27 March 2013
For many Australians, especially those living in regional areas, travelling long distances is a way of life. Having lived in Outback Australia for over 13 years, popping Mr 3 years and Mr 10 months in the car and driving the 600km to Adelaide has become second nature. I must admit though, the trip is a different ball game altogether when undertaken with a toilet training toddler.
Asking a child to "just hold on" until the next public toilet just doesn't work in the Outback where it's not unusual for rest areas to be more than 100 kms apart. Public toilets or even a roadhouse are even further again! It's hard enough for mums who can't quite hold on as long as we could before childbirth to last the distance, let alone a two year old!
For the times when public amenities aren't nearby and you can't immediately pull over and whip the potty out of the boot, the pop in car seat protector provides peace of mind. While they are fantastic for providing peace of mind on our country roads, I imagine they would be just as useful when stuck in traffic in our major cities.
Made from 100% polyester laminate with a fleece insert, the pop in car seat protector makes light work of soaking up any unexpected accidents. Available in several funky styles, they retail for $22, a tiny price compared to the price of the car seat they are protecting.
Sustainababy has one pop in car seat protector in grey to giveaway to a lucky follower. This competition has now closed. Congratulations to our winner Melissa Jones!
20 March 2013
By: Tim Ellis
Essential oils are becoming more popular as people discover their range of uses. One of the most popular essential oils, eucalyptus, has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and is a versatile oil for treating a wide range of ailments. The five most popular uses are listed below.
Inhaling eucalyptus can help with respiratory problems caused by the common cold, bronchitis, or sinusitis. Add a few drops to about two cups of boiling water and inhale. The steam will help open the air passages making way for the oil to deliver its antiseptic properties into your lungs.
Another way to use this oil is to mix it with a carrier oil such as olive oil, and rub it onto your chest and back. Breathing in the eucalyptus vapours will also help relieve congestion, ease coughing and reduce inflammation.
Eucalyptus is reported to help some patients with asthma, but trigger an attack in others. If you have asthma, you should be cautious if considering the use of eucalyptus oil.
Joint and Muscle Pain
Eucalyptus essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help ease muscle and joint pain. You can rub the oil directly onto painful areas, or mix with a body massage oil or another oil. The eucalyptus will help to reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness associated with arthritis or over-used muscles. It is especially beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis, muscle sprains and general body aches.
Eucalyptus is a natural alternative to commercial insect repellents. You can use eucalyptus mixed with body massage oil, or mix a few drops into your favorite lotion. Often, people worry about the chemicals in commercial insect repellents, and this alternative protects you from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. You can also mix a few drops into water and spray on your cat or dog to keep them flea and disease free.
Wounds and Burns
Using eucalyptus oil has a wide range of uses for wound care. Used on cuts and bruises, it promotes healing and reduces the risk of infection. It is also useful for burns and aids the healing process while its antibacterial properties keep the area free of infection. Other uses include healing ulcers, and getting relief from bug bites and insect stings.
The eucalyptus oil should be applied directly to the affected area. If necessary, dilute it in a carrier oil such as grape seed oil or olive oil.
Eucalyptus is known to invigorate the senses. When used as aromatherapy, it can reduce mental fatigue. It is said to have a cooling property, which aids in the treatment of depression and other mental disorders. Simply place some essential oil on a cloth or cotton bud and smell. Other ways to make use of this mental wake-up oil is to add a few drops to boiling water and let the smell infuse the room.
When using eucalyptus essential oil, it is important to be cautious. Do not ingest essential oils. If used in large quantities, there is a chance of a toxic reaction. Eucalyptus is considered a safe option for the treatment of a wide range of ailments, and can make a great alternative for chemical laden products. If you are ever unsure about the use of eucalyptus essential oil, you should consult your doctor or a knowledgeable homoeopathic medical professional.
Click here to purchase eucalyptus essential oil, using these instructions to do so.
About the Author: Tim Ellis is a director at Bulk Apothecary and has over nine years of experience in natural healing remedies. He is consistently researching natural healing techniques with essential oils, aromatherapy and spices. Tim loves the outdoors, yoga, exercising and writing. When he's not playing in the outdoors he stays busy with his two children and beautiful wife.