Using Essential Oils Around the Home

I have been asked several times about how to incorporate essential oils in daily living. The process is fun and stimulating. It is healthy for the home and for your family too. Below are some great starter ideas.

Minimize or eliminate chemical scents.

INSTEAD…Diffuse orange, Christmas Spirit, or rosemary into the air with a nebulizer or homemade reed diffuser.
INSTEAD…Put a couple of drops of peppermint, pine, cinnamon, or clove on the cardboard in your toilet paper roll and you will freshen up the bathroom for days.

(That means Yankee Candles, Glade Plug-Ins, Bath and Body Works Christmas potpourri blend, etc. These scents accustom your nose to unnatural fragrances. ANYTHING with a scent not originating from a plant is a chemical EVEN IF IT SAYS “AROMATHERAPY”…Creme Brulee, Fresh Linen, Winter Wonderland, etc. More…)

Consider using unscented detergents, cleaners, shampoos, conditioners, pump hand soaps, etc.

INSTEAD…Add a few drops of clary sage, cedarwood, lavender, or Roman Chamomile an unscented hair product, rosemary, Thieves, or tea tree to an unscented detergent, lemon to your window cleaner (good ol’ inexpensive vinegar and water), and Thieves to an unscented pump hand soap. Not only will the oils make the products smell wonderful, you will now be benefitting from the aromatherapeutic properties of the oils too.  I like to use Kirk’s Unscented Castile Soap.  Check out my video on baking soda deodorant below.

Consider replacing some harsher cleaning products with homemade products that contain essential oil cleaning power.

Window Cleaner – mix 25% vinegar/75% water in a 16oz spray bottle (you can recycle an empty Windex bottle) and 7 drops each of lemon or lemongrass, Thieves, and tea tree.

Disinfecting Spray – mix 25% grain alcohol/75% water in a 16 oz spray bottle (recycle one!) and 15 drops each of tea tree, Thieves, and patchouli or rosemary. THIS ALSO WORKS AMAZINGLY AS A HAND SANITIZER SPRAY.

Stain Remover – drop rosemary essential oil right on the stain and toss in the wash or drop right on the carpet and scrub with a stiff bristle brush

The Cancer Prevention Coalition lists common household products which have ingredients linked with breast and other cancers. Here are just a few:
-Household cleaners
-Air fresheners
-Furniture polish
-Chlorine and bleach
-Home and garden pesticides
-Spray paint propellant, stripper
-Dry cleaning solvents
-Certain plastics

At your fingertips is a wealth of online resources to help you become  an informed consumer.  Discover which brand name household products have toxic ingredients.

Consider essential oils the next time you get the sniffles or an abrasion.

Dab lavender on cuts, burns, inscet bites, etc.

Dab tea tree on insect stings and bites.

Dab Purification on dry, cracked skin, itchy patches, or a persitant rash.

Mix a few drops of basil in with a few drops of olive oil and rub on your chest when you have congestion in your lungs and a cold that has settled i your throat.

Try on of the teas below when suffering from the said ailments.

Try making the Beeswax Cream recipe below and use as a moisturizer. Add a drop or two of essential oil if you wish.

Place one drop of eucalypus globulus or radiata on your palms, friction together, and take 5-6 belly breathes when suffering with sinus congestion and stuff nose.

Brew some tea using 100% therapeutic Grade Essential Oils in the following recipes:

Flu Tea

1 drop Lavender
1 drop Thieves
1t Raw Honey

Sore Throat Tea

1 drop Lemon
1 drop Roman Chamomile
1t Raw Honey

Stomach Tea

1 drop Peppermint
1t Raw Honey

Pour boiling water over honey and oil. Sip. (If you don’thave raw honey, buckwheat honey is a good substitution.)

Take an Aromatherapy Class.  I would be glad to teach it!


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