Eucalyptus trees are a powerhouse plant for many natural remedies.
Indigenous Australians used eucalyptus leaf infusions as traditional medicine for treating body pains, sinus pains, congestion, fevers and colds.
The Blue Mallee variety is native to Australia and yields a particularly high quality eucalyptus oil. We have sourced Australian Certified Organic Blue Mallee, and use it in 3 of our products:
- Organic Eucalyptus Blue Mallee essential oil – great for at home aromatherapy and homemade cleaning products
- Chest Balm – 100% pure and natural it is safe to use on yourself or children. Rub it on the chest, back and soles of feet to help clear congestion and aid in a peaceful nights sleep.
- Massage Blend – we have added Eucalyptus to our Massage blend as it has a gentle warming effect on the body and aids in reducing inflammation. Perfect for at home massage.
TIP: If you are lucky enough to have access to a Eucalyptus tree try hanging some of the leaves in the shower so that the steam releases the healing aromas.
Blue Mallee Eucalyptus has an earthy fresh scent, is energising, balancing and purifying. We consider it a staple for every household.
Health happiness and beautiful skin
When your short on time and the kids are banging at the bathroom door, here is a quick 15 minute D.I.Y facial…
- Bring life back to your hair by combing coconut and cedarwood Hair Serum through your hair.
- Hop in the shower and mix castile and lemongrass Cleanser with oat and lemon myrtle Scrub to form a paste.
- Massage all over face and neck. Leave this on your face/neck while you do the next step. The Australian clay in the scrub mix acts like a mask to draw out impurities in your skin.
- Wash out the Hair Serum with a good quality organic shampoo / conditioner.
- Wash the paste off your face.
- Hop out of shower and apply rosehip and cucumber Serum to your face and neck.
- Finish your D.I.Y facial with a spritz of rose Floral Mist
Your hair will feel soft and thick and your skin supple and fresh. Beauty doesn’t have to take time and money.
Health happiness & beautiful skin
With the cooler weather creeping in, your skin becomes vulnerable to the dry air, cold winds and indoor heating. Here are our 3 top tips for beating dry skin:
- Hydrate from the inside. In the cooler weather we often don’t feel like we need to drink as much water. Keep your water intake up. Also make sure you are eating plenty of essential fatty acids (EFAs) (avocado, oily fish, nuts, flaxseed oil). EFA’s are especially good for preventing dry skin, whiteheads and blackheads.
- Try adding some Bright Skin Oil to your daily moisturiser (Cream or Serum). It’s a great way to intensify your moisturiser to remedy dry flaky skin. The added oil leaves your skin hydrated and gives you a lovely dewy look.
- Cleanse and exfoliate. Use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip away essential oils. Try mixing skinmade dry scrub with your cleanser and leave it on your skin for a few minutes. It acts like a mask to draw out impurities and remove dead skin cells.
Use the following code to get 25% off skinmade winter essentials when you spend $50: WINTERESSENTIALS
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Did you know a lot of the sunscreens out there do not protect us against harmful UV rays. Many brands also contain chemicals that affect our hormones, damage our skin, and sometimes increase the risks of skin cancer. Here are some tips for you to use the next time you are buying sunscreen.
Limit your use of sunscreen by covering up when in the sun and avoiding the sun during the middle of the day (when the sun is at its hottest)
Look for sunscreens that contain Zinc Oxide. Physical sunscreens, containing either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, form a film on top of the skin that reflects or scatters UV light.
Avoid chemical sunscreens, which absorb UV rays. While chemical sunscreens can protect against damage from UV rays, they can also contain toxic chemicals which are all absorbed through the skin and end up circulating your blood stream.
Amongst a list of many there are a few ingredients to look for and avoid:
- Dioxybenzone and oxybenzone – very powerful free radical generators around as they can disrupt hormone function.
- Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) – PABA releases free radicals, damages DNA, has estrogenic activity, and causes allergic reactions in some people.
- Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC) – kills cells in mice even at low doses
- Benzophenone – hormone disrupting chemical that interferes with thyroid function and lowers testosterone, and there are serious concerns about its impact on male fertility.
What is Nano technology? Many sunscreens contain nanoparticles of zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Older sunscreen formulas use larger particles, which is what gives most sunscreens their whitish color. Smaller particles are less visible, meaning that when you rub the sunscreen into your skin, it doesn’t give you a whitish tinge. There is a lot of debate about nano particles and what they do. The fear is that they’re so small they seep in through our skin cells, but the jury is still out on the damage they may do.
So what brands are safe?
You can check the ratings of sunscreen brands on the EWG website: www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/
Don’t be scared of the sun… vitamin D has many benefits to your physical and mental health. Try and get sun every day (with no sunscreen on) but only for 20 – 40 minutes at a time and before 10am or after 5pm (in Australia).