Wednesday, 18 January 2017

DIY Flea Spray for Dogs

Following on from last month's recipe for DIY Paw Balm here is a recipe for flea spray. As with most of my recipes it is simple to make once you've gathered the ingredients. 

The flea spray has a clean, fresh, but subtle, smell. It can be used both as preventative (citronella works to repel bugs) and as a treatment for fleas. It can be sprayed on you pet and pet bed.

To make this you will need:


Add the essential oils to the spray bottle. Top up with water, then shake to disperse the oil.

To use: Shake the bottle, then spray your dog lightly after brushing or bathing. Keep the spray away from eyes, noses and ears.






If your dog has come into contact with an animal that has fleas wash the dog and his/her bed then spray both regularly until there is no evidence of fleas.

To help prevent fleas was your dog's bedding regularly in hot water. If you dog has a favourite rug then wash that too. If your dog is allowed on the furniture vacuum daily.

Regular brushing, especially before and after a bath, can help break the flea cycle.


If you chose to use a different essential oil please ensure that it is safe for dogs.



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Friday, 13 January 2017

Honey Avocado Mask

Avocados are great for your skin. They're rich in fatty acids, vitamins and protein. This mask is fine for any skin type, but if your skin is dry you can add some extra moisture by including coconut oil.


Honey Avocado Mask


Place the following ingredients in a blender and mix until you have a smooth paste. If you don't have a blender mash the ingredients with a fork until smooth and well combined.

  • 1/2 a peeled avocado
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon plain or Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (optional)

Spread over face and neck. Leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.






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Thursday, 29 December 2016

The Top Ten Posts for 2016




A look back at the 10 most read posts from the last twelve months. Just click on the title of each post to read more.


1. Apple Sauce Facial Scrub

A very simple scrub made with just three ingredients.


2. Six Easy Scrubs

A collection of six easy to make facial scrubs.




3. The Made in New Zealand Christmas Gift Guide

A spotlight on 9 small businesses based in New Zealand making, doing and creating something special.


4. DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Making your own foaming hand soap is really quite easy and it's not hard to tailor the recipe to suit.


5. Seven Ways to Use Chamomile

Chamomile is an easy to grow annual spring-flowering herb which self seeds readily. It does best grown in a part-shaded, well-drained spot.




6. Homemade Foaming Facial Cleanser

A gentle foaming cleanser which combines essential oils, clays, apple juice and liquid castile. It can be tailored to suit most skin types.


7. Six Favourite Toner Recipes

A collection of six toner recipes together in one place for easy reference. There's something to suit almost everyone's skin.


8. Banana Walnut Bread

Banana bread is a favourite in our house and this is a recipe I make quite often. It's not difficult to make. The secret is not to over mix.



9. Vanilla Honey Lip Balm

This lip balm has a sweet, warm, but subtle fragrance. It takes a little more effort to make than some lip balms, but it's worth it.


10. DIY Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer doesn't take the place of washing you hands, but it's useful when you don't have have little or no access to clean running water.




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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Bedtime Tea

The combination of three herbs known for their soothing, calming properties makes this tea good choice before bed.


Bedtime Tea


To make this you will need:


Place the dried herbs directly into a tea pot or infuser. Pour over 1 cup of boiling water and leave to steep for 5-6 minutes. Strain then add 1-2 teaspoons of honey to sweeten. Sprinkle with a little ground nutmeg (if using). Sip slowly. 







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Friday, 16 December 2016

Citrus Kitchen Cleaning Spray

The essential oils in this cleaning spray work with the vinegar and vodka to cut through grease and grime and to neutralise odours. 

Citrus Kitchen Spray


To make this you will need:


Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before using.

To use spray on kitchen surfaces like sinks or bench tops, then wipe with a clean cloth.

Stored in a cool, dark place the spray will keep for at least 12 months.







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