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Simple steps for growing your own Organic food

There are a lot of good reasons to grow your own organic food. In fact, there is a lot of increasingly disturbing evidence that presents equally good reasons not to buy non-organic supermarket produce. For example, one recent study of pesticide exposure in children in a major area found that traces of garden chemicals were found in 99 percent of the 110 children who were tested. Further, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, 90% of fungicides, 60% of herbicides and 30% of insecticides are considered carcinogenic.

Growing your own organic food is not only healthier, but it can save you a lot of money. Produce departments are taking full advantage of an educated public’s desire for organic food, a fact reflected in the huge difference in price. In addition to reducing your grocery bill, by transforming your lawn into a garden, you’ll also save money on your water bill. Trees and shrubs require anywhere from two and a half to four times less water than maintaining a lawn.

Simple Tricks to Start Off
As the person in charge of production of your own herbs, fruits and vegetables, you can replace chemical pesticides with natural alternatives. One such alternative is a little cayenne pepper or horseradish mixed with garlic paste added to a gallon of water. It’s important to test the strength on a leaf or two because if it’s too strong, it can burn the plant. However, it’s remarkably effective as a pest repellent.
You’ll also be able to decide what kind of soil you want to use to grow your food. Different plants thrive in different types of soil. For example, some, such as flowers and annual vegetables prefer peat-free soil, while blueberries require lime-free compost. Fruit trees benefit most from a soil based mix that releases nutrients slowly due to their long lives.

No matter what kind of soil composition you choose, mulching is an important factor in preparing it for planting. Mulching is the process of enriching the soil. Two benefits of mulching are weed reduction and water conservation. Organic mulches are commonly made from decomposing plant materials. Many people set up a worm farm to provide natural compost for mulching. Worms are also able to detoxify soil of due to their ability to break down substances, including heavy metals like cadmium and lead.

Experts recommend not using live green materials rather than those already in an advanced state of decomposition because they can leach needed nitrogen from the soil. Proper mulching requires the soil to be covered with up to three inches of material to achieve the maximum benefits. However, the mulch should not cover the plant’s base, but only the root zones.

Depending on what kinds of vegetables you want to grow and how long your local growing season is, you can begin growing seedlings indoors, and then transplant them into your garden. It can take between four and twelve weeks for seedlings to sprout. The benefit is that you can then harvest your vegetables four to six weeks earlier than if you had planted the seeds directly into the ground.
This method is great for plants that are slow to mature or sensitive to weather conditions. Plants that do well with this method include peppers, melons, eggplants and tomatoes. However, some plants, such as root vegetables like beets and carrots, or that grow on stalks like corn and peas or vines, like zucchini, can’t be transplanted well.

Many websites offer tips about how to maximize your organic garden harvest, as well as how to preserve your fruits and vegetables to enjoy year round. With a bit of research, good will and patience, you too can be well on your way of growing your own healthy food.

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An Ethical approach to hair care


























At EverEscents we believe that all businesses should be responsible for the effect their activities have on the environment. EverEscents is committed to operating a sustainable business ensuring all of our activities are in the best interests of the environment.  We always use environmentally sustainable resources and certified organic ingredients wherever technically possible and economically viable in the production of our EverEscents brand.


Australian-Made-Owned-full-colour-logoThe whole team at EverEscents is committed to supporting initiatives that contribute to the economic, social and cultural growth of Australia and its communities. EverEscents will continue to choose ingredients that are responsibly harvested and trade wherever possible with Australian communities who can benefit.

Australian Trade is about purchasing and sourcing natural ingredients from Australian producers, growers and manufacturers – this includes packaging, bottles and promotional materials.

EverEscents is accredited as Australian Made and Owned and licenced to display the logo as your guarantee.


Camp-Quality_logoEverybody should take our health and the health of future generations seriously. To support this campaign EverEscents donates 5cents from every product sold to Camp Quality, an Australian organisation that helps famalies that have children living with Cancer. EverEscents are also aiming to work very closely with many other charities such as The Cancer Council Australia, National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia.  To see more about Camp Quality please go to



CCF LogoWe are proud to announce that EverEscents Organic Hair Care was recently accredited cruelty free by the independent Australian body called Choose Cruelty Free. You can check them out at

EverEscents is completely against the testing of cosmetic products and ingredients on animals. We do not and will never test our products or ingredients on animals, nor will we ever commission others to do so. EverEscents will continue to campaign until there is a world-wide ban on testing cosmetic products and ingredients on animals.


The EverEscents philosophy is to offer a high quality professional range of hair care products that are made with Organic ingredients whilst all business practices are conducted with the utmost respect for the environment and all those that live within it.  We hope that you enjoy our products and know that you are also doing your part to purchase responsibly.


How to boost your Immune System in these cooler months










Did you know that more than 200 viruses cause the common cold?

As we are in the middle of winter, we are in the heart of the dreaded cold and flu season. But there’s no reason to resign yourself to living off cold medicine and cough drops for the next few months. There are plenty of natural remedies to help you boost your immune system and stay healthy all winter long. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from colds and flu this winter is to strengthen your immune system naturally with immune-boosting foods and nutritional supplements.

Below is a list of a few remedies you might like to consider to ward off any nasty colds or flus this winter;
GARLIC: Raw garlic in the diet is very beneficial, however cooking garlic can destroy some of its health-promoting compounds. One way to get around this problem is to take Kyolic aged garlic extract. The natural ageing process increases antioxidant levels and enhances garlic’s immune boosting powers. It also has the added benefit of being odourless.

VITAMIN C: Vitamin C is an extremely important nutrient for boosting immunity. Include plenty of foods high in vitamin C in the diet, including fresh fruits and vegies, especially citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage and parsley. A vitamin C supplement is also recommended to ward off colds and flu, take around 2-3 g a day.

ZINC: Zinc is another important mineral needed for healthy immune function. Zinc is found in foods such as red meat, chicken, fish, dairy foods, eggs, legumes and sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Taking a zinc supplement is also beneficial, around 45mg a day.

PROBIOTICS: Kombucha tea is a fermented tea that contains billions of friendly gut organisms (probiotics) that help to strengthen your immune system by bolstering the levels of good organisms in your gut, which provides a first level of defence against pathogens from things you ingest.

OREGANO OIL: Oregano oil can help you improve your gut health and boost your immune system. It acts kind of like a weed killer by helping to eliminate some of bad bacteria that may be dominating your digestive system.
JAPANESE MUSHROOMS: Whatever variety you choose – enoki, shitake or oyster – Japanese mushrooms are a great immunity booster. They are also loaded with ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant that does not get destroyed during the cooking process.



Sunlight – The highest source of complete nutrition











The population of industrialized countries for decades has been brainwashed into thinking the sun is evil. They’ve been told to cover up their skin and to avoid being exposed to natural sunlight.

They’ve coated themselves with sunscreens which contain toxic chemicals, and taken extreme measures to avoid sunlight.

However, this advice has turned out to be completely wrong. Natural sunlight is absolutely essential for good health and without it you are far more susceptible to cancer, depression, obesity, osteoporosis and many other diseases.

Sunlight is a natural cure that helps the body maintain a high state of health.

But what about sunburn? People are only susceptible to sunburns when they have nutritional deficiencies caused by consuming soft drinks, processed foods, white flour, refined sugars and other similar substances.

It’s sad that many doctors are still telling their patients to avoid the sun and this process is killing them. It is precisely the sun that holds the cure too many diseases now considered epidemic in the Western world. We need more sunshine, not less, and while there is certainly such a thing as too much sunshine in one setting, the fact is that almost nobody living in modern cities gets even the minimum daily requirement of sunshine.

This is even truer for people who have darker skin. Those of African descents are especially prone to Vitamin D deficiencies since their skin naturally blocks a significant portion of sunlight radiation. That’s why black men have a much higher rate of prostate cancer than white men. Furthermore, black men who live in northern climates, such as London or Canada for example have it even worse. It’s virtually impossible for them to get enough Vitamin D since there’s not much sun to be found where they live. Keep in mind, dark skin was an adaptation for people living near the equator, where sunshine is far more powerful!

For a miraculous cure for sunburn, try lavender essential oil. It is best to drop it on, and then spread it using gentle pressure. After about a half hour or less, the pain should be gone. Wait until morning to shower and then reapply oil.


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Handy Eco Tips!

Baking soda is a natural drain cleaner! Measure 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar. Pour the baking soda into the drain first, followed by the vinegar. It will bubble furiously. Follow with two quarts of hot water. Please do not use this method if you have recently used commercial drain cleaners. Eliminating drain cleaners from your home is a giant step toward a greener home, as they are among the most dangerous household chemicals available.

Basic Baking Soda All-Purpose Formula

1/4 cup baking soda

1 quart water

Dissolve baking soda in water, and pour into a spray bottle. This mixture can be used as a general cleaner for all surfaces. Keep some dry baking soda handy in a jar with a shaker cap for jobs that need a bit more abrasive action.

You can use this mixture to clean virtually anywhere in your home, including all kitchen and bathroom counter surfaces, inside the refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher. Always rinse well.

Tiarna’s Organic Veggie Patch Progress…

You may remember a couple of months back we did a fantastic blog on how to create your own organic veggie patch? As promised, please see progression images below, what a great result!

To learn how to create your own edible garden, click here —–>

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How to create an Organic veggie garden…successfully!

So you want to create an Organic veggie patch but you’re not 100% sure how to go about it?

You’re not alone.

I was in the same boat until a couple of weeks ago my partner offered to build me a wooden planter box to get started. We researched which veggies were best for this time of the year and off we went to our local nursery.

This little project has been our baby ever since and although we’re still a few weeks away from reaping the rewards, it’s been very fulfilling to watch it grow over the last couple of weeks.

Starting your Organic veggie garden in the right place will make a huge difference right from the start. There are a few things you want to keep in mind:

  •  Sun: You want a site that offers as much direct sunlight as possible — at least 6 hours, and preferably 8, during your main growing season. If you don’t have a space available that offers that much sun, don’t despair — there are crops you can grow without full sun.
  •  Access to water, tools, compost. You don’t want to have to drag tools from the other end of your yard, and carting a watering can around isn’t much fun, either. Make it easy on yourself, and try to situate your veggie garden bed in a convenient place.
  • Wind: If you live in a windy area, consider trying to position your garden in a place that has a hedge, wall, or other structure nearby to reduce the effect of high winds. If you don’t already have some type of windbreak in place, consider setting up strong lattices nearby to serve this purpose.

Soil Considerations

How is the soil in your potential veggie garden area? Is it rocky and full of tree roots? You may want to consider building a raised bed vegetable garden. If not, then you could go ahead and double-dig the existing soil and try to grow there. Either way, it’s important to assess your existing soil to see what you need to do to make it perfect for growing organic vegetables.

Plants and Seeds

You’ll want to start with organically-grown plants and seeds. Conventionally-grown plants are often already loaded with pesticides and chemical fertilizers — exactly the types of things you’re trying to avoid in your vegetable garden. Organically-produced seeds are harvested from organically-grown plants, never treated with chemical pesticides or fungicides, and never genetically modified.

Plant, Grow, and Harvest!

Now that you’ve got the garden sited and the soil amended, the organic plants and seeds bought — now it’s time to plant and tend your garden. Look up information on the types of veggies you want to grow to ensure that you’re providing them with the right amount of water and nutrients.

Pay close attention to your garden so that you catch pest and disease problems right away. The biggest part of growing a healthy garden is simply paying attention. If you do that, you’re well on your way to a healthy, beautiful, organic veggie garden, it’s that easy… go on, have a grow!

You can see my little project coming to life in the photos below, I’ll be sure to post some follow up pics at harvest time!

Until next time,



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Himalayan Salt Lamps and their amazing benefits

I have a new friendship that I would like to share with you. Its name is Himalayan Salt Lamp.

Not only am I in love with the Himalayan Salt Lamps; I am also in love with the beautiful ambiance they provide my home with and I’m also very impressed with the fact that they deter negative ions that are put out into the air from televisions, microwaves, computers etc.

So you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about? Let me explain…

Known as “Vitamins of The Air”, the Himalayan Salt Lamp is Nature’s best Ioniser which provides multiple health benefits including enhancing immunity, improving sleep and relieving migraines. These lamps are highly beneficial to your health and wellbeing.  Himalayan Salt Lamps are natural ion generators, emitting negative ions into the atmosphere.

Why is this a good thing? Negative ions are good for you! Negative ions restore and neutralise air quality. Negative ions can be used to treat illness and improve health. Our homes and offices are filled with electrical appliances and electronics (televisions, computers, florescent lighting, microwaves, heaters, air-conditioners, etc.). Use of such devices have been blamed for lowering our energy levels, making us feel tired, cranky, and depressed because of their emissions of positive ions. Keeping a rock salt lamp in areas where positive ions are polluting your air space will help neutralize the air you breathe. Balancing positive and negative ions also help reduce airborne infections.

Rock salt lamps are made from salt crystals that are approximately 250 million years old from the Himalayan mountain regions. Mined crystals come in a variety shades including white, pink, peach, orange, and reds. You can choose a natural or sculpted shaped lamp. Sculpted lamps are available in a variety of shapes: spheres, pyramids, cones, blocks, bowls, etc. Tea-lights are also available

How Do Rock Salt Lamps Work?

The heat from a lighted salt lamp attracts moisture. The evaporation of water through salt emits negative ions. How many negative ions a salt lamp can release depends on its size and how warm an electric light bulb makes it. A night-light sized salt lamp would be effective for an office cubicle. Naturally, the larger an area means a larger lamp is needed so that more negative ions will be emitted.

If you would like to take advantage of the Salt Lamps but you’re not too sure about having them in your house, why not try salt therapy at a “Salt Cave”?  Salt Therapy is a drug free treatment that reproduces the natural micro climate of a salt cave by dispersing a dry salt aerosol in high concentrations in a halo chamber whose surfaces are covered with layers of salt. The dry salt aerosol in the room plays an important role in the relief of health problems and is a highly effective therapy for treating people with respiratory problems and skin conditions without any known side effects.

Within the salt room (or Himalayan salt cave) a microniser is used to pump a dry aerosol Himalayan salt aerosol into the air. As the Himalayan salt is inhaled, it travels through the sinuses and respiratory tract absorbing moisture, cleansing, clearing mucus, killing bacteria and reducing inflammation.

Keen to learn more? Why not head to a salt cave near you! If you live on the Sunshine Coast, we are lucky enough to have our very own located in Mooloolaba. Check it out here:

Salt Lamps can usually be purchased online or at most natural shops/foodstores.

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It’s easy to go Green with your power


Green Power

Now let me tell you, we are not perfect, we may make gorgeous EverEscents Organic Hair Care products, which are not only great on your hair but safe to use BUT I’ll tell you a little secret, we do eat chocolate (shhh, don’t tell anyone!).  We tell you this so you know that we aren’t perfect but when we know we can help our future in such a small way, by purchasing green power, it makes sense (did you think we were still talking about the chocolate?).

Recently we discovered that not everyone understands exactly what Green Power is…so here is a bit of a helping hand that we sourced through, the government website, one step at a time we can improve our world together.

Did you know?

* That only 9% of Australian residents and businesses use Green Power?

* 47,000 business buy green power each year

* Last year GreenPower customers resulted in $80million being invested into the renewable energy industry in Australia.

GreenPower is a Government accredited program aimed at increasing the renewable energy uptake in Australia. It is also the easiest way for your business to reduce its Greenhouse gas emissions.


GreenPower offers your business an easy way to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Increasingly, consumers are becoming more attracted to businesses that are seen as being environmentally conscious. Taking the lead in helping to drive demand for renewable energy and reducing your business carbon footprint are just a couple of the many potential benefits of switching to GreenPower.


Switching to GreenPower is easy. You don’t need to change your electricity supply or your existing electricity contract and you still get the same reliability of supply.

All you have to do is call your current electricity supplier using the customer service number on your electricity bill and ask to join an accredited GreenPower product. Alternatively you can buy GreenPower through a decoupled GreenPower purchase from a company other than your current energy retailer, by contacting one of the GreenPower providers listed below via phone or an application form online.

If your business purchases more than 160 MWh electricity per annum, you can select suppliers in the table below and fill in a quote request form online. This form is automatically emailed to the GreenPower Providers and Energy Retailers you have selected on your behalf.

Each energy supplier will have their own name for the accredited GreenPower product they sell, such as ‘GreenLiving’ or ‘GreenEarth’, and have different options for the percentage of GreenPower you can purchase.

Many businesses find that their electricity plan is outdated and that they can actually cut costs by changing their plan. The new plan, combined with the GreenPower component (5-8 c/kWh), which can be offset as energy efficiency, means overall there is no added cost incurred. In fact, businesses often end up saving money off their electricity bills.

Australia has a requirement to generate 20 per cent of the energy we use from renewable energy by 2020. This target is being reviewed this year. ACF is trying to increase that target, to move to a clean energy economy as quickly as possible.

EverEscents has made the switch to 100% Green Power and we know you can too!

CLICK HERE to watch this great Green Power clip: Green Power

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