23 Jul

What is Baltic Amber?

Many people don’t realise that amber is actually tree resin, not a stone. More specifically, it is the fossilized resin from an extinct species of trees, and is millions of years old!

What makes Baltic Amber special?
Baltic Amber has an active ingredient called Succinic Acid, which has been known to have many medicinal qualities. Succinic Acid is a natural analgesic that assists with pain relief.

Succinic acid is now produced commercially and is approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Baltic Amber teething necklaces have been a source of traditional healing passed on for many generations and are widely used and treasured throughout Europe as unparalleled alternative medicine with proven health benefits.

Baltic amber in ancient times
While some of us here in Australia may think that amber necklaces are quite a new thing, even in ancient times infants were given amber necklaces to wear.

Amber was thought to contain magical powers, and it was widely known to have healing properties. Besides the healing properties, infants were given the necklaces to guard against baby swapping, offer protection from evil forces, and help against witchcraft!

Ancient Germanic tribes such as the Goths, Nordic peoples, Celts, Romans, Greeks, Arabs and Chinese, all valued amber for its beauty and protection.

Amber necklaces as a baby teething remedy
Baltic Amber is popular with baby teething products as it helps with pain relief, it has a calming affect and it stimulates the thyroid to assist with the redness and drooling associated with teething.

Baltic Amber necklaces are made for wearing, not for chewing. By wearing Baltic Amber close to the skin, the amber produces an oil (rich in Succinic Acid) which your skin then absorbs into the body.

Baltic Amber teething necklaces are the ideal solution when you choose to care for your baby in a natural way.

Silicone Teething Necklaces
It’s a well known fact that babies and toddlers love to chew when they are teething.

They will chew on anything they can get their hands on! Our necklaces are designed so that they can have a safe and soft product to chew on when teething.

These necklaces also provide a stimulating object for babies to play with while breastfeeding.

Not only functional, these necklaces are fashionable and look great with any outfit. It can be very difficult for mums to wear long necklaces or jewellery with babies and toddlers, as they love to grab everything and can very quickly break an expensive piece of jewellery.

Our silicone teething products are made with the highest quality 100% food grade silicone, and are guaranteed to be BPA and PVC free.

All Beauty of Amber silicone necklaces have been tested and are fully compliant with Australian & New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS IOS 8124-1:2010).

Why choose Beauty of Amber?
Beauty of Amber specialise in Baltic Amber teething products, all of which are hand-crafted and made with authentic Baltic amber. Our genuine Baltic Amber is of the highest quality and sourced only from the Baltic Regions of Europe. We also have an extensive range of Silicone teething necklaces.

We are passionate about natural alternatives when dealing with the pain associated with teething, and offer excellent customer service.

22 Jul

Power Bill Busting Tips

Are you dreading your next electricity bill? Starting to worry about how the increases in electricity prices are going to drain your household budget. Well you’re not on your own, so here is what you can do to reduce your anxiety and your bills.

Most of the time simple and easy common sense measures can shave hundreds of dollars off your bills just by following these steps.

Top Ten Ways to Reduce Your Bills FOR FREE

1. Most people do not realise how much electricity a simple light bulb could be adding to the cost of their electricity bills. Turning off lights when you leave a room will make a big difference.

2. Try to avoid using the clothes dryer, if the weather is bad purchase a clothes rank that you can use inside.

3. If going on holidays, turn off your electric hot water system at the meter board to avoid the system constantly heating up water when it’s not being used.

4. If you have a peak smart enabled air conditioner you can connect your air-conditioning unit to Tariff 33 – which provides a guaranteed 18 hours of electricity at tariff 33 rates. You may not be able to turn on the system on during peak times, but this could be a good compromise to still enjoy your heating/cooling system without costing the earth. Energex are currently offering $250 reward for split system (peak smart enabled) and $500 reward for ducted systems (peak smart enabled). To see whether your air conditioner is eligible go to the Energex website.

5. An old inefficient pool pump could be costing you up to $640 annually to run on tariff 11. By connect your pool pump to Tariff 33 (if possible) could save you hundreds off your bill. Energex are currently offering a $250 reward for connecting your pool pump to Tariff 33.

6. Turn off additional refrigerators. Have a good think about how much you really use the other fridge. If it’s only for the occasional party switch it off in-between time or if it is to store extra food think whether you really need to stock pile this much as you could be paying a fortune for “just in case you need it”.

7. When running your air conditioner set the temperature to 23 degrees in Summer, as every degree below this will cost you 10% more in running costs (eg. Running at 20 degrees will cost you 30% more than running it at 23 degrees) Or to save more open windows for ventilation rather than turning on the air conditioner in summer time.

8. Use cold water to wash your clothes. With the many washing detergents available today that are made for cold water washing it makes sense to use these rather using your electricity to heat up the water.

9. Once the weather starts to cool down, remember to close any windows that have been left open, use a throw blanket to snuggle up and keep warm whilst watching TV and get out the ugg boots. . If you do turn on the heater, keep the heat in the room you’re in by closing the door.

10. Using low flow showerheads in your shower usually consume less energy and provide the same amount of comfort.

All these free suggestions will reduce your energy usage and your power bills but they do take self discipline and children are often the worst offenders in leaving everything turned on. So if you don’t want to comprise on life style you can still reduce your bills by purchasing energy saving products such as a solar hot water system, solar power system, led lighting, skylights and monitoring systems. If you’d like to find out more visit www.anyenergy.com.au

21 Jul

Double Glazing Windows

Acoustic double glazing needs the addition of a secondary glazing layer offset from an existing window, preferably by 100mm. Soundblock offer two solutions to double glaze windows for noise and thermal insulation – Magnetic Acrylic Double Glazing and Acoustic Aluminium Double Glazing. Article body:

What is Window Double Glazing?
Double glazing needs the addition of a secondary glazing layer offset from an existing window optimally by 100mm. Retrofit our acoustic double glazing to your existing windows or specify our solutions on new projects. Double glazed windows remove noise transfer by up to 70% and eliminate heating costs by 35%.

Double Glazing System – Magnetic Acrylic Windows
Magnetic Window Soundproofing System functions very simply by adding a PVC sub frame on the inside of your window. This double glazing system greatly increases noise removal. The acrylic window is sealed in place, creating an air space with the existing window, thereby producing an insulating barrier.

Double Glazing System – Acoustic Aluminium Windows
This double glazing system reduces the transfer of noise from outside to inside. These sound proof windows can be specially manufactured to meet specific size requirements. The Soundblock Aluminium Window System is an add on glazing system, creating a double glazed unit to reduce noise transmission through existing windows up to 70%. In Addition it provides extra safety and security to the property.

How to Soundproof Windows
To successfully soundproof your windows you need to have a sufficient gap between your primary window and the edge of your internal window reveal. Ideally this gap is 100mm. This will allow an acoustic secondary window, either our Soundblock Acrylic Magnetic or Soundblock Aluminium windows, to be installed to effectively provide an overall sound reduction of 40-43db.

Noise reduction and soundproofing solutions
Established in 1999, Soundblock Solutions is a respected privately-owned Australian provider of soundproofing products and solutions. We can help to provide a quieter, more comfortable environment in any environment, whether it’s in the home, office, restarurants, hotels, industrial or marine.

Representing leading Australian manufacturers of acoustic products, Soundblock offers a huge range of double glazing and window sound insulation and noise control products for domestic and commercial use. We will determine your specific noise problems and supply and install the most effective product or combination of products for your specific situation. Talk to us for expert advice and a comprehensive, cost-effective solution for all of your soundproofing, double glazing, noise control and acoustic requirements.

Soundblock are the experts in noise reduction and have found using window double glazing systems, that noise can be reduced by up to 70% or 41dB. Soundblock offer two solutions to double glaze windows for noise and thermal insulation.

20 Jul

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been gaining widespread popularity in the past few years, and with good reason. Pure coconut oil offers so many health benefits, such as increasing mineral absorption, boosting immune system, stimulating metabolism and aiding weight loss, and excellent anti-aging effects. Sounds great isn’t it. As coconut oils become more popular with celebrities and athletes alike, you will hear a lot about the amazing health benefits of this wonder oil.

A healthy fat that actually helps you burn more fat.
Although 86 percent of coconut oil’s fatty acids are saturated fat, they are quite different form the saturated fat found in various animal products. This is also the biggest reason why it’s so healthy. All saturated fats in coconut oil come form MCT (medium chain triglycerides) which body cannot store as fat. Instead, body prefers to use MCT as a ready source of fuel, which means that body will burn it for energy rather than storing them as fat. Also there are no chances of them attaching to the walls of your arteries.

MCT are much shorter than LCT (long chain triglycerides) found in oils and other fats and need less effort to breakdown making it an efficient and quick source of energy. The quick digestion of MCT in the body has a rapid calorie burning (thermogenic) effect which further helps you in burning more calories besides the ones present in the coconut oil, thereby speeding up your body metabolism. However, still you will have to eat healthy and do regular workouts to get the desired benefits.

What about cholesterol levels?
Unlike saturated fat from animal sources, the saturated fats in coconut oil help in raising the HDL (good cholesterol). The beneficial effects of coconut oil can be easily seen in natives of Asia and Philippines where has been the main cooking medium since thousands of years. People in this reason are slim and low instances of heart disease among them.

Boosts immunity
Coconut oil possesses natural antibiotic properties that help in killing harmful bacteria without affecting the good bacteria, thereby helping in maintaining the health gut. An healthy gut means healthy and disease free life.

Coconut oils helps in boosting the immune system due to the high concentration of caprylic acid and lauric acid. Both of them are fatty acids that possess antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties so powerful that their effects are being studies in medical trails for the treatment for HIV/AIDS. This oil also boosts the absorption of various minerals such as magnesium (youthful skin and nerve function), calcium (for strong bones), and amino acids from foods we consume.

Beneficial for eczema and psoriasis
Coconut oil is beneficial for treating various skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Coconut oil possesses inherent properties to repair skin by restoring its moisture from outside, and repairing it from inside. It is much better natural alternative than chemical based creams. You should use pure virgin coconut oil to get best results as it has nothing to harm or irritate your skin.

How to use coconut oil?
You can use coconut oil in place of vegetable oils or other fats for baking and cooking. It remains solid at room temperature and has a mild taste. It has a same consistency and texture as butter. Thanks to its MTC, by making a switch you can actually aid your weight loss.

For cooking, coconut oil is best option as it has high smoke point, which is great because unsaturated vegetable oils become damaged and unhealthy on exposure to high heats

How to buy coconut oil?
When you want to buy coconut oil the online store is your best bet. Also check that coconut oil you are considering is unbleached, unfiltered, undeodorised, and is totally chemical free.

With so many uses for this amazing oil, you can get the best results only when you will buy the good stuff. As with any other oil, the best option when you want to buy coconut oil is extra virgin. Virgin coconut oil if it is unrefined and organic is one of the best natural substances available. One of the easiest, best and the ways to buy coconut oil is on the internet. Many online stores offer a wide range of virgin coconut oil and its products, and some of them even offer hefty discounts and combo offers to its customers.