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What’s the Scoop on: Oregano Oil

Posted: Tue, 16 October 2018, 15:48

You're likely to already be familiar with the pungent spicy smell of oregano that is closely connected to Italian and Mediterranean cuisine; but did you also know that Oregano Oil (also known as Oil of oregano) is one of nature’s most powerful remedies?

Let’s dive a little deeper, shall we?

What is Oregano Oil?

Oregano is a perennial herb which is native to the milder climates of Europe, the Mediterranean and south-central Asia. Oregano oil is extracted from the leaves of the oregano plant through steam distillation of fresh oregano leaves, and it’s within this oil that the real health benefits come from. Oil of oregano contains a potent blend of plant compounds – namely carvacrol, thymol, eugenol, rosmarinic acid and beta-caryophyllin. Two key compounds, carvacrol and thymol are the key infection-fighting powerhouses. They are able to kill multiple strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Oregano oil is an incredibly rich source of antioxidants and this help to protect the body from free radicals and their associated damage, caused by everyday toxins, pollutants and through natural human physiological processes.


What is Oregano Oil good for?

Since oregano oil is one of nature’s most powerful remedies, you won’t be surprised to hear its benefits include having antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti parasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and digestive properties.

Oregano Oil may help to:

Boost the immune system

Treat respiratory conditions such as coughs and colds

Treat urinary tract infections

Treat fungal infections

Improve digestion

Reduce topical inflammation

Maintain healthy, clear skin

Protect the body from free radicals caused by everyday toxins and pollutants

Reduce the recurrence and spread of infections


Welcome to part two of our How to Put Together and Use a Natural First Aid Kit blog series. 
For Part one click here. 

Sunburn

Aloe Vera Gel – either use the fresh gel from the plant or buy a tube of it and keep it in the fridge to instantly soothe burnt, itchy or irritated skin. (It doesn’t have to be in the fridge, it can also be carried with you on the road. The fridge option is just to give the additional benefit of being cold).

A side note, if you’re out in the heat and struggle with prickly heat, aloe is your go-to guy here too.

Lavender – a very versatile essential oil to help ease sunburn.

1. Try mixing a few drops of Lavender into some cool water, shake well and spray the over sunburn

2. Add a couple of drops to a good squeeze of aloe vera gel and spread across the area of sunburn.

3. Make a compress by adding a few drops of lavender oil to a bowl of cold water add soak and wring out a damp cloth and cover the sunburned area. Repeat each time the compress warms up.

4. Take a cool bath, with cider vinegar and Lavender Essential Oil and or Peppermint oil to promote healing and help “take the heat out.”

5. After the first day, add 5 drops of Lavender to 5 ml (one teaspoon) of your favourite carrier oil and gently apply to the burned area.

6. Cold tea may also be applied to burns and scalds – its high tannin content helps to reduce ‘weeping’ wounds.


When calamity strikes, it’s always comforting to know that you’ve got a First-Aid kit at home and whilst travelling to deal with unexpected bumps, bruises bites and bubbly tummies. But have you ever considered taking a holistic approach to First Aid?

Instead of chemical-laden harsh antiseptics, hydrocortisone or additive-packed medicines, try reaching for holistic remedies instead to soothe, calm, disinfect, treat and heal wounds.
You may be surprised to learn what your kitchen cupboards and health food shops can offer!

Of course, for any serious accidents you should seek medical help, but for the occasional scratch, bump, bite or bout of indigestion, pack nature’s remedies.

A natural first aid kit should contain the following items:

For Shock After an Accident Occurs

Bach Rescue Remedy for the immediate relief of the shock or hysteria that often occurs with an accident.

Lemon Balm, Chamomile, and Lavender –a blend or singular herbal tea using these herbs may help ease the shock and calm the body.

Insect Repellent

To repel insects such as mosquitoes, biting flies, and fleas, apply this natural insect repellent.

50 drops (total) essential oil mix of citronella, tea tree, and lavender (other options include cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and rosemary)
4 tablespoons carrier oil (e.g almond oil, coconut, jojoba)

Blend the essential oils, then add to the carrier oil in a dark glass bottle or jar. Apply to the skin by dabbing it on your wrists, behind your ears, inside your elbows, behind your knees, and around your ankles. Remember to reapply after an hour and after exercise.

Personally, I like to use aloe vera gel to make it more spreadable across my skin. I just use a little dish and mix the above repellent with the aloe together before applying.


How to Break Up with Single-Use Plastic

Posted: Wed, 25 April 2018, 17:43

Plastic is everywhere. Take a look around yourself now and I bet you’ll be able to add it up no problem. Look around your local supermarket, café or toy store and you will see it. It’s simply everywhere.

Plastic pollution is a growing epidemic that unfortunately shows no signs of stopping. In the last ten years, we’ve produced more plastic than in the previous 50.

According to the National Geographic:

“The new study in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances is the first global analysis of all plastics ever made—and their fate. Of the 8.3 billion metric tons that have been produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. Of that, only nine percent has been recycled. The vast majority—79 percent—is accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as litter. Meaning: at some point, much of it ends up in the oceans, the final sink.”


What is Castile Soap?

Castile soap is soap made from vegetable oil, rather than from animal fat or synthetic detergents. It originates from the Castile region of Spain (hence the name,) where it was made from local olive oil. Although olive oil is the traditional base oil, the soap can be made with coconut, hemp, avocado, almond, walnut, and many other vegetable oils.
Castile soap can be made as either a hard bar soap or a liquid soap and is incredibly versatile. And did I mention it’s completely biodegradable, natural, non-toxic and cleans gently and effectively?

There are infinite uses for this soap, from head-to-toe body care to everyday household cleaning. And the great news, a little goes a long way, making it great on the pocket.

In Nourish we stock Dr Bronner's Castile Soap, and today I’ll be sharing a few of my favourite ways to use this wonderfully versatile and natural soap, so let's get to it! 


Natural and Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Tips

Posted: Wed, 02 September 2015, 11:33

Making your own natural cleaning products is a great inexpensive, toxic-free way to ensure your house is free from unnecessary chemicals, plus it will smell divine!

These alternatives are easy to use and can be used safely in place of commercial household cleaning products.

This is just the tip of the ice burg, there are plenty of other fantastic ingredients to help clean but these are just to point you in the right direction.

Here are 5 ingredients you will need for environmentally friendly cleaning.

1. Vinegar

Vinegar is made from soured fruit juice, grain or wine.
It has natural disinfectant properties which makes it great for cleaning use around the house.

Vinegar can cut grease, remove stains and odours and even soften water.
It can also dissolve mineral deposits, grease and remove mildew or wax build up.
It’s fantastic for removing stains on carpets, countertops, pots and pans and makes a great window cleaner leaving no smears.

2. Baking Soda AKA Bicarbonate of Soda

It is a common ingredient in baking, but it doesn’t need to end there.

Baking soda is an all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner that is effective at removing stains, getting rid of dirt and grime and works as a mild abrasive for scouring stovetops, ovens, pots, pans and sinks.
It can clean and polish aluminium, chrome, porcelain, silver, stainless steel, tin and jewellery.
It can even be used as a deodorizer around the house and in the fridge to absorb unwanted smells.

Before vacuuming, sprinkle some on your carpets for added freshness and to help deodorize them. 


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