Tag Archives: essential oils

Essential oils 101: Tea Tree oil uses

Tea tree oil is native to Australia. It has been used by the aboriginese for medication for centuries and has many household uses for you as well. Tea tree oil is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal making it a perfect ingredient for treating anything from cold sores to bathroom mold. (pretty broad spectrum, I know) While I certainly cannot take credit for all of the recipes out there for this wonderful essential oil, here is a link that can certainly get you started with many of its uses: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-great-uses-for-tea-tree-oil.html

Enjoy!

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Orange Creamsicle Bath Salts

I am a sucker for all things that remind me of my childhood
years and the infamous orang push pops.  I have made more things than I can
count with this essential oil blend.  This is too good not to share:

2 cups epsom salt
1 cup dead sea salt (I used pink himalayan)
20 drops
vanilla essential oil
20 drops orange essential oil
1-2 tablespoons of
carrier oil

Simply combine the ingredients above and give it some really
good shaking to make sure the oils are dispersed.  Then, just relax and enjoy!

Make Your Own Foot Scrub

I admit it. I do not have soft feet. I live in the south and walk around
barefoot most of the time and my feet definately show it. While I absolutely
love fancy foot scrubs, they are not always convenient or frugal. The best
economical recipe I have found consists only of ingredients you should already
have in your cupboards. And it really works! Here you go:

1/2 cup ground oats

1/2 cup sea salt, kosher salt, epsom, whichever you have

1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup olive oil

All you need to do is mix these four ingredients together and place in an
airtight container. If you really want to get fancy, you can even add some
essential oils to this as well. Peppermint is by far my favorite. After I soak
my feet for a few minutes in warm water, I massage about a tablespoon of the
scrub into each foot until the salt pretty much melts itself away and then rinse
them off. Works like a charm every time!

Sinus Remedies: Make Your Own Vapor Rub

I can not stand the smell of vicks nor the thickness of petroleum jelly that
just sits on top of my skin.  I want something that smells better and will
absorb better into my skin. What better way to do that than to come up with my
own recipe!  Here it is:

25 drops eucalyptus oil                              2 drops tea tree
oil

10 drops peppermint oil                              2 tsp. almond
oil

3 drops rosemary oil

Find yourself a small dropper bottle and add these ingredients to it.  Shake
gently. To use, apply to a cotton ball and rub on your neck and chest.  Simple
as that!

I am very happy with the results and will stick with this one since I already
have all of the ingredients.  Investing in some basic essential oils is so worth
the cost for the amount of life you get out of them.

Anyone care to share some of their own home remedies?  I would love to hear
them.

Make Your Own Linen Spray

How many times have
you gone to the store and been suckered into buying linen/fabric spray or
freshener? There are so many brands out there whether from a grocery store or a
specialty store and all of them cost a pretty penny.  Well, that’s pretty sad
considering the main ingredient is WATER.  Yep, that’s right.  Here is a super
easy recipe to make your own.

2 oz. vodka

6 oz. distilled
water

1-2 tsp. essential
oils or fragrance (try lavender and lemongrass together or grapefruit)

1 tsp. polysorbate
20

I know polysorbate
sounds like a fancy ingredient, but its really not.  It acts as a binding agent
for the oils and water to distribute them evenly and keep them from separating.
You can order it at many online stores including here. Using
such a small amount, this bottle will last you a very long time.  Just combine
the polysorbate with your fragrance and add to the bottle which you have poured
in your water and vodka with a funnel.  (Please make sure you have sanitized
your instruments and bottles.  Rubbing alcohol works if you spray it on and let
it air dry.) I have had no problems with this formula as far as fabric is
concerned but its always wise to test a small area first before using it on
larger amounts of fabric.

Essential Oils 101: Lavender

I am on a continual educational journey with essential oils.  The more I
research, the more uses I find for these amazing products from nature.  I want
to start this new series with one of the most versatile oils I know of:
Lavender.  If you purchase just one oil for your home, this should be at the top
of the list.  Lavender is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant,
sedative, and de-toxifier. It is perfect for use in many cleaning recipes,
perfumes, room sprays, bath salts.  This list goes on an on.  And to top all of
that off, lavender smells good, which, sadly, isn’t always the case with other
essential oils that are just as valuable.  One of the most basic recipes you can
find is for carpet deodorizer. Simply add 15-20 drops to 1-2cups of baking soda
and sprinkle on your carpets. Wait an hour and vacuum it up.  Voila!  Clean
carpets and a yummy smelling house without all of the chemicals.

If you are gaining interest in learning more about essential oils, I would
recommend this book :

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health - Beauty - a Safe Home Environment  This
is probably one of the more thorough books you will find out there regarding
learning the properties of these oils.