Miraculously Treat Anxiety in Children Using Essential Oils

This is a guest post by David Cordell

All I could do was hug him and offer reassurance that everything was going to be okay. My son trembled as he dug deeper into my arms. No words, even those from his daddy could take away the terror he felt. I felt helpless, a failure of a father because I couldn’t help him.

What happened? Someone looked at him.

Sounds crazy doesn’t it?

While normal for most children to show nervousness with strangers, my son, Justice, suffered from a level of extreme anxiety. He would worry about events, places, and experiences that other children would give no thought. He constantly played “what if” in his mind and literally “feared” the possibilities of what could transpire. And when he was around a person or group of people he wasn’t accustomed to seeing, anxiety overflowed his little mind, turning into terror, despair and sometimes even outrage.

For his third birthday my wife and I decided to take him to a large, indoor play area. Our hearts were in the right place but we should have known better. Not five minutes into the place (where we just paid forty dollars for entry), Justice latched onto my leg, hiding his face into the back of my knee. My wife and I pleaded with him to be brave because we knew he would love the experience. After a few moments of gentle reassurance, his breathing slowed and he peeked out from behind my leg. Roughly ten feet away, a small boy was smiling at him. Seeing the other toddler’s eyes, pushed my son’s anxiety over the edge. He trusted his arms around me, exploding in a wave of tears. At that point, we knew there was no point trying to console him. He was beside himself. So we left.

The worst part about experiences like that (and there are many more) is the disappointment Justice always felt afterwards. He wanted to play. He wanted to have fun. For reasons unbeknownst to us, he just couldn’t. Our hearts ached for him.

But what could we do? Was our son destined to become a hermit throughout his entire childhood? Was there a way to help him?

Our Big Breakthrough…Rather – His BIG Breakthrough

A few months before this experience, we purchased a kit of many essential oils from a company called doTERRA. Everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to which brand of essential oils to use; this just happens to be ours. Our kit still had several unopened bottles, as we had only recently started to immerse ourselves into the beauty and magic essential oils provide.

My wife was looking through the unopened bottles when she noticed one labeled “balance.” She went onto doTERRA’s website to read the description and was thrilled to see the blend “creates a sense of calm and wellbeing.”

What was there to lose? She applied the oil to the bottoms of his feet, hoping for a miracle.

Miracle indeed!

We saw an IMMEDIATE change in his behavior. And over the course of the next week we observed:

  • A more balanced mood.
  • A brightened outlook on new situations.
  • An improved ability to handle stress.
  • More ease around strangers.
  • Much less crying.
  • A huge decrease in emotional outbursts.

Who was this new kiddo? He certainly wasn’t the boy we had seen over the last couple of years. Could an essential oil have impacted his mood this much? Skeptical, we kept the therapy up. To our amazement he continued to improve.

I realize not everyone uses doTERRA specific oil blends so I will list (company public information) what ingredients they use in this “balance” blend.

Ingredients

  • Spruce – From the Canadian grown Black Spruce. Commonly used to invoke a feeling of deep relaxation.
  • Ho Wood – Distilled from the Cinnamomum camphora, Ho Wood essential oil has an extremely calming effect on the nervous system. It is similar to Rosewood oil and the two are commonly interchanged.
  • Frankincense –Documented in the Bible as one of the gifts brought to Jesus’ birth by the wise men, Frankincense stands today as one of the most powerful and diverse essential oils in existence. It’s properties are incredibly diverse. Amazingly, Frankincense appears to “boost” the effect of all essential oils combined with it.
  • Blue Tansy – A grounding and stress reducing oil. It helps to center and balance our emotions.
  • Blue Chamomile – Another oil with a huge list of benefits such as mood lifting and anxiety reduction.

While I don’t know the exact percentages of each oil in the “balance” blend, I would recommend 10 drops for each oil except Frankincense, use five drops. Dilute the oils with 20-30 drops of fractionated coconut oil and apply topically (the bottoms of the feet work really well).

Put the blend in a roller bottle and keep on hand at all times. Apply it multiple times a day to your little guy or gal. It’s probably a good idea to also apply it right before meeting a new group of people or being introduced to a new place.  Your child will thank you!

Final Thoughts

Extreme anxiety in children can be so taxing on your nerves. Thankfully there are essential oils that will help alleviate their tension and keep them grounded.

One final note: to maximize the effectiveness of essential oil blends, apply liberally and multiple times a day. The key is consistency.

10 Great Ways to Use Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium oil is a versatile and affordable essential oil, which means you can make a wide variety of all-natural concoctions from skin care to home care. Although you can use this oil as an additive to many of your existing products, I’ve come up with ten from-scratch recipes that really take advantage of the benefits of this oil and help your skin to glow and your home to smell fresh and clean.

Acne Treatment

Geranium oil is less expensive than many acne treatments and completely natural. Its antimicrobial properties will prevent blemish-causing bacteria from wreaking any further havoc in your pores. You can use a cotton swab or cotton ball to gently dab your blemishes with a small amount of geranium oil after washing your face.

Detoxifying Facial Steam

Steam can help to open your pores before using any kind of facial wash or mask. This allows impurities to be more easily and completely purged from your pores. Steam can also be soothing to your upper respiratory system and keep nasal passages hydrated. For a relaxing and beneficial treatment, boil water in a pot or kettle and then pour it into a bowl that is about as wide as your face. Add about 10 to 15 drops of geranium oil and place your face over the steaming bowl. Put a towel over your head and bowl to trap the steam. Continue treatment for about 10 minutes for maximum effect.

DIY Body Lotion

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Carrier Oil (I really like Jojoba oil best for this, but you can choose what you like)
  • ¼ cup Beeswax Pastilles
  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup Shea Butter
  • 1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
  • 10 – 15 drops Geranium Oil

Heat your carrier oil, beeswax pastilles, coconut oil, and shea butter in a double boiler or using a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir until they are melted together and combined thoroughly. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes before adding the vitamin E oil and geranium oil. Stir thoroughly and store in a glass jar at room temperature. You could keep this for yourself or put a ribbon on it and gift it to a friend!

DIY Shampoo For Dry Hair

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Coconut Milk
  • ½ cup Pure Aloe Vera Gel
  • 10 drops Geranium Oil

This one is really easy! Combine the ingredients and whisk together. You will have to store this in your refrigerator because it is perishable. Use the same amount as you would any other shampoo and work into scalp and hair. This formula doesn’t lather, so just work through and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing. I like to keep mine in a condiment squirt bottle for easier use, but be sure to label it so nobody mistakes your shampoo for salad dressing. If you like this shampoo, also check out this article about 5 essential oil gift ideas.

Exfoliating Body Scrub

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Sugar (You can use whatever kind of sugar you like for this as long as it is granulated)
  • ½ cup Carrier Oil (Any of the carrier oils will work well for this. You could even use olive oil if that is all you have on hand)
  • 10 – 15 drops Geranium Oil

Combine the ingredients until they form a fragrant paste, and use anywhere you need extra exfoliation. I really like this for my feet, knees, and elbows. What I particularly like about using geranium oil in a scrub is that the antimicrobial properties of the oil are very good for keeping your freshly revealed skin from being immediately exposed to germs and preventing any micro abrasions from becoming infected. Overzealous scrubbing can result in ingrown hairs and body acne, so remember to scrub gently.

Antifungal Foot Cream

Add 20 drops of geranium oil to a ¼ cup of coconut oil for an intensive foot treatment either before having to be in boots or shoes all day or after. The compounds in the geranium oil will prevent a fungal infection from taking hold or help to heal an existing one. The coconut oil will moisturize skin and allow better absorption.

Soothing Salve For Bug Bites

Ingredients:

  • ⅛ cup Beeswax Pastilles
  • ¼ cup Shea Butter
  • 15 drops Geranium Oil
  • 15 drops Tea Tree Oil

Melt together the beeswax pastilles and shea butter using a double boiler or glass bowl over a simmering pot of water. Once combined, remove the mixture from heat and add both oils. Pour into a small shallow jar or another container, and allow to set at room temperature. Both the tea tree oil and geranium oil have antimicrobial properties which will help to stave off infection. The geranium oil will also reduce swelling and quickly minimize the itch.

Natural Bug Repellant

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Witch Hazel
  • 3 tablespoons Carrier Oil
  • 30 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 30 drops Eucalyptus Oil
  • 50 drops Geranium Oil

Combine all of the ingredients into a small spray bottle and shake vigorously. Please remember to reapply the bug repellant every few hours and to shake the bottle well before each use. You can use a permanent marker to write directly on the spray bottle what is inside and directions for application as well so there aren’t any mix-ups.

Carpet Refresher

I love using this carpet refresher as part of my weekly cleaning routine, but you can use this as often as you like whenever you vacuum your carpet. Put one cup of baking soda and 30 drops of geranium oil in a sealable container. Make sure that your container is completely sealed and shake for a few minutes until the oil is evenly distributed throughout the baking soda. Sprinkle your carpet refresher evenly over the carpet and allow to sit about 30 minutes before vacuuming. The scent of the geranium oil is unappealing to pests and the compounds in the oil inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungus, which means your carpet will smell fresh and be a cleaner, safer environment for bare feet.

Linen Spray

Slipping into bed or nestling onto the couch amid the clean floral scent of geraniums helps to put your mind at ease, and it’s easy to have every day.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Witch Hazel
  • ¼ cup Vodka
  • 15 drops Geranium Oil

Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake before applying to bed linens, throw pillows and blankets, drapes and upholstered surfaces. Your entire house will smell fresh and clean!

I hope you have fun making your own products from fresh ingredients and enjoy the benefits of geranium essential oil in your home and on your skin every day.

Safely Clean Your House With Essential Oils (A Pregnant Woman’s Rant and Discovery)

“Warning: Not safe for pregnant or nursing mothers.”

Have you ever considered buying a new car? And afterwards you see that car everywhere you go? Everywhere you look you see it. That’s how I feel about the above warning label. Pre-pregnancy I never saw it. Or maybe just I ignored it. I’m not sure.

The point is, I see it on EVERYTHING now.

The other day, I scavenged through my cabinet in an attempt to clean my bathroom, having lined the floor with 11 different products.

Every. Single. One – had that written warning. What in the hell? All I wanted was to clean my bathroom!

So what was an exasperated mother-to-be to do?

Cry. For the next 30 minutes. Can any of you preggos relate?

I wanted a clean bathroom. I wanted to keep my baby safe. And an in-my-face warning label was standing between me and my mission. I was an emotional basket case for sure.

After I got all that frustration out, I wiped those final tears away, got to my feet and thought to myself, “I need to relax. Where’s my lavender?”

Now for those of you that don’t know, lavender has a calming and relaxing effect when applied topically or inhaled.

So I breathed in the wonderful aroma and BAM, the idea hit me.

Of course!

There had to be some way to make all-natural, non-toxic, yet powerful essential oil cleaning products.

I reached out to my circle of mama friends for some quick advice.

Tracy, a good friend of mine, gave some excellent advice and a few recipes for cleaning my bathroom. A bathroom that had brought me tears an hour earlier.

So… In an effort to help keep all you other mom-to-be’s free from the bathroom-pregnancy-woes, I would like to share Tracy’s amazing cleaning recipes with you now.

Before you jump in, you should have a few basic items on hand for making and using these recipes.

  • glass or stainless steel spray bottle
  • glass container (for storing a grout removal scrub recipe)
  • baking soda
  • white vinegar
  • borax
  • old toothbrush (for scrubbing grout)
  • washcloths (I personally recommend silver lined clothes as it adds more anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties)

Essential Oil Toilet Disinfectant Recipes

The toilet is a massive cesspool of germs and arguably the nastiest area in our home. So I only use the best and most effective oils on it. Here are three recipes that I’ve had good luck with.

Recipe 1: Pour It and Forget Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • ¾ cup of borax
  • 10-15 drops of lavender oil
  • 5 drops of lemon oil

What You Do

Swish all the ingredients around in a plastic or glass cup, jar or other container and dump the whole lot into the toilet. Let the concoction sit there overnight and in the morning flush your toilet. Presto, clean!

Recipe 2: Super-strength ‘Round the RIM Blaster Formula

Ingredients (don’t mix)

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops of lime essential oil
  • 10 drops of melaleuca essential oil
  • 10 drops of pine needle oil
  • 10 drops of cilantro oil

What You Do

Take your cup of baking soda and use a spoon or spatula (I recommend wooden or metal) to mix it together with the essential oils. Keep mixing it up until it’s a smooth consistency (no globules left). When you’re done, put the mixture into a glass jar or bowl (with lift) for storage. To use, just roughly 1-2 tablespoons and use your toilet brush to scrub thoroughly around the bowl and up underneath the rim. The roughage of the baking soda will help break apart grim and debris while the oils will kill any bacterial growth.

Recipe 3: Outside Toilet and Bath Tub Cleaner (porcelain areas)

This a simple formula that will disinfect the outside of your toilet and your bath tub. There will be a nice smell left afterwards too.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups of distilled water
  • 10 drops of pine needle oil
  • 10 drops of bergamot oil
  • 10 drops lemon oil
  • 10 drops melaleuca oil

What You Do

Just mix all the oils and water together and put in a spray bottle. I use it liberally all over the outside of my toilet. Melaleuca oil is anti-viral and anti-fungal, important for this area of your bathroom. I highly suggest you use a silver-lined cleaning cloth too. It works wonderfully with essential oils when cleaning – especially the toilet.

Essential Oils For Bath Tub and Sink Cleaning

Recipe: Toxic Free Scrubbing Powder

Keep the grout, slim, sludge and other buildup to a minimum with just a couple of ingredients and essential oils. I love a deep clean and this works marvelously for the tiles in the tub and sink.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup of baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons of coarse salt
  • ½ cup borax
  • 10 drops of melaleuca oil
  • 10 drops of pine oil
  • 10 drops of bergamot oil

What You Do

Simple. Mix all the ingredients together in a glass jar with a lid. I like to use it by applying some to a damp sponge and scrubbing away. The buildup comes right off. For tougher areas I use an old toothbrush.

Essential Oil Counter and Mirror Cleaning Blends

We can’t forget our mirror and counter. I have a recipe for each area. And just like the others, they’re simple to make and use.

Recipe 1: Mirror Cleaner

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup of distilled water
  • 10 drops lemon oil (lime grapefruit or orange works too)

What You Do

Put it all in a spray bottle and shake it up. Spray on your mirror and wipe away. Easy. Fast. Done.

Recipe 2: Counter Cleaner

Ingredients

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 5 drops melaleuca oil
  • 5 drops grapefruit oil

What You Do

Mix it in a spray bottle and clean away, that’s it!

Wrapping Up

I really hope these recipes will help another mama-to-be as much as they’ve helped me. They smell great, they’re effective and they’re super easy to make. And best of all, they’re safe for your little one!

Make Mother’s Day Special – 5 Essential Oil Gift Ideas

As my wife opened up a piece of folded construction paper, her eyes brightened. Crayon scribbles covered the entire page. To be fair it looked like a waxy mess. But to her… to her it was the most beautiful thing she had ever set her eyes on.

A busy three year old had taken time out of his day to sit down for a stretch of 15 minutes and color a masterpiece for his mama.

All the frustration in being a mother was erased by one simple gesture. One piece of construction paper and incoherent lines was all it took to make her feel appreciated and special. Wow.

It goes to show you how heartfelt acts can make someone feel overjoyed and touched as a human being.

And then there was me.

I handed my wife a dozen roses, a hallmark card and a box of chocolates. Well, I didn’t see the same reaction.

Now don’t get me wrong. She appreciated the gift. She was overjoyed that I had even remembered Mother’s Day. But here’s the thing. There is just something magical about being creative and making a gift for someone. My son reminded me of that.

This Mother’s Day I plan on taking my son’s silent advice and doing something non-traditional and special.

My wife is in love with essential oils and uses them daily – from preventative healthcare, to cooking, to beauty, to cleaning …

So I did some digging around and came up with an awesome list of 5 essential oil DIY gift ideas for her.

Homemade Shampoo

What You Need

  • Coconut Milk (1/4 cup)
  • Liquid Castile Soap (1/4 cup)
  • Peppermint Essential Oil (7 drops)
  • Rosemary Essential Oil (7 drops)
  • Lavender Essential Oil (7 drops)
  • Olive Oil (1/3 teaspoon)

What You Do

Take all the ingredients and put them in an old mason jar with a metal lid. Shake vigorously to mix the ingredients together. This shampoo smells wonderful and will keep for up to a month (maybe 2). Tell mom (or wife) to shake before each use. She’ll only need to use about 1 or 2 teaspoons depending on her hair’s thickness.

Lavender Stress Reduction Putty

What You Need

  • Flour (1 cup)
  • Table Salt (1 cup)
  • Cream of Tartar (1 tablespoon)
  • Olive Oil (1 teaspoon)
  • Lavender Oil (20 drops)
  • Boiling Water (1 cup)
  • Food Coloring (3-4 drops) * OPTIONAL

What You Do

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, olive oil and lavender oil in a bowl. Then pour in the boiling water and use a metal spoon to stir together until thoroughly combined. Then add food coloring for look (purple works well for lavender). Let the mixture cool down for 30-45 minutes. And then you have homemade lavender putty. Perfect for alleviating physical and mental stress! You can even get more creative and put the mixture into cookie molds for a more decorative look.

Peppermint Orange Bath Salts

What You Need

  • Epsom Salt (2 cups)
  • Baking Soda (3 tablespoons)
  • Lavender Essential Oil (approximately 20 drops)
  • Lavender Essential Oil (approximately 15 drops)
  • Small Jars (mason ones work well)
  • -OR-
  • Clear, Fillable Christmas Ornaments (great for a fancy look)

What You Do

Mix Epsom salt, baking soda and essential oils into a large bowl. Spoon the mixture into your jars or Christmas ornaments. If you use the ornaments you can tie a curly piece of ribbon the top to add a little extra to the presentation. Tell her to dump the contents into a hot bath and enjoy!

Perfume

What You Need

  • Glass Roller Bottle
  • Jasmine Essential Oil (7 drops)
  • Lime Essential Oil (4 drops)
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

What You Do

First, add the essential oils to the roller bottle. Then just fill the rest of the bottle with the fractionated coconut oil. Done.

I loved the idea of making a homemade essential oil perfume for my wife. I have been wearing a musky blend for years and years (and to think I just now thought about making one for my wife). The combined scent of these two essential oils are lovely and would be a welcome addition to any gift basket. To use just roll the oil blend underneath your chin and use your fingers to rub in. Mmm, lovely.

Deodorant

What You Need

  • An Empty Deodorant Container (you can buy online)
  • Baking Soda (1/4 cup)
  • Cornstarch (1/4 cup)
  • Coconut Oil (5 tablespoons)
  • Any Essential Oil (15-20 drops) **lemon, lime, lavender, melaleuca, lemongrass are great choice.

What You Do

Mix the baking soda, essential oils and cornstarch into a glass bowl (never plastic). Then, melt the coconut oil until it is a liquid consistency. Slowly combine the coconut oil to the bowl, mixing to desired consistency. Press it into the deodorant container and let it sit until the coconut oil hardens. Apply it like you would any other type of deodorant.

In Closing

Take these five recipes and place them in a nice basket and wrap in a large ribbon. And if you’re feeling really daring, make her a handmade card too!

Mother’s Day only comes once a year. Why not make this one extra special? Take some time to make these recipes to show her just how much she means to you. She’ll brag on you to her friends for months to come!

How To Use Essential Oils To Keep Your Kitchen Clean?

Essential oils are powerful. They’re diverse in their usage making them handy in almost any application around the house. Take my kitchen for instance, the most frequented room in my home and being a mother of 3, also the dirtiest. Fortunately there hasn’t been a single spill or smear essential oils haven’t been able to handle . Here are some of my favorite recipes.

Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaner

Toddlers. Touch. Everything. So it’s no wonder decorative fingerprints regularly make an appearance on my refrigerator door. I keep this quick to blend recipe on hand all the time and use it multiple times throughout the day.

What You Need

  • Stainless Steel Spray Bottle
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil (1 cup)
  • Lavender Essential Oil (10 drops)
  • Lemon Essential Oil (10 drops)
  • Mineral Oil (2 tablespoons)
  • White Vinegar (1/2 cup)

What You Do

Mix all the ingredients into your spray bottle and shake well. Spray liberally all over your stainless steel appliances and use a soft, non-abrasive cloth to clean and polish. The lemon oil in this recipe is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal – ideal for preventing the spread of germs. The vinegar also helps to disinfect. And the mineral oil will leave a beautiful shine.

Clean A Burnt Pot Or Pan And Restore Its Natural Finish

Have you ever finished preparing a meal only to find dark, charred residue on the bottom of your pot or pan? And then you spend the next 20 minutes with a piece of steel wool scrubbing for what feels like an eternity? Try this instead.

What You Need

  • Citrus Essential Oil (I find lemon works best as a dissolvent)
  • Baking Soda (1 tablespoon)
  • White Vinegar (1 cup)

What You Do

Pour the white vinegar onto the bottom of the pot or pan. Add 8-12 drops of citrus essential oil. Let it sit for the next 15 minutes. When add the baking soda. It will fizz and react. Let it sit for another 15 minutes and then you should be able to use a damp sponge and easily wipe away the burnt area.

Non-toxic Pine Cleaner For Floors

This is one of my absolute favorites. Nothing bugs me more than a dirty kitchen floor. Not only do the essential oils break apart sticky messes, they leave such a refreshing scent afterwards. You can use this recipe all throughout your house too – from all types of hardwoods, linoleum or tile.

What You Need

  • Warm or Hot Water (4-5 liters or 1 gallon)
  • Liquid Castile Soap (2 tablespoons)
  • Douglas Fir Essential Oil (2 drops)
  • Cypress Essential Oil (2 drops)
  • White Fir Essential Oil (2 drops)
  • Lime Essential Oil (2 drops)
  • Lemon Essential Oil (5 drops)

What You Do

  1. Fill a mop bucket with the warm and hot water.
  2. Add all of the essential oils to the water.
  3. Add castile soap.
  4. Use a mop to thoroughly mix.
  5. Clean your floors.

I will also fill a spray bottle with some of this mixture and use it with a cloth on harder to reach areas such as crevices, corners and underneath cabinetry.

Snack Time Hand Sanitizer

If you’re a parent then you know just how hard it can be at times to get your children to wash their hands before engulfing a quick snack. And personally I don’t like using store bought hand sanitizer. Instead, I use this quick essential oil sanitizer gel to disinfect their hands before snack time. Kids enjoy the smell and enjoy the cooling sensation on their hands.

What You Need

  • A small glass container (I usually use mini mason jars)
  • A bowl for mixing
  • Melaleuca oil (15 drops)
  • Lavender Oil (3 drops)
  • Clove Oil (3 drops)
  • Lime Oil (2 drops)
  • Aloe Vera Gel (1 cup)

What You Do

Start by taking your bowl and adding all the essential oils. Stir. Then add the aloe vera gel. Mix everything together well and place into your small jar. I usually make my children rub 1/2 a tablespoon of the solution into their hands for each use. It will moisture and disinfect their hands at the same time. Way better than store bought, alcohol sanitizers. It should keep for a couple of weeks. If you haven’t used it by then, throw the rest out and make a new batch.

Kitchen Counter Cleaner

Counters in most kitchens are absolutely disgusting. The amount of germs that they come in contact with on a daily basis are plentiful and breeding grounds for sickness, especially if you cut raw meat. Use this homemade spray to disinfect and eliminate most bacterial growth.

What You Need

  • Stainless Steel Spray Bottle
  • White Vinegar (1 cup)
  • Melaleuca Oil (10 drops)
  • Lemon Oil (5 drops)
  • Lavender Oil (3 drops)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (2 tablespoons)

What You Do

Mix the vinegar, oils and peroxide into the spray bottle. Shake vigorously and spray all over your counter tops. I would give the oils a few minutes (10 or so) to sit and disinfect before wiping up with a damp cloth.

In Conclusion

Keeping your kitchen clean and disinfected naturally doesn’t have to be difficult. These recipes take less than 5 minutes to make and are wonderful additions to a natural lifestyle.

Essential Oils and ADD: My Story

patchouli essential oil for add

ADD And Essential Oils

Many people around the world deal with the condition referred to as ADD or ADHD, and I’m one of them. While there are a wide array of medications available, some people do not find relief from them, or find that they need relief from the side effects. I started in the former, but fell into the latter category. While my medication is a subject for another time, one thing that was constant was the relief I found in essential oils.

The Beginning: Headache Help Becomes Focus

I didn’t set out to explore the world of essential oils for ADHD initially. Instead, I discovered them as a result of using essential oils for another purpose. Specifically, I used diluted peppermint oil to help fight chronic headaches. I noticed that, when I applied this treatment, not only would my headaches go away, but I would also be able to focus better and was more productive. I attributed this, at first, to the feeling of ease that comes when a headache subsides, but, after doing some reading, I realized that it was just as likely that I was benefiting from the aromatherapy benefits of essential oil. As a result I bought an oil burner, and never looked back.

I started using a strictly peppermint oil and water blend, which I found helped me concentrate on the work I had in front of me. This makes sense, in retrospect, as peppermint oil has long been associated with increased concentration and is recommended by many as a natural remedy for attention issues.

As I experimented further, I found that a blend of 1/3 peppermint, 1/3 rosemary, and 1/3 lavender was the best mix for my particular symptoms. The peppermint and rosemary provided concentration and focus, without making me feel the heart-pumping, racy thoughts that I had experienced with medication previously. The lavender was the final addition to this mix, which I called my work blend, as its calming scent helped my mind stay at ease and comfortable with the energy that it naturally had, as well as that being provided by the peppermint and rosemary oils.

Focus Becomes Relief

After some personal exploration I began taking medication again, and no longer needed the concentration and energy that peppermint and rosemary provided me. Instead I had to find a way to help counteract the side effects of the medication I was taking.

This task required a different approach altogether. Rather than focusing on energetic oils like peppermint and rosemary, I instead looked into soothing scents. I initially began with a lavender/water blend, but eventually added patchouli to the mix. I found that the lavender-only approach would make me feel at ease in a way where I wouldn’t want to use the focus from my medication on my work. The grounding sensation that the patchouli provided tempered this, and my side effects perfectly. If you want to try this at home, I recommend a 50/50 patchouli and lavender blend, and then adjust it from there. If you find yourself needing a more calming situation then bump up the lavender, and if you need to keep a little bit of the edge that helps you keep on working, then favoring more patchouli is the way to go.

Another thing l like about this particular mix is that it is so flexible. It covers a broad array of situations, from cleaning around the house to rushing to meet a deadline, just by altering the proportion of oils used.

Other Ideas and Going Forward

While these are the primary mixes that I use, they are not the only ones. Some days might be more stressful than others, and for those days I’ve found that adding something citrus to my lavender/patchouli blend is an excellent coping strategy. I favor tangerine, but others have talked about how lemon is the perfect aroma to help you feel like you can, despite what everything around you says, get through the day. A drop or two of citrus provides the perfect amount of bright undertone to the aroma to lift it without being overpowering.

One thing that I want to experiment more with is the addition of various wood oils, in particular cedar. I think that there’s a chance that cedar may eventually take the place of the patchouli in my anti-side effects blend. I’ve found that the woodiness and richness of these oils stands up to the lavender much better, while providing a different kind of grounding sensation than the patchouli does.

Essential Oils and ADD/ADHD

While I am not a doctor, and everyone’s mind and body work differently, I strongly recommend using essential oils as part of your ADD/ADHD experience. I’ve found that they’ve helped me focus more without medicine, and have done an excellent job of minimising some of the more unpleasant side effects that result from the medication. My life would not be what it is without essential oils, and for that I am grateful!

My Personal Journey with Acne and Essential Oils

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I wish I had known about the power of essential oils and how they can help with acne breakouts years ago. They have been the hallmark to healing my sensitive, oily and highly volatile skin.

I cringe when I think back to my journey with acne. I suffered from all types. Dozens and dozens of blackheads on my nose and cheeks. A forehead that was laced with white heads. And those massive, red and inflamed cystic knots that always lingered below the surface of my skin. Those things cursed my neck and back. And they hurt!

If you can relate, I’m sorry. I know how painful acne can be. Both physically and emotionally. I also know how desperate you can become in an effort to rid yourself of such a burden. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably tried everything. I spent so much money on cosmetic products that ‘guaranteed’ results. Time and time again. The only thing those products ever did was to excessively dry out my skin. And that only made the problem worse.

I remember getting so desperate at one point that I tried rubbing apple cider vinegar all over my face. It gave a small bit of relief but at the expense of smelling like a pungent bottle of vinegar. So much for that idea.

My battle with acne persisted… for years. All the way into my thirties.
And it wasn’t until my wife introduced our family to essential oils that I finally found the relief I was searching for.

My Personal Transformation

Essential oils have a unique way of working with our body to treat and heal a multitude of underlying conditions. Even acne.

After applying a blend of several essential oils to my face (I’ll talk about which ones in a moment), I felt an immediate relief. The aroma of the oil blend relaxed my nerves. My skin, which usually felt dry, irritated and painful was quickly calmed and soothed. A few days later, I noticed that my blackheads were shrinking in size. And my whiteheads were beginning to dry up too.

A couple of weeks later, those painful, cystic acne knots were becoming smaller and less painful. Eventually they disappeared altogether.

The Best Oils for Acne

Here are a list of the best oils for acne. And why they work so well.

Geranium Oil

Even when acne has cleared up, it is notorious for leaving scars on the surface of your skin. Geranium oil is derived from the pelargonium genus flower. This is an extremely powerful oil that has a multitude of purposes. When it comes to acne, it has a profound ability to heal and reduce the visibility of scars on the surface of skin.

Lavender Oil

Lavender is known as the calming oil. It has long sense been used as the go to essential oil in the relief of burns. This is because of its almost immediate ability to calm inflammation and numb the receptors of pain. When acne is present on the face or other parts of the body, the skin is in a constant state of inflammation. Acute inflammation is actually beneficial. Its job is to send a signal to the body to mediate the healing process. With acne however, that inflammation becomes ongoing or in other words, chronic. This prevents the body from healing and makes an existing problem even worse. Lavender oil will calm that inflammation and allow the skin to relax… feeling soothed, and allowing healing to naturally occur.

Tea Tree Oil

Also known as melaleuca oil. This is the powerhouse of the essential oils for acne. Strong yet gentle, it is equipped to aid even the most severe breakouts on the most sensitive of skin. It boasts antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which is ideal in eliminating the Propionibacterium acnes microbe that grows on the skin and is responsible for acne breakouts.

Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon oil can dilate blood vessels, increasing circulation. The better the circulation to an area of the body, the quicker it can heal. Combine this with cinnamon oils’ antibacterial and antiviral properties and its ability to decrease inflammation and you have another oil that can sway the battle with acne in your favor.

Eucalyptus oil

I love this oil. It has a smell that reminds me of a mixture between a pine tree and a mint leaf. Like some of the other oils, it has antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. When used with the other oils above, it will dry out existing breakouts and prevent new ones from forming.

To Conclude

And there you have it! The oils that I used to heal my problematic breakouts. For best results and a smooth, youthful complexion, I recommend you use them daily like I do.

I also suggest that you dilute 10 drops of each oil (50 drops total) with 30-40 drops of fractionated coconut oil (also . It’s important to always dilute essential oils if you plan to use them topically. Some can cause irritation in people and the process of dilution helps to eliminate or reduce that likelihood. Don’t worry, they’re still powerful even when diluted.

Here are some other essential oils that people have used for acne and other skin conditions. I haven’t personally used them myself but they are worth mentioning for your personal reference.

Those oils are arborvitae, bergamot, birch, cardamom, cedarwood, clary sage, clove, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, helichrysum, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, myrrh, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, spearmint, vetiver, white fir, wintergreen, yarrow and ylang ylang. And I am sure there are others!

That’s all for now.
Never forget – You’re beautiful. Let the power of essential oils help remind you of that!

What Are The Health Benefits of Marjoram Essential Oil

What Is Marjoram Essential Oil?

Marjoram, also known as Origanum Marjorana, is an essential oil derived from the leaves or the flower of the marjoram plant by using steam distillation. Steam distillation is a process that extracts the essential oils from the leaves of organic plants by passing steam through them which separates the oil and the water compounds of the leaves. It is then concentrated to create a powerful effect. The main components of marjoram oil include Sabinene Hydrate, Terpinene, Cymene, Terpineol, Linalool, Linalyl Acetate, Gamma-Terpinene, and Terpinolene.

Marjoram is very similar to oregano but with a finer texture and milder flavor and is sometimes called “sweet marjoram.” It is one of many varieties of oregano that originated from the Mediterranean. As a culinary additive, fresh or dried marjoram has been used for many years giving a unique flavor to sauces, dressings, soups, and stews, and many other dishes. It’s also known for its positive effect on the nervous system and its calming properties as well.

Marjoram essential oil is so versatile and has numerous health benefits for both internal and external overall health. Whether it’s used orally, topically, or with the use of aromatherapy, it has many different benefits for each way. Just 2 tablespoons of marjoram are rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and other nutrients.

Health Benefits Of Marjoram Essential Oil

  • Analgesic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anaphrodisiac
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Bactericidal
  • Carminative
  • Cephalic
  • Cordial
  • Diaphoretic
  • Digestive
  • Diuretic
  • Emenagogue
  • Expectorant
  • Fungicidal
  • Hypotensive
  • Laxative
  • Nervine
  • Sedative
  • Stomachic
  • Vasodilator
  • Vulnerary

What Are The Best Ways To Use Marjoram Essential Oil?

There are numerous ways to use marjoram oil. As an essential oil, it should only be used topically or through aromatherapy and never taken orally, and only added to food if it’s fresh or dried. Here are the ways to use marjoram;

* Bath

When diffused in water, the essential oil is inhaled and is absorbed into the skin to relieve anxiety, stress, insomnia, colds, coughs, aches, and pains.

* Diffuser

Candle diffusers, electric heat diffusers, and cool air nebulizing diffusers.

* Topical application

Cosmetically, marjoram is used in body lotions, skin creams, bath soaps and shaving gel.

* Aromatherapy

Marjoram essential oil can be inhaled through the use of aromatherapy through vaporizers and burners. Aromatherapy uses essential oils for healing through our sense of smell. When you breathe in the essential oil parts of the brain are stimulated that effect emotional, physical, and mental health. There are many health benefits of using marjoram essential oil with aromatherapy. It can be used for headaches, tension, sinusitis, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, anxiety, and stress.

* Message therapy

During treatment, the essential oil is inhaled offering the same benefits as aromatherapy, but it also helps with muscular pains and spasms when you rub it into the skin. Furthermore, it helps with fatigue, back pain, detoxification, and migraines.

Best Way To Dilute Marjoram Essential Oil & With Which Carrier Oil

Most essential oils are highly concentrated and have to be diluted with carrier oils before applying on your skin to avoid skin irritations and sensitization and should never be applied without diluting it first or used internally. Carrier oils are usually referred to as vegetable oils, base oils, or fixed oils. The best way to dilute an essential oil is by adding 6 drops of essential oil to 1 Tbsp of cold pressed carrier oil to make 2% dilution. Carrier oils are usually pressed from the seeds or kernels. These are some examples of carrier oils;

  • Almond oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Pomegranate seed oil
  • Olive oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Safflower oil

Dilution increases the surface area of absorption and does not reduce the effectiveness of the essential oil.

What Other Essential Oils Blend Well With Marjoram Essential Oil?

Marjoram oil blends very well with:

  • bergamot
  • eucalyptus
  • lavender
  • cedarwood
  • chamomile
  • cypress
  • rosemary
  • tea tree essential oil
  • wild orange

Is Marjoram Essential Oil Safe For Pregnant Women & Children?

It’s best for pregnant women to avoid using marjoram oil. Marjoram Essential oil is safe to use for babies 3 months old and older (aromatherapy, not topically)

Marjoram essential oil is a potent, concentrated oil that has numerous health benefits. However, it should never be taken orally and should always be diluted with water or a carrier oil when used topically. Besides taking it externally or topically, the aroma has a warming effect that helps with poor circulation or to overcome chills due to cold weather, while it promotes a calming atmosphere to relieve stress. Also applying it before and after exercising brings relief to your muscles and joints.

What are The Best Essential Oils for Insomnia Relief and Treatment?

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Insomnia And Essential Oils

Insomnia is a sleep disorder where people have difficulty falling asleep or having a good night rest. In America, millions of people suffer from insomnia—unable to rest adequately after an exhausting day. Often we find ourselves turning uncomfortably in the bed, unable to shut off our minds, unable to push out the myriad of thoughts clouding our heads.

Sleep is an essential part of life that we often do not get enough of and is just as important as food and water is to our health and survival. Medically, it is easier for one to stay alive for days without food than without sleep. According to National Sleep Foundation, adults within the age range of 26-64 require seven to nine sleeping hours daily, while those above 65 require seven to eight hours. Usually, insomnia is an independent occurrence, but can be a result of another health condition or using drugs like caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

Types of Insomnia

There are three categories – transient, acute and chronic insomnia.

Transient insomnia: This often lasts less than a week and is caused by disorders like a change in environment, depression, or stress.

Acute insomnia: This is a disruption in sleeping pattern for less than a month. It is often a result of daytime schedules and is sometimes called stress-related insomnia or short-term insomnia.

Chronic insomnia: This lasts for more than a month and is often accompanied by other conditions like muscular weariness, hallucinations, mental fatigue and double vision.

What Causes Insomnia?

Stress is the leading cause of insomnia in the world. Other factors that contribute to insomnia are:

  • Hormonal imbalances (during menstruation or menopause)
  • Neurological disorders
  • Heartburn
  • Pain, resulting from injury
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Use of psychoactive drugs (such as stimulants)
  • Use or withdrawal from pain relievers
  • Emotional stress
  • Working late night shifts

Our List of The Best Essential Oils for Insomnia

Without using sleeping pills or sedatives to induce sleep (they have long-term effects), there are essential oils that can help you reduce sleepless nights. These essential oils have proven sedative properties that will contribute to calming a disturbed mind and promote good night rest. The following are the most popular oils for insomnia.

Lavender Oil

Essential Oils for Fungal InfectionsUnarguably the most popular of all essential oils, Lavender oil is extracted from a plant in the mint family. The delicious and pleasant aroma of Lavender oil makes it a preferred essential oil for insomnia. It predominantly contains alcohols and esters and has many therapeutic properties. Scientific research has shown that Lavender oil has sleep-inducing effects; helps calm the mind and soothe the body. Lavender oil will help you relieve stress and get a good night rest. You can use Lavender essential oil for insomnia as a massage oil, a bath oil, or with a diffuser.

Sweet Marjoram Oil

Many have reported they fell in love with marjoram oil at first smell. It has a sweet smelling fragrance that can trigger happy feelings in a depressed spirit, help you relax and get a good night rest. Marjoram has sedative and analgesic properties that work both as a stress reliever and to lower blood pressure. It is also an excellent essential oil for sleep apnea and snoring. You can use Marjoram alone, or blend with Roman Chamomile and Lavender oil. Either way, you will get a good night rest.

Frankincense Oil

Studies have shown that the smoke from burning Frankincense oil can ease anxiety and depression. Frankincense oil has Incensole acetate as one of its compounds, and it is primarily responsible for its sedative effects. Using this oil before going to bed can help you sleep soundly. You can combine this oil with Lavender oil to enhance its sedative effects.

Roman Chamomile Oil

This oil has a floral aroma and has been used for centuries as a relaxing oil. Chamomile is an essential oil to help babies sleep – and adults too. It soothes the nervous system and can help relieve stress. You can mix Roman Chamomile with Lavender oil to get an even powerful blend.

To enjoy the therapeutic benefits of this oil, use it with your diffuser. Alternatively, dilute with a carrier oil and massage to the bottom of your feet before going to bed. You can also mix with your body lotion or shampoo.

Valerian Oil

Valerian oil has valeric acid, a component largely responsible for its sedative properties. It modulates the GABA receptor and represses the breakdown of GABA to cause sedation. It is one of the best essential oils for insomnia. It is one of the best essential oils for deep sleep. You can use this oil topically by applying to the bottom of your feet or around your wrist.

Clary Sage Oil

Through its effects on GABA receptors, Clary Sage Oil works similarly to Valerian oil. In a study done to assess the power of Clary Sage Oil as a stress reliever compared with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile oil, Clary Sage was discovered to outperform all the other oils. Aside from being an excellent anti-stressor, it can also help people with depression.

Orange Oil

Orange Oil has a citrusy aroma and is excellent for insomnia caused by stress. Like other citrus-based oil, it can uplift your spirit, soothe your body and relieve depression. Due to the photosensitivity of citrus oils, do not expose your skin to sunlight within 12 hours of use. Preferably, I would suggest you use in the night before going to bed. You can use orange oil with your diffuser, or rub the diluted oil on your abdomen.

Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, and antidepressant properties, making it excellent for inducing relaxation and sleep. It has a warming and comforting aroma that helps relieve depression, loneliness, and trigger a happy feeling. Cedarwood oil works by stimulating the pineal gland, releasing melatonin –important for sleep regulation. Use Cedarwood with a diffuser, or rub the diluted oil on your forehead, wrist, and the back of your neck.

Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood is another essential oil that can help calm your mind and get a good night rest. You can use alone or blend with other essential oils. Other essential oils to try are Spikenard oil, Lemon oil, Mandarin oil, Bergamot oil, and Ylang-Ylang oil.

How to use Essential Oils for insomnia

The following are suggestions on how to use essential oils effectively for insomnia:

Diffusing: Using aromatherapy for insomnia is a proven way to get sound sleep. Both electric and candle diffusers can be used. You can diffuse the essential oil for 45 minutes before going to bed. For economic purposes, set a timer for the diffuser, so it doesn’t run throughout the night.

Warm Bath: Add 6-8 drops of essential oils or blends to your warm bath water to get a refreshed spirit and relieve insomnia. If you already use a bath oil, you can mix it with essential oils.

Massage Oil: Having your body massaged with essential oil blend can help you relax and wind out after a long day.

Spritzer: You can mix essential oils with distilled water and use in a water spritzer. Spray around the house and on your pillow.

Steaming: Add a few drops of essential oils to a bowl containing hot water. Face the bowl and inhale the steam escaping. Preferably, cover your head with a towel.

Essential Oil Blend for Insomnia

Recipe 1 – Good sleep blend

  • 75 drops lavender oil
  • 45 drops sweet marjoram oil
  • 30 drops roman chamomile oil
  • 30 drops bergamot oil
  • 6 drops ylang-ylang oil
  • 6 drops valerian oil

Mix the ingredients and store in a 15ml dark glass bottle. Shake well and store in a cool dark place.

Other Natural Treatments for Insomnia

Diet: Adjusting your diet is the first step to ensuring a good night sleep. When foods don’t digest well, it can disturb your intestines, cause heartburns, or gas. Also, consuming too much sugar and carbs can prevent you from having a comfortable sleep. Drop the excess carbohydrate and incorporate more of green vegetables, healthy fats, magnesium and potassium into your diet.

Exercise regularly: It doesn’t have to be a hard workout session. You can go swimming, do yoga, take walks or go hiking with your family.

Listen to music: Sometimes, listening to quiet music at bedtime can lure you to sleep.
Relieve Stress: The inability to shut the brain off for the night is common with insomnia patients. For starters, avoid taking phones or other electronic gadgets to bed. Studies have shown that they disrupt melatonin and activate arousal neurons.

Avoid Caffeine: Avoid consuming caffeinated drinks after 4 pm so your sleep doesn’t get disturbed.

 

DIY Best Essential Oils for Face Wash Recipes & Blends

Best Essential Oils for Face Wash

What Essential Oils To Use For a Face Wash?

Once you have discovered the amazing benefits of essential oils, it will be difficult to stop using them. I use essential oils for almost everything—scars, burns, cuts, bruises, stress, good sleep, skin care. They are an essential part of my daily routine. If like me, you are obsessed with keeping your skin flawless and youthful looking, then you need to add essential oils to your skin care kit.

Essential oils are excellent remedies for many skin conditions—acne, eczema, sun spots, aging, pimples, etc. When combined into blends, you can get results that are even more outstanding. One of the best ways to apply essential oils for skin care is by making it your facial cleanser. This will help tighten skin pores, clear dirt and leave the skin refreshed. Ensure you dilute with carrier oils before topical application, especially if you have sensitive skin. The following are the best essential oils for a face wash.

The Best Essential Oils For a Face Wash

Frankincense Oil

This sweet smelling oil is beneficial to all skin types. Frankincense oil helps tighten the skin, promotes healthy cell regeneration, improves skin tone, and reduces the appearance of scars and wrinkles.

Geranium Oil

Geranium oil is good for making essential oil face wash for acne-prone skins. It helps to control the production of sebum and keeps the face clean and refreshed. It also helps to heal bruises, cuts, burns, and many skin conditions like eczema, ringworms, and dermatitis.

Lavender Oil

This oil has an irresistible aroma that has relaxing effects on the body. It helps with regeneration of new skin cells, tightening skin pores, and healing scars.

Jasmine Oil

Jasmine oil has soothing effects on the skin. It is useful for achieving an even skin tone. Jasmine oil strengthens the skin and improves its elasticity.

Patchouli Oil

Patchouli oil is a good essential oil for acne, eczema, and sunburns. This earthy oil regulates sebum production, prevents scarring and tightens sagging skin. Patchouli oil is excellent for aging skin.

Ylang-Ylang Oil

The rich and floral fragrance of this oil makes it the favorite of many aromatherapists. It is suitable for all skin types and helps to regenerate skin cells. It helps smoothen out fine lines and improves skin elasticity.

DIY Homemade Essential Oil face wash recipes

Most of the essential oil face wash recipes here are mixed with Liquid castile soap to enhance their cleansing effects on the skin. Liquid castile soap is a natural, concentrated soap made from plant oils. As with every other soap, contact with your eyes may cause severe stinging and burning sensation.

Recipe 1 – Face wash

  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 5 drops of lavender oil
  • 5 drops of frankincense oil
  • 5 drops of lemon oil

First, melt the coconut oil by heating mildly. Remove the heat source after it melts and add other ingredients. Store in an airtight glass jar and keep in a cool and dark place.

Recipe 2 – Exfoliating facial cleanser

The high percentage of vitamin C and antioxidants in Orange makes ii an effective facial cleanser. It refreshes and exfoliates the skin giving you a more radiant and healthy skin.

  • 35 drops of orange oil
  • 1 tablespoon of finely ground orange peel
  • 8 ounces of liquid castile soap
  • Blend the ingredients together and store in a glass jar.
  • Recipe 3 – Citrus based facial cleanser
  • Ten drops of orange oil
  • 15 drops of lime oil
  • 15 drops of lemon oil
  • 5 drops of grapefruit oil
  • 8 ounces of liquid castile soap

Mix the essential oils with the liquid castile soap and store in a glass jar.

Recipe 4 – Peppermint Blend

Peppermint oil is beneficial for proper blood circulation. It also helps to regulate oil production in the body. Menthol, the primary component of peppermint oil has cooling effects on the skin. You should, however, use with caution and dilute appropriately.

  • 25 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 8 ounces liquid castile soap

Recipe 5 – Cooling facial blend

This blend carries the combined properties of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil. While tea tree oil is good for acne prone skin, eucalyptus helps to soothe the skin, thus alleviating inflammation and irritation.

  • 15 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 25 drops of tea tree oil
  • 8 ounces of liquid castile soap

Recipe 6 – Floral Blend

  • 15 drops of lavender oil
  • 25 drops of geranium oil
  • 8 ounces liquid castile soap

This blend is not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Recipe 7 – Herbal Cleanser

  • 30 drops of basil oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary oil
  • 8 ounces of liquid castile soap

Basil essential oil is excellent for toning the skin and fighting acne. When blended with rosemary oil, the toning effect increases and keeps your skin free from blemishes.

Recipe 8

  • 2 ounces of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba, almond, grapeseed, avocado, or olive oils)
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • 10 drops of frankincense oil
  • 10 drops of rose hip oil
  • 10 drops of patchouli oil
  • 10 drops of myrrh oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of Rosemary oil

Mix these oils together in a 16oz glass bottle and store in a cool dark place.

Recipe 9 – Natural Toning Face wash

  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 2 teaspoonful of raw honey
  • 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap
  • 5 teaspoons of jojoba oil or any preferred carrier oil
  • 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary oil
  • 15 drops of lavender oil

Directions: In order, mix the ingredients and stir gently. Ensure you do not add the soap before the water. When the ingredients totally blend, pour into a foamy soap dispenser.
Use this facial wash once or twice daily.

Recipe 10 – Tea Tree oil facial cleanser

  • 1/4 cup of castor oil
  • 1/2 cup of grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup of jojoba oil
  • 15 drops of tea tree oil

Mix these ingredients in a bowl and stir thoroughly. Store the blend in an airtight jar away from sunlight. You can use the blend through hot compress.

To conclude

Most of the recipes above were formulated through experiments. Feel free to try a few blends of your own to see what works best for you. Just ensure you dilute sufficiently with a carrier oil, and you are on your way to achieving a fresh, radiant and beautiful skin.

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