Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Hand Cream Special!

SUPER SALE at Emu Ridge just in time for Christmas. The 50ml Hand & Nail cream normally $12.95 and its only $7.00 Sale finishes on the 20/12/18. Makes the perfect gift or just for yourself!

This 50ml luxurious Kangaroo Island Wild Bushland Eucalyptus Hand and Nail Cream is great for having with you every day and slipping into your handbag it also makes a lovely Australian gift.

Double distilled in one of Australia’s oldest Eucalypt distilleries, the Eucalyptus oil has been infused with fragrance to produce a sensual range of modern Australian made body care products.

Chilled by fresh, crisp breezes from the Antarctic, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary of pristine Eucalypts protected from introduced European infestations.

The Hand & Nail Creme is 50ml with Organic Sweet Almond Oil. It is a soft, decadent creme with macadamia, sweet almond and jojoba oil to leave your hands feeling silky smooth.

The cream has been made in Australia by Maine Beach using our Emu Ridge Eucalyptus oil. They specialise in Australian body care with fresh fragrances, with key organic ingredients.

Made with no parabens, sulphates, artificial colours or petrochemicals.

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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

Australia Day

What is Australia Day?

On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia: land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy but particularly our people.

Australia Day is celebrated on the January 26 and commemorates the establishment of the first European settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, in 1788. It is an opportunity for Australians to come together to celebrate their country and culture. There are reflections on the achievements of the nation and explorations of way to make the country even better in the future. We celebrate and reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and these are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.

 

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Our Australia Day Display, with a sign explaining what Australia Day is because the international people didn’t know why we celebrate it.

Emu Ridge is proud to be an Australian owned family business and to have saved Australia and Kangaroo Islands history and heritage because 90% of the worlds oil now comes from China and Brazil! To buy our wonderful all natural Australian products, visit our Online Store

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My Country

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins,
Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

A stark white ring-barked forest
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die –
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold –
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land –
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand –
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Song By:Dorothea Mackellar

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

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.

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 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.

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!

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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Duck Lagoon Kangaroo Island

The Eucalyptus oil distilling industry on Kangaroo Island began in the late 1880’s when it became one of the Island’s major industries along with yacca gumming, timber cutting and possum/wallaby trapping. The Eucalyptus oil industry was mainly located on the eastern end of the Island where the Kangaroo island Narrow Leafed Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) is found in abundance.

Markin Tilka, along with his wife and children, settled in Australia in around 1880. They first lived in the Adelaide Hills, but later moved to Kangaroo Island due to the abundance of available farming land. Mr Tilka knew the potential for essential oils, due to their popularity throughout Germany and France, so in 1890, Mr Tilka planted three acres of assorted roses near Duck Lagoon, Cygnet River. He spent much money and had high hopes for producing essential oils, carrying out a number of trials with a friend, who happened to be a pharmacist.

Later, Mr Tilka and his grandson, Doug Burgess, started up a eucalyptus distillery near the new plantation, as eucalyptus was much easier to distill and was in great demand. The issue was that the roses needed much care and attention, so the eucalyptus oil industry took over and became the main supplement to their income. Unfortunately, Mr Tilka died in 1914 and with no one willing to carry on his dream, the eucalyptus industry continued to boom, while nothing became of the rose oil industry. The roses were neglected and all had died by 1975. (This information about Martin Tilka and the roses was given to Bev Turner over a phone call with Mr Doug Burgess himself, now deceased. Bev believes that if someone had continued with his dream, it would have bought a lot of wealth to Kangaroo Island, as rose oil is worth 20 times more than Eucalyptus oil).

The number of stills peaked in the 1930’s, with over 100 stills operating on the island, but only half of these operated at any one time because many farmers only operated stills purely to supplement their income. The traditional process of harvesting was hard work, with many long and strenuous hours being spent cutting leaf using razor sharp sickles, then loading it into horse and cart for transportation to the still.

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Eucalyptus still boiler at Duck Lagoon Image by Judy & Brian Black

The commercial outlet for the oil produced was F.H. Faulding and Co, who later purchased the property Emu Ridge for the purposes of producing oil. Unfortunately though, the eucalyptus industry was short lived and had rapidly ceased around the 1950’s when wool farming took over.Today Emu Ridge is the only commercial eucalyptus oil distillery in South Australia.

The leaf of the indigenous Kangaroo Island Narrow Leafed Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) is particularly rich in aromatic oils. The leaf was harvested by hand, using razor sharp sickles, and transported to the still site where it was loaded into a large cooking “pot” which had been one third filled with water. December-January is the best time for getting the maximum amount of oil out of the eucalyptus leaves, however if a hot north wind blows the leaves around, it could reduce the oil content in the leaves by up to 50%.

The leaf was packed into the boiler pots. This involved laying in a good layer of leaf, jumping down into the pot, then jumping up and down on the leaf to compress it down, so that a larger quantity of leaf could fit. The pot lid was then lifted into place using a derrick crane and clamped down and sealed using either hessian bags soaked in water or with mud, which was the more traditional method used in the early years of distilling.

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Duck Lagoon Eucalyptus still pot relic Image by Judy & Brian Black

 

The furnace was lit beneath the pot, boiling the leaves and water for several hours. The steam produced ruptured the oil cells in the leaves and the oil vapor released was condensed into liquid by a system of cooling pipes.

The oil and water separated at condensation in a receival pit. The crude eucalyptus oil, being lighter than water, was skimmed off the top and stored in drums for sale or further distilling. The average amount of oil produced in a day was around 25 liters, as it was a 3 pot still. The leaves in the cooking pot were then taken out and dried for stoking the furnace at a later date.

George Weatherspoon installed the boiler in 1949 to make the extraction process more efficient and easier to run. The boiler was retrieved from another still that had ceased to operate. Along with the boiler, a second pot (the larger one) was installed. A series of underground pipes released steam from the boiler to the two pots. The condensing process began as the vapor moved through a special cooling trough and the crude oil was collected in a tank. The process proved to be more economical and additional leaf could be put in the pots, therefore more oil was produced with each firing.This still continued to produce oil well into the 1950’s. This site is the best preserved example of a traditional eucalyptus still in South Australia. It is a State Heritage Site.

Only crude oil was produced from this still. This was stored in large amounts and then shipped to Adelaide, to F.H. Faulding and Co, where it was then further refined and sold locally, or exported to American, Japan, France and England.

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Relic at Duck Lagoon Image by Paul White

 

 

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

Homemade Eucalyptus Toothpaste

Homemade Eucalyptus Toothpaste

If you’re looking for a safe alternative to the common toothpastes, then there are many alternative options, ranging from the more expensive natural toothpastes (be careful– some contain some of these questionable ingredients), to simple recipes you can make at home like this one.

EUCALYPTUS OIL is excellent for treating gum disease as well as sinus and respiratory infections, it kills pathogens, microbes and treats bad breath.

Some ingredients to be wary of in toothpaste products:-

Glycerin – Certainly not bad in and of itself if properly sourced, but its use in toothpaste may not be ideal. Some suggest it may leave a layer of film on the teeth that prevents remineralization. It can also be dangerous to our health if processed with dangerous chemicals, and I assume most toothpastes contain the cheapest possible source.

Sodium Laurel Sulfate – SLS is a known carcinogen. Some natural companies still stand behind it’s use and claim it is safe, but I prefer to stay on the safe side here.

Saccharin – This was the first ingredient I questioned when I started to re-think my approach to dental health and toothpaste several years ago. I avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague, as most of them are proven carcinogens, several contribute to obesity and other health problems, and some are excitotoxins, meaning they cause rapid firing and death of brain cells. And yet, we see the artificial sweetener, saccharin, in our toothpaste.

Fluoride – You knew I’d get to this one. I don’t claim to be an expert on fluoride, but from my basic understanding, fluoride is highly toxic in the form found in toothpaste and never found in nature in this state. If you’re trying to rebuild tooth enamel, just like with glycerin, a “protective” layer of fluoride is not ideal. It is also suggested that the layer it forms on teeth is much thinner than originally thought and is useless against protecting teeth from decay anyway.

To buy our Eucalyptus Oil and many more of our great products, visit our Online Shop

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