A simple guide to essential oils

Spring scented flowers

In the name of simplicity I tend not to blend my essential oils too much, preferring to just use them straight for specific purposes, here are a few of my favourites:

+ Lemon essential oil is the secret trick to removing the sticky label glue from jam jars. After scrubbing the label off simply add 10-15 drops to a cloth and rub away the glue from the jar. I also like it for a cleaning scent for bathroom/sprays (although be careful not to use citrus on wooden floors).

+ Jasmine. I use Jasmine as a perfume for spring days when the sun returns, or any time of year really… it’s a lovely scent to rub on your wrists with a little carrier oil – almond or jojoba.

+ Lavender. Great to add a few drops to the bath or shower to inhale and relax. Also a goodie to include in a pillow spray for restful sleep, with perhaps a touch of Rose Geranium to add feminine floral notes.

+ Tea tree. This powerful Australian essential oil is an antiseptic, anti fungal, antibacterial and pesticide. Great to add to vinegar and water and spray around the perimeter of the home to keep the pests out. It’s also a natural treatment for children’s nits when blended with coconut oil (much better than those nasty chemical mousses) and also works to naturally dry out pimple spots. I like to add a few drops when I’m cleaning the toilets for that extra clean scent – and so my family notices I’ve cleaned the bathroom for extra brownie points.

+ Vanilla essence. Although technically not an essential oil, I do love vanilla essence to clean the fridge and add a lovely creamy scent to other areas of the home.

A simple guide to reusable nappies

A few years ago, back when I was single, I rented a house in Richmond with a girlfriend and convinced her that if we put a door on the formal lounge room we could get a 3rd housemate in to reduce our rent.

As fate would have it a gorgeous vivacious girl named Meredith came to rent that room.

Back then I wasn’t that eco-aware, beyond doing my bit to recycle and turn the lights off, but Mez always had the big Sukin bottles in the shower, and was always a little bit earthy.

Fast forward a decade and it was Mez who I turned to when trying to navigate the possibility of cloth nappies. Here’s the advice that she gave me after years of trial and error:

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