crosses)

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hop scotch fun in the warm sun

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you may all know this game as tic-tac toe, but at Emu Ridge we have sticks and stones that was hand made by Larry Turner. This lovely family from Italy enjoyed a game of good old-fashioned Tic-Tac-Toe on our new deck at Emu Ridge. Tic- Tac-Toe is a fun, traditional game that can be played by all ages.

To print off our fun Eucalyptus Crossword, Click Here

To print off our fun Eucalyptus Word Find, Click Here

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

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~

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

Hidden Chemicals in Laundry Detergent

It would be nice to think that the detergents we use have natural ingredients.  However, for the majority of detergents this is not the case.

A study done by the University of Washington on leading detergents showed that 99% of laundry detergents on the market contained cancer causing chemicals that are considered hazardous by the EPA.

However most of these ingredients in your leading laundry detergents are not even listed on the label.  Now that is scary.

Most detergent companies patent their formulas and are not legally required to disclose all the ingredients despite the fact that they are hazardous to health.  They hide these ingredients under umbrella labels such as “fragrance” or “flavorings” in the case of foods.

The deadliest of these chemicals is nonylphenol ethoxylate. It is a main ingredient in pesticides and is used to kill organisms.  It imitates the hormone estrogen within the body and is extremely harmful.  When this chemical along with others enter into your bloodstream through contact with your skin they cause serious damage to the body.  The  Journal of Pesticide Reform shows that these chemicals cause severe damage to heart and muscle function.

Another main ingredient not listed but contained in the majority of laundry detergents is formaldehyde.  The EPA has reported that formaldehyde causes cancer in both humans and animals.  Formaldehyde is the same chemical that is used to preserve dead bodies for dissection – not exactly the chemical you want to put into a living body.  In addition to this, it causes severe allergic reactions in the body and the gas can irritate your breathing and cause nausea and headaches.

Many of these ingredients are hidden under the broad label “fragrance”, not being required to list the specifics that go into it as proprietary formulas.  There was a big controversy that is still going on in food products with “the natural flavors” label for instance.  Many vegetarians are eating meat without knowing it and even aborted fetal cells and sweat glands of animals that are all hidden under the natural flavorings label.  It is quite disturbing to say the least that companies are not required to disclose all their ingredients and put the worst ones under these categories.

These chemicals from your laundry detergent absorb through your skin and accumulate in the body over time.  There are remnants of them on the clothes that you wear that get taken in daily.  If you have irritable skin from your clothes or headaches when wearing your clothes, this can be the result of the chemicals in the modern brand laundry detergents which are not disclosed on the bottle.  Over time these hidden chemcials weaken your immune system.  Skin cancer is on the rise these days and this is yet another reason why as everyone is being poisoned today from so many toxins around them and in what they take into their bodies as a result.

The next time you stop to smell the laundry detergent, don’t forget you might actually be inhaling formaldehyde and these other toxic chemicals into the body.  Removing chemicals from your daily life and that of your loved ones is essential to good health.  Knowing what goes into and on your body is fundamental to being healthy and happy.

We produce our own laundry liquid but unfortunately the postage costs are much greater than the product. So I would like to share with you our recipe so that you can make your own. Its great for everything, biodegradable easy to make, economical! Our laundry liquid is available on Kangaroo Island and some stores in Adelaide. Click here for sizes and prices.
If you are in Adelaide its available in certain stores, please contact us if you would like to know where.

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You will find this and more great natural recipes in my recipe book.

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If you don’t have the time to make your own, and are too far away to purchase ours we have also come across a reputable company and a laundry powder we can recommend. It is free from these nasty chemicals.  You can find it here: Laundry Powder, please contact us if you want to purchase this great range of products. They are leading the way to enhanced health and wellbeing through safety-conscious formulas. Every time you or someone you know chooses these products it makes a difference by changing lives for the better. One home at a time, we know we can change the world. Add in our commitment to environmental sustainability, and together we can create a healthier place for you to thrive and a healthier planet for future generations.

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