Healthy home

Spring is here! It’s time to prepare for summer.

Our house is surrounded by ants nests. We don’t mind the little blithers, but we don’t want them in our home either.

Last year we did lots of research on natural and essential oil recipes. Some worked better than others. There are three to that were outstanding to manage our neighbours the ants: ant powder to spread as a barrier to the front garden, and a couple of sprays for inside habitable areas. One is ready made, which is great, but not as much fun obviously since the whole point was to have a “useful activity”.

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Ant 🐜 powder

Ingredients

1kg cinnamon powder

500ml Epsom salts

200g talcum powder

50drops YL* peppermint essential oil

*these are pure and non-toxic (most essential oils are not suitable for skin application or let alone ingestion, therefore not recommended around children and animals). They also take very little to be effective. Other brands will differ.

Wear gloves or use a spoon.

Blend the powders, add the essential oils, mix some more.

Spread in the desired areas.

We made a physical barrier in our border (it was the kids’ project) and it worked well.

Ant 🐜 spray

Young Living’s Thieves mix and house cleaner (go to products, search “Thieves”) work wonders, but they’re not as much fun, especially when we want to have a “useful activity”.

Homemade ant spray

In a glass spray bottle (essential oils will degrade most plastics), add and shake:

1/4 cup purified water or boiled water, salted

1/4 cup vodka to suspend the oil in water

15d peppermint essential oil

15d tea tree oil EO

7d of citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit etc…) EO

3d cinnamon EO

Spray where needed.

Happy making!

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Hair serum for kids (and teachers too)

They’ve been back to school for a few weeks. You’ve sorted the clothes, the stationary, the schedules are filled with activities, you’re back in the meal prep routine and if you’re on of our health tribe you’ve even sussed the optimised them with their Body Rox.

The dreaded head lice are about to make their come back. Both my boys had three bugs crawling in their hair this time last year. There was no way I was going the chemical route.

There are various shampoos and treatments on the market, personally I endeavour to avoid all unnecessary chemicals when I can.

When affected, it’s good to give the hair a rinse with a vinegar, white wine vinegar or ACV are best in my opinion.

A serum that works well is:

  • 3 parts tea tree oil
  • 1 part lavender
  • 1 part peppermint
  • 1 part rosemary

For a 5ml bottle 1 part = 10 drops.

Top with olive/almond/defragmented coconut oil for the first pass. (Change to witch hazel after the head is clear)

Rub on the hair and scalp.

The nit comb (#NittyGritty) pictured here is absolutely amazing on fine hair. Well worth the money.

In my experience we get an all clear within 48hrs. l keep monitoring with the nitty gritty and rub precautionary witch hazel based potion for a couple of weeks as incubation time is given as 10 days.