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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.

 

 

Essential Oils Basics

Essential Oils have become more mainstream. But before you use them it is important to understand and know how to use these very powerful oils. So today I bring you Essential Oils Basics.

Essential Oil Basics with Recipes ~ Essential Anew

*Always store essential oils in a cool, dark place with caps tightly secured. Air and light are the great offenders of essential oils.
*ALWAYS properly dilute essential oils before you use them on skin or in the bath.
*ALWAYS keep essential oils away from eyes.
*If you are pregnant consult a qualified health practitioner before using any essential oil preparation.
*Do NOT ingest essential oils except on advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

REMEMBER ~ Blends are most effective when combining 2-5 EOs. Keep in mind these ratios when blending.

Mixing and Blending Essential Oils

Air Freshener ~ Fill a 4 oz. spritzer bottle with distilled water and add 40-60 drops EO. Always shake before spraying.

Bath ~ To relieve tension, muscle aches, sluggish circulation, and general fatigue simply add essential oils to a bath. Add 5-10 drops of pure EO to 1 tsp. of carrier. Use a natural bath gel base, natural shampoo or grape seed oil. Add to a fully drawn bath and gently stir into bath water just before getting in. Relax in tub for 20 min. and rest for another 30 minutes after. NOTE: Never add EOs to bath without diluting first. “Hot” and citrus oils added to a bath may cause irritation to sensitive skin.

Essential Oil Basics with Bath Recipes ~ Essential AnewTry Using these Blends:
Calming, Soothing Bath ~ Lavender, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Jasmine, Geranium, Neroli or Petitgrain, Frankincense, Patchouli, Mandarin, Spikenard, Tangerine, Angelica, Sandalwood
Energizing, Toning Bath ~ Spruce, Rosemary, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Pine, Fir, Basil, Lime
Winter, Detox Bath ~ Rosemary, Ginger, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Pine, Fir, Spruce, Myrtle, Lavender, Juniper, Cypress, Cardamom, Tea Tree, Laurus Nobilis, Ravensara
Summer, Cooling Bath ~ Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Juniper, Spearmint, Palmarosa, Lime

Foot Soaks ~ Everyone benefits from foot treatments; a foot soak can revive, relax or restore your entire system. These effective remedies can easily be done yourself. Fill a tub for your feet with water and stir in essential oils. After soaking, wrap feet in a large towel and relax an additional 5-10 minutes.

Essential Oil Basics Foot Bath Recipe ~ Essential Anew

Try these blends:
Soothing, Stress-Release Foot Bath ~ Use very warm to hot water, soak feet for 20 minutes, add 12 drops Marjoram, 2 drops Lemongrass and 6 drops Cedarwood
Reviving, Fortifying Foot Bath – Use very cold to icy water, soak feet for 5 minutes, add 10 drops Pine, 5 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Rosemary
Cleansing Foot Bath ~ Use tepid to warm water, soak feet 15-20 minutes add 8 drops Lemon, 8 drops Eucalyptus, 8 drops Tea Tree

Body Balm ~ To enjoy your own custom lotion add 15-20 drops EO for each ounce of lotion base.

Body Spritzer ~ Mix 4 oz. distilled water or pure floral water with 30-50 drops of pure EO. Shake well before each use. Remember always avoid spraying EOs in eyes.

Quick Cool Therapy ~ To quickly revive the senses and increase mental acuity, put a few drops of EOs on an icy cold damp cloth, apply over or wrap around hands, back of neck or feet. Try this with 2 drops Rosemary, 1 drop Basil and 3 drops Eucalyptus.

Inhalation ~ Place 2-5 drops of pure EO on a clean tissue, inhale. A quick method would be to rub a few drops of EO in the palms of your hands, then inhale. To revive your senses use Rosemary EO.
Try using these blends:
Energizing ~ Rosemary, Basil, Eucalyptus, Pine, Lemon, Fir, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Spearmint.
Calming/Sedative ~ Lavender, Chamomile, Bergamot, Neroli or Peititgrain, Rose, Clary Sage, Marjoram
Soothing ~ Lavender, Rose, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Angelica, Neroli or Petitgrain, Mandarin, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense

Steam Inhalation ~ Pour steaming hot water into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Add 5 drops of

Essential Oil Basics with Steam Inhalation Recipe ~ Essential Anew

essential oil combination (Breathe Easy, ImmuBoost Extra) to the water. Close eyes to avoid irritation, drape a towel over your head and bowl and inhale 3-5 minutes. Repeat several times a day as needed. Useful for sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other respiratory issues.

Steam Facial/Sinus Inhalation ~ Place 5-8 drops of EO into a bowl of hot water. Sit comfortably, your face over the vapors with a large towel covering your head and the bowl. Remember to keep your eyes closed. When the water cools, rinse your face with cool water and apply a true floral water, a hydrolat or hydrosol, hydrating toner or soothing facial oil.
Try these blends:
Facial Cleanser/Detox ~ Lavender, Chamomile, Fennel, Tea Tree, Bergamot, Geranium, Laurus Nobilis, Eucalyptus, Ravensara
Sinus Congestion ~ Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Pine, Fir, Peppermint, Spruce, Frankincense

Full Body Massage ~ Add 10-15 drops of pure EO to 1 oz. of carrier such as grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, massage lotion or body butter.

Partial Body Massage ~ Add 20-40 drops pure EO to 1 oz. carrier.
Try these blends for pain. Massage on painful areas as needed:
Everyday Aches and Pains ~ Rosemary, Juniper, Lavender, Helichrysum
Cool Penetrating Relief ~ Peppermint, Juniper, Cajeput, Eucalyptus
Deep Warming Relief ~ Ginger, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Juniper

Compress is a simple, but powerful form of treatment that is too often overlooked. A compress is basically cloth saturated in hot or cold water and applied to a specific area of the body. The placement, temperature and moisture content determines its effectiveness. To greatly enhance the benefits of a compress treatment just add essential oils.

In a clean bowl mix 6-10 drops of EO with 8 oz. of steaming hot or icy water. Place a clean cloth into the bowl of water with essential oils and wring out enough excess water so that the cloth is not dripping. Place this cloth compress on the desired area, cover the compress with plastic wrap and top snugly with a large dry towel. Use soothing essential oils such as Lavender, Chamomile, Helichrysum, Laurus Nobilis or Ravensara.
Use a Hot Water Compress to increase circulation, apply for 2 hours. Use a Cold Water Compress to reduce swelling, apply for 30 minutes.

Ratios to Remember
Full Body Application ~ 10-15 drops of EO per 1 oz. of base
Partial Body Application ~ 20-40 drops of EO per 1 oz. base
Facial Blend ~ 6-10 drops of EO per 1 oz. base
Bath ~ 5-12 drops EO to bath water
Skin Care Tonic ~ 10-15 drops EO per 2 oz. distilled water
Body Spritzer ~ 15-25 drops EO per 2 oz. distilled water
Room Freshener ~ 20-30 drops EO per 2 oz. distilled water

Measurements to Remember
30 mL= 1 oz. or 2 Tablespoons
15 mL= 1/2 oz. or 1 Tablespoon
5 mL= 1/6 oz. or 1 teaspoon

 

Flea Free Yard

So, here’s the secret to keeping your yard flea-free. As I was standing in line with all the chemicals to de-flea my yard the lady in line behind me told me that the secret is Moth Balls. She said her friend is an exterminator and that is what he uses in his yard. So, out came the moth balls. We are hoping that it will also keep out the roaming animals that bring fleas with them like the possum that keeps eating our grapefruit.

Flea-Free Yard

Flea-Free Yard

As always Essential Anew has all of your Essential Oil needs.  Lavender Essential Oil and Lemongrass Essential Oil.

De-Flea Doggie Spray

Today I will share the spray. This spray can be used on the dog, steer clear of the face and sensitive areas, and the house. Once our dog was washed and sheets and blankets were in the washer we went around the house and sprayed the couches and cushions, even though he doesn’t get on them, just to be sure we get every one of those nasty bugs. It was no surprise when we found out last night that no one had any new bites. Luckily we don’t have any carpet so it didn’t take long to spray. This could be used on the carpet, too.

Since fleas are such a problem here in Texas (they especially like to lay their eggs and live in shade and since our 1/2 acre property has a 30 year old oak tree and and 9 other big trees shade is something we have a lot of!) I think we will use the spray once a day on our little guy.

De-Flea Doggie SprayAs always Essential Anew is your source for Lavender Essential Oil and Lemongrass Essential Oil.

 

 

De-Flea Doggie Shampoo

Aaargh! One thing Texas has that we have never experienced in any other place we have lived is FLEAS!!! And boy do we have a flea problem. It didn’t take us long to have this pesky pest invade our lives.

I made a trip to the local pet store and with my arms full of chemicals I made a comment to the checkout girl who directed me to a great website. I put the items back and ran out the door because I had ALL the items at home. We quickly washed the dog, washed all blankets and sheets that he had slept on, fortunately we have no carpet in our house. It has only been one day. I will let you know how well this works. Luckily, for my son and I, the fleas only like to bite my husband and daughter.

Stay tuned for the recipe for Doggie Flea Spray to follow up the bath.

As always Essential Anew carries Lavender Essential Oil and Lemongrass Essential Oil.

De-Flea Doggie Shampoo

De-Flea Doggie Shampoo

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.