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Posted on 16 Dec 2015

It’s a busy morning, you quickly wipe up after making chicken sandwiches and throw the cloth back into the sink.   Clean?  Maybe.  Hygenic?  Perhaps not.

The four most common causes of food poisoning are salmonella, E.coli, listeria and staphylococcus bacteria.  Keeping your food preparation surfaces (and your hands) clean is vital for the health of you, your family, and your guests over holiday season.

Luckily, ridding your kitchen of germs without resorting to chemical warfare is possible – try a few of these tips from cleaning guru Shannon Lush (Spotless, ABC books).

Posted on 19 Nov 2015

From artificial sweeteners to antibacterial soaps, here’s a list of 10 everyday items you should kick to the curb for better health

1. Artificial sweeteners

If you’re trying to lose weight using artificial sweeteners, you’re doing it wrong.

A recent study found that saccharin and aspartame can cause greater weight gain than sugar, unrelated to calorie intake.  Low or no-calorie sweeteners can stimulate your appetite, increase cravings for carbohydrates and stimulate fat storage. 

Posted on 18 Nov 2015

There’s nothing that can ruin a summer outfit faster than terrible-looking feet.   From slingbacks to sandals, strappy heels to rubber thongs, all our foot faults are exposed in summer – so if you want to keep yours fabulous, here’s a few tips.

Posted on 21 Oct 2015

Ever taken a whiff of freshly brewed coffee and felt instantly more awake and perky?  Does a certain soap or body lotion take you back to a time in your life?  It’s all because of the way our brains are structured, and the good news is we can use it to our advantage: to boost health, wellbeing and mood.

The science of scent
Odours have a significant and immediate effect on our thoughts and behaviours.  Smelling pleasant scents, in general gives us a positive boost – for example one study reported people were more likely to help a stranger in the presence of pleasant aromas.

So which aromas are the best uplifters?

Posted on 03 Sep 2015

You may have heard a lot of talk about “serums” in skincare but are not really sure what they are or when you should use them.  A serum is the powerhouse of your skincare regime.   It helps boost hydration, encourage cell turnover and contains natural occurring antioxidants that help  buffer environmental damage that occurs during the day.   If your skin is looking dull and needs a boost, a serum is probably what it’s crying out for.

A serum can replace your moisturiser, but often it goes on underneath and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation at night.

Posted on 03 Sep 2015

A good night’s sleep can be irritatingly elusive sometimes, which leaves you bleary-eyed and not functioning at your best in the morning.  If it happens to you regularly, you can set up a pattern it’s difficult to get out of.  Try getting your sleep groove back on with some of these clever tricks.

Posted on 03 Sep 2015

One of the most versatile essential oils, lavender oil delivers myriad therapeutic benefits...

Most renowned for its relaxing effects on the body and mind, therapeutic-grade lavender is also a wonderful antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial especially good for minor burns and acne.  And let’s not forget that sweet floral aroma.  

Carrying a bottle of lavender oil with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume, stress reliever and germ killer rolled into one.   Here’s our favourite uses – have you tried them all?

1.    Sleep & insomnia

Posted on 06 Aug 2015

When most of us were growing up mum kept a bottle of eucalyptus oil handy in the cupboard.  She used it for getting sticky labels off jars and sat us down with our head over a bowl of eucalyptus and hot water when we had a stuffy nose.

But how many of us have really explored the full potential of this versatile essential oil?  Did you know it’s a natural antibacterial, freshener, de-greaser, solvent, stain remover and germ-killer amongst many other things?  So if you’re still only using it for stickers and colds – you’re missing out!

Try some of these great ideas while the weather’s still chilly.

1.    Wake up shower

Posted on 03 Aug 2015

Little people: they sure can leave a big mess.  Ground-in playdoh, tomato sauce on shirts, crayons on walls… if you care for children, or even have them visit from time to time, these will all be familiar scenarios.

But don’t cover your house in plastic bubble wrap (although they’d probably really love that): we’ve got some easy clean up tips which all use the amazing powers of eucalyptus oil to get you out of child-engineered sticky situations. 

Tip 1: Common kid stains

Posted on 16 Jul 2015

Even the most avid dog lover would have to admit they can sometimes be a bit “on the nose”.  Whether it’s bad breath that could strip paint or a really whiffy coat, here are some tips to help you keep those odours under control..

1.    Check for allergies