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My New Floor Cleaner

Our last house had lots of tile.  We lived there six months before we moved to south Texas.  Our new home has no carpet, only wood floors and this shiny white tile.  While the tile is beautiful, the shine is a beast.  When I first saw that tile I was worried about it.  I also worried about the ten oak trees on our 1/2 acre lot.  Ten trees make LOTS of acorns, leaves and blossoms.  There is a constant battle to clean up after them . . .  but that is for another post.

Look at ALL those trees!

Look at ALL those trees!

I have yet to find a good floor cleaner to keep the shine.  Everything I have used has left a cloudy film and then when we walk on it we can see prints.  That’s not clean!  That’s cloudy!

I have tried many products both over the counter and homemade.  I have even tried greatly diluting the products.  To no avail.  It really makes me NOT want to mop my floors because in all seriousness with just a sweep my floors look better not mopped rather than cloudy.

I think I have finally found something that works.  Now, the secret is not to get the floor too saturated, nor the mop head.  I have found that once the mop head is wet I don’t need to spray too much or at all.  It is at that point that I only spray if there is a stubborn spot that needs to be soakedMy New Favorite Floor Cleaner ~ Essential Anew

I added to this mix some of my favorite essential oils.  Lemongrass ~ which smells divine. Health benefits may include analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, deodorant, fungicidal, insecticidal, sedative and tonic. You can actually clean and not feel depressed about it! And with its sedative qualities you could even take a nap afterwards and have an excuse.  😉  Peppermint ~ which is uplifting.  Health benefits may include antifungal, antiseptic, helps nausea and headaches (no excuses not to clean), stress relief, giving relief for anxiety, stress, depression and mental exhaustion.  And lastly Tea Tree oil ~ you could never clean without using Tea Tree.  Health benefits may include  anti bacterial, anti microbial, anti septic, anti viral, balsamic, fungicide, insecticide, and stimulant.

My New Favorite Floor Cleaner

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
1 cup water My New Favorite Floor Cleaner ~ Essential Anew
2-3 drops of dawn dish soap
10-15 drops essential oils of your choice  ***Tea Tree has a strong scent, a little goes a long way, so I don’t put as much in as the peppermint and lemongrass oils

Mix together and store in a spray bottle. Spray on floor and mop clean.

 

 

Tea Tree ~ The Go To Essential Oil

Tea Tree essential oil is often called Melaleuca.  Oil is extracted from a tree only found in Australia.  It does not grow naturally anywhere else in the world.

Tea Tree OIl

Tea Tree is anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-biotic and infection reducing benefits thus it is a cure all oil for skin ailments.  It should NEVER be taken internally (here I should also state that no essential oils should be ingested without professional care and supervision) and should NEVER be used on babies younger than 6 months.

In Home Uses for Tea Tree Oil

1.  Use in homemade toothpaste.  (For years my mother used it on her toothbrush to help infection, gingivitis, freshen breath.
2. Mix a few drops of Tea Tree in water to clean and disinfect yoga mats, bathroom, kitchen sinks and counter and any other areas you want to disinfect.
3. Mixed in a Aloe Vera Gel, Tea Tree will help soothe and heal a sunburn.
4. Dab a few drops on acne with a Q-tip at night and rinse off in the morning.5. Tea Tree soothes and helps heal itchy rashes.
6. Add a few drops to your shampoo to prevent lice.
7. Helps remove skin tags. Dab a few drops on a cotton ball and tape the Tea Tree wetted cotton ball on skin over tag. Repeat several times a day until the tag falls off.
8. Dab a few drops on attached tick and watch it slide out.
9. To freshen breath after brushing swish a few drops of oil and water in mouth.
10. Put a few drops in and around dog kennels and beds to ward off fleas.
11. Tea Tree has been found beneficial in curing warts. Using carrier oil to dilute oil and place a few drops on wart and cover with a bandage. Repeat until wart dies.

Tea Tree Tree

12. Helps soothe insect bites.
13. Add a few drops to your humidifier to ease asthma and other breathing conditions. (This will also disinfect the humidifier)
14. Use on small cuts as an antiseptic.
15. If you forget to remove your laundry from washer, put a few drops in washer and rewash clothes to remove mildew and freshen clothes.
16. Found mold on household items? Mix a few drops of Tea Tree with Apple Cider Vinegar and scrub on item. Set item outside in the sun to dry.
17. Use in your DIY deodorant to kill odor causing bacteria.
18. For earaches mix 1 drop Tea Tree with 1 tsp. Olive Oil. Put a drop of the mixture in ear and remove by tilting head.
19. Use in homemade kitchen cleaners to disinfect.
20. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 20-40 drops of Tea Tree. Sprinkle on carpet and vacuum up. This will not only leave your home fresh, but disinfect your carpet. You can also add other essential oils with Tea Tree oil such as lemon, lavender, grapefruit or lemongrass.

Stock up on Tea Tree so you always have it on hand when the need arises.  Use coupon code: teatree15 to get 15% off your bottles through 5 January.

 

 

 

 

Granite Countertop Cleaner

I love my granite countertops, but I am always frustrated with how to clean them and keep them sparkling. Usually I just wipe them down with a wet wash cloth, but then they are dull. So, I ventured into making my own granite counter cleaner and was it a SUCCESS!!!

Granite Countertop recipe with three great oils

Granite Countertop recipe with three great oils

 

24 oz. spray bottle
3 oz. rubbing alcohol
1 drop blue Dawn dish soap
5 drops Peppermint EO
10 drops Lemongrass EO
10 drops Orange EO

After putting all the ingredients in the spray bottle I topped it off with water (about 21 oz.), mixed it up and began cleaning. I loved the scent. I wanted something fresh but not overpowering and super lemony. This was the perfect combination of EOs. Of course, you can always use the ones you want.

Peppermint EO is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. Lemongrass EO has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities. Orange EO is anti-bacterial and anti-septic. These three oils add good cleaning qualities as well as a refreshing scent that is uplifting.

 

 

More on Amazing and Wonderful Helichrysum

As promised I have more to share on Helichrysum.

Anti-Spasmodic ~ It may help in cases of migraines, irritable bowels, bronchitis, and asthma.

* Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Eczema ~ These may be calmed with 1 to 3 % of Helichrysum in a carrier oil. It really is a valuable oil for any rash, acne, eczema, skin infection, dermatitis and other allergic conditions, spots, abscesses and boils, and it can also be helpful with burns and inflammation.  It worked wonders on my sprained and swollen ankle.

* Analgesic Effects ~ It can be added to an analgesic sports injury cream and for many people the effect is increased. Helichrysum oil is well-tolerated, and no sensitivity should occur, though you should always be aware of your own body’s reactions, and discontinue use if necessary.  It works better on injuries than Arnica.

Anti-Allergenic ~ Try mixing with a carrier oil to relieve rashes.  Since my father always told me that the itch of a mosquito bite is caused by an allergy, I am going to try putting some on the next bite and see how it works.

* Anti-Microbial ~ Try this oil on a microbial infection, it should check it.

Anti-Septic ~ It can be safely applied on wounds, cuts, pricks, etc. to protect from infection.

Anti-Phlogisitic ~ It can help aid the effects of inflammation caused by fever.  It can also help aid in fighting a fever.

Cicatrisant ~ This property of Helichrysum Essential Oil can help your wounds and cuts heal and scar marks disappear faster.  It is equally effective on spots left on your skin by pox, boils etc.

Emollient ~ This property of Helichrysum Oil can help to smooth skin as well as soften and help retain moisture. It can prevent dehydration and cracking of the skin.

Fungicidal ~ It can help prohibit and inhibit fungal infections effectively.

Cytophylactic ~ Helichrysum Oil can promote cell health and encourage recycling of dead cells and the production of new cells. This can help in the growth of the body. This property can be particularly beneficial for skin care, especially when used in rejuvenating facial oils.  NOTE:  I am going to try making a facial cream with this taking before and after photos and see what the results are.  Stay tuned!

Powerful Bruise Relief ~ For those really severe bruising you can apply the Helichrysum Italicum essential oil directly on the hematoma either in its pure form or diluted in a carrier oil  (I used coconut oil) in a proportion of 5 to 10%,  This is what I did with my sprained ankle that was heavily bruised.  I found the bruising to be gone with in a few days.  My physician husband, agreed that the bruising was resolved quickly.

Aromatherapy ~ Studies have revealed that the mere smelling of natural aromatic oils, such as Helichrysum essential oil, can help you to sleep better, focus better, and improve your mood.  Helichrysum is a great mood lifter. Diffuse it in a room and it will soothe the most anxious of nerves

.Helichrysum Field

While I began my love affair with Helichrysum with the sprain of my ankle this was not my first flirtings with her.  Just a week or two before my infamous ankle sprain I visited a foot reflexologist for the first time.  I told her of my suspicion of Plantar Fasciitis, which she confirmed.  While she worked her magic on my feet she told me of Helichrysum and the wonderful magic she would work on my constant heel pain and that with use, my Plantar Fasciitis would disappear. Hopeful I began to use her faithfully every night rubbing her religiously into my foot at bedtime.  My heel pain subsided and I have had new found freedom. Thus, during our move I hand carried Helichrysum with me and she was the only oil with me for my ankle sprain.  She miraculously came through for me, wooing me over to her, and I was hooked.

So now you see all the wonderful benefits of Helichrysum and why I am in love with this new found friend.  Make Helichrysum your friend and invite her into your home and she will bless you with her wonderful qualities of health and happiness and you will be hooked, too.

Necessary Health Disclaimer:  All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

The information and opinions expressed here are believed to be accurate, based on the best judgement available to the author, and readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries.

 

 

DIY Foaming Hand Wash

DIY Foaming Hand Wash

This Christmas we bought a lot of foaming hand soap on sale at a very popular shop that sells soaps and lotions.  Instead of throwing away the empty bottles I’ve been keeping them and filling them with my own soap. Here’s a recipe for you to make your own moisturizing sweet smelling foaming hand soap.

DIY Foaming Hand Wash

  • 2 T. Unscented Castile Soap
  • 2 1/2 t. Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 15-20 drops of Essential Oils of your choice

Pour ingredients in repurposed bottle and fill remainder of bottle with water.  Be sure to leave enough room to tighten the pump on.  And Voila! You’ve got your own sweet smelling foaming soap.  It’s that easy! Ideas for EOs to use:

  • Tea Tree and Orange, use at least twice as much Orange than Tea Tree
  • Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, use less Peppermint as it tends to be overpowering, maybe 5 drops and then 10 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
  • Geranium and Lavender
  • Serenity EO Blend (Lavender, Tangerine, Marjoram)
  • Sunrise EO Blend (Lemon, Rosemary, Lavender)
  • Or try any of our other EO Blends

Make yours today and see how easy it is!

How to Clean your Microwave Fast and Easy

How to Clean your Microwave Fast and Easy

I remember … about a decade ago when this great little product came out. I don’t even remember who made it, but you would open the package and pull out a damp cloth full of chemicals, put it in your microwave, turn on the microwave and then wipe it clean with the cloth. Of course, you can do the same thing at home without all those chemicals.

Get a regular kitchen sponge soaking wet. Now, in a spray bottle add about 2 or 3 oz. of water and mix in 5-6 drops of lemon EO. Shake it up and spray your microwave walls, floor, top and plate. Spray it good. That’s it! Turn the microwave on for about 2 min., let the sponge sit for another minute and let the lemon and moisture do its work. Then just wipe it out! That’s all you have to do! The lemon will help disinfect the microwave and the moisture will loosen all that gunk. An easy fix for a dirty microwave.

Clean Your Microwave the Fast and Easy Way

DIY Fabric Softener

DIY Fabric Softener

Yesterday we made laundry detergent, today fabric softener.  The recipe for this is super easy. You may not notice the delicious scent of the EO when your laundry is dry, though it will be soft.  So you might wonder why you would want to use EOs in this recipe.  EOs bring a wonderful uplifting feeling while doing a mundane task.  Well, at least I think it is mundane.  Lemon and Orange have also been known to brighten laundry.  The recommended oils also have antibacterial and disinfectant qualities to them.  I always like being sure my laundry is really clean for my family.

So, pull out your EOs and bring a little joy to doing laundry.

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Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Orange Oil, Peppermint Oil

 

DIY Laundry Soap

DIY Laundry Soap

Because you asked …  Recently I had someone ask me about homemade laundry soap, she specifically wanted to know about using EOs in the soap.  I would imagine you that you could put some in, but I also think that the scent wouldn’t last too long.  Coming up I will post about fabric softener, which you can add EOs to.  So, stay tuned!

DIY Laundry Soap

This picture is my laundry soap that I made seven months ago.  There are four of us living in our house and I keep supplying our college son from this supply.  At this rate it will last us more than a year, which makes me super happy.  This should cost you less than $30 to make, not bad for a year’s worth of detergent.

FYI – I do add two big bottles of Purex fabric softener beads.  I call this portion control with my kiddos.  Also, with an HE washer, put the soap right in the washer.

Try out this detergent and let me know what you think.

Baby Bottom Spray

Baby Bottom Spray

I no longer have little bums in my home, but, I have many friends who are still having babies. This is a great recipe to use on little bums that need to be extra clean.

Baby Bottom Spray

Essential oils are a great natural, gentle way to clean whether it is your house or your body.

Tea Tree Oil is also known as Melaleuca Oil.

Lavender Oil is often confused with Lavandin Oil.  Lavandin is a natural growing hybrid that grows naturally in lavender fields.  While its components are similar there are some differences.  Lavandin is often used in perfumes since it is much cheaper than Lavender oil.  Be sure your oil is pure Lavender oil and not mixed with Lavandin at a Lavender price.  If your Lavender oil is less expensive than most, be aware that it could really be Lavandin since the two smell very much alike.

We also carry a great all natural baby body wash called Baby Bath Time that would be great to use in this recipe.