How Essential Oils Can Help You Get Rid Of Flying Insects

Essential Oils Insect Repellent

Deter Flying Insects Using Essential Oils

Finally. Spring is here. If you live in a tropical area that may not seem like such a big deal to you, but I live up in the great white north (otherwise known as Northern Canada). And we suffer through eight months of bitter cold winter every year. So when birds begin to chirp and the snow starts to melt, I get excited!

But while I love the spring and summer months, they bring with them their own set challenges. One of which is insects – especially those with wings like flies, hornets, bumble bees and moths.

Flies Flies Flies

Last year was an absolute nightmare for me. We live about 2 kilometers (or about 1.25 miles) away from the city dump. I know, not pleasant to think about. Honestly though it isn’t typically a big deal to us except when it gets warm outside. And then house flies become a massive problem. At one point I counted over 30 flies in our house! We were overrun. My husband would go on a warpath with a fly swatter, like a sniper, picking them off one by one. He was a good and loyal soldier but those suckers multiplied faster than rabbits and quickly swayed the tide of battle in their favor.

At one point I was so frustrated, I even took a handheld vacuum and chased after them like a crazy lady. I caught quite a few though. And because I believe in second chances (unlike my husband), I released them outside. I guess flies don’t appreciate second chances because it wasn’t long before my tiresome effort was nulled and voided. They were back. Again.

My “aha” moment hit one evening when my family and I were sitting down to eat our dinner, accompanied by many uninvited guests.

My five year old son had taken his first bite, hovering his hand over his plate in an attempt to protect his food from an onslaught of perpetrators.

“Mom,” he said frustratingly.

“Yes dear,” I replied.

Innocently he asked, “Are there any oils you can use to make these flies leave us alone?”

Genius.

Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t think of the idea myself because I use essential oils for almost everything in our home. All three of my children have witnessed me using oils since their first days. I suppose it was only normal for him to wonder why his mama wasn’t whipping up some magical oil formula to fix this overwhelming problem of ours.

My plan of action was simple and easy to execute.

How To Make An Insect Repeller

I planned on making a mixture with the best oils for repelling insects. Here is the recipe I came up with.

What You Need

  • Stainless Steel Spray Bottle
  • 1 ½ Cups Distilled Water
  • ½ Cup White Vinegar
  • 2 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops of Citronella Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

What You Do

Spray liberally around the seal of your windows and into the cracks along your door frames. All essential oils are naturally anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral, so you can even use it to quickly clean any smudges or fingerprints on windows and sliding glass doors while pest-proofing those areas.

I do this every other day. If you do the same, you’ll notice a significant reduction in house flies and other flying (and non-flying) pests.

Granted it doesn’t prevent ALL bugs from getting inside so it’s a good idea to have a diffuser going during the day too. Especially in areas you frequent or where you eat. Doing so will effectively repel them and let you enjoy some peace.

Simply use a single drop of all the oils listed above in your diffuser and it should keep any opportunistic, flying insects at bay.

SPECIAL BONUS: How To Make a Mosquito Repellant

My family and I love to go for long walks outside during the sunny months. It’s a tradition that gives us time to talk and bond. But mosquitos have a tendency of attacking us on these walks. I hate putting synthetic products on myself and children, so I decided to try this oil blend out as a mosquito repellent. It works great! The same oils are used as above, you just need to tweak the recipe slightly.

What You Need

  • 3 Tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 1 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 Drops of Citronella Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil
  • 1 Drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

What You Do

Keep the blend in a small glass bottle with a dropper. Then take several drops and rub it all over your exposed skin. Just be careful when applying near the eyes.

In Closing

Bugs and flies suck.

I look back on this story and laugh today, but my husband and I wasted so much valuable time trying to win a losing battle against those flies. And that was time we could have saved if I had only been proactive with a few essential oils.

With warmer months approaching, give yourself 10 minutes to mix these oils up and pest proof your home. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Using Essential Oils to Eliminate Household Odors

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Refresh Your House With Essential Oils

A few months ago our family decided to add homemade bone broth into our daily diet. It was great. We enjoyed incredible tasting beef, chicken and turkey broth. And then we decided to get really creative.

Let me ask you question. What do you get when you slow cook six large sardines (about five inches long) with 12 cups of water in a crockpot for eight hours? The most awful stench you could ever smell. That’s what.

And since we simmered the fish overnight, the smell had hours to permeate through the vents and every last nook and cranny of our entire house. All while we were peacefully asleep in our bedroom. To wake up to that… oh my… that foul odor will forever be branded into my memory.

There was no escape, no matter where I went. I tried to escape to the bathroom, the basement, I even went into the garage but it followed me like a bad habit, mocking my every attempt to break free.

I couldn’t even think about food. Just the thought of eating was enough to make me dry heave. I think you get the point. It was bad and we needed a solution. And we needed it fast! I started by washing the stainless steel crockpot and lid. Three times. But the smell was still there. So I let it air dry for a couple of hours to see if that would help. No luck.

Air Freshener Don’t Do The Trick

Next I tried to use some air freshener to cover up the smell around the house. Big mistake. It briefly masked the fishy stench but shortly afterwards, it all came back with a vengeance. I was reminded of a friend I had back in high school. He thought spraying deodorant on after a sweaty workout was an adequate replacement for a shower. But he was wrong. He needed a solution to the problem, not a method of covering it up. And that solution was the shower. I should have known better myself. Synthetic air freshener was not the solution. I needed something to eliminate the odor, to ERADICATE it once and for all.

So I gagged my way to my dining room cabinet and eagerly grabbed my case of essential oils. That case had to hold the solution to ending this mess once and for all.

How To Make an Air Refresher Made of Essential Oils?

I remembered that lemon essential oil was known for its strong, cleansing scent and how it was quite versatile as a cleaning agent too. So I ran a sink full of water with a larger-than-normal amount of a dish soap and four drops of lemon essential oil. I chunked the lid and crockpot into the sink and let it soak for three hours straight.

The real task came next. I needed a powerful blend of oils to make my house liveable again. I searched for several essential oil recipes that could handle the task and finally found one that was up to the job.

What You Need

  • 3 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops of Lime Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops of Siberian Fir Needle Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops of Australian Fir Needle Essential Oil
  • 4 Drops of Pine Needle Essential Oil
  • 2 drops of Citronella Grass Essential Oil
  • 3 drops of Melaleuca Leaf Essential Oil
  • 2 drops of Cilantro Herb Essential Oil
  • Diffuser (or in my case, three of them)

What You Do

Nothing complicated about this. Just fill a diffuser with water and add the drops of essential oils. Let it run continuously until you can no longer smell the odor you’re trying to eliminate.

Since it was literally ALL OVER my house, I had three diffusers running. I placed them near the vents in my home and turned my furnace’s fan on to help circulate the blend. After about three to four hours my nose finally achieved some relief. Two hours and a bit afterwards and the stench was completely gone. Not masked. But Gone. Yay essential oils!

I’m also happy to report my crockpot and lid were not permanently infused with the smell. The lemon oil did its job perfectly as I had hoped. I’m glad too because that appliance cost me well over $120. But let me tell you, if I had been unsuccessful in getting that smell out, in the trash it would have gone!

In Closing

I would not wish my “fishy” experience on anyone. But if you happen to find yourself in a stinky place and are wondering what might be the best way to take care of it, then look no further than essential oils. The blend I shared with you is splendid. And I have found many other uses for it since – from smelly diaper pails, to old garbage cans and even lingering bathroom blowouts. Take it from me. Nothing works better!

How To Make Your Own Chewing Gum Essential Oils Recipe?

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Essential Oil Chewing Gum Recipe

I love to chew gum! It has been a habit of mine for as long as I can remember. My mom and I used to sit together and chew our favorite, “Big Red,” gum together while watching The Price Is Right on our colorless, knob-dial TV. I cherish those memories. They are probably why I enjoy gum so much.

But two weeks ago I developed a throbbing pain in the right side of my mouth. So I booked an appointment with my dentist to find out what was going on. It was not a pleasant visit. He told me I had developed five cavities in my mouth and that I was also suffering from sensitive teeth.

Ouch.

I used to pride myself on never having a cavity. And now I was being told I had five. Rough news. But the worst part was yet to come. After asking me a few questions about my diet (which is mostly healthy), he discovered my love for gum. And you know what he said? He told me I needed to give it up entirely or switch to a sugarless brand.

Ugh.

For starters, I don’t agree with unnatural, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose that’s commonly found in sugarless gum. And even though there are better choices (xylitol for instance), a single pack of that type of gum can run three to five bucks. That’s craziness!

So before I tell you what I did.

Did You Know (my justification for loving gum so much)

  • Chewing gum has all kinds of benefits. Studies have shown that gum chewers have increased concentration and improved cognitive function. Some people even swear that if you chew gum while studying and while you take a test, you’ll get a better grade – if true, this is likely due to the improved blood flow and oxygen that flows to the brain during chewing.
  • It helps to keep you awake.
  • Chewing gum also helps to combat stress and anxiety (I’m guilty of experiencing both)!
  • And it also improves digestion by stimulating saliva in the mouth. Saliva is the beginning of our digestion, it breaks down carbohydrates in the mouth and prepares food for further digestion in our stomach. So the more, the better.

As you can see, there was good reason for me not to ditch my habit.

A Few Ingredients Later

So after hearing that not-so-lovely news from my dentist, I was facing two problems:

  1. I needed a cost effective, non-damaging gum to keep my chewing gum habit in tact.
  2. I had to find a way to soothe my sensitive teeth and gums.

How To Make Your Own Chewing Gum Using Essential Oils

I decided to do something that would remedy both problems. I made my own chewing gum using essential oils.

And I did it with only three ingredients.

I got to say, the results were spectacular. And I can’t wait to share the recipe with you!

Essential Oil Gum Recipe

What You Need

  • Six ounces of natural beeswax
  • 1 drop of clove essential oil
  • 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil

What You Do

  • Use or make a double broiler.
  • Melt your beeswax.
  • Add the essential oil drops.
  • Pour the mixture into a silicon mold or ice tray and freeze for 2-3 hours or until hardened.
  • Chew!

Important Note: Please do not use cheap essential oils for this recipe. You will be ingesting these oils as you chew the gum so I highly recommend you avoid brands that may have synthetic additives (which are not always listed on the bottle). My personal recommendation is DoTerra or Young Living essential oils as both have been tested for purity and used internally by many people without adverse side effects.

Alternatively, you can add a healthy sweetener such as xylitol or stevia if you like. I personally found that the cinnamon oil added enough flavor but ultimately it’s up to you and your preference.

Why use Clove Oil?

For many years, clove oil has been used in dentistry as a numbing agent. It’s powerful and safe as long as it is diluted (which the beeswax does in this recipe). Clove oil is the perfect solution when experiencing a bout of sensitive teeth after eating something cold or drinking a hot beverage and goes well with cinnamon.

And it has also been reported that clove oil decreases decalcification of teeth and actually stimulates remineralization. Now that is awesome!

Why Cinnamon Essential Oil?

The biggest reason is because it tastes good! It has also been linked to improved immune function because it is naturally anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial. Cinnamon also lifts mood and helps to relieve depression. And some even believe it to be a natural aphrodisiac – bonus!

To Wrap Up

Chewing gum has its benefits. So if you have an addiction to it like me, feel vindicated. There’s good reason for it.

And with a couple of minutes, three ingredients and the amazing power of essential oils, you can make your own chewing gum that tastes good, improves the condition of your teeth and improves your mood. That’s a win/win/win all around!

How To Make Safe, Non-toxic Sunscreen Using 2 Essential Oils

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How To Make Sunscreen From Essential Oils

Winter is long and harsh in the north. It’s not uncommon for those of us up here to experience cold weather for seven or eight months straight (and sometimes longer). So when it warms up, I encourage my little tribe to spend as much time as possible outside.

We go on family walks, play at parks, lay outside at the beach (my personal favorite), frequent water parks and anything else that warrants an excuse to be outdoors.

All this time outside is super fun and helps to improve all of our moods. Plus, it replenishes and boosts our vitamin d3 levels too.

Sunlight is important and absolutely critical to being healthy and vibrant. There is a healthy balance though. Too much sunlight, too often can lead to problems.

Melanoma, otherwise known as skin cancer is one of the major concerns. And getting a bad sunburn is no fun either.

Using Natural Sunscreen

I’m a mother who struggles with keeping her overly hyper and active kids busy, so they have to spend lots of time outside to burn off energy. But I have no intention of using traditional sunscreen – the stuff is terrible and has been linked to all kinds of nasty side effects (we absorb what we put on our skin after all).

Yes. You can go buy natural sunscreen (Burt’s Bees brand comes to mind) but in my opinion they are way overpriced for what you’re getting.

I think a far better solution is to use the magic of essential oils with a few other key ingredients and make your own.

I did this last year and was overjoyed with how well it worked. None of my kids got a sunburn. Not even once through the whole summer. And we spent long days outside at the beach during the prime time of day when most people go home with a crisp.

A Recipe For Sunscreen Using Essential Oils

Here’s this magical recipe. It will protect you and your family from the harmful UVA and UVB rays while nourishing and hydrating your skin. Big bonus!

What You Need

  • Small, glass jar (mason jars work great).
  • ¾ cup of coconut oil.
  • 2 tablespoons of non nano zinc oxide (the particles of zinc sit on the surface of the skin and scatter UVA and UVB rays before they ever reach your skin. Only use NON nano zinc oxide which you can find on Amazon.
  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter.
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil.
  • 1-3 drops of a pomegranate essential oil.

What You Do

  • Mix up everything except the non nano zinc oxide into your small mason jar.
  • Take a frying pan and a small amount of water (usually 1-2 inches tall will work) and heat it up on the stove under medium/low heat.
  • Take the mason jar that you have containing the oils, shea butter, and coconut oil and place it into the thin layer of water in the frying pan. The heat will begin to warm up and melt the coconut oil. Stir all the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.
  • Combine the zinc oxide and stir until everything is mixed together well.
  • You can store your new sunscreen in a dark cabinet or pantry until you’re ready to use.

As I mentioned, this is an awesome recipe but I would recommend that you reapply:

  1. After about 2-3 hours.
  2. Excessively sweating.
  3. Anytime you enter and exit the water (ocean or swimming pool) as it can wash off pretty easily.

DIY Waterproof  Natural Sunscreen Recipe From Essential Oils

This year I want to try a sunscreen that is more waterproof. So I searched around and found a pretty amazing recipe online from Lexie Naturals. I added a few essential oils that are known to be good for the skin.

What You Need

  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of beeswax
  • ½ shea butter
  • 4 tablespoons of non nano zinc oxide
  • 8 tablespoons of lavender essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons of frankincense essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons of geranium essential oil
  • Small glass jar (I use mason jars)

What You Do

  • Take a frying pan with 1-2 inches of water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Place your mason jar into the water to create a double broiler.
  • Add the beeswax, shea butter coconut oil and essential oils.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon (never use metal or plastic when using essential oils).
  • Take your glass jar out of the broiler (it may be hot) and add the non nano zinc oxide. Stir with a wooden spoon until it’s mixed well – smooth, not clumpy.
  • Let the mixture cool.
  • To use, just scoop some out with your fingers and rub it into any areas of your skin that will be exposed to the sun.

SPECIAL TIP: Try cleaning out an empty deodorant stick and refilling it with the mixture before it cools and hardens. This way you have an easy way to apply it on the go!

Wrapping Up

The sun is awesome. And with a little preparation and a few key ingredients, your family can enjoy its comforting warmth without worry.

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!

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