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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.



Ready for Summer Fun

The groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter … but, in other parts of the country he said summer is on it’s way.  Either way, summer is coming, though we have a cold front coming to south Texas this week which will drop our temperatures down into the mid-60s.  Sorry New York.

We’ve had our windows and back doors opened the last few weeks and the mosquitos are starting to come to life.  There is nothing more irritating than finally getting out in the sunshine and being attacked by gnats and mosquitos or brushing through shrubs, brush and trees that can sting and prick.

Mosquito or other insect bites ~ if they don’t require much attention just dab a little Lavender or Tea Tree EO for relief.  Both Chamomile and Lavender EOs reduce swelling, itching and inflammation, and together with tinctures of Echinacea and Plantain often you can avert an allergic response. (If an allergic reaction does happen, take 1/2 t. Echinacea Tincture internally).

Following are blends to be made ahead of time and stored in glass blue bottles for use when needed.

Ready for Summer Fun with Essential Oils ~ Essential Anew

Outdoor Owie Cure
3 drops each:
Tea Tree
1 oz. calendula infused oil
Mix together, store in a blue glass bottle and shake before using.
This remedy is excellent for skin irritations, bites, stings, burns, inflammation, bruises or scrapes.

Many people will use clay for bee stings and insect bites, but adding essential oils and tinctures to clay will keep the poultice reconstituted, preserved and ready for use.  As the clay dries it pulls toxins from stings and bites to the skin’s surface and keeps them from spreading.  It will also pull out puss or splinters.

Summertime Clay PoulticeGet read for Summer with Essential Oils ~ Essential Anew
12 drops Lavender EO
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon each:
Echinacea Root Tincture
Chamomile Flowers Tincture
Plantain Leaves Tincture
Put clay in storage container. Add the tinctures slowly, stirring as the clay absorbs them. Add lavender oil, stirring to distribute it evenly. Store poultice in a container with a tight lid to slow dehydration; it will last at least several months.  If the mixture dries out, add distilled water to reconstitute it.

Many people don’t care for the smell of Citronella EO, a traditional repellant, but this formula smells great.

Keep the Bugs Away SprayReady for Summer Fun with Essential Oils ~ Essential Anew
5 drops Eucalyptus EO
2 drops Orange EO
4 drops Lavender EO
2 drops Lemon EO
8 drops Cedarwood EO
1 drop Peppermint EO
1 drop Clove EO
1 drop Cinnamon EO
2 ounces Carrier Oil
Mix together, store in a glass blue bottle.  Apply liberally. Keep out of eyes.

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


Bad Breath, Good Breath

Using a mouthwash regularly will help to keep your gums healthy and your breath smelling fresh. Start using one of the Mouthwash recipes below into your daily oral hygiene regime, it will help to keep your teeth and gums in good condition.

Bad Breath, Good Breath ~ Essential Anew

Myrrh is traditionally used in toothpaste and mouthwash as it quickly heals gum disorder and heals mouth ulcers. Fennel is also recommended for use in gargles and mouthwash as it helps clear gum infection and keeps the mouth smelling fresh.  Alongside Peppermint, Fennel helps counteract the bitterness of Myrrh.

A couple of things to keep in mind when using Essential Oil mouthwashes.

* Never swallow your mouthwash solution always spit it out.
* Change the blend you use regularly so as not to immunize yourself against the effects.


Minty Myrrh Mouthwash

This is especially helpful if you are having  trouble with bleeding gums or mouth ulcers also called cankers.

30 drops Thyme EO          10 drops Myrrh EO
30 drops Peppermint EO   10 drops Fennel EO
1 c. cheap Brandy

Add essential oils to Brandy in a clean dry bottle and shake well. When ready to use, shake bottle well and add 2 or 3 tsp. to a half tumbler of warm water. Swish around in mouth and spit out.

Fennel and Grapefruit Mouthwash

Fennel has a slight black licorice flavor added to the citrusy flavor grapefruit in this tangy mouthwash.  Fennel makes this mouthwash pleasant along with promoting a clean healthy mouth and gums.

10 drops Fennel EO               2 drops Thyme EO
10 drops Grapefruit EO               1 drop Chamomile EO
6 Tbsp. Brandy or Vodka

Bad Breath, Good Breath ~ Essential AnewPour the brandy or vodka into a 4 oz (100ml) glass bottle. Carefully add each essential oil one by one. Shake the bottle vigorously to dissolve the oils. Label the bottle and the mouthwash is ready to use. To make one dose of mouthwash, add two or three teaspoons of mouthwash to half a small glass of warm water and stir well. Shake well before each application.

This mouthwash recipe leaves a great refreshing minty taste in your mouth and helps prevent bad breathe.

Baking Soda Mouthwash

         2 oz. Water                                             1 drop Peppermint EO
1/4 tsp. baking soda or Sea Salt      1 drop Tea Tree EO

Add baking soda or sea salt and water to a dark bottle.  Carefully add the essential oils.  Shake bottle well to dissolve oils.  To make one dose of mouthwash, mix 2 tsp. solution with a small glass of water.  Swish in mouth and spit out.

Heal an Owie Cream

Heal an Owie Cream

Over the holidays our teenage and twenty-something year old kids went paint balling. They had a great time!  But I was surprised by the oozing wound on our daughter’s neck. Even though the kids had a 20 foot rule it turns out big brother is a poor judge of distance.

Doctor Daddy suggested it would be wise to put an anti-biotic cream on it just as a precaution and to help it heal.  She doesn’t even like to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen, so an ointment was out of the question.  One summer her hands got so dry that her knuckles began to crack and bleed. She refused to put lotion or Aquaphor on it to keep it moist and heal.  I had to apply the Aquaphor if she would agree to it.

A few weeks of healing

A few weeks of healing

Looking at her neck made my stomach turn. But, she is a tough girl having four big brothers.  She never cried, nor did she complain.  I think it helped that her brothers’ friends thought it was a cool battle wound.


A few weeks later it began to slowly dry over and begin to heal.  She continued to refused any ointments or Aquaphor to help it stay moist.

I wish I had had this Heal an Owie Cream recipe then to put on her neck and help it heal.  Over a month later, it looks much better, but there is still a discoloration in her skin color.

There are many effective antiseptic essential oils, but the most effective ones are:  Bergamot, Lavender, Tea Tree, Clove, Myrrh, Basil, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemon, Pine, Thyme and Rosemary.

A word about Tea Tree essential oil.  It has both antiseptic and antibiotic qualities.  It should be used topically.  Unlike over the counter antiseptics such as iodine, mercurochorme (that red stuff we used to use as kids), it does not damage healthy tissue while killing bacteria so it does not interfere or slow the healing process.

Heal an Owie Cream


Heal an Owie Cream

50 ml dark colored glass jar
43 ml Base Cream 
20 drops (1 ml) Lavender Essential Oil
15 drops Geranium Essential Oil
15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Blend all ingredients together and keep in a dark colored glass jar to preserve the integrity of the essential oils. Use this antiseptic blend to assist in the healing of cuts and wounds. Use directly onto injury and cover with bandage or band-aid.

Heal an Owie Cream ~ Essential Anew

Ward Off Winter Blues Bath Mixes

This winter has seemed to be unusually cold … even here in south Texas.  Now, I am not complaining because after living in a part of the world where it was perpetual summer with nearly 100% humidity and temperatures in the 90’s all year long, I’ve decided that I am not a purely summertime girl and I’ve been enjoying the change of temperature.  I just don’t like being cold for too long.

I’m also a bath every night kind of girl, rain or shine, hot or cold.  I love taking a good bath. Bath time is when Michael Bublé pays me a visit, via my iPad, and we sing duets together every night.  What could be better?

Wintertime Bath Oil Mixes

Perhaps a bath that softens and nourishes dry, damaged or stressed skin.  That is why I am going to share with you this hint today. Add some essential oils to your bath.  The warm bath water helps the oil absorb into the skin and is excellent for moisturizing in the drying winter season.

Always add oils to the bath with a carrier oil; they offer emolliency and nourishment for your skin.  Adding essential oil to the carrier oil promotes subtle energetic effects.

To ward off wintertime blues, colds and chills try this mix.

Warm Me Up Bath Mix

The blessings of Lavender

The blessings of Lavender

3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil
1 drop Cedarwood Essential Oil

Mix with 1-2 oz. Carrier Oil such as sweet almond, hazelnut, jojoba, or grape seed

Shake well. Blend in your bath water prior to getting in.


You may also like to try this one

Pick Me Up and Warm Me Up Bath Mix

Wintertime Bath Oil Mix

3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 drop Wintergreen Essential Oil

Mix with 1-2 oz. Carrier Oil such as sweet almond, hazelnut, jojoba, or grape seed

Shake well. Blend in your bath water prior to getting in.

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.





How to Make Your Own Anti-Bacterial EO Combination AKA Thieves®

It has been said that during the plague thieves would go through all the corpses to see what goods were left behind.  To protect themselves from contracting the plague it is also said that they used a blend of oils or spices.

Wives’ Tale?  Perhaps.  But, today a blend has been used in much the same way … minus the plague.  Thank goodness!

Try making this blend and using it as a an oil, in your hand or body soap to help disinfect and keep illness at bay.  Let me know what you think.  How does it work for you?

This makes about 280 drops, enough to fill a 15ml bottle

80 drops Clove Bud oil
70 drops Lemon oil
40 drops Cinnamon oil
30 drops Eucalyptus Radiata oil
20 drops Rosemary oil
Up to 40 drops total other oils such as Tea Tree, Frankincense and/or Lavender

Add oils to your EO bottle and use topically with a carrier oil or in a diffuser (without a carrier oil).

Eucalyptus oils have a component that is poisonous.  Remember, you would need to ingest 3.5 ml of Eucalyptus oil to be fatal. Be safe, keep these oils out of the reach of children. Make sure to read the labels on your essential oils bottles carefully before using.

Remember that it is never safe to ingest essential oils, always use topically diluted with your choice of a carrier oil such as coconut or grape seed.  You may also choose to add it to your hand soap or body wash.

Use this oil in a mixture of coconut oil as a mouthwash to help with dental issues, wound care, cleaning and disinfecting, for illness rub on chest or diffuse (without a carrier oil).  Be sure to use your carrier oil when using on your body.

Thieves Blend

This post is not meant to diagnose or treat your ailments, always seek medical advice when sick or ill.

Kid’s Aroma Oil and an Earache

Kid's Aroma Oil Concentrate

While we were traveling my daughter began complaining of an irritated ear. She said it felt stopped up and just hurt.  I pulled out the Kid’s Aroma Oil and put one drop in each night and had her gently rub her ear to massage it in.  Three days later she said it didn’t bother her any longer.

I am so grateful for essential oils and the ability we have to heal ourselves naturally.  An base oil filled with Lavender, Geranium, Tea Tree, and Cloves essential oils are very healing.  This oil blend could also be used as a massage oil.