DIY Certified Organic Mould Spray

Posted by Lilly Choi-Lee on

La Niña has ended for now... but left behind a lot of mould in its wake.

There are some specialty commercial mould removers on the market but they contain bleaches and chlorine, which when used improperly, can be hazardous.

The following is a solution using Australia's own medicine cabinet in a bottle - certified organic tea tree oil with its antimicrobial and antifungal properties, gentle on your bathroom, shower surfaces and health, but tough on mould! 

To really allow the tea tree oil to work its magic, you'll need to attack the mouldy areas and let it sit overnight.

What you'll need:

1 teaspoon Certified Organic Tea Tree by Olive Gap Farm

1 cup cooled boiled water or filtered water

Glass trigger spray bottle

White Vinegar

Microfibre cloth

What to do:

Mix certified organic tea tree essential oil and filtered/boiled water into the glass trigger bottle.  Put the lid on tightly & shake vigorously to mix well.

Spray on affected areas & leave overnight.

By the next morning, the mould should have died, dip the microfibre cloth in the vinegar & scrub remnants of mould away until clean!  Areas of grout may benefit from a scrub with an old toothbrush before rinsing.

Make sure you wash the cloth in boiling hot water to prevent mould from spreading or dispose of the cloth.

Remember to clear the nozzle after each use by removing it, spray out excess solution before replacing back onto bottle.

We love glass because it won't leach chemicals into the contents - plastics can do that if you store the solution.  This tea tree solution can be stored for around 6 months without losing its potency.

Tea tree oil in its pure form and stored in a cool, dark place and cared for by keeping the bottle airtight will last 2 - 3 years without losing efficacy.

Enjoy Australia's medicine cabinet in a bottle!

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Berry Beetroot Birchia Porridge

Posted by Lilly Choi-Lee on

Winter has come.

And what better way to start each chilly morning than to cook up deliciously warming porridge - with a difference...  Introducing from the kitchens of our artisan partners, Mindful Foods, this delicious recipe utilising berries, Birchia Paleo & our Stardust Longevity Nutrient Powder that is packed full of antioxidants.  Sprinkle with our pretty organic 24carat Gold Leaf Botanical garnish & the very sexy Eros Love & Vitality Granola & you will be set for the day!

Perfect to battle Winter Colds.  Perfect for your tummy & tastebuds.  This recipe is generous enough to serve 2.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Birchia Paleo Prebiotic Granola

1 cup milk of your choice 

1 cup water

1 tbsp Stardust Longevity

1/4 cup frozen berries

1 tbsp Australia's Manuka Honey (MGO100+ is perfect) or Maple Syrup 

1 tbsp Coconut Yoghurt

24 carat gold Botanical garnish (stunning to behold)

1 generous handful Eros Love & Vitality Granola

Method:

1. In a medium saucepan, add Birchia, milk water & Longevity powder.  Gently heat and stir until your desired consistency is reached, about 5 - 10 mins.

2. Heat berries with honey or maple syrup in a small pan with a splash of water

3. When cooked to perfection, spoon into bowls & top with berries, coconut yoghurt, Eros granola & Botanical garnish.

4. Set an intention & eat to nourish your day:)

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New Certified Organic Tea Tree Hydrosol

Posted by Lilly Choi-Lee on

New product on the certified organic block!!

We are super excited to introduce this beautiful by-product of the traditional wood-fire distillation method used by our Olive Gap farmers:  certified organic tea tree hydrosol.

I remember when we first drove down to meet Tara & Alex on their tea tree farm down in Woodburn.  It was the classic word-of-mouth-instructions only (forget Google) - drive along this road, take a turn at that tree and look out for the giant red floral sculpture...

That day we made the acquaintance of the neighbours' cows, the natural weed-controllers and were introduced to what life living off the grid actually looks like.  We were blown away by the simplicity and beauty of this communal concept, and in awe of the amount of work it actually takes to live so independently and symbiotically with Mother Nature.

At that time, Tara & Alex told us they were considering using or selling the hydrosol in some form but were unsure of how this would look like and also weren't sure when they could fit yet another project into their busy lives.

Almost two years later, they have done it!

This pure tea tree hydrosol is special.

Certified organic, regeneratively farmed & grown, gathered to be carbon positive and bottled by our team on their beautiful Northern Rivers land.

Artisan distilled with wood fire steam distillation - a method passed down from their predecessor Arthur - resulting in the cleanest and greenest tea tree hydrosol possible.  No nasties, no additives.

Hydrosol contains similar therapeutic properties to pure essential oil; imagine a ready-to-use spritzer as a natural facial toner, a deodorising spray and an all purpose antibacterial face, hair and body mist - all rolled into the one package.

Tea tree oil is a gateway to a plastic and chemical free lifestyle with so many benefits for your home, body and the planet! Check out our blogs  (in three parts) with advice by Tara on all the wonderful uses of this Australian native botanical essential oil.

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Margarita Pyewackets Style

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We adore this Mango, Lime & Jalapeno Margarita that the Pyewacket team, Jenna & Katrina have concocted just for you.   Fruity, sour and spicy, this shrub is perfect for margarita lovers. 

Salting the glass rim first is entirely optional but we are fans of this classic move - instructions below!

Pop a large ice cube to each margarita glass

35ml tequila or mezcal

35ml Pyewackets Mango, Lime, Jalapeno Shrub

100ml Soda Water or enough to top up glass

Stir.  Garnish with fresh or dried lime

May we suggest you pop on your sombrero & throw back some Chipotle munchies before chillaxing with your tribe!  

Salud! 

 

How to salt rim your glass:

Lime - cut into quarter - only need a quarter

Kosher salt in a saucer/plate that's bigger that your glass rim

If time, chill your glass/glasses to get that cool effect, otherwise room temperature is fine! 

1.  Cut a notch in middle of flesh of your quartered lime & run it all around the rim of the glass

2.  Dip the "limed" rim into the kosher sauce - I like to waggle it as I like the salt falling into my margarita, but if you don't, hold the glass so rim is angled & roll only the outside of rim around to salt

3.  Prepare the margarita recipe from here!

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Jalapeno Mama

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30ml STOKEN XII Apostles BC
15ml Pyewackets Traditional Mango Lime & Jalapeno Shrub
1/4 Wedge of fresh lime
Fever Tree Naturally Light Tonic to taste

Add ice to glass, pour over the Stoken Classic Dry Gin, Mango Lime & Jalapeno Shrub, squeezed Lime and stir. Top with Fever Tree Naturally Light tonic to taste. Garnish with fresh or dehydrated Lime.  Hot night ahead...

Check out our G&T gift hampers with a twist - your summer Cocktail & Shrubs sorted!

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