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  • BUZZ OFF! Fly Spray Recipe

    During this warm weather, we like to open all our windows and doors. Unfortunately at our house we are short on screens and it never ceases to amaze me how flies can smell meat as soon as it leaves the fridge. Soooo what do you do when you are cooking and have a lingering blowfly just waiting to pounce? This natural recipe doesn't kill flies (who wants a kitchen full of maggots) but it does deter them and if you get a couple of direct hits in, they will drop and you can scoop them up in a tissue and out the door. 

    Ingredients.....

    - 45 drops Pure Peppermint essential oil. 

    - 10 drops of pure lime essential oil. 

    - 10 drops Pure eucalyptus essential oil. 

    - 1tbs Castile soap

    - Distilled water

    - 300ml amber glass bottle with trigger sprayer. 

    Method....

    1. Add the essential oil components to your bottle. 

    2. Add the Castile soap to the bottle. 

    3. Fill bottle to the shoulder with distilled or filtered water. 

    4. Screw on trigger and shake until ingredients are well mixed. Keep on the ready. 

    5. Remember peppermint is a hot oil, keep it away from your eyes when spraying. 

    When you have a loitering blowfly shake the mix and spray directly at the fly. You must hit the fly with the spray. The more sprays you can get in the better, after 3 hits the fly should either drop or give up and remove itself from the area you are working in.  We find that a 300ml bottle with trigger works best as the spray width is wider however this recipe can also be made in a fine mist for travel (you just need better aim). 

    HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY. x

     

  • DIY Courage Beads

    If you are looking for a little something to help build confidence in the first few weeks of school, this simple idea might be worth a try. 

    By creating matching beaded treasures for you and your child,  you can share the 'courage' needed for the first few weeks. Simply drip a couple of drops of your favourite calming blend on both trinkets and your child can feel connected to you every time they stop to inhale the essential oils from their beaded creation. Knowing that you too are breathing in that same scent can foster a comforting sense of connection. 

    You will need: 

    - String or twine

    - Natural timber un-painted beads (cedar are particularly nice!)

    - Your favourite calming blend, orange, lemon myrtle, lavender, sandalwood etc. 

    Method: 

    Simply string into a necklace, bracelet, keyring, charm and drop with a couple of drops of essential oil. Wear when you need a little courage. 

    Beads can be purchased online or from your favourite craft supply store but must be un-coated or will not absorb the essential oils. 

    Have a happy first week back. x

     

  • Back to School Cocoa Orange Calm Balm

    This recipe is full of pure orange essential oil to promote calm and happy feelings. The coco butter base omits a chocolate scent that couldn't be more comforting. A small pot of balm is the perfect back to school treat to calm those first day jitters. 

    Ingredients:

    * 50g Cocoa Butter (we used pellets)

    * 1/2 Tablespoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil

    * 12 Drops of Pure Orange Oil

    * 2 x 30ml Amber Glass Jars

    Method:

    1. Place the Cocoa Butter in a heat proof bowl and heat in the microwave in short        30 sec bursts until melted. 

    2. Stir through the Fractionated Coconut Oil. 

    3. Add 12 drops of orange oil to the mix and stir well. 

    4. Pour into glass jars and pop into the fridge until cool and hard. 

    Generously apply to the neck and chest while getting ready for school. Breathe deeply and enjoy those comforting aromas. 

    *** 30ml Jars are a great size for perfume and lip balms, available from our online store. *****

     

  • Parmesan and Rosemary Biscuits - Made with pure Rosemary oil

    These home-made savoury cookies are a lovely treat to add to the cheeseboard. They smell and taste divine. Add a little Blue Castello......... Perfect!

    INGREDIENTS

    • 100g butter, chopped
    • 100g parmesan cheese, grated
    • 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
    • 3/4 cup plain flour
    • 2 drops of pure Rosemary oil (or more depending on taste)

    METHOD

    • Process butter, parmesan, rosemary, flour and salt and pepper in a food processor until mixture forms a dough.
    • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead and press into a 15cm disc. Wrap in greaseproof paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
    • Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper
    • Roll out dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until 0.5cm thick. Using a 5cm round biscuit cutter, cut rounds from dough. Press unused dough together. Repeat until all dough is used.
    • Bake biscuits for 6 to 8 minutes or until light golden. Stand on trays for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve with your favourite cheese and some bubbles.