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The front page of Gold Coast Sun this week warns of fears of a Ross River Fever outbreak, due to increased numbers of mosquitoes. My post last week has tips on how to protect yourself against these disease carrying marauders. Please be vigilant, as the symptoms of Ross River Fever can be debilitating. ... See MoreSee Less

After the rain over summer, the Gold Coast is starting to look lush and green again. A problem with this is the excess water provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. They carry diseases such as Ross River, Dengue and Barmah Forest viruses. To keep their breeding cycle to a minimum, make sure there are no pools of water around your property.
Obviously, this is not going to rid us of these filthy creatures, so we also need to protect ourselves.
An easy, inexpensive repellent can be made by mixing a carrier oil (like almond oil) with a few drops of lavender essential oil and rub on exposed skin. It is always wise to do a test first on a small area of skin in case of irritation.
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With the continuing warm weather, I want to remind you of the importance of water.
We are not camels - water cannot be stored in the body.
For every 1.5 to 2.8 litres of water eliminated from the body, 500 to 1400 ml is from kidneys (urine), 450 to 900 ml is from skin (sweat), 350 ml is from lungs, 150 ml is from GI tract (faeces).
You can calculate how much water you should be consuming per day using this simple method:
water (litres) = body weight x 0.03 . This should be around 2 to 3 litres per day.
Every internal process your body undertakes requires water.
Water is:
* more than 60% of overall weight
* 60% of red blood cells
* 75% of muscle tissue
* 92% of blood plasma.

Such a simple nutrient, so much work for it to do.
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With the recent deluge of rain, beware of the dangers of mould growth. Clove oil can be helpful in killing the spores. ... See MoreSee Less

With the recent deluge of rain, beware of the dangers of mould growth.  Clove oil can be helpful in killing the spores.
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