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THE TIME HAS COME

Hello to all my beautiful peeps
The time has come to say goodbye!…………. but not!!!!

This is goodbye to our old faithful website that is!

We have had this site for 12 years, a good old hand made website that just can’t hack new tech, constantly giving it CPR, so we have taken the plunge and are pulling the plug & building a new website on shopify. YAY

What does this mean for you?

1- The URL Eco seed to skin will be the same so the change over will be smooth.
2 – the pay system will change from paypal to Stripe, much cheaper fees for u & I
3 – Unfortunately you will have to re log in to the new look website with your
– delivery details
– phone
– email
– and reset your passwords.
I’m so sorry we just cant take that info with us.

4 – We have also crunched the numbers (with the end of the financial year pending) and have realised the increase on ingredients and packaging has gone up considerably.

GOOD NEWS
So while our old website is still living  you can grab yourself your favourites at original market prices, some will have to sneak up, though we will still offer bundled products & specials.

oh and pop the below code in for $10 off your 30ml sunscreen day cream xx

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chat soon kay xx

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DIY Sunburn treatment

It happens to the best of us, just recently i went kayaking and forgot to put sunscreen on my legs.

Here is a fantastic home remedy to do for anyone in the household

In a cool bath add

1 cup of Apple cider vinegar
1 cup of bicarb soda
1 cup of fine oats
500ml of black tea cooled
500ml of Chamomile tea cooled

Soak your sunburn every hour during the day to draw the heat out.
When the pain eases pat dry lightly and apply our after sun cream or aloe Vera straight from the plant.

All the above ingredients will draw the heat out and cool the skin.

Another great tip is never use a heavy cream with beeswax in it for it will lock the heat in and make it worse.
For severe sunburn, after a soak pour straight apple cider vinegar on the area and resoak every 30min until the heat has calmed down before adding our after sun cream.

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PIMPLE SKIN CARE

The best thing to do with pimples is clean, clean, clean and only ever moisturise when needed i.e. only where it feels dry!

After 10 years of talking with customers and perfecting our recipes and regime, I can confidently say that this below regime is very successful in controlling pimples.

Tone before the shower to remove excess dirt and oil, as when you hop into the shower your pores open and draw in all that dirt and oil compounding the problem.
When in the shower, use our Scrub Cleanser over your whole face. The jojoba beads are strong enough to clean out the pores, though soft enough to melt and moisturise.
Tone when you hop out of the shower to disinfect and close your pores.
Wait 20 minutes for all your own oils to resurface and only moisturise with our light Day Face Cream on the areas that are dry. This will get you in touch with your skin, you will know when to apply more, so you don’t waste money on moisturising no matter what.

Organic Acne Treatment
Reasons to Invest in Organic Acne Treatment Today
You need to take extra care with what you put on your face when it comes to acne-prone skin. This skin type is notorious for being stubborn and sensitive in its response to skin treatment, and acne products may be hit or miss. Considering organic acne treatment as part of your skincare routine may benefit you in more ways than expected.

Problems Organic Acne Products Addresses
Acne-prone skin presents more issues than simply pesky pimples. Here are some issues that our organic products for acne-prone skin may help with:

Acne-prone skin is already inflamed, so you need to be extra cautious with what you use on it. Skin products made organically are non-allergenic since they do not contain any of the abrasive chemicals which may cause adverse reactions to your skin. Some of these reactions may include irritation, inflammation or a possible allergic reaction to any of the ingredients. Organic products contain as few ingredients as possible, which are easy to keep track of in case your skin is sensitive to a specific ingredient.
The non-organic acne-prone products available on the market may be fast-acting and work on specific skin concerns, however, it may be detrimental to your skin over time. Since these products may have harsh ingredients, as mentioned earlier, they may cause your skin to be sensitive in the future or weaken the top epidermis of your skin. Organic products for pimples use soothing ingredients sourced naturally for effective yet gentle results.
Certain non-organic products may have a long list of ingredients with only a handful of active ingredients (which works against your skin woes). Organic products consist mainly of active ingredients, all of them effectively treating your skin ailments, in this case, your acne issues. Organically-grown plants used in the products may have a higher amount of antioxidant vitamins and be free from contamination as these plants are grown without pesticides or herbicides.
When you use organic products, you are taking care of both your skin and the environment simultaneously. These products use ingredients organically grown through sustainable practices, and less toxic products are involved in the entire process.

It’s clear through these points discussed that organic products are beneficial to both the environment and anybody using them.

Common Mistakes Made When Purchasing Organic Skin Care For Acne
As beneficial as these life-changing organic products are, there are certain aspects to keep in mind before investing in just any organic company. Remember these vital factors before choosing a brand to support:

When selecting a product for acne-prone skin, the aesthetics of the brand should be your least concern. It in no way says anything about what is inside.
Try to steer clear of fragranced products and avoid being put off by a product simply because it doesn’t smell a certain way you like since this has no impact on its effectiveness.
Transparency within an organics company is necessary so that you know what you’re buying into. Knowing exactly what ingredients go into your organic skin care for acne-prone skin gives you confidence that it’s effective and will work well with your skin. If the ingredients consist of fancy scientific words that you don’t know, it’s best to give it a skip. With organic acne skincare, less is more.
Expecting a certain skincare regime to work almost immediately is a common error in judgment that people make and give up their products soon after trying them out. This is true for organic acne products too. Natural skin care for teenage skin needs adequate time to work and stopping them too soon means you don’t allow the product to show its true effective potential. Give a product six to eight weeks to adjust to your skin before throwing in the towel.

If you keep these points in mind, you’re able to find the right organic skincare brand for your acne-prone skin with ease.

About Saarinen Organics
Saarinen Organics offers quality organic skincare products for all types of skin concerns, including ageing, sensitivity and acne skin concerns. We make the base products of our ingredients on our family farm in Wyndham NSW.
Contact us to learn more about our organic skin care that’s suited to different types of skin.

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Why Does eczema itch


Hi. Kay here from Eco Seed To Skin by Saarinen Organics, and today I’m talking about all things eczema. Why is eczema so itchy, why is it so red, and why does it swell up?


A few little basics of what is eczema. Eczema is actually a form of dermatitis. There’s many, many types of eczema out there, and it’s really important to find out what type of eczema you do have and what’s the cause of it and there are many causes. There are a few main ones, like DNA, so hereditary, the outside exposure to the environment so it could be dishwashing powder. Then there is also food allergies and there’s also, which is quite interesting, there’s been a lot of research lately, about an autoimmune disease linked with eczema.


No matter what the cause is, the same thing happens inside the body, and that is, eczema is detected by the body, it sends out white blood cells. These white blood cells are actually delivered by a histamine, and the histamine is what causes the itchiness, the redness and the swelling. The white blood cells are there to gobble up the intruder and, unfortunately, it can be gobbling up your skin as well, like the fats in your epidermis, which iis like the “glue” that holds it together, with the glue gone the skin will become dry, crack and be flaky.


Your skin’s actually got three layers. It’s got the very top is the epidermis, the middle layer is the dermis and the bottom layer is the hypodermis. The epidermis is the protector coat and it’s what you see here. It’s quite rough. It’s quite robust. It’s stopping all those infections and the viruses coming into the body, the bacteria’s coming into the body. It’s protecting that dermis, and the dermis is like the engine room of your skin, is where everything’s happening. But it needs that protection. If it doesn’t, if that protection breaks down, then the dermis is left exposed, and that’s when all sorts of problems happen. So we really want to protect that epidermis layer, and that’s what we can do at home in our own kitchen with loads of beautiful ingredients. So I’ve got lots of tips and a couple of DIY treatments, too, that are coming up shortly.

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DIY – Eczema Treatment


Hi, Kay here from Eco Seed to Skin by Saarinen Organics. Just recently, I’ve been talking about eczema. We found out why eczema itches. We’ve also found out that the cure for eczema is in the cause. The epidermis, the top of the skin, once that gets really dry and flaky, that’s like the protector for our dermis. If that’s compromised, then bacteria can get down into the dermis and get ourselves in all sorts of trouble. Right. That’s what we want to do. We want to keep the skin from breaking and bleeding.


There are three main things that I want to show you here today, that you can do at home with really simple, simple ingredients. Number one is a medicated bath. Number two is an oil blend. Number three is a poultice. The hero of all of this is actually good, old-fashioned, certified-organic raw oats, colloidal oats.


Now, colloidal oats is a very, very old word. Basically, what it means is good, old-fashion oats that have been ground to a powder. Compounds in it, mainly fat. So, fat protein, it’s an antioxidant, it’s an anti-inflammatory, it’s an antibacterial. Loads of vitamins and nutrients in oats.


It’s like an emollient. It’s found in a lot of traditional skin-care cosmetics, actually. Shampoos, even. What’s really great too, in America, the FDA in 2003 proclaimed that oats was a skin protectant, which is amazing, to see an old remedy actually recognized by such a big organization.


I’m going to make up a pretty big batch, because my daughter Gemma has just had an outbreak of eczema. Hence, why I’m talking about eczema this week. I thought, “Well, I’ve got to make all this stuff up for her. So I might as well do a video on it all as well.” help everybody out there who’s struggling, especially little kiddies. It’s awful to see. Gemma’s not quite a little kid anymore. She’s 13.


This is in my NutriBullet. I’ve made that really nice and fine. You don’t really want to buy it ground. You want to keep the oats raw. It can actually turn quite quickly like this.

Kay Saarinen:
Best way to check, to make sure that it’s going to be water-soluble… because at this stage when it’s whole, it’s not water-soluble… so you just take a cup of water and a tablespoon. It turns out a nice, milky color. That’s when you know that’s good oatmilk there. Beautiful.

Kay Saarinen:
First off, this is for a bath. For an adult or a teenager, you use a cup of the ground oats into a bath. Now, you only want the water to be only lukewarm. You don’t want it to be hot, as it’s going to aggravate an eczema or dermatitis, make sure it goes that lovely, milky colour. A little bit of stir around, and get them to soak in it for a good 10 to 15 minutes.

Kay Saarinen:
Now, caution on this. Because of the fats and the proteins in the oats, is that it’s going to be very, very slippery in the bath. So, do try and help your teenager out, or if there’s someone a bit elderly in there. Do make you clean the bath out quite well after it, because those fats will stick to the bath.

Kay Saarinen:
Once you get out of the bath, there’s two steps you can do. The first step is to quickly disinfect the really big breakout areas of your eczema. The second thing is to oil really quickly. Now, we want to do this within about three minutes of getting out of the bath to lock in that moisture into the skin.

Kay Saarinen:
I do have some witch hazel. The witch hazel is a really light way to disinfect, an antibacterial for those areas that are really quite broken. You just pour a little bit on, and just in those areas, just dab. Now, this is a step you can do, if you want. For a child, it’s going to sting a little bit, but for an adult, suck it up, buttercup, and go with the sting. Because you really want to stop that infection, any infections that are building.

Kay Saarinen:
This is the beauty about doing it DIY. You can incorporate things as you need them. I’ve got four beautiful oils here. They are all antibacterial. They are all anti-inflammatory. The big thing is the coconut oil.

Kay Saarinen:
Now, the coconut oil, it’s going to give a little bit of a barrier, and this barrier is going to help stop the bacteria from getting in, into the skin. It’s great for things like staph infections and bacteria, stopping them from getting in. Anti-inflammatory as well.

Kay Saarinen:
Good old certified-organic calendula oil is an absolute must. Really, really old remedy. Fantastic for keeping infections at bay as well. Sunflower oil and also evening primrose oil. Antibacterial, again. Anti-inflammatory again, full of antioxidants and healing benefits.

Kay Saarinen:
With these oils… I’ve got them in here, so when you add your coconut, blitz it, it’s not going to actually all break down. There’s going to be little blobs. A nice little blob there. It will actually melt. Oh, it smells so good. Don’t worry too much about it being lumpy.

Kay Saarinen:
Pouring it in there. I’m just going to blitz that. That’s it, blitzed. Look at that milky goodness. Look at that. See, it’s a little bit lumpy, but that’s okay because it’s going to melt straight away onto the skin. Look at that milky goodness.

Kay Saarinen:
The poultice recipe is two cups of your ground, certified-organic raw oats, to 100-ml of these four oils, putting it either back into your bullet, or putting it into your mortar and pestle. I actually did this one earlier, just so it soaks in there a bit, because that’s the consistency that I want. I want it to be nice and sticky, without it being runny. You can test and measure how you like it.

Kay Saarinen:
I’ll show you how to put a poultice on in a minute, but going back to the steps. Number one, having your medicated bath with the raw, fine, finely-ground oats. When you hop out, your choice, if you want to put the witch hazel on or not, and then put this oil on.

Kay Saarinen:
Now, you are not putting this oil all over your body. You’re just putting it on the areas where your eczema is. Try not to really rub it in. We just want to gently pop it on there, and they’ll absorb in and soak in. Trying to do this, say, before dinner, so it’s got a long time for it to absorb in. So it’s not going to get rubbed off.

Kay Saarinen:
Then at night-time, you can put your poultice on. I’ll show you how. We don’t want that to be runny. We want that to be quite sticky. This is the poultice, and then you quite simply get a Chux. You want it to be a dry Chux.

Kay Saarinen:
Then you just grab a little bit, not a whole lot. Good thing about this is that you can do up quite a lot of these, wrap them in plastic, not Glad plastic, but you know. I’ve actually found the biodegradable, which is really good.

Kay Saarinen:
Then with that, you get the affected area. This is so cooling. If you do quite a lot of these and stack them up in the fridge… sorry, in the freezer, then when you get them out, they are so nice and cooling. That’s all you simply do, is just wrap it around the area. With a good old-fashioned Chux, you can put a safety pin on that, and keep it nice and secure.

Kay Saarinen:
A few other little tips too. We’ve got our medicated bath. Getting out… if it’s infected or it looks like it’s going to get infected… a little bit of witch hazel, and then within three minutes, get your oil mix on there. Then just before bed, pop on a poultice.

Kay Saarinen:
You can, if you can sleep with this on wherever it is, you might have to get a little bit creative to see and test, to measure, to see how you can get this to stay on. If it’s in bigger areas, try not to use anything that’s going to trap in the heat. Get a nice airflow through. My daughter likes to sleep with the fan on. Make sure you’ve got cotton, cotton sheets, cotton doona, cotton pyjamas.

Kay Saarinen:
I’ve done quite a few different DIY videos now. I don’t usually sell the ingredients that I’m doing, because you can buy this sort of stuff quite readily at your local wholefood shop. But a lot of people have asked me to… they wanted to actually buy the product, the DIY, or to buy ingredients.

Kay Saarinen:
So I thought I would put this little kit together. It’s nothing fancy. It’s simply all the certified-organic ingredients that I’ve talked about today, in 100 ml bottles. You get 100 ml witch hazel, 100 ml certified-organic evening primrose oil, 100 ml certified organic sunflower oil, 100 ml of calendula, certified-organic calendula oil.

Kay Saarinen:
Certified-organic oats, there’s four cups in here, and also 100 grams of the certified-organic coconut oil. Also, a printout of all the how-tos, how to do it all. Also, these QR codes, they’re not activated yet, but I will do that. All these QR codes will take you to the website with this DIY recipe video, as well as it all written out as well. All of them will have the QR codes that will take you to there as well.

Kay Saarinen:
I’m offering this on my website, just through popular demand of people wanting to actually buy kits from me. But you can buy all locally. For this kit, I’ll pop a link to the website with this kit. On our Facebook, will be in our descriptions. On Instagram, it’ll be in our bio. Thank you so much for watching. Any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Bye.

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Self-Sufficient Living + Skincare At Saarinen Organics

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While our regional column has, to date, covered the inspiring tales behind small-scale food, flower and wool producers, this latest trip features something fresh: skincare!

We journey to Wyndham, New South Wales, to meet the family behind Saarinen Organics, the tree changers whose fortuitous shift from food production to skincare finally made their farm a viable business.

Monday 14th January 2019

‘I decided to make up a few different herbal creams and take them to my local market. We completely sold out that first day!’ – Kay Saarinen.

On the outskirts of the small township of Wyndham, on the far south coast of New South Wales, Kay Saarinen, 47, is harvesting handfuls of fresh herbs from her garden, a wide-brimmed hat protecting her from the afternoon sun. 

The property that Kay shares with her husband Gregg, 54, and young daughter Gemma is an extraordinary example of self-sufficient living in our modern world.  

While the ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘sustainability’ movement in Australia has gone from niche interest to marketplace mainstream in a remarkably short time, for most of us, working on reducing our environmental footprint is a relatively new concept. 

Kay and Gregg, on the other hand, have been living this way long before the terms became popular hashtags. ‘We were into sustainable living back when it was considered weird, and only something that dirty hippies did!’ laughs Kay. 

‘In my grandmother’s day, everyone used to live in a self-sufficient manner. It was common, even in suburbia, to have a veggie garden. But after the industrial revolution and supermarkets became the norm, suddenly it was very uncool to grow your own food.’ 

 That was still the case 16 years ago when the couple made their tree change and abandoned their ‘very not environmentally friendly’ careers to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. ‘We were both working in two incredibly wasteful industries at the time, Gregg as a carpenter, and myself as a Chef. We were both doing great, but we were spending our days working in complete opposition to our values,’ says Kay. 

 They decided to ‘give the dream a go’, and moved from their home in Queensland to the six-acre property in Wyndham. ‘When we first moved here, all we had was an old caravan, a burnt out shed and a heck of a lot of blackberry bushes.’ The couple lived in the caravan for almost five years while they built their straw bale home.  

‘At the time we wanted to do absolutely everything ourselves. We actually dug up all the clay, made the mud, brought all the water and sand up from the creek. We had no power tools because we had no electricity, so it was all done by hand.’ Kay describes their early years on the property as ‘extreme’ and in the end, they burnt out quickly. 

‘We were keeping chickens, milking goats, making our own cheese, growing our own food. We had no running water or electricity. For a few years, we sold our fruit and vegetables locally, but it was so hard to make a decent income from that, and we had loan repayments to make!’ explains Kay. ‘I think we went too alternative too quickly and perhaps should have substituted our income rather than giving everything up all at once.’ 

The birth of the couple’s daughter forced them to rethink their approach. ‘Once Gemma came along we knew we had to work something out – either we had to sell the property or find another way to make an income. It was a really difficult time for us.’  

‘Then when Gemma was six-months-old she got eczema. I’d been studying naturopathy at the time and reading about how to use herbs to treat different skin ailments. So I made an ointment for her and it worked beautifully.’ 

‘I decided to make up a few different herbal creams using what I’d learnt in my studies and take them to my local market. We completely sold out that first day, and after that things just started to fall into place. I continued my studies and it just grew from there.’  

The Saarinen Organics eco skincare range now includes 42 products. The couple grows all the herbs on farm and manufacture all the creams, ointments, herbal infusions and tinctures on site. ‘What we can’t grow here we purchase as locally as possible, and always use certified organic to ensure the quality of our products.’ 

Finally finding their calling meant the couple was able to put money back into the farm. The property now boasts two huge orchards, a large solar system, a solar bore for ample water, composting toilets and is 100% off the grid, self-sufficient in water, electricity, heating, and food. 

They also run farm tours and host local school groups learning about permaculture.  ‘It’s fantastic that being self-sufficient isn’t a dirty word anymore. We can go to the markets and put out our sign that says “Permaculture Farm” and everyone thinks it’s wonderful. We’ve been waiting a long time for that!’ beams Kay. ‘It’s such a beautiful thing that an eco-sustainable business has been able to help fund the kind of sustainable lifestyle we’d always dreamed of having.’

Will Work For Food is a creative partnership between writer Karen Locke photographer Honey Atkinson, who are working to elevate the importance of sustainable, ethically produced food. Find out more on their blog Willworkforfood.com.au.

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Kay and Greg Saarinen are as free-range as you can get. They’re living completely off the grid, just south of Wyndham, in a handsome solar-passive straw bale house that they built themselves. “This is an eco-friendly, self-sufficient, permaculture farm,” Kay explains with a grin, “and everything is done with a purpose!” Their home features stunning timber flooring constructed from the imperfect rejects sold by the mill as “firewood”. It also boasts a larder-style cool room and a user-friendly, stink-free composting toilet. “Our daughter Gemma was scared of toilet water for a while,” Greg recalls with a laugh. “She didn’t know what it was!”

Gemma is 11 and already a promising artist. She holds a tiny chick and whispers “ssshhh” as it peeps. Kay and Greg were four years into their self-sufficient adventure when Gemma arrived. They had left their secure jobs as chef and carpenter to pursue their dream of living ethically and abiding by the ideals of permaculture.

At six months, baby Gemma developed the common inflammatory skin condition: eczema. “We left the doctors holding a script for cortisone,” Kay recalls. “At the time, I was studying topical naturopathy and I turned to Greg and said ‘I’ve got this’.” Kay grins and laughs. “I said, ‘let’s use Gemma as a guinea pig’.” The cream Kay developed for Gemma’s skin was so successful that she began sharing it with friends who encouraged her to take it to the local markets. “My first market was so well received,” Kay remembers, “and Saarinen Organics grew from there.”

Now, Kay and Greg manufacture over 30 skin-care products, all of them ethically and sustainably produced completely by hand, on their beautiful farm. Kay is adamant that her business will remain aligned with the ideals of permaculture. “We want to be an asset to society,” she explains. “We use local products, local business, local labour. We barter where we can. Our business has grown and we are ready to expand, but for us, that doesn’t mean outsourcing manufacture to China. We would like to get a part-time farmhand and improve the business side of Saarinen Organics. That’s growth for us.”

The Saarinen Organics “lab” stands as a delightful timber cottage alongside the straw-bale house. Outside, garden beds are thriving with herbs. “Calendula, echinacea, stinging nettle, blue mellow, chamomile,” Kay names them with fluency and points with capable hands that surely have green thumbs.

Inside, large glass jars line the shelves like an apothecary’s warehouse. They’re filled with fermenting seaweed, comfrey, nettle and lavender. The room smells of things both familiar and unknown. Kay flicks through a well-handled “recipe book” complete with scribbled notations and reminders for next time. “Every recipe is different. Each cream base is unique.”

“She’s a very clever lady,” Greg says, watching as Kay moves around the lab. He has journeyed with her as Saarinen Organics took flight. “My mates say: ‘huh? You’re selling skincare to chicks?’” Greg laughs. “But I do. I sell alongside Kay at all the markets, talking to people about pimples and their beauty regime. I have had to think about how I can best input into this business.” Kay chimes in: “This wouldn’t exist without Greg. He does so much.”

Outside, we stand in the flourishing veggie gardens. A fattened lamb bleats a greeting and an eagle soars overhead. “You don’t have to do all this,” Kay says, gesturing to the farmlands. “But you can still support this in the products you buy. Permaculture is about giving back and increasing awareness and growing communities,” Kay says. “And I think that’s a beautiful thing.”

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DIY ITCHY SKIN POULTICE

Hi, Kay here from Eco Seed to Skin, by Saarinen Organics. And today I’m going to show you a DIY recipe that you can do with ingredients in your home. It’s quite a simple recipe. Now, this is all about the itchiness and the swelling from a mozzie bite. So I did a DIY video just before this one that you can do for that initial sting, because the initial sting that the mozzies are giving you has got fatty acid in it. And so you’ve got to neutralize that really, really quickly. So then after you neutralize that sting, then what you might have is a lingering itch and a lingering swelling.

And that’s because the mozzie has basically left behind a protein spike and the body thinks it’s a virus. So it’s going to rush the white blood cells there. So those white blood cells, they are transported in a histamine. And of course, what you’re going to get from the chemists is an antihistamine, to stop the swelling. But we don’t want that. We just want to mask the effects of it, because it’s actually quite a good thing that the white blood cells are going to that area to get rid of that protein. So all we need is to make something really quite simple that you can do at home that’s going to help with the swelling, and it’s also going to help with that itch, just to neutralize that itch.

THE RECIPIE.

1x cup of oats – organic raw – finely crushed
150ml of Alovera Gel
chamomile tea

A NutriBullet is so good to fine cut of the oats, or else you’ll be there forever and a day in a mortar and pestle.

So what we are making here is a poultice that we’re going be putting on a Chux cloth. So quite simply, hopefully you can get yourself your hands on a really good organic oats and then have got some aloe vera.

Unfortunately, our aloe vera got burnt in the fires, so I’m using a bought in certified organic aloe vera.

150 mils into the oats. Making it into a nice paste.

And then we’ve got some cold tea here of chamomile. I’ve got about six tea bags in here to a cup, and now I’m just going to use some of the actual tea, using as much as i need to make a paste.

We don’t want a sloppy poultice. We just want it to be a nice paste.


And then all you have to do to apply it, grab yourself some Chux. This is a dry Chux, it’s not a wet Chux. You pop some on. This is great for midge bites as well. So what we want to do is spread that through, and then you’re going to be wrapping it on the area.
It’s really nice and cooling. Then you can get a little safety pin and safety pin it on, if you like, or you can get a little bit of the tape as well.
You can also pre-make all of this. This is what Greg does actually, he pre-makes all these and he puts a film, like Glad Wrap around them and Lay them in the freezer. Or you can either put the poultice from the mortar and pestle, put it in a container, just put it in the fridge, and put them on the Chux every day. Or you can premake maybe half a dozen and just put them in the freezer and grab one every day, or just keep them stored in the freezer until you get bitten by a mozzie.

So there you go. There’s a really simple DIY poultice that you can do at home to help with this itchiness and the swelling. Talk to you soon.

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Hypericum oil – for insect bites – organically

For neutralising insect bites and stings, of all kinds of pesky critters.

Made with Certified Organic Hypericum herb that i infuse into Certified organic olive oil than blend certified organic essential oils.

Mozzies in particular inject a protein that is delivered by fatty acid, the acid is what makes the sting, and the bodies reaction makes the itch – i know right – snap!!!

So we need to address 2 different things, the sting and the itch from the insect bites.

1- Neutralise the sting – stop it instantly

2- Calm the itch and swelling – The body want to attach the protein by sending white blood cells to the area that is delivered by histamine – therefor that is why the chemists actually recommend antihistamine tablets.

So

Hypericum oil for the sting of insect bites
Hypericum cream for the itch from the protein of insect bites

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DIY Mozzie bite remedy

DIY Mozzie bite remedy

Actually all bites remedy xx

Immediate relief for bites recipe
– half a lemon

– 1 tablespoon of T-tree oil

– 1 tablespoon of bicarb soda

– 1 tablespoon of honey

– 2 garlic cloves

 

Just blend

Bottle

Refrigerate

Pop on a bite

We also make a Hypericum oil that will give instant relief made with certified organic ingredient, sustainably of course.

1 Lemon’s 
anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic

Lemons have qualities that provide a near-instant relief. Cut a lemon in half and rub the flesh of the lemon over the mosquito bite. Initially, your skin might tingle a bit.

2 Garlic
Antibacterial – anti inflammatory 

Can help reduce itchiness. In a way, garlic is also a natural insect repellent because of the strong smell it gives off. To apply, take a few cloves of garlic and puree or mince them. Then, rub the mixture directly onto the skin. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes and then rinse.

3 Baking Soda
 neutralize the pH of the skin

It reduces itching and swelling while helping to keep pain under control. The underlying mechanism is baking soda’s ability by helping to balance it out. To use, mix a few teaspoons of baking soda with a few drops of water to create a paste. Apply onto the affected area and wash it off after a few minutes. The paste can be stored and kept for later.


4- Honey
Antibacterial – anti inflammatory

You can soothe mosquito bites with a sweet touch of honey, a sought-after wound ointment from ancient times. Be sure to use raw honey, though; processed honey goes through pasteurization that kills off healthful constituents. Raw honey contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds that soothe itching. This sticky gift from bees also pulls fluid from the tissue surrounding the wound and helps flush out irritants.

Mozzie science

 

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Why do mozzie bites hurt

Ok so remember mozzies are attracted by our smell of carbon dioxide and lactic acid which we excrete,

So why do mozzie bites hurt so much – mozzies inject a protein, anticoagulant and annacetic into the body, the anaesthetic is only effective while they are sucking, the sting is as they are leaving, you can catch them but often it’s too late.

 

The protein is delivered with a fatty acid which creates the stinging feeling.

FUN FACT

Protein is what viruses are made up of so therefore the body goes into overdrive to get rid of it.

The body’s immune system releases histamine, a compound that helps white blood cells get to the affected area. Histamine is what causes itchiness, inflammation, and swelling, therefore this is why the chemist will say to buy a “antihistamine” to stop the swelling.

 

There are 2 things we need to do to stop the sting immediately and than the slow soothing of the effects of the body’s immune system of the itchiness, inflammation and swelling.

 

The first is our Hypericum oil to stop the first initial sting

Our hypericum cream will slow stop the itch and swelling.

 

I have a DIY coming shortly

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Know your ingredient: Wheat germ oil

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Wheat germ is that thing in your breakfast cereal, right? What about wheat germ oil? It’s made from exactly the same thing: wheat grains. Just like wheat germ, it is perfectly safe to eat/drink wheat germ oil. In fact, we encourage people to eat it and apply it topically for the dual benefits of internal and external applications. Wheat germ oil is high in a long chain, saturated, primary alcohol called octacosanol that improves the muscular energy. Thus, wheat germ oil is highly recommended for sportspersons. It gives energy and oxygen during exercise and makes you feel generally energetic too.

Origin

Wheat germ oil is extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel, which makes up only 2.5% by weight of the kernel. We buy our certified organic Australian wheatgerm oil from a co-op up. I like to buy directly from farmers so they get a good deal. Sometimes the co-op blends them with oils from a collective of Aussie farmers so it’s hard to say exactly which farm or region but I can say that it’s definitely organic and it’s definitely Australian.

History of cultivation

Archaeological record suggests that wheat was first cultivated in the regions of the Fertile Crescent (Middle Eastern region) around 9600 BC. Botanically, the wheat kernel is a type of fruit called a caryopsis. The wheat plant is a type of grass and its seeds – wheat grains – are a world-wide food staple.

Applications

Where to begin? This stuff is marvellous. In skincare, it’s known for its ability to soften and re-condition the skin. It is rich in proteins and Vitamin E and D, and is considered extremely nourishing – particularly when used regularly. It can assist with skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dry skin.

When taken as a dietary supplement, it can boost energy levels, help control blood sugar levels, lower bad cholesterol levels and increase circulation. The omega-3 fatty acids in wheatgerm oil are thought to have a mood boosting effect because they help regulate the nervous system.

Want to get some of this good stuff on your skin? Check out our day cream here.
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skin food smoothie

DIY SKIN FOOD
Bring back your glow with this DIY skin food smoothie.
Fantastic for collagen support, for muscle and joint pain as well.
1 cup of organic rolled oats
1 table spoon of seaweed granules
1 table spoon of LSA
1 teaspoon of beetroot powder
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
Mix all dried ingredients and store it in a bulk jar
Every morning add
Half cup of oat Mix to
Half cup raspberry’s
Half a avocado
Spinach
Coconut milk
Blitz, drink enjoy.
Mix all dried ing
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DIY – Comfrey poultice

DIY Comfrey poultice
The root has allantoin components that boosts the growth of new skin cells, while rosmarinic acid helps relieve pain and inflammation
Comfrey is applied to the skin for ulcers, wounds, joint inflammation, bruises, rheumatoid arthritis, swollen veins (phlebitis), gout, and fractures.
So easy
Gregg explains how
 
 
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Know your ingredient: Almond oil

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Most of us know that whole almonds are jam-packed full of fibre, Vitamin E, manganese and magnesium, but what about almond oil? This popular base oil for aromatherapy massage blends is also ultra-nourishing for your skin, especially when used regularly.

Origin

We buy our certified organic Australian almond oil from a co-op up north. Wherever possible, we support Aussie farmers.

History of cultivation

The almond – a member of the prunus or peach family –  is native to Syria, Turkey and Pakistan. It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe.

Almonds were one of the earliest domesticated fruit trees because you can successfully raise them from seed. Domesticated almonds (as opposed to the wild version that have a bitter flavour) were found in archaeological sites around Numeria (Jordan) dating back to the Bronze Age (3000 – 2000 BC). They even found almonds in Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt, dating back to 1325 BC.

Applications

Almond oil, extracted from drupes (they’re not technically nuts), is known for its ability to soften and re-condition the skin. It is rich in proteins and Vitamin D, and is considered extremely nourishing – particularly when used regularly.

The face has different skin to the rest of the body. It’s much more sensitive and almond oil is easily absorbed into the pores.

Want to feed your skin with almond oil-based day cream? Check ours out here.

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DIY Respiratory Tincture

Diy respiratory tincture Mullein has sprouted in our area and it is prime time to wild harvest.

I make a tincture, tea and herbal infusion from them for a great lung health tonic.

I simply cut up the mullein fresh and fill to the top of the jar with 100 proof vodka and let sit for 8 weeks, strain and I take a few drops when I am congested

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DIY garlic cough syrup

DIY Garlic cold & cough remedy We wear on our skin what we put in our body. Instead of reaching for chemical cold treatments for a simple sore throat, try a home remedy. Good food, good skin So easy 150gm garlic 150ml Glycerine 400ml apple cider vinegar 500gm honey Mix garlic, glycerine and vinegar for 7 days. Strain, add honey. Refrigerate

 

By Kay Saarinen – Saarinen organics
Eco seed to skin made sustainably with 100% solar power

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Know your ingredient: Chamomile

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Chamomile tea is known for its calming properties and is hugely popular as a pre-dinner cuppa in countries like Switzerland and Germany. This easygoing plant is a cinch to cultivate and its flowers are jam-packed with medicinal phytochemicals.

Origin

We grow all of our own chamomile here on the farm.

History of cultivation

According to the US National Library of Medicine, Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind. It is a member of Asteraceae/Compositae family and represented by two common varieties viz. German Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). The dried flowers of chamomile contain many terpenoids and flavonoids contributing to its medicinal properties.

Chamomile preparations are commonly used for many human ailments such as hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids. Essential oils of chamomile are used extensively in cosmetics and aromatherapy. Many different preparations of chamomile have been developed, the most popular of which is in the form of herbal tea.

Applications

Due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Chamomile tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants and protects the skin from free-radicals. The chamomile extract we use in our day cream is made from fresh flowers and ionised rain water.

More info about our super healing day cream with sunscreen here.